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[UPDATE] Looking Back on Activism and American Literature of the Twentieth Century

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:52pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Writing in 1940, Walter Benjamin suggests that "the historical progress of mankind" be immobilized so that we may respond to, rather than overlook, social injustices in the present. This panel seeks to examine through the theme of looking back how American literature of the Twentieth Century represents activism and defines its relationship to activism. How does a literature or literary history understand the distinction, if at all, between the world of words and that of action? Along these lines, papers might examine whether symbolic forms, namely literature, are themselves politically effective or if they must be valued as primarily heuristic formations. How, furthermore, can one create praxis through literature?

CFP Ol3Media – On-line journal of television, cinema and media studies - Special Issue: Vampires

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 2:36pm
Barbara Maio - University Roma Tre

CFP Ol3Media – On-line journal of television, cinema and media studies – University Roma Tre


In recent years the vampire issue has been placed overwhelmingly all around because of a series of books and movies that have invaded our world. In film, literature or television, the vampire has reached an enviable position in the media landscape.
The next issue of Ol3Media will focus around this topic with essays that can provide food for thought on the subject on the production post-2000.
Possible suggestions (but we welcome suggestions for other topics):

Forgotten Bodies: Identities, Practices and Representations - PG Conference 9th Jan 2010

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:36am
The University of Exeter

Forgotten Bodies will provide a forum in which postgraduate researchers can explore often overlooked discourses, representations and practices relating to embodiment, sexuality and gender. Previous research into this field has often urged overly simplistic hegemonic models of practices, desires and identities, which this conference hopes to reassess. Our main objective is to explore the challenges of not only researching, including but also re-positioning so-called 'forgotten bodies' in academic programmes.

Turning Points and Transformations March 5-6, 2010

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 4:37pm
Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the effects of transformative moments and experiences—textual, cultural and academic. Topics might include but are not limited to: effects of historical and political crises on literature and culture; revolutions; linguistic transformations; bodily transformations; religious conversions; personal turningpoints in autobiographies, literary characters, academic careers, etc.; genre transformations; texts into film; dissertation into book; academic turning points.

Guidelines for Submission:

Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 11:00am
Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The 36th interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies will take place April 7-10, 2010, on campus at the Nebraska Union. The theme is "Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains."

Imagining Other Histories: Pop Culture/American Culture Conference

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 8:51am
Southwest Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association

Imagining Other Histories: The SW/TX PCA/ ACA in the area of Historical Fiction invites papers on the role of history and alternate history in fiction. To what extent have fiction writers, poets, filmmakers, myth makers, and other producers of pop culture bent the paths of history into different directions, into ur worlds, friendlier worlds, bleak worlds, parallel worlds, idealist worlds? Take, for example, the way that the reality of African American history was initially omitted from standard American historical accounts and the paths of history were bent toward the hegemony of a White world.

Frances Hodgson Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN AT 100 1/10/2010

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 7:50am
Joe Sutliff Sanders and Jackie C. Horne

Call for Papers: Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden at 100

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, Jackie C. Horne and Joe Sutliff Sanders are soliciting essays for a proposed volume in the Children's Literature Association's Centennial Studies Series. The series seeks to reexamine children's classics from a contemporary perspective. All critical and theoretical approaches are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: