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[UPDATE] Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium, 11th-12th May 2012: Registration now open

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:00pm
Birkbeck College, University of London

Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors.

Keynote addresses: Dr. Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck), Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

Registration is free. To register, please contact us at

Narrating Spaces - Reading Urbanity; University of Hamburg, September 2012, Deadline May 31

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:22pm
University of Hamburg, Department of English and American Studies

It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that a city does not consist of buildings and inhabitants alone, but also of representations: of the stories that are told about it, in literature and art as well as in everyday life – or, as the architect Kevin Andrew Lynch has observed, that "Dickens helped to create the London we experience as surely as its actual builders did."

NYCEA "Literature and the Arts" October 12-13, 2012 Buffalo, NY

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:44am
New York College English Association

The 2012 New York College English Association Conference will be held at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY, a small Catholic college that specializes in art and music programs. The conference will focus on the theme of "literature and the arts," exploring the multiple intersections, conflicts, and parallels between literature and other forms of visual and performing art.

Abstracts of 250 words are requested by July 31, 2012, on topics related to the conference theme of Literature and the Arts. Please send abstracts electronically to Matthew Giordano, Associate Professor of English, Villa Maria College, at

"Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies"? The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012, Oxford 17-18 Sept 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 7:06am
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

"Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies"?
The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012
University of Oxford
17-18 September 2012
Deadline for proposals: 7 May 2012.
To mark a decade of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP)'s work at the Bodleian Libraries, producing searchable, full-text transcriptions of works in Early English Books Online (EEBO), we invite proposals for research papers and posters reflecting the various ways in which TCP texts are being used.
Is EEBO-TCP revolutionizing research and teaching in early modern studies? What features would be desirable but are not yet available? What improvements could be made in the decade to come?

CFP: Confessional Culture (5-6 July 2012)

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 6:18am
Monash University, School of English, Communication and Performance Studies

Dolan Cummings, editor of Culture Wars, describes confessional culture as "an increasing blurring between public and private, and a concern to expose and reveal our "true selves"". Though the act of confession is nothing new, the rise of reality television and web 2.0 means our culture is increasingly publicising the private, and using the media to expose ourselves and others. This two day postgraduate conference will look at the effect of confessional culture on a range of media and discourses, in order to understand and unpack the manifestations, history and impact of this growing and evolving phenomenon.

Date: 5 – 6 July 2012

Venue: Caulfield Campus, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The First Annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium. Dublin: 7-10 June 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 6:03am
John Ford Ireland

Renowned film historian and biographer Joseph McBride will provide the Keynote lecture at this year's John Ford Ireland Film Symposium. McBride is the author of Searching for John Ford, the celebrated Ford biography that Martin Scorsese described as a "treasure" and the New York Times Book Review considers, "The most comprehensive book to date on the filmmaker".

The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will feature retrospective screenings; industry masterclasses; lectures from renowned Ford experts; and panel discussions with noted filmmakers greatly indebted to Ford's work.

Celebrity Forum, Celebrity Studies Journal CFP

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 4:55am
James Bennett

Dear all

Apologies for cross-posting

The Celebrity Forum section of Celebrity Studies Journal is interested in receiving short submissions (up to 1,500 words) that engage in contemporary debates, issues, phenomenon and developments in the field of celebrity studies.

[Update]CHARLES DICKENS: BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS (May 15, 2012/October 19-20, 2012)

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 4:11am
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Bilkent University, Ankara



Organized by the Department of English Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and The Department of English Langauge and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Co-organizers: Valerie Kennedy (Bilkent) and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Thessaloniki)


Comparative Mediterranean Modernisms

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:42am
Adam Goldwyn (Uppsala University) and Renee Silverman (Florida International University)

Title: The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Modernity

Eds. Adam J. Goldwyn (Uppsala University) and Renee Silverman (Florida International University)

Call for Papers:

William Gilmore Simms, Southern Literature, Nineteenth-Century American Literature (September 27- 29, 2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 3:36pm
Simms Society


William Gilmore Simms's Place in the Development of American Letters

September 27- 29, 2012
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Deadline for Abstracts (150-500 words): June 22, 2012

The University Libraries of the University of South Carolina and the William Gilmore Simms Society invite all interested scholars to a conference exploring the life and works of William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), the antebellum South's most prolific writer and one of its best-known public intellectuals as novelist, poet, critic, and historian.

The Permissive Archive - Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London, November 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 12:55pm
Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) at Queen Mary, University of London

For ten years, the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) has pioneered original archival research that illuminates the past for the benefit of the modern research community, and beyond. To celebrate this anniversary, in early November 2012 we will be holding a conference examining the future of the 'Permissive Archive'.

The scope of archival history is broad, and this conference seeks presentations from a wide range of work which opens up archives - not only by bringing to light objects and texts that have lain hidden, but by demystifying and demonstrating the skills needed to make new histories. Too long associated with settled dust, archival research will be championed as engaged and engaging: a rigorous but permissive field.

Harlem Renaissance Issue Modernism/Modernity

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:04am
Adam McKible/John Jay College

Modernism/Modernity is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on new approaches to the Harlem Renaissance, guest-edited by Adam McKible and Suzanne W. Churchill. All topics related to the Harlem Renaissance are welcome, including those that address: