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[UPDATE] Violence in Theory and Practice - March 23rd-25th, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:52pm
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012

The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph

"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow

Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.

[UPDATE] Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology 28 April 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:25pm
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario

The theme for this year's VSAO conference is "Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology." The executive invites abstracts for 20 minute papers to be presented at our morning panel. Plenary speakers for this exciting one-day conference will be Prof. Kathy Psomiades and Prof. Audrey Jaffe. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Matthew Rowlinson ( by 28 January 2012. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Matthew Rowlinson / Department of English / University of Western Ontario/ London, ON CANADA N6A 3K7

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: The Art of Revolution

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:20pm
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

12th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference:
The Art of Revolution
March 30-April 1 2012
University of Iowa

"…Do not be afraid to say revolution!"

RMMLA 11-13 October 2012: Practical Approaches to Teaching Language"

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:02pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Language" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations focusing on innovative activities, assignments, and strategies that engage students and enhance language learning.

Please send inquiries and abstracts to Louise Stoehr ( by 1 March 2012.

'Comics, Religion & Politics' 4-5th September 2012, Lancaster University

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:59pm
Emily Laycock, Lancaster University

Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.

CFP: 2012 WTAMU Student Research Conference; Registration 3/30/12; Conference 4/13/12

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:56pm
Bonnie Roos / Chair of 2012 WTAMU Student Research Conference

Please feel free to repost!

18th Annual
WTAMU Student Research Conference
Call for Proposals

WTAMU will sponsor the 18th annual Student Research Conference on Friday, April 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the poster, oral presentation, or the completed paper/presentation categories at the conference. $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the top papers submitted to the completed paper category and presented at the conference. Judging in each category is based on both content and presentation. Judging rubrics are available on the conference website.

Poetics/Ethics MSA 14 Las Vegas

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:46pm
Robert Volpicelli/ Penn State University

In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in a philosophical considerations of ethics? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics.

MLA 2013 Boston "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"; March 1, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:37pm
Jessica Kuskey

CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (

SCMLA-Nov. 8-10, 2012-Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise-French Lit. 1600-1850

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:13pm
Abbey Carrico, Emory University

French II: Literature, 1600-1850: We invite paper proposals that relate to the conference theme "Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise" and that treat texts within the given date range. Abstracts of no more than 500 words or complete papers should be sent to the session chair by March 30, 2012. Participants must be members of the SCMLA by May 31, 2012 and may only deliver one paper at the conference. Papers may be delivered in English or in French.

Chair: Abbey Carrico, Emory University,
Secretary: Cristian Bratu, Baylor University,

Recovering Thoreau's Topography

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:10pm
Modern Language Association/Thoreau Society

How have recent projects in digital mapping, biogeography, cultural geography, and environmental history informed and challenged literary scholarship on Thoreau? This panel will focus on the implications for literary scholarship of these various topographical studies of Thoreau's country.

Please send two-page abstract (for a 15-minute presentation) and c.v. by March 1, 2012, to

CEU Summer University 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:39am
Central European University - Summer University

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. Its summer school (June 4-July 27, 2012) is a program in English for graduate students, university teachers, researchers and professionals in the social sciences and humanities. It draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 60 countries and its faculty from over 30 countries.

Medieval Imaginaries of History, Alterity and Empire, 18-20 May, University of Bern, Switzerland

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 6:37am
GNEL/ASNEL annual conference, English Department, University of Bern, Switzerland. Section organizer: Prof. Dr. Annette Kern-Staehler

Medieval Imaginaries of History, Alterity and Empire

Medieval Section within the GNEL/ASNEL Annual Conference, Berne, May 18 – 20, 2012, on "Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History and the Demise of Empires" (