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Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Conference- Jasbir Puar Keynote

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 1:32pm
Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization

Graduate students are hybrid creatures in academia: we are both educators and students, innovators and learners. As we strive to master the foundational knowledges of our disciplines, we also challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink our assumptions; ultimately, we create new knowledge.

This year, the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) warmly invites our colleagues from all disciplines to share the ways in which they are revising, reforming, and recreating accepted disciplinary knowledge to form the next generation of scholarship. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and also encourage proposals from traditional humanities.

RMMLA: Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction" in Boulder, CO (October 11-13, 2012)

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 12:40pm
Pamela J. Rader (convener)/ Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction"

This special topics session is a follow up to a successful roundtable at the annual 2010 MELUS conference in Scranton, PA; the 2010 roundtable was inspired by poet-writer Marilyn Chin's _Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen_. In this novel, or book of tales, Chin's Chinese-American twin female protagonists subvert the dominant expectations of gender and sexuality. I am interested in paper proposals that examine the works of contemporary women writers who raise questions about gender and sexuality within and across various ethnicities.

CFP: Inaugural Bangor Conference of Celtic Studies, 21-23 July 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 12:31pm
Dr Katharine Olson/ Bangor University


21 JULY — 23 JULY 2012

An international conference welcoming papers in Welsh and English on topics relating to any aspect of Celtic Studies, including (but not limited to) history, archaeology, language, literature, linguistics, music, religion, philosophy, folklore, art history, anthropology, and gender studies. A selection of the conference proceedings will be published.

Call for Ecocritical Essay, Poem, Fiction, & more!

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:29pm
Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is gathering materials for the Summer Solstice Issue: 1.2. This southern, biannual, online, literary ecojournal searches constantly for work that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world. We are interested in pieces which push boundaries, which avoid overt or cliché messages, and which embrace and embody the interdisciplinary nature of ecocriticism.

Deadline: April 1st, for Summer Solstice 1.2.
Any materials received after this date will be considered for the Winter Solstice, Issue 2.1.

For more information about our organization & to view past issues and guidelines, visit us at

Special Session: George Eliot's Middlemarch

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 3:08pm
British Women Writers Conference

In response to the conference topic on "Landmarks," I issue a call for papers for a special session panel at the 2012 British Women Writers Conference on George Eliot's Middlemarch. Not only is Eliot a landmark woman writer who wrote an important landmark in the history of the novel, her novel itself engages issue of landmarks in a wide variety of ways. The novel engages the high culture, Classical landmarks of Greece and Rome through the comparisons of Dorothea to a new Antigone, as well as through her honeymoon trip to Rome. But these well-known figures and sites of human history and achievement are implicitly contrasted to achievements, people and epochs that are not likely to be memorialized.

UPDATE Rousseau 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:00pm
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

Extention of deadline: January 30, 2012.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, the Mount Royal University Department of Languages and Cultures invites communications in French and in English to be presented at a one-day pluridisciplinary colloquium on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Papers from various disciplines and fields are welcome, whether from 18th, 19th or 20th century perspectives.
Abstracts of 200 to 300 words should be sent to the organizers no later than January 30, 2011.
The organizers will respond by mid-February 2012.
A maximum of 10 papers will be chosen.

[UPDATE] "More Please: Explorations of Excess" University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 9-11, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:50pm
University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference Committee

"More Please: Explorations of Excess": University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference March 9-11, 2012

University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde

"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato

UPDATE: Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy, 1/15/12; Thoreau Annual Gathering, 7/12/12-7/15/12

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:24pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

The theme of next year's Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (Concord, MA: July 12-15, 2012) is "Celebrating 150 Years of Thoreau's Life, Works, and Legacy." The Emerson Society sponsors a program at the Annual Gathering; the topic for 2012 is "Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy." For a conversational panel on Emerson's practical and philosophical impact on Thoreau, the Emerson Society invites brief papers that consider Emerson as an example, mentor, or antagonist for Thoreau, their shared practices of walking and journal writing, and the implications of Emerson's 1862 eulogy for Thoreau. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair ( by Jan. 15, 2012.