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[UPDATE] Filming Shakespeare(s) Panel

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 7:06pm
Phillip Zapkin / NeMLA 2012

This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare's time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Phillip Zapkin, , by 30 Sept. 2011.

NeMLA 2012 will be hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, from 15-18 March. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester.

Calls for Papers: Mystery/Detective Fiction Area

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 6:42am
Southwest/Texas and and American Popular Culture Association

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

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

Proposals are now being accepted for panels in the mystery/detective section area. Professionals, independent scholars, teachers, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 500 word proposals for panel presentations on subjects ranging from the classic detective/mystery to the marginalized, innovative, and/or speculative.

Possible areas include, but should not be limited to:

2012 ACLAR Conference; June 20-22, 2012; Canberra, Australia

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:09pm
Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)

'If We're Being Honest: The Facts and Fictions of Children's Literature'

The 2012 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR) --

National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT, June 20 – 22, 2012

Reality TV (Dec. 1, 2011; Feb. 8-11, 2012)

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:03pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association will hold its 33nd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 8-11, 2012. Proposals are now being accepted for panels on Reality TV.

Over the past decade, the global proliferation of reality TV programming has exploded. It is hard to flip through television stations at any given hour of the day without coming across some sort of reality programming that is reflecting another niche in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of the modern world. At the moment, reality TV is a field of study that has enormous potential because it touches such a wide range of subjects—from media studies to business, regional studies to education, social sciences to the humanities.

What Happens Now? Interdisciplinarity for the Future

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:44am
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2012

What Happens Now?
Interdisciplinarity for the Future

On February 24-25 2012, graduate students from across academic disciplines will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to query, "What happens now?"

This conference invites contemporary, cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in the humanities, arts, and sciences. We seek to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future.

Contemporary Latin American Women Directors and Corporeal Aesthetics

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:02am

In the past fifteen years, Latin American cinema has witnessed the emergence of a new generation of women filmmakers, among whom Lucrecia Martel and Claudia Llosa, who have known great popular and critical successes. This panel will examine their work, with a special interest in submissions that explore questions related to aesthetics and embodiment. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to Caroline Godart by September 30.

"Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives."

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:05pm
Anna Rocca/Salem State University

Despite the common belief that suggests that women are averse to risk, the purpose of this panel is to uncover autobiographical stories of women that overcome obstacles by taking risks and, as a result, ameliorate their lives. If it is generally true that part of being a writer means also being willing to take chances, for a woman author this often translates into confrontation with societal order, refusal to follow scripts of female conduct, and it sometimes can bring about geographical displacement. Furthermore, it is not uncommon that when women do take risks, the unexpectedness of their action combined with society's unwillingness to recognize their bravery often leaves their courage unnoticed.

September 15th 2011 -- "Animal Narratives in Old English Poetry" -- International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2012

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 7:12pm
Erik Wade / Oregon Medieval English Literature Society (OMELS)

Animals frequently appear as symbols or allegories in medieval literature. This panel, however, seeks to recover the original animality that is lost when we dismiss the animals as transparent allegories. We might know what the animals mean for the narrative, but why does the story use animals—and why these particular animals—in order to convey such meanings? Papers can potentially combine animal studies, close-reading, and historicism to examine the portrayals of animals as animals in medieval literature. Papers could consider such wide-ranging topics as:
The micro-narratives of animals in the midst of larger medieval tales (such as the weasels in the Volsungsaga or beasts of battle in heroic poetry).

Caribbean Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association

CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia

OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:

NeMLA 20th Century Irish Women Writers<break>Abstracts Due 9/30/11

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 2:03pm
Elizabeth Foley O'Connor

This panel will explore what Eavan Boland has termed Irish women's 'adventure of powerlessness' in Irish fiction. Although many representations of women do appear to conform to Boland's bleak assessment, papers that critique this view are especially welcome. This panel is most interested in representations of Irish womanhood by female writers from the fin de siècle to the present but will also consider papers on female characters in male-authored texts. Please send a brief abstract to Elizabeth Foley O'Connor at by September 30, 2011.

Conference will take place March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY

The Gothic Aesthetic (NeMLA Sept 30th / March 15-18, 2012)

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:08pm
Kellie Donovan-Condron / Northeast Modern Language Association

The visual catalog of Gothic elements is well-rehearsed, but what of the other senses? This panel seeks to explore Gothic literature through its sounds, smells, textures, and tastes in order to develop a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the Gothic aesthetic. How has the general focus on the Gothic's visual components affected our perception of these other sensory details? Email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan Condron (

Managing the First Years after Graduation - NeMLA Roundtable (Sept 30th / March 15-18 2012)

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:00pm
Kellie Donovan-Condron / Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable seeks to share strategies for managing your early career if you do not move immediately from graduation to the tenure-track. Submissions are welcome on all aspects of this career stage. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): How do you balance teaching multiple courses with developing your own scholarship? Should you focus on certain kinds of publishing opportunities? How might you leverage your adjunct experience? Email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan Condron (

Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans (NeMLA 3/15-18/12; 9/30/11

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Session at NeMLA 2012
March 15-18; Rochester, New York
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Egan

Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans
The panel welcomes proposals that examine Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans What are the differences between bildungsromans published at the beginning of the twentieth century and bildungsromans published later? How do aboriginal authors employ the genre? What is the role of post-colonial and postmodern studies on Australian and New Zealand bildungsromans? How does the genre delineate urban and rural spaces? E-mail 250-400 word abstracts in body of email to Elizabeth Abele
Chair: Elizabeth Abele Deadline Sept. 30