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[UPDATE] NeMLA 2013 / Together after Oprah: Theorizing Contemporary Memoir via Self-Help Discourse

Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:54am
Kate Birdsall / Michigan State University

This panel will address the narrative and socio-political relationships between contemporary memoir and self-help. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of popular self-help texts; the co-evolution of memoir and self-help; how the narrative of self-help embeds itself in memoir; revisiting trauma in a public forum.

Abstracts that suggest a theoretical connection to gender/sexuality/queer studies are encouraged.

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall ( before September 30, 2012.


Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:56am
“Contemporary Narrative in English" Research Team. University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Memorials, commemorations, testimonies, memoirs, narratives that attempt to excavate traumatic memories from their ruins and ashes or to reconstruct an all too painful individual or collective historical past … All these acts of remembrance have become hallmarks of our contemporary age: the age of trauma, victims and perpetrators. And all of these exert an essential role in bearing witness to the omission, presence, and even (re)-imagining of certain events, either hegemonic or marginal, thus posing challenges to memory's inherent selectivity and distortions.

ASECS 2013: "The Good Life: Civil Society and Its Discontents" (roundtable); April 4-7, 2013; Cleveland, Ohio; deadline 9/15/12

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 9:29pm
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Lauren Berlant asks, "What if people were to take the opportunity to reimagine state/society relations such that the flourishing of reciprocity were differently constructed and assessed, and in which consumer forms of collectivity were not the main way people secure or fantasize securing everyday happiness?" This roundtable is devoted to positing answers to this question through an examination of the politics and pathways of eighteenth-century civil society, its commensurate models of 'the good life,' and/or its discontents. Multiple disciplinary viewpoints are welcomed.

A conference on the work of Patricia Duncker

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 4:35pm
Ben Davies and Jana Funke

About the Conference
This two-day conference, dedicated exclusively to Patricia Duncker's work, is the first of its kind. It aims to bring together an international group of scholars to explore the various aspects of Duncker's work and to facilitate a lively exchange between the author, her readers and critics.

Theme issue: Art and Freedom of Expression

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 11:40pm
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

Call for papers – Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics
Theme: Art and Freedom of Expression

The next issue of Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics will discuss how art can promote freedom of expression.

Contributors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are invited to submit articles, reviews or interviews that address this theme through a high variety of possible angles.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

[UPDATE] Roth@80, Newark, NJ, March 18-19, 2013

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 2:42pm
Philip Roth Society

The Philip Roth Society proudly announces a call for papers for Roth@80, a conference event organized, in conjunction with the Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee, to mark the 80th birthday of Philip Roth. It will take place on March 18-19, 2013, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ.

Individuals are encouraged to submit abstract proposals that cover the entire range of Philip Roth's writings, from his earliest novels and stories to his more recent "Nemeses" tetralogy. A diversity of topics and critical perspectives is welcome. Individual proposals will be considered along with ready-made panels. The Roth Society welcomes proposals for:

Gamers love movies too: Common ground for cinema and videogame studies (SCMS 3/6/13-3/10/13, Chicago)

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 12:52pm
Tim Welsh

This proposed roundtable will discuss intersections of cinema and videogame studies. Though videogames clearly borrow from and even influence film, much early videogame criticism was at pains to distinguish gaming as a unique medium. Having at this point thoroughly complicated the notion that videogames are "interactive movies," how do we now discuss the relationship between games and film? How do we put videogame studies and film studies in conversation while respecting the specific qualities of each medium? What theoretical and methodological approaches allow for productive interdisciplinary and comparative study?

Technical Communication in the Middle Ages - May 9-12, 2013 - Abstract due Sept. 15, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 9:39am
M. Wendy Hennequin / Tennessee State University

CFP: Technical Communication in the Middle Ages

48th International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 9-12, 2013

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo MI

Scholars have long recognized Chaucer's "Treatise on the Astrolabe" as an early technical document, yet few similar medieval texts have been discussed as specimens of technical communication. This session seeks to consider the traditions and conventions of medieval technical communication, as well as the connections between medieval and contemporary technical writing.

Media, Technology, and the U.S. Prison Regime

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 5:29pm
michael litwack

Proposed Panel: "Media, Technology, and the U.S. Prison Regime"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
6-10 March 2013
Chicago, IL

Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College, April 19 – 21 2013

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 5:28pm
Illustration, Comics, and Animation Society

What is the future of illustration studies?
What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa?
Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed obsolescence of the book?
What do pictures want (now)?

These and related questions will be explored at the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held April 19 – 21 2013.

Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. Nearly all illustrated or drawn 'texts' are eligible for consideration:
*comics and graphic novels
*cartoons and animated films
*illustrated books