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[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: From Here to There and Back Again: Allusion, Adaptation and Appropriation (10/21-10/22/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:49am
University of Florida English Graduate Organization

2010 University of Florida Graduate Conference
October 21-22

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Lanier, University of New Hampshire

Author of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (2002)

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers from across the discipline(s) concerning textual adaptation or appropriation. Adaptation and appropriation, regarding questions of performance, translation, and occasionally plagiarism, concern both new and old media. The process of becoming or the process of naming a text are formulated on sometimes vague thresholds or border lines when one text becomes another.

Narrative is the Essence of History: The History of the Historical Novel

Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:40am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable will explore the genre of historical fiction. Topics include: reception; historical context; historiographic and literary theory; fact and
fiction; reappraisal of those who have not received their critical due; "serious" and "popular" historical fiction; recent subgenres within historical fiction, etc.
What is the essence of historical fiction? Why does it continue to be such a popular and resilient genre? What is its history? What is its future? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts (MSWord) to Jackie Cameron at

[UPDATE] Humanities in the Digital Age

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 11:58pm
English Graduate Organization (EGO), Western Illinois University

EGO Conference: Humanities in the Digital Age
October 22 & 23, 2010
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 1, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amy E. Earhart, Texas A&M University

Conference website:

Conference Theme: Humanities in the Digital Age

Contemporary society is pervaded by the culture of computing, and digitization continues to create new processes and patterns. In My Mother Was a Computer, Katherine Hayles remarks,

Samuel Beckett's Bilingualism at NEMLA Convention, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 7-10, 2011

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 10:59pm
Nadia Louar

Session: Samuel Beckett's Bilingualism
This panel will address the specific question of bilingualism in the work of Samuel Beckett. How can we understand this unique literary language? Can Beckett's bilingualism be understood as a phenomenon that goes beyond linguistic boundaries? Please submit 300-500 word abstracts in French or English on any aspect of Beckett's bilingualism to Nadia Louar, Email : (Deadline September 30th, 2011)

The Poetics of Metadata (proposals due October 10, 2010; STS conference March 16-18, 2011

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 10:44pm
Paul Benzon / Society for Textual Scholarship

Recent critical trends in media studies have emphasized various aspects of and approaches to the materiality of technology and media information, with methodologies including digital forensics, platform studies, and critical code studies offering both a deep interest in the close reading of technology and a jumping-off point towards multiple larger literary, cultural, and philosophical questions. This panel seeks to build upon and extend those methodologies by focusing in particular on metadata—data about data—as a category of inquiry. How does metadata relate to data in discursive, informational, and ontological terms? How and to what extent does metadata inform the materiality of technology?

Film Theory Area

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 5:46pm
2011 PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

Call for Papers: Film Theory Area
2011 PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture
and American Culture Associations

Joint Conference: April 20-23, 2011, San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory Area. Review begins immediately and continues until December 15, 2010. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are also welcome:

[UPDATE] Redeeming Modernity: Economy, Religion, and Literature in Modern America. NeMLA (Abstact deadline 9/30/10)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 5:16pm
Andrew Ball, Purdue University

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 7-10, 2011
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

The received wisdom tells us that the modernization of American culture and society was contingent upon its secularization. And yet, when we look to both canonical works of American modernism and to contributions to the "cultural front," we find an abiding concern for the religious that troubles this dominant narrative. This panel seeks to reexamine the multivalent modernist concern for the religious in order to reassess its place in early 20th century American literature and culture, to analyze the myth of the 'secular age,' and to determine the place of religion in the conflict between capital and labor.

Contemporary Women's Novels: The Changing Story? (NeMLA 2011 4/7-4/11) New Brunswick, NJ: Abstracts due Sept. 30

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 2:40pm
Karen E. Waldron, College of the Atlantic

To what extent can contemporary fiction by women and about women from different cultures can be brought together coherently for discussion? What has happened to such fiction as women's political and social conditions have been challenged? This session will investigate how women's fictional plotting has changed with globalization and what that contributes to the comparability/incomparability of these works. Email 300-500 word abstracts about recent women's novels in a comparative / world literature teaching context to
Chair: Karen E. Waldron
Areas: Women's and Gender Studies; World Literatures (non-European Languages)

[UPDATE] NeMLA Panel on Women Writers and Psychoanalysis (Abstract Deadline September 30, 2010; Conference April 7-10, 2011)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 1:15am
Northeast Modern Language Association

I'm still seeking submissions for a panel on American women writers' responses to Freud, which will take place at the 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Submissions should address one of the following subjects: Revisions of Freudian texts; Alternatives to the Freudian model of psychoanalytic practice; Responses to Freud as a cultural figure; Writing psychoanalysis through form, style, and technique. Please include an abstract and a brief biographical statement. Email submissions to Kristina Marie Darling, by September 30th, 2010.