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UPDATE: The Corpse and Catastrophe

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:07am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop/ David Sherman

Call for Papers: The Corpse and Catastrophe
ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

Seminar Organizers: Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers University) and David Sherman (Brandeis University)

This seminar will examine the corpses in and of literature, including the catastrophic meaning of corpses. Papers with aesthetic, ethical, political, and historical dimensions are welcome, and might address a range of questions:

Zombies vs. Professors: An Academic Symposium (April 13th-15th, 2012)

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:58am
Indiana University/University of Louisville

Zombies seem to everywhere these days, and now they're banging on the gates of the Academy . . .

The undead hordes have always represented a challenge to humanism and civility, to the humanities and civilization. Stalking the cultural horizon, they wreak havoc on notions of identity and agency, ideologies of expression, mechanisms of production and consumption, and boundaries of property and safety, culture and theory, bios and zoe, death and non-death.

The Writing of Spiritual Crisis and Conversion

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:14am
American Comparative Literature Association (March 29-April 1, 2012)

Spiritual conversion is truly one of the most radical changes one can experience or live through. Pierre Hadot emphasizes the dual nature of conversion: both as repetition – as a re-birth and the reiteration of the original event on which the religion we convert to is based – and as a new creation – as a radical rupture from what is familiar, depending on some sort of illumination that can make the soul embark on a new path.

CFP for the Open Issue of Rupkatha Journal

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:32am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

Call for Papers: Open Issue, Vol 3, No 4

Rupkatha Journal seeks only original and scholarly articles, book reviews, artworks and poems for Vol 3, No 4 which will be an open one. Articles can be submitted on any of the following areas:

English Literature
Literature Written in Other Languages
New Literature in English, Indian Writings in English
Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, Cultural Studies
Critical Theories
Aesthetic Studies
Literature and Environment
Visual Arts, Digital Art, Photography
History of Art.

Creative Section
Any form of visual art
Poems (five short or one long)

If we cannot inherit the earth, what next? Perpignan, France-May 23-27, 2012

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 3:09am
American Studies Association in France (AFEA)

This session at the French American Studies Association's 2012 Colloquium (centering on the theme of Heritage) investigates the ways in which the relation between the land and its occupants has to be rethought in the light of ecocriticism. The national history of the United States, which juxtaposes the spoliation and displacement of indigenous peoples and the influx of immigrants from other continents, renders the concept of heritage problematic. Native Americans conceptualized their relationship to the land differently from the English colonists, who saw it as property to be claimed, utilized, and exchanged or passed on to their descendants.

CFP: Pedagogies and the Profession - Deadline Dec. 1, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 7:59pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Pedagogies and the Profession

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
(For best consideration dates, see details below)

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

[UPDATE] Comparative Literature Papers for Spring Publication 2012

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 7:50pm
UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its spring 2012 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. Get information and submit at

The Future of Philology - 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Columbia

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 6:53pm
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University


11th Annual Graduate Student Conference 2012

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University February 24-25, 2012

Philology in the emphatic sense is undergoing a renaissance within the humanities. This revival of the "core competencies" of literary studies bespeaks a newfound awareness of the status and relevance of literature and language studies among other disciplines. We will explore these currents as possibilities for interdisciplinary research rather than just as counter-trends to it.

Three tendencies can be distinguished within this recent development:

Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 20th & 21st, 2012)

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 5:29pm
Binghamton University - English Department

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders(3rd Annual)

Theme: "Re-Imagining the New World(s)"

Dates: April 20th & 21st, 2012

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote Speakers: Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
Daniel T. O'Hara, Temple University
(Closing address by William V. Spanos, Binghamton University)

Conference Description:

Theorizing the Fantastic in 20th Century Art [Nov. 15]

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 3:35pm
Alison Heney, SUNY

In his short essay, "Aminadab or The Fantastic Considered as a Language," Sartre proposes that, "so long as it was thought possible to escape the conditions of human existence through asceticism, mysticism, metaphysical disciplines or the practice of poetry, fantasy was called upon to fulfill a very definite function."

However, as the post-war period sharpened the artist's sense of abandonment to the realm of the human, Fantasy, as Sartre explains, gave up "the exploration of transcendental reality" and resigned itself "to transcribing the human condition."

Sex...or Something Like It

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 1:10am
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society

The first step in is penetration. One frame out and two bodies present themselves. And more and more frames reveal more and more bodies, many different bodies in many different bodies in many different frames.

This is Sex...or Something Like It.

If we zoom in on microscopic levels, past the salacious tissues of skin and muscle, chromosomes are abound. 23 pairs with two minimum coupling at conception, determining identity.

This is Sex...or Something Like It.

And who assumed the two in the second sentence were engaged in conjugal conversation, or that the scene was limited to only two? What were the notions that allowed for such assumptions to take hold?

Sex...or Something Like It.

Journal Articles Needed--Words and Music

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:32pm
Paul Bempechat/Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

Ars Lyrica, the journal of the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, seeks articles on area of word-music relationships. Articles of any length will be considered. The deadline for the next issue is January 31, 2012; any articles submitted after that will be considered for future issues. For further information, go to

Transecting Society Conference, University of New Hampshire [Conf: April 12 & 13, 2012; Abstract Due: 2/1/12]

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 6:00pm
Joelle Ruby Ryan / University of New Hampshire

Critical Dialogues on Transsexual/Transgender Identities in Politics, Media, Activism and Culture

Date: April 12 & 13, 2012
Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Memorial Union Building (MUB)

Transecting Society is a two-day symposium dedicated to exploring controversial political topics related to transsexual/transgender identities in contemporary U.S. culture. We welcome scholars, activists, artists, lawyers, performers, writers, non-profit workers and others who are interested in exploring the oppression of trans people in our society, and strategies for promoting our collective liberation and civil rights.

ACLA Seminar (March 29 - April 1): The Modernist Self and its Discontents

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 5:40pm
Ben Tam, Cornell University / Nan Zhang, Johns Hopkins University

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at Brown University from March 29 to April 1.

Seminar Theme: The Modernist Self and its Discontents

While social crisis calls for reform and redress that entail institutional effort and collective action, it also tends to dislocate the self from its familiar emotional, cultural, political, and ethical positions. Created around the period of what Ezra Pound called a "botched" civilization, the modernist literature in the twentieth century often foregrounds the relation between self and portentous social forces and examines the experiential and affective complexities in great depths and innovative forms.

[Edited Collection] "Their Lives A Storm Whereon They Ride": Writing with The Affective Disorders

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 2:45pm
Stephanie Stone Horton, Georgia State University

The link between the affective disorders (depression and bipolar illness) and writing creativity goes back to Aristotle, who famously asked, "Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?" Indeed, a fifteen-year study of writers at the Iowa Writers' Workshop found that 80 percent of the writers either lived with affective illness or had experienced an episode at some point in their lives (compared to 30 percent of non-writer controls). Writers and poets with known and suspected affective disorder span the centuries; the twentieth gave us Woolf, Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and David Foster Wallace, among many others.