The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions for the 2011 PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio, TX (April 20-23, 2011) on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. Since the conference is in San Antonio, TX, any papers relating to festivals and faires in the city or state are greatly appreciated. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:
Festivals and Faires:
American Culture, Sub-Culture, and Counter-Culture
This book under contract with Mellen Press, which began with papers from the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Annual Joint Conference, seeks to explore the cultural aspects of festivals and fairs in the United States or the reaction in America to foreign events. The specific focus of the book is to examine how particular festivals and fairs reflect culture, counter-culture, or sub-culture in America. This project includes not only contemporary American festivals, but historical ones as well.
Please submit by 1 September 2010 any questions and a 250-word abstract of your proposed chapter to:
The Child and Crime in British Fiction
(Collection of Critical Essays)
Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work. The theme of the inaugural issue will be "Race: Theories, Identities, Intersections, Histories, and the 'Post-Racial' Society."
We are now delighted to announce two more keynote speakers for the conference, Professor John R. Hall from UC Davies, California, and Dr Patricia Wheeler from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.
We still welcome abstracts for what promises to be an exciting event by the set deadline of 1 September 2010.
Original CFP follows below:
New Formalism, Neo-Formalism, and the Reassessment of Form, Tropes, and
Genre in Contemporary Literary Scholarship
English Department, University of Ghent, Belgium, 21-22 September 2010
The Detective/Mystery Area of Popular Culture Assoc. is interested in individual papers and organized panels on any area of detective fiction, including, but not limited to theory, criticism, history. We are particularly looking at topics such as race, ethnicity, other media, mixed genre, GLBT, etc. Send proposal of 150-200 words, also include a 50 word bio, to both co-chairs. Please make sure to include correct and complete contact information--affiliation, email, address, phone number--on the proposal itself. Also indicate the broad category of paper--hard-boiled, police procedural, cozy, etc.
First time presenters are eligible to submit their paper for the Earl Award. Contact co-chairs for more information.
Romanticism and Evolution
The Romantic Research Group at the University of Western Ontario invites paper proposals for an international conference, "Romanticism and Evolution." The meeting will convene 12-14 May 2011 at Windermere Manor, next to Western's main campus in London, Ontario, Canada.
UPDATE: New Special Topic Sessions, C.F.Ps
• Steven Bruhm (Western): "Dance Evolutions"
• Jared McGeough (Western/Regina): "Spinoza and Romanticism"
• Joshua Shuster (Western): "American Organicism"
Please see the website for information about these sessions, the general call for papers, and submission details. The deadline for all submissions is 1 October 2010.
The conference programme for '(Re)Reading John Addington Symonds' is now available.
For details, including how to register, please visit the conference website:
David Amigoni (Keele University)
Amber K. Regis (Keele University)
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
The 2011 Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature (hosted by Vanguard University of Southern California) invites proposals for scholarly or creative panels, interdisciplinary sessions, round tables, or individual fifteen to twenty-minute presentations on the interface between literary studies and Christianity. Special consideration will be given to papers relating to the conference theme, "transformative journeys."
This Comparative Literature session has been selected for inclusion in the 42nd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, to be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey April 7-10, 2011. The host institution is Rutgers University.
We invite papers analyzing degeneration in Western and non-Western works of, or portraying, the 19th century. What do fictions of degeneration tell us about the scientific, sexual and cultural politics of the 19th century? In what contexts is the fear of degeneration exacerbated or sublimated at the end of the century? How does contemporaneous biological theory become literature? Comparative approaches and papers dealing with 19th century popular literature welcomed.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Kathleen Woodward (Washington), Stephen Katz (Trent), Philip Sohm (Toronto)
Selected conference presentations will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal "Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities" (http://arcade.stanford.edu/journals/occasion).
Complete CFP and conference details available here: http://sites.google.com/site/agingoldagememoryaesthetics/.
Selling Culture?: Cultural Identities in the Victorian Periodical Press
20 – 21 November 2010
(in association with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and the Association for Research in Popular Fictions)
Keynote Speaker: Dr Jim Mussell
Roundtable Session: advice for postgraduates and early career researchers