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Dreaming Dangerously: Imagining the Utopian, the Nostalgic, the Possible

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 1:20am
Simon Fraser University, English Department Graduate Conference

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

A matter of lifedeath

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:57pm
Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature

A matter of lifedeath
October 1-4, 2014

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:47pm
English Graduate Conference at Southern Methodist University

English Graduate Conference at Southern Methodist University

Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.

UPDATE: Edith Wharton & Cosmopolitanism, ALA Boston May 2013, deadline extended to 24 January

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:33am
Emily Orlando / Fairfield University

Call for Papers, American Literature Association (ALA)
Boston, Massachusetts
May 23-26, 2013
Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton's relationship to cosmopolitanism. Presentations might address Wharton's positions on questions of travel, expatriotism, the transatlantic, the urban, and/or the foreign. Papers might also consider Wharton's complicated relations to emergent theories of cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitics. Please send abstracts and one-page CVs to Emily Orlando at by January 24, 2013.

Ways of Being / Modes of Existence: Human, animal, machine

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:42am
Louisiana State University Department of French Studies

Keynote Speakers:
Dominique Lestel, Ecole Normale Supérieure-Paris
Verena Andermatt Conley, Harvard University
Jeffrey T. Nealon, Penn State University

[UPDATE] ASA 2013, Washington DC: "Transatlantic Approaches to African American Women's Literature"; January 20, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:05am
Kristin Allukian

CFP for a Panel Proposal for ASA 2013, Washington DC:
"Transatlantic Approaches to African American Women's Literature"

Description: Transatlantic approaches to literature by African American women that foreground discussions of "debt," broadly defined. All time periods welcome.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, 1 page CV

Deadline for submissions:
January 20, 2013

Contact information:
Kristin Allukian

Supernatural Studies Journal CFP

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:34pm
Supernatural Studies Association

Supernatural Studies (ISSN 2325-4866), a new, peer-reviewed journal welcomes article and book review submissions for its first two issues (Spring and Fall 2013). We welcome articles on any aspect of the representation of the supernatural.

Standing submission dates are March 1 and October 1.

The journal focuses on representations of the supernatural in popular culture, including (but not limited to) art, literature, film, and television. We welcome any approach, but request that authors minimize jargon associated with any single-discipline studies.