We invite papers of high literary standards by scholars in the field of Indian Writing in English to contribute to a book to be published by McFarland & Co., Inc., USA in 2013. We encourage only Poststructuralist / Postmodernist / Cultural / Postcolonial / Globalization perspectives. Papers focusing the works of Amitav Ghosh, Anita Rau Badami, Chrostopher Cyrill, Shani Mootoo, Bapsi Sidhwa, Gita Mehta, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sujata Bhatt will be preferred.
Over thirty sessions for the 2012 PAMLA Conference to be held October 19-21, 2012, at Seattle University, have extended their proposal deadline through Tuesday, May 15 (see list below). To see more about the conference, or to submit a paper proposal to one of these sessions, please visit:
Sessions still in search of panelists include:
The overwhelming success of Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas finally confirmed Stein's celebrity status in the United States in 1933. Yet she lamented that she had become known less as an important author than as the host of a Parisian salon in which famous writers and European painters gathered amidst her collection of modern art. Her earlier, more challenging writing continued to go unnoticed and unpublished despite the wide public appeal of the autobiography and the success of Virgil Thomson's production of Stein's opera Four Saints in Three Acts in 1934.
Proposals will be accepted for this panel until May 15.
This panel welcomes any paper on allegory as either a strategy of interpretation or a mode of literary construction. Especially encouraged are papers engaging with allegory in unconventional or theoretically challenging ways: finding allegory in unusual places; interrogating long-held assumptions; rethinking historical or contemporary critical discourse. Genre and period are open.
Please contact the organizer, Brenda Machosky, with inquiries or submissions. 50-word abstracts and 500 word proposals will also need to be submitted through the PAMLA conference site.
Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
28th and 29th September 2012
University of Salford, UK.
This postgraduate conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.'
Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963. London: Routledge, 2002), 66.
'Arts research needs to change direction, to look outwards, and investigate the audience not the texts. It needs to link up with sociology and psychology and public health, and create a body of knowledge about what the arts actually do to people. Until that happens, we cannot even pretend that we are taking the arts seriously.'
John Carey, What Good Are the Arts? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 167.
Patricia Duncker Conference
Friday, 7th – Saturday 8th December 2012
The Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature
and The School of English, University of St Andrews
Sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher
Part of the Gylphi Contemporary Writers Series
Professor Patricia Duncker (University of Manchester)
Professor Gabriele Griffin (University of York)
Professor Tim Woods (Aberystwyth University)
Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity?
Current Issues and Future Challenges
Friday 28th September 2012
The University of Nottingham
Professor Mary Eagleton (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)
Professor Mary Evans (Gender Institute, London School of Economics and
A number of approved sessions for the 2012 PAMLA Conference (October 19-21, 2012, at Seattle University) have extended their deadlines for paper proposals. You now have until May 15 to submit to these sessions. Please use the online submissions system to propose a paper: http://www.pamla.org/2012/
Open sessions include: