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Narratives of Peace, 1854-1914 (25-26 May, 2012)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 5:25pm
Dr Ingrid Hanson, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield, 25-26 May 2012
Keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Howe, University of East Anglia

[UPDATE] Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Fiction (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 3:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association, Annual Convention; Rochester, New York

This panel seeks papers that explore gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian American Fiction. How do gender and sexuality affect experiences of racialization and national belonging? Topics may include (but are not limited to): femininity, masculinity, transnational negotiations of gender, queer Asian America, queer diaspora, war brides, comfort women, displacement and migration, family and domesticity, gendered nationalisms, and racialization. Please send 250-500 word abstracts by September 30 to Naomi Edwards at

On the Scholarship of Religion and Comic Books (12/1/2011; PCA/ACA, April 2012)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 2:29pm
Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Overview: The last half-dozen years have seen an explosion in U.S. publications addressing the intersection of religion and comics, but little has been said on the body of work taken as a whole. Outside of individual reviews, rarely are these works discussed in terms of their applications, their intertextuality, their audiences, their shortcomings, or the new questions they raise. This panel is to act as a forum addressing either portions of these works, entire books, their shared space, or the next steps to which they may all lead. In addition to the print publications recommended below, this panel also invites reflections on some of the websites and blogs conducting similar work, also listed:

[UPDATE] Special issue of American Periodicals on children in periodicals

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:55am
Courtney Weikle-Mills, guest editor

Extended deadline: October 15.

American Periodicals is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on children and periodicals. The journal is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers of all periods. It includes essays on all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to the 21st-century 'zines and e-journals.

"Crossing the dark sky of exile": Vladimir Nabokov and the Issue of Exile (Abstracts due Sept. 30)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:55am
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov writes that "Sirin passed," "across the dark sky of exile" "like a meteor, and disappeared, leaving nothing much else behind him than a vague sense of uneasiness." While most would disagree that Nabokov disappeared or left nothing much behind him, many would agree that exile played a large role in his life and works. Even before he was forced to flee Russia, Nabokov's earliest poetry expressed the pain of exile and loss, a pain that would only intensify in the years to come.

Tracing the Image of His Face: Jorge Luis Borges and the Question of Influence (Abstracts due Sept. 30)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:53am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Jorge Luis Borges' influence on literature has been immense, both in his native Argentina and throughout the world. Umberto Eco once wrote that while James Joyce "designed with words," Borges "designed with ideas." These ideas have had a tremendous impact throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. For example, the genre of magical realism that Borges helped to inspire has in turn inspired writers as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, José Saramango and Toni Morrison among many others. Likewise, postmodern authors such as Eco, Italo Calvino, John Barth, and Thomas Pynchon have all cited Borges as a key influence on their work.

Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry (15 December 2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:38am
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry
2012 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
Boston, MA, April 11-14
Deadline: 15 December 2011

The 2012 PCA/ACA Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry Area chair is seeking two kinds of panelists: those reading original poetry and those delivering short papers on some aspect of American poetry.

CFP: So What?: Exploring the Importance and Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (11/15/2011; 2/24 - 2/25/2012

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:17am
North Carolina State University Association of English Graduate Students

Call For Papers – "So What?: Exploring the Importance and Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century"

Third Annual Graduate Student Conference

Submission deadline: November 15, 2011

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference which will be held February 24-25, 2012, in Tompkins Hall.

In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine and explore the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.

Literature, Social Justice, and Change

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:16am
Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA)

The Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA) in conjunction with the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences invites your participation in our annual conference:

Literature, Social Justice, and Change

May 29th-30th, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

An academic association committed to exploring the critical, activist, pedagogical, and therapeutic applications of literature and story, CALA seeks proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that address the political and social justice applications of literature in all its forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, theatre, performance and visual arts, and oral storytelling.

Thinking Feeling: Critical Theory, Culture, Feeling

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 9:19am
Dr Doug Haynes, University of Sussex, UK

Thinking Feeling: Critical Theory, Culture, Feeling

18th -19th May 2012
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Speakers will include: Timothy Bewes (Brown University), Ben Highmore (University of Sussex) and Alex Düttmann (Goldsmiths College, University of London); others tbc.

'Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.' (Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia)

CFP The Legacy of the Will - JNR Special Issue. Deadline: March 2012

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 5:37am
Journal of the Northern Renaissance

The semantic slipperiness of 'will' fascinated the Renaissance: in all manner of texts of the period we find 'Will too boote, and Will in over-plus'. The structural conceit of the opening lines of John Donne's poem, 'The Will', exemplifies a key thematic construct to be found in much early modern literature and a prevalent intellectual thread in the culture from which this literature emerges: 'Before I sigh my last gasp, let me breath / Great Love, some legacies'. This poem – this willed enactment of the speaker's last will and testament to the world he will shortly leave behind – encapsulates the polyvocal qualities of the human 'will' and all that it signifies.

Money, time, representation: literary explorations/IAPL 2012 May 28 - June 3

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 2:21am
Dr. Tiina Käkelä-Puumala/University of Helsinki

Hello all,

I'm organizing a session for the IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May-June 2012. For the session (see brief description below) I'm looking for abstract submissions that deal with money in literature and/or money in philosophy, or the parallels between writing and money. If you are interested, please contact me soon and send an abstract by the end of September (max. 1000
words). The session can include 4 to 5 speakers. And please note: all speakers must be IAPL members by the end of September 2011.

Here is a link to the IAPL website: