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AMERICAN LITERATURE: A proposed panel for the American
 Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2012 in San Francisco.

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:50pm
Andy Dorsey

This panel will explore "experience" as a constructed form of knowledge in American literature. Papers
 may focus on one text, on works by one author, or on multiple writers. I am also interested in essays centering on experience in connection with American literary historiography. Of particular interest are analyses of scholarly traditions that privilege experience as an epistemological category—often in the service of arguments that foreground the distinctiveness and/or the exceptional quality of American culture. Essays may address any American literary period(s), genre(s), and/or themes. Papers may also compare constructions of experience in American literature with the literatures of other linguistic, national, and/or cultural groups.

Listening to the Soundscapes of the Black Diaspora

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 1:26pm
NeMLA 2012

While listening to Louis Armstrong, the unnamed narrator of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man discovers a "new" way to hear the "unheard sounds" between the beats , so that he is listening in time and space. Ellison's novel, with its turn toward music to negotiate the visual ideologies of race, is located at a site of crossings and re-crossings where the narrator realizes that "few really listen"—but even more than listening, it is a feeling of and in the space between the beats that most affects him. Such a feeling for space permits a descent into the "underworld of sound" where the narrator experiences the laugh and the cry of an old slave woman.

[UPDATE] Deadline reminder. CFP: Aldous Huxley: Fifty Years After (NeMLA 2012; abstracts due 9/30/11)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 1:01pm
Bill Harrison/SUNY Geneseo

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Aldous Huxley's final novel, _Island_ (1962), and 2013 will observe the half-century since his death. The panel session will reexamine Huxley's work (of any genre) in light of its influence on and relevance to contemporary culture, ideas, and movements. The panel's scope intends to be broad and inclusive, to encourage new North American scholarly attention on Huxley and his works. Of particular interest are new approaches that place Huxley in dialogue with other artists and intellectuals within and beyond Anglo-American traditions.

Send 250-word abstract to Bill Harrison,

Sandstar Review seeks unpublished prose for second issue

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:29am
Sandstar Review

The Sandstar Review is an online literary magazine that seeks unpublished prose for its second issue. (Note: prose may include scripts.) Poetry is also accepted, but will be deferred to the third issue. Send up to 6 poems or 15 pages of prose; cover letter and bio appreciated. Simultaneous submissions accepted upon notification of publication elsewhere.

Send all work in one document (poetry or prose; no combined submissions) to Further guidelines may be found here.

Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:48am
University of Lincoln and Birkbeck, University of London

Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville

Saturday 15th September 2012
School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher, Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Lincoln
Part of the Gylphi Contemporary Writers series

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Sherryl Vint (Brock University)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)

Response and Q&A from China Miéville

Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 6:17am
Loughborough University

Conference Call for Papers

5-7 July 2012
The School of the Arts, Loughborough University, UK

Home/Land is an interdisciplinary conference that asks what dialogues might be engendered, globally and locally, around concepts of citizenship and belonging by engaging with women's photographic practices. In the terms of this conference, 'photographic practices' may include both historical and contemporary work, still and/or moving image, derived from fine art and social science contexts and embracing genres such as portraiture, landscape, documentary and installation.

Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, UK (6/16/12 - 6/17/12; 12/1/11)

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference (UK)


**** Call for Papers ****

Great Writing 2012

The 15th Anniversary Great Writing International
Creative Writing Conference (UK)

Imperial College London
Saturday June 16th - Sunday June 17th 2012

Critical or creative presentations are invited for the 15th Anniversary Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, 16th – 17th June 2012.

To be held at one of the UK's great universities and great locations: Imperial College London, South Kensington, a cultural centre for the arts, sciences, music and museums, close to Royal Albert Hall and right next to the wonderful Natural History Museum.

NeMLA March 2012 - "Continuities in English Literature between the Norman Conquest and Reformation" [UPDATE]

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 4:21pm
Pamela Longo and Brandon Hawk

Too often, students of medieval English literature unnecessarily categorize Old and Middle English as completely disconnected, highlighting Beowulf and Chaucer as the exemplary markers, with little in between. This panel seeks instead to explore moments of interaction across the spectrum of earlier and later medieval English literature. Examples may include parallel literary forms, English identities, linguistic developments, and the ways that they interact with historical, religious, and social frameworks.