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[UPDATE] 2012 PAMLA Special Session "To Sleep: Perchance to Dream" at Seattle University; EXTENDED proposal deadline Sunday 4/22

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 1:16pm
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association); October 19-20, 2012

This special session for the 2012 PAMLA Conference seeks papers that address constructions, representations, and interpretations of dreams and dreamlike states. What extent do we have control over our dreams? What is the purpose of dreaming, if such purpose exists? What of other, dream-like altered states of consciousness?

This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines. Please use the PAMLA 2012 site to submit a proposal before Sunday, April 22, 2012.

Bonds, Lies, and Circumstances: Discourses of Truth-Telling in the Renaissance - March 21-23, 2013

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:35am
University of St Andrews, School of English

Bonds, Lies, and Circumstances: Discourses of Truth-Telling in the Renaissance

An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

21st - 23rd March, 2013
School of English, University of St Andrews

'If a lie had no more faces but one, as truth had, we should be in farre better termes than we are: For whatsoever a lier should say, we would take it in a contrarie sense. But the opposite of truth has many shapes, and an undefinite field.'

Michel de Montaigne, 'Of Lyers' (Florio translation -1603)

Transforming Early Modern Identities Conference 10/12/12 (NYC) & 10/27/12 (London); abstracts due 5/6/12

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:34am
The Graduate Center, CUNY and London Shakespeare Centre, King's College London

This conference, hosted over two days in two cities, has a double focus. 'Transforming Early Modern Identities' will examine both how the concept of the early modern self is being transformed by recent scholarly works exploring early modern literature and culture, and also how the process of transformation itself was foundational to the ways in which early modern subject positions were negotiated. In the twenty-first century, we remain fascinated with notions of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century subjectivity.

The Adventures of Tintin (essay collection) [UPDATE]

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:14am
Tyler Shores and Tom Ue

Abstracts are now being accepted for possible inclusion in an anthology on "The Adventures of Tintin." Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, and social issues explored in the Tintin universe and intended to appeal to the intelligent lay reader.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

CFP: "Except Asia: Agamben's Work in Transcultural Perspective" International Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:32am
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Conference Date: June 25-27, 2013
Organized by Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, with the participation of Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Simone Bignall (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Joyce C. H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Brett Neilson (University of West Sydney, Australia)
Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University, USA)
Marcelo Svirksy (University of Wollongong, Australia)

*Other speakers to be confirmed

UPDATE Nineteenth-Century American Literatue and Popular Culture - MPCA/ACA

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:51pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Due to technical difficulties with the online paper submission software, the deadline is extended to May 15, 2012. Please feel free to send submissions via email to the area chair at

The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture for our annual conference. The 2012 conference will be held in Columbus, OH from October 12-14.

We are especially interested in papers that focus on literature and/or culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

"[I]n the beginning all the World was America": Atlantic Commerce Virtualized, Imagined, Written (NEASECS Oct. 11-14, 2013)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:39pm
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

In so ostentatiously connecting the Book of Genesis, the state of nature, and the Atlantic World, John Locke made it so that liberal political-economy would always have to return to America, to grasp its theoretical foundations and to fulfill the destiny of private property. In opening up America as both conceptual origin and commercial imperative, the Second Treatise also participates in a long line of narrative fillings and fulfillments of a theoretically and narratively empty America.

Call for Papers

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:48pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at

CONFERENCE "Crossing: Travels, Transformations, and Transgressions in and out of Codes and Canons"

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 4:44pm
Department of English, Universitas Padjadjaran

"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.