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[Update] The Apocalypse in Popular Culture Feb 8-11; Abstract Dec 1st

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:43am
Shane Trayers SWTX PCA/ACA in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Apocalypse in Popular Culture
SWTX PCA/ACA February 8-11, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012, the year of the Mayan predicted apocalypse, will certainly be a stellar year for apocalyptic research. These days the apocalypse is prolific in its depictions, creeping in to all kinds of popular culture. Proposals and panels are currently being accepted for this area. Ideas for topics are included below; however, proposals are not limited to these ideas.

riverscaping: a multidisciplinary symposium on the river in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:27pm
Riverscaping Project

When: April 19th to 22st 2012

Where: The Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Who: The symposium will bring together participants from a wide variety of places, disciplines, and approaches—in the humanities, arts, and sciences—to examine how the river has shaped their work and/or provoked new modes of investigation, inquiry, research and

Borders and Border Crossings - May 1 & 2, 2012

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 8:44pm
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus; Interdisciplinary Graduate Student's Association

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Association at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus invites you to attend our fifth annual graduate student conference. This conference invites papers from creative and critical perspectives that examine the role of borders and border crossings as they intersect with, uphold, or challenge ideologies, institutions, and social spaces. Although the focus is on interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we encourage submissions from across graduate disciplines.

Midwestern Literary Naturalism at SSML Symposium 2012

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:37pm
Scott Emmert (University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley) and Andy Oler (Indiana University)

The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature seeks papers exploring Midwestern literary naturalism for a panel at the SSML's 42nd Annual Symposium, held on May 10-12, 2012 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

We welcome papers examining naturalism that is located in the Midwest or written by Midwestern authors. We are interested in addressing a wide swath of Midwestern literary naturalism and therefore welcome proposals that consider turn-of-the-century novels and stories, mid-twentieth century proletarian naturalism, or later naturalist-inflected texts. This panel will be especially interested in papers establishing, investigating, or denying a regionalized version of literary naturalism.

"Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces," March 31, 2012 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:18pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst, English Graduate Organization

Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces

Cyber bullying, the male gaze in cinema, SlutWalk in Toronto, the canonization of slave narratives, border rhetoric in the classroom – issues such as these take up the ways bodies, power, and spaces converge in a re-seeing and re-interpreting of historical and contemporary social complexities. Investigating this nexus in our discursive and material realities gives us the language for articulating the machinations of power and space that construct and dismantle singular and collective (im)material bodies.

[UPDATE] Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:08pm
The Scientific & Educational Centre for Classical Studies at Yaroslavl State University (Russia)

The Scientific & Educational Centre for Classical Studies at Yaroslavl State University (Russia) resumes acceptance of papers for the web-conference «Ancient Civilization: Political Institutions and Legal Regulation» which is currently conducted on the Centre's website ( The format of the event is a forum-like discussion of presented papers. All professors, PhD students and qualified scholars in Classical Studies are invited to participate.

Call for Papers-Television, 33rd Annual Conference February 8-11, 2012 (Abstract or Panel Proposal submission deadline: December

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 4:58pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Television
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations' 33rd Annual Conference
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Abstract or Panel Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA
Hotel Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Fax: 1-505-766-6710

Revised Call for Papers: "Saints and Sinners: Teaching the Blessed and the Blasphemous"

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:06pm
MART (Medieval and Renaissance Teaching) Conference

The Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference invites your participation in its second bi-annual meeting from March 16-17 in Dandridge, TN. Come join us in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, in the midst of the beautiful spring flowers!

Submissions of abstracts are welcome in any discipline involved in the teaching of the Middle Ages or Renaissance. In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, we are especially interested in papers dealing with the teaching of Saints and/or sinners! Any proposals on the topic are welcome, but papers with a pedagogical focus will be given preference.

Papers should be limited to no more than 20 minutes (roughly eight double-spaced pages).

Mechademia 8 (1/9/12) Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:43pm

CFP: Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

We seek submissions for the eighth volume of Mechademia, an annual, peer-reviewed forum for critical work on Japanese manga, anime, and related arts. The theme of volume 8 is "Manga Life: Tezuka..."

Tezuka Osamu is one of Japan's most renowned anime and manga creators, often regarded as an origin figure in Japanese popular culture. Published in conjunction with a major exhibit of Tezuka's Work to be held at the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis Minnesota in 2013, Mechademia 8 will attempt to provide some new perspectives on Tezuka—including his context and his legacy--through the broad rubric of "Manga Life." We imagine this theme to encompass:

"Politics of Literary Storytelling" panel, abstract due 10/31/11

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:19pm
“Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative” conference, May 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

This is a call for papers for a panel on "Politics of Literary Storytelling" for the conference on "Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative" that will take place in May 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. Our panel will explore storytelling across genres of Postmodern fiction, involving plays, short stories, and novels, seeking to answer some of the following questions: Do stories of individual experience have a better capacity to effect social change when they are related through multiple or fragmented narrators? The Postmodern exercise seems to focus on this type of storytelling, but does it actually have any political potential, and if so, how?

LIES 2012: "Of what is past, or passing, Or to come": Travelling in time and space in literature in English

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:54am
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

The lines quoted in the title of the conference from W.B. Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium," which are recalled by one of the characters in Marina Warner's novel In a Dark Wood, bring to light the theme of this year's Literature in English Symposium: Travelling in space and time.
The idea of a journey is inherently connected with changing places and movement, but, through reading, we can traverse space and time, continents and cultures, whilst remaining static.