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Nationalism and Legitimacy (September 10-11, 2010)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 6:51am
University of Nancy 2 (France), CRESAB Research Group

CALL FOR PAPERS: The notion of legitimacy is essential to the study of nationalism. As Anthony D. Smith has argued, "For nationalists, the nation is the sole criterion of legitimate government and political community. […] [T]oday no state possesses legitimacy which does not also claim to represent the will of the 'nation', even where there is as yet patently no nation for it to represent."

How Poems Work

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:54am
University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduate Student Conference: "How Poems Work"
University of California, Santa Cruz
(Co-sponsored by Cowell College and the Department of Literature)
May 6-7, 2010

We invite 250-word proposals for 15-minute talks to be presented at our upcoming UCSC graduate-student conference, "How Poems Work." Deadline for submissions is February 26.

Teaching the Environment

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 8:11pm
Modern Language Association annual convention, Jan. 6-9, 2011

The following panel proposal is being co-sponsered by the College English Assoication and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment for consideration for the 2011 MLA meeting.

God is in the details

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 4:11pm
University of Milan - Graduate School in HUmanities (Humanae Litterae)

"God is in the details" A reflection on methodology in the humanities
A conference organized within the activities of the Graduate School Humanae Litterae, University of Milan, via Festa del perdono 7, Milan.
June, 10-11 2010
Conference website: users.unimi/godetails
Call for papers


Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 2:49pm
Elaine O'Quinn/North Carolina Teachers of English Association New Journal

This is a special inaugural on-line journal issue of the North Carolina Teachers of English. The theme is GIRLS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM. Articles may be about any aspect of the classroom that considers the needs, interests and abilities of girls as different from boys. Send an abstract of about a page by Feb. 8. The final papers are short: 10-12 pages. This will be a peer-reviewed journal.

Disabling the Renaissance: Recovering Early Modern Disability (ABSTRACTS: April 1, 2010)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:51pm
Allison P. Hobgood / David Houston Wood, eds.

*Call for Papers: Collected Volume of Essays on Early Modern Disability*

Abstract: 500 words (Due Date: April 1, 2010)

Editors: Allison P. Hobgood and David Houston Wood

Accepted abstracts will lead to scholarly essays (c. 5,000-6,000 words) to be included in a proposed book collection tentatively entitled "Disabling the Renaissance: Recovering Early Modern Disability."

Electronic Literature

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:45pm
A Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Electronic literature is a category of textually driven works encompassing a variety of recent and emerging "born-digital" forms, excluding digitized print literature such as the Dostoyevsky you might read on a Kindle. Can electronic literature be encountered, theorized, and critiqued in much the same way as its predecessors, or do emerging forms require more than a paradigmatic shift in kind? How might the "visuality" of text off of the page expand the boundaries of "literature"? What is the significance or expendability of the author/artist in collaborative, multi-author, interactive, anonymous collective, and text-engine generated literatures?

Real Live Girls, MLA 2011 (January 6-9, 2011; Los Angeles)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:34pm
A Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Seeking papers or presentations that address individual or collective challenges to the boundaries of autobiography through the craft and graft of girl personae in texts, film, art, and Web 2.0. Please send a 250-word abstract and 1 page CV by 3 March 2010 to Leisha Jones ( Include the proposed panel title "Real Live Girls" in the heading to your submission.


Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:09pm
California State University, Northridge Associated Graduate Students of English

In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?

Panel for BAMS/SNoMS Conference, Dec. 10-12, 2010 (Glasgow):The Romanticism/Classicism opposition in Modernism from 1910 onwards

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 8:08pm
Christos Hadjiyiannis

Panel for British Association for Modernist Studies and Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Conference, December 10-12, 2010 (University of Glasgow, UK): 'On or about December 1910 human character changed.' Centenary Reflections and Contemporary Debates: Modernism and Beyond

The 'Romanticism versus Classicism' opposition in Modernism from 1910 onwards

DASH Literary Journal seeks submissions for 2010 issue (Extended Deadline)

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 5:51pm
DASH Literary Journal

Call for Submissions

DASH, Cal State Fullerton's annual literary journal, seeks submissions for its 2010 issue. It is our mission to publish works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, criticism, and art (as well as hybrid texts) that push the boundaries of short, emphatic expression. We aim to communicate more with less. Waste not, want not. Submit.

Boundaries (push at your own risk):


30 lines or less. Submit up to 5.

Fiction, Nonfiction, Criticism

2000 words or less, double-spaced.

Limit: 1 submission per category.


Digital images, 300 dpi.

Email as TIFF attachment.

Do not send original artwork.


Surprise us.

[UPDATE] Interdisciplinarity (2/1/10; 4/9-10/10)

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 5:05pm
Midwestern Conference on Literarture, Language, and Media

The 18th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM), April 9-10, 2010, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL

Keynote speaker: Dr. George Lakoff, University of California-Berkeley, author of Metaphors We Live By (1980), Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind (1987), Philosophy In The Flesh: the Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought (1999), The Political Mind : Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain (2008).

UMobile Forum on Christianity and the Liberal Arts: "Values and Character Formation in the Lib. Arts Classroom" Sep. 24-25, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:03pm
University of Mobile

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University.

We offer an interdisciplinary forum in which members of the academic community can explore the relationships between Christian theology, ethics, and practice, and the tradition of scholarship and teaching of the liberal arts within the university. We especially welcome presentations that are exploratory in nature, and that raise broad questions about central areas of concern to the liberal arts classroom.

[UPDATE]Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text, April 16-17, 2010 SUNY Albany, Keynote Speaker: Joseph Slaughter

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 9:58am
University at Albany, SUNY English Graduate Student Organization

"We must more than ever stand on the side of human rights. We need human rights. We are in need of them and they are in need, for there is always a lack, a shortfall, a falling short, an insufficiency; human rights are never sufficient." (Jacques Derrida, Philosophy in a Time of Terror)

If human rights are insufficient yet necessary, we must then ask what to do with "rights." This conference will explore historical and theoretical definitions, constructions, and performative notions of rights. How do texts challenge predominant conceptual narratives of rights? In what ways does literature explore notions of rights outside of the juridical realm? Can we have a discourse on rights that exceeds the anthropomorphic field?

Transgression and Its Limits 29-30th May 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 8:44am
University of Stirling

Transgression and its Limits

29-30th May 2010
University of Stirling

Plenary Speaker:
Professor Fred Botting
Reading followed by Q&A Session:
Iain Banks

To discover the complete horizon of a society's symbolic values, it is also necessary to map out its transgressions, its deviants ~ Marcel Détienne.