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Teaching Memory: Approaches to Teaching the Memoir: MLA 2015 in Vancouver, BC, Jan 8-11

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 1:48pm
Stacey Lee Donohue/Community College Humanities Association MLA Allied Organization

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.

Send 300 word abstracts and brief biographies to by or before Friday, March 14th.

All submissions welcome; however, we are particularly interested in teaching strategies for the lower division classroom.

Prophecy and Eschatology in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800 [Edited Collection]

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 12:53pm
Andrew Crome, University of Manchester

Proposals are sought for an edited collection on "Prophecy and Eschatology in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800". While the collection has a number of authors committed to producing papers, we are still seeking submissions, particularly those focusing on:

*Prophecy and Eschatology in the Netherlands and Dutch trade networks.

*Prophecy and its relationship to debates on religious toleration.

*Prophecy and conceptions of providence in the trans-Atlantic world.

*Expansion of trade within an eschatological context.

*Eschatology and European/Native interactions in the New World.

The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' call for submission for June 2014 issue

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:11am
The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry

'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls for submission for June 2014 issue issue (

Submission guidelines

1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously
unpublished (both print and online, not even published on
blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data. A cover letter with submission would be nice.

3. The research papers should be not less than 3000 words. References should be prepared strictly following MLA Stylesheet (7th edition).

Panel: Technology in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction (abstracts due February 25)

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:37pm
Elizabeth Finnegan and Trisha Brady

Panel for the "Flannery O'Connor & the Mystery of Place" conference, July 24-26, All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland. This panel will explore the presence of modern technology in the fiction and correspondence of Flannery O'Connor and its often enigmatic, troubled fascination for the author and her characters. We seek papers that will explore the many aspects and nuances of technology, its threats and its possibilities, its dangers and its seductions, in O'Connor's work.

We invite papers on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

SCMLA 2014: Urban Prisons and Rural Rambles in Early American Literature

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:14am
Rebeccah Bechtold

"My spirit is weary for rural rambles," Lydia Maria Child writes in Letters from New-York, for "amid these magnificent masses of sparkling marble, hewn in prison, I am all alone." Like many of her contemporaries, Child contrasts the unfeeling cruelties of urban life with the apparent "freedom" of the natural world. Not only do the "streets shut out the sky," but "the busy throng, passing and repassing, fetter freedom, while they offer no sympathy," Child complains.

Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:41am
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, Cal State Los Angeles


10TH Annual Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference May 13, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, Professor of English, University of Chicago

Voices That Build The Americas/November 13-15, 2014/Keynote Giannina Braschi

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:14pm
Equipe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Aires Culturelles/University of Rouen

International conference organized by ERIAC (Equipe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Aires Culturelles) on the subject of AMERICANNESS, entitled "History, Fiction, Representations: The Voices That Build The Americas." KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GIANNINA BRASCHI, celebrated Hispanic-American author of the postmodern poetry trilogy Empire of Dreams, the Spanglish classic Yo-Yo Boing! and controversial take on American culture entitled United States of Banana. This conference aims at examining the present state of the interrogations on Americanness from the 1970s to the present day, the concept being understood in the local, national and transcontinental senses of the term.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 6:44pm
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.

EGSO Conference: Transaction [KEYNOTE UPDATE]

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 4:55pm
University at Albany, English Graduate Student Organization

University at Albany 12th Annual EGSO Conference: Transaction
March 28-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Anna McCarthy (NYU) and Myung Mi Kim (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

CFP American Circuits, American Secrets Sept 2014 Banff, Canada

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:33pm
University of Alberta / Canadian Association of American Studies

According to a top-secret 2009 National Security Agency report leaked by now infamous former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden, approximately one third of all international telephone calls, and more than ninety-nine per cent of all internet traffic, are routed through the United States. At once a multi-media communications hub, a global waystation of cultural exchange, a nation of dynamic mobilities, and a synonym for commodity capitalism, "America" cannot be disarticulated from the very concept of circulation. But any movement through, and by, America conceals as much as it produces--otherwise, Snowden's disclosures themselves would be insignificant.

Theory and (Stand-up) Comedy

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:31pm
CR: The New Centennial Review

Essays are invited for a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, that consider the relation of comedy and theory, especially in relation to contemporary stand-up comedy.

Is it possible to theorize humor and comedy in a new way? Or, to put the question differently, is our moment marked by a certain unmistakable conjuncture of theory and comedy?

New Directions in Sherlock

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:45pm
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present, Department of English, UCL

CFP: New Directions in Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present
Friday, April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (BST)
Department of English, UCL

UPDATE Extended Deadline (Feb 15)--Herman Melville's Poetic (Dis)continuities ALA May 22-25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:20am
The Melville Society / ALA

Herman Melville's poetry and poetic career can be characterized as distinctly lacking in continuity. Not only does his turn to poetry signal a dramatic shift in his life's work, his poems and collections typically defy patterns of continuum—poems embedded into prose pieces, collections strikingly departing from each other thematically and stylistically, publication ambitions and relationships to readers inconsistent and nebulous. Within individual poems, too, we witness Melville's stylistic and philosophical fissions, abrasions, and reversals.

Modernist Studies Association: Nov. 6-9, 2014 / Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:47am
Modernist Studies Association

The annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association will be held at the historic Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014. Hosted by Duquesne University and co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Featuring plenary addresses by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Meta DuEwa Jones, Colin MacCabe, David Trotter, and Laura Marcus.

We invite proposals for panels, seminars, roundtables, and digital exhibits; deadlines are included in the link below, between Feb. 28 and May 9 depending on the proposed format.

[Update] Post-9/11 Literature and Media (abstracts due January 31st)

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:12am
Paul Petrovic

I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.

While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.