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Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics. June 13-15, 2012.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:55am
Tara MacDonald / University of Amsterdam

This conference seeks to assess the state of contemporary neo-Victorian literature, film, television and other media, with papers offering new readings of neo-Victorian texts. The conference also seeks to interrogate the critical field surrounding the notion of the neo-Victorian by asking how we, as scholars, understand this genre and its allied politics. Does the current cultural interest in the "new Victorian" imply a resistance to post-modernism, post-structuralism or post-humanism? Or, can neo-Victorianism help us interrogate these terms? How does our post-Victorian landscape accommodate and manipulate the neo-Victorian urge?

States of Emergency: New Iconographies and the Narratives of Catastrophe--ACLA Seminar, 2012; CFP Deadline November 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:57am
Stephenie Young (Salem State University), Lisa Mulman (Salem State University)

Since WWII visual and written work documenting traumatic historical events in diverse geographic locations has emerged as one of the most prolific spaces of artistic production, yet still remains a relatively under-examined area of scholarly analysis. This is particularly true of comparative and interdisciplinary work. This seminar will focus on imaginative and testimonial narratives from sites of cultural or historical rupture/disruption/insurgence and the ways in which such narratives re- envision states of emergency as moments of artistic invention and/or transformation.

[UPDATE] CFP: Literature (General) SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:12am
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Organizers of the 33rd annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on American, British, and other World literatures outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting, see the following link for our present Area list:

CFP: Endless forms most beautiful: Science in 19th Century American Literature: 12/15/11

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:12am
American Literature Association 2012

CFP: Endless forms most beautiful: Science in 19th Century American Literature

I would like to propose a panel of papers that explores the role of science (rather than technology) in 19th century American literature for the 23rd Annual American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.

[UPDATE] "South Asian Cinema" at SW/TXPCA 33rd Annual Conference, Albuquerque, Feb. 8-11, 2012

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:02am
Robert Cross, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Panels are now forming for presentations on topics related to the new conference area of South Asian Cinema. Listed below are suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included
here are also very welcome.

 The work of Satyajit Ray
 Nehru and Indian cinema
 Parallel cinema
 Social problem films
 Partition in Indian cinema
 Indian documentary
 Indian silent film
 Malayalam cinema
 Bengali filmmakers
 Hindi Cinema's Golden Age (Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt)
 Diasporic Indian filmmakers

Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor (Proposals due Jan 6, 2012; MadLit Conference March 1-3 , 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:22am
University of Wisconsin-Madison English Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to invite papers for the 8th annual MadLit conference to be held March 1-3, 2012. This year's theme, "Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor" seeks to investigate the role that vision plays in the creation, recollection, and use of memory as well as to challenge the relationship between optic experience and the visual idioms often used to describe these processes.

Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Conference: Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:25am
Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization

Graduate students are hybrid creatures in academia: we are both educators and students, innovators and learners. As we strive to master the foundational knowledges of our disciplines, we also challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink our assumptions; ultimately, we create new knowledge.

This year, the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) warmly invites our colleagues from all disciplines to share the ways in which they are revising, reforming, and recreating accepted disciplinary knowledge to form the next generation of scholarship. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and also encourage proposals from traditional humanities.

UPDATE: Deadline Extended: Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 15-16, 2012

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:20pm
Sarah Gray-Panesi, Mick Howard, Shiloh Carroll / Middle Tennessee State University

Catwoman to Katniss is an interdisciplinary conference examining female images in electronic, graphic, and textual media within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured in this conference are keynote speakers C.S. Friedman and Dr. Rhonda Wilcox. Friedman is the bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of such works as In Conquest Born, and The Coldfire and Magister Trilogies as well as many other novels and short works. Dr. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College, a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fiction, Editor of Studies in Popular Culture and Coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

"Langston Hughes and Literary Radicalism" at ALA 2012 May 24-27

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:18pm
Langston Hughes Society

The Langston Hughes Society will sponsor a panel at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference that reexamines the vexed relationship between political and aesthetic radicalism in Hughes's writing. Critical judgments of Hughes have long distinguished between the works of a politically-radical, leftist Hughes and the works of a formally-radical, modernist Hughes. For instance, Hughes's sociopolitical Marxist verse of the 1930s, when not dismissed, has been devalued in relation to his modernist blues- and jazz-informed verse experiments of the 1920s and 1950s.

Secrets of American Children's Literature: Cryptic Nonsense, Symbols, Allegories, and Cipher. May 24-27, 2012

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:52pm
American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA

Many obscure, enigmatic and buried symbols enrich children's picture books, poetry, and fiction. Secrets, nonsense, allegory, symbols, ciphers, dreams, or "things buried" may be central to a story's theme or may be hidden in the text or the book design itself, discovered not only by doing multiple readings, but also by upside down and forwards and backwards readings. Is there a special relationship, for instance, between such concepts as "secrets" and "dream" and children's literature? Does children's and/or young adult literature conceal "secret" knowledge? This panel invites papers that explore these topics through a variety of critical theoretical lenses as well as formalistic readings.

Immigration, Refuge, and Exile in American Children's Literature, May 24-27, 2012

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:51pm
American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA

This panel explores how experiences of immigration, refuge or exile have been told through American children's literature. How have these experiences been passed on through storytelling, folklore, folktales, poetry, picture books or other forms of children's literature, such as video games and other forms of digital media? How has global cultural awareness influenced identity understanding in children's and young adult literature? What questions do these topics lead us to ask about authenticity, relevance, and specificity in story depiction in literature? What other questions are raised?

[UPDATE Deadline Extension] CFP: Science and Method in the Humanities (Rutgers University. 3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:36pm
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)

Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University).

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:11pm
National Endowment for the Humanities & James Madison University

John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).

Visual Arts of the American West - Dec. 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:34pm

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2011
Conference Theme: Foods and Culture(s) in Global Context