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Framing Lives - 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association 17-20 July 2012

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:27am
International Auto/Biography Association

Call for papers


The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association
17-20 July 2012, Canberra, Australia

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 November 2011
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Conference website:


CFP Kalamazoo 2012 Anchoritic Society

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 9:30am
International Anchoritic Society

The International Anchoritic Society is still seeking proposals for its two sessions at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-13 May 2012. Our sessions are

I. Rules: Fifteen- to twenty-minute papers presenting English translations of medieval rules, interpretations or scholarly findings associated with anchoritic or monastic rules, particularly but not limited to Ancrene Wisse, are invited.

II. Anchoritic Guidance Texts in the Modern Classroom (a roundtable): Five to ten minute presentations on pedagogical approaches to anchoritic guidance texts and related materials are invited.

Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts (9/24)

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:29pm
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts

The Center for Body, Mind and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 19-20, 2011 at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

Regarding the body as sentient, purposive subjectivity (rather than mere physical flesh), the conference will focus on ways that somatic mindfulness can contribute to health, healing, and aesthetic experience. Papers dealing with disciplines of mindful body consciousness (Asian and Western) and their applications in the areas of wellness, fitness, and the arts are especially welcome.

[UPDATE] NEMLA, March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:30pm
Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University

From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

[UPDATE] The Velvet Light Trap #70 - Stocks, Screens, and Servers: The Materiality of Media DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 4:11pm
The Velvet Light Trap, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As culture becomes increasingly digitized—from downloading and streaming videos and music to digital film production and cloud computing—arguments for the "dematerialization" of media are becoming commonplace. However, media have always been, and remain, embedded in and structured by material objects, networks, and practices that constrain their uses and meanings. Any cultural artifact bears traces and consequences of the material conditions of its production, distribution, and reception, whether this be a result of the size and weight of the camera that shot a film's images, the geography of the shipping or cable network through which it was transported or transmitted, or the spaces occupied by physical record or DVD collections.

In Analysis: The Work of Hanif Kureishi

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:22pm
University of Roehampton, London (UK)

The University of Roehampton presents
Friday, 24 and Saturday, 25 February 2012


Speakers include:

Hanif Kureishi in conversation and reading from Work in Progress

Susie Thomas (author of Hanif Kureishi: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism)

[UPDATED] The 4th Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, February 10-12, 2012

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:19pm
North Carolina State University

The registration deadline for the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, January 20th. See our website for details:

Thanks so much for all of your proposals! Announcements will be going out early this week.

A "NON-PLACE" TO VISIT: Exploring the Employment Practices and Working Conditions that Affect Writing Instructors

[REMINDER] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:15pm
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

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?

American Association of Australasian Literary Studies Annual Conference - Toronto - Feb. 17-19, 2012

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:01pm
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)

The AAALS calls for papers for its 28th Annual conference to be held in conjunction with ANSZANA in Toronto, ON from February 17 to 19, 2012. As always, the conference will be collegial and open-minded, welcoming papers from many different approaches and contexts. Connections involving any combination of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US will be welcomed. We also are especially interested in papers on Indigenous Australian literature and Maori literature. Welcome as well will be papers dealing with Patrick White, whose centennial is in 2012 and who is in the midst of an exciting reconsideration.

CFP: Car Culture and the Road

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 1:43pm
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference

Call For Papers
Area: Car Culture and the Road
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference

February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, downtown Albuquerque

Conference Theme: "Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context

Call for Papers Deadline: December 1, 2011
Registration Deadline for Presenters: December 31, 2011

aspeers Calls for Papers by American Studies Students at European Universities by 30 October 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 11:46am
aspeers: emerging voices in american studies

aspeers is the first and currently only peer-reviewed print journal for MA-level American studies scholars in Europe. It is a platform for the best work done by American studies graduate students below the PhD level. It aims to foster academic exchange among young Americanists across Europe, and to thereby advance the field as well as its genuine European perspective on 'America' and its presences and effects around the world. The journal features a general section in addition to a topical one that brings academic and creative works into a dialogue on one common theme.