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Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Southern Futurism: University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference (April 10-11, 2014)

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:23am
University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference on Literature

The notion that southern literature is defined by an emphasis on the continuity between past and present has long been found in southern literary studies. This conference will explore the idea of the South as a region forever a step or two behind the modern nation, as well as reconsider the backward temporality of the South by taking its cue from poet and novelist Jack Butler's claim that "The future doesn't erase the past; it colonizes it."

Though the conference theme centers on southern literature and culture, we also welcome submissions on any topic related to all genres of literature, theory, culture, and film, as well as creative submissions of poetry, fiction, and drama.

Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development; June 13, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 4:44pm
University of Warwick UK

Confirmed speakers: Professor Justin Rosenberg (The University of Sussex),Neil Davidson (The University of Glasgow),Professor Neil Lazarus (The University of Warwick)

"From the universal law of unevenness thus derives another law which . . . we may call the law of combined development – by which we mean a drawing together of the different stages of the journey, a combining of separate steps, an amalgam of archaic with more contemporary forms" (Leon Trotsky, The History of the Russian Revolution).


Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:06am
Institute of Advanced Studies in English

The academic fraternity world over is preoccupied with various ways of understanding language, literature and culture. In addition to their interrelations and interdependance, the new ideas and approaches emerging from various disciplines like literary theory, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis alongside technological revolution and socio-cultural transformations, have a bearing on our study of language and literature. The conference aims at exploring this dynamics with a focus on the complementary nature of language, literature and culture and their centrality in human life.

Virtual Women: Webcomics due March 8; Special Session for MLA 2015, January 8-11

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:00pm
Modern Language Association

How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics that is both similar to and different from the space provided by graphic narratives in print form? In Graphic Women, Hillary Chute suggests that the graphic narrative form is particularly germane to representing the experiences of women. Scholarship has thus far focused mainly on comics in print form, with little scholarly attention given to webcomics. This panel aims to theorize webcomics as a medium by examining connections between gendered experience and the production of comics in the democratic space of the Internet. Papers could explore the following questions:

[UPDATE] "Self(ie)-Representation," SMU Graduate Student Conference, March 22, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 2:06pm
Southern Methodist University Graduate Student Conference

The "selfie," with its many outlets and ironic iterations, has provoked critical and popular conversation celebrating the form as empowering or decrying it as narcissistic. But, though the "selfie" is relatively recent, the act of self-representation is of course very old. Autobiographies, diaries, fictional selves, privately-printed collections of poetry, obsessive editorial practices, commissioned portraits, fashionable clothing, elaborate grave markers, carefully-crafted public personae: life is the accumulation of selfies. This graduate conference seeks papers that explore such modes of self-representation and the discourses surrounding them.

37th Annual NJCEA Conference

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:56am
New Jersey College English Association

37th Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Global Professor of Post-Colonial Studies, New York University
Presenting on: The Novel and its Other: Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

AHA 2015 CFP

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:52am
Craig Gallagher, Boston College

A colleague and I are trying to put together a panel for the AHA meeting in New York next year based around our mutual research interests. We intend the panel to explore examples of historical interaction between early modern empires and dissenting religious groups. Specifically, we are interested in how empires used or abused religious groups to pursue their own imperial goals, and how dissenting groups in turn adapted imperial patronage or persecution to toward their own ends.

Culture and the Economization of Everything- CAAS, March 1, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 4:05pm
The Canadian Review of American Studies

Economic models now occupy a central place in the analysis of American culture. Concepts such as "cultural capital," "the literary marketplace," and "modes of exchange" are regularly deployed to demystify culture's relationship with power and profit. As useful as economic models have been for opening up new avenues of analysis in American studies, we wonder if this turn to economy in American studies doesn't privilege economic models in ways that ought to be scrutinized. Indeed, it can be argued that the recent financial crises in the United States and Europe are consequences of unquestioned faith in the explanatory and organizing power of economics as a field of knowledge.

Special Issue on the "Stored Energy" of a Poem | Deadline: April 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:30pm
Merwin Studies: Poetry | Poetics | Ecology

Merwin Studies seeks submissions for its second issue. Submissions are due by Spring of 2014.

In the 1978 "Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism," William Rueckert argues that unleashing the "stored energy" of a poem helps create and sustain communities. We invite work that explores and exposes the myriad facets surrounding such energy exchanges. Submissions are not limited to the following questions:

Merwin's 2013 Selected Translations (re)circulates texts through and across languages. How has Merwin's work as a translator unleashed the "stored energy" of a poem?

Reading Memory: Approaches to Teaching the Memoir: MLA 2015 Vancouver BC

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 10:26am
Stacey Lee Donohue/CCHA Allied Member of the MLA

Autobiography and memoir have become canonical staples, but also contested sites for discussing the boundaries of fictional and non-fictional self-representation. Presentations invited exploring the teaching of these narratives at the intersection of memory and invention.

Please send 300 word abstracts or queries to Stacey Lee Donohue, by or before March 14th.

This guaranteed session at the MLA Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in January is arranged by the Community College Humanities Association. All MLA members (you must be a member by April 1st) are welcome to submit proposals for this pedagogy/classroom focused panel.

Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:57am
Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

Life, in Theory - The 8th Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts - June 3-6, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:58am
The European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

In the past forty years, research in genetics and genomics, the convergence of the latter with digital technology, and the intrusion of technology into all forms of life have called into question the idea that life is anything simple, natural or biological, and have made available knowledge and resources that may determine mutations or new aggregations in the constitutive elements of life forms and living systems, likely transforming the conditions of existence of life on the planet beyond reversibility.

Sustainability through an Interdisciplinary Lens [SAMLA: Nov. 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, GA]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:54pm
SAMLA: Graduate Students Forum in English

Michael Clune begins his book, Writing Against Time (2013), with a question: "Is art different from life?" He observes that "according to an emerging consensus, our experience of a description of a house, person, or landscape in a novel or poem, and our experience of an actual house, person, or landscape, are not essentially different." Interdisciplinary approaches are not new. In fact, as Alan Richardson asserts in "Literature and the Cognitive Revolution," Poetics Today 23:1 (Spring 2002), "cognitive scientists . . .

MLA 2015: Place of South Asian Americans in Asian American Literary Studies (Jan. 8-11; Vancouver, Canada)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:27pm
Binod Paudyal

The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.

A (Wo)Man in the Mirror: Immigrant Transitions, PAMLA, Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside CA

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:24pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Special Session examines immigrant transitions between the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature and film. It welcomes papers that explore various aspects of change related to immigration: self-image, identity politics, cultural contexts, community, family dynamics, health, professional circles, or economic mobility. Please submit abstracts of 250 words by April 1 to