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[UPDATE] Potterwatch 2011: Accepting proposals until August 15

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 12:19pm
Potterwatch and

Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences
the 2011 PotterWatch Conference
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
October 1, 2011
Charlotte, NC

The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60 languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the creation of an "International Quidditch Association" comprised of hundreds of teams. What began as a British children's book became an international best-selling series. Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to crossover appeal—how Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages, genders, and religions. How do the books speak to so many different, sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices May 29 - June 3, 2012

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:33am
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA and Universidad Nacional at Heredia, Costa Rica

Knowldge Crossing Borders
An international conference on higher education whose theme is "Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices" including the research, pedagogical, outreach, and administrative functions of institutions of higher education. The conference will examine how knowledge crossing regional and international borders creates both challenges and opportunities for cooperation, change, creativity, and innovation.
We are seeking conference workshop papers that focus on border-crossing perspectives in broad contexts. Topics may include, but are not exclusive to, the following tracks of inquiry:
• Technology and Science
• Sustainability
• Best Practices in Higher Education

11th to 13th November 2011 IRELAND AND SCOTLAND - BARRIERS AND BORDERLANDS at Sunderland, UK

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:24am
North East Irish Culture Network, with the Scottish Irish Network (SIN) and the Leverhulme Trust

Following the success of the previous eight international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 11th to 13th November 2011.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain (June 28-29 2012)

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:17am
David Higgins / University of Leeds

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain: Call for Papers

An international conference to be held at the University of Leeds, 28-29 June 2012, under the auspices of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of English

Plenary speakers: Dr Gregory Dart (University College London); Professor Robert Mankin (Université Paris-Diderot); Professor John T. Scott (University of California, Davis)

The aim of this international conference, held in celebration of the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, is twofold: (1) to reassess the impact that Britain had on Rousseau's life and writing; and (2) to examine the reception of Rousseau's works in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day.

NeMLA 2012 (March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY): "ʻYouʼve Got She-Mail!ʼ: Drag and Discursive Limits in RuPaulʼs Drag Race

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:40am
Diana Aldrete

We invite submissions that attempt to expand upon current representations of drag performance in mainstream popular culture. Papers will problematize drag performance and parody as staged in RuPaul's series, RuPaul's Drag Race and may address taboo, the hyperbolized feminine, linguistic play, drag 'families', the legibility of queer bodies in a televised space, intertextuality
and the subversion of queer issues.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by August 15th to either Diana Aldrete at or Melissa McCarron at

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:03am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

Re-Visiting Sylvia Townsend Warner

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 5:07am
Centre for South West Writing, University of Exeter and the Dorset County Museum

Re-Visiting Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)

A One-Day International Symposium hosted by the Centre for South West Writing, University of Exeter and the Dorset County Museum

29 June 2012
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Professor Mary Joannou (Anglia Ruskin University)
Professor Jan Montefiore (University of Kent)

CFP: Hitchcock and Adaptation (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:24pm
Elizabeth Foxwell

Guest editor: Mark Osteen (Loyola University Maryland)
Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock was notorious for his manipulation of audiences and mastery of cinematic technique. What has been neglected, however, is Hitchcock's art of adaptation: the ingenious ways he used literary texts as points of departure for his cinema. Hitchcock's relationship to literary works is fertile ground for research on the director as a reader and a writer, as well as a filmmaker. _Clues_ seeks previously unpublished papers about how Hitchcock's films offer new paradigms for cinematic adaptation.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 5:13pm
NOTE: Keynote Speaker is Prof. Russ Castronovo (Deadline July 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Castronovo's publications include:
Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);

Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001);

Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)

Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, co-edited with Dana Nelson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Native/Indigenous Studies Area: 2012 SW/TX PCA/ACA February 8-11, 2012

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:45pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Native/Indigenous Studies Area

2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's
33rd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM at Hyatt Regency
EMAIL 250-word abstract to:
Come present your paper with us! Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged. Paper topics can include transnational and international Indigenous Peoples' issues.

New College Conference, March 8-10, 2012, Sarasota, FL: Call for papers: "Does Beowulf Allow (for) Illustration?" (due 9/5/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 2:43pm
Matthew J. Snyder / University of Florida

This session will seek to explore the question: Can Beowulf be illustrated, or does the poem exhibit and/or foster an inherent antagonism between sign and icon? Recent efforts to provide illustration that augments (or perhaps subsumes or subordinates) the poem's 3182 lines of text, including Seamus Heaney and John D. Niles' Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition (Norton, 2007), the graphic novel Beowulf: Monster Slayer (Graphic Universe, 2008), and Robert Zemeckis' 2007 motion-capture animated film, all would seem to push back against what might be termed the text's opacity of the visual imaginary.