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American Literature as World Literature: Making/Mapping New Worlds, ACLA 2011 Seminar, Vancouver, March 31-April 3

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 7:18pm
Lindsey Andrews, Duke University; Michelle Koerner, Duke University

How has American literature understood itself as "world literature"? This seminar is interested not only in the ways American literature "contains" the world (as a multi-national literature) but also in the ways American literature is in the world. We want to think of World Literature not only as a category that describes multi-national or global literatures, but also as a literary and political strategy: the making of new worlds.

Oklahoma State University English Graduate Conference

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 7:07pm
Oklahoma State University English Graduate Students Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference March 4-5 2011 in Stillwater, OK.

CFP: Eliot at the American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2011

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 6:21pm
T. S. Eliot Society

CFP: Eliot at the American Literature Association

The T. S. Eliot Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2011 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 26-29, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send proposals or abstracts (up to 250 words), along with a brief biography or curriculum vitae, to Professor Nancy K. Gish ( Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2011.

For information on the ALA and its 2011 conference, please see

Vexillum: An Undergraduate Journal

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 2:43pm
Vexillum Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies

"Vexillum" is an undergraduate journal that supports and promotes undergraduate scholarship in the fields of Classical and Medieval Studies, and accepts scholarly essays by undergraduate students written on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art history, sociology, philology, and linguistics. "Vexillum" provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to submit outstanding papers for peer review from other undergraduates, an opportunity rarely achieved in the undergraduate years.

Critical Expressivist Practices in the College Writing Classroom [500-1000 word proposals by January 15, 2011]

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:18pm
Roseanne Gatto & Tara Roeder, St. John's University

The term expressivism has fallen out of favor with many composition scholars in the past few decades. As social constructivist approaches to composition studies become increasingly common, the old myths about expressivism (e.g. it's solipsistic; it privileges the self over the social; it's apolitical) persist. But are the two movements actually antithetical?

[UPDATE] The Politics and Aesthetics of Global Waste (ASLE, June 21-26 2011)

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:12pm
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

The Politics and Aesthetics of Global Waste
Panel Proposal | Ninth ASLE Biennial Conference
June 21-26, 2011 | Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Updated Abstract Deadline: October 29th, 2010

Despite pressing concerns about diminishing resources, garbage continues to accumulate in landfills, oceans, and toxic sites. Although the international waste trade is booming, those peripheral to the world economy—slumdwellers, rural poor, refugees—find themselves reduced to the status of the detritus in which they often live and work.

Rattle Journal - A Journal at the convergence of Art and Writing

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:22am
Rattle Journal (UK)

Call for short critical and theoretical work on Art, Writing and Visual Cultures.

Rattle is a journal of art, writing, and thought. It offers a speculative space for the text-image relationship to develop, as well as representing those moments of thought and work not easily recuperated into the mainstreams of practice.

Work may include, but is by no means limited to, theoretical and critical writing, page based artworks, reviews, fictions and poetry. We encourage the submission of interesting and unusual work regardless of its form or subject.

Proposals are welcomed but publication cannot be guaranteed before receiving finished work.

German Romanticism and its Fates in World Literature (ACLA, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011)

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:58am
Hiroki Yoshikuni, University of Tokyo; Matthew H. Anderson, SUNY Buffalo

This seminar seeks to examine world literature in the wake of German Romanticism. German Romanticism has often been seen as a response to a philosophical crisis that emerged from Kant's formulations of theoretical and practical reason. Because, from the standpoint of theoretical reason, phenomenal nature is always "contingent" and subordinated to the laws of causality, the world of nature is, by definition, not free. But Kant also maintains that freedom, in its resistance to phenomenal desires and causes, is the unique trait or mark of a humanity that is distinguished from animals and machines, though freedom itself cannot ever appear in nature, and thus cannot be theoretically known as such.

Globalization, Utopia, Film (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011)

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:02pm

This seminar considers the production of narrative in post 1950 cinema as it relates to aesthetically and politically charged questions of globalization and the desires for Utopia.