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CFP: [Theory] MSAX panel: Modernism and the Network Narrative

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 3:52am
full name / name of organization: 
Wesley Beal
contact email: 

Over the last quarter-century, the fields of critical theory have converged
on a common buzzword, connectivity, which has acted as the linking
mechanism for a constellation of divergent fields converging onto a common
objective. Corresponding to this surge of “connectivity theory” we also
see arise a distinctive “network narrative”â€" a subgenre that represents
human connectedness and its accompanying group formations. Together with
the boom in connectivity theory, these narratives mark a “connectivity
turn” that has defined the theoretical and literary production of the late
1900s and 2000s, with the network narrative exemplified in works like Don

UPDATE: [Theory] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th,
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may

CFP: [Theory] Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature (3/20/08; MLA '08)

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Alysia Garrison
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CFP: “Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature”
A Panel of the MLA Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2008

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, is pleased to invite current
graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers for a panel discussion titled
“Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature” at the 2008 MLA annual meeting, 12/27-
12/30 in San Francisco. This panel will investigate “potentiality” as a means of thinking the
conditions of possibility of literature in all of its habits and guises.

CFP: [Theory] Truman Capote (4/10/08; MMLA 11/13/08-11/16/08)

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 4:37am
full name / name of organization: 
Douglas Dowland


Special Panel: "Truman Capote"

50th Annual MMLA Convention
2008 Informal Convention Theme: Fame/Infamy
November 13-16, 2008
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This panel seeks to present critical investigations of the literary and
cultural work of Truman Capote (1924-1984).

All methodological approaches are welcome.

Possible thematic topics include:

* Capote’s production of and influence in fiction, reportage, and the
nonfiction novel

* adaptations of Capote's works, biography / bio-pic

* fictional accounts of Capote (inclusive of gossip, rumor and innuendo)

CFP: [Theory] Short Moving Images

Monday, February 18, 2008 - 9:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Nicole Richter
contact email: 


The University of Miami is currently accepting submissions for its new
online journal devoted to the study of short moving images. The journal has
been created to construct a scholarly response to recent media developments
in viral videos and forms of “remote controlled viewing.”

We seek submissions on the following topics:

Short films
Music Videos
Video Art
You-tube/Online Videos
T.V. episodes
Readings of a single scene from a longer film.

CFP: [Theory] CFP: Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance (26-28 June 2008)

Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:56pm
full name / name of organization: 
Marta Minier


Cultures of Translation:
Adaptation in Film and Performance

An interdisciplinary and international conference

University of Glamorgan, Cardiff
  26-28 June 2008

Contributions are invited to an international conference which focuses on
various aspects of adaptation into film, performance, television, radio
and other media.

CFP: [Theory] Female Academic Superstardom (2008 M/MLA)

Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 3:35pm
full name / name of organization: 
Andrea Powell
contact email: 

The Women's Caucus for the Midwest Modern Languages Association is
inviting 250-word abstracts for a panel entitled "Female Academic
Superstardom." The 50th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language
Association will take place on November 13-16, 2008 in Minneapolis,

This panel will explore female academic superstardom from a variety of
perspectives. Successful abstracts might address one or more of the
following questions:

How does a critic or theorist become an "academostar," a term used to
describe a high-profile academic in a 2001 special issue of The Minnesota
Review devoted to academic superstardom?

Is there room on the runway for female "academostars"?

UPDATE: [Theory] The Idea of Voice, Deconstruction, and Narrative Theory (3/10/2008; MLA 2008)

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 6:23pm
full name / name of organization: 
Olga Medvedeva
contact email: 

This special session aims to re-examine the idea of voice in narrative
theory, and in particular to question the concept of voice as an inherent
and independent agent of narrative discourse. The assumption of the
stability and even validity of this concept and of the idea of voice more
generally have been questioned in a number of recent developments, arguably
most radically in Jacques Derrida’s deconstructive work, although the work
of other thinkers, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Maurice Blanchot and Paul de
Man, has been nearly as significant in this respect. A crucial part of
Derrida’s deconstructive project, especially in his early work, is his

CFP: [Theory] Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (collection)

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 4:51am
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Brophy
contact email: 

Call for Papers

Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography

We invite contributions for a proposed collection of essays on visual
autobiography, focusing on health, bodies, and embodied subjectivities. The
collection will consider how cultural practices of self-narration and
self-portraiture image and imagine unruly bodies and, in so doing, respond
to Patricia Zimmerman’s call for “radical media democracies that animate
contentious public spheres” (2000, p. xx).

UPDATE: [Theory] REMINDER: Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence (RMMLA Panel; March 1 Deadline)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 5:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Cook

Call for Papers:
Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence
Submissions are invited for this Special Topic Session at the October 9-
11, 2008 Rocky Mountain MLA Convention in Reno, Nevada. Papers may
address but are not limited to the following topics:

Writing the visual
Seeing or not seeing texts
Cultural and/or theoretical approaches to textuality and visuality
The role of visual studies in literary scholarship
The role of literary studies in visual studies scholarship
Particular readings that blend these two approaches

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV in .doc or .pdf format to
Susan Cook,

UPDATE: [Theory] UCLA Southland Conference: Genre Matters

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 3:58am
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Haupt and Sam See
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19th Annual UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Conference Title: Genre Matters
Conference Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Keynote Speakers: Lowell Gallagher and Yogita Goyal, UCLA Department of

CFP: [Theory] Creativity and Creative writing

Monday, February 11, 2008 - 3:31am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr John Dale
contact email: 

Australian Association of Writing Programs
27 â€" 29 NOVEMBER, 2008

An International Conference on Writing, Teaching and Creativity,
University of Technology, Sydney Australia

Writing is a kind of grappling with uncertainty. Writers write to find out
what they do and don’t think. Uncertainty is also inherent in the
challenges thrown up by the world in which we write, the challenge of
living in an increasingly complex, increasingly mediated society.
Uncertainty is also the process of writing itself. The journey into the
unknown. The shot in the dark. The way the work transforms itself in the
process of writing.