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The Glamour of Grammar (Kalamazoo 2010)

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 11:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Irina Dumitrescu

If conventional, twenty-first-century thinking holds that grammar is a dull set of descriptions and prescriptions consisting only of skeletal schemes of morphology and syntax, it is worth remembering that these structures have crystallized out of a more dynamic mass of language. Grammar is theory—a way of seeing patterns and paradigms that only become visible when one steps back from mundane, everyday exchanges (which for the most part do not extend beyond immediate concerns—and can often be negotiated nonverbally) and seeks to comprehend the rules that permit more complex interactions.

[UPDATE] CFP Colporteurs, Spaces, places, landscapes.

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 5:30am
full name / name of organization: 
Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale, Luca Vancini - University of Bologna, Italy.

The group "Colporteurs" is pleased to announce their annual conference, which will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 at the Department of Italian Studies in Bologna University, Italy.
The chosen subject has been inspired from the theme of this year's PhD. seminar in "Modern, comparative and Postcolonial literatures", entitled "Declensions of space".

Queer Belonging in the Eighteenth Century

Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:30am
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American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Gay and Lesbian Caucus

In her essay, "Queer Belongings: Kinship Theory and Queer Theory," Elizabeth Freeman asks, "Does kinship theory matter to queer theory?" In her essay, Freeman answers that it does, but what material for kinship theorists can those of us working in the eighteenth century offer? In what sense is the notion of the family challenged and how are other units of belonging articulated? Papers on this topic are invited for ASECS 2010.

Please send a 300 word abstract, and a CV to both Michael Taylor ( and Kristi Krumnow ( by September 10, 2009.

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry (Call for Papers on Literature, Philosophy and the Arts)

Friday, July 17, 2009 - 4:00pm
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Philosophical Society of Nepal

The Philosophical Society of Nepal, and its reviewed Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion (e.g. religious studies, history of religions), and semiotics.

CFP: Race and science fiction SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:51pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ximena Gallardo/ Southwest texas PCA/ACA

Call for Papers: Race and science fiction, SW/TX PCA/ACA

The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area would like to invite paper and panel proposals on issues of race in science fiction as well as sci-fi film and television. This year our area will be honored with special events, films, guests, and presentations!
Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals to

Ximena Gallardo

T. S. Eliot's Visions and Revisions — 28 October 2009 (deadline: 15 August)

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 10:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Will Gray / University of St Andrews
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Visions haunt T. S. Eliot's life as much as his work, and persist even as he revises his critical opinions, religious beliefs and poetic methods. This one-day conference, held in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, explores this exceptional poet and critic through his experience of the mystical within the human, the movement within stillness.

The day will also offer a panel of distinguished poets reading from and talking about Eliot's poetry, and two keynote speakers. Professor Robert Crawford will give the 2009 Warton Lecture and Hugh Haughton, co-editor of the first two volumes of The Letters of T. S. Eliot (forthcoming), will give a talk on Eliot and the use of letters.

75 Years of Penguin Books: An International Multidisciplinary Conference (29 June - 1 July 2010); Proposal Deadline: 1 Feb 2010

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 9:33am
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AHRC Penguin Archive Project, University of Bristol

This conference seeks to cover the diversity of Penguin's publication history. In 2010, Penguin Books will be 75 years old and Puffin Books will be 70 years old. Organised by the AHRC Penguin Archive Project, the International Penguin Conference is occasioned by these two anniversaries of what is arguably the most distinctive and the most significant publishing house in the twentieth century and beyond. The conference will take place at the University of Bristol on three days: Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July 2010.

MATC Emerging Scholars Symposium

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:45am
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Mid America Theatre Conference

Two Emerging Scholars Debut Panels:
One Graduate and One Undergraduate

The 31st Annual
Mid-America Theatre Conference
Hyatt Regency Cleveland
At the Arcade
March 4-7, 2010

Undergraduate and Graduate students who have not yet presented at a major theatre conference are invited to submit papers for the Emerging Scholars Symposium, two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers for the two panels are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or dramatic literature.

UPDATE: Extended call for papers on postcolonial and transnational studies for Manusya Special Issue 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 5:55am
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Manusya, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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Submission is invited for papers that examine issues on postcolonial and transnational studies from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Possible topics may include colonial discourse, gender, ethnicity, nation, migration, ecocriticism, tourism, popular culture and others. Papers address theoretical dialogues between postcolonial studies and transnational studies or focus on geocultural areas are also welcomed.
Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Manusya, a leading English-language journal based in Bangkok and sponsored by Thailand Research Fund. Papers should be between 5,000-6,000 words in length with an abstract.
Extended deadline for submission: September, 2009

[UPDATE} Cultures of Recession

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:01pm
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Duke University Program in Literature

Cultures of Recession
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Hosted by The Program in Literature, Duke University
November 20 & 21, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY), author of How Class Works and Just Around The Corner: The Paradox of a Jobless Recovery

CFP: antiTHESIS journal Volume 20: "FEAR"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 5:56pm
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School of Culture & Communications, University of Melbourne

Submissions are now open for antiTHESIS Volume 20: FEAR. Fear is one of the most potent forces affecting humankind. Both a survival mechanism and an instrument of manipulation, it divides and unites, mobilises and paralyses. Fear can be a rational response to danger or panic in the face of the unknown. The editors of antiTHESIS invite students and academic researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities to explore fear in its many manifestations, past and present.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 12 October 2009.

Submissions may take the form of:

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form: Buddhism and American Poetry (9/15/09; NEMLA 4/7-11/2010, Montreal, Quebec)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 3:40pm
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Clare Emily Clifford / NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
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Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form: Buddhism and American Poetry
41st Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form: Buddhism and American Poetry