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(An)Aesthetic of Absence - Une esthétique de l'absence

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 2:49pm
Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

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(An)Aesthetic of Absence
University of Toronto, March 8-10, 2012
Keynote Addresses by J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine)
and Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)

The 23rd annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto will be held from March 8-10, 2012, and will focus on the concept of "Absence": the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of that which is not present. Following from last year's conference, "Iconoclasm," we now consider not that which has been broken, but that which is simply—and yet profoundly—absent.

Undressing the Bawdy - Submission Deadline: November 18, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 11:08am
Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies & Thought

Derived from "bawd," a word of uncertain etymology associated with practices of female prostitution, "bawdy" describes something that is boisterously or humorously indecent. Considering that one of the earliest known works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with its many descriptions of the randy exploits of a Sumarian prince, can be considered bawdy, one might suggest that bawdiness is an intrinsic quality of literary discourse. From Rabelais's laughing pregnant hags, to Rochester's copious odes to genitalia, and Joyce's "obscenities" in Ulysses, the bawdy has titillated centuries of readers.

[Update] Registration open for Rural Geographies of Gender and Space

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 4:35am
University of Warwick

Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920

23rd September 2011, University of Warwick

*Provisional Programme available and

Registration is now open*

Keynote speaker: Professor Jo Little, University of Exeter

This symposium offers a long-overdue forum in which to resituate the rural as a vital context for understanding the meanings of gender and space in the long Victorian period. Bringing together scholars from different disciplinary perspectives, including English literary studies, geography and history, we aim to understand the diverse experiences of gendered rural spaces and contribute to discussions about theoretical approaches to the (rural)space-gender intersection.

Children's Media

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:13pm
Interdisciplinary Humanities/Humanities Education and Research Association

This special issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Interdisciplinary Humanities" will consider articles, essays, interviews, and creative works by authors who write or produce works for children. Video games, picture books, fantasy, hip-hop, children's poetry: the various media that are relevant to children and have become part of twenty first century humanities warrant study and exploration for teachers and scholars in the humanities. Send inquiries and submissions to Dr. Wynn Yarbrough at or to Dr. Lee Ann Westman at

CFP: Popular Culture & Sex; February 8-11, 2012

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm
2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Popular Culture & Sex Special Topics Area.

Listed below are suggestions for presentations; topics not included here are welcome & encouraged.

(For returning presenters, please note this earlier date.)

UPDATE- Savagism and Civilization- Submissions Deadline Extended

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:31am
University of Oklahoma: Student Association of Graduate English Studies and Native American Studies Department

*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"

New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:27am
Dr Julia Thomas, Cardiff University

Dr Julia Thomas is chairing a panel on 'New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies' at the conference on Victorian Media organized by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, to be held on 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The panel will address the idea that the presence of pictures radically alters the meanings of Victorian texts, and will explore the contexts in which illustrations appear in this period and in which they re-appear (or disappear) today. Papers on any aspect of Victorian illustration are welcome. Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short 75-word biography to Julia Thomas at by Friday 30 September.


Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:55am
University of Leeds

Regitration is now open until 10th September for the conference 'Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011' at the University of Leeds. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world to mark the occasion of William Makepeace Thackeray's bicentenary, and offers an opportunity to reassess Thackeray's place in Victorian culture and in the history of novel, as well as the development of his critical reputation over the past two centuries. The conference will examine both Thackeray's position within time and the importance of time - including questions of temporality, history, and modernity - within his writings.

33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:38am
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Albuquerque, NM
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.