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CFP: Teaching Video Games; SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/11; 2/8-11/12)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:57pm
Shelley S. Rees

Seeking presentations for the "Pedagogy" section of the 2012 conference of the SW/TX PCA/ACA on the subject of teaching video games as primary texts. Many instructors have begun using video games as teaching tools, but recent developments in video game theory allow for interpretation and analysis of these texts as texts, not merely as vehicles for tangential applications.

Possible topics for this session include but are not limited to: Strategies for teaching a particular game; Teaching gaming theory; Ludology and pedagogy; Convincing your department/institution to support gaming studies.

Please submit 300-word proposals as Word attachments to Shelley S. Rees at srees@usao.edu by 15 November 2011.

Postcolonial and Contemporary Irish Literature and Poetry

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 8:45pm
Western Illinois University's English Graduate Student Organization (EGO) conference

This panel seeks to explore the various modes of navigating the often complicated relationship between the individual and the community, between private and public, in postcolonial and contemporary Irish literature and poetry. How does Ireland's particular brand of nationalism and postcolonial history allow the individual to delineate his or her own relationship with the larger community? For instance, how does the secret, an object fraught with difficulty in light of Ireland's history of censorship and secret societies, navigate these borders of private and public? Or, how does the use of humor mitigate, or facilitate, power struggles between these borders?

CFP: Ancrene Wisse, IMC Leeds (UK), 9-12 July 2012

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 6:27pm
International Anchoritic Society

The International Anchoritic Society is sponsoring a session at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, UK (July 9-12 2012) on the Ancrene Wisse -- please visit https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/index.html for more information about the conference. The theme of the conference is rules, but please do not feel you have to limit your presentation to that aspect of the text.

Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers to Susannah Chewning, chewning@ucc.edu. Deadline for abstracts: Wednesday, 28 September.

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

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:28pm
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.

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

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:27pm
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.

[UPDATE] World Literature/Global Empathy (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:24pm
Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University

World Literature/Global Empathy

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

CFP Women's Studies, SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

The Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association will hold its 33nd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 8-11, 2012. Proposals are welcomed from established scholars as well as graduate students for individual presentations, panels, or roundtable discussions on any aspect of Women in Popular Culture and especially those which reflect the conference theme of Celebrating Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

philosophy, Ethics and Challenges of Contemporary Man

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 3:36pm
Rumi foundation of Albania

The presentations should be focussed on following subjects:
1. Islamic philosophy on challenges to be faced by contemporary men.
2. Role of religion in the future world.
3. Ethics and religious morality in the technological world.
4. Islamic and western perspectives on the future of technology.
5. Philosophy and religion.
6. Mysticism in the technological world.
7. The characteristics of mysticism in Islamic and Christian religions.
8. Classical & modern philosophies versus classic & modern sciences.
9. Philosophical critique of modern science.
10. Philosophy, mysticism and environmental crisis.

AMERICAN LITERATURE: A proposed panel for the American
 Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2012 in San Francisco.

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:50pm
Andy Dorsey

This panel will explore "experience" as a constructed form of knowledge in American literature. Papers
 may focus on one text, on works by one author, or on multiple writers. I am also interested in essays centering on experience in connection with American literary historiography. Of particular interest are analyses of scholarly traditions that privilege experience as an epistemological category—often in the service of arguments that foreground the distinctiveness and/or the exceptional quality of American culture. Essays may address any American literary period(s), genre(s), and/or themes. Papers may also compare constructions of experience in American literature with the literatures of other linguistic, national, and/or cultural groups.

Listening to the Soundscapes of the Black Diaspora

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 1:26pm
NeMLA 2012

While listening to Louis Armstrong, the unnamed narrator of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man discovers a "new" way to hear the "unheard sounds" between the beats , so that he is listening in time and space. Ellison's novel, with its turn toward music to negotiate the visual ideologies of race, is located at a site of crossings and re-crossings where the narrator realizes that "few really listen"—but even more than listening, it is a feeling of and in the space between the beats that most affects him. Such a feeling for space permits a descent into the "underworld of sound" where the narrator experiences the laugh and the cry of an old slave woman.

[UPDATE] Deadline reminder. CFP: Aldous Huxley: Fifty Years After (NeMLA 2012; abstracts due 9/30/11)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 1:01pm
Bill Harrison/SUNY Geneseo

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Aldous Huxley's final novel, _Island_ (1962), and 2013 will observe the half-century since his death. The panel session will reexamine Huxley's work (of any genre) in light of its influence on and relevance to contemporary culture, ideas, and movements. The panel's scope intends to be broad and inclusive, to encourage new North American scholarly attention on Huxley and his works. Of particular interest are new approaches that place Huxley in dialogue with other artists and intellectuals within and beyond Anglo-American traditions.

Send 250-word abstract to Bill Harrison, harrison@geneseo.edu.