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Love Figures: Amorous Figuration or the "In-Love" figure. University of Montreal, May 1-2. CFP deadline March 14 .

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 5:05pm (Journal of comparative literature)

Annual graduate student conference on the theme: the figures of love as means to express language or knowledge.

Considered an emotion or a virtue, an idea, a blessing or a disgrace, love opens and shuts gates, builds houses and cities but does not refrain from crushing them, rigging them with its own dynamite and contemplating the slaughter from afar – or from so close it burns with the actual structure.

Pondering on love, we could not bring ourselves to a stop – too many ideas, directions, pathways and junctions: thinking about Ovid, his Art of Love and his Cure for Love, these two opposites that may not be so, as Love is sometimes an ailment to be cured of, while to love, actively, is more akin to an art.

Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects (SLSA Conference Panel)

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 4:18pm
Matthew Dodson / Oregon State University

Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects

Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014

Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at no later than April 5, 2014.


[UPDATE *PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED*} NAVSA 2014 Victorian Classes and Classifications

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 3:26pm
North American Victorian Studies Association

Victorian Britain belonged to the classifying age. Imperial expansion and new techniques of observation and production confronted Britons with an expanding universe of natural and man-made phenomena. In response, scientists, writers, artists, and educators sought to articulate some underlying sense of order through ever more complex systems of organization, arrangement, and tabulation. Natural philosophers vastly extended and revised the taxonomies of Linnaeus. Medical professionals developed new diagnostic tools and coined a broad range of new pathologies and diseases. Criminologists gathered biometric data that allowed them to constitute and apprehend criminal types.

Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.

The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.

Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to

[Deadline Extended to March 1st] Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:01am
Graduate Students Association, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Due to the spirited discussion that has already been generated in response to our initial announcement, the Berkeley Rhetoric community would like to submit a revised call for papers with an extended deadline of March 1st. Notifications will be sent by mid-March.

Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Organized by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
April 18th, 2014
Keynote Address: Professor David N. Rodowick (Chicago)

Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:09pm
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
April 25-26, 2014

Sponsor: Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

"If you want me again look for me under your boot soles." Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Eborakon Poetry Journal

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 4:05pm
The University of York

Eborakon is a new biannual poetry magazine based at the University of York, publishing emerging writers alongside established poets. The name is derived from the Brythonic for York, meaning "place of the yews". We value writing that is rooted, both in the resonances of language as it has been used over the course of history, and in the evocation of place. We are nourished by the writers and critics who have preceded us, at the same time branching out to explore the future. Like the yew, for us poetry is mysterious and earthly, real matter that is potentially dangerous to savour.

Submission Guidelines

Negotiating Archives of Redemption in Modernism, MLA 2015 Special Session Proposal

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:33am
Christopher Langlois, University of Western Ontario

In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the "critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and dispositions, whose analytical yet highly ambiguous potential for the present age we have not yet begun to fathom" (35). This panel assumes that the concept and figure of redemption represents such an archival site that, in the midst of the "return to religion" that we are witnessing today, is worth our time re-opening.

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, May 22-24, Proposal Deadline March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 6:39am
Department of Women's and Gender Studies/Institute of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism invites writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers.

Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn (October 16-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:43pm
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.

Florida English Irish-American Issue (May 1, 2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:12pm
Florida English

For the 12th annual issue of Florida English, our final issue as associate editors of the journal, we invite submissions dealing with the theme: Irish-American. Ideas for critical articles might include individual literary works by Irish-American authors or directors, films, etc, and the influence of these in shaping genres or the identities of the country at large, communities, or individuals. One might consider the issues of immigration, assimilation, tradition or the loss of tradition, religion, or food. In addition, Florida English is also looking for original pieces of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that are rooted in the Irish-American experience or explore any facet thereof.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:18pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.