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PaMLA October 19-21, 2012: Ancient-Modern Relations (deadline April 22nd)

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:16am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA), October 19-21, 2012, Seattle University


The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. This call for papers seeks presenters for this year's standing session of a proud PaMLA tradition, the panel on "Ancient-Modern Relations." We are looking for papers addressing any aspect of relationships, influences, debates or other interactions between ancients and moderns.

The deadline for abstracts (to be submitted on the Online Proposal Submission Form) is April 22, 2012.

Final Call for Papers -Violence Studies Conference 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 11:59pm
The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle

The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012.
Plenary speakers:
Arjun Appadurai, New York University
Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto
Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University

"Revisiting the Dime Novel": 2012 PAMLA Conference CFP

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 8:02pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This approved session will explore the largely forgotten or ignored dime-novel--the American pulp novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Westerns, detective stories, school stories, romance tales, or early science fiction. All aspects of the phenomenon of the dime-novel are fair game; papers may explore the dime novel through a new-Historical, Cultural Studies, Queer Theory, Marxist, post-Colonial, or other analytic lens.

NEASECS 2012 Conference at Wesleyan University 10/11-14: Godwin, Burke, the Political Subject and Intertextuality

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:44pm
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between Godwin's philosophical or socio-political works and his fiction. The intertextual model for the mapping of texts and their influences provokes questions about the nature of textual production. Caleb Williams addresses the disaster of competing identities in servitude and autonomy, formally considered "natural" through aristocratic power structures, in a shifting political climate of radicalism that challenges Burkean ideology. Political Justice is his first response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution of France, while Caleb Williams offers another answer to Burke's text.

CODE - A Media, Games & Art Conference (21-23 November 2012, Melbourne, Australia)

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:08pm
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Call for Papers and Creative Works
CODE - A Media, Games & Art Conference
21-23 November 2012
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

Jussi Parikka - Reader, Winchester School of Art
Christian McCrea - Program Director for Games, RMIT University
Anna Munster - Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW

[UPDATE] Mar. 31 Proposal Deadline for Dickens Symposium, Lowell, MA, July 13 - 15, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 3:19pm
University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Dickens Society

REMINDER: Proposal deadline is March 31, 2012



July 13 – 15, 2012

As part of its Dickens in Lowell celebration, the University of Massachusetts Lowell will host one of the two 2012 Dickens Society Symposia being offered in this bicentennial year. Scholars will present their work July 13–15, 2012 at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.

Urban Cultural Studies [new multi-authored, interdisciplinary blog-General Announcement]

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:49pm is a new interdisciplinary, multi-authored blog on the culture(s) of, time and urban everyday life the world over.

The site is characterized by short, readable, informative posts--ideally accompanied by several images and links--relevant to the growing interest in urban cultural studies.

The site also features calls for papers as well as information about upcoming workshops and conferences to those working on cities across both the humanities and the social sciences.

Please contact the blog's administrator (Dr. Benjamin Fraser at The College of Charleston) with any items of interest or questions at

Textual Spectacle: Questioning Visual Materiality, Modernist Studies Association (MSA 14), Las Vegas, October 18-21

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 11:44am
Elizabeth Bonapfel / New York University

Walter Benn Michaels's critique of materiality ("The Shape of the Signifier," 2004) argues that a materialist position is ultimately a subjectivist position because it relies on a person's perspective, and therefore identity, to read that text's material components. Michaels ultimately questions the deconstructive critique of the sign, which turned the "sign" into "marks" and "traces."

9/11 and Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA, Oct 12-14, 2012); deadline April 30

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 9:18am
Midwest Popular Culture Association

The 2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA) conference will be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Those interested should review the information here ( to include relevant details on their submission entry. Submissions should be made electronically via our online submission system ( Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2012.

Conference CFP: From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:33am
Hacettepe University, Department of American Culture and Literature

From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers

Hacettepe University
Department of American Culture and Literature
30th Anniversary Conference
Ankara, Turkey
November 7 – 9, 2012

Documentary Film and Personal Narrative/PAMLA conference/Seattle, WA. Oct. 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 12:58am
Perrin Kerns/Marylhurst University

Documentaries such as Ross McElwee's Sherman's March, Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I, and more recently Tiffany Shlain's Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology have brought a self-reflective turn to documentary storytelling. How does the documentation of personal life in recent documentaries address larger cultural issues for the viewers? What is the nexus between the personal and political in the documentary form?

Please submit proposals through the online proposal system at

Chiaroscuro and Minimalism – Samuel Beckett's subversion of time in Ohio Impromptu

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 4:41pm
BOESSIO, Ana Lúcia Montano

The aim of this paper is to analyze the way Samuel Beckett constructs time through the pictorial elements of Ohio Impromptu (OI): its unique aesthetic singularity, which sums up a variety of visual references in a perfect collage of art history; the variety of literary references that range from Dante to twentieth century writers; the sophistication of his work of "unwording language" to which he aspired; the in-between spaces created by Beckett open the doors for an in-between time, the time of reverie. The contemporary time-space collage, present in OI, makes also possible a state-of-the-art level of simulacrum – a state of replica so close to the original that we cannot separate the real image from the fake.