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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

Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 2:11pm
University of Wyoming

"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.


Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:27pm
The Memory Network / University of Roehampton

Call for Papers

The Story of Memory Conference: Exploring New Perspectives on the Relationship between Storytelling and Memory in the Twenty-First Century

The University of Roehampton, UK: 4-5 September, 2014

Invited speakers include: Paul Bloom (Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale); Suzanne Corkin (Neuroscience, MIT); Mark Currie (English Literature, QMUL); Asifa Majid (Psycholinguistics, Radboud); Martijn Meeter (Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, Durham)

The Queer Roald Dahl Collection [Update]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:54am
Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, Editor

The editor of this collection, per the feedback of the interested university press, solicits several more essays that tackle the subject of queerness in the Roald Dahl canon.

Roald Dahl has been the recipient of a slew of insults from anti-Semite to misogynist to general misanthrope. The controversies surrounding Dahl have focused primarily on these aspects of his work and his life, as well as the question of whether or not his texts, with their representations of violence, have been "appropriate" for young people. Yet, much of his work seems to possess the potential for radicalizing gender and sex--a subject that has remained remarkably overlooked by critics. This collection seeks 3-5 more contributions.

Risk Modernism [MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA; Nov. 6-9, 2014]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:52am
Jason Puskar

Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, "Confluence and Division"
Nov. 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA

What is the modernism of risk? During the first half of the twentieth century an already massive apparatus of risk analysis and administration expanded dramatically, and new modes of risk consciousness came into being. Especially in the financial sector, new kinds of securities, new levels of speculation, new markets for insurance, and new complexities of the global financial system made the condition of being at-risk normative—even desirable—for many people living in western liberal societies.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 14! Review, Reflect, Reimagine!: The 20th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conferenc

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:40am
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed

The 20th Annual PTO Conference asks us to review, reflect and reimagine. We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where's and how's of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.
We welcome proposals that address our theme as well as one (or more) of the following in some clear way:
•Pedagogy of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Paulo Freire.

[UPDATE] Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:09am
Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Update: Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21

Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

June 5-8, 2014

Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO

In honor of Sedgwick's 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 8:43pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.