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Mapping Queer Bioethics: Special Issue of the Journal of Homosexuality and Upcomcoming Conference [Due: October 15, 2011]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 7:19pm
University of Pennsylvania and The Journal of Homosexuality


Extended Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY to be timed with a one-day symposium and an international conference on queer bioethics to be held at the University of Pennsylvania

Editors/Conveners: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

Announcing the publication of this special issue, the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting two events:
- A one-day symposium on queer bioethics on March 29, 2012
- And the 1st National Conference on Queer Bioethics on September 21-22, 2012
Confirmed speakers for these events include: Cindy Patton, David Halperin, Elizabeth Freeman, Heather Love, and Lisa Cartwright.

ACLA Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 1:18pm
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

ACLA 2012 Conference Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"


Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:21am
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference,

The Mediterranean basin, conceived broadly as the lands and nations surrounding the Sea as well as the Sea itself, has been a site of near-constant change over the centuries, and the 20th century was no exception. Indeed, this was perhaps its most turbulent century ever: monarchies and empires gave way to nation-states; communist, autocratic and democratic governments rose and fell in peace and war alike, including and excluding often hostile peoples under constantly shifting national borders, even as they strove for independence and integration in an increasingly globalized world.

[UPDATE] 31 OCTOBER DEADLINE: A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature, 17-18 May 2012

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:03am
School of English, University of St Andrews

Call for Papers (NEW Deadline: 31 October 2011):
A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature

A two day conference hosted by
the School of English, University of St Andrews
17-18 May 2012, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland

The relentless success of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007) evokes words like phenomenon and catastrophe. With the conclusion of the film franchise and the launch of, the series is receiving increased academic consideration in conferences, articles, and monographs. However, relatively little work has been done directly engaging with the series as a literary text. This conference attempts to begin redressing that lack.

Shakespeare at the Opera

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:00am
Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

NEMLA Convention 2012

Session Title: Shakespeare at the Opera

The panel examines operatic adaptations of Shakespeare plays. How do Shakespearean operas serve as 'readings' that illuminate facets of the plays on which they are based? How do different treatments of Shakespeare shed light on the historical and cultural conditions that produced the operas? How can studying Shakespeare as opera function as a miniature historical lens om Shakespearean reception across the centuries? Send 300 to 500-word abstract to

[UPDATE] Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (Sept. 30)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 8:08am
NEMLA 2012, March 15-18

rom Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?

Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History and the Demise of Empires; Bern, Switzerland, May 18-20, 2012

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 6:20am
Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL) Annual Conference; University of Bern, Switzerland; Conveners: Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter

This conference addresses the key role that empire retains in European and North American consumer culture despite decades of postcolonial challenges to imperial control.