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CFP: Romantic Voyagers - Voyaging Romantics, 29-30 September 2012, Wellington NZ

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:50pm
Victoria University of Wellington and the Alexander Turnbull Library

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Romantic voyaging, the period, its context and its authors. Papers which address the larger issues of 'voyaging' will be welcome too.

The conference will include an opportunity to admire some of the treasures of the Rare Book collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library. There will also be time to explore the bracing sea-front and beautiful streets of Wellington with its numerous restaurants and bars, and to ascend via the famous cable car to the Botanical Gardens.

The keynote speakers are:
Dr Ruth Lightbourne (Alexander Turnbull Library)
Professor Vincent O'Sullivan, DCNZM
Professor Nicholas Roe (St Andrews University, Scotland)

[UPDATE] (M)other Nature? Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions - 31 May - 2 June 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:38pm
University of Bucharest

The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 14th Annual Conference:

(M)other Nature? Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions
Dates: 31 May–2 June 2012
Venue: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Str. Pitar Mos 7-13, Bucharest, Romania

Invited speakers:
Franc Chamberlain (University of Huddersfield)
Carl Lavery (University of Aberystwyth)
Ralph Yarrow (University of East Anglia)
Priscilla Solis Ybarra (University of North Texas)

Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2012

UPDATE Moving Modernisms Conference

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:26pm
University of Oxford

Conference Schedule Announced:

Visit for more information and registration.

Moving Modernisms is a four day agenda-setting conference taking place in Oxford, 21st-24th March 2012. Bringing together internationally distinguished speakers from across the globe, the conference will explore and evaluate the cultural, material and intellectual landscapes of Modernist scholarship and some of the most significant directions in which study of the period has developed over the past forty years.

The conference will explore the numerous aspects conveyed in the title, including:

Margaret Atwood: Religion, Ethics, and Debt (MLA 2013, 3-6 Jan, Boston)

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 1:56pm
Margaret Atwood Society

The Margaret Atwood Society invites submissions for its annual panel at MLA (3-6 Jan. 2013, Boston).

We are seeking papers that explore the themes of religion, ethics, and/or debt in Atwood's works. Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a brief bio by March 2nd.

Electronic submissions preferred: Karma Waltonen (

The HBCU: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 1:54pm
Plenum: The South Carolina State University Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies

Plenum 4 (Spring 2013) Call for Papers
The HBCU: Past, Present, and Future

In 2010, President Barack Obama re-affirmed the mission of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by designating increased funding for these institutions. This increased funding and focus on HBCUs serve as recognition of the crucial role of HBCUs in educating traditionally underserved populations.

Norman Mailer Society Conference Call for Papers

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 1:23pm
Norman Mailer Society

The Norman Mailer Society Tenth International Conference
October 10-13, 2012
Provincetown, Massachusetts

The Program Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations during the Tenth Annual International Conference of The Norman Mailer Society, to be held in Provincetown, MA. "Norman Mailer: Achievements and Paradoxes" is the theme of the conference and papers on any topic related to Norman Mailer will be considered.

Achronicity/Anachronism (1000-1700)

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:38am
Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Achronicity/Anachronism (1000-1700)

An Interdisciplinary Conference to take place on February 21-23, 2013, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

Undercover America at MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston)

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 8:12am
Laura Fisher

This panel examines the methodology and genre of the undercover narrative in U.S. literature. From slumming expeditions and Progressive-era social investigations to cross-class passages into the world of the waitress, factory laborer, and tramp, middle- and upper-class writers have undertaken the journey "down and out" in order to understand and represent workers and the poor in their work. What do such "experiments in misery" tell us about the role of class, and cross-class affiliation, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature?

Call For Papers IJAET 2012 [UPDATE]

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 6:08am
International Journal of Advances in Engineering & Technology

Call for Papers – IJAET' 2012
IJAET is an scholarly, online international journal that publishes original research papers in the fields of Engineering & Technology. The aim of the IJAET is to publish peer reviewed research and review articles. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The Journal covers all essential branches of Engineering & Technology.


Objectives of IJAET

CFP on Charles Bowden for the 2012 Western Literature Association Conference, Lubbock, TX (November 7-10, 2012)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 9:59pm
D. Seth Horton

We are accepting proposals for a panel or panels on Charles Bowden for the 2012 Western Literature Association Conference in Lubbock, Texas (November 7-10). The theme for this year's conference is "Western Crossroads: Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment." We are open to all critical approaches, including feminist, Marxist, critical regionalist, hemispheric, narratological, postcolonial, and ecocritical perspectives. Potential proposals may include, but are not limited, to the following topics:

• Apocalyptic southwest

• Connections between Bowden and other writers (Abbey, McCarthy, Silko, etc.)

• Versions of El Sicario (film, articles, and books)

• Environmental beauty and destruction

[UPDATE] Mass Observation Anniversaries Conference 4-6 JULY 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 7:57pm
Mass Observation/University of Sussex


The Conference would particularly welcome abstracts for papers focusing on the literary aspects of Mass Observation and its relationship to individuals and contexts including the following (indicative) list: Auden, Caudwell, Greene, Mitchison, Orwell, Woolf, plain prose, poetry of the 1930s and 1940s, popular front, proletarian literature, reportage, modernism, intermodernism and middlebrow.

Confirmed Speakers:

James Hinton (Warwick)
Nick Hubble (Brunel)
Laura Marcus (Oxford)
Dorothy Sheridan (Sussex)

Call for Papers (deadline: 13 February 2012)

[UPDATE--DEADLINE EXTENDED] Waste: An Interdisciplinary Conference (March 30-31, 2012)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 2:11pm
The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization



March 30-31, 2012

There are as many ways to conceptualize waste as there are ways in which waste permeates our world. It is ubiquitous; it figures into existence at every level. The history of waste is a history of equivocation, affirmation, disavowal, subsistence, persistence, inconvenience, differentiation, destruction, and decay. From the pragmatics of city sanitation to the logistics of disaster relief, from the remainders of mathematical equations to the emotive excesses of sentimental novels, the problem of "what remains" is central to the practice of academic inquiry.

[UPDATE] NEGOTIATING GENDERED SPACES // TOPOGRAFÍAS DOMÉSTICAS Y GÉNERO. Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), May 16-18, 20

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 1:56pm
Departments of English Philology I & II. Complutense University of Madrid

The Departments of Anglo-American Philology I and II (Linguistics and Literature) wish to announce their 10th International Conference on Women's Studies, and invite you to submit papers on the topics listed below. The Organizing Committee for this conference, featuring national and international speakers, will publish texts selected after peer review for the Women's Studies collection, Vol. VIII.

Organizing Committee: Ana Antón-Pacheco, Isabel Durán, Noelia Hermando, Carmen Méndez, JoAnne Neff, Ana Laura Rodríguez

Themes (suggested, but not limited to):

Reimagining the political geography of place and space

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:12am
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

In the coming issue we wish to focus on political geographies, as well as artistic interventions in, and reimaginations of, such geographies. The distinction between "place" and "space" is of particular interest, as it is fundamental not only to much art, but also to our global situation within neoliberal political geography. If time has come for us to reimagine this geography, as well as the interrelationships between, and definitions of "space" and "place", is it thinkable that art could be an ideal site for such reimagination?