We are seeking papers for a panel on Religion and Medicine in North American Culture to be proposed as a special session for the MLA Convention, January 3-6, 2013 in Boston, MA. We are interested in papers that address representations of religion and medicine as intersecting, mutually reinforcing, or oppositional discourses in a variety of cultural texts, including but not limited to literature, film, autobiography/life writing, creative nonfiction and journalism. Proposals addressing texts from any time period or North American region are welcome. Please send 250-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th.
We welcome proposals that explore folklore, folklife, and traditional forms of expression. Papers may include, but are not limited to, examinations of oral traditions, music, material culture, foodways, folk festivals, ritual, dance, and the work of folklore collectors. We are especially interested in proposals that explore auto-ethnography, interdisciplinary approaches to folklore subjects, and literary interpretations of folklore and folklife.
Please send a brief proposal (250 words) to Emily Kader (email@example.com) by May 15, 2012.
'An aphorism, properly stamped and moulded, has not been "deciphered" when it has simply been read: rather, one has to begin its exegesis, - for which is required an art of exegesis'.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.
Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012
Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?
Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012
Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)
Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?
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.