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"Architecture and Literature: Reading the Room" (1-3 November, San Diego); Proposal Deadline: 15 April

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:42pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.


Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 9:38am
Shakespeare Journal (Routledge)


We invite submission of journal articles of between 5 and 10,000 words for a special edition of Shakespeare journal (Routledge) entitled 'Shakespeare, performance and authenticity'.

Please send expressions of interest and abstracts to Abigail Rokison – by March 30th 2013.

The deadline for finished articles will be August 2013 for publication in March 2014.

Gender and Early Modern Drama Panel

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:32pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session seeks papers relating to aspects of gender in early modern dramatic works. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Vancouver, Washington, USA, Oct. 10-12, 2013. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Aaryon Clarke ( or ) by March 1, 2013. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2013. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.

[UPDATE] Violent Sympathies

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:58pm
Rebeccah Bechtold

In The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith reminds us that sympathy for another must emerge from an act of imagination. Yet this act of imagination ultimately fails to capture fully the suffering of another. "Though our brother is upon the rack," Smith warns, "our senses will never inform us of what he suffers" because "we ourselves are at our ease." It follows then that true sympathy and compassion can only come with vulnerability: when the spectator of suffering feels his own life in equal danger.

[Update] Contemporary Rhetorical Theory - RMMLA 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:17pm
Rocky Mountain MLA

This session seeks papers on any aspect of contemporary rhetorical theory. Abstracts of 250-500 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Vancouver, Washington, USA, Oct. 10-12, 2013. Topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) rhetorical listening, the rhetoric of propaganda, rhetorical practices of social change, 21st century literacies, digital literacies, disability studies, cybernetics and systems thinking, feminist, deconstructionist, Marxist, psychoanalytic and pedagogical approaches to the study, theory and practice of rhetoric today.

[UPDATE] Coming Home: Stony Brook University's 25th Annual English Department Graduate Conference--Rescheduled Date: March 16

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:47pm
Graduate English Society, Stony Brook University, NY

Due to the weather in the northeast last week, 'Coming Home' has been rescheduled and will now be held on Saturday, March 16. Due to the rescheduling, we have extended the deadline for proposals addressing the question of what it means to come home. What is a home, and what does the idea of being "at home" signify? What are the potential problems or benefits of being removed from home?

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 12.4

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 9:35pm
Alan Clinton

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 12.4
Featuring Contributions from Marc Ouellette, Alan Clinton, Rebecca Adelman, Molly Brost, Emily E. Auger , Richard Brock, Vincent Caruso, Angela Eikenberry, Maria Engberg, Thomas Fink, Danuta Fjellestad, John Grzinich, Helena Gurfinkel, Corinne Thiessen Hepher, Tomas Jonsson, Brian Macaskill, Patricia Nickel, Ifeoma Udoye, and Sage Wheeler.