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[UPDATE] Mind, Body, Cinema extended deadline: 7/15/11

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:47pm
Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University

The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is happy to announce its 13th annual Fall Conference, "Mind, Body, Cinema."

Keynote address: Melinda Barlow (Ph.D., New York University).

When it comes to cinema, the words "mind" and "body" evoke concepts that surpass definition. The physical representation of characters is central to cinematic pleasure; however, the relationship of the mind to the bodies of celluloid, narrative, landscape, and theatre must also be taken into consideration. The goal of this conference is to dissect minds and bodies, to take this dualism and produce something akin to a Cartesian nightmare: in what ways can cinematic renderings of minds and bodies transcend convention?

UPDATE: Anthology of Essays; 31 August 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 11:23am


Critical / analytical / interpretive essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out on the GEETANJALI of the noted Indian Poet Nobel Laureate RABINDRANATH TAGORE. The anthology will be published by a reputed Indian Publisher having its distribution network the world over.

The essay must be within 2500 and 4000 words, typeset with 1.5 paragraph space and must be according to the latest MLA Stylesheet.

An Abstract of the essay is desirable possibly before 15 July 2011.
The last date for submission of complete essay is August 31, 2011.

The Fringes of Adaptation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:43am
De Montfort University

The Fringes of Adaptation
Postgraduate Conference
De Montfort University, Leicester
1 March 2012

Papers are invited for a one-day conference at De Montfort University on 'fringe areas' of adaptations, elements often overlooked in the study of screen adaptations. We welcome papers on areas such as costume, music, soundtracks, gaming, franchising, merchandising, casting, locations, promotions, authorial interventions, or anything else that has normally been forgotten in mainstream work in adaptation studies.

Proposals should be sent to
Deborah Cartmell
by December 2, 2011.

Trauma in post-9/11 American Culture: Between the Virtual and the Real (International Workshop, October 15th, 2011)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 1:13am
University of Berne, Switzerland

Almost ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the idea of a 'collective American trauma' continues to haunt American culture. Especially the killing of Osama bin Laden has been interpreted as some sort of closure and thus as a milestone in the working through of this supposedly national trauma. Remarks by President Obama at the occasion of the victory over the leader of Al-Qaeda sketch out the field within which this sense of a collective trauma evolved. In the opening words of his address to the nation on May 1st 2011, Obama acknowledges the impact the mass media have had in their creation of an event that could be simultaneously witnessed by all Americans: "The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory.

CFP: Tolkien at Kalamazoo sessions for IMC 2012

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 5:22pm
Brad Eden

This is a call for papers for the 5 sessions and 1 roundtable recently approved for the 2012 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI in May 2012. These sessions are:

Tolkien and Ideology
The Hobbit on its 75th anniversary
Tolkien's shorter poems and lyrics
Tolkien and Women
Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
Teaching Tolkien (roundtable)

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is September 1 to Dr. Brad Eden at If you have any questions, please send them to this email. Thanks.

Audre Lorde's Transatlantic Sisterhoods VOLUME OF ESSAYS

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:55pm
Dr Stella Bolaki and Prof. Sabine Broeck

CALL FOR PAPERS for edited volume on Audre Lorde

"But my words will be there, something to bounce off, something to incite thought, activity" (Audre Lorde, "My words will be there")

Literature and Feeling Sept 30-Oct 1, 2011 Utica College Utica, NY

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:16pm
New York College English Association

The Fall 2011 NYCEA conference will be hosted by Utica College, Utica, NY on September 30th and Oct 1st.

The keynote speaker is April Bernard, who will read her award-winning poetry, including selections from her latest volume, Romanticism, on Friday, Sept 30th at 7:30.

Abstracts of 250 words are requested by August 15, 2011, on topics related to the conference theme of Literature and Feeling. Please send abstracts electronically to Jim Scannell, Associate Professor of English, Utica College at

Motherhood and Popular Culture, April 11-14, 2012, Boston

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:29pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth:
"Now that the baby boom generation has come of age in America, mothers are suddenly back in Vogue - and in Time, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal too. Indeed, mothers are suddenly everywhere and their influence is everywhere felt. Pollsters and policy-makers count them; manufacturers cater to them; and corporations work to accommodate them. Marketers adjust to meet their demands and desires, while medical practitioners keep pace by emphasizing prenatal education and offering non-traditional birthing options.

Race, Class, and Sentimentalism in the 20th Century (NeMLA 2012)

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:27pm
Jenn Williamson

As African American men and women began to appropriate sentimental tropes and the sentimental novel form in the nineteenth-century, they argued for their humanity and alignment with social norms while simultaneously critiquing the ways in which sentimentalism marginalized African American identities by excluding them from class and racial ideologies that promote white dominance. This panel invites papers examining uses of sympathy and sentimental forms in 20th century American literature to address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or national belonging. In what ways do 20th century authors strategically deploy modes of sentimentality in their writings? Do writers in the 20th century recognize the political efficacy of sentimental writing?

[UPDATE] CFP: 20th Century Sentimentalism: From Modernism to Media

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:20pm
Jenn Williamson

This collection will feature essays that examine how authors of the twentieth and twenty-first century continue the use of sentimental forms and tropes of nineteenth-century literature. Current literary and cultural criticism maintains that American culture engaged in a turn-of-the-century refutation of the sentimental mode; however, the analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first-century narratives contained within these essays reveals ongoing use of sentimental expression that draws upon its ability to instruct and influence readers through emotional identification.

NeMLA March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY:

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:53am
Jeffery C. Blanchard / Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma? Does it help represent the horror of battle to those removed?