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International Pynchon Week 2013: 5-8 August 2013

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 2:44am
Sam Thomas

AUGUST 5-8 2013, DURHAM, UK:

2013 marks 3 significant anniversaries for readers and scholars of Thomas Pynchon: 50 years since the publication of his first novel, V., 40 since his most acclaimed work, Gravity's Rainbow, and 250 years since the arrival of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon on American shores (the start of the surveying project that would divide a nation and, of course, the subject of Pynchon's metahistorical novel, Mason & Dixon). In light of this, International Pynchon Week 2013 will be held at Durham University in the UK from the 5th to the 8th of August. The location of the conference has a special resonance as Jeremiah Dixon was born and buried in County Durham.


Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 6:26pm


Call for Papers

Announcing the 2012 Summer launch of
an open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal on Life Writing

Fact, Fiction, and Supposition

Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 4:11pm
Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture

The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia. We invite submissions for our third issue on the theme of 'Fact, Fiction, and Supposition'.

Critical Speculations - Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound

Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 4:38am
University at Albany, SUNY

Critical Speculations - Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound

University at Albany (SUNY), September 28-29, 2012

The current divestment in the humanities signals that we have entered a time of critical speculation, an end time that ventures not only specialized modes of critical discourse, but challenges the humanist project itself. Theory as such now awaits auction as a relic of the European intellectual tradition. Yet, with the prospect of diminishing returns and sunk costs, it must wager its own capital. We might turn here to Walter Benjamin, already a kind of sacrificial figure, and cast our bets.

Wanderers, Wayfarers, & Exiles in Medieval Literature - Medieval Literature Session at SAMLA

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3:35pm
SAMLA - South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Medieval literature is filled with exiles, wanderers, wayfarers, journeymen, and pilgrims. This panel seeks papers that illuminate or center on some aspect of the wandering or exiled figure as presented from a medieval perspective. All relevant papers considered, but special consideration will be given to papers focusing on the following themes:
• Wanderers or the act of or value of wandering
• Pilgrims, pilgrimage, or religious journey
• Exile, outlawry, or banishment as societal punishment
• Themes or poems involving the ubi sunt motif
• Symbolic or literal interpretations of roads, pathways, etc.
• Excommunication / Banishment from God
• Writings of exile or texts written in exile

The Inaugural Issue of Trespassing Journal is Now Online

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 7:56am
Trespassing Journal: An Online Journal of Trespassing Art, Science, and Philosophy

The inaugural issue of international peer-reviewed publication Trespassing Journal: An Online Journal of Trespassing Art, Science, and Philosophy hosts nine articles and four reviews that address "Trespassing Nation" in relation to various media including cinema, literature, television, graphic novels, and fashion. The issue is now online under the Creative Commons License at

"Between Bodies/Bodies Between". Deadline Nov 1st 2012 / Conference Apr 5th-6th 2013

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6:54am
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

This conference engages bodies and embodiment in literature and the humanities, seeking to survey the state of scholarship and future directions after over a decade of groundbreaking work.

We particularly welcome papers that consider the body in its liminality or interactions between bodies, and papers that consider the body in relation to Ireland. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Body, soul, intellect
• Sickness, medicine and mortality
• Emotion, affect, sensation
• Animal bodies, nonhuman bodies
• The political or legal body
• The body and violence
• Sexuality and imtimacy
• Gendered bodies, racial bodies, disabled bodies

African American Experience & the Poetry of Michael S. Harper

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:27pm
2013 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

Seminar session at the 2013 NeMLA Convention poetry by Michael S. Harper. Seeks explorations of its engagements with African American experience in jazz, history, family Black writers and more. Welcomes discussion of Harper as teacher, mentor and scholar and his impact on African American letters & poetics. Interested in examinations of Harper as New England poet, Harper and the visual arts, Harper and James Wright, the geographic imaginary & Harper's verse, among other possibilities. Send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statement or CV to:
Michael Antonucci (

After Postmodernism: Essay Collection

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 2:49pm
Christopher K. Brooks

An essay collection on the current state of literary theory based on the notion that Postmodernism is waning or that postmodernist discourse should stand aside. Postcontemporary theory, hybrids and revisions of postmodern discourse, critical methods that simply eschew postmodernist ideologies (e.g., Affect Theory), figures or works that transcend postmodernist discourse--any and all ideas are welcome. Chapters nearing 25 pages would be best; book contract is assured. Send inquiries to email cited above. Target date for completed essays is December 15, 2012.