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November 13-14 Conference: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites -- CUNY Graduate Center, CFP due Sept 20

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:47am
CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature & Italian Specialization

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Scarry (Harvard)

If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

ICMS Kalamazoo: Transnationalism before the Nation? (deadline Sept. 15)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:15am
Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB)

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB) invites papers that place the discipline of Medieval Studies in conversation with the theoretical concept of transnationalism. The past decade has seen an increased attention to writers and works outside of siloed national canons. In contemporary literary studies, this attention has produced the "transnational turn" in English departments and a burgeoning body of scholarship on the francophonie in French departments.

[UPDATE] - Deadline extended (6/27) - The Health of Cities: MMLA, Detroit, Nov 13-16, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:12am
Emily Waples, University of Michigan

From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.

Bright and Risen Failures: The Writing of William T. Vollmann (Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014; Conference: April 30-May)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:24am
Dr. Patrick F. Walter - State University of New York at Buffalo

We seek proposals for an approved panel for the 2015 NEMLA conference in Toronto.

This panel is devoted to the work of William T. Vollmann. The sheer quantity and diversity of Vollmann's work have established him as an important voice in contemporary letters but have also rendered him an intimidating and elusive figure for readers. Providing both an introduction to Vollmann for novices and rigorous scholarship for aficionados, this panel will assess Vollmann's place within American and global literatures. Please submit 300-500 word proposals through the NEMLA website.

Seminar on "Listen to This: Musical Narrators across Mediums" - April 30–May 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:19am
Northeast Modern Languages Association

What does it mean to employ music to tell a story? How is listening to a musical narrative different from other modes of narrative reception? Such questions have fascinated philosophers and students of the art of storytelling throughout history. From Plato's dissection of the modes of poetry and rhapsode to Nietzsche's fascination with Attic tragedy, the musicality of speech and narrative has been a contested site of cultural and political ramifications.

CFP The new materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:16am
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 1:58am
Professor Dr. Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President, International Islamic University, Islamabad/Chairman of the Conference & Professor Dr. N. B. Jumani,Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences/ Convener of the ConferenceKing Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and A

King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives, Saudi Arabia and International Islamic University, Islamabad are mutually organizing an international conference in November 2014, on the above subject. The experts from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in the fields of Modern History, Sociology and Geography are invited to write the paper(s) on the following themes under the subject "Hajj and Pilgrims from Muslim Countries". The detail of the themes is given in the end.
The papers will be presented in English, Arabic, Urdu and Persian languages and the authors are requested to send their paper(s) upto 15th July, 2014 15th June, 2014 via email on the following address:

[UPDATE] Call for Papers [IJ-ELTS-July-September, 2014 Issue]

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 1:23am
International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies

The IJ-ELTS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Studies for July-September, 2014 Issue.
Manuscripts submission deadline: 31/ 07/ 2014
Issue publication date: 07/09/2014
The papers can address issues in/related to the following research disciplines-
1. English Language Teaching
2. Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign/ Second Language
3. English Language Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
4. Teaching English for Specific Purposes/ Academic Purposes
5. Relationship between L1 and L2

Call for Chapters: Alternate Reality Games and the Cusp of Digital Gameplay

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:58pm
Approaches to Digital Game Studies, Bloomsbury

Editors: Antero Garcia, Colorado State University & Greg Niemeyer, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) challenge what players understand as "real."
Though prominent examples of ARGs have persisted over the past two decades, only recently have ARGs come to the prominence as a unique and highly visible digital game genre. Adopting many of the same strategies as online video games, ARGs blur the distinction between the "real" and the "virtual."

Submission to American Fiction (July 2014 issue)

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:08pm
American Fiction Association of Korea

Call for Paper

American Fiction (the main publication of the American Fiction Association of Korea) welcomes essays which examines all areas of American literature. American Fiction is published three times a year: February 28, July 31, and November 30 and accepts manuscripts written in English and in Korean.

Submissions to American Fiction for the July 2014 issue will be accepted until June 30, 2014.

[UPDATE] Intellectual Activism Special Issue of Polyseme Journal Aug. 15

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:16pm
K. A. Wisniewski / UMBC

Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.

Where do or should scholars stand with regard to activism and transformative politics? Does traditional scholarship confront and challenge the dominant culture or serve to safeguard the status quo in the privileged comfort of the "ivory tower" of academia? How can we re-envision the university as a place of intellectual activism or reinvent the role and responsibility of the scholar? These are a just few questions to be addressed in this issue.

Reading 'Love's Labour's Lost', deadline 9/15/14

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:27pm
Société Française Shakespeare

Reading Love's Labour's Lost
13-14 February 2015
Paris, France

Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, sometimes described as euphuistic because of the importance of language games, also stages a revision of neopetrarchanism. This conference aims at providing a whole range of critical readings of the play and its "so sweet and voluble… discourse" (II.1.562).

All approaches will here be welcome, including – but by no means exclusively:

- performance studies
- textual studies
- gender studies
- neo-historicist approaches
- historical / social studies / cultural studies
- visual studies
- linguistic studies

Literatures of the Fraser Valley - Thursday March 5, 2015

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:19pm
Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley

The Department of English at the University of the Fraser Valley is currently accepting proposals for its 2015 conference "Literatures of the Fraser Valley." British Columbia has long been a beacon for storytellers' imaginations, and while the lion's share of critical attention to the literary culture of British Columbia seems often to rest on Vancouver, the Fraser Valley's own literary community is as vibrant as ever. We are interested in taking stock of current and emerging trends in this literature, and are particularly interested in interrogating the multiple ways this part of the province is imagined and represented in fiction, poetry, drama, and oral narratives.

CFP: Edited Collection of Essays on Book Clubs

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 2:13pm
Julie Tyler, Ph.D.

I am seeking proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection on book clubs and reading communities. Contemporary book clubs are an ubiquitous socio-cultural phenomenon worldwide, having evolved from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century salons and literary societies. There is currently a growing body of scholarship on these groups, including but not limited to Cecelia Farr and Jaime Harker's The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club, Elizabeth Long's Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life, and Heather Murray's Come, bright improvement!: The Literary Societies of Nineteenth-Century Ontario.