[DEADLINE REMINDER] Edited collection on contemporary African American satire in all media (abstracts by Jan.1, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue
contact email: 

[The editors are pleased to report that this project has already received favorable attention from a scholarly press and, in order to present as wide a net of subject coverage as possible, are especially interested at this point in receiving submissions on topics related to film, television, performance and visual arts, though submissions from all genres are still welcome up to the deadline]

Patrice Evans, who blogs under the moniker "The Assimilated Negro," published an online essay on the ebonyjet.com website late in 2007 that lamented the seeming lack of satire in mainstream black culture:

[W]hy does it seem like black people are missing the boat -- treating the SS Satire like a slave ship? Sometimes it feels we only get the joke if it's the lowest common denominator, otherwise we have to put on our suits and let Oprah or Tyler Perry hold our hands and make sure there's a heavy Maya Angelou level of respect.[…] Where are the black branded satirists? Maybe we don't get it. Maybe we don't care to get it. Are there no satirists because of the lack of demand? It can't be for lack of opportunity. Every week we get a new race-event begging for lampooning: Watson, Jena 6, OJ, Imus, Michael Richards, Vick .... all present unique opportunities to make a joke that might mean a little more to someone with melanin.

Evans goes on to engage in some "speculative armchair psychology" and wonder openly if what he calls the "critical", "literary", and "detached" elements of satire are not barriers to African Americans' participation in this mode of cultural commentary. Not surprisingly, Evans's article garnered numerous online responses, both in its original form and in numerous repostings around the Internet. We seek to assemble a collection of scholarly essays about satire in contemporary African American culture in order to develop that response in both depth and breadth, examining both the premises that undergird Evans's original claims and a range of African American satirists working in a variety of media over the past thirty years.
Our volume seeks to build on the solid foundation laid by Darryl Dickson-Carr's African American Satire (Univ. of Missouri Press, 2001) and the contributors to Dana Williams's collection African American Humor, Irony and Satire (Cambridge Scholars, 2007). To that end we seek essays that critically examine African American satirical works since 1980, with an eye towards synthesizing a nuanced picture not only of the variety of forms in which African American satire appears but also of the larger media environment in which it participates. We invite close readings of individual satirists (a list of potential topics is appended below, but we welcome essays on other artists, especially women, from all media) as well as overarching meta-critical and theoretical discussions of themes, (sub)genres, or other aspects of the satirical mode as it relates to contemporary African American culture. We also would welcome essays that examine the use of satire by artists and within works not usually associated with the mode (e.g., Dickson-Carr's discussion of Toni Morrison's Jazz in his book) and wish to emphasize that our definition of satire is not limited solely to comedic or satiric-parodic works.

Proposals for essays should be between 750 and 1000 words and should articulate a clear critical question in relation to a set of primary and secondary texts. It is the editors' view (in accordance with the view of most academic presses) that a successful edited collection needs a clear and compelling organizing narrative and, thus, successful proposals will articulate clearly which critical narratives are at work within their rhetorical structures and why. Completed proposals are due on January 1, 2012 and can be sent to either Derek C. Maus (mausdc@potsdam.edu) or James J. Donahue (donahujj@potsdam.edu) or mailed in hard-copy to Derek Maus, 244 Morey Hall, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, 13676. We welcome any inquiries or questions about the volume prior to this submission date as well. Submitters will be notified about the status of their essays by February 1, 2012 and final essays of 4500-6000 words will be due on June 1, 2012 with a projected publication date some time in 2013.

Possible topics (others are welcomed)

  • Dawolu Jabari Anderson (visual artist; The Birth of a Nation: Yo! Bumrush the Show)
  • Damali Ayo (conceptual artist and writer; rent-a-negro.com; Obaminstan!: Land Without Racism)
  • Kevin Avery ("Siskel and Negro"; Thugs: the Musical)
  • Paul Beatty (novelist; The White Boy Shuffle; Slumberland; Tuff; etc.)
  • W. Kamau Bell (The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour; Face Full of Flour; Laughter Against the Machine)
  • Black Dynamite (film)
  • Dave Chappelle (Chappelle's Show; stand-up comedy)
  • Chocolate News (short-lived African American-themed satirical news-show on Comedy Central hosted by David Alan Grier)
  • Robert Colescott (visual artist)
  • Rusty Cundieff (Fear of a Black Hat; Tales from the Hood; etc.)
  • Ego Trip (magazine and website)
  • Trey Ellis (novelist, screenwriter; Platitudes; Home Repairs; Right Here, Right Now)
  • Patrice Evans (Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience; "The Assimilated Negro" blog)
  • Percival Everett (novelist; A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid; Erasure; I Am Not Sidney Poitier; etc.)
  • Donald Glover (stand-up comedy; Community; "Childish Gambino" hip-hop performances)
  • David Hammons (visual and conceptual artist; "African American Flag")
  • D. L. Hughley (stand-up comedy; D.L. Hughley Breaks the News [CNN show])
  • Darius James (Negrophobia: An Urban Parable)
  • Charles Johnson (novelist; Oxherding Tale; Middle Passage; etc.)
  • Mat Johnson (novelist; Pym; Hunting in Harlem)
  • Rashid Johnson (visual artist)
  • Keith Knight (cartoonist of The K Chronicles and (Th)ink)
  • Spike Lee (filmmaker; School Daze; Bamboozled)
  • Kalup Linzy (visual artist)
  • Aaron McGruder (Boondocks comic strip and television show)
  • Paul Mooney (stand-up comedy; television)
  • Tracy Morgan (stand-up comedy; Saturday Night Live; 30 Rock)
  • Z.Z. Packer (short-story writer; novelist; Drinking Coffee Elsewhere)
  • William Pope.L (performance artist)
  • Ishmael Reed (novelist; The Terrible Twos; The Terrible Threes; Japanese By Spring; Juice!)
  • Chris Rock (Saturday Night Live; The Chris Rock Show; stand-up comedy)
  • Wanda Sykes (stand-up comedy; various television shows)
  • 30 Americans visual arts exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Baratunde Thurston (writer and editor for The Onion; Better Than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture; How to Be Black)
  • Touré (novelist, short-story writer; journalist; Soul City; The Portable Promised Land)
  • Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle)
  • Kara Walker (visual artist)
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans and other Wayans family members (In Living Color; I'm Gonna Get You Sucka; White Chicks; etc.)
  • Colson Whitehead (novelist; The Intuitionist; John Henry Days; Apex Hides the Hurt; etc.)
  • Kehinde Wiley (visual artist)
  • George C. Wolfe (The Colored Museum)
    44171The Spectrum - University of Cambridge French Graduate Conference, 11th - 12th May 2012Maria Flood, Francesca Hardy, Philippa Lewisfgrscam@gmail.com1323454600graduate_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Maria Flood, Francesca Hardy, Philippa Lewiscontact email: fgrscam@gmail.com

    Deadline for abstracts Wednesday 29th February 2012

    Conference website: http://thespectrum2012cambridgefrenchgraduateconference.wordpress.com/

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
    Dr Jane Hiddleston (University of Oxford)
    Professor Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge)
    Professor Clive Scott (University of East Anglia)

    A spectrum is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum.

    From its origins in the supernatural, the term 'spectrum' has come to amass a range of meanings. By virtue of its Latin roots it has always possessed a visual component and it once stood for what we now mean by 'image'. However, it is now most frequently used to refer to a unifying principle which bands together a pair of extremes.

    The University of Cambridge French Graduate Conference 2012 seeks to establish the concept of the spectrum as an anti-dialectical and multi-faceted mode of engaging with political, personal and aesthetic concerns in relation to current thought in French Studies. Such a fluid, unfettered and amorphous model offers innovative means of considering artistic and generic hybrids, perception, questions of national and gendered identities, linguistic variations and political positionality.

    Contemporary considerations of these issues have already embraced non-oppositional thinking and exceeded dyadic preoccupations in the fields of gender studies, postcolonial theory and phenomenology, amongst others. From the margins of bandes dessinées and illuminated manuscripts to the front pages of Le Monde and Le Figaro, whilst, of course, not overlooking more 'mainstream' media, such as literature, film, and theatre, the University of Cambridge French Graduate Conference 2012 will build on this work. It will do so by establishing a conversation which reminds us of the web of interrelated though unbound phenomena which exist in the interstices, on the periphery and at the very heart of art, politics, philosophy and peoples across all periods. This will be a discussion that escapes the va-et-vient of the binary and contemplates a formula sans queue ni tête which, in its rejection of the oppositional will not be 'headless', but instead encourage an engagement with the microscopic, the macroscopic, and all the detail in between, within a newly configured continuum.

    In order to start your thinking we have composed the three spectral bands below. However, we hope that a multiplicity of spectra will emerge as you engage with 'The Spectrum'.

    The Visible Spectrum

     Afterimages: Archives, echoes, indexicality, memories, residues, repetitions, variations.
     Blindness: Blanks, blind spots, disability, illusions, impairment, interiority, le clair-obscur, masks.
     Cross-pollination: Generic fusion, intermediality, intertextuality, ripples, textual hybridity, translation, transposition.
     The Senses: Colour, flesh, numbness, tactility, sight, synaesthesia, symbolism, viscera.
     Visions: Beauty, deformity, dreams, ghosts, love, premonitions, ugliness, virtue.

    The Political Spectrum

     Citizenship: Diaspora, l'exception française, immigration, laïcité, Romani repatriation, secularism, veil ban.
     La Métropole – Outre-mer : Cultural métissage, dialects, Francophonie, hybridity, Postcolonialism.
     Election 2012: Capitalism, May '68, political landscapes of the past, present and future, political scandals, socialism, suffrage.
     La Révolution française: Circularity, reconstruction, recomposition, repetitions of revolution (1848, 1871), social hierarchy, the Third Estate.
     Violence: Amnesia, state, terror, trauma, war.

    The Personal Spectrum

     Ageing: Autobiography, experience, family, generation, life-writing, maturity, memory.
     Childhood: Children's literature, innocence.
     Consciousness: Dreams, objectivity, selfhood, subjectivity, the unconscious.
     Identity: Androgyny, animality, ethnicity, femininity, humanity, masculinity, sexuality, technicity.
     Madness: The absurd, emotions, genius, imagination, rationality, sanity, sensibilité.

    Abstracts of up to 250 words (in English or French) for papers to be given in English or French should be submitted to fgrscam@gmail.com by Wednesday 29th February 2012.

    A selection of papers presented during the conference will be edited into a published collection of essays.

    For further information about the conference, our keynote speakers, French graduate research in Cambridge and Cambridge itself, please visit the conference website:


    cfp categories: graduate_conferences 44172Medieval Multilingualism in the British Isles, July 21st, 2012Magdalene Medievalists Societymms@magd.cam.ac.uk1323455993graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalfull name / name of organization: Magdalene Medievalists Societycontact email: mms@magd.cam.ac.uk

    Medieval Multilingualism in the British Isles

    The Graduate Conference of Magdalene Medievalists Society

    Magdalene College, Cambridge, Saturday 21st July 2012

    Keynote Speaker: Dr Tony Hunt, St Peter's College, Oxford

    The phenomenon of multilingualism in the Middle Ages has received an increasing amount of scholarly attention in recent years, with at least two major essay collections and one conference devoted to the topic since the Millennium, and numerous articles and book chapters. This graduate and early career conference aims to give those new to the field an opportunity to contribute to what has become an important site of critical debate.

    Whilst recent scholarship has become steadily more aware of the interconnected nature of Anglo-Norman and Middle English, the use of Latin and its links to the vernaculars has often provoked less sustained attention than is justified by the language's conceptual and administrative importance. The relationships between the mainstream trilingual culture of England and its contiguous linguistic enclaves (such as Cornish, Cumbric, Welsh, Hebrew, Flemish, Norse, Pictish, Manx, Irish and Scottish Gaelic) also frequently remain comparatively obscure. There is conflicting evidence about the medieval awareness of multilingualism, of the relationships between languages and of the phenomenon of language change; such contemporary treatments of these phenomena as survive often rely extensively on Biblical and Patristic accounts of sacred languages. In view of this complex picture, the conference is intended not only to facilitate a closer examination of the phenomenon of multilingualism, but also of medieval attitudes to its manifestations.

    We invite papers that address any aspect of the interaction between the speakers of different languages in the Middle Ages, including, but not limited to:

    - attitudes to the tres linguae sacrae and to the vernaculars
    - pedagogy and medieval perceptions of language acquisition
    - translation
    - orality and its depictions
    - medieval views of linguistic history
    - code-switching, miscellanies, and scribal practice

    We will accept submissions from graduate students and early career scholars in English and other languages and literatures, History, Linguistics, and all related disciplines. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length; please send abstracts of 250 words or less to Sara Harris, mms@magd.cam.ac.uk by February 1st, 2012. Further information will be available at www.magdalenemedievalists.wordpress.com/conference.

    cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedieval 441735th International Deleuze Studies Conference (June 25-27, 2012), themed panel "Deleuze and Modernist Literature"Deleuze Studies Conferenceljm06f@my.fsu.edu1323465007interdisciplinarymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Deleuze Studies Conferencecontact email: ljm06f@my.fsu.edu

    We seek papers that examine the ways Deleuze's reading of modernist literature influenced his philosophy for a proposed themed panel at the 5th International Deleuze Studies Conference, hosted by Tulane University. Particularly interesting would be papers that undertake a study of modernist writers who have been comparatively neglected (alongside those like Kafka, Proust, and Beckett) in the field of Deleuze studies, such as Alfred Jarry, Virginia Woolf, Antonin Artaud, D.H. Lawrence, H.P. Lovecraft, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, William Faulkner, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others. Papers might examine questions of subjectivity (becomings-woman, -animal, -child, -molecular, -imperceptible) as it relates to sexuality, othering, imperialism, madness, the dream world, imagination, etcetera. Or, papers might take a more direct stance on aesthetics by making an argument concerning the way Deleuzean concepts like desire or the fold were inspired by modernist literature.

    Send abstracts of 200-250 words to Laci Mattison at ljm06f@my.fsu.edu and Chris Higgs at higgs.chris@gmail.com by January 22, 2012. Selected abstracts will be included as a proposed panel/panels (pending acceptance) for the 5th International Deleuze Studies Conference hosted by Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana). Further information about the conference can be found here: http://deleuze2012.com/cfp.html.

    cfp categories: interdisciplinarymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44174'Theoretical Matter(s)'PROSTHESIS: Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory and Critcismperiodical.prosthesis@gmail.com1323465893americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: PROSTHESIS: Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory and Critcismcontact email: periodical.prosthesis@gmail.com


    PROSTHESIS: Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory and Critcism
    CFP: 'Theoretical Matter(s)'.



    Since the emergence of Marxism, the word 'materialism'
    has both acquired a growing philosophical importance
    and undergone a rapid diffusion of meanings
    leading to criticism and objections. Recently,
    new materialisms have been emerging out of diverse
    arenas, given what is seen as the exhaustion of
    various forms of postmodern theory:
    for example, the animal turn, the post-human turn
    and the speculative turn, as well as developments in
    queer theory, actor network theory, new media studies
    (and more). How do new materialisms fundamentally shift
    the 'matter' of theory, or how does matter itself demand
    a shift in theory? In light of new materialisms,
    what matters for theory?

    In order to engage and stimulate these developing concerns
    and questions of materialism, for this second issue of Prοsthesis
    we invite essays, interviews, reviews, and rare translations
    engaging with questions like the following:

    ● What new problems or matters of concern arise
    when we renew interest in materials and materialism?
    ● Where do the most serious challenges to materialism lie?
    How can they be overcome?
    ● How are these new materialisms haunted by old materialisms
    and their contexts? What might the history of older materialisms
    still have to offer us? How might new materialisms deal with
    idealisms or other anti-materialisms, old or new?
    ● Are thinkers like Kant, Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida
    justly characterized as 'correlationist' or 'anti-realist'
    and thereby opposed to new materialisms? Or
    are there threads in their work that demand
    neo-materialist interpretations?
    ● How should we understand new materialisms
    in relation to 'the real'? 'the immanent'? 'the transcendent'?
    ● What do these new materialisms entail for politics? for ethics?
    for science, knowledge, or truth? for thinking? for temporality?
    ● Do new materialisms give us necessary resources to deal with
    ecological crises or recent developments in sciences and math?
    ● Is matter weirder than hitherto supposed? What is the status
    of the spectral or hauntological in relation to new materialisms?
    ● What role does speculation play in new materialisms?
    What kind of possibilities does speculation open up,
    and what kind of limits does it acknowledge?
    ● What drives the urgency of these new developments
    of materialisms? What concrete projects can new materialisms
    give rise to that will push us beyond the bounds of abstract argumentation?

    Proposals for essays, interviews, book reviews, or
    rare translations should be given in abstract form in
    250-450 words, prepared for blind review, and submitted
    no later than February 1, 2012. Notifications of acceptance
    will be sent out by March 1, 2012. Drafts will be due
    April 1, 2012 for review and revisions.

    In the case of translation proposals, please include
    500 words of the text in its original language and
    500 words of your translation, in addition to a
    300 word proposal abstract explaining why the trans-
    lation is worth undertaking and briefly explaining
    your ability to undertake it.

    Please send submissions to periodical.prosthesis@gmail.com
    no later than February 1, 2012.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44175Barzakh Journal-"The Between" CFP due February 28, 2012Barzakh Magazinebarzakhmagazine@gmail.com.1323469703graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryfull name / name of organization: Barzakh Magazinecontact email: barzakhmagazine@gmail.com.

    *Barzakh*, a biannual multi-genre journal with an internationalist stance, run by graduate students in the English department at the University at Albany, SUNY is open to submissions for its next issue to be published in May of 2012. "Barzakh" is a word / concept that names the connecting link, the "between" of something, such as different spheres of existence. In light of the current global occupy movements *Barzakh* is seeking innovative creative, critical and collaborative writing as well as writing in translation that specifically addresses the political implications of
    "the idea of being as essentially being-with-one-another." When we are "being-with-one-another" and aware of the "between" we are vulnerable because our position can be changed. How can language specifically address and facilitate this vulnerable "between"? How could a unity of diversity be articulated in language? How could an all-inclusive polis be one that is based on differentiation and not assimilation and what role would language play in it? How can language facilitate and perform reciprocity? For its next issue *Barzakh* is looking for innovative creative, critical and collaborative writing as well as writing in translation that addresses the ethos and praxis of sharing in common a
    polis that is contingent on the "between" of "being-with-one-another."

    Please submit your work by February 28, 2012 to barzakhmagazine@gmail.com.

    cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetry 44176[UPDATE] "Curiosities" Grad Conference - Deadline Extended to Dec. 18thTufts Graduate Humanities ConferenceJennifer.Croteau@tufts.edu1323470991african-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_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Tufts Graduate Humanities Conferencecontact email: Jennifer.Croteau@tufts.edu

    What makes an object, a person, or a pursuit a "curiosity"? Are curiosities abnormal and rare? Are they always the extraordinarily strange, or can they be an everyday oddity? Enmeshed in a larger set of notions that often pit the social against the individual, the normative against the taboo, and the expected against the surprising, curiosities generate questions about desire, taste, knowledge, and inquiry.

    This interdisciplinary conference – which replaces a longstanding English graduate conference at Tufts University – endeavors to explore past, present, and future "curiosities" in the many senses of the word. We will consider novel objects and people, as well as irregular approaches and perspectives. How might being "curious" be both an impetus to activity and a description of activity itself? How is a desire for knowledge a potential curiosity in its own right?

    We encourage abstracts that explore the theme of Curiosities from a wide range of fields and disciplines. Topics may include but certainly are not limited to:

    The Peculiar and Uncommon
    The Exceptional and States of Exception
    The Virtuoso and The Everyman
    Generic Curiosities
    The Spy, Voyeur, and Critic
    History and Anachronism
    The Archive, Library, and Collection
    Kitsch and Camp
    Animal Studies
    The Fetish
    The Natural and Unnatural
    New Mediums and Virtuality
    Politics and Ethics

    Keynote address by Andrew Piper, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. Professor Piper's work focuses on the intersection of literary and bibliographic communication from the eighteenth century to the present. He is the author of Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Chicago).

    PLEASE SUBMIT a 250-500 word abstract, including your name, email address, and affiliation, by December 18, 2011.
    Mail or e-mail abstracts to:
    Jennifer Croteau
    Department of English, East Hall 210
    Tufts University
    Medford, MA 02155

    Sponsored by:
    Tufts English Graduate Organization
    Tufts University English Department
    Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

    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_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44177Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics [Update]The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton Universityformoflife2012@gmail.com1323472955african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton Universitycontact email: formoflife2012@gmail.com

    Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics
    The Department of Comparative Literature
    Binghamton University
    March 2nd-3rd 2012

    Keynote Speaker:
    K.L. Evans
    Yeshiva University
    Stern College of Women

    What comprises the matrix within which a given language has meaning? How is meaning constructed and how is it operative across social, cultural, and linguistic impasses? How is conflict and antagonism orchestrated both across and within disparate forms of life? To interrogate the emergence of sense as well as the conflicts that arise as a result of making sense, we welcome submissions that theorize the concerns outlined above with a particular eye toward their theorization as forms of life. In this way, we seek submissions that span disciplinary boundaries and topics, broadly speaking, related to literature, linguistics, politics, alternative and utopian imaginaries, aesthetics, and tactics of resistance.

    The form of life, but even more broadly, the theorization of sense and meaning, have historically been thought and inhabited in and through a variety of frameworks and styles of thought. Linguistically, forms of life have been theorized as the condition of possibility for sense itself. Ecologically, thinking the operation and function of alternative forms of life offer a means of thinking against and beyond anthropocentrism. Forms of life have been theorized in relation to global biopolitical regimes and concomitant forms of resistance. The very practices of making sense and meaning come to be interrogated within and across a variety of disciplines, often at the expense of disciplining knowledge itself. The question of forms of life, but even more broadly, the question of making sense, is one around which the work of many scholars has revolved: Ludwig Wittgenstein on language games, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's work on the multitude, Giorgio Agamben on bare life, Chantal Mouffe on liberal democratic projects, Michel Foucault on biopolitics and securitization, Sylvia Federici on feminism and a politics of the commons. We also see these questions to stand in relation to Jasbir Puar's work on terrorism and homonationalism, Deleuze and Guattari's work on signification and assemblage, and Judith Butler's work on the politics of gender and frames of war. While this is by no means an exhaustive theoretical list, it does hint at the depth of the theme our conference seeks to interrogate.

    In keeping with the interdisciplinary emphasis of Binghamton University's Department of Comparative Literature, we seek work that engages in the conjunction of multiple frames of epistemological inquiry, from fields including, but not limited to: critical theory, translation, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, queer and gender studies, psychoanalytic theory, critical animal studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, science and technology studies, media and visual culture studies, continental philosophy, and historiography.

    Workers, writers, and thinkers of all different disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and non-disciplinary affiliations are welcome, whether academically affiliated or not. Submissions may be textual, performative, and/or visual. Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to Matt Applegate at formoflife2012@gmail.com by December 15th, 2011.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44178papers interplay of alcohol consumption, auto fatalities & medical marijuana lawsPhysicians for Public Safetydoug.slain@gmail.com1323475363general_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Physicians for Public Safetycontact email: doug.slain@gmail.com

    Physicians for Public Safety
    59 Morning Sun Avenue, # A
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Call for papers
    Physicians for Public Safety is calling for papers, credible anecdotal data and other information on the interplay of medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities, and alcohol consumption.
    A November 2011 paper authored by D. Mark Anderson at Montana State University and Daniel Rees at the University of Colorado Denver* suggests that legalization of medical marijuana is associated with:
     dramatic decrease in high blood alcohol count fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers;
     overall decrease in alcohol consumption, especially among 20 to 30 year olds; and
     reduced beer sales. **
    Research conducted since 1964 when biochemist Raphael Mechoulam, working at the Weitzmann Institute of Science, isolated the euphoria-inducing compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinal, suggests that cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory conditions. An article in Science News (June 19, 2010), "Not Just a High," notes that testing of cannabis and its derivatives now includes type 1 diabetics, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, Toilette syndrome, epilepsy, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Cannabis has been used to alleviate pain, promote sleep, combat nausea, and deal with mood disorders such as anxiety, stress and depression from a time whence the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. New evidence suggests that cannabis may even kill cancerous cells.
    At least two state governors have formally asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana so doctors can prescribe it and pharmacists can fill the prescription. The governors want the federal government to list marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug, allowing it to be used for medical treatment. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin; hence, it is not accepted for medical treatment and cannot be prescribed, administered or dispensed. The American Medical Association has urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.
    Physicians for Public Safety is an information clearinghouse tasked with the responsibility of identifying and publishing evidence of reductions in alcohol-related automobile fatalities connected to legalization of cannabis. Medicinal cannabis is a sanctioned self-treatment for verifiable medical conditions in 16 U.S. states, Canada, the Netherlands and Israel, among other places. These states and countries share: 1) alcohol consumption, 2) traffic fatalities, and 3) legalized medical marijuana. Physicians for Public Safety seeks clinical trial studies, white papers and other substantiated anecdotal information from any jurisdiction or venue with these three shared conditions.
    *Medical Marijuana Law, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption: Discussion Paper 6112, Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn)
    **In 2010 the California Beer & Beverage Distributors gave $10,000 to Public Safety First, a committee organized to oppose California's marijuana initiative.

    cfp categories: general_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetprofessional_topicsscience_and_culture 44179"John Clare: Nature and the Self"- due March 15, 2012MLA Convention, January 3–6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu1323484314ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiespoetryromanticfull name / name of organization: MLA Convention, January 3–6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts contact email: samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu

    Papers can address any aspect of the poetry and prose of John Clare and his contemporaries, especially regarding the representation of the human and nonhuman worlds. A 300-500 word abstract and professional affiliation should be sent by 15 March to Samantha Harvey at samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu

    cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiespoetryromantic 44180The Canadian Fantastic: Special Issue: Journal of the Fantastic in the ArtsGraham J. Murphy; Chrissie MainsGraham.Murphy@trentu.ca; cemains@shaw.ca1323488142childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Graham J. Murphy; Chrissie Mainscontact email: Graham.Murphy@trentu.ca; cemains@shaw.ca

    Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts: The 'Canadian Fantastic" Call for Papers

    Towards the end of "We Have Met the Alien (And It Is Us)" (1985), Judith Merril concludes "after months of immersion in Canadian futures, that there is something one just might call a Canadian consciousness, and that this unique sensibility of accepting-and-coping might just have something of value to offerto the uncertain future of a planet in perilous pain" (23).

    Although Merril was speaking of Canadian science fiction, Canadian authors saturate the entire range of those fictions we broadly label the "fantastic": R. Scott Bakker, Sylvie Bérard, A. M. Dellamonica, Charles de Lint, Cory Doctorow, Candas Jane Dorsey, William Gibson, Hiromi Goto, Phyllis Gotlieb, Nalo Hopkinson, Tanya Huff, Guy Gavriel Kay, Yves Meynard, Spider Robinson,Geoff Ryman, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, S. M. Stirling, Jean-Louis Trudel, Elisabeth Vonarburg, A. E. van Vogt, Robert Charles Wilson, to alphabetize only a few of Canada's northern stars.

    This Special Issue of JFA on "The Canadian Fantastic" invites participants to consider Merril's "Canadian consciousness" in those diverse realms of the fantastic.

    To submit a proposal, please send a 300 word abstract by January 13, 2012, to both:

    Christine Mains: cemains@shaw.ca
    Graham J. Murphy: grahammurphy@trentu

    cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 4418120th centuryadele allahverdifly.butterfly98@yahoo.com1323494342cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: adele allahverdicontact email: fly.butterfly98@yahoo.com

    i am a MA student in English literature,and I am working on on my thesis under the title of "The Mythological Analysis of Renault's "The King Must Die and The Bull From the Sea" Based on Jungian Psychoanalysis" .
    Beside it I want to present an essay about this subject,too.
    I would like to know if it is possible to publish this essay in your journal.
    My Best Regard

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44182Orientalism/Orientalisms - Altre Modernità n.8 -11/2012; ABSTRACT DELIVERY: 10 February 2012Università degli Studi di Milano - ITALYamonline@unimi.it1323503705african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Università degli Studi di Milano - ITALYcontact email: amonline@unimi.it


    Edited by Nicoletta Vallorani and Emanuele Monegato

    In 1978, Edward Said publishes Orientalism. This essay marks a turning point in
    postcolonial and cultural studies especially because it radically questions the western
    perspective on the Orient. Examining the diachronic process that led to the European
    perception of its oldest and richest colonies, Said is straightforward in stating that
    "Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an ontological & epistemological distinction
    made between 'the Orient' and (most of the time) 'the Occident'" (Said 1978: 3). In this
    distinction, the Occident has tacitly acquired the role of the hegemonic culture which,
    putting forward its partial and incomplete vision of the Orient, has literally "created" it
    (Said 1978: 40), through the selective accumulation of notions biased by a single
    assumption: the burden of white men is unchanged, and as democratic as western
    democracy may be, it remains substantiated by the practice of a power with confused
    though unquestionable origins. Frantz Fanon, in drawing his "white mask", reports the
    same concept: the Occident claims its possession of reality, language and thought, and
    labels as inferior everything that does not resemble it. In a Foucaultian way, the Occident
    proposes a discourse that justifies and authorizes the power of the White Man and
    reverses the cognitive process, putting interpretation before cognition. In this way, far
    from critically interpreting a symbolically and historically alien space, the Occident has
    transformed the Orient into a colonial territory whose assumed aporias are to be
    emendated by simply overlapping a symbolic and political universe made in the west.
    More than thirty years later and in the light of a historical and cultural climate that
    has determined a deep revision of many established positions on the Orient, the aim of
    this work is to photograph the progressive multiplication and fragmentation of what was
    once a unitary and unitarily reductive vision. The need to revise the traditional perspective
    – already explored in Panza's recent volume (Orientalismi, 2011) – has reasons and results
    from very different epistemological fields, from philosophy to sociology, from cultural
    studies to postcolonial and anthropological theories. Our reflection stems from a
    contemporary history in which the Orient has taken up different and at times opposite
    shapes, which are no longer identifiable according to just one aspect, whatever this may
    Call for papers/Convocatoria/Appel à contribution n. 8 – 11/2012
    N. 6 – 11/2011
    No matter how differing the critical perspectives adopted, they are all based on the
    same uneven ground: the perception of a radical yet inalienable alterity, not
    standardizable according to traditional categories. The mystery of the east, in other words,
    seems to have become more articulated in time, though maintaining all its revolutionary
    connotation as reported in Said, and has produced diversified profiles of the Orient.
    Plurality has not reduced alterity. On the contrary, these many "orients" seem to have
    multiplied the fear of what is other and thus incomprehensible.
    Within this horizon, Issue 8 of Other Modernities intends to develop, both from a
    theoretical and an applied perspective, the following research lines:
    - The concept of Orient in contemporary times: Geographic and symbolic spaces
    - Orientalisms and imperialisms
    - Orientalisms and globalization
    - Orientalisms and the fear of the other
    - Terrorism/terrorisms
    - Colonization reversed: The Orient conquering the Occident
    - The cultural exportation of oriental models
    - and oriental worlds
    Naturally, the Scientific Committee will thoroughly evaluate any different proposals on the
    subject that may be put forth by potential contributors, with the objective of widening the
    exploration undertaken with this issue to include any articulated and original suggestions.
    The editorial board has established the following deadlines.
    Authors should send in their proposals in the form of a 10 (min.)-20 (max.) line
    abstract with a short biosketch to amonline@unimi.it by no later than 10 February 2012.
    The editorial office will inform authors whose contributions are accepted by 20
    February 2012.
    Contributions must be received by 20 June 2012.
    The issue will be published by the end of November 2012.
    Reviews or interviews to authors or researchers dealing with the issue's subject will
    also be welcome. In order to make the contributions as consistent as possible, the editors
    are fully available to be contacted by authors by email or through the editorial office

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 44183MEMORY REMAINS Graduate Student Conference, March 31 - April 1, 2012Northeastern University English Graduate Student Associationmemoryremains2012@gmail.com1323538215african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northeastern University English Graduate Student Associationcontact email: memoryremains2012@gmail.com

    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA

    Keynote Speaker: Marita Sturken, Professor and Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

    Faculty Speaker: Erika Boeckeler, Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University

    March 31 - April 1, 2012

    We invite submissions for our sixth annual conference, Memory Remains. Our conference seeks to explore the integral role that memory and its remains play in our daily lives — in public and private constructions of self and reality — as well as in individual and communal narratives. Memory is transitory, yet seemingly permanent; it occupies the borders of ontology, reaching into our sensory and bodily awareness. In short, we rely on our capacity to remember to draw conclusions about ourselves and others, and yet memory is, at its base, unreliable, biased, and transient.

    Memory's remains are left over after a moment or an event's conclusion: ruins in former colonial spaces, ephemera in archives, remnants of student writing, practiced or rehearsed personal narratives. To claim that memory remains is a bold pronouncement that argues for memory's haunting quality, but also the resilience of memory, and its fundamental role in shaping human identity. Our conference invites the interrogation of memory and its remains, from across a number of different intellectual fields — anthropology, philosophy, rhetoric, cinema studies, psychology, sociology, geography, political science, history, the visual arts, literary studies, composition studies, narratology, or even biology and neuroscience — as well as methodologies.

    You may submit individual abstracts of 250 words or panel proposals, for three participants, of 750 words to memoryremains2012@gmail.com by no later than December 16, 2011. Please include your name(s), department(s), and university affiliation(s).

    Call for Art: We are also seeking original artwork, in any medium, for a conference-sponsored art exhibit that explores this year's theme. Works of art will be displayed throughout the conference event. Art submissions should include an image of the work, the title, media, and dimensions, and artist's contact information. Send submissions to memoryremains2012@gmail.com by no later than December 16, 2011.

    Presenters might consider, but are not limited to, the following questions:

    • Is memory crucial to identity – national, personal, communal?
    • How do memory remains become part of myth?
    • How do the remains of trauma interact with memory?
    • How is memory, and its remains, characterized in novels and poetry?
    • Is visual memory important to narrative construction?
    • What is the legacy of memory remains in postcolonial spaces?
    • Why do we memorize?
    • Why do we archive?
    • How do we record and preserve our memories? What remains do we typically use?
    • Does collective memory exist and, if so, how does it influence a community?
    • What is the role of authenticity in memory?
    • What are earlier (perhaps classical) literary, historical, and rhetorical figurations of memory?
    • How has technology changed humanity's relationship to internal memory, through externalizing the storage of its remains?
    • What is the role of memory in the college writing classroom, and its pedagogy?
    • How does memory "haunt" people, spaces, and official/unofficial histories?
    • What are the haunting remains of memory?
    • How does memory, and its repression or suppression, guide the rhetoric of war and violence?
    • What are the political and legal stakes of memory remains?

    We urge scholars to comb through their own memory recesses for intellectual questions related to the construction, deployment, and absence of memory and its remains.

    "The original experiences of memory are irretrievable; we can only 'know' them through memory remains – images, objects, texts, stories." — Marita Sturken

    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_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44184Invitation_3CFP_2012_Problems of Management in the 21st CenturySCIENTIA SOCIALIS, UAB problemsofmanagement@gmail.com1323539455general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicstheoryfull name / name of organization: SCIENTIA SOCIALIS, UAB contact email: problemsofmanagement@gmail.com

    The Associated Member of Lithuanian Scientific Society, European Society for the History of Science (ESHS), Association of Lithuanian Serials, and International Council of Association for Science Education /ICASE/
    E-mail: problemsofmanagement@gmail.com

    Dear colleagues,
    We send to you the information about the possibility to submit an article for international scientific journal (Third Call)
    "Problems of Management in the 21st Century" ISSN 2029-6932


    Dr., prof. Constantin Bratianu, Romania; Dr., assoc. prof. Marek Franek, Czechia; Dr., prof. Vincentas Lamanauskas, Lithuania; Dr., prof. Ivars Muzis, Latvia; Dr., prof. Stephen Nzuve, Kenya; Dr., prof. Sonia Teresinha de Sousa Penin, Brazil; Dr., assoc. prof. Laima Railiene, Lithuania; Dr., prof. Chris Rensleigh, South Africa; Dr., assoc. prof. Tsai-Hsin Chu, Taiwan, Asst. prof., dr. Nikhil Chandra Shil, Bangladesh.

    • Human resource management;
    • Management of private and public sector institutions;
    • Management of education,
    • Managers in organizations today;
    • Quality of management;
    • Information and communication technologies in management;
    • Scientific methods to management;
    • Strategic management;
    • Organizational behaviour;
    • Management of organizational knowledge;
    • Risk management;
    • Leadership issues in the Twenty-First Century;
    • Systems and Information Management;
    • Value-based management;
    • Other Areas Related to Management

    MAIN INFORMATION /the rules for scientific articles may be found on website indicated above, or they may be sent to you by journal manager/.

    Your full paper, which should be not shorter than 5 pages (A4 paper size, using Times New Roman 12-point font size, single-spacing, Microsoft Word format, all margins 25mm) should be submitted until 10 March 2012. Please do not use other fonts or formatting. All non-text items in the paper (diagrams, graphs, etc. in black and white) must also be inserted in the text. If the paper is in Russian, summary (not less than 0,5 A4 page, including title of paper in english; all parts of the research must be reflected in the summary) is required in English. All papers should be submitted in electronic digital format to the centre secretariat to the e-mail address listed in the letterhead above. The full requirements are available at: http://www.jbse.webinfo.lt/PMC/Problems_of_Management.htm

    Please take note that your paper will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee for acceptance. Papers accepted undergo quality control by Editorial Board. Also, we ask author (-s) to present together with manuscript one review-recommendation (free style; please indicate exact details about reviewer – name, surname, position, scientific degree, institution). All authors must take care of the language revision by they own. The language must be clear and accurate. The work should be written in an impersonal style. We do not accept and will not publish manuscripts which are indeed a derivative of the same author(s)' previous work. We are publishing only original scholarly works. The languages – English, Russian. The style for references – APA style (available on the Internet).

    Publication price – 15 EUR per one page. Shiping expenses – 9 EUR (EU states) and 12 EUR (non-EU states) (for one copy of journal). Extra copy – 15 EUR. All papers will be checked by CrossCheck system.
    Additional information is available on journal website: http://www.jbse.webinfo.lt/PMC/Problems_of_Management.htm

    IMPORTANT DATES (deadlines)

    Application form /please download from website/ 05 February 2012
    Invitation to present full paper 12 February 2012
    Full Paper Submission Dateline 10 March 2012
    Notifications of acceptance (tentative) 18 March 2012
    Notifications of acceptance (final) and invitation to transfer publication fee (contribution) /with invoice/ 25 March 2012
    Publication of Scientific Journal March-April 2012
    Delivery to author (-s) April-May 2012

    Yours respectfully,
    Head Prof. dr. Vincentas Lamanauskas

    cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicstheory 44185Rebecca Harding Davis Panel at SSAWW Oct. 13-20, 2012Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her WorldRCadwallader@francis.edu1323542885americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryreligionfull name / name of organization: Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her Worldcontact email: RCadwallader@francis.edu

    The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will organize one session at the triennial conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. The conference will be held October 10-13, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. For further information about the conference, please consult SSAWW's website at http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/ssaww/index.html
    SSAWW provides this description, in part, of the conference theme: "Citizenship—how to claim it, how best to exercise it, and where its boundaries lie—is at the heart of much women's writing. Citizenship can be constructed in many ways, both legally and culturally, and can be explored in terms of race, class, ethnicity, family, sexuality, economics, religion, place, and region—in short, from multiple perspectives and through multiple lenses. It can also be investigated as a question of form and genre: what kinds of writing 'belong,' and to what realms or entities do they claim entry?" In keeping with the conference theme of "Citizenship and Belonging," we are interested in proposals that explore cultural constructions of citizenship and/or ideas about "belonging" in Davis's extensive body of work. How does Davis define citizenship and, more broadly, community? Who is included or excluded by those definitions? While all approaches will be considered, we especially welcome proposals that draw attention to Davis's lesser-known texts and to connections to other nineteenth-century women writers.
    Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters. Presenters must be members of SSAWW and the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the Davis society, please visit our website at http://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/
    Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2012
    Please send a one-page abstract and a brief C.V. to Robin Cadwallader via e-mail: RCadwallader@francis.edu

    cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryreligion 44186[UPDATE] "Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences" British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignmodernities@gmail.com1323547496african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigncontact email: modernities@gmail.com

    Call for Papers and Posters:

    "Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences"

    British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    March 9-10, 2012

    Keynote Speakers: David Herman, Department of English, The Ohio State University

    Kara D. Federmeier; Department of Psychology, Program in
    Neuroscience, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The British Modernities Group invites graduate students to present papers and posters at its seventh annual conference: "Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences." This conference will incorporate presentations from faculty and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, including English, neuroscience, psychology, and linguistics. Keynote presentations from David Herman, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, and Kara D. Federmeier, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, will emphasize the importance of dialogue between the humanities and the sciences. We seek innovative research that studies language or literature from the perspective of cognitive science and/or research that utilizes cognitive approaches to modern and contemporary British literature (1800–present). The conference will ultimately explore the characteristics, objectives, and productive potential of the methodology now called "cognitive literary criticism."

    Literary studies has long engaged with psychology and psychoanalysis, but a growing movement proposes that practitioners in this discipline must account for new information provided by the cognitive sciences as to how our bodies engage with their environments. These environments include the historical, social, and cultural contexts with which feminism, queer theory, and disability studies have long engaged. Conversely, many cognitive scientists take literature and language itself as the objects of their research. This research finds significant challenges in literary texts, and approaching scientific findings from a literary perspective can enrich the study of both literature and the brain.

    This conference is interested in exploring such questions as: How does cognitive processing affect the production and reception of literature and language? What are the characteristics of this new wave of literary and cultural criticism, and how can critics utilize the skills of literary analysis to challenge or build on scientific findings? How is the development of cultures, societies, histories, and literary texts affected by cognitive or neural structures? How can we think of nature less as the binary opposite of culture and more "as a category that has its own history," as Alan Richardson and Francis Steen do? Finally, why might cognitive approaches to literature have specific relevance to the study of modern British literature, as opposed to literature from other periods?

    We invite papers and posters that consider the following perspectives on language, literature, and cognitive science:

    Theory of mind
    Social interaction
    Disability, sex/gender, race
    Language processing
    Cognitive poetics or narratology
    Metaphors of mind
    Cartesian dualism and the mind/brain distinction
    Figurative language

    Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to modernities@gmail.com by December 20, 2011. Please include your name, along with your departmental and institutional affiliations, and any A/V requirements. Accepted papers and posters will be notified by January 20, 2012.

    Visit our website, http://modernities.wordpress.com/, for more information about the BMG.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44187[UPDATE] - CFP – So What?: Exploring the Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (DEADLINE EXTENDED - 12/15)North Carolina State University (NCSU) Association of English Graduate Studentsaegs.conference@gmail.com1323548356african-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: North Carolina State University (NCSU) Association of English Graduate Studentscontact email: aegs.conference@gmail.com

    Call For Papers – "So What?: Exploring the Importance and Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century"

    Third Annual Graduate Student Conference

    The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference, which will be held February 24-25, 2012, in Raleigh, NC.

    In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine and explore the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.

    We encourage graduate students from all areas of the humanities to submit and share their research. We welcome submissions that reframe existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of humanities studies, and the possible trajectories of the fields that comprise the humanities in the coming decades.
    Potential questions may include any of the following: What significance does an individual's humanities research have on academia? How do individual genre & subject studies (i.e., Renaissance studies, eco-criticism, queer studies, colonial studies, socio-linguistics, etc.) benefit or bolster academic communities and, more importantly, society beyond academia? How do changes in literary/humanities research benefit scholars and non-scholars alike? What is the role of serious scholarship on popular culture and media, and how might this scholarship change entertainment, scholarship, and communication? How might the exploration of linguistic and/or rhetorical history, patterns, and evolution benefit society? What is the role of visual texts (moving and still pictures, sculpture, street art, etc.) in commenting on and reacting to cultural and societal shifts?

    In order to answer some of these questions, we are seeking submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
    - The role of technology in the academy, i.e. digital humanities
    - Needs for new modes of scholarship, collaborative study, inter/crossdisciplinary studies, new and emerging methodologies, and increased communication between the humanities and other fields
    - How language shapes research in all fields
    - Ways of knowing
    - Communication between academic and popular readers
    - Applied humanities
    - Changing boundaries of "text"
    - Reexamining categories based on author- and readership, national identities, and political/cultural theories
    - Reconciling historical perspectives with emerging trends
    - Function of humanities studies in society at large

    We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities: English studies, literature, linguistics, film studies, creative writing, scientific/technical writing, rhetoric & composition, cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies and others.

    Proposals for individual presentations should be approximately 300 words.

    Email your submissions to aegs.symposium@gmail.com. Include your name and institution in the body of your email; please remove all identifying markers on your proposal.

    Deadline: December 15, 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 44188[UPDATE] Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary (13 - 16 June 2012)Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenarycharles-sligh@utc.edu1323605339bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookgeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenarycontact email: charles-sligh@utc.edu


    13 JUNE 2012 – 16 JUNE 2012


    CFP Deadline: 15 January 2012

    The year 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990).

    A celebrated novelist, poet, and travel writer, Durrell is most remembered for the novels comprising The Alexandria Quartet (1957 – 1960), along with a trio of island books, Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra (1945), Reflections on a Marine Venus: A Companion to the Landscape of Rhodes (1953), and Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (1957).

    The International Lawrence Durrell Society will celebrate the 2012 Lawrence Durrell Centenary by holding a world-class gathering of readers, scholars, archivists, and distinguished speakers in London, the city that looms behind all other Durrellian cities, real or imagined.

    Working jointly with the Lawrence Durrell Estate, Curtis Brown, Faber & Faber, and the British Library, the International Lawrence Durrell Society will host the 2012 Durrell Centenary at London House, on the grounds of Goodenough College.

    Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary invites proposals for scholarly papers treating any aspect of Lawrence Durrell's writings, life, or times.

    CFP Deadline: 15 January 2012

    Go to the form for ONLINE SUBMISSION.


    cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookgeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44189Stet Journal, Issue 2 "Metamorphosis and Change"Chisomo Kalinga/ King's College Londonchisomo.kalinga@kcl.ac.uk1323632671african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Chisomo Kalinga/ King's College Londoncontact email: chisomo.kalinga@kcl.ac.uk

    Stet Journal, Issue 2: www.stetjournal.org

    Issue 2: Metamorphosis and Change

    Stet — the online postgraduate journal of the English Department at King's College London — is now accepting submissions for its second peer reviewed* publication from postgraduate students in English, Comparative Literature and American Studies departments.

    Issue 2 will present articles from an international pool of postgraduates on the concept of metamorphosis. The issue seeks to consider varying aspects of this theme; submissions might address (although need not be limited to):

     Interpretations of the body in performance and/or literature
     Developments in eco‐criticism
     Representations of gender and sexuality and the transformation of the body
     Changes in representing the past
     Transformation of the city
     Transformative journeys; travel writing; migration
     Questioning borders and boundaries
     Change through disease and virus
     Adaptations or moments of transition between media (performance
    /manuscript/ print/ digital)
     Political change or transition
     Ethnographic readings
     Metamorphosis of language

    We invite you to submit articles of between 3,500 – 5,000 words, along with a brief mini‐biography to the editors of Issue 2 at stetjournal@kcl.ac.uk no later than Wednesday February 15th 2012. Any queries can also be sent to Stet editors, Issue
    2, Chisomo Kalinga (Chisomo.kalinga@kcl.ac.uk) and Sophie Lally

    *For more information about Stet's peer review process, please visit the About page of our website at http://stetjournal.org

    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_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian