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Hospitality and Literature

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 1:16am
MLA Special Session Proposal Seattle 2012 meeting

There is no custom of hospitality here, we do not need guests.'
--Kafka The Castle

The ethics of Hospitality is embedded with the politics of national and foreign diplomacy in Immanuel Kant's Perpetual Peace Treaty (1798) in which he puts forth the hypothesis that the extension of this action is not of one related to philanthropy, but of one related to right. Jacques Derrida further defines this 'right' proposed by Kant as one 'in relation to citizenship, the state, the subject of the state' going so far as to declare that it is an 'international right' (Derrida 3).

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] CPF: Science and Literature RMMLA 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 12:35am
Ira Walker / Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Literature and Science session of the RMMLA invites interpretive
papers focusing on science and its intersection with written
methods of transmission. They might include the reuse of
scientific matter in literary forms; the relationship of
individual writers to science and of certain scientists to
literary figures of their day; the combination of scientific
and literary methods of knowledge making. Papers focusing on
the representation or integration of science in specific
literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals
dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of
literature and science are welcome.

Francis Bacon Workshop for 2011 RMMLA, October 6-8,2011

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 10:03pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Francis Bacon Workshop*
Dibakar Pal, 7A 2 1 1 Srinath Chakrabarty Lane, Kolkata, West Bengal India 700 035; 033-25773205;
Description: Francis Bacon (1561-1626) wrote many essays namely Of Love, Of Friendship, Of Ambition, Of Studes, etc. We invite essays from scholars, creative writers, teachers and students following Baconian Style preferably within 500 words on any topic.

Literary Multilingualism

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 6:03pm
MLA 2012

This panel addresses the aesthetic and political implications of twentieth century multilingual literature, literary code-switching, polyglot punning. 250 word abstracts by 15 March; Salvatore Pappalardo ( and Maria Kager (, Rutgers University

MLA Special Session: Marilyn Monroe's Fragments

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 4:13pm
Zachary Lamm

Any approach to the recently-published archival text, including comparative, historical, psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, materialist, biographical; Monroe as icon, poet, performer; in celebrity culture, fashion, politics, and film. 300-word abstracts by 20 March 2011.

Flannery O'Connor Society, open topic, SCMLA, Oct. 27-29, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 11:51am
Mark Graybill

The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks proposals for papers on any aspect of O'Connor's work. Final presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes.

Please send proposals of 250 words or fewer by April 3, 2011, to Mark Graybill at

[UPDATE] New Horizons Postgraduate Conference

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 8:19am
Aberystwyth University Department of English and Creative Writing

The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference in cooperation with the National Library of Wales has extended the deadline for abstracts for New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities, the annual postgraduate conference to be held 11 May to 13 May 2011.