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The Beat Goes On: The Music of American Literature, History, and Culture (Nov. 12-14) Deadline Sept. 20

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 9:04am
American Studies Association of Texas

We are looking for scholarly essays, nonfiction, essays, or creative works that explore the rhythm and beat of literature, history, and culture. What is the influence of rock and roll on literary production? How does culture come alive through music? How do we teach a generation used to picking and choosing music for an IPod?

While the conference theme is noted above, we will consider all topics related to American Studies.

The conference will be held in San Angelo, TX Nov. 12-14. For more information, contact John Wegner ( or Terry Dalrymple (

MP Journal: seeking submission for Winter 09 issue on Women and Families

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 7:14am
MPJournal: an Online Feminist Journal,

Women and Families: MP Journal is seeking academic papers, book reviews and other well written inquiries on the subject of women and families. Some possible topics may include: mothers and daughters, stereotypes of mothers in culture and/or literature, women and children, child welfare as it relates to feminism, marriage (same sex or opposite sex), women and careers vs. family responsibilities, sibling relationships, women and their fathers, women who choose not to have children, family planning, or any other subject that interrogates women's relationship to family. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited.

CFP: Classical Representations in Popular Culture -- final deadline 12/15/09

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 5:04pm
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association


The Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association will once again be sponsoring a session on CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR CULTURE at the 31st Annual meeting to be held February 10-13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico (330 Tijeras, Albuquerque NM 87102; tel. 505.842.1234).

Papers on any aspect of Greek and Roman antiquity in contemporary culture are eligible for consideration. Papers focused on the following themes are particularly welcome:

Whitman and the Beats March 26-28 2010

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 3:33pm
Scott Weiss/ St. Francis College

Whitman & The Beats

March 26-28 2010

St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY

The English and Communication Arts Departments at St. Francis College calls for papers that celebrate the influence of Walt Whitman on Beat writers including but not limited to Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.

Fair (Ab)use

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 2:56pm
Communication and Digital Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association

Fair (Ab)use

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

National Conference

St. Louis, MO

March 31-April 3, 2010

The Communication and Digital Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting proposals for panels and individual papers that explore questions of fair use, appropriation, and intellectual property in a network society.

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 1:58pm
Anthony Adams, Brown University

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.

[UPDATE] "I can always find out: Searching for Knowledge as Expertise and the Technocratic Generation"

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 1:07pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction 10.2 Searching for Knowledge as Expertise and the Technocratic Generation

The concept for this special 10th-anniversary issue of Reconstruction stems from two intersecting strands. First, Engelbaert and Licklider's original conception of what has become the Internet was a device for the "augmentation of human intellect." Second, when Theodore Roszak conducted his seminal study on the "counter culture" of the 1960s, among his conclusions was the centrality of technocrats and the technocracy as the pre-eminent authority in North American culture and as the target of youthful resistance.