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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:35am
7th Annual International Conference Language and Communication through Culture

The conference is dedicated to problems of Germanic and Romance languages, general linguistics, discourse linguistics, language pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, language style/register, translation theory, methodology of teaching foreign languages/ESL, general pedagogy, cross-cultural communication and interaction.

The official languages of the conference are Russian and English. Papers are accepted and published in the conference proceedings in either of these languages.

[UPDATE] "Gaming the System" - (10/25/12 conference; 5/1/12 deadline)

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:57am

"Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study"
For the first time in its 38 year history the SCLA is coming to Vegas, October 25-28, 2012 University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Clarke
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science Texas Tech University
"Gaming the Trace Systems Theory for Comparative Literature"

Plenary Speaker: Eric Hayot
Professor of Comparative Literature Penn State University
"Cosmographies: A Theory of Represented Worldedness"

We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics including:

"Spectacle": 20th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association, Republic of China

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 7:59am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

Edith Wharton Society Research Travel Awards 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:17pm
Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to

Gary Totten,
English, Dept. #2320
P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Beyond the Essay: Assignment Innovation (MLA Convention - Jan. 3-6, 2013)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 4:56pm
Tom Keegan and Matt Gilchrist/MLA Special Session

In this age of technological advancement, does the essay maintain its pedagogical utility? Are there assignment alternatives that better address the kinds of learning (and living) our students need (or desire) in the 21st century? To help answer such questions, we invite paper/presentation proposals that address the development and use of innovative assignments that extend and challenge the scope of the essay in undergraduate or graduate education.

Topics might include: multimedia projects, blogs, text mining, collaborative composition, service-learning, and civic engagement.

300-word abstracts due by March 20, 2012.

Everyday Romanticism (Special Session, MLA Boston 2013)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 2:18pm
William Galperin, Rutgers University; Michael Hardy, Rutgers University

Papers that examine the category of 'the everyday' in transnational Romantic-era writing are welcome. Topics might range from the treatment of common, ordinary subjects in works like Lyrical Ballads and Leaves of Grass to attempts to theorize the everyday in light of industrialization, imperialism, and world war. Also welcome are papers that address the conjunction/disjunction of the everyday with new discourses of statistics, probability, and normalization in the emerging social sciences. Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.

General issue: 2012-13

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:51am
Neo-Victorian Studies

Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue. The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives. We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the 'Victorian' beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia.

Digital Shakespeares - The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 10 April 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:32am
The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations

A Special Issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Edited by Hugh Craig and Brett D. Hirsch

If data is "the next big idea in language, history and the arts", as Patricia Cohen has suggested, where are we now in Shakespeare studies? Are we being "digital" yet?