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MLA 2013 Special Session: Muriel Rukeyser at One Hundred

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 8:38pm
Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

2013 marks the centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth. Papers on all genres and topics welcome, focusing particularly on aspects of her work that are important right now. 1000-word abstract by 15 March 2012. Special sessions are subject to approval by the MLA.

REMINDER -- African Literature Special Session -- 66th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 11-13, 2012; Boulder, CO

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 7:32pm
Keli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.

This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.

[UPDATE] "Interdisciplinary English Studies"

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:59pm
Red River Graduate Student Conference 2012 -- English Graduate Organization -- NDSU English Department

(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)

Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012

*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico

The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.

Milton and Logic (MLA 2013, Boston)

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:36pm
Milton Society of America

Milton and Logic, interpreted broadly and all-inclusively. Sponsored by the Milton Society of America at 2013 MLA conference.

Please send abstracts or complete papers (8-page or 20-min.) by March 15, 2012 to Ken Hiltner,

John Milton: A General Session (MLA, 2013 Boston)

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:30pm
Milton Society of America

"John Milton: A General Session." Papers on all topics. Sponsored by the Milton Society of America at the 2013 MLA conference.

Please send abstracts or complete papers (8-page or 20-min.) by March 15, 2012 to Ken Hiltner,

Humanities Journal Call For Submissions

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 11:46am
St. John's University

We are seeking essays, book reviews, and interviews for the upcoming Spring issue due out in April. The theme is Nationalism: Roots and Transgressions. The focus is on the areas of national identity or transnationalism, acculturation, cultural diffusion, or culture shock. The approach may be primarily sociological and historical, or literary in nature. What we want are submissions that address these themes in new and exciting ways that express the multiplicity of angles and issues these broad headings generate.

Book Reviews should be suitable for a broad academic audience similar to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic abd should be under 2000 words.

Textual Fault-Lines at 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:51am
Anne Laskaya/Eve Salisbury

This panel builds on the 2010 BABEL sessions examining "fault-lines" by focusing on textual studies. Consider "fault-lines" as errors in texts and editions that lead to productive meditation, productive disagreement; or explore the generally unacknowledged erasures in texts and editions that---precisely because of their performance as an "unseen" or "unremarked" fault/error/revision---allows productive work and thought. Consider the "fault-line" as the chasm between manuscript and edition (or between editions). Consider "fault-line" as the gnarly space between a word or line and that editorial/textual note intended to inflect or define or comment on it, albeit pages, clicks, or screen-frames away from one another in spatial (and/or temportal)terms.

Exegesis Postgraduate E-Journal (all research/creative writing welcome): DEADLINE APRIL 30

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 8:50am
Exegesis Journal

In our inaugural issue we wish to address the diversity of meanings available to this e-journal's title—Exegesis. Though exegesis traditionally applies to the interpretation of a religious text, it has also been applied to secular literature in an attempt to understand an author's intended meaning. We view the broader concept of the term exegesis as a critical explanation of a work of literature across the disciplines. To this end, we invite articles, reviews, and creative pieces that provide any type of exploration of the meaning of a text.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

Literature and Reductionism

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:30pm
Joshua Gang / Rutgers University

MLA 2013 (Boston), January 3-6

Special session: Literature and Reductionism

What is reductive thinking—and is it always a bad thing? This panel invites papers that reconsider reductionism as a formal, theoretical, disciplinary, or historical problem.

200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2012 to

Call for Guest Columnist - Revolutions & Reversals - Volume 2, Issue 2

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:21pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.

Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals

We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.