We seek to delve further into the mind of Rowling and examine all aspects of the Harry Potter series that lend themselves to a lavender lens. With Dumbledore's ejection from the closet, queer scholars have taken up Rowling's decision at all three major Harry Potter Conferences (Accio, Portus, and Terminus) over the summer of 2008. As such, we seek papers for an interdisciplinary reader on queer and feminist issues in Harry Potter. We welcome critical and passionate papers catering to both students and scholars in the fields of sexual/gender diversity studies, cultural studies, children's literature, and literary analysis. A non-exclusive list of topics are
Butch Voices will be holding its first ever multifocal conference and forum for all selfidentified butches, studs, aggressives, and other allied identities. We are a group of openminded, gender-bending social justice activists who share a commitment to critical thinking and a common goal of building a powerful, inclusive community for us all.
The conference will take place August 20 through August 23, 2009 in Oakland, California. We invite you to join us for four days of workshops, panels, and performances intended to reflect the diversity and complexity of butch gender, identity, and action. On the one hand, butch, stud, and aggressive are hyper-visible identities; on the other, our voices too often go unheard or are misunderstood.
In his analysis of the history of mathematics, Gaston Bachelard calls for a reversal of perspectives on the complexity of reasoning: "[…] the simple is in fact always simplified: it can only be thought of correctly when appearing to be the product of a process of simplification." (L'Épistémologie non cartésienne.) Likewise, in literature and in the visual arts, the particularity of authors, what one has come to call their "little music", what makes them irreducible to others, is not only the fruit of their genius, but also a meticulous construction, the product of a particularising process, constructions based on what Claude Lévi-Strauss designates as signifying structural choices (La Voie des masques). The particular is thus actually particularised.
We are pleased to announce an open call for submissions to the second issue of Shift, set to be launched 01 October 2009. Shift welcomes academic papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews, dealing with visual and material culture from graduate students in any discipline in the humanities. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to, art and propaganda, patronage, gender and identity, spirituality and art, nationalisms and regionalisms, modernism and modernity, performance art, photography and film, perspectives in theory, methodology, and historiography, collection and representation, art and technology.
Call For Contributors: Black Southern Lesbian Culture & Politics Anthology; Abstracts due by May 15, 2009. Co-Editors: Marlon Moore, M.A. and L.H. Stallings, Ph.D.
Include your name, mailing address, email address, and a bio that includes your racial and geographical background WITHIN your piece, as submissions will be separated from emails to be read. Submit your work by email, as an attachment in MS word to:
Lmonda@juno.com and marlonRmoore@gmail.com
According to Terry Eagleton, English as a discipline was installed in England's universities to take up the slack when, in the 19-century, religion stopped providing the ideological glue required for social cohesion. Today there are increasing signs that, with its traditional emphasis on literature, English is going the way of religion as an agent of cohesion and unity. The question, not only of the future of English, but of the humanities as well, looms large.
This is a call for contributors for a panel being proposed for the 2009 Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in Philadelphia in December 2009; I am also planning to put together an edited collection on the same topic, so any abstracts that are submitted for the MLA panel will also be considered for the proposed volume. I am interested in any proposals that approach the subject, dealing with texts old or new (from Ottoman literature to contemporary work) in any genre.
Call for Submissions
Dash, Cal State Fullerton's annual literary journal, seeks submissions for its 2009 issue. It is our mission to publish works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, criticism, and art (as well as hybrid texts) that push the boundaries of short, emphatic expression. We aim to communicate more with less. Waste not, want not. Submit.
Boundaries (push at your own risk)
30 lines or less. Submit up to 5.
Fiction, Nonfiction, Criticism
2000 words or less, double-spaced.
Limit: 1 submission per category.
Digital images, 300 dpi.
Email as TIFF attachment.
Do not send original artwork.
This panel is open to any paper submissions dealing with the reading, adaptation, pedagogical use or critical interpretation of children's literature.
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
Themes in children's literature, past to present
Role of friends and enemies
Adults as villains
Evolving ideologies of children's literature
Classroom use of children's literature (elementary, secondary or higher education curriculums)
Reception of children's literature, past and present
Adaptation of children's literature into film or television
Critical studies on specific genres and/or periods of children's literature
Popular Culture/American Culture Association in the South Conference
Wilmington, NC October 1-3, 2009
Deadline: May 15, 2009
Proposals are invited for papers on teaching Shakespeare to today's undergraduates, on Shakespeare and film, on theatrical productions, and on other topics relevant to Shakespeare in popular and/or American culture. Send abstracts (maximum of 200 words) by May 15, 2009, to Prof. Emily Miller, Department of English and Fine Arts, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia 24450 or e-mail them to email@example.com. Maximum reading time for papers: twenty minutes.