The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Women's Studies session invites papers that explore the 2011 conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," and its connection to Women's Studies, broadly defined. Presentations may address, among other topics, poetry in the Women's Studies classroom, poetry as feminist intervention, poetry and the construction/exploration of gender, and any other topics exploring intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in light of the conference theme. Additionally, proposals on any other aspect of women's and/or gender studies and its intersections with pedagogy, literature, rhetoric and composition will be considered if there are not enough proposals focused on the conference theme.
Panel for the 2012 NeMLA Conference in Rochester, NY (March 15-18, 2012):
TITLE: Nuclear Criticism and the "Exploding Word"
Chairperson: Michael Blouin, Michigan State University
Any topic related to the literary depiction of divine speech – from any tradition – in the modern world is welcome: Do the gods still speak? If so, has their speaking-style changed? Has their message changed? Does their speech have the same power as in previous generations? If they no longer speak, how do we even know?
By June 15, 2011, please send a one-page abstract to Steve Pearson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write SAMLA abstract in your subject line.
(Panelists will need to join SAMLA.)
Conference on the Literary Essay at Queen Mary and the London Review Bookshop, London, July 2-3
This July 2-3, there will be a conference on the literary essay from
Montaigne to the present, which will be taking place at Queen
Mary and the London Review Bookshop, featuring Adam Phillips, Andrew O'Hagan, Geoff Dyer, Jeremy Treglown, Karl Miller, Hermione Lee, Gillian Beer, Markman Ellis, Peter Howarth, Ophelia Field, Felicity James, Uttara Natarajan, Stefano Evangelista, Adam Piette, Kathryn Murphy, and Sophie Butler.
Tickets and details available at:
Call for Papers: New England ACIS
Bridgewater State University
October 14-15, 2011
Who's Afraid of the Celtic Tiger?
Economics, Trade and the Undead in Irish Culture
Online Registration is now open for:
'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)'
A One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Online Registration: https://www.bhamonlineshop.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&...
Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature
This NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY) will examine Renaissance drama and poetry via the history of the lower sensorium—the senses of smell, taste, and touch. Though the lower senses were often relegated to a secondary position in medical and philosophical texts, they defined every moment of a subject's daily movements through his or her world. From the taste of the bread and beer that comprised most meals to the overwhelming range of smells that filled every crevice of the early modern city, men and women understood and maneuvered their bodies, encounters, desires, and labor through the three senses comprising the lower sensorium.
gnovis is the online, peer-reviewed, scholarly graduate journal of Georgetown's Communication, Culture and Technology program, and is devoted to presenting interdisciplinary scholarship that reflects broad interests in the intersection of culture and technology. Our mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe explore the relationships among technology, culture, media, politics, and share their original research.
Summer 2011 Call for... PROJECTS. That's right, not papers, but projects.
"Canadian Short Stories": This panel examines the works of Anglophone Canadian short story writers, such as as Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence, Gabrielle Roy, Carol Shields, and Margaret Atwood, among many others. Some of the questions to be addressed include: Is the short story a genre employed more frequently by female Canadian writers; if so, why? Do the short stories by these authors convey the notion of Canadianness? Other possible topics include: collections of linked stories, "flash fiction," influences among Canadian authors, or connections between an author's stories and novels. The panel welcomes proposals that examine the theme of Canadian short stories and Canadian short story writers.
As part of a wider analysis of discourses of responsibility in contemporary humanitarian activity, this special issue will examine how advocacy campaigns and relief projects that fall outside of the more established arenas of the UN and major international NGOs construct and disseminate particular conceptions of global responsibility. Along with the news media, the Product (RED) campaign, the fair trade movement, micro-finance websites such as Kiva, charity events like "Hope for Haiti Now" and the promotion of specific novels and films like Starbucks' advocacy for Ishmael Beah's memoir A Long Way Gone all serve as cultural arbiters of a dynamic "ethos of humanitarianism" broadly disseminated among a privileged transnational public sphere.
Present Tense is currently seeking submissions for its upcoming issue. We are a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. Present Tense publishes short articles ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 words, the length of a conference paper. We also encourage conference-length multimedia submissions such as short documentaries, flash videos, interviews and podcasts, as well as reviews that are thematically related to the goals of the journal. For a current, non-exhaustive list of submission topics, please see:
Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture:
Classic and Contemporary Essays
Call for papers for an edited collection tentatively titled Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays. This collection will consist primarily of new analyses, but will also include previously published essays in order to chart the development of materialist criticism of children's literature, culture, and film.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
• the way in which children's literature supports or, conversely, challenges class hierarchies, especially as they intersect with gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity
This session invites artists and scholar-artists of any genre—literature, performance arts, or visual media—to submit works that in some way respond to or adapt Chaucer. Since this session intends to offer a multi-genre contemporary response to Chaucer, submissions may be in varying formats: print, audio, video, or "Powerpoint." Submit whole works (up to three lyric poems, two short-shorts, five examples of flash fiction, etc.) or parts of longer works (a chapter from a novel for which a context is provided; a scene from a larger play with its context; an aria, also contextualized, etc.); or one reproduction of a visual work in any media; it is also understood that forms may be combined (mash-ups; graphic novel; prose poems, etc).