Having narrowly escaped the clutches of a band of marauders, Montaigne attributes his good luck to his face: "If my face did not answer for me, if people did not read in my eyes and my voice the innocence of my intentions, I would not have lasted so long without quarrel and without harm." With his legible eyes and voice, Montaigne's "Of Physiognomy" projects a face that quells quarrels and establishes "innocence."
33rd Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
Papers on any aspect of Cormac McCarthy's works with a reading time of 15 minutes are invited.
Submit completed papers or substantive proposals of 150-250 words, along with a short biography, through the SW/TX PCA/ACA database at
Email queries to section chair
Dr. James Bell, Chair
English, Foreign Language and Humanities
Northwest Oklahoma State University
Deadline for submission of proposals/papers is December 1, 2011.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will organize one session at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 24-27, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency (Embarcadero Center) in San Francisco, California. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
Created through the generous support of former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World houses the personal papers of the United States' most prominent writers on the natural world. Writing with a profound respect for the grandeur and fierceness of the land, these writers are deeply engaged with questions of land use and the nature of community; the conjunction of scientific and spiritual values; and the fragility of wilderness. In addition to published books, materials available for research purposes include correspondence; drafts of manuscripts; research notebooks; diaries and calendars; and photographs, computer files, and film.
The Université de Montréal English Graduate Student Society (EGSS) invites abstracts for its 9th annual conference, March 16-17 2012.
This conference is organized around experimental writing and its many, varying communities including performance art collaborations, small press publishing and editorial projects, virtual and digital work, academic affiliations, and intersecting aesthetic, social and political identities and representations. The goal of this conference is to embrace the productive and generative connotations of these two terms as innovative acts and encounters that are always in the process of both venturing to do something previously untried, and questioning and testing the very boundaries and mores, however contingent, established by those attempts.
Submission Deadline: January 6, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Hennessy
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Society for Textual Scholarship
International Interdisciplinary Conference
31 May – 2 June 2012
The University of Texas at Austin
Program Chairs: Coleman Hutchison & Matt Cohen, The University of Texas at Austin
George Bornstein, The University of Michigan
Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University
Phillip H. Round, The University of Iowa
Deadline for Proposals: January 2, 2012
Call for Papers:
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Marriott Boston Copley Place
Subject Area: Latin Americans & Latinos - Identity Issues & Cultural Stereotypes
In Three Ecologies (1989), Felix Guattari draws attention to the deterioration of modes of life along with an increasing ecological disequilibrium that threatens the planet. The standardization of behavior and consumerism combined with the mass media effects corresponds to an impoverishment of what Foucault called "savoir-faire." Resonating with this concept, Guattari extends the question to the effects of capitalism's capture that destroys both mental and environmental ecologies. In her suggestive dialog with Guattari, Isabelle Stengers correlates this ontological impoverishment with the emergence of bêtise: the form of capitalist subjectivity.
Privileging the Unseen
A one-day symposium on the writing of Hilary Mantel
Friday 14th September 2012
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK
The whole ambience in which I was brought up was one in which the unseen is privileged (Mantel 2005)
We are delighted to invite you to the second session of the seminar group, Sensible Flesh: Rethinking the Body in the 21st Century, which explores new and emerging theories of the body and embodiment. Followed by a discussion and drinks.
Dr. Tom Widger (Brunel): 'Situating Suicide as a Problem of the Body'
Dr. Astrida Neimanis (LSE): 'Flows of Biomatter, Flows of Global Power: On Becoming a Body of Water'
18.00, Monday 14 November, Room S8.08, King's College (Strand Campus).
Theorizing the Fantastic in 20th Century Art
Alison Heney (SUNY Empire State College) ACLA Seminar
The ACLA conference is scheduled for March 29 - April 1, 2012 and we are in negotiations with an academic press interested in publishing a volume based on the proceedings of the seminar.
An abstract of 250 words is due by November 15th.
Please submit your papers to the ACLA website:
Further Call for Papers: 'Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance'
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012
The 21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 30 August-2 September 2012.
ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group:
Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel
The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the "Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance" for the 2012 ATHE conference in Washington D.C. (August 2 - 5, 2012). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. Elizabeth Wollman will serve as the respondent. Dr. Wollman is Assistant Professor of Music at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is author of the book The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical, From Hair to Hedwig.