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A book of collected essays on humour

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 9:17am
Shun-liang Chao / National Chengchi University

Call for Papers
A book of collected essays on humour
Edited by Dr Vivienne Westbrook (National Taiwan University, Taiwan) and Dr Shun-liang Chao (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

Call for Ecocritical Essay, Poem, Fiction, & more!

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:29pm
Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is gathering materials for the Summer Solstice Issue: 1.2. This southern, biannual, online, literary ecojournal searches constantly for work that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world. We are interested in pieces which push boundaries, which avoid overt or cliché messages, and which embrace and embody the interdisciplinary nature of ecocriticism.

Deadline: April 1st, for Summer Solstice 1.2.
Any materials received after this date will be considered for the Winter Solstice, Issue 2.1.

For more information about our organization & to view past issues and guidelines, visit us at

20th and 21st century Quebec studies

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 2:27pm
PAMLA - Special Session - Oct. 19-21, 2012

110th Annual PAMLA Convention
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington
October 19-21, 2012

Special Session:

20th and 21 century Quebec studies

Renaissance Borders, Princeton University, April 13-14, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 12:52pm
Princeton University Renaissance Studies

From the beginning, conceptualizations of the Renaissance have been concerned with borders: between the classical past and the modern present; between pagan and Christian; between the civilized and the barbarous. Even as the idea of the Renaissance has endured various critiques over the past half century, this attention to borders has only intensified. In current debates about secularization and periodization in Renaissance studies, the boundaries between past and present and between the sacred and the profane have taken on a newly charged intensity.

Reconstruction 11.4 and upcoming issues

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 6:08pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing: Reconstruction 11.4

Editor's Introduction:

"Something to occupy the time": Activism and Anagnorisis, by Marc Ouellette


Talking to Yourself: Garfield Minus Garfield as an Introduction to Techno-Companionship , by Andy Engel

Cabelian Way, by Mike DuBose and Cristian Pralea

American Circus Re-Invented: Queering Cirque Du Soleil, by Michael Johnson Jr.

Wincest is the Best, or, Raep is What Happens When You Say No: Subversive Humor and Serious Business in Capslock Supernatural, by Britt Eira Long

Poetics: Performance and Genre Bending

Absence and Sociality in Live Film Narration: Poets of the Unreeled in Miami , by Alan Clinton

Retrofitting English Studies: When Diversity Becomes an Afterthought

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 4:39pm
Texas A&M English Graduate Student Association

Texas A&M University's English Graduate Student Association Graduate Conference:

"Retrofitting English Studies: When Diversity Becomes an Afterthought"
April 7-8, 2012

Speaker: Jay Dolmage

Aftermaths: Revolution and Recovery (May 10-12, 2012)

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:31am
Theory Conference/ The University of Western Ontario

On 17 December 2010, Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi performed an act of self-immolation in protest of widespread state corruption. Galvanized by Bouazizi's gesture of dissent, Tunisians protested en masse, successfully demanding the removal of the oppressive regime in power. The Tunisian experience inspired what would come to be known as the Arab Spring, threatening the overthrow of totalitarian regimes across the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

[UPDATE] "More Please: Explorations of Excess" University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 9-11, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:50pm
University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference Committee

"More Please: Explorations of Excess": University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference March 9-11, 2012

University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde

"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato