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The Fictional Lives of American Presidents - collection

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 11:56pm
Christian Long / University of Canterbury, Jeff Menne / University of Richmond

While cinema, television, and literature have regularly imagined fictional presidents, the act of fictionalizing the lives of American presidents—that is, giving fictional account of nonfictional presidents—is an imaginative endeavor with greater entailments: it configures the actual and the virtual, the real and the fictional, as a function of our contemporary incapacity to think historically about our present. Real U.S. presidents appear in a number of recent films—Dick (1999) and Frost/Nixon (2008) tell Nixon's tale, while both Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and W. (2008) feature a sitting president.

Travel and Literature, PAMLA Conference, November 13-14, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:59pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii

How does travel, in literal or figurative terms, impact the racial identification of the traveler, or their sense of the racial identification of those among whom they travel? Papers sensitive to the intersections between race and other forms of identification, such as sex, gender, and class, are of considerable interest to this Travel and Literature standing session panel, as are papers that reflect travel among others in asymmetric relations of position or power to the traveler.

Directions for PAMLA Submissions

PAMLA will host its 108th Annual Conference on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010, at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i: Please visit to find out more!

Call for Papers -- The Ethics of Racial Identity, PAMLA 2010 Special Session

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:49pm
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

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, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research.

The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA 2010 Special Session

[UPDATE] -- PAMLA 2010: Nation and the Mother Tongue(s); abstracts 5 April 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 13-14 November 2010 (Chaminade U., Honolulu, HI)

The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of accents, dialects, inflections, and multilingualisms within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.

Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium, September 6, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:48pm
Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium

2010 Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference and Colloquium
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 6, 2010

"If music be the food of love, play on" – William Shakespeare, The Tempest (I.i.1)

"See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here" – Eminem, "Renegade"

M/MLA - Chicago, Nov 4-7, 2010 - Canada's Ghosts: The Spectors that Haunt and Terrorize Canadian Literature (May 14th, 2010)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:17pm
Midwest Modern Languages Annual Conference - Permanent Panel - Canadian Literature

Over 30 years ago, the essay, "Haunted by Lack of Ghosts: Some Patterns in the Imagery of Canadian Poetry," by Northrope Frye appeared. The purpose of this panel is to address the ghosts that do in fact terrorize the Canadian imagination, the Canadian psyche and Canadian culture. We are looking to discover and discuss that which lurks in the shadows of the author's imagination and experience to understand what they represent. These ghosts, real or imagined, can come from any and all forms of Canadian Literature: French, Native, Neo-Canadian, traditional and non-traditional. Please submit a 300-word abstract to by May 14th, 2010.

Kilt by kelt shell kithagain with kinagain: Ireland and Scotland 12-14 November, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:16pm
University of Sunderland, UK / North East Irish Cultural Network

Following the success of the previous seven international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 12th to 14th November 2010.

International Bernard-Marie Koltès Symposium

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 7:27pm
7Stages Theater, Atlanta, GA

Conference Announcement for Next Weekend in Atlanta!

The International Koltès Symposium and world premiere of the English translation of Koltès' The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet, directed by Thierry de Peretti, will take place on April 3-4, 2010.

A few highlights from the weekend:

April 3 International Koltès Symposium 10am - 3pm (12-1, break for lunch)

Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta
Alliance Française
Colony Square Plaza Level
1197 Peachtree St. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
For directions and parking info please go to

3rd Annual New Narrative Conference

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 4:38pm
University of Toronto

3rd Annual New Narrative Conference: Narrative Arts and Visual Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Toronto May 6-7 2010