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Humanitarianism and Responsibility--special issue of Journal of Human Rights--submissions due Sept 1, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 1:38pm
Kerry Bystrom and Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut

As part of a wider analysis of discourses of responsibility in contemporary humanitarian activity, this special issue will examine how advocacy campaigns and relief projects that fall outside of the more established arenas of the UN and major international NGOs construct and disseminate particular conceptions of global responsibility. Along with the news media, the Product (RED) campaign, the fair trade movement, micro-finance websites such as Kiva, charity events like "Hope for Haiti Now" and the promotion of specific novels and films like Starbucks' advocacy for Ishmael Beah's memoir A Long Way Gone all serve as cultural arbiters of a dynamic "ethos of humanitarianism" broadly disseminated among a privileged transnational public sphere.

Present Tense CFP

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 1:14pm
Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Present Tense is currently seeking submissions for its upcoming issue. We are a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. Present Tense publishes short articles ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 words, the length of a conference paper. We also encourage conference-length multimedia submissions such as short documentaries, flash videos, interviews and podcasts, as well as reviews that are thematically related to the goals of the journal. For a current, non-exhaustive list of submission topics, please see:

Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays [9/18/2011]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:42am
Angela Hubler/Kansas State University

Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture:
Classic and Contemporary Essays

Call for papers for an edited collection tentatively titled Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays. This collection will consist primarily of new analyses, but will also include previously published essays in order to chart the development of materialist criticism of children's literature, culture, and film.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

• the way in which children's literature supports or, conversely, challenges class hierarchies, especially as they intersect with gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity

Creating Chaucer/Creative Chaucer, due 6/1/11, Congress in Portland 7/23-26/12

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:32am
Sandy Feinstein / Penn State

This session invites artists and scholar-artists of any genre—literature, performance arts, or visual media—to submit works that in some way respond to or adapt Chaucer. Since this session intends to offer a multi-genre contemporary response to Chaucer, submissions may be in varying formats: print, audio, video, or "Powerpoint." Submit whole works (up to three lyric poems, two short-shorts, five examples of flash fiction, etc.) or parts of longer works (a chapter from a novel for which a context is provided; a scene from a larger play with its context; an aria, also contextualized, etc.); or one reproduction of a visual work in any media; it is also understood that forms may be combined (mash-ups; graphic novel; prose poems, etc).

The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1668 (21st-22nd October 2011)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:53am
The London Renaissance Seminar, Shakespeare’s Globe and Birkbeck, University of London

Prof. Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde (Keynote Speaker)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Globe (Keynote Speaker)

"Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect /By your eyes' anguish" (King Lear, 4.5.5-6)

What did early modern subjects understand by the term "the senses"? What relationships and hierarchies were posited amongst the senses? How reliable were they in facilitating communication, understanding or knowledge? What kinds of sense experiences were implied in the production and consumption of texts in manuscript, print and performance?

1st Annual International Conference on Cultures and Languages in Contact

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 4:30am
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences, El Jadida, Morocco

1st Annual International Conference on Cultures and Languages in Contact, 23-24 November, 2011
The Moroccan Culture Research Group
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences
El Jadida, Morocco


RSA 2012 panel (deadline June 1): Cosmopolitan Kings: Foreign Marriages and Domestic Disputes in Stewart Britain

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:59pm
Kat Rutkowski Lecky and Maura Giles Watson

This RSA panel focuses on the drama, music, poetry, and prose surrounding the numerous international matches forged by the kings of the Stewart dynasty who ruled Britain for most of the seventeenth century. In 1603, the Scottish James I inherits the throne with his Dutch wife Anne; from 1614 to 1623 he attempts to marry his son, Charles I, to the Spanish Infanta Maria Anna; in 1625 Charles weds the French Henrietta Maria, who exiles her court to France with her infant son and heir, Charles II, after her husband is beheaded. After the Restoration, Charles II marries the Portuguese Infanta Catherine of Braganza. His successor James II marries the Italian princess Mary of Modena in 1671.

Playing with Risk in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Science MMLA Panel Nov 3-6, 2011 St. Louis

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:28pm
Midwest Modern Language

This panel seeks papers that examine the theoretical and material practices of experiment and the production of scientific knowledge. Papers may deal with any aspect of scientific experiment in the the botanical, biological, chemical, and physical sciences, including aesthetics, representation, semiotics, politics, and cultural stakes. Questions for consideration include: How does conceptualizing scientific work as "playful" inform or challenge the purpose of experiment to produce "serious" knowledge? How might the spaces in which science is practiced, performed, and analyzed be conceptualized as a playground? How do literary texts play with depictions of scientific experiment?

Katherine Mansfield

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:26pm
Todd Martin / Katherine Mansfield Society

Panelists are invited to submit abstracts (250 words) for papers on Katherine Mansfield. Papers on any aspect of Mansfield or Mansfield studies will be considered. Send abstracts to Todd Martin, by 15 Sept. 2011.

I am organizing a panel of 3 papers to be presented at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. The Conference will be held February 23-25 2012

Blackfriars Conference (25-30 October 2011) Abstracts due 31 May 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:18pm
American Shakespeare Center

On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley's famed Fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern theatre. In 2011, the American Shakespeare Center's Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometime in collision – can collaborate.

Academic Research (due 9/1/11)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 3:36pm
Public Knowledge Journal

Public Knowledge Journal seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and multimedia submissions for Volume 3, Issue 2, on Academic Research.

The phrase "publish or perish" can strike fear – or, at least, a slight tremor – into the heart of even the most dedicated graduate researcher: research is a central component of the university system and of many discussions in the public sphere. A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the ongoing tensions among research, education, and service within the university. Research is seen as essential to the life of the university, but many argue that it comes at the expense of good teaching and service to the academic community.