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"Reading Paratext: the Economies of 19th-Century Play Publishing" Due 5/30 (Conference 11/11)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:31pm
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

This alternative-format session is a contemplative "show and tell" in which panelists discuss the same 4 examples of 19th century playscript paratext, the "extra" printed matter around the playtext: title-page, catalogue, advertisement, and character list. Exploring how paratext can open new angles on cultural and economic contexts, the session borrows the model of historical-structural scrutiny in Gerard Genette's influential study, Paratexts, for the case of playscripts, and builds on studies of the intersections of theatre and publishing (J.S. Peters, D.S. Kastan, W.B. Worthen).

Peer-Reviewers & Readers Wanted for Medieval Postgraduate Journal

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 7:17pm

Hortulus is a refereed journal devoted to the literature and cultures of the medieval world. The journal is published electronically once a year, and its mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their work.

[UPDATE] The Moviegoer at Fifty 10/14/11 -10/16/11

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 3:18pm
Walker Percy Center at Loyola University in New Orleans


Name of Conference: The Moviegoer at Fifty

Hosted by: The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans

Where: Loyola University, New Orleans, LA (on campus)
When: October 14-16, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Jay Tolson
Proposals: We welcome both session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing any topics relevant to Walker Percy, The Moviegoer and pertinent contexts.
Please send two-page session proposals and/or one-page individual paper abstracts by May 31, 2011 to

The American West on Television (5/30/11; WLA Conference, Missoula, Oct 5-8, 2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 3:11pm
Michael Johnson / Western Literature Association

Although the golden age of the television western has long since passed, we have seen in the 21st century a remarkable rebirth of the portrayal of the West on television: in reality shows (such as MTV's The Real World, set most recently in Hollywood), in series that reinvent and revise the classic western (such as Deadwood), and in series that make extensive use of western settings and locations (such as the original C. S. I.). For this panel, I am interested in proposals for papers investigating the depiction of the West in contemporary television.

Middle Eastern Poetry and Poetics at the SAMLA 2011 Conference (Nov. 4-6 in Atlanta, GA)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 1:45pm
Renee Schatteman/ SAMLA (South Atlanta Modern Language Association)

The panel seeks abstracts for 20-minute papers on contemporary and new Middle Eastern poetry, especially papers that present these new voices in their cultural contexts. By May 30, please send substantive abstracts either by post to Dr. Renee Schatteman at Georgia State University via email ( The panel will be part of the 2011 SAMLA conference with a special focus on "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World." For more information on conference, go to

Purdue Renaissance Comparative Prose Conference (22-24 Sept. 2011; West Lafayette, Indiana)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 12:13pm
Angelic Duran/Purdue University

Featured events include
- Introductory remarks by Ronald Corthell, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Purdue-Calumet; 1989-2011 Editor, Prose Studies
- Keynote by Scott Stevens, Director, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Chicago Newberry Library
- Performances of the Book of Ecclesiastes and the Book of Mark

Corporate Cultures: Contemporary Economies of Cultural Performance--ASTR Working Group (11/17-11/20/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:45am
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

Corporate Cultures: Contemporary Economies of Cultural Performance

Conveners: Eero Laine, Carly Griffin Smith, Peter Zazzali

Corporate interest in the cultural marketplace has created a complex network of distribution and consumption in the global economy. This has become increasingly apparent in the fields of theatre and performance; from the Disneyfication of Broadway, to political rallies sponsored by media companies, to performances of individuality on social networking sites, live and mediatized corporate cultural performances are expanding the field of cultural production to accommodate increasingly diverse interests.

CFP: Bullying and the Abuse of Power 3 (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:07am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Bullying and the Abuse of Power

Thursday 3rd November – Saturday 5th November 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
Bullying is a global problem. Whether it takes place in the schoolyard; the board room; the corridors of academe; a detention centre for alleged terrorists; a government office, or cyber space; and whether it involves insult, physical assault or manipulation of the environment with the intention of making another person's life intolerable, bullying involves the abuse of power. Everyone is affected by it, whether directly or indirectly.

Shakespearean Drama and the Renaissance Sensorium ( RSA 2012, March 22-24 in Washington, D.C. / abstract deadline 5/16/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:03am
Jennie Votava / New York University

This panel invites papers that explore the role of one or more of the five senses either as themes in the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, or as features in dramatic performance. Topics may include, but are not limited to, histories/theories of sensation; representations of the senses and early modern phenomenology; sensory mediation between actors and audience; visual and other sensory "cultures"; the senses and affect; the senses and the body politic; sensory hierarchies and gender, class, racial or ethnic difference. Consideration of the "internal" senses (e.g., memory, reason, imagination) as well as the "external" senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are welcome.

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University (issue 3)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 11:05pm
Eric Leuschner

Teacher-Scholar explores the history, present circumstances, and possible future of America's hardest working but least studied institutions of higher learning—Regional State Universities or, to use a more recent and revealing title, State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs). With heavy teaching loads and extensive service obligations for faculty and seemingly endless responsibilities for administrators, SCUs are the invisible workhorses of higher education and, in many ways, America's "institutions of the future." Serious study of such institutions is long overdue. How does their story modify the dominant understanding of higher-education history, which is based on more prestigious institutions? What are the benefits of working at an SCU?

Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:35pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

We invite paper and panel proposals for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's Off-Year Symposium, "Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North," to be held June 14-17 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Proposals related to the field of literature and environment broadly, or to the symposium theme specifically, should include a 250-word abstract, paper title, your name, and affiliation. Proposals for pre-organized panels are also welcome. Submit proposals to Sarah Jaquette Ray ( and Kevin Maier ( by November 5, 2011.

MAPACA Conference Women's Studies Area Nov 3-5, 2011 Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:01pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association

Women's Studies as a discipline acknowledges the interdisciplinary approaches to discussing issues that affect women. The Women's Studies section of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture.