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Friday, December 18, 2009 - 4:52am
Victorian Poetry

Browning Bicentenary issue of Victorian Poetry
Summer 2012

Robert Browning is a quintessentially Victorian poet, deeply rooted in the period's culture, and conscious of its politics and intellectual and religious debates. At the same time, he is a significant – though not always duly acknowledged – influence on later authors. He has also lent himself well to twentieth-century critical theory, having been claimed by approaches as wide-ranging as Deconstruction, New Historicism and feminism. How do we assess him 200 years after his birth, in an age when a variety of critical theories coexists with a strong interest in broader issues of Victorian culture?

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 JANUARY 2010 for Conference 31 March-3 April 2010

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:39pm
Popular Culture Conference: Festivals and Faires Area

The Festivals and Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association announces an extension of the deadline to apply for the 31 March-3 April 2010 Conference in St. Louis, MO to 4 January 2010.

The Festivals and Faires Area seeks papers from any area of study on festivity and culture. All topics are welcome, but of special interest this year are the following:

1. St. Louis festivals and faires;
2. Burning Man;
3. Renaissance festivals.

Please send 250-word abstract and contact information to:

Reading and Writing in Prison 4-5 June 2010

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:32pm
Edinburgh Napier University

Reading and Writing in Prison

An interdisciplinary conference
Edinburgh Napier University, 4-5 June 2010

This conference aims to bring together scholars, writers and practitioners to share their perspectives on the significance of reading and writing in prisons.

[UPDATE] NEXUS 2010--Trauma and Testimony

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 11:23pm

NEXUS—An Interdisciplinary Conference
Trauma and Testimony
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday, March 18-Saturday, March 20, 2010
Web Address:

Plenary Speakers: Cathy Caruth (Emory Univeristy) and Julia Levine

'The Laws of Life': Ruskin and Cultural Value

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 6:34am
Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster, UK

'The Laws of Life': Ruskin and Cultural Value
An international conference
June 18th & 19th 2010
Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster

Keynote speakers:
John Carey
Robert Hewison

The highest and first law of the universe - and the other name of life is, therefore, 'help'' The other name of death is 'separation.' Government and co-operation are in all things and eternally the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, eternally, and in all things, the laws of death.
John Ruskin, Modern Painters, Vol. V, 1860

Reading Material: Textual and Cultural Objects // March 4-6 // Proposals due 1/10

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 12:02am
University of Wisconsin-Madison English Graduate Student Association

Reading Material: Textual and Cultural Objects

University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference in Language and Literature (MADLIT)
English Dept. Graduate Student Conference
March 4-6, 2010

The Graduate Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to announce the 6th Annual MadLit Conference. This year's conference, "READING MATERIAL," engages the intersections between literature and material culture.

Mythcon 41: War in Heaven (4/15/10; 7/9/10–7/12/10)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 3:42pm
Mythopoeic Society

The 41st Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XLI)
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
July 9–12, 2010

Guests of Honor

Tim Powers, Author

Tim Powers is a science-fiction and fantasy author. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his works, including the World Fantasy Award for his novels Last Call (1992) and Declare (2000). He has been nominated for four Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, most recently for Three Days to Never (2006).

Janet Brennan Croft, Scholar

Gender Across Borders IV: Globalisms (April 2-3, 2010)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 1:16pm
Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender


Gender Across Borders is a biennial forum for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of women and gender where scholars in fields ranging from the health sciences to comparative literature meet to share their research and work. Our theme for the 2010 conference is "Globalisms."

William Dean Howells at the ALA in San Francisco (May 27-30, 2010)

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 12:36pm
The William Dean Howells Society

The William Dean Howells Society is sponsoring the following two panels at the 2010 American Literature Association annual conference, which will be held this year in San Francisco on May 27-30:

1.Howells and Capitalism: As the American economy struggles to regain its footing, we are interested in papers on any aspect of Howells's work that touches on his ideas and attitudes toward capitalism, which became more contentions in his later years.

2.Open Topic: We are interested in papers that touch upon any topic in Howells's work. We are especially keen to hear about new directions in Howells scholarship and/or texts that often get overlooked.

Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text April 16-17, 2010 University at Albany Keynote Speaker: Joseph Slaughter

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 11:59am
University at Albany, SUNY English Graduate Student Organization

"We must more than ever stand on the side of human rights. We need human rights. We are in need of them and they are in need, for there is always a lack, a shortfall, a falling short, an insufficiency; human rights are never sufficient." (Jacques Derrida, Philosophy in a Time of Terror)

If human rights are insufficient yet necessary, we must then ask what to do with "rights." This conference will explore historical and theoretical definitions, constructions, and performative notions of rights. How do texts challenge predominant conceptual narratives of rights? In what ways does literature explore notions of rights outside of the juridical realm? Can we have a discourse on rights that exceeds the anthropomorphic field?

[UPDATE] Exploring the Edge of Trauma, 13 - 16 May 2010. Deadline for abstracts 5 January 2010

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 11:10am
Kingston University in association with McMaster University


13 May to 16 May 2010
West Dean Conference Centre , West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, PO18 0QZ

The 7th Cultural Intersections International Colloquium, presented by:
-Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, London, UK
-Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University, London, UK
-Department of Languages and Linguistics, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Colloquium organisers: Professor Fran Lloyd, Professor Lieve Spaas

"The Body in Breast Cancer" special issue journal call for papers (1 Oct 2010)

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 9:26am
Nadine Ehlers and Shiloh Krupar / Georgetown University / Women's and Gender Studies, Geography

Call For Papers:
For a Special Issue of Social Semiotics
Edited by Nadine Ehlers and Shiloh Krupar

Social Semiotics invites submissions to a special issue "The Body in Breast Cancer" in order to mobilize new critical interventions into the materiality of breast cancer.

Borders and Border Crossings: Double Encounters (April 30-May 1, 2010)

Friday, December 11, 2009 - 5:43pm
University of British Columbia Okanagan, Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Association

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Association at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, invites you to attend our third annual graduate student conference. This conference seeks to examine cultural artefacts from creative and critical perspectives. Although the focus is on studies in English, languages, culture, multi-media arts, and creative writing, we encourage submissions from across graduate disciplines.