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[REMINDER] CFP: Performing Gender in the Middle East

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 3:48am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Performing Gender in the Middle East

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:

Late 19th / Early 20th C. Lit, English & American -- RMMLA 2015 (Santa Fe, 10/8-10/10/15)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:58pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association is calling for papers for its 69th annual convention! This Special Topics panel on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century English and American literature has returned for another year of discovery and discussion. This time around, the panel should center on prose, poetry, or theater from the 1870s-1930s that, in some measure, had been "based on a true story" or had engaged with the notion that "truth is stranger than fiction." We welcome presentations pertaining to historical fiction, true-crime fiction, auto/biographical fiction, memoir, travelogue, satire, or other kinds of writing -- published in a variety of venues -- depicting or otherwise representing actual persons or events.

[UPDATE) Paper proposals on film/television adaptations of American literary works

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:27pm
Cinema, Television, Film Association, an author society of the American Literature Association

Proposals on critical work on film adaptations of American literature: ALA conference May 21-24, 2015
full name / name of organization:
Cinema, Television, Film Association
contact email:

CFP: Literature/Film Panel: Recent Work on Film Adaptations of American literature(American Literature Association Conference: Boston.; May 21-24, 2015.) Deadline for proposals: January 25, 2014.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:38pm
Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing


The Radical Writes Conference is a graduate student conference that highlights writers who produce innovative and distinctive creative and critical work in its multitude of forms. Students are welcome to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction or works pertaining to composition and rhetoric, critical theory, literature, and related fields of study. In addition to conference participants' presentations, conference attendees can expect panels on topics related to professionalization and opportunities for networking with publishers.

ASA 2015. Just Deserters: Allegiance and American Desertion

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:10pm
American Studies Association/ Nathaniel A. Windon

Even as late as 1928, Ella Lonn found it necessary in _Desertion During the Civil War_ to offer the qualified hope that the question of desertion, "which could scarcely have found a tolerant reading a few decades ago," might be received by a more generous audience. This panel echoes Lonn's qualified hope as it asks for papers that consider desertion not in terms of cowardice, but in terms of allegiance. To whom or to what is the deserter allied, and how might that allegiance operate as a way of resistance? Does the willingness to leave one site of misery for another, potentially more miserable, site provide an alternative logic of desertion?

Resisting the Nation, Reproducing Colonial Misery: Sports and the Transnational Imaginary (ASA 2015)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:59pm
American Studies Association, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. (October 8-11, 2015. Toronto, Canada.)

In 1844, Canada and the USA played a cricket match at the St. George's Club in New York, which is now the site for NYU's Medical Centre. This long-forgotten match was the first international sporting event of the modern era, predating the revival of the Olympic Games by more than 50 years. Since then, cricket's place in the cultural imaginary of North America has been displaced by the emergence of baseball and hockey as the national sports of the USA and Canada. This piece of historical trivia serves as a line of departure for the panel to investigate how sports have engaged with—by perpetuating, resisting, institutionalizing—the hegemonic narratives of the nation-state.

[UPDATE] ALA 2015: Walt Whitman and Social Theory

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:42pm
Walt Whitman Studies Assocition/American Literature Association

American Literature Association
May 21-24, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts


Whitman and Social Theory

Leaves of Grass has long been a literary touchstone for ideas about nineteenth-century social formations of gender, sexuality, race, and class. Lately, though, Walt Whitman seems to be less a poet of social experience than a full-blown theorist of sociological issues like embodiment, socialization, object relations, crowds, and culture. This session seeks papers that examine Whitman's studies and interpretations of social phenomena, and trace the subsequent uses of his work as a theoretical resource to comprehend modern social problems.

Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 Sep

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:45am
Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University


The Association of Adaptation Studies invite proposals for papers for the 10th Annual Conference in London on 24-25 September, 2015, organised with the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Confirmed speakers are: Andrew Davies, screenwriter and patron of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Jonathan Powell, former Head of BBC Drama and Controllor of BBC1, now Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University, and Professor Graham Holderness, critic, novelist, poet and dramatist.

[UPDATE] The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:00am
English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage, 3-5 Sep 2015, The Shard, London, UK [ABSTRACTS DUE 15 FEB 2015]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 8:19am
Spying on Spies

Keynote speakers: Professor Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University) and Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University)

2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of the spy genre's most influential novels. With its roots in the 19th century, the genre evolved and diversified throughout the 20th century, providing, as Michael Denning writes, a 'cover story' that has rendered 'the political and cultural transformations of the twentieth century into the intrigues of a shadow world of secret agents'. Capturing the ever-evolving zeitgeist of cultural and political anxieties, the genre has encompassed (and exploited) 'hot' wars and 'cold', and most recently a global War on Terror.