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CFP: Approaches to Teaching the Underground Railroad (2012 NeMLA; Abstracts due Sept. 30., 2011)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 10:50am
Northeast Modern Language Association - Rochester, NY

This roundtable session will address approaches to teaching the Underground Railroad. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, teaching specific literary texts, historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, incorporating historical sites into the syllabus, and Canadian contributions to the Underground Railroad. Interdisciplinary and team-teaching methods of instruction are especially encouraged. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (as MSWord or PDF attachments) to Saundra Liggins .

Forum Issue 13: "Vengeance" (1st September 2011)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:49am
Forum, Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (

Issue theme: Vengeance
Deadline: 1st September 2011

"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate;
a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy

CFP - Gender in a Postnational Context (NeMLA 2012 panel)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:51pm
Northeast Modern Langauge Association 2012 Convention

Call for Papers

Gender in a Postnational Context (WGSC Sponsored Panel)

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

[UPDATE] - William Faulkner's Poetic Beginnings

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:27pm
SAMLA 2011 - Victoria M. Bryan

As a fiction writer, William Faulkner saw himself as a failed poet. Many themes that crop up in his poetry, however, make appearances in his fiction writing, as well. This special session welcomes, but is not limited to, abstracts that examine Faulkner's poetry, the connections between his poetry and his fiction, common themes between his poetry and his fiction, Faulkner's stance of fiction vs. poetry, etc. Please send 250-300 word abstracts and brief CVs to Victoria M. Bryan ( by June 15, 2011.

Postcolonial Text new issue published (vol 6 No 1 2011)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:28pm
Postcolonial Text

This is to let you know that the fully online refereed journal Postcolonial Text has just published Vo.l6 No.1 (2011) at

You are invited to visit the journal's web site and enjoy this issue's offering of articles, interview, book reviews, and creative writing - all freely available on an open access basis.

All best,

Chantal Zabus
Editor in Chief

Ranjini Mendis
Associate Editor
Postcolonial Text
Postcolonial Text

Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 4:52pm
Matthew Wysocki

Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games

"Issues of Control: Reading and Playing Video Games" (tentative title)

The word control has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. Obviously on a basic level, unlike other media, if a player does not control the game, there is no experience. You must participate to keep the story moving forward. Enjoyment of the experience can also connect to control. For many players, pleasure comes from the equilibrium between the player's control over the game and the game's control over the player.

This book seeks to explore the nature of control in the area of video games. The chapters presented in it are intended to explore a range of ideas.

Race and Romance in Gone With the Wind, a panel for the Popular Romance in the New Millenium conference, Nov. 10-11, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 1:21pm
Sondra Guttman

Margaret Mitchell's 1936 blockbuster bestseller Gone with the Wind is a book literary critics think they know. When read by academics today, it seems interesting mainly because it retells a particularly American story—the "Dunning School" version of Reconstruction history--familiar from films like Birth of a Nation. Apart from this racism at the level of plot, vivid images of black characters as dogs (for example), by turn loyal and threatening, likewise seem somehow beyond comment. For many, the book's racism is easily attributed to the garden-variety sort marking the culmination of the Jim Crow era and easily dismissible as irrelevant today.

The Radical Langston Hughes, 9/30/11; NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 12:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This NeMLA panel will examine the roles and forms of Langston Hughes's politically engaged poetry from the 'red decade' of the 1930s. It invites papers that add to current understandings of how Hughes approached the writing of political poetry, especially from his position as an African-American activist affiliated with the Communist and Popular Front Left. How did Hughes fashion himself as a 'poet of the people'? What was the relationship between his formal choices and his political commitments? Send 250-word abstracts to Sarah Ehlers at by September 30, 2011.

Symposium by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation - ANKARA/TURKEY

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 12:04pm
Circassians in the 21st Century: problems and opportunities

The symposium on "Circassians in the 21st Century: Problems and Opportunities", organized by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation (KAF-DAV) will be held on 22-25 September 2011.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the demographical, social, cultural, economic, and political situation of Circassians living in different parts and countries of the world, assess their chances and opportunities, and put forward proposals on the future within the light of historical and scientific data. It is expected that the symposium will contribute to the analysis of the current situation of Circassians and to raise awareness on the subject within scientific and political circles at international and national levels.

egitanea science 2011 and 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:36am
Polytechnic Institute of Guarda

The Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (IPG), Guarda is preparing issue number 8 of Egitania Sciencia.
This scientific Journal is open to publish different papers in the areas that are the main objectives of the schools of Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (Education, Technology, Economics and Management, Tourism and Health).

The Review Board as decided to invite the authors to submit their research by contributing to
Egitania Sciencia. Papers, theoretical or applied, in any field involved the above areas will be considered. Authors may submit more than one paper, but only can be accepted as first author

Teaching literary Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Classroom (roundtable)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:26am

While many scholars in literary and cultural studies focus on feminist issues, the field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has coalesced into its own discipline, frequently oriented toward the social sciences and not the humanities. This roundtable will explore what the study of literature has to offer students in various classrooms (literary studies, WGS, and cross-listed courses) and to WGS more broadly. Please send abstracts to Deborah Uman, and Heather Hewett,