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[REMINDER] Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon: 2011-11-01

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 8:25am
Martin Paul Eve

Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer-reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.

Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:

Global Science Fiction Cinema conference (April 12-14, 2012)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 1:52am
Sarah Wells and Jennifer Feeley / University of Iowa

Call for Papers:
"Visions of the Future: Global SF Cinema"
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, April 12-14, 2012
Deadline: August 31, 2011

Keynote Speakers:
Professor N. Katherine Hayles (Literature Program, Duke University)
Professor Thomas LaMarre (East Asian Studies, Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University)

Featured Presenter:
Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh (Asian Studies; Women's and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia)

Before Obama: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politicians Call for Chapter Proposals

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 1:27am
Matthew Lynch, Ed. D.

Praeger will be publishing a two-volume series entitled, Before Obama: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politicians. This is the 2nd call for proposals and we're looking for 5-7 additional contributors for this two-volume set. For consideration, submit a 150-200 word proposal by September 10th, 2011 to Dr. Matthew Lynch at Chapters of 8,000-10,000 words will be due by November 10th, 2011. For each politician, the editor has 1-3 sources to get you started.

Available Black Reconstruction Era Politicians

[UPDATE] "Rethinking Seneca's Influence on Early Modern Drama" (09/30/2011; NEMLA, Rochester NY: 03/15-18)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:00pm
Nicola Imbracsio/ University of New Hampshire

For years, scholars have demonstrated the debt that Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and other playwrights owe to Seneca's work. Such foundational criticism has often pointed to Seneca's plot devices, characterization, language, and form that inspired later Renaissance dramatists. However, recent scholarship demonstrates Seneca's effect on early modern subject construction and performance conditions. This panel aims to continue and extend the current reconsideration of Seneca's influence on early modern drama by gathering papers that "rethink" Seneca's works and influence in light of feminist, queer, post-colonial, and materialist theoretical perspectives.

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @ Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 3:55pm
Fordham University GEA

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This one day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City: (113 W 60th)

We are currently accepting applications from PhD and MA students (as well as junior faculty members). The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast and an after-keynote reception w/food and beverages.

We are also currently working on an after-conference event, which will most likely involve drink specials at a local pub.

Black Migration Symposium

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 3:10pm
Black Migration Symposium

Black Migration Symposium
February 10-11, 2012
Nashville, TN

Professors Trica Keaton, Ifeoma Nwankwo, Jemima Pierre, Michelle Shepherd
Vanderbilt University

Reminder: Edited Collection/Histories of High School and Normal School Writing Instruction, 1890-1965

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 2:46pm
Lori Ostergaard

Despite the often innovative and vital work of secondary educators in the United States, high schools and normal schools have not been widely explored as important sites in the disciplinary history of composition-rhetoric. Histories of High School and Normal School Writing Instruction will address this gap by providing a robust collection of archival studies of normal school pedagogies, high school classroom and extracurricular practices, and teacher research.

Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928) - 15-17 June 2012

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 1:40pm
Newcastle University

Keynote Speakers:

Helen Berry (Newcastle University) on Sex, Marriage and the Castrato
Joseph Bristow (UCLA) on Oscar Wilde's Sexual Practices
Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary, University of London) on Rape, Representation and Slavery
Richard C. Sha (American University) on Romanticism and the Paradoxes of Free Love

Thinking Verse Issue II

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 1:24pm
David Nowell Smith,

Call for Contributions, Thinking Verse issue II, special issue, 'The Condition of Music'.

"Prophecy, Divination, Apocalypse" 33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum Friday and Saturday April 20-21, 2012

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 12:31pm
Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University
33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Friday and Saturday April 20-21, 2012

Call for Papers and Sessions
"Prophecy, Divination, Apocalypse"

We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how prophecy and divination functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms. How did ideas about the future impact the present? Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.

Women and Spirituality: Ministries. Deadline: September 15, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 11:28am
NEMLA, Rochester, NY, March 15 - 18, 2012

Women and Spiritualty: Ministries

This one-hour-fifteen-minute session will investigate women's recovery of previously appropriated spiritual roles: new roles, such as rabbi and Catholic priest; and women's roles in childbirth and spiritual healing. It will seek a range of presentations from the following areas: women and the priesthood; women in the rabbinate; women healers; women and goddess worship; women shamans; and related topics.

150-word abstracts or completed papers by September 15, 2011. Inquiries welcome.
Dolores DeLuise
Associate Professor
Please respond via email:

Flann O'Brien and Modernism (11 November, 2011: Sydney, Australia)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 12:48am
Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia AND John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies at UNSW

Strange Enlightenments:
Flann O'Brien and Modernism

11 November 2011
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf, University of Saskatchewan, 7-10 June 2012

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:54pm
Dr. Ann Martin

Some collaboration has to take place in the mind . . . before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated. The whole of the mind must lie wide open…. (A Room of One's Own)

We have come together…to make one thing, not enduring—for what endures?—but seen by many eyes simultaneously. (The Waves)

This conference invites explorations of Virginia Woolf's work from a range of different disciplinary perspectives and practices. We welcome proposals on any aspect of Woolf studies, and especially papers or performances that: