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Across the Straits: New Visions of Africa in Contemporary Spain

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 2:53pm
Victoria L. Ketz and Debra Fazer-McMahon

Abstracts and articles are sought for an edited collection to be entitled Across the Straits that will examine the different permutations of African immigration in contemporary Spain. Historically, Spain has been blessed with the influx of different cultures. Recently, criticism has begun to focus on the inversion of the Spanish migration flow brought about by economic crises in the 1990s. Over the past three decades, Spain has welcomed more than 6 million foreigners from places as diverse as Eastern Europe, North Africa, and South America. Although this influx of immigrants weaves vitality into Spanish society by providing a workforce as well as new cultural influences, such benefits are not always clearly perceived.

I Testify: Truth and Self in Law and Fiction (ASECS San Antonio, March 22-25 2012)

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:52pm
Kate Gaudet

This panel will explore the intersections between legal testimony and fictional narrative. In courtrooms and novels, individuals tell their own stories in order to convince audiences of particular truths. In both, outcomes depend on establishing character, generating sympathy, and suggesting motive and justification. We solicit papers that investigate the relationship between story, truth, and person in eighteenth-century fiction and law. Topics might include stagings of legal process in novels; usage of legal concepts in fictional concepts of self; novelistic elements within jurisprudence; or comparisons between legal and fictional definitions of truth or self.

Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Fiction (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012)

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:51pm
Northeast Modern Language Association, Annual Convention; Rochester, New York

This panel seeks papers that explore gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian American Fiction. How do gender and sexuality affect experiences of racialization and national belonging? Topics may include (but are not limited to): femininity, masculinity, transnational negotiations of gender, queer Asian America, queer diaspora, war brides, comfort women, displacement and migration, family and domesticity, gendered nationalisms, and racialization. Please send 250-500 word abstracts by September 30 to Naomi Edwards at

[UPDATE] Fictions of Reproduction: Representations of Contraception and Abortion in Film and Television / SCMS, 21-25 March 2012

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 11:37am
Megan Minarich / Vanderbilt University

This panel is organized around film and television programs that treat the issues of contraception and/or abortion in some facet. The texts in question might address conception, pregnancy, and/or childbirth in the absence or contraception, or it/they may be more invested in presenting measures for or concern with the prevention of pregnancy. Films/programs may range from educational to fictional, and may be generically diverse (melodrama, comedy, film noir, etc.). They may also vary in terms of national origin and time period. Here are some potential topics/questions:


Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:59am

Essays, Papers, Translations, Interviews, Paintings, Photographs and Book Reviews (along with a copy of the book) on folk traditions across the world are invited for the Journal of Folklore and Oral tradition (with ISSN) to be launched in February 2012. The length of papers / essays must be between 2500 and 4000, and book reviews must be between 1500 and 2000 words.
For further details, please contact the editor:

UPDATE: CRITICAL ESSAYS ON KEATS; Anthology; 10 October 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:50am

Scholarly critical / analytical / interpretative essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out on the ODES OF JOHN KEATS, exploring new critical insights and perspectives. The anthology will be published by a reputed Publisher headquartered in India and having its main business base in USA, UK and Ireland.

Deadline for submission of essays: 10 October 2011

UPDATE: Anthology of Essays; 10 October 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:47am

ANTHOLOGY OF ESSAYS; 10 October 2011

Critical / analytical / interpretive essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out on the GITANJALI of the noted Indian Poet Nobel Laureate RABINDRANATH TAGORE. The anthology will be published by a reputed Indian Publisher having its distribution network the world over.

The essay must be within 2500 and 4000 words, typeset with 1.5 paragraph space and must be according to the latest MLA Stylesheet.

The last date for submission of complete essay is October 10, 2011.


Monday, August 15, 2011 - 7:44am

Nigeria with around 140 million citizens and a huge population of women has the potential to transmute from a poverty stricken nation to a vibrant economy through adequate empowerment of women. Women in Nigeria are crucial beyond certain customary duties and procreation efforts. They have the potential to turn an ailing economy around, at the family level through their in-bred economic strength, organisational skills and single-minded focus to surmount obstacles posed by culture, their environment and the male folks.
Notably, the task of women empowerment for national growth and productivity is daunting and it requires the efforts of all stakeholders especially the private sector

Call for Papers: Film Theory and Aesthetics

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:23am
2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Film Theory and Aesthetics
2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
33d Annual Conference February 8-11, 2012
Hyatt Regency Downtown/ Albuquerque, NM

Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until December 1, 2011. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations; other topics in the area are also welcome:

CFP: Prospects of Bildung, C19 Conference Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 11:13pm
C19; The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

CFP: Prospects of Bildung @C19

C19 Conference, Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012

Developmental Narratives, Transnational Childhoods, and National Culture

Children and savages use only nouns or names of things, which they convert into verbs, and apply to analogous mental acts. – Emerson, Chapter I: "Nature" in Nature (1836)

It were a wise inquiry for the closet, to compare, point by point, especially at remarkable crises in life, our daily history, with the rise and progress of ideas in the mind. / So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. – Emerson, Chapter VIII: "Prospects" in Nature (1836)

[UPDATE] Fixing Foods in Literary Modernity

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 9:58pm
Michael D Becker / 2012 NeMLA (March 15-18)

For better and for worse, modernity has surely left its mark on the food we daily eat. Two hundred years ago in 1812, Bryan Donkin purchased from a London broker the patent for canning food items inside tin containers. Within the next decade canned goods were widespread in Britain and France (Robertson 123). One hundred and fifty years ago in the spring of 1862, Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard's experiments with heating liquids eventually led to pasteurized drinks—first wine and beer and then, later, milk (Greene, Guzel-Seydim, and Seydim 88).

47th Intl. Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012 - DEADLINE September 15th, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 6:51pm

We invite you to send a proposal for the IMANA panel:
"Uses and Abuses of the Medieval Tradition in Contemporary Spain"
to be held at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012.
We welcome submissions that address how any aspect of the medieval culture is brought into play to reshape contemporary Spanish culture, language, literature, music, religion, political discourse or film.