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Dark Matter: Science Fiction of Black America

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 1:22pm
Lysa Rivera / Western Washington University

Following Sheree Thomas's collection *Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora* (2000), the academy has witnessed widespread critical interest in African American science fiction. This panel extends this critical interest by presenting new scholarship on African American science fiction. Although we welcome work on any U.S. historical period, we are particularly interested in papers that examine writers/texts from the first half of the twentieth century (or the late nineteenth century).

Call for Conference and Film Festival Reports - Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 4 (Winter 2012)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 11:46am
Ian Murphy, Film Studies, University College Cork

The editors of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media seek conference and film festival reports from doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers for Issue 4 – Winter 2012.
 Potential contributors are invited to submit a conference or film festival report, along with a short bibliography and contact information to the editors by 1 September 2012. We particularly welcome reports on large annual conferences such as SCMS (21-25 March, Boston), NECS (21-23 June, New University of Lisbon), and Screen (29 June-1 July, University of Glasgow). Reports should be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length and should be original, unpublished, in print or electronically, and not under consideration elsewhere.

Division for Asian American Literature panels, MLA 2013 (Boston, Jan 3-6)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 10:41am
MLA Division for Asian American Literature

Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, 3-6 January 2013

Call for Papers

1) Illness and Disability in Asian American Literature

Literary representations of illness, disability, and trauma as complex and productive metaphors in Asian American literature. 300 word abstracts, 2 pg cv. 10 March 2012. Anita Mannur (

2) Has Asian American Literary Studies Failed?

Evaluations of the public, political, intellectual, and institutional successes and shortcomings of scholarship on Asian American literature; proposals for the field's future directions. 1-page abstract, c.v. 15 March 2012. Timothy Yu (

Textual Fault-Lines at 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 10:35am
Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury

This panel builds on the 2010 BABEL sessions examining "fault-lines" by focusing on textual studies. Consider "fault-lines," as errors in texts and editions that lead to productive meditation, productive disagreement; or explore the generally-unacknowledged erasures in texts and editions that---precisely because of their performance as an "unseen" or "unremarked" fault/error/revision---allows productive work and thought. Consider the "fault-line" as the chasm between manuscript and edition (or between editions). Consider "fault-line" as the gnarly space between a word or line and that editorial/textual note intended to inflect or define or comment on it, albeit pages, clicks, or screen-frames away from one another in spatial (and/or temporal) terms.

LITERATURE and MUSIC, Sibiu, Romania, 10-12 May, 2012 * UPDATE

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 9:07am
Roehampton University, London, UK

From Verdi's Otello and Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata to Anthony Burgess's literary and musical compositions and Kazuo Ishiguro's fictional musicians, literature is obsessed with music, and vice versa. This is the first conference to explore critically the connection between music and literature in a comprehensive fashion.

Keynote Speakers: Gerry Smyth (John Moores University, Liverpool) and Stephen Benson (University of East Anglia).

With Performances by Special Guests including Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), Bernard MacLaverty, Tom McCarthy, Tiffany Murray, Douglas Cowie, Holly Pester, Kei Miller, Niall Griffiths. More names to be announced shortly.

HEART 2012 : Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:49am
Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies

Important dates (GMT, UTC+0):

  • Paper submission: March 14, 2012 (EXTENDED FIRM)
  • FPGA Design Contest entry: March 26, 2012
  • Author notification: April 13, 2012
  • Camera-ready due: April 26, 2012
  • Workshop Dates: May 31 - June 1, 2012


[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 5:19am
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)

Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent (20th-century) Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin ( by 15 March 2012.

Ishaan Literary Review - Submissions for Issue #2

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 11:45pm
Ishaan Literary Review (An Online Journal of Poetry and Short Fiction)

Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction. Our submission period for Issue #2 (Summer 2012) is: March 10 - June 16, 2012.

We publish (roughly) 50% invited authors and 50% blind read/peer reviewed authors twice a year (Winter and Summer). We encourage your to submit a good range of work to give you a better chance of being published with us.

To Submit:

All submissions should be sent to our email address:

Please email your work as a Word document attachment. All works should be included in a SINGLE file with page breaks between individual works and titles for individual works clearly identifiable.

CFP MLA 2013 -- Cognitive Theories and the Comedia [Collaborative Session]

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:24pm
MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature Division

Cognitive Theories and the Comedia [Collaborative Session]
We invite proposals exploring how cognitive theories shed new light on early modern Spanish drama, performance and theatrical culture as well as how insights from the comedia can contribute to the growth of cognitive literary and dramatic study. Proposals should engage with both the comedia scholarship and cognitive literary studies. Topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to, cognitive poetics or cognitive cultural studies, affect and reception, embodiment, neuroscience, developmental cognition, Theory of Mind, ecological cognition, early modern models of cognition, etc.

CFP MLA 2013 -- The Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:17pm
MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature Division

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention
We invite abstracts for a session focusing on the neuroscience of attention. How do recent developments in understanding perception and focus relate to research on reading processes? What do readers miss, what do they foreground and why? How do priming effects from marketing and commercialism, for example, direct attention? What do studies on lack of attention (e.g., ADHD) contribute to the discussion?

Please send a 300-word abstract and brief CV by March 15 to both Julien Simon and Elizabeth Nixon

MLA 2013 CFP: The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive Literary Studies (Round Table)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:10pm
MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature Division

The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive Literary Studies (Round Table)
Fifteen years after the MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature discussion group was created and in recognition of its new division status, we seek to reflect on the field of cognitive literary studies: its history, current state, and the multiple directions that it is taking. How have cognitive approaches helped literary critics and scientists understand human culture and the mind? What is the present panorama of this interdisciplinary interface and how is it evolving?

MSA 12-Women Modernists and Right-Wing/Reactionary Politics

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 8:36pm
Modernist Studies Association

For at least two decades, scholars have addressed the striking convergence between modernist writers and reactionary, right-wing, or fascist regimes. From Andrew Hewitt's Fascist Modernism and Fredric Jameson's Wyndham Lewis: the Modernist as Fascist to Leon Surette's just-published Dreams of a Totalitarian Utopia: Literary Modernism and Politics, critics have sought to determine why so many modernist innovators were drawn to right-wing or reactionary politics. Yet the discussion has still largely been confined to the political leanings of male modernists, adverting to a fairly standard set of usual suspects: Eliot, Yeats, Pound, Lewis, Marinetti.