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[UPDATE] "Ecocritical Activisms and Activist Ecologies" NeMLA 2011 April 6-10, Rutgers University, NJ: Abstracts by 30 Sept.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:28pm
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Ecocriticism informs ecological activisms, and vice versa. What kind of change can the intersections and tensions between ecocriticism and activism bring about? While ecocriticism has become an increasingly popular field of inquiry, its positionality remains an issue for negotiation. From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which continues to influence mass eco-activisms, to the anti-GMO groups that shape discussions of bioethics, ecocriticism remains in dialogue with practical approaches in what Lawrence Buell has termed a "spirit of commitment to environmentalist praxis" (The Environmental Imagination, 1995). Moreover, current ecocritical scholarship underscores a general distrust of the romanticizing rhetoric of early ecocriticism.

The Contemporary Times: A Public Intellectual Review NEW [Ongoing deadline]

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:22pm
Michael Y. Bennett, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Contemporary Times: A Public Intellectual Review ( is BRAND NEW a grassroots online publication with no financial aims (i.e., The Contemporary Times has zero gross income). Its sole purpose is to provide an outlet for the exchange of meaningful, insightful, well-researched, and respectful dialogue among intellectuals (broadly conceived) concerning key intellectual debates and how these debates can be applied to ensuring the American democratic ideals of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This publication is not intended only for academics and researchers and is, therefore, written in clear, jargon-free language.

[UPDATED] The American Tapestry -- Multicultural Influences in Late American Literature / submission deadline: January 30, 2011

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 9:07am
University of Houston Graduate Student Conference

The University of Houston is known as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the United States. With that in mind, the graduate English department is currently seeking submissions about the impact of America's cultural, religious, gender, economic, and racial diversity on American literature post WWII - present. We welcome abstracts from experienced academics, undergraduate, and graduate students in all areas of study, including but not limited to: literature, languages, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, cultural, film, theater, comparative, gender, religion, and interdisciplinary studies.

This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Donahoo of Sam Houston State University.

Religion and Theatre Focus Group Panels for the Associate of Theatre in Higher Education (Chicago, IL August 11–14, 2011)

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 3:19pm
Megan Sanborn Jones

Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 11–14, 2011, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Submission Deadline: Full Panels due to ATHE by November 1st

"Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures"

Francophonies: The Living and the Dead, March 18-19 2011 LSU Baton Rouge

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 2:39pm
Department of French Studies Graduate Student Association, LSU-Baton Rouge

The Department of French Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Francophonies: The Living and the Dead

March 18-19th 2011

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

[UPDATE] Redeeming Modernity: Economy, Religion, and Literature in Modern America. NeMLA (Abstact deadline 9/30/10)

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 1:12pm
Andrew Ball / Purdue University

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 7-10, 2011
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

The received wisdom tells us that the modernization of American culture and society was contingent upon its secularization. And yet, when we look to both canonical works of American modernism and to contributions to the "cultural front," we find an abiding concern for the religious that troubles this dominant narrative. This panel seeks to reexamine the multivalent modernist concern for the religious in order to reassess its place in early 20th century American literature and culture, to analyze the myth of the 'secular age,' and to determine the place of religion in the conflict between capital and labor.

Performing the Book: Multimedia Histories of Early Modern Britain, Rutgers University

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 9:06am
Scott Trudell, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Call for Graduate Student Papers

Performing the Book: Multi-Media Histories of Early Modern Britain

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

February 11, 2011

Sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center, the Rutgers Program in Early Modern Studies, the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis, and the Rutgers Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium.

The Adulterous Text

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 6:43pm
Neohelicon (Guest Editor: Dr. R.-L. Etienne Barnett)


Special Volume of

(Vol. 40, no. 1, June 2013)

Guest Editor
R.-L. Etienne Barnett


Comedy and Humor--San Antonio, TX, April 20-23, 2011

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 1:39pm
Popular Culture Assn/American Culture Assn

We're seeking paper or panel discussion proposals examining comedy and the nature of humor wherever we find it in popular culture:

Possible topics include (although we're open to any others you might want to explore) comedy in/and/of:

Invisible Presences: Translation, Dramaturgy, and Performance

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 11:38am
Queen's University Belfast/ Out of the Wings

Invisible Presences:
Translation, Dramaturgy & Performance

'Invisible Presences' is presented under the aegis of Out of the Wings, an AHRC-funded project exploring Spanish theatre in English translation, in association with the Melbourne Dramaturgies Project, the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, and the Dramaturgs' Network

Drama and Film Centre
Queen's University Belfast
18-20 April 2011.

[UPDATE] 'Romanticism and the Tyrannies of Distance' Conference, University of Sydney, 10-12 February 2011

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 1:28am
Romantic Studies Association of Australasia


This is the first of the biennial conferences planned for the newly founded Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA), to take place at the University of Sydney from Thursday to Saturday, 10-12 February 2011.

Plenary speakers:

James Chandler (Chicago)
Deirdre Coleman (Melbourne)
Nicholas Roe (St Andrews)

Panel discussion with the assembled editors of 'The Oxford Companion To The Romantic Age' (1999):

Iain McCalman (Sydney)
Jon Mee (Warwickshire)
Gillian Russell (ANU)
Clara Tuite (Melbourne)

We invite submissions covering the full range of possible meanings of 'distance' in Romantic studies – including (but not limited to)

Manifest Identity - UPDATE - February 25-26, 2011

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 7:18pm
NC State Association of English Graduate Students

At our second annual Association of English Graduate Students Symposium, we wish to explore the many ways that identity manifests itself as an object for study. The concept of identity permeates every text, from its narrator's organizing gaze to the genre in which it is catalogued. Indeed, we invite you to question the term "text" itself, as "text" has come to be identified as anything from a novel to a Facebook page to a film.

Theory, Practice, Engagement [deadline 11/1/2010] (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, 3/31-4/3/2011)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 4:16pm
Geoffrey Baker

This approved panel for the American Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting (Vancouver, Canada, 31 March - 3 April 2010) seeks papers that address aspects of the long debate over literary and intellectual engagement. Which types of texts are best suited to such a mission, and how does a text's activist agenda affect its form? How might realist or naturalist texts, whose aim is to "unveil [dévoiler]" (in Jean-Paul Sartre's words) for their readers the practical injustices around them, really make these readers feel responsible for ending those injustices? How do avant-garde texts accomplish what Theodor Adorno terms an altering of our "fundamental attitudes [Haltung]" or what Caroline Levine calls a needed provocation of democracy?