The term "medievalism" refers to popular and presentist re-imaginings of the Middle Ages. This panel will consider how invocations of the Middle Ages have shaped regionalized representations of the Civil War, chivalry, romance, race, gender, Southern "aristocracy," the feudal antecedents of plantation life, and the economies of the "Old" and "New" South. By June 28, 2011, please send 250-word proposals along with academic affiliation and e-mail address in the body of an e-mail message to Alexandra Cook, University of Alabama, at email@example.com.
Fifty years after Richard C. Wade's pioneering study of slavery in American cities, the term "urban slave" still reads as a paradox when considered in light of a popular culture that has made the rolling fields and white columns of the plantation house – rather than the crowded lot and narrow façade of the townhouse – the representative site of enslavement. This panel attempts to unsettle these associations, to complicate the fictional Tara – a set built on a backlot in Culver City, California – with analyses of urban sites of slavery: Frederick Douglass's Baltimore, Solomon Northrup's New Orleans, and Denmark Vesey's Charleston, among others.
This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare's time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Phillip Zapkin, , by 30 Sept. 2011.
NeMLA 2012 will be hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, from 15-18 March. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester.
Scholarly essays are invited for an anthology of critical essays on Aesthetics of Haiku Poetry to be published by a reputed publisher from India. The essays may include the traditional as well as contemporary trends in Haiku poetry with special focus on evolution and development of Haiku in English language across the world. For further details, please write to Editor of the anthology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE for submission of FULL PAPER: 31 JULY 2011.
Scholarly critical / analytical / interpretative essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out on the ODES OF JOHN KEATS with a view to providing postgraduate scholars and teachers with new critical insights and perspectives. The anthology will be published by a reputed Publisher headquartered in India and having its main business base in USA, UK and Ireland.
Deadline for submission of essays: 31 July 2011
'Sifting the April sunlight for clues': The Poetry of John Ashbery
This panel aspires to a multi-faceted exploration, in his native Rochester, of the work of this uniquely gifted and elusive poet. Papers are welcome focused on any aspect of his long career: reading Ashbery, contextualizing Ashbery, teaching Ashbery; themes, principles, methods, influences, legacies, an arc of development; challenges, beauties, evasions, perspicacities, achievements. 300-500 word abstracts to Barbara Fischer, email@example.com.
Chair: Barbara Fischer
This panel seeks papers on the narrative fiction of Spanish women writers during the late nineteenth to early twentieth century (1880-1936). Papers should focus on the way in which women authors represented marriage, motherhood and/or modern society, given the growing influence of feminism and the women's movement. Please send a 200-300 word abstract, in English or Spanish, to Rebecca Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 30, 2011.
For more information on the 43rd annual NeMLA Convention, visit the conference website: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/index.html
We invite proposals for an edited collection entitled Service Learning and Literary Studies. Our use of the term service learning captures all curriculum-based community engagement. The proposed text will demonstrate that service learning can accomplish multiple learning outcomes as it enriches the study of literature in the college curriculum and meets community needs.
In addition to an introduction, two overview essays and a bibliography of service learning resources, the book will be arranged in two main sections:
New deadline, July 1.
In Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community representations are not just works of art (oeuvre); they also, in fact, work. Representations present "community" and thereby give a disparate group of beings an identity, borders, and a body. If representations work, what happens when a work founders, when it falls apart, and opens onto something else? Would this opening then be the place or space of play, even serious play? What does this "absence of work" look like formally? What are the ethical consequences of such playful interruptions? Papers on non-mainstream directors are of particular interest.
Third International Workshop on Information Systems in Distributed
(S)Movies: Spanish Cinema Now International Workshop.
12 to 17 December at the Lincoln Center in New York
(S)Movies. Spanish Cinema Now. International Workshop on contemporary Spanish Cinema organized by Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, US) and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). The workshop will be held the week of 12 to 17 December at the Lincoln Center in New York. The languages of the workshop will be both English and Spanish.
The Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Seoul National University
Seoul National University
October 28–29, 2011
We welcome contributions in any field of research that present critical reflections on issues that have direct impact in the human rights and quality of life of the Portuguese-speaking communities in the United States and Canada. This symposium on Human Rights and Quality of Life aims to explore Health, Deportation, Education, Advocacy and Leadership issues in the United States and Canada. The papers presented at this symposium will draw on the experiences of the Portuguese-speaking communities to address the complexity of challenges posed by life in their host countries.
People from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Please submit a 300 word abstract by June 30, 2011 to:
Contemporary Social and Cultural Renegotiations in the Portuguese-Speaking World
This panel welcomes papers in Cultural Studies and Literary Criticism that present critical reflections on Literary and Visual Arts portrayals of contemporary life in the Portuguese-speaking countries and their Diasporas. Which are the main struggles faced by these communities? Which strategies of self-articulation and survival have they imagined? Papers that examine dynamics of inclusion or exclusion are particularly welcome. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statement to Luis Gonçalves .
43rd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York
MAPACA: Travel & Tourism Panels; Philadelphia, PA, 11/03/11-11/05/11 Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
***DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED to JULY 5, 2011***
Travel and Tourism Studies continues to gain popularity as an academic field, in part because of its inter-disciplinary nature. The Travel and Tourism area seeks papers that explore and discuss any aspect of travel and tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the following:
- heritage tourism
- travel and gender/race/class
- material culture and tourism
- writing travel
- spatial relations and tourism
- politics and tourism
- personal travel narratives