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Ut Pictura Poesis: Thinking about Representation in Late Medieval and Renaissance England, 1-2 October 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 8:35pm
Queen's University, Kingston

In his Apology for Poetry, Sir Philip Sidney defines poetry as "an art of imitation", a form of "mimesis"; he describes it as not only a "representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth" but more importantly as a "speaking picture." This attribution of aural and visual elements to the poet's pen delineates poetry as a medium able to integrate seemingly disparate elements: a site of necessary hybridity. As a "speaking picture", poetry mirrors the visual arts by imagistically portraying the verba (signifier) or form which conveys, transmutes, or mimics the res (signified) or Platonic Idea. The visual arts, which mirror or embody the spoken word, serve to access this elusive signified.

Satiric Crime Fiction Panel (October 7-9, 2010 Baton Rouge, LA)

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 6:12pm
Foreign Language Film Conference

The Foreign Language Film Conference (see former post on the conference: focuses its attention this year on genre, and this panel subsequently turns to a hybrid genre of the postmodern period: the satiric noir. While it has no official name (we could call it obscurité humour, humour noir, noir comedy etc.), the genre certainly exists.

SW/TX Popular/American Culture Association Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture Area

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 2:36pm
Jeanette Sanchez, Area Chair Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2009
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

In 2011, the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 32st annual meeting as a joint conference with the national Popular Culture and American Culture Association in San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23, 2001.

[UPDATE] CFP: New German Review (New Deadline 5/20/10)

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 9:58pm
New German Review: A Germanic Studies Journal

Celebrating 25 years in academic publishing, New German Review has been a medium for
graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty to share their ideas with the academic
community worldwide.

New German Review encourages contributions within the broader field of German
Studies, including literature, history, culture, philosophy, and linguistics. Book reviews
and interviews also form an essential part of our publication.

Registration Open For: (re)performing the Posthuman: a conference on performance arts and posthumanism

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 1:12pm
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Dear all,

This is a reminder for the registration deadline for the (re)Performing the
Posthuman conference.
The deadline is on April 30th...

Best wishes,
Daniël Ploeger and Seda Ilter

(re)Performing the Posthuman
a conference on performance arts and posthumanism

University of Sussex, 21-22 May 2010

[Updated] -- Nation and the Mother Tongue(s) -- NEW Deadline May 4, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:34am
Regina Yung Lee / PAMLA

The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of multilingualisms, accents, dialects, and inflections within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.

This panel welcomes papers from a wide variety of disciplines and scholarly perspectives,including pedagogy and the interdisciplines.

Images of Islands in German Literature and Film for the PAMLA conference at Chaminade U., Honolulu, Hawaii, November 11-13, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 5:27pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research. Submit proposals online by April 5 at

The Allegory of Guillaume de Digulleville (Deguileville) in Europe: Circulation, Reception and Influence 21-23 July 2011

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:11pm
Université de Lausanne

The fourteenth-century allegorical trilogy composed by the Cistercian monk, Guillaume de Digulleville (or Deguileville) -- the Pèlerinage de la vie humaine [Pilgrimage of Human Life], Pèlerinage de l'âme [Pilgrimage of the Soul], and Pèlerinage de Jhesucrist [Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ] -- travelled widely across the medieval and early modern world. Digulleville's trilogy first allegorizes human life as a pilgrimage, then envisions a journey through the afterlife as another form of pilgrimage, and finally recasts the narrative of the Christian gospels as a story of divine pilgrimage on earth. Addressed to men and women, both rich and poor, Digulleville's pilgrimage allegories were recopied and illuminated with remarkable frequency during the Middle Ages.

CfP GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (PROPOSAL EXTENSION 26 April; conference 26 June 2010)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 5:00am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Please note, the proposal deadline for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference has been EXTENDED to 26 APRIL 2010.

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

This year we turn our focus to paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.

Call for papers: Reading Marechera (Abstracts - May 21, 2010)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:49am
Grant Hamilton

Submissions are invited for an edited collection of new research on the work of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera.

Dambudzo Marechera is an important writer. Indeed, fellow writer John Wyllie, who reviewed his work for Heinemann's prestigious African Writer Series, considered Marechera to be 'as important a writer as Soyinka'. It is somewhat puzzling, then, that only a handful of critical works have been dedicated to the examination of Marechera's oeuvre.