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Commonalities: Imagining the Ordinary (September 23-24, 2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:38pm
Rice University Department of English

The annual Rice University Symposium in Houston, Texas invites papers that examine the unexpected material and affective supports of the common, commons, and community. Papers might explore representations of communities as they develop across spatial and temporal boundaries as well as how shared background understandings connect to the experience of the ordinary. We are especially interested in how these issues relate to the question of the commons and the role collective life plays in various social imaginaries. Submissions that range across periods, theoretical orientations, and disciplines are welcome.

Possible paper topics:

Writing Difference: Nationalism, Literature and Identity | Abstract Deadline 15 May

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 3:57pm
Anindya Bhattacharya

CFP: Writing Difference: Nationalism, Literature and Identity

Deadline for submission of Abstract: May 15, 2011


for an edited volume of articles entitled Writing Difference: Nationalism, Literature and Identity


Since the nineteenth century, Nationalism has remained one of the most powerful forces in the history of ideas both for celebratory and polemical reasons, having been hailed as much as an ideology of emancipation and integration as a spectre of fragmentation and belligerence. It has given birth to some most impassioned writings in world literature both creative and theoretical.

GRIDLOCK, October 14-15, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:15pm
Department of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University | Hosted at the AC Institute, New York, NY

For our 2nd Annual Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, we invite submissions that explore the possibilities of Gridlock.

Keynote: Eugene Thacker, Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School

Byzantium/Modernism: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:34pm
Roland Betancourt, Yale University

Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes
20-22 April 2012, Yale University

Keynote Speakers:
Marie-José Mondzain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Robert S. Nelson, Yale University

[UPDATE] The Monument in Revision, Edited Collection (abstracts due June 1, 2011)

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 6:12pm
Joseph L.V. Donica/Southern Illinois University Carbondale

With the renewed focus on monuments and memorials after 9/11 new questions are being raised and old ones revisited about how objects become memorialized or even de-memorialized. And while it is clear to us now that the monument's physical presence is always in jeopardy of disappearing, it is not as clear how a monument's meaning travels in and out of various conceptual spaces as the monument changes physical shape or adapts to the cultural ceremonies or power shifts within national states.

PAMLA 2011 Science Fiction Division (Extension to April 18th)

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 3:40pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Science Fiction Division of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association has extended its deadline until April 18th for the PAMLA 2011 conference, held this year at Scripps College, in Claremont, California.

All abstracts proposing original science fiction scholarship will receive full consideration.

To propose a paper, please follow this link and use the Online Proposal Submission Form, which will help guide your paper title, abstract, and proposal (of no more than 500 words) to the Science Fiction Division:


A few official stipulations:


Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 10:11am

Scholarly critical / analytical / interpretative essays are invited from scholars across the world for an edited Anthology to be brought out on D. H. LAWRENCE'S SONS AND LOVERS with a view to providing postgraduate scholars and teachers with new critical insights and perspectives. The anthology will be published by a reputed Publisher headquartered in India and having its main business base in USA, UK and Ireland.

Chapter and Verse: Structures of Reading Conference Date: October 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 2:33am
University of California at Berkeley / The Bancroft Library

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Nicholas Dames, Departments of Comparative Literature and English, Columbia University

The Bancroft Library and the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley invites scholars of all disciplines to submit papers to the History of the Book and Reading Townsend Center Working Group conference. This conference will explore what comprises the field we call "History of the Book."