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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US: Exploring the Poetics of Place, 10/1-3/10, Submission deadline 4/15/10

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 11:20am
EAPSU: English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US: Exploring the Poetics of Place
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, PA

Inspired by the host university's setting on the banks of the Susquehanna River, between the Alleghenies and Appalachians, the 2010 EAPSU conference theme "A River Runs through Us" invites exploration of the possibilities and permutations of place and its representations wherever we live.

In Susquehanna, River of Dreams, Susan Stranahan recognizes the dynamic intersections of the local with the global when she observes:

Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies (Abstracts due: 15 April 2010)

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 12:11am
Meagan Timney/Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria

The proposed multi-disciplinary collection seeks to illuminate connections between Victorian and twenty-first-century technologies, as well as ask how we might consider "virtuality" in relation to Victoriana. It will explore the networks and connections facilitated by technology by combining close reading, broad theoretical questions, project descriptions, and pedagogical methods.

UNC-CH Institute of African American Research Humanities Writing Competition, March 1, 2010 DEADLINE

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 4:41pm
Tomeiko Ashford Carter/Institute of African American Research

The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing. Scripts should be submitted electronically and in hard-copy format to the IAAR by March 1, 2010.

CFP Realism's Mixed Modes, German Studies Association 2010, October 7-10, Oakland, California

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 1:34pm
Geoffrey Baker

CFP "Realism's Mixed Modes" German Studies Association 2010, Oakland, California

Realism's Mixed Modes

Eric Downing has pointed out, in his book _Double Exposures_, that realism continues to be viewed as a "heavily normed discourse or style, that purports to universal, transparent, natural, and ahistorical status, and the simultaneously and necessarily excludes or represses both self-consciousness and otherness. Katherine Kearns has also written that realism is "often charged with blindsiding social, political, and epistemological complexities, with throwing its considerable materialistic weight against all that would challenge or suborn the status quo."

Call for Papers to epiphany, a refereed international journal of literature and social sciences

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 9:55am
epiphany/International University of Sarajevo

Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
International University of Sarajevo
ISSN 1840-3719


epiphany is a refereed online academic journal edited at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, devoted to publishing articles related to the fields of English Literature, Political Science, Psychology, and Visual Arts. Indexed in DOAJ, epiphany publishes bi-yearly authentic articles that promise to contribute to the study of these disciplines.

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 6:05pm
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Currently accepting submissions: Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.

Comparative Literature Deadline 3/1/2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 4:06pm
Alan Blackstock/Rocky Mountain MLA

Soliciting proposals for the Comparative Literature panel at the 2010 RMMLA Convention in Albuquerque, NM. I am particularly interested in transatlantic connections, but other areas are also welcome.

[UPDATE] Paths of Progress(?)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 10:47pm
California State University, Northridge Associated Graduate Students of English

In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?

[UPDATE] 75 Years of Penguin Books: International Conference (29 June - 1 July 2010); CFP DEADLINE: 1 FEB 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 8:19am
AHRC Penguin Project, University of Bristol

This conference seeks to cover the diversity of Penguin's publication history. In 2010, Penguin Books will be 75 years old and Puffin Books will be 70 years old. Organised by the AHRC Penguin Archive Project, the International Penguin Conference is occasioned by these two anniversaries of what is arguably the most distinctive and the most significant publishing house in the twentieth century and beyond. The conference will take place at the University of Bristol on three days: Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July 2010.

Journal of Bisexuality

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 6:52pm
American Institute of Bisexuality/Taylor & Francis



In addition to accepting for review submission for its general issues (which cover numerous disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts), the Journal of Bisexuality also invites essays for "special clusters" on the following topics. (See below for more information about the journal in general).


Race, Ethnicity, Bisexuality

The Journal of Bisexuality invites submission that address the intersection of race, ethnicity, and bisexuality. Specific topics and disciplinary approaches are open. Contact the editor for additional information or to propose an article.


Sexual Frontiers / Bisexuality

International conference. "Eccentricity". 5-6 November 2010.

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 1:13pm
University of Burgundy (Dijon, France)

"The most common form of eccentricity of all was one that could be seen as another exaggeration of Englishness, its innate conservatism" (Paul Langford, Englishness Identified, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 305). Any critical assessment of Englishness rests on a number of seemingly contradictory notions: amongst these, eccentricity has its special place.
This conference will focus on the evolving definitions of eccentricity in English culture from the XVIth century to the present day. The aim is twofold: provide an overview of the critical history of eccentricity and conceptualise a notion that seems to be taken for granted and that crops up consistently whenever the English "character" is evoked.

SAMLA 2010: Nineteenth-Century Supernatural (Romantic and Victorian Session)

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:25am
Melissa Edmundson / SAMLA

Ghosts and ghost stories fascinated the British reading public throughout the nineteenth century. The supernatural genre was an intriguing area for many authors during this time because it allowed them to voice their socio-political concerns within the well-known and non-threatening form of the ghost story. These writers used the figure of the ghost to carry their messages of social reform, or to raise awareness of problems in British society that needed to be considered or changed. Thus, the "social supernatural" often combines an entertaining ghost story with a deeper social or political agenda. For the 2010 Romantic and Victorian SAMLA session, topics that address the above concerns are especially welcome.

Dickens and Psychoanalysis; MLA, Los Angeles, 6-9 January 2011

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:22pm
John Jordan/Dickens Society panel for the MLA 2011

New psychoanalytic readings of Dickens and his works: Dickens and trauma, dissociation, dreams, hallucinatory states, unconscious memory. Dickens and Victorian theories of mind: double consciousness, mesmerism, physiognomy. Novels as case studies. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2010 to