Canadian witers in both French and English have historically been defined by who they are not: British, French, American. This uncertain and unstable national identity has now been embraced by many writers and is expressed in a great deal of playfulness in their writing. With works like Souvenirs from Canada by Douglas Coupland, Est-ce que cette grenade dans la main du Nègre est-il une arme ou un fruit? by Dany Laferrière, or Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Canadian writers have posed a critical eye on Canadian and American cultural and aesthetic norms. This panel invites papers that discuss how Canadian writers have played with the idea of being Canadian (in the broadest possible sense) in opposition to how others attempt to label them.
This year's Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will be held November 3-6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO. I am soliciting papers for one of the permanent sessions, English II: English Literature 1800-1900, and I am hoping to form several different panels. We are looking for papers that investigate the conference theme "Play" in problematic or evocative ways. You might consider play in terms of performance, identity or representation, seriousness vs. dallying, wagering, strategy, being a player in a game, movement or action, or diversions/recreation. You might also consider idioms such as 'fair play' or 'foul play.'
Transitions 2 is a one day symposium devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodoogies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to spark debate and address a wide spectrum of questions.
We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:
The 3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 23-24, 2011 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research.
The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) 2011 Annual International Conference, its 37th, will be held during the first full week of July 2011 at two venues: at POSK in London's Hammersmith district on 7 and 8 July and at the University Women's Club near The Ritz in Mayfair on 9 July.
Papers are welcome on all aspects of the work and life of Conrad, and proposals for panels are welcome. Deadline for abstracts (approximately 200 words) is 30 April 2011: Dr Keith Carabine email: email@example.com.
All participants who are not already members of the Society will be required to take out membership for one year.
This session explores how the different environments one teaches in informs how one teaches and the ways one constructs a teacher identity. We welcome proposals that address teaching at the community college, small liberal arts schools, research universities, urban schools, etc.
Please send a 250-word (maximum) abstract by May 15, 2011 to Aimee Krall-Lanoue, Calumet College of St. Joseph (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A TWO‐DAY CONFERENCE ON INDIAN CINEMA AND THE CITY
3 – 4 November 2011
Organized By Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
CinemaSpace proposes to bring together scholars working on Indian cinema in an attempt to refocus our attention on questions of technology, aesthetics and the production of cinematic space. The structuring of the cinematic city will be the organizing thread of the conference. The city here is understood as a placeholder for bringing together and delineating concerns of aesthetics, technology, modernity and development.
Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 68th Annual Convention
Hot Springs, Arkansas – October 27-29, 2011
Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University, email@example.com
Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address the intersection(s) between/among computer technologies and work (research, pedagogy, theory) in the fields of English and/or foreign languages.
Proposal deadline: May 15, 2011
"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why" points out famous wandmaker Mr. Ollivander. Likewise we could say that Harry Potter chooses the scholar, and it is not always clear why.
For the first "Harry Potter Symposium for Muggle Scholars" at James Madison University we invite young and wizened scholars of all ages and from all disciplines to join us in exploring, examining, and explaining our attraction to all things HP. After all, for us muggle scholars, magic happens when we make knowledge and meaning.
Call for Papers
Canons of Children's Literature
Avant Garde: A Literary Forum invites scholarly writing on all aspects of children's fiction – canonical, modern and contemporary for publication in "Canons of Children's Literature" which will be published by Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi. Articles might include theoretical perspectives, comparative analysis, discussions of texts of historical interest, and bibliographical essays which also provide a scholarly overview of the children's literature.
1. The historical development of fiction for children and youth
2. Children's and young adult literature culture
The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?
Please submit proposals by 3/25 2011
The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Historicizing Narrative Theory."
Essays (max. 10,000 words) should address themselves to the relationship(s) of contemporary narrative theory to ethnic and/or postcolonial studies, and may examine both literary and cultural texts (visual and digital mediums, music, ethnographies, tourism guides, etc).
"In our age, the idea of intellectual liberty is under attack from two directions. On the one hand are its theoretical enemies, the apologists of totalitarianism, and on the other its immediate, practical enemies, monopoly and bureaucracy. Any writer or journalist who wants to retain his integrity finds himself thwarted by the general drift of society rather than by active persecution."
George Orwell, "The Prevention of Literature" (1946)
Proposals are invited for a possible MSA session on the subject of modernism and totalitarianism.
Scholarly essays are invited for an anthology of critical essays on Aesthetics of Haiku Poetry to be published by a reputed publisher from India. The essays may include the traditional as well as contemporary trends in Haiku poetry with special focus on evolution and development of Haiku in English language across the world. For further details, please write to Editor of the anthology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS: 31 MAY 2011.
DEADLINE for FULL PAPER: 31 JULY 2011.