Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution? Postgraduate conference, Keele University, 12th May 2012

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Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution?
Postgraduate conference, Keele University, 12th May 2012

15 minute papers are sought for a one-day postgraduate conference on the intersections between literature and science from 1800 to the present day.

The long nineteenth century saw the cultural foundation for a dialogue between the Sciences and the Arts that continues to this day. Despite the lacuna that is traditionally posited between these two subjects, from the Romantic beginning of the nineteenth century and throughout the Victorian period, artists, writers and scientists alike were conscious of the confluences between their disciplines. The Victorian fashion for reading cutting-edge scientific articles alongside, for example, philosophical poetry or serialized novels in magazines and journals was preceded by / inherited from the Romantic tendency to blur the boundaries between scientific and artistic study, and set a precedent for the mutual evaluation of these two fields.
In addition, scientists often employed literary tropes and epigraphs to reiterate their messages; indeed scientific theories could frequently trace their origins back to literature (. The advancement of science throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lead to an increased concern with social anxieties about science. This manifested itself as a penchant for science fiction novels that purported to explore the possibilities that science was yet to realize.
This legacy can be traced well into the twentieth century. The exploitation of science and technology in the world wars revived a literary preoccupation with science represented in post-war fiction. Today it emerges in phrases like the portmanteau 'Franken-foods', which borrows Mary Shelley's eponymous 19th century protagonist to highlight the fears of contemporary scientific applications. This conference will explore those intimate relationships between the two cultures of science and literature, and will examine the ways in which anxieties of the long nineteenth century have continued to express themselves in the present day.

Call for papers – applicants might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Darwinism and social anxiety
- Medical pandemics in literature
- The dissemination of science (including the impact of technological innovation on the material text)
- Representations of physical and mental illness
- Access to science for women and children
- Fears of technological advancement (e.g. Ludditism)
- Reflections on the science of warfare
- Apocalyptic visions
- Critical approaches to the two cultures (including modern opposition between arts and sciences)
- Popular Science – the third culture

We welcome proposals of 200-300 words for 15 minute presentations. Please send proposals and any queries to Emilie Taylor-Brown, Jo Taylor and Katie McGettigan at: The CFP and further information can be found at our website:

The deadline for proposals is 31st March 2012.

44921Sylvia Plath Symposium 2012: The October PoemsDepartment of English, Indiana University Bloomingtonkdconnor (at) indiana.edu1328201650americangender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Department of English, Indiana University Bloomingtoncontact email: kdconnor (at)

The Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington is accepting papers for the Sylvia Plath Symposium 2012: The October Poems. This interdisciplinary event to be held on the Bloomington campus runs from Thursday through Sunday, October 25-28.

While topics on any aspect of Plath's work are welcome, featured speakers and artists will respond to what Plath called "the best poems of my life" – including "Daddy," "Lady Lazarus," "Ariel," "Fever 103°" and the Bee Sequence poems.

Day one of the Symposium focuses on the phenomenon of inspiration and the creative imagination, and literary panels will take place on Friday and Saturday. Papers should be 15-20 minutes. Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words to plath70 (at) Deadline is July 1, but earlier submissions are encouraged, especially for international scholars.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44922[UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 15] UCLA Southland Graduate Conference: Art and Accident: June 1, 2012UCLA Department of Englishart.and.accident@gmail.com1328202244african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: UCLA Department of Englishcontact email:

2012 UCLA Southland Graduate Conference: Art and Accident
June 1, 2012

"Step accidently on your untied shoelace, fall down and you'll understand a thing or two about the theory of literature." --Viktor Shklovsky

We might think of the history of modern criticism as a history of denials of the importance of accident in the experience of art, from the central role of "purposiveness" in the Kantian conception of beauty to twentieth-century literary critical debates about authorial intention and organic integrity. The apprehension of accident as such is parried in New Historicist explorations of the complex causal mechanics of "the political unconscious," and dodged as thoroughly (if much differently) in newer inquiries into the structural roles that affects play in our aesthetic categories. Critics of all stripes know there's something a little funny when we say "it's no accident…"—Eve Sedgwick, even, has shown us the joke (we are the kid who's peed himself on purpose)—but collectively seeing through this gesture does not keep us from making it. It's difficult for the literary critic to embrace accident, to find a rubric for its appreciation. What's at stake in learning how? At a critical moment poised for an "aesthetic turn," that is to say for the reactivation of big questions of art and its systematic study, it is possible to frame anew and ask afresh questions like this; we wager that answering them is a vital task.

This spring, we invite you to untie your shoes and join us in this important work at the annual Southland Graduate Student Conference at UCLA, sponsored by the Friends of English. Possible topics may include, but are in no way limited to, the following:

• changing historical conceptions of the accidental, and how literary art makes its meaning
with, against, or alongside them
• "bad copies" and deviant reprints
• science and the accident of human existence; social history and the accidents of social
forms; accidental institutions and accidents of specialization and discipline
• a "divinity in odd numbers": theologies of accident; providential interpretation and its discontents
• semiotics and accident; the role of chance in etymology and metaphor
• identity categories: essence and/or accident; accidental sex (and gender)
• the material text as something more than an accident of "the text itself"
• modernism and contingency, modern art and "the arts of contingency"
• realism and "the world of chance"; coincidence and historical causality
• contingency before modernity
• conventional accidents and accidental innovations; genre as literary historical accident
• rhyme and accident; the poetics of mishap; puns and verbal play
• performance and contingency; staged accidents and accidents on stage
• the unpredictability of political crisis and revolution; the logic of mob versus organized protest; terrorism and disaster
• genres of the accidental: essay, picaresque, jazz, found art, flarf poetry, and others; literary evolution and its vicissitudes

This conference is open to all fields and specializations, and we actively encourage speculative and interdisciplinary work. Panels will be organized according to theme. To promote discussion and debate, each panel will feature a brief response from a UCLA graduate student. Keynote speakers: Michael Cohen and Louise Hornby.

Please send 250-word abstracts to by February 15th, 2012. Please paste the abstract the body of the email. Include your name, contact information, department, and institution. Prospective participants will be notified by February 20th. The conference will be held on June 1st, 2012, on the UCLA campus. Send any inquires to the same email address.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44923[UPDATE] Miami Vice:The Role of Immorality and Depravity in Constructions of the Self and CommunityThe 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposiummegaablog@gmail.com1328202332americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposiumcontact email:

What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow. -- Henry Fielding

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.--Marquis de Sade

Greed, avarice, and lust; bribery, prostitution, and blackmail; sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll—vice is a sign and cause of social ills as well as an outlet of rebellion against structure and stagnation. How we (dis)associate ourselves with vice helps constitute our individual and group identities and affiliations.

Vice can be conceptualized as a cause of literal and figurative decay but also as a catalyst for a re-imagining of the body politic and the individual body. As de Sade notes, virtue and vice are both counterpoints and dependents--one cannot exist without the other. As we revise our interpretations of what these categories signify, we re-position ourselves and therefore develop our personalities and the cultures we exist in.

We encourage submissions from all academic disciplines and perspectives.

Questions of Inquiry and Threads of Discussion

Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:

• Attempts of eradication of vice and the institution
• Defining and regulating vice
• How do vices shape/define individuals and societies?
• Relationships between government and vice
• Vice as trope. What roles does vice play in literature? In political rhetoric?
• How does vice figure into binaries of self and Other? Into notions of public and private?
• How does vice influence boundaries of scientific inquiry? Of medical inquiry?
• Vice and Power
• Exploitations of vice/virtue
• Technology, mass media and/as vice/virtue
• Media depictions of vice; media depictions of vice as vice
• Epistemological or ontological explorations of vice
• Explorations of virtue ethics
• Economics, vice taxes, and other monetary implications
• Depictions of vice and virtue in film, television, advertising, and performance

We are also looking to host several readings of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, throughout the conference and welcome submissions of original work. If submitting creative work, please indicate you are doing so on the proposal submission form.

Both single paper and full panel submissions are encouraged. Along with proposals for traditional academic paper presentations, we encourage proposals for non-traditional presentations including performances, multimedia displays, discussion formats, interactive sessions, poster presentations, artwork, and video or photography installations.

Featured Speakers

A list of featured speakers will be announced on the conference website at a later date.

Submitting Proposals

Download the proposal form here: Please provide all speaker information and presentation titles on the proposal form. Remove all personal identifiers from the proposal itself. Please limit both individual and panel proposals to 500 words.

Proposal deadline EXTENDED: FEBRUARY 9, 2012: 11:59 p.m. EST

Email completed forms: Symposium Committee,

Hard copy submissions are also accepted and can be mailed to:


English Department
356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Official acceptances will be emailed to participants by February 14, 2012.

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheory 44924[UPDATE] Deadline Extended - Shakespeare in Performance conference, UMFUniversity of Maine at Farmingtonbrown.eric@maine.edu1328208349film_and_televisioninternational_conferencespopular_culturerenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: University of Maine at Farmingtoncontact email:

Shakespeare in Performance
University of Maine at Farmington May 4-6 2012

The deadline for proposals has been extended to 20 February 2012.

Shakespeare and performance in all its expressions, with a focus on the tragedies. This includes stage and screen adaptations, but we are also especially interested in papers and proposals for workshops, demonstrations, and non-traditional presentations on previously under-examined Shakespearean performance (musical scores, ballet, puppetry, street theater, digitization, hybridization, and so forth). Papers engaging the intertextualities of play, performance, and reception, source and script, and that are sensitive to the multiplicity of competing interpretations are also encouraged.

In the spirit of switching back and forth between times, texts, peoples and languages, this conference on May 4-6, 2012, at the University of Maine at Farmington, USA, is co-organized with the Université du Maine, France. It continues an exploration of similar topics developed for the Shakespeare and Performance conference in Le Mans, France, in November 2011. The UMF conference will be hosted in the brand new Emery Community Arts Center, which includes a flexible space gallery and a lighting-intensive indoor production space that seats 150 and opens to an outdoor playing area for concerts and theatre performances.

Possible additional topics for papers :

(1) directing the space, the stage, the light-effects;
(2) the aesthetics of the stage and its coherence with the play-text;
(3) voice, role and their practice;
(4) spectacular effects (music; sets and props; architecture of the playhouse; rhythm and pace; the public's involvement, etc.);
(5) editing/cutting/creating special effects/dramatic partition and scenario;
(6) adaptation/actualization/historical reconstruction;
(7) rewriting/rereading (additions; cuts; collages; translations).
(8) performance and pedagogy

Other related proposals shall be taken into consideration.

Please send your proposals before 31 January 2011 to:

Eric C. Brown
Associate Professor of English
University of Maine at Farmington


Estelle Rivier
Senior Lecturer
Université du Maine – Le Mans

cfp categories: film_and_televisioninternational_conferencespopular_culturerenaissancetheatre 44925East-European Women's Migration Narratives at MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston)Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandrusabina.draga@americanstudies.ro1328212809americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandrucontact email:

This panel will examine recent (post-communist) narratives in an enlarged sense (fiction, newspaper articles, documentaries, websites, blogs, forums, visual narratives, oral stories and/or testimonies) by and about East-European women engaged in transnational relocation. Please send 250-word abstracts and short biographical notes (150 words) to by March 15, 2012.

cfp categories: americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 44926[UPDATE] Bondage and Power: 15 February 2012 (journal issue)Schuylkill Graduate Journal skook@temple.edu1328215869african-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_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Schuylkill Graduate Journal contact email:

We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning. -- Aldous Huxley

The representation and experience of bondage and power is a complex, multifaceted issue in the humanities: the definition and re-definition of these terms and the nature of their interaction has been debated by philosophers, literary theorists, sociologists, novelists, poets, journalists, political theorists, and other scholars of the humanistic sciences across various time periods. Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 10th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2012 (online and in print) which seek to push against, transform, or invigorate traditional and standardized notions of bondage and power, exploring how these variables act upon each other to produce layered and complex combinations. We are seeking papers on the relationship between bondage and power, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to Jennifer McKim at by 15 February 2012. No simultaneous submissions please.

The Schuylkill invites submissions from across the humanities and social sciences that reflect on the relationship between bondage and power, in the broadest interpretation of these terms. We invite submissions from a diverse range of disciplines, critical perspectives, and time periods.

Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

The bondage of labor: wage labor, domestic labor, sweatshops, sex work, debt bondage, social justice

Slavery: narratives of captivity in literature, film, video games and other media; psychological enslavement; Hegelian master-slave dialectics; imperialism and colonial appropriation; fiscal or agricultural enslavement; modern-day slavery; human rights

Visual/auditory representations of power and/or art as resistance to power

Power and the environment: electricity, wind power, steam power, solar energy, nuclear power, sustainability

Bondage to hegemonic structures or systems that foster racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, jingoism, ableism, xenophobia, religious persecution, genetic discrimination, linguicism, reverse discrimination, or any other form of intolerance

Power of the digital humanities and/or its limits

Cultural representations of sexual bondage, erotica, and sadomasochism

Institutional bondage and power: incarceration; social mobility; marital and family bonds; religion and power; intellectual bondage; spatial bondage and hyperghettoization; pedagogical power

The relationship between bondage and power on warfare and torture; for example, Abu Graib, its media coverage/ the impact of its iconography

Performances of power

Acts of resistance, subversion, and protest to various forms of bondage and power-based relationships

Power over control/dissemination of information via journalism, blogs, government agencies, television news media, censorship, and propaganda

The Schuylkill is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal founded, edited, and run by graduate students at Temple University in Philadelphia. We are looking to publish the scholarly work of graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from around the globe. We are especially interested in work that, in presenting a rich and nuanced perspective on the topic of the relationships between bondage and power, blurs the boundaries of the disciplines (literary theory; philosophy; linguistics; sociology; history; political theory; religious studies; cinema studies; women's studies; classics; art history; geography and urban studies, etc.)

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_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44927[UPDATE] Call for Book Reviews: Bondage and Power, 15 February 2012 (journal issue)Schuylkill Graduate Journalskook@temple.edu1328216829african-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: Schuylkill Graduate Journalcontact email:

Deadline: February 15, 2012

Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Bondage and Power -- Special Issue

Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 10th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2012 (online and print). We are seeking book reviews on works addressing the question of bondage and power (broadly defined), 5 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should direct their work to Colleen Hammelman and Beth Seltzer at by February 15, 2012; no simultaneous submissions please. All reviews will be anonymously reviewed by at least two staff members. Please e-mail submissions with author name and contact info on first page only. In an effort to minimize our environmental impact, copies of submissions not accepted for publication will be recycled.

In his renowned 1992 book City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1992), Mike Davis describes the social warfare in Los Angeles that pits the interests of the urban poor and the middle classes. He argues:

The obsession with physical security systems, and, collaterally, with the architectural policing of social boundaries, has become a zeitgeist of urban restructuring, a master narrative in the emerging built environment of the 1990s. Yet contemporary urban theory, whether debating the role of electronic technologies in precipitating 'postmodern space', or discussing the dispersion of urban functions across poly-centered metropolitan 'galaxies', has been strangely silent about the militarization of city life so grimly visible at the street level.

Davis further describes the ways in which "redevelopment massively reproduced spatial apartheid" and how the new architecture and security apparatus in LA has served to bound the poor and homeless to a life as fugitives and always in motion, "pressed between the official policy of containment and the increasing sadism of Downtown streets." This is but one demonstration of the complexity of bondage and power in society. This is a multifaceted issue in the humanities: the definition and re-definition of these terms and the nature of their interaction has been debated by philosophers, literary theorists, sociologists, novelists, poets, journalists, political theorists, geographers and other scholars of the humanistic sciences across various time periods.

Because we want to provide an original and important angle to the discussion of new works, we will publish reviews by graduate students exclusively. Additionally, the reviews will explicitly address the reviewer's impressions of the importance of the work to future research as well as emerging fields, disciplines, approaches, etc.

To compliment the articles centered on this issue's special topic of bondage and power, The Schuylkill seeks book reviews of recent scholarship that in some way deal with this topic. Below is a list of suggestions, but the editors are open to other works provided they were published in the past two years.

A few suggestions (though the possibilities are by no means limited to this list):

Gene Sharp's Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts. (2011)
Isa Blumi's Foundations of Modernity: Human Agency and the Imperial State. (2011)
Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong's Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen.(2011)
John Hench's Books as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II. (2010)
Stephanie Li's Something Akin to Freedom: The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women. (2010)

We welcome reviews focusing on any of the multi-dimensional aspects of power and bondage, ranging from the bondage of labor to power and the environment to institutional bondage and power, and topics in between. Please feel free to write with questions or proposals.

The Schuylkill is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal founded, edited, and run by graduate students at Temple University in Philadelphia. We are looking to publish the scholarly work of graduate students in the humanities from around the globe. We are especially interested in work that, in presenting a rich and nuanced perspective on the topic of bondage and power, blurs the boundaries of the disciplines (literary theory; philosophy; history; political theory; religious studies; cinema studies; women's studies; art history; etc.)

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 44928Flannery O'Connor and ... ?, RMMLA, Boulder, CO, Oct 2012David Z. Wehnerwehner@msmary.edu1328225264americanreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: David Z. Wehnercontact email:

Panel will examine O'Connor in conjunction with other writers and artists she influenced, who influenced her, who help us better illuminate some aspect of her work. Deadline March 1, 2012.

cfp categories: americanreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 44929Special Issue of *Interdisciplinary Literary Studies* on the Literary and Moral Philosophy of Martha NussbaumDavid Gorman (Associate Professor of English, Northern Illinois University) and Kenneth Womack (Professor of English & Integrative Arts, Penn State Altoona) and womack@psu.edu1328231992americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: David Gorman (Associate Professor of English, Northern Illinois University) and Kenneth Womack (Professor of English & Integrative Arts, Penn State Altoona)contact email: and

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (
We invite essays that respond to Nussbaum's proposal to consider literary works in the context of moral philosophy or that, in a literary context, consider the issues raised by Nussbaum's reflections on the academic and indeed public significance of the humanities.
Accepted essays will be published in a Special Issue of the peer-reviewed journal Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Penn State University Press).
Please send essays of no longer than 7,500 words to David Gorman, Northern Illinois University ( and Kenneth Womack, Penn State Altoona ( Deadline for receipt of essays is September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 449301st Global Conference Making Sense of: PlayDr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netplay@inter-disciplinary.net1328262808african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email:

1st Global Conference
Making Sense of: Play
Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Friday 13th July 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

"Unlike children in other countries, the Eskimos played no game of war. They played with imaginary rifles and harpoons, but these were never directed against people but against the formidable beasts that haunted the vast wastes of their land."
(Marie Herbert)

The Call For Papers:
The interdisciplinary project Making Sense Of: Play seeks to examine the various meanings of "play", elucidate their inter-relationships and trace the origins of the patterns of play and their place in the human condition. Variations in cultural conditions naturally impact on play, its meanings and its forms, as do, often in a different way, economic inequalities both within and between different cultures. Our deliberations will necessarily takes this into account. In many languages, as in English, throughout its etymological history "play" has been closely connected to the world of children and make believe. Academic study of play, too, deals predominantly with various aspects of children's play and its importance in development. There is, in fact, a lack of balance between the study of play in relation to children and childhood on one hand, and "play" more generally, as outlined above, on the other. For this reason our project explicitly emphasizes the comparatively under-explored aspects of play in linguistic, literary, philosophical, historical, psychological and evolutionary frames of reference.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

Possible Themes:

- in politics
- in literature
- throughout history
- in philosophy
- as a psychological issue
- its evolutionary significance
- in language
- as humour
- in metaphor
- play of perception
- play and the life-course
- relating to existential crisis (illness, death)
- and love
- and hatred
- and power
- animal play

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday11th May 2012.

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: PLAY Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Who to:

Joint Organising Chairs:
Wendy Turgeon:
Rob Fisher:

More Details:

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44931The International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies 2012 Iona Collegedthiery@iona.edu1328275347americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Iona Collegecontact email:

Iona College, the home of the Thomas Paine Collection, seeks proposals for presentations for an international conference of professional, graduate, undergraduate and lay scholars to be held October 19-21, 2012. Presentations should aim to be 20 minutes in length. The Conference Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers on any subject related to Thomas Paine's life, legacy [current or past], writings or ideas [e.g. history, literature, politics, philosophy, rhetoric, media studies/mass communication, cultural anthropology, and education]. Please submit a one page abstract of your proposed presentation by March 15, 2012.

While presenters are most welcome to propose papers on any pertinent subject, some possible paper/session themes are:

Paine in America
Paine and Freedom of Thought
Paine and Popular Culture
The Message, the Messenger and the Media
The International Influence of Paine
Paine, his Critics and his Champions in Past and Present
Paine and Religion
The Age of Reason and Revolutions
The Politics of Paine in the Past and Present
Social Justice and Social Welfare

Iona College is located a quarter mile from Thomas Paine's cottage and burial site in New Rochelle, NY. Iona's beautiful 35 acre main campus is only a 25 minute train ride from New York City.
Please send all proposals via regular mail or e-mail (e-mail preferred) by March 15, 2012, to:

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinary 44932[UPDATE] Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global ContextsKirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicityshortlidge.2@osu.edu1328284035african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicitycontact email:

Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts has ceased publication. Calls for papers for the following issues are canceled:

* Volume 6 Number 1 (Spring 2013) Racism, Colonialism, and Law.

* Volume 6 Number 2 (Summer 2013) Grassroots Politics in the Postcolony.

Back issues of the journal are available from the publisher, Indiana University Press.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonial 44933CFP: First Annual Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture, March 31-April 1 2012 [DEADLINE EXTENDED]Cory Barker, Popular Culture Scholars Associationbgpcsa@gmail.com1328288874african-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_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Cory Barker, Popular Culture Scholars Associationcontact email:

We've extended the deadline for submissions for the first annual Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture (3/31-4/1). The deadline is now February 10, 2012. Please consider submitting!.

The Department of Popular Culture of Bowling Green State University, one of the nation's preeminent academic departments focusing on popular culture studies, is closing in on some impressive landmarks. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Master's Degrees given in Popular Culture and in 2013 the Department of Popular Culture will celebrate 40 years in existence. With these milestones on the horizon, it is appropriate that the Department of Popular Culture has recently founded the Popular Culture Scholars Association, a student organization for undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to examining the prominent subjects, concerns and ideas of 21st century popular culture.

To celebrate the Department of Popular Culture's anniversaries and the formation of the PCSA, we would like to invite any and all students (undergraduate and graduate), scholars, critics, former members of the POPC program and friends of the department to join us for the first ever Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture on March 31st through April 1st 2012. The conference will be held on the Bowling Green State University campus. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Hoppenstand will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Hoppenstand received his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies and his M.A. in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Popular Culture and University Distinguished Faculty at Michigan State University.

Dr. Ray Browne founded the Department of Popular Culture to give students an opportunity to intelligently consider the cultural forms of their everyday lives. Nearly 40 years later, our everyday lives are much different. New mediums, genres and industries have been introduced into the complex world of popular culture and innovative perspectives, methods and models have presented new ways in which to investigate popular culture.

In light of these changes, potential topics for paper, panel and roundtable proposals include, but are not limited to:

· How have these additions and shifts altered popular culture, and how do we explore them?
· What are the most pressing issues for popular culture scholars in the 21st century?
· What are the texts, genres, individuals and theoretical approaches that will define popular culture in the years to come?
· Which new media, texts, genres, etc. deserve attention from academics and scholars?
· Are there individual popular culture texts, genres or individuals that embody the important shifts and changes in popular culture as a whole?
· Explorations of specific 21st century popular culture texts, genres, trends and approaches

In short, the Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture hopes to address this question: what is popular culture in the 21st century and how must we study it?

Again, we welcome proposals and participation from any interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as any scholars, critics, former members of the POPC program and friends of the department.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 10, 2012. Individual paper proposals should be between 300-400 words. Full roundtable and panel theme proposals can be longer, but should include as much prospective information about the topic and number of possible participants as possible. Please email your abstract and a short biography to The subject line should contain the writer's surname followed by "BCPC12" Abstract. Notifications for decisions will be sent by Friday, February 17, 2012. Please contact the PCSA if you have any questions or concerns or via our website at

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_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44934[UPDATE] Rated-X: Perversion and Exclusion (Deadline Extension), Feb 15 Brandeis University 6th Annual Graduate Student Conferencebrandeis.grad.conference@gmail.com1328291605african-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_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Brandeis University 6th Annual Graduate Student Conferencecontact email:

Conference Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Abstracts (250-500 words) Due: February 15, 2012

Submit abstracts via email:

Conference website:

Plenary Speaker: Lee Edelman, Chair, Department of English, Tufts University

In celebration of the 36th anniversary of the initial publication of Foucault's first volume of The History of Sexuality, the 6th Annual Brandeis Graduate student conference will explore the ins and outs of various forms of an X-Rating. Being Rated-X implies being marked as other/as outside/as unacceptable as well as being marked as desirable/as visible/as exceptional. Rated-X implies the nakedness of porn and the openness that comes with that. For some there is liberation in this openness. For others there is only exposure. This necessitates the question of whether certain populations are made disposable through exile or instead through visibility; through the erasure or marking of bodies as other. We would like to use this conference to explore some slippage—between these two (and more) types of identification with otherness: the transgression that empowers and enables pleasure versus the polarizing otherness that disenfranchises and dehumanizes. Relevant questions include: Who is doing the marking? Who draws the boundary lines? Does an "X" marking/rating make the bodies of those so-rated untouchable or excessively available for use; or does an "X" rating elevate a body to exceptional status or release it from the strictures of its prescribed social identities? Thus, we will be accepting papers about the exiled body, porn, and anything in between.

Round Table
This round table discussion will consider a study of what is rated-x in academia. What is not worthy of study? What is shameful? What are the margins of acceptability in the academy? We are accepting abstracts for participation in a round table discussion that explores these boundaries and the means by which they are established.

This past year, the question of what is acceptable in the academy was brought to a head when a psychology professor at Northwestern University's job was threatened after he allowed a live sex act on his stage after class. This is one of many instances that highlights the urgency of a self-reflexive study of censorship.

Participants will submit 5 minute papers on this topic for circulation, addressing any of the following concerns or other related questions: What are the limits of what is an acceptable object of study? What is the expected object of study? What is exposed to observation in academia? What words can or cannot be used? What images can or cannot be shown in professional scholarship or in the classroom? What methodologies are supported or excluded by institutional practices? Please feel free to submit to the Round Table discussion panel in addition to submitting a paper to present.

Abstracts for round table: February 15, 2012
Papers submitted for pre-circulation: March 1, 2012

Creative Arts Panel
We will be accepting submissions for a creative arts panel in order to allow critical discussions to engage with artistic practice. This panel will allow us to further explore disciplinary boundaries and the possibility of interdisciplinary and cross-media discussion. We will accept paintings, poetry, stories, videos/DVDs, and any other media. Please submit a 250 word abstract via email/mail and relevant slides/images on CD or DVD via mail.

Suggested List of Topics
-Genres of Smut
-Porn and Race
-Histories of Sexuality
-Sex and Madness/Pathology
-X as a variable
-Feminist approaches
-Queer approaches
-The problem of academic "sexiness"
-Pornographic gaze in science
-GPS tracking of bodies for surveillance, for pleasure, etc.
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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_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44935Kurt Vonnegut (Critical Insights essay collection); abstracts due 30 March 2012Robert T. Tally Jr.robert.tally@txstate.edu1328293106americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Robert T. Tally email:

Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Robert T. Tally Jr.

Call for proposals

The editor of Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut seeks proposals for essays on any aspect of Kurt Vonnegut's life and work. Please send proposals of 250–300 words, along with a brief CV listing previous publications, to by March 30, 2012.

If accepted, contributors' final essays of 6,000–7,000 words will be due on August 31, 2012.

This volume will appear part of the "Critical Insights" series, published by Salem Press (a division of EBSCO). The series is intended for use by high school and undergraduate students, providing them with a comprehensive introduction to the work of a single author that they are likely to encounter, discuss, and study in their classrooms. Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut will help students build a foundation for studying Vonnegut's writings in greater depth by introducing them to key texts, concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and critical vocabulary found in the scholarship on Vonnegut's life and work. Essays should be written in a clear and concise style that is accessible to adolescents and young adults, avoiding terminology with which students may be unfamiliar (or, if some jargon is necessary, cogently defining these terms within the body of the essay), and illustrating key concepts with examples and quotations from primary and secondary sources.

Please contact Robert Tally at with any questions.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44936SANEjournal Seeks Articles, Rationales, and Reviews for 2012, 2013 issuesSANEjournal: sequential art narrative in educationjbarter2@utep.edu1328293557interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_cultureprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: SANEjournal: sequential art narrative in educationcontact email:

The founding editor of _SANEjournal: sequential art narrative in education_, an open-access, peer reviewed, online journal recently added to the Directory of Open Access Journals, seeks research-based and practitioner-based articles on teaching comics or with comics in every setting, from preschool to graduate school.

The editor also seeks rationales and book reviews and announces two calls:

1. The 3rd issue is scheduled for a late 2012 release and focuses on the "viewing" and "visually representing" prongs of NCTE/IRA's six-pronged definition of "English Language Arts" and their ramifications for using comics in the classroom. Submissions should be made via registering at the journal online and submitted by June 1, 2012.

2. The 4th issue is an OPEN CALL and seeks submissions on any aspect of teaching comics or with comics at any level. Submissions should be made online via registering at the journal. This issue has a tentative deadline of December 31, 2012.

Rationales are template-based statements that explore a specific graphic novel's use in the classroom. Examples are available via request or by visiting the journal online.

Reviews should be of books of comics scholarship or of books that deal with comics-and-literacy connections.

Access, register with, and submit to _SANEjournal_ at

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_cultureprofessional_topics 44937Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, Volume 4 (annual)AMS Pressbrett_mcinelly@byu.edu1328294742americaneighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysreligionromanticfull name / name of organization: AMS Presscontact email:

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (RAE), an annual published by AMS Press, is accepting articles for volume 5, due out the spring of 2014. Articles received by Nov. 15, 2012 will be considered for this volume; articles received after this date will likely be considered for a later volume. Please visit the following link for a description of RAE's scope and focus, and for detailed submission guidelines:

Volumes 1 and 2 of RAE are now available at

Send quiries and questions to Brett McInelly (

cfp categories: americaneighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysreligionromantic 44938Mapping the Atlantic: Digital Humanities and Atlantic Studies. April 13-14 at the University of MichiganThe Atlantic Studies Workshop, University of Michigantonks@umich.edu1328297394humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: The Atlantic Studies Workshop, University of Michigancontact email:

This graduate student conference seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussion among scholars studying the American, European, and African continents as well as those engaged in global and transnational projects. Research incorporating new methods for researching the Atlantic with the aid of digital materials and methodologies is particularly welcome. The Atlantic Studies Workshop invites submissions of abstracts from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The two-day conference will begin with a keynote presentation on Friday, April 13 by Professor Caroline Winterer from the Department of History at Stanford University. Professor Winterer is currently working with the Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford, where she is mapping the intellectual networks of both Benjamin Franklin and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

One-page abstracts, accompanied by a short CV, should be submitted to by February 20, 2012. Questions may be directed to the Atlantic Studies Workshop coordinators, Marie Stango ( or Patrick Tonks (

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypostcolonial 44939[UPDATE:Extended Deadline and New Email Address] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)Southern Methodist University English Graduate Studentssmugradconference@gmail.com1328299510african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Southern Methodist University English Graduate Studentscontact email:

"Rough Music": Representing Violence – an interdisciplinary graduate conference sponsored by the Southern Methodist University Department of English on
March 31, 2012

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

This conference, hosted by the English Department at Southern Methodist University, invites graduate students to interpret and explore the function of violence in all of its multitudinous forms, including, but not limited to, its function in literature. We invite proposals for consideration that reflect any and all interdisciplinary explorations of violence as trope, historical event or discursive technique.

Papers may engage violence from a variety of directions and deal with violence in any of the arenas in which it arises: politics, cultural studies, class, ethnic and racial discourses, gender, religion or in the very act of writing itself. Papers might examine questions such as:

• How do physical acts of violence obfuscate systemic violence? How does literary writing participate in or act against that obfuscation?
• How is violence enacted in, on or through a text?
• Why do some texts marginalize violence, pushing it off-screen, while other texts foreground it, making it a central part of their subject or, at times, the subject itself?
• What happens to a subject who is subjected to violence, physically or systemically?

The keynote speaker for this conference will be Dr. Richard Rankin Russell, Associate Professor of English at Baylor University. Dr. Russell specializes in 20th century British and Irish literatures. Among his numerous publications, Dr. Russell's most recent book, Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland (2010) was published by Notre Dame University Press. It received the 2011 SCMLA award and 2010 SAMLA award for best book published by a member of the association.

Please submit a 250-word abstract for your 20-minute presentation to by February 15, 2012. Please specify your institutional affiliation, if applicable, and any technological requests.

cfp categories: african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44940Word Meets Image: The Graphic Novel (3/31/2012; 10/19/2012-10/21/2012)Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)dennis.chester@csueastbay.edu1328301762african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)contact email:

This special session invites papers on the graphic novel and related genres of literature that combine graphic elements with textual elements. Papers that examine the history of the graphic novel, that theorize the rapidly evolving visual rhetoric of this form of literature or that investigate some other aspect of the genre are welcome.
Please submit paper title, 500-word proposal, and 50-word abstract online at by March 31, 2012.
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2012 conference will take place October 19-21 at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
Please note that while you need not be a member of PAMLA to propose a paper, you will have to become a member by May 1, 2012 if your paper is accepted and you wish to attend the conference. You will also have to pay the separate conference fee by September 15 if you wish to attend the conference, deliver your paper, and be included in the conference program.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44941CFP for the Spring 2012 issue of The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and CultureCynthia Baron/The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culturecbaron@bgsu.edu1328303464african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Cynthia Baron/The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culturecontact email:

The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2012 issue. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.

Research articles should be approximately 25 pages and follow MLA guidelines for formatting and citation. Manuscripts or inquiries should be submitted to Submissions must be received by April 1, 2012 for consideration.

For more information on The Projector and the types of essays we are looking for, please visit our journal at

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 44942Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2012The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic Universitybodymindculture@fau.edu1328309286african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic Universitycontact email:

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.

Submissions should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length, including notes and references, and should be e-mailed in Word format to The deadline for submission of essays is September 1, 2012, and the prize winner will be announced in December 2012. Essays will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel of judges appointed by the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture.

For more details, including bibliographies on somaesthetics, please visit

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44943[UPDATE] Call for Environmental LiteratureKudzu Revieweditor@kudzureview.com1328311803americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Kudzu Reviewcontact email:

Kudzu Review is looking for environmental essay, art, fiction & poetry for issue 1.2, Summer Solstice!

March 1st!

We look for savvy, sharp, well polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world, & publish work, bi-annually, that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world.

Visit the site for details:

cfp categories: americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44944Call for Papers for Edited Volume, July 15th Deadline, Exploring the Intersections of Rhetoric and Mass Media DiscourseDr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State Universitymmason14@gsu.edu1328312887general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Dr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State Universitycontact email:

With the purpose of evaluating, exploring, and focusing on the role of media discourse in evoking social, cultural, and/or ideological viewpoints, we are creating an edited volume that explores the intersections of rhetoric and mass media discourse. We invite contributors who are doing research on media discourse to participate in this volume. Papers dealing with the analysis of either theoretical or practical-applications based rhetoric and linguistics in a wide-range of media discourses (e.g., the press, television discourse, internet discourse, radio discourse, etc.,) are welcome. Some possible topics include:

1. Rhetorical Features of Politics-based Articles in Newspapers in the United States and Abroad
2. The Use of Rhetorical Devices, such as Humor, Figurative Language, or other Forms of Implied Meaning in Mass Media
3. The History of Media Discourse
4. The Stylistics of News Reporting
5. Propagandist Rhetoric in Journalism
6. Style and Register in Internet Discourse
7. Rhetorical and Discursive Devices in the Reporting of Campaigns and Political Speeches/Debates
8. The Use of Figurative Language in the Media
9. Stylistic and Pragmatic Devices in the Reporting of Conflict (e.g., war, protests, international conflicts, etc.)
10. Language Use in the Representation of a Political or Economic Crisis
11. The Rhetoric and Linguistics of Political Blogs and Social Media
12. Stylistic and Discursive Choices in the Reporting of Crime and Violence
13. The Reporting of Medical/Health Campaigns and News
14. Language Use and Ideology in Mass Media
15. Gender-sensitive Discourse in the Media
16. A Critical Discourse Analysis of Media Interviews and/or News Reports
17. The Role of Rhetorical Devices in Social Media to Mobilize and Organize Groups and Political/Social Agendas

The language of the proposed publication is English. Submissions should be typed in double space using MS Word. Submissions should range between 5500 and 8000 words and be sent no later than July 15th as an email attachment to:

The subject line should read 'Submission to Rhetoric and Mass Media Discourse Edited Volume'.

Each paper should contain a cover page (included in the email attachment containing the document) with the following information: title of paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, contact address (postal and email) and telephone number.

Every paper submitted will be assessed and authors will be contacted through their email addresses by August 30th.

For more information please contact the editors:

Dr. Marianne Mason
Modern and Classical Languages Department
Georgia State University

Dr. Jason Mosser
Associate Professor, English
School of Liberal Arts
Georgia Gwinnett College

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturerhetoric_and_composition 44945CFP: Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses (travel writing), UK, 2-5 July 2012. Proposal deadline 31/3/12Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, name / name of organization: Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, UKcontact email:


Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses

An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing

2-5 July 2012
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, England

Organised by
Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies
University of Birmingham

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the eleventh Borders and Crossings conference from 2-5 July 2012. The conference will be held at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, a residential study and conference centre with comfortable accommodation, good food and wonderful gardens in Birmingham, England.

Proposals for 20 minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.

Proposals for all periods and travel writing topics are welcome. In addition to more general panels, however, there will be special panels on gay and lesbian travel writing. writing of pilgrimage, travel and translation, contemporary travel writing, Quaker travel writing, travel writing and science, and missionary travel writing. If you wish your paper to be considered for one of the special panels, please mention this in your proposal.

The conference languages are English and French and papers can be delivered in any language.

E-mail submissions are preferred. Please send a 300 word abstract. Please also include a note of your institutional affiliation, your e-mail address, a postal address at which you can be reached during the first half of 2012 and any expected audio-visual needs.

The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2012.

Proposals should be sent to

Enquiries by email or to Dr. Betty Hagglund, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ, England. Telephone: +44 121 415 6761

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestravel_writing 44946MIGRATION, CULTURE AND TRANSNATIONAL IDENTITIES IN COMMONWEALTH LITERATURECommonwealth cultural studies groupcommonwealthstudiesgroup@yahoo.fr1328358677african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonialtheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Commonwealth cultural studies groupcontact email:

The Commonwealth Cultural Studies Group welcomes submissions of abstracts and chapters on the above theme.
We welcome papers that examine the negotiation between migration, culture and Transnational identities in Commonwealth Literature. Papers may investigate and analyse travel literature, literature of the black diaspora and manifestations of culture in diasporic writings as well as identities.
Consequently, we encourage papers that interrogate critical transformations that Africans, Caribbeans, Asians etc undergo in the diaspora. How do they raise questions significant to present day realities?
The question is how does the subaltern negotiate his/her identity? What is the dichotomy between the white/black, white/Asian, white/Caribbean, insider/outsider,self/other, Orient/Occident? By re-inscribing themselves in the metropolis/motherland dichotomy, they undergo cultural transformations and become hybrids such as Black British, British Africans, British Asians, British Caribbeans, African Americans, Caribbean Americans, and Asian Canadians, Caribbean Canadians etc. These cultural ensemble according to Avtar Brah are "cross cutting rather than mutually exclusive configurations". (p. 632). How do these cultural formations decenter received notions of Britishness, Africanness, Americanness, Asianness, canadianess, etc? How do they interrelate with one another? Are they minority identities? In the new locations what do individuals call "home"? When new identities are assumed can they still be referred to as subaltern? How has migration – has migration collapsed or erected walls between ethnicities, races, cultures, nationalities, religions etc? With the current shift and fluidity in identities, locations and cultures is it possible to talk about the "postcolonial"?
The sub themes could include, but are not limited to:
- Theoretical considerations
- Migration
- Acculturation
- Black Atlantic
- Contested identities
- Language identity
- Politics of Culture
- Culture and ethnicity
- Culture and identity
- Culture and transnational identities
- Creolization/metissage
- Religious culture
- Diasporic African identities
- Ethnic identity
- Multiplex identity
- Refugees/returnees
- New Ethnicities/identities
- Identity conflicts
- Multiculturalism
- Nationalities and transnationalities
- Hybridity
- Race consciousness
- Postcolonial/commonwealth
- Gendered identity

Abstracts of between 300 – 400 words should be sent in latest 30th March 2012 to:
• Sarah Anyang Agbor,
• Blossom N. Fondo
• Adamu Pangmeshi
They should include author's name, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone numbers and a short CV.
Editor: Edward O. Ako.

Those whose abstracts are accepted will be notified by 15th April 2012. Final papers are due 15th June 2012. Papers should conform to the MLA style sheet.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonialtheorytravel_writing 44947Change and Continuity in the Middle East . 11 April 2012, London School of Economics and Political ScienceBritish Society for Middle Eastern Studies: Graduate Sectionbrismes2012@gmail.com1328359800cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: British Society for Middle Eastern Studies: Graduate Sectioncontact email:


The fact that 2011 has been a year of momentous importance for West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf can hardly be disputed. For this reason, the Graduate Section of BRISMES hereby extends an invitation to all young researchers and PhD candidates to present research that addresses the political, economic, social and cultural transitions taking place across the region. We welcome submissions of papers and panel proposals from any disciplinary field which reflects on these events and the resilience displayed despite the pressure of mass uprisings, regime changes, and the emergence of new conflicts. Will the Middle East become more democratic? What is the role of political Islam? How do the events of 2011 influence the conflicts in the region? Is the Middle East finding a new civil conscience? How is the political economy of the region changing? To what extent were the arts, social networking, civil society or collective memory relevant factors of change in the region? What was the impact of foreign policies towards Middle Eastern states? Is the discourse of "resistance" outdated or is it a factor of change? Are human rights the new political vocabulary of the Middle East? Is women's emancipation really happening in the region?

The BRISMES Graduate Section and its co-host, the LSE Middle East Centre, look forward to welcoming you in London in June 2012 to address these and many other questions in its annual conference: "Change and Continuity in the Middle East: Rethinking West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf after 2011".

Deadline for submissions: 13th of April 2012

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 44948"Theory Mad Beyond Redemption": The Post-Kantian Poe (Abstracts Due: April 30)The Edgar Allan Poe Reviewtheorymad@gmail.com1328369797americanjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheoryfull name / name of organization: The Edgar Allan Poe Reviewcontact email:

A call for papers for a special issue of _The Edgar Allan Poe Review_, forthcoming in Fall 2012, and guest-edited by Sean Moreland, Devin Zane Shaw, and Jonathan Murphy.

The editors invite original essays that address the influence of German Idealist and Romantic thought upon Edgar Allan Poe. While it has become a critical commonplace that Poe both makes use of and mocks many elements of German Idealism, there has been scant discussion of the specificities of Poe's complex, and often vexed, treatments of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy. Poe studies enjoyed a brief revival of the "French Poe" following the psychoanalytic and deconstructive interventions of Lacan and Derrida, but the anti-theoretical backlash of the past two decades has tended to extradite Poe back to his country of origin, restoring his "American Face" at the cost of recognizing the transatlantic influences that indelibly shaped his writing. This collection will focus on Poe's indebtedness to, as well as his critical distance from, German Idealist and Romantic writers, but its intent is not to delineate, as Hansen and Pollin (1995) have done, the "German Face" of Poe, so much as it is to reintroduce the theoretical aspect of Poe's artistry back into the critical conversation.

We especially welcome papers that consider the relationship between Poe's reception of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy (including Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schiller, and the Schlegels) and that of his American literary contemporaries (including Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and Melville); articles that examine the role of Coleridge and Carlyle, Cousin and de Stael in disseminating German Idealism upon American shores; and essays that interrogate more recent peregrinations of German philosophy in Continental theory, especially as they pertain to a reconsideration of Poe's literary legacy.

We require a 250 word abstract and a brief bio by no later than April 30, 2012, and the finished paper (Chicago-style, no more than 9000 words including endnotes) by July 15, 2012. Abstracts, papers,and questions should be directed to:

cfp categories: americanjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheory 44949English Renaissance Literature, RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationkainglis@ucalgary.ca1328393528bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationcontact email:

This session seeks papers on any aspect of English Renaissance literature. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis ( by March 1, 2012. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2012. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.

More information is available on the conference website:

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetryrenaissancetheatre 44950Tropes of Passing Time in the 19th-Century European Novel (MLA, Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013)Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association emalakaj@wustl.edu1328397225cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association contact email:

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj ( by March 10.

We seek papers that investigate narrative strategies employed by authors that construct the passing of time in the 19th-century European novel. Aspects may include, but are not limited to, considerations of narrative versus narrated time, perceived temporality, prescribed temporality (work time, leisure time), and how narrative processes in individual novels construct tropes of temporality. We invite graduate students from various disciplines to submit proposals, and especially welcome comparative approaches that investigate questions of narrating the passing of time within multiple language contexts, and welcome papers that employ a variety of methodological approaches including, but not limited to, narratological lines of inquiry.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryvictorian 44951LGBTQI Graduate Students and AcademiaErvin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association emalakaj@wustl.edu1328397331african-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_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association contact email:

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj ( by March 10.

LGBTQI graduate students encounter a variety of barriers – structural, institutional, covert, implicit – as they prepare to enter the profession, which remains an unchanged challenge for many young scholars. We invite scholars from all stages of their academic career to submit proposals for papers that call attention to areas where higher education is falling short of its commitment to equality, diversity, accessibility, visibility, and integration. We welcome papers that would contribute to a larger discussion about how these barriers can be identified and suggestions for how they can be overcome.

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_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44952Call for Proposals: Collection on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom (Deadline April 6, 2012)Letizia Guglielmo (Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw State University)lgugliel@kennesaw.edu1328399429cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Letizia Guglielmo (Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw State University)contact email:

I invite proposals for a collection of critical essays on MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches to the programs and (where applicable) their companion online spaces.

Since 2009 MTV, in partnership with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, has produced and aired 16 and Pregnant and its spin-off Teen Mom, documentary-style series that, according to the network website, "allow young women to share their story in their own voice." Although feminists such as Jessica Valenti already have questioned the absence of the whole story of teen pregnancy in these programs, namely the complete omission of any discussion of abortion as a viable choice for teens facing an unplanned pregnancy, also of significant concern are questions of authentic voice and meaningful intervention in the national discussion surrounding teen pregnancy and teen sexuality, and the place of the programs (and teen moms) within popular culture.

Essays may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Narratives of sexuality education and abstinence-only initiatives reflected by the programs
• Issues of family and child development
• The programs within the genre of reality television
• The programs as feminist intervention
• The programs' reflection of gender norms and gender inequality
• Intersections of gender, race, and class
• Educational uses of the programs

Please submit proposals of 300-500 words with a brief biographical statement and contact information via email attachment to Letizia Guglielmo, Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw State University ( no later than April 6, 2012. Completed essays for accepted proposals will be due by September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerhetoric_and_composition 44953CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment [UPDATE]Robert Sickelssickelrc@whitman.edu1328401029film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Robert Sickelscontact email:

CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment

20 more contributions are being sought for this two volume edited collection, which is under contract and slated for publication in late 2012/early 2013.

The title alone is fabulously intriguing; it's interesting and evocative and the kind of thing likely to fuel endless debate about the choices contained therein, and that's just what a collection encompassing this topic should do. That said, a project of this nature's biggest potential pitfall is the chance of its confusing popularity with influence, and if you're talking about actually changing American entertainment, influence is often overlooked even though it can have far more importance than popularity, although the two certainly aren't mutually exclusive. By favoring the popular when deciding who to include, we'd run the risk of producing a fairly straightforward and predictable collection. Conversely, while there surely would be some figures who would make the cut under either qualification, by considering influence as an important factor for inclusion the resultant collection will be more pleasingly motley, surprising and contentiously engaging, which is why influence is of primary importance in determining just who to consider for 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment.

However, even with this method of discernment in place, there's a greater question the title raises and it's this: what, exactly, does "entertainment" entail, anyway? Of course movie industry figures will come into play, but who else? Indeed, in contemporary culture, what exactly does "entertainment" encompass? We don't have a definitive formula, but neither does any one else in the world; after all, it's not math, there's no right or wrong here. But in making our decisions we'll take into account a variety of things, including both the longevity and breadth of one's influence across popular culture, almost every component of which now falls loosely under the "entertainment" rubric.

80 entries are already complete and have been submitted to the publisher. As a result of folks dropping out very late in the process, 20 more remain, which will come from the master list, which has approximately 50 remaining prospective entries on it. Please email for the list. No one author can contribute more than three entries. Finished essays are expected to be 3,500 words, which includes end notes, and accessible to a broad audience of non-experts. Due dates will be negotiated with individual authors, but please be advised that this is scheduled to go to press ASAP and all that remains is to integrate these last 20 pieces into the whole. Accordingly, those who can commit to doing high quality work with a quick turnaround will be given preference.

cfp categories: film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 44954[UPDATE] What's Love Got to Do With It?: Shakespeare and Ovidian Violence (MLA 2013, Boston)John Garrison / Kyle or 1328405572classical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitypoetryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: John Garrison / Kyle Pivetticontact email: or

For a proposed session at the 2013 MLA conference, we seek papers that offer new thinking about Shakespeare's relationship to Ovid.

For example, how does Ovid influence Shakespeare's visions of gender? How is desire manifested in Ovidian violence, whether on Shakespeare's stage or in his poems? How do modern adaptations of either author's work ask us to rethink the relationship between Shakespeare and Ovid? Can Shakespeare's classical sources help us understand the linkages between gender, love, and brutality in his plays and poems? How do Ovid's mythical or poetic paradigms for transformation, desire, and transgression resonate in scenes of Shakespearean violence?

Please send a 500-word abstract and a brief biographical statement or short CV to or by March 1, 2012.

cfp categories: classical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitypoetryrenaissancetheatre 44955 2012 PAMLA Conference: The Beatles as LiteratureJocelyn Heaney/Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationjheaney@glendale.edu1328407088childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jocelyn Heaney/Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationcontact email:

Have you long pondered Ringo's existential torpor in "A Hard Day's Night"? Hotly debated the gender politics of "Girl"? Are The Beatles your "myth to live by"?

Turn your Beatle musings into a creative academic treatise and submit an essay for The Beatles as Literature section at the PAMLA Conference this October at Seattle University.

The Beatles' wildly diverse catalogue and career offer infinite opportunities for studies in mythology, folklore, gender politics, Marxism, poetry, childrens literature, and comparative religion, to name just a few.

Abstracts and paper proposals are due March 31

Please write to Jocelyn Heaney for details:

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 44957THE AMERICAN WEST IN FILM AND LITERATURE: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYSPaul Varner, Editorpsv07a@acu.edu1328423542americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Paul Varner, Editorcontact email:

For a Casebook of Critical Essays I am looking for scholarly essays from qualified scholars on aspects of the West in film or literature in various genres or critical approaches such as the 21st Century Popular Western, the post-West, the postmodern West, the Beat West, the Urban West, Non-"Western" films or novels about the West, Perceptions of the West, Feminist Reactions to Western texts, or studies relating to New Western History or new Western environmentalisms. Studies of individual authors and works are welcome as well. Send me solid, theory-based studies pointing in new directions for Western studies.

Please email 1-2 page proposals and a short vita to:
Dr. Paul Varner
English Department
Abilene Christian University

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44958MLA Special Session: "British Literature and the State, 1870-1930" (deadline 3/10/12; Boston 2013)Benjamin Kohlmannbk1010@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de1328441215childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Benjamin Kohlmanncontact email:

How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.

Submit 300-word abstracts by 10 March 2012 to Benjamin Kohlmann ( All panelists must be members of the MLA; special sessions are subject to approval by the MLA.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44959[UPDATE] Crowd control in the RenaissanceEuropean Society for the Study of English (ESSE)yan.brailowsky@u-paris10.fr1328460983cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)contact email:

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

Papers will discuss instances of crowd control, based on historical accounts, pamphlets, legal precedents, moral recommendations, or take fictional accounts from the stage or print culture.

Theoretical approaches to the topic will also be welcome.

Send your proposal (1/2 page) by February 15 to:

Pascale Drouet (Université de Poitiers, FR) :
Yan Brailowsky (Université Paris, FR) :
Zenon Luis Marinez (Universidad de Huelva, ES) :

The convenors will let the proponents know whether their proposals have been accepted by no later than 29 February 2012.

Selected papers will be published by a UK university press.

For more on the ESSE conference :

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheory 44960[UPDATE - NEW DATE] Works in Progress: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, June 1, 2012Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnatiuccompconf@gmail.com1328470206african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnaticontact email:

The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.

Changing concepts of materiality, influencing everything from mediums to social communication, have highlighted the importance of process to all forms of production. In this spirit, we encourage projects that take process seriously, that understand process—how things are made, how ideas cohere, how writing happens—as a legitimate and compelling object of study. Projects could include but aren't limited to explorations of the academic and the technical; pedagogical, artistic and scholarly experiments and practices; and reflective, theoretical, rhetorical, creative, or critical works.

We encourage presenters to experiment with the genre of their presentations. Presenters should feel welcome to take advantage of multimodal delivery. Presentations might take the form of a PowerPoint project, a short film, an interactive discussion or workshop, some combination of these, or other possibilities.

Proposals for individual and panel presentations might address any of the following:

• Non-linear narratives
• Multi-author works
• Reconsidering ownership
• Law in the digital age
• Piracy and plagiarism
• Digital technology
• Transcending conventional mediums
• (Re)use/mediation/mix/vision
• Mash-ups and multi-modalities
• Text-in-progress
• Work that is self-conscious about process
• Restructuring spaces
• Collaborative art
• Questioning "the finished project"
• Re-envisioning embodiment and materiality
• Persona and social networking

Panel proposals should include a coversheet containing panel title, each presenter's name, the name of a moderator, presentation titles, university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, requests for technology, and anticipated format of presentation (papers, multimodal, interactive, workshop, etc.); the second page should include abstracts of 250-words for each presentation (3 to 4) and a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole.

Individual proposals should consist of two pages. On the first page, include name, presentation title, university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and details of any technology you may require, and the anticipated format of presentation (paper, multimodal, interactive, etc.).; the second page should contain a 250-word abstract.
Please do not include identifying information on second page (abstracts).

Individual presentations should not exceed twenty minutes; panel presentations should plan for 80 minutes total (including Q&A time).

Mindful of the financial pressures we all face, there will be no fee to attend or present at this graduate conference.

Send proposals and queries to

Conference website:

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44962[REMINDER] Post-Graduate Student Conference on English Literature and Translation Studies 17-18 May 2012Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara, / studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkeycontact email: /

English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.
This two-day English Literature and Translation Studies conference seeks to bring colleagues, post-graduate students and academicians together in the friendly atmosphere of Cankaya University.
Submission Guidelines:
• Papers/Posters
A 250 word abstract should be submitted as an email attachment to or by March 5th, 2012. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper, and a brief biographical statement.
For further details please visit:
For all enquiries please do not hesitate to write us an email:

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 44963Rethinking Theories of Television Sound (Deadline: May 31, 2012)Journal of Sonic Studiesanthony.enns@dal.ca1328480783film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Journal of Sonic Studiescontact email:

Essays are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Sonic Studies that will reexamine the most persistent accounts of television sound, from the 1980s to the present, and reflect on these accounts in terms of contemporary changes in the production and consumption of television. Studies on television sound typically begin by emphasizing that the fundamental differences between film and television—differences in terms of structure, content, and modes of address—are a direct result of the fact that film privileges the eye over the ear, while television privileges the ear over the eye. This notion of television as a form of 'illustrated radio' became the basis of television sound studies, but the rise of high-definition television, widescreen receivers, and home entertainment systems challenged this notion by bringing the cinematic experience into the home. Following these technological developments, critics began to apply theories of film sound to the study of television by focusing on the design of 'underscores' to convey emotional states and enhance narrative tension.

In recent years, television has undergone yet another major shift as the concept of 'home cinema' has been accompanied by radical changes in the way television is broadcast and received. With the rise of ambient television, portable devices, social media and web interfaces, television is now viewed in a much wider range of locations and contexts, which complicates these earlier approaches to the study of television sound. Viewers are increasingly watching television in public spaces, they are increasingly using portable devices that transmit sound over low-quality speakers or headphones, and they are increasingly using new media platforms that alter the context in which television is viewed by time-shifting, eliminating advertising, and isolating programs from broadcast flow, which de-emphasizes televisual 'liveness.' Portability, transferability, and access have thus become more important than the reproduction of a cinematic experience, which problematizes both the 'illustrated radio' and 'home cinema' models of television sound.

These contemporary changes demand that scholars once again reexamine and reevaluate the function of sound in the production, transmission, and reception of television programming, and we therefore invite proposals that examine the range of approaches used in sound recording and design in the contemporary 'post-television' era. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Are established theories of sound-image relations and television 'orality' still relevant?
-Are there ways of conceiving of television sound as more than simply the operation of soundtracks and music?
-What role does sound play in the spatial and temporal organization of televisual texts?
-Does television sound still play an interpolative role following the disappearance of traditional sound cues, such as applause and laugh tracks?
-What are the sound practices employed in the production of television 'webisodes,' which are intended to be viewed on alternate media platforms?
-What is the impact of new economic models (i.e. subscription and pay-per-view) on the production and reception of television sound?

Potential contributors are invited to submit completed essays by May 31, 2012. Submissions should be 5500-6000 words in length and they should be submitted as an attachment in .doc format. For more information, or to submit an essay, please contact our guest editors:

Carolyn Birdsall, University of Amsterdam:
Anthony Enns, Dalhousie University:

The Journal of Sonic Studies is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal providing a platform for theorists and artists who would like to present relevant work regarding auditory cultures, to further our collective understanding of the impact and importance of sound for our cultures. The editors welcome both scholarly and artistic research. In both cases, priority is given to contributions that explicitly use the Internet as a medium, e.g. by inserting A/V materials, hyperlinks, and the use of non-conventional structures. The editors also expect all contributions to have a firm theoretical grounding. Submission guidelines can be found at

cfp categories: film_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 44964Joseph Conrad Society Annual Conference, 2012Joseph Conrad Society (UK) studiespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Joseph Conrad Society (UK)contact email:

The Joseph Conrad Society's 2012 Annual International Conference, its 38th, will be held from 4-7 July 2012 at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill Campus in the centre of the historic city of Bath.

Proposals of 150-200 words on any topic related to Conrad's life and work are welcome. Given the upcoming centenary of the publication of Chance, which the Society will mark with a special issue of The Conradian, papers, or panels, on the novel are especially welcome. Proposals, due on 20 April, should be sent to Tim Middleton:

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This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization.

Topics and/or critical paradigms can include, but are certainly not limited to: miscegenation, class, disease, immigration, urbanization, industrialization, expansion, politics, temperance, manners, conduct, prostitution, gambling, race, gender, abolitionism, feminism, religion, sporting life, critical race/queer theory and reader-response.

Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca L. Williams,, with 'MLA 2013' in subject line.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturereligion