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[UPDATE] Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation 2–4 June 2011, deadline: 15 March 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:49am
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 13th Annual Conference:

Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation

Dates: 2–4 June, 2011
Venue: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Str. Pitar Mos 7-13, Bucharest, Romania

Invited speakers:
Heinz Antor (University of Cologne)
Andrei Cornea (University of Bucharest)
José Manuel Estévez-Saá (University of A Coruña)
Radu Surdulescu (University of Bucharest)

RUINs in Twentieth-Century British Art and Fiction

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:46am
Society for Twentieth Century British Studies and the Society for Intersemiotic Text/Image Studies

As opposed to the Gothic labyrinths of vaults and broken palaces or shattered abbeys, in the nineteenth century the picturesque legacy grew into a passion for sublime ruins as crystals of time, suffused with melancholy pleasure. From Romantic hubris (and the fascination for Troy or Pompei) to Turner's luminous visions or Hardy's carved windows and stone coffins, ruins offered dwindling points of aesthetic stability as well as symptoms of mutability in a changing world stamped by Darwinian ruthlessness.

June 1

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 12:04am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Announces: Issue 10.4
Featuring Special sections on:
Outsider Criticism
War Reporting
Domestic Space
Open Submissions: Ongoing
Reconstruction 12.1: The Locations of Stardom (Due June 1)

MLA 2012, "Women of the Woolf: Influence, Affinity, Obscurity"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:53pm
Brenda Helt / International Virginia Woolf Society

This panel will explore Virginia Woolf's literary, aesthetic, or epistemological influence on early-twentieth-century women writers and artists (defined broadly) now far less known than she. Interdisciplinary and transatlantic/transnational engagements are encouraged.

Please note that this panel is sponsored by the IVWS, but will need to go through MLA program review to be accepted.

Please send 500 word abstracts to Brenda Helt at by March 15.

CFP: Special Issue for Northrop Frye Centenary Submissions July 15

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:09pm
ESC: English Studies in Canada

Call for Papers
Special issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada
on Northrop Frye on the occasion of the centenary of his birth

To mark Northrop Frye's 100th birthday and as part of the process of revaluation of this important figure, ESC is planning a special issue on Frye. Northrop Frye was enormously influential and in a variety of fields and with a variety of individuals, so we are encouraging papers from all disciplines, as well as English. Submissions are welcome on any topic or approach relevant to Frye. Topics might include:

[Update] Conan the Academian

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 3:59pm
Dr. Jonas Prida

This is a repost of a call I put out earlier in the year seeking proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays on Conan the barbarian. A couple of the contributors have been forced to back out so I now need two more articles. I already have the contract for the publication.

Here are some potential topics, but I am open to good ideas not on the list:

Conan after de Camp and Carter
The Conan industry
Feminist approaches to Conan
Appropriation of Conan in rock/heavy metal
Conan the television show
Masculinity/Male studies and barbarism

Essays should be in the 8000-10000 word range. An agreed-upon style manual will be send to all contributors.

March 25, 2011: University of Connecticut 6th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Proposals Due Feb 21

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 3:12pm
University of Connecticut Freshman English Program

The University of Connecticut's Freshman English Program is calling for presentation, panel, and roundtable proposals from instructors of writing (in all disciplines and programs) for our Sixth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing: "Knowledge and Networks." We invite creative engagement with this year's conference theme, construed broadly, in the hopes of expanding our understanding of knowledge (including how we construct knowledge and writing's relationship to knowledge) and networks (including how networks of all kinds affect knowledge, writing, and learning). We also invite proposals on other topics related to the teaching of writing.

New Horizons in Feminist Scholarship: NWSA 2011 Panel

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 3:09pm
Megan K. Ahern, University of Michigan

In recent years, the terrain of feminist scholarship has expanded prolifically, as fields such as disability studies, masculinities, and eco-criticism continue to blossom alongside studies of race, class, sexuality, and women's lives. In addition, the academy's increasing focus on interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, and postdisciplinarity takes up the very sort of integrative methodologies that women's studies has been innovating for decades. As central, capacious, and multifaceted as feminist scholarship has become, there are still those among us who find ourselves working at its "boundaries" -- with topics, disciplines, or methodologies that have not yet been well-established in women's studies.

Victorian Medievalisms: Speculum Societatis—A Mirror for Society

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 2:18pm
BemidjiState University British Studies

The Victorian Age in many ways looked back to the medieval period as a time that was more stable, that embodied ideals to be emulated in the modern world, for examples of sound leadership, orthodox belief and faith, and divinely ordained social structures. These medievalisms took many forms, including Alfredian celebrations, interest in Arthurian romances, neo-Gothic architecture, reforms in the Church, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of knights and ladies, and Count Dracula. The medieval in all its forms was shaped into a mirror by which the Victorians both escaped their own world but also harnessed the old to help form the new world of the 19th century.