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Buenos Aires Comics Conf 26 - 29 September, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:33pm
Laura Vazquez/UBA CONICET

II International Comics Conference: Viñetas Serias 2012

Biblioteca Nacional – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina , 26 to 29 de September, 2012.

Technology and Distance Education panel, RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado ~ October 11-13, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:24pm
Elizabeth Gianfrancisco, RMMLA TDE panel chair

The use of technology in both the traditional classroom as well as in the growing environment of distance education. New technologies, ideas and novel uses along with analysis of the impact of technology use in teaching and learning.

(All papers discussing online/blended/hybrid education from K-PhD are welcome.)

Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman (deadline: March 30, 2012)

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:15pm
Dr. Amy Propen, Rhetoric and Composition, York College of Pennsylvania (; Dr. Colbey Reid, Literary Studies, York College of Pennsylvania ( Dr. Dennis Weiss, Philosophy, York College of Pennsylvania (d

In the early days of the Internet, there was much talk about moving from the offline world to the online world. Fanboys to cybertheorists proclaimed the demassification of culture. Life, we were told, would become increasingly virtual and the world of things wouldn't matter much. In their 1994 preamble to "Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age," cyberlibertarians Esther Dyson, George Gilder, and George Keyworth nicely articulated this early Internet dream: "The central event of the 20th century is the overthrow of matter. In technology, economics, and the politics of nations, wealth—in the form of physical resources—has been losing value and significance.

"The Seim Anew?": Ireland in cycles. Is the present a return to the past?Cyclical patterns in contemporary Ireland

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 6:28am
University of Trieste, Department of Humanities

International Conference on Irish Studies

"The Seim Anew?": Ireland in cycles. Is the present a return to the past?
Cyclical patterns in contemporary Ireland: cultural memory, literature and society
University of Trieste, Italy, The Trieste Joyce School – Laboratorio di studi Irlandesi
DISU – Department of Humanities

Kisses and a Love Letter: Reading Sexed Subjectivity in Anglophone Literature and Visual Arts after Lacan's Seminar XX

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 5:40am
One-day International Conference: Friday, March 22, 2013, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France.

In the field of Anglophone studies in France and elsewhere, Lacanian theory remains an omnipresent marginality. Like Freud, Lacan is amply cited in current critical papers, but generally as a 'peppering' element, rarely as a fully assumed structuring theory of reading. It is to those who are engaged in a process of reading and deciphering subjectivity from within a Lacanian critical orientation that this call is primarily addressed. As an emanation from a research group interested in questions of gender and sexual identity, this conference will be particularly attentive to the intersection between the arts and women and to the implications of the Lacanian formulas of sexuation and the concepts of love, desire, and jouissance.

Slumdog Millionaire and Bollywood (Deadline: February 15, 2012)

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 10:53pm
Ajay Gehlawat/ Sonoma State University, CA

Call for Paper: Slumdog Millionaire and Bollywood

We are currently looking for an article that explores Slumdog Millionaire's relationships with Bollywood as part of a forthcoming collection, already under contract with a publisher, on Slumdog Millionaire. Given that this collection is due to be published later this year, the deadline for submissions will be tight. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a brief (less than 500 word) abstract to Ajay Gehlawat at, no later than February 15, 2012. Please note that the completed essay (to be approximately 5,000 words in length) will be due by February 29, 2012.

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 7:12pm
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.

[UPDATE] MLA 2013 Boston "Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in 19th Century America" (Abstracts Due 15 March 2012)

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:45pm
Rebecca Williams

This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization.

Topics and/or critical paradigms can include, but are certainly not limited to: miscegenation, class, disease, immigration, urbanization, industrialization, expansion, politics, temperance, manners, conduct, prostitution, gambling, race, gender, abolitionism, feminism, religion, sporting life, critical race/queer theory and reader-response.

Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca L. Williams,, with 'MLA 2013' in subject line.

Joseph Conrad Society Annual Conference, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:44pm
Joseph Conrad Society (UK)

The Joseph Conrad Society's 2012 Annual International Conference, its 38th, will be held from 4-7 July 2012 at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill Campus in the centre of the historic city of Bath.

Proposals of 150-200 words on any topic related to Conrad's life and work are welcome. Given the upcoming centenary of the publication of Chance, which the Society will mark with a special issue of The Conradian, papers, or panels, on the novel are especially welcome. Proposals, due on 20 April, should be sent to Tim Middleton:

Rethinking Theories of Television Sound (Deadline: May 31, 2012)

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 5:26pm
Journal of Sonic Studies

Essays are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Sonic Studies that will reexamine the most persistent accounts of television sound, from the 1980s to the present, and reflect on these accounts in terms of contemporary changes in the production and consumption of television. Studies on television sound typically begin by emphasizing that the fundamental differences between film and television—differences in terms of structure, content, and modes of address—are a direct result of the fact that film privileges the eye over the ear, while television privileges the ear over the eye.

[REMINDER] Post-Graduate Student Conference on English Literature and Translation Studies 17-18 May 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 4:26pm
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkey

English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.

[UPDATE - NEW DATE] Works in Progress: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, June 1, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 2:30pm
Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati

The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.

[UPDATE] Crowd control in the Renaissance

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:56am
European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

MLA Special Session: "British Literature and the State, 1870-1930" (deadline 3/10/12; Boston 2013)

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:26am
Benjamin Kohlmann

How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.