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"Mapping Real-and-Imagined Places," MLA 2013 (deadline 10 March '12)

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:58am
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Dickens's London, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mieville's Bas-Lag ... Whether endeavoring to present a realistic picture of a well known geographical locale or projecting a purely fantastic otherworld, narrative fiction frequently maps the "real-and-imagined" spaces (as Edward Soja has labeled them) of our world. This panel will explore such literary cartography or geocriticism in works of realism, fantasy, or other. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Robert T. Tally Jr. at by March 10, 2012.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for papers Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:47pm
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

[UPDATE] Violence in Theory and Practice - March 23rd-25th, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:52pm
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012

The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph

"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow

Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.

[UPDATE] Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology 28 April 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:25pm
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario

The theme for this year's VSAO conference is "Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology." The executive invites abstracts for 20 minute papers to be presented at our morning panel. Plenary speakers for this exciting one-day conference will be Prof. Kathy Psomiades and Prof. Audrey Jaffe. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Matthew Rowlinson ( by 28 January 2012. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Matthew Rowlinson / Department of English / University of Western Ontario/ London, ON CANADA N6A 3K7

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: The Art of Revolution

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:20pm
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

12th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference:
The Art of Revolution
March 30-April 1 2012
University of Iowa

"…Do not be afraid to say revolution!"

MLA 2013 Boston "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"; March 1, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:37pm
Jessica Kuskey

CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (

WELCOMING STRANGERS 27 April 2012 - CFP Deadline 31 January 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:05am
Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London

An international, interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, 27 April 2012
Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London
Keynote speakers:
Professor Robin Cohen (Emeritus Professor and Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford
Professor John Hill (Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 9:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

"Principles of Uncertainty"
A Conference on Critical Theory
Keynote Speaker: Martin Hägglund

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present the first annual interdisciplinary conference on literary and critical theory to be held Friday, May 4, 2012. This conference is being given in support of the CUNY Graduate Center's proposed certificate for Critical Theory, which is dedicated to the study of literary and critical theory.