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Reconstruction: Studies in Contempory Culture (Open Submissions)

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 6:29pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

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We are continually accepting submissions for upcoming Open Issues, and can promise a prompt reply.

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Pastoral Artifice - MMLA/November, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 2:08pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

Recent publication of The Arcadia Project, an anthology of "North American postmodern pastoral," highlights the interest of contemporary writers in pastoral artifice. In highly original compositions, these writers repurpose and self-consciously misuse pastoral conventions to evoke simulations of pastoral in the contemporary world. Paradoxically, these simulations are more real than the pastoral fantasies on which they are based. For example, the pastoral simulation called suburbia continues to expand in unsustainable ways, and to degrade our environment.

[UPDATE]: CfP: The Common Denominator -- A Postgraduate Conference in British Cultural Studies, 20-22 MArch 2014

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 7:23am
British Cultural Studies in the Institute for British Studies of Leipzig University

In ancient Greece, the Pythagoreans worshipped perfect numbers and turned them into musical scales. Two thousand years later, Nicolaus Copernicus still heard their sound in the perfection of the universal spheres. Numerologists, alchemists and the Gnostics all attempt to explain the mysteries of the universe with the precision and beauty of mathematics. And what would the voluptuous garments displayed in Renaissance painting be without the clear lines and structured order of geometry? Already these few examples show that mathematics has always been more than is commonly represented in popular culture in the wider British context.

[UPDATE]: Postpartum: Motherhood, Maternity, and Pregnancy as Performance

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 4:26pm
American Society for Theatre Research

Motherhood and childbirth have been constructed as symbols of faith, sites of suspicion, protectors of social morality, and the wages of original sin. Mother Earth, the Virgin Mother, and evil stepmothers are just some of the pillars society has fashioned around the concept of motherhood. Motherhood has been gendered female to the extent that motherhood and womanhood are often seen to be mutually completing, with pregnancy serving as a visual marker of the liminal space that turns woman into mother.

NeMLA 2014 cfp: Irish and Indian-Anglophone Writing in a Transnational Feminism Context

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 10:18am
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania cfp

Call for Papers
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania cfp
Session Title: Irish and Indian-Anglophone Writing in a Transnational Feminism Context
Chair: Harney-Mahajan, Tara

[Update] Performance Studies Deadline Extended till 15 June

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:26am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

Deadline extended till 15 June, 2013 for the Special Issue on Performance Studies

The next issue (Vol V, No 2) of Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (ISSN 0975-2935) is going be on the broad area of Performance Studies. For authors' convenience we have selected certain topics/issues on which submission may be made. However, the list issue not exhaustive and is rather suggestive. We welcome submission on issues relating to the broad area from the contributors.

Advertising/marketing/PR in American Lit.- M/MLA November 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:52pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The American Literature II panel (permanent section) seeks papers on representations of advertising, marketing, and/or public relations in American novels, plays, poems, or films from 1870-present.

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 10th to Mark Schiebe, Queensborough Community College (CUNY),

Stage The Future: The First International Conference on Science Fiction Theatre

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:23pm
University of Royal Holloway

Saturday April 26, 2014
School of English, University of Royal Holloway

Keynote Speakers:
Jen Gunnels (New York Review of Science Fiction)
Dr. Nick Lowe (University of Royal Holloway)

Science Fiction Theatre doesn't officially exist. You won't find it listed as a sub-genre of either science fiction or theatre and you won't find it on wikipedia (though you will find a 1950s TV series with the same title – luckily, there is a theatre entry in the SF Encyclopaedia.) Apart from that, there seems to be only one book on the subject so far, called "Science Fiction and the Theatre" and that was more than twenty years ago.

The War of Art and Literature -- ALA Symposium October 2013, New Orleans

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:11pm
ALA Symposium: War and American Literature

Proposed Panel for the American Literature Association Symposium "War and American Literature" October 10-12, 2013, New Orleans, LA

Although many American authors who treat war in their literature saw combat first-hand, it was by no means a universal experience. In the absence of these direct encounters with war, authors drew upon the depictions of war from others, including the work of the visual and performing arts. The same process works in reverse, with visual and performing artists drawing from the treatment of war by authors in order to create their own artworks.