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The 7th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference: Tolkien in the Classroom [Reminder]

Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 1:43pm
Tolkien at The University of Vermont

This April 9-11, 2010, the English department will host the three-day J.R.R. Tolkien conference. Leslie Donovan will be our guest speaker. Papers can be on any subject but special consideration will be given to those abstracts relating to the theme of Tolkien in the classroom. Please submit abstracts or complete 8-10 page papers electronically to by January 15, 2010.

2010 MLG Institute on Culture and Society, June 14-20, 2010, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada (02/15/2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 6:06pm
Marxist Literary Group

Call for Papers
2010 Marxist Literary Group, Institute on Culture and Society
Special Topic: "The Dialectic"
Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2010.

The 2010 Marxist Literary Group's Institute on Culture and Society (MLG-ICS) will convene this summer in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 15-20, on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. The (particularly timely) special topic of the 2010 ICS will be "The Dialectic."

[UPDATE] Hybridity: Intersections of History, Identity, and Technology CFPs deadline January 8, 2010

Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 9:23pm
Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric @ University of Alaska Anchorage

Organized by Department of English graduate students at UAA, the 15th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition/rhetoric, linguistics, history, and other related fields. This year's conference explores hybridity constructed within overlapping intersections of history, identity and technology. We draw its meaning from Homi Bhabha's discussion of the forms, entities, or

Civilisation and Fear: Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 9:12am
The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in cooperation with The Committee on Literature Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Civilisation and Fear: Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology

Conference Call for Papers

22-25 September 2OlO
Ustron, Poland

And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, ll.27-3O)

Jamesian Afterlives: Henry James sessions at American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 3:14pm
David McWhirter/Henry James Society

The Henry James Society will conduct two sessions at the American Literature Association 21st Annual Conference, May 27-30, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. For information on the conference, go to The Call for Papers for the sessions is as follows:

Jamesian Afterlives I: Henry James as a Site of Cultural Production.

The Resurrection of the Paranormal: Investigating Otherness in 21st Century English Studies[UPDATE extended submission deadline]

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 2:50pm
North Carolina State University Association of English Graduate Students

North Carolina State University English Graduate Student Symposium [March 5-6, 2010]

Extended Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2010.

The Resurrection of the Paranormal: Investigating Otherness in 21st Century English Studies

Relevant submissions to the symposium will be considered for publication in Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy and author Melissa Marr.

Dr. McKoy is the Director of Africana Studies at North Carolina State University and editor of the journal Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. She is also the author of the book When Whites Riot: Writing Race and Violence in American and South African Cultures.

[UPDATE] UPSTAGE: A New Journal of Fin-de-Siecle Dramatic Literature, Theatre, and Theatrical Culture (February 15, 2010)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 9:38am
Helena Gurfinkel/Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Michelle Paull/ St. Mary's University College

UPSTAGE, a new peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, seeks submissions for its inaugural issue scheduled for the spring or summer of 2010. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and will henceforth be an independently edited journal in the oscholars group published at, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.

The Future of the Archetype (3/15/10; MLA special session, Jan 11-15 2011)

Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:27pm
L. Michelle Baker

The second decade of the twentieth century saw the publication of two landmark studies that were to change the approach of poets and scholars alike: Jessie Weston's From Ritual to Romance (1920) and James Frazer's The Golden Bough (1922). Both works collected and analyzed a series of legends from different cultures and emerged with a specific pattern of such a ubiquitous nature that it appeared to have the status of an archetype. Neither would be possible at the start of the twenty-first century.

Rewriting, Remixing, and Reloading: Adaptations across the Globe

Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:34am
Association of Adaptation Studies

International Conference
"Rewriting, Remixing, and Reloading: Adaptations across the Globe"
Centre for British Studies, Berlin, Germany, 30 September to 1 October, 2010
Call for Papers and Panels
Convenors: Pascal Nicklas (Humboldt University Berlin),
Gesa Stedman (GBZ Berlin), Eckart Voigts-Virchow (Siegen University)
The Centre for British Studies, Berlin, Germany, (Großbritannienzentrum) will host an international conference on "Rewriting, Remixing, and Reloading: Adaptations across the Globe", in co-operation with the Association of Adaptation Studies and the Centre of Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Autism / Text (MLA 2011; abstract deadline 3/15/10)

Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:29am
Julia Miele Rodas / BCC-CUNY & Chris Foss /U. Mary Washington

Submit 2-page abstracts for an MLA panel on "Autism / Text." Organizers seek work that challenges dominant cultural notions of what autism means and what role it plays in literature, broadly defined. Queries welcome.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE!] New Directions in Critical Theory Conference

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 4:15pm
New Directions in Critical Theory

In response to many requests, we have extended our deadline for submitting abstracts to February 1, 2010.

New Directions in Critical Theory
April 30-May 1, 2010
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community

"Borderlands, contrary to frontiers, are no longer the lines where civilization and barbarism meet and divide, but the location where a new consciousness . . . emerges."
—2010 New Directions Keynote Walter Mignolo
(From "Globalization, Civilization, and Languages")

[UPDATE]: Dept. of French Studies Graduate Student Conference - LSU - March 12-13, 2010

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 1:23pm
LSU Department of French Studies Graduate Association

Significant Readings: 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference at
Louisiana State University
The 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the Department of French
Studies at Louisiana State University, aims to explore the continued importance of
signs and symbols in French literature and linguistics. In what ways are signs and
symbols used in language to represent/distort or maintain/subvert the status quo?
How have certain symbols evolved throughout French literary history? How do
symbols reflect cultural ideals?
We welcome abstracts of 250‐300 words in French or English discussing any aspect of the conference
topic including, but not limited to, the following:
• Semiotics