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CFP: [American] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 4:15pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may include:

UPDATE: [American] ALA Panel: âSelf and Audience in Womenâs Poetry Since 1945â

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 7:36pm
Lisa Sperber

Call For Papers: “Self and Audience in Women’s Poetry Since 1945” (ALA;
5/22-5/25/08) Deadline extended to January 20.

The American Literature Association Conference
May 22-25, 2008
San Francisco

Paper proposals are invited on the relationship between self and audience
in any woman poet/s since 1945. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

CFP: [American] SCMLA 2008 Literature and Psychology Panel

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:59pm
Ronald Fields

Abstracts and/or papers are sought for the Literature and Psychology
panel of the SCMLA conference being held in San Antonio, TX November 6-8,
2008. In keeping with the conference theme of “borders,” the session is
called “Literature and Psychology: Humanity on the Border.” This session
explores the psychological aspects of literary works or authors as they
relate to existence on various borders or margins, with particular
interest in psycho-cultural borderlines. Potential topics include:

CFP: [American] Eugenics in American History and Culture (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 3:01pm
Christina Mar

he Society for the Study of Mixed Race invites paper submissions on all
aspects of eugenics in American history and culture for a panel to take
place at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (details
below). Widely influential in early 20 th century America, eugenic thought
informed anti-miscegenation laws, anti-immigration movements, intelligence
theories, etc. Witnessing Nazi atrocities ostensibly stemmed the eugenic
tide in the U.S., but recent scholarship suggests eugenics, in the forms of
discriminatory birth control practices and technologies introduced by the
science of human genetics (cloning, screening, engineering), remains a

CFP: [American] Critical Approaches to Chris Ware (3/10)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 3:11am
David M. Ball

Call for submissions for _The Cult of Difficulty: Critical Approaches to
the Comics of Chris Ware_, edited by David M. Ball, Dickinson College, and
Martha Kuhlman, Bryant University.

CFP: [American] Asian American Mixed Race (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 9:55pm
Christina Mar

The Society for the Study of Mixed Race invites proposals for papers
addressing any aspect of Asian American mixed race for a panel to take
place at the American Literature Association Annual Conference. Papers
may discuss Asian American mixed race as constituted in a variety of
contexts including but not limited to the following: specific ethnic
groups, the broader Asian American community, mainstream American
culture, government policies, scientific theories, etc. Please email a
short proposal to by Friday, January 24, 2008.

Conference Information:

CFP: [American] Teaching Little Women (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 12:03pm
Mary Shelden

Several recent landmarks in publication have encouraged serious study of
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved masterpiece, most notably the 2003 Norton
Critical Edition of Little Women, and the 2005 Library of America edition
of the March family trilogy. The Louisa May Alcott Society welcomes
proposals for brief presentations for a roundtable discussion of Little
Women and pedagogy. Possible subjects include:
• To what age is the novel best taughtâ€"elementary school, high
school, undergraduate college, graduate school?
• What contextual materials help illuminate the novel?
• In which subjects does Little Women instruct its readers and how
does Alcott deliver this instruction?

CFP: [American] The Concord Reformers (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 12:00pm
Mary Shelden

Louisa May Alcott was a second-generation reformer in her family; she was
schooled in agitation for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery, as
well as other reforms including religion, diet, medicine, and labor, by
the diligent efforts of her parents and their famed circle of friendsâ€"and
perhaps even more by a larger, less public network surrounding this
circle. The Louisa May Alcott Society welcomes papers addressing what
Freda Baum has termed “the scarlet strand of reform” in Alcott’s work and
life, and in the larger circles in which she learned to value the
reformist spirit. Send abstracts by 24 January 2008 to: Mary Shelden,

CFP: [American] The Audiobook (MLA 2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:42am
Matt Rubery

Papers for this proposed special session will consider the significance of
the audiobook. The growing popularity of audiobooks over the last decade
means that literary critics may no longer be able to turn a blind eye -- or
a deaf ear, in this case -- to the ways in which oral delivery influences
the reception of literature. This panel will explore the extent to which
the audiobook not only enables us to hear literature but to hear it in new
ways. While audiobooks are still responsible for only a small fraction of
the total book publishing market, their use is among the minority of
reading practices found to be increasing as the number of overall readers