Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
NeMLA, March 15 – 18, 2012.
Christopher Marlowe in Performance
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This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.
CFP, edited collection
Composing Ourselves: Writing Pathways to Student Success
(Deadline Oct. 15, 2011)
We invite submissions for a proposed collection that explores how English coursework—particularly college freshman composition—might lead to students' personal and professional development. This development may grow from the familiar activities of writing instructors: mentoring and advising students, cultivating their civic engagement, or coaching them in the arts of communication, negotiation, and self-presentation.
Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative
The American University of Paris
May 29 to June 1, 2012
Call for Papers:
Panel Name: "Narratives, Narrators and Restorying"
Elizabeth Stone, Professor of English, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 10023, Stone@Fordham.edu
Leah Anderst, Visiting Instructor of Writing, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY 10021, LAnderst@mmm.edu
Call for papers:
43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Maternal Hauntings: Feminine Spectral Identities and Ghosts in Asian American Literature
The Department of French & Italian at the University of Kansas is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive studentships at both the MA and PhD level in its long-standing and well-considered program starting in the spring of 2012 (applications are also considered for fall 2012 entry). The department has faculty with a broad range of research interests and expertise, which are listed below. Graduate teaching assistants at the MA and PhD level receive an annual salary, currently at $14,200, pending budgetary approval by the College and University. In addition to this, degree candidates who hold Graduate Teaching Assistantships benefit from tuition remission.
Call for Papers: Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry) at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for readings in Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry)for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org
At the conference there will be sessions (comprised of three or four participants) devoted to readings of original work in fiction and poetry. Creative work can be related to the conference theme but does not need to be.
Call for Essays
Special Issue of Rhizomes: Graffiti
Although there are spaces where graffiti artists do speak about their work (Youtube, 'zines, magazines), the scholarship exploring graffiti has been both limited in scope and in depth. This special edition of Rhizomes will offer a collection of essays on graffiti that seeks to create a dialogue between writers who produce graffiti and scholars who attempt to read and analyze this subculture. We, therefore, wish to neither ghettoize the writers nor the scholars; graffiti is about tangible marks on a surface and this special edition endeavors to understand the writers and their markings in both a material and analytical way.
"Postcolonial Narratives" (sponsored by The Journal of Narrative Theory) is soliciting presentations for a panel on recent discourses on postcolonial issues, including but not limited to the nation, transnationalism, globalization, identity construction, diaspora, immigration, protest, and the world economic crisis. We are particularly interested in postcolonial cultural narratives (including literature, cinema and art) that shape and/or comment on the material manifestations of current political and economic issues around the world. Possible topics:
• Narrating the nation in a post-9/11 era
• Narrating transnational and/or cosmopolitan connections and communities
• (De)constructing postcolonial identities
Call for Chapter Proposals: Collection on Nature and the Environment in American Public Address
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
"Literary Journalism: The Power and Promise of Story"
The Seventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-7)
School of Journalism
17-19 May 2012
Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis
The Stony Brook Manhattan English Department Graduate Conference, the longest running interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes papers and panels from all disciplines, including the arts, cultural studies, social and hard sciences, and the humanities. This year's conference will feature a faculty-sponsored Best Paper Award; for details and registration visit www.stonybrook.edu/gradconf.
Call for Papers:
The South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites you to join us for the 2012 conference, which will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, at the historic Grove Park Inn in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on February 23-25. Inspired by the mountainous landscape and rich cultural heritage of the region, this year's theme will be "Panoramas and Prospects." We welcome panels and individual papers that address this topic or anything relevant to the interdisciplinary study of the long eighteenth century. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2011.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DARLENE CLARK HINE (MSU, NORTHWESTERN)