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Those That Came Before: Black Literary Indebtedness

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:14am
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In "The Site of Memory," Toni Morrison claims that as an African American writer her literary heritage is the autobiography, the slave narrative. Quoting Harriet Jacobs, Morrison claims that a central trope of the slave narrative is occlusion, leaving the unspeakable unspoken. However, for Morrison, a writer heavily indebted to her formerly enslaved precursors, "the exercise is very different. [Her] job becomes how to rip that veil drawn over "proceedings too terrible to relate." Morrison pays her literary debt to these authors by revealing that to which they were unable. In what ways do 20th and 21st Century black American authors struggle with or against their 19th Century literary heritage? Or even their early twentieth century heritage?

Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:10am
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

2nd Biennial BABEL Meeting - Wild Fermentation: Disciplined Knowledge and Drink

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 9:37pm
Nathan Kelber / Rob Wakeman

"Wild Fermentation: Disciplined Knowledge and Drink"

Panel for the BABEL Working Group's second biennial conference at MIT, September 20-22, 2012.

There in wine is found the great generalization; all life is fermentation…. If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts — physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on — remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let it give us one more final pleasure; drink it and forget it all! – Richard Feynman

CFP: Beyond the Bottom-Line: The Producer in Film and Television (Edited Collection) (Abstracts due June 30)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 6:53pm
Christopher Meir

Editors: Andrew Spicer, Anthony McKenna and Christopher Meir

The producer has long been one of the most overlooked and misunderstood figures in Screen Studies. The historical privileging of the director has caused an artificial distinction between creativity and commerce, with the director's 'vision' judged responsible for a film's artistry and the producer relegated to the shadowy, venal world of business and the 'bottom line'. Such reductive views are now beginning to be challenged with several serious, scholarly and sympathetic studies of the producer emerging.

Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images conference Sept 27-29, 2012 (proposals due May 10

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 3:57pm
The Nomadikon Centre, Bergen, Norway & The College of St Rose, Albany, NY USA

The Nomadikon Centre, The University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for the 6th Nomadikon Meeting: "Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images." The Conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2012 on The College St. Rose campus in Albany, New York. The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, with "seeing" suggesting but certainly not limited to physical sight, but inclusive of an embodied "seeing." The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.

CFP: Anger in Women's Fiction -- 2013 MLA (due March 15, 2012)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 2:36pm
Caroline Godart / Rutgers University

This panel invites papers that address the significance of anger, pettiness, and/or ressentiment in contemporary women's literature both within and beyond the English-speaking world.
Authors can include Elfriede Jelinek, Annie Ernaux, etc.

Please your abstract and a brief bio to Caroline Godart ( by March 15, 2012.

MLA 2013 Revolutionary Exhanges: Women's Networks (Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:19pm
Tonya Moutray

Seeking papers that explore national and transnational exchanges between women during the French Revolutionary wars. Topics may include their modes and networks of communication and/or collaboration, the cultural reception or representation of migrating or refugee women, boundary crossings, identity construction, women's political agency and/or public engagement. Please submit a one-page abstract by 21 March 2012.

Hannah Arendt and American Literature: MLA 2013: due 3/15

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:52pm
Matthew Stratton (UC Davis) + Patrick Redding (Manhattanville College)

Call for Papers: MLA 2013
Proposed Special Session: "Hannah Arendt and American Literature"

The organizers seek papers that address any aspect of Hannah Arendt's philosophy or cultural criticism as it illuminates literatures of the United States from any historical period. We are particularly interested in papers that look beyond Arendt's immediate position among New York Intellectuals. Potential topics include the concepts of expatriation, her re-working of Kantian judgment as a critique of democratic representation, evolving relationships between public and private, or the possibility of an American communism "after Marx."

[UPDATE] Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions for a Book about John Lennon's Death - Deadline March 20, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:44am

For those interested in possible publication in a book about John Lennon's death, please email your personal experiences to Of particular interest are answers to the following questions:

What were you doing the day John Lennon died?
Did anything unusual or out of the ordinary happen to you on that day?
Did you have any striking dreams prior to or immediately following John's death?

I am also interested in receiving any dreams you have had about the Beatles.

All submissions will receive a response from the author.

UPDATE -JOURNAL ISSUE - "Acting Out - Trauma and the Ethics of Remembrance" (full submission March 15th 2012)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 2:34am
Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance (Intellect Publishers)

[UPDATE]JOURNAL ISSUE - Acting Out - Trauma and the Ethics of Remembrance (full submission March 15th 2012)
full name / name of organization:
Performing Ethos: Interntation Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance
contact email: and

Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance

'Acting Out – Trauma and the Ethics of Remembrance',

Volume 3, Issue 2 (November/December 2012)

SAMLA 2012 Charles W. Chesnutt Panel Discussion - "Centuries of Chesnutt" (due June 1, 2012)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 8:19pm
Elizabeth G. Allen / Charles W. Chesnutt Associatioin

This discussion will focus on the perspective of Chesnutt's work as it moved through the post-Reconstruction era into the Harlem Renaissance or from the late Nineteenth into the early Twentieth Century. Papers that address this topic or the way in which his work reflects the memory of these movements and hallmarks are strongly encouraged. Please e-mail abstracts for proposal to Elizabeth G. Allen (The University of Memphis) at The deadline for submission is June 1, 2012. The Association will host this panel discussion on his works at the 2012 SAMLA Conference, which will be held in Durham, NC on November 9-11.

The Erotics of Post Project (from MLA 2012)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7:05pm
Carmen Derkson

"But between the past which no longer is and the future which is not yet, this moment when [we] exist is nothing" –from de Beauvoir's _The Ethics of Ambiguity_

Seeking essay proposals for a book on The Erotics of 'Post': Reparation, Practice, Theory. At the recent MLA 2012 conference (Seattle), I sought essays engaged with poetics, subjectivities, especially feminisms, and the eroticism of post—its implicit delays, lingering temporal modalities, and totalizing narratives—for my panel "Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post'; Or, How to Imagine Beyond Postmodernism." Successful proposals will grapple with the current interdisciplinary manifestations of "post" while positing a working practice or approach for contemporary theory in the present.