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Constructing and Locating Women Warriors in Medieval Eurasia (proposal due 9/15/2011)

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 3:38am
Sufen Lai/ CFP for 47th Internation Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo 2012)

47th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 10-13, 2012

The construction and historicization of the Amazonian type women warriors have generated a long legacy in both Western and Eastern cultures.The ancient world's literary impulse to construct and the geographical impulse to locate the women warriors and women's kingdoms continued in the Middle Ages. Examples can be found in the writings of Boccaccio, Chaucer, De Pizan, and travel writings of Mandeville and Marco Polo. In the East, "women's kingdom" continued to evolve in Chinese literature and historiography.

September 30, 2011 Deadline

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:21pm

"Identity, Identification, and Subject in the Marginal Literatures of Germany"

This panel seeks papers on the examination of the relationships between identity, identification, and subject within the context of multi-language marginal literatures of Germany. The genres in focus are short prose, poetry and novel from the selected works of Turkish-German, Arab-German, (Far East) Asian-German and African-German writers. Please send 300 word English abstracts and brief bibliographical statements (via email and preferably in MSWord or PDF format) to Hulya Yilmaz,

Sex, Blood, and Hybridity: The Discourse of Racial Anxiety in Antebellum Writing (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 5:29pm
Rebecca Williams

In antebellum America, the notion of 'blood' as 'race' maintained a strong hold over the 19th century literary imagination. This panel will examine how antebellum literary texts worked dialectically with the new racial science of ethnology to respond to the dominant racial ideologies of the day. Mid-century works by authors as varied as Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Lydia Maria Child, and Frances E.W. Harper illustrated very clearly the instability of racial classification and its resultant sexual anxieties. Rather than phenotype, references to 'white' blood and 'black' blood came to be regarded as the primary signifiers of racial traits.

[UPDATE] out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:08am
School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.

Children's Literature and New York City (August 26, 2011)

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:57pm
University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Church of Ireland College of Education

The proposed volume will examine the varying ways in which children's literature has engaged with New York as a city space, both in terms of (urban) realism and as 'idea' (a place of opportunity, etc). The volume will explore not just dominant themes, motifs, tropes, etc but also the different narrative methods employed to inform readers about the history, function, physical structure, conceptualization, etc of New York City. The volume will also acknowledge the shared or symbiotic relationship between literature and the city: just as the literature can give imaginative 'reality' to the city, the city has the potential to shape the literary text.

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, March 15-18, 2012

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 5:47pm
Randall Spinks, Northeast Language Association

Ernest Hemingway's Cost-Benefit Aesthetic

This panel invites papers on metaphorical 'economic exchanges/expenditures' between (un)necessary risk, suffering and death and aesthetic meaning in Ernest Hemingway's works. What would be the 'cost/benefit' of the author's aesthetic of forthrightness versus his famous 'iceberg' method in the face of Modernist avant-gardism? What of such explorers of the political/economic unconscious as Ethnic, Feminist, Marxist, Queer Theorist, Disability, Animal or Masculinity Studies? (Please send abstracts of 300 words to by Sept. 30, 2011.

Romance in Medieval Britain: Oxford, 24–26 March 2012

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 4:02pm
Nicholas Perkins

The 13th Biennial Conference on Romance in Medieval Britain

Papers are invited on all aspects of medieval romance, its circulation and reception in and around the Insular Middle Ages. The conference coincides with a major exhibition, 'The Romance of the Middle Ages', at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Papers that address aspects of romance and materiality are particularly welcome, for example:
• texts and textuality, in manuscript or print
• the body and the sensual
• objects, spaces and places
• romance and medieval material culture
Information at:


Friday, July 29, 2011 - 3:43pm
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Call for Papers
Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts
Volume 5, Number 3 (Spring 2012)
"Land Ownership and Tenure"

[UPDATE] Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory, SRS conference, University of Manchester, July 9-11, 2012

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:25am
James Smith

Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory

A panel to be held at the 5th Biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, University of Manchester, July 9-11, 2012

Proposals are invited for papers making up a panel on representations and appropriations of culture from the mid-1300s to the early 1700s by modern critical theory. Taking 'critical theory' broadly to include all those writing in the wake of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and feminism, this panel seeks discussions of its passing remarks (such as those by Nietzsche and Lacan), sustained analyses (Bakhtin, Foucault, Kristeva), and more multifarious appropriations (Deleuze's baroque) on and of Renaissance texts, culture and terminology.

2nd Global Conference,Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (March 2012:Prague; Czec

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:21am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

21st March - 24th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields.

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:46pm
Fordham University’s Graduate English Association (Deadline AUGUST 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This one day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City: (113 W 60th)

We are currently accepting applications from PhD and MA students (as well as junior faculty members). The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast and an after-keynote reception w/food and beverages.

We are also currently working on an after-conference event, which will most likely involve drink specials at a local pub.