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Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:10am
Middlesex University

We are commissioning a book chapter on Robert Pirsig and Buddhism for an edited collection of essays to be published by Continuum in 2012.

This will be an exciting and innovative volume examining the reception of Buddhism in British and American literature. Timely and valuable, it will offer an authoritative introduction to how a variety of authors from T.S. Eliot through to Christopher Isherwood and Iris Murdoch engaged with Buddhist thought.

We are looking for a lively well-written piece which demonstrates a knowledgeable and scholarly understanding of both Buddhist thought and Robert Pirsig.

Please send proposals of interest and a 500 word abstract by October 1st 2011 to:

Symposium on European Union, Central Asia, Turkey, Middle East, and Africa December 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:23am
Bosphorus Research Center

Bosporus Research Center is inviting PhD students, academics and any other interested parties to join the symposium on European Union, Turkey, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. This symposium is organized around two broad themes concerning culture and society, and economics and politics. We welcome papers from postgraduates, post-doctorate researchers, independent researchers, diplomats and journalists. Speakers are invited to speak for 15 to 20 minutes on one of the themes listed below.

Venue: School of Oriental & African Studies, Russell Square,

University of London, WC1H 0XG,
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 10am-5pm)

Horror After Psychoanalysis: A Special Issue of _Horror Studies_ (2012)

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:17am
Dale Townshend, University of Stirling.

Psychoanalysis, be it in its orthodox Freudian forms or via the revisionist theories of Lacan, Kristeva and Žižek, has become a dominant critical metalanguage in contemporary accounts of horror. Notions of the unconscious, the uncanny and the abject are firmly entrenched within literary-critical discourse, while much film theory continues to invoke Lacan in its accounts of the cinematic gaze. But, to paraphrase Deleuze and Guattari, has psychoanalysis not caught horror in the noose of an implacable grip?

Literature and the Healing Arts at CEA 2012 (11/1/2011, 3/29-31/2012)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:37pm
College English Association

Call for Papers: Literature and the Healing Arts at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
(804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on literature and the healing arts for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

NeMLA 2012: Novel as Threat, Novel as Therapy in French Literature (abstracts due 9/30/11)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 8:22pm
Jessica Tanner / Harvard University

This panel seeks to explore the use of medical metaphors (contagion, pathogen, medication, cure) to advocate or warn against the practice of reading novels in French/Francophone literature from the 17th century onward. What are the stakes of such strategies for readers, male and female? How does this discourse inflect our conception of the communication and transmission of ideas and sentiment? How might we understand the relation of pathos, pathology, and pathogen? Please send 300-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to Jessica Tanner,

[UPDATE] NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Nov

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 3:50pm
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

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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.

Airplane Reading: Nonfiction about Flight

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:43pm
Mark Yakich & Christopher Schaberg / Loyola University New Orleans

Airplane Reading is an online, ongoing anthology dedicated to people's ordinary and extraordinary stories of air travel.

The site features creative nonfiction, anecdotes, and observations about everyday experiences and misadventures of modern flight.

Now accepting submissions here:

Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on SEA LITERATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:41pm
Stephen Curley, Area Chair, Sea Literature, History & Culture , Popular Culture & American Culture Associations

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme.

Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to:
►Film, art, music, and television
►Historical events
►Creative writing
►Sea sagas from western & non-western cultures
►Recreation, technology, business

NeMLA 2012: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:32pm
Margaret S. Kennedy

Call for Papers: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism
This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given "natural" traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate women's potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian
attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each?
Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,

Call for Papers for LGBTQ Focus Group (Deadline: October 15/November 1, 2011)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:28pm
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (Conference 2012)

LGBTQ Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 2-5, 2012, Hyatt Regency (Capitol Hill), Washington, DC

Submission Deadlines:
Individual Papers or Presentations: October 15 (send to conference planner Nick Salvato,
Complete Sessions: November 1 (submit online directly to ATHE at