all recent posts

Crossing Boundaries, Revealing Connections: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Studies

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 8:24pm
Culture Club: The Cultural Studies Scholars Association of Bowling Green State University Presents the 8th Annual Battleground States Conference

February 22nd – 24th 2013
Culture is mercurial and fluid. Thus research must create, but also dispute yet engage, a
transformational and reflective understanding of our subjects. The examination of
knowledge and epistemologies from varying perspectives reveals the interconnections of
vastly varying subjects. But to find these connections we first need to explore and
This year's Battleground States Conferences invites participants to facilitate creative,
experimental, and exploratory standpoints that expand their own area of knowledge from
unique and multifarious perspectives. In the nature of Interdisciplinary Studies, we seek

Music and Diplomacy, March 1-2, 2013 -- Deadline: November 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:01pm
Tufts University (Center for the Humanities) / Harvard University (Mahindra Humanities Center)

How does music (its concepts, practices, and institutions) shape the exercise of diplomacy, the pursuit of power, and the conduct of international relations? We are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University on March 1 and 2, 2013.

[Reminder] Native American Studies panel CFP, 9/30/12 deadline [NEMLA 2013, Boston, March 21-24]

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 4:48pm
Jessica Bardill, Northeast Modern Language Association

Where Are We Going? Reflections on the Future of Native American Studies [NEMLA 2013, Boston, March 21-24]
This panel invites scholars to think through texts that have contributed to the past, present, and future of Native American Indian Literatures, particularly in how they help to understand the cultures, economics, and politics of different Native American tribes as well as how they contribute to the future of these critical areas in Native American Studies. Applications of literature could include public policy, education, representation in film, or other literary studies. Please email your abstract to Jessica Bardill at by 9/30/2012. Panelists will be announced October 4, 2012.

Geocriticism and the Legacies of Edward Said (ACLA 2013)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:34pm
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Seminar: Geocriticism and the Legacies of Edward Said
ACLA Conference, April 4-7, 2013, in Toronto.
Organizer: Robert T. Tally, Jr. (Texas State University)

Anthony Powell in the 20s & 30s

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:03pm
Anthony Powell Society

7th Biennial Anthony Powell Conference 2013

Anthony Powell in the '20s & '30s
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September 2013

Eton College
Windsor, Berkshire, UK

First Announcement & Call for Papers

Conference Office, Anthony Powell Society
76 Ennismore Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 0JW, UK


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 1:59pm
Ivy Tech Community College

THE ATRIUM is not your run-of-the-mill academic journal! It is an engaging, unique, cross-disciplinary journal that seeks innovative, creative, and critical articles, including classroom best practices, research-based articles, and some fiction and poetry. Each issue features book and website reviews and conference CFPs. We do not accept previously-published material, theses, or dissertations. Show our readers the practical application of your great research and creative ideas! Material published has dealt with broad issues that connect classroom to culture and to community. The Atrium invites and encourages academic discourse across the disciplines. Please limit your articles to 5,000 words.

Reminder - NEMLA Ethnofuturisms: Spatiotemporal Geographies

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 1:10pm

"Ethnofuturisms: Spatiotemporal Geographies"

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Going against the Grain – Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Language, Literature and Culture, 6-8 June 2013

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 1:00pm
Dr Petar Penda, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Department of English, at the Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Department of English, De Montfort University (UK) are pleased to announce their first conference on English language and literary studies CELLS: Going against the Grain – Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Language, Literature and Culture.

CFP-edited book on Marxism and Urban Culture

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:54pm
Benjamin Fraser

CFP-edited book on Marxism and Urban Culture

Submissions are invited for an edited book on Marxism and Urban Culture that has received initial interest from an international publisher known for their strength in Marxian-themed series and titles.

While all abstracts using a Marxian framework to approach culture in urban contexts are welcome, it is anticipated that submissions will conform to one of two subtypes reflecting the division of the book into two parts:

Articles that explore the work of a specific Marxian thinker, stressing his/her importance for understanding urban culture/the culture of cities in a general sense. (Walter Benjamin; Henri Lefebvre; Antonio Gramsci…)

Mary Hood and the Southern Canon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:53pm
Gainesville State College / Oakwood

Call for Papers:

Mary Hood and the Southern Canon: A Conference

Gainesville State College*
Oakwood, Georgia
April 27th, 2013

This conference is dedicated to the fiction of Mary Hood. While papers on all topics are welcome, we are interested in the ways that Hood's fiction extends and redefines the concerns of Southern literature. Suggested topics:

Barbara Pym Centenary Conference, July 12th 2013

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:38pm
Nick Turner, University of Central Lancashire, UK

This one-day international conference will celebrate the achievement of Barbara Pym in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of her birth. Pym is now recognised as an increasingly important post-war British novelist,and we are seeking papers that discuss any aspect of her writing and that may open up new avenues in scholarship.

Abstracts may consider, but are not limited to the following:

[UPDATE] CFP: Edited Collection on Dark Fairy Tales in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:51am
Tanya Jones, M.Ed. and Joe Abbruscato, MA

Scholarly essays are sought for a collection on the "dark/gothic" fairy tale motif in children's and young adult literature. One of the most popular and long standing traditions in literature for youth, fairy tales have always had elements of fantastical horror, dark motifs, and other Gothic themes built into them. Cannibalism, murders, despair, rape, kidnapping, reincarnations, broken families and many other horrific elements are to be found in these stories. Countless experts insist that their inclusion was, and still is, vital to the growth and maturation of the child reader. The melding of the traditional fairy tale and Gothic literature themes help the reader not only to see the positive aspects of life, but the darker side as well.

Charles Olson and Influence (12/15/12; ALA Boston: 5/23-26/2013)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:21am
Gary Grieve-Carlson / The Charles Olson Society

Charles Olson's influence on avant-garde poetry began with the publication of "Projective Verse," the first volumes of "The Maximus Poems," and Don Allen's "The New American Poetry." One thinks of Creeley, Dorn, Baraka, Ginsberg, Eshleman, Howe, Waldman, and others who have acknowledged that influence, but it also shows up where one doesn't expect it (in a poet like Amy Clampitt, for example). This panel asks whether Olson's influence is now merely historical, or whether it persists. If it is historical, can we define its parameters? If it has ended, why has it ended? If it persists, how does it persist? In other words, does Olson matter for contemporary poetry?