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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 1:32am
Paul Varner, Editor

For a Casebook of Critical Essays I am looking for scholarly essays from qualified scholars on aspects of the West in film or literature in various genres or critical approaches such as the 21st Century Popular Western, the post-West, the postmodern West, the Beat West, the Urban West, Non-"Western" films or novels about the West, Perceptions of the West, Feminist Reactions to Western texts, or studies relating to New Western History or new Western environmentalisms. Studies of individual authors and works are welcome as well. Send me solid, theory-based studies pointing in new directions for Western studies.

2012 PAMLA Conference: The Beatles as Literature

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 8:58pm
Jocelyn Heaney/Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Have you long pondered Ringo's existential torpor in "A Hard Day's Night"? Hotly debated the gender politics of "Girl"? Are The Beatles your "myth to live by"?

Turn your Beatle musings into a creative academic treatise and submit an essay for The Beatles as Literature section at the PAMLA Conference this October at Seattle University.

The Beatles' wildly diverse catalogue and career offer infinite opportunities for studies in mythology, folklore, gender politics, Marxism, poetry, childrens literature, and comparative religion, to name just a few.

Abstracts and paper proposals are due March 31

Please write to Jocelyn Heaney for details:

[UPDATE] What's Love Got to Do With It?: Shakespeare and Ovidian Violence (MLA 2013, Boston)

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 8:32pm
John Garrison / Kyle Pivetti

For a proposed session at the 2013 MLA conference, we seek papers that offer new thinking about Shakespeare's relationship to Ovid.

For example, how does Ovid influence Shakespeare's visions of gender? How is desire manifested in Ovidian violence, whether on Shakespeare's stage or in his poems? How do modern adaptations of either author's work ask us to rethink the relationship between Shakespeare and Ovid? Can Shakespeare's classical sources help us understand the linkages between gender, love, and brutality in his plays and poems? How do Ovid's mythical or poetic paradigms for transformation, desire, and transgression resonate in scenes of Shakespearean violence?

CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment [UPDATE]

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:17pm
Robert Sickels

CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment

20 more contributions are being sought for this two volume edited collection, which is under contract and slated for publication in late 2012/early 2013.

LGBTQI Graduate Students and Academia

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:15pm
Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj ( by March 10.

English Renaissance Literature, RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 5:12pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session seeks papers on any aspect of English Renaissance literature. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis ( by March 1, 2012. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2012. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.


Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:31am
Commonwealth cultural studies group

The Commonwealth Cultural Studies Group welcomes submissions of abstracts and chapters on the above theme.
We welcome papers that examine the negotiation between migration, culture and Transnational identities in Commonwealth Literature. Papers may investigate and analyse travel literature, literature of the black diaspora and manifestations of culture in diasporic writings as well as identities.
Consequently, we encourage papers that interrogate critical transformations that Africans, Caribbeans, Asians etc undergo in the diaspora. How do they raise questions significant to present day realities?

CFP: Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses (travel writing), UK, 2-5 July 2012. Proposal deadline 31/3/12

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:04am
Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, UK


Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses

An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing

2-5 July 2012
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, England

Organised by
Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies
University of Birmingham

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the eleventh Borders and Crossings conference from 2-5 July 2012. The conference will be held at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, a residential study and conference centre with comfortable accommodation, good food and wonderful gardens in Birmingham, England.

Call for Papers for Edited Volume, July 15th Deadline, Exploring the Intersections of Rhetoric and Mass Media Discourse

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:48pm
Dr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State University

With the purpose of evaluating, exploring, and focusing on the role of media discourse in evoking social, cultural, and/or ideological viewpoints, we are creating an edited volume that explores the intersections of rhetoric and mass media discourse. We invite contributors who are doing research on media discourse to participate in this volume. Papers dealing with the analysis of either theoretical or practical-applications based rhetoric and linguistics in a wide-range of media discourses (e.g., the press, television discourse, internet discourse, radio discourse, etc.,) are welcome. Some possible topics include:

[UPDATE] Call for Environmental Literature

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:30pm
Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is looking for environmental essay, art, fiction & poetry for issue 1.2, Summer Solstice!

March 1st!

We look for savvy, sharp, well polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world, & publish work, bi-annually, that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world.

Visit the site for details:

Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 5:48pm
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.