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"Between Bodies/Bodies Between". Deadline Nov 1st 2012 / Conference Apr 5th-6th 2013

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6:54am
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

This conference engages bodies and embodiment in literature and the humanities, seeking to survey the state of scholarship and future directions after over a decade of groundbreaking work.

We particularly welcome papers that consider the body in its liminality or interactions between bodies, and papers that consider the body in relation to Ireland. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Body, soul, intellect
• Sickness, medicine and mortality
• Emotion, affect, sensation
• Animal bodies, nonhuman bodies
• The political or legal body
• The body and violence
• Sexuality and imtimacy
• Gendered bodies, racial bodies, disabled bodies

CFP Panel SCMS: The Critic in Cinema Studies and Popular Discourse

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 1:43am
Jacquelyn E Cain York University, Toronto ON

CFP: The Critic in Cinema Studies and Popular Discourse

In American Movie Critics (2008), Philip Lopate cites a touching passage in The World Viewed wherein Stanley Cavell reflects that "[i]t is generally true of the writing about film which has meant something to me that it has the power of the missing companion. Agee and Robert Warshow and André Bazin manage that mode of conversation all the time; and I have found it in, among others, Manny Farber, Pauline Kael, Parker Tyler, Andrew Sarris." Lopate lovingly adds Cavell to this list.

Asian American Graphic Narratives

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:51pm
University of New Hampshire, The University of Hong Kong

Monica Chiu (University of New Hampshire) and Tim Gruenewald (The University of Hong Kong) are editing a collection on Asian American graphic narratives to be submitted to HKU/Columbia UP in 2013. We are searching for original, unpublished essays on the work of Derek Kirk Kim (especially) as well as Jason Shiga, Hellen Jo, and Lynda Barry. Works by Gene Yang are well covered. Other pending contributions examine Tamaki & Tamaki's Skim; narratives by Shaun Tan; Japanese manga in a U.S. context (including the Japanese Canadian Skim read by a Japanese audience); Fleming's Long Tack Sam; Tomine's Shortcomings; and The Last Avatar (tv, film, and the graphic novel adaptation).

African American Experience & the Poetry of Michael S. Harper

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:27pm
2013 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

Seminar session at the 2013 NeMLA Convention poetry by Michael S. Harper. Seeks explorations of its engagements with African American experience in jazz, history, family Black writers and more. Welcomes discussion of Harper as teacher, mentor and scholar and his impact on African American letters & poetics. Interested in examinations of Harper as New England poet, Harper and the visual arts, Harper and James Wright, the geographic imaginary & Harper's verse, among other possibilities. Send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statement or CV to:
Michael Antonucci (

CFP: ICMS (Kalamazoo) Special Session on "Reconceptualizing the Literature of Late Medieval/Early Modern Scotland"

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:15pm
Timothy S. Miller

We invite papers for our special session at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI (May 9-12, 2013): "On the Borders: Reconceptualizing the Literature of Late Medieval/Early Modern Scotland."

We are interested in seeing proposals on any topic concerning the still under-studied literature of late medieval and/or early modern Scotland, but especially those that address the challenges to conventional periodization that the authors of this notoriously "in-between" period represent (roughly 1425-1525, but with no strict boundaries on either side). Papers might focus on any of the following areas, although they are certainly not restricted to them:

After Postmodernism: Essay Collection

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 2:49pm
Christopher K. Brooks

An essay collection on the current state of literary theory based on the notion that Postmodernism is waning or that postmodernist discourse should stand aside. Postcontemporary theory, hybrids and revisions of postmodern discourse, critical methods that simply eschew postmodernist ideologies (e.g., Affect Theory), figures or works that transcend postmodernist discourse--any and all ideas are welcome. Chapters nearing 25 pages would be best; book contract is assured. Send inquiries to email cited above. Target date for completed essays is December 15, 2012.

Extracurricular Composing in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond (NeMLA; March 21-24, 2013; Boston, MA)

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:54am
Grace Wetzel / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel explores extracurricular writing practices during the nineteenth century and beyond. What writing practices occur(red) by way of extracurricular genres such as letters, journals, diaries, newspapers, etc.? What alternative understandings of writing (possibly in relation to race, gender, or class) do these practices promote? How does extracurricular writing contribute to rhetorical education, civic literacy, or social change? Send abstracts of 200-400 words and brief biographical statement to Grace Wetzel at

[UPDATE] [SAMLA Nov. 9-11, 2013] Literary Science: Approaches to Teaching Literture with Scientific Themes and Contexts

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:15am
Paul Brown/ University of South Carolina

This panel investigates how to effectively teach literature that contains strong scientific elements. Literature actively participates in the ongoing rhetoric of scientific inquiry and discourse and gives voice to the promise and fears associated with technological advancement. Many literary works engage very particular aspects of theory and practice from fields such as neurobiology or quantum physics while others engage with the rhetoric associated with science and/or its misinterpretations (Social Darwinism for Evolution or relativism for Relativity, etc.).

International Conference On Language, Literature And Culture (10-12 December 2012)

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:10am
Institute of Advanced Studies in English

The academic fraternity world over is preoccupied with various ways of understanding language, literature and culture. In addition to their interrelations and interdependence, the new ideas and approaches emerging from various disciplines like literary theory, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis alongside technological revolution and socio-cultural transformations, have a bearing on our perception of language and literature. The conference aims at exploring this dynamics with a focus on the complimentary nature of language, literature and culture and their centrality in human life.


Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:58am
Dr. Sandra G. Shannon/ Howard University


August Wilson scholar, Dr. Sandra Shannon, has been recently contracted to serve as Volume Editor for EBSCO Publishing's Salem Press brand for Critical Insights: August Wilson. The intended audiences for this new collection of essays include advanced high school and undergraduate students and their teachers. This means that the literary titles and critical subjects developed in these chapters should be commonly studied and accessible for students at these levels.

An important preliminary task is to provide the publisher with the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of thirteen scholars who agree to write an original chapter on August Wilson.
Deadline for abstracts: July 10, 2012.

CFP: Conrad volume (abstract due June 29; paper due Nov. 1)

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 7:40am
Agata Szczeszak-Brewer


If you'd like to contribute to an edited volume on Joseph Conrad, published in the Critical Insights series of EBSCO Publishing's Salem Press, send an abstract by June 29th, 2012, 10 a.m., to Agata Szczeszak-Brewer ( I am seeking original, previously unpublished 7000-word papers that engage commonly studied topics and texts that will serve as a guide for advanced high school and undergraduate students and their teachers. After the abstract review process, the full papers will be due on November 1st, 2012. Each contributor will receive a $300 honorarium.

Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions!