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[UPDATE] Atlantic World Literacies: Before and After Contact--October 7-9, 2010 (abstracts due March 22, 2010)

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 2:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
contact email: 

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim

before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological "literacies."

EXTENDED DEADLINE 11-March-2010 for 2011 MLA Panel, "Narrating Lives and Creating Communities in Early Modern Writing"

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 12:27pm
full name / name of organization: 
Paul Stevens and Adele Wilson
contact email: 

"Narrating Lives and Creating Communities in Early Modern Writing"
Special session of the 2011 MLA Convention (6-9 January 2011, Los Angeles)

In accordance with the 2011 MLA Presidential Theme, "narrating lives," papers are invited that consider how reflections on one's life (self, body, or consciousness) act to create, maintain, or disrupt communities (local, family, confessional, national, or international).

XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:25am
full name / name of organization: 
Mark Nowak, editor
contact email: 

XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, a bi-annual journal of social documentation, is currently reading essays and non-fiction prose for its forthcoming issues. Previous contributors include Lila Abu-Lughod, Amiri Baraka, Kamau Brathwaite, Adrienne Rich, and Kathleen Stewart. Our current double issue, "South Africa: Literature and Social Movements," will be available soon.

Please send paper copies of essays/non-fiction prose, along with your email address, to:

Mark Nowak, Director
Rose O'Neill Literary House
Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620


Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:07am
full name / name of organization: 
ESC: English Studies in Canada

ESC: English Studies in Canada invites proposals for a Special Issue on "Traffic," guest edited by Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson, University of Alberta.

PAMLA 2010: Nation and the Mother Tongue(s); abstracts 5 April 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 7:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
PAMLA Annual Conference, 13-14 November 2010 (Chaminade U., Honolulu, HI)
contact email: 

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 role of accents, dialects, creoles, and multilingualism upon the national project, especially in (but not limited to) the context of francophone and sinophone texts.

This panel welcomes papers from a wide variety of disciplines, geographical areas, and scholarly perspectives. Please use the PAMLA submissions form to submit a proposal:

'The Body in Breast Cancer'

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 4:49pm
full name / name of organization: 
Special Issue of Social Semiotics

Call For Papers:
For a Special Issue of Social Semiotics
Edited by Nadine Ehlers and Shiloh Krupar

Social Semiotics invites submissions to a special issue "The Body in Breast Cancer" in order to mobilize new critical interventions into the materiality of breast cancer.

CFA The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 12:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
Keith Dromm and Heather Salter

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays on J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, to be edited by Keith Dromm and Heather Salter. The volume will be published by Open Court as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series. Previous volumes in the series include Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Hitchcock and Philosophy, The Golden Compass and Philosophy, and many others.

Abstracts should be for essays that use philosophy to illuminate the novel's characters, story, or themes. The volume is geared toward a general audience, readers who may have little to no prior familiarity with philosophy. The chapters should be accessible, clearly written, and capable of engaging non-philosophers.

Cosmopolitanism - (Dis)junctions 2010 Graduate Student Conference - UC Riverside - Due Friday 4/12 at 5pm Pacific

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 9:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
(dis)junctions 2010 - UC Riverside
contact email: 

Contributors are welcome to submit papers examining cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan theory,
cosmopolitanism in literature, cosmopolitan ethics, etc. Possible topics include:
The roots / routes of cosmopolitanism
Contemporary cosmopolitan thought
Cosmopolitanism and government
Cosmopolitanism and the environment
Cosmopolitanism and the global economy
Cosmopolitanism in a particular literary piece / genre / period
Cosmopolitanism and "states of crisis"
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Ray Crosby at by
Friday, March 12, 2010 by 5pm Pacific. Please indicate any A/V needs.

Authoritarianism and Oppression in Cultural Production - Journals and collections of essays- Deadline: 31 May 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 8:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
URI- Universidade Regional Integrada (Brazil)

Call for papers for a collection of essays on various aspects/ approaches on authoritarianism and oppression in cultural production. The twentieth century was characterized by various forms of oppression, violence and authoritarianism, which led Eric Hobsbawm (1995) to define it as the "Age of Extremes". Totalitarianism on the international level – including the Nazi-fascism, the socialist dictatorships, and American-Hispanic dictatorial governments – as well as the New State and the Military Dictatorship, in the Brazilian context, focus on the relationships between individual and society. As it is known, complex modes of subjectivity determine specific conditions for the aesthetic experience.

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 7:53am
full name / name of organization: 
John Lee / University of Bristol
contact email: 

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Plenary Speakers: Peter McDonald, Christopher Ricks, Mark Vernon

- a One-Day Conference to be held on 6th July 2010, 11-7pm, at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol

Friendship is one of the most important of human relationships, and literature, itself full of friends and friendships, may at times be one of our most important friends.

Gender Studies Area Deadline April 30, MPCA/ACA October 1-3

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Gender Studies Area

2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

The Gender Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October.

The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.

[Update]: Philosophy of Language and Narrative (3/15/10; MLA 2011)

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jami Bartlett
contact email: 

What can the philosophy of language contribute to narrative theory?

When we ask how a sentence in use expresses the thought that attaches to it, or how descriptions of relations conjure the fictional world that in turn depends upon them, what we are really revealing is the conditions that must obtain if the sentence or relations are to count as meaningful. Each referring term in a narrative carries its truth conditions with it—-a speaker's propositional attitudes or background, her intention, the conventions within which she and the narrative operates, the criteria under which readers can verify, use, translate, or name the object of her sentence—-and as these conditions shift, characters and plots emerge and develop.

Contemporary Literature and Its Contexts 1st-2nd July 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 7:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Kaye Mitchell, The University of Manchester, UK


Centre for New Writing, The University of Manchester, 1st-2nd July 2010

Confirmed keynotes/participants:
Martin Amis
Prof. Peter Boxall (Sussex)
Prof. Claire Squires (Stirling)
Lisa Allardice (Editor of Guardian Review)

Roundtable on 'The Next Big Thing? The 2010s', featuring Dr. Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin), Prof. Peter Childs (Gloucestershire), Dr. Sebastian Groes (Roehampton), Dr. David James (Nottingham), and Dr. Sean Matthews (Nottingham).

The Asian Conference on Media - MediAsia 2010, 28-30 October, Osaka, Japan

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:22am
full name / name of organization: 
IAFOR - The International Academic Forum
contact email: 

Conference Theme: Brave New World

Special Theme 1: Brave New World: Challenges and Opportunities
The media industry is at a crossroads in many respects, as it seeks to come to terms with developments in technology that simultaneously allow new heights of journalistic excellence to be reached, as well as the emergence of more worrying trends. The unparalleled opportunities of today's connected world have created a new set of challenges that need to be met, including questions of power and responsibility, editorial accountability, and the erosion of more traditional income streams. How these challenges and opportunities are confronted will shape the future of the media industry.