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UPDATE PAMLA Moving Children -- deadline extended

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:40pm
Kate Watt/UC Riverside

Whether "transported," imprisoned, kidnapped, enslaved, committed to the workhouse, trained for positions in "service," apprenticed, shipped off to Canada, adopted, shuttled around by parents on the move or on the lam, or otherwise disposed of, poor children have moved or been moved, often against their will, for centuries, in both fiction and non-fiction. Explorations of narrative tropes and tensions, rhetorical and ideological rationalizations, and cultural responses to such narratives are welcome.

PAMLA, Seattle, October 19-21, 2012.

Inquiries welcome. Please include PAMLA in your subject line.

Deadline extended to 5/15/12.

EC/ASECS Convention, 11/1-11/3, Baltimore: "Masculine Honorability and the Political Subject"

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:19pm

This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between masculinity and political subjectivity in the public space of honorability and reputation. To what degree do mid and late-eighteenth century texts, like Williams Godwin's Caleb Williams or Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison, interrogate masculine honor, aristocratic and otherwise, within the air of reform of the fin-de-siècle? How are the categories of honor and infamy expressed in masculine terms? Considering the novel in terms of its complex relationship to genre, how is its critique positioned in the space of contemporary political considerations? To what degree is male honorability understood in terms of personal politics?

CFP: Zizek and Performance - Expressions of Interest by 11 June 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:46am
Alex Mangold / Aberystwyth University, Broderick Chow / Brunel University

Expressions of interest are invited from scholars across the humanities interested in philosophy, theatre and performance to contribute to an edited volume on:

"Žižek and Performance"

[UPDATE] SCLA 2012: "Gaming the System"

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:23am
Southern Comparative Literature Association

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit paper or panel proposals by June 1, 2012. Please note there are graduate-student travel scholarships available.

For the first time in its 38 year history, the SCLA is coming to Vegas, October 25-28, 2012 (University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center)

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Clarke (Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science Texas Tech University)

Plenary Speaker: Eric Hayot (Professor of Comparative Literature
Penn State University)

We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics including:

[UPDATE] Celebrity Couples Conference 24 Nov 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 5:10am
University of Southampton

Celebrity Couples Conference

The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Diane Negra, University College Dublin.

Professor Linda Ruth Williams, University of Southampton.

CALL FOR PAPERS: NTU Studies in Language and Literature

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 4:26am
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University

NTU Studies in Language and Literature is a refereed journal of literature and culture published biannually (in June and December) by the National Taiwan University Press for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University. Devoted to generating intellectual and trans-cultural dialogues, NTU Studies in Language and Literature welcomes original submissions from all over the world dealing with literary and related texts and informed by theoretical, interdisciplinary, or comparative perspectives or approaches. Reviews, review essays, and commentaries on recent debates and controversies are also welcome.

Applied Linguistics & English Literature

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 12:28am
Call for Papers International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature

International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature (IJALEL) is a peer-reviewed journal established in Australia. Authors are encouraged to submit complete unpublished and original works which are not under review in any other journal. The scopes of the journal include, but not limited to, the following topic areas: Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, and English Literature. The journal is published in both printed and online versions. The online version is free access and downloadable.

The journal publishes research papers in the following fields;

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.