category: twentieth century and beyond

African American Literature and the "Post-Racial," African American Literature Section at the M/MLA in Chicago, Nov. 4-7, 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Gregory Laski
contact email: 
g-laski@northwestern.edu

Presumably heralding a new era of colorblindness or the end of racism more generally (if not both), the term “post-racial” has acquired a great deal of currency recently, not only in political dis

Forum on Literature, Terrorism and 9/11 - University of Chichester, UK - 29 May 2010

full name / name of organization: 
English and Creative Writing, University of Chichester, UK
contact email: 
R.Duggan@chi.ac.uk

Forum on Literature, Terrorism and 9/11

Other Rooms, Other Modernisms (deadline April 20) (MSA 12, Nov 11-14, 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Shawna Ross, Pennsylvania State University
contact email: 
smr343@psu.edu

Other Rooms, Other Modernisms: Mapping the Alternative Spaces of Modernity

The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation (SAMLA, 11/5- 7, 2010, Deadline: April 30)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael Beilfuss
contact email: 
mbeilfuss@tamu.edu

“We seek the balance between cosmopolitan pluralism and deep local consciousness.

[UPDATE] Strange Worlds – Paths and Spaces of the Fantastic in the 21st Century

full name / name of organization: 
Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF)
contact email: 
LARS.schmeink@uni-hamburg.de

Call for Papers
1st annual and founding conference of the
Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF)
(Association for Research in the Fantastic)

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Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities

full name / name of organization: 
Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy/Southampton Solent University
contact email: 
darren.kerr@solent.ac.uk or donna.peberdy@solent.ac.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS

Tainted Love
Screening Sexual Perversities

Literature of Africa and the Diaspora; SAMLA Nov. 2010; 5/15/2010

full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
contact email: 
justin.estes@gpc.edu

LITERATURE OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA
Re-Imagining Africa

Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation 24th September 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Graham Matthews and Lara Cox/University of Exeter
contact email: 
critical.theory.online@gmail.com

Call for Papers:
The Second Annual Critical Theory Conference
Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation
Date: 24th September 2010, University of Exeter

Essays wanted for upcoming collection on Conan the Cimmerian

full name / name of organization: 
Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph
contact email: 
jprida@csj.edu

Seeking proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays on Conan. I already have the book contract and need two/three more essays to round the manuscript out.

Utopian Animals (5/1/10; 2010 Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting)

full name / name of organization: 
Keridiana Chez
contact email: 
kerychez@gmail.com

In H.G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia (1905), the narrator holds a remarkable conversation between the narrator and a dog-loving botanist who declares that the stated purposes of purging contagious diseases would never, for him, justify the mass extermination of pet dogs. The botanist staunchly concludes, “I do not like your utopia, if there are to be no dogs.”

As evidenced by the March 2009 PMLA’s special section and the October 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage on the emerging field of animal studies, the question of the animal has risen to interdisciplinary prominence as scholars increasingly heed Claude Levi-Strauss’ advice to think with the animal.

What function do non-human animals play in these imagined communities? How do animal metaphors serve to establish—or unravel—a utopia? What do utopian texts teach us about human-animal relationships?

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