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Reconsidering John Dos Passos

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:04pm
American Literature Association (conference); Victoria Bryan (panel chair)

In recent years, John Dos Passos has fallen to somewhat low priority in critical study, but the few publications that do exist since the 1970s are engaging and compelling and stand as proof that this author deserves further consideration in our field. This individual panel proposal for ALA's 2011 convention hopes to illustrate the value of continuing to engage in scholarly research, critical conversation, and/or pedagogical approaches to John Dos Passos in the 21st century. Papers of about 20 minutes/10 pages in length on various approaches to Dos Passos's work will be considered for inclusion on the panel. Please submit an abstract of about 250 to 500 words, a CV, and any requests for A/V equipment to Victoria M.

[UPDATE] UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 1:11pm
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA; St. Mary's University College, U.K.

UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated
to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature,
theatre, and theatrical culture, seeks submissions for its second issue scheduled for the spring or summer of 2011.

This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and will henceforth be an
independently edited journal in the oscholars group
published at, as part of our expanding
coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the
fin de siècle.

Open Words Special Issue on Contingent Labor and Educational Access - June 1, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:57am
Open Words

This special issue of Open Words invites contributors to consider relationships among three issues--contingent labor, educational access, and non-mainstream student populations (by which we mean both non-traditional students, in demographic terms, and populations more likely to be served by colleges recently than they have been historically)--all of which the fields of composition and literacy studies have struggled with for decades. Scholarship and policy statements on contingent labor are replete with calls for equity, variously articulated but vigorous nonetheless—and with occasional exceptions, largely unsuccessful.

Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature [March 30, 2011]

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:53am
Brett Josef Grubisic, Tara Lee, Gisèle M. Baxter

Call for Submissions
Please feel free to forward this to any organizations, individuals, or mailing lists that might be interested.

At century's end and after, a dystopian mood - what Peter Fitting calls "the sense of a threatened near future" - has been evident in daily life and, of course, national literatures. Seeking to explore literary iterations of that mood, the editors of After NAFTA: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature encourage submissions about a variety of literary genres - novels, short fiction, or graphic novels (written in English or translated) - published by Canadian, American, and Mexican authors between 1994 and 2010.

Emergent Critical Environments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 5:21am
ASLE UK Postgraduate Conference


ASLE UK ( ) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 9 to 10 September 2011 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (, London WC1), on the theme of 'Emergent critical environments': Where next for ecology and the humanities?'

Keynote speakers include: Kate Soper

[UPDATE] Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 11:10pm
National Organization for Men Against Sexism


Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
April 1-3, 2011

The NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MEN AGAINST SEXISM holds a yearly National Conference on Men and Masculinity. The 2011 Conference will be held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee on April 1 through April 3, 2011. This year's conference theme is "Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity."

Special Topics Session: "Productive" Silences (Annual RMMLA Conference October 6-8, 2011)

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:25am
Pamela J. Rader/ RMMLA

"Productive" Silences
History and the history-making process, while seeking to remember, often call attention to singularity of perspective, which results in silencing the memories of survivors. Literature then steps in to fill the gaps or
the lacuna of silence. In this imaginative, fictional realm, silence and those silenced by historians, dictators, and forgetfulness find agency. Understood as a form of resistance, silence becomes a literary ruse: a voice or a perspective that once lacked agency now finds a place on the page.

I am particularly interested in papers that examine extended metaphors for and various tropes of silence in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction, plays, and poetry.

Cfp: Commitment Conference April 29, 2011 at UC Irvine Deadline extended

Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 5:22pm
Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine

The Graduate Students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on April 29th, 2011.
Keynote Speaker: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o