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CFP: Shakespeare after 9/11 (3/10/06; MLA '06 & 5/31/06; journal issue)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
Douglas Brooks

Shakespeare after 9/11:
MLA Special Session and Journal Issue

In conjunction with the theme of a future issue of the Shakespeare
Yearbook, "Shakespeare after 9/11" (Theme Editor, Matthew Biberman),
the journal will sponsor a special session at the upcoming Annual
Meeting of the MLA (Philadelphia, December 27-30, 2006).

CFP: Beckett and the Thirties (France) (4/30/06; 10/20/06-10/21/06)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
Daniel Katz

Beckett and the Thirties

October 20, 21, 2006
Paris, France

In celebration of the centenary of Samuel Beckett, the universities =20
of Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle, Strasbourg II-Marc Bloch, and Paris =20
VII-Denis Diderot, are co-organizing the conference, =93Beckett and the =20=

Thirties,=94 to be held at the Ecole Normale Sup=E9rieure in Paris, =
where =20
Beckett held the post of =93lecteur=94 from 1928-1930.

As the title indicates, this conference will focus on the period of =20
1929-1939, and in particular on Beckett=92s relationship with both the =20=

CFP: American Exceptionalism (3/31/06; CAAS, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm

The Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS) will be holding its
2006 conference in Kingston, Ontario, October 19-22. The theme will be
"American exceptionalism." De Toqueville's post-revolutionary definition
of America's special status among nations in fact characterizes American
rhetoric—in history, religion, politics, literature--from its colonial
beginnings to the present. It is implicit in the Puritans' "city on a
hill," O'Sullivan's "manifest destiny" and, most recently, President
Bush's identification of America as "a force for good in the world."
Proposals for papers and panels (max. 250 words) that deal with the
rhetoric of American exceptionalism past and present from any disciplinary

CFP: The Food Memoir: Tales of Family and Culture (4/1/06; SAMLA, 11/10/06-11/12/06)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
Waxman, Barbara

The food memoir is an increasingly popular subgenre of autobiography, a
form of autobiography that often presents what Paul John Eakin calls the
"relational life story," a narrative connecting one person's story of
self-development to parents, siblings, spouses, or "proximate others."
Examples include Leslie Li's Daughter of Heaven, M.F.K. Fisher's The
Gastronomical Me, and Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone. Food memoirs
intertwine narratives of family life, travel, and cross-cultural
experiences with recipes and the author's representation of an evolving
self. Essays of 7 to 8 pages or 250-word abstracts are welcome. Please
send these to by April 1, 2006.=20

CFP: Poet's Theater (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
Heidi Bean

Proposed Special Session (and possible edited volume) on "Poet's Theater"
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2006
MLA Convention: Philadelphia, Dec. 27-30, 2006

CFP: Praxis in Native American Performance (3/6/06; collection)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
Pamela Grieman

In an essay subtitled "Native American Voices and Postcolonial Theory," Louis Owens criticizes postcolonial theorists
who claim to represent a wide panoply of minority voices yet fail to recognize the existence of a resistance literature
arising from "indigenous, colonized inhabitants of the Americas." Owens asks rhetorically what the indigenous Native
American must do "to be allowed a voice like Shakespeare's cursing Caliban" without resorting to mimicking the
language of the "colonial center" that determines legitimate discourse (in Gretchen Bataille, ed., NATIVE AMERICAN
REPRESENTATIONS, 13, 22). Elizabeth Cook-Lynn has argued for the development of a nationalistic, Third World

CFP: Disability and the Modern Black Body (4/15/06; CAAR, 4/18/07-4/21/07)

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 6:17pm
chris bell

Call for Papers
Disability and the Modern Black Body

The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR)
will convene its seventh international conference from
18 to 21 April, 2007 at the National University in
Madrid, Spain. The theme for the conference is
"Blackness and Modernities." Drawing on the
conference aim to include presentations on "The Modern
Black Body," this workshop will examine how disability
informs the desirability, experience, knowledge, and
representation of that subjectivity.

Participants might speak to the following concerns
(the list is suggestive, not exhaustive):