The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its spring 2012 issue, themed "Apocalyptic Visions: Literal, Metaphoric, Transformative." Submissions: May 2, 2012.
Professors for Peace CFP
Submit a paper or panel to the Professors for Peace Conference 2012. This conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars in the humanities and sciences who are interested in coming together to create a more peaceful world. Professors for Peace is a non-profit and non-governmental association that maintains no favoritism toward any religious, political, philosophical, or national affiliations. Professors anywhere in the world from all disciplines are invited to discuss the idea and practice of peace in the world today. For more information contact professorsforpeace at gmail.com or visit our website at professorsforpeace dot com.
Abstracts due by May 15, 2012.
Both were raised Catholic; both write of redemption and mystery and grace. While in many ways the differences in subject matter, tone, and style might seem to set the fiction of Flannery O'Connor far apart from that of Cormac McCarthy, this panel is based on the premise that much can be revealed by placing them alongside each other. Send proposals with abstracts to Michael Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 1, 2012. The ALA Symposium will be Oct. 4-6 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.
Call for Papers:
Youth Literature and Media
2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Deadline: April 30, 2012
Topics can include, but are not limited to recent/historical books, television shows, movies, or adaptations. Presentations on recently popular series, like The Hunger Games, are especially encouraged.
Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Youth Literature and Media at, http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/
Extended Deadline for Fourth International Maroon Conference, "Independence" in Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica, June 20-24, 2012
This Modernist Studies Association panel revisits W.E.B. Du Bois's famous articulation of the problem of racial double-consciousness in relation to modernist literary practice. It considers ways in which modernist writers recast what Du Bois saw as a debilitating split between "two unreconciled strivings" into a powerful model for literary production that could be both autobiographical and experimental. How do we understand authors who seem to have intentionally resisted "merg[ing]" contradictory versions of themselves into a coherent authorial identity?
New online journal Black Feminist Literature (bfemlit) invites original submissions on the following topics for its inaugural Spring 2012 issue: how you fell in love with black feminist literature (or one author/text in particular), what makes you a black feminist writer, or on a related topic/issue pertaining to black women's lives or writing that can be developed into a themed issue. Submissions can fall into one of the following categories (please submit no more than 2 pieces at a time): poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (including essays), drama, or reflections. Please limit literary submissions to 1000 words and reflections to 500 words.
The South Central American Dialect Society invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) for their allied session at the 69th annual conference of the South Central Modern Language Association to be held in San Antonio, TX, November 8-10, 2012. While we welcome papers on any approach to the study of the English language in North America, given the location of the conference this year, we are particularly interested in papers that study other languages or dialects of other languages and how those languages influence or are influenced by American English.
CFP: Stanley Cavell and Modernist Studies
(MSA 14, Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2012)
"New theater is 'absurd'; new painting is 'action'; Pop Art exists 'between life and art'; in serial music 'chance occurs by necessity.' Often one does not know whether interest is elicited and sustained primarily by the object or by what can be said about the object. My suggestion is not that this is bad, but that it is definitive of a modernist situation." Is it? Is it still?
This panel seeks to explore the cultural intersections of the Orient in the Hispanic world in literary, historical and/or visual texts. We welcome papers that examine these cultural crossroads in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, Asian Hispanic identities, (mis)representations, art, film, and theater.
Please submit your proposal online at http://www.pamla.org by 22 April 2012.
"Modernist Spectacles of Disability" (MSA 14)
One period that has heretofore garnered less ecocritical attention than it deserves is transatlantic Modernism. Perhaps it's the concrete canyons and industrial "Waste Land"s the era evokes in many readers' minds - which run contrary to so much of the green landscapes and Romanticism of first-wave environmental criticism. Of course, Modernism isn't all smoke and steel - just as ecocritical theory has by now moved out of the forest and into examining more urban jungles.
Articles are invited for the proposed book on "Multiculturalism in Indian Literatures". The Department of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009 conducted a seminar on this subject during March 19 & 20, 2012 under SAP-DRS-I of UGC. It is now proposed to publish the proceedings of the seminar in the form of a book by adding a few more invited articles to them. Hence we invite articles of considerable standard from the scholars in the area. The publication aims at bringing out the diversity of Indian literatures of different languages with a view to relating them to the matters of culture, ideology, nationality, ethnicity, social class and/or gender as part of the Indian multicultural ethos.
Seeking abstracts for the regular session on African American Literature that address the acts of remembering, reimagining, and the rememories of displacement, travel, and exile across the Black Atlantic in contemporary African American literature. This includes but is not limited to such topics as: fictional recreations of the middle passage, contemporary engagement with the trauma of slavery, Neo-slave narratives, cultural memories of slavery, re-crossing the middle passage, return to Africa narratives, exile (spiritual, cultural, or literal) from a "Mother" country, the American South as a site of home and/or horror, flying Africans, ghosts of slavery, and depictions of slavery/middle passage in African American graphic novels.
In September 2012 an interdisciplinary conference at Sutton House in London will mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill. Best known for her housing reform, Hill was also instrumental in founding such diverse present-day institutions as the National Trust, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Army Cadet force, and Family Action (originally the Charity Organisation Society). In a political climate which once again emphasizes the kind of privately-financed social action that Hill applauded, and where the preservation of open space and the provision of homes are again contentious, a re-evaluation of her life and legacy seems particularly timely.