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Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain (June 28-29 2012)

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:17am
David Higgins / University of Leeds

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain: Call for Papers

An international conference to be held at the University of Leeds, 28-29 June 2012, under the auspices of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of English

Plenary speakers: Dr Gregory Dart (University College London); Professor Robert Mankin (Université Paris-Diderot); Professor John T. Scott (University of California, Davis)

The aim of this international conference, held in celebration of the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, is twofold: (1) to reassess the impact that Britain had on Rousseau's life and writing; and (2) to examine the reception of Rousseau's works in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day.

NeMLA 2012 (March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY): "ʻYouʼve Got She-Mail!ʼ: Drag and Discursive Limits in RuPaulʼs Drag Race

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:40am
Diana Aldrete

We invite submissions that attempt to expand upon current representations of drag performance in mainstream popular culture. Papers will problematize drag performance and parody as staged in RuPaul's series, RuPaul's Drag Race and may address taboo, the hyperbolized feminine, linguistic play, drag 'families', the legibility of queer bodies in a televised space, intertextuality
and the subversion of queer issues.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by August 15th to either Diana Aldrete at or Melissa McCarron at

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:03am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

Re-Visiting Sylvia Townsend Warner

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 5:07am
Centre for South West Writing, University of Exeter and the Dorset County Museum

Re-Visiting Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)

A One-Day International Symposium hosted by the Centre for South West Writing, University of Exeter and the Dorset County Museum

29 June 2012
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Professor Mary Joannou (Anglia Ruskin University)
Professor Jan Montefiore (University of Kent)

CFP: Hitchcock and Adaptation (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:24pm
Elizabeth Foxwell

Guest editor: Mark Osteen (Loyola University Maryland)
Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock was notorious for his manipulation of audiences and mastery of cinematic technique. What has been neglected, however, is Hitchcock's art of adaptation: the ingenious ways he used literary texts as points of departure for his cinema. Hitchcock's relationship to literary works is fertile ground for research on the director as a reader and a writer, as well as a filmmaker. _Clues_ seeks previously unpublished papers about how Hitchcock's films offer new paradigms for cinematic adaptation.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 5:13pm
NOTE: Keynote Speaker is Prof. Russ Castronovo (Deadline July 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Castronovo's publications include:
Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);

Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001);

Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)

Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, co-edited with Dana Nelson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Native/Indigenous Studies Area: 2012 SW/TX PCA/ACA February 8-11, 2012

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:45pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Native/Indigenous Studies Area

2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's
33rd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM at Hyatt Regency
EMAIL 250-word abstract to:
Come present your paper with us! Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged. Paper topics can include transnational and international Indigenous Peoples' issues.

New College Conference, March 8-10, 2012, Sarasota, FL: Call for papers: "Does Beowulf Allow (for) Illustration?" (due 9/5/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 2:43pm
Matthew J. Snyder / University of Florida

This session will seek to explore the question: Can Beowulf be illustrated, or does the poem exhibit and/or foster an inherent antagonism between sign and icon? Recent efforts to provide illustration that augments (or perhaps subsumes or subordinates) the poem's 3182 lines of text, including Seamus Heaney and John D. Niles' Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition (Norton, 2007), the graphic novel Beowulf: Monster Slayer (Graphic Universe, 2008), and Robert Zemeckis' 2007 motion-capture animated film, all would seem to push back against what might be termed the text's opacity of the visual imaginary.

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice; August 15, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 12:28pm
Central Piedmont Community College

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice (TALTP), a peer-reviewed open source online journal, is accepting articles for our Summer 2011 issue. We are looking for articles on teaching all aspects of American literature and for essays on lesser known American authors; however, we are particularly interested in articles on using technology in the American lit classroom. TALTP is also seeking articles for the Fall issue (November 15) about using primary sources, databases, archives, etc., in the literature classroom.
Visit the site for more details on submission or submit manuscripts with abstracts to

Language Rights Panel

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 12:27pm
Kamal Belmihoub, Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS)

The panel will explore various contexts where language rights are involved. You do not have to have a paper to present, but if you are interested, please write an abstract of your presentation and e-mail it along with your name and affiliation. For more information, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

Picturing the Nineteenth Century - March 22-25, 2012 - University of Kentucky

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:53am
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association

Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat "picturing" in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious "meta" attempts to understand methods of representation. We also encourage papers that consider how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of "the nineteenth century." Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome.