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[UPDATED] Forms of Devotion: Fan Culture(s) and Transformative Works DEADLINE 12 Nov 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 3:06pm
Regina Yung Lee / American Comparative Literature Association

This panel at the ACLA annual meeting (Vancouver, March 31- April 3, 2011) seeks to actively engage with the transnational, translational, affective, and transformative aspects of fandom communities, especially in (but not limited to) new media contexts. As Donna Haraway puts it, "when were love and knowledge not co-constitutive?" What are fan culture's canon and literacies? Who actively reads fandom's texts, and what does that literacy entail? What social constructs govern and emerge from these subcultural activities? And whose purposes do these questions serve?

Apocalypse Literature Panel, American Literature Association

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 12:14pm
Amanda Wicks, Louisiana State University

Apocalypse, post-apocalypse, atomic and nuclear narratives have increasingly shifted from the science fiction genre to pervade American literature as a whole. Authors such as Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, among many others, consider historical or imagined catastrophes that usher in new sensibilities, while simultaneously shattering connections to the past. Traditionally, apocalypse narratives attempt to assert order and coherence where none previously existed. Does apocalypse literature still presume control over disaster? What has apocalypse literature come to signify in the U.S.? What does apocalypse literature offer? How have imagined or real endings come to be portrayed in American literature?

Defining the Postcontemporary

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 9:09am
Christopher Brooks

At the ACLA in Vancouver I am chairing a panel on Postcontemporary thought. Some presenters are interested in the possibility of publishing an essay collection on that subject. Of course, a good collection will need more essays than this panel would yield, and I would like diverse, even global, perspectives.

CFP: Children in Film

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:11am
SWTXPCA/ACA Joint Conference April 20-23, 2011

Proposals are now being accepted for the Children in Film Area of the 31st annual PCA/ACA & SWTX PCA/ACA joint conference April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio, TX.( Proposals are sought that explore and interrogate the representations of children in Hollywood film, independent film, foreign film and/or children's film.

RAW MATERIAL. Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, March 19-20, 2011

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 6:44pm
Northeastern University Graduate Student Association

Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association
Call for Papers:


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ann Laura Stoler, The New School

Faculty Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Britt, Northeastern University

March 19-20, 2011

Post•45 @ Rock Hall: April 29-30, 2011 CFP: Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 6:32pm
Post•45 @ Rock Hall

Post•45 @ Rock Hall: April 29-30, 2011.
Keynote speakers: Steve Earle, Rick Moody, Kevin Young, Dana Spiotta

Post•45 seeks paper and panel proposals to complete the program for our 5th anniversary conference, to be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. We are looking to add three to six panels or round-tables.

This conference will host a mix of academics, creative artists, and public intellectuals for a series of panels on media, the archive, film, literature, creative writing, and popular music. We welcome papers and panels from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies.

Re-Considering John Dos Passos - ALA 2011 (May 26-29, Boston, MA)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 2:13pm
Victoria M. Bryan

In recent years, John Dos Passos has fallen to somewhat low priority in critical study, but the few publications that do exist since the 1970s are engaging and compelling and stand as proof that this author deserves further consideration in our field. This individual panel proposal for ALA's 2011 convention hopes to illustrate the value of continuing to engage in scholarly research, critical conversation, and/or pedagogical approaches to John Dos Passos in the 21st century. Papers of about 20 minutes/10 pages in length on various approaches to Dos Passos's work will be considered for inclusion on the panel. Please submit an abstract of about 250 to 500 words, a CV, and any requests for A/V equipment to Victoria M.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 1:15pm
Proteus: Journal of Ideas

Call for Papers on Social Networks, Communities, and/or Public Service

Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions that explore themes relating to social networks, communities, and/or public service for an upcoming issue titled "Building and Strengthening Communities and Social Networks." We are soliciting a wide range of articles and creative works—including broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, traditional scholarly articles, and works of creative nonfiction. Theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing are welcome.