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?
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:
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).
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.
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."
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.
Montevideana is an International Conference on literary texts written and/or read across languages, regions, and cultures. Each edition addresses specifics texts or authors and their relations with Latin America, with a focus on the River Plate region. The 2011 conference will be devoted to Virginia Woolf.
BEYOND TRAUMA: NARRATIVES OF (IM)POSSIBILITY
(in Contemporary Literatures in English)
Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Universidad de Zaragoza
March 31 – April 2, 2011
The 13th annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies programs at the University of Western Ontario will take place on March 17-19, 2011. We welcome proposals that explore "EMERGENCE/IES" from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary and critical perspectives. This conference will examine the theme of emergent/emerging/potentially emerging/surfacing realities and non-realities in language, literature, film, popular culture, theory and cultural studies.
Call for Papers
ABC Studies, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, invites submissions for a special issue on Post-Racial Americas: Cultural Studies in the Age of Barack Obama, due out in June 2011. The special issue will examine the changing dynamics of race, cultural economy and identity politics in what has been dubbed 'post-ethnic' Americas. We are looking for position papers and critical essays that aim to contribute theoretical reconceptualisations of the global turn in American and Canadian Cultural Studies, particularly under the transformative impact of 9/11 and the 2008 Elections in the US.
Special Issue Editors: