Derived from "bawd," a word of uncertain etymology associated with practices of female prostitution, "bawdy" describes something that is boisterously or humorously indecent. Considering that one of the earliest known works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with its many descriptions of the randy exploits of a Sumarian prince, can be considered bawdy, one might suggest that bawdiness is an intrinsic quality of literary discourse. From Rabelais's laughing pregnant hags, to Rochester's copious odes to genitalia, and Joyce's "obscenities" in Ulysses, the bawdy has titillated centuries of readers.
Toni Morrison's latest novel, A Mercy, demonstrates the contemporary writer's continued preoccupation with the history of slavery in the New World as well as the ever expanding range of approaches to this subject matter. This panel invites papers that examine contemporary narratives of slavery (written after 1970) and how they render this historical experience in terms that challenge contemporary readers of all racial backgrounds.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and brief cv to Maria Rice Bellamy at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2011.
Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920
23rd September 2011, University of Warwick
*Provisional Programme available and
Registration is now open*
Keynote speaker: Professor Jo Little, University of Exeter
This symposium offers a long-overdue forum in which to resituate the rural as a vital context for understanding the meanings of gender and space in the long Victorian period. Bringing together scholars from different disciplinary perspectives, including English literary studies, geography and history, we aim to understand the diverse experiences of gendered rural spaces and contribute to discussions about theoretical approaches to the (rural)space-gender intersection.
Atenea, a multidisciplinary bilingual journal on the humanities and
social sciences, features essays, books reviews, and some fiction and
Indexed by MLA.
The editorial board invites submission of essays and book reviews to be
considered for publication in the next open topic issue
issue (December 2011).
Submissions in either English or Spanish are welcome (see the guidelines
This special issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Interdisciplinary Humanities" will consider articles, essays, interviews, and creative works by authors who write or produce works for children. Video games, picture books, fantasy, hip-hop, children's poetry: the various media that are relevant to children and have become part of twenty first century humanities warrant study and exploration for teachers and scholars in the humanities. Send inquiries and submissions to Dr. Wynn Yarbrough at email@example.com or to Dr. Lee Ann Westman at firstname.lastname@example.org
This panel wishes to reassess, and bring to the fore, the important role of the love treatise within Renaissance literature. In fact, recent new studies show that the genre of the love treatise, situated within its own historical moment and cultural context, functioned as a unique hybrid text in which different traditions - literary, philosophical and medical- were elaborately intertwined to explain the genesis and anatomy of love. Thus, by undertaking a comparative study of the Renaissance love treatise, this panel will explore the varying discourses that once informed this hybrid genre.
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
March 15 - 18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
The Television Department at Columbia College Chicago invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers to the The Watercooler Journal. This peer-reviewed journal is a cross-disciplinary online source that focuses on nearly any topic involving the critical study of television programming. Papers may address the medium as a whole, specific television programs, transmedia, fan studies, social and/or cultural implications, individual episodes within a series, etc. Please visit http://www.thewatercoolerjournal.tv to read papers that have been accepted.
Proposals for papers and panels are now being considered for the Film & History Area of the annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference. This year's conference theme is Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context."
American literature has historically ascribed the traumas of war almost entirely to the domain of the male combatant's experience; in the process, valuable contributions on the subject by female authors have been largely overlooked. This panel seeks paper proposals exploring the role of the peripheral actor in times of war, particularly female non-combatants who are nonetheless directly affected by the traumas of war.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter, George Washington University, at email@example.com.
Abstract deadline: 30 September 2011.
Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Popular Culture & Sex Special Topics Area.
Listed below are suggestions for presentations; topics not included here are welcome & encouraged.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2011.
(For returning presenters, please note this earlier date.)
*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.
Dr Julia Thomas is chairing a panel on 'New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies' at the conference on Victorian Media organized by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, to be held on 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The panel will address the idea that the presence of pictures radically alters the meanings of Victorian texts, and will explore the contexts in which illustrations appear in this period and in which they re-appear (or disappear) today. Papers on any aspect of Victorian illustration are welcome. Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short 75-word biography to Julia Thomas at ThomasJ1@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 30 September.