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[UPDATE] The Third Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in 2012

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 2:30am
The International Academic Forum

The Third Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in 2012 aims to build on the strengths and successes of the 2011 conference by offering a true celebration of interdisciplinary study in a stimulating scholarly environment, and in the wonderfully rich physical and cultural environment of Japan. This international conference will again bring together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas and forge working relationships with each other.

This year's conference's new theme is "Encounters and Exchanges", and the organizers hope for these topics to inspire and drive next year's event.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 01
December 2011.

AMERICAN LITERATURE: A proposed panel for the American
 Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2012 in San Francisco.

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:50pm
Andy Dorsey

This panel will explore "experience" as a constructed form of knowledge in American literature. Papers
 may focus on one text, on works by one author, or on multiple writers. I am also interested in essays centering on experience in connection with American literary historiography. Of particular interest are analyses of scholarly traditions that privilege experience as an epistemological category—often in the service of arguments that foreground the distinctiveness and/or the exceptional quality of American culture. Essays may address any American literary period(s), genre(s), and/or themes. Papers may also compare constructions of experience in American literature with the literatures of other linguistic, national, and/or cultural groups.

Sandstar Review seeks unpublished prose for second issue

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:29am
Sandstar Review

The Sandstar Review is an online literary magazine that seeks unpublished prose for its second issue. (Note: prose may include scripts.) Poetry is also accepted, but will be deferred to the third issue. Send up to 6 poems or 15 pages of prose; cover letter and bio appreciated. Simultaneous submissions accepted upon notification of publication elsewhere.

Send all work in one document (poetry or prose; no combined submissions) to Further guidelines may be found here.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:13pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

UPDATE: Modernist Manhattan

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:35am
New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology's 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference:
March 2, 2012
NYIT's Manhattan Campus
16 W. 61st St. (12th Floor Auditorium)
The confirmed plenary speaker for this conference will be Marshall Berman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY.
Bryan Waterman, Associate Professor of English at New York University, will give an introductory presentation for the conference.

Shakespeare in Performance, May 4-6 2012 (1/31/12 deadline)

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:39am
University of Maine at Farmington

Shakespeare in Performance
University of Maine at Farmington May 4-6 2012
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2012

Shakespeare and performance in all its expressions, with a focus on the tragedies. This includes stage and screen adaptations, but we are also especially interested in papers and proposals for workshops, demonstrations, and non-traditional presentations on previously under-examined Shakespearean performance (musical scores, ballet, puppetry, street theater, digitization, hybridization, and so forth). Papers engaging the intertextualities of play, performance, and reception, source and script, and that are sensitive to the multiplicity of competing interpretations are also encouraged.

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:56am
The journal _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

UPDATE] NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Nove

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:27am
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

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**Deadline extended**

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.