We request paper proposals for a proposed special session at the 2011 MLA convention in Los Angeles, CA. Keeping with the conference theme of "Narrating Lives," we seek scholarly work that examines narratives of the "afterlife" of Walter Raleigh. While the afterlives of figures such as Elizabeth I have received increased popular and scholarly attention in recent years thanks in part to diverse depictions in film and historical fiction, Raleigh has remained a less-examined figure, despite appearances in diverse media and a rich literary and historical afterlife. This panel seeks papers that consider that afterlife and its implications for scholarship.
How do Victorian texts (novels, in particular) stage a confrontation between the sense of moral urgency and individual agency on the part of characters (or narrator) and the more distant, less personalized, and at times ironic sense of human lives as an effect of the invisible hand? What role does economic theory play in the sense of plot as beyond the control of any one human will? What generic or narratological innovations come about in response to this newly expressed form of fate? Is there a third path between individual agency and the invisible hand?
Please send proposals of 300-500 words and one-page cv to Ilana Blumberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 15.
Session subject to approval.
Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama
The IMS study group "Music and Media" (MaM) invites abstracts for papers in the fields of musicology and media studies. Papers should address the role of music in film, television, computer and video games, radio, live performances involving audiovisual media or other subjects related to the work of this study group. Please send your abstracts in RTF or MS Word format to Tobias Plebuch, email@example.com by Feb 28, 2010. Your submission should include the following information: author(s), academic affiliation, e-mail address, title of your presentation, the abstract (300 words max.) and technical requirements (piano, overhead, power point, etc).
The James Agee Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations to be delivered at the 2010 American Literature Association Conference on any aspect of James Agee's work, especially in connection with artistic and cultural trends of his times. Recent topics have included Agee's poetry, reconsiderations of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and The Morning Watch, and Agee as film critic and translator of foreign films. Of particular interest are papers treating the restored edition of A Death in the Family. Send 250-word abstracts by January 18, 2010, to Hugh Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals are invited for the American Association of Australian Literary Studies sessions at the 2011 MLA Convention, to be held January 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA. The "Indigenous Australian Literature" session seeks papers focusing on any aspect of Australian Indigenous literature in any genre. The "Transnational Approaches to Australian Literature" session seeks papers focusing on transnational approaches to Australian literature in any genre from any period. Send 250-word proposals to Nathanael O'Reilly (email@example.com) by March 1, 2010.
The VII Annual SOCIAL THEORY FORUM
Call for Papers
Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan For the 21st Century
April 7 and 8, 2010
University of Massachusetts Boston
I'm pleased to tell you about an exciting conference coming up April 7-8, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts, Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan for the 21st Century.
Seeking papers on alcohol or drug recovery narratives from any era, insofar as they inhabit, create, alter, or resist traditions of religious and spiritual life-writing in America. The panel will understand "spiritual" as broadly as necessary to accommodate any thoughtful or provocative take on addiction narrative.
"Performatives after Deconstruction"
29 - 30 June 2010
Kingston University, London
The London Graduate School
In an effort to promote scholarly discourse in all disciplines and fields, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle invites graduate students to submit papers addressing notions of adaptation, a concept Dudley Andrew calls, "potentially as far reaching as you like" (Andrew, Concepts in Film Theory, 1984). The appearance of two journals dedicated to adaptation studies in the past two years along with the proliferation of theoretical texts on the subject testify to the ever-increasing reach of the topic.
A Special Issue on "Nineteenth Century Feminisms: Press and Platform" in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com)
Guest Edited by Susan Hamilton (University of Alberta) and Janice Schroeder (Carleton University).
Deadline for completed submissions: 1 May 2010
International conference, 12-14 July 2010
CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales)
C-SCAP (Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics)
GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society)
in collaboration with the Richard Burton Centre, all at Swansea University
Simon Brooks (Cardiff University)
Glenn Jordan (University of Glamorgan)
Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)
Chris Weedon (Cardiff University)
Creative, critical and reflective writings and campus reports are being invited from undergraduate and postgraduate students from any part of the world for the inaugural issue. Visit the site at http://magazine.bhattercollege.org.in. Consult the guidelines before you submit any content at http://magazine.bhattercollege.org.in/?page_id=17
Deadline of Submission: January 21, 2010.
SAVE THE DATE and CALL FOR PAPERS
BYRON AND THE BOOK
The 36th International Byron Society Conference
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
26-31 July 2010
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print;
A Book's a Book, altho' there's nothing in't.
- Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
"Carried Across: Translations, Temporalities, and Trajectories"
A Graduate Conference hosted by the Department of English at University of Rhode Island
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, currently Visiting Professor at Duke University, and author of several books, including Woman and Chinese Modernity (1991), Writing Diaspora (1993), Ethics After Idealism (1998), and Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (2007)
Translatus (Latin root of "translation"): transferred, handed over, conveyed, carried across