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Losing Battles & Welty's complex interplay of the visual and verbal.

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 6:11pm
Eudora Welty Society

From signs to photographs to letters to oral history, Eudora Welty employs layers of visual and verbal texts in her 1970 novel Losing Battles. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of this novel, this session seeks papers that examine the interplay between text and image in, arguably, Welty's most complex novel. Please send 500 word abstracts to Rebecca Harrison ( ) by June 30, 2010 (extended deadline).

For more information about the 2010 SAMLA convention, visit their website at

Thinking Comparatively in Contemporary Literature - NeMLA, Apr. 7-10, 2011 (abstract due Sept. 30, 2010)

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 1:40pm
Cornelius Collins / NeMLA

How might interpretive juxtapositions between such divergent modes as fiction and nonfiction, literary and nonliterary, and verbal and visual articulate some of the current ambivalence about method in the discipline of literary studies? Papers welcome on all aspects of comparative thinking by period, genre, or media in relation to 20th/21st century literature. Abstracts and short vitae to Cornelius Collins, Rutgers University (corneliuscollins (at)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

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Summer Call for Curators

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:55pm
In Media Res

Summer Call for Curators
In Media Res

In Media Res is currently seeking theme-week curators for the period of July 5, 2010 through September 17, 2010. Please forward this CFC to anyone you think might be interested in taking part.

In Media Res, a website devoted to experimenting in collaborative, multi-modal online forms of scholarship, asks contributors to curate a 30-second to 3-minute clip accompanied by a 300 to 350-word impressionistic provocation. Descriptions of the planned theme-weeks included below are meant as a guide only—individual contributors have wide berth for their own creativity and interests.

CFP: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference 2nd Futurist Theory and Fiction: Fear, Horror, and Terror(ism) University of

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:48pm
Lee Baxter & David Briggs / SETS department of University of Guelph

Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.

Mervyn Peake and the Fantasy Tradition: A Centenary Conference:15-16 July, 2011

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 9:17am
University of Chichester,UK/Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy

CFP: 'Mervyn Peake and the Fantasy Tradition: A Centenary Conference'

An international conference hosted by the English & Creative Writing Department, University of Chichester, and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy

15th and 16th July 2011 Chichester, UK

Keynote Speakers include: Joanne Harris | Michael Moorcock | Peter Winnington | Colin Manlove | Farah Mendlesohn | Sebastian Peake

Nebula Latest Issue and CFP (AUGUST 10, 2010)

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:08pm

RE: Nebula Latest Issue & Call For Papers

Nebula 7.1/7.2 is now online with unrestricted access at .

The current CFP is reproduced below the contents page for the current issue, provided here for your convenience.

Racism, Ragheads and Rednecks.
By Ryan Al-Natour

Putting the Doctorate into Practice, and the Practice into Doctorates: Creating a New Space for Quality Scholarship Through Creativity
By Tara Brabazon and Zeynep Dagli
23- 43

On the Hyphenated Edge -- Hyper-Existentialism, Hybridity and the Magical Hyper-real in the Writings of Michael Mirolla.
By Yuan-chin Chang

The Second Birth of Cinema: A Centenary Conference (1-2 July 1911; 30 Sept 2010)

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 5:25pm
Andrew Shail

*The Second Birth of Cinema: A Centenary Conference*
Percy Building, Newcastle University, 1-2 July 2011
Keynote speakers: André Gaudreault & Philippe Marion, Ian Christie, Joe Kember
Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2010

This conference commemorates cinema's 'second birth', the historical developments and departures that broke cinema's subordination to other media to give us the medium, the industry and the building that we know as 'the cinema'.

Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture [October 15,2010]

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:35pm
Carl Sederholm and Dennis Perry

We invite contributors to submit proposals for a volume of essays on the wide range of media in which Poe texts have been adapted: feature films, television, radio, and stage dramas, music, comics and graphic novels, children's books, etc. As we have just marked Poe's 200th birthday, including the many celebrations, academic conferences, and theatrical performances, it seems a particularly appropriate moment to assess in some detail Poe's continuing legacy as a source of new art through adaptation. Well over 100 films have been produced since 1908, including near 20 just since 2000! Theatrical adaptations, including plays, musicals, puppet theaters, productions for children, and one-man shows also got a boost in the new millennium.

The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:17pm
Culture and Space Journal: International Journal of Social Spaces. Special edition.

In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.