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Human-Animal Relation (Journal Issue; August 1, 2009)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:43pm
Lynn Worsham/JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Poltiics

Special Issue of JAC

In the context of the widespread intoxication with digital technology, JAC plans a special issue that reconsiders what Jacques Derrida calls "the question of the animal." As we become persuaded by the ways in which "human being" and human existence are forever altered by digital technologies, the animal question continues to reassert itself, challenging us to develop a more rigorous understanding of the
myriad ways in which nonhuman animals historically have served to define what it means to be "human."

Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics (3/19/09; MLA '09)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:16pm
Swati Rana, MLA Graduate Student Caucus

CFP: "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics"
A Panel of the Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2009

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites current graduate students to submit proposals for a panel discussion entitled "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics" at the 2009 MLA annual meeting from December 27 to December 30 in Philadelphia.

"Historicizing Globalization" - College Art Association - February 2010, Chicago

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:02pm
Kirsty Robertson and Erin Morton

Please circulate widely.

Call for Papers

College Art Association
98th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, February 10 -- Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Session: "Historicizing Globalization: Studying the Visual in the Age of Three Worlds"

Midwest Regional, American Conference for Irish Studies [UPDATE]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 5:21pm
Southern Illinois Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program

The 2009 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held October 17-19 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The conference theme is "Ireland: Medieval to Modern," but papers and panel proposals are welcomed on any topic related to Irish and Irish Diaspora Studies, and presentations may be given in English or in Irish. The plenary speakers are Mary O'Malley and Brian Ó Conchubhair; Louis de Paor will be awarded the Charles F. Fanning Medal for his contribution to Irish Studies.

Please send 200-word abstracts to Beth Lordan, Director, Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2009.

MLA Special Session proposal - Reconsidering the Transnational Turn - 3/24

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 1:50pm
John Patrick Leary, Wayne State University

In recent years, a "transnational" approach to literary history has become popular. This approach criticizes the supposed naturalness of some of the borders, boundaries, and binaries that define our political affiliations and have structured—some would argue limited—our cultural histories. The "transnational turn" has taken a variety of forms and includes other mode of cultural critique, like "borderlands" readings and Atlantic world studies. Yet even as the transnational turn has become institutionalized—as indicated by the increasing numbers of English literature job listings advertising this specialty—it still has the ring of an insurgent challenge to national traditions of literary studies.

UPDATE: Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 9:52pm
University of Mississippi, Tara McLellan


The 15th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2009 Faulkner Conference will be available at

UPDATE: [Theory] Death in Modern to Contemporary Irish Literature - SAMLA session 2009 - Extended Deadline

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:28am
Victoria Bryan

This call is for the Irish literature panel affiliated with the annual
South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference to be held November
6-8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

This session seeks to explore the ways in which death, dying, or the denial
of death show up in modern to contemporary Irish literature. Papers may
include studies of the practices of and attitudes toward death and/or
memorialization, the link that exists between living and dying, the
contradictions and paradoxes that exist in attitudes towards death, the
ways in which the finality of death is denied, avoided, or confronted in
life, etc.

CFP: [Theory] The Cosmopolitan Novel: Old Paradigms/New Directions

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 2:08pm
Soo Kim

CFP: MLA 2009 Special Session

We seek proposals for presentations taking diverse approaches to the
cosmopolitan novel--its definitions, narratives, and changing
cartographies in the past/present/future.

Proposals focused on individual authors/novels as well as
historical/theoretical approaches are welcome. We especially invite
approaches that challenge/interrogate dominant paradigms(e.g.
postnational, metropolitan, or neoliberal cosmopolitanisms).

A 300-word abstract to Berthold Schoene or Soo Kim by March 14, 2009 at or

UPDATE: [Theory] The Booker Prize and India

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 6:25am
Dr.Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal

A full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the
Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe is eligible for the Booker Prize. The
reputation of the prize is sure to transform the fortunes of the author
who receives it. This prestigious prize has been won by four Indiansâ€"
Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children, 1981), Arundhati Roy (The God of
Small Things, 1997), Kiran Desai (The Inheritance of Loss, 2006) and
Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger, 2008). With the award of this prize to
Indians, Indian Writing in English (IWE) has become a force to be
reckoned with. The present anthology of critical essays proposes to
analyse the above Booker-winning novels and the general subject of the

CFP: [Theory] New Approaches to Translation Studies

Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 12:28pm
Sandra Hordis

Proposals are sought for the 2009 MLA Convention, which will be held in
Philadelphia, PA.


Many new applications and explorations in translation studies have been
undertaken in the last decade, suggesting that scholars have much yet to
explore in this field.

Papers on visual and/or written texts are welcome; theoretical innovations
are encouraged.

Send 250-word abstracts to Sandra Hordis ( by March 13.

UPDATE: [Theory] REMINDER CFP: New German Review

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 7:08pm
Michael Hougentogler

Call for Papers Volume 24, 2009

Since 1985, the New German Review has been a medium for graduate students,
post-docs, and junior faculty to share their ideas with the academic
community worldwide.

We publish articles on German, Scandinavian and Dutch literature, but we
strongly encourage contributions within the broader field of Germanic
studies, including art, history, culture, philosophy and linguistics. Book
reviews, new translations, and interviews also form an essential part of
our publication.

CFP: [Theory] MLA 2009 Hunger

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 7:02pm
Zahi Zalloua

MLA 2009 (Philadelphia)

Session sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange: