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Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking [Oct. 28-29, 2011]

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 11:01am
University of Florida English Graduate Organization

Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking

2011 University of Florida English Graduate Organization Conference

October 28-29, 2011, at the University of Florida

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers across disciplines concerning the idea of novelty in literature, film, rhetoric or the production of art. By interrogating the causes and effects of novelty in the life of an artist, scholar or artistic movement, we hope to destabilize the boundaries around the "old" and "new" and trace the lingering impact of these game-changers across both time and disciplines.

Goscelin of St. Bertin--May 10-13, 2012

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 10:31am
Melissa Mayus / International Congress on Medieval Studies

Goscelin of St. Bertin was one of the most prolific and influential hagiographers to come out of the late 11th century, and certain of his works—most notably the Liber Confortatorius—have rightfully garnered much recent scholarly attention. In addition, several of Goscelin's works, such as his hagiographic accounts of the female saints of Ely, have been given recent critical editions. Meanwhile some of his other works, such as his accounts of the early archbishops of Canterbury, are only now undergoing the process of editing and have not yet been printed in modern editions. This session welcomes papers from scholars who are working on Goscelin's more familiar texts as well as those who are working on texts which have received little previous attention.

[REMINDER] CFP 'States of Emergence, States of Emergency'

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 9:32am
Excursions Journal

Excursions Journal
Call For Papers
'States of Emergence, States of Emergency'
Deadline for articles: 15th August 2011
Submit online at:
'The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the 'state of emergency' in which we live is not
the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history which is in keeping with this
insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency,
and this will improve our position in the struggle against fascism.'

CFP SCMS Boston 2012 Media Paratexts and Gendered Marketing

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 4:56pm
Colleen Laird

Hi all,
I'm looking for one more person to join my panel for SCMS 2012 on
media paratexts and gendered marketing (see abstract draft below).
If anyone is interested, please shoot me an email.


Colleen A. Laird
Japanese Studies
Department of Language, Literature, and Culture
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

PhD Candidate
Japanese Cinema and Gender Studies
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Oregon

March 15-18, 2012

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 3:38pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester

Deadline for abstract submission: Sept 20, 2011

Love and Society in Giovanni Boccaccio: Comedy, Elegy, Tragedy
This session aims to explore the way(s) in which love and/or society are treated in Boccaccio's works. Papers concerning the relationship between Boccaccio and previous Italian/European traditions, or Boccaccio's influence on subsequent Italian/European generations of authors are also welcome.

Send your abstract of 150-250 words to Jelena Todorovic, at, by September 20, 2011.

O'Neill & Post-colonialism 36th Annual Comparative Drama Conference Stevenson University, Maryland March 29-31, 2012

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 1:11pm
J. Chris Westgate / The Eugene O’Neill Society

Beginning with Eugene O'Neill's sea plays and continuing through much of his oeuvre are concerns with global themes, including the problematic encounters between cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities. Following recent trends in criticism that have sought to situate modernist writers within post-colonial discourse, this panel intends to consider how plays like Thirst, The Movie Man, Moon of the Carribbees, The Emperor Jones and others intersect with post-colonialism.

Toleration and its Discontents, ASECS San Antonio (March 22-25, 2012)

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 12:39pm
Patrick Mello/ ASECS 2012

This panel seeks papers that complicate and deepen our understanding of the role of religious difference in the development of eighteenth-century literature, culture, and society. Toleration is an inherently ironic and unsatisfying concept that gives the appearance of inclusiveness, but entails nothing of acceptance or equality. Such an understanding of tolerance informs Stanley Fish's claim that "any regime of tolerance will be founded by an intolerant gesture of exclusion" and "those who institute such a regime will do everything they can to avoid confronting the violence that inaugurates it." In other words, toleration is typically a pragmatic doctrine that favors political expedience over freedom of conscience.

Collection of Essays for Sports in the Humanities

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 9:54am
Gregory J. Thompson

Sports in the Humanities

From Jacob wrestling in the Bible to Shakespearean references of bear baiting to Hemingway's Old Man to George Carlin's Football vs. Baseball routine, sport has embodied metaphors that help to explain the human experience and the human condition.

This collection of essays intends to explore the representation of sports in literature, painting, architecture, sculpture, philosophy and religion. From the examination of those representations we will see how sports have long been a common means of understanding how humans have understood themselves and the world around them.

Questions to Consider:

• How have sports been represented in the arts?

Mothers and Fathers in Margaret Atwood's Work

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 9:17am
NeMLA/Margaret Atwood Society

Co-Sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society. This proposed round table for 2012 NeMLA invites brief presentations on all aspects of mothers and fathers, including: mothering and fathering, absent and present parents, parental substitutes, fractured families, the Demeter/ Persephone myth in Atwood's fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Please send proposals of 250-300 words to Danette DiMarco at by September 30, 2011.

Making Sense(s) of William Blake

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 8:01am
Richard Tayson / The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Making Sense(s) of William Blake

This panel, which will present at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention to be held in Rochester, New York on March 15 - 18, 2012, explores Blake's contradictory depictions of the body in his texts and images, finding new ways to explore the wide range of figurations pertaining to the senses and to foster inquiry of concepts crucial to the analysis of Blake's time, including identity, gender, sexuality, and aesthetics. Send 300-500-word abstracts as Word or PDF attachments to, along with a brief bio.

CFP: Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices [Oct 31, 2011; March 1-3, 2012]

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 4:40am
Nhora Serrano, California State University, Long Beach

47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
California State University, Long Beach
March 1st-3rd, 2012
Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices

Plenary Speaker: Ilan Stavans
Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College

Special B-Word Public Lecture: An Evening with Azar Nafisi

"Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write." ~ Hugo L. Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1963

"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches" ~ Ray Bradubury, Fahrenheit 451

[UPDATE] Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (NEMLA 2012)

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:41pm
Emily King / NEMLA 2012

From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?