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CFP: Adaptation as Process (2011 ACA/PCA Conference-San Antonio): 4/20/11-4/23/11

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 4:37pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Conference


The Adaptation Section of the 2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference

Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23
Marriot Rivercenter San Antonio, and Marriot-San Antonio Riverwalk

Proposal deadline—December 8th, 2010

Adaptation as Process

Collective Identities: Policies and Poetics Feb. 18 2011

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 11:35am
CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program in French

"[A] mode of writing is an act of historical solidarity…it is the relationship between creation and society, the literary language transformed by its social finality, form considered as human intention and thus linked to the great crises of History." - Roland Barthes

CFP: Margaret Garner: The Libretto

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 6:46pm
La Vinia Delois Jennings

CFP: Margaret Garner: The Libretto. Critical articles are sought for an edited volume on Toni Morrison's libretto,_Margaret Garner_. Because the volume will serve as a historical commemoration as well as a critical study, scholars who experienced the libretto as a performed text by attending the opera at its premiere in Detroit, Cincinnati, and/or Philadelphia with the original cast members, stage designer, and director are especially encouraged to contribute to this project. Interested contributors should submit an abstract of 200 words before January 15, 2011. Essays are due August 1, 2011 and must be more than 6,000 words and fewer than 9,000 words.

Rattle Journal - A Journal at the convergence of Art and Writing

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:22am
Rattle Journal (UK)

Call for short critical and theoretical work on Art, Writing and Visual Cultures.

Rattle is a journal of art, writing, and thought. It offers a speculative space for the text-image relationship to develop, as well as representing those moments of thought and work not easily recuperated into the mainstreams of practice.

Work may include, but is by no means limited to, theoretical and critical writing, page based artworks, reviews, fictions and poetry. We encourage the submission of interesting and unusual work regardless of its form or subject.

Proposals are welcomed but publication cannot be guaranteed before receiving finished work.

Globalization, Utopia, Film (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011)

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:02pm

This seminar considers the production of narrative in post 1950 cinema as it relates to aesthetically and politically charged questions of globalization and the desires for Utopia.

2011 CLIFF: Fun & Games, March 24-26, 2011

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:14pm
University of Michigan Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum


15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

Fun & Games

Keynote speaker:

Glenda Carpio
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
Harvard University
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery

Slave: Witnessing the Voice through Testimony and Performance (24 November 2010)

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:28am
University of Salford (UK)

The University of Salford and Feelgood Theatre Productions have teamed up to organise an interdisciplinary conference that will explore the various literary, cultural and societal questions raised by Feelgood's production of Slave – A Question of Freedom, adapted from Mende Nazer's critically acclaimed autobiography Slave (Virago). The conference will include contributions from a range of speakers including:

* Mende Nazer (author of Slave)
* Damien Lewis (documentary filmmaker and co-author of Slave)
* Caroline Clegg (director of Slave – A Question of Freedom)

American Identities on Stage: 20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:35pm
University of East Anglia, School of American Studies

University of East Anglia
School of American Studies

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)

American Identities on Stage:
20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

Call For Papers

To commemorate the Tennessee Williams's centennial, the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, will host a one-day international conference on 26 March 2011, focusing on theatrical representations of American identities. The invited keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds).

Women of Color and Trauma in Narratives of Violence

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 11:33am
Southeastern Women's Studies Association

Voices are central to the treatment of trauma, and it is this centrality that makes the connection between trauma and literature so rich. The narrative voice provides the victim a way to process and order the experience, and it is through this voice that those who hear it come into community with that person. Through this community, the number of those who bear witness multiplies, as does the number of those who are primary and secondary survivors.

Trauma and the Woman of Color in Narratives of Violence

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:33pm
Southeastern Women's Studies Association

Women's roles are historically remembered as primarily passive on both sides of "the color line": while White women's bodies have historically been protected and defended, women of color have been raped, beaten, mutilated, or ignored. These dual constructions, while often accurate and productive for highlighting the gendered and sexualized violence inflicted upon the bodies of women of color, leave a yawning void in both our understanding of minority communities' resistance to national, racialized forms of terrorism, and our cultural memory of white women's role in the public domain and their engagement in "the race question."

Comparative Melodrama (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
Sheetal Majithia

Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.