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Reconstruction 12.3, "(In)Securities"

Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 12:33am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Call for Abstracts: Reconstruction 12.3 "(In)Securities"

Edited by Susana Araújo (University of Lisbon) and Susana S. Martins (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

In the past years, the world has been dealing with increasing anxieties about state and urban
security, which were largely exacerbated after traumatic experiences such as the 9/11 terrorist
attacks of New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, the 2004 train attacks in Madrid and the London bombings in 2005.

Mapping Adoption: Histories, Geographies, Literatures, Politics; July 9; March 22-25

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:19pm
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Cujlture

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture announces:

The 4th International Conference on Adoption and Culture
Mapping Adoption: Histories, Geographies, Literatures, Politics

March 22 - 25, 2012
The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California

Call for Proposals

Rewriting Southern Literature for the Silver Screen (AUMLAC Feb 10-11 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 6:13pm
Robert Klevay / Auburn University at Montgomery

This panel will celebrate the past and continuing inspiration of Southern literature on Hollywood film. In Film Adaptation and its Discontents, Thomas Leitch declares the "primary lesson of film adaptation" is "texts remain alive only to the extent that they can be rewritten and that to experience a text in all of its power requires each reader to rewrite it." He recommends that scholars concentrate on how a given adaptation "reads" its source text along with any "literary, cinematic, or broadly cultural" intertexts contained within rather than narrowly focusing on the issue of fidelity.

Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West (9/01/11; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 10/27/11-10/29/11)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 5:30pm
The John R. Milton Writers' Conference / The University of South Dakota

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 27-29, 2011, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and roundtable proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but aren't limited to:

Call for Contributions to an Essay Collection: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Audrey DeLong, PhD

The editor is currently seeking proposals for an essay collection investigating and interrogating the popular Transformers franchise.

With this summer's release of a third major blockbuster film, along with an ongoing comic series, and a new cartoon series, on top of perennial toylines, the Transformers franchise has grown and developed significantly from its humble start in 1984 as a toy-hawking cartoon, while many of its mid-80s peers have languished in neglect. What is it that has captured the imagination for so long? What has kept it alive through so many changes of media, market pressure, and fictive universe?

NEMLA, March 15-18, 2002, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University

From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor (13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:04pm
Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary

"His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor"


13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012


June 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915 - 2011).

In observation of this anniversary, and in recognition of Paddy Leigh Fermor's longtime friendship with Lawrence Durrell (1912 - 1990), Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary invites submission of scholarly papers on any aspect of Leigh Fermor's life, travel writing, and memoirs.

Psychological Trauma and its Material Bodies (Cultural Studies Association Conference, March 28-April 1, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:29am
Terra Caputo/Allegheny College

I am seeking paper proposals for a panel to be proposed for the Cultural Studies Association Conference to be held March 28-April 1 at the University of California in San Diego. This particular panel will consider the ways in which expressions of the material body articulate, negotiate, and/or represent individual or collective experiences of psychological trauma. Paper proposals that engage with issues of ethnicity and gender are especially encouraged. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and C.V. to Terra Caputo at by August 15, 2011.

Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Issue (July 15, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 6:36am
Journal of Narrative Theory

JNT will mark the 2013 Centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth with a special issue devoted to her stunningly varied and provocative work. We invite submissions that deepen and complicate our understanding of Rukeyser's writings; her philosophical, poetic, and political commitments; her interest in the multiple connections between science and poetry; her articulation of an extended poetics in The Life of Poetry, which has yet to receive its due as a major modernist manifesto; her passionate response to technology; her life-long commitment to experimentalism in the context of an activist poetics; her investment in "extending the document," especially in the context of current documentary poetic practices; her role as a post-holocaust Jewish-American poet.

Peer English 8

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:29am
Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester

Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its seventh year, published by members of the School of English at the University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.

Comparative English: Reassessing Language and Literature Studies in a Globalized World; Oct. 31, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:03am
Myles Chilton, Chiba University; Ryan Melsom, Thompson Rivers University

The worldwide growth of English as a first and foreign language has by now necessitated the a term like 'Global Englishes' to describe the range of dialects and usages. Such a term calls attention to the de-coupling of the language from its Anglo-American 'homes', and to the popularity of English as a foreign subject of study. The place of Anglophone literary education, however, is less firm. Despite the fame of certain canonical Anglophone writers and the global domination of Anglophone publishing conglomerates, Anglophone literature is often taught in the service of language rather than literary education.

Call for Articles African American Poetry and Ecocriticism for Anthology

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 9:20pm
Dr. Paula Hayes

Seeking article submissions that discuss the relationship between African American poetry and ecocriticism for a scholarly anthology. Selection of African American poetry may cover any time period, ranging from slavery to the Reconstruction era, early twentieth century/Jim Crow, early twentieth century/modernism, Civil Rights, post-Civil Rights, and current/contemporary works. Ideally, the anthology will demonstrate a range in African American poetry and ecocriticism by hopefully covering each of the above mentioned historical epochs. I am currently in the process of securing an academic publisher and will notify authors selected for publication of all publishing developments. Complete articles should be sent (not abstracts) by December 31, 2011.

[UPDATE] NeMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: CFP - Empirical Study of Methods in Writing Instruction

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 8:54pm
New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The teaching of writing is characterized by a wide array of practices, often cycling through popular phases or trends. When evaluating the potential effectiveness of instructional methods, many educators rely on descriptive and anecdotal publications, as the literature is replete with them. Although these publications have merit in their ability to disseminate ideas, how can faculty go beyond the descriptive and the anecdotal when determining the most effective means of teaching writing?