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

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 5:13pm
University of Texas at Brownsville English Graduate Advancement and Development Society

The English Graduate Advancement and Development Society (EGADS!) at the University of Texas at Brownsville is proud to host its annual graduate/undergraduate English studies conference on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. This year's topic is "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.

CFP: Reading the (Re)Presented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness, 1700-present

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 7:52pm
Nicola Parsons (University of Sydney) and Kate Mitchell (Australian National University)

Since the emergence of self-consciously fictional forms in the late seventeenth century, the boundary between literary and historical techniques for representing the past has been both permeable and contested. Readers have long been the focus of rhetoric about the dangers of representing history in fiction, but their agency in negotiating this borderland has been largely overlooked.

The Margins of the Logos: Children in 19th Century English Literature, NeMLA, Montreal 4/7-4/11/10, deadline: 9/30/09

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 10:16am
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Alongside Realism in the 19th century, which foregrounded a logical and representable image of the world, there ran a trend in literature that emphasized experience at the margins of the logos, including childhood, absurdity, fantasy, trauma, eroticism, and comedy. This panel seeks theoretically and/or historically informed papers that will explore this literature by looking at the role of childhood, and what it reveals about subjectivity, in 19th century British literature. Topics might include the role of childhood memory or fantasy in adult subjectivity; questions of gender, genre, eroticism, or empire in relation to childhood.

Ecocriticism and Graduate Studies

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 5:30pm
Dana Harrison / Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University

Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 8th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2010 (online and in print). We are seeking papers on ecocritical and environmental topics, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to Dana Harrison at by October 15, 2009. No simultaneous submissions please.

New Voices: Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:23pm
New Voices

The 10th Annual New Voices Conference focuses on representations of the Apocalypse as they manifest
throughout history, across cultures, and in language. The conference committee invites papers dealing with
any aspect of mankind's conception of the End-of-Days. Individual papers or panel proposals may center upon
any time period and any culture or people. They may furthermore draw thematically from such academic
disciplines as literary criticism and theory, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religious studies, medieval and
renaissance studies, art history, biblical history, cultural geography, and folklore. We also welcome papers

The Male Empire under the Female Gaze: White Women and British India (30 November 2009)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 12:09pm
Susmita Roye, University of Bristol

This collection of essays proposes to explore the 'female gaze' that observes, locates and shapes the Empire, which is largely viewed as 'male.' Imperialism is undeniably a male-dominated affair. However, the 'female' element in the process cannot and should not be overlooked. Women's literature about the Empire, though often neglected, is considerably large. In India's case, women writers like Maud Diver and Flora Annie Steel narrate fictional tales colored by their first-hand experience of Indian life and life in India. It perhaps becomes more interesting when male authors like E. M.

English Studies & Social Justice--PCEA Annual Conference (4/8/10-4/10/10)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:14am
Abigail Aldrich / Pennsylvania College English Association

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA)
Annual Conference
April 8-10, 2010
Submission Deadline--January 31, 2010

The Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(800) 607-2384
Room Rate: $129 + tax

The Politics of Meat in the Nineteenth Century Novel, NeMLA April 7-11, 2010, Montreal

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:38am
Maggie Berg, Seminar Chair, Northeast Modern Language Association

"Meat is a symbol of patriarchy," declares Carol J. Adams. Her study of the sexual politics of meat shows that carnivorousness is also linked to inequalities in addition to those of gender. While beef was a nineteenth-century symbol of Britishness, Percy Shelley claimed that meat - eating widened the gap between rich and poor. This session will consider the politics of meat in the nineteenth -century novel. We invite papers which explore the ways in which carnivorousness is imbricated in issues of class, race nationhood or gender in literary representations. Is meat- eating linked to social power? Is the killing of animals for food linked to other kinds of violence?

[UPDATE] Saving the Planet, Saving our Souls

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:52pm
Calee M. Lee

Saving the Planet: Saving our Souls
Essays on Faith & Ecology

Due to email glitches, submissions will now be accepted until October 1st

Submissions are now open for an anthology of essays exploring the sometimes strained, often misunderstood relationship between ecology and spirituality. Essays should address some aspect of ecological awareness within a faith community and can consider themes of: sacramentalism, sustainability, dietary habits, prayer, meditation, activism, ecumentalism, new monasticism, literature and ecocriticism, human interaction with the natural world and others.