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Steampunk! The Popular Manifestation of Neo-Victorianism

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 5:26am
Victorian Steampunk Society

Steampunk! The Popular Version of Neo-Victorianism

A One-Day Conference hosted by the Victorian Steampunk Society, September 11, 2010

Lincoln Castle and Lawns, Lincoln U.K.

The Conference aims to explore the rising popularity of Steampunk and to consider its place in the wider field of Neo-victorianism and Neo-Victorian Studies.

This conference is unique in that it takes place alongside the "Weekend at the Asylum" festival which will attract up to one thousand active steampunks to the beautiful and historic City of Lincoln. This makes it the perfect opportunity to meet and talk to some of the leading figures in this aspect of Neo-Victorianism.

Empire, Time, Aesthetics (2011 MLA; 3/15/10)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 7:43am
Mike Frangos and Susan Cook

What are distinctive forms of temporality or historicity that characterize politics of empire, imperialism, colonialism, and neoliberal globalization from 19th-century to present? Please send papers on chronopolitics, media and memory, speed, monuments, futurity, duration, etc. by March 15, 2010.

Collection: Vexed Encounters with 19th-century Fiction

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 2:59pm
Leslie Haynsworth/University of South Carolina

Novels, says Samuel Johnson in an essay in the Rambler, "are written chiefly to the young, the ignorant, the idle, to whom they serve as lectures of conduct, and instructions into life." Nineteenth-century novels shouldered that didactic mission with particular force and authority. To what extent do they still exert that authority over us today?

"Unity in Diversity" International Conference on the niche Areas in Commonwealth Linguistics, Literature 21-24 October 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 12:43am
English Department, University of Szczecin, Poland

International Conference "Unity in Diversity" on the Niche Areas in Commonwealth Linguistics, Literature and Culture

"The minor but not dismissed, the dismissed but not excluded,the excluded but not forgotten"
Department of English, Szczecin University, Poland, 21 -24 October 2010.

Recent literary, linguistic and cultural studies have been largely dominated by burgeoning new theories paving the way for the most interesting and up-to-date concepts, notions and ideas. Yet there are many scholars whose main research area is centered at the peripheries of these mainstream discoveries thus leading to the emergence of niche fields of study within current literary and linguistic research projects.

Deadline Extended: Autopsia CFP: Vox Redux // Ventriloquism

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 9:14am
Autopsia Online Journal

New call for Submissions for the inaugural issue of Autopsia:

Vox Redux: Ventriloquism

Autopsia invites articles that critically engage with the motley themes of ventriloquism, including emulating, mimicking, aping, and other discursive forms where ventriloquism is in play. Topics may include:

Theory discourse and the emulations of Derrida, Deleuze, and other "celebrity thinkers"

Jargon (and the war against it)

(Mis)Representing the Other

Roleplaying the Other

Standing in for the Other

Puppeteering the Other

Throwing voices




Intertextuality and/as ventriloquism




Global Aging: Arts and Culture

Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 8:38am
Modern Language Association

20 March 2010. "Global Aging: Arts and Culture," a session at the Modern Language Association conference, 6-9 January 2011, Los Angeles, CA; session sponsored by the Age Studies Discussion Group. What the visions of aging in a graying world? This panel explores the diversity of representations of youth and aging from Asia, Australia, Africa and North and South America. It seeks perspectives that cross religious, ethnic and national boundaries. We are interested in both the differing and common themes in artistic and cultural portrayals of the stages of human life from around the world. 300+word abstracts to Ted Anton,

The Maritime Novel

Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 1:24am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This session on the maritime novel may include (but isn't limited to) the following topics: the role of the novel in exploration, trade, colonization, empire; masculinities at sea; cartography; contact zones; the relation between fact and fiction in maritime narratives; formal dimensions of maritime narrative. Papers that concern the Pacific are especially welcome.

Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 12:31am
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.

UCLA English Southland Graduate Conference - June 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:53pm
UCLA English Department

"Afterlives": June 4, 2010

Keynote Speakers
Mark Seltzer (Evan Frankel Professor of Literature, UCLA)
Saree Makdisi (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UCLA)

The term "afterlives" has become increasingly predominant in recent literary criticism. But what is meant by afterlives? How do its ghostly connotations distinguish it from older critical models of influence, and how can we understand its proximity to haunting as divergent from previous theorizations of spectrality? How do afterlives function within and between texts?

ACIS-West 2010 - October 1-3, 2010: "(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern" - CFP for Emerging Scholar Award

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 2:55pm
American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region Meeting (ACIS-West)

Call for Papers: ACIS-West 2010 Emerging Scholar Award

American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region Meeting, 2010: "(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern" – Call for Papers for ACIS-West 2010 Emerging Scholar Award

Boise State University; Boise, Idaho (USA)
1-3 October 2010

The 2010 western regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held on 1-3 October 2010 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.

[UPDATE] Institute of African American Research Humanities Writing Competition

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 1:41pm
Tomeiko Ashford Carter/Institute of African American Research, UNC-CH

The Institute of African American Research has extended the deadline and has modified submission parameters for its Humanities Script Writing Competition. We have extended the deadline to September 1, 2010. We have reduced the submission requirements for scripts from 50 pages to 20 pages double-spaced and a 1 page synopsis. We will still offer a $1000