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[Update] Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy (ALA Symposium "McCarthy, Hemingway, and Their Traditions," Oct. 4-6)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 4:10pm
Flannery O'Connor Society

Both were raised Catholic; both write of redemption and mystery and grace. While in many ways the differences in subject matter, tone, and style might seem to set the fiction of Flannery O'Connor far apart from that of Cormac McCarthy, this panel is based on the premise that much can be revealed by placing them alongside each other. Send proposals with abstracts to Michael Schroeder ( by June 15, 2012. The ALA Symposium will be Oct. 4-6 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Leeds 2013: Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class (10 Sept 2012; 1-4 July 2013)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 3:22pm
Cynthia Turner Camp, University of Georgia

Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine.

We seek papers for a session at the 2013 International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, dedicated to the relationship between saintly intercession and mercantile life in medieval Europe.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature (NEMLA 2013)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 1:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the 'cognitive turn' in literary studies as it emerges in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction. Since George H. W. Bush declared the 1990's the "decade of the brain," there has been a surge of cross-disciplinary work done at the site of cognitive studies, neuroscience and the humanities. For example, scholars such as Lisa Zunshine and Paul John Eakin have called for literary methodologies that account for cognition and perception in their analyses. Additionally, a growing number of fiction and non-fiction texts use cognitive studies and neuroscientific research to upend generic constraints, as well as challenge assumptions about how we construct, perceive, and describe the world and ourselves within it.

CFP: Doctor Who Fan Phenomena [15 AUG]

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:57pm
Paul Booth

Pardons for cross-posting!

CFP: Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Intellect)

Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Doctor Who (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the second series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness.

CFP: Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:53pm
Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (University of Kentucky)

Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University
A Digital Humanities Symposium
February 15-16, 2013
The University of Kentucky
Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program

Keynote Speakers:
Kathleen Stewart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas

Malcolm McCullough, Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan

Luvah Volume 1 No. 2 (Deadline June 1st 2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:47pm
Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination

The editorial board of Luvah ( ) is seeking strong submissions for the forthcoming August issue. We are an interdisciplinary journal focused on the interplay of religion, philosophy, and politics in the late-capitalist spiritual vacuum. Our journal publishes critical texts, translations, and creative writing, such as poetry. If you are interested in submitting a paper or proposal, please contact the editor at

Call for chapters: A book on King of the Hill (6/18/2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 11:44am
Katie Salzmann / Texas State University-San Marcos

McFarland & Company has expressed sincere interest in publishing this edited collection of essays on the animated sitcom, King of the Hill. The show, co-created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, ran for thirteen seasons on FOX from 1997-2010, and it continues to air in syndication. Described as "one of television's richest depictions of family life," King of the Hill offers a wide range of themes for exploration.

CFP - Tell and Show - A Collection of Essays on Media and Translation

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 11:06am
Dror Abend-David

Call for Papers

Tell and Show:
A Collection of Essays on Media and Translation

Additional proposals are sought for a forthcoming collection on Media and Translation (prospective title: Tell and Show: A Collection of Essays on Media and Translation).


Monday, May 21, 2012 - 10:59am
MMLA 2012 convention, Cincinnati, Nov. 8 - 11; section on Illustrated Texts

Deadline extended through June 4th:

Paper proposals are sought for a panel presentation on Illustrated Texts, in keeping with the MMLA 2012 conference theme of "Debt."

At least since Mark Twain left it to E. W. Kemble to depict the hero of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, authors and their texts have owed a debt to illustration. At least since James Agee accompanied Walker Evans to photograph Depression-era Alabama sharecroppers, authors have left it to illustrators to depict indebtedness in literary illustrations. Writers have sometimes been indebted to illustrators, while writers and illustrators have sometimes conspired, on the literary market, to depict economic debt on the open market. .

The Permissive Archive, abstracts 31 July, conference 9 November 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 9:28am
Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London

For ten years, the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) has pioneered original archival research that illuminates the past for the benefit of the modern research community, and beyond. To celebrate this anniversary, on 9 November 2012 we will be holding a conference examining the future of the 'Permissive Archive'.

The scope of archival history is broad, and this conference seeks presentations from a wide range of work which opens up archives - not only by bringing to light objects and texts that have lain hidden, but by demystifying and demonstrating the skills needed to make new histories. Too long associated with settled dust, archival research will be championed as engaged and engaging: a rigorous but permissive field.

The Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities: A Pecha Kucha Roundtable (NEMLA)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:54am
Ryan Cordell, Digital Americanist Society

The Digital Americanist Society seeks speakers who will articulate a clear, interpretive intervention that digital scholarship has made (or could make) in their areas of study. Our goal will not be to describe digital projects, but instead to demonstrate how those projects advance, supplement, or disrupt the scholarly conversations of our respective literary subfields. We encourage "non-DH" scholars whose work has benefited from DH scholarship to contribute. Submit abstracts to Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University,, by September 30, 2012.

CFP New Wave Iranian Cinema

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:39am
Persian Film Festival and Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics

Iranian New Wave Cinema – Call for papers

The Persian International Film Festival (Australia) and The Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics are proud to announce a call out for articles for a special edition of The Journal for the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics on Iranian New Wave Cinema.
Guest editors are Dr. Omid Tofighian and festival co-director Sanaz Fotouhi.

Deadline for abstracts is 1st of July, 2012.

Brawls, Bawds and Beer: The Early Modern Alehouse and Tavern

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:40pm
Emily Sloan-Pace / RSA

The early modern tavern was often conceived of as a place of misrule, a place of violence, prostitution, theft and deceit. This was a space that inspired great social anxiety, as much a result of the inebriating product it served as for the unchecked gossip it facilitated among female patrons. Alewives in particular were figures of great cultural resonance, appearing regularly (and in a negative light) in art and literature. This space and the people who ran it were socially necessary but often viewed with disdain and suspicion, operating in a liminal space even as they provide a vital nutritive function.