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European Popular Culture and Literature (San Antonio April 20-23, 2011)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 6:48pm
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: October 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches and time periods are welcome.

[UPDATE] Central European Authors--April 7-10, 2011--New Brunswick, NJ

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 6:03pm

In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.

"Theorizing Mobility in Transnational Literature" NeMLA 2011 4/6-4/10

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 12:00pm
Northeast Modern Language Association annual convention

Increased movement of populations, information, and capital in the era of globalization has produced an emphasis in literary studies on the migrant, the cosmopolitan, and the exile, but little focus on practices of mobility. This panel will address treatments of mobility in transnational literature. Topics include, but are not limited to, migration, border crossing, cosmopolitanism, planetarity, and wanderlust. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Penny Vlagopoulos,, and Nicole Rizzuto,

CFP: Ventures into the Unknown: The Writing of City Spaces (NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ April 7-10, 2011)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 10:21am
Katrin Polak-Springer, German Department at Rutgers, the State University of NJ

CFP: Ventures into the Unknown: The Writing of City Spaces (NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ April 7-10, 2011)
In his essay "Walking the City" (1984) Michel de Certeau speaks of the experience of walking through a city as a "trace structure of movement, exchange, and quotidian practices", a perspective which cannot be reproduced by looking down from a high rise building as if onto a map. For the pedestrian, the city presents itself like a text that is rendered ambiguous by the very process of walking, a little in the way that waking life is displaced by dreaming- to take one of de Certeau's analogies.

Jeanette Winterson: A Critical Exploration 06/17-19/2011

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 9:39am
University of Leeds

Contemporary, controversial and complex, Jeanette Winterson's writings remain some of the most studied and significant of the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Characterised by variety and experiment, her fictional oeuvre remains an outstanding literary achievement. Notable for their intricate fusing of symbolism and realism and deliberate mixing of generic forms, Winterson's writings speak in fascinating ways to a vital and diverse range of preoccupations within contemporary British fiction and beyond.
This conference seeks papers on any aspects of Winterson's work.

[UPDATE] Politics and Aesthetics

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 9:36am
eSharp, University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow's journal eSharp invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 16, Politics & Aesthetics , we will welcome articles which engage with issues of the politics of (re)presentation, as well as those investigating the (re)presentation of politics. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and early career authors within one year of graduation.

Transgressive Culture: A New International Journal

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 4:28am
Gylphi Limited

The first issue will concentrate on addiction and transgression. Critical articles of 4,000-8,000 words, book reviews up to 3,000 words, creative work, photography and other visual art are sought.

[UPDATE] Open Topic: William Dean Howells Panel at the ALA, May 24-27, 2011

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 3:56pm
The William Dean Howells Society

The William Dean Howells Society is sponsoring two panels at the upcoming American Literature Association conference, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Boston. For one of the panels, we are interested in papers that touch upon any topic in Howells's work. We are especially keen to hear about new directions in Howells scholarship and/or texts that often get overlooked.

Please send your brief (1-2 page) abstract and a current CV as a Word attachment to Lance Rubin at by October 1, 2011. Inquiries welcome!