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Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:53pm
One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011

Unexpected Agents: Considering agency and subjectivity beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

* One-day postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham
* Friday 24 June 2011
* Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)


'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

American Gothic Realism & Naturalism, MLA, Seattle, Jan 5-8, 2012

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:02pm
Gillian Bauer/Loyola University Chicago

All papers concerned with the intersection of American Realism and Naturalism with the gothic - thematically, overtly and/or obliquely, are welcome. Authors to consider include (but not limited to) Wharton, Norris, Dreiser, Twain, Bierce, Freeman, London, James, Twain, etc. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2011.

CFP: Journal - Monsters and the Monstrous

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:03am
Dr Rob Fisher/The Inter-Disciplinary Press

The Inter-Disciplinary Press
Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies

The Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous
ISSN: 1756-770X

Monsters and the Monstrous is a biannual peer reviewed global journal that serves to explore the broad concept of "The Monster" and "The Monstrous" from a multifaceted inter-disciplinary perspective. The journal publishes work that seeks to investigate and assess the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the journal will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific 'monsters' as well as evaluating the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'.

Haunted Travel Writings

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:40am
MLA Special Session

We seek papers dealing with "haunted" aspects of travel writing, from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics can include literal or metaphorical haunting, such as an author's interaction with a foreign land/people/religions, the negative impression left by travel to a foreign land, the idea of the haunted mind (i.e. the troubled artist abroad), travel as escape, cursed foreign relics brought back to a native land, fantastic experiences with the unknown world, unidentifiable beings in movement, or the "troubled" persistence of memory. Please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and brief CV by 21 March 2011.

MLA 2012: Pfaff's and the New York Saturday Press (3/15 deadline, Proposed Special Session)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:24am
Leif Eckstrom

This panel seeks papers that expand our understanding of antebellum literary history via the relatively uncharted productions of Henry Clapp and his bohemian contributors to The New York Saturday Press:

*Pfaff's and the New-York Saturday Press*
Open session on bohemian Saturday Press and the genres and writers, scandals and crises, scenes and markets that suggest new perspectives on antebellum literary production. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to by 15 March 2011.

Call for essays: The Centennial Reader (31 March 2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:42pm
Mount Royal University

We invite submissions for the second issue of The Centennial Reader. Essays can be on any topic of interest to an informed, Canadian audience.

As part of its centennial celebrations during 2010‐2011, Mount Royal University began an online, peer‐reviewed database of essays to offer a publication forum for intellectual discussion for Canadian writers. The Mount Royal Centennial Reader straddles both worlds: the academic world and the popular publication world. Submissions should therefore apply intellectual thought to topical concerns, offered in an entertaining and popular way.

Public Intellectuals and Media (MLA; 3/20/11)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:24am
MLA guaranteed session/Division on Nonfiction Prose

How do media shape possibilities for public intellectualism in the age of the digital, the social network, the newspaper of record, the pamphlet, the broadside? Papers on any era or nonfiction genre welcome.

This session is sponsored by the MLA Division on Nonfiction Prose, Excluding Biography and Autobiography. Send brief bios and abstracts to Susan Lurie ( and Brian Norman ( by March 20, 2011.

Deadline extended--Negotiations and Confession

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:34pm
Rocky Mountain MLA, Scottsdale, AZ, October 6-8, 2011

This special session invites proposals for papers on the confessional mode in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, and court proceedings. We define confession in its broadest sense:
• Confession and the law
• Religious confession
• Confession as an assertion of belief
• Confession as either a construction or presentation of identity, i.e., Rousseau's Confessions
• The performativity of confession
• Confession as Self-advocacy

127th MLA Annual Convention Seattle, 5–8 January 2012 Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 2:00am

Call for Paper for a Special session in 2012 MLA Convention:
Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam
Perception of Ottoman Turks in Western discourse; in different genres, eras. kw: postcolonialism, orientalism. 300-page abstract and a brief bio or CV. by 10 March 2011; Beyazit Akman ( and Filiz Barin-Akman (

Playing False: Representations of Betrayal (Oxford, September 16 - 17, 2011)

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 4:48pm
Dr. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino, Lincoln College, Oxford University

Lincoln College, Oxford University, September 16 - 17, 2011

"Verrat und Argwohn lauschen in allen Ecken"
(Friedrich Schiller, "Wilhelm Tell" 1, 4)

CRITICAL ESSAYS (Anthologies); 9 May 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 8:57am

Scholarly critical / analytical / interpretative essays based on original research are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out separately on each of the following works with a view to providing postgraduate scholars and teachers with new critical insights and perspectives. The anthologies will be published in the form of a series by a reputed Publisher headquartered in India and having its main business base in USA, UK and Ireland.

The texts on which essays must be focused include:

Chaucer's PROLOGUE;


2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 11/5-11/6 , 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 12:14am

The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?