In the first lines of Howard Rheingold's seminal book on pervasive computing, Smart Mobs, he notes an observation he had in Japan that changed the way he thought about mobile technologies: "The first signs of the next shift began to reveal themselves to me on a spring afternoon. That was when I began to notice people on the streets of Tokyo staring at their mobile phones instead of talking to them" (2002, p. xi). This shift from using a mobile device as a voice communication medium toward usages that focus on data (specifically the "mobile Internet") heralds the era of physical and pervasive computing culture.
[Inter]sections is the trimestrial peer-reviewed American Studies journal at the University of Bucharest. We are now accepting academic papers, reviews, and interviews for inclusion in our March 2011 issue. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2011.
Because of the large number of submissions we've been getting, we need more people on our peer-reviewing team. Those interested should send us a short bio (no more than 200 words), as well as a writing sample (between 3,000 and 7,000 words) and a list of the main areas they would be prepared to cover. The deadline for peer reviewing applications is also January 31st, 2011.
Impersonality is usually linked to "Tradition and the Individual Talent," in which T.S. Eliot famously declares, "The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality." For this panel, I am seeking papers that dislodge the impersonal from Eliot's vision of a cohesive European canon. This may mean sidestepping Eliot and his legacy entirely or reconsidering its premises. Where can modernists find an account of the "process of depersonalization"? Could it be narrated in the first person? Does the impersonal have a history? a future?
Call for Papers: Rebecca Harding Davis in Boston and Davis's Civil War Writings: American Literature Association annual conference, May 26-29, 2011
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will host two sessions at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2011, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org
Extended Deadline for Abstracts: January 15, 2011
Call for submissions for a new online, peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Feminist Scholarship.
The Journal of Feminist Scholarship is a new twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published online and aimed at promoting feminist scholarship across the disciplines, as well as expanding the reach and definitions of feminist research.
The journal can be found at http://www.umassd.edu/jfs
Why a new journal? Why now?
In Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-1950, a Nisga'a elder implores the historian Mary Ellen Kelm: "When we talk about the poor health of our people, remember it all began with the white man" (xv). This special issue of JLCDS invites scholars to consider two interrelated phenomena: on the one hand, colonialism has produced indigenous disability and illness—through the depletion of traditional sources of food and medicine, enforced containment in boarding schools and substandard reservation housing, trauma, poverty and so on. On the other hand, colonial discourse also pathologizes Native people—construing them as genetically prone to certain illnesses, for instance.
Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry
2011 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23
NEW DEADLINE: 31 December 2009
The 2011 PCA/ACA Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry Area chair is seeking two kinds of panelists: those reading original poetry and those delivering short papers on some aspect of American poetry.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference in Language and Literature (MADLIT)
English Dept. Graduate Student Conference
February 24-26, 2011
The Graduate Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to announce the 7th Annual MadLit Conference. Our keynote speaker for this year's conference, "Perpetual Crisis," is Professor Rita Felski. The focus encourages examination of the role of humanistic inquiry and the arts in moments of crisis, and also extends the opportunity to participants to explore broader questions about how "crisis" might appear, be defined, or be addressed in their own areas of study.
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the University of Manchester
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Friday April 1st 2011
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Jeremy Tambling, English and American Studies, University of Manchester
Dr. Roger Pooley, English, Keele University
The University of Manchester invites scholars and early researchers to submit papers for the conference 'Why Allegory Now?', an interdisciplinary event which will allow a forum of discussion on the disparate ways in which allegory has been used throughout history, and consider how such an elusive yet prominent form can be interpreted today.
The Art History Association of the University of Oregon is hosting its 7th annual student symposium, Memory & Representation, on Thursday and Friday April 21st and 22nd, 2011, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon. The symposium will focus on the visual culture of commemoration, documentation, and memorialization and will examine the variant roles of the arts in the representation of memory. Likewise, it will investigate documentation in art practice, production, exhibition, reception, and methodology. These concepts may be applied to varying cultural and historical aspects of art history as well as a number of other academic disciplines, particularly those within the humanities.