CfP Book "Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World"

full name / name of organization: 
Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies

Call for Contributions to Book: "Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World"

The formal attainment of independence by colonies and protectorates in Latin America, Asia and Africa has not ushered in the end of imperialism. The epistemic and material conditions that underpinned European colonialism persist to shape our world, so that the postcolony continues to be confronted with the violent legacies of imperialism. From development politics to peace and security issues, from human rights to foreign trade policies, from climate change to intellectual property rights, from gender justice to global governance; colonial relations still inform how problems are perceived and what solutions are offered.

If "modernity" is deeply linked to European imperialism and if European norms, values and practices were universalised through colonialism, then decolonization is inextricably linked to the project of "deuniversalising Europe". However, this cannot be achieved through a simple rejection of European Enlightenment in favour of nationalist or nativist projects; rather "provincializing Europe" (Chakrabarty) entails the recognition that the postcolonial world is historically determined by the Enlightenment, even as the construction of the West as a normative power has left a trail of violent and exploitative systems in the name of modernity, progress, rationality, emancipation, freedom, equality, rights, justice and peace. At the same time, the native elites in the postcolonial world, to a large extent, profit from and reinforce the very neo-colonial structures they seek to critique (Spivak). This confronts us with the paradoxical legacies of the Enlightenment project and the challenge of freeing ourselves from the "intellectual blackmail of being for or against the Enlightenment" (Foucault).

In the last few decades there have been intensive debates regarding the pertinence of Enlightenment ideals of justice, human rights and democracy, which have been criticized for being Eurocentric and androcentric since they are firmly grounded in a Western (hetero-)normative framework. This volume presents critical perspectives of feminists, critical race theorists, queer and postcolonial theorists who confront the question whether norms of justice, human rights and democracy are enabling for disenfranchised communities or do they simply reinforce relations of domination between those who are constituted as dispensers of justice, rights and aid and those who are coded as receivers? This raises the following questions: How do Western conceptions of justice, human rights and democracy become normative, thus meriting emulation from the rest? How do they exert violence on those subjects that violate Eurocentric norms? If there are no objective standards of justice, human rights and democracy that apply universally regardless of culture, race, gender, religion, nationality or other factors, what implications does this have on debates regarding the scope and scale of struggles for justice, rights, freedom, equality? How does this inflect transnational alliance politics and solidarity across borders? This indicates the orchestrating and regulative effects of norms as well as their aspirational and coercive dimensions.

If the origin (Genese) of an idea does not determine its validity (Geltung), then a postcolonial-queer-feminist critique of justice, human rights and democracy cannot merely entail a rejection of these norms because they emerge in the West or are authored predominantly by privileged white men, nor can the aim be to recover "pure", "uncontaminated" authentic non-Western notions of justice or rights. Rather the challenge is how to re-imagine these norms such that those subjected to them may have a possibility of intervening and transforming the terms of the debate. The contributions in this volume focus on the silencing and exclusion of vulnerable groups from claims of justice and rights, while highlighting postcolonial-queer-feminist struggles for transnational justice, human rights and radical democracy.

Contributions on the following issues are welcome:

    1. Cosmopolitan Democracy, Global Governance and Neo-Colonialism
    2. Transnational Justice: Postcolonial-Queer-Feminist Perspectives on Recognition, Redistribution and Representation
    3. Human rights, Cultural Difference and Geopolitics
    4. Development Politics, International Aid and Empire
    5. Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Globalization
    6. Transnational Counterpublic Spheres, International Civil Society and Decolonization
    7. Religion, Secularism and Modernity

The volume is to be published by Barbara Budrich Publishers in the book series of the Working Group "Politics and Gender" of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW).

Contributions submitted must be original and unpublished accounts.

    Anticipated schedule:
    Submission of paper proposal: 1st March 2012
    Internal review process: 1st April 2012
    Completed final paper submission: 1st October 2012
    Revisions completed: 1st February 2013
    Manuscript to printer: 1st March 2013

Please forward your queries and submissions to the editor:

Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan
Junior Professor of Political Science (Gender/Postcolonial Studies)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS)
Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"
Goethe-University Frankfurt
Senckenberganlage 31 (Hauspostfach 7)
60054 Frankfurt am Main

44570The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1830)David O'Shaughnessy / University of name / name of organization: David O'Shaughnessy / University of Warwickcontact email:

The Irish became an intrinsic part of the London population through the course of the eighteenth century. Whether Catholic and Protestant, professional or plebeian, London provided opportunities for waves of Irish migrants. Irish migrants can of course be found throughout Britain (and Europe) at this time but London offered a burgeoning world capital that embraced all tiers of Irish society. The Irish, from both sides of the religious divide, could be found almost anywhere in London: in its kitchens, drawing rooms, legal chambers, banking houses, theatres, newspaper offices, and courts. Nevertheless robust systematic historical data on these migrants is scarce – such accounts that exist of the Irish diaspora in pre-1815 London (Denvir, Akenson, and Jackson) are useful but fragmentary and Irish historiography on the diaspora has generally tended to concentrate on the famine years.

There is work on Irish Catholics in Europe but only recently have more focused accounts of Irish networks operating in London in the eighteenth century begun to emerge. Yet despite the sparse accounts of their activities, there was certainly a strong Irish – Catholic as well as Protestant – presence in London throughout this period. Archbishop King warned that Irish visitors in London 'converse only in a very sneaking private way with one another' and this observation suggests a metropolitan space within which the Irish diaspora could form themselves into tight social and professional networks. The study of such networks would provide a fresh perspective on London in the long eighteenth century. How did such networks form? How did they evolve? To what degree were they inclusive/ exclusive? How did they represent 'Irishness' and/or Ireland to London? And how were they received?

This interdisciplinary conference is being organized by David O'Shaughnessy and will be hosted by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Warwick. Plenary lectures will be given by Professor Toby Barnard (History, University of Oxford); Professor Claire Connolly (Literature, University of Cardiff; and Professor Mary Hickman (Sociology, London Metropolitan University). Papers will be welcomed in all disciplines and from scholars at all stages of their careers. The deadline for 300-word abstracts is 31 January 2012 (email:

Suggested topics might include but are not limited to:
• Quantifying the Irish diaspora (population, migration patterns/routes, births, deaths, baptisms, funerals)
•Defining an Irish community/network
•Catholic and Protestant communities/networks
•Professional Irish (lawyers, bankers, merchants, tutors, physicians, booksellers)
•Literary and artistic Irish (theatre, newspapers, literary clubs, artists, Society of Antiquaries, Royal Academy, bookshops)
•Labouring Irish (military, servants, sailors, shipwrights, builders)
•Religious Irish (places of worship, priests)
•Political Irish (clubs, societies, parliament, lobbyists, spies, petitioners, the Irish at court)
•Anti-Irish sentiment
•Irish language
•Irish societies and charitable organizations
•The Irish on trial (lawyers and criminals)
•The rise of the Irish pub (taverns/coffee houses patronised by the

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialreligionromantictheatretravel_writing 44571French Literature from 1800Robert Mazzola, Session Chair / Rocky Mountain Language Association Conferencerobercind@comcast.net1326399719general_announcementstwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Robert Mazzola, Session Chair / Rocky Mountain Language Association Conferencecontact email:

The French Literature from 1800 session of of the October 11-13, 2012, Rocky Mountain Language Association Conference to be held in Boulder, Colorado welcomes abstracts for submission on all aspects of French Literature from 1800 to the present.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Email: Robert Mazzola, Independent Scholar

cfp categories: general_announcementstwentieth_century_and_beyond 44572CFP: English Renaissance Literature Excluding Drama-Open Topic (SCMLA 3/30/12; 11/8-10/12)South Central Modern Language Associationjessica.c.murphy@gmail.com1326400744renaissancefull name / name of organization: South Central Modern Language Associationcontact email:

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance (Excluding Drama) Panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, November 8th-10th in San Antonio, TX.

The topic is open, but we encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, "Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise." Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Jessica C. Murphy ( by March 30, 2012.

For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit

cfp categories: renaissance 44573From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (an edited collection, April 1)Todd Comer and Nathan name / name of organization: Todd Comer and Nathan Crookcontact email:

Broad messages, complicated political positions, and blurred generational and class lines characterize and problematize the Occupy Wall Street movement. As if its connection to the Canadian magazine Adbusters were not enough, this "U.S." movement's clearest and most original position may be its denial of position. Beyond "We are the 99%"—a general position against greed and inequality—the "movement" remains difficult to categorize in terms of the red/blue politics of the United States. The picture becomes even more complicated at the regional level where clear, defining symbols of nationalist power and capital are absent.

Our call for papers asks for work which explores the relationship between Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Occupy Main Street (OMS). How do OWS politics change when moved to Main Street (in terms of organization, agenda, focus, audience, tactics)? How does the complicated positioning of OWS and OMS allow for change?

We seek work which attempts to theorize OWS politics in terms of the local and regional and explores some of the practical issues involved in this movement from the "center" to the "margins" of Ohio, Brussels, Hong Kong, Egypt, and so on. We seek narratives which depict the process by which Occupy Wall Street is translated by grassroots organizers and others outside of Washington.

Deadline: April 1, 2012

Your 300 word abstract and a brief bio (and any queries) should be emailed to Todd A. Comer (Defiance College) and Nathan Crook (Ohio State University) at

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44574Call for Contributions to the special issue of _Anglistica_ on "Writing Exile: Women, the Arts, and Technologies"_Anglistica A.I.O.N._, An Interdisciplinary Journal issued by the University of Naples, "L'Orientale"Editors: Wanda Balzano ( and Silvana Carotenuto ( name / name of organization: _Anglistica A.I.O.N._, An Interdisciplinary Journal issued by the University of Naples, "L'Orientale"contact email: Editors: Wanda Balzano ( and Silvana Carotenuto (

Submissions are invited for publication in "Writing Exile: Women, The Arts, and Technologies" edited by Wanda Balzano ( and Silvana Carotenuto ( The issue will explore 'exile' as experienced by contemporary female artists working in different media. The critical focus of this special issue is placed on the practices of creative writing, photography, video art, and on the recent web 2-0 platforms on internet. Its critical assumption is that exiled women find a privileged space for the re-articulation of their condition of displacement, dislocation and diaspora in narration, in the visual mingling of tradition and experimentation, in the fluxes of information that constitute the emergence of new imagined 'communities' through internet. Here, writing becomes a medium for new representations; photography and music provide ways in which women can share a sense of belonging and displacement; video-art allows for re-connecting and transforming; the web establishes new communication and communities.

The issue, which welcomes contributions including words, sounds and images, alongside interviews, theory and criticism, will be constructed around the following sections: 1) The Magic of Narration 2) Photography: History in Her/stories; 3) Visions and Sounds of Women and Survival/Resistance; 4) Digital Diaspora.

Specific topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Women as nomads, homeless, refugees, clandestine workers in public/private spaces
• Women in war zones as migrant rape survivors
• Women as transnational survivors of sex trafficking
• Feminist theorizing of the intersections between technology and constructions of exile, identity and selves
• Performance, new media and other creative expressions: engaging/enacting/destabilizing conventions of exile/home and technology
• Technological narrations of queer exile: gendered lives, their pasts/futures
• Internet production and representation of classed, racialized, aged and gendered bodies
• Personal/creative narratives and oral history of theorizing on women and/as exiles
• The languages of exile; blogging and vlogging as female writing (also in politically sensitive areas)
• Artistic activism and issues of technological citizenship, transnationalism, and exile
• Forms of female hospitality, resistance and collaboration

Deadline for completed articles: 30 April 2012.
Deadline for the issue: December 2012

_Anglistica_ is an online peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Naples "L'Orientale". Details at Articles, interviews, images, books for review and reviews pertaining to this special issue should be sent to the editors (Wanda Balzano at and Silvana Carotenuto ( and cc to All material submitted for consideration must comply with the Anglistica guidelines available in pdf at

Contributions should be in English and should be between 5.000 and 7.000 words. An abstract of the contribution (before the submission) is encouraged.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44575CFP: Race, Girlhood and Social Justice in Children's Literature, MLA 2013 (Boston, Jan 3-6)Kristen Proehl/ Clemson U.kproehl@clemson.edu1326406463african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Kristen Proehl/ Clemson email:

This proposed panel will explore the intersections of race, girlhood and social justice in children's literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Focusing especially upon the work of children's authors and illustrators of color, this panel will examine how and why narratives of girlhood often function as a medium for social commentary. Through the lens of literature, we will also consider how race, gender, and sexuality shape the contours of coming-of-age for girls in the United States and beyond. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: twentieth- and twenty-first-century multi-ethnic narratives of girlhood, such as the works of Cynthia Kadohata, Jacqueline Woodson, Julia Alvarez, Louise Erdrich, and Ed Young; teaching narratives of race and girlhood, from K-12 to the college-level; transnational representations of girlhood and race; and, African American girlhood and children's literature of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Please send a 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV to Kristen Proehl,, and Sharon Holland,, by March 1, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44576[UPDATE] Pynchon on the Land CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED to 1/29/12; ALA, May 24-27, 2012John Millerjmiller@nu.edu1326407462americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementstwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: John Millercontact email:

This panel to be proposed for the ALA Conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012, will attempt to bring discussions of Pynchon "down to earth" by examining the role of the physical landscape, whether natural or man-made, in Thomas Pynchon's fiction. Topics might include the significance or significations of wandering, travelling, map-making, going under the ground, or flying over it; real estate development; feng shui; real, imaginary, and disappeared geographies; strange weather; hollow earths; borders of land and sea; geology; freeways; places of power; the power of place.

Proposals dealing with more than one work are particularly encouraged, though papers on single works are also welcome.

Please submit 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to John Miller at by January 29, 2012.

cfp categories: americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementstwentieth_century_and_beyond 445772012 RMMLA (10/11-10/13); submissions due 3/1/12Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationheidie@email.arizona.edu1326407496eighteenth_centuryfull name / name of organization: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationcontact email:

We would like to announce a call for papers for the Eighteenth-Century English Literature session(s) that will be held at the 2012 RMMLA Convention in Boulder, Colorado, this fall.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a 15-minute paper that illuminates any aspect of eighteenth-century literature (i.e. any author, literary work, genre, sub-genre, philosophy, or historical event that impacted literatureof this century). Last year's sessions included papers on such diverse topics as anorexia in Richardson's Clarissa, voyeurism in Shelley's Frankenstein, animal rights in various periodicals, and "cityscape" in Blake's poetry. We hope that this year's sessions will continue to represent and explore the remarkable diversity of English literature in the Eighteenth Century.

Please submit a titled, 250-word abstract that includes your name, university affiliation, contact information, and audio-visual request (if needed) by March 1, 2012, to Heidi Giles:

We will review submissions and respond to applicants by March 15, 2012. More information aboutthe conference is available at, and information about Student Travel Grants and the Charles Davis Award can befound at and, respectively.

Thank you for your submissions!


Heidi Giles
GAT in Literature
Department of English
University of Arizona

cfp categories: eighteenth_century 44578Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices - April 12-13, 2012Southern Utah Universityglobal@suu.edu1326415978americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Southern Utah Universitycontact email:

The Southern Utah University Global Engagement Center and Women's and Gender Studies program are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd annual Global Engagement Academic Conference, held jointly with the 1st annual Women's and Gender Studies Academic Conference. This year's conference will be held April 12-13, 2012, on the SUU campus in Cedar City, Utah.

The title of this year's conference is Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices. Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal and 2010 CNN Hero of the Year, is the confirmed keynote. Andrew Levine, director and producer of The Day My God Died, will also be presenting.

The conference will focus on human trafficking in its many forms, with presentations chronicling a variety of issues associated with the practice. Academics and activists alike are encouraged to submit presentations which highlight human trafficking in areas that include, but are not limited to:

· Child trafficking
· Sex trafficking
· Modern-day slavery
· Trafficking in developing countries
· Trafficking in developed countries
· Global extent of human trafficking
· Anti-trafficking measures

At the conference, presenters and participants will engage in discussions and activities that will afford them the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge of human trafficking. Selected presentations will cover a wide range of topics, in order to provide participants with a comprehensive awareness of the issue. Presentations may take one of five forms:

· Panel Presentation (three 10-minute presentations + 15 minutes of Q&A per panel)
· Paper Presentation (30 minutes + 15 minutes of Q&A)
· Workshop (45 minutes)
· Poster Session (2 hours)
· Facilitated Discussion

Presentation proposals are due by February 1, 2012, and should be submitted online at Those submitting presentations will be contacted by February 15.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonial 44579World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)Infonomics Societyinfo@worldcis.org1326426099graduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Infonomics Societycontact email:

The World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)
is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter and IEEE K/W Section. The WorldCIS-2012 is an international forum dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical implementation of security on the Internet and Computer Networks. The inability to properly secure the Internet, computer networks, protecting the Internet against emerging threats and vulnerabilities, and sustaining privacy and trust has been a key focus of research. The WorldCIS aims to provide a highly professional and comparative academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between academia and industry.

On the ubiquitous networking environments, information is explosively used for various kinds of purposes. From a service perspective, a number of context or ambient aware services are envisaged for "ubiquitous networking" but based on the context security remains an issue.

The objectives of the WorldCIS are to bridge the knowledge gap between academia and industry, promote research esteem and and to fostering discussions on information technologies, information systems and globa security applications. The WorldCIS-2012 invites speakers and researchers to submit papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation.

Original papers are invited on recent advances in Internet, Computer Communications and Networking Security.

The topics in WorldCIS-2012 include but are not confined
to the following areas:

*Internet Security
*Security, trust and privacy
*Self-organizing networks
*Sensor nets and embedded systems
*Service overlays
*Switches and switching
*Topology characterization and inference
*Traffic measurement and analysis
*Traffic engineering and control
*Trust and Data Security
*Virtual and overlay networks
*Web services and performance
*Wireless mesh networks and protocols
*Ad hoc mobile networks Security
*Addressing and location management
*Broadband access technologies
*Blended Internet Security Methods
*Boundary Issues of Internet Security
*Capacity planning
*Cellular and broadband wireless nets
*Congestion control
*Content distribution
*Cross layer design and optimization
*Cyber-physical computing/networking
*Geographic information systems
*Privacy Protection and Forensic in Ubi-com
*Quality of Service Issues
*Secured Database Systems
*Security in Data Mining
*Security and Access Control
*Semantic Web and Ontology
*Data management for U-commerce
*Software Architectures
*Defence Systems
*Delay/disruption tolerant networks
*End Users
*Enabling technologies for the Internet
*Implementation and experimental testbeds
*Future Internet Design and Applications
*Middleware support for networking
*Mobility models and systems
*Multicast and anycast
*Multimedia protocols and networking
*Network applications and services
*Network architectures Network control
*Network management
*Network simulation and emulation
*Novel network architectures
*Network and Protocol Architectures
*Peer-to-peer communications
*Performance evaluation
*Power control and management
*Pricing and billing
*Protocols and Standards
*Resource allocation and management
*Optical networks
*Routing protocols
*Scheduling and buffer management
*Virtual Reality

cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesscience_and_culture 44580"Collecting as a Cultural Practice and Literary Theme in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance" (Oct. 26-27, 2012)The Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance name / name of organization: The Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studiescontact email:

The 6th Annual International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Oct. 26-27, 2012

"Infinite riches in a little room": Collecting as a Cultural Practice and Literary Theme in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Collecting is a topic which has attracted much attention in recent years. William Gibson, the pioneer of cyberpunk fiction, observed that "the idea of the Collectible is everywhere today." Yet, if we are to believe one critical study of the subject, the cultural practice of collecting goes back to the mythical beginnings of humanity: "Noah was the first collector. Adam had given names to the animals, but it fell to Noah to collect them … And Noah, perhaps alone of all collectors, achieved the complete set." (John Elsner and Roger Cardinal) A more recent collector, the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669-626 BCE) may not have had a complete set, but he did maintain a great library that held thousands of clay tablets. The Hellenistic Greeks and Romans collected books, statues, gems, etc. and created the first musea, those of Alexandria and Pergamon being the most prominent examples. They also wrote about collecting and were avid encyclopedists. Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia is the model for many later writings in the genre which includes Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae (ca. 630), the 10th Century Byzantine Suda, and Vincent of Beauvais' high medieval Speculum majus (13th Century). The monastic libraries of the Middle Ages and their scriptoria copied and collected books and in doing so preserved the European heritage. Yet, it was the global commerce in knowledge, people, and objects during the age of discovery and exploration which aroused a passion for collecting as never before as princes, scientists, merchants, and artists all over Europe from Ferrante Imperato in Naples to Peter the Great in Russia competed in creating increasingly spectacular and luxurious studiolos, cabinets of curiosities, Wunderkammer, and Kunstkamers. Yet, the habit could be costly. King Charles I of England, a lavish spender and great collector of art, first lost his kingdom and then his life. Less than a decade later, the Dutch painter Rembrandt ran into debts and had to sell his house and his collections.

TACMRS provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussions and debates on collecting as a cultural practice and literary theme from Antiquity to the Renaissance and seeks to create dialogue between and across disciplines and periods. We encourage submissions with cross-cultural approaches, and on this premise welcome papers that reach beyond the traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of classical, medieval and Renaissance studies. Thus, in addition to the historical categories and thematic questions raised above, topics such as collecting practices East and West; the representation of ancient libraries, collectible objects or cultural treasures in modern literature and film; the cabinet of curiosities in modern art; and other topics that engage critically with the conference theme will be considered. In addition, as in years past, TACMRS welcomes papers on any other subjects that fall within the historical periods and disciplinary areas covered by the Association.

This conference is under the auspices of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.

1. Conference Location: Tunghai University; Taichung 40704, Taiwan

2. Conference Language: All papers are required to be written and presented in English.

3. Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

3.1 The length of the abstract should be maximum 350 words.

3.2 Abstracts should be typed in fonts of size 12 and spacing of 1.5 and saved in MS Word format.

3.3 Do not include the name or other identifying information of the author(s) in the abstract; there will be a blind review of the submissions.

3.4 Send the abstract by e-mail to with a subject line stating "Submission for the 6th TACMRS Conference."

3.5 Include information regarding academic affiliation of presenter(s) in email.

3.6 Send abstracts/proposals for papers to:

Henk Vynckier, Chair
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
Tunghai University; Taichung 407; Taiwan
Tel.: 04/2359-0121 Ext.: 31200
Fax: 04/2359-4002

4. Important Dates:

Due date for abstract submission: March 15, 2012
Notification of abstract acceptance: May 1, 2012
Deadline for registration: Oct. 1, 2012
Due date for full paper submission: Oct. 5, 2012

5. Contact Information:

Phone Number: 04-2359-0121 Ext. 31200: Ms. Sherry Jan Assistant)
Email: (Assistant Sherry Jan) or (Dr. Henk Vynckier, Chair)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalrenaissancescience_and_culture 44581SCMLA - Nov. 8-10, 2012 -Eudora Welty Society - Due March 30, 2012Eudora Welty Society - SCMLAjtrozier@olemiss.edu1326432535americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studiesfull name / name of organization: Eudora Welty Society - SCMLAcontact email:

In keeping with this year's theme of "Death and Eros," the Eudora Welty Society invites submissions which explore the complex relationship between love and death in the modern world in the works of Eudora Welty. Many of Welty's works, such as The Optimist's Daughter or "The Wide Net," focus on her characters' reactions to the death of a loved one. Yet others, such as "A Piece of News" or "Flowers for Marjorie," consider relationships in which love turns to murder. In many of these texts, a world changing under the forces of modernity exerts pressure on the characters and their relationships. This panel seeks submissions which investigate the ways in which the forces of capitalist modernity (alienation, flows of capital, new technologies, etc.) become entangled with the themes of love and death. Submitters are encouraged to interpret this topic broadly. By deadline please send 300-word abstracts with name and affiliation to Travis Rozier, University of Mississippi, at

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studies 44582REMINDER: Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A SymposiumSchool of English & Humanities, Birkbeck College, London21stcentury.symposium@gmail.com1326454845cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: School of English & Humanities, Birkbeck College, Londoncontact email:

Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors. Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

The post-millennial decade witnessed a new literary generation emerge and establish itself with familiar and less familiar names such as Monica Ali, Nicola Barker, Steven Hall, Philip Hensher, Tom McCarthy, Patrick Neate and Zadie Smith. Concurrently, there have been increasingly sophisticated engagements with genre fiction from Susanna Clarke, David Mitchell, David Peace, China Miéville and Sarah Waters. Meanwhile, already established, now canonical, writers such as such as Amis, Barnes, Byatt, Hollinghurst, Rushdie and Winterson continue to publish work that commands attention. This same period has witnessed the growth of new models of literary production, evolving cultural contexts, and an increasingly transnational planet.

Many of the aforementioned writers have featured on Granta's decennial lists of Best Young British Novelists; with the next list due in 2013, it seems only fitting and appropriate to survey the twenty-first century's first decade of British Fiction. We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations on these and other British writers. Papers on individual authors and single works are welcome, as are essays on broader trends that explore the cultural, historical and stylistic contexts that have produced twenty-first century British fiction. These might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics and themes:

Authenticity – Writing after theory – The waning of postmodernism – Science and medicine in literature – Transnational belonging – Postimperial/global imaginaries – Genre/post-genre fictions – Post-devolution writing – Narrative multiplicity – Provincial/urban voices – Fictions of suburbia – Hysterical Realism – The post-9/11 novel in Britain – Ecocriticism – Digital media and the novel – Graphic fictions – Adaptations and appropriations – Class, power and marginality – Literary inheritances – Fictions of alterity – Children's/young adult literature – Gender, sexuality and feminism – Post-millenial utopian/dystopian spaces…

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, with brief details of biography and affiliation, to Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia at no later than 15th March 2012. We also welcome proposals for themed panels of three speakers. We are currently in negotiations with an academic publisher interested in publishing a volume based on the proceedings of the symposium. The symposium is sponsored by the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44583CFP: 'Gender, Musical Creativity and Age', October 6-7 2012University of Huddersfield, name / name of organization: University of Huddersfield, UKcontact email:

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Gender, Musical Creativity and Age'
6-7 October 2012, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI). Director: Dr Lisa Colton.

This interdisciplinary conference will take a broad approach to matters of representation and identity, examining the intersection of age and gender in relation to musical creativity across a wide range of historical periods and genres. Our keynote address will be given by Dr Sophie Fuller (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; MuGI Visiting Research Fellow). We welcome proposals from all disciplinary backgrounds and methodologies, especially critical, analytical, ethnographic and empirical approaches, and musicians reflecting on their own creative practice in relation to issues of gender and age.

Possible areas for discussion include music, gender and age in relation to
• Creative 'peaks' and artistic development in composers and performers
• The concept of 'early works' or juvenilia
• Notions of generic or individual 'late style'
• Representations of music and musicianship across various media
• Processes of ageing in music and musicians, including the ageing of stars and their fans
• The changing reception of performers and composers during their lifetimes and posthumously
• Subcultural participation, formation and identities
• Intersections of gender and age with other representations or categories of difference
• Participation in creative activity across boundaries of gender and age
• Creativity in educational settings and activities
• The dissemination of financial and cultural resources across various demographics

Papers will be 20 minutes long with additional time for questions. Proposals for lecture recitals, pre-formed panels or other non-traditional presentation formats are also welcome: please provide full details with your submission.

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Dr Catherine Haworth (c.m.haworth at by 31 March 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culture 44584African Literature Special Session -- 66th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 11-13, 2012; Boulder, COKeli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language;; kbrooks@usc.edu1326471290cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Keli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationcontact email:;;

For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.

This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words to Keli Rowley ( by March 1, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheory 44585Conference CFP: 'Viewer, I married him': Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period DramaUniversity of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, UKreadingreproductions@gmail.com1326473148eighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, UKcontact email:

29 June, 2012
Derwent Building, University of Hull


Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent: 'Adaptations and Period Dramas: Questions of Genre and Style'

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career

'Period drama', or remediated historical adaptations for television and film have long been established genres which are traditionally associated with fancy costumes, pseudo-Victorian settings, and romance. This conference invites scholars working in the fields of literature, film, history, music, and cultural and media studies to consider the wider historical and cultural impact of the 'period drama', 'costume drama', or filmic adaptation. Our objective is to promote interaction between nineteenth-century and contemporary scholars in order to examine how and why the literature, history, and culture of Britain from 1800-1914 is (re)produced in a modern international context. By analysing the processes through which these literatures and histories are translated into film, we hope to acknowledge and assess the continuing importance of period drama in contemporary culture across the world. Potential papers might include:

• TV series, programmes or films
• Direct adaptations of literature (e.g. BBC's, ITV's or Roman Polanski's Tess of the D'Urbervilles)
• Modern retellings of nineteenth-century literature (e.g. Clueless)
• Adaptations derived from Neo-Victorian texts (e.g. Fingersmith)
• Original screen-plays (e.g. Downton Abbey)
• Cross-over period dramas (e.g. Lost in Austen)
• Biopics (e.g. Becoming Jane)
• International adaptations (e.g. Bride and Prejudice)

As this conference is interdisciplinary in its approach, we are also looking for papers which consider themes associated with literary and cultural studies (class, gender, sexuality, religion, race) and/or the contemporary production/adaptation process, the modern audience and critical responses, and how period drama and contemporary culture impact on one another. The following topics are suggested, but are by no means limited to:

• Company of production (e.g. BBC, ITV)
• Costumes, settings, props
• Technology, Musical scores
• Cinematography
• Casting
• Screenplays, Performances
• Intended audience(s), Critical reviews, audience response, media coverage

Since period drama and adaptations serve as popular entertainment, valuable educational resources and are art forms in their own right, we look forward to expanding study on this rich topic by welcoming 300-word abstracts, for 20 minute papers, from postgraduate students, as well as early-career researchers and established academics. To submit abstracts, or for any other queries, please email:

Registration Fee

£25 postgraduate early bird registration fee (deadline 30 April)
£35 academic early bird registration fee (deadline 30 April)
£35 postgraduate late registration fee (after 1 May)
£45 academic late registration fee (after 1 May)

Postgraduate Bursary Information

We are pleased to offer ten full registration fee (£25) bursaries for postgraduate students, thanks to the generous sponsorship of BAVS. If you are interested in being considered for a bursary, please send with your abstract a CV and a statement (300 word maximum) explaining why you would benefit from attending this conference.

Allison Neal, Jenny Pearce, Janine Hatter, and Maura Dunst
The Postgraduate Period Drama Conference Team

Supported by:
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS):
The University of Hull:

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44586CFP: Shakespeare's Roman and Classical Plays (PAMLA, Deadline 3/31/12)Alfred J. Drake / PAMLA: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationajdrake@ajdrake.com1326473912classical_studiesrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Alfred J. Drake / PAMLA: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationcontact email:

Papers sought for an approved PAMLA special session panel on Shakespeare's Roman plays Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, and Cymbeline. The playwright's representation of Roman history and characteristics is of particular interest, but other classical concentrations may work well. Since the conference theme is "Migration, Immigration, and Movement," papers that address this broad topic would be appreciated.

The conference will take place at Seattle University, Washington from October 19-21, 2012.

Submission Deadline: Saturday March 31, 2012.

Proposals should be submitted by March 31, 2012 via the PAMLA website's 2012 conference form available at, where they will be accessible to session chair Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. His email address is in case you have questions or comments, but please don't submit your proposal to him directly. PAMLA's submission form should be available by the end of January, 2012. The form will require the following information: name, email address, academic affiliation, paper title, proposal (max. 500 words), abstract of the full proposal (max. 50 words), and an indication of whether you'll need Audio/Video equipment and, if so, what kind. You must request A/V equipment during the submission process, not at a later date.

Participation in the conference requires payment of PAMLA 2012 membership dues by May 1, 2012 and the separate conference registration fee by September 15, 2012. See for details. The conference program will be posted online by October 1, 2012.

cfp categories: classical_studiesrenaissancetheatre 44587UPDATE Deadline - RMMRA Conference 2012: Classifying the Medieval and Renaissance WorldsRocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA); name / name of organization: Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)contact email:;

Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
April 12-14, 2012
Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association is soliciting proposals for papers and panels concerning the categories and classifications used to understand the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, both in the period and now.

Topics might include: Anachronism, Class, Dictionaries, Disciplines, Epistemology, Estates, Ethnicity, Gender, Genres, Grammars, Guilds, Medievalism, Narratives, Nationalism, Natural Histories, Periods, Professions, Race, Regionalism, or Travel.

Keynote Speaker: Antonette diPaolo Healey (Editor of the Dictionary of Old English and Angus Cameron Professor of Old English Studies, University of Toronto)

Please submit proposals for papers or sessions (along with a one- to two-page CV) to Thomas Klein ( by January 30, 2012.

cfp categories: interdisciplinarymedievalrenaissance 44588CFP: Early American Transnational Travel Narratives, ASA, Nov. 15-18, 2012 (1/20/12)American Studies Associationthelt2@uis.edu1326489058african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: American Studies Associationcontact email:

This panel proposal seeks papers that theorize and study the frontier and autobiographical travel narratives as places of transnational confluence.

During the antebellum period in America, when literacy rates increased, there was an explosion of autobiographical travel narratives. These narratives served multiple purposes, from pioneer advertisements to dire political warnings. They explored multiple identities created by the places from and to which they traveled, and they provided textual spaces to explore multiple transnational topics, in part because they described the constituencies of frontier cultures.

If interested in presenting, please submit a 250-word abstract to Tena L. Helton at by Jan. 20, 2012. Panel proposals must be submitted in their entirety by Jan. 26, 2012. If the panel is accepted, the presentations would occur Nov. 15-18, 2012, at the American Studies Association annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarytravel_writing 44589Medical Economics in American Literature: Special Session, MLA 2013, January 3rd-6th 2013 in BostonModern Language Association (MLA)heather.chacon@uky.edu1326499537african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Modern Language Association (MLA)contact email:

Signaled in colonial portrayals of a New World rife with lush resources and intense mortal dangers to contemporary discourses surrounding public healthcare and its monetary costs/benefits---the country's physical and economic "well being" have long been connected in the public psyche. Recognizing the symbolic possibilities behind this connection, American authors frequently used it to explore public and social issues affecting their nation and its citizenry. This panel seeks projects which explore such connections. Essays may pertain to any American literary period or genre. In addition, all cross-disciplinary and/or hemispheric approaches will be considered. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

-The value or cost of wellness/disease
-Healthcare accessibility
-Economic influences on medical treatment
-Impact of diseases on economies
-Medical Breakthroughs/Experimentation
-Doctor/Patient relations & medicine as a profession
-Lay-healers and non-traditional medical practices

Abstracts of 300-400 words should be submitted on or before Feb. 29th 2012. Please note that this is a provisional panel whose acceptance to MLA is contingent on approval of the MLA Special Sessions committee. Participants must be MLA members by April 7, 2012 to participate.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44590"Digital Dictionaries" at MLA 2013MLA Lexicography Discussion Groupmh@umn.edu1326503257humanities_computing_and_the_internetrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: MLA Lexicography Discussion Groupcontact email:

"Digital Dictionaries." Call for papers, Modern Language Association annual convention, Boston, January 3-6, 2013; Lexicography Discussion Group.
Dictionaries once stood apart, as bound paper; now they gloss digital text digitally. Who uses which ones? Who compiles them? How good are they? What difference does it make? Abstracts by March 1, 2012, to Michael Hancher.

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 44591The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now (April 27, 2012)New Oxford Shakespeare ~ Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolisnevilles@iupui.edu1326507188cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: New Oxford Shakespeare ~ Indiana University Purdue University Indianapoliscontact email:

The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
April 27, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Gary Taylor, George Matthew Edgar Professor of English at Florida State University

Despite its status as a collaborative play based on an episode in Don Quixote, much of the scholarly work on William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's "lost" 1612 play, The History of Cardenio, has largely focused on Cardenio's status as a work by Shakespeare alone, with Cervantes' and Fletcher's contributions to the text treated as incidental. Fortunately, recent work on the play has begun to redirect attention away from Shakespeare and towards Cardenio's historical and literary contexts. Such recent scholarship will be presented at a colloquium of renowned Cervantes, Fletcher and Shakespeare scholars that will be held in Indianapolis on April 28, 2012.

To complement this colloquium of senior scholars, "The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now" graduate colloquium similarly seeks 15-minute papers that broaden current understanding of early modern Anglo-Spanish relations, especially the relationship between Cervantes and English drama, in order to better contextualize Cardenio within the early modern imaginary. Also welcomed are papers that engage with issues of collaboration (particularly those considering the relationship between Fletcher and Shakespeare), adaptation (particularly those considering Lewis Theobald's Double Falsehood), and performance-based research. Participants in the graduate colloquium on April 27 are encouraged to stay for the April 28 colloquium of senior scholars, several of whom will be available to chair panels in the graduate sessions.

Both the senior and graduate colloquia take place in conjunction with the premiere of a full-scale production of "The History of Cardenio", a version of Shakespeare and Fletcher's text that has been reconstructed and re-imagined by Oxford Shakespeare General Editor Gary Taylor. The production is taking place April 19-28 in Indianapolis, home to a Spanish-speaking population of over 200,000 people. The production celebrates the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art, 248-seat, $2.5 million theatre at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a campus which has recently been hailed as one of the top five up-and-coming American universities.

Abstracts of no less than 300 words, submitted in a .doc or .pdf format, along with a 50 word bio, should be sent to Review of abstracts begins immediately; no abstracts will be considered after March 15, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryrenaissancetheatre 44592Renaissance Old Worlds: English Encounters from the Levant to the Far EastThe British Library and the University of name / name of organization: The British Library and the University of Liverpoolcontact email:

An international conference to be held at the British Library, 29 June - 1 July 2012

The early modern period saw England establishing its first colonies in the New World, but its ideas and expectations about foreign nations, travel and its identity as a political and economic power on the global stage were influenced largely by its experiences in other distant but familiar nations. This conference will investigate English interactions with the 'old worlds' of the Middle East, South Asia and the Far East. It will ask how such cross-encounters may have shaped not only the literature, art and cultures of England and the host nations, but also a broad range of intellectual, political, cultural, religious and economic determinants of England's relationship with the wider world.

Overarching questions to be investigated by the conference include:
(1) How did English cultural memories of the Old World, from art, literature and political events such as conflicts in the Islamic Mediterranean, influence actual travel encounters?
(2) How did information and expertise about distant places circulate, and who were the agents of such circulation (from missionaries, merchants, administrators, and indigenous informants, to artisans and scholars)?
(3) What form did the information take (from maps and texts to material artefacts)?
(4) How did religion inflect political and social negotiations? (How is anxiety about piracy in the Islamic Mediterranean and North Africa, for instance, connected to anxieties about conversion between Christianity and Islam?)
(5) What role did trading companies, both those established by the English and their European trading competitors, play in determining structures of knowledge and cross-cultural encounters?

Proposals are invited for complete panels of three or four papers, as well as individual papers on one of the following themes:
• Interplay between 'old worlds' and 'new'
• Circulation networks
• Visual and material culture (art, cartography, crafts)
• Trade, diplomacy, piracy
• Gift-exchange
• Religion and conversion
• Translation and transformation

Please send abstracts (250 words for individual papers and 500 words for complete panels) and a brief biographical statement (if proposing a panel, one for each participant) to Nandini Das at by 1 March 2012. Papers should take between 15–20 minutes to present, and panels should last no longer than 1 hour and 20 minutes.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesrenaissancetravel_writing 44593International Conference on Technology Enabled Organizational Transformation (26-27 May, 2012)Shri Shankaracharaya Institute of Technology and Management, Bhilai (India) name / name of organization: Shri Shankaracharaya Institute of Technology and Management, Bhilai (India)contact email:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from SSITM!

It is our pleasure to inform you that Department of Business Administration, Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Technology & Management (SSITM), Bhilai is organizing "Transilience 2012" - 1st International conference on "Technology Enabled Organizational Transformation" on 26th & 27th May 2012. The purpose of this Conference is to provide an opportunity for students, researchers, academicians and professionals to meet, interact and exchange new research ideas, especially relevant to the Indian context as well learn from the latest trends in International arena. The details of the conference are available at: Additionally, the brochure of the conference is attached with this email.

Kindly share your views by presenting a paper in the appropriate theme available at the website. Additionally, this conference will showcase doctoral researcher to present their research work on a common platform and obtain valuable guidance from experts. Kindly inform your doctoral researchers to participate in the doctoral consortium of this conference.

We shall be thankful, if you could circulate this information among your colleagues and students and motivate them to participate in the conference. Your support and academic cooperation will go a long way to make the conference a grand success.

Kindly submit your papers online through our submission portal. The last date for paper submission (including doctoral proposals) is 15th March, 2012.
In anticipation of your prompt response.

With regards,


Saket Jeswani


cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culture 44594Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment (Last Call)The University of studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The University of Edinburghcontact email:

Deformity is traditionally sanitised and fitted into a structure of normality. The academy tends to obscure the complexity of the sensuous/sensual/sensed body of the deformed subject, and of the questions, anxieties, and denials which surround deformity when it is located within a continuum of sense.

From freak exhibitions and fairs, medical examinations and discoveries to various portrayals in arts and literature, images of deformity (or monstrosity, used separately or interchangeably depending on context) have captivated us for centuries. The result is a significant body of critical and artistic works where these bodies are dissected, politicized, exhibited, objectified or even beatified. Nonetheless, there remains a gap, an unexplored, unspoken or neglected aspect of this complex field of study which needs further consideration. This two-day interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the University of Edinburgh on June 15-16 2012, aims to bring the senses and the sensuous back to the monstrous or deformed body from the early modern period through to the mid-twentieth century, and seeks to explore its implications in diverse academic fields.

We hope to bring together scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines to engage in a constructive dialogue, network, and exchange ideas and experiences, connecting a community of researchers who share a fascination with deformity, monstrosity, and freakery.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

● Spectacle/fetishisation of monstrosity and deformity; monstrous sexuality/eroticisation
● The monster as a catalyst of progression/ historical perspectives
● Monstrous symbolism, prodigality, or beatification
● The racialised body; exoticising difference
● Monstrosity in medical literature; disability narratives
● Monstrous becoming; the 'sensed' body
● Deformed aesthetics; monstrosity in the visual arts
● (De) gendering the deformed body; humanisation vs objectification

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations from established scholars, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from various teratological backgrounds, e.g. in literature, history, media and art studies, philosophy, religious studies, history of science,medical humanities, and critical and cultural theory. Proposals should be no more than 300 words, in .doc format, and should include a brief 50-word biography.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, UK

Prof. Margrit Shildrick
Linköping University, Sweden

Prof. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Please submit your abstracts no later than 31 January 2012 to For more information, see the conference website at

Dr. Karin Sellberg (The University of Edinburgh)
Ally Crockford (The University of Edinburgh)
Maja Milatovic (The University of Edinburgh)

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44595Multiplicities: Mapping Identity Through LiteratureSaint Louis University, Madrid Campusslumadridconference@gmail.com1326554249african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Saint Louis University, Madrid Campuscontact email:

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature
Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
18-19 May, 2012
(Submission deadline 15 March, 2012)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Miami.

Call for Papers:
The Department of English at Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus
will host its tenth annual International Graduate Student Conference
on Friday, 18 May and Saturday, 19 May 2012. The theme of this year's
conference is "Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature." While we
welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of English literary
studies, we would like to encourage proposals that focus on the interplay between multiple and intersecting identities and practices of identification within literature. How do individuals negotiate multiple identities and how do different social, political, cultural, and geographic spaces structure their interactions? What formal or innovative strategies do authors utilize to reflect and transform these multiplicities? How do changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality produce hybrid and multiple/mobile forms of identity, from cyborg to transnational and transgender? Papers may approach questions of identity and subject formation from any of the following critical or theoretical perspectives: cultural studies, transnational studies, comparative studies, migration studies, postcolonial studies, cross-cultural communication, ecocriticism, disability studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory, and/or linguistic studies.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

Gender Identity and Social Space
Cyborgs and Cybercultures
Animals and Ecocriticism
Postmodernism and Ecopoetics
Transnational and Global Narratives
Cultural Identity and Literary Translation
Cross-dressing and Border Crossing
Mobile Subjects and Travel Writing
Cognitive and Sociolinguistic Space
Material Memories
Multi-ethnic Encounters and Urban Space
Subliminal and Supraliminal Voices/Identities
Literature and Virtual Realities
Sexual Identity and the Politics of Desire
Literature and Disability
Identity and Urban Spaces

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Submission of 300-word
proposals in English (abstract only; no full papers) along with short bios should be sent to by 15 March, 2012

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44596Teaching War, Teaching HemingwayAlex Vernon / Hendrix Collegevernon@hendrix.edu1326558065americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesfull name / name of organization: Alex Vernon / Hendrix Collegecontact email:


"Teaching War, Teaching Hemingway"

Rather than the typical single-text approach, Kent State University Press's Teaching Hemingway series will focus each new volume on pedagogical approaches to major issues in the author's works. As its title, the volume intends to explore the many intersections of teaching war, teaching war literature, and teaching the works of Ernest Hemingway. We are thus hopeful that our contributors and our audience will come to us from several academic disciplines. The target audience is teachers at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

The editors of "Teaching War, Teaching Hemingway" invite essay proposals up to two pages in length (double-spaced). While the final organization will depend upon the accepted essays, we anticipate four general essay types:

Texts. These essays will treat the teaching of texts individually or comparatively. While most should engage teaching strategies, some are allowed to remain mostly interpretative as long as they are mindful of the volume's audience and purpose. We need essays to serve as models of literary criticism for our students. Studies of minor works are welcome (Across the River and Into the Trees, The Fifth Column, etc.), as are arguments for including in our war studies works not set during war or obviously about war and its consequences. In this and the other categories, you can certainly discuss the pedagogical challenges you have faced, and perhaps continue to face.

Contexts. For teachers who want to illuminate the texts through a more intensive examination of historical or cultural contexts, these essays will demonstrate ways of helping students see and write about the relationship between Hemingway's work and extratextual information and material. Can we read Hemingway's war writings in terms of the Havelock Ellis work on gender that Hemingway was familiar with? Alternatively, essays of this type might focus chiefly on the context itself. How can we help our students understand the murky 1940s literary period between modernism and postmodernism in a way that could shed light on Hemingway's Second World War writings? You might think of such essays as extremely condensed versions of books like Beth Linker's War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America or Mark Thompson's The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919.

Course Design. These essays will offer ways of incorporating Hemingway's work into an entire war-related course or significant unit of a course. They will address matters of the course's or unit's general design and aims, text selection, and emergent connective threads, and will of course spend a good deal of time studying Hemingway's place in the course. Assignment sequences and other methods for achieving the course goals are also welcome.

Other Pedagogical Approaches. What other pedagogical successes have you enjoyed, or could imagine enjoying? How, for example, might we engage and aid the individual student (rather than an entire class) pursuing an independent course of study or research project? Perhaps you could share a student essay and comment on its success and/or its process. Are there other ways you have fostered the students' critical imaginations on this subject, other resources that can be utilitized, that don't clearly fit into one of the other three categories?

As with everything in our profession, the boundaries between these categories are rather fluid. A juxtaposition of For Whom the Bell Tolls with Homage to Catalonia and L'Espoir could find a home in more than one of these categories, as could an investigation of the war books by others Hemingway most valued, an examination of Hemingway and Cather (or Gellhorn), or an influence study (Bierce to Hemingway; Hemingway to O'Brien). Propose the essay that you feel will be the most illuminating and instructive, the essay you most want to write, rather than worrying about fitting it to one of these draft categories. We will worry about volume organization later.

We hope to fill "Teaching War, Teaching Hemingway" with excellent essays by established, mid-career, and emerging scholars; by voices within Hemingway and war literature studies and those outside these circles; by professionals in literature as well as disciplines; by teachers at all the targeted levels.

Proposals are due 1 April 2012. Please email the proposal and a two-page version of your c.v. to both the volume editor and the series editor: Alex Vernon ( and Mark Ott (

After selection, full essays of ten to twenty pages
will be due 1 September 2012

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studies 44597Transforming Objects, 28-29 May 2012, Northumbria University, UKNorthumbria Universitytransformingobjects@gmail.com1326559727americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northumbria Universitycontact email:

Transforming Objects
28-29 May 2012

Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle) and Dr John Holmes (Reading)

This two-day conference invites papers that consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Approaches to this theme are welcomed from established scholars and especially from postgraduate students.

Object theory and discourses of materiality largely engage with objects as stable items of a permanent nature; this conference seeks to address those moments which slip through the gaps of such readings. We wish to explore the method and process of transformation, the between-ness or not fully realised state of an object or discipline, and to consider its effect upon the culture.

We are keen for papers to address particular historical, cultural, or social environments in which transformations take place or are enabled by. The conference aims to provoke discussion about such moments of change and the important role of objects in transformations between period, discipline, location, and sensation, as well as engaging with more broader considerations of bodily transformation and states of metamorphosis.

We hope the action of 'transforming' and the term 'object' will be engaged with in their widest sense, and therefore welcome proposals which interpret the conference theme in innovative and expansive ways. Topics of particular interest include:

- Psychological transformations, altered states, derangement, and hallucinatory experiences
- Industrial transformation: travel and communication (from railways to cars, the mail coach to the telegraph)
- Visuality: transformations in perceptual modes and methods.
- Intertextuality and the transformation of texts within texts
- Histories of the book, transformations in printing, the effect of technology upon the page
- The growth of digital humanities and transformed ways of encountering the text
- Disciplinarity, categorisation, and periodicity: creating and dismantling boundaries
- Spatial transformations and the experience of movement
- Serial publishing and transforming temporalities of reading
- Remediation and the lifecycle of objects
- Text transformed by objects: experimentalism and additions to the textual page
- The professionalisation of the sciences and medical practices
- Adaptation across genre: text into film, theatre, music, or the visual arts
- It-narratives and the voice of the object
- Experiencing transformation through the body and the senses
- Merchandise: from text to commodity item

Please send abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers, along with a brief biographical note, to the conference organisers, Nicole Bush and Anna Hope:
The deadline for abstracts is 4 March 2012.

For further details and updates please see the website:

Supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS).

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44598Underground in Legend and Tradition: 1-2 September 2012 at Matlock Bath Pavilion, Derbyshire, UKFolklore name / name of organization: Folklore Societycontact email:

Underground in Legend and Tradition: the seventh Folklore Society Legendary Weekend

CALL FOR PAPERS 1 June 2010 for conference on 1-2 September 2012 at Matlock Bath Pavilion, Derbyshire, UK

What lies beneath? We walk on the crust, above a hollow earth where dragons of the elder time live on, and the ground splits to gulp down a flagrant sinner or a wicked town. One step down are the caves that open on plains of eternal summer when the upper world is stiff with snow. Here is a vault for hellfire rakes and their subterranean antics, there a rock-cut shelter where a hermit seals himself with everlasting silence; and, opening off these, dim caverns going deeper into darkness and fire, where demons squat on rusty chests of gold and the white-haired king of the first age mutters in his sleep. Meanwhile in the subterranean kingdoms excavated by human moles, secret tunnels run into a private world underground where smugglers, spies and renegade priests go about their business beneath the city streets. The triumphs of engineering yield to old darkness when the omens come true; the rock roof cracks and trembles overhead, and death is the miner's wage.

This two-day conference on Underground in Legend and Tradition will be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2012 as the seventh Legendary Weekend of the Folklore Society at the Pavilion in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire – home of the Peak District Mining Museum. We'd like to hear from anyone who can contribute to the underground theme: folklorists, engineers, storytellers, social historians, speleologists, demonologists, anthropologists, and historians. Presentations, which should be 20 minutes long, can take the form of talks, performances, or DVD. The main event will take place on Saturday with additional material including a tour of the nearby Magpie Mine on Sunday.

If you would like to attend or to present a paper or performance, please contact:

Jeremy Harte , Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF, Tel. 00 44 (0)20 8394 1734

cfp categories: childrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymedievalpopular_culturereligionrenaissanceromanticvictorian 44599Call for Papers: "Stranger in a Strange Land" April 28, 2012Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature, University of British Columbiaubc.conference2012@gmail.com1326575805childrens_literatureethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature, University of British Columbiacontact email:

Call for Paper Proposals
DEADLINE: March 1, 2012

A Peer Reviewed Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature and Cultural Texts

With keynote speakers Dr. Elizabeth Marshall and Dr. Sarah Park

The University of British Columbia
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children's literature. You are invited to submit a paper proposal that contributes to and extends existing research in the area of children's texts, which may include novels, film, picture books, and other culturally produced modes of children's literature. We are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• The child or young adult as explorer/explored, navigator/navigated
• Displacement or unwilling transportation to foreign spaces
• Childhood and adolescent development
• Children, young adults, and cross-cultural exposure
• Multilingual or translated texts
• Navigating (or negotiating) identity, gender, race or religion as a child or young adult in an adult world
• Exploring place: the child as traveller/runaway/adventurer in a strange land
• Race and ethnicity in children's and young adult texts
• Cultural, physical, psychological, ideological, or literary restrictions and barriers to exploration and imagination
• Childhood feelings of displacement or not fitting in

Papers on any children's or young adult genres are welcome as are papers that discuss other children's texts such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels. The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive and review paper proposals on any topic related to children's and young adult texts.

Please send a 250-350 word abstract, the title of your paper, a 50-word biography, your name, your university affiliation, and email address (or other preferred method of contact) to Robert Bittner at by March 1, 2012. Please put "Conference Proposal" in the subject line of your email.

If you would like your paper to be considered for publication in the Journal of Graduate Research in Young People's Materials and Culture, please send a complete and polished copy of your paper to the editors at by June 15, 2012. Include the same information as your conference proposal, but attach the full text as well. All submissions to JGR are peer reviewed.

The conference fee of $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals, includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. Please visit our website for more information:

cfp categories: childrens_literatureethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheory 44601Eugene O'Neill and MusicMLA 2013--Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations and the Eugene O'Neill SocietyDrJSDailey@aol.com1326599967americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: MLA 2013--Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations and the Eugene O'Neill Societycontact email:

For the 2013 Modern Language Association Convention--to be held in Boston on January 3rd through 6th, 2013, the Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations and the Eugene O'Neill Society will be offering a joint session on Eugene O'Neill and Music. O'Neill uses music in many of his plays, and many of his plays have been set to music. We welcome 250 word abstracts on any aspect of O'Neill and music. Send abstracts to both and by February 17, 2012.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 44602W.S. Gilbert--Author and CriticMLA 2013--Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations DrJSDailey@aol.com1326601557general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrytheatrevictorianfull name / name of organization: MLA 2013--Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations contact email:

W.S. Gilbert changed English musical theatre. We are seeking proposals on all aspects of Gilbert's work, but studies dealing with music receive priority. Send 250 word proposals by February 22, 2012.

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrytheatrevictorian 44603CFP: Shakespeare across Media: National Taiwan University Shakespeare Forum (Taipei, 06/7-9/2012; abstracts due 02/15/2012)National Taiwan University Shakespeare name / name of organization: National Taiwan University Shakespeare Forumcontact email:

Shakespeare across Media: 6th Conference of the NTU Shakespeare Forum (National Taiwan University, Taipei, June 7-9, 2012)

Call for Papers

The National Taiwan University Shakespeare Forum will host its sixth conference, "Shakespeare across Media," in Taipei on June 7-9, 2012.

Keynote speakers include Russell Jackson (Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama, University of Birmingham), Diana Henderson (Professor of Literature and Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Ching-Hsi Perng (Distinguished Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University). Alexander C. Y. Huang (George Washington University; Co-Director of Global Shakespeares: Video and Performance Archive) and Yong Li Lan (National University of Singapore; Director of A|S||I|A: Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive), along with Japanese and Korean co-directors of A|S||I|A, will offer plenary sessions and hand-on workshops on digital archives. Taiwan Bangzi Company will present a Chinese opera adaptation of Measure for Measure at the National Theatre and offer post-performance discussion. There will also be screening of the latest Shakespearean films. Conference participants can also join the post-conference tours on June 9 and 10 at their own expenses.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Topics may include, but are not restricted to: radio, film, television, animation, manga, games, multimedia staging, e-books, children's books, digital archives, Youtube, Second Life, social networking websites, mobile phone applications, and cross-genre adaptation and translation. Graduate students are invited to apply to present at the pre-conference graduate sessions.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short bio by February 15, 2012. If accepted for presentation, completed papers must be submitted by May 15. To facilitate discussion among international scholars, papers in English are preferred. For submissions and queries please contact Bi-qi Beatrice Lei at Updates can be found on

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheory 44604CFP:"Culture Within/Against Empire: Racialization and State Violence in Moments" ASA 2012, November 15-18, San Juan, Puerto Ricochristian ravelacravela@uw.edu1326636763african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: christian ravelacontact email:

This panel seeks papers that examine the relation between state, culture, and empire in excess of nationalist framings. American studies and related scholarship, particularly in critical ethnic studies, has decentered US national culture, demonstrating the ways in which the material practices of racial slavery, colonial expansion and empire, gendered and racialized labor exploitation, incarceration and permanent war generated and persist as the conditions of possibility for the emancipatory claims of U.S. political modernity. Yet, much scholarship retains an attachment to the nation for framing the thwarted and impossible character of that modernity, installing such national promises into our modes of inquiry as implicit (and sometimes nostalgic) narratives of decline and failed opportunity.

Moving away from such attachments, our inquiry is framed through an emphasis on state violence and racialization in two moments of transformation: the immediate post-War era in which the global dimensions of "race" were brought into greater relief for not only activists struggling against white supremacy but also the US state; and the end of the 20th century, with (apparent) reconfigurations of white supremacy and antiblack racism in the aftermath of the Keynesian warfare-welfare state. Turning to these and other critical moments of transformation within global racial and imperial formations, we are interested in papers that focus on culture as a site of both resistance to and production of the US state form under racial capitalism. Papers may address, though are not limited to, some of the following questions:

- How does "race" index different histories of state violence obscured by the formal institutions of citizenship? How have gender and sexuality marked the limits of those accounts, widened their scope, or marked alternative alliances between them as they have been taken up for projects of emancipation?

- How have different racial formations been at once been the product of US empire and an alibi for it? What are the legacies of comparative racialization from the uneven effects of US empire?

- If "memory" has served as an alternative site of historical knowledge to official national(ist) narratives--naming their elisions, marking their silences, and exposing their immanent contradictions--how can we incorporate the way in which state practices have been intimately involved in reproducing, archiving, memorializing, and retrieving memory into such critical account?

- What are the stakes of "remembering" histories of violence in a moment in which the "neoliberal" state seems less and less to depend on the production of national subjects?

- How can we address territoriality, space and borders of the US state in our account of empire without reifying them into nationalist framing or abandoning them altogether?

- What are the overlapping geographies and circuits of exchange that make-up the formations of US empire? What are the institutions that have formed them? How have those geographies and circuits emerged in contestation with other imperial powers, radical movements, and the contradictions of global capitalism? What are the racialized, gendered, and sexualized logics of those geographies and circuits?

- How do forms of cultural production attest to transformations of the state as well as histories and practices of US empire, even as the regulative and normative frameworks of official knowledge render such production illegible?

- How do forms of racialized dispossession and violence animate state practice under the banner of egalitarian or liberatory discourse? Can reading such forms help to militate against the nostalgia for an ethical or addressable state?

By Tuesday, January 24th, please send brief proposals and a one-page CV to:
Christian Ravela, Dept. of English, University of Washington Seattle,
Jed Murr, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell,

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44605Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (2012 RMMLA Convention) Call for Papers- Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012Marie Chantale Mofin mcmofin@unm.edu1326645641childrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Marie Chantale Mofin contact email:

The session "Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean" at the 66th Annual Convention of the RMMLA is devoted to Francophone Literatures, Cultures, and Film of Africa and the Caribbean.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Sub-Saharan Africa Literature, Culture, and Film
Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
Environmental questions in African /Caribbean Literature and film
African Diaspora
Maghreb Literature, Culture, and Film
Creolité, Antillanité
"Littérature monde"
Feminist Theory and Women Writers
Migrant Literature
National/Transnational Theory
Oral tradition, etc.

Please, submit your abstract for a 15-20-minute presentation (in English or French) with title and contact information to Marie Chantale Mofin,, by March 1, 2012. Final selection of abstracts will be made by March 15, 2012.

The 66th Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention will be held from October 11- 13, 2012 at the Millenium Harvest Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. The RMMLA is a regional subsidiary of the Modern Language Association (MLA).

cfp categories: childrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44606"Antagonisms." Special issue of The Comparatist The 1326649431african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Comparatistcontact email:

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden—or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism—antagonistic rivalry between critics—a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

Theories of antagonism
The included and the excluded
Postcolonial critique
Global flows and frictions
The incommensurability of ethics and aesthetics
Dialogics and its discontents
Antagonism versus dialectics
Antagonistic narratives
Feminism and sexual difference
The rivalry of psychoanalysis and deconstruction
The antagonism of ideologies/the ideology of antagonisms

Interested contributors should submit a 1-page abstract by April 1, 2012 to Deadline for completed articles will be September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44607CFP: 2012 M/MLA: Permanent Section: English Literature 1800-1900 (11/8-11/11)Midwest Modern Language Associationnreeves@purdue.edu1326656549cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryromanticvictorianfull name / name of organization: Midwest Modern Language Associationcontact email:

The English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks papers for the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. November 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, Ohio.

In keeping with the informal theme of "debt" for the M/MLA 2012 convention, the English II: English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks to present discussions of works and writers that deal in some fashion with that nineteenth-century juggernaut, debt. Possible themes include indebtedness and influence, borrowers and lenders, bonds and contracts, economics of lack, states of debt, oaths and promises, gift-giving, cultures of expenditure, occupy literature, trans-cultural capital, deferring, symbolic economics, ecological materialism, rethinking civic missions/practices, forgiveness, gratitude, literature of demand, emotional obligation, debts of affect, and student loans. Papers on any form or genre of British literature between 1800 and 1900 are welcome. Proposals of 200 to 400 words should be sent by March 9th to Nancee Reeves, Purdue University, Selected presenters will be informed by May 1st, 2012 and must register for the conference by July 1, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryromanticvictorian 44608Narratives Mediated: (dis)junctions 2012, April 13-14University of California, Riverside, graduate English department disjunctions2012@gmail.com1326660327americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of California, Riverside, graduate English department contact email:

Narratives Mediated: (dis)junctions 2012
19th annual graduate student conference
University of California, Riverside
April 13-14th, 2012

Abstracts due: February 17th, 2012

For this year's (dis)junctions conference, we are seeking papers that explore the construction and definition of "narrative" in all its mediated and mediating forms. The word narrative is typically associated with storytelling and plot, but for this year's conference we want to understand "narrative" as any instance of producing meaning or "truth." In this regard, a piece of literary criticism, while often explicating a literary narrative, is a type of narrative in itself. Further, in an attempt to be at once inclusive and provocative, we want to think about the way disciplines across the academy each work to construct particular narratives. History, for instance, seeks to understand the past through contending narratives; the Sciences constantly revises dominant narratives of the physical world; and even music, while not verbal, still has a trace of narrative in its composition, framed by a beginning and end. To what extent do narratives (in a broad sense of the term) reflect, challenge, or create a sense of both oneself and one's world? Does the medium act as a link between the reader/viewer/listener and the "real," or does the medium come to define the real? How do different academic discourses mediate and create new ontological narratives? Papers may address topics such as, but not limited to: identity, the nation, race relations, ethnic rhetorics, gender, sexuality, materiality, neoliberalism, pedagogy, postcolonial theory and narratives, autobiographies, landscapes, narrative genres (of Trans-Atlantic, North-South relation, Medieval, Romantic, Modern, Post-Modern, travel, war, visual, video games—to name a few), technology, narratology, popular media/new media, the university as the public production of knowledge, and other academic criticism/theory not mentioned above as narrative.

In keeping with previous years, (dis)junctions 2012 welcomes papers from all disciplines inside and outside of the Humanities. Participants may submit to a specific panel or in response to the general call for papers. Traditional genre and period-related papers, as well as creative writing, spoken word, dance pieces, and installation artwork are highly encouraged. Please visit our website at for additional panel-specific Calls For Papers as they become available. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be emailed to Please note any A/V needs you may have at that time. We can obtain VCRs, DVDs, and projectors for laptops. Less standard equipment is possible (although not guaranteed) upon request.

*Keynote speaker to be announced on our website at

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44609[UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE]: edited collection: BUST CULTURE: NOTES FROM THE GREAT RECESSION Editors: Kirk Boyle (UNC Asheville) and Daniel Mrozowski (Trinity College)bustculture@gmail.com1326668187african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Editors: Kirk Boyle (UNC Asheville) and Daniel Mrozowski (Trinity College)contact email:

We are specifically seeking two or three proposals covering the following areas: bust culture as represented on Network Television, in Fictional Film, and through Popular Literature. However, quality proposals on any area of interest will still be considered.

Abstracts due MARCH 1, 2011 (250-300 words; include contact info and short bio)
Final essays due December 2012 (4,000-8,000 words)

In the throes of a double-dip recession and the wake of the Dot-Com crash, we seek proposals for an edited collection tentatively titled Bust Culture: Notes from the Great Recession, with completed essays due in Winter 2012. We are soliciting articles on cultural artifacts from all forms of media (televisual, cinematic, literary, musical, as well as videogames, websites, fine art) that reflect, refract, and/or respond to the recessionary times of the 21st century. Considering that the current economic downturn is ongoing, we hope this collection offers a timely foray into comprehending contemporary "bust culture."

* "Mancession" and Blue-Collar Nostalgia
* Women in the New Economy
* Race and Racism in the Great Recession
* Satirical News Sources (The Onion, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, etc.)
* CEO Portraits, Corporate Personhood, and White-Collar Crime
* Informal Economies, Black Markets, Prison Culture, Narcocultura
* Migrant Workers, Immigration, and Outsourcing
* Unions, Union-Busting, and the Legacy of Ronald Reagan
* Neoliberalism (Harvey), "Disaster Capitalism" (Klein), and Tea Party Politics
* "House Hunters" and Other Forms of Wealth Voyeurism
* End of the "American Century"
* Bubbles (housing,, gold, energy)
* Financialization, Derivatives, and Computerized Stock Trading
* Cognitive Mappings of Bust Geography and Architecture
* Consumption: Advertising, Shopping, Fashion, and Marketing Trends
* DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Culture
* Religion and Apocalyptic Discourse
* Sports as Big Business

We aim to assemble a diverse collection of academically rigorous pieces accessible to the general public (non-academics are encouraged to submit). For further information, visit and!/BustCulture. Please direct all queries, questions, and submissions to

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 44610[Update] Call for Papers--Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the ArtsImaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Artsimaginatioetratio@gmail.com1326669794film_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligionfull name / name of organization: Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Artscontact email:

Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts is a peer reviewed journal primarily focusing on the intersection between the arts and theology, hoping to allow imagination and reason to be seen as intimately intertwined–as different expressions of the same divine truth. Imaginatio et Ratio was started in the hopes that it could serve a growing community of artists and thinkers and strives to present accessible but high quality art, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and theology/philosophy–as well as interviews and book, film, art and music reviews. The journal is published twice a year and is available in print and a digital format.

In general, we welcome the submission of essays, interviews, reviews (book, film, music, art), creative writing, and art that attempts to engage–implicitly or explicitly–Christian theology. The journal is published twice a year–a fall issue (September) and a spring issue (March). Submissions are ongoing, so, depending on the time of submission, work will be considered for the appropriate issue.

Please visit the website ( for submission details...

cfp categories: film_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligion