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[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.

CSULB Graduate Student English Conference

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:54pm
California State University Long Beach

This interdisciplinary student conference endeavors to bring about discussion and ideas on the current themes of occupation expressing themselves in political demonstrations and movements
throughout our nation and the global community. Exploring these themes in literature, film, and rhetoric provides a textual landscape for the creative expression of occupation which foregrounds and/or responds to the world-wide movements of the early 21st century as well as addressing historical ideas of occupation. Traditional as well as novel approaches to this theme are encouraged.