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[UPDATE] Boundaries (Un)Defined

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:46pm
Sigma Tau Delta

The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to take part in submitting abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the confines, limitations, or openness of space in world literatures, including, but not limited to:

• Public and Private Spaces
• Digital Space (including Computers)
• Ethnic, Language, or Literal Borders Websites, etc.
• The Space of Memory
• The Space of Genders and Sexualities
• Existential Boundaries
• Spiritual and Religious Spaces

Children and Childhood in the English Renaissance 10.-11.2.2012, University of Siegen

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 9:12am
University of Siegen

Despite the fact that the terms "child" and "childhood" have inspired scholars of various disciplines and ages, the representation of childhood in the time of the English Renaissance remains an under-investigated topic. The reasons for this oversight are manifold. Although Philip Ariès's thesis that childhood was discovered in the eighteenth century has meanwhile been revised (see, for instance, Orme and Hanwalt on the Middle Ages, or Pollock on the Early Modern Period), comprehensive studies of childhood in the Renaissance are still comparatively scarce.

The Right to Vote and the Writing of Voice (Seminar at the AIS) deadline 12.10.2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:19am

The Right to Vote and the Writing of Voice

The word kol in Hebrew means "voice" as well as "vote", thus implying kol as having the potential for political power. In our seminar we wish to examine the interplay of power and the use of voice/vote: voices creating or deconstructing identities, voices heard or unheard in the literary piece, granted or disowned voices. Who has the right to speak in Hebrew literature? What are the literary means enabling the freedom of speech? How does this relationship of power and voice come into play in the literary piece? What are the places of the muffled, choked voice? What are the places of the loud, screaming voice? How does canonization tune/orchestrate the different voices within literature?

Oklahoma State University English Conference, "Transforming Words," March 4-5, 2011

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:45pm
Oklahoma State University English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Words." In his 1969 work, The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday asserts, "We have all been changed by words; we have been hurt, delighted, puzzled, filled with wonder." During the conference, we would like to explore the practical ways language functions to effect change. How can language overcome supposed barriers of race and gender?

CFP - Special Journal Issue, "Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation"

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 6:24pm
Forum for World Literature Studies

The journal Forum for World Literature Studies will be publishing a special issue devoted to politics and visual literature. Much of it springs from the 2010 Comparative Literature Conference at Purdue University, "Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation," but we're also looking for contributions outside of the conference. Our understanding of "political" is broad in scope, relating not only to affairs of state (at home and abroad), but also the praxis of visual narrative and ways it impacts individual identity and community dynamics. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

Collections and Collaborations (March 24-26, 2011)

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 12:30pm
Indiana University Department of English

Call for Proposals: "Collections and Collaborations"

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Collections and Collaborations" to be held at Indiana University – Bloomington from March 24th – 26th, 2011 (hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English).

Monster Classics

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:32am
2011 ACCUTE Conference, May 28-May 31 2011 at the University of New Brunswick

That Pride and Prejudice would inspire a zombie rewriting was perhaps surprising to Austen fans and critics, but "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has itself inspired enough monstrous mash-ups from "Alice in Zombieland" to "Jane Slayre" to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim" constitute a genuine genre: monster classics. Something of a pun on the afterlife of fiction, what, if anything, do these neo-Romantic and neo-Victorian monstrosities suggest about the culture from which they are drawn? About our own culture? This panel welcomes papers that consider any aspect of the monster classic phenomena, from theories of adaptation and mutation to considerations of genre or canon.

[UPDATE] CFP: 2011 Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, "Ambivalence"

Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 8:12pm
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

The sixth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks submissions for "Ambivalence," a graduate student conference to be held February 25-26, 2011, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its research theme for 2009-2011: "Figuring Place and Time."

Survival Logics: Narrative and the Margins - Graduate Student Conference: March 25, 2011

Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 5:35pm
The Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University

Keynote: Professor Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modes of survival often work against threats of erasure and containment. In turn, survival narratives reveal the restrictive procedures of normative forces and present logics that evade them. Often, different survival narratives come into conflict with each other and negate, eclipse, or marginalize the impact that each can have in the common or public sphere. If competing narratives about historical or cultural experience reveal the heterogeneous reality of social, political and cultural groupings, tensions and fissures are even more visible in contested spaces, whether in the center or at the margins of nodes of power.