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Old Books for New Audiences: Preservation through Reprinting (SAMLA 2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 2:40pm
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

This session seeks to explore "cultures of reprinting" by considering the wider importance of reprinted and new editions of previously published works. There are several instances where time and zeitgeist seem to coincide to restore or recover texts at the time when they are most likely to be appreciated, read, and taught. Many times these recovery-through-reprinting efforts change or significantly shift the canon.

Possible topics to consider:

ICAF: International Comic Arts Forum, Nov 13-15, 2014 (due 3/14)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:03pm
International Comic Arts Forum

The 17th International Comic Arts Forum
November 13-15, 2014
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Columbus, OH

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites scholarly paper proposals for its seventeenth annual meeting, to be held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, OH, from Thursday, November 13, through Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 14, 2014. (Scroll down for proposal guidelines and submission information.)

CFP: Chess and American Culture @ ASA '14 (1/21)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 10:59am
Les Harrison / Virginia Commonwealth University

In an 1859, Oliver Wendell Holmes delivered a speech celebrating American chess champion Paul Morphy's triumphant tour of Europe. Of note for Holmes was the fact that a "child of the Great Republic" had demonstrated the capacity of the nation to excel at "the royal game of kings and conquerors." Only two decades earlier, in "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), Edgar Allan Poe had dismissed the ostentatious and "elaborate frivolity" of chess" as a game in which "what is only complex is mistaken for what is profound." For both Holmes and Poe, as well as for many Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Chess was a game whose deep cultural and historical meaning held a special significance for the United States of America.

Review, Reflect, Reimagine!: The 20th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference Call for Proposals OPEN

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 7:13pm
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.

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

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:36pm
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.

[UPDATE] Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia (May 16-17, 2014) [CFP due January 31]

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:41pm
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?

David Foster Wallace Conference

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:07pm
Publications Unit, Department of English, Illinois State University

The First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
309.862.9000 (Ask for the ISU Rate)


This year's keynote speaker will be DFW scholar Stephen J. Burn, University of Glasgow.

Featured speakers will be selected from early submissions.

CFP//Pat Parker and Judy Grahn: Where Would I Be Without You?

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 4:37pm
Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies

Call for Papers//Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies//Pat Parker and Judy Grahn: Where Would I Be Without You?

2016 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the only spoken word album produced by Olivia Records, Where Would I Be Without You? Featuring the poems of Judy Grahn and Pat Parker, Where Would I Be Without You? introduced Grahn and Parker to a wide array of women making the two beloved poet/troubadours during the 1970s. While both enjoyed enormous popularity, scholarly treatments of their work and its lasting significance have been sparse. This special issue of *The Journal of Lesbian Studies* will continue to redress the lack of critical engagement with these two important and iconic lesbian-feminist poets.

Arts and Letters: University of South Florida Spring Conference: April 17th and 18th, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 1:13pm
English Graduate Student Association

The USF English Graduate Student Association's spring conference—April 17th-18th, 2014—will focus on intersections across artistry in world literatures, specifically how authors integrate different forms of artistry into literary production. Intersections, places through which differences meet and manifest, function as an important theme in the writings of marginalized men and women, especially those of color, as they seek to carve out space for self-expression through the humanities. As such, we welcome presenters who intend to explore how these intersections manifest across literature, women's and gender studies, cultural studies, rhetoric, the sciences, communication, and other fields.

The Canadian Hemingway--MLA 2015, Vancouver (January 8-11)

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:16pm
Ernest Hemingway Society

The location for the upcoming MLA Convention creates a great opportunity to revisit Ernest Hemingway's relationships with all things Canadian. This panel seeks proposals that explore Hemingway's biographical connections or literary influence in the country. While Hemingway lived in Canada for a relatively short period of time (compared to his other residences), his biography contains a great deal of Canadian influence whether through his association with the Toronto Star, his friendships with individuals like the Connable family or Morley Callaghan, or his connections with the country as the birthplace of his first son.