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[UPDATE]Political Speak: The Use and Abuse of Rhetoric in Support of Torture and Punishment SAMLA: 11/5-11/7 2010 Abstracts 4/30

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 6:15pm
Jessica Elena Charles/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association SAMLA

Torture: What is the fascination with this arcane activity? The very nature torture is that it speaks to us viscerally—a prolonged sensory activity that captivates its audience with images of pain and misery. It is something society looks down upon yet simultaneously has an almost obsessive interest in viewing, dissecting and in some cases applying.

This panel seeks to present theories and analysis regarding the use of rhetorical methods in history, literature, art and film to rally the masses in support of the very activities that society collectively deems heinous.

International Conference on Worldwide Naturalism in Literature and Film

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 4:16pm
AIZEN/Pusan National University

Pusan National University and Association Internationale Zola et Naturalisme (AIZEN)

President, Anna Gural-Migdal

Vice-President, Robert Singer

Secretary: Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt

Calls for Papers/Appel de communications

AIZEN/Pusan National University International Conference on Worldwide Naturalism in Literature and Film

SCMLA 2009-2010: Women of Color

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 7:28am

The SCMLA 2010 Women of Color Panel welcomes submissions on any topic related to its theme:

New Frontiers:Pathways and Agencies in Literatures of Women of Color

Papers from graduate students are welcomed.

Please send your submission to:
Nimmi Agnes Jayathurai, Chair
University of Houston

CFP: READING THE SUSPECT: INTERPRETATIONS AND AESTHETICS 14th Annual Work-in-Progress Conference University of Queensland, Austr

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 9:03pm
School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland

The 14th annual Work-In-Progress Conference will address interpretations of the suspect from disciplines within the Humanities and take place on 30th-31st July 2010 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Rita Felski, University of Virginia

Topics and questions may include, but are not limited to:

Visual Narratives and Illuminated Manuscripts (Abstracts 5/1/2010; Montreal 3/24/2011)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 8:13pm
Nhora Serrano/Renaissance Society of America

2011 Annual Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Conference (Montreal: 24-26 March) Call for Papers

PANEL: Visual Narratives and Illuminated Manuscripts

Drawing from the works on text and image from Visual Culture scholars, this panel aims to undertake the task of understanding and analyzing this multifaceted art form, the illuminated manuscript. All papers addressing the various aspects of the fraught and complex relationship between text and image in the illuminated manuscripts (from Medieval to the Renaissance period as well as Eastern illuminated manuscripts, i.e. Turkish, Arabic, etc.) are welcomed.

Marxist and Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Culture of 9/11

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:13pm
SAMLA/Marxist Literary Group

Marxist and Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Culture of 9/11

By now it is clear that the attacks of September 11th have provided grist for the culture industry mill, spawning a variety of theoretical, literary, and cinematic production. This panel seeks to analyze these cultural productions from a specifically Marxist and/or psychoanalytic perspective. That is, panelists may do a Marxist or psychoanalytic reading of a particular book, movie, etc., or they may do a Marxist and/or psychoanalytic explanation about the industry of 9/11 culture in general.

Please send abstracts by May 15 to

[UPDATE] Conference announcement: What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 1:27pm
Anna Bernard / University of York

JULY 3-5, 2010

DAY 1: JULY 3, 2010

8.30-9.00: Registration

Anne McClintock (University of Wisconsin, Madison): "Paranoid Empire: The Crisis of Violence and the Visible
in the War on Terror."

10.15-10:30: Coffee

CFP: New German Review

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 5:55pm
Department of Germanic Languages-UCLA

Call for Submissions

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.

[UPDATE] TV & Temporality: Exploring Narrative Time in 21st Century Programming - Edited Collection - Deadline May 15th, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 1:22pm
Melissa Ames

This collection analyzes television programs of the 21st century that contain experiments with narrative time. Although the television shows of the past decade are as diverse and plentiful as that of any previous time period, there seem to be some commonalities between the programs currently creating the most engaged fan communities – the ones that have become quick cult draws or instant hits.

Women's & Gender Studies Session Proposals, 2011 NeMLA, April 7-10, New Brunswick, NJ

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:48am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association
2011 Annual Convention
New Brunswick, NJ April 7-10


Convenient by train to Newark Airport and New York City, Rutgers University is welcoming NeMLA to this beautiful university town. NeMLA's annual convention features more than 350 sessions, representing all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching.

Conceptualizing "European literature"

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:30am
V. Liska & T. Nolden ICLA CHLEL

Conceptualizing "European literature"
We are inviting essay proposals for a volume to be published in a new series by the Coordinating Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association. Given the series' emphasis on "problems in contemporary literary studies," we are pursuing a wide variety of models for conceptualizing "European literature." The volume will be edited by Professor Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp) and Professor Thomas Nolden (Wellesley College / M.I.T.).

Vocal Arts Symposium: June 13, Grožnjan, Croatia. Acousticity: A Symposium on Sound, Space and Practice

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 9:01am
International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia

Acousticity: A Symposium on Sound, Space, and Practice

Call for Papers
International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia
June 13, 2010: Grožnjan, Croatia

Submit abstracts of 300 words or less to, by May 3, 2010.

"There is no such thing as an empty space, or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear." (John Cage, "Experimental Music")