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Postcolonial studies and transnationalism Special Issue for 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 2:03am
Manusya Journal, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Submission is invited for papers is invited 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.
Deadline for submission: September, 2009

Critical and Creative Work on Religion and Literature

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 9:29pm
The Thirty First Bird Review and Press

The Thirty First Bird Review is a Pittsburgh based journal of religion and literature. We are interested in both creative, and critical approaches to the discussion of faith and literature. The journal is not denominational, and does not take a sectarian approach to religious questions. Poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and critical reviews are all welcome. We also publish philosophy, theology, theory and critical work. While we are not peer reviewed, we would like to publish academics who want like to take part in a serious, and yet informal discourse on the questions of religion, literature and culture.

New Forms of Fiction: Exploring blendings and transgressions of fiction and reality

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 1:15pm
ProLit -- PhD Programme in Literature at Munich University

Fiction and Reality. Exploring Positions in a Complex Relationship

2009 Summer School in Munich, Germany

How does fiction relate to the "real world"? Does fiction have the power to interfere with life, and why and how do social institutions interfere with fiction? In which ways does fiction change our view of the world, and how does a changing world alter fiction? Is there a growing tendency to fictionalize the world, and how does it relate to the impulse to make fiction realistic? And which role do literary studies - and literary scholars - play in this dense and often tense web of relationships? Where is our position?

[UPDATE] Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 9:25am
Cyber Echoes

Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities


We invite paper proposals for presentations at the symposium Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities, to be held at the University of Umeå, Sweden, 11-13 February 2010.

Keynote speakers: Kristina Busse, Co-editor of Transformative Works and Cultures, and Elizabeth Woledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, UK.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 2:54am
Philament: An online journal of the arts and culture.


"I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important." Salman Rushdie.

Submission Deadline: 31st July

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites scholars to contribute articles to our latest issue upon the theme of Absence. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Language Loss Castration Shadows & Eclipses Negation/negative
Silence Presence Repression Theism/Atheism Nothing/No-thing
Edits/excisions Poverty Gender/Identity Death Grief/mourning
Censorship Desire Imaginary/illusion Zero Love

CFP: Neil Gaiman and Philosophy (7/1/09; collection)

Monday, June 1, 2009 - 2:11pm
Rachel Luria, Wayne Yuen, and Tracy Bealer

Call for Papers
Neil Gaiman and Philosophy

The editors of Neil Gaiman and Philosophy, forthcoming from Open Court Publishing Company, invite short abstracts proposing essays for possible inclusion in this volume of Open Court's series, Popular Culture and Philosophy.

The editors seek proposals that creatively engage with the philosophical concepts explored in Gaiman's diverse body of work. Essays addressing any aspect of Gaiman's oeuvre (including comics, novels, television, and film) will be considered, and all should be designed to appeal to an intelligent lay reader interested in Gaiman, philosophy, and popular culture.

Topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended THE CITY (6/15/09; 9/24-26/09)

Friday, May 29, 2009 - 11:15am
Tiffany Eberle Kriner / Conference on Christianity and Literature

The regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature will explore a wide variety of approaches to the intersections between Christianity, literature, and the city. This three-day conference, held just west of Chicago at Wheaton College (IL) will include keynote addresses by Andrew Delbanco and Anne Winters, traditional panels, at least two undergraduate student panels with faculty moderators, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and associated excursions into Chicago. Proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual twenty-minute presentations are invited on the following or related topics:

UPDATE: Curriculum, Politics, and the Student/Teacher of English Oct. 16-17, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:29pm
2nd Conference on the Future of English Studies; University of Illinois @ Springfield

Curriculum, Politics and the Student/Teacher of English:
The 2nd Conference on the Future of English Studies
University of Illinois @ Springfield
October 16-17 2009
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Richard Miller, Rutgers University

Teaching American Ethnic Literatures

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 2:32pm
Helane Adams Androne, PhD/Miami University of Ohio, Middletown campus

American ethnic authors are literary conjurers of memory and imagination, creating each character full of spirit and consequence, joy and irreversible pains. These authors interpret and provoke self-legitimization of the varied realms of ethnic experience and memory in American society. American ethnic literatures present an ongoing dialogue between ethnic individual and mainstream culture, history, class, religion and sexuality. All of these issues are at play for teachers attempting to establish ethnically inclusive literary curriculums. Teaching American ethnic literatures requires that instructors decide and develop a philosophical stance and pedagogical framework for their classrooms.

Collection: American Literature After the "American Century"

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 11:41am
Gioia Wods and Lance Rubin

We are looking for 2-3 essays to round out a collection entitled "American Literature After the 'American Century'". Broadly concieved, the essays we are looking for should explore the formal and thematic trends that are found in the ealy years of this new century. What characterizes American literary preoccupations after the 20th century, the so-called "American Century," as coined by Henry Luce in 1941? How have American writers incorporated or resisted social, cultural, and political events in the 21st century? How is American literature responding to what Fareed Zakaria has called "the post-American world" or what Davis S. Mason has called "the end of the American Century"?

"The Archive and Everyday Life" Conference, May 7-8, 2010

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:27am
Sarah Blacker, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University

Call for Proposals:

"The Archive and Everyday Life" Conference
May 7-8, 2010
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Confirmed Keynotes: Ann Cvetkovich (_An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures_), Angela Grauerholz (_At Work and Play: A Web Experimentation_), Ben Highmore (_The Everyday Life Reader_; _Everyday Life and Cultural Theory_), Michael O'Driscoll (_The Event of the Archive_)