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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:34am
SHARP EYES VII: AN ASLE-AFFILIATED CONFERENCE,June 4-7, 2012, At the State University of New York College at Oneonta

This conference will be the seventh in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar series. The theme of this year's conference was inspired by a statement offered at an Earth Day event at Middlebury College in 2010 honoring John Elder, where an editor from Orion Magazine declared that "Nature Writing is dead." The obvious rejoinder to such a declaration is "what do you mean by 'nature writing'?" The 2012 conference will address this issue, and invites papers dealing with writers of natural history such as Henry Thoreau, John Burroughs, and other nineteenth-century authors through the more politically-charged writing of modern writers.

"worth a thousand words": at the intersections of literature and the visual arts, 24-26 October 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:33am
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012

Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)

Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?

University of Exeter International Summer School 21 July - 11 August 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:10am
University of Exeter

In 2012 the University of Exeter will invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.


Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:37am
Journal of Literary Theory

Call for Articles: Journal of Literary Theory, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)

JLT – Journal of Literary Theory
Edited by Fotis Jannidis, Gerhard Lauer and Simone Winko
Published by de Gruyter

The Journal of Literary Theory invites contributions for Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)


Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012

Multicultural Family/Multicultural Community – The Hybridity of the American Experience; 3/16 & 8/1/2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:10am
Linda Trinh Moser/Kathryn West

"Chinese-Americans, when you try to understand what things in you are Chinese, how do you separate what is peculiar to childhood, to poverty, insanities, one family, your mother who marked your growing with stories, from what is Chinese? What is Chinese tradition and what is the movies?" –Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

MLA 2013 Special Session: Muriel Rukeyser at One Hundred

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 8:38pm
Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

2013 marks the centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth. Papers on all genres and topics welcome, focusing particularly on aspects of her work that are important right now. 1000-word abstract by 15 March 2012. Special sessions are subject to approval by the MLA.

REMINDER -- African Literature Special Session -- 66th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 11-13, 2012; Boulder, CO

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 7:32pm
Keli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.

This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.

NEPCA Conference -- Ethnic and Race Studies

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 6:29pm
Northeast Popular Culture Association


The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals in the area of Ethnic and Race Studies for its annual conference on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012 at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York.

NEPCA conferences seek to be those where graduate students, junior faculty, independent researchers, and senior faculty convene as equals. NEPCA prides itself on offering intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects. Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length. NEPCA encourages creative delivery of papers, though they can also be read.

Authorship, Ownership, and Publication: Exploring Debt through Texts

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 5:48pm
Permanent Section at Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Nov 8-11, 2012

This permanent section on Bibliography and Textual Studies at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference welcomes paper proposals for a panel or group of panels on topics related to the conference's theme of "debt," both literal and metaphorical. The permanent section traditionally explores points of intersection between the disciplines of literary studies and history of the book. Proposals for 2012 should merge the permanent section's disciplinary and theoretical focus with the theme of debt, addressing sub-topics like indebtedness and influence, oaths and promises, literature of demand, the funding of literary productions, or another closely related topic.

Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 2:17pm
The Journal of Pan African Studies

The Journal of Pan African Studies ( is organizing a special issue to analyze the work of Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan.

Papers examining his books, articles and multi-media presentations are welcomed. Secondly, contributions should engage the following themes; however discourse will not be limited to the following:

[UPDATE] "Interdisciplinary English Studies"

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:59pm
Red River Graduate Student Conference 2012 -- English Graduate Organization -- NDSU English Department

(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)

Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012

*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico

The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.

"Laughing to Keep from Crying" Modern Language Association Convention: 3-6 Jan 2013

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:45pm
American Humor Studies Association

This panel will explore the complex relationships between pain and humor. Productive readings that avoid reductive binaries or discuss the topic in relation to specific cultural/ethnic/racial groups are particularly encouraged. Theoretical submissions are encouraged so long as they are thoroughly grounded in primary texts or performances.

Milton and Logic (MLA 2013, Boston)

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:36pm
Milton Society of America

Milton and Logic, interpreted broadly and all-inclusively. Sponsored by the Milton Society of America at 2013 MLA conference.

Please send abstracts or complete papers (8-page or 20-min.) by March 15, 2012 to Ken Hiltner,

John Milton: A General Session (MLA, 2013 Boston)

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:30pm
Milton Society of America

"John Milton: A General Session." Papers on all topics. Sponsored by the Milton Society of America at the 2013 MLA conference.

Please send abstracts or complete papers (8-page or 20-min.) by March 15, 2012 to Ken Hiltner,