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Spaces of Work 1770–1830: A one-day interdisciplinary conference on 28 April 2012; proposal deadline 1 December 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:22am
Humanities Research Centre/University of Warwick

Spaces of Work 1770-1830 will address the relationships between workers and spaces in Britain. We aim to showcase current research and are particularly interested in interrogating under-analyzed types of work and space. For example, we hope to develop the theorization of types of work that critics have not conventionally understood as 'work' (the performance of music as practical activity, for instance). We also aim to bring attention to under-analysed spaces. For example, due to Romanticism's traditionally rural focus, literary critics of this period have only recently begun to interrogate urban spaces; interdisciplinary discussion of urbanism in this period would therefore be particularly valuable.

The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation (Proposals due: Feb 29, 2012)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:45am
Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth, the editors of a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on 'The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation' invite contributors to consider the 'other' Dickens – those aspects of Dickens's life and work that have been the subject of recent revision, reappraisal, and transformation in contemporary culture. The special issue will aim to critically assess our persisting fascination with this canonical Victorian figure and, more generally, the 'Dickensian' cultural legacy of the Victorian age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

PCAC - May 10-12, 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:17am
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).

Beckett in Post-War France - 14 February 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:42am

The intellectual, social and political climate of post-war France was explosive. From Charles de Gaulle to the May '68 protests, from Bataille and Blanchot to existentialism and the difficult post-war reception of Heidegger, from the painful legacy of the war to the slow trickle of revelations about the Holocaust, from the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo to the Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus, it was a period of experimentation and despair, in which the desire for renewal was balanced against the impossibility of moving beyond the recent past.

CFP Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012 EXTENDED

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:39am
European Beat Studies Network

**The formal deadline for proposals was 1 November - but we'll accept an expression of interest during November, so long as further details follow soon.**

Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012
full name / name of organization:
European Beat Studies Network
contact email:
Chad Weidner -

Papers are invited for the Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). We are open to submissions of both long and short papers, panels, roundtables, dialogues and performances on any aspect of the Beat Generation. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

Cognitive Melville American Literature Association (San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 7:54pm
Ralph James Savarese/Herman Melville Society

Melville's work is nothing if not a palpable grasping with words: the fingers of cognition investigating themselves. How does Melville use his myriad characters (Billy Budd, Bartleby, Ahab, even Moby Dick), to say nothing of his many allusions (Kaspar Hauser, Peter the Wild Boy, Calvin Edson), to explore different forms of consciousness—from that of the diversely human to that of the diversely more than human? How might neuroscience and disability studies inform not only our individual readings of Melville but also very the act of reading him itself? How might Melville contribute to discussions of embodied thought, emotion, narrative empathy, object and spatial visualization, cerebral lateralization, metaphor, and the like?

Early Modern Social Neworks, 1500-1800 (abstracts due January 6, 2012)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:11pm
Early Modern Center, University of California at Santa Barbara

The word "network" is more likely to call to mind computer connection than the "glittering net-work" of a spider-web (E. Darwin, The Botanic Garden, 1781) or a "Mantle of blacke silke" (Book of Robes, 1600). What is the link between such "curious Piece[s] of network" (Addison, Spectator 275, 1712) and contemporary social networking? These older uses of network illuminate the development of early modern techniques of loose connection. By contrast with a chain-of-being model, networks are versatile, allowing for manifold modes of association.

[UPDATE] Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet February 23-24, 2012

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:51pm
UCLA Comparative Literature

New submission deadline is November 15th, 2011.

Call for Papers:

"Spheres of Influence: Navigating World, Globe, and Planet," UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th, 2012.
Keynote: Wai Chee Dimock.