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[EXTENDED DEADLINE (JAN 20)] 1st Annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium: An interdisciplinary conference. April 28th.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:32pm
Dr. Michael Perry & Dr. Shawn Klein, Rockford College

Whether one is a participant, a casual spectator, a die-hard fan, or a critic, sport, in all its varieties and forms, plays a significant role in the lives of most people throughout the world. The rhetorical devices employed within and around sports are complex and far-reaching, establishing connections across myriad of discourses.

Reconstruction 11.4 and upcoming issues

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 6:08pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing: Reconstruction 11.4

Editor's Introduction:

"Something to occupy the time": Activism and Anagnorisis, by Marc Ouellette


Talking to Yourself: Garfield Minus Garfield as an Introduction to Techno-Companionship , by Andy Engel

Cabelian Way, by Mike DuBose and Cristian Pralea

American Circus Re-Invented: Queering Cirque Du Soleil, by Michael Johnson Jr.

Wincest is the Best, or, Raep is What Happens When You Say No: Subversive Humor and Serious Business in Capslock Supernatural, by Britt Eira Long

Poetics: Performance and Genre Bending

Absence and Sociality in Live Film Narration: Poets of the Unreeled in Miami , by Alan Clinton

Retrofitting English Studies: When Diversity Becomes an Afterthought

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 4:39pm
Texas A&M English Graduate Student Association

Texas A&M University's English Graduate Student Association Graduate Conference:

"Retrofitting English Studies: When Diversity Becomes an Afterthought"
April 7-8, 2012

Speaker: Jay Dolmage

Special Session: George Eliot's Middlemarch

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 3:08pm
British Women Writers Conference

In response to the conference topic on "Landmarks," I issue a call for papers for a special session panel at the 2012 British Women Writers Conference on George Eliot's Middlemarch. Not only is Eliot a landmark woman writer who wrote an important landmark in the history of the novel, her novel itself engages issue of landmarks in a wide variety of ways. The novel engages the high culture, Classical landmarks of Greece and Rome through the comparisons of Dorothea to a new Antigone, as well as through her honeymoon trip to Rome. But these well-known figures and sites of human history and achievement are implicitly contrasted to achievements, people and epochs that are not likely to be memorialized.

Redefining Britishness in Contemporary Black British Writing: British Identities and the Identity of Britain

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:35pm

The importance of negotiations as to what constitutes Britishness in present-day Britain can be seen in a variety of areas, from the "Britishness Test" introduced in 2005 for those who are applying for UK citizenship to scholarly works that attempt to categorize national identities or research projects such as "Britishness", undertaken by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York. In a recent essay (Wasafiri, 64, Winter 2010) John McLeod has registered a pronounced shift regarding the realms of nation and identity in the approach of contemporary Black British writing or rather "contemporary black writing of Britain".

UPDATE Rousseau 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:00pm
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

Extention of deadline: January 30, 2012.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, the Mount Royal University Department of Languages and Cultures invites communications in French and in English to be presented at a one-day pluridisciplinary colloquium on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Papers from various disciplines and fields are welcome, whether from 18th, 19th or 20th century perspectives.
Abstracts of 200 to 300 words should be sent to the organizers no later than January 30, 2011.
The organizers will respond by mid-February 2012.
A maximum of 10 papers will be chosen.

Aftermaths: Revolution and Recovery (May 10-12, 2012)

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:31am
Theory Conference/ The University of Western Ontario

On 17 December 2010, Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi performed an act of self-immolation in protest of widespread state corruption. Galvanized by Bouazizi's gesture of dissent, Tunisians protested en masse, successfully demanding the removal of the oppressive regime in power. The Tunisian experience inspired what would come to be known as the Arab Spring, threatening the overthrow of totalitarian regimes across the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

[UPDATE] "More Please: Explorations of Excess" University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 9-11, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:50pm
University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference Committee

"More Please: Explorations of Excess": University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference March 9-11, 2012

University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde

"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato

UPDATE: Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy, 1/15/12; Thoreau Annual Gathering, 7/12/12-7/15/12

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:24pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

The theme of next year's Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (Concord, MA: July 12-15, 2012) is "Celebrating 150 Years of Thoreau's Life, Works, and Legacy." The Emerson Society sponsors a program at the Annual Gathering; the topic for 2012 is "Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy." For a conversational panel on Emerson's practical and philosophical impact on Thoreau, the Emerson Society invites brief papers that consider Emerson as an example, mentor, or antagonist for Thoreau, their shared practices of walking and journal writing, and the implications of Emerson's 1862 eulogy for Thoreau. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair ( by Jan. 15, 2012.

UPDATE: Emerson and Lincoln, 1/15/12; ALA, 5/24/12-5/27/12

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:20pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Emerson and Lincoln's first meeting, the Emerson Society welcomes studies of the intellectual and political relationship between these two "representative men." For this panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, papers might consider Emerson's lectures and writings on emancipation, his concern for the fate of American nationality in a global context, and his views of political leadership and institutions of government. E-mail 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair ( by Jan. 15, 2012.

UPDATE: Emerson and African American Writers, 1/15/12; ALA, 5/24/12-5/27/12

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:18pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

In 1844, Emerson asserted, "if you have man, black or white is an insignificance." For a panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012, The Emerson Society invites reflections on African American responses and challenges, from the antebellum period to the present, to Emerson's core ideas, antislavery views, and Civil War engagements. Papers might address specific authorial dialogues and revisions, cultural innovation and formal experimentation, matters of politics and protest, and the relation of "self-reliance" to black elevation. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair ( by Jan. 15, 2012.