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The British Empire in Literature and Film RMMLA Oct. 2012 (due March 1)

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:08am
Cynthia Drake / Rocky Mountain MLA

Special Topics panel for the Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boulder, Colorado. Ocotober 4-6, 2012.
This session explores ways that the Empire has been represented, valorized, and critiqued. How has the Empire informed culture production and how have literature and film influenced popular opinions about the Empire?
250-word abstract and bio by March 1.
Conference website:

Call for Submissions: Monsters and the Monstrous,Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:46am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions

Monsters and the Monstrous
Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of
articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms
of submission on the following or related themes:

Monstrous Memory.

Synæsthesia and 'Video Gaming' (v. 2 n. 1) (submissions due by 12/31/12)

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:28am
Synæsthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Synæsthesia Journal

Thought, engagement and communication of meanings depend upon perception. Synæsthesia is an international, multi-media refereed journal that aims to unravel issues of communication and considers the extra dimensions of meaning that layer communication practices and contemporary theoretical frameworks. From the subjective-embodied to the objective, interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, and academic to corporate, among genders and across time, Synæsthesia strives to traverse disciplinary boundaries, seeking to advance new perspectives of understanding within and across cultures.

CFP for Fan CULTure: An Examination of Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:43pm
Drs. Kristin M Barton & Jonathan Lampley

With the advent of new media technologies and social networking sites making communication faster and easier than ever, there exists a dearth of opportunity to see how fan cultures have evolved as a result. For example, fans can now have a direct impact on how some of their favorite TV shows are made and have influenced the storylines taking place. This type of "participatory" fandom has reached new heights in the 21st century as fans and creators become better connected. With this in mind, Dr. Kristin M. Barton and Dr. Jonathan M. Lampley are seeking proposals for an edited volume under consideration at McFarland titled Fan CULTure: An Examination of Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century.

Bridging the Gap: Israeli and Palestinian Relations and Culture (MLA, Boston, Jan. 2013)

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 7:12pm
Morani Kornberg-Weiss

This Special Session focuses on Israeli and Palestinian relations and seeks to provide a forum for examining notions of "conflict," identity, war, peace, and protest in art, literature, cinema, music, and the theater. Papers can focus on social, psychological, historical, philosophical, traumatic, geographic, and/or peace-bridging aspects, to state a few. Interdisciplinary work is welcome.

From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (an edited collection, April 1)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:03pm
Todd Comer and Nathan Crook

Broad messages, complicated political positions, and blurred generational and class lines characterize and problematize the Occupy Wall Street movement. As if its connection to the Canadian magazine Adbusters were not enough, this "U.S." movement's clearest and most original position may be its denial of position. Beyond "We are the 99%"—a general position against greed and inequality—the "movement" remains difficult to categorize in terms of the red/blue politics of the United States. The picture becomes even more complicated at the regional level where clear, defining symbols of nationalist power and capital are absent.

[UPDATE] The Atrium

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 2:43pm
The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Community Voices

THE ATRIUM: A Journal of Academic Community Voices, is a publication of the English and Communications Department of Ivy Tech Community College's Northwest Region, and is the only academic journal of the college. The Atrium invites and encourages academic discourse across the disciplines in two- and four-year colleges and universities. We seek innovative, creative, and critical articles, including classroom best practices, research-based articles, book and website reviews, short narratives, as well as limited fiction, poetry, and .jpg artwork. We do not accept previously-published material, theses, or dissertations. Research should follow through into practice in the classroom.

[REMINDER] "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology" Special Session MLA Boston 2013 (March 1, 2012)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:28am
Jessica Kuskey

Please consider this CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal; brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (

* All special sessions are subject to MLA approval.

Shakespeare, RMMLA, October 11-13, 2012 (Boulder, CO)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:04pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session welcomes proposals for papers that examine any theme pertaining to Shakespeare. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gender, race, and religious studies in Shakespeare. Please submit a 300-word abstract to Ruben Espinosa at by March 9, 2012.

MLA BOSTON 2013-The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature-DEADLINE MARCH 14

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:55am
Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

This concept existed in the minds of early modern writers under other names, especially "the decay of nature," as they imagined a world in which technologies ranging from alchemy to poetics might improve, degrade, or outright replace natural processes.