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PAMLA Conference, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii (November 13-14, 2010; special session proposal deadline Dec. 15, 2009)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:43pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is hosting its 108th Annual Conference, on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010, at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. Interested parties may propose special sessions on specific topics by December 15, 2009.

[UPDATE] Media, Medium, Mediation: Media Aesthetics Before 1900 (ACLA 2010)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:24pm
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Rachel Teukolsky

This seminar proposes to explore the aesthetic effects of early media--understood as "discourse networks," or channels of communication--by unsettling the idea of media itself. What might it mean to see media as medium, mediation, an in-between state, something mixed, or hybrid? Rather than seeing media history as a march of technological innovation, critics now describe emergent and residual media; they look to media in transition, overlapping media, co-existing visions of the retrograde and the futuristic. The idea of "media aesthetics" itself suggests porous boundaries between works of art and means of communication.

[UPDATE] Watermark Journal--Submission Deadline 1/8/2010

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 7:32pm
full name / name of organization: 
CSULB Graduate English Department

Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our fourth volume to be published in May 2010.

Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

Watermark Grad Journal 2010-Submission Deadline 1/8/2010

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 7:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
CSULB Graduate English Department

WATERMARK CALL FOR PAPERS
Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our third volume to be published in May 2010. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. As this
journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

SCMLA Conference on Christianity and Literature session, October 28-30 2010

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:34am
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South Central Modern Language Association Regional Conference
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South Central MLA 2010
Conference on Christianity and Literature Session
October 28-30, at the Sheraton Forth Worth Hotel

The 2010 SCMLA Conference on Christianity and Literature session seeks papers that examine the connections between Christianity and literature. Especially welcome are those papers which respond to the conference theme "New Frontiers." Papers are invited from any discipline, on any time period or genre.

Please send 300-word abstracts or panel proposals by January 31, 2010 to Jessica Hooten, English Department, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 900 College Street, Belton, TX 76513 or jhooten@umhb.edu.

[UPDATE] Nov.13, 2010 The 18th Annual English and American Literature Association Conference: Everyday Life and Literature

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Monday, November 16, 2009 - 7:56pm
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English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China in Taiwan (EALA Taiwan) &Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Literature is related to everyday life in a subtle way. Everyday life often manifests itself as the textual Other outside the major narrative thrust, and, therefore, receives scant critical attention in literary studies. In fact everyday life can be seen as an arena of two-way negotiation: it is where power reproduces itself in daily practice, but it is also where both personal and collective creativity intervenes in the reproduction of power. Moreover, everyday life often emerges, becomes visible, or acquires meaning through its engagement with other social categories—gender, race, class, ethnicity, nature, and so on, whose different relations with dominant regimes of power call for different strategies of everyday life practices.

Undergraduates, Get Your History Papers Published! Submit to HISTORY MATTERS: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research

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Monday, November 16, 2009 - 12:05pm
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HISTORY MATTERS: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research
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HISTORY MATTERS is a journal whose purpose is to give undergraduates the unique opportunity to be published. Established in 2004, History Matters has received papers from all over the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Australia.

HISTORY MATTERS is published each spring and is edited by undergraduates with the help of a faculty board. The journal consistently publishes about 10% of the submissions, publishing only the papers with high caliber research and writing. Please visit the journal homepage at http://www.historymatters.appstate.edu for more information.

Nov. 13, 2010 18th Annual English and American Literature: Everyday Life and Literature

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Monday, November 16, 2009 - 1:52am
full name / name of organization: 
English and American Literature Association of the Republicof China in Taiwan (EALA Taiwan) &Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Literature is related to everyday life in a subtle way. Everyday life often manifests itself as the textual Other outside the major narrative thrust, and, therefore, receives scant critical attention in literary studies. In fact everyday life can be seen as an arena of two-way negotiation: it is where power reproduces itself in daily practice, but it is also where both personal and collective creativity intervenes in the reproduction of power. Moreover, everyday life often emerges, becomes visible, or acquires meaning through its engagement with other social categories—gender, race, class, ethnicity, nature, and so on, whose different relations with dominant regimes of power call for different strategies of everyday life practices.

[UPDATE] Queer Wales: a collection of essays on sexuality, identity and Wales

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Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 5:12pm
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Huw Osborne, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Royal Military College of Canada
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Queer Wales: a collection of essays on sexuality, identity and Wales

In recent years, we have become more aware of the complexity of Welsh identities (national, European, racial, colonial, economic, etc), and a major feature of this complexity is the queering of Welsh history and culture. The sexual identity of Wales is currently being studied, written, performed, legislated, mapped, bought and sold, yet, as far as sexuality is concerned, to what extent is Wales still "The Land of my Fathers" and the "Land of the White Gloves"? At what point may we begin to articulate a coherent LGBTIQ history and community in Wales?

As Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick explains in Epistemology of the Closet,

[UPDATE] Call for Exemplary Undergraduate Humanities Essays

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Friday, November 13, 2009 - 3:34pm
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Valley Humanities Review
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The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2010 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry submissions; students may submit up to three poems. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students. Our reading period runs from September 1 to December 15 of each year.

T. S. Eliot Society at American Literature Association Conference, May 27-30 2010

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Friday, November 13, 2009 - 11:53am
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T. S. Eliot Society
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The T. S. Eliot Society will
sponsor two sessions at the 2010 Annual Conference of the American
Literature Association, May 27–30, at the Hyatt Regency in San
Francisco. Please send proposals or abstracts(up to 250 words), along
with a curriculum vitae, electronically to Professor Lee Oser
(leeoser@holycross.edu). Submissions must be received no later than
January 15, 2010.

ACLA: Fictions of Haiti (New Orleans 1-4 April 2010; Abstract by 11/23/09)

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Friday, November 13, 2009 - 10:57am
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Kimberly Manganelli & Angela Naimou, Clemson University

"Commemorations," observes Michel-Rolph Trouillot, "sanitize further the messy history lived by the actors. They contribute to the continuous myth-making process that gives history its more definite shapes: they help to create, modify, or sanction the public meanings attached to historical events deemed worthy of mass celebration." The 2004 bicentenary of Haitian Independence was, in this sense, a failure: it was interrupted in Haiti by the ouster (again) of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and was overtaken by an international political discourse that once again treated Haiti as an a-historical site of spectacular, incomprehensible violence.

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