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UPDATE: [Theory] Refractory â Series TV (1/15/08: Journal issue)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:03am
Dr. Lucian Chaffey


Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media is a refereed,
peer-reviewed, e-journal that explores the diverging and intersecting
aspects of current and past entertainment media. The journal is
published by the Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture and
Communication, University of Melbourne.

Submission of completed articles (4â€"6000 words) + brief bio: 01/15/08
Publication: Autumn 2008

ISSUE THEME: Series TV: New fields of critical thought and radical
perspectives on series televisuality.

CFP: [Theory] Life Writing and Translations

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 7:53am
Craig Howes

Call for Papers
The Sixth Biennial International Auto/Biography Association Conference
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
June 23-26, 2008
Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2007

Conference Topic: Life Writing and Translations

The Center for Biographical Research and the International Auto/Biography
Association invite scholars from around the world to attend the sixth IABA
conference, which will be held at the East-West Center, next to the campus
of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, in Honolulu.


Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 3:50pm
Adrian Switzer

The Departments of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Emory
University will be hosting the second independent conference for the
Hannah Arendt Circle, March 28-30, 2008.

Papers on any aspect of Arendt's work, as well as studies, critiques, and
applications of her thinking, are welcome.

Please send an abstract of the paper, by e-mail (750 word limit).
Abstracts should be formatted for anonymous review and submitted to the
program committee chair, Stephen Schulman, at on or
before November 14th, 2007.

UPDATE: [Theory] Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 4:54am
Aneeka Henderson

Please submit conference proposals to

Proposals will be reviewed by Vainis Aleksa,
Aneeka A. Henderson, and Lydia Saravia.

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CFP: [Theory] Placing Poesis: The Work of Art and the Future of Literary Studies

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 12:39am
James E. Ayers

The 18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference
January 30- February 1, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Professor Cathy Davidson

We are pleased to announce the 18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference,
titled “Placing Poesis: The Work of Art and the Future of Literary
Studies,” to be held at Louisiana State University January 30 â€" February 1.

CFP: [Theory] New Book Series - Studies in Life Writing: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 9:34pm,

This new book series welcomes full-length studies of life writing in all
its forms: biography, autobiography, memoir, journals, diaries, blogs,
and so forth. Provocatively, interest in life writing has increased as
both autobiographical and biographical narratives have become a major
presence on the Internet, and the growth of literary nonfiction has
prompted a resurgence of life narratives and memoirs. The series welcomes
both single-authored book-length studies and multi-authored essay
collections on the theory and/or pedagogy of life writing.

CFP: [Theory] Mikhail Bakhtin

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:22am
Kailash C. Baral


CFP: [Theory] Representing Trauma: American Redemption Stories and Lost Cause Narratives (NeMLA 10/1/07)

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 2:24am
Trisha Brady

Representing Trauma: American Redemption Stories and Lost Cause
Narratives (NeMLA 9/15/07)

This panel seeks papers that critically engage American Redemption
narratives. Specifically, this panel will investigate narratives that
represent characters reliving or re-enacting traumatic events so that
distinctions between the past and the present breakdown. We are
particularly interested in papers that discuss the conflation of absence
and loss so that historical losses are misrepresented as absence and
become “lost causes.”

CFP: [Theory] Reading, Work, and Narrative Time (10/1/07; Narrative, 5/1/07-5/4/07)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 2:17am
Matthew Garrett

The assumption behind this panel is that a rigorous examination of the
relation between reading and working brings us to the threshold between
“intrinsic” and “extrinsic” criticism. Thematizations of work, for example,
organize our attention within the text even as they direct us outward
toward reference to the leisure that is the precondition for literary
reading itself. Most theories of narrative time depend upon an assumed
homogenization of experience that the reality of work contradicts: social
relations in class society preclude the possibility of phenomenologically
equivalent temporalities across classes, even as “homogeneous, empty time”

CFP: [Theory] Narcissism, Masochism, and Contemporary Hollywood Masculinity NEMLA 2008, BUFFALO, NY; 04/ 10-13

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 2:33am
David Greven

Narcissism, Masochism, and Contemporary Hollywood Masculinity NEMLA 2008,
BUFFALO, NY; 04/ 10-13

This panel calls for psychoanalytic and queer theory analyses of the
represenation of manhood in contemporay Hollywood film. Male narcissism
and masochism will be the central focus. Please contact David Greven at
Connecticut College via email:

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CFP: [Theory] Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

Monday, August 20, 2007 - 4:33pm
Aneeka A. Henderson

Race in the Writing Center: Towards New Theory and Praxis

We invite panel and individual-paper proposals for the UIC Writing Center
and Public Space conference series on "Race in the Writing Center: Towards
New Theory and Praxis" to be held at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, February 29 & March 1, 2008. We are seeking new and exciting
work that explores the relationship between writing, race, tutoring, and
writing center spaces and practices.

CFP: [Theory] Practical Criticism and its Legacies

Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:25am
John Sears


An international conference to be hosted by the English Research
Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, 26th â€" 27th June 2008.

Please note new submission deadline: September 15th 2007

Conference website:

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Ben Knights, Director of the HEA English Subject Centre
Dr Gary Day, De Montfort University

CFP: [Theory] NEMLA: Queer Theory and Becoming

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 2:34pm
Mikko Tuhkanen

Queer Theory and Becoming
NEMLA conference, Buffalo in April 2008
This panel will articulate what is at stake in the recent turn to time in
feminist and queer thinking, welcoming approaches through a range of
critical, theoretical, political, and cultural texts. We hope not only to
discuss representations of queer time-the deviations, divagations,
resistances, incoherencies, and perversions of normative
linear/reproductive temporality-but also to consider queer theory as itself
a theory of time and becoming. Please send 300 word abstracts and brief cv
to: Mikko Tuhkanen, East Carolina State University at email address