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-ality call for submissions

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:20am
-ality fiction journal

-ality is a new electronic fiction publication. We are looking for submissions from all authors that relate to any of the -ality words: reality, equality, spirituality, sexuality, corporeality, and so on.

The journal is edited by two graduates from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined by Richard Burian, a scholar in linguistics and language who hails from Australia, taught in Hungary, and now resides in Canada.

We ask for fiction submissions of no more than 8,500 words, or three 1,000 word flash fiction submissions. Our reading period opens September 1st and ends December 15th for the first issue. Our Spring reading period opens February 1st and closes April 15th.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:13pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Revisiting Tex(x)ture in Literature

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:30pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen/ACCUTE

In an essay titled "Outing Texture" Renu Bora distinguishes between texture as "the surface resonance or quality of an object or material" and texxture (two x's) as "the stuffness of material structure." Put differently, we can say that texxture denotes the historicity of texture. In Eve Sedgwick's rendering of Bora's concept, texxture is thought to be "the kind of texture that is dense with offered information about how, substantially, historically, materially, it came into being." We might then ask: how does the dialectic of texture/texxture influence literary productions and their reception?

Representations of Disability in Science Fiction (essay collection, book) Proposals due: Nov. 18/11

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:57am
Dr. Kathryn Allan

Contributions are invited for an essay collection on the representations of disability and the disabled body in science fiction. Technology is often characterized as a cure for the disabled body – one that either elides or exacerbates corporeal difference. From block buster films and televised space operas to cyberpunk and hard SF, disabled bodies are often modified and supported by technological interventions. How are dis/ability, medical "breakthroughs," (bio) technologies, and the body theorized, materialized, and politicized in science fiction? This collection is particularly interested in the ways dis/abled bodies challenge normative discourses of ability, generate novel spaces of embodiment, and proliferate new understandings of human being.

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 10:19pm
Mount Royal University

Call for Papers

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

October 10-13, 2012

Building on the success of Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture, and Change in Western North America in October 2010, Under Western Skies 2 welcomes academics from across the disciplines as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, labour, and NGOs to address the environmental challenges faced by human and nonhuman actors across North America.

Annual Spring Conference 2012 - "Boundaries" - Abstracts due Dec. 15, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 12:51pm
College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

Call for Papers

3 March 2012

Keynote Speaker: David J. Smith, Senior Manager for Educational Outreach
at the United States Institute for Peace

Location: University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:56am
The journal _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

UPDATE] NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Nove

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:27am
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

**Abstracts sent to the has been lost. Please resend immediately to the alternative emails above**
**Deadline extended**

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.