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MLA Harold Pinter Session: Pinter and Booze. January 3-6 2013 Boston

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 7:38pm
Modern Language Assocation

Shaken and Stirred: Pinter and Booze. One look at a few Pinter works, and it's difficult to ignore the amount of drinking that goes on. Papers discussing the use, misuse, or joy of alcohol in Pinter's plays, films, or other works are welcome. Please send 250-300 word abstracts via electronic attachment to Ann C. Hall at by 17 March 2012. Panelists must be members of the International Harold Pinter Society and the MLA by 6 April 2012. The conference will be held in Boston on January 3-6, 2013. For more information, see

"Adaptations, Versions and Perversions: French Theatre and English Playwrights (19th-21st Century)" 1-2 December 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 5:25pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Adaptations, Versions and Perversions:
French Theatre and English Playwrights (19th-21st Century)

Facultad de Filología, Traducción y Comunicación
Universidad de Valencia
(1-2 December 2011)

The conference aims to explore the presence of French plays and players in England, and their influence upon native dramatists, critics and actors. By means of scrutinising English adaptations of French plays and their critics' and audiences' reception, it intends to illustrate the economic, aesthetic and political tensions emerging and crystallising between England and France since the nineteenth century.

Thursday, December 1st

[UPDATE] Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations - Abstracts now due December 15th

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 12:52am
Bowling Green State University and BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations
Hosted by Bowling Green State University
In association with BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Current Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Radhika Gajjala
Dr. Kris Blair

UPDATE Crossroads 7-8 June, 2012 Toulouse, France

Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 8:15am
University of Toulouse

There are still a few places open at the International Conference on Crossroads (treating the English speaking world).

We invite proposals treating the many senses of the term "crossroads," whether physical or not: countries, regions, towns, roads, monuments, sanctuaries, inns, or pilgrimage sites , but also books, paintings, installations or performances. New forms of expression, federating ideas, political and cultural negotiations, cosmopolitanism, cross-fertilizations between the arts, and hybridization of forms and genres can be found at such sites of convergence.

Steinbeck, Politics, and the American Dream

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 8:44pm
John Steinbeck Society of America

The John Steinbeck Society calls for proposals for papers to be given at the American Literature Association's 23rd annual conference, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on the dates of May 24- 27, 2012 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).
Please submit proposals to Paul Douglass of the Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University:

Transitions in Comparative Studies (University College Cork, Ireland 28-30 June 2011)

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 12:54pm
Comparative Literature Association of Ireland/UCC

The comparative gesture performs both the act and the question of transition between the terms compared. Understood as an intercultural practice, comparative literature may thus also be understood as both a transitive and transnational process – creating its own object/form of knowledge as it identifies and analyses lines of relation and exchange between literary cultures. When navigating between languages, it becomes critically engaged with the possibility and methods of such navigation. Meanwhile, interdisciplinary and inter-medial versions of comparative studies likewise centre about transitions which may themselves remain under-analysed.

Society for Utopian Studies Toronto October 4-7

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 8:50am
Society for Utopian Studies

37th Annual Meeting
October 4-7, 2012
Delta Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z4

Papers are welcome on all aspects of the utopian tradition - from the earliest utopian visions to the utopian speculations and yearnings of the 21st century, including art, architecture, urban and rural planning, literary utopias, dystopian writings, utopian political activism, theories of utopian spaces and ontologies, music, new media, or intentional communities.

Jetzt: Historical and Contemporary Figurations of the Present (March 31/April 1 2012)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 11:36am
Cornell University Department of German Graduate Students

Call for Papers: Cornell University German Studies Graduate Conference

Jetzt: Contemporary and Historical Figurations
March 31/April 1, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Peter Fenves (Northwestern University)

"Now: it has already ceased to be since it was pointed out; the now that is is an other than that pointed out to us, it is what has been."
(Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit)

UPDATE: Reality TV SW/TX PCA/ACA (Dec. 1, 2011; Feb. 8-11, 2012)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:27am
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association will hold its 33nd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 8-11, 2012. Proposals are now being accepted for panels on Reality TV.

Over the past decade, the global proliferation of reality TV programming has exploded. It is hard to flip through television stations at any given hour of the day without coming across some sort of reality programming that is reflecting another niche in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of the modern world. At the moment, reality TV is a field of study that has enormous potential because it touches such a wide range of subjects—from media studies to business, regional studies to education, social sciences to the humanities.