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UPDATE: "Postcolonial Intimacies" (proposals due April 30)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 9:40am
Critical Intimacies Reading Group

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for abstract submissions is approaching. Please circulate widely. Thank you.

Call for Papers: Essays for Journal Special Issue

"Postcolonial Intimacies"

Ut Pictura Poesis: Thinking about Representation in Late Medieval and Renaissance England, 1-2 October 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 8:35pm
Queen's University, Kingston

In his Apology for Poetry, Sir Philip Sidney defines poetry as "an art of imitation", a form of "mimesis"; he describes it as not only a "representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth" but more importantly as a "speaking picture." This attribution of aural and visual elements to the poet's pen delineates poetry as a medium able to integrate seemingly disparate elements: a site of necessary hybridity. As a "speaking picture", poetry mirrors the visual arts by imagistically portraying the verba (signifier) or form which conveys, transmutes, or mimics the res (signified) or Platonic Idea. The visual arts, which mirror or embody the spoken word, serve to access this elusive signified.

SW/TX Popular/American Culture Association Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture Area

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 2:36pm
Jeanette Sanchez, Area Chair Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2009
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

In 2011, the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 32st annual meeting as a joint conference with the national Popular Culture and American Culture Association in San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23, 2001.

[UPDATE] CFP: New German Review (New Deadline 5/20/10)

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 9:58pm
New German Review: A Germanic Studies Journal

Celebrating 25 years in academic publishing, New German Review has been a medium for
graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty to share their ideas with the academic
community worldwide.

New German Review encourages contributions within the broader field of German
Studies, including literature, history, culture, philosophy, and linguistics. Book reviews
and interviews also form an essential part of our publication.

Registration Open For: (re)performing the Posthuman: a conference on performance arts and posthumanism

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 1:12pm
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Dear all,

This is a reminder for the registration deadline for the (re)Performing the
Posthuman conference.
The deadline is on April 30th...

Best wishes,
Daniël Ploeger and Seda Ilter

(re)Performing the Posthuman
a conference on performance arts and posthumanism

University of Sussex, 21-22 May 2010

[Updated] -- Nation and the Mother Tongue(s) -- NEW Deadline May 4, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:34am
Regina Yung Lee / PAMLA

The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of multilingualisms, accents, dialects, and inflections within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.

This panel welcomes papers from a wide variety of disciplines and scholarly perspectives,including pedagogy and the interdisciplines.

[UPDATE] Popular Fiction

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:16pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Edited by Cameron Leader-Picone and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

[UPDATE] "Multilingual Realities in Translation"

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:08pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Special Issue (11.1, January 2011) for Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Edited by Angela Flury and Hervé Regnauld

Images of Islands in German Literature and Film for the PAMLA conference at Chaminade U., Honolulu, Hawaii, November 11-13, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 5:27pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research. Submit proposals online by April 5 at

Rethinking Poetics, Columbia University, NYC, June 11-13 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:47pm
Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative

Rethinking Poetics

Columbia University, NYC
June 11-13, 2010

Announcing the Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative.

We are convening a three-day conference at Columbia (June 11-13, 2010), "Rethinking Poetics." It is our sense that the practices of poetics are in danger of becoming pro forma and that a focused, skeptical examination of basic assumptions will be most useful. Terms continue to be used routinely in circumstances that increasingly call for nuanced or even fundamental change. What does "materiality of the signifier" mean in the era of data mining or platform instability? What does "news" mean? How useful are current periodizations? Such questions can be multiplied.

[UPDATE} CFP Culture After Postmodern Culture conference

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:28pm
/Postmodern Culture

Reminder: May 1 is our target date to receive all proposals for papers at the Culture After Postmodern Culture conference at UC Irvine in October 9, 2010. Some funds are available for presenters whose proposals are accepted. We hope to include work revised from the conference in an issue of the journal Postmodern Culture.

For more information see and email

See you in October!