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[UPDATED} Geographies of Desire: A Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Conference April 27-28, 2012

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 2:34pm
The Graduate Field Committee of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park -- April 27-28, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Traub, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan

Where do we go to get what we want? Mandeville to the kingdom of Prester John, the Littlewits to Bartholomew Fair, Antony to Alexandria, Henry VIII to the Field of the Cloth of Gold: the fulfillment of desire, or the negation of an interior lack, is frequently a plotted movement from here to there. "Geographies of Desire" seeks papers that explore how desires are mapped across spatial planes; how do spaces such as markets, shrines, bedrooms, and courts produce material, spiritual, erotic, and political desires?

CFP: Evolution—How Does the Old Create the New? March 30 and 31, 2012.

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:27am
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media, Northern Illinois University

The twentieth annual MCLLM conference will be held on March 30 and 31, 2012 in DeKalb, IL. Online registration is available at E-mail proposals to

MCLLM is now accepting proposals for fifteen-minute papers from scholars at all stages of their careers.

We are particularly interested in papers that examine the evolutionary aspects of literature, language, media, or culture. As always, MCLLM will also accept papers on any aspect of literature, language, media, or culture.

Theme: Evolution--How Does the Old Create the New?

Rhetorics of the Non-State (ACLA Seminar, 3/29-4/1; due 11/15)

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:21am
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference

From the challenges of protection posed by the refugee to the Tea Party's diagnosis of government as deeply pernicious to individual liberty, to collectivities that emerge through globalizing technologies, the State's grip over lives and subjectivities seems increasingly precarious. On the one hand, it consolidates and exercises power over citizens, whose precariousness owes to their dependence on identities conferred by injunctions of the state; on the other hand, it has become a site of resistance, an idea against which subject positions, collectivities, and relations are mobilized and theorized.

Shakespeare and Performance (January 31, 2012)

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 2:10pm
Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)

The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:

Comparative performance in England

Comparative performances in England and other countries

Street performance

Provincial performance

Performance of Guilds

Women and performance

Boy's companies

Current productions of early modern plays

Shakespeare Festivals

Playing spaces

Actors and the text

Theatrical Gesture

CFP: Shakespeare on Film, TV, Video (SW/TX PCA/ACA)

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 8:07pm

Shakespeare on Film, TV, Video (SW/TX PCA/ACA)
CFP: SW/TX PCA/ACA Regional Conference
Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 8-11, 2012

Submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

Proposals are now being accepted for the Shakespeare on Film, Television, and Video Area. While any topic on Shakespeare and moving images is welcome, here are some to consider:

Conference in progress.

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 2:23pm
NYU Department of French, Graduate Student Association

Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literatures March 24, 2012

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 12:49pm
University of St. Francis

Call for Student Papers:

Twenty-first Annual University of St. Francis Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literatures

Saturday, March 24, 2012
University of St. Francis
Joliet, Illinois

Submit complete papers or abstracts on any topic in literary studies, including comparative literature, literature in translation, faculty-student collaborations, creative writing (story, poetry, performance--two sessions planned).

Include mailing address, telephone number, email address, and the name of your college. Papers and readings are limited to 20 minutes (8-12 pages). Authors of papers accepted for the program are obliged to present in person.

Deadline: December 15, 2011

Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces--Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference--Proposals due January 25

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 10:01am
English Graduate Organization/ University of Massachusetts

Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces

Cyber bullying, the male gaze in cinema, SlutWalk in Toronto, the canonization of slave narratives, border rhetoric in the classroom – issues such as these take up the ways bodies, power, and spaces converge in a re-seeing and re-interpreting of historical and contemporary social complexities. Investigating this nexus in our discursive and material realities gives us the language for articulating the machinations of power and space that construct and dismantle singular and collective (im)material bodies.

[UPDATE] Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium - January 20, 2012

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 1:28pm
Villanova University: Theatre Department

Call for Papers
Call for Performances
Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

Conference Theme:
The work of Elizabeth LeCompte,
The Wooster Group, the Avant Garde, Textual Intervention, and Experimental Theatre Collectives

Friday, January 20, 2012

Keynote Speaker
Elizabeth LeCompte