category: twentieth century and beyond

[UPDATE] EXTENSION "Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945"

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English Faculty, University of Oxford (UK)
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"Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945"
18 September 2009
University of Oxford

***NOTE: The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended until 15 July. Registration will open after this date; the registration form will be available for download on the conference website.***

From the fin de siècle to the Second World War, the construction of alternative social and private spaces exerted a peculiar fascination for many British writers. The cataclysmic historical events of the period stimulated Utopian thinking and feeling even as they seemed to make them problematic or impossible. At the same time radical demands for new spaces, whether political, religious or aesthetic, also generated new ways of reading and writing the familiar urban and domestic spaces of everyday life.

The focus of the conference is on the spatial manifestations, geographies and practices of Utopianism, rather than on Utopianism as a category of millenarian anticipation. Papers are invited which address the various material and imaginary spatial forms of the Utopian impulse in the literature of period. How do certain spaces become associated with particular political or aesthetic visions of modernity? Does the Utopian bear a particular affinity to some spaces, rather than to others? Is the Utopian impulse articulated as a desire for order or anarchy?

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words in length, including your name, position and institutional affiliation to Deadline for submission: 15 July 2009.

Plenary speakers: Professor Jay Winter (Yale); Dr Matthew Beaumont (UCL); Iain Sinclair (London)

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[UPDATE] "Carver Across The Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver

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Dr. Paul Grant, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Edited by Paul B. Grant

18th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics. Abstracts deadline: September 1, 2009. Austin, Texas

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The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Student Organization
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Exploring Childhood Studies

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Rutgers University-Camden/Graduate Students of Department of Childhood Studies
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Department of Childhood Studies
Rutgers University, Camden

Call for Papers – Exploring Childhood Studies

Jack London Society Panel for the ALA Symposium on American Fiction 1890-Present at Savannah, October 8-10

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Jack London Society
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The Jack London Society is sponsoring a panel at this year's American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction 1890-Present, October 8-10, 2009.

"Making her Meaning Known": New Scholarship on Audre Lorde (NeMLA 4/7-11/2010; abstracts due 9/30/09)

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Northeast Modern Language Association Conference
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Seventeen years after her death, Audre Lorde’s work continues to have influence despite—or possibly because of—inevitable shifts in dialogues about feminism and racism in American literary schol

[UPDATE]The Beautiful and the Good: Exploring the Beauty Controversy in Contemporary Fiction DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Margaret E. Mitchell/ SAMLA (Atlanta, GA, November 6-8 2009)
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Writers, philosophers and artists have long pondered the relationship between the beautiful and the good.

Ghostly Women & Apparitional Lesbians

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Ula Lukszo/NEMLA
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This panel will examine the appearance of "apparitional lesbians" in various works of fiction in order to question whether the apparitional, the unseen, and the invisible can be rendered visible, and

[UPDATE] “Catastrophe and the Cure”: The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline July 1, 2009)

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Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music
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In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

_“Catastrophe and the Cure”: The Politics of Post-9/11 Music_ is the title of a proposed anthology examining “post-9/11” music. Abstracts are sought for articles attempting to theorize what post-9/11 music is, if such a category can be said to exist, and what political action it takes (or needs to take), if any. Proposed articles should be theoretically engaged and should be written with an academic readership in mind. Of particular interest are abstracts that seek to extend discussions of post-9/11 music beyond the bands/musicians/albums—U2, _The Rising_, The Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, etc.—typically associated with 9/11.
We are especially interested in abstracts on the work of underrepresented groups, such as non-white, LGBT, female, non-western, etc. bands and musicians. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Indigenous Literatures of Native North America (NeMLA, Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010)

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Benjamin Carson / Bridgewater State College
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Northeast Modern Language Association 2010 Annual Convention
Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010

Panel: Indigenous Literatures of Native North America

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