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/UPDATE/: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:42pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. 29 June – 1 July 2013

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 5:34am
Science Fiction Foundation

The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives An essay assemblage (abstracts for june 30 2012)

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:25am
Mark Houlahan/ University of Waiakto, Hamilton, New Zealand

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives
An essay assemblage
Edited by Mark Houlahan, Kirstine Moffat and Fiona Martin

In these the best of times (and the worst), the age of wisdom (and the age of foolishness), the epoch of belief and incredulity, the season of darkness and light, the spring of hope and the winter of despair, steampunk has flourished. Airships circle the globe; clanking machines haunt the ocean's deeps. Fractals of history merge and re- combine. Babbage's quaint math reinvents the computer a century before its prime; of necessity, as the neo-Victorian knows no silicon chip, steampunk computers gleam and creak with wooden stylings and mechanically wrought interiors.

[UPDATE] Online Literary Journal looking for poetry and short fiction

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:39pm
Ishaan Literary Review (An Online Journal of Poetry and Short Fiction

Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction. Our submission period for Issue #2 (Summer 2012) is: March 10 - June 16, 2012.

We are looking to "feature" two to three writers whose work really impresses us.

We publish (roughly) 50% invited authors and 50% blind read/peer reviewed authors twice a year (Winter and Summer). We encourage you to submit a good range of work to give you a better chance of being published with us.

To Submit:

All submissions should be sent to our email address:

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

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:54pm
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?

UPDATED: Those That Came Before: Black Literary Indebtedness

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:52pm
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?

The Literature of Hurricane Katrina (essay collection)

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:59am
Mary Ruth Marotte, Associate Professor of English, Graduate Director, University of Central Arkansas

Seeking critical essays (20-30 pages in length) on works of fiction that feature the disaster of Hurricane Katrina within the narrative.

Re-membering Identity in African Literature (SAMLA, November 9-11, 2012)

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:49am
Matthew Durkin/ Duquesne University

Using Ngugi wa Thiong'o's idea of "re-membering," this panel addresses the act of (re)constructing identity in African Literature. Re-membering, as Ngugi argues, acts through indigenous languages as language is the source of cultural memory. Harnessing ideas from African - including the diaspora - literature, theatre, and/or cinema, papers can focus on the usage of language, as well as ritual, community, and any cultural marker as a re-membering act. Is it possible, as Ngugi claims, to completely re-member a cultural history or is history too powerful to overcome? Has European colonialism seeped into African culture to such an extent as to deny a return to a historical past?

Identity, Place and Environment in Literature for Young People: A One Day Colloquium Sept 29th, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:03am
University of Chichester

Plenary Speaker – Ré Ó Laighléis author of Terror on the Burren, Battle on the Burren.

In ecocriticism, literature for young people has been an under-represented area. However, authors such as David Almond, Ré Ó Laighléis and Melvin Burgess have been writing about the relationship between the human and the 'more than human' in a number of highly acclaimed novels. The aim of this colloquium is to bring together writers, academics and students who are interested in the ways in which identity, place and environment feature in literature for young people.

We now invite papers and proposals that might relate, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

• Representations of nature in literature for young people;

SAMLA Special Session: Memoir as Fiction, Fiction as Memoir, Nov 9-11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:06am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Ligers and Tiglons and Bores, Oh My? What chimeric beast results when fiction writers write "memoir" (Vladimir Nabokov, J.M. Coetzee, et al.)? when nonfiction writers write fiction (James Frey, Catherine Millet, etc.)? In keeping with this year's SAMLA conference theme of memoir, this session welcomes papers on any aspect of the modern or postmodern autofiction or roman à clef. Abstracts required. Due date: 15 June 2012. Send to Luke Whisnant,

CFP - Gothic Antipodes: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 22-23 January 2013

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 9:11am
Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA)

The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) welcomes papers for its inaugural conference, to be held at Stamford Plaza Hotel, Auckland, on 22-23 January 2013.
Keynote speaker: Professor Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne).

The conference will be organised in the spirit of the Association. GANZA is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together scholars, students, teachers and professionals from a number of Gothic disciplines, including literature, film, music, fashion, architecture and popular culture. It is the aim of the Association to not only place a focus on Australasian Gothic scholarship, but also to build international links with the wider Gothic community as a whole.

[Update] Special Issue on the Temples of Bengal: Extended Deadline

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 4:24am
Chitrolekha International Magazine on Art and Design

Special Issue on the Temples of Bengal: Deadline Extended till 30 May, 2012

We are happy to announce that the next issue of Chitrolekha Magazine (Vol. II, No. 1) is going to be on the Temples of Bengal (from the Ancient Period to the 19th Century). Since we want to bring out a collection having holistic approaches to the topics, we have selected this vast area, which can be explored from many interdisciplinary perspectives and multidisciplinary positions. We seek submission on the following areas:

SAMLA Convention 2012 (Durham, SC): Postmodern Theory, Science Fiction and Race

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:55pm

In Science Fiction Culture, Camille Bacon-Smith comments that: "…when the ethnographer asks the question, 'What does postmodern culture look like?' the obvious place to find the answer is the science fiction community." As a genre that embraces the impossible, sci-fi/fantasy is fast becoming recognized as a genre well suited to demonstrate the cultural contradictions postmodern theory highlights.