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The Kay Boyle Society panel session at the ALA Annual Conference, Boston, May 23-26, 2013

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 2:05pm
Rai Peterson, Ball State University

Reading and Teaching Kay Boyle

This session will address participants' experiences with reading and teaching Kay Boyle, with the aim of sharing practices (including specific strategies, curricula and assignments) and demonstrating the interest of engaging students with reading Boyle in the 21rst century.

Proposals should be sent to Rai Perterson (Ball State University) by 14th December, 2012.

M. Wynn Thomas Prize (annual essay prize)

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 5:59am
Alyce von Rothkirch/Swansea University

M. Wynn Thomas Prize

The M. Wynn Thomas Prize is offered to celebrate outstanding scholarly work in the field of Welsh writing in English. There are two prize categories: the 'Open' category and the 'New Scholars' category. Essays submitted may be unpublished or published. Topics may include all aspects of Welsh writing in English as well as the inter-relationship of Welsh writing in English with cognate areas (Welsh Studies, history, cultural studies, film/media studies, translation studies, performance/theatre studies, digital humanities, comparative literature etc.).

Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (UPDATE - Abstracts by Nov 16, Papers by Dec 16)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 10:46pm
Dr. Monique Ferrell & Dr. Julian Williams - New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

The Editors are seeking essays that examine the ways that women from around the world have served as the oppressive hand in the lives of other women. In this new feminist theory text entitled Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters, the book's ultimate goal is to discuss, explain, and explore the following areas of concern: how women were prevented from being helpful to their sisters; how they may have been encouraged to dismiss woman-centered calls for equality, political clout, or sexual power; or when and how some women were actually forced to turn their backs on their sisters as a means of protecting themselves and what little power they actually possessed.

Subject to Change

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 9:33pm
University of Virginia, Department of English

Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human

Conference Date: March 22-24, 2013
Abstract Deadline: November 30, 2012

We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, environmental, ethical, and aesthetic implications of living in a world in which the primacy of the human has been called into question.

What does it mean to read an object if we, too, are objects? Do inanimate subjects have a claim to the agency that humans have usually taken to be theirs alone? How are artists and scholars supposed to see into the life of things: the animal, the synthetic, the digital, the inert, the abject? How do we read after nature in a world of things?

Keynote Speech by Timothy Morton

CFP: 'Muslim Utopias', (American Comparative Literature Association 2013, April 4 -7; Proposals due, Nov 15, 2012)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 8:47pm
Mosarrap Hossain Khan/New York University

While the concept of 'utopia' undergirds much of Islamic political and social thinking, deriving its legitimacy partly from religious/theological and partly from material impulses, this seminar intends to explore Muslim fiction writers' overt as well as covert engagement with the notion of 'utopia'. While focusing specifically on South Asian Muslim writers, this seminar seeks to develop a comparative approach in understanding how the notion of 'utopia' is deployed in Muslim fictions from different parts of the globe. We will try to explore the concept of 'utopia' as an impulse which engenders thinking beyond the cartographies of the theological and the material.

[UPDATE] Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference - Friday, January 25, 2013 (Deadline Extended to Nov. 2, 2012)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 8:36pm
University of Oklahoma - The Student Association of Graduate English Scholars

Dissonant Discourses

"A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions." -- Antonio Gramsci

The University of Oklahoma Student Association of Graduate English Scholars (S.A.G.E.S) and the OU English Department will host the second annual conference, Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on January 25, 2013.

Craft Critique Culture: Into the Void, March 29-30, 2013

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:09pm
University of Iowa

The 13th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
"Into the Void"
March 29-30, 2012
University of Iowa

But in the midst of the long row there hangs a canvas which differs from the others. . . . on this one plate no name is inscribed, and the linen within the frame is snow-white from corner to corner, a blank page.
— Isak Dinesen, "The Blank Page"

Nation, nationality, nationhood: What's in a name? 2-4 May 2013, Tirane, Albania

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 5:07pm
Albanian Society for the Study of English

Nation, nationality, nationhood: What's in a name?
Second ASSE International Conference on British and American Studies
2-4 May 2013, Tirana, Albania
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2013
Often defined in terms of commonness of culture, language, history, ethnicity, religion and spirit, the terms nation, nationhood, nationality seem to have become distant at a time when globalization, multiculturalism, intercultural or cross-cultural communication define the way we live with respect to ourselves, the others and the environment on the whole.

Philosophy and Nature

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:34pm
7th Annual Duquesne University Graduate Conference in Philosophy

7th Annual Duquesne University Graduate Conference in Philosophy

Philosophy and Nature

February 23, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Johnston
University of New Mexico & Emory Psychoanalytic Institute