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[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.


Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am

I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

Reading Jacqueline Wilson

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:07pm
Helen Day, University of Central Lancashire

Creator of Tracy Beaker and one of Britain's top writers for children, there's hardly a young person in the UK that hasn't heard of Jacqueline Wilson. The most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, over 30 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone and they have been translated into 34 different languages. Amongst her awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Royal TV Society Best Children's Fiction Award. Jacqueline was Children's Laureate from 2005-07 and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literacy in schools. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson when she was awarded a DBE.

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines

'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.

Central European Authors--April 7-10, 2011--New Brunswick, NJ

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:55pm

In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.

CFP: Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities [Submission Deadline July 19]

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:19pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Summer 2010 Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities.

Article Submission Deadline: July 19th

Open Call for Articles

The editorial board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities welcomes submissions for our introductory issue. A diesis (or double dagger) is a typographical symbol that indicates a footnote or point of reference within a written work. Diesis seeks to act as a point of reference in the study of the maturation and diversity of socially and biologically constructed performances of identity through a variety of critical lenses. Essays that explore authorial, literary, and socio-political identities across time, space, and genre are particularly encouraged.

Label Me Latina or Latino

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:31pm
Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez, NeMLA

As a nation, we tend to homogenize Hispanics; even the term itself is problematic, due to the fact that it removes the specificity belonging to each Spanish-speaking nation and the cultures within it. As a multicultural nation, there is much to learn from Latinos and as our society expands to include these unique cultures, I hope this panel in Latina/o Studies will do its part in effacing stereotypes and prejudices that sadly, are still common-place today.
Papers that address the languages and/or identities of Latinas/os in literature, theatre, or film are welcome. Suggestions: the diverse histories, cultures, identity politics, migration patterns, or other aspects of Latina/o populations in the United States.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare Quarterly: Shakespeare and Performance (Jan 2011)

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 2:16pm
Sarah Werner / Folger Shakespeare Library

The study of Shakespeare and performance has grown rapidly in recent years, and now encompasses the examination of different periods, cultures, and media. This special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly solicits submissions examining why we study performance and how we study performance. What are the important issues facing the study of Shakespeare and performance today? How might such study differ from the study of other categories of performance? How might it differ from other studies of Shakespeare? Different categories of submissions are being solicited for this special issue:

[UPDATE] short essays: literature, justice, law, teaching and social change June- August

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:22am
Changing Lives Through Literature

Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

"'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages"

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 2:00pm
Columbia University Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild is pleased to announce its 21st annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages," taking place on 22 October 2010.

4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, Lincoln, UK, 28-30 May 2011

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:44am
Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK

The Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK, is pleased to host the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts. The conference will be held in Lincoln, UK, from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2011. Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited for papers relating any aspect of consciousness (as defined in a range of disciplines involved with consciousness studies) to any aspect of theatre, performance, literature, music, fine arts, media arts and any sub-genre of those. We also welcome creative work! Please send the abstract to Professor Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2011

T. S. Eliot: Louisville Conference, 24-26 Feb. 2011

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:01pm
T. S. Eliot Society

The Eliot Society will again offer two 90-minute sessions at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 24-26, 2011. Those interested should send a 300-word abstract to William Harmon ( by September 1, 2010. Please include the following information:

[UPDATE] Chicago--Theatre Capital of America. Past. Present. Future

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 3:42pm
Columbia College Chicago

The organizing committee is proud to announce that the symposium will feature three internationally recognized speakers - Michael Billington, Martha Lavey, and Todd London.

Chicago now supports more than 150 professional theater companies. The symposium focuses on their work but we send our invitation to scholars anywhere who are interested in the evolution of dynamic, innovative theater. Please send your proposals. Come to Chicago May 18-22, 2011 for four days of lively discussion and theatre-going.


Chicago - - Theatre Capital of America:

Past. Present. Future.

Special Issue: The Long Revolution Revisited

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 3:59pm
Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism

Special Issue: The Long Revolution Revisited

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Williams's The Long Revolution (1961) in 2011, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism is planning a Special Issue on the book and its contemporary relevance.

We welcome submissions on topics relating to Williams's discussion of

• the creative mind
• the analysis of culture
• individuals and societies
• images of society
• education and British society
• the reading public
• the popular press
• Standard English
• the social history of British writers and of dramatic forms
• the analysis of 'Britain in the 1960s'