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[UPDATE] MLA 2014 -- ASECS-Sponsored, Guaranteed Session--Writing Wrongs: Literature and Human Rights in the 18th Century

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:34pm
Ramesh Mallipeddi

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.

Jewish Monsters (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 7:01pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies & Jewish-American Lit Discussion Groups

Notions of monstrosity or the monstrous in Jewish tradition and in representations of Jews. Potential issues: containment/contagion, normality, pathology, inclusion/exclusion, ritual, heresy, health/disease. Abstract of 250 words or less by 15 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (gbe2@nyu.edu).

Zionisms Past, Present, and Future (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 6:58pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies Discussion Group

The Zionist imagination in global literatures and cultures. Potential topics: pre- or proto-Zionist texts, Christian Zionism, post-Zionism, Israel and its others. Abstract, 250 words maximum by 10 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (gbe2@nyu.edu).

Call for Editors and Submissions: Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:53pm
Jessica Gildersleeve /Katherine Mansfield Society

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies.

Revelations is a peer-reviewed, open-access blog which provides a forum to showcase and distribute emerging work on Katherine Mansfield. It establishes a communal space for academic conversation by early career researchers in this rapidly developing field.

Applied Pedagogy: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction [Submission Deadline: May 1]

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:26pm
Editors: Daniel Ruefman (University of Wisconsin--Stout) & Abigail Grant-Scheg (Elizabeth City State University)

Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.

Global Perspectives on Death in Children's Literature, Special Session, PAMLA Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1-3, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:44pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel will focus on the verbal and visual depictions of death as a physical reality, philosophical concept, and/or social construct in children's literature from a range of theoretical perspectives and literature from varied cultural backgrounds, time periods, genres, and media forms. Submit a proposal of approximately 500 words though PAMLA's Online Proposal system by April 15, 2013: http://www.pamla.org/2013/

If you have any questions about this particular session, please contact Lesley Clement at

[UPDATE] The pastoral turn in contemporary literature

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:27pm
Dr Judith Seaboyer, University of Queensland

The President of the MLA, Marianne Hirsch, has announced her theme for the 2014 meeting of the MLA in Chicago: "Vulnerable Times addresses vulnerabilities of life, the planet, and our professional disciplines, in our own time and throughout history. Its aim is to illuminate acts of imagination and forms of solidarity and resistance that promote social change."

Law of Desire?: Interferences, fusions and confusions between law and y sexuality. Deadline 1 September 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:08pm
Journal: Ambigua: Revista de Investigaciones de Género y Estudios Culturales. University Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

Ambigua: Revista de Investigaciones de Género y Estudios Culturales
Monograph edited by Juan Jiménez Salcedo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) and Thomas Hochmann (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:50am
Dr Rachel Douglas

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History
International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013


CFP Haunting Whiteness: Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-Racial' Era

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:20am
Krista Ratcliffe, Joyce Middleton, and Tammie Kennedy

The editors invite chapter proposals that work with the collection's title, Haunting Whiteness: Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-Racial' Era. As imagined in this collection, whiteness is an identification, a trope with associated discourses and cultural scripts for thinking and acting. As an identification, whiteness (via its presences and absences) constructs identities for people and texts as well as for cultural events and institutions. As an identification, whiteness functions as Freud describes all identifications: as a ghost, a haunting, which feeds on invisibility, nostalgia, and melancholy.

CALL FOR PAPERS - BARNOLIPI Interdisciplinary Online Journal

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:37am
Reflection Mentoring Services

CALL FOR PAPERS - Twelfth Issue of Interdisciplinary Online Journal BARNOLIPI (http://www.barnolipi.com).

BARNOLIPI is an interdisciplinary international research journal

BARNOLIPI accepts articles from any academic discipline or field of study.

BARNOLIPI is an Open Access Interdisciplinary Journal, Students / Professors (from different Departments / Streams) of an Institution can access it freely to fulfill their academic need.

It accepts articles written in Bengali and English only.
Submit Articles by April 5, 2013.

Essay Collection: Identity and Power in Supernatural Teen Dramas (June 1)

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:33pm
Dr. Margo Collins

Since the advent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, supernatural dramas aimed at a young adult market have become a staple of the television landscape. Shows like Angel, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Smallville, MTV's recent remake of Teen Wolf, The Secret Circle, and even Heroes and (though perhaps to a lesser degree) HBO's True Blood draw on the audience's voracious appetite for vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. And of course the Twilight book and film series have drawn in ever more readers and viewers.