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Mothering, Motherhood, and the Ideal of the Mother in Victorian Literature, NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 9:07am
Kristin A. Le Veness, SUNY-Nassau Community College

This panel invites papers on Victorian motherhood: the literal figure and/or its literary incarnations. What is the evolution of this role, its ideals and their practicality? What is the intersection between literature and these concepts? Topics to consider include but are not limited to: philosophical constructs of motherhood, societal expectations and realities, idealizing the Victorian mother, radical motherhood, and literary mothering. Please email 250-500 word abstracts to

Gender and Medieval Studies Annual Conference: Gender in Material Culture

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:59am
Gender and Medieval Studies, Bath Spa University, UK

Proposals are invited for the annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference that will meet on the theme of 'Gender in Material Culture' at Bath Spa University (Corsham Court campus) from 4th to 6th January 2013.

The Conference will consider the gendered nature of social, religious and economic uses of 'things', exploring the way that objects and the material environment were produced, consumed and displayed in medieval culture. Papers will address questions of gender from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, embracing literature, history, art history, and archaeology. Plenary papers will be delivered by Prof. Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds and Dr Simon Yarrow, University of Birmingham.

Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film (Sept. 30)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:29am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?

Mystery/Detective Proposals Due by 11/16 for Feb 13-16, 2013 Conference

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:25am
34th Annual SW/TX PCA ACA Conference Albuquerque, NM

Call for Papers: Mystery/Detective Fiction
34th Southwest/Texas and American Popular Culture Association Conference
February 13-16, 2013
Albuquerque, NM

This year's theme: "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context."

Proposal submission deadline: November 16, 2012

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at

Journal of Organic Systems

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 6:17am
Journal of Organic Systems

The Journal of Organic Systems invites new papers on any aspects of organic food, organic farming, organic forestry, organic floristry, and current food issues including GMOs, nanotechnology, urban agriculture, slow food, obesity and other food challenges.

The Journal of Organic Systems is a free, open access, peer reviewed academic journal.

Submissions to:

Guide to authors:

Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of PCA 27-30 March 2013

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 8:40pm
Popular Culture Association

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2013 national conference. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

Submissions to Lights: The MESSA Quarterly, A University of Chicago Graduate Journal (5pm, October 5th, 2012)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 8:05pm
University of Chicago Middle Eastern Studies Students Association (Center for Middle Eastern Studies)

We invite Master's students from all departments to submit work on a range of topics related to Middle Eastern studies. We encourage papers that explore the political, linguistic, and cultural significance of the Middle East that transcend limitations across formal/generic cultural, ideological boundaries, and/or within varying aesthetic approaches. Book reviews, critical, analytic, creative fiction, creative nonfiction, photographic, artistic, narrative, and poetic pieces related to Middle Eastern studies are welcome.

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 5pm

Please send submissions electronically to:

Urban Identities

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 5:45pm
Domenic A. Beneventi, University of Sherbrooke

CFP: Urban Identities
2013 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013

This panel proposes to examine the various ways in which marginalized subjects appropriate and / or adapt to the spatial practices of exclusion and marginalization in contemporary neo-liberal societies. The panel will question the identity claims and spatialized performances of marginalized subjects in the urban context, particularly in terms of class, race, and gender. Please send 300-500 word abstracts in either English or French and brief biographical statements by 15 September 2012 to

The Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities: A Pecha Kucha Roundtable (NEMLA)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 5:37pm
Ryan Cordell / Northeastern University / Digital Americanist Society

The Digital Americanist Society seeks speakers who will articulate a clear, interpretive intervention that digital scholarship has made (or could make) in their areas of study. Our goal will not be to describe digital projects, but instead to demonstrate how those projects advance, supplement, or disrupt the scholarly conversations of our respective literary subfields. We encourage "non-DH" scholars whose work has benefited from DH scholarship to contribute. Submit abstracts to Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University,, by September 30, 2012. Please note: the session has already been accepted to the conference, so accepted papers will be included in the program.

[UPDATE] ASECS 2013: "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" (April 4-7, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 5:09pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The eighteenth century's fascination with everyday life can be detected in a wide range of genres and cultural practices, including the novel, familiar essay, satire, drame bourgeois, biography, autobiography, genre painting, letter-writing and journalizing. This panel invites an interdisciplinary exploration of this new interest in the ordinary, focusing especially on issues of aesthetics: How did everyday life come to be seen as a worthy subject of aesthetic representation? What were the privileged modes of narrativity or protocols of description used for these representations, and where did they come from? How, in turn, did new aesthetic forms allow individuals to see and think about ordinary life in new ways?

Book Publication 2013 - Othello's Island: Mediaeval and Renaissance Cyprus in art, literature and wider culture

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:44pm
The Cornaro Institute

Proposed New Book

Call for papers for publication

Working title: Othello's Island: Mediaeval and Renaissance Cyprus in art, literature and wider culture

We invite written academic papers on the theme of "Mediaeval and Renaissance Cyprus in visual art, literature and wider culture" for a proposed new book on the subject to be published jointly by the Cornaro Institute (Cyprus) and the Orage Press (UK).

Narratives of Travel in Middle Eastern Literatures - March 21-24 2012 [UPDATE]

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:07am
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Call for Papers

Narratives of Travel in Middle Eastern Literatures

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

CFP: Kalamazoo 2013 "The Spectacle of Punishment in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 10:49am
Jeffrey B. Griswold, University of Virginia

From Medieval saints' lives to Renaissance tragedies, much early English literature portrays public displays of punishment. While the structures of these scenes may seem similar, the rhetorical aims of these bloody episodes have been as diverse as the genres in which they are found. How do these texts represent the consequences (intended and unintended) of watching such horrors? What are the differences between the effects on the spectators within the text and the implied audience without? The multi-period approach to this panel should prove especially fruitful. For instance, how does Jeff Dolven's work on punishment's failure to shape individuals in The Faerie Queene reveal fresh approaches to medieval depictions of similarly forceful fashioning?

Date Correction: O'Neill & Irishness, April 4-6, 2013

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 9:16am
37th Annual Comparative Drama Conference

O'Neill & Irishness
37th Annual Comparative Drama Conference
Stevenson University, Maryland
April 4-6, 2013
Sponsored by
The Eugene O'Neill Society