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[UPDATE] The Spatial Significance of Native American Stories and Ideology

Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:34am
Catherine Rainwater, Cristine Soliz, Anna Lee Walters

We are accepting submissions for a collection of stories, essays, and poems for a proposed book on comparative American spatial concepts, partially titled "Stories the Land Holds." The editors are looking for texts variously addressing "stories in the land." What are the stories the land tells? Vine Deloria has warned us of problems that result from a perspective that is not fundamentally spatial, and such has been the case for current problems that range from ecological disaster to fanatical environmentalism and bundled mortgages. We believe that these complex and problematic American events can be understood more fully from a Native American perspective.

Completely LOST: Going Back to TV's Most Elusive Island

Monday, May 11, 2009 - 7:22am
Randy Laist/NeMLA

Call for Papers

Completely LOST: Going Back to TV's Most Elusive Island

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Resilience Narratives Panel, NeMLA Convention, Montreal, April 7-11, 2010

Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 6:42pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel invites papers that examine the significance of resilience in contemporary culture. In a wide array of fields, including ecology, health sciences, globalization studies, business and economics, the concept of "resilience" has become increasingly significant. Referring generally to a system or organism's capacity to "bounce back" following traumatic disruption, its contemporary currency reflects a sense of a constantly changing world. In ecology, resilience theory replaces traditional conceptions of stability or balance with models in which surprise plays a constitutive rather than an anomalous role in ecosystem development.

There's nothing so sensible as sensual inundation": Mary Oliver's Search for Transcendence (NEMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal)

Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 1:10pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association

Poet Mary Oliver has often been criticized by feminist critics for her close association of women with nature, an association some believe put the woman poet in danger of losing her identity and ability to create meaningful art. However, Oliver's poems suggest that such a connection with nature may indeed be a powerful, transformative experience as her poems investigate how one can merge with nature, experience the natural world and its wonders, and discover how to live fully in one's life. She suggests that we need to look, watch, and feel our experiences more carefully if we are to transcend ordinary moments and find more meaningful ways of knowing and being in the world.

EXTENDED DEADLINE to May 31: UChi Grad Conf: Captive Senses and Aesthetic Habits. October 8-9, 2009.

Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 7:21pm
English and Art History Departments, University of Chicago

Call for Papers: Captive Senses and Aesthetic Habits.
A joint graduate conference between English Language & Literature and Art History

Fourth Annual Graduate Conference ~ October 8-9, 2009
The University of Chicago

But what sort of sense is constitutive of the everydayness? Surely this sense includes not sense so much as sensuousness, . . . a knowledge that lies as much in the objects and spaces of observation as in the body and mind of the observer.
– Michael Taussig, "Tactility and Distraction"

Pockets of Change: Cultural Adaptations and Transitions

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 10:18pm
University of Queensland Work in Progress conference

Pockets of Change: Cultural Adaptations and Transitions

13th Annual Work-in-Progress Conference
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
September 4-6, 2009

Keynote: Professor Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

"CULTURE AND CRISIS" A call for Papers for a Special Issue of CULTURAL LOGIC

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:47pm
Joseph G. Ramsey, Ph.D. co-editor CULTURAL LOGIC

"Culture and Crisis"
A Call for Papers for
A Special Issue of CULTURAL LOGIC

Edited by Joseph G. Ramsey, appearing Winter 2009/2010

Talk of crisis is everywhere. Financial. Environmental. Geopolitical. Cultural. A Crisis of Crises...

EAPSU Conference, October 22-24, 2009. Proposals due July 1, 2009.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:33am
English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities

The 2009 EAPSU (English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities) Conference will be held at Shippensburg University, October 22-24, 2009. The conference theme is "Making Our World: Language, Literacy and Culture."

We invite proposals from faculty and students for presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops that address how the work of English studies continues to make and remake our communities, our classrooms, and the world around us. Topics include, but are not limited to: Literatures, Popular Culture & Film, Composition and Pedagogy, and Creative Texts: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry.