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Deadline Alert: Victorian Mixed Media, 19-21 October 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 7:22pm
Victorians Institute

"Victorian Mixed Media," the annual meeting of the Victorians Institute, calls for proposals for papers on any aspect of the topic, or on the work of Robert Browning, for the conference to be hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Keynote speaker, WJT Mitchell, University of Chicago; Plenary speaker, Herbert Tucker, University of Virginia.

Further information at

Panels will begin to be selected after 1 May.

David Latané

The Famished Road: Ben Okri's Imaginary Homelands - 18 October 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:11pm
Vanessa GUIGNERY, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

This international conference will focus on Ben Okri's Booker prize-winning novel The Famished Road in order to try and offer new perspectives, a little more than twenty years after its publication. Contributors are welcome to adopt a variety of approaches that will illuminate the main themes, narrative strategies, literary traditions, modes of writing, generic traits and any other component of the novel. Ben Okri will attend the conference and take part in a public discussion. All papers will be delivered in English. Papers will then be peer-reviewed for publication.

Call for Submissions Issue 2

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 10:50am
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies is pleased to announce its second call for submissions for the Autumn issue (JLTS issue 2). The Journal is a bi-annual peer reviewed academic publication, accessible on JSTOR and MUSE and available in both electronic and hardcopy formats. The first issue on 'tragedy and trauma' is about to appear and the Editorial Board is now seeking quality submissions from interested researchers, scholars and writers working in the interrelated fields of literature, trauma and memory studies.

[Update] Volume on Multilingual Literature, deadline June 1.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 9:26am
Salvatore Pappalardo, Maria Kager

Volume on Multilingualism and Translation, deadline June 1
Call for contributions
Polyglot Fancies: Multilingualism and Translation in 20th Century Fiction (working title).
(To be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (Publication)

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 8:07am
Cynthia J. Miller

Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (publication)

The frontier has long been framed as a landscape of life and death, but few scholarly works have ventured into the realm where the two become one, to explore portrayals of the Undead in the West – the zombies, vampires, mummies, and others that have lumbered, crept, shambled, and swooped into the Western from other genres. This sub-genre, while largely a post-1990 phenomenon, traces it roots to much deeper hybrid traditions of Westerns and horror or science fiction, and yet, also shows ties to the recent Western renaissance.

ABORIGINAL POETRY from AUSTRALIA; Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:42am

Papers /Essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology of Essays on ABORIGINAL POETRY from AUSTRALIA to be published this year. The essays should examine / discuss various aspects of poetry written by the Aboriginal poets of Australia – including their socio-political concerns, historical position, colonial oppression and identity issues, ethnicity, indigenous culture, religious and spiritual values, ecological / environmental issues, aesthetics, art, folklore and oral traditions, etc. as reflected in their verses.
The essays must conform to the latest MLA Style. If published earlier, the essays must accompany the Copyright permission from the Publisher for use in the present anthology.

BHAGVAD-GITA: Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:02am

BHAGVAD-GITA; Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Contributions are invited from scholars and writers from any discipline across the world for an Anthology of Essays on BHAGVAD-GITA to be published this year by an Indian publisher of international repute. The essays must focus on the contemporary relevance of the philosophical thought contained in this time-honoured text. The essays may include the following issues, but may take up other significant issues as well:

Film and Television in the 21st Century Conference (Fort Worth, Texas; Nov. 2-3, 2012); Proposals due July 19, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 3:03pm
Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, Texas Christian University

Call for Papers: Film and Television in the 21st Century Conference (Fort Worth, Texas)

We invite panel and individual-paper proposals for the Film and Television in the 21st Century Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 2-3, 2012.

The members of the conference committee are seeking contributions that examine 21st-century film and television offerings in intellectually intriguing and diverse ways. Possible topics include (but are certainly not limited to):

Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University, Virginia, September 22, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 12:14pm
The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee

Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars.
Walter Benjamin

Featuring Doug Henwood as Distinguished Keynote Speaker Henwood is editor and publisher of the Left Business Observer, a contributing editor to The Nation, and host of a weekly radio program on KPFA (Berkeley). He is the author of Wall Street, The State of the USA, and After the New Economy.

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 6th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at George Mason University (Research 1 Building, Room 163) in Fairfax, Virginia.


The Poetry, Philosophy and Art Work of Dieter Leisegang; November 9-11, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:29pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This panel seeks presentations which will explore the work of Dieter Leisegang (1942-1973). Leisegang was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and committed suicide at the very young age of 30 years old. During his short life, Leisegang, however, accomplished a great deal. He published nine books of poetry. In his book of poems, Lauter Letzte Worte, he included his own miniature drawings and paintings. Additionally, he translated the literary works of W.H. Auden, Hart Crane and Edvard Kocbek into German and wrote cultural programs for German television. Leisegang was only 27 years old when he received his doctorate degree from the Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe University where he studied German philosophy under the direction of Theodor Adorno and Julius Schaaf.

THATCampCaribe 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:26pm
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez

Come join us in Puerto Rico, November 12-14, for the first THATCamp in the broader Caribbean. We are hoping to bring together librarians and scholars from in and outside of the Caribbean to talk about the future of digital scholarship in and for the Caribbean. We expect to cover five main areas in our 'unconference': Scholarly communications, new media, digital preservation, technology in the classroom and computational methodologies. Our event precedes the ASA conference to be held in San Juan, PR, and we have partnered with them to make it easy for ASA participants to come to Mayagüez.

Let's Talk About Translation: A Body of Translation Theory and Female Desire in Brossard's Mauve Desert

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Nicole Brossard's Mauve Desert is a feminist intertext, which Susanne Lotbiniére-Harwood's Re-Belle Et Infidéle states: "Is a body of text written in the feminine by feminists rereading and rewriting what other feminists have written and spoken" (126). Throughout history, the privatized female semantic space inhibited the bilingual nature of the woman and her ability to speak in both the dominant, masculine language system and her own muted tongue, which, in turn, allows her to succeed in the art of translation.

Intertextuality and the "Rape" of Miranda: The Tempest and Eastwords

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

James E. Portar states, "not infrequently books speak of books. Not infrequently, and perhaps ever always, texts refer to other texts and in fact rely on them for their meaning." In my paper, I wish to explore intertextuality—how writers draw ceaselessly from the past, highlighting the transience and fragility in their own narrative, and how the mere rendering in two stories of analogous setting, characters, and plot, can change meanings inexorably. Specifically, I will analyze Shakespeare's "The Tempest" alongside its 21st century counterpart "Eastwords" by Kalyan Ray.

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (abstracts due June 1)

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 2:27pm
Lisa Nevarez/Siena College

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (Abstracts due June 1, 2012).

Vampires are showing up with increasing frequency in the college classroom, and there are emerging an increasing number of courses solely devoted to the Undead. This edited volume intends to offer pedagogical tools for those who teach—and who would like to teach—vampire literature. The collection aspires to draw from a diverse range of teaching approaches, ranging from theoretical framing of vampire literature to teaching vampire literature in the writing classroom.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: