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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 11:03am
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention [April 7-11, 2011]

Neomedievalism, as cultural antithetical fantasy to our ongoing "modernity," has since Umberto Eco's 1973 essay "Dreaming of the Middle Ages," developed as mode of global/local geopolitical and socio-economic analysis. This panel seeks papers on aspects of neomedievalism in Renaissance to contemporary literature and popular culture (film, RPGs and videogames, comics, music), and sociopolitical theories (nation state fragmentation, faith vs. science, sovereignty, the postsecular, neoconservatism). 300-word abstracts to

Modernist Cummings, Reading Form, and Writing History (deadline 9/20/10; Louisville, 2/24/11-2/26/11)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 5:30pm
E.E. Cummings Society

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 39th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 24-26, 2011, at the University of Louisville ( An experimental artist of new forms in poetry, prose, painting, and theater, Cummings goes beyond a mere radical formalism to fashion a cultural aesthetics that engages the contemporary issues of his time.

Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200: Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century (Proposals due 10/1/10; Conference 6/22/11-6/25/11)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 3:32pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

A conference at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

Call for Papers

On the bicentennial of her birth, the Stowe Society announces a conference celebrating Harriet Beecher Stowe—her life and works—at Bowdoin College, where she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. Conference organizers welcome participation from scholars, artists, and members of the community.

Literature, Rhetoric, and Values (3-5 June 2011; proposals due 6 Sept. 2010)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 10:23am
Deaprtment of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo

CFP: Literature, Rhetoric, and Values
Proposals due by Monday 6 September 2010
Conference 3-5 June 2011

Plenary: Barry Brummett (U of Texas at Austin) and Christopher Hitchens (The New School)

Keynote Speakers: Carolyn R. Miller (North Carolina State) and James Phelan (Ohio State)

Literature (n.): literary work or production; the realm of letters.
Rhetoric (n.): the study and practice of using symbols to persuade or influence.
Value (n.): the quality of a thing considered in respect of its power and validity for a specified purpose or effect.

This three-day conference will investigate the intersections of literature and rhetoric with values.

Ambrose Bierce Project Journal (9/30/10)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:02am
Craig Warren

The ABP ( is a hypermedia project and peer-reviewed e-journal hosted by Penn State University. To prepare for the next issue of the journal, we are now seeking literary briefs about the writing of Ambrose Bierce.

Literary briefs typically offer a critical perspective on a *single* Bierce story or work of nonfiction prose. Briefs should not exceed 2,000 words, but should include scholarly notes. Please submit completed briefs, via email, by 9/30/10.

The journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

"From 'Restoration' to 'Eighteenth–Century'" (proposal by 15/9/10; ASECS conference 17-20/3/11)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:32am
Claude Willan

I'm soliciting proposals for this panel, which will run next March at the 2011 ASECS in Vancouver.

The period 1680 – 1730 saw transformations in the political, religious, legal and literary structures of Britain. These transformations have been variously characterized as the rise of the Habermasian public sphere, the Republic of Letters, the development of the two-party system, of professional authorship, elective monarchy, and as the advent of a system of mercantile credit foundational to that which we employ today.

I welcome papers that interrogate the gap between "Restoration" and "Eighteenth-Century" literature in any of a variety of ways, including, but not necessarily limited to:

[UPDATE] Political Theology Agenda Symposium 2010 (18-19 August 2010; extended deadline)

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:17pm
Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS)

Political Theology Agenda Symposium 2010

Organized by: Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS)

Location: Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the University of Geneva, Château de Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland

Date: 18-19 August 2010

The "Political Theology Agenda" ( has been run by the Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society since January 2009. The blog is the premier resource on the net for the comparative study of political theology and political theologies across the boundaries of various traditions and academic disciplines.