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Call for Papers on Marguerite Porete, International Congress on Medieval Studies, 10–13 May 2012

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:02pm
International Congress on Medieval Studies

We invite conference papers on Marguerite Porete, her inquisition trial, and/or the Mirror of Simple Souls, for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, on 10–13 May 2012.

For details, please see the Call for Papers available online at

  • http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/sessions.html
  • A proposal consists of a 300-word abstract and the participant information form downloadable from

    Southern Studies Conference (February 10-11, 2012)

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:32pm
    Auburn University Montgomery

    Southern Studies: The AUM Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University Montgomery, February 10 and 11, 2012.

    Call for papers and panels on the topic of Southern culture.

    Hawthorne's Humor, journal (special issue), 11-15-2012

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:24pm
    Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

    Call for Papers, Hawthorne's Humor

    A special issue of the _Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_ is being planned on Hawthorne's humor, to be published in fal1, 2013. Essays (no longer than 9,000 words, WORD doc files) are invited for consideration on the following topics, although the list is not meant to be exhaustive.

    UPDATE: Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad, SALA 2012

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:08pm
    South Asian Literary Association

    Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad

    South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Seattle 2012

    Date: Wed., January 4, 2012 at 9:00am – Thurs., January 5, 2012 at 5:00pm

    Venue: Hyatt Place Downtown, 110 6th Avenue North (at Denny Way)

    Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

    Distinguished Guest Author: Charles Johnson

    Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2011


    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 5:17pm
    Label Me Latina/o

    Label Me Latina/o (www.labelmelatin.com) is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. The Co-Directors will publish creative works in English, Spanish or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish.

    CfP Kalamazoo Medieval ICMS 2012: Postcolonial England

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:10pm
    Durham University English Department

    The Department of English Studies at Durham University invites submission of proposals for its session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012. The panel seeks proposals of 300-500 words with a working title and department affiliation by September 1, 2011. Participants will be contacted regardless of whether or not their proposal has been accepted. All proposals submitted but not accepted will be sent on to the general committee for consideration in one of the general sessions at Kalamazoo. The CfP is as follows:

    Postcolonial England

    Théâtre et actualité(s)

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 2:49pm

    Dear List,

    We are currently seeking proposals for "Théâtre et actualité(s)," a panel at ASECS's upcoming meeting in San Antonio. Papers in English or in French are encouraged; please don't hesitate to send along any questions.

    "Théâtre et actualité(s)"

    Logan Connors, French & Francophone Studies Program, Bucknell U., Lewisburg, PA 17837 AND Yann Robert, Dept. of French & Italian, Stanford U., Pigott Hall, Room 105, Stanford, CA 94305

    logan.connors@bucknell.edu AND yrobert@stanford.edu

    Computers and Writing May 17-20, 2012

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 2:06pm
    Wendi Sierra

    CFP: Computers and Writing 2012
    ArchiTEXTure: Composing and Constructing in Digital Spaces

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    Onsite Conference: Thursday, May 17, 2012 – Sunday, May 20, 2012
    Proposal Submission Opens: September 1, 2011
    Proposal Due Date: October 22, 2011 (before midnight EST)
    Notifications of Acceptance: December 15, 2011
    Registration Opens: January 15, 2012
    Online Conference: Dates to be announced

    Keynote Speakers: David Parry, Alex Reid, Anne Wysocki

    Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2012]

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:41pm
    Anthony Adams

    A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

    Editing Old English: Ælfric's Lives of Saints (Kalamazoo 2012)

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 12:03pm
    Grant Simpson and Rachel Anderson

    Editing Old English: Ælfric's Lives of the Saints
    Special Session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 2012)

    2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of W. W. Skeat, the eminent lexicographer and editor of Anglo-Saxon texts. Skeat is known among Ælfric scholars as the editor of the four-volume Lives of Saints (1881-1890). This edition has numerous limitations, including an incomplete scholarly apparatus, a dated translation, and infrequent availability. A new edition is needed - but what would it look like? Who would it be for?

    This session will feature papers that examine Skeat's editorial choices and look towards what is needed for a future edition.

    Tracing the Image of His Face: Jorge Luis Borges and the Question of Influence (Abstract due Sept. 30)

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:14am
    Northeast Modern Language Association

    Jorge Luis Borges' influence on literature has been immense, both in his native Argentina and throughout the world. Umberto Eco once wrote that while James Joyce "designed with words," Borges "designed with ideas." These ideas have had a tremendous impact throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. For example, the genre of magical realism that Borges helped to inspire has in turn inspired writers as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, José Saramango and Toni Morrison among many others. Likewise, postmodern authors such as Eco, Italo Calvino, John Barth, and Thomas Pynchon have all cited Borges as a key influence on their work.

    "Crossing the dark sky of exile": Vladimir Nabokov and the Issue of Exile (Abstract due Sept. 30)

    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:12am
    Northeast Modern Language Association

    In Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov writes that "Sirin passed," "across the dark sky of exile" "like a meteor, and disappeared, leaving nothing much else behind him than a vague sense of uneasiness." While most would disagree that Nabokov disappeared or left nothing much behind him, many would agree that exile played a large role in his life and works. Even before he was forced to flee Russia, Nabokov's earliest poetry expressed the pain of exile and loss, a pain that would only intensify in the years to come.