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"Postwhat?! Literary Postmodernism in the 21st Century" - MLA 2014 - Abstracts by March 15, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:39pm
Matthew Mullins / MLA

This panel tackles the question of whether or not postmodernism as a way of thinking about literary texts has truly run out of steam, or whether we are only now gaining enough critical distance to assess its impact on literature and literary studies.

Particularly welcome are proposals that consider the ways in which discussing postmodernism in the 21st century may help us reassess claims that postmodernism has gotten bogged down in, or become coterminous with, consumerism, radical otherness, irony, whiteness, masculinity, and nationalism, problems that it had hoped to deconstruct or move beyond.

Please send along a 300-word abstract no later than March 15 to Matthew Mullins:

Connections: A Critical Thinking Conference

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:20pm
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College

"Critical thinking is a desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and hatred for every kind of imposture." Francis Bacon (1605)

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: Into the Void, March 29-30, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:08pm
University of Iowa

The 13th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
"Into the Void"
March 29-30, 2012
University of Iowa

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 8, 2013***

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But in the midst of the long row there hangs a canvas which differs from the others. . . . on this one plate no name is inscribed, and the linen within the frame is snow-white from corner to corner, a blank page.
— Isak Dinesen, "The Blank Page"

South Central MLA Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:07pm
South Central Modern Language Association

The 2013 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 3/21/12 to

Picking Through the Trash - May 10th and 11th, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:03pm
York University, Toronto

Picking Through the Trash
English Graduate Students' Association Conference at York University, Toronto
May 10th and 11th, 2013

"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures." – Ray Bradbury
"I love trash!" – Oscar the Grouch

[UPDATE] Representations of Moral Bankruptcy on Television (ASA Nov 21-4, 2013 panel)

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:46pm
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

This is a proposed panel for the 2013 American Studies Association annual meeting in Washington D.C. (November 21-24 at the Hilton Washington DC). Papers on this panel would look at the representation of morals and ethics on television, particularly the draw of immoral and corrupt characters. Some of the questions papers on this panel could consider are: Are "guilty pleasures" simply a waste of time, or can they be related to our ethics? How is the consumption of such programs related to ethical considerations? Are we simply passive witnesses, or is there something more at stake? What relationships are there between reality television and other programming?

An Unfamiliar World that We Recognise: Essay Collection on Rick Hudson's Shrapnel

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:22pm

2012 saw the publication of the short story writer Rick Hudson's first novel Shrapnel; this collection invites submissions of essays between 3,000 and 6,000 words long which interrogate this novel from a variety of perspectives and engage with a the numerous themes and issues that arise in the text. We believe that this novel is worthy of critical assessment for numerous reasons including the novelist's unusual position of his work being located in both 'literary' and 'popular' fiction and, of course, the novelist's distinction as a remarkably skilled writer and his claim (albeit comic) to be 'The Writer Hero Reborn'.

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature. May 24-25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 9:09am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature
Eleventh Annual Academic Conference
The Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
24-25 May, 2013
Submission Deadline 15 March, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Michael Davidson, Vice Chair of the Department of
Literature, University of California, San Diego

[Reminder] Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:23am
Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter / California State University, Northridge

"Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
California State University, Northridge
Graduate Conference
"Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge." – Lord Byron

This conference is interested in exploring the concept of the spaces between – genres, cultures, times, people, movements, nations – the possibilities are endless. How do these spaces confine? How do they enable? What moves between? What exists within?

Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 8:39pm
Uuniversity of Texas San Antonio English Graduate Symposium

2013 UTSA English Graduate Symposium Celebrating Women's History Month: "Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power"

Sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Women's Studies Institute/Consortium for Social Transformation, the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, Dr. Sonja Lanehart, and Dr. Joycelyn Moody

March 30, 2013 at The University of Texas San Antonio in San Antonio, TX

Keynote Speaker: Julia Serano, Transgendered writer, musician and spoken word artist and activist, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity