[UPDATE] CfP: Special Day for Graduate Students at the AEJLS - Conference University of Antwerp, 5-7 September 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Basel and the Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies (AEJLS)
contact email: 

Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature

The Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies (AEJLS) in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Basel is organizing an international conference entitled "Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature." The conference will take place at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from 5 to 7 September 2011. It is the third scholarly gathering organized by the AEJLS and is also one of the events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp.
The Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies was founded in 2007. It is dedicated to emphasizing literary studies within Jewish Studies and to enhance Jewish topics in European literary scholarship.
The first day of the conference (5th September) is specifically devoted to emerging scholars. It will offer them an opportunity to present work relating to the theme Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature and to discuss it with other junior and senior researchers. They are expected to attend the day following the graduate conference, to meet established scholars in the field. This CfP is addressed to emerging researchers who are either approaching graduation or are currently writing a PhD.
Conference description: The promotion of that which resides in the margins has marked the development of literary studies in the latter part of the 20th century. Initially, this focus on the borders of established terrain was motivated by a desire to lend greater visibility and foster the eventual integration of visions, experiences, and modes of expression stemming from those who had been excluded in the past. This endeavor has been increasingly challenged by critical practices that valorize marginality in its own right and resist its eventual recuperation into the mainstream. The shift from attempts to include the outcast to a celebration of marginality as a privileged status changed the emphasis of literary criticism from a polemical focus on victimization and occasional heroic resistance to the focus on possibilities inherent in marginality itself. Recent research on the issue attempts to go beyond this dichotomy in search of alternative forms of interaction between the various locations and hierarchies in the literary and cultural field.
The conference will explore European-Jewish literature originating from or reflecting on geographical and/or conceptual areas at some remove from what is considered central in the European topography. Participants are invited to focus on literatures emerging from countries and linguistic regions on the Eastern, Western, Northern or Southern margins of Europe. In conjunction with this corpus, or independently of it, they may also want to consider "margins, borders and peripheries" in a figural sense and discuss issues related to questions of canon and "minor literatures," to liminality, hierarchy and the status of minorities, outsiders, and the potential of literature to challenge traditional hegemonic approaches to the order of importance commonly attributed to what is central in a field, be it political, social, cultural or literary.
Presentations are in German or English and should not exceed 15 minutes. A curriculum vitae and abstract should be sent before 30th June 2011
to jo.bogaerts@ua.ac.be

41530[UPDATE] CfP: Special Day for Graduate Students at the AEJLS - Conference University of Antwerp, 5-7 September 2011Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Basel and the Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies (AEJLS) jo.bogaerts@ua.ac.be1306130161graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryreligiontheory

Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature

The Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies (AEJLS) in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Basel is organizing an international conference entitled "Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature." The conference will take place at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from 5 to 7 September 2011. It is the third scholarly gathering organized by the AEJLS and is also one of the events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp.
The Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies was founded in 2007. It is dedicated to emphasizing literary studies within Jewish Studies and to enhance Jewish topics in European literary scholarship.
The first day of the conference (5th September) is specifically devoted to emerging scholars. It will offer them an opportunity to present work relating to the theme Margins, Borders and Peripheries in Modern European-Jewish Literature and to discuss it with other junior and senior researchers. They are expected to attend the day following the graduate conference, to meet established scholars in the field. This CfP is addressed to emerging researchers who are either approaching graduation or are currently writing a PhD.
Conference description: The promotion of that which resides in the margins has marked the development of literary studies in the latter part of the 20th century. Initially, this focus on the borders of established terrain was motivated by a desire to lend greater visibility and foster the eventual integration of visions, experiences, and modes of expression stemming from those who had been excluded in the past. This endeavor has been increasingly challenged by critical practices that valorize marginality in its own right and resist its eventual recuperation into the mainstream. The shift from attempts to include the outcast to a celebration of marginality as a privileged status changed the emphasis of literary criticism from a polemical focus on victimization and occasional heroic resistance to the focus on possibilities inherent in marginality itself. Recent research on the issue attempts to go beyond this dichotomy in search of alternative forms of interaction between the various locations and hierarchies in the literary and cultural field.
The conference will explore European-Jewish literature originating from or reflecting on geographical and/or conceptual areas at some remove from what is considered central in the European topography. Participants are invited to focus on literatures emerging from countries and linguistic regions on the Eastern, Western, Northern or Southern margins of Europe. In conjunction with this corpus, or independently of it, they may also want to consider "margins, borders and peripheries" in a figural sense and discuss issues related to questions of canon and "minor literatures," to liminality, hierarchy and the status of minorities, outsiders, and the potential of literature to challenge traditional hegemonic approaches to the order of importance commonly attributed to what is central in a field, be it political, social, cultural or literary.
Presentations are in German or English and should not exceed 15 minutes. A curriculum vitae and abstract should be sent before 30th June 2011
to jo.bogaerts@ua.ac.be

41531[UPDATE] Call For Paper: IJCNLP2011, ChiangMai, Thailand, 8-13 November 2011, (submission deadline 2 June 2011)The 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP2011)webmaster@ijcnlp2011.org1306133707graduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: The 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP2011)contact email: webmaster@ijcnlp2011.org

Call For Paper: IJCNLP2011, ChiangMai, Thailand, 8-13 November 2011, (submission deadline 2 June 2011)

The 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP2011)
November 8-13, 2011
Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Website: http://www.ijcnlp2011.org
Mirror Site: http://itpe.siit.tu.ac.th/ijcnlp2011/
Important Dates:
June 02, 2011 Submission deadline (*** Extended ***)
July 22, 2011 Notification of acceptance
August 19, 2011 Camera-ready submission
October 28, 2011 Early Registration Deadline
November 09 - 11, 2011 Conference period
The 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, organized by the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 8-13, 2011. The conference will cover a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation. IJCNLP 2011 will include full papers, short papers, oral presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops. IJCNLP 2011 invites the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of language processing and computational linguistics,including, but not limited to:

Phonology/morphology, tagging and chunking, and word segmentation
Grammar induction and development
Parsing algorithms and implementations
Mathematical linguistics and grammatical formalisms
Lexical and ontological semantics
Formal semantics and logic
Word sense disambiguation
Semantic role labeling
Textual entailment and paraphrasing
Discourse, dialogue, and pragmatics
Language generation
Machine translation
Information retrieval
Information extraction
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
Question answering
Text mining and natural language processing applications
NLP in vertical domains, such as biomedical, chemical and legal text
NLP on noisy unstructured text, such as email, blogs, and SMS
Spoken language processing
Speech recognition and synthesis
Spoken language understanding and generation
Language modeling for spoken language
Multimodal representations and processing
Rich transcription and spoken information retrieval
Speech translation
Statistical and machine learning methods
Language modeling for text processing
Lexicon and ontology development
Treebank and corpus development
Evaluation methods and user studies
Science of annotation

More Information
Any question can be sent to process, e-mail bc@ijcnlp2011.org
Best Regards,
The representative of Program Committee

Host and Co-Host
Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP)
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC, Thailand)
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT, Thammasat University, Thailand)
Chiang Mai University (CMU, Thailand)

Honorary Conference Chair
Chaiyong Eurviriyanukul (Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Thailand)
Chongrak Polprasert (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thailand)
Thaweesak Koanantakool (NSTDA, Thailand)

General Chair
Kam-Fai Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Program Co-Chairs
Haifeng Wang (Baidu, China)
David Yarowsky (John Hopkins University, USA)

Organisation Co-Chairs
Virach Sornlertlamvanich (NECTEC, Thailand)
Hitoshi Isahara (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

Workshop Co-Chairs
Sivaji Bandyopadhyay (Jadavpur University, India)
Jong Park (KAIST, Korea)
Noriko Kando (NII, Japan)

Tutorial Co-Chairs
Kentaro Inui (Tohoku University, Japan)
Wei Gao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Dawei Song (Robert Gordon University, UK)

Demonstration Co-Chairs
Ken Church (John Hopkins University, USA)
Yunqing Xia (Tsinghua University, China)

Publication Co-Chairs
Min Zhang (I2R, Singapore)
Sudeshna Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur, India)

Finance Co-Chairs
Vilas Wuwongse (AIT, Thailand)
Gary Lee (POSTECH, Korea)

Sponsorship Co-Chairs
Asanee Kawtrakul (Kasetsart University, Thailand)
Hiromi Nakaiwa (NTT, Japan)

Publicity Committee
Steven Bird (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Le Sun (CIPS, China)
Kevin Knight (USC, USA)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR,Italy)
Thanaruk Theeramunkong (SIIT, Thailand)

Thatsanee Charoenporn (NECTEC, Thailand) (Head)
Sudchaya Saengthong (SIIT, Thammasat University, Thailand)

Sponsors & Supporters
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS)

cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinternational_conferences 41532Counterfactual History in German Literature: Deadline Sept. 30, 2011Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)Kathleen.Singles@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de1306143220cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)contact email: Kathleen.Singles@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de

Call for Papers

Das Neuschreiben der Vergangenheit: Counterfactual History in German Literature

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

What is the function of writing pasts that did not happen? So-called 'alternate histories' are typically discussed as a phenomenon of the English-speaking world. This session, by contrast, will bring into focus the variety of German-language literature that re-writes history or stages the re-writing of history, raising intriguing questions about how we come to terms with our past and the nature of national memory. Please send a 250-300 word abstract by email to: Kathleen Singles, LMU

Deadline: September 30, 2011
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41533Conference on The Literary Essay, July 2nd-3rd (London)Thomas Karshant.karshan@qmul.ac.uk1306151747general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiesrenaissanceromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Thomas Karshancontact email: t.karshan@qmul.ac.uk


Conference on the Literary Essay at Queen Mary, University of London, and the London Review Bookshop, July 2-3

This July 2-3, there will be a conference on the essay from
Montaigne to the present, which will be taking place at Queen
Mary and the London Review Bookshop, featuring Adam Phillips, Andrew O'Hagan, Geoff Dyer, Jeremy Treglown, Karl Miller, Hermione Lee, Gillian Beer, Markman Ellis, Peter Howarth, Ophelia Field, Felicity James, Uttara Natarajan, Stefano Evangelista, Adam Piette, Kathryn Murphy, and Sophie Butler.

Tickets and details available at:


Queries can be addressed to: essay.conference@gmail.com

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiesrenaissanceromantictwentieth_century_and_beyond 41534Encyclopedic Fictions of 21st-Century American Literature (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012; abstracts due September 30, 2011)Stephen Hockshock@vwc.edu1306154841americantwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Stephen Hockcontact email: shock@vwc.edu

CFP: Encyclopedic Fictions of 21st-Century American Literature
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Rochester, New York, March 15-18, 2012

Writing an encyclopedic fiction has constituted a bid for literary greatness at least since the publication of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in 1973. In light of the fact that the year 2010 saw the publication of no fewer than three such encyclopedic fictions (Joshua Cohen's Witz, Adam Levin's The Instructions, and Karen Tei Yamashita's I Hotel), this panel will examine the continued relevance of the encyclopedic form as a means by which authors stake their claims to places in the canon of American literature.

What is the continuing place of the encyclopedic novel in the 21st century? How do the texts of this newer wave of encyclopedic fictions position themselves in relation to predecessors such as Gravity's Rainbow, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (1996), and Don DeLillo's Underworld (1997)? Do such fictions represent the continued validity of the postmodern aesthetic that informed that earlier wave of encyclopedic fictions, or do they rather constitute a challenge that signifies the end of postmodernism as a cultural dominant? What of the earlier wave of postmodernist authors who continue to produce encyclopedic fictions, as Pynchon has done with Against the Day (2006)? How do the texts of this newer wave of encyclopedic fictions respond to their particular moment in America's sexual, racial, and geostrategic politics?

Please send 250-500-word abstracts to Stephen Hock at shock@vwc.edu by September 30, 2011.

cfp categories: americantwentieth_century_and_beyond 41535CFP: Workshop on Psychoanalytic Research (8/20; 12/20-1/10Roger Hunt, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysisregorhunt02052@gmail.com1306156511cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Roger Hunt, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysiscontact email: regorhunt02052@gmail.com

"Freud: a Mosaic"

What: Winter Colloquium

Where: Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

When: December 2011 - January 2012

Deadline: Aug. 20th, notification by Oct. 1

Who: Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, independent
scholars and practitioners

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis seeks abstracts of up to
300 words expressing opinions on Freud, his work and legacy from any
relevant field: philosophy, clinical psychology, cognitive science,
neuroscience, biology, literary and film studies et al. Papers which
explore the possibility of psychoanalytic research will be given
preference, and we prefer them to be written in a "This I believe."

We especially encourage submissions from undergraduate and graduate

NB: In collaboration with the conference organizers, Boston-based
Botolph Books intends to publish a volume of selected papers.
Accordingly, authors are encouraged to submit abstract proposals for
possible inclusion in this volume, even if they do not expect to be
able to attend the conference.

Please email proposals in .pdf or .doc format to conference committee
chair Roger Hunt at regorhunt02052@gmail.com.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41536Teaching literary Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Classroom (roundtable) NEMLAduman@sjfc.edu1306160779gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: NEMLAcontact email: duman@sjfc.edu

While many scholars in literary and cultural studies focus on feminist issues, the field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has coalesced into its own discipline, frequently oriented toward the social sciences and not the humanities. This roundtable will explore what the study of literature has to offer students in various classrooms (literary studies, WGS, and cross-listed courses) and to WGS more broadly. Please send abstracts to Deborah Uman, duman@sjfc.edu and Heather Hewett, hewetth@newpaltz.edu.

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinary 41537[UPDATE] CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED: VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCEMARIA K. BACHMAN / VICTORIANS INSTITUTEmbachman@coastal.edu1306161300cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturevictorianfull name / name of organization: MARIA K. BACHMAN / VICTORIANS INSTITUTEcontact email: mbachman@coastal.edu


Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future

October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC (Ocean Creek Resort)

To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine Dickens's writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation. This year's keynote speaker is Audrey Jaffe, Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Affective Life of the Average Man: The Victorian Novel and the Stock-Market Graph (The Ohio State University Press, 2010); Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction (Cornell University Press, 2000); and Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience (University of California Press, 1991).

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Dickens's Journalism
Dickens and the Literary Marketplace
Dickens and Mass Culture
Dickensian Friendships
Dickensian Scandals
The Dickens Circle
Catherine Dickens
Dickens and Science
Dickens and Emotion
Reading Dickens
Dickensian Afterlives
Spiritualism and Spirituality in Dickens
Dickens's Moral Philosophy
Dickens and the Posthuman
Dickens and Travel
Theatrical Dickens
Dickens in America
Dickens and Empire
The Dickens Industry

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words and a brief one-paragraph bio by June 20, 2011 to: Dr. Maria K. Bachman, Department of English, P.O. Box 261954, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina 29528-6054. Email: mbachman@coastal.edu

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturevictorian 41538egitanea science 2011 and 2012Polytechnic Institute of Guardaegianeasciencia@ipg.pt1306161364interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Polytechnic Institute of Guardacontact email: egianeasciencia@ipg.pt

The Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (IPG), Guarda is preparing issue number 8 of Egitania Sciencia.
This scientific Journal is open to publish different papers in the areas that are the main objectives of the schools of Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (Education, Technology, Economics and Management, Tourism and Health).

The Review Board as decided to invite the authors to submit their research by contributing to
Egitania Sciencia. Papers, theoretical or applied, in any field involved the above areas will be considered. Authors may submit more than one paper, but only can be accepted as first author

Papers will be accepted in English, Spanish or in Portuguese. Some general guidelines are given in file www.ipg.pt/revistaipg (in publications Egitania Sciencia).


El Instituto Politécnico da Guarda está preparando la edición del número 8 de la revista científica "Egitania Sciencia".
Una revista direccionada para la publicación de artículos relacionados con las áreas asociadas a los objetivos principales de las Escuelas del Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (Educación, Tecnología, Economía y Gestión, Turismo y también Salud).

Los responsables por la revista invitan à todos los autores externos à la Institución para que envíen los resultados de sus pesquisas. Los papers pueden ser teóricos o aplicados en cualquier campo relacionado con las áreas referidas.

Los artículos pueden ser escritos en Portugués, Español o Inglés. Las normas generales para publicación están disponibles en la webpage de la institución www.ipg.pt/revistaipg (en publicações Egitania Sciencia).

O Instituto Politécnico da Guarda está a preparar a edição do número 8 da revista "Egitania Sciencia".
Uma revista que está direccionada para a publicação de artigos relacionados com as áreas associadas aos objectivos principais das Escolas do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda (Educação, Tecnologia, Economia e Gestão, Turismo e também Saúde).

Os responsáveis da revista convidam autores externos à Instituição para submeterem os resultados das suas pesquisas. Os papers podem ser teóricos ou aplicados em qualquer campo relacionado com as áreas referidas.
Os papers podem ser escritos em Português, Espanhol ou Inglês. As normas gerais para publicação estão disponíveis no site da instituição www.ipg.pt/revistaipg (em publicações Egitania Sciencia).

Revista Egitania Sciencia
Centro de Audiovisuais e Publicações
Edifício dos Serviços Centrais
Av. Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro nº 50
6300-559 GUARDA
Telf. 271 220 111
Fax 271 222 690
mail: gic@ipg.pt; egitaneasciencia@ipg.pt

Submissão deve ser efectuada por e-mail em versão Word.
Submission should be made by e-mail in Microsoft Word version.
Sumisión debe ser efectuada por e-mail en versión Microsoft Word

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essays 41539Symposium by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation - ANKARA/TURKEYCircassians in the 21st Century: problems and opportunitiesinfo@21yuzyildacerkesler.org1306166672cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfull name / name of organization: Circassians in the 21st Century: problems and opportunitiescontact email: info@21yuzyildacerkesler.org

The symposium on "Circassians in the 21st Century: Problems and Opportunities", organized by Caucasian Research, Culture and Solidarity Foundation (KAF-DAV) will be held on 22-25 September 2011.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the demographical, social, cultural, economic, and political situation of Circassians living in different parts and countries of the world, assess their chances and opportunities, and put forward proposals on the future within the light of historical and scientific data. It is expected that the symposium will contribute to the analysis of the current situation of Circassians and to raise awareness on the subject within scientific and political circles at international and national levels.

Issues such as the migrations and the exiles of Circassians, their demographical structures, socio-economic and political problems, preservation and improvement of their language and cultural heritages will be discussed throughout the symposium.

Participation of relevant individuals and institutions to the symposium is expected particularly from scientific circles at international and national levels. There will be conferences of keynote speakers, discussion sessions, and paper presentations in the symposium programme. Symposium papers will be published.

The symposium will be in English, Turkish, and Russian languages; necessary translation services will be provided.

We are expecting your participation either as presenters or observers.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identity 41540The Radical Langston Hughes, 9/30/11; NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012Northeast Modern Language Associationseehlers@umich.edu1306167495african-americanamericanpoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email: seehlers@umich.edu

This NeMLA panel will examine the roles and forms of Langston Hughes's politically engaged poetry from the 'red decade' of the 1930s. It invites papers that add to current understandings of how Hughes approached the writing of political poetry, especially from his position as an African-American activist affiliated with the Communist and Popular Front Left. How did Hughes fashion himself as a 'poet of the people'? What was the relationship between his formal choices and his political commitments? Send 250-word abstracts to Sarah Ehlers at seehlers@umich.edu by September 30, 2011.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanpoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41541Race and Romance in Gone With the Wind, a panel for the Popular Romance in the New Millenium conference, Nov. 10-11, 2011Sondra Guttman sfguttman@loyola.edu1306171283african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Sondra Guttman contact email: sfguttman@loyola.edu

Margaret Mitchell's 1936 blockbuster bestseller Gone with the Wind is a book literary critics think they know. When read by academics today, it seems interesting mainly because it retells a particularly American story—the "Dunning School" version of Reconstruction history--familiar from films like Birth of a Nation. Apart from this racism at the level of plot, vivid images of black characters as dogs (for example), by turn loyal and threatening, likewise seem somehow beyond comment. For many, the book's racism is easily attributed to the garden-variety sort marking the culmination of the Jim Crow era and easily dismissible as irrelevant today. Yet outside of academia, in our "post-racial" society, the novel enjoys an astounding popularity. As Alice Randall, author of the 2001 parody, The Wind Done Gone, notes, dominant American society continues to uncritically accept both the novel's interpretation of history and the stereotypes that accompany it. This panel moves race back to center stage in our reading of this important American romance. Approaches might address: the part of race or racism in the novel's contemporary appeal, the race/romance nexus in American culture, and/or the popular/academic divide.

Expressions of interest by June 1. Proposals due on June 15th.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41542Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video GamesMatthew Wysockimwysocki@flagler.edu1306183958cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Matthew Wysockicontact email: mwysocki@flagler.edu

Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games

"Issues of Control: Reading and Playing Video Games" (tentative title)

The word control has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. Obviously on a basic level, unlike other media, if a player does not control the game, there is no experience. You must participate to keep the story moving forward. Enjoyment of the experience can also connect to control. For many players, pleasure comes from the equilibrium between the player's control over the game and the game's control over the player.

This book seeks to explore the nature of control in the area of video games. The chapters presented in it are intended to explore a range of ideas.

Possible chapters/ideas to explore include:

- What does it mean to truly control a game?
- Freedom of choice for gamers
- How different genres might impact control
- How control is central to questions of design
- How might games' narratives or game play 'control' the player
- Does controlling a game in the virtual world influence our concepts of control in the non-virtual world?
- How might we re-conceptualize playing games thanks to new forms of video game controllers like the Wii or Xbox's Kinect?

If you would like to propose a chapter for this project, please send a short author(s) bio as well as a 750 word abstract along with title to Matthew Wysocki (mwysocki@flagler.edu). The deadline for receipt of all proposals is June 30, 2011. I will attempt to notify all correspondents by July 31 regarding the status of their submission. Completed draft manuscripts will be due by November 30.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41543Postcolonial Text new issue published (vol 6 No 1 2011)Postcolonial Textranjini.mendis@kwantlen.ca1306189721african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Postcolonial Textcontact email: ranjini.mendis@kwantlen.ca

This is to let you know that the fully online refereed journal Postcolonial Text has just published Vo.l6 No.1 (2011) at http://postcolonial.org

You are invited to visit the journal's web site and enjoy this issue's offering of articles, interview, book reviews, and creative writing - all freely available on an open access basis.

All best,

Chantal Zabus
Editor in Chief

Ranjini Mendis
Associate Editor
Postcolonial Text
Postcolonial Text

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtheory 41544[UPDATE] - William Faulkner's Poetic BeginningsSAMLA 2011 - Victoria M. Bryanvmbryan@olemiss.edu1306200455african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: SAMLA 2011 - Victoria M. Bryancontact email: vmbryan@olemiss.edu

As a fiction writer, William Faulkner saw himself as a failed poet. Many themes that crop up in his poetry, however, make appearances in his fiction writing, as well. This special session welcomes, but is not limited to, abstracts that examine Faulkner's poetry, the connections between his poetry and his fiction, common themes between his poetry and his fiction, Faulkner's stance of fiction vs. poetry, etc. Please send 250-300 word abstracts and brief CVs to Victoria M. Bryan (VMBryan@olemiss.edu) by June 15, 2011.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41546CFP - Gender in a Postnational Context (NeMLA 2012 panel)Northeast Modern Langauge Association 2012 Conventionjrwagnerpsu@gmail.com1306205488african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Langauge Association 2012 Conventioncontact email: jrwagnerpsu@gmail.com

Call for Papers

Gender in a Postnational Context (WGSC Sponsored Panel)

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

GENDER IN A POSTNATIONAL CONTEXT: This panel aims to discuss how contemporary authors figure gender in a postnational context. Recent discussions across scholarly disciplines have begun to question the suitability of national affiliation in the wake of globalization, mass migration and transnational networking that have led to alternative definitions and strategies of community formation, international advocacy, and global feminisms. This panel investigates the ways in which writers are able to negotiate and construct gendered identities in this postnational era, as well as how these texts might work to undermine or redefine the national space through the lens of gender. Papers might consider the global activism by writers such as Eve Ensler and Lynn Nottage or the postcolonial feminisms of Ama Ata Aidoo, Esmerelda Santiago and others. Papers on other writers or genres are most welcome. Send abstracts to Johanna Rossi Wagner at jrwagnerpsu@gmail.com

Deadline: September 30, 2011
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41548ANZSA 2011: "Translations/Transitions," Christchurch, New Zealand, 7–8 November (abstracts due 31 July)Jacob Edmond / University of Otagojacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz1306229396bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jacob Edmond / University of Otagocontact email: jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz

Australia and New Zealand Slavists' Association 2011 Conference "Translations/Transitions"

Christchurch, New Zealand, 7–8 November 2011

Proposals are invited for papers on any topic related to Slavonic studies, from art, culture, and language, to history, politics, and economics. The organizers of the 2011 conference especially invite papers on the theme "Translations/Transitions." Such papers might address interactions within and beyond Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia; questions of linguistic change and translation; the translations involved in Slavonic modernisms and modernities; the cross-border experiences and cultural, economic, and political changes relating to the shift from the communist to the post-communist eras in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia; the translational and transitional nature of the Slavonic geographical and cultural spaces and their broader implications for world culture, economics, and geopolitics.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to Dr Jacob Edmond at jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz by 31 July 2011.

The conference will be held on the beautiful Christchurch campus of the University of Canterbury. While Christchurch was hit by a terrible earthquake in February of this year, the University of Canterbury campus suffered only minor damage, and housing and other conference resources are now available. The organizers see the conference itself as making a small contribution to the recovery of this beautiful city after recent tragic events and thank participants in advance for their support.

The conference is jointly hosted by the Russian Programme of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics at the University of Canterbury and the Russian Studies Research Cluster at the University of Otago. It is convened by Dr Evgeny Pavlov of the University of Canterbury and Dr Jacob Edmond of the University of Otago.



Dr Jacob Edmond
Senior Lecturer
Department of English / Te Reo Ingarihi
University of Otago / Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, Aotearoa / New Zealand
office and street address: 1S3, 1st Floor, Arts Building, 95 Albany St, Dunedin 9016, Aotearoa / New Zealand
phone: +64 3 479 7969; fax: +64 3 479 8558

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41549Forum Issue 13: "Vengeance" (1st September 2011)Forum, Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (www.forumjournal.org)editors@forumjournal.org1306234167african-americanamericanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Forum, Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (www.forumjournal.org)contact email: editors@forumjournal.org

Issue theme: Vengeance
Deadline: 1st September 2011

"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate;
a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy

For the Autumn 2011 issue of Forum, we invite submissons which explore representations of vengeance in literature, art and film. From The Bacchae to Kill Bill, retribution has been used as a vehicle for intense scrutiny of human emotions and social conditions, and the popularity of the revenge plot as an abiding blockbuster ratings-winner testifies to its continuing cultural relevance. What is the basis for this apparent fascination with revenge? How is it depicted within creative works, and do audiences' responses alter according to perceived ethical norms? We hope to receive a wide range of articles seeking to reappraise the aesthetic and cultural implications of this "compelling mix of ingredients".

Vengeance is a multifaceted theme encouraging diachronic and interdisciplinary study, to examine how portrayals of revenge change over the centuries and across cultures. Has the ancient bloodlust of classical Furies become diluted, or does revenge still dominate cultural perceptions as a valid impulse for retaliation? In Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, the target defends himself against a vengeful act by appealing to "the voice of civilisation" (34), then declares that "there can be no worse punishment than... the voice of my conscience" (41). As these quotes imply, conscience and punishment are constituent elements of the revenge plot which acquire further complexity in the context of 'civilised' societies. How does vengeance manifest itself in circumstances where violence is not a socially accepted response, as in institutional situations whose emphasis is on "reform" rather than "revenge", or where "the right to punish" has shifted "from the vengeance of the sovereign to the defence of society" (Foucault, Discipline and Punish 90)? What happens when acts of recrimination extend beyond the individual or community, or are invoked as a justifiable response on an international scale? If revenge plots tend to concentrate on the individual, the motivations and effects on wider communities also play a crucial role. Is vengeance inevitably egocentric and/or cathartic? Is it less acceptable if premeditated or organised? Finally, amidst the discourse of terror which accompanies classical concepts of revenge, we must also reflect on the broad spectrum of alternative forms of retaliation – verbal, psychological, political – which can often be presented as entertaining rather than harrowing or disquieting.

We are seeking submissions that consider the topic of VENGEANCE in relation to concepts which include, but are not limited to:

  • Tragedy and tragic constructions, from antiquity to modernity
  • Remorse and/or reconciliation
  • Psychology, experimentation and unconscious retaliation
  • Gothic fiction, haunting and the supernatural
  • Terror, sci-fi, fantasy and inhuman sources of retribution
  • Family, honour, and cyclical patterns of violence
  • Religion, sacrifice and the individual
  • Comedy of manners, society, and popular culture
  • Romance and rivalry; the 'crime passionnel'
  • Power, politics, infamy, and the workplace
  • Ethics and concepts of justice, crime, punishment and reform

Papers must be of between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .DOC files to editors@forumjournal.org by 1st September 2011. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permissible.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41550Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES" proposals due Sept. 30, 2011Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012jekuskey@syr.edu1306246280cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetryromanticscience_and_culturetheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012contact email: jekuskey@syr.edu

Call for Papers: Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES"

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.
Throughout the Victorian era some very different conceptions of energy came to increasingly overlap, while others remained differentiated by the material objects with which they were associated or by their gendered, classed, and raced bodily sources. The Gospel of Work, for example, moralized labor as ennobling and masculinizing, while medical discourses constructed female lassitude as a pathology of gender. In other venues, the steam-power of factories and railways was theoretically correlated with the laboring body, and as a result mechanical engines became linked in the popular imagination to new conceptions of the body as a machine, expending labor and consuming nutrition like a "human motor." The new science of thermodynamics, which produced the era's most powerful images of energy decay, predicted the "heat death" of the solar system in 30 million years, the calendar H. G. Wells follows when depicting a depleted sun in The Time Machine.
This panel hopes to explore connections between the different knowledges which emerged in the Victorian era to theorize and understand energy, as well as the various cultural forms through which Victorians represented energy at work. Possibilities include the body; affect; machine cultures, engineering, and the physical sciences; ecology and natural resources; medicine, nutrition, and physiology.

Please send 300-400 word proposals by September 30, 2011 to Jessica Kuskey, Syracuse University jekuskey@syr.edu

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetryromanticscience_and_culturetheoryvictorian 41551CFP Women of Appalachia: Native American Impact, Influence and Intersection (due date August 1, 2011)Ohio University Zanesvillehavenl@ohio.edu1306248169americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Ohio University Zanesvillecontact email: havenl@ohio.edu

Call for Papers

Women of Appalachia:

Native American Impact, Influence and Intersection

Women of Appalachia, returning to the Ohio University Zanesville campus after an absence of three years, hopes to re-invigorate this area of scholarship with a concentrated one-day conference, to be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, featuring Grammy award-nominated artist Becky Hobbs and her interpretation of the life of Cherokee patriot Nanyehi (Nancy Ward) through narrative and song. Hobbs will perform Thursday night, October 20th (7:00PM) on the OU Zanesville campus, then participate in a roundtable discussion during Friday's event, thereby providing a unique and timely focus for our continued study of the female experience in the Appalachian region.

Concurrent session presentations can take the form of paper presentations and roundtable discussions. Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

·Oral History and Biography: Women of Power in Appalachia

·Women in Native American Appalachian Literature and Folklore

·Native American Politics and Diplomacy in the Appalachian Region

·Native American Influence on Appalachian Folkways

·Native American Ritual and Healing; Female Healers/Shamans

·Inter-cultural cohabitation/collaboration: Native Americans in Appalachia

·Music, Dance and Rhythm: Cross-cultural Perspectives

·Native American Women's History in the Appalachian Region

Presentations should run only 20 minutes in length. You will be asked to provide your audio visual needs upon acceptance of your proposal. Please submit a 250- to 300-word abstract to havenl@ohio.edu or wanat@ohio.edu by August 1, 2011. The proposal of complete panels is encouraged.

Questions, contact Lisa Haven (havenl@ohio.edu ), Matt Wanat (wanat@ohio.edu ) or Christine Shaw (shaw@ohio.edu ), or call (740) 588-1565.

Conference web page here: www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/womenofappalachia

N. B. This year's one-day event looks forward to the 2012 conference, when we will focus on the topic Women in Appalachia: Sisters in Science

Zanesville Campus
Lisa Stein Haven, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
170L Elson Hall
1425 Newark Road
Zanesville OH 43701
T: 740.588-1535
F: 740.453.6161

The best student-centered learning experience in America

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41552CFP: Approaches to Teaching the Underground Railroad (2012 NeMLA; Abstracts due Sept. 30., 2011)Northeast Modern Language Association - Rochester, NYliggins@fredonia.edu1306248622african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association - Rochester, NYcontact email: liggins@fredonia.edu

This roundtable session will address approaches to teaching the Underground Railroad. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, teaching specific literary texts, historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, incorporating historical sites into the syllabus, and Canadian contributions to the Underground Railroad. Interdisciplinary and team-teaching methods of instruction are especially encouraged. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (as MSWord or PDF attachments) to Saundra Liggins .

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinary 41553Keynotes and New Deadline: Aesthetics of RenewalCanadian Association of American Studiescras@carleton.ca1306250474african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Canadian Association of American Studiescontact email: cras@carleton.ca

We are pleased to announce the plenary speakers for the 2011 conference, they are Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, and Anthony Stewart. Further, the new deadline is 15 July 2011.


The Aesthetics of Renewal or "Everything Old is New Again"

3 – 6 November, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario

Carleton University's Centre for Research in American Studies invites submissions for the annual conference for the Canadian Association of American Studies to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from November 3rd – 6th, 2011. This year's theme is: "The Aesthetics of Renewal or 'Everything Old is New Again.'"

America is attempting to remake itself; adapting old ideas and aesthetics for contemporary concerns. Critics of Barack Obama, for instance, have invoked libertarian traditions more common in the eighteenth century than the twentieth-first in reaction to his proposal to close Guantánamo Bay and establish public health care. Instead of experimenting with departures from diplomatic and laissez-faire traditions, thousands of 'tea party' members imagine themselves refashioning old ideas for present day politics, even as they belatedly adopt styles of mass political protest once associated with the 'New Left' in the 1960s.

Outside the political sphere, citizens are also embracing older ideas and aesthetics in popular culture. Shoulder pads, vinyl records, neon high-tops, and a bohemian chic reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the 1960s are amongst today's top trends. Urban professionals, meanwhile, are buying condos in turn-of-the-century factories. Rezoned for mixed use, these buildings include studio space and artisanal shops, while open-air markets and community gardens are started nearby. Situated in all-but abandoned neighborhoods like Cass Corridor in midtown Detroit, these consumer experiments by ordinary citizens are reinventing cities in the image of vintage Americana.

This conference will critically examine these trends in order to ask: Exactly how pervasive are they? Are they unique to contemporary contexts? If so, why have such diverse forms of renewal captured Americans' imaginations? Finally, to what extent is this affecting the country's cultural, social, political, and economic spheres? We seek paper and panel submissions from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives. This includes (but is not limited to) such topics as:

- Gentrification and abandoned neighborhoods

- Renewing factories and warehouses

- Disaster recovery, city planning, post-catastrophe renewal

- Contemporary architecture and historic design styles

- Buying local, 100 Mile Diet and locavorism

- Urban gardening/agriculture, compost

- Artisanal crafts and shops, maker fairs and maker culture

- Steampunk and retrofuturism

- Open-air, flea, and antique markets

- Vinyl sales, record players and turntablism

- The tea parties

- New populist persuasions

- "Neo-" anything

- Return of religion to academic and public debate

- The frontier in American thought and culture

- Renewing wilderness

- The Renewal of state power in foreign policy

- Irony and Historical Narratives

- Religious revivals and new identities

- Family Structure – what's modern? What's alternative?

- Home-schooling

- Nostalgia

- Quilting, knitting, and rug-making

- Re-gifting

- Remaking old films and television series

- Reinventions and returns to Soul music, jazz, klesmer, bluegrass

- Celebrities and vintage haute couture

- Environmental Sustainability: Is green the new black?

- What's in a name? Vintage, retro and renewal

- Are postmodernity and renewal different?

- Absence and omission – Why are certain past trends overlooked?

Deadline for Submissions is 15 July 2011

To participate, submit a 250 word abstract to conference organizers at cras@carleton.ca. Please include in the body of the email: your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Panel submissions are also encouraged. These should include a 250 word rationale for the panel, as well as the 250 word abstract for each paper. Please submit each panel in one email, wherein the names, affiliations, and contact information for each member is listed.

For more information, please visit the CAAS website www.american-studies.ca or email the organizers at cras@carleton.ca.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41554The Use of Poetry in the Mundane/SAMLA 2011 ConventionDr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State Universitymmason14@gsu.edu1306262424general_announcementspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Dr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State Universitycontact email: mmason14@gsu.edu

The Use of Poetry in the Mundane

Following the theme of SAMLA's 2011 special focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," this special session explores the use of literary and rhetorical devices in the media. Papers for this session may deal with the use of language to evoke social, cultural, and/or ideological viewpoints in a variety of media texts and contexts. Papers that examine the use of rhetorical and discursive practices from a critical analysis perspective are particularly welcome.
By June 20, 2011, please submit (as an attachment) an abstract of 250 words along with any requests for audio-visual support, to Marianne Mason, Georgia State University, at mmason14@gsu.edu. Panelists must meet all registration and membership deadlines for the 2011 SAMLA convention which will be held November 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. Panelists will be notified via e-mail by June 30, 2011.

cfp categories: general_announcementspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_composition 41555[UPDATE] November 3 -- November 5, 2011 Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Associationadzias@comcast.net; p.detrixhe@verizon.net1306262623americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Associationcontact email: adzias@comcast.net; p.detrixhe@verizon.net

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association's Annual Conference
Thursday, November 3 -- Saturday, November 5, 2011
Radisson Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The below topics pertain to the Religion and Popular Culture Area of the conference. For other areas, see MAPACA's website.

Religion in the Twitterverse and Blogosphere
This panel seeks to examine how new social media is influencing religious discourse. How have new online forums, like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or the internet in general, influenced interaction among theologians, ministers, writers, lay people, and others? Are these forums changing the understanding or the practice of various religious traditions?

Hell, Evil and the Community
This panel will explore the concept of "Hell" or "evil." How do these concepts reflect the concerns of various communities, religious or secular? How do popular media depict these concepts, and what do these depictions reveal about us? How have the portrayals of Hell or evil in popular media changed over time?

Holidays, Holy Days, and Popular Culture
Many conference attendees have noted that MAPACA schedules its conference close to Halloween/the Day of the Dead, yet has not had a panel on it. Halloween and other holidays are rich opportunities for the expression of popular/religious culture. Thus, for this panel, we seek presentations on Halloween and other holidays. What are "holidays" in popular culture? How have they changed over time and place? What insights do we have into intersections of particular holidays and commerce? What are the intersections among established religious traditions, public institutions, commercial production, consumption, popular customs, which could include special foods and clothing, and holiday-specific media?

Religion and Popular/American Culture in Philadelphia
This panel focuses on the intersection between popular and religious culture in Philadelphia, the site of this year's conference. What does this popular American religious culture look like in 2011? What do we learn if one analyzes the New Year's Mummer Parade as a religious festival? Popular religion in Philadelphia is local, global, and civil -- as in "the use of the religious imagination to uphold and reinforce national [and I would add "local"] traditions and institutions" (Alan Wolfe). How do these popular religious expressions manifest in the city outside our conference rooms?

We also welcome other panel or paper proposals on methods or other themes relevant to Religion and Popular Culture. A 150-word abstract, a shortened CV or biographical statement, and your audio-visual needs are due to Area Chairs by June 15, 2011.

Please send submissions to both Co-Chairs, Dr. Anthony Zias adzias@comcast.net and Dr. Pam Detrixhe p.detrixhe@verizon.net . Students (both graduate and undergraduate) are encouraged to submit proposals and sliding scale registration fees are available.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligiontheory 41556Arts - Politics - Economics: New perspectives of the arts; Deadline: June 5th, 2011School of Arts, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Münchenproart@lrz.uni-muenchen.de1306267525cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: School of Arts, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Münchencontact email: proart@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Call for Papers

International Summer School for Doctoral Students

Arts -- Politics -- Economics. New perspectives of the arts

Arts, politics and economics have always existed in a dynamic interdependent relationship, which is, in part, stimulating, and, in part, produces contradictions or even oppositions: The arts are integrated into political and economic functional relationships, but they also appear as political protagonists, whose aesthetic strategies - whether explicit or implicit - reflect societal events or provide guidelines for successful coexistence in society. The spectrum of theoretical debate in the study of the arts ranges from questions concerning the position of the political in the aesthetic and aesthetic forms of expression of the political, to those who devote themselves to the political role of art or discuss the relationship of art and economics.

The interdisciplinary summer school, which incorporates the subjects Art History, Art Education, Musicology, Music Education and Theatre Studies, aims to discuss the following aspects:

How does the political manifest itself in the arts against the background of its dissolution of boundaries and internationalisation?
To what institutional change are the arts subject in the light of (global) structural political and economic changes?
What role does the study of the arts play in this process?

We have 8 scholarships available for international students. These scholarships cover travel costs, accommodation, lunch and also provide a grant for your remaining living expenses. The registration fee (€ 75) may be re-imbursed upon your arrival to Munich. Please contact us for further details after your arrival.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturetheatretheory 41557Conference CFP-Paranoia and Pain: Embodied in Psychology, Literature, and Bioscience, University of Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012 Dr Neville Cobbe-Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool)paranoia.pain@gmail.com1306276545african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr Neville Cobbe-Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool)contact email: paranoia.pain@gmail.com

Paranoia and Pain (University of Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012) is an international cross-disciplinary conference, seeking to raise an awareness of various intersections of literature and science. The conference aims to explore overlapping paradigms of paranoia and pain in psychology, biological sciences, and literary texts/contexts.

Organising Chair:
Dr Maryam Farahani
School of English, University of Liverpool

Organising Board:
Dr Neville Cobbe (School of Biological Sciences)
Dr Maryam Farahani (School of English)
Dr Ian Schermbrucker (School of Psychology)

Conference Chair:
Dr Nick Davis
School of English, University of Liverpool

Keynote Speakers:
- Professor Christopher Eccleston (Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath, England)
- Dr Emma Mason (English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, England)
- Dr David Miller (English Literature, University of Stirling, Scotland)
- Professor Andrej Stancak (School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, England)
- Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw, Poland)

How is paranoia related to pain? How is pain expressed with/without paranoia? How are these two terms exposed in various contexts? How does our understanding of the psychophysiology of pain interrelate with literary accounts of paranoia and pain? What does research in the field of paranoia offer to literary studies surrounding this concept and vice versa? To what extent does pain echo paranoia; and is this echo physiological, stylistic, psychological, symbolic, or literal? How do these terms regulate our behaviour and expression of emotions in relation to broader concepts such as faith, ethics, and the value of human life? What does the study of these concepts offer today's generation of intellectuals with regard to human relationships and the way we communicate with each other? This international conference brings together experts from different fields to address these questions by incorporating individual presentations and panels that focus on cross-disciplinary studies.

Considering the diversity of themes and questions for this conference, individual papers as well as pre-formed panels are invited to examine the following three key areas, proposed by the conference organizers. Other inter- and multi-disciplinary topics, relevant to the conference, will also be considered:

1- Impressions:

Expression of paranoia and pain in literary/scientific contexts; Metaphorical and literal exposition of pain and paranoia; Paranoid texts, painful contexts; The image of paranoia and pain in poetry, prose, and visual arts; Textual culture and the symbolics of pain; Stylistics of pain and paranoia in communication; How does the narrative of pain/paranoia identify with studies of affect?

2- Intersections:

The biology of pain and the emotional interpretation; The biology/literature of anaesthesia; Physical symptoms, emotional translations; Aesthetics and affective perspectives on pain/paranoia; How have cultural attitudes to the experience of pain and/or paranoia changed over the course of history?

3- Dissections:

Faith and the formation of our ideas on pain/paranoia; Side effects of pain-relief medication; Ethics and the questions of double effect; Is it ever appropriate to withhold pain relief in order to extend the life of a sufferer where analgesics have the side effect of shortening life?


Deadline for 250-300 word abstracts for 20-minute papers and a 50-100 word biography for individual presenters (including each presentation within potential panels): 15 November 2011

Deadline for full draft of accepted papers and registrations: 25 February 2012

After the conference a selection of presentations, developed and edited, will be considered for publication.

Please send submissions and enquiries to the organising board at paranoia.pain@gmail.com

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41558Raymond Williams and Robert Tressell in Hasting - submisson deadline 10 June 11University of Brighton - Hastings campus, Englands.j.chapman@brighton.ac.uk1306333745cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Brighton - Hastings campus, Englandcontact email: s.j.chapman@brighton.ac.uk

Revolution and the centenary of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

2011 marks the centenary of the death of Robert Tressell and it is 50 years since the publication of Raymond Williams' The Long Revolution. The University of Brighton in Hastings is pleased to announce a one day conference on Tuesday 20 September 2011 to celebrate the contribution of Williams and Tressell to literary and cultural studies, communications and social and political theory. The conference will also address their relationship to Hastings, a town in which both spent a key part of their working lives. The conference seeks to create a multi-disciplinary forum in which academics, researchers, trade unionists and local historians can explore the impact and legacy of the two men on contemporary research, practice and activists.

There will be three keynote speakers at the conference:

1. Professor Stuart Laing, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, author of Representations of working class life.
2. Ian Haywood – Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University. His works include: Working-class Fiction: From Chartism to 'Trainspotting' (Plymouth: Northcote House/British Council; Writers and Their Work, 1997) and with Deborah Philips; Brave New Causes: Women in British Postwar Fictions (London: Cassell, 1998).
3. Howard Brenton, renowned British playwright and screenwriter who adapted The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for the stage and was performed at the Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre.

We are keen to invite submissions from researchers across the social sciences, literary and cultural studies and from practitioners and activists concerned with these issues. We invite submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

• Williams, Tressell and the South East

• Culture and Society in the New Millennium

• Working Class Fictions

• Williams the Literary Critic

• Williams and Cultural Studies

• Class and Education

• The Great Money Trick in the age of austerity

• Socialism and the novel

Submissions may be in a variety of formats including posters, verbal presentations and workshops. Please send abstracts of 150 words to s.j.chapman@brighton.ac.uk including with your submission your presentation title and format, author names, institutional affiliations and email addresses and an indication of which of the above themes your presentation addresses.


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41559CFP: Queer Places, Practices, and Lives conference (May 18-19, 2012; abstracts due Aug. 12, 2011)Ohio State Universityponce.8@osu.edu1306334161african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Ohio State Universitycontact email: ponce.8@osu.edu


The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

May 18-19, 2012

Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011

Confirmed speakers:
Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott Herring, Eithne Lubhéid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, José Esteban Muñoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana María Rodríguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring, Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel


We invite proposals for the inaugural queer studies conference at The Ohio State University. The title is meant as an expansive call to consider a host of issues evoked by queer places (local/global, urban/rural, North/South, East/West, public/private, mobility/immobility …), queer practices (sexual cultures, expressive cultures, political activism, academic work …), and queer lives (biography, hagiography, psychology, sexology, history, development …). We envision the conference as an opportunity both to take stock of inter/disciplinary trends as well as provoke new ideas and frameworks for future work.

The inspiration for this expansiveness and reevaluation is Samuel Steward, an OSU alum of the 1930s and the subject of Justin Spring's critically acclaimed biography Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010). As a literary studies academic, writer, and visual and tattoo artist, Steward lived a highly varied life, coming into contact, and in some cases formed long-lasting friendships, with such figures as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, André Gide, Thomas Mann, Alfred Kinsey, Albert Camus, Christopher Isherwood, George Platt Lynes, and Paul Cadmus. As something of a gay Casanova (and a scrupulous archivist of his sexual encounters), Steward also "linked in," as he might say, with such movie stars as Rudolf Valentino and Rock Hudson.

In 1995, Steward's estate donated funds to the OSU English department to further research in LGBTQ scholarship, but these funds have only recently been "rediscovered." To pay tribute to this queer Buckeye who studied at, taught at, and invested in OSU, we are taking our points of departure for panel themes from Steward's life and work. Papers may thus address any of the following (or related) topics:

Aestheticism, decadence, Catholicism
Archives and material culture
Biography, autobiography, life-writing
Body art and modification
Colonialism, imperialism, decolonization
Expatriatism, migration, diaspora
Genealogies, invented traditions
Performativity, self-elaboration, world-making
Popular genres (pulp, erotica, mystery novels)
Public intellectuals and subcultural lives
Queer life in the academy, 1920-present
Race and ethnicity
Regionalism (especially the Midwest)
Rural, urban, suburban sexual geographies
Sailors, seamen, and other seafarers
Sexology (especially Havelock Ellis and Kinsey)
Sexual pleasure and perversity (BDSM, porn, hustling)
Visualities (painting, photography, film)

In addition, we are planning to publish a collection of essays on Samuel Steward after the conference. Thus, papers that focus on any aspect of Steward's life and work are especially welcome.

Send 500-word abstract and 2-page CV by Aug. 12, 2011 to Joe Ponce ponce.8@osu.edu.

Direct inquiries to Debra Moddelmog moddelmog.1@osu.edu or ponce.8@osu.edu.

Conference organizing committee:
Mollie Blackburn
Andrea Breau
Debanuj DasGupta
Tommy Davis
Ally Day
Nikki Engel
Meg LeMay
Chris Lewis
Corinne Martin
Debra Moddelmog
Joe Ponce
Jim Sanders
Mary Thomas
Blake Wilder
Shannon Winnubst

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41560Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period, January 20, 2012, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, ManchesterMichael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou / The University of Manchesterhistoricizing.performance@manchester.ac.uk1306337325general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryreligionrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou / The University of Manchestercontact email: historicizing.performance@manchester.ac.uk

This one-day academic conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of performance in the early modern period (taken broadly to include the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries). We intend to interrogate what performance and its related terminologies and practices might have meant to early modern readers, playgoers, and congregations; how performance shaped and/or undermined distinctions between private/public bodies and selves. Although drama is an essential point of reference for this discussion, we encourage that "historicizing performance" be taken as broadly as possible. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- Plays and play-going
- Music and singing
- Public spectacles, ceremonies and architecture
- Ritual, devotional expression, spirituality / the sermon as performance
- Autobiography and Performative Texts
- Performing gender/ sexuality/ the domestic
- Performance and the performative in theory

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham)
Professor Tiffany Stern (Oxford)

Please email abstracts (400 words max.) for a 20 minute paper to Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou at:

Deadline for abstracts: September 23th, 2011
Notifications of acceptance to be sent out by October 14th, 2011

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryreligionrenaissancetheatre 41561The Poetry of Thomas Hardy 7-8 June 2012Artois University, Arras, Francegrafe.adrian@wanadoo.fr1306340070poetryfull name / name of organization: Artois University, Arras, Francecontact email: grafe.adrian@wanadoo.fr

7-8 June 2012. International Poetry Conference: "The Poetry of Thomas Hardy". At Artois University (Arras); co-organised by Adrian Grafe and Emilie Loriaux, within the research lab Textes et Cultures ( EA 4028, Université d'Artois). 20' papers are invited on any aspect of Hardy's poetry and Hardy the poet. Please send 150-word abstracts and a brief biographical note to A. Grafe (grafe.adrian@wanadoo.fr) by September 4th 2011. You will be notified of your acceptance by September 10th 2011.

cfp categories: poetry 41562"Theorizing Emotion" Panel at New Chaucer Society 2012, July 23-26Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington Universityjrosenfe@wustl.edu1306342317interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalreligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington Universitycontact email: jrosenfe@wustl.edu

Where and how is emotion theorized in the medieval (and/or modern) period? This session will consider the discourses within which the "emotions" or "passions" are overtly analyzed, described, and prescribed. Papers might consider confessional literature, treatises on the vices and virtues, rhetorical treatises, moral philosophy, sermons, devotional literature, conduct manuals, medical treatises, or other places where emotions come under definitional pressure. Are the emotions theorized in genre-specific ways? Differently in Latin versus the vernacular? What kinds of emotional theories does Chaucer's poetry engage with? How do certain frames such as "vice and virtue" or the medicalizing of emotions shift understandings? What is the relationship between taxonomic definitions and narrative illustration? Are emotions gendered? How does the theorizing of emotion shed light on understandings of politics or intersubjectivity? What does the emotional body look like? How do various medieval discourses figure in the history of emotions?

Please submit abstracts by June 1, 2011

For further information, see http://artsci.wustl.edu/~chaucer/congress/congress2012call.php

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalreligiontheory 41563Motherhood and Loss AnthologyFat Daddy's Farmfdfarm@gmail.com1306374781gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Fat Daddy's Farmcontact email: fdfarm@gmail.com

Call for essays, creative writing and art for a new anthology dealing with motherhood and loss:

The topic of motherhood has been addressed in terms of feminism, politics, pedagogy and other issues particular to the experience of raising a child as a woman. There have also been many nonfiction explorations of the topic of infertility and the problem caused by the thwarted desire for having a child. However, there is a lack of examination of the experience of loss and motherhood. To counter this void, the emerging press Fat Daddy's Farm will be publishing a collection of essays, creative writing and art that address the experience of motherhood and loss. To this end, this anthology will reflect the myriad experiences woman have with this topic, expressed in many different forms.

Specifically, this anthology will include:
First person essays from 500-1500 words
Copies of drawings, cartoons, paintings, graphic art or photography in jpg format
Poems (no longer than two pages, doublespaced)
Academic writing (MLA format) from 1500-2500 words
Creative non-fiction or fiction pieces from 1000-1500 words

Here are some questions that may help spark your submission:

1. How have you experienced loss and motherhood? Has it been through death, divorce, abandonment, infertility, estrangement, unfulfilled expectations or some other way? Has it involved adoption, step-parenting, medical intervention or biological birth?

2. What have the challenges been in terms of this loss? Have you had physical, emotional, legal, public or other challenges? How have you overcome, dealt with or accepted those challenges?

3. How have social expectations of mothering affected or complicated your loss? What experiences of guilt or shame have you experienced? Or how have you rebelled against these social expectations in terms of your experience of loss?

4. What historical, political, social, biological, or medical dimensions of various types of loss of motherhood do you find interesting? What does your personal loss or more general experiences of loss say about these complex dimensions?

5. What psychological or therapeutic dimensions of loss and motherhood have you or others experienced? What spiritual or religious dimensions have you experienced? What have you learned because of this loss? What larger lessons can other people learn from the issue of motherhood and loss?

6. What are you still struggling with? What moved you and made you laugh in dark moments? What are your goals for the future? What is your particular process when it comes to motherhood and loss?

Above all, we are looking for writing that moves, teaches, inspires laughter, surprises and gives unique insight into motherhood and loss.

The anthology will be edited by Melissa Miles McCarter, the author of "Insanity: A Love Story." For specific questions about the content of the anthology, please contact her at melissa_miles@yahoo.com.

Please submit essays to fdfarmpress@gmail.com by August 1, 2011. We prefer google docs, but pdf is also reliable. For images, please submit in a pdf or as an attached jpg. MS Word is the least reliable--if you need to, we would prefer to get your document in the body of the email, rather than send it as a word attachment. If you have questions about how to send a submission, feel free to email fdfarmpress@gmail.com. Simultaneous and previously published submissions are allowed--please let us know in this case.

The Fine Print:

Submission of an essay does not guarantee publication in the book. Several factors will be considered when determining which works will be selected for publication by the editor and publisher.

1. Electronic submissions only, please. Essays will not be returned to the author.
2. No contributors will receive financial compensation for their work whether or not it is selected for publication. Contributing authors will be recognized in the book and in the book publicity for their published work.
3. If selected for publication in the book, authors agree to terms in a consent agreement (e.g., permission to publish the work in the book, use in promotional materials, use of name in the book, release of copyright).
4. Fat Daddy Farm's will retain the "nonexclusive right to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit and sell digital reproductions." Specifically, we ask for NORTH AMERICAN SERIAL RIGHTS, including electronic rights. You can submit previously published material to us as long as you retain reprint rights. Since we are not giving any monetary payment, we want to allow you to be able to sell/publish your material elsewhere.
4. Authors affirm that submitted work was not previously published and/or discloses where it has been published.
5. The editor and publisher reserve the right to reject any submissions and to edit the writing for grammar, style and space.

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essays 41564RSA 2012 Proposed Panel: Disgust in Early Modern English LiteratureNatalie K. Eschenbaum / University of Wisconsin, La Crosseeschenba.nata@uwlax.edu1306374833cultural_studies_and_historical_approachespoetryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Natalie K. Eschenbaum / University of Wisconsin, La Crossecontact email: eschenba.nata@uwlax.edu

This proposed RSA 2012 (Washington, DC) panel is interested in examining how and why early modern English individuals experienced repulsion, and how and why they expressed this repulsion in poetry, plays, and prose. The study of disgust in early modern literature is essential and overdue. As other disciplines (e.g. anthropology, psychology, history) have discovered, to be disgusted is to be human, and to be disgusted in certain ways, by certain things, is to identify with a particular culture. By studying the ways in which disgust manifests itself in early modern literature, we will better understand early modern culture. Also, it makes sense for literature to be examined through a lens of disgust because literature, traditionally, has been a sign of civilized and "tasteful" culture. What happens, then, when authors aim to disgust, rather than to delight? Especially during the period of literature when it is thought the idea of "aesthetic taste" came into existence? We invite papers that take disgust in literature seriously, and consider its purpose and effect. Please send 150-word (maximum) abstracts and 1-page CVs by June 10th to Natalie Eschenbaum at eschenba.nata@uwlax.edu.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachespoetryrenaissancetheatre 41565Picturing Childhood: A Symposium on Children's Literature and Psychoanalysis. Saturday, September 29, 2012. Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvaniamezickler@gmail.com1306418597childrens_literaturegeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvaniacontact email: mezickler@gmail.com

Featured Author and Illustrator: David Small.
This symposium will provide an opportunity for explorations of a variety of themes related to the interplay of words and pictures in childrens' literature and literature about childhood: memory, dreams, trauma, creativity, as well as the visual imagining of the child's body and family are potential topics for discussion. It will provide a forum for papers on David Small's work in particular and for both the theoretical and clinical aspects of psychoanalysis as they relate to the visual and literary worlds of childhood. Academics, psychoanalysts, graduate students and psychoanalytic candidates are encouraged to submit papers.
Submit completed papers only, 8-10pp. No abstracts or proposals. Names and identifying information on separate cover sheet only by February 15, 2012 to Elaine Zickler,PhD.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturegeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinary 41566Final Call for Submissions - UpdateJournal of Literature and Trauma Studiesl.aiello@sheffield.ac.uk1306420582african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Journal of Literature and Trauma Studiescontact email: l.aiello@sheffield.ac.uk

Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

'Horror is beyond the reach of psychology' Adorno, Minima Moralia, p. 164

The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies is a bi-annual international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of the relationship between literature and trauma.
For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions that explore the connection between trauma and the tragic in all its literary and theoretical aspects.
These may include:
• theories of the tragic;
• tragedy and memory;
• tragedy and modernity;
• the end of tragedy;
• tragedy and horror;
• tragedy and mourning;
• tragedy, testimony, and reconciliation.

These categories are broadly conceived.

We would particularly welcome articles that address the following:
• Trauma beyond tragic representation: the obscene
• The ethical and the tragic: victim and martyr
• The tragic after Beckett

Articles should be submitted in electronic format (Word Document, Times New Roman, double-spaced, font 12) to david.miller2@stir.ac.uk and L.Aiello@sheffield.ac.uk. Submissions should be in English, between 6000 and 8000 words. The Journal will be published in hard copy by University of Nebraska Press.

Deadline for submissions: End of July 2011

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41567Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (Abstracts Due: 6/30/11)Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm (editors)kellirmarshall@gmail.com1306421256cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm (editors)contact email: kellirmarshall@gmail.com

Call for Papers

Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (working title)

Editors: Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm / Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

William Shakespeare has long been a global cultural commodity, but in the twenty-first century "Shakespeare" is oft positioned as a social concept with the man almost forgotten amidst the terminology that surrounds the criticism, tourism, adaptation, and utilization of the plays. For instance, the plays themselves are as often re-worked and adapted as performed wholly in their own right on stage. Moreover, there are currently well-established alternative strands, identities, and locations of "Shakespeare" (e.g., metanarratives, gender-reworking, inter-cultural adapting, online streaming), and the growth is as widespread and fast as technology, performance, social networking, and cinema will allow. It is this new and exciting approach to "Shakespeare," which clearly suits both the adaptation process and the technology and mindset of the twenty-first century, that our volume will consider.

Potential topics for the anthology include the following:

--- Shakespeare depicted on film and TV "outside" the mainstream: reality TV documentary from prison, schools, etc.
--- Adaptation online: podcasts, webcasts, webisodes (e.g., Second City's Sassy Gay Friend series), YouTube Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Twitter (e.g., Such Tweet Sorrow)
--- Streaming live theatre: the National Theatre Live and not-so-live Hamlet and Lear experiments
--- Meta-narratives of Shakespeare, positioning the works through embedded and presumed knowledge in adaptations
--- Global Shakespeares located within and for national identities
--- Shakespeare as illustrated text: graphic novels, animation, special effects
--- And of course, any other ways of "locating Shakespeare in the twenty-first century"

Please send a 500-word abstract/synopsis of the project to Kelli Marshall (kellirmarshall_at_gmail.com) by June 30, 2011. Complete essays of approximately 6,000 words would be expected around September 1, 2011.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 41568"Rethinking Seneca's Influence on Early Modern Drama" (09/30/2011; NEMLA, Rochester NY: 03/15-18)Nicola Imbracsio/ University of New Hampshirenicola.imbracsio@unh.edu1306423576classical_studiesrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Nicola Imbracsio/ University of New Hampshirecontact email: nicola.imbracsio@unh.edu

For years, scholars have demonstrated the debt that Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and other playwrights owe to Seneca's work. Such foundational criticism has often pointed to Seneca's plot devices, characterization, language, and form that inspired later Renaissance dramatists. However, recent scholarship demonstrates Seneca's effect on early modern subject construction and performance conditions. This panel aims to continue and extend current reconsiderations of Seneca's influence on early modern drama by gathering papers that "rethink" Seneca's works and influence in light of feminist, queer, post-colonial, and materialist theoretical perspectives. In so doing, this panel seeks to articulate the cultural, historical, and literary implications of early modern appropriations of Seneca's plays, letters, and philosophy, thereby contributing to ongoing scholarly dialogue that re-conceptualizes the role and significance of Humanism in the early modern period.

This panel seeks papers that consider Seneca in a post-Humanist theoretical framework and that attempt to articulate what such reexaminations may teach us about the early modern period. Therefore papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Early modern English translations of Seneca's works and their dramatic influence
Seneca's staging and early modern theatre practices
The performance history of Seneca in early Modern England
The role of gender, sexuality, disability, and race in Seneca and early modern Senecan-inspired dramas
Senecan stoicism and the construction of identity
Early modern drama's exploration of Senecan philosophy
Appropriations of Classicism on the early modern stage
Senecan politics in early modern drama
Appropriation of Seneca in the ongoing debate over the nature and morality of theatre in the 16th an 17th centuries

Please send a 250-word abstract to nicola.imbracsio@unh.edu by September 30th, 2011.

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. For more information on NeMLA and the conference, please visit: www.nemla.org

cfp categories: classical_studiesrenaissancetheatre 41569Short Film StudiesIntellect Booksraskin@imv.au.dk1306426162film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Intellect Bookscontact email: raskin@imv.au.dk

Short Film Studies is a peer-reviewed journal designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three
short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a varietyof perspectives. These are the works that will be singled out for close study in Short Film Studies Vol. 2, Number 2:

Director: Aleksander Nordaas
Norway, 2008, 9 min, science fiction/experimental

Director: John Smith
U.K., 1976, 12 min, experimental
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Director: Marcell Iványi
Hungary, 1996, 6 min, fiction

We invite all students of the short film – including researchers, teachers and film-makers – to contribute to Short Film Studies Vol. 2, No. 2. Each article should focus on any one of the three works mentioned above and may not exceed 1,500 words. Any aspect of the selected work may be chosen for study, including interpretive issues, dramaturgy, camera work, editing style, sound, closure, etc. Potential contributors should begin by sending a max. 50- word abstract to the editor, Richard Raskin at raskin@imv.au.dk. A prompt response will follow, regarding the suitability of the proposed contribution. The deadline for submitting completed articles for peer-review is 1 November 2011.

cfp categories: film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essays 41570Representing Eire: Ideology in Irish Cinema from John Ford to John Carney, NeMLA March 15-18, 2012 NeMLA Daniel.Shea@msmc.edu1306428674cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionmodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLA contact email: Daniel.Shea@msmc.edu

While the Abbey Theatre is perhaps the most familiar public context through which the nationalistic and aesthetic struggle to shape an identity for a (post)colonial Ireland was formed, expatriate Irish used the bourgeoning film industry to represent Ireland from an international perspective. Recent commercial successes have ranged from the international co-production of The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winning British director Ken Loach a Palme d'Or, to the Dublin grassroots construction of John Carney's Oscar-winning Once, but awards aside, a tension still exists between the Ireland of filming destination and the Ireland of film origination. This panel invites submissions which focus on filmic representations of Ireland/the Irish from a variety of perspectives. Of particular interest are investigations of how the cinema has historically engaged the complexity of Irish culture in relation to economics, secularization, and globalization. Send abstracts of 250 words to Daniel Shea (Daniel.Shea@msmc.edu) or Kate Kennon (katekennon@optonline.net) by Sept. 30, 2011.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionmodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41571[UPDATE] 2011 Special Number of the South Asian Review: South Asian Diasporas, 15 Aug 2011South Asian ReviewBP.Giri@Dartmouth.edu; priya-kumar@uiowa.edu1306430326journals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialfull name / name of organization: South Asian Reviewcontact email: BP.Giri@Dartmouth.edu; priya-kumar@uiowa.edu

UPDATE: 2011 Special Number of the South Asian Review
South Asian Diasporas

South Asian Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, invites submissions for its 2011 special number, Volume 32, Number 3, devoted to South Asian Diasporas. South Asian Review calls for papers that examine the work of diasporic writers, artists, and filmmakers of South Asian origin from around the world. The papers should address individual works or groups of works from a scholarly vantage point. Topics of interest may include diasporic writers from the colonial and postcolonial periods, first-, second- or third-generation diasporic writers, South Asian writers in Africa or the South Pacific, Indo-Caribbean writers, and South Asian writers in North America and Britain. We are also interested in essays that explore mass displacements and cross-border migrations within South Asia—such as those engendered by the partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947, and once again in 1971, and their ongoing aftermath, or the civil war in Sri Lanka—and the identities and conflicts they have spawned in terms of their long-term legacies. Critical essays that discuss diasporic art, literature, and culture under such rubrics as the diasporic imaginary, diaspora politics, diasporic hybridity, diaspora-homeland relations, "old" versus "new" diaspora, the enduring construction of migrants as strangers and outsiders, diaspora and empire, diaspora and the nation-state, clandestine population movements within South Asia, and diaspora and globalization are also welcome.

Articles of 15-25 pages, prepared in accordance with the MLA style, along with an abstract of 8-10 lines and a biographical note of 50 words, should be sent electronically by August 15, 2011 to Dr. B. P. Giri at BP.Giri@Dartmouth.edu and Dr. Priya Kumar at priya-kumar@uiowa.edu.

Inquiries regarding book reviews should be addressed to Professor P. S. Chauhan at chauhanp@arcadia.edu. For further information about the South Asian Review, please refer to the SAR website at: http://www.upj.pitt.edu/southasianreview.

All inquiries concerning this special number of the South Asian Review should be addressed to:

Dr. B. P. Giri
Department of English
HB 6032
Dartmouth College
New Hampshire 03755

Dr. Priya Kumar
Department of English
308 EPB
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

cfp categories: journals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonial 41572NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century NovelKathleen Alves/City University of New York tamayok@stjohns.edu; kalves@qcc.cuny.edu 1306431831cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialromantictheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Kathleen Alves/City University of New York contact email: tamayok@stjohns.edu; kalves@qcc.cuny.edu

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.

Please send proposals or abstracts of no more than 250 words in the body of an email with your CV as an attachment to Dr. Kathleen Alves: tamayok@stjohns.edu or kalves@qcc.cuny.edu by August 1st.

Information for the convention can be found at http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialromantictheoryvictorian 41573NEMLA 2011 PANEL: Latin American Theatrical Works: A Voice For Social Change?NEMLA http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.htmlmaria_matz@uml.edu1306436175interdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NEMLA http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.htmlcontact email: maria_matz@uml.edu

This panel seeks papers on Latin American theatrical works as mediums of socially accepted resistance and politically charged art forms. The panel will consider proposals analyzing plays and performances that challenge governments, inequities, and the status quo. What is it about these plays that connect them so profoundly with human rights? How is society represented in these dramatic texts? Proposals submissions and inquiries should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word Format, 250 words)

cfp categories: interdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 41574NeMLA 2012: (Dis)covering Identity: Marginalized Citizens during Times of TransitionJill Gonzalez / Safiya Maouelaininjmb06@bu.edu1306436392cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialrenaissancetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jill Gonzalez / Safiya Maouelainincontact email: jmb06@bu.edu

Since the 16th century, communities in Spain and Latin America have been persecuted for their religious and political beliefs, from the moriscos in Spain and indigenous groups in Latin America to the opponents of the Spanish and Latin American dictatorships. This panel will explore the way in which marginalized groups re-determine their identity in societies undergoing major political and social changes. Please submit 300-500 word abstracts in English or Spanish to Jill González and Safiya Maouelainin at jmb06@bu.edu.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialrenaissancetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41576RSA 2012: Imagined Bodies of the Italian Wars (6/9/11)Jessica Goethalsjlg324@nyu.edu1306442587cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Jessica Goethalscontact email: jlg324@nyu.edu

The Italian Wars, Francesco Guicciardini writes, not only kept dominions in flux and cities in peril but also introduced "new fashions, new customs, new and bloody forms of warfare, and unknown diseases." In art, literature, theater, historiography, propaganda, military arts, and the popular imagination, these wars signaled a political and cultural ground shift (in Italy and in Europe), changes often contemplated through the imagined body. This panel invites papers that explore the roles that gender, violence, cultural confrontation, imagination, the sacred, and the body (broadly construed) play in these decades of clash, upheaval, and adaptation. Contributions from all fields/cultures are welcome. Please send a brief bio and a 150-word abstract by June 9th to Jessica Goethals (jlg324@nyu.edu).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryrenaissance 41577CFP: Walking Around in the Space of Consumption and Segregation: Examining Place in Language and Literature / Deadline: Oct 15Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature / University of Houston Graduate Literary Journalhttps://journals.tdl.org/plaza/information/authors1306456901african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature / University of Houston Graduate Literary Journalcontact email: https://journals.tdl.org/plaza/information/authors

We are currently seeking student-written articles and creative works that examine the role of place in literature, composition studies, folklore, cultural studies, language studies, and gender studies.]

Linda Flower complicates the idea of "place" as only a silent object of discourse in her introduction to City Comp, saying that "writing is not merely situated in and shaped by its time and place, but … the writer's sense of that time and place is the source of meanings, motivations, and identities." Whether discussing the city or country, we recognize the importance of place, both the physical space and the encoded values associated with it, in reflecting and creating identity and ideas.

Topics might include: the impact of place on an author or text, use of regional languages and dialects, geographic metaphors and motifs, establishment of moral and social codes through setting, use of local folklore in national literature, the way location affects teaching and learning, or a narrative or photo essay examining what it means to call a place home.

This call is open to all graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline, writing about any region and time period. Deadline for paper submissions is 15 October 2011.

"Then they were moving. Out across the land the lightwires and roadrails were going and the telephone lines with voices shuttling like souls. Behind him the city lay smoking, the sad purlieus of the dead immured with the bones of friends and forebears." -- Suttree  

"The city, of course, cannot tell us of its problems or its prospects, its successes or its failures. The city is not a speaking subject. Rather, it is the object of our discourse. We speak for the city: it is spoken about. We say what is good and what is bad, what should be done, when, and by whom. The city is represented; it does not represent itself." -- Robert Beauregard

Submission info: https://journals.tdl.org/plaza/information/authors

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41578July 2011,: Call for Jindal Global Business ReviewJindal Global Business School , IndiaJGBR@jgu.edu.in1306486059journals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Jindal Global Business School , Indiacontact email: JGBR@jgu.edu.in

Jindal Global Business Review
Call for Papers

The Jindal Global Business School (JGBS)
http://jgbs.edu.in/JG_Default.aspx?this=2 is launching the commemorative issue of Jindal Global Business Review (JGBR). The Journal reflects the rapid growing area of research in business and management fields in the global and India's context.
JGBR aims to be a peer reviewed research journal that seeks to collate and disseminate knowledge in the field of business and management with a multi-disciplinary theoretical and conceptual approach. It will cover developments in management and business domain including affective and social aspects. It aims to provide a platform for academicians and practitioners to interact and exchange their ideas in a structured and peer reviewed manner. The journal is intended towards management researchers, educators, practitioners and students.
We invite original scholarly research articles in the global field of management with the objective of extending existing management theories and bringing to forefront the application of existing concepts in an innovative and diverse manner. Authors are encouraged to submit contributions on all types of management and business topics which are applied in organizational or consumer level studies.
We invite competitive research articles, applied research papers, research notes, executive insights and case studies, review papers, opinion pieces and perspectives, book reviews, and executive insights posited in global research context including India and Asia.
The first issue is scheduled to be published in September -December 2011. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 30th June for the first issue. Please submit your queries and manuscripts online at JGBR@jgu.edu.in

The editorial board in formation includes:
John C. Camillus, Donald R. Beall Professor of Strategic Management
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Soumitra Dutta Roland Berger Professor of Business and Technology
Academic Director, eLab, INSEAD, France
Uma Kumar Professor of Management Science and Technology,
Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Vinod Kumar Professor of Technology & Operations Management
Eric Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

cfp categories: journals_and_collections_of_essays 41579Forms of Corruption in History and in Contemporary Society (CORHICS 2011), Paris 1 Sorbonne University, 14-16 Sept 2011Ars Identitatis, Cultural Research Associationregistration@identitatis.org 1306495002cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Ars Identitatis, Cultural Research Associationcontact email: registration@identitatis.org

The etymology of the word "corruption" (lat. Co-rruptum) indicates either an alteration, or an act of seduction, but in any case it leads toward a rupture. In a broader meaning, corruption is understood as the behavior of a person who derails another one from his/her way, customs or duties, through the promise of money, honors or security. History shows that this phenomenon has generally been manifesting in different kinds of cultures and societies starting with the most ancient times. Today corruption is still a reality, generated by the particular economic, cultural and political conditions in both developing and developed countries.
We are seeking contributions on different forms of corruption and on special aspects of corruption in different cultures, historical times, and juridical systems. The major questions which will be discussed during this international conference are: Do phenomena of corruption evolve over time, or remain as primitive as in their first manifestations? What is the impact of these phenomena on forging the identity of certain individuals, communities or nations? Is the ideal that corruption disappear one day utopian?
CORHICS International Conference will take place in Paris from 14 to 16 September 2011 at Paris 1 Sorbonne University and it is organized by Ars Identitatis Cultural Research Association.
Possible topics (only indicative list) include: corruption and the writing of history, corrupted laws, corrupted political or religious figures, corruption in political systems, totalitarianism and corruption, "false" cases of corruption, iconic corrupted figures, the "angels" and "demons" of corruptions, positions of secret societies in history on corruption, specific laws on corruption and their different effects in different historical times, race and corruption, corruption during wars, sexual scandals, the theatre and/or the literature of corruption, implementation of state policies and corruption, the psychology or philosophy of corruption, corruption during revolutions, corruption and economy, manipulation, brain washing techniques, "enhanced" interrogation techniques, medication and side effects, religious fundamentalism, censorship, millenarian politics, utopian politics and corruption, postcolonial society and corruption, film depictions of corruption cases, rhetorics of corruption, etc.
The proceedings will be published (after the peer reviewing process): some in paperback format, the others in electronic format.
The conference and publication languages are English and French.
Ars Identitatis encourages interdisciplinary debates, that is why we are inviting anyone who can contribute to this debate (Professors, Researchers, Journalists, NGO activists, Lawyers, Clerics, etc.). Submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.
We accept both Panel proposals and Individual abstracts. Each panel proposal should contain at least three abstracts. The person who submits a panel proposal is kindly requested to send us her short Curriculum Vitae (one page) together with a presentation of the panel, the abstracts and the bio-notes of the contributors to the proposed panel (450 words).
Individual abstracts should be of no more than 450 words in length.
Those who intend to send individual abstracts are kindly requested to submit also a short bio note.
The deadline for sending abstracts is August 1st, but we encourage early submissions, in order to allow the selection commission to have enough time for deliberation.
We will acknowledge receipt of your abstract. In case you don't receive any reply from us after 3 days, please resend your abstract.
The deadline for registration is August 20. Ars Identitatis is an independent non-profit association. We are making efforts to keep as low as possible the logistics costs related to the conference and to the publication production process.
Please send your materials and address your enquiries to Ms. Silvia Stoica (President of Ars Identitatis), Mr. Ionut Untea (PhD candidate, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) and Ms. Teodora Rogozea (Paris 1 Sorbonne University) at registration[at]identitatis.org or ars.identitatis[at]yahoo.com
For more information and updates please visit www.ars.identitatis.org

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 415802nd International Conference on Human & Social SciencesSapienza University of Rome / MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Researchconference@mcser.org Website: www.mcser.org 1306514079african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Sapienza University of Rome / MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Researchcontact email: conference@mcser.org Website: www.mcser.org

The conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social and human sciences. Are encouraged to register and attend this Conference all academics, researchers or scholars.

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In the spirit of interdisciplinary interchange, the Conference will involve scholars, teachers and researchers working in a broad range of areas including: Education, Anthropology, Applied Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Cognitive Science, Literature, Language, Communications, History, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law, Management, Media, Politics, Public Policy, Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Social Welfare, Sociology and Technology, and other areas related to the themes of this Conference.

Publication/Proceedings Details

All papers accepted for presentation to the Conference will be published on the special issue of the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. (ISSN 2039-9340 print; ISSN 2039-2117 online). Papers also will be published on the Conference Proceedings as a book identified with ISBN.

Authors will receive a copy of the Journal, copy of the Conference Proceedings and Certificate of Appreciation.

In-Person or Virtual presentation

You may submit a proposal to the Conference Committee for an In-Person Presentation, or a Virtual Presentation at the International Conference on Human and Social Sciences. If your Conference proposal is accepted you may submit a written paper for evaluation. All manuscript should be written in English or Italian language. Title and abstract should be written only in English.

Submission Deadline

An abstract should be submitted first until November 20. Authors will be notified about the status of their abstract and full papers should be submitted on or before December 30, 2011.

Submission of abstracts until:
November 20, 2011

Notification of acceptance of abstracts:
November 25, 2011

Submission of full papers: December 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance of full papers:
January 10, 2012

Registration on the Conference until:
January 30, 2012

Participation on the Conference: March 23-25, 2012

Submission Guidelines

If you wish to participate at 2nd ICHSS Tirane 2012, submit your proposal to conference@mcser.org. Proposals should include authors' names; title, affiliation, purpose/objective and a 150-250-word summary Each proposal submitted will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee of the Conference.

In case of Acceptance a manuscript should be submitted in Word file and should not exceed 10 pages.

Please use the following rule of text for your manuscript:

Title: 14 pts. Centered, Garamond or Times New Roman

Abstract: 10 pts. Italic, Garamond or Times New Roman

Paragraphs: 12 pts. Numbered, alignment left. Garamond or Times New Roman

Text: 12 pts, single line, Justified, Garamond or Times New Roman

References: Use APA style for references

Tables and figures: Included in the text, centered and numbered

Conference fee

For In-Person Presentation the Conference fee is Euro 150 for each paper presented

For a Virtual Presentation the Conference fee is Euro 100 for each paper presented

For any other information please contact the organizator at conference@mcser.org

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41581Call for paper Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 2 No 3 September 2011Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciencesmjss@mcser.org1306514441childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciencescontact email: mjss@mcser.org

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences is calling for submission of papers. The call for paper process is ongoing. You can send your manuscript on the email: mjss@mcser.org.

Are accepted for publication all research papers in the field of human and social sciences.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writing 41582CFP SCSECS Conference, Asheville, NC, 23-25 February 2012South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies thompsop@etsu.edu1306515310eighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies contact email: thompsop@etsu.edu

Conference Theme: Panoramas and Prospects
Deadline for Panel Proposals: Aug. 1, 2011
Deadline for Paper Proposals & Full Panels: Oct. 1, 2011

The South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will hold its annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina, at the historic Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains from February 23-25, 2012. Inspired by the mountainous landscape and rich cultural heritage of the area, this year's conference will explore the "Panoramas and Prospects" of the long eighteenth century. We welcome panels and individual papers that address this topic or anything relevant to the interdisciplinary study of the eighteenth century.

Panel Proposals: If you would like to propose a panel topic for the meeting, please send the panel title and your contact information, including your school affiliation and email address, to Phyllis Thompson at thompsop@etsu.edu. After the August 1st deadline, the full list of panel titles will be posted on the SCSECS 2012 conference website.
Deadline: August 1, 2011.

Proposals for individual papers and full panels: Proposals for papers should be 250-300 words; please include your school affiliation, email address, and a/v needs. Submissions for full panels should include a brief overview of the panel's purpose and a short abstract of each paper; please provide school affiliation, email address, and a/v needs for the panel's chair as well as for each presenter. Please send individual paper proposals and full panel proposals to Phyllis Thompson at thompsop@etsu.edu.
Deadline: October 1, 2011.

For additional information, please contact
Dr. Phyllis Thompson
Associate Professor of English
Department of Literature and Language
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70683
Johnson City, TN 37614
E: thompsop@etsu.edu

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinary 41583Renaissance Science RSA 2012- Washington DCtduffy[at]virginia.edu1306516515renaissancefull name / name of organization: RSA 2012- Washington DCcontact email: tduffy[at]virginia.edu

Bruno Latour has noted that "no 'new man' suddenly emerged sometime in the sixteenth century, and there are no mutants with larger brains working inside modern laboratories who can think differently from the rest of us." What, if we believe Latour, can we say about the age of scientific expansion in the Renaissance and its proximity to innovations in art and culture? This panel is seeking papers that challenge the boundaries between literature and science throughout the Renaissance in Italy, France, Spain, the Low Countries, or England and beyond. Some possible topics could include literature's relationship to cartography, Copernicanism, architecture, anatomy, etc…Papers could also deal with how the Renaissance's treatment of science comes to interrogate our own understanding of how science and the humanities interact. Bold, comparative approaches, as well as those informed by contemporary critical theory, particularly welcome. Brief abstracts to Tim Duffy (tduffy[at]virginia.edu) by June 5.

cfp categories: renaissance 41584Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (Abstracts due 9/30; NEMLA 2012)Emily King / NEMLAEmily.King@tufts.edu1306520556african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Emily King / NEMLAcontact email: Emily.King@tufts.edu

From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?

In an effort to address these questions, this panel invites papers that put queer theory, ethics, and revenge into conversation. To do so, this panel investigates the recent development in the so-called "new ethics" and how discussions of queerness and revenge might bring ethics, new or otherwise, to its limit. How might queer revenge deconstruct the ethics of intimacy (e.g., Sedwick, Bersani, Warner)? Or confound the ethics of alterity (e.g., Levinas, Lacan, Edelman)? What theoretical frameworks might afford new insights not only in relation to queer revenge but in regards to ethics as well?

Finally, this panel also explores alternatives to vengeance. If, as Judith Butler suggests, the turn from revenge requires one "to stay with a sense of grief, mournfulness, and vulnerability," might we consider from what revenge protects us? Or might "mournfulness and vulnerability" be an ultimately untenable position for the queer?

Please send abstracts (250 word maximum), short CVs, and contact information (current institutional affiliation and e-mail address) to Emily.King@tufts.edu by September 30, 2011 for the 2012 NEMLA conference in Rochester, March 15-18th.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41585Symposium On Feminist Methodology 29th – 30th September 2011 Centre for Women's Studies and Development, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi <cwsdbhu@gmail.com> anitasinghh@gmail.com1306523029gender_studies_and_sexualityfull name / name of organization: Centre for Women's Studies and Development, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi <cwsdbhu@gmail.com> contact email: anitasinghh@gmail.com

Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Faculty of Social Science,
Banaras Hindu University

Feminist Methodology
29th – 30th September 2011

Kiran Barman
Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Department of Economics
Faculty of Social Science
Banaras Hindu University
Organizing Secretary
Anita Singh
Co- Coordinator
Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Banaras Hindu University

Organizing Committee
Meenakshi Jha
Rakesh Raman
Ranjana Sheel
Binda Paranjape
Banibrata Mahanta
Vikramaditya Choudhury

Keynote Speaker
Mary E.John,Director ,CWDS,Delhi
Programme Description
'You can't see anything at all till you git man off your eyeball.'(Shug's words to Celie in the film The Colour Purple').

All ways of knowing are political. The use of feminist methodology implies a commitment to gender justice. Feminist methodology is the approach to research that has been developed in response to concerns by feminist scholars about the limits of traditional methodology to capture the experiences of women and others who have been marginalized in academic research.
For three decades, feminist research has been explicitly connected with inter-
disciplinarity. This linkage was initially motivated by the recognition of two
realities: the fields of knowledge that had sprung up within disciplinary terrains
largely reflected male interests, and the artificial barriers dividing these domains
obstructed a complete view of women's situations and the social structures that
perpetuated gender inequalities.
This symposium on Feminist methodology will include a wide range of methods, approaches, and research strategies. All along there will be an emphasis on issues pertinent to India.
Discussion of Feminist methodologies would include:
• Feminist empiricism
• Feminist methodologies and interdisciplinarity
Feminist Methods:
• In-depth interviewing
• Oral history
• Focus group interviews
• Ethnography
• Content analysis
• Survey research
Programme Goals
This symposium on feminist methodology will encourage researchers/members of civil societies recognize and value the multiple intelligences, diverse ways of knowing, and the silenced voices. It will create a "safe" space that strives to be inclusive and supportive of developing relationships; a space valuing strengths and capacities, while also challenging reflective critical practices that problematize the concepts of power, privilege, and domination that are prevalent in the culture.
Rs.500/ for all Participants (fee includes symposium kit, working lunch and tea)
Mode of Payment
Local delegates must pay their registration fee at the 'Centre for Women's Studies' between 11AM and 3PM from 20th - 25th September 2011, Outstation participants will register between 9am and 10am on the 29th September 2011.
Outstation participants will have to make their own arrangements, details of hotels will be made available to them.
About the Centre

Established in 1988 the CWSD is now an integral part of Banaras Hindu University. It has consistently worked to achieve the aims and objectives defined by the University Grants Commission. Due to the Centre's performance and achievements, the UGC Standing Committee on Women's Studies assigned it the status of a Resource or Nodal Centre in 1997, i.e. under Phase III with special mandate for promotion of Women's Studies with strong academic and action-oriented thrust in the region. The Centre takes lead in devising projects and identifying key areas in Women's Studies teaching, research, curriculum development and extension programmes. To further these objectives, the Centre actively networks with the organizations, governmental and non-governmental working in the area of women's development.

Registration Form
(Please send filled in registration form latest by 30th August at: feminist2methodology@gmail.com )
Name :
Designation :
Institution :
Mailing Address, contact number/Email Id:
Paper title &Abstract (related to the theme of the symposium):
Details of Registration Fee: Signature of participant:

For further queries you may contact the centre at: 0542-2366536 or write to us at cwsdbhu@gmail.com / anitasinghh@gmail.com

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexuality 41586Comparative Literature Essays--Deadline JUNE 15UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journalberkeleycluj@gmail.com1306559108african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journalcontact email: berkeleycluj@gmail.com

To submit: http://ucb-cluj.org/submissions/

Call for Submissions!

The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural Fall 2011 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. The (rolling) deadline to submit is June 15, 2011. Any undergraduate is encouraged to apply. Additional information for non-US students is at the bottom of the page.

Submission guidelines:

>> approx. 20 – 60 pages in length
>> subject matter within the scope of Comparative Literature
>> written by an undergraduate or recent graduate (graduated Fall 2010 or after)

Application instructions:

Note: There is no need to submit the cover form WITH the manuscript! If you intend to submit a manuscript, take 5 to 10 minutes to fill out the cover form to give us a heads up that we ought to be expecting your submission.

>> Fill out cover form with identifying information
>> Send cover form and electronic version of manuscript (with all identifying information deleted) in .pdf format to editor Gianna Albaum at albaum@berkeley.edu

While the deadline is in June, the Journal's staff will begin editing the manuscripts in September to prepare for the publication of our online inaugural issue in December, with articles available in .pdf format for those interested.

We are also looking for less academic writing, such as travel writing or articles written by students studying abroad, for a separate section of the journal. Specific requirements coming soon! If you have ideas regarding this section, please email Gianna Albaum at albaum@berkeley.edu.

**Information for International Students**

We realize that some universities do not have B.A. programs or have programs in which students go straight from high school to a six-year program. That's no problem! If you are coming from one of these universities, our only requirement is that you not have completed your fourth year of that program at the time of your submission. (If you are two weeks away from completing your fourth year at the time of the submission, that is fine and in many cases expected.)

Though we are primarily an English language journal, we expect to publish several foreign language submissions in each issue, so feel free to send us theses or long articles in their original language.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41587Fictionality Across the Arts and Media, Free University Berlin, 13-15 OctoberFriedrich Schlegel School of Literary Studies Free University Berlinfiktion@qzzl.de1306564582cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheoryfull name / name of organization: Friedrich Schlegel School of Literary Studies Free University Berlincontact email: fiktion@qzzl.de

The Annual Conference of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) takes place on October 13--15, 2011. The programme committee invites scholars to submit proposals for papers on the topic of fictionality across the arts and media.

In the past two decades, researchers from various disciplines have taken successful steps to classify the diverse phenomena which come under the heading of 'fictionality'. It has long been considered problematic to speak about fictionality per se. Instead, theorists have tended to distinguish between 'fictionality' and 'fictivity', with the latter denoting the characteristic of 'inventedness' or the 'closed worlds' created by works of art. Further approaches differentiate between fictio and fictum (Werner Wolf) or underline the opposition between possible and fictional worlds, while others focus on the relationship between 'literaricity' and 'fictionality'.

Some theoretical approaches, such as Kendall L. Walton's 'make-believe theory', define the concept of fiction independently from categories of genre, art form or medium. However, the majority of studies focus primarily on narrative texts. While film is sometimes taken into consideration, reference is seldom made to theatre, and discussion of the fictionality of lyric poetry, which was instigated by Käte Hamburger in the 1950s, has only recently been reignited. Despite theorists' overriding bias towards prose texts, the relationship between fictionality and narrative is far from unproblematic, as is demonstrated by the controversy surrounding Hayden White's concept of history as narrative. Similarly disputed are the implications of the author/narrator distinction developed by Wolfgang Kayser and elaborated by Gérard Genette and Dorrit Cohn. Such debates raise questions about the manifestation of fictionality in different art forms and genres: what are the consequences of these narrative-oriented approaches for non-text-based artistic practices such as photography and painting? To what extent can these representational arts be described as fictional? Above all, how do these and other cultural manifestations influence the concept and theory of fictionality?

While narratology has long been open to engagement with other media, there has been no systematic attempt to adopt a comparative approach in studies of fictionality. The annual conference of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School aims to fill this gap by examining the phenomenon of fictionality across different genres, art-forms and media. Possible topics of investigation include, but are not limited to, the effet de réel, the aesthetic construction of illusion, and the psychological debate surrounding 'willing suspension' versus 'construction of disbelief' from a comparative perspective. Contributions are preferred which address key theoretical questions and/or analyse individual case-studies, particularly those which are unusual, critical, complex or hybrid, in their engagement with fictionality.

Please send proposals of approximately 250-300 words to fiktion@qzzl.de by no later than July 15, 2011. Please include a brief biographical statement. Any queries regarding the conference can be directed to the same address. Contributions may be in English or German. Travel costs and accommodation expenses are covered by the organising institution.


About Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School:

PDF: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/friedrichschlegel/veransta...




Remigius Bunia / Anne Enderwitz / Susanne Kaiser / Tatiana Korneeva / Andree Michaelis / Irina Rajewsky / Anne-Marie Wachs

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheory 41588out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UKinfo@outofprintconference.co.uk1306575805americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UKcontact email: info@outofprintconference.co.uk

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus. The conference aims to bring together postgraduates, academics and publishers to examine the wide variety of ways that writing comes to be 'out of print'.

Introductory Address: Prof. Sarah Churchwell (UEA).

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Jan Montefiore (University of Kent) and TBC.

Publishers' Panel: Nicola Beauman (Persephone Books) and
Alexis Kirschbaum (Penguin Modern Classics).

Plenary Chair: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA).

Call for Papers
We welcome papers that engage with any aspect of the theme 'out of print'. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Neglected or forgotten authors who are either no longer published or who have been brought back into print.
• Questions of reputation, gender, language and translation that might affect printed status.
• Spaces between 'high' and 'low', academic and popular, short story and novel.
• How print responds to demand: the role of reader, publisher and media in reading trends and retro fashions.
• As block becomes laser: charting changes in what it means for something to be in print.
• The changing roles of small print runs, magazines and journal publication throughout the twentieth century.
• Notes in the margins: the place of libraries and archives in terms of access to writing that is out of print.
• From page to stage: out of print into film, television, theatre, radio.

You are invited to submit 300 word abstracts for papers of 20 minutes to info@outofprintconference.co.uk by Thursday 30th June 2011, ensuring that you include the following details: your name; your affiliation; your email address; the title of your paper. The conference fee will be £35 (postgraduate rate £25). Please note that this does not include accommodation.
Conference organisers: Nonia Williams, Diane Freeborn, Kate Jones and Lydia Fellgett.


cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 41589Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga [UPDATE]Richard Gray, Ph.D. Carson-Newman Collegergray@cn.edu1306594614journals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Richard Gray, Ph.D. Carson-Newman Collegecontact email: rgray@cn.edu

Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is a American pop musician who has taken the world music scene by storm. Her debut album, The Fame, reached number one in the UK, Canada, Austria, Germany and Ireland. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", became international number-one hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations. In early 2009, Lady Gaga began her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour. In November 2009, she released her second studio album The Fame Monster, with the global chart-topping lead single "Bad Romance," and she also began a second worldwide headlining tour of the year, The Monster Ball Tour. In May 2011, Lady Gaga was named #1 on Forbes list "The Celebrity 100." With the May 23, 2011 release of her second studio album, "Born this Way," Lady Gaga continues to dominate the international music scene.

For the upcoming collection of critical essays entitled "Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga," which is currently under contract, I am soliciting several additional essays on a range of subjects that illustrate the influence and impact of Lady Gaga and her music within the specific context of her second studio album, "Born this Way." Essays may come from a range of scholars, including artists, music theoreticians and practitioners, psychologists, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, linguists, literary and theatre scholars, etc. Essays, though critical in nature, should have a broad appeal to readers.

Sample topics may include (this list is not exhaustive-contributors are by no means limited to these):

Stereotyping American Culture in Lady Gaga
The Use of Art in Lady Gaga's Work
The Language and/or Linguistics of Lady Gaga's Work
"The Big City"
Performance Theory
Identity formation/Marginalization
Women's Studies

Please address inquiries and send completed MLA-formatted papers of approximately 7,500 words and a brief CV (as Word docs) to the editor, Richard Gray, Ph.D. (rgray@cn.edu). Abstracts are due on Monday, July 31, 2011. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by the end of August 2011.

cfp categories: journals_and_collections_of_essays 41590CFP: Victorians Special issue on ThackerayDeborah Logan, Editor, Victorians / VCLdeborah.logan@wku.edu1306604384victorianfull name / name of organization: Deborah Logan, Editor, Victorians / VCLcontact email: deborah.logan@wku.edu

Victorians / VCL (formerly Victorian Newsletter) #120, Fall 2011 will be a special edition featuring new work on William Thackeray, in honor of the bicentennial of his birth. Submission deadline: June 30, 2011. Notification deadline: August 30, 2011.

Manuscript submissions: electronic e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word docs), in MLA documentation format.

Please address submissions and/or questions to:

deborah.logan@wku.edu -- or -- victorian.newsletter@wku.edu

Victorians. A Journal of Culture and Literature is sponsored for the Victorian Group of the Modern Language Association by Western Kentucky University and is published twice annually.

Cheers, Deborah Logan, Editor

cfp categories: victorian 41591Call for Chapter Proposals: Multidisciplinary Book on Pratchett's Discworld SeriesAnne Hiebert Alton & William Spruiellanne.hiebert.alton@cmich.edu or sprui1wc@cmich.edu1306610262interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Anne Hiebert Alton & William Spruiellcontact email: anne.hiebert.alton@cmich.edu or sprui1wc@cmich.edu

"Noticing the Slanty Bits: Converging on Discworld" (tentative title)

This volume will provide a variety of scholarly perspectives on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Ideally, it will include essays that approach Pratchett's Discworld series, and its adaptations, from a range of fields, such as language and linguistics, literary criticism, political science and law, geography, visual and performance art, popular culture, etc.

We are currently seeking original submissions in the following areas:

• Linguistics (Critical Discourse Analysis, translation theory, corpus studies)
• Literary studies (Genre analysis, fictional geographies, narrative and metanarrative)
• Pop culture (text/fan conventions, marketing)
• Adaptations (visual semiotics, performance studies)
• Political science (Vetinari/Vimes, satire)
• Folklore/Mythology

Please send 500- to 750-word abstracts to alton1ah@cmich.edu, along with brief author bio, by 15 August 2011. We hope to finalize decisions in Sept. 2011. Completed draft manuscripts will be due by 15 March 2012.

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41592Forbidden Places and Prohibited Spaces in English Women's Writing (1640-1740) Abstracts due 9/30/2011; NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012Andrea Fabrizio and Ruth Garcia / Northeast Modern Language AssociationFabrizioGarciaabstracts@gmail.com1306680918cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Andrea Fabrizio and Ruth Garcia / Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email: FabrizioGarciaabstracts@gmail.com

In early modern England, travel has the disruptive potential to alter the female traveler as well as to question, defy, and change the shape, rules, and parameters of her social space. Physical journeys open up opportunities for more impalpable travel, including but not limited to social, political, and internal journeys. As Rosi Braidotti has said, "some of the greatest trips can take place without physically moving from one's habitat. It's the subversion of set conventions that defines the nomadic state, not the literal act of traveling" (Nomadic Subjects, 5). This panel seeks to draw a connection between the physical act of traveling itself and the variety of figurative journeys that ensue because of a woman's movement in the world. We will discuss travel as including the more subtle movements through immaterial social and hierarchical boundaries. Early modern texts are full of narratives, both fictional and real, of these journeys into prohibited places and spaces. This panel will explore the transformative effects of travel on women. In what ways does physical movement permit other immaterial types of movement and create a space for subversion? How does movement within society, across its social and hierarchical boundaries, challenge existing beliefs and practices? How do intangible journeys alter the landscape of power in which women operate? Please send 300 word abstracts to Andrea Fabrizio or Ruth Garcia at FabrizioGarciaabstracts@gmail.com by September 30, 2011.

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitytravel_writing 41593Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and PoeNathaniel Hawthorne Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Poe Studies Associationjason.courtmanche@uconn.edu1306683275african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturereligionromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Poe Studies Associationcontact email: jason.courtmanche@uconn.edu

Conversazioni in Italia:
Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Florence, Italy, June 8-10, 2012

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the Poe Studies Association

The conference organizers are calling for proposals for papers and panels that discuss Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in terms of transatlantic literary culture in their era (for instance, questions of transatlantic travel, influence, slavery, the Civil
War, marketing, reception, and copyright). We also welcome proposals for papers and panels that relate the three authors to each other or to their European contemporaries, as well as proposals focusing on any topic related to Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in these contexts.

Deadline for submission is October 1, 2011.
Please submit proposals to hepflorence2012@gmail.com.

All conference participants must be members of at least one of the sponsoring author societies at the time of registration.

Hosted by the Villa La Pietra, New York University www.nyu.edu/global/lapietra.

Accommodations are with the following hotels:

Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Hotel L'Orologio

Hotel Rosso 23

Hotel Universo

Hotel Baglioni

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

For more information about the conference, contact Jason Courtmanche at Jason.Courtmanche@uconn.edu.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturereligionromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writing 41594Prayer and Performance: acts of belief as symbolic communication (1450-1650), April 23-24 2012, Aarhus, Denmark Aarhus University, Denmarkprayer@hum.au.dk1306698142cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalreligionrenaissancetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: Aarhus University, Denmarkcontact email: prayer@hum.au.dk

This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives. An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology. The project intends to answer the following questions:

How was prayer represented in literature, plays or works of art?
How do prayers in plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Middleton, for example, register responses to the controversies and debates about what constituted true or effective prayer?
How did communities utilize prayer as a distinguishing feature for their religious identity, and how were these forms policed?
How was prayer bound up in the material culture of religious practice (funeral rites, for example) and the social practices that determined social status of different periods?
More importantly, how might these literary, social and material gestures serve as a marker for shifting social perspectives and customs, especially during the Reformation?

Papers are invited from those who work on prayer during this period, either through language, material culture, social practice or from a more theoretical perspective. The aim will be share research, whether it be an examination of the architecture created to facilitate prayer, the texts created to preserve, stimulate, guide or police prayer (poetry, hymns, sermons, or polemic), or more scientific attempts to define a person or community's relationship to the practice of prayer.

Please submit proposals of approx. 150 words for papers of 20 minutes in length. Panels on specific aspects of early modern prayer will also be considered and should include a brief summary of the panel focus with 150 word proposals of each paper included in the panel. All submissions should be made via email (prayer@hum.au.dk) by 15 October 2011.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalreligionrenaissancetheatretheory 415951st Annual Workshop on Integrated Design in Games (Theme:Horror)Dakota State University jeffrey.howard@dsu.edu1306711732humanities_computing_and_the_internetpopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Dakota State University contact email: jeffrey.howard@dsu.edu

The Workshop on Integrated Design in Games is offered in conjunction with Nanocon IX. This year, the conference theme is horror. Integrated design means that all aspects of design come together to create a single experience, unified by a common theme. In relationship to horror games, integrated design means that mechanics, visual art, audio, and narrative converge to allow players to confront and perhaps overcome fear.

This year's keynote speakers are Chris Pruett, architect of famed website Chris' Survival Horror Quest and Senior Games Advocate at Google, and Dr. Bernard Perron, acclaimed scholar of horror games from the University of Montreal.

The category of horror games is intended to include survival horror videogames, more recent action horror videogames like Dead Space 2, indie horror games like Amnesia, as well as tabletop RPG's, LARPs, and board games. This theme is an opportunity for anyone who designs, develops, or studies horror games to give a presentation on any relevant topic of his or her choosing. The proceedings of the conference will be published electronically, so submissions should include a written component. At the same time, we strongly encourage presentations with a participatory and hands-on component involving exercises in game design. Submissions will be selected by a program committee with expertise in game design and horror, including members who have worked in the M.I.T. Gambit Lab, White Wolf, Red Storm Entertainment/Ubisoft, Irrational Games, Fantasy Flight Games, and Wizards of the Coast.

Acceptable formats for submissions include:
• Traditional academic presentations
• Panels
• Short design workshops
• Presentations with an accompanying hands-on activity or exercise

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to the Program Committee Chair, Jeff Howard, by no later than June 15. The contact email is jeffrey.howard@dsu.edu.

Topics include but are not limited to:
• Designing the mechanics of horror
• Narrative design and horror
• Concept art
• 3d modeling/animation/character design
• Audio (voice acting, music, sound effects, interactive sound design)
• Classic survival horror franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill
• Action horror (Dead Space 2)
• Particular horror themes or monsters (the Gothic, haunting, exorcism, ghosts, zombies, vampires)
• Indie horror games (Eversion, The Path, Amnesia)
• Transmedia horror (game design in relation to film, comic books, and literature)

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetpopular_culture