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Journal of Literary Onomastics

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 8:47pm
Stefan Jurasinski, English, SUNY Brockport

The Journal of Literary Onomastics, to be published annually by the State University of New York at Brockport, is the only scholarly periodical concerned with the linguistic and philological aspects of proper names in dramatic, narrative and verse texts. The journal is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue, to be published in the spring of 2011. In order to be considered for publication, all submissions must at a minimum demonstrate that they are substantially informed by current scholarly literature on onomastics and mindful of its characteristic methods.

[UPDATE] Victorians Institute: "By the Numbers," University of Virginia, Oct 1-3, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 2:09pm
Department of English, Rare Book Schoo, and NINES, University of Virginia



October 1-3, 2010
University of Virginia
New submission deadline: April 15, 2010

Conference website:

Co-sponsored by The University of Virginia English Department, Rare Books School, and NINES.

Keynote lecturer: Daniel Cohen, George Mason University; author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith, 2007; and director of the Center for History and New Media.

[UPDATE] Atlantic World Literacies: Before and After Contact--October 7-9, 2010 (abstracts due March 22, 2010)

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 2:01pm
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim

before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological "literacies."

Call for Proposals by April 15, 2010, Permanent Section on Bibliography and Textual Studies: Mapping the Communications Circuit

Monday, March 8, 2010 - 12:56pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The MMLA's permanent section on bibliography and textual studies seeks proposals for papers discussing points of contact between the "history of the book" and literary studies. This year's theme, "Mapping the Communications Circuit," builds off Robert Darnton's model for the history of the book as a circuit of communications, including texts but also authorship, readership, printing/publishing and bookselling/libraries. This theme invites scholars to reexamine the literary roots of book studies and to map out new directions for the field. Papers may focus on any historical period or geographic region, but should be primarily preoccupied with the intersection of book studies and literary studies.

[UPDATE] (dis)junctions 2010 graduate conference, April 9-10

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 7:46pm
University of California, Riverside

The deadline for proposals to the (dis)junctions 2010 graduate conference at the University of California, Riverside has been extended to March 11. The general cfp and panel specific cfp's can be found at . Below is a new panel cfp, not yet posted on the website. Note that the cfp's have not been updated to reflect the new deadline.

This Mad Mad Mad Crisis; Where Will It Take Us Next

London - (Dis)junctions 2010 - UC Riverside - Graduate Student Conference - April 9-10 - Due by Friday, March 12, 5pm Pacific

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 10:17pm
(dis)junctions 2010 - UC Riverside

Contributors are welcome to submit papers examining metropolitan London—in literature,
history, art, architecture, etc. Possible topics include:
Medieval London and the birth of England's capital
Early Modern London as cultural / artistic hub
London as metropole in the expanding Empire
Victorian London and class / race / gender
Life in wartime London
London's response to historical crises
London landmarks in art / literature
City characters unique to London
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Ray Crosby at by
Friday, March 12, 2010, at 5pm Pacific. Please indicate any A/V needs.

Sirens - 10/7 - 10/10; deadline May 7

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 3:42pm
Hallie Tibbetts / Narrate Conferences

Vail, CO
October 7–10, 2010
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 7–10, 2010, in Vail, CO. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 7:53am
John Lee / University of Bristol

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Plenary Speakers: Peter McDonald, Christopher Ricks, Mark Vernon

- a One-Day Conference to be held on 6th July 2010, 11-7pm, at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol

Friendship is one of the most important of human relationships, and literature, itself full of friends and friendships, may at times be one of our most important friends.

Art History and Visual Culture Area Deadline April 30, MPCA/ACA October 1-3

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:08pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

Art History and Visual Culture Area

2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

The Art History and Visual Culture Area of The Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October.

The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.

[Update]: Philosophy of Language and Narrative (3/15/10; MLA 2011)

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:28pm
Jami Bartlett

What can the philosophy of language contribute to narrative theory?

When we ask how a sentence in use expresses the thought that attaches to it, or how descriptions of relations conjure the fictional world that in turn depends upon them, what we are really revealing is the conditions that must obtain if the sentence or relations are to count as meaningful. Each referring term in a narrative carries its truth conditions with it—-a speaker's propositional attitudes or background, her intention, the conventions within which she and the narrative operates, the criteria under which readers can verify, use, translate, or name the object of her sentence—-and as these conditions shift, characters and plots emerge and develop.

Edited Collection: Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siecle

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:13pm
F. Elizabeth Gray/ Massey University, New Zealand

Submissions are invited for an edited collection of scholarly essays on women's journalism between 1880 and 1910, entitled 'Making a Name for Herself: Women in Journalism at the fin de siecle', for consideration by Palgrave Macmillan. The collection aims to investigate how the work of British women journalists at the turn of the century furthers critical understanding of the intersection of gender, canonicity, and questions of high vs low culture; of women writers' strategic commodification of self and of style; and of the complex relationship between fame and literary style.

The Asian Conference on Media - MediAsia 2010, 28-30 October, Osaka, Japan

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:22am
IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

Conference Theme: Brave New World

Special Theme 1: Brave New World: Challenges and Opportunities
The media industry is at a crossroads in many respects, as it seeks to come to terms with developments in technology that simultaneously allow new heights of journalistic excellence to be reached, as well as the emergence of more worrying trends. The unparalleled opportunities of today's connected world have created a new set of challenges that need to be met, including questions of power and responsibility, editorial accountability, and the erosion of more traditional income streams. How these challenges and opportunities are confronted will shape the future of the media industry.

The Asian Conference on Education - ACE 2010, 02-05 December, Osaka, Japan

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:13am
The International Academic Forum

Special Theme: Internationalization or Globalization?

Education systems across the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. The conference theme, "Globalization or internationalization?", has a particular focus on adult, distance and access education, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives.

However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Education, including:

[UPDATE] Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:52pm
Crisis Carnival 2010

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society's values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the "real," with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.