Sven Birkerts identifies language erosion as one of the morbid symptoms of the electronic age: "Syntactical masonry is already a dying art; simple linguistic pre-fab is the norm. Ambiguity, paradox, irony, subtlety, and wit -- fast disappearing. In their place, the simple 'vision thing.'" The popularity of James Cameron's Avatar may prove the worldwide spread of this morbid symptom.
Call for Papers
Seminar: Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature
Conference Date: April 7-10, 2011
Conference Venue: Hyatt New Brunswick, New
Brunswick, New Jersey
Deadline for Abstract Submission: Sept. 30, 2010
Notification of acceptance of papers by 5th of October, 2010.
Deadline for Final Paper Submission: March 15, 2011
This session seeks submissions that examine the relationships and intersections of rhetoric and religion. Topics include, but are not limited to: investigating the rhetorical elements of homiletics; theology and logology; historical analysis of religious rhetoric development; methodology; religion, rhetoric and space; intersections of race, class and gender; language and practice; and controversies within the field. We are particularly interested in proposals that skirt or problematize traditional interpretations of religious oratory rhetoric. By May 1, 2010, please send an abstract of no longer than one page to Amanda Mills, Georgia State University, email@example.com.
1. Portus plus
The peer-reviewed NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture invites submissions for its 2011 issues. NINE seeks to promote the study of all historical aspects of baseball and centers on the cultural implications of the game wherever in the world baseball is played. The journal reflects an eclectic approach and does not foster a particular ideological bias.
Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard-copy submissions can be addressed to
Trey Strecker, Editor
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0460
Final Call for Submissions
We want to thank our contributors so far for their excellent contributions, but there is still space for another 2-3 papers to round out our inaugural issue. Here again is the CFP:
Call for Submissions for the inaugural issue of Autopsia:
Vox Redux: Ventriloquism
Autopsia invites articles that critically engage with the motley themes of ventriloquism, including emulating, mimicking, aping, and other discursive forms where ventriloquism is in play. Topics may include:
Theory discourse and the emulations of Derrida, Deleuze, and other "celebrity thinkers"
Jargon (and the war against it)
(Mis)Representing the Other
Roleplaying the Other
Standing in for the Other
Digital History Goes Mainstream: The role of digital technologies in historical scholarship, teaching, and society
November 5-7th George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia
Proposals due: September 10th
Submit proposals online: http://theaahc.org/wordpress/conferences/submit-conference-proposal/
The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio from May 5-7, 2011, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV's long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, scholarly panels, and readings by contemporary writers. An accompanying exhibit will be mounted by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
Special Issue: The Long Revolution Revisited
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Williams's The Long Revolution (1961) in 2011, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism is planning a Special Issue on the book and its contemporary relevance.
We welcome submissions on topics relating to Williams's discussion of
• the creative mind
• the analysis of culture
• individuals and societies
• images of society
• education and British society
• the reading public
• the popular press
• Standard English
• the social history of British writers and of dramatic forms
• the analysis of 'Britain in the 1960s'
Male Studies: First Annual Conference (New York City, October 2010)
Proposals for papers are being accepted on any aspect of male studies, including the deep biology of the male, anthropological perspectives on the experience of being male, psychoanalytic study of boys and older males, history of the male, literacy and boyhood, boys' and men's well-being, depiction of males in literature and the media, males in a changing economy, global perspectives on the experience of being male, themes in the sociology of being male, public policy and health care explicitly devoted to boys and older males, the male experience in higher education.
Papers are welcomed from non-Anglophone countries.