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Essays wanted for upcoming collection on Conan the Cimmerian [Update]

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 11:33am
Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph

Seeking two proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays on Conan. I already have the book contract and need the essays to round the manuscript out.

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.

The Languages of James Joyce, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 10:44am
Salvatore Pappalardo, Maria Kager/Rutgers University

This panel welcomes papers investigating Joyce's multilingualism. What are the aesthetic and political implications of crossing language boundaries, narrating through multilingual puns and polyglot pastiche in Joyce's works? Suitable topics include the author's complicated relation with Irish, the challenge of translating Joyce's multilingual texts, the relationship between Joyce's multilingualism and cosmopolitanism, and comparisons between Joyce and other writers.

Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

The NeMLA conference, hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will take place on April 7-10, 2011.

Writing Into the Profession: Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:58pm
Brian Ray & Mercer Bufer, English Graduate Student Association, UNCG

Writing Into the Profession:
Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar
Saturday, September 25 2010

For its fifth annual interdisciplinary conference in English studies, we at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association ask you to join us as we work to build a community of graduate scholars. Our conference provides forums for ongoing research in a non-threatening and receptive academic environment. Additionally, the Writing into the Profession conference brings graduate scholars into contact with established professionals who can answer questions about best practices, research methods, and the field of English Studies.

NEMLA Queer Counterpublics: deadline 9/30/2010

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:26am
Grace Sikorski

Call for Papers

Queer Counter Public

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

This panel welcomes papers on queer counterpublics including LGBTQ, drag, bdsm, fetish, butch/femme, polyamory, etc., in literature, film, and culture; the subversion of the hegemonic order of sex, sexuality, gender, desire, and bodies; alternative discursive, symbolic, imaginary, or literal locations for queer behaviors, bodies, and identities; and the role of consumer culture in the production of queer counterpublics. Submit to

Understading Avatar: A Movie Made for the Masses -- NeMLA Convention -- 7-10 April 2011 -- New Brunswick, New Jersey [UPDATE]

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:54pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

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.

[UPDATE] Histories Created Through Film at San Francisco State University Oct. 20-22, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 1:45pm
San Francisco State University Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association

The San Francisco State University 12th Annual International Film Conference

This conference seeks to explore the role of cinema in reflecting and contributing to concepts of historical events, identity politics, cultures, cults and celebrity.

Histories, as narratives of both personal and public events, identities and societies, are created, recreated, and deconstructed in film. This conference will explore how cinematic depictions of histories differ from that of other media and how cinema's depiction influences both society and other media. The relation between cinema and histories invites investigation from numerous perspectives, including but not limited to:

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.

Dickens in 2012: Preparing for Boz's Bicentennial

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

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