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UPDATE: [General] The Purpose(s) of English: A Conference on the Future of English Studies

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 9:53pm
Sara Cordell

The first bi-annual Conference on the Future of English Studies will be
held at the University of Illinois @ Springfield, Oct. 19-20. For further
information or to register, please consult the Conference website:

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CFP: [General] Storytelling Conventions Panel for International Conference on Narrative at Austin, May 1-4, 2008

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 6:02pm
Lena Khor

I am looking for scholars who would be interested in forming a 3-4-person
panel on storytelling conventions for the International Conference on
Narrative at Austin, May 1-4, 2008. The focus of this panel would be genre,
not just in the traditional sense of form (poetry, drama, and prose, or
tragedy, comedy, and melodrama), but also more broadly construed in terms
of media conventions (Hollywood films, graphic novels, and oral
testimonies). How do these traditional and contemporary storytelling
practices shape (positively or negatively) the story, the storyteller and
the audience? How have various authors or media sought to influence
(successfully and unsuccessfully) the audience’s response to particular

UPDATE: [General] Literature: Ecocrticisim and Environment

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 2:23pm
Kenneth Hada

CFP: Literature, Ecocriticism, and the Environment
Abstract/Proposals du by November 15, 2007
The 29th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA
  February 13-16, 2008
  Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
  330 Tijeras
  Albuquerque, NM 87102
  Phone: 1.505.842.1234
  Fax: 1.505.766.6710
Conference Website: (updated regularly)
Panels now forming for presentations and roundtables regarding Literature,
Eco-criticism, and the Environment in such areas as:
--eco-critical approaches to literature

CFP: [General] Mythology in Contemporary Culture

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 2:08pm
Anais Spitzer

Mythology in Contemporary Culture


2008 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)
Annual Conference
San Francisco, California
March 19 - 22, 2008

The “Mythology in Contemporary Culture” area is dedicated to exploring
mythological figures and motifs (from all cultures and historical
periods) in all areas of popular cultureâ€"from movies, video games and
television to novels, politics and blogsâ€"and the significance of these
mythological figures and motifs in contemporary, postmodern culture.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

UPDATE: [General] Refractory â Series TV (1/15/08: Journal issue)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:04am
Dr. Lucian Chaffey


Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media is a refereed,
peer-reviewed, e-journal that explores the diverging and intersecting
aspects of current and past entertainment media. The journal is
published by the Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture and
Communication, University of Melbourne.

Submission of completed articles (4â€"6000 words) + brief bio: 01/15/08
Publication: Autumn 2008

ISSUE THEME: Series TV: New fields of critical thought and radical
perspectives on series televisuality.

CFP: [General] Hip Hop Cultures

Monday, September 3, 2007 - 3:59pm
Enrique Morales-Diaz

Call for Papers

The editors of Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques seek
articles for a special issue on Hip Hop Cultures. Specifically, the
editors are looking for articles that address one of the following themes:
  Hip Hop Sexualities
    The role of women
    LGBTQ hip hop

  The globalization of Hip Hop
    Migrants and Hip Hop
    Hip Hop Music, Rai Music, & Beur Culture
    New Hip Hop nations
    Intersections of ethnicities & nationalities in Hip Hop
  Hip Hop Literature
  Hip Hop and Reggaeton
    Women in Hip Hop v. Women in Reggaeton

CFP: [General] Comics Conference on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (UF, 3/21-22)

Monday, September 3, 2007 - 7:00am
Lyndsay Brown

The University of Florida's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the 2008
UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels: "ImageSexT: Intersections of Sex, Gender, and
Sexuality," which will be held in Gainesville, Florida, on March 21-22, 2008.

CFP: [General] Afro-Caribbean Literature (Nov. 1, 2007; CEA March 27-29, 2008)

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 1:57pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar

College English Association National Conference
March 27-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on Afro-Caribbean Literature for the 39th annual meeting
of the CEA.

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at
<> by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate
your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be
directed to me, Laura Barrio-Vilar, chair of the Afro-Caribbean Literature

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.