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Detective-Mystery Area April 20-23, 2011

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:46pm
Popular Culture/American Culture Association

The Detective/Mystery Area of Popular Culture Assoc. is interested in individual papers and organized panels on any area of detective fiction, including, but not limited to theory, criticism, history. We are particularly looking at topics such as race, ethnicity, other media, mixed genre, GLBT, etc. Send proposal of 150-200 words, also include a 50 word bio, to both co-chairs. Please make sure to include correct and complete contact information--affiliation, email, address, phone number--on the proposal itself. Also indicate the broad category of paper--hard-boiled, police procedural, cozy, etc.

First time presenters are eligible to submit their paper for the Earl Award. Contact co-chairs for more information.

Lawman and the Word: a Roundtable Discussion (9/15; Kalamazoo 5-12-5-15)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:01pm
International Lawman's Brut Society

The International Lawman's Brut society announces a roundtable discussion, "Lawman and the Word." Please submit abstracts for a brief (ten minute) discussion of a single word or phrase from the Brut. Papers may focus on the history of a specific word or term from the text, its significance to the poem as a whole, or on other issues. This session will build on work that has been done on word choice and on single words in the Brut, including "lawen," "freondcipe," and others.

WINNOWING CHAFF: Constructing Morals and Contesting Universals in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales [deadline: September 1st]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 3:56pm
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2011)

Considering The Canterbury Tales exclusively, this panel seeks to investigate Chaucer's engagement with the epistemological and ontological debate over universals. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer are heavily influenced by Platonic, Aristotelian, and Boethian philosophies; these philosophical authorities inform Chaucer's poetic meaning. Because The Canterbury Tales is situated in the midst of long-evolving and newly emerging philosophical debates, such as the dispute between Realists and Nominalists, any morality extracted from the tales must be understood in accordance with the (textual) construction of meaning.

UPDATE--CFP Caribbean Mothering

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:38am
Dorsía Smith Silva

We are seeking submissions for an edited collection on Caribbean Mothering and invite you to submit.

Editors : Dorsía Smith Silva and Simone A. James Alexander
Publication Date : Fall 2012


Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 9:33pm
22nd Annual Tufts University English Graduate Organization Conference

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Keynote Address: Professor Martin Puchner, Harvard University

Bad Taste: we know it when we see it, and yet we do not always know what to do with it. Sometimes celebrated and sometimes repudiated, the forms, genres, images, and topics associated with the category of bad taste are always provocative.

In celebration of our conference's 22nd Anniversary, we are interested in investigating bad taste. We seek to explore the ways in which bad taste is identified and utilized. How does the category of taste create and reify genres? What role does taste play in a consumer society? If Bad Taste can evoke shame or pride, how do we evaluate or classify it in terms of affect?

Call for Movie Reviews

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:58am
Jura Gentium Cinema

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" ( is seeking reviews (between 1500 and 3000 words) for the following movies:

"Shutter Island" by Martin Scorsese. Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island (IMDb).

"Iron Man 2" by Jon Favreau. Billionaire Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends, as well as new enemies due to his superhero alter ego Iron Man (IMDb).