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[UPDATE] RMMLA Literature and Religion session (DEADLINE 3/1/12)

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 9:36pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association invites the submission of proposals for individual papers to its Literature and Religion session. Papers may engage a wide range of religious and literary traditions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the intersection between literature, religion, and the following issues:

- Gender/sexuality/race
- Nation
- The family
- Modernity
- Secularization
- Fundamentalism
- Revolution
- Representations of the messianic or the apocalyptic

Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages).

The deadline for paper proposals is MARCH 1, 2012.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extension: George Perkins Marsh (Hoboken, NJ)

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 4:24pm
Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ.
George Perkins Marsh: An American for all Seasons.

Please note the following changes to our conference scheduling:
-The conference CFP deadline has been extended to 15 March 2012.
-The conference will take place on 04 May 2012 only (this will be a one day not two day conference).

CFP: Romantic Voyagers - Voyaging Romantics, 29-30 September 2012, Wellington NZ

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:50pm
Victoria University of Wellington and the Alexander Turnbull Library

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Romantic voyaging, the period, its context and its authors. Papers which address the larger issues of 'voyaging' will be welcome too.

The conference will include an opportunity to admire some of the treasures of the Rare Book collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library. There will also be time to explore the bracing sea-front and beautiful streets of Wellington with its numerous restaurants and bars, and to ascend via the famous cable car to the Botanical Gardens.

The keynote speakers are:
Dr Ruth Lightbourne (Alexander Turnbull Library)
Professor Vincent O'Sullivan, DCNZM
Professor Nicholas Roe (St Andrews University, Scotland)

[UPDATE--DEADLINE EXTENDED] Waste: An Interdisciplinary Conference (March 30-31, 2012)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 2:11pm
The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization



March 30-31, 2012

There are as many ways to conceptualize waste as there are ways in which waste permeates our world. It is ubiquitous; it figures into existence at every level. The history of waste is a history of equivocation, affirmation, disavowal, subsistence, persistence, inconvenience, differentiation, destruction, and decay. From the pragmatics of city sanitation to the logistics of disaster relief, from the remainders of mathematical equations to the emotive excesses of sentimental novels, the problem of "what remains" is central to the practice of academic inquiry.

[UPDATE] NEGOTIATING GENDERED SPACES // TOPOGRAFÍAS DOMÉSTICAS Y GÉNERO. Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), May 16-18, 20

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 1:56pm
Departments of English Philology I & II. Complutense University of Madrid

The Departments of Anglo-American Philology I and II (Linguistics and Literature) wish to announce their 10th International Conference on Women's Studies, and invite you to submit papers on the topics listed below. The Organizing Committee for this conference, featuring national and international speakers, will publish texts selected after peer review for the Women's Studies collection, Vol. VIII.

Organizing Committee: Ana Antón-Pacheco, Isabel Durán, Noelia Hermando, Carmen Méndez, JoAnne Neff, Ana Laura Rodríguez

Themes (suggested, but not limited to):

Captivity Writing Unbound

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:39pm
University of South Alabama / Department of English

Call for Papers: "Captivity Writing Unbound"
University of South Alabama (Mobile/Fairhope, AL)
October 11-13, 2012

CFP: Death and Dying in Literature (4/1/02; collection of essays)

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:28pm
John J. Han & C. Clark Triplett

Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature. Since the publication of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's landmark study On Death and Dying (1969), thanatology has attracted keen attention from various fields of study, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, and medical ethics. Interestingly, thanatologists in those areas frequently turn to literature in their study of death and the phenomena and practices related to it. Considering that death and dying is a prominent theme, motif, and symbol in world literature, it is no wonder that they find literary works resourceful.

[UPDATE] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:31pm
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

This conference, hosted by the English Department at Southern Methodist University, invites graduate students to interpret and explore the function of violence in all of its multitudinous forms, including, but not limited to, its function in literature. We invite proposals for consideration that reflect any and all interdisciplinary explorations of violence as trope, historical event or discursive technique.