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Exchange Conference (28/29 June 12), Call for Papers (deadline 4 May 12)

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:59am
Rebecca Green, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

June 28/29// 2012

Call for papers

Doctoral researchers from across the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in this conference that explores the concept of exchange. By gathering a broad range of perspectives the conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking and help to build new networks between researchers.

In each case, the presentation could look to the present, draw on the past or consider possibilities for the future. Themes could include explorations of exchange in areas of interest such as:

Knowledge or research
Innovation, creativity, learning, communication

Gender in English Studies International Symposium 2012 (19-21.10.2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:08am
English Department, Szczecin University, Poland

GES 2012: 'The fluidity and contestability of gender and sexuality'

The aim of this symposium is to contribute to the academically informed discussion on gender within Anglophone and Celtic linguistics and literature as well as culture studies. To explore gender issues from a variety of perspectives, we plan to organize plenary lectures and themed sessions on the topics of the fluidity and contestability of gender and sexuality. The point of departure for the conference is the assumption that gender-related processes take place in context (spatio-temporal, social, cultural and political etc.) and need to be investigated as such.

Material Religion in Modern Britain and her Worlds

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 4:47am
Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University) and Tim Jones (University of Glamorgan)

This two-day symposium will explore material cultures of religious belief and faith in modern Britain. As Birgit Meyer, David Morgan, Crispin Paine and S. Brent Plate have recently pointed out, studying material objects provides us with an alternative evidence base in the study of modern religious belief (Birgit Meyer et al; 2011). Yet few attempts have yet been made to do so. While many scholars now concede that Britain's religious landscape is more varied and rich than the narrative of secularisation allows, a tendency remains in the historiography of religion to privilege written sources over material manifestations of religion. This means that all sorts of belief practices have been overlooked.

CFP: Literature and Religion: Sanctuary & Sacred Space (PAMLA: Seattle, WA; October 19-21, 2012Deadline 3/31/12)

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:47am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers that address the topic of sanctuary and sacred space. How do literary texts represent sanctuary and sacred space? What is the role of memory in creating sacred space? What is the relationship between physical place and sacred space? How does one's experience of suffering contribute to the creation of sanctuary and sacred space? How do migration, immigration and movement impact the construction of sacred space?

The conference will take place at Seattle University, Washington from October 19-21, 2012.

Submission Deadline: Saturday March 31, 2012.

Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:10am
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

MLA 2013 Revolutionary Exhanges: Women's Networks (Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:19pm
Tonya Moutray

Seeking papers that explore national and transnational exchanges between women during the French Revolutionary wars. Topics may include their modes and networks of communication and/or collaboration, the cultural reception or representation of migrating or refugee women, boundary crossings, identity construction, women's political agency and/or public engagement. Please submit a one-page abstract by 21 March 2012.

The Erotics of Post Project (from MLA 2012)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7:05pm
Carmen Derkson

"But between the past which no longer is and the future which is not yet, this moment when [we] exist is nothing" –from de Beauvoir's _The Ethics of Ambiguity_

Seeking essay proposals for a book on The Erotics of 'Post': Reparation, Practice, Theory. At the recent MLA 2012 conference (Seattle), I sought essays engaged with poetics, subjectivities, especially feminisms, and the eroticism of post—its implicit delays, lingering temporal modalities, and totalizing narratives—for my panel "Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post'; Or, How to Imagine Beyond Postmodernism." Successful proposals will grapple with the current interdisciplinary manifestations of "post" while positing a working practice or approach for contemporary theory in the present.

GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism Issue Number 21 (2013): "The History and Future of the 19th-Century Book"

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 3:22pm
Editors of the issue: Maria Schoina and Andrew Stauffer

In the period between 1740 to 1850, the systematization of the entire process of making and selling books through a network of printers, publishers, booksellers, writers, readers, and critics led to the evolution of the book trade into a profit-making machine. The resulting professionalization and commodification of literature created not only professional authors and critics, making authorship itself undergo significant change, but set up an entirely new way of conceiving of reading, writing, and selling literary materials. The changing nature of books, media, information and communication defined the literary culture of the period and was central to the establishment of national identity.

The British Empire in Literature and Film RMMLA Oct. 2012 (due March 1)

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:08am
Cynthia Drake / Rocky Mountain MLA

Special Topics panel for the Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boulder, Colorado. Ocotober 4-6, 2012.
This session explores ways that the Empire has been represented, valorized, and critiqued. How has the Empire informed culture production and how have literature and film influenced popular opinions about the Empire?
250-word abstract and bio by March 1.
Conference website:

Call for Submissions: Monsters and the Monstrous,Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:46am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions

Monsters and the Monstrous
Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of
articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms
of submission on the following or related themes:

Monstrous Memory.