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Dwelling in Diaspora - ACLA 2014 - New York University (Deadline: November 1, 2013)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:16am
Elizabeth Syrkin (University of Muenster), Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University)

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
20-23 March 2014, New York University
Seminar title: Dwelling in Diaspora

Seminar Organizers: Elizabeth Syrkin (University of Muenster), Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University)

ACLA 2014 (March 20-23, NYU) Capital And Aesthetic Forms: Mediating Totality Now (Deadline November 1st)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:27am
American Comparative Literature Association

The seminar concerns how various artistic forms and media take up the problem of mediating totality today. Much contemporary literature, and aesthetic production more generally, draws our attention to the conceptual centrality of totality in the present. This seminar aims at understanding totality's historical forms of appearance alongside attempts, such as Lyotard's, to "wage war on totality" and "be witnesses to the unrepresentable." Asking, then, how we might historicize both the totalizing impulse within literature, art, or criticism and its critique without losing the distinction between non-identity and difference is crucial to the seminar's interest in specificity of media and forms.

[UPDATE] Bodies in Place: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (April 3-6 2014); Proposals due 9/30

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 9:59am
NEMLA 45th Annual Convention (Harrisburg PA, April 3-6))

This panel seeks a broad range of papers exploring how disability challenges normative constructions of the body-environment dyad. For example, how does disability-centered American literature negotiate the relationship between embodiment and emplacement? How might literature by people with disabilities contribute to a more inclusive ecocriticism? How might we re-examine 'canonical' American environmental literature through a disability studies lens? Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and brief bio to Matthew Cella at

Can Comics Be Poetry? (abstracts due: November 15)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:35am
Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College February 28 – March 2, 2014

Comics scholars lament the problematic association of comics and fiction. Many of the most celebrated "graphic novels" are not novels at all but autobiographies. These "graphic narratives" make use of fictive literary devices, to be sure, but they also employ other devices of storytelling that are distinct from fiction. And yet, even that argument fails to address whether long-form comics can ever convey literary meaning without narrative.

What gets lost in some of the genre-squabbling over graphic novels is the extent to which comics can be poetry. This panel probes the possibilities of a lyric comics mode, a comics form that has more in line with poetry than narrative.

4th Global Conference: Femininities and Masculinites (May, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:06am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference: Femininities and Masculinities

Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study on the issues of gender in its social and cultural contexts. Since its emergence from feminism, gender studies have become one of the most deliberated disciplines. The following project aims at an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives on the issues of femininities and masculinities in the 21st century. It invites ground-breaking research on a plethora of topics connected with gender, to propose an interdisciplinary view of the frontiers and to stake out new territories in the study of femininities and masculinities.

CFP for Edited Collection: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:09am
Birkbeck College, University of London

Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.

Unveiling Apocalyptic Desire: Fallen Women in Eastern Literature

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:43pm
Dr Colette Morrow and Dr Devaleena Das

The proposed book, Unveiling Apocalyptic Desire: Fallen Women in Eastern Literature will focus on unarticulated quandaries and the poetics of transgression of 'taboo' relationships featuring female characters in Asian literature who have trespassed social, religious and moral boundaries. The theoretical orientation is based on Eastern and Western feminist discourses that draw heavily on mind-body sexual politics, cultural constructs, the anatomy of sex and power in relation to myth and cultural psyche, denigration of female anatomy, gender performativity, abysmal and hysterical sexuality, semiotics, textual strategies and the politics of representation, queer theory, and psychoanalysis.