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Columbia, Columbus, Columbianism: The Admiral's Metamorphoses in Nineteenth-Century America

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 5:33pm
Zach Hutchins/C19: The Society of Early Americanists

As the historian Thomas Schlereth noted in an essay from which this panel takes its name, the memory and image of Christopher Columbus were appropriated by citizens of the United States for a wide variety of purposes during the long nineteenth century. A feminine personification of the new republic signifying liberty and progress was named Columbia in his honor; the exploits of a newly recovered historical Columbus were invoked in support of western expansionism and Manifest Destiny; and the naturalization of various ethnic groups was a process of Columbianism, whereby the Admiral's status as an immigrant to the New World rhetorically sanctioned the integration of Italians, Jews, and other groups into the American body politic.

CFP: Literature and Censorship (Deadline Sep 30, 2015)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:37pm
Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry 2.2

India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.

Modernist Localities Panel - abstract due July 14th

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 3:30pm
Rice University Graduate Symposium - September 18-19 2015 Conference - "Modalities"

We are looking for a third contributor for a panel on "Localities" at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The idea is to examine Modernist narratives that theorize, explore, or trouble notions of the "local." If you have a project that might fit this theme please write up a 250 word abstract and send it to by July 14th. I have included our panel's abstract (which will be amended once a third contributor is added), as well as the general conference CFP below.


Lawman: Translator, Translated (9/15 Kalamazoo 5/12-15/2016)

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 10:57am
International Lawman's Brut Society

The proposed session seeks proposals that examine Lawman's Brut from the perspective of medieval translation theory and practice. We will consider papers that address issues such as how the Brut exemplifies the significance of translation in the trilingual linguistic milieu of late twelfth- / early thirteenth-century England. What generic issues arise in his translation of a French verse romance—itself a translation of a Latin prose history—into English alliterative meter? For Lawman, what role does translation play in the reassertion of the English language and English cultural identity in the century after the Conquest? How does the transfer of text and relics serve as a trope for translation in the Brut?

UPDATE: Full title: Order and Disorder Symposium Date: 6-Nov - 7-Nov 2015 Location: ISSH of Jendouba, Université de Jendouba, Je

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 5:29am
ISSH of Jendouba, Université de Jendouba, Jendouba, Tunisie

The study day we organized on April 21st 2015 investigated the theme "Order and Disorder" in different fields. Several participants were enthusiastic about the theme and presented an important selection of papers which covered such panels as reflections on order and disorder in the literary imagination, innovation and education, formation and information, social and political order in the contemporary world.
As a theme for an international symposium, we need to pursue the investigation into these fields but also extend it to other spheres such as art and linguistics.

Dis/ability in 19th-Century British Literature and Culture, Abstracts due by 9/30/15 for NeMLA 2016

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 4:39pm
Catherine Welter

This NeMLA panel seeks to reconsider the role that dis/ability plays in the poetry, fiction, drama, and/or art of the long nineteenth century in Britain. Feminist disability and other intersectional approaches are particularly welcome. Submit abstracts of 250-300 words to Catherine Welter via the NeMLA website: The NeMLA submission deadline is 9/30/15. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine at

NeMLA will take place in Hartford, CT, from March 17th-20th.