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Keeping Going: The Appeal of Seamus Heaney / SAMLA 9-11 November 2012 Durham, NC

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:22pm
Jonathan Allison / University of Kentucky

This panel seeks to investigate the reasons for the endurance of Seamus Heaney's importance as poet, critic and translator. Suggested topics include but are not limited to studies of Heaney's poetry, translations, drama, and criticism; the reception and/or influence of Heaney; Heaney's place within modern and contemporary poetry; Heaney's relations with other poets and the poetry of other nations or regions; Heaney and America; Heaney in library archives; the place of Heaney in the classroom and/or the academy. 250-word abstracts by 8 June, 2012 to Jonathan Allison, University of Kentucky, at

Textual Debts (and Textual Debtors) in Golden Age Spain, M/MLA, Nov. 8-11, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 3:54pm
Midwest MLA

2012 M/MLA

This panel explores the way authors in Golden Age Spain accounted for textual debts, whether in their own production or in that of others. How do poets trace literary heritage, such as the sonnet or epic forms, or Petrarchan traditions? How do authors view material 'borrowed' or imitated by contemporaries? How do authors figure their own 'borrowings'? Textual forms and modes such as translation, adaptation, the sequel/continuation, and the re-edition are all valuable points of interest, but of equal importance are technical elements such as allusion or style that produce similar forms of textual indebtedness.

CFP: Midwest MLA Special Session, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language"

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 1:51pm
Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, Deadline 9/30/12

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:38am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

During the medieval and early modern periods, the Bible was a source of worship, instruction, and entertainment. This panel invites papers that address ways the Bible was read, misread, adapted, or performed. A variety of approaches and perspectives are welcomed. Topics might include translation and adaptation, Bible illustration, the commentary tradition, biblical exempla, apocryphal narrative, and drama.


Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:19am

The Department of English (Centre of Advanced Study), and the Centre for Victorian Studies, at Jadavpur University, propose an interdisciplinary conference on 'The Dickens World: Post-Imperial Readings' on [18-20 Dec, 2012] to observe the bicentenary of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), a quintessentially Victorian author whose books continue to be read, filmed and studied around the world. The conference will examine Dickens's imperial and post-imperial destinies, and his centrality to discourses of race, class, gender, reform, religion, empire, philanthropy, industry, work, and the 'civilizing mission' of the British nation.

Psychedemia: Psychedelics in Academia 9/27-9/30 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:01pm
Psychedemia / University of Pennsylvania

Conference Announcement and Call for Exhibits
PSYCHEDEMIA: interdisciplinary conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.

September 27th-30th, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Visionaries, professionals, and academics from across the sciences, cultural studies, medicine, visual arts, and music are invited to the University of Pennsylvania for the first ever Psychedemia: a conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice; June 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 6:38pm
Central Piedmont Community College

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice (TALTP), a peer-reviewed open source online journal, is accepting articles for our Spring/Summer 2012 issue. We are looking for articles on teaching all aspects of American literature and for essays on lesser known American authors; however, we are particularly interested in articles on using technology in the American lit classroom.
Visit the site for more details on submission or submit manuscripts with abstracts to

CFP: Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:33pm
HEnry Schwarz/ Blackwell Publishers

Call For Papers

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies is soliciting contributions for 400 original entries ("headwords") on a wide range of topics relating to colonial/ postcolonial dynamics. Our coverage is global and ranges historically from cultures of contact (1492) through European colonization and imperialism to the present, with emphasis on movements of decolonization post WWII. With regional editors on three continents we ensure a wide geographical representation.

Teaching African Literature Roundtable, SAMLA conference Nov. 9-11, North Carolina

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 3:48pm
Renee Schatteman/ Georgia State Univeristy

This panel discussion will invite faculty members who have taught full courses in African literature to share ideas about book lists, pedagogical approaches, classroom activities, and supplemental materials (i.e., art, film, documentaries, digital sources, etc.). Panelists will also discuss how a course in African literature can be positioned within an English curriculum and within regional studies across the university. By June 30, 2012, please submit abstracts to Renee Schatteman, Georgia State University, at