all recent posts

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:07pm
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.

The Enigma of the Picaresque, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 16.-17.11.2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:01pm
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Despite their great spectrum of variety, it seems that the journeys which the narrator-protagonists of (fictional) autobiographies (re-)embark upon share a common telos: that of formulating the grand narrative of their life and consequently formulating their self, either by finding God (confessio) or their own true identity (Bildungsroman). Evidently, picaresque autobiographies form a very conscious exception to this rule. Although their relators insistently assert to demonstrate their reformed self through their stories, the narratives are inherently ambivalent and, indeed, parodistic of the above autobiographical traditions.

Marrakech, 5-8 December 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:52pm
Prof. Mohammed Kandoussi , Head of Department ,Department of English

Dear Colleagues,

The Moroccan-American Studies Program at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences,
Casablanca, Morocco organizes an international conference about "Interdisciplinary Perspectives
on the Arab Spring and its Implications for American Studies in the Arab Universities" in
Marrakech, 5-8 December 2012.

You will find attached to this email the official call for papers as well as details concerning this conference.
We would highly appreciate your acceptance to participate to this major cultural event.

Disability and African American Literature (MLA 2013) Due March 15

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:49pm
Keith Green

Session explores the language, representation, and meaning of disability in African American literature. All periods, genres, and critical approaches are welcome. Abstract (250 words) and CV by 15 March 2012.

The Internet as Politicising Instrument

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:37pm

Transformations is calling for submissions for Issue 23: The Internet as Politicising Instrument.

Transformations is a double blind, peer reviewed international online journal publishing scholarly work in cultural and media studies.

For this issue of Transformations, we invite papers that consider the gamut of change that the Internet has provoked, drawing on Marcus Breen's Uprising: the Internet's Unintended Consequences (Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL, 2011).

Atlantic-Canadian Literature in a Shifting World conference, Acadia University, July 4-7, 2013

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 4:48pm
Dr. Herb Wyile, Acadia University

The early twenty-first century is a complicated time for regional literatures, particularly the literature of a relatively small region like Atlantic Canada. Globalization, interest in diasporic studies, and an increasingly post-national sensibility are pushing the reconceptualization of national literatures, with considerable implications for regional literatures. Furthermore, it is a time when Atlantic Canada is undergoing considerable cultural change and its future is very much in flux, with the prospect of economic crisis on the one hand and the possibility of a resource-based economic resurgence on the other.

Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism: DEADLINE March 1

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 2:48pm
Modern Fiction Studies

The Editors of MFS solicit new feminist scholarship on neglected women writers from the first half of the twentieth century. Feminist readings of single texts, essays on groups and/or movements, and overviews of a single woman's career are equally welcomed. We are particularly interested in new theoretical approaches to modernism emerging out of feminist theory, imbued with what Sianne Ngai calls "a feminist attentiveness to a persistence of sexual hierarchies" (2). How can a feminist attentiveness to women writers shape the conversation at a time when New Modernist studies have largely shifted the focus away from gender toward history and nation?

American Nineteenth-Century Literature: Writing Illness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 2:39pm
RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association)

This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of 19th C American literature, but especially those theorizing representations of illness and medicine. We invite papers that address autobiography, fiction, philosophy, poetry, diaries, and science writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

--madness and mental illness
--doctor/patient relationships
--the home, hospital, and asylum
--legal insanity
--the wounded body or soul
--pathographies, case studies, patient-authored narratives
--disability studies
--narrative ethics
--nurse-roles and healthcare

CFP - Spaces of (DIS)location

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 1:09pm
University of Glasgow

Spaces of (Dis)location: Call for Papers

The College of Arts, University of Glasgow, is excited to announce Spaces of (Dis)location, a two-day multidisciplinary graduate conference taking place on 24th – 25th May 2012.

As national and cultural boundaries are blurred in our increasingly global society, the ideas of space and location – whether physical or metaphysical, real or imaginary – are evolving. This notion provides the stimulus for a conference that we hope will inspire creativity and debate across many subjects in the arts and humanities.

CFP: 32nd Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 5-7 Oct., 2012. Deadline for submissions: 1 May, 2012.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 12:19pm
Harvard University, Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 32nd Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 5-7, 2012. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance is free.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

[UPDATE]RMMLA: Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction" in Boulder, CO (October 11-13, 2012)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:20am
Pamela J. Rader (convener)/ Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction"

This special topics session is a follow up to a successful roundtable at the annual 2010 MELUS conference in Scranton, PA; the 2010 roundtable was inspired by poet-writer Marilyn Chin's _Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen_. In this novel, or book of tales, Chin's Chinese-American twin female protagonists subvert the dominant expectations of gender and sexuality. Papers are not limited to Chin's book. I am interested in paper proposals that examine the works of contemporary women writers/poets who raise questions about gender and sexuality within and across various ethnicities.

MLA Boston 2013: Nabokov and American Literature (Vladimir Nabokov Society CFP)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:58am
International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Papers on Nabokov as an American writer; his interest in specific American literary figures (Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, etc.), in American landscapes and settings, or in American culture, broadly conceived; his role in the American canon. 300-word abstracts by 19 March 2012 to Christopher A. Link (

PLEASE NOTE: This is to be the guaranteed panel of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society at MLA next January. Presenters must be members of the MLA no later than 7 April 2012 and members of the Nabokov Society by the time of the conference.

CFP: New Book Series - Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:17am
Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College; Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts; Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College



Series Title: Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy
Publisher: Lexington Books

Contact: Steven Rybin,
Editors: Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College
Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts
Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College