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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 1:42pm

Articles are invited for the proposed book on "Multiculturalism in Indian Literatures". The Department of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009 conducted a seminar on this subject during March 19 & 20, 2012 under SAP-DRS-I of UGC. It is now proposed to publish the proceedings of the seminar in the form of a book by adding a few more invited articles to them. Hence we invite articles of considerable standard from the scholars in the area. The publication aims at bringing out the diversity of Indian literatures of different languages with a view to relating them to the matters of culture, ideology, nationality, ethnicity, social class and/or gender as part of the Indian multicultural ethos.

SAMLA 2012: "Remembering/Rememories of the Middle Passage in Contemporary African American Literature"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 1:21pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Seeking abstracts for the regular session on African American Literature that address the acts of remembering, reimagining, and the rememories of displacement, travel, and exile across the Black Atlantic in contemporary African American literature. This includes but is not limited to such topics as: fictional recreations of the middle passage, contemporary engagement with the trauma of slavery, Neo-slave narratives, cultural memories of slavery, re-crossing the middle passage, return to Africa narratives, exile (spiritual, cultural, or literal) from a "Mother" country, the American South as a site of home and/or horror, flying Africans, ghosts of slavery, and depictions of slavery/middle passage in African American graphic novels.

'Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles': Octavia Hill and the remaking of British society (27–28 September 2012)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:22pm
National Trust, the University of Oxford, and Octavia Housing

In September 2012 an interdisciplinary conference at Sutton House in London will mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill. Best known for her housing reform, Hill was also instrumental in founding such diverse present-day institutions as the National Trust, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Army Cadet force, and Family Action (originally the Charity Organisation Society). In a political climate which once again emphasizes the kind of privately-financed social action that Hill applauded, and where the preservation of open space and the provision of homes are again contentious, a re-evaluation of her life and legacy seems particularly timely.

Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics: Ohrid, Macedonia, August 12-30, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00pm
Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Euro-Balkan (Macedonia) & Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Serbia)

-David M. Halperin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
-Jelisaveta Blagojević (Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia)
-Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)
-Marina Gržinić (Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
-Francesco Macarone Palmieri a.k.a. WARBEAR (independent social anthropologist and multimedia queer artist, Rome/Berlin)
-Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
-Jamie Heckert (University of Essex, UK)

SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel: Re-approaching Genre: Blending the Literary with Science Fiction

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:08am
Lucas Church/North Carolina State University

This year, the SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel is seeking science- and speculative-fiction stories that transcend the limitations and tropes of genre and speak to the intimate human truths in the manner of authors of successful literary fiction. Presentation time is limited, so stories should be 4,000 words or fewer. Short shorts, stories under 1,500 words, are highly encouraged. Standalone novel excerpts are permissible. Email entire story to the email listed in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF to Lucas Church at lchurch at ncsu dot edu. Deadline is May 31, 2012.

This year's Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association's conference will take place November 9-11, 2012 in the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina.

Literary London 2012: Representations of London in Literature (4-6 July 2012) [UPDATE]

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 8:08am
Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London; Organised by: The Literary London Society

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:

Gaming Modernism panel (MSA 14; 10/18–10/21/12; DEADLINE 4/3/12)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:30am
Andrew Ferguson

Among the most popular video games released in early 2011 was, strangely enough, a retro 8-bit port of The Great Gatsby, featuring a hat-slinging Nick Carraway dodging flappers and collecting martinis in a quest to find Gatsby (and, along the way, survive the laser-shooting eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg). Though only four levels long and not terribly difficult, the sidescrolling platformer garnered admiring reviews and prompted a number of cultural columnists to consider how other modernist landmarks (above all, Ulysses) might be adapted to digital gaming.

Reconstruction 12.1 Locations of Stardom

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:52am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 12.1 "Locations of Stardom"

Edited by Lisa Patti and Stanka Radovic, afterword by Barry King

'From S.A. to L.A.': Branding Transport and Circulating Celebrity in South Africa's Nonhle Goes to Hollywood, by Brandeise Monk-Payton

On the (Im)possibility of Canadian Celebrity, by Michele Byers

'If it be Love Indeed, Tell Me How Much': Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and White Pleasure After Empire , by Gloria Shin

The Subversion of Abstract Space in U2's Rhizomatic 1990s, by Anthony Cristofani

White Weddings: New Media Archives and the Transformations of Michael Jackson's Thriller, by Lisa Patti


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:40pm

An International Conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia in association with the Katherine Mansfield Society

27-29 June 2012


Keynote Speakers:
Angela Smith, C. K. Stead, Maurizio Ascari, Gerri Kimber, Claire Davison-Pégon

Workshop on the Common Reading

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3:57pm
Courtney Milleson / Amarillo College

Greetings all –

Amarillo College will host a workshop specifically geared to the development, implementation and assessment of Common Reader programs. This workshop was born from talking with other Common Reader folks at the Annual First-Year Experience conference, and their desire to 'talk shop' about assessment and other how-to areas.

The workshop is geared toward those responsible for planning, implementing and assessing Common Reader programs. It would be appropriate for those currently involved in Common Reader programs, or those interested in beginning programs on their campus. Existing programs and those in the planning stages are welcome!