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[Update] British Society for Literature and Science Conference 10-12 April 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:54pm
University of Surrey

The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.

Motherhood and Labor in Transnational Women's Writing (March 20-23 2014, NYU)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:56pm
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the reconfiguration of women's roles in both the domestic and the social spheres in countries across the globe. Women's vital roles as mothers and educators to the future citizens of the nation/world were capitalized upon by female writers and activists who called for the improvement of women's social rights and their inclusion in the workplace. The discourses of motherhood and domesticity as gendered cultural capital(s) have thus long been engaged, reconfigured, and deployed in transnational women's movements.

Exeter Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference - 24th-25th July 2014 - deadline for proposals 28th March 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:24am
University of Exeter

Call for papers: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference

The Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter will be holding an interdisciplinary medical humanities conference for postgraduate researchers on the 24th and 25th July 2014.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the broad scope of exciting research being carried out in the field of the medical humanities at present. As such we welcome abstracts on any aspect of the medical humanities from postgraduates working in all disciplines, including but not restricted to English Literature, History, Film, Classics and Art History.

CFP: Caribbean Literature at CEA 2014 (11/1/13; 3/27/13-3/29/13)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 11:30pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association

Call for Papers: Caribbean Literature at CEA 2014
March 27-29, 2014 | Baltimore, Maryland
CEA 2014 will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 45th annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possible themes:

Call for Papers Deadline 15/12/13

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:09pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

the quint's twenty first issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books.  The deadline for this call is 15th December 2013—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

quint guidelines

All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.

The Pierian Call for Submissions--Deadline March 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:54pm
The Pierian Literary Journal/Albany State University

Currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 issue. Accepting unpublished poems (3 max), short stories (1500 word max), one-act plays, and essays (1000 word max). Journal only accepts electronic submissions. For more information, please email: This year's theme: Jazz and Blues in American Culture. Entries that reflect the theme will receive priority consideration.

Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium - March 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:42pm
Gordon College

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for their fifth annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (LLUC) taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Keynote Speaker: Sue Weaver Schopf, Harvard University
"The Vampire in Literature: A Very Strange Love Affair"

BREVITY - Graduate Student Conference at Western University (Canada), March 6 - 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:39pm
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Western University, Canada

Keynote speakers: Luca Somigli (University of Toronto); Mark McDayter (Western University).

"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí" [When (s)he woke up, the dinosaur was still there]. This is the entirety of a 1959 short story by Augusto Monterroso. It could easily fit in a Twitter status update almost three times over.

Brevity can be interpreted in many different ways – from a sense of briefness and urgency to an economization of words. At times, brevity may be perceived as superficial or frivolous, except to those of Spartan sensibilities. To others, such as Polonius, "brevity is the soul of wit [/ And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, / I will be brief: your noble son is mad]" (II, ii).