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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:44pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at

Update-Deadline extended to June 30-Modernism and the Environment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:27pm
The 2012 SAMLA Convention

In the past two decades, there has been a surge of literary and critical environmental works. Although ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for some years now, literary critics are just beginning to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. Postcolonial eco-/environmental criticism, albeit belatedly, has become a burgeoning field in the past few years. However, most eco-/environmental critics are heavily focused on contemporary environmental texts, so little or no attention has been paid to the aspects of nature in British or in Anglo-phone modern literature. Nature or the environment is rarely considered a part of the imperial colonial process in analyzing modern literary works.

World Picture Journal Annual Conference - "Action" - CfP Deadline Approaching (30th June)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:01am
World Picture Journal

World Picture Journal Annual Conference
University of Sussex, Brighton
2-3 November 2012

Theme: Action

Keynote speakers:
Felix Ensslin, Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart
Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths College, London

The annual World Picture Conference gathers scholars from a range of different disciplines to address the relation between critical theory, philosophy, and aesthetics. For this year's meeting we welcome papers on questions of action. Such considerations might include (but are in no sense limited to):

En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian and Latin American Literatures (abstract deadline June 30)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 2:16am
Spanish Graduate Students of the University of Chicago

From the pilgrimage of body and soul in Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Señora and the nautical textual voyage in Columbus' Diario de a Bordo, representations of the migrant in modern Iberian and Latin American literatures, trope of the "journey" has been essential in shaping literary discourse from the Middle Ages to the present. The word "journey" is understood here as a comprehensive that can encompass all kinds of travel – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – one place to another, near or far, whether it be by land, sea, air, or the imagination regardless of motives, means, and goals.

[REMINDER] 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS: LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE' / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 1:10pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Call For Papers
12-14 December 2012,
University of Valencia, Spain

The aim of this conference is to explore the role of live animals on the stage, from the early modern era to the present time. Papers dealing with visual or textual representations of performing animals, typologies of animals in the theatre, the hybridisation of the drama with the circus, the zoo and the cinema, as well as the semiotic transfer of animal roles from the text to the stage are particularly welcome. Corollary topics may also include, but are not limited to:

CFP: Essay Collection Re: Ray Bradbury

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:43pm
Gloria McMillan Univ. of Arizona

The Tucson Bradbury Chronicles: Mars _is_ The West

Edited by Gloria McMillan

Although this essay collection is keyed to the fact that Ray Bradbury spent a formative teen year in Tucson, Arizona, that impressed his young mind, largely shaping his metaphorical Mars, we are interested in broader issues and perspectves about Ray Bradbury as a bridge-builder and boundary-crosser.

He took up issues only now gaining something like a full airing. "I See You Never,"
(_The New Yorker_, Nov. 8, 1947) is perhaps the first story in an American literary magazine taking up the plight of undocumented Mexican workers in the US.

DEADLINE EXTENDED **** 7th July 2012, Diasporic Identities and Empire

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 5:32am
SAMLA Conference 2012, Durham North Carolina

Unlike traditional theories on hybridity that consider multicultural infusions, and at times profusions of colonial migrations, postmodern literature illuminates neo-hermeneutics of what Gayatri Spivak calls segregated subalterns, "the lowest strata of the urban subproletariat." This panel is interested in investigating these ideas in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, American, Eurocentric, and Asian literature and thought. The post-Enlightenment text is an unpalatable interjection written by a set of cultural shifters who defy imperial homogeneity, political and economic unions. In Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, Robert J. C.