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2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, CA, Proposal deadline 3/25

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 5:52pm
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, 11/5-11/6, 2011

The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

***NEW*** Could you hear that? Interdisciplinary approaches to sound and music.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 1:31pm
LASA 2012

The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of "national unities"? Are "samba", "tango" and "salsa" inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events?

Speech Disorders in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture [Deadline for Abstracts: May 1st 2011]

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 5:34pm
Chris Eagle / University of Western Sydney

I am soliciting previously unpublished articles or essays for an edited collection on the topic of representations of speech and language disorders in literature, film, and popular culture. At present, there is a growing interest in the field of Medical Humanities regarding the portrayal of conditions like stuttering, aphasia, mutism, etc. Recent works like The King's Speech, Rocket Science, and Diving Bell and the Butterfly also speak to the growing concern in contemporary popular culture over the status of the Self in relation to language loss and language breakdown.

Disgust and Victorian Culture, Special Session, MLA 2012 [UPDATE]

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 12:22pm
Tanushree Ghosh/Syracuse University

This panel invites papers that explore the connections between disgust and Victorian culture, particularly the role of disgust in the affective fashioning of normative or transgressive identities. Functioning as a visceral reaction to filth or as moral abhorrence toward the socially unacceptable, disgust routinely functioned to distance the middle-classes from lower-class individuals, practices, and spaces. The Victorian subject is not only constituted through the repression of the low and the disgusting but is also transformed in the very act of encountering the abject.

Humanism at Large: Higher Education Now

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 9:16am
University of Exeter/University College Falmouth (UK)

9-10 September 2011
Tremough Campus, Cornwall

Keynote Speaker: Professor Niyi Osundare (University of Ibadan/University of New Orleans)
Second keynote: TBA

This conference is intended to provide a forum for those teaching and researching in Humanities disciplines to explore the current state of global knowledge economies. The title, echoing the title of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, signals our focus on the relation between universities, global economies and local identities.


Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:35am
ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS Academic Journal - "Al. I. Cuza" University, Faculty of Letters, Comparative Literature Department - Iasi, Romania


(Each issue of ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS is organized around a theme and it comprises scholarly articles written in Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Examples of themes we have explored in the past: Orient - Occident; Identity and Otherness; Exoduses; Power; Centre and Periphery; Rational - Irrational; Smile and Laughter; Other Worlds.)

CFP: 'Traveling' in Asian, African and Latin American cinema

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 6:10am
Many Cinemas - an e-Journal for non-western cinema studies

'Traveling' in Asian, African and Latin American cinema

Holiday, business, private matters. There are several reasons for traveling. The autumn edition of MANY CINEMAS will dedicate its issue to the topic Traveling.

Traveling: People who are undertaking a journey to places, strange and not familiar to them. How do they act or behave in an unfamiliar environment and how does it take an impact on them?

Well, the cinema is close connected with traveling. It is a window to the world, both real and imaginary. The lights turn off and pictures appear which bring you to places far away.

"Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post': Contemporary Poetry and Feminisms" MLA Special Session:March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:07pm
MLA 2012 Special Session

MLA 2012 Special Sesson:
Call for Papers- "Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post': Contemporary Poetry and Feminisms" View at

Are we still postmodern? 'post'-feminist? How does poetics and feminisms intersect in contemporary poetry? Where is the debate now? How does theory/poetries perform 'us' now?