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Ecocriticism and Graduate Studies

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 5:30pm
Dana Harrison / Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University

Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 8th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2010 (online and in print). We are seeking papers on ecocritical and environmental topics, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to Dana Harrison at by October 15, 2009. No simultaneous submissions please.

[UPDATE] Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Daemonic to the Hydraulic [Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 13–16, 2009]

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 4:11pm
Anthony Adams, Brown University

LAST CALL!! Paper still needed to complete session! Send brief abstract to

Seeking papers on any aspect of medieval or Renaissance simulacra, automata, or mirabilia, whether textual or material. Subjects that would be welcome would include aspects of mirabilia in Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate, depictions of marvels in medieval romance, clocks and machines as metaphors, mechanical automata unmasked, the history of the Golem, the use of puppetry in medieval drama, folklore of living dolls or wooden toys, and any theoretical aspects of idols and images, simulations/simulacra, and "thing theory" as applied to medieval studies.

Queer Ecocriticism and Literature - updated -

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 3:58pm
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec

In her 2008 article "Queering Ecocultural Studies," Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands appeals for "a critical practice of ecocultural analysis that challenges […] the ways in which natural and ecological relations have been read and organized to normalize and naturalize power." Queer ecology, at its core, challenges the binary of natural/unnatural, which has sought to diminish both queerness and the more-than-human world. This panel, in the spirit of promoting and continuing the discourse from the NEMLA 2009 Queer Ecocriticism and Theory panel, will examine the state of the academic field of queer ecocriticism and the modes of inquiry prompted by the blending of sexuality studies, queer theory, and ecocriticism.

CFP: As Seen On TV - Special Section in Spring 2010 Issue of JOURNAL OF DRAMATIC THEORY AND CRITICISM

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 10:24am
Brian Herrera, Guest Editor

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: October 1, 2009) for a Special Section in


Brian Herrera and Henry Bial, Guest Editors
For this special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, we invite essays of 20-25 manuscript pages, exclusive of notes, exploring the intersection of broadcast television with live theatre and performance.

LAST-MINUTE CFP:Temporal Touching: A Roundtable Discussion of Medieval Romance and Popular Culture at Kalamzoo 2010 (13-16 May)

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 9:16am
Amy Burge, University of York on behalf of the Medieval Romance Society

In recent years, medievalists have increasingly recognized the productivity of blurring the medieval/modern divide in order to examine the relevance of the medieval to the modern. We are no longer satisfied with the idea of histories and chronologies—whether purportedly factual or openly fictional—as linear, progressive, or innocent.

The proposed roundtable session "Temporal Touching: Medieval Romance and Popular Culture" aims to explore the transmission of medieval romance into modern popular culture and to investigate the benefits of diachronic research to medieval studies.

Call For Reviews: Audacity of Hope?

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 1:17am
thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture

Call For Reviews: Audacity of Hope?
Deadline for submitting potential items for review: 28 September 2009
Deadline for submission of the review: 15 April 2010

Celebrity Studies special edition (proposals by Nov 30 2009) - Back in the spotlight: Ageing and Female Celebrity

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:20pm
Deborah Jermyn, Roehampton University

Proposals are invited for a special edition of the journal Celebrity Studies on the theme of female celebrity and ageing. It is a long held adage that women 'of a certain age' struggle to find work or interesting roles in youth-obsessed Hollywood and that the lifespan of female celebrity is finite in a way that male celebrity is not. Has this state of affairs shifted in the changing celebrity culture of recent years? Have older women become less visible than ever as reality TV formats and teen film genres dominate the popular media landscape? Or have an ageing population and new generation of accomplished female actors moving into their 'prime' prompted more opportunities for and representations of ageing female celebrity?

New Voices: Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:23pm
New Voices

The 10th Annual New Voices Conference focuses on representations of the Apocalypse as they manifest
throughout history, across cultures, and in language. The conference committee invites papers dealing with
any aspect of mankind's conception of the End-of-Days. Individual papers or panel proposals may center upon
any time period and any culture or people. They may furthermore draw thematically from such academic
disciplines as literary criticism and theory, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religious studies, medieval and
renaissance studies, art history, biblical history, cultural geography, and folklore. We also welcome papers

CFP: Adolescence in Film and Television (12/15/09; 3/31-4/3/10)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 6:15pm
Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

The "Adolescence in Film and Television" Area Chair seeks individual-paper proposals for presentation at the 2010 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from March 31-April 3, 2010.