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CFP: [Renaissance] To (Un)Make the Pain: The Language and Empathy of Suffering (grad panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

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Monday, September 17, 2007 - 5:00pm
Cynthia Calhoun

In Elaine Scarry’s book Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the
World, she claims that pain is language destroying, essentially
establishing a barrier between the self and reality that eliminates
meaningful communication with the outside world. Therefore, not only is
it impossible to adequately describe pain, but the possibility of empathy
is all but destroyed. This panel seeks critical and creative
presentations that explore and engage the question: How can a subject
effectively communicate the experience of pain? How can a community
understand or empathize with that subject? Topics may include specific
writers â€" such as Sylvia Plath or Philip K. Dick â€" or a more general
theoretical study.

CFP: [Medieval] To (Un)Make the Pain: The Language and Empathy of Suffering (grad panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:59pm
Cynthia Calhoun

In Elaine Scarry’s book Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the
World, she claims that pain is language destroying, essentially
establishing a barrier between the self and reality that eliminates
meaningful communication with the outside world. Therefore, not only is
it impossible to adequately describe pain, but the possibility of empathy
is all but destroyed. This panel seeks critical and creative
presentations that explore and engage the question: How can a subject
effectively communicate the experience of pain? How can a community
understand or empathize with that subject? Topics may include specific
writers â€" such as Sylvia Plath or Philip K. Dick â€" or a more general
theoretical study.

CFP: [General] PCA/ACA Animation Area, San Francisco March 19-22, 2008

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:49pm
Jim Walker

CALL FOR PAPERS

Animation Area of the Popular Culture Association
 
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
National Conference
San Francisco , CA
March 19-22, 2008

The Animation Area of the Popular Culture Association seeks individual-
papers and panel proposals for presentation at the 2008 National
Conference of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture
Association, to be held at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel (San
Francisco, California) March 19-22, 2008.

Proposal which consider the diversity of animation in relation to popular
culture are welcomed. Possible themes for papers/panels include but are
not restricted to:

CFP: [Theory] Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (11/15/07); collection)

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:11pm
Alfred J. Drake

I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde's
critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the
author's own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in
criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with
Wilde's fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection's emphasis.

CFP: [Victorian] Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (11/15/07); collection)

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:09pm
Alfred J. Drake

I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde's
critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the
author's own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in
criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with
Wilde's fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection's emphasis.

CFP: [Collections]

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:51pm
Ranjan Ghosh

Rodopi Press Amsterdam / Atlanta announces a new series of literary
studies entitled “Dialogue” under the general editorship of Michael J.
Meyer. The series will offer new and experienced scholars the opportunity
to present alternative readings and approaches to classic texts (those
which have received canonical acceptance in either American or
Continental Literature).In the past Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
has elicited a significant level of disagreement among critics and surely
has several inherent controversial elements. Those interested in
contributing to upcoming volume on Godot should write the editor Ranjan
Ghosh at weransum_at_yahoo.co.in for a list of the

UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Integral Studies (11/15/07; SW/TX-PCA/ACA, 2/13/08-2/15/08)

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Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:39pm
Daniel Gustav Anderson

This is an open session on integral studies and integral theory broadly
defined. Topics may include:

Intersections among integral theory, critical theory, and cultural theory;

Integral approaches to culture, politics, gender, and/or subjectivity;

Historical approaches to integral practice and thought;

Critique of integralism specifically or new age culture generally.

Submit 200 word proposals for papers by email to dander5 at gmu.edu
(MS Word attachment preferred) by 15 November 2007, or by snail mail to:

Daniel Gustav Anderson
Cultural Studies
George Mason University MSN 5E4
Fairfax, VA 22030

CFP: [American] Southern Comfort: Alcohol in Southern Literature (11/20/07 SSSL, Williamsburg, VA 04/18-20/08)

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:36pm
David A. Davis

Several casks of beer and wine were among the cargo the original settlers
brought to Jamestown. Since then, alcohol has occupied an important place
in southern culture. This proposed panel at the Society for the Study of
Southern Literature conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, will explore the
representation of alcohol use and abuse in southern literature. Possible
topics include whiskey, bourbon, and moonshine; alcoholism and southern
writers; depictions of drinking; the temperance movement and prohibition;
race, class, gender, and drinking practices; rum and the slave trade; and
tension between alcohol and religion.

CFP: [Medieval] Medieval Popular Culture 11/1/07; PCA March 19 â 22, 2008

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Monday, September 17, 2007 - 1:49pm
K. A. Laity

The Medieval Popular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association seeks
papers for the 2008 National Popular Culture & American Culture
Associations Conference: March 19 â€" 22, 2008 at the San Francisco Marriott.

Topics may include:

the popular culture of the Middle Ages, such as texts, manuscript
transmission, legends and hagiography, medicine, charms, wall paintings,
plays, material culture, oral traditions, folk remedies, runic and ogamic
writings, music, monuments;

--or--

UPDATE: [Victorian] UPDATE: Victorian Women and the Occult, Women's Writing Special Issue

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:57am
Tatiana Kontou

Call for Papers
Victorian Women and the Occult

Increasingly, contemporary scholarship reveals the strong connection
between Victorian women and the world of the nineteenth-century
supernatural. Women were intrinsically bound to the occult and the
esoteric â€" from mediums who materialised spirits to the epiphanic
experiences of the new woman, from theosophy to telepathy. This special
issue of Women’s Writing seeks to address the various ways in which
Victorian women expressed themselves and were constructed by the occult
through a broad range of texts.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

â–ºWomen and Spiritualism

â–ºWomen authors and the Victorian ghost story

CFP: [Theory] Is There a Human in this Text? Rethinking Literature and Humanism

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Monday, September 17, 2007 - 7:41am
Dr Andy Mousley

Have specialisation, historicism and the reduction of education to skills
killed off literature’s existential significance? Does English therefore
need re-humanising? If so, what form or forms might this take? Or perhaps
English has never entirely broken away from its humanist roots - in which
case, how, if at all, has its humanism mutated? Is the problem that the
traditional vocabulary of humanism is now embarrassed and exhausted and
needs to be reinvented?

UPDATE: [Children] Critical Perspectives on YA Literature, Culture, and Blood

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:51am
Jennifer Miskec

CFP: Critical Perspectives on YA Literature, Culture, and Blood
Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2007

At the intersection of a number of YA texts is blood. Naturally or supernaturally, self-inflicted
or due to trauma, literally and metaphorically, teen blood is shed in a variety of ways and for a
variety of purposes in stories written for a teen audience. We are seeking articles for a proposed
collection that connect with their consideration of teen blood in YA literature and culture. We
are especially interested in critical examinations of contemporary YA texts and genres that have
yet to receive much critical attention.

CFP: [Collections] Call for SubmissionsââSaw Palm: Florida Literature and Art

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:31am
Daniele Pantano

Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art invites submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art,
photography, and book reviews for its 2007-2008 edition. We’re looking for Florida workâ€"which
may include work from anywhere that concerns itself with Florida (images, people, themes), or work
from Florida not obviously about someplace else. Please email submissions and a brief bio to
sawpalm_at_cas.usf.edu or hard copies to Saw Palm, c/o Jay Hopler, Department of English, CPR 107,
University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620-5550. Deadline October 15.

Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art (www.sawpalm.org)

CFP: [General] Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

updated: 
Monday, September 17, 2007 - 1:24am
Tsai-yu Chen

CALL FOR PAPERS
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is inviting submissions for its
forthcoming issues. We encourage contributions from both Taiwan and
international communities addressing our special topics; articles on
other aspects of literature and culture are also welcome. If your
manuscript is intended as a special topic submission, please so indicate.
All correspondence should be addressed to Editor, Concentric: Literary
and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal
University, 162 Hoping East Road, Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan. [e-mail:
concentric.lit @deps.ntnu.edu.tw]

Forthcoming Special Topics

CFP: [American] Edith Wharton and History

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 8:57pm
Carol J. Singley

Call for Papers: "Edith Wharton and History" Conference
Lenox, Massachusetts, June 26-28, 2008
Organized by the Edith Wharton Society
Papers will address historical, cultural, and literary contexts in
Wharton's life and work. Possible topics include: Wharton and women's
history, women's studies, and women's writing; Wharton in the work of
others (influence, reference, allusion); historical aspects of/in Wharton's
work; popular culture; cultural phenomena and practices such as travel,
illness, addiction, etc.; Wharton and publishing. Please email abstracts of
no more than 1000 words and a 1-page c.v. to Carol Singley at
singley_at_camden.rutgers.edu by January 20, 2008.

CFP: [Collections] Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (11/15/07); collection)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:24pm
Alfred James Drake

Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (11/15/07); collection)

I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde's
critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the
author's own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in
criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with
Wilde's fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection's emphasis.

CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/07; ICFA, 3/19/08 â 3/23/08)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:21pm
Barbara Lucas

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Video Game Theory and
Culture for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 29 is on the sublime in the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 19 - 23, 2008 at the Marriott Orlando Marriott
Hotel. For more information and updates about the conference, please
visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

CFP: [Theory] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/07; ICFA, 3/19/08 â 3/23/08)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:21pm
Barbara Lucas

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Video Game Theory and
Culture for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 29 is on the sublime in the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 19 - 23, 2008 at the Marriott Orlando Marriott
Hotel. For more information and updates about the conference, please
visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

CFP: [Film] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/07; ICFA, 3/19/08 â 3/23/08)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:21pm
Barbara Lucas

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Video Game Theory and
Culture for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 29 is on the sublime in the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 19 - 23, 2008 at the Marriott Orlando Marriott
Hotel. For more information and updates about the conference, please
visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

CFP: [Science] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/07; ICFA, 3/19/08 â 3/23/08)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:20pm
Barbara Lucas

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Video Game Theory and
Culture for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 29 is on the sublime in the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 19 - 23, 2008 at the Marriott Orlando Marriott
Hotel. For more information and updates about the conference, please
visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

CFP: [General] Gaming Theory and Culture (10/31/07; ICFA, 3/19/08 â 3/23/08)

updated: 
Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:20pm
Barbara Lucas

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Video Game Theory and
Culture for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in
the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 29 is on the sublime in the fantastic, and while papers
relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to
this call will be considered. The conference will be held in Orlando,
Florida, from March 19 - 23, 2008 at the Marriott Orlando Marriott
Hotel. For more information and updates about the conference, please
visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

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