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Reading Ethics in the 21 Century (SAMLA, Nov 6 - 8, 2009)

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 2:22pm
Raina Kostova / SAMLA

SAMLA 2009

Reading Ethics in the 21 Century

Call for Papers

Since Aristotle the understanding of ethics as a branch of philosophy has been defined as a pragmatic rather than a theoretical field: ethics does not simply involve a discussion of virtues, but the practice of "virtual activities." It is concerned, as Sartre later insists, with living "in the world," where one has the individual moral responsibility for the other and for the political structure of society. The personal responsibility to act "ethically" in this case is made possible by the essential freedom of choice of each individual.

"Modernism and Nature" at MSA 11, Montréal, Québec, Nov 5-8, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 1:00pm
Emily Essert (McGill University)

Modernist representation of nature and human relationships therewith – particularly of animals – has recently received increased critical attention in studies such as Carrie Rohman's Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal (Columbia UP, 2009) and Philip Armstrong's What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge, 2008). Recently-published theoretical work on animal/human relations – such as Donna Haraway's When Species Meet (U of Minnesota P, 2008), and Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham UP, 2008) – can also help us to arrive at a richer understanding of textual animals.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 9:24am
Brian E. Butler/UNC-Asheville & Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Call for papers and panel proposals.
All disciplines invited.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College
An International Conference
October 9-11, 2009

The legacy of Black Mountain College continues to influence contemporary culture in multiple realms. This conference aims to investigate its history as well as the multiple paths of influence, actual and possible, identifiable in the contemporary world and beyond.

Co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and
The University of North Carolina, Asheville

Emotional Cartographies: Affect, Performance, and Politics

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:54pm
ASTR 2009, Puerto Rico

Call for Papers due Friday, May 15, 2009

Emotional Cartographies: Affect, Performance, and Politics

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) 2009
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino

November 12-15, 2009

SAMLA 2009 Session: Teaching Language and Literature

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:37pm
Rachel Luria/ SAMLA

Session Title: Teaching Language and Literature
Open Topic

We welcome papers that deal with any and all issues related to the teaching of language and literature. Proposals may be related to issues such as the language of gender, comics as literature, or teaching new media, but this is not required. Send your inspiring ideas!

By May 1st, please submit proposals of no more than 150 words by email – preferred – to or by post to University of South Carolina, Arts Institute, Attention: Rachel Luria, 1212 Greene Street/228 Sumwalt, Columbia, SC 29208

Consuming Cultures — (Deadline: 6/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 9:27pm
disClosure: a journal of social theory

The theme of this year's issue is Consuming Cultures. We are accepting submissions of articles, essays, creative work, reviews, and art that explore the ideologies, politics, and cultures of consumption fairly broadly. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2009. Questions and submissions can be sent to

The City (September 24-26 2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:14pm
Tiffany Eberle Kriner / Conference on Christianity and Literature

The regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature will explore a wide variety of approaches to the intersections between Christianity, literature, and the city. This three-day conference, held just west of Chicago at Wheaton College (IL) will include keynote addresses by Andrew Delbanco and Anne Winters, traditional panels, at least two undergraduate student panels with faculty moderators, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and associated excursions into Chicago. Proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual twenty-minute presentations are invited on the following or related topics:

The Jewish Woman and Her Body

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:34pm
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, Youngstown State University

The Jewish Woman and her Body
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
March 7-9, 2010

Call for Papers deadline: October 1, 2009

Since Eve, the woman and her body have had a central position in Jewish tradition. Experiences such as childbirth, violence, sexuality, hunger, infertility, and aging have preoccupied Jewish life. Representations of the female body in Jewish texts include idealization, restriction, and objectification. This interdisciplinary conference will explore real and imagined constructions of the Jewish woman and her body.

Proposals from all disciplinary approaches, historical periods and geographical locations are welcome.

SLSA 2009 Conference: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:12pm
Helena Feder

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Annual Conference (2009)

Panel: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

Fifteen minute papers on any aspect of the intersection of ecocritical theory and a biological/ ecological science are welcome. As this year's conference theme is "decodings," papers on the encoding/decoding/commodification of life are particularly welcome, as are papers presenting a "biological" reading of ecocriticism or an ecocritical text (or papers that discuss a biologist reading or responding to an ecocritical theory or text).