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Political Speak:The Use and Abuse of Rhetoric in Support of Torture & Punishment-SAMLA 11/7/10- 11/11/10-Abstracts due 05/01/10

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:22pm
Jessica Elena Charles/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Torture: What is the fascination with this arcane activity? The very nature torture is that it speaks to us viscerally—a prolonged sensory activity that captivates its audience with images of pain and misery. It is something society looks down upon yet simultaneously has an almost obsessive interest in viewing, dissecting and in some cases applying.

This panel seeks to present theories and analysis regarding the use of rhetorical methods in history, literature, art and film to rally the masses in support of the very activities that society collectively deems heinous.

Anglo-American Literary Relationships 1870-1910 (DEADLINE EXTENDED 4/5/10; Midwest Conf on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:15pm
Keridiana Chez

I am putting together a panel exploring relations between England and the U.S. during 1870-1910 for the Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting (October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland), given their stated strong preference for completed panels.

Any papers relating to Anglo-American literary relations during the last third of the 19th-century, and trickling into the 20th-century, will be most welcome.

I am particularly interested in questions of how transatlantic literature of the period influenced

English Literature (1700 to present), Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (DEADLINE April 5)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 1:17am
Stephani Pierce, San Francisco State University

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i. English Literature (1700 to present), a standing session, invites papers from a range of theoretical and analytic approaches on any relevant topic.

COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics, Durham UK (Deadline: 15 May 2010)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:00pm
Marc Botha and Heather Yeung / University of Durham, UK

COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics

Department of English Studies and St John's College, University of Durham UK
8-10 September 2010

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Derek Attridge (York)
Stephen Bann (Bristol)
Michael Davidson (UCSD)


[UPDATE] Reflections on Identity: Images in Multi Ethnic American Literature

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:32am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association/MELUS Panel/Lucy R. Littler

In keeping with the 2010 SAMLA convention theme, the "Interplay between Image and Text," the MELUS panel seeks papers examining how images and/or the relationship between images and literary texts can inform, circumscribe, or perform identity within the context of multi-ethnic literature of the United States. Projects may consider images as constructed within narrative or place images and literary texts independent of one another in conversation. Please send 250 word abstracts and contact information to Lucy Littler at by April 15th, 2010. Panelists will be notified via email by May 1st, 2010.

A Fighting Modernism: Canadian Literature and War (deadline: April 25, 2010)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 9:37am
Bart Vautour, Dalhousie University, and Emily Robins Sharpe, the Pennsylvania State University

This proposed Modernist Studies Association 2010 panel seeks to explore modernist articulations within Canadian war literature in order to map connections between the country's participation in international conflict and its literature's place in the field of transnational modernism. Does Canadian modernism develop, as some critics have argued, out of the country's participation in the First World War? How do Canadian texts about war employ, question, or contest modernist aesthetics? How do representations of war change throughout modernism's tenure? Papers might address how Canada's decolonization and growing independence from England affects literary representations.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 5:04pm
Alexandra Hidalgo, Purdue University

Present Tense is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. We are a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens.

Seeking to address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles of no more than 2,000 words, the length of a conference paper. We also encourage conference-length multimedia submissions such as short documentaries, flash videos, interviews and podcasts, as well as reviews that are thematically related to the goals of the journal.

Here is a suggestive, though by no means exhaustive, list of topics that potential submissions might address:

S(t)imulated Realities: The Hypperreal in Popular Culture

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 3:15pm
Robin DeRosa/Plymouth State University

This collection will look at pop cultural simulations of the real. Topics to be covered could include reality television; living history museums or other tourist sites; simulated violence in entertainment, such as film and professional wrestling; Disneyland; planned residential communities; SecondLife, online gaming, and avatars; online cultural communities; metafiction; and literary hoaxes. Is the "real" strengthened and reinscribed by the copy that acknowledges it, or is the "real" confounded by simulations which ultimately supplant reality with a kind of hyperreality?

Scandinavian Literature, PMLA 2010 (Deadline: April 5)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 3:02pm
Erla Maria Marteinsdottir / University of California Riverside

PMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing Scandinavian literature and culture, medieval to modern, with special attention paid to national identities and literature. Submit proposals online by April 5 at

The Archive (film, TV, new media)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 10:35am CFP: The Archive is the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Radio-TV-Film's journal of television and new media.

Due Date: Friday, May 7, 2010

"Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources); the moment of fact assembly (the making of archives); the moment of fact retrieval (the making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the making of history in the final instance)." –Michel-Rolph Trouillot, "Silencing the Past"