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Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 2:14pm
Journal of South Texas English Studies

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions until March 5 for its second issue, themed "Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures."

Bridges are frequently built up and torn down, and borders often change. The boundaries between people, places and things blur and break. This happens with governments, but it is equally true in literature and rhetoric. Authors frequently challenge our notions of what is acceptable, they point out our close-mindedness, and they show us new paths.

Pop Past – It's 'Past', But It's Never 'Over'

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 12:44pm

There was a time, late 19th/early 20th century or thereabouts, when people, many of them the fashionable French, ventured out to public establishments to imbibe in, among other things, an herbal/licorice/mind-bending brew distilled from the essence of the inelegantly named 'wormwood' plant, which resulted in the poetically named 'absinthe' cocktail. Deep within absinthe's perplexing, complex concoction the "Green Fairy" resided. She is named the "Green Fairy" due to her glowing color and the muse-like inspirations she cast upon some suggestible minds (many quite famous minds, at that). Indeed, absinthe was a fashionable drink among the Parisian artist and intellectual class.

8th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous (September 2010: Oxford, United Kingdom)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 5:43am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

8th Global Conference
Monsters and the Monstrous

Sunday 19th September – Wednesday 22nd September 2010
Oriel College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific 'monsters' as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined.

Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (May 13-15, 2010)

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 12:57pm
University of Victoria’s English Graduate Student Society

Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

The University of Victoria's English Graduate Students' Society invites proposals for this year's graduate conference: Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition. The conference will be held at the University of Victoria from May 13 to 15, 2010.

CFP: 'Textual Bodies' - The Luminary (Lancaster University PG Journal)

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 8:16am
Lancaster University

The Luminary
Call for Papers - 'Textual Bodies'

The Luminary is a postgraduate journal that has been recently set up by a dedicated team of Lancaster University postgraduates, mostly working in the English Literature and Creative Writing department. We are now seeking submissions for the second edition of the journal, and encourage postgraduates of all levels, disciplines and institutions to submit their work for inclusion.

[UPDATE] Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts; 23-24 April 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 8:11am
Nathan Waddell

Registration for 'Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts' (23-24 April 2010) is now open.

In order to register, please visit the conference website at the following address ( and click on 'Conference Registration'. This will open a University of Birmingham webpage containing the registration form and details.

A conference programme / schedule will be made available in due course. If you have any questions regarding the registration process please do not hesitate to contact Nathan Waddell at

Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity (NAVSA 2010; 11/11-11/13/10)

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 7:51am
Amy Robinson / North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

NAVSA 2010; 11/11-11/13
Paper Proposals due 2/19/10

Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity

Is Lucilla Marjoribank's desire to revolutionize Carlingford through her "Thursday Evenings" silly or strategic? Are the Cranfordian's lengthy list of rules and regulations for visiting unnecessarily oppressive or necessary to the preservation of their way of life?

CFP: "By the Numbers," Victorians Institute Conference, U of Virginia, Oct 1-3, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 9:59pm
Victorians Institute / University of Virginia/ NINES

Call For Papers


The Victorian Quantification of Everything;
or From Zero to NINES in Under Two Centuries

October 1-3, 2010
University of Virginia

Conference website:

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.


Romanticism and Evolution--12-14 May 2011

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 2:38pm
The Romantic Research Group at the University of Western Ontario, Canada


The Romanticism Research Group at The University of Western Ontario invites paper and special panel proposals for an international conference, "Romanticism & Evolution." The meeting will convene at Windermere Manor next to Western's main campus in London, Ontario, 12 - 14 May 2011.

Gillian Beer (Cambridge University)
Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario)
Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago)

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

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 3:25pm
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."

[UPDATE] DEADLINE REMINDER Edward Upward -- Essay Collection

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 12:43pm
Benjamin Kohlmann, University of Oxford

***NOTE: The deadline for submission of abstracts is 8 February 2010.***

Spanning nearly eight decades, the work of Edward Upward (b.1903, d. February 2009) is without parallel in English letters. Upward's influence on the literature of the 'Auden generation' (from his quasi-Surrealist Mortmere fantasies to his political stories of the thirties) was outstanding; his life-long commitment to the Communist cause made him the moral authority for left-wing writers from the 1930s onwards. At the same time, Upward's own writings have sometimes been eclipsed by the works of the authors he influenced – most notably W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

Reclamation and representation: the boundaries of the literary archive 2nd--3rd October 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:46am
University of Exeter

"Even scholars who are able to globetrot from collection to collection end up relying heavily upon their inadequate memories, notes, photocopies, and photographs to compensate for the distances in time and space between collections. Seeing the original prints, paintings, manuscripts, and typographical works is good in itself; but seeing them in fine, trustworthy reproductions, in context and relation to one another is the scholarly ideal. Difficulty of access to original and reliance on inadequate reproductions has handicapped and distorted even the best efforts... the result has all too frequently been distortions of the record, misconstructions, and the waste of considerable scholarly labor."

(Joseph Viscom 2002)