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[UPDATE] Why Not Comics? Challenging the Graphic Novel Canon in the University (4/3 - 4/6/2014): Proposals Due 9/30/13

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:25pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel seeks papers to examine why mainstream comic books are often excluded from classroom instruction and scholarly discussions about comics and graphic novels. What are the strategic reasons for these exclusions? What roles do publishing formats and/or narrative themes have on such choices? How are such exclusions linked to preconceptions regarding high and low culture? Why have some texts become canonical and why is the canon so narrow? How have the textual choices and exclusions informed or reinforced academic discourse about comics and graphic novels? Please send 200-300 word abstract and a brief biography to Kenneth Sammond, ksammond@fdu.edu by September 30, 2013.

[UPDATE] Textual Artifacts: Francophone Literatures and the Museum, NeMLA, Harrisburg, Apr. 3-6th, 2014 sub. deadline Sept. 30,

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 8:26pm
Northeast Modern Languages Association

This panel will examine how Francophone literary works represent museums or occupy them as artifacts on display. While wall text and written documents have always played a key role in exhibits, various genres of literature are also the object of their own museums. Moreover, contemporary writers from Bessora (53 cm, 1999) to Nicole Brossard (Musée de l'os et de l'eau, 2008) have taken an interest in the text as a form of discursive museum in its own right.

Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture 2014 conference, May 27-30, Brock University (Deadline: Jan. 15)

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:04pm
Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture

The society for the study of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture / Théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques (EPTC/TCEP) invites papers discussing any aspects of existential or phenomenological theory or culture. For example, papers dealing with theoretical or cultural issues in relation to authors such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Beckett, Husserl, Heidegger, Jaspers, Levinas, Malraux, Marcel, Buber, Frankl, Sartre, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Irigaray, or Laing are all welcome. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.

21st Annual NINE Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball (March 12-15, 2014; abstracts due Dec. 2, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:45pm
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 21st Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 12-Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers

The 21st Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 3, 2013, to tstrecker@bsu.edu .

Session on Heretical Texts: Leeds IMC 2014, 7-10 July

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:02pm
Leeds International Medieval Congress

Another session of 'Heretical Texts and Texts About Heresy' is being organized for next year's International Medieval Congress in Leeds, taking place 7-10 July 2014. This session---or sessions, if there is enough interest---invites 20-minute papers on any subject involving the theme of heresy and inquisition in relation to the production and circulation of texts in the Middle Ages. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-The circulation/reception history and/or manuscript traditions of specific heretical or anti-heretical texts.

-The production, transmission, and use of texts within a heretical sect.

-The use of texts in the repression of heresy.

British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2014 - deadline 06/12/2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 3:49pm
British Society for Literature and Science

The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote speakers will include Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto) and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.

Computers & Writing 2014: Evolutions, Revolutions, Convolutions

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 2:15pm
Washington State University

The 2014 Computers and Writing Conference, "Evolutions, Revolutions, Convolutions," will be held at Washington State University in Pullman, WA from June 5-8, 2014. Our submission system is open and ready for business. We invite presentations, workshops, and other events that open or enact an examination of evolutions, revolutions, and convolutions of interfaces, texts, and technologies. If you would like to receive peer feedback on your proposal, the submission deadline is September 30, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time). Final proposals are due October 31, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).

For the full CFP and proposal guidelines, visit:

The Gothic Body: The Physical Depiction of the Female Gothic (NeMLA)

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 12:09pm
Neena Cinquino/ The City College of New York

Since Ellen Moers' original designation of the Female Gothic, the term continues to evolve: The amalgamation of femininity's depiction in literature and Gothic studies does not conclude with Literary Women (1976). Therefore, this panel will concentrate on the female body's involvement in what is considered Gothic; as Moers denotes, what "predominates over reality, the strange over the commonplace, and the supernatural over the natural, with one definite auctorial intent: to scare." At the root of this fear is a woman's anxiety of childbirth and the subsequent call to motherhood, according to Moers. This fear can be dealt with in a variety of ways: avoidance, elimination, and torture.

CFP: The Vampire in Literature, Culture and Film (PCA/ACA Conference, April 16-19, Chicago)

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 11:50am
Popular Culture American Culture Association

The Vampire in Literature, Culture and Film area of the Popular Culture, American Culture Association seeks paper and/or roundtable submissions for presentation at the PCA/ACA national conference in Chicago April 16-19. Papers and roundtable presentations on any aspect of the vampire (including the representation of werewolf culture in vampire films) is welcome. Please visit the PCA/ACA website at www.pcaaca.org and submit your 250-300 word abstract under the Vampire subject area. Thank you.

Call for Papers - Collecting Geogaphies, Conference

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:39am
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

CALL FOR PAPERS: Collecting Geographies - Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art

Organized by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ASCA/ACGS University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Folkwang Museum, Essen;Tropen Museum, Amsterdam

Location: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Dates: 13-15 March 2014
Deadline for papers: September 30, 2013
Admittance fee: €100,-