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23rd Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association (extended deadline2/25)

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 9:52am
English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) &National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Originating from old Latin se- ("apart") and cernere ("sift"), "secret" means "hidden, concealed, and private," thereby signifying the distinction between the true and the false, the light and the dark, the self and the other, and the private and the public. This definition has its history and origin, and yet it is questioned and challenged nowadays by post-modernism and post-structuralism, as when Derrida considers in "Literature in Secret," "Pardon for keeping the secret, and the secret of a secret . . . of not meaning at all." If the secret one keeps is a secret "of not meaning at all," unveiling the secret simply reveals its nothingness. And yet, without the endeavor to unveil the secret, how can one know that there is nothing behind it?

[UPDATE]English for specific purposes (ESP)

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8:48am
Dr Alka Singh Assistant Professor of English Department of Humanities and Other Studies Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Lucknow - 226012, U P, INDIA

Call for Papers!

English for specific purposes (ESP)

For a proposed edited book I seek some serious papers examining any aspect of English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
The following are the broad areas:
Business English
Technical English
Scientific English
English for Medical professional
English for Law
English for Hotel industry
English for Tourism,
English for Art Purposes,
Aviation English
Technical Communication
Professional Communication
English as a Foreign or Second Language
English as a Second Language
English for Academic Purposes
Professional Communication
Technical Communication
Any other related theme

MLA Special Session—A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning—Abstracts due by March 9th

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:50am
Stacie McCormick and Kya Mangrum

We are inviting proposals for a possible special session that asks how African-American writers and artists—from the end of the U.S. Civil war through the end of World War I—revised, re-mixed, and rejected popular images of Blackness in their struggle to shape alternative modes of seeing and being seen.

Indeed, the ubiquity of visual images representing Black people and Black life that followed the rise of mechanically reproducible visual technologies—from the lithographic print to the stereographic view—created a contesting set of visual archives that both reified and rejected the types of denigrating images made popular on the minstrel stage and in the uneven visual representations of the anti-slavery movement.

Silence and Documentation - July 10-11

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:07pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver BC

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
— Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology

Edwidge Danticat Society Panel- MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA [UPDATE].

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:30am
Megan Feifer/ Edwidge Danticat Society


The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:

Discourses of Development, Destruction and Desecration: Studies in the Manipulation of Nature

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:55am
The Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

"When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money." —Alanis Obomsawin, 1972

DATE: October 31, 2015
DAY: Saturday
CONTENT: Keynote Address, Panel Discussions, and Concurrent Sessions
LANGUAGES: English & Japanese

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sixth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium - March 28, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:42am
Gordon College

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for their sixth annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (LLUC). Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The submission deadline is February 14, 2015, and we will confirm acceptance by February 28, 2015.

Second-Generation Cognitive Narratology (MLA 2016 Special Session)

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:29am
Daniel Irving (Stony Brook University)

Seeking abstracts for a proposed special session at MLA 2016, next January 7-10 in Austin, Texas. This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed cognition can illuminate the study of narrative. Send a 300-word abstract (or any inquiries) to by March 15.