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[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 9/1/09)

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 1:23pm
full name / name of organization: 
Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Harvard University)
contact email: 

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THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

Art and the Artist in Society Publication [Update] (deadline: September 21, 2009)

updated: 
Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:39am
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association - Caribbean Chapter

Art and the Artist in Society
Collection of Critical Essays

(Deadline: September 21, 2009)

The Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association (CEA-CC) is preparing a collection of critical essays to be published on the topic of the 2009 Annual Conference, Art and the Artist in Society. The 2009 Conference of the CEA-CC was a multidisciplinary conference that included presentations on literature, the fine arts, and even the performing arts from scholars from the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin American.

Of Pynchon And Vice: America's Inherent Other (International Pynchon Week), June 09-12, 2010, Lublin, Poland

updated: 
Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 8:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Zofia Kolbuszewska, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
contact email: 

While focusing on AGAINST TH DAY and Pynchon's eagerly awaited most recent novel, INHERENT VICE, the conference is open to engagement with any aspect of Pynchon's oeuvre and any Pynchon-related subject. The organizers hope to provide a forum for scholars in various disciplines, ranging from literature through cultural studies to the exact sciences, taking any critical or theoretical approach. There is no participation fee.

If We're Writing about Writing, Then What Kind of Writing Do We Assign? (NEMLA; April 7-11 2010; Montreal, Canada)

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 12:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Heather Urbanski
contact email: 

The recent focus within Composition Studies on the Writing About Writing approach (introduced by Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs) has raised important questions regarding many elements of Composition pedagogy. Composition specialists across the country, including but not limited to Writing Program Administrators, have begun considering the impact of this approach on both a global level, such as the place of writing within the overall university curriculum, and more locally, including considerations such as reading and writing assignments in the classroom. Working within that context, this panel looks at the types of writing that can and perhaps should be assigned to college composition students across all levels of a vertical writing curriculum.

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation literary panel Sept 7, 2009

updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 5:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
amy parziale

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation - 2nd International Conference
April 8-10, 2010
Queen's University
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Abstracts are specifically sought on topics related to the conference theme of 'healing from traumatic relationships' – from intra-psychic, interpersonal, societal and cultural perspectives. This panel will focus on trauma and dissociation in 20th-21st century literature.

Abstracts should be 150 words in length. Please also send a 50 word biography.

Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to attend the conference if the abstract is accepted. Please email any questions: parziale@email.arizona.edu

John Updike and Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick: In Memoriam

updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 4:48pm
full name / name of organization: 
Packingtown Review: A Journal of Arts and Scholarship from the University of Illinois at Chicago
contact email: 

The editors of Packingtown Review, published by the University of Illinois Press, invites creative and critical submissions on the life, work, and influence of John Updike and/or Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick. The journal will be accepting submissions through Sept.1 for its second issue to be released in 2010. Submissions may be papers, shorter commentaries, poems, critical-fiction, reflectional/personal essays, or reviews.

For this particular Call for Papers, we accept emailed submissions. Please submit up to 8,000 words (excerpts of longer works are acceptable) of prose (or genre-bending pieces) to:
 ljohns56@uic.edu

Male Femininity in Twentieth Century Literature of the Americas (09/15/09; NeMLA 4/7-11/2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 10:38am
full name / name of organization: 
Harry Thomas / NeMLA: Northeastern Modern Language Association
contact email: 

This panel aims to identify representations of male femininity in twentieth century literature of the Americas, and to examine the cultural work done by the appearance and circulation of these representations.

Capital in Crisis--NeMLA, Montreal, April 7-11, 2010

updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Alison Shonkwiler / Rutgers University, New Brunswick
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How have contemporary writers responded to economic and financial crises? What forms or genres of narrative--fictional, autobiographical, historical, or other--are being called into service to represent the highs and lows, virtualities and realities, of late capitalism? Papers on earlier writers that propose to relate them to recent contexts will also be considered. Please submit 300-500 word abstracts + c.v. info to Alison Shonkwiler at a.shonkwiler@gmail.com by Sep. 30.

See http://www.nemla.org/convention/2010/cfp.html for full convention information.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE10 September, 2009] Fantasy Ireland:13-15 November 2009

updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:16am
full name / name of organization: 
North East Irish Culture Network/University of Sunderland

Fantasy Ireland: Imaginings and Re-Imaginings

An international conference held at the University of Sunderland

13-15 November 2009

Organised by the North East Irish Culture Network

Following the success of the previous six international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 13-15th November 2009. The conference will begin with a plenary lecture on 13th November; there will be a book launch and wine reception on the Friday evening and a ceilidh and conference banquet on Saturday 14th November.

Literature and Science: A Reciprocal Exchange?

updated: 
Monday, August 10, 2009 - 2:19pm
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA convention (April 7-11 2010) in Montreal, Quebec

This panel seeks to take account of the humanities' recent engagement with the sciences, an engagement that puts aside the hermeneutics of suspicion in favor of the appropriation and transformation of scientific knowledge. Beyond science studies and its demystification of objectivity, fields such as affect theory and ecocriticism, temporality studies and new media philosophy, biopolitics and animal studies bring the methodologies of literary studies to scientific objects and scientific methodologies to literary objects. This panel will consider the terms of these engagements. What are the points of convergence between literary and scientific theories? What does literary theory have to offer to the sciences in return?

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