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Affect and Periodization: Rethinking the Long 19th Century

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 11:37am
Justin Rogers-Cooper & Neil Meyer / NEMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association

Brian Massumi writes that affect is "ever on the move from situation to situation." This observation might also describe the use of affect in contemporary scholarship, and raises question around periodization and the stable categories we use in our discipline to demarcate historical boundaries.

Spectacles and Things: Visual and Material Culture and/in Neo-Victorianism - Call for Contributions (deadline 30 December 2010)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 3:11am
Dr. Nadine Boehm, Dr. Susanne Gruss, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Neo-Victorian Studies invites essays for a 2011 special issue which aims to investigate a hitherto under-explored aspect of neo-Victorianism: visual and material culture and the complex relationship between the twentieth/twenty-first and nineteenth centuries in neo-Victorian products and productions.

Deadline for submission of completed papers: 30 December 2010

[UPDATE] "From Here to Modernity: New Perspectives on Victorian Sensation Fiction," NeMLA (April 7-10, 2011), Rutgers University

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:10pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Hosted by Rutgers U, New Brunswick, NJ

There has been a historic tide of scholarship arguing the merits of classic Victorian Sensation texts such as The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret . While scholars from Oliphant to Ruskin have added valuable interpretations to the genre by focusing on its Gothic and Romance origins, contemporary critics such as Cvetkovich and Daly have begun probing the frames that closely link Victorian sensation novels to Modernity. This panel will examine the ways in which Victorian Sensation Fiction interacted with Modernity. How did the genre respond to the plethora of late 19th century Parliamentary activity? In what ways did sensation fiction challenge or reflect evolving ideas about gender and identity?

[UPDATE] FORUM journal CfP: 'Identity' issue. Submission deadline: 1st September 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010 - 1:47pm
FORUM: The Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts; University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers, Issue 11 — IDENTITY

'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
       — from Alice in Wonderland

Literature and Transgression: 3rd International "Literature and..." Graduate Student Conference (May 2-3, 2011)

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 10:20am
Istanbul University, Department of American Culture and Literature


2-3 May, 2011, Istanbul University

"Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression."
- Romans 4:15

"Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear."
- Marquis de Sade

Panel CFP: Walter Pater's Poetics **Correction**

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:20am
Kate Hext, University of Exeter

Panel CFP: Walter Pater's Poetics
Decadent Poetics, a conference at the University of Exeter
1st-2nd July 2011 (& not in 2010 as I previously wrote!)

I am seeking abstracts on Walter Paters Poetics for a panel proposal at Decadent Poetics, next summer. The general conference CFP can be found here:
The confirmed keynote speakers are Stephen Arata (Virginia), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Regenia Gagnier (Exeter), Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, London).

CFP: "Angel of Newness" (Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies)

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 1:10am
Dept. of English, National Taiwan Normal University

_Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies_
Vol. 37 No. 2 (to be published September 2011)
Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2011

In his "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Walter Benjamin famously reads the Paul Klee painting _Angelus Novus_, not as a "New Angel" in keeping with the original title of this watercolor, but as an "Angel of History." Benjamin describes the angel as flying backwards (and thus looking at the past) toward the future, blown by a huge storm. This storm, Benjamin says, is what we call progress.

Georgia State University's New Voices Conference

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 2:21pm
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" / Georgia State University - English Department

Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9: What makes us laugh? Why is humor such an important cross-cultural phenomenon and universal human trait? What are the genres of humor and comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia and in popular culture?

Filolog - journal for literary, cultural and language studies

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 11:38am
Faculty of Philology, Banja Luka

Filolog (Philologist) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, social sciences and humanities journal with an international Editorial Board.

We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences.

Papers should be a maximum of 5000 words and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words in the author's native language. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

UPDATE - CFP: ecloga (postgraduate journal)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 11:03am
University of Strathclyde

ecloga, a peer-refereed journal run by English Studies postgraduates at the University of Strathclyde, invites papers for the next issue. Established in 2001, ecloga has a growing reputation for publishing outstanding research by postgraduates and academics from Scotland, the UK and abroad.

For the next issue of ecloga we are interested in receiving papers on any topic from the broad field of English studies. Our aim in not providing a title or theme is to encourage a range of papers that reflects current research interests. We would also welcome submissions of creative writing.

Performing Knowledge-NEMLA 2011-April 7-10

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 6:11pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel invites papers that examine how literary texts perform knowledge, and how literature becomes an object of scholarly knowledge in a variety of disciplinary settings. Panelists might address literary representations of the cleric, the virtuoso, or the pedant; the use of scholarly paratexts (the gloss, the appendix, the footnote); or, more broadly, the influence of disciplinarity and professionalization on the literary text. Send abstracts to Sean Barry,, and John Savarese,

[UPDATE] CFP: Evil Children in Film and Literature

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 3:16pm
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory


Call for Papers:
Evil Children in Film and Literature _________________________________________

Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on SEA LITERATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 12:15pm
Stephen Curley, area chair Sea Literature, History & Culture / Popular Culture & American Culture Associations

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: December 15, 2010
National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations
2011 Conference, April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas.

You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a sea-related theme. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

►Film, art, music, and television
►Historical events
►Creative literature
►Sagas from western & non-western cultures
►Contemporary port operations, seafaring, & sailing

Poetry and Melancholia

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 10:11am
Department of English Studies, University of Stirling


Poetry and Melancholia, University of Stirling, 8-10 July 2011

Keynote speakers: Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, University of London), Don Paterson (Poet), and Susan J. Wolfson (Princeton University). Other speakers include John Drakakis (Stirling University), Lorna Hutson (University of St Andrews), Ron Levao (Rutgers University), Cornelia D. J. Pearsall (Smith College) and David G. Riede (Ohio State University)