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"Mapping Real-and-Imagined Places," MLA 2013 (deadline 10 March '12)

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:58am
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Dickens's London, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mieville's Bas-Lag ... Whether endeavoring to present a realistic picture of a well known geographical locale or projecting a purely fantastic otherworld, narrative fiction frequently maps the "real-and-imagined" spaces (as Edward Soja has labeled them) of our world. This panel will explore such literary cartography or geocriticism in works of realism, fantasy, or other. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Robert T. Tally Jr. at by March 10, 2012.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for papers Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:47pm
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

[UPDATE] Violence in Theory and Practice - March 23rd-25th, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:52pm
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012

The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph

"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow

Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: The Art of Revolution

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:20pm
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

12th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference:
The Art of Revolution
March 30-April 1 2012
University of Iowa

"…Do not be afraid to say revolution!"

Poetics/Ethics MSA 14 Las Vegas

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:46pm
Robert Volpicelli/ Penn State University

In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in a philosophical considerations of ethics? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics.

MLA 2013 Boston "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"; March 1, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:37pm
Jessica Kuskey

CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (

CEU Summer University 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:39am
Central European University - Summer University

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. Its summer school (June 4-July 27, 2012) is a program in English for graduate students, university teachers, researchers and professionals in the social sciences and humanities. It draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 60 countries and its faculty from over 30 countries.

WELCOMING STRANGERS 27 April 2012 - CFP Deadline 31 January 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:05am
Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London

An international, interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, 27 April 2012
Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London
Keynote speakers:
Professor Robin Cohen (Emeritus Professor and Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford
Professor John Hill (Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Space and Spatiality: Mending Walls and Boundaries

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:12pm
Sura P. Rath

Papers are invited for presentation at the RMMLA 2012 annual convention on

"Space and Spatiality: Mending Walls and Boundaries"

Papers should explore some of the following topics, among others:
• Define spatiality
• Space and place
• Multiple spaces: land, sky, and sea
• Private, public, and hybrid spaces
• Walls/boundaries that separate people and places
• Real and virtual space; gendered and neutral space
• Space in the disciplines: in literature, architecture, geography, etc.
Proposals (100-200 words) should be sent to by March 1, 2012.