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[REMINDER] Liminality in Contemporary Literature (Intl. Conference on Narrative, March 15-17, 2012)

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 11:38am
Ashley Kunsa, Duquesne University

From post-colonial theory to sociology to anthropology, the concept of liminality has offered a means for understanding instances of cultural, social, and political "in-between-ness." I am looking to organize a panel that examines the nature, use, and/or function of the liminal in contemporary literature for the 2012 International Conference on Narrative, to be held March 15–17 in Las Vegas, NV (

CSU Chico English Graduate Student Council Fall Symposium, Seeing the Future in the Past, November 5th

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 2:50am
CSU Chico English Graduate Student Council

The theme for this graduate conference is Seeing the Future in The Past: Critical and Creative Interpretations. It will take place in Chico, CA on November 5th. In the fields of literary criticism/theory, composition, and creative writing we often look to the past for lessons that apply to the present and future. Which authors and eras are still worth looking at and which have been overlooked? Should the literary canon stay the same or change? We spend so much time looking at theory and literature that is separated from us by decades if not centuries. How are these figures and works still relevant to us today? Should we be looking at more contemporary work? In composition, what theory speaks to our time?

Waterscapes: Postcolonial Perspectives on the Environment and Place in Crisis (11/01/2011; 03/29 - 04/01/2012)

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 9:09pm
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference Providence, Rhode Island

Recently, it has become clear that environmental degradation is the biggest hazard facing life on planet earth and has a long colonial and imperial history. Interestingly, ecocriticism as a field has developed mainly in American Studies. But if planetary environmental issues affect the entire planet, how are they represented in literature that is not written in the U.S.?

Hyperaesthetic Culture

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:41pm

We live in a competitive sensory environment. The marketing of consumer goods continually appeals to taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell, compelling other practices to engage our senses in what David Howes describes as a 'hyperaesthetic culture'. This environment is saturated with alluring and intense sense experience that proliferates as technologies such as ultrasonography, satellites and computer applications provide access to things previously beyond human perception. Bodies are cultivated to be aesthetically appealing and optimally available to the senses for commercial, medical and security purposes.

Video Games as Text; Text as Play

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:19pm
University of Wyoming Department of English

Video Games as Text; Texts as Play

The University of Wyoming is accepting abstracts for its upcoming graduate student conference: Video Games as Text; Texts as Play. The conference will be held the second weekend of April, Thursday the 12th to Saturday the 14th. Abstracts will be due by January 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Judd Ruggill, Assistant Professor, Arizona State.

-ality call for submissions

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:20am
-ality fiction journal

-ality is a new electronic fiction publication. We are looking for submissions from all authors that relate to any of the -ality words: reality, equality, spirituality, sexuality, corporeality, and so on.

The journal is edited by two graduates from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined by Richard Burian, a scholar in linguistics and language who hails from Australia, taught in Hungary, and now resides in Canada.

We ask for fiction submissions of no more than 8,500 words, or three 1,000 word flash fiction submissions. Our reading period opens September 1st and ends December 15th for the first issue. Our Spring reading period opens February 1st and closes April 15th.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:13pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Update: NeMLA March 15-18, 2012: The Literary response to war – What is it worth?

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 7:54pm
Jeffery C. Blanchard / Northeast Modern Language Association

Deadline fast approaching! September 30, 2011. This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma?

Call For Papers--Imaginatio et Ratio

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 6:15pm
Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Art and Theology

Imaginatio et Ratio is an E-journal focusing on the arts and theology. Imaginatio et Ratio was started in the hopes that it could serve a growing community of artists and thinkers and strives to present accessible but high quality art, literature and theology/philosophy--as well as news/events, interviews and book, film, art and music reviews. We are looking for contributions for the inaugural issue of the journal.
Submission Guidelines:
In general, we welcome the submission of essays/articles, interviews, reviews (book, film, music, art), creative writing, and art that attempts to engage Christian theology in some fashion.
Style and Format:

Revisiting Tex(x)ture in Literature

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:30pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen/ACCUTE

In an essay titled "Outing Texture" Renu Bora distinguishes between texture as "the surface resonance or quality of an object or material" and texxture (two x's) as "the stuffness of material structure." Put differently, we can say that texxture denotes the historicity of texture. In Eve Sedgwick's rendering of Bora's concept, texxture is thought to be "the kind of texture that is dense with offered information about how, substantially, historically, materially, it came into being." We might then ask: how does the dialectic of texture/texxture influence literary productions and their reception?

Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012 Feb-8-11

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:26pm
Rob Weiner/Texas Tech University

Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012

Please make plans to attend our 33rd Annual Conference
February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442

Proposal submission deadline: December 1st 2011

The SW/TX PCA/ACA area chair invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels and Popular Culture.

Any Aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered.

RUST BELT (Great Lakes/ Great Books)

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association


Seminar Session at NeMLA 2012 (Rochester) considers 'Rust Belt' as place/condition/plotline. Session examines literary responses to urban centers, presupposing industrial stagnation & political intransigence (Cleveland Rochester Toronto Detroit/Windsor Duluth) Looks to fiction by Wideman, Susan Power, Ondaatje, Jeffery Allen, M. Attwood, Eugenides, Alex Shakar. Asks how writers define Rust Belt? 'Region?' 'Local epic?' 'Workshop of the Nation?' or 'Republic's Slop Sink?' Have its writers produced 'last books of 20th century?' 300-500 words & bio or questions to:

M. Antonucci ( by September 25, 2011.