This permanent section on Bibliography and Textual Studies at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference welcomes paper proposals for a panel or group of panels on topics related to the conference's theme of "debt," both literal and metaphorical. The permanent section traditionally explores points of intersection between the disciplines of literary studies and history of the book. Proposals for 2012 should merge the permanent section's disciplinary and theoretical focus with the theme of debt, addressing sub-topics like indebtedness and influence, oaths and promises, literature of demand, the funding of literary productions, or another closely related topic.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012
*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico
The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.
This panel considers limited or "broken" bodies (non-normative, maimed, amputated, tattooed, pregnant, female, aging, etc) and their interaction with the West, its expansion and freedom (often packaged in the notion of the able, strong body).
We are seeking essays, book reviews, and interviews for the upcoming Spring issue due out in April. The theme is Nationalism: Roots and Transgressions. The focus is on the areas of national identity or transnationalism, acculturation, cultural diffusion, or culture shock. The approach may be primarily sociological and historical, or literary in nature. What we want are submissions that address these themes in new and exciting ways that express the multiplicity of angles and issues these broad headings generate.
Book Reviews should be suitable for a broad academic audience similar to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic abd should be under 2000 words.
In our inaugural issue we wish to address the diversity of meanings available to this e-journal's title—Exegesis. Though exegesis traditionally applies to the interpretation of a religious text, it has also been applied to secular literature in an attempt to understand an author's intended meaning. We view the broader concept of the term exegesis as a critical explanation of a work of literature across the disciplines. To this end, we invite articles, reviews, and creative pieces that provide any type of exploration of the meaning of a text.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
"Between Science and Sensation: Psychic Networks in the Mid-Victorian Period" at NAVSA 2012
Narratives Mediated: (dis)junctions 2012
19th annual graduate student conference
Keynote speaker: Dr. Leo Braudy
University of California, Riverside
April 13-14th, 2012
Abstracts due: February 17th, 2012
MLA 2013 (Boston), January 3-6
Special session: Literature and Reductionism
What is reductive thinking—and is it always a bad thing? This panel invites papers that reconsider reductionism as a formal, theoretical, disciplinary, or historical problem.
200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2012 to email@example.com.
The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.
Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals
We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.
Diesis Volume 2, Issue 2:
Revolutions & Reversals
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012
The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue. This issue takes up authority, social structure, and the construction of desired realities in literature as its primary focus.