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UPDATE - NeMLA Conf. March 15-18, 2012 - Teaching the Harlem Renaissance as Part of a Black Aesthetic (Roundtable)

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:43pm
NeMLA Annual Conference

This roundtable will explore pedagogical approaches for teaching the Harlem Renaissance across disciplines and academic levels. Proposals on any aspect of this topic will be considered, but please note that presentations must be 5-7 minutes because of the roundtable format. Papers that focus on cultural works as instrumental in creating a distinctly Black aesthetic are encouraged. Please send a 250-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter ( by September 20, 2011. Also include your name, academic affiliation, a brief biography, and contact information.

UPDATE- NeMLA Conference, March 15-18, 2012 Early African Muslims and Discourses of Resistance

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:41pm
NeMLA Annual Conference

This panel will examine early narratives (including first person, oral, and translated/transcribed) by Diasporic Africans as part of a discourse of resistance. Papers will essentially explore eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African Diasporic narratives, which challenge Western cultural, religious, and social values as a paradigm for intellectual thought. Papers which employ African-centered theoretical frames are highly encouraged. Please send a 500-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter ( Also include your name, academic affiliation, a brief biography, and contact information. The deadline for submission is September 20, 2011.

Visual Rhetoric in Visual and Digital Cultural Spaces

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:31pm
Dr. Mary Hocks/South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This panel invites participants to explore the ways in which visual rhetoric is defined and operates in various visual cultures and digital spaces. Presentations may seek to answer any of the following questions: How do we as scholars and educators define and use visual rhetoric to foster the critical examination of visual texts, locations, performances, embodiments? In what ways does visual rhetoric help explicate the rhetorical activities of digital and social media? What teaching strategies help students learn how to critically examine visual and digital spaces? How do the practices of visual rhetoric connect or move among various academic disciplines?

Cultural Productions of 9/11

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:01pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing "Cultural Productions of 9/11"

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 11.2

Edited By Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson


Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson, "Avatars of 9/11"

Wendy Kozol, "Looking Elsewhere"

Scott Cutler Shershow, "The Time of Sacrifice: Derrida contra Agamben

Daniel Ross, "Passages to Immortality: Arakawa and Gins, Stiegler, and September 11"

Caren Kaplan, "'A Rare and Chilling View': Aerial Photography as Biopower in the Visual Culture of '9/11'"
Marian Macken, "The Event in Miniature: 9/11 and the New York City Model"

David Simpson, "A Confusion of Tongues"

Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on Evolution

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 7:19am
Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal welcomes submissions from any academic field on the topic of evolution in its myriad forms. Preference is given to papers with an interdisciplinary approach or a focus on interdisciplinarity, though all submissions will be entertained. For further information on submissions please consult our guidelines at:

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE -Translation and Gender: a gap between theory and practice? University of Calabria, 8 and 9 November

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 6:41am
University of Calabria / University of Ferrara

The aim of the conference is to investigate the relationship between translation and gender and how it has been approached in different European countries in recent decades, since the beginning of the theoretical debate in feminist TS. Many have been the voices on gender and translation, especially in Canada and in Spain, two cultural contexts in which the problems inherent to translation and the category of gender have been fruitfully discussed by eminent scholars such as Barbara Godard, Sherry Simon, Luise von Flotow and José Santaemilia. These theorists have given prominence to the translator, whether woman or man, to her/his choices and to the strategies outlined in order to unveil the gender-related aspects in translation.

Call for Papers on "The Ritual of Public Apology" for international workshop on March 22nd - 23rd 2012, Antwerp, Belgium

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 6:36am
University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA)

UCSIA is organising an international workshop on the topic of public apology in the fields of communication and media, law and diplomacy, business and public relations on March 22nd-23rd 2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The deadline for submission of applications is set for November 25th, 2011.

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European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long 19th Century Sept. 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:51pm
Gothic Studies

Call for Papers

European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long 19th Century

Luigi Capuana; Carlo Collodi; Arthur Conan Doyle; Antonio Fogazzaro; H. Rider Haggard; Henry James; Vernon Lee; J. Sheridan Le Fanu; Cesare Lombroso; Arthur Machen; Paolo Mantegazza; Edgar Allan Poe; Mary Shelley; Bram Stoker; Ann Radcliffe; Matilde Serao; Robert Louis Stevenson; Ugo Tarchetti and the Scapigliati; H. G. Wells (only a list of suggested authors).

Proposals are invited for a special issue of Gothic Studies, to be edited by David Del Principe (Montclair State University) and William Hughes (Bath Spa University) which will consider EcoGothic approaches to European and Italian literature in the long nineteenth century.

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:36pm
The journal 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?

[Update] "Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 5:41pm
Scott McClintock/National University

"Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

Panel to Be Held at the American Literature Association Symposium, "Mysterious America: Crime Fiction
in American Culture," Savannah, Georgia, September 22 – 24, 2011 (see ALA website at for additional information about the symposium).


Panel Description:

Issues in Contemporary Geek Media - SCMS March 21-25, 2012

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:57pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Over the past decade, geeks -- both real and fictional -- have risen to a position of centrality and immense cultural power within the pop-cultural mediascape. This panel will explore the cultural and industrial issues raised by the rise of the geek as an onscreen and offscreen presence in contemporary media. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the rise of the superhero comic-book blockbuster, geeks in "independent" and alternative media, video games and their adaptation into blockbusters, early influences on the rise of pop cultural geekdom (e.g., Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen, John Hughes, et.

The Hemlow Prize for Graduate Students; deadline 9/1/11

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:09pm
The Burney Society

The Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies

The Burney Society invites submissions for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, named in honour of the late Joyce Hemlow, Greenshields Professor of English at McGill University, whose biography of Frances Burney and edition of her journals and letters are among the foundational works of eighteenth-century literary scholarship.

[UPDATE] Extended CFP for Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011. October 1st 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:21am
University of Leeds


EXTENDED call for papers until Friday 15th July

School of English, University of Leeds
Saturday 1st October 2011


Professor Judith Fisher (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas), author of Thackeray's Skeptical Narrative and the 'Perilous Trade' of Authorship (2002)

Professor Richard Pearson (National University of Ireland, Galway), author of W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text (2000)