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CFP: 2nd Annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:32am
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

We are excited to invite you to join a multi-disciplinary dialogue on gender and sexuality. Although formal research projects and papers are welcome, the symposium is designed to encourage meaningful dialogue amongst the community; thus, we encourage you to submit semester projects and papers that will add to the conversation.

Exploring the Global Caribbean through Literary and Theoretical Texts Conference, 5-7 July 2012, Kingsville, Texas

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:32am
Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Keynote Speaker:
Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, Columbia University

Call for papers:
Because the Caribbean represents the confluence of peoples and cultures—from Europe, Africa, and the Americas—first through trade routes and colonization and then through the dispersion of its literature and culture in a contemporary diaspora back out to the larger world, it provides a paradigm for studying the processes and effects of globalization. A culturally and linguistically rich region of the world that includes English, French, Spanish, Dutch and native creoles, the Caribbean also provides a fascinating literature that is complicated by its history and location.

[UPDATE] Converting Cultures, Building the Empire: American Missionaries in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Nov. 5-6, 2011)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:49pm
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association

CFP: Missionaries Panel - PAMLA 2011
Scripps College in Claremont, CA (near Los Angeles)

American missionaries spread more than religious ideology as they sought to convert "others" around the world. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which American cultural expansion occurred as a consequence of the American foreign mission movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Possible broad paper topics are not limited to:
Missionary presses
Topic of your choosing

Disgust and Victorian Culture, Special Session, MLA 2012

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 9:05pm

This panel invites papers that explore the connections between disgust and Victorian culture, particularly the role of disgust in the affective fashioning of normative or transgressive identities. Functioning as a visceral reaction to filth or as moral abhorrence toward the socially unacceptable, disgust routinely functioned to distance the middle-classes from lower-class individuals, practices, and spaces. The Victorian subject is not only constituted through the repression of the low and the disgusting but is also transformed in the very act of encountering the abject.

[UPDATE] CFP: Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: Formal Measures

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:53am
Kathryn Stergiopoulos (Princeton University)



Sixth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium

Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: March 20, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Formal Measures." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

"Subversive Texts/ Radical Readings" graduate student conference May 6-7th, 2011, proposals due March 13th

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:11am
Hunter College Graduate Student Conference

If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker's voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written "in the language of the oppressor" less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive?

[UPDATE]: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011 With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:45pm
Lyndsey Lefebvre

CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Scripps College, Claremont, California (about thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, in the lovely town of Claremont, one of the real jewels of Southern California). Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 2011

Considering the power of current food journalists, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, Americans have been trying to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.

Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 10:36pm
Rosina Neginsky/ University of Illinois at Springfield

Between 25-28 April, 2012 ALMSD will be hosting a second International conference, "Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences" with the theme
Light and Shade or Light and Obscurity in Symbolism, its origins and its consequences. The organization would like to invite you to submit a proposal which will address the theme of the conference in art, literature and music. The proposal should be about 300 words and should be sent to before May 10, 2011. Please include a short version of your CV. If you have questions, please contact Rosina Neginsky at

UPDATE -- Originations: Dangers and Desires [MLA 2012] -- Proposals due March 10, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:54pm
Modern Languages Association, Jan 5-8, 2012, Seattle, WA

This session welcomes papers concerning representations and intimations of nostalgic utopias, formative memory, and mother tongues, in order to discuss the dangerous necessities inherent in desiring origins. The session welcomes papers from across a wide array of disciplines and media.

250-word proposal and brief CV due March 10, 2011.