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Modernist Personae and the Legacy of Double-Consciousness

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:27pm
Ingrid Diran

This Modernist Studies Association panel revisits W.E.B. Du Bois's famous articulation of the problem of racial double-consciousness in relation to modernist literary practice. It considers ways in which modernist writers recast what Du Bois saw as a debilitating split between "two unreconciled strivings" into a powerful model for literary production that could be both autobiographical and experimental. How do we understand authors who seem to have intentionally resisted "merg[ing]" contradictory versions of themselves into a coherent authorial identity?

Black Feminist Literature journal

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:15pm

New online journal Black Feminist Literature (bfemlit) invites original submissions on the following topics for its inaugural Spring 2012 issue: how you fell in love with black feminist literature (or one author/text in particular), what makes you a black feminist writer, or on a related topic/issue pertaining to black women's lives or writing that can be developed into a themed issue. Submissions can fall into one of the following categories (please submit no more than 2 pieces at a time): poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (including essays), drama, or reflections. Please limit literary submissions to 1000 words and reflections to 500 words.

South Central American Dialect Society Session at SCMLA 2012-San Antonio (Nov. 8-10) Abstracts Due: Mar. 30

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:42am
Dr. Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr. - Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The South Central American Dialect Society invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) for their allied session at the 69th annual conference of the South Central Modern Language Association to be held in San Antonio, TX, November 8-10, 2012. While we welcome papers on any approach to the study of the English language in North America, given the location of the conference this year, we are particularly interested in papers that study other languages or dialects of other languages and how those languages influence or are influenced by American English.

CFP: Stanley Cavell and Modernist Studies (MSA 14 10/18-10/21; Abstracts Due 4/2)

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:36am
Chris Forster

CFP: Stanley Cavell and Modernist Studies
(MSA 14, Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2012)

"New theater is 'absurd'; new painting is 'action'; Pop Art exists 'between life and art'; in serial music 'chance occurs by necessity.' Often one does not know whether interest is elicited and sustained primarily by the object or by what can be said about the object. My suggestion is not that this is bad, but that it is definitive of a modernist situation."[1] Is it? Is it still?

[UPDATE] PAMLA Special Topics Session "The Orient in the Hispanic Wor(l)d" (19-21 Oct 2012, Seattle)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:09pm
Alejandro Lee / Central Washington University

This panel seeks to explore the cultural intersections of the Orient in the Hispanic world in literary, historical and/or visual texts. We welcome papers that examine these cultural crossroads in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, Asian Hispanic identities, (mis)representations, art, film, and theater.

Please submit your proposal online at by 22 April 2012.

[UPDATE] EcoModernism(s) / MSA 14 / October 18-21, 2012 / Las Vegas

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 1:42pm
Daniel Burke / Marquette University

One period that has heretofore garnered less ecocritical attention than it deserves is transatlantic Modernism. Perhaps it's the concrete canyons and industrial "Waste Land"s the era evokes in many readers' minds - which run contrary to so much of the green landscapes and Romanticism of first-wave environmental criticism. Of course, Modernism isn't all smoke and steel - just as ecocritical theory has by now moved out of the forest and into examining more urban jungles.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 1:42pm

Articles are invited for the proposed book on "Multiculturalism in Indian Literatures". The Department of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009 conducted a seminar on this subject during March 19 & 20, 2012 under SAP-DRS-I of UGC. It is now proposed to publish the proceedings of the seminar in the form of a book by adding a few more invited articles to them. Hence we invite articles of considerable standard from the scholars in the area. The publication aims at bringing out the diversity of Indian literatures of different languages with a view to relating them to the matters of culture, ideology, nationality, ethnicity, social class and/or gender as part of the Indian multicultural ethos.

SAMLA 2012: "Remembering/Rememories of the Middle Passage in Contemporary African American Literature"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 1:21pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Seeking abstracts for the regular session on African American Literature that address the acts of remembering, reimagining, and the rememories of displacement, travel, and exile across the Black Atlantic in contemporary African American literature. This includes but is not limited to such topics as: fictional recreations of the middle passage, contemporary engagement with the trauma of slavery, Neo-slave narratives, cultural memories of slavery, re-crossing the middle passage, return to Africa narratives, exile (spiritual, cultural, or literal) from a "Mother" country, the American South as a site of home and/or horror, flying Africans, ghosts of slavery, and depictions of slavery/middle passage in African American graphic novels.

'Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles': Octavia Hill and the remaking of British society (27–28 September 2012)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:22pm
National Trust, the University of Oxford, and Octavia Housing

In September 2012 an interdisciplinary conference at Sutton House in London will mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill. Best known for her housing reform, Hill was also instrumental in founding such diverse present-day institutions as the National Trust, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Army Cadet force, and Family Action (originally the Charity Organisation Society). In a political climate which once again emphasizes the kind of privately-financed social action that Hill applauded, and where the preservation of open space and the provision of homes are again contentious, a re-evaluation of her life and legacy seems particularly timely.

Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics: Ohrid, Macedonia, August 12-30, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00pm
Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Euro-Balkan (Macedonia) & Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Serbia)

-David M. Halperin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
-Jelisaveta Blagojević (Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia)
-Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)
-Marina Gržinić (Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
-Francesco Macarone Palmieri a.k.a. WARBEAR (independent social anthropologist and multimedia queer artist, Rome/Berlin)
-Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
-Jamie Heckert (University of Essex, UK)

SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel: Re-approaching Genre: Blending the Literary with Science Fiction

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:08am
Lucas Church/North Carolina State University

This year, the SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel is seeking science- and speculative-fiction stories that transcend the limitations and tropes of genre and speak to the intimate human truths in the manner of authors of successful literary fiction. Presentation time is limited, so stories should be 4,000 words or fewer. Short shorts, stories under 1,500 words, are highly encouraged. Standalone novel excerpts are permissible. Email entire story to the email listed in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF to Lucas Church at lchurch at ncsu dot edu. Deadline is May 31, 2012.

This year's Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association's conference will take place November 9-11, 2012 in the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina.

Literary London 2012: Representations of London in Literature (4-6 July 2012) [UPDATE]

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 8:08am
Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London; Organised by: The Literary London Society

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:

Gaming Modernism panel (MSA 14; 10/18–10/21/12; DEADLINE 4/3/12)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:30am
Andrew Ferguson

Among the most popular video games released in early 2011 was, strangely enough, a retro 8-bit port of The Great Gatsby, featuring a hat-slinging Nick Carraway dodging flappers and collecting martinis in a quest to find Gatsby (and, along the way, survive the laser-shooting eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg). Though only four levels long and not terribly difficult, the sidescrolling platformer garnered admiring reviews and prompted a number of cultural columnists to consider how other modernist landmarks (above all, Ulysses) might be adapted to digital gaming.