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[UPDATE] The Importance of Kitsch, extended deadline March 1, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 12:08pm
Modern Horizons Journal

For the April 2011 edition of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various intellectual, artistic, emotional, and political manifestations of kitsch in our time.

In our current culture, the word 'kitsch' has come to be associated often with tacky souvenirs and cheap trinkets. However, there is a thicker sense given to the word by various thinkers and authors in the twentieth century, even if it is regularly connected with an idea of culture.

Papers on New England Authors/Theme

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:17am
Connecticut Review

Connecticut Review is a semi-annual journal published since 1967 under the auspices of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University. Connecticut Review invites submission of essays, interviews, academic articles that focus on New England authors/themes.

Writing Submission Guidelines
Work should be 2,000 to 4,000 words.
Submit two copies of each piece.
The first page of each essay or other should include the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the upper left corner.

An Invitation for Submitting Essays on the topic: "The New Image of the Balkans"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:25am

This Call for Papers, organized within the frame of the creative writing project "The New Image of the
Balkans", has as its goal:
• To invite young writers, artists and intellectuals from the Balkan region, to interpret the new
prospects of the cultural re-integration of the Balkans;
• To develop a new vision of contemporary & future Balkan realities (A New Balkan
• To restore the practices of mutual understanding between Balkan and European cultures and
civilizations (not just at the level of mere dialogue);
• To unburden the youth from the negative stereotype associated with the Balkans as a "Powder

Satire's Double-Edged Irony MLA, Seattle, 5-8 January 2012

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:51am
American Humor Studies Association

Seeking papers that explore the often ambiguous nature of satire's object, the lines that blur between satire and celebration, and the difficulty of predicting or controlling audience response.

Recent studies, such as "The Irony of Satire," suggest that perception of satire's object often rests in the reader's or viewer's own biases. This panel is interested in exploring the implications of this ambiguity in the production, deployment, and teaching of satire. How does this affect satire's admittedly subversive purpose? Is this satire's power, its limitation, or both?

250-word abstract by 15 March 2011

[UPDATE] Second Call for Papers- Rupture Symposium 2011 (abstracts due 1 March 2011)

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:38pm
The Division of English / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a three-day Contemporary Conference from 24 to 26 June, 2011. The Rupture Symposium, as part of this conference, deals specifically with the subject of "rupture" in literature.

CFP: PAMLA Conference, Scripps College, Claremont, CA (November 5-6, 2011; Paper Proposal Deadline 3/25)

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 9:37pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference is being held November 5-6, 2011, at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. PAMLA has over a hundred approved sessions on a wide range of literary and language topics. For the list of sessions, guidelines for how to propose a paper, and the online paper proposal form, please go to:

For any questions about PAMLA, please email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: