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Abstracts by 9/30 for NeMLA (3/21-24, 2013) roundtable on ideas for a national Big Read

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 2:12pm
Ben Railton

For those of us who care about making American literature more public, more connected to all Americans and their experiences, identities, and perspectives, the NEA's Big Read program represents a great model for such efforts. Since its pilot project in 2006, The Big Read has brought a number of great, complex, vital works of American literature to local communities and schools, getting lots of Americans reading and engaging with those works in the process. Yet the program is explicitly local, with different communities reading different books—there are both practical and philosophical arguments in support of that local element, but it does leave room for a more genuinely shared, national engagement with American literature.

Science Fiction & Food Politics, NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013, Abstract Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:52pm

When it comes to food production and consumption, science fiction offers us contrasting visions of hope and horror. Sometimes, works in this genre paint utopian pictures of consumer choice and convenience; other times, the future of food looks quite bleak, with today's troubling trends (ex: Genetically Modified Organisms) extrapolated to worst-case scenarios. Please submit a 250-500 word abstract pertaining to the intersecting questions of science fiction (literature, television, and/or film) and food politics to Sean Murray, St. John's University,

[UPDATE] Call for Papers for Special Issue on "The B Film" for The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:37pm
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

The Projector: An Electronic Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year under the auspices of the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. The Projector is seeking research-based essays for a special double issue on the B feature or "low-budget" film, studio-produced or independently financed, in any genre or country of origin. A range of possible topics or approaches appears below. This proposed special issue will comprise our Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 issues.

Zombies: Walking, Eating & Performance / proposals 20 November 2012 / conference 13 April 2013

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:35pm
Roberta Mock / Plymouth University

Zombies: Walking, Eating & Performance
13 April 2013
hosted by the Theatre & Performance Department,
Plymouth University (UK)

The purpose of this one-day symposium is to explore, interrogate and celebrate zombies as a cultural phenomenon through the paradigms of performance, as well as models of performance through the quintessential zombie activities of eating and walking. It will examine the zombie as protagonist, performer, nomad, pilgrim, traveller, tourist, nightmare, underclass and demonstrator. Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance will consider the derided and resilient figure of the zombie as metaphor and character; the zombie as vehicle for protest and for public self-expression.

Shakespeare's Blood (Abstracts Due September 30, 2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:22pm
NeMLA (Boston Mar. 21-24, 2013)

"Shakespeare's Blood"

Julius Caesar mocks his wife's ominous dream:
"She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts
did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it." (2.2.76-79)

This seminar will look at various representations of blood in Shakespeare's plays. From intense physical moments of bleeding on the stage, to abstract concerns around legitimacy and primogeniture, papers will focus on issues of humoral theory, embodiment, stage properties, and kinship.

Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora! Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism NACCS TEJAS FOCO February 21-23, 2013

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:50pm

Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora!
Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism
University of Texas—Pan American
Edinburg, Texas
February 21-23, 2013

Call for Proposals

Recent attacks on Chican@ and Ethnic Studies programs are reminders of the need for spaces to produce knowledge in, about, and for our communities. This conference provides an environment to encounter and engage recent work by those who situate their teaching, research, writing, creative activities, and advocacy on and beyond an academic campus. This call for proposals centers on the ways in which academic research, creative activities, and pedagogy can directly affect and become embedded in these communities.

Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the Construction of the American Horror Canon [Update]

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:23pm
Dr. Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph

There is little doubt as to the importance that H.P. Lovecraft has played in the development of American horror. Additionally, the pulp magazine Weird Tales, which published much of Lovecraft's fiction, is also consistently recognized as a seminal publication for eerie and horrific texts. With these two givens in mind, we are actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph's popular culture conference, held October 26-27th [we are hosting the conference in October to help break up the conference jam that happens over Winter and Spring recess].

Tarot at the 2013 PCA/ACA conference

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:19pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

I am looking for papers about all aspects of Tarot for the Tarot area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Washington, 27-30 March 2013. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

—Tarot and art history
—Tarot and literature
—Tarot artists, writers, and readers
—Individual decks and their guidebooks
—Tarot as a motif in comics, literature, and film
—playing cards in art history

Participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics. See the conference website for more information.

Writing Exile and Engendering Subjectivity in Modern French and Francophone Literature - SAMLA - November 9-11, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:45am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Graduate Students' Forum in French

In her 2004 novel Biographie de la faim, Amélie Nothomb describes her experience of exile as the child of a Belgian diplomat: "Jamais était le pays que j'habitais. C'était un pays sans retour. Je ne l'aimais pas…Les habitants de jamais n'ont pas d'espoir. La langue qu'ils parlent est la nostalgie. Leur monnaie est le temps qui passe: ils sont incapables d'en mettre de côté et leur vie se dilapide en direction d'un gouffre qui s'appelle la mort et qui est la capitale de leur pays" (67-68). In modern French literature of the periphery, many authors have detailed the complicated experience of developing subjectivity in the face of catastrophic exile like that of Nothomb.

Edited Collection: David Foster Wallace, for Critical Insight series, Salem Press (abstracts due August 15, 2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:23am
Mary Holland, SUNY New Paltz

The years since his death in September 2008 have seen an explosion of readerly, critical, and publishing interest in the work of David Foster Wallace. As his readership correspondingly broadens beyond the narrow band of postmodern scholars and metafiction fans who devoured and discussed his work in secluded circles ten years ago, demand also grows for analysis from diverse viewpoints and at all levels of Wallace, his work, his theories of fiction, and his impact on contemporary fiction.

Session on Canadian Literature -- MMLA

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:44am
Midwest Modern Language Association

This permanent section invites papers on any topic regarding Canadian Literature, but especially welcomes proposals addressing the conference theme of "debt," broadly understood.

Please send 250-word abstracts and CV by June 4 to Cynthia Wallace,

Chair: Cynthia Wallace, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan,

Witnessing and Remembering Civil War(s): Woolson, Davis, and Their Contemporaries

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:42am
Constance Fenimore Woolson and Rebecca Harding Davis Societies

Tenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Meeting Jointly with the Rebecca Harding Davis Society

Columbus, GA
Feb. 21-24, 2013

Keynote Speaker: John Neff, author of
Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation

In honor of the Civil War's Sesquicentennial, the Constance Fenimore Woolson and Rebecca Harding Davis Societies invite proposals on any aspect of "Civil Wars" in Woolson's and Davis's works or in the works of their contemporaries. The plural is meant to evoke the diverse issues and viewpoints involved in representing the war itself and the many other battles over identity and culture in the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

[UPDATE] The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature (Deadline extended: June 22, 2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:36am
The University of New Haven

The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, art and book reviews.

We are currently seeking critical essays, plays, and visual art for our January 2013 issue. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit.
Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to submit, as each issue will feature undergraduate writing and art. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to the guidelines below.