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[UPDATE] "Architecture and Literature: Reading the Room" (1-3 November, San Diego); Proposal Deadline: 15 April

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:38pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

CFP: "Literature and American Exceptionalism" Special Issue, September 1, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 8:31am
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

In what ways does literature reinforce, contest, and amend the discourse of American exceptionalism? Exceptionalism in its simplest form refers to a range of nationalist beliefs that together locate the United States as exemplary in relation to other nation-states. Although not coined until 1929 and not popularized until the postwar period, exceptionalism appears in different forms throughout American history, from John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" to Harry Truman's "leader of the free world" to, most recently, George W. Bush's "nation with a mission." The latter's declaration of the ongoing Global War on Terror in September 2001 has provoked further debate among scholars on the enduring legacy of exceptionalist claims.

"CASCA" – Journal of Social Science, Culture and Arts (Deadline September 1st 2013.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:57pm
Centre for Alternative Social and Cultural Activities, Belgrade

Interdisciplinary journal CASCA enables authors to publish papers in various areas of social sciences, culture and art. The journal publishes scientific papers and book reviews thematically related to literary theory, history of art, philosophy, anthropology, history, archeology, sociology, culturology, politicology, communicology, etc.

We are interested in publishing scientific and expert papers, book reviews, exhibition reviews, web portals, etc.

Cognitive Poetics -- May 1st 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 7:32am
Enthymema. International journal of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophy of literature

Initiated in English speaking countries, in the last few years studies in cognitive poetics have increased and spread significantly. Many traditional issues of literary theory, such as the construction of text worlds, characterization, narrative focalization, the role of emotions in literary reading and the cognitive function of figures of speech, have been framed and approached within a cognitive perspective.

[new deadline: 30 April 2013] Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:09pm
University of Liverpool

Link to CFP:


- Dr Nick Davis, University of Liverpool
- Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
- Professor Ronald Levao, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Dr Mary Ann Lund, University of Leicester
- Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Bristol, The University of the West of England
- Professor Andrej Stancak, University of Liverpool
- Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

CFP: Hotel in 19th-Century Literature and Culture, edited collection

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:08pm
Monika Elbert

Hotels and Inns in Britain and in the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century

We invite submissions for a collection of essays on the hotel in literary works, in journals and correspondences, in travelogues, or in other texts written or published during the long nineteenth century. Our predominant focus is on literary and cultural studies.

Humor in the Digital Age -- SAMLA (Atlanta, 11/8-11/10)

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 4:21pm
Pete Kunze (Louisiana State University)

The American Humor Studies Association seeks papers for a panel, "Humor in the Digital Age," for the 2013 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference at the Marriott Atlanta from November 8-10. This panel will examine how the rise of new media (including social media and blogs) has created new contexts for the production, distribution, and exhibition of American humor. We welcome papers on humor and comedy as they are employed in viral videos, blogs or vlogs, web series, webisodes, parodies, participatory culture online, memes, or remixes.

Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics: Ohrid, Macedonia, August 15-21, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:39pm
Euro-Balkan University (Skopje, Macedonia) & Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Belgrade, Serbia)

Euro-Balkan University (Skopje, Macedonia)
in cooperation with
Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Belgrade, Serbia)

Announces the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the

(August 15-21 2013, Ohrid, Macedonia)

- Didier Eribon (School of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the University of Amiens, Paris, France)
- Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
- Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)

[UPDATE] Excess: Special issue of The Comparatist

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:27pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Excess
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the problematic of excess in comparative studies and literary theory. What constitutes excess today? What does it name? Who defines it? How do literature and art manage or register excess? How is excess connected to the task of interpretation? Is excess still synonymous with transgression and subversion? Have its connotations changed under the sway of neoliberalism? Topics of interest could include: