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CFP: [American] Early Native American Literature (9/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 6:01pm
Drew Lopenzina

Call for Papers:
Early Native American Literature
39th convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
Dates: April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, NY

In his recent book, The People and the Word, Robert Warrior speaks of
a "strengthening of the historical arc of Native writing" to consider how
Native American literatures of the past might be of use to us today. This
panel invites papers that focus on pre-twentieth century Native writers
(or writers on the cusp of the 20th century)examining, among other things,
how these authors negotiated their private ambitions and needs alongside
traditional concerns and the demands of print discourse.

CFP: [American] American Cannibal: Empire and Embodiment from 1840 through 1940

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 5:53pm
Kathryn Dolan

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 10-13, 2008

In Moby Dick (1851), Herman Melville asks his readers, "Cannibals? who is
not a cannibal?" in order to force them to question definitions of
otherness. This panel will focus on a wide range of US/American authors
who discuss cannibals, literally and ironically, in their work from the
1840s through the 1940s. How do narratives of cannibalism inform and
critique the (still) growing nation? How does the United States become
embodied by its own stories?

CFP: [American] Environment and Environmentalism in the Americas

Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:00pm
Douglas Boudreau

We are soliciting papers for the 2nd edition of the Mercyhurst Colloquium
on the Americas to be held March 7 and 8, 2008. The theme for this year
is “Environmentalities.” Papers may come from any discipline on any
topic discussing the peoples of the Americas and how they perceive/
relate to/ interact with the natural world. Possible topics include (but
are by no means limited to) environmental activism and indigenous
movements, literature/cinema and the environment, environment/ecology/
nature in politics, globalization and environmental justice, legacies of
Manifest Destiny, place and identity/ regionalism, eco-critical
approaches to literature/cinema/culture, environmental/ecological

CFP: [American] Essays about Midwestern Places

Monday, August 6, 2007 - 5:42pm
Linda Elizabeth Peterson

Essays about place

Call for proposals
for the 38th annual meeting of the
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Creative Writers, and
May 8-10, 2008
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Scott Russell Sanders has written recently, “We’re likely to flood, pave,
poison, or otherwise abuse land if we think of it merely as property or as
raw material for human designs. To think of land more intimately, more
reverently, we need the help of art.”

CFP: [American] Time in US Literature and Culture (9/15/07; NeMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 6:27am
Aimee Woznick

Time in US Literature and Culture
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 10-13, 2008

This panel seeks to explore the role of time in the US imaginary and to
develop the study of temporality as a foundation for thinking about
American literature and culture.

In crafting a submission, panelists might wish to consider questions of
duration, simultaneity, history, the present, or futurity in relation to
"the usable past," notions of progress, memory, Darwinian literary studies,
narratology, et cetera. Papers may explore any period or genre of US

CFP: [American] Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility (9/1/07, NEMLA 4/10/-4/13/08)

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:18pm
Chad B. Cripe

Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility

“We the People” take for granted the role of the government to provide
certain servicesâ€"administration, protection, securityâ€"in a fair and
impartial manner. Yet the impartiality of any given system of government
is often compromised. Oppression can be passive, due to red tape and
forms in triplicate that delay or deny justice, or aggressive, when
individuals within the system seek selfish rather than communal benefits.
When the system fails, what responsibilities can, should, and/or must the
individual assume?