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Special issue of Utopian Studies on Architecture and Utopia -- Guest Editor, Dr Nahtaniel Coleman

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 6:27am
Dr Nathaniel Coleman, Newcastle University


The Problematic of Architecture and Utopia

Special issue of Utopian Studies (25:1, Spring 2014) on Architecture and Utopia

Call for Papers – Deadline: 01 May 2013

Guest Editor: Dr Nathaniel Coleman, Newcastle University


Papers are invited for publication in a forthcoming issue of Utopian Studies on the topic of Architecture and Utopia. In this instance, architecture is construed as including interiors and gardens in one direction, and cities and landscapes in the other, with individual buildings, or assemblages of them, in the middle.

[UPDATE] The Aesthetics of Austerity - Extended Deadline, February 1, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:03pm
University of California, Irvine - PhD Program in Visual Studies

The PhD program in Visual Studies at UC, Irvine invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference: The Aesthetics of Austerity.

Conference Date: April 5, 2013
Deadline: Abstracts of no more than 350 words are due February 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm to Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length. Please include a one-page CV that demonstrates your research interests.

Panel: "Finding the Hidden Adult in Victorian Children's Literature"

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 2:55pm
NAVSA 2013 (Oct 23-27, 2013)

The Victorian era embraced the notion that childhood should be set aside as a time of unbridled play and fantasy, separate from the adult world of work. Yet the worlds of childhood and adulthood were constantly blurring within and alongside books for both kinds of audiences: Catherine Robson notes the presence of men in Wonderland, and Claudia Nelson has recently shown that "precocious children" and "childish adults" populate Victorian literature.

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: Into the Void, March 29-30, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:08pm
University of Iowa

The 13th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
"Into the Void"
March 29-30, 2012
University of Iowa

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 8, 2013***

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But in the midst of the long row there hangs a canvas which differs from the others. . . . on this one plate no name is inscribed, and the linen within the frame is snow-white from corner to corner, a blank page.
— Isak Dinesen, "The Blank Page"

South Central MLA Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:07pm
South Central Modern Language Association

The 2013 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 3/21/12 to

Picking Through the Trash - May 10th and 11th, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:03pm
York University, Toronto

Picking Through the Trash
English Graduate Students' Association Conference at York University, Toronto
May 10th and 11th, 2013

"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures." – Ray Bradbury
"I love trash!" – Oscar the Grouch

Rhetoric of the Wisewoman and the Madwoman: Perspectives on Confined Women Throughout History -- SAMLA 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:40pm
Courtney Polidori/SAMLA

From wisewomen, witches and warriors, to madwomen and monsters, confined females have been represented through a variety of rhetorical strategies that mask the complexities of their characters. This panel seeks papers that look beyond the rhetoric to the nuances of imprisoned women in fiction and non-fiction, such as "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Anne Frank's diary, to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and prisoners' memoirs. Women's prison literature is the focus of the panel, and papers by women prisoners and their teachers will be welcomed enthusiastically, but papers on male prisoners are also invited.

Pre-Raphaelitism: Past, Present and Future 13–14 September 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:09pm
Dinah Roe / Oxford Brookes University

Keynote speakers

Dr Alison Smith (Tate Britain)
Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck)

Context and aims

In the wake of recent major exhibitions and publications such as Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and The Cambridge Companion to Pre-Raphaelitism, this two-day conference will present new and innovative approaches to the study of Pre-Raphaelitism by bringing together established academics, museum curators and research students. This conference also seeks to examine Pre-Raphaelitism as a bridge between Romanticism and Aestheticism, and to engage with current critical work regarding its relationship to Modernism in literature.

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature. May 24-25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 9:09am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature
Eleventh Annual Academic Conference
The Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
24-25 May, 2013
Submission Deadline 15 March, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Michael Davidson, Vice Chair of the Department of
Literature, University of California, San Diego