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[UPDATE] Romanticism and Evolution

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:35am
Romantic Research Group at the University of Western Ontario

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.

2011 PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 5:53pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Joint Conference
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
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

Transformative Journeys: Literature, Faith, and Metamorphosis

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 12:33pm
2011 Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature, Vanguard University of Southern California

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."

NEMLA 2011: The Specter of Degeneration in 19th Century Literature

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 6:15pm
Ana Oancea

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.

Aging, Old Age, Memory, Aesthetics: March 25-27th, 2011, University of Toronto [UPDATE]

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 5:28pm
University of Toronto, Canada

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" (
Complete CFP and conference details available here:

Selling Culture?: Cultural Identities in the Victorian Periodical Press, abstracts 9/16/2010, conference 11/20-21/2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 1:43pm
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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

(Birmingham University)

Roundtable Session: advice for postgraduates and early career researchers

(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age. Due 30th July 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 7:19am
Iris; the international women’s photography research resource

(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.
10th September 2010, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK.
Organised by Iris
Paper Submission Deadline; Friday 30th July 2010
One-day debate on the possibilities of the archive.
This event aims to provide an environment for sharing information whilst stimulating debates about the role of the archive within art, culture and design.
Possible topics of enquiry may include but are not limited to;
• The discussion about how the archive should respond to the digital age continues. How does the physical archive change and adapt in the face of new technologies?

[UPDATE] Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2nd Futurist Theory and Fiction: Fear, Horror, and Terror(ism)

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 11:28pm
Lee Baxter & David Briggs / SETS Department of University of Guelph

Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.

Scottish (Neo)Medievalism

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 4:02pm
Dr Sarah M Dunnigan

Call For Papers: Scottish (Neo)Medievalism: the imagined 'afterlives' of the Middle Ages
in Scotland

Papers are invited for a proposed special session on 'Scottish (Neo)Medievalism' for The
Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and
Literature at Padua University, Italy, 22-26 July 2011, which will explore the various
cultural 'afterlives' imagined for the Middle Ages in Scotland.

[UPDATE] Central European Authors--April 7-10, 2011--New Brunswick, NJ

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 2:35pm

In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.

"Crossroads" Toulouse, France June 7-8, 2012

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 10:41am
Wendy Harding, Université de Toulouse, France

Crossroads: an International Conference
7-8 June 2012
Toulouse, France

Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.
- William Blake, MS Note-Book.

Re-tellings: Literature as Literary Criticism (deadline 30/9/10; NeMLA, 7-10/4/11)

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 7:28am
Rita Bode

Whether we call them twice told tales, parallel texts, prequels, sequels, or even, most broadly, adaptations, creative re-tellings locate their source in previous texts.

Literary re-tellings offer the recognition of satisfying familiarity as well as the exciting twist of difference. This pre-approved panel proposes to examine not only the ways in which creative works of literature re-tell previous works but how these re-tellings function as a form of literary criticism. In offering alternative versions of older texts, re-tellings provide a different perspective that critiques, indeed, even transforms, the original texts.

Leon Edel Prize: Henry James Review (November 1, 2010)

Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:21am
Henry James Review

Leon Edel Prize

The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Send submissions (4 copies, produced according to current MLA style, and with return postage enclosed) to:

[UPDATE] Deadline extended to July 20! Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 6:06pm
University of Chicago Departments of English Language and Art History

Call for Papers and Creative Proposals:
Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration
Fifth Annual English Graduate Conference, University of Chicago
A joint conference between English Language & Literature and Art History

October 21-22
Keynote speaker: Leo Bersani