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2013 SFU Grad Conference - Dreaming Dangerously: Imagining the Utopian, the Nostalgic, the Possible

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 2:50pm
Simon Fraser University, English Graduate Department

Nostalgia itself has a utopian dimension, only it is no longer directed toward the future. Sometimes nostalgia is not directed towards the past either, but rather sideways. The nostalgic feels stifled within the conventional confines of time and space.
–Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia xiv

So where do we stand now, in 2012? 2011 was the year of dreaming dangerously, of the revival of radical emancipatory politics all around the world. Now a year later, every day brings new evidence of how fragile and inconsistent that awakening was.
-Slavoj Zizek, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously


[UPDATE] MCLLM CFP Deadline Extension

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:46am
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)

Northern Illinois University is proud to host the 21st annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. We invite proposals for fifteen-minute papers from scholars at all stages of their careers. MCLLM encourages individual or panel papers on any aspect of literature, language, media, or culture as well as creative writing and pedagogical approaches. Proposals might address intersections between visual and print mediums; visual developments in linguistics; work in and with "new media," including film studies; and other treatments of the theme.

Please submit your one-page proposal to by February 6, 2013.

[UPDATE] Imminent closing date of 1st Feb for CFP for Resurrecting the Book Conference 15-17 November 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:36am
Library of Birmingham, England and Newman University College

The closing date for the Call for Papers for

Resurrecting the Book: 15-17 November 2013, Library of Birmingham, England

is Friday 1st February 2013. Full details below

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Professor Sir David Cannadine, Princeton University;
Professor Johanna Drucker, UCLA;
Dr David Pearson, City of London Corporation;
Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, University of the Arts, London.

The Art of English - Friday 21st June 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 5:46am
Queen Mary, University of London

Faced with pressure to quantify and possibly to commodify our research and our teaching through the narrow and potentially homogenizing parameters of concepts such as 'impact', many researchers and teachers in English departments seem to retreat from the challenge of affirming what it is that we value in the study and teaching of English.

Repetition - with a difference? :: May 9-10, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:59pm
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Last year we heard Barack Obama say "Yes, we can" for a second time, and saw Youtube viewers watch and re-watch Psy's "Gangnam Style" for the billionth time (really!): we live surrounded by repetition. As scholars embedded in a culture obsessed with imitation, parody, and countless other forms of re- acting, we ought to ask one another "what is the significance of repetition?" When is it a form of questioning or deconstruction, and when is it simply re(in)statement or obsession? We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, political, ethical, and literary implications of repetition.

CFP: Advertising and Consumer Culture conference, May 31 - DEADLINE MARCH 25, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:35am
Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum / University of York

CALL FOR PAPERS: University of York Centre for Modern Studies Third Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium

Commercial speech – advertising – makes up most of what we share as a culture . . . As the language of commercialism has become louder, the language of high culture has become quieter.
– James B. Twitchell, Twenty Ads that Shook the World

viscera: Seeking Creative Writing/Poetry Submissions for 2nd Biannual Chapbook

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 4:56pm
The California Journal of Women Writers

The California Journal of Women Writers is a new online journal featuring original reviews and criticism of women's literature from across North America, as well as interviews with authors and commentary on critiques published elsewhere. We do not focus on any one type of literature, as long as the text is written by a female author and is of interest to TCJWW editors.

Our intent is to provide a space for enthusiastic dialogue supporting a wide variety of women writers. We invite our readers to unite, discuss, and join our conversation with insightful comments. This is a space devoted to fostering and enhancing the visibility of North American female authors.

Captivity / Writing / Unbound (Edited Collection) May 1, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 3:07pm
Pat Cesarini and Becky McLaughlin / University of South Alabama

Call for Papers for Collection: Captivity / Writing / Unbound

Proposals for papers are invited for a collection entitled Captivity / Writing / Unbound. We are particularly interested in papers that explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing—such writing conceived generically, geographically, historically, or in disciplinary terms—and that do so through a triangulation of the three operant terms: Captivity, Writing, Unbound.


Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:55am
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

The quint's seventeenth 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 March 2013—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
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.