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CFP: [General] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 4:16pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may include:

CFP: [General] SCMLA 2008 Literature and Psychology Panel

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:58pm
Ronald Fields

Abstracts and/or papers are sought for the Literature and Psychology
panel of the SCMLA conference being held in San Antonio, TX November 6-8,
2008. In keeping with the conference theme of “borders,” the session is
called “Literature and Psychology: Humanity on the Border.” This session
explores the psychological aspects of literary works or authors as they
relate to existence on various borders or margins, with particular
interest in psycho-cultural borderlines. Potential topics include:

CFP: [General] Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence (2008 RMMLA; Deadline March 1)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:22pm
Susan Cook

Call for Papers:
Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence
Submissions are invited for this Special Topic Session at the October 9-
11, 2008 Rocky Mountain MLA Convention in Reno, Nevada. Papers may
address but are not limited to the following topics:

Writing the visual
Seeing or not seeing texts
Cultural and/or theoretical approaches to textuality and visuality
The role of visual studies in literary scholarship
The role of literary studies in visual studies scholarship
Particular readings that blend these two approaches

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV in .doc or .pdf format to
Susan Cook,

CFP: [General] American Name Society at MLA

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 8:22pm
Kemp Williams

Two open sessions at the annual meeting of the Modern Language
Association in San Francisco, 27-30 December 2008. Fields may include
literature, literary theory, philosophy, linguistics, geography,
sociology, history. Panels may be organized on single authors or
subjects. 150-word abstracts by 7 March 2008 to Kemp Williams
( Presenters of accepted papers must be members of
both ANS and MLA. MLA membership will be required by 7 April 2008. ANS
membership deadline TBA.

CFP: [General] The Audiobook (MLA 2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:39am
Matt Rubery

Papers for this proposed special session will consider the significance of
the audiobook. The growing popularity of audiobooks over the last decade
means that literary critics may no longer be able to turn a blind eye -- or
a deaf ear, in this case -- to the ways in which oral delivery influences
the reception of literature. This panel will explore the extent to which
the audiobook not only enables us to hear literature but to hear it in new
ways. While audiobooks are still responsible for only a small fraction of
the total book publishing market, their use is among the minority of
reading practices found to be increasing as the number of overall readers

CFP: [General] Delta Blues Symposium XIV

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 7:04pm
Thomas Williams

The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University
(Jonesboro campus) announces its fourteenth annual Delta Blues Symposium,
to be held 27-29 March 2008. The theme for Delta Blues Symposium XIV is
Sense of Place. Presentations are encouraged from scholars and students
of the humanities and social sciencesâ€"especially anthropology, art
history, economics, folklore studies, geography, history, literature,
musicology, political science, and sociology. As well, we seek
contributions from scholars and students of the physical and natural
        It should be emphasized that though we especially encourage

CFP: [General] Environmentalism and Religion (MLA 2008 ASLE-sponsored panel) March 1 deadline

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 5:45pm
Sarah E. McFarland

“Forgive Us Earth, for We Have Sinned”?: Environmentalism and Religion

MLA 2008 in San Francisco
Panel sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

The environmental message of _An Inconvenient Truth_ was challenged by many
for what they considered the hypocrisy of its narrator, Al Gore: he flew in
airplanes all over the world, for example, while chastising Americans for
their excessive carbon consumption. Many environmentalists preach one thing
and live another, as Janisse Ray recently contended in her _Orion_ article,
“Alter Call for True Believers.” She asks, what does it mean to preach to
(or be in) the “choir” of an environmental movement?