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The Shifting Self: Radical Transfigurations

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 7:44pm
Brooklyn College Graduate English Committee

The Shifting Self: Radical Transfigurations
Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
April 28, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Eileen Myles

"My narrative begins in media res, when many things have already taken place to make me and my story possible in language. I am always recuperating, reconstructing, and I am left to fictionalize and fabulate origins I cannot know."
– Judith Butler, "An Account of Oneself"

"Writing so as not to die, as Blanchot said, or perhaps even speaking so as not to die is a task, undoubtedly as old as the world."
– Michel Foucault, "Language to Infinity"

The Reception of Newton

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 12:09pm
The Edward Worth Library, Dublin, Ireland

When: 12-13 July 2012
Where: The Edward Worth Library, Dublin, Ireland.
Information and Registration:

Proposed Special Session on Bernard Shaw, MMLA Conference in Cincinnati, November 2012.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 10:47am
International Shaw Society


"Bernard Shaw and Debt Sealings"

A Proposed Session on Bernard Shaw at the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention November 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, Ohio.

The proposed session seeks papers on Shaw's writings that dovetail with the conference theme of "Debt." Possible topics could include:

*representations of borrowers and lenders, borrowing and lending, in Shaw's plays

*debts Shaw and/or his plays owe to other thinkers, writers, and/or political figures

*Shavian debts accrued by contemporary plays, playwrights, and/or theorists

Literary Translation Studies and Comparatism

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 5:42am
452ºF Comparative Literature Journal

Starting from the reappraisal of literary translation that Susan Bassnett carried out at the beginning of the eighties, comparative literature as a discipline started re-evaluating its relation to this ancient practice, considering that more than once the fundamental contribution of this practice to comparative studies had been taken for granted. To a certain extent, it could be claimed that translation is a requirement and a condition of possibility for comparative literature. For this reason, Journal 452ºF decided that the monographic section of issue number seven will describe the current state of affairs in translation studies and comparatism.

Crowd control in the Renaissance

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 4:49am
European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

MMLA DRAMA 2012 November 8-12

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 8:26pm
Drama Panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association

An Embarrassment of Riches: The Drama of Wealth
Papers on dramas of abundance, wealth, and excess as well as theoretical discussions about drama as excess are welcome. Send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall,, with phone, email, and address by March 1, 2013.

Modernist Reputations (MSA 14; Oct. 18-21, 2012)

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 4:18pm
Will Scheibel / Modernist Studies Association

Prospective Conference Panel

Modernist Studies Association 14: Modernism & Spectacle, Las Vegas, NV

Deadline for submission: Fri., April 6, 2012

[update] Contemporary American Lit, ALA, May 24-27, 2012 (1/10/12)

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3:39pm
Society for Contemporary Literature

The Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The program committee welcomes abstracts on any aspect of American literature published in the last 25 years.

As a recently founded society, we are especially interested in discovering significant new contributors to prose, poetry, and other modes of literature. Attention to genre blurring and experimental texts is particularly welcome.

Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3:08pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery


Renwick Gallery Symposium:
Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture

November 8-9, 2012
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Paper submissions from senior and emerging scholars are invited for this symposium, which will examine craft's increasingly urgent role within contemporary American culture. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, American Art's branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative arts, this program seeks to broaden the dialogue surrounding craft's recent histories, and to articulate rapid changes to the field since the advent of the current century.

[UPDATE] Satire in Theory and Practice -- Deadline Extended 1-20-2012

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 1:50pm
Al Coppola

Satire in Theory and Practice / Literature and Law Conference, March 29-30, John Jay College, CUNY

In times like these, it's hard not to write satire. And so that's why I am advertising two linked panels on satire that will be featured at the upcoming John Jay College Biennial Conference on Literature and the Law, March 29-30, 2012. (For full details on the conference, see below for the general cfp)