This is an open topic. However, this year's conference theme is the following:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our fifth volume to be published in May 2011. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.
250-word abstracts dealing with any aspect of English Nineteenth-Century Literature are welcome. Please also include a brief CV or equivalent biographical statement. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. The deadline for submission is 3/1/2009, and the conference dates are October 6-8, 2011.
Please note that accepted presenters will need to be current in their RMMLA dues by 4/1/2011. Abstracts and CVs may be emailed as Word, RTF or PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via regular mail to Scott Rogers, 1404 University Circle, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, 84408.
For further information, see the conference website:
What does it mean to transpose? What might it mean to shift, adapt, migrate, translate, or even steal across the boundaries of genre, medium, discipline, culture or nation? Is a melody, a sentence, a method or a concept the same after transposition?
This year's keynote presenters are Kathryn Laity and Lori Branch. Kathryn Laity, Associate Professor of English (Medieval) at The College of Saint Rose, NY, works across medieval literature and culture, film, creative writing and new media with publications including scholarly work, fiction, poetry, column writing, translation, a play and even a comic book. Her talk will be titled "Converting Monks into Friars: Public Scholars in the 21st Century."
This special session will examine some of the ways in which everyday life is represented and negotiated through the intersections of fantasy and the mundane in 19th century realist novels. All papers that consider the fantasy, desire, and the mundane in 19th century realism are welcome. Please send a brief abstract and c.v. to email@example.com by March 20, 2011.
Kevin Swafford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies
UPDATE: PAMLA requests that proposals be submitted via their website:
If you encounter problems, please email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please submit any A/V requests with your proposal to ensure that they can be met.
Call for Papers: How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose?
The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication
April 1-2, 2011
***SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: FEBRUARY 14***
Keynote Speaker: Wai Chee Dimock
Creative Keynote Speaker: Doug Rice
"The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the "outlaw," the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order." —Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention in Seattle. Empathy and sympathy are capacious terms that have rich and overlapping conceptual histories in philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, and political thought. This panel will explore the ties between empathy/sympathy and the epistemological concerns of literature. What solutions, and problems, do empathy and sympathy introduce to the production of knowledge of the world (especially knowledge of other minds)? What do empathy and sympathy have to do with representational difficulty? How do they influence narrative or poetic innovation? Proposals for papers on any literary period or genre are welcome. Interdisciplinary and cognitive approaches are particularly welcome.
How does the media categorize or illustrate gender? What does it mean to be "feminine"? What does it mean to be "masculine"? How does gender intersect with race and ethnicity? Historically, how have gender guidelines evolved? What roles have both men and women played in literature? Is feminism still relevant today? Undergraduate students of all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts on any topics related to gender studies.
Please send your 250-word paper abstract to Patrick Hamilton, Assistant Professor of English, email@example.com by February 28, 2011.
Registration: Free to MU students/faculty; $10 non-MU students; $15 non-MU faculty
Date: APRIL 2, 2011
Ethics and Literary Experience
"the only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings, is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact of being struggling erring human creatures"—George Eliot