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[UPDATE] "Light Fantastique" CSUN Sigma Tau Delta/Honors in English Colloquium on March 27, 2010 -Submissions due by February 26

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 12:03pm
Sigma Tau Delta

Overview: Tzvetan Todorov defines the Fantastic (or Fantastique) as the "duration of...uncertainty" when one is unsure whether the Fantastic is real, illusory. The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to submit abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the Fantastic, including:

* the Bizarre (queer, or strange)
* the Imaginary and Visionary
* the Grotesque
* the Radical (departure from tradition or 'normalcy')
* the Gothic, Fantasy or Science Fiction

[UPDATE] SPECS "Toy" Issue; March 15, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 9:24am
Specs Journal/ Rollins College

specs, a journal of arts and culture, invites submissions of critical and/or creative work for the 3rd volume on the theme of "Toys." We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries. The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. We are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more. We are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of "Toys" in multiple ways (philosophy, anthropology, mythology):

March 31. CFP to a 2010 issue of the Estetika. The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:49am
Estetika. The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Estetika welcomes contributions in English or German on all topics related to aesthetics, the philosophy of art or the history of aesthetics, especially on (but not limited strictly to) the possibilities of the transformation and re-description of traditional concepts (such as the aesthetic experience and the aesthetic object); the cognitive and social dimensions of the Aesthetic (das Ästhetische); the emotions and affects; the history of aesthetics; the history of aesthetics as an institutionalized discipline; and, last but not least, the definition of aesthetics in contrast to traditional and more recent disciplines (such as the theory of art, the psychology of art, cultural theory, and visual theory).

Facing the Other in the Absence of Theory, Spetember 30-October 2, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 12:06am
Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, Montenegro

To some this title may seem paradoxical or too daunting as human cognition starts with the very opening of the eyes. If we have established that our approach to the phenomena that are other is always unavoidably a matter of semiosis, and that even in an attempt to naturalize phenomenology, like that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who points to the corporeity of consciousness as much as an intentionality of the body, it appears that our most negligible movements present our cultural being or habituality (Cf. Iris Young, Throwing Like a Girl, 1990, 2005). However, many authors have claimed (for example, the novelist D. H. Lawrence or philosopher Luce Iragary) that we know by touch and intuition.

Performing Feminism(s) - Annual Symposium by McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship, May 13, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:46pm
McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS)

Call for Papers:
McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS) presents:
Performing Feminism(s)
Thursday, May 13, 2010

McGill University's Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship requests papers for our annual interdisciplinary symposium on Thursday, May 13, 2010. This year's conference theme is: "Performing Feminism(s): Gender and Sexuality on Display." We invite papers on this topic from scholars engaged or interested in feminist, gender, LGBTQ, and sexuality studies across disciplines, although interesting proposals on any relevant topic will be considered.

Instrumental English: Interdisciplinary Approaches to English Studies Grad Conference

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:01pm
UNCW Graduate English Association Conference

Instrumental English: Interdisciplinary
Approaches to English Studies

UNCW Graduate English Association Conference
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Fisher Student Center

The field of English Studies grows increasingly complex as the 21st century progresses. With
rapid political, social, and technological advances occurring globally, our multifaceted discipline
is more relevant than ever. This conference seeks to celebrate the universality of English Studies
and emphasize its utility and congruence with other academic disciplines.

She-Wolf: Female Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Other Horrors

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 8:20am
University of Manchester UK

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Peter Hutchings (University of Northumbria, UK)

The figure of the werewolf has haunted art, literature and culture for millennia. While not as common as their male counterparts, female werewolves appear in a variety of texts, of different genres and different cultures. From transcripts of witchcraft trials to Buffy, the female werewolf and her shapeshifting sisters continue to challenge, excite and entertain.

Conference Dates: 9 - 10 September 2010

This conference will explore representations and cultural meanings of female werewolves and other female shapeshifters, and the perennial fascination of these creatures. Papers are sought from researchers in all disciplines.

Performance After Identity: The Neo-Political Subject

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:43am
Matthew Causey and Fintan Walsh, Trinity College Dublin

Performance After Identity: The Neo-Political Subject

A Book Proposal by Matthew Causey and Fintan Walsh

Whence catastrophic pronouncements of the sort: only a homosexual can 'understand' what a homosexual is, only an Arab can understand what an Arab is, and so forth. If, as we believe, only truths (thought) allow man to be distinguished from the human animal that underlies him, it is no exaggeration to say that such minoritarian pronouncements are genuinely barbaric.

Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Rethinking Boundaries: New Frontiers in 20th Cent. British Literature -- Oct. 28-30, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:39pm
South Central Modern Language Association / Chair: Jennifer Powlette

The SCMLA 20th century British literature panel welcomes submissions on the topic "New Frontiers." Although the panel topic is open, papers rethinking borders or boundaries (textual, literal, psychological, critical, to name a few) are encouraged. Please submit -- as a Word attachment -- 500 word abstracts or papers no later than March 1 to .

For further information on this year's conference and location please visit

OCT 14-16, 2010 - Albuquerque, NM - Rocky Mountain MLA Convention (

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 8:16pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association / 150+ different sessions (English & Foreign Languages)

Visit for complete details and CFP on all sessions (English and Foreign Languages).

The 64th annual RMMLA convention will be held from October 14-16, 2010 at the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Important dates:

Poetry of the Americas Symposium at Princeton, April 17, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 4:22pm
Princeton University

5th Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Symposium
Department of Comparative Literature
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a symposium in comparative poetics titled "Poetry of the Americas." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

[UPDATE] Voices from the In-Between: Aporias, Reverberations, and Audiences (Submission: 2/1/10; Conference Dates: 4/16-4/18/10)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:54pm
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures--University of Massachusetts Amherst

This conference seeks to foster a space to discuss, problematize, and rethink possible ways of approaching the elusive concept of the in-between, as it relates to various modes of cultural production and global phenomena. With the aim of engaging in transdisciplinary dialogues, the scope of the conference is not limited to a particular cultural, geographical, linguistic domain, field-specific
methodology, or theoretical framework. Instead, we invite proposals that question how specific objects of study resist clear-cut categorization or placement in genres or domains, abstracts that theorize on the potentiality of the in-between, as well as case studies that investigate the diverse

Skin as Text

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:01pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference session, Skin as Text, welcomes abstracts on any aspect of skin used or seen as text, from tattoos, scarring, piercing, to stigmata. Also possible: parchment and its uses, skin painting, legibilities of skin in literature/film/popular culture.
Please see the RMMLA site for details of the conference, to be held in Albuquerque, NM, Oct 14-16: