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Call for Contributions to an Essay Collection: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Audrey DeLong, PhD

The editor is currently seeking proposals for an essay collection investigating and interrogating the popular Transformers franchise.

With this summer's release of a third major blockbuster film, along with an ongoing comic series, and a new cartoon series, on top of perennial toylines, the Transformers franchise has grown and developed significantly from its humble start in 1984 as a toy-hawking cartoon, while many of its mid-80s peers have languished in neglect. What is it that has captured the imagination for so long? What has kept it alive through so many changes of media, market pressure, and fictive universe?

NEMLA, March 15-18, 2002, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University

From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor (13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:04pm
Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary

"His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor"


13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012


June 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915 - 2011).

In observation of this anniversary, and in recognition of Paddy Leigh Fermor's longtime friendship with Lawrence Durrell (1912 - 1990), Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary invites submission of scholarly papers on any aspect of Leigh Fermor's life, travel writing, and memoirs.

Psychological Trauma and its Material Bodies (Cultural Studies Association Conference, March 28-April 1, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:29am
Terra Caputo/Allegheny College

I am seeking paper proposals for a panel to be proposed for the Cultural Studies Association Conference to be held March 28-April 1 at the University of California in San Diego. This particular panel will consider the ways in which expressions of the material body articulate, negotiate, and/or represent individual or collective experiences of psychological trauma. Paper proposals that engage with issues of ethnicity and gender are especially encouraged. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and C.V. to Terra Caputo at by August 15, 2011.

Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Issue (July 15, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 6:36am
Journal of Narrative Theory

JNT will mark the 2013 Centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth with a special issue devoted to her stunningly varied and provocative work. We invite submissions that deepen and complicate our understanding of Rukeyser's writings; her philosophical, poetic, and political commitments; her interest in the multiple connections between science and poetry; her articulation of an extended poetics in The Life of Poetry, which has yet to receive its due as a major modernist manifesto; her passionate response to technology; her life-long commitment to experimentalism in the context of an activist poetics; her investment in "extending the document," especially in the context of current documentary poetic practices; her role as a post-holocaust Jewish-American poet.

Peer English 8

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:29am
Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester

Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its seventh year, published by members of the School of English at the University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.

Comparative English: Reassessing Language and Literature Studies in a Globalized World; Oct. 31, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:03am
Myles Chilton, Chiba University; Ryan Melsom, Thompson Rivers University

The worldwide growth of English as a first and foreign language has by now necessitated the a term like 'Global Englishes' to describe the range of dialects and usages. Such a term calls attention to the de-coupling of the language from its Anglo-American 'homes', and to the popularity of English as a foreign subject of study. The place of Anglophone literary education, however, is less firm. Despite the fame of certain canonical Anglophone writers and the global domination of Anglophone publishing conglomerates, Anglophone literature is often taught in the service of language rather than literary education.

Call for Articles African American Poetry and Ecocriticism for Anthology

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 9:20pm
Dr. Paula Hayes

Seeking article submissions that discuss the relationship between African American poetry and ecocriticism for a scholarly anthology. Selection of African American poetry may cover any time period, ranging from slavery to the Reconstruction era, early twentieth century/Jim Crow, early twentieth century/modernism, Civil Rights, post-Civil Rights, and current/contemporary works. Ideally, the anthology will demonstrate a range in African American poetry and ecocriticism by hopefully covering each of the above mentioned historical epochs. I am currently in the process of securing an academic publisher and will notify authors selected for publication of all publishing developments. Complete articles should be sent (not abstracts) by December 31, 2011.

[UPDATE] NeMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: CFP - Empirical Study of Methods in Writing Instruction

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 8:54pm
New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The teaching of writing is characterized by a wide array of practices, often cycling through popular phases or trends. When evaluating the potential effectiveness of instructional methods, many educators rely on descriptive and anecdotal publications, as the literature is replete with them. Although these publications have merit in their ability to disseminate ideas, how can faculty go beyond the descriptive and the anecdotal when determining the most effective means of teaching writing?

International Trade & Academic Research Conference (ITARC)

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 4:52pm
Academy of Business & Retail Management

The dynamics of international trade have taken on an added significance in the light of the challenges created by the recent global financial crisis. Entire sectors and even nations have begun to reassess their trading relationships and the more enlightened are eager to gain an insight into the theories and processes that have helped certain economies to weather the storm. The emerging giants of Brazil, China and India are demanding greater attention and ensuring that practitioners and academics alike invest more time and resources in understanding where their economies are at and how they will shape future of international trade.

African American Women in Rochester | NeMLA | March 15-18, 2012

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 2:27pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel explores modes of self-representation of African American women living in Rochester, New York. For example, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman resided in the Rochester area roughly concurrently; however, each approached telling her story distinctively. Truth promoted abolition through her portraits and public speaking. Tubman gave performances. Jacobs published an autobiography. The panel considers how gender, class and race shape the forms in which African American women in Rochester represent themselves, especially non-linguistic forms such as music or visual art. Papers on women from any era are welcome.

Please send 250-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to jennifer.sieck[at]


Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 1:14pm
The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University

The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on multiculturalisms from 14th – 17th May 2012.

The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. This residential conference centre is situated near Newtown in mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. (