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Race and Romance in Gone With the Wind, a panel for the Popular Romance in the New Millenium conference, Nov. 10-11, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 1:21pm
Sondra Guttman

Margaret Mitchell's 1936 blockbuster bestseller Gone with the Wind is a book literary critics think they know. When read by academics today, it seems interesting mainly because it retells a particularly American story—the "Dunning School" version of Reconstruction history--familiar from films like Birth of a Nation. Apart from this racism at the level of plot, vivid images of black characters as dogs (for example), by turn loyal and threatening, likewise seem somehow beyond comment. For many, the book's racism is easily attributed to the garden-variety sort marking the culmination of the Jim Crow era and easily dismissible as irrelevant today.

The Radical Langston Hughes, 9/30/11; NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 12:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This NeMLA panel will examine the roles and forms of Langston Hughes's politically engaged poetry from the 'red decade' of the 1930s. It invites papers that add to current understandings of how Hughes approached the writing of political poetry, especially from his position as an African-American activist affiliated with the Communist and Popular Front Left. How did Hughes fashion himself as a 'poet of the people'? What was the relationship between his formal choices and his political commitments? Send 250-word abstracts to Sarah Ehlers at seehlers@umich.edu by September 30, 2011.

Symposium by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation - ANKARA/TURKEY

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 12:04pm
Circassians in the 21st Century: problems and opportunities

The symposium on "Circassians in the 21st Century: Problems and Opportunities", organized by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation (KAF-DAV) will be held on 22-25 September 2011.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the demographical, social, cultural, economic, and political situation of Circassians living in different parts and countries of the world, assess their chances and opportunities, and put forward proposals on the future within the light of historical and scientific data. It is expected that the symposium will contribute to the analysis of the current situation of Circassians and to raise awareness on the subject within scientific and political circles at international and national levels.

egitanea science 2011 and 2012

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:36am
Polytechnic Institute of Guarda

The Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (IPG), Guarda is preparing issue number 8 of Egitania Sciencia.
This scientific Journal is open to publish different papers in the areas that are the main objectives of the schools of Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (Education, Technology, Economics and Management, Tourism and Health).

The Review Board as decided to invite the authors to submit their research by contributing to
Egitania Sciencia. Papers, theoretical or applied, in any field involved the above areas will be considered. Authors may submit more than one paper, but only can be accepted as first author

Teaching literary Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Classroom (roundtable)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:26am

While many scholars in literary and cultural studies focus on feminist issues, the field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has coalesced into its own discipline, frequently oriented toward the social sciences and not the humanities. This roundtable will explore what the study of literature has to offer students in various classrooms (literary studies, WGS, and cross-listed courses) and to WGS more broadly. Please send abstracts to Deborah Uman, duman@sjfc.edu and Heather Hewett, hewetth@newpaltz.edu.

CFP: Workshop on Psychoanalytic Research (8/20; 12/20-1/10

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:15am
Roger Hunt, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

"Freud: a Mosaic"

What: Winter Colloquium

Where: Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

When: December 2011 - January 2012

Deadline: Aug. 20th, notification by Oct. 1

Who: Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, independent
scholars and practitioners

Encyclopedic Fictions of 21st-Century American Literature (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012; abstracts due September 30, 2011)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 8:47am
Stephen Hock

CFP: Encyclopedic Fictions of 21st-Century American Literature
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Rochester, New York, March 15-18, 2012

Writing an encyclopedic fiction has constituted a bid for literary greatness at least since the publication of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in 1973. In light of the fact that the year 2010 saw the publication of no fewer than three such encyclopedic fictions (Joshua Cohen's Witz, Adam Levin's The Instructions, and Karen Tei Yamashita's I Hotel), this panel will examine the continued relevance of the encyclopedic form as a means by which authors stake their claims to places in the canon of American literature.

Conference on The Literary Essay, July 2nd-3rd (London)

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 7:55am
Thomas Karshan


Conference on the Literary Essay at Queen Mary, University of London, and the London Review Bookshop, July 2-3

This July 2-3, there will be a conference on the 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.

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Counterfactual History in German Literature: Deadline Sept. 30, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 5:33am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Call for Papers

Das Neuschreiben der Vergangenheit: Counterfactual History in German Literature

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Special Issue of the Journal of Pan African Studies on African-centered Theory, Methodology and Pedagogy in Africana Studies

Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:42pm
Karanja Keita Carroll

The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) invites papers for a March 2012 edition on African-centered theory, methodology and pedagogy in Africana Studies. African-centered theorists argue that an African-centered perspective in spoken and written form in the American context emerges during the second-order 19th and 20th century speeches and writings of David Walker, Maria Stewart, Henry Garnet and the like, who were calling for cultural nationalism.

Cultural Capital or Capitalist Culture? An Economic Turn in American Studies (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012 Rochester, NY)

Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 9:33pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Though Americanist scholarship of the past quarter-century has focused almost exclusively on the political and ideological, questions of culture, identity, and exceptionalism have more often than not supplanted rather than complemented economic analysis. With the advent of the 2008 global financial crisis, however, economic concerns have again risen to the fore.