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The Shakespeare Institute Review - deadline 26 Aug 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 5:26pm
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The Shakespeare Institute
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Dear all,

The first issue of The Shakespeare Institute Review was successfully launched at the end of the recent BritGrad conference. The issue, which explores death and mortality in Shakespeare and showcases a marvellous range of contributions, can be found at this link: . Following on from this, we warmly invite submissions for the second issue of the Review, an online academic journal to which postgraduate students of Shakespeare and related programmes are invited to contribute.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:51pm
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Jozef Kovalcik / Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Slovakia and Max Ryynänen / Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture Pori, Finland
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We encourage scholars with genuine interest in philosophy of art and popular culture to send a max. 250 word abstract for reviewing no later than September 10, 2012 (extended deadline). All schools of philosophy and aesthetic theory (pragmatism, hermeneutics, semiotics, phenomenology, analytic aesthetics, cultural studies, etc.) are accepted.

As keynote speakers we are glad to have two distinguished scholars of contemporary aesthetics, Ted Cohen (University of Chicago) and Jos de Mul (Erasmus University Rotterdam) – both influential across the borders of philosophical schools!

Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (Submit by Nov 16, 2012)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:37pm
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Dr. Monique Ferrell & Dr. Julian Williams - New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

The Editors are seeking essays that examine the ways that women from around the world have served as the oppressive hand in the lives of other women. In this new feminist theory text entitled Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters, the book's ultimate goal is to discuss, explain, and explore the following areas of concern: how women were prevented from being helpful to their sisters; how they may have been encouraged to dismiss woman-centered calls for equality, political clout, or sexual power; or when and how some women were actually forced to turn their backs on their sisters as a means of protecting themselves and what little power they actually possessed.

[UPDATE] SCMS panel: French and Francophone Cinema at the Margins of France

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 1:57pm
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Niels Niessen
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In "An Atlas of World Cinema," Dudley Andrew states that though "we still parse the world by nations," "a wider conception of national image culture is around the corner, prophesied by phrases like 'rooted cosmopolitanism' and 'critical regionalism'." Taking up the directions in which Andrew sees the concept of national cinema opening up, this panel explores the borders of, and within, French cinema. It does so along two main strands. First, it examines the role and visibility of the French regions (or provinces) in French national cinema. French cinema for a long time having been concentrated in only a few places (especially Paris, Nice, Marseille), in recent decades more and more films have been set, shot and produced in the regions.

Deadline August 30: CFP on New Literatures in English

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:21pm
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Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

We invite articles on any topic relating to New Literatures in English from
1. Australia
2. New Zealand
3. Africa
3. Canada
4. Asia (excluding India)

Creative Works
i. We invite submission of visual works and poetry.

Book Reviews
i. Please submit review of books on the areas mentioned above (not older than two years).

History and the Contemporary Moment in the Work of Dionne Brand - NeMLA Mar 21-24, 2013 - D/line Sept 30, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:07pm
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NorthEast Modern Language Association

"Travelling Back": History and the Contemporary Moment in the Work of Dionne Brand
Seeking to celebrate Dionne Brand's keynote address at NeMLA 2013 – and to complement the "Caribbean Literature and History" roundtable – this panel will take up the ways that Brand brings history (or histories) into a critical and profound engagement with the contemporary moment, on both individual and national levels. Submissions (max. 500 words) are invited that consider this or related questions in any of Brand's works. Rachel Mordecai, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

CFP: 'So Bad It's Good' (SCMS conference panel, March 2013)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:19am
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Richard McCulloch & James MacDowell

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'So Bad It's Good' (Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference panel, Chicago, March 6-10, 2013)

'So bad it's good' is a familiar enough concept. It has often been invoked by fans, critics and academics in connection with certain kinds of movies and certain kinds of reception, being associated especially with cult film. Yet 'bad' can carry a multitude of meanings in a cult context. For this SCMS conference panel we seek work whose focus is specifically texts that are valued, by fans or critics, for their aesthetic ineptitude or failure – what in film studies is often called 'badfilm'.

Non-Reproduction: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics, 1 February 2013, Birkbeck College, University of London

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 7:28am
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Fran Bigman, PhD Researcher, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, Sophie Jones and Harriet Cooper, PhD Researchers, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College,

Cultural anxieties concerning biological reproduction often pivot around the notion of the non-reproductive body, in which intersecting fears about class, race, sexuality, gender and disability are encoded. Media discussions of abortion rates, teenage use of contraception, and gay marriage all register the perceived threat of sex without procreation. In a broader sense, the imperative to safeguard the future by 'thinking of the children' is powerful ideological currency, animating activists on both the left and the right.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature (NEMLA 2013)

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:00pm
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NEMLA 2013
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This panel will explore the 'cognitive turn' in literary studies as it emerges in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction. Since George H. W. Bush declared the 1990's the "decade of the brain," there has been a surge of cross-disciplinary work done at the site of cognitive studies, neuroscience and the humanities. For example, scholars such as Lisa Zunshine and Paul John Eakin have called for literary methodologies that account for cognition and perception in their analyses. Additionally, a growing number of fiction and non-fiction texts use cognitive studies and neuroscientific research to upend generic constraints, as well as challenge assumptions about how we construct, perceive, and describe the world and ourselves within it.

Steampunk Edited Collection

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 2:13pm
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Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall
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We are seeking abstracts for inclusion in a proposal for an edited volume on the subject of steampunk. The anthology will present a varied look at steampunk culture and criticism, presenting a comprehensive look at the genre's impact and development in the fields of art and material cultural. Accordingly, we seek proposals that explore any of a range of iterations of the genre. These may include, for example, analysis of:

Comparing Eighteenth-Century British and Italian Narratives.

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 2:04pm
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Prof. Francesca Saggini -- Università della Tuscia (Italy)
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5-7 September 2013

Hosted by the Dipartimento DISTU Istituzioni Linguistico-letterarie, comunicazionali, storico-giuridiche dell'Europa, University of Tuscia (Viterbo)

"The Objects of Textual Scholarship," March 6-8 2013, Loyola University Chicago

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 1:19pm
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The Society for Textual Scholarship, Seventeenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
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The Society for Textual Scholarship

Seventeenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 6-8, 2013

Loyola University Chicago

"The Objects of Textual Scholarship"

Program Chairs: Steven Jones, Peter Shillingsburg, Loyola University Chicago

Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2012



DIRK VAN HULLE, University of Antwerp

PAULIUS SUBACIUS, Vilnius University

PAUL GEHL, The Newberry Library, Chicago

ISAAC GERWITZ, The Berg Collection, New York Public Library


[UPDATE] Class and Culture in Contemporary Crime Fiction (Due: September 1)

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:11am
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Julie H. Kim / Northeastern Illinois University
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I have received a contract for a volume of critical/scholarly essays--currently titled Class and Culture in Contemporary Crime Fiction--from McFarland & Company. (I have already published two previous collections of essays on detective fiction through McFarland.)

Please submit your abstract (250 words) and a brief cv by September 1, 2012, to be considered for this collection.


I am looking to put together 10-12 original essays (which I will edit and introduce) with the following (loosely defined) sub-categories, on works published since the mid-1970s: