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Contemporary Literature and the Possibility of a Left: Toward A New Politics (Seminar, NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:31pm
Adam Kelly & Maggie Gram, Harvard University

Might contemporary literature help to construct a left politics for our time? Can it help us to revive old political models, or to invent new ones? This seminar solicits readings of contemporary literary texts that grapple (or afford their readers tools with which to grapple) with the possibilities of political engagement in the present. We ask how particular literary genres might be fit or unfit for contemporary political thinking, and how contemporary texts use literary form to engage questions of equality and inequality, corporatism, sustainability, democracy, racial justice, and human rights.

Fame in Adolescent & Children's Literature: A proposed anthology (September 1, 2012)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:02pm
Nicole Wilson & Julianne Guillard

The subject matter

As a result of the successful call for papers for an upcoming MLA conference panel on fame in adolescent and children's literature, we are accepting abstracts of 500 words for a proposed anthology on the topic. Essays devoted to one of the following themes will be considered (as will relevant, original themes not listed below):

1st Global Conference: Crisis and Opportunity (February 2013, Sydney, Australia)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:29am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Crisis and Opportunity

Thursday 7th February – Saturday 9th February 2013
Sydney, Australia

Call for Presentations:
The intention of this lively inaugural project is to bring together established and emerging international practitioners and theoreticians, philosophers and scientists, and writers, artists and performers who wish to share their ideas, experiential processes, practice, and research about crisis and opportunity.

[UPDATE] "By the Author of David Simple": New Approaches to Sarah Fielding (ASECS; April 4-7 Cleveland, OH)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:14am
Stephanie Harper Recine / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Just past her 300th birthday, the popularity of Sarah Fielding is increasing; yet, her life and writing tend to be overshadowed by the critical reception of her brother, Henry. This panel seeks to advance the conversation surrounding Sarah Fielding, especially as it relates to new approaches on themes of gender, nature, and trauma in her work. Furthermore, papers which focus on teaching Fielding are encouraged.

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words and a 1-page CV to Stephanie Harper Recine ( by September 15th, 2012.

Warscapes magazine- Reviewers needed!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:32am
Warscapes, an online magazine of literature, art and politics

Warscapes is an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world. Warscapes publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, book and film reviews, photo-essays and retrospectives of war literature from the past fifty years. It is being read in 170 countries! Apart from showcasing great writing from war-torn areas, the magazine is a tool for understanding complex political crises in various regions and serves as an alternative to compromised representations of those issues.