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MFS Special Issue - Animal Worlds in Modern Fiction

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 1:09pm
Modern Fiction Studies

Animal Worlds in Modern Fiction
Guest Editor: David Herman
Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2013

The Editors of MFS seek essays that explore how 20th- or 21st-century fictional texts engage with nonhuman animals and their ways of encountering the world. Especially welcome are essays that, focusing in detail on one or two case studies, use these texts to reflect on broader conceptual, methodological, or interpretive challenges and opportunities presented by fictional engagements with nonhuman worlds.

Crossing the Bar: Public Engagement and Humanities Research

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:01am
Keele University & University of Liverpool

Crossing the bar: Public Engagement and Humanities Research (

Applications are invited from Humanities postgraduate and early career researchers across the North West to take part in this AHRC-funded initiative, which will explore practical methods of finding ways of engaging the public with your research – an increasingly important consideration for researchers entering an academic marketplace which expects research to create impact.

Lyric Theory in the 21st Century - PAMLA 2013 San Diego Special Session

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:22am
Ryan Sullivan, UC Riverside

In the last decade, scholars have been increasingly critical of "lyric." Now, as well as Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins's upcoming publication of The Lyric Theory Reader, we are in an important moment where the concept (genre, form, or mode, depending upon your critical positions) of the "lyric" is being contested, affirmed, and dismantled. At the same time, 21st-century modes of circulation (digital platforms and social media) and the democratization of authorship have complicated what we call the lyric. This panel invites papers exploring the implications, limits, and uses of lyric theory in the 21st century. Papers may include a wide range of time periods and approaches, while keeping in mind current discussions of digital media and lyric theory.

[UPDATE] CFP: "After the World: New Possibilities for Comparative Literature"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 9:56pm
The Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

International Conference on Comparative Literature, Taipei, Taiwan

Confirmed invited speakers (in alphabetical order):
Professor Ali Behdad (John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Professor Martin Puchner (Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University, USA)
Professor Samuel Weber (Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities, Northwestern University, USA)

MLA Chicago, January 9-12, 2014; Innovative Criticism

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:59pm
Robin Silbergleid & Kristina Quynn

We invite papers about the production and publication of innovative, experimental, affective, multi-genre, or performative criticism. This session considers (and enacts) how critics work with texts that distort lines between criticism, creative writing, theory, fiction, (auto)biography and thus necessitate an aligned self-reflexive and/or innovative critical response.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV by 15 March 2013 to both Robin Silbergleid ( and Kristina Quynn (

Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 5:44pm
Center for Body, Mind, and Culture (Florida Atlantic University)

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its second annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2013 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies.

CFP: special issue of Comparative Drama: "The Audience as Player: Interactive Theater over the Years" (deadline 9/1/2013)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 4:58pm
Professor Sidney Homan, University of Florida, Guest Editor, Comparative Drama

This special issue of Comparative Drama, "The Audience as Player: Interactive Theater Over the Years," seeks essays that explore plays and productions in which members of the audience are not just voyeurs in the house but participants, players in the onstage drama. This enhanced "role" for the audience has, surely, philosophical and aesthetic implications, not to mention practical consequence during an actual production.

Examining Authorship in English Studies

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:59pm
South Atlantic MLA Conference (SAMLA)

The diverse fields within English studies often create boundaries that few cross, but this proposal aims to bridge those established boundaries. The focus of this panel looks at authorship and how authorship is theorized within English studies. An example of authorship's function in English studies occurs in Creative Writing.