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Modern Fiction and Politics: Mfs special issue deadline 1 February 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 11:41am
Modern Fiction Studies

The Editors of MFS seek essays that reflect on the relationship between modern fiction and politics, broadly conceived. In a world structured by dominance and animated by heterogeneous and often incommensurable temporalities, how should fiction, in the act of constructing itself, address the world as well? Would such an address be political or nameless, or would it be a gesture that transcends this axiomatic binary? During times when the very category of "the political" is in utter disrepute, when politics is mired either in ideological sclerosis or the fakery of prepared answers, how should fiction imagine with precision critical-utopian alternatives to the status quo of the world?

Tolkien Studies Conference at University of Vermont April 13-15th 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:02am
Tolkien at UVM

CFP for the 2012 conference April 13-15th at UVM. Please submit abstracts no later than January 27th 2012. This year's theme is Tolkien's Bestiary and our keynote speaker is Jonathan Evans. Abstracts on all topics will be considered; however, those focused on the theme will receive greater consideration.

[UPDATE] FANTASY SPORTS PANEL; Sports Area: 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference (Boston, MA), April 11-14, 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 8:47am
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

I am interested in putting together a panel dedicated solely to the topic of Fantasy Sports at the 2012 national PCA/ACA conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Papers addressing the theoretical, cultural, and/or historical implications of fantasy sports in general or of specific fantasy sports are highly encouraged, but all papers on this topic will be considered. If you would like to be a part of this panel, please send a 250-word abstract to Andrew Ploeg at by Monday, November 28th.

Faculty of Humanities Susah (Tunisia) February 25th 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:45am
Faculty of Humanities

Library Journal Faculty of Humanities, Susah, Tunisia
Now that the elections of October 23rd 2011 have taken place, the different parties are about to undertake the task of establishing the new constitution for the country. Such task, being so rare and delicate, does not only imply rigorous decision-making, but also the making of deliberate choices the implications of which would certainly be long-lasting. If the jurisdictional power is about to be delegated, it should not, however, become the definitive substitute to collective thinking. In addition, it has to promote its activity within a context that would be surrounded, supported and framed by the whole society.

Update Adapting Historical Narratives

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:25am
De Montfort University, Leicester

Adapting Historical Narratives

A one-day conference

De Montfort University, Leicester, Tuesday 28th February 2012

Papers are invited across a wide range of interpretations of the topic, genres of 'historical narrative' (fictional, fact-based, hybrid), represented periods, and histories (from royal to political to popular-cultural). Foci might include heritage cinema; historical documentaries and docudramas; biopics; retro nostalgia; contemporary history on screen; new-media developments and convergences in the representation and remediation of history; and constructions of national histories and historical nationalisms.

Proposals (of no more than 200 words) should be sent to:

It all ended: Harry Potter and popular culture 29 February 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:01am
De Montfort Unversity, Leicester

Centre For Adaptations
It All Ended: Harry Potter and Popular Culture
A one-day conference

Venue: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Date: Wednesday 29 February 2012

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels and Warner Bros' film adaptations constitute one of the most successful media franchises of the modern age. Now that both books and films have reached a spectacular conclusion, this conference aims to assess Harry Potter's place in popular culture.

We welcome papers which look at any aspect of the Potter phenomenon, from creative, artistic or industrial evaluations, through to case studies of related products and fan communities.

[UPDATE] New Voices 2012: "Legitimate Ireland"

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 6:34am
Queen's University Belfast

New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast

From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. This raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.

ASAP/4: "Genres of the Present" 4-6 October 2012, Royal College of Art London

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:53am
Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present

The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present is pleased to announce a symposium exploring the current status of genre across the post-1960s visual, literary and performative arts. ASAP/4 invites speakers to reflect on the persistence, return and dynamic transformation of genres and to consider the role of genre in the creation, interpretation and evaluation of the arts of the present.

GUST English Language and Literature (GELL) Conference - 22-24 April, 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 2:48am
Gulf University for Science and Technology

GELL is GUST's first international conference, organized by the English Department. In a globalized world where the English language has become an established language of communication, new forms of the language, new ways of expression, new meaning, new metaphors have gradually evolved, over the past decades, to embrace, embody and express new themes and concerns not only for newcomers to the language, but also even native speakers. How does this evolution in language and expression affect the language and its literature(s)? Has this evolution enriched or impoverished the language and its literature(s)? Do we now have one global English language/literature, or many different Englishes and English literatures? Where does English tend?

Steinbeck, Politics, and the American Dream

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:33am
John Steinbeck Society of America

TOPIC: Steinbeck, Politics, and the American Dream
Panel Session at the American Literature Association 2012:
May 24-27
The American Literature Association's 23rd annual conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on the dates of May 24- 27, 2012 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).
Submit proposals to Paul Douglass of the Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University:

DEADLINE: January 10, 2012.

[UPDATE] 22nd Annual English Graduate Student Association Mardi Gras Conference at LSU

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:28pm
English Graduate Student Association--Doris Raab & Catherine Riley, Co-chairs

Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University

LSU Student Union

February 16th & 17th, 2012

Keynote Address by Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers University

Romantic Connections: Networks of Influence, c.1760-1835 - Friday 1st June 2012

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 6:30pm
British Association for Romantic Studies Early Career and Postgraduate Conference at Newcastle University, UK

"Sometimes when I think of them I seem
Two consciousnesses – conscious of myself,
And of some other being." (William Wordsworth, The Two Part Prelude, II, 29-31)

"Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look round." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities, Book II, Chapter 4)

"If I listened to the words of my mouth, I might say that someone else was speaking out of my mouth." (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophic Investigations)

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jon Mee (Warwick)