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[UPDATE] American Nineteenth-Century Literature: Writing Illness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Abstracts due Mar 7)

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:52pm
RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association)

This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of 19th C American literature, but especially those theorizing representations of illness and medicine. We invite papers that address autobiography, fiction, philosophy, poetry, diaries, and science writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
--madness and mental illness
--doctor/patient relationships
--the home, hospital, and asylum
--legal insanity
--the wounded body or soul
--pathographies, case studies, patient-authored narratives
--disability studies
--narrative ethics
--nurse-roles and healthcare

Modernism and the Weather: MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:33pm
Louise Hornby/UCLA

This panel invites papers that address the significance of the weather in modernist works (literature, film, visual art). How does the weather become a particularly modernist concern? What are the stakes of weather prediction, anticipated in the early part of the twentieth century? How are meteorological events forecast, observed, described, and interpreted? How might weather structure coordinates of knowledge and time? How does the weather negotiate the terrain of the ordinary and the spectacular?

[UPDATE] "Antagonisms." Special issue of The Comparatist

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:32pm
The Comparatist

Topic: Antagonisms

General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden--or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism--antagonistic rivalry between critics--a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

Games and Gaming in Science Fiction and Fantasy panel - 2012 SCLA, Gaming the System, Las Vegas, Oct. 25-28

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:53pm
Society for Critical Exchange

For many of us, gaming the system and SF&F bring to mind Captain Kirk's solution to the war simulation game known as the Kobayashi Maru, but games and gaming have long enjoyed a privileged position in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Works such as Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and The Players of Null-A by A.E. Van Vogt have a game as the central feature of the narrative; the fantasy quest narrative is essential to the development of role-playing games; video gaming is an important element of much cyberpunk fiction in general (Tron may deserve its own mention with regard to video gaming); more recent works by writers such as Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow use online gaming to structure their narratives.

[UPDATE] Cine tectonica: Film on the Faultline

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 4:12pm
Alan Wright

The recent earthquakes in Chile, Christchurch and Japan have left a host of powerful images in the minds and memories of millions of people around the world. Film has always played a crucial role in the imagination of disaster. From its earliest days, cinema has registered the impact of seismic events. The aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is recorded on film. In New Zealand, footage from the Napier earthquake of 1931 shows the destruction of the town. Hollywood even recast New Zealand in Green Dolphin Street (Saville, 1947) as the fictional setting for a special effects mega-quake and tsunami.

MMLA Special Session: Bodies on the Marketplace [UPDATE]

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:26pm
Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Session

Bodies on the Marketplace: Supply and Demand
This sessions welcomes papers on the body in performance, the media, the arts, and in pedagogy, i.e., the student body. Please send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall, halla@ohio, by May 1. Include your name, address, phone, and email.

2012 MPCA/ACA: Popular Romance

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 2:40pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Popular Romance

2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
Columbus, OH
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
(Conference info:

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2012.

Eat Your Vegetables (Before They Eat You!): Good Plants / Bad Plants in Fiction and Culture - MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston)

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1:41pm
College English Association

Human beings have always lived in a state of ecological, nutritional, and psychological dependence on plants, yet the attitudes toward plant life expressed in the imaginative literature of Western culture are ambivalent. In the nineteenth century, Emerson's delight in "the suggestion of an occult relationship between man and vegetable" finds its dark echo in Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter," in which the loveliness of the mad scientist's garden conceals a latent threat to human personhood.

"Women's Work": Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages. MLA 2013 Conference. Boston, Jan. 1-3, 2013.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1:19pm
Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages

Join the Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages at the MLA convention to 2013! (Boston, Jan. 1-3 2013). Our general rubric for our three panels is "Women's Work," by which we mean not only working conditions for women in academia, but also the gendering of those conditions, which includes male workers as well. We would appreciate it if you would circulate these calls widely to appropriate lists, as well as sending in proposals yourself.

GRAMMA - Journal of Theory and Criticism

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 8:36am
Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Journal of Theory and Criticism
Semiotics as a Theory of Culture: Deciphering the Meanings of Cultural Texts

[UPDATE] REMINDER: Caribbean Conference on Trade Policy, Innovation Governance and Small State Competitiveness 11-13 June 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 8:29am
Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Institute of International Relations, and Institute for Sustainable Development

International trans-disciplinary conference focusing on practice and theory of trade policy for small states in the contemporary global economy drawing on the experience and lessons from the Caribbean.

Call for Papers

Caribbean Conference on Trade Policy, Innovation Governance and Small State Competitiveness

11-13 June, 2012

Shridath Ramphal Centre, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados