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Tracing the Image of His Face: Jorge Luis Borges and the Question of Influence (Abstract due Sept. 30)

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:14am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Jorge Luis Borges' influence on literature has been immense, both in his native Argentina and throughout the world. Umberto Eco once wrote that while James Joyce "designed with words," Borges "designed with ideas." These ideas have had a tremendous impact throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. For example, the genre of magical realism that Borges helped to inspire has in turn inspired writers as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, José Saramango and Toni Morrison among many others. Likewise, postmodern authors such as Eco, Italo Calvino, John Barth, and Thomas Pynchon have all cited Borges as a key influence on their work.

"Crossing the dark sky of exile": Vladimir Nabokov and the Issue of Exile (Abstract due Sept. 30)

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:12am
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov writes that "Sirin passed," "across the dark sky of exile" "like a meteor, and disappeared, leaving nothing much else behind him than a vague sense of uneasiness." While most would disagree that Nabokov disappeared or left nothing much behind him, many would agree that exile played a large role in his life and works. Even before he was forced to flee Russia, Nabokov's earliest poetry expressed the pain of exile and loss, a pain that would only intensify in the years to come.

Call for Paper Interantional Journal -Ijaet-2011

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:07am
International Journal of Advances in Engineering & Technology (IJAET)

International Journal of Advances in Engineering & Technology (IJAET)
ISSN 2231-1963
(An open access scholarly, online, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bimonthly, and fully refereed journal IJAET is highly indexed with GEI Index factor 1.96: "
Smooth, simple and timely publishing of review and research articles!

[UPDATE] Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920 - CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:33am
University of Warwick

Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920

23rd September 2011, University of Warwick


Whilst discussions of gender and space in the nineteenth-to early-twentieth century have typically focused on "women and the city", rural spaces offer equally productive contexts for exploring the intersections between gender and space in this period. As the socio-spatial relations of the country are impacted by the move into modernity, rural environments are revealed in literary and historical texts as sites of complex, contradictory and changing gendered codes.

New Approaches to the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 8:46pm
Maria Rice Bellamy / College of Staten Island/CUNY

Toni Morrison's latest novel, A Mercy, demonstrates the contemporary writer's continued preoccupation with the history of slavery in the New World as well as the ever expanding range of approaches to this subject matter. This panel invites papers that examine contemporary narratives of slavery (written after 1970) and how they render this historical experience in terms that challenge contemporary readers of all racial backgrounds.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and brief cv to Maria Rice Bellamy at by September 30, 2011.

Regional manuscript transmission, 1500-1700 (SRS 2012)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 5:37pm
SRS 2012 / University of Manchester, UK

My country Penne would alwaies shun the City: Regional manuscript transmission, 1500-1700 @ Society for Renaissance Studies 2012, 9-11th July, University of Manchester.

While the transmission of manuscript texts in early modern England has been understood as a phenomenon based in metropolitan centres, a number of recent studies have now shown that hand-copied texts were an important means of communicating literary culture all over the British Isles. As suggested by the title's quotation from Nicholas Oldisworth, regional manuscripts can show a lively culture of composition and circulation that operated quite independently of the cities, though important exchanges were maintained between urban and non-urban environments.

Transnational Negotiation in the Cross-Cultural Remake (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012. Rochester, NY)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 1:54pm
Gohar Siddiqui/ Syracuse University

This panel aims to bring into conversation different approaches and models for analyzing the cross-cultural film remake as an industrial, textual, and cultural category. Much work has been done on Hollywood remakes of Hollywood films but the area of cross-cultural remakes remains relatively under-theorized. Most scholarship on remakes concerns itself with issues of adaptation and homage in the remake; plagiarism and recycling; anxiety of influence in the remake, etc. While these factors acquire a different inflection in the cross-cultural remake, it becomes imperative to ask certain additional questions when films cross industries, nations, and cultures: What is the nature of intertextuality here?

[UPDATE] Cinema and Community, Cinema As Community

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:58am
Colleen Kennedy-Karpat / Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
March 21-25, 2012

Recent work in film history has deemphasized broad national frameworks for criticism and analysis, proposing instead studies that center on more localized interactions with films and with cinema culture at large. Richard Maltby, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers (2011) define this "new cinema history" as work that analyzes "the circulation and consumption of film and examines cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange."

Philip Roth Society Graduate Essay Prize

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:27am
Philip Roth Society

The Philip Roth Society invites submissions from graduates working on any aspect of the work of Philip Roth for consideration for the Siegel/McDaniel Award. The Siegel/McDaniel Award is an annual prize awarded in recognition of high-quality work by graduate students in the field of Roth studies written in the past year (ending June 1).

We recommend that faculty urge strong students to submit papers and welcome submissions from members and non-members of the Society alike.

Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman font to David Brauner, Philip Roth Society Program Chair, at

Translation and the Rhetoric of the Holy Quran, Marrakech 22-23 May 2012

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 6:16am
The Research Center for the Holy Quran Translation, Marrakech-Morocco

Rhetorical inimitability is unanimously considered by the Umma as one of the manifold facets of the Holy Quran. The latter has repeatedly and directly challenged the Arabic speakers and scholars versed in Arabic eloquence to come up with a single Surah as structurally and eloquently composed as its own. Such a challenge was never met. Because of this inability, the divine rhetoric has compelled many people to embrace Islam; a fact which shows the Quran's great power and eloquence as well as its divine and miraculous nature. This powerful and effective language of the Quran raises significant challenges and unveils major complications in the process of translation for the following reasons:

Filolog - journal for literary, cultural and language studies (September 30)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 4:48am
University of Banja Luka

Filolog (Philologist) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal with an international Editorial Board.

We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the third issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

Papers should be a maximum of 10.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

CfP: Marx is Back: The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 7:16pm
Christian Fuchs

CfP: Marx is Back: The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today

Marx is Back: The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of tripleC – Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.
Edited by Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco

For inquiries, please contact the two editors.

Call For Papers (Special Issues) - American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 6:09pm
American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences is currently calling for papers for 2 special issues:

1. GIS and Agricultural/Biological Sciences
2. Karst and Agricultural/Biological Sciences

It is encouraged to submit research articles, review articles, short communications and technicial notes to the journal.

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences is a new interdisciplinary peer-review journal which publish research/ review articles relating to general biology and agriculture.

For more details, please contact the publisher: or H.C. Ho

Call for Proposals for Roundtable Discussion on "College Readiness" TYCA Annual Meeting Portland, ME Nov. 3-5, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 1:06pm
Dr. Pamela Haji, Two-Year College Association

The issue of "improving alignment between secondary and post-secondary education," "college readiness," and "dual enrollment" is on the front burner of many Writing Department agendas. Many schools have been taking part in the initiative to provide secondary students with more appropriate preparation for college-level courses in math, reading, and writing. CUNY has "College Now" and various New Jersey community colleges have implemented the "College Bound" model; both models receive substantial state funding.