One Day in the City: 15 June 2012

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The UCL Festival of London and Literature: "One Day in the City"
15 June 2012


This conference – "One Day in the City" – will explore the everyday experience of the city, particularly (though not limited to) London. It is organised by the Department of English and the Bartlett School of Architecture, as part of UCL's first literary festival, and papers will be welcomed from all disciplines. We expect papers from the fields of architecture, art, the digital humanities, film, history, literature, philosophy, and urban geography, but we are also interested in setting up a dialogue with researchers in neuroscience or psychology, for example. All proposals are encouraged.

Topics might include, but need not be restricted to:

• circadian or one-day novels
• appropriating urban space: skateboarders, parkour, rap
• modes of being in the city
• hours of the day
• the cockney
• (night)walking in the city
• mapping the city
• the City
• visions of the city
• the riotous and rioting city
• the Thames
• Dickens and the city
• suburbia

Please bear in mind that the conference is part of a larger literary festival, which will be open to the general public. It is requested, therefore, that conference papers are accessible to a non-specialist audience and kept to a summary 10 minutes, so that plenty of time is left for discussion.

Keynote speakers are yet to be announced, but our list of contributors include Man Booker Prize Winners Alan Hollinghurst and A.S. Byatt, alongside Andrew O'Hagan, Adam Thirlwell, Ali Smith, Geoff Dyer, Giles Foden, Will Self, and the poets Alan Jenkins, Sarah Maguire, Daljit Nagra, and Mark Ford.

Proposals for short papers (250 words) should be sent, along with a short bio, to:

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2012

45364Hawthorne Society--South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) Nov. 9-11, 2012 (CFP deadline 30 May 2012)Hawthorne Societyz.a.rhone@iup.edu1330520360americanromantictravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Hawthorne Societycontact email:

Title: Hawthorne and the Journey
Affiliation: Hawthorne Society

Abstract: Robin of "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" steps out of the boat on a moonlit night in a New England town, searching for his kinsman. In the House of Seven Gables, Phoebe emigrates to a new home. While Robin is unwelcome in the New England village, Phoebe eventually gains the love and trust of her friends and family. Many of Hawthorne's tales, like these, deal with travel, immigration, and exile. Hawthorne, himself, spent many years traveling both domestically and around the world. This panel seeks papers which focus on the conference theme of "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile." Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

--Hawthorne's notebooks, domestic and abroad
--How Hawthorne's literature reflects his own travel, immigration, and exile
--Characters and themes relevant to travel, immigration, and exile
--How memoir, travel, immigration, and exile help to shape Hawthorne's texts

Please send 250-word abstracts to Zachary A. Rhone by 30 May 2012 at

cfp categories: americanromantictravel_writing 45365Special Issue of *Interdisciplinary Literary Studies* on Contemporary Jacobean Film (deadline: Nov. 1, 2012)Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / Northern Illinois Universityebowman@niu.edu1330528838cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / Northern Illinois Universitycontact email:

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (

We invite essays from interdisciplinary perspectives that respond (directly or otherwise) to Pascale Aebischer's discussion of the "preposterous contemporary Jacobean" in discussion of early modern source texts (ca. 1500-1800 – not, for this journal issue, limited to the Jacobean era).

Examination of the "contemporary Jacobean" in films might include the use of anachronism, narrative disjunction, radical or extreme subject matter, and irreverence toward their early modern source material.

Approaches might include adaptation studies, art history, reception history, genre studies, and historical and theoretical approaches to early modern works and the materials and production of adaptations.

Accepted essays will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Pennsylvania State University Press).

Please send essays no longer than 7500 words to Elizabeth Kelley Bowman, Northern Illinois University ( The deadline for receipt of essays is November 1, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45366Southeastern Renaissance ConferenceSoutheastern Renaissance Conferencestaubsc@appstate.edu1330529272bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Southeastern Renaissance Conferencecontact email:

The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for our 69th annual conference, which will be held on October 5-6, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, art or culture. Please submit your full essay (20 minute reading time) by email attachment in either Word or a PDF file to Dr. Heather Hirschfeld, President of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, by June 15, 2012.

Submission of your work to the Conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Even those articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting will be considered for publication in the journal.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryrenaissancetheatre 45367LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, GLITS Interdiscipinary Research Conference, 22 June 2012 [30 April 2012]Goldsmiths College, University of Londonludus2012@gmail.com1330532643african-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_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Goldsmiths College, University of Londoncontact email:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Grethe Mitchell (University of Lincoln)

The Latin word 'Ludus' (a play, a game, a pastime) embodies a semantic play of language that is suggestive of the importance of the concepts of play and games to cultural products. Ludus can also refer to a school for elementary instruction, 'Ludi' to public shows or spectacles. Latin poetry often explores and celebrates Ludus as the creative play of writing, as in Ludic verse.

Games are a means by which we interact with the world, and one another. From our earliest infancy we play games with others, or by ourselves, with toys or imaginary playmates. Our understanding of verbal expression, too, is formulated by so-called 'language games', according to Ludwig Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations, 1953). The pastimes of our childhood endure into many forms as we grow: physical sports, board games, crosswords or Sudoku, videogames or 'role-play games', and the acts of reading and writing as/about games.

This interdisciplinary research conference seeks to explore the ways in which games are treated in literature, the visual arts, music, media, sociological, philosophical and psychological studies. How have games been incorporated into literature - both fiction and non-fiction - throughout the ages? Is narrative itself a 'game'? How are games represented or replicated in the arts? In the wake of postmodernism, and with the twenty-first century advances in technology and communication, is the concept of game itself 'played with'?

We welcome abstracts for papers from all areas of research on any aspect of the theme of games or play, including (but not limited to):

• Wordplay and punning
• Competition
• Solitary or group play
• Games in children's fiction
• Representations of gameplay in prose, poetry or plays
• Narrative-focused games (video games, RPGs)
• Games in science fiction and speculative fiction
• Role-play and masking
• Games through the ages
• Violent and peaceful play
• Game as metaphor or analogy
• Games and questions of gender, race, disability, religion
• Creative writing on the theme of games
• Videogames and game technology
• Writers' essays on games or play
• Literary narrative itself as a 'game
• The psychology of games

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent to by 30 April 2012. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Proposals for panels (comprising three speakers) are also welcome. We also welcome ideas for artwork on the theme of games which could be displayed during the conference.

This is the third annual interdisciplinary research conference held by GLITS: Goldsmiths Literature Seminars, and will take place at Goldsmiths College, in London, UK, Friday 22 June 2012.

More information can be found at the following:
Twitter: @Ludus2012

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_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45368International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural IdentityBenue State Universitybsunollywomen@gmail.com1330537611african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Benue State Universitycontact email:

International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

May 8th – 11th 2012 at the Benue State University Theatre Arts Complex, Makurdi, Nigeria

The Nigerian movie industry is fast growing and its global reach is quite phenomenal. It is speculated that Nollywood has become the third largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood. Despite this reach and growth, this growing and vibrant industry is inundated with challenges, some of which are presumed to be technological, professional, ethical, and cultural among others. Intersecting these challenges is the critical question of the place and representation of women. Nollywood and its films may have short-changed women, thereby creating not only a lopsided picture of the human resource, but the limitation of women's participation and contribution to national identity and development. In this regard, the movie industry has a major role in reversing the hitherto challenging issues of exclusive practices, negative portrayal, cultural, and gender stereotypes. With Nigeria's 50th Independence Anniversary, the current wave of the rebranding project, the clamour for 35% affirmative action for women, as well as the concerted efforts at achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become necessary to create a critical forum to discuss issues relating to the status and role of women in one of the nations most productive spheres. To negotiate these challenges and problematic, this conference is designed to afford scholars, researchers, professionals, and stakeholders the opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas. Possible themes to consider for your individual or panel presentation include, but not limited to, the following:
• Women and the Nollywood Industry
• Women Directors in Nollywood
• Women Producers in Nollywood
• Female Stars in Nollywood
• Women and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
• Gender and Interculturalism in Nollywood
• Women, Cultural and Religious Taboos in Nollywood Films
• Nollywood, Women and Globalization
• Motherhood in Nollywood Films
• Gendered Language Codes in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Cultural Identity
• Women and Violence in Nollywood
• Gender and Politics in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Film Genres in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Performance in Nollywood Films
• Gender and Race in Nollywood Films
• Queer Nollywood
• Gender and Fashion in Nollywood Films
• Sexuality in Nollywood Films

Keynote Presenter:
Professor Maureen Eke, of Central Michigan University

Please send a titled abstract between 200-250 words (for a 20-minute paper presentation), your technical needs, and a brief bio to by March 30, 2012.

Registration Fee: $125 for international participants, N15,000 for local participants and $50 for international graduate students, and N5,000 for local post grad students.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45369Comparative American Ethnic Literatures—Special Session, PAMLA – submissions due March 31, 2012Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)melanieh@u.washington.edu1330539012african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)contact email:



This special session welcomes submissions that deploy comparative analytical frameworks to re-imagine topics within American studies often limited by the scope of specialized ethnic subfields. This session is particularly intended for those papers that are not easily categorized within one specific ethnic subfield because the analysis attempts to read texts or artifacts across ethnicities in the service of a pan-ethnic American studies.

In keeping with this year's conference theme, "Migration, Immigration, and Movement" this panel invites submissions for papers that focus on embodiment and negotiations of physical space in conversation with U.S. nationalism(s).

Submission deadline: March 31, 2012

Please submit proposals (approximately 300 words) via PAMLA's online submission form:

Please direct all queries for this session to:

Melanie Hernandez

Presenters will need to become members of PAMLA by May 1, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialscience_and_culture 45370Indigenous Studies - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture AssociationMidwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationadahan@mnstate.edu1330542356african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationcontact email:

Indigenous Studies - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Columbus, OH, Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012

Panel and paper proposal deadline: 30 APRIL 2012

The Indigenous Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

The area seeks papers that address any aspect of Indigenous, Aboriginal, and First Nations popular culture. The area highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or African popular cultures. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:
New Media
Video Games, Blogging, YouTube
Comic books and Cartoons
Radio shows
Theater, Festivals, Spectacles, and Ceremonies
Visual art
Indigeneity and Aboriginality
Ethnicity and Nationhood
Gender and Sexuality
Diaspora and Transnationality
Comparative studies

250 word abstracts may be submitted before or by 30 APRIL 2012 via email. Kindly include the following with your submission: your name and affiliation, e-mail address, postal address, and phone number.

Submissions should be made electronically via our online submission system ( Please direct other inquiries to the Area Chair, Anthony Adah at


For more information about the conference, including how to submit to a different area, please visit the conference website at

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45371Workshop on narrative systemsNarrative and Hypertext 2012/ To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2012 in MilwaukeeCharlie Hargood: or David Millard: name / name of organization: Narrative and Hypertext 2012/ To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2012 in Milwaukeecontact email: Charlie Hargood: or David Millard:

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and science communities to share research and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective.

Narrative is a prevalent form of information common in our entertainment, communication, and understanding of the world and its events. By building better models of narrative along with methods for generation, adaption, and presentation we enable narrative systems to become more effective but also improve our understanding of narrative structures.

Narrative might also be used as a discursive representation of knowledge allowing for the capture of expert understanding. The potential for grander narratives to be formed from collections of information or discourse on the web (for example from social media) means that knowledge or identity might emerge from otherwise seemingly disparate sources.

There is an increasingly growing community of researchers working on narrative systems, hypertext narratives, and machine readable narrative models for which this workshop seeks to act as a hub to review advances and events over the previous year as well as, looking forward to the coming year, what the field can achieve. One of the identified challenges facing this community is the difficulty of connecting creatives with technologists, which as a topic will form the centre point of discussion, along with the effect of this issue on related projects and systems.

This workshop aims to support this work, and the new research to be presented at the hypertext and narrative connections track at this year's conference, by providing an open interdisciplinary forum of discussion on key issues facing the field. Including (but not limited to):

- Models of Narrative
- Systems for the Presentation of Narratives
- Adaptive and Personalised Narratives
- Narrative Analysis
- Narrative Generation
- Narrative as a method of Knowledge Capture
- Social Media as Narrative
- Narrative as a lens on identity
- Argumentation and Rhetoric
- Interactive Fiction
- Cinematic Hypertext
- Authorial support systems
- Novel applications of narrative systems
- e-Literature
- Strange Hypertext
- Innovative digital narratives
- Interdisciplinary collaboration on narrative

Researchers and practitioners working with hypertext or narrative are invited to attend this workshop. Participants are asked to submit a short (between 2 and 5 pages ACM format) position paper on their current work. Authors of papers selected for presentation will be informed 3 weeks after the submission deadline. All the position papers of participants will be made available on the workshop website initially, and later through the ACM Digital Library.

As with last year the workshop will be split into planned and serendipitous sessions. The planned sessions will comprise of presentations of work from those with selected submitted papers with time for questions and discussion after each.

The serendipitous sessions will depend on the interests of the attendees of the workshop and will function in the style of an unconference. The preceding coffee break to each serendipitous session will allow participants to put forward suggestions for discussion topics, short presentations, or demos. The organisers will then select the most popular activities suggested as the focus for that session.

Submission Details
Papers should be in ACM format, be between 2 and 5 pages long and submitted as a PDF. The papers should be emailed no later than midday GMT 16th April 2012 to Charlie Hargood Submitted papers will be refereed and notification of acceptance sent out 3 weeks later. Accepted papers will be included alongside the ACM Hypertext conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library, and authors will have a week to prepare camera ready papers for submission after acceptance.

Important Dates:

- Papers Due 16th April 2012
- Notification of acceptance 7th May 2012
- Camera ready papers due 14th May 2012
- Workshop 25th June 2012

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the organisers:
Charlie Hargood:
David Millard:

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approacheshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45372Motley 2012: Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture Motley, An English Studies Journal for Diversity - Students of English Studies Association (SESA) at CSU, Fresnomotleyjournalcsuf@gmail.com1330556475americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Motley, An English Studies Journal for Diversity - Students of English Studies Association (SESA) at CSU, Fresnocontact email:

"Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself."

–Margaret Atwood

The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) of California State University, Fresno, in collaboration with Rasquache, and the Chicano Writers and Artists Association (CWAA), announces its call for papers for the 2011-2012 publication of Motley.

We welcome papers related to the theme:

Diversity/Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture

In recent years, popular culture has come to be considered a valid and fruitful point of academic inquiry, helping to infuse more established disciplines, including English studies, with fresh life. Scholars have become increasingly aware of the broader implications of popular culture, which encompasses such diverse media as magazines, books, film, television, comic books/graphic novels, and internet content, for discourses mis/unrepresented or marginalized within the mainstream.

The mainstream, whatever 'norms' it actively portrays through popular culture, may perhaps be best described as an intricate matrix of discourses that corresponds to specific interests and that possesses varying types and amounts of sociopolitical agency. Some discourses are, for complex reasons, more socially influential or dominant than others and these discourses tend to govern culture as a whole from the vista of a certain 'gaze' that has more to do with the experience and values of that particular discourse community, and an attempt to preserve these values, than any effort toward true verisimilitude with the diverse experiences of individuals potentially outside or excluded from this governing group. We consciously and unconsciously function, as students, as scholars, as teachers, and as participants within this discourse, so that our writing and our self-expression is indefinitely engaged from a perspective that promises inclusion for all but often fails to recognize nuances in subjective experience along the lines of ethnic culture, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and language as relates to normalized popular narratives of belonging. So, what changes when such a gaze is shifted, when ownership and authority is (re)claimed by voices that have long been silenced or marginalized?

We invite academic papers and creative works on a variety of topics within this theme, including but not limited to:

*The role of popular media in the construction of cultures, identities, and place
*"Subversive" texts that generate space for previously silenced voices to speak
*Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of identity formation and social membership brought about by popular culture
*Analysis of popular or canon texts that speak to the marginalization or silencing of specific groups within literature.
*Responses/revisions to mis/representations of marginalized peoples in popular media texts (news, visual art/advertising, films/television, books, comics, etc.).
*Challenges we face in (re)defining academia and the literary canon and what methods we employ to subvert them
*Rhetorics used to challenge the dominant, interdependent gazes of pop culture and academia
*Ways in which the perspectives and/or presence of students from marginalized or underrepresented communities challenges and redefines academia.
*Our reflective processes in redirecting the gaze to consider ourselves as students and participants in a broader community of scholars
*Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping and implications thereof for mainstream culture
*How artistic expression can create a sense of belonging and validation for marginalized voices within the rigid and impenetrable, often markedly visual constructions of culture in art and media
*The complex intersections between our academic communities and popular culture, and how these elements work to (re)shape our pedagogies
*Pedagogies that reflect our perceived responsibilities to others largely underrepresented/misrepresented in pop culture and academia

We also welcome papers and creative works (creative writing, art/photography, video, short film) on relevant topics, not directly addressed above, that significantly engage disciplines other than English Studies and that have consequences for communities located outside of the academy.

Please e-mail submissions to by April 1st, 2012.

*Graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty, are encouraged to submit work to the journal.

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cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45373Special Issue: Translation Theory in Practice: Teaching Romantic Translation(s) (abstracts due May 2012)Romantic Circles Pedagogies ccwharram@eiu.edu1330559855cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Romantic Circles Pedagogies contact email:

Romantic Circles Pedagogies invites submissions for a special volume on translation theory in the classroom. Possible topics include:

• methods for incorporating single or multiple texts in translation into courses on literature and culture in the Romantic era and/or other historical periods;
• arguments for the inclusion of specific translated texts in literature courses as pedagogically (or otherwise) advantageous;
• the role of Romantic translation theory (e.g., Tytler, Staël, Goethe, Novalis, Schleiermacher) in courses on Romanticism and/or literary theory;
• the role of contemporary translation theory (e.g., Derrida, Venuti, Robinson, Spivak, Apter) in courses on Romanticism or Romantic literary theory;
• methods for incorporating translation theory into contemporary or historical literary theory courses.

Texts in translation are beginning to find their way into Romantic (and other historically and nationally specific) literature courses, yet until recently, translations were rarely deemed acceptable for inclusion in such reading lists. Romanticists now recognize the significant ways that disavowing the inclusion of translations in course syllabi has skewed our perceptions of the period's literary public sphere. Romantic-era readers were enthusiastic about texts originally written in French, German, Arabic, and Sanskrit: why wouldn't our own students be?

But how should we, as teachers of literature, approach translated texts? Recent conferences of the MLA and ACLA have been organized around the central issue of translation in literary studies, while Emily Wittman, in a recent issue of College English, suggested that English departments should consider mandatory undergraduate courses in translation studies in their curricula. Since most departments have yet to incorporate such a course, how can we, as instructors of literature, responsibly and effectively bring translations into our undergraduate and graduate courses?

What sorts of questions should we ask our students to bear in mind while reading in translation? What are the roles of translators in literary history in general and/or during the Romantic period in particular? How do translations complicate our understanding of authorship? How do connections between translation and gender, translation and class, and translation and race help to create productive and stimulating classroom discussions? How do more recent planetary conceptions of literary history foreground the significance of translators and translations? How do translations and translation theory alter as we teach them (teaching in/as translation)? Can translation theory enhance discussions of related phenomena such as literary adaptation and inter-media aesthetics? How can technological innovations in our own time (google translate and other forms of machine translation) assist and/or undermine the way we approach foreign texts in literary history?

And perhaps most significantly for a special volume on translation in the Romantic-literature classroom: what works in translation, what doesn't, and why?

Articles should be in English, with translations provided of texts from other languages. Hyperlinks to texts in other languages are encouraged. Please send a 500-word abstract and brief vita to C.C. Wharram ( by May 1, 2012. The deadline for articles from accepted abstracts will be October 2012. Articles should be between 3000-5000 words. All articles will be peer-reviewed.

Please direct all inquiries to C.C. Wharram, Associate Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University (

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysromantictheoryvictorian 45374Call for Papers: Luvah 1st Issue, deadline April 1st, 2012Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imaginationhypatia@mimes.is1330573610classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetryreligionromantictheoryfull name / name of organization: Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imaginationcontact email:

Luvah is a quarterly journal of philosophy, theology, and literature which provides a space to reflect on modernity, tradition, and metaphysics.

Luvah is preparing to publish a new issue and is looking for strong sumbissions. Submissions may be either critical or creative. More information is available here:

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetryreligionromantictheory 45375CFP - Geoinformatica - An International Journal (GIIJ)Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)cfp@cscjournals.org1330576582americangeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)contact email:

Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in a Geoinformatica - An International Journal (GIIJ) Volume 2, Issue 2.

Fast and mobile Internet access as well as a comprehensive standardization of the data exchange has opened the door to many new applications. Typical examples are spatial data infrastructures. They enable an overlay of data that reside on different computers but are geometrically referred to the same area. Spatial data infrastructures revolutionize the relations of citizens with administration and economy. Another booming field is location based services. This links mobile devices with spatial and temporal data. The most advanced concept is called "Ubiquitous GIS" which handles a great number of position-coded mobile objects such as containers within one system. The automatic administration of those objects has already gained importance within logistic enterprises.

According to the above mentioned thoughts, Geoinformatica – An International Journal (GIIJ) aims at publishing scientific and technical developments in the diverse field of Geoinformatics. GIIJ covers all aspects and information on scientific and technical advances in the geomatic sciences. The journal is providing a platform for exploring research, development and innovative applications in geographic information science and related areas. GIIJ provides a privileged view of what is currently happening in the field of geoinformatics as well as a preview of what could be the hottest developments and research topics in the near future. Additionally, it includes recent research results on spatial databases, spatial ontologies, computational geometry and visualization for geographic information systems, geostatistics and spatial statistics, spatial analysis, interoperability, and innovative applications of geotechnologies.

CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:

Applied Geography

Close Range and Videometric Photogrammetry

Computational Geometry and Visualization

Digital Mapping

Distributed GIS/GIS and the Internet

Geo Tags

Geodata: Capture, Sources and Standards

Geographic Data

Geographic Information

Geographic Information Science


Geospatial Applications

Geospatial Databases

Geospatial Processing

Geospatial Web


Global Positioning System

Guidance Systems

Integrated Geodesy

land and Geographic Information Systems

Location-Based Services

Map Services

Mobile Maps

Remote Sensing

Sensor Networks

Sensor Web

Spatial Cognition

Spatial Data Analysis

Spatial Databases

Spatial Ontologies and Interoperability

Surface Modelling

Web Services

Important Dates - GIIJ CFP - Volume 2, Issue 2.
Paper Submission: March 31, 2012
Author Notification: May 15, 2012
Issue Publication: June 2012

For complete details about GIIJ archives publications, abstracting/indexing, editorial board and other important information, please refer to GIIJ homepage (

We look forward to receive your valuable papers. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at Our team is committed to provide a quick and supportive service throughout the publication process.

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cfp categories: americangeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheory 45376CFP - International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (IJAE)Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)cfp@cscjournals.org1330576809americangeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)contact email:

Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (IJAE) Volume 3, Issue 3.

The main aim of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (IJAE) is to provide a platform to AI & Expert Systems (ES) scientists and professionals to share their research and report new advances in the field of AI and ES. IJAE is a refereed journal producing well-written original research articles and studies, high quality papers as well as state-of-the-art surveys related to AI and ES. By establishing an effective channel of communication between theoretical researchers and practitioners, IJAE provides necessary support to practitioners in the design and development of intelligent and expert systems, and the difficulties faced by the practitioners in using the theoretical results provide feedback to the theoreticians to revalidate their models. IJAE thus meets the demand of both theoretical and applied researchers in artificial intelligence, soft computing and expert systems.

IJAE is a broad journal covering all branches of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems and its application in the topics including but not limited to technology & computing, fuzzy logic, expert systems, neural networks, reasoning and evolution, automatic control, mechatronics, robotics, web intelligence applications, heuristic and AI planning strategies and tools, computational theories of learning, intelligent system architectures.

CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:

AI for Service Engineering

AI for Web Intelligence Applications

AI in Bioinformatics

AI Parallel Processing Tools

AI Tools for CAD and VLSI Analysis/Design/Testing

AI Tools for Computer Vision and Speech Understand

AI Tools for Multimedia

Application in VLSI Algorithms and Mobile Communic

Automated Reasoning

Case-based reasoning

Data and Web Mining

Derivative-free Optimisation Algorithms

Emotional Intelligence

Evolutionary and Swarm Algorithms

Expert System Development Stages

Expert Systems Components

Expert-System Development Lifecycle

Fuzzy Sets and logic

Heuristic and AI Planning Strategies and Tools

Hybridisation of Intelligent Models/algorithms

Image Understanding


Integrated/Hybrid AI Approaches

Intelligent Planning

Intelligent Search

Intelligent System Architectures

Knowledge Acquisition

Knowledge-Based Systems

Knowledge-Based/Expert Systems

Logic Programming

Machine learning

Multi-agent Systems

Neural Computing

Neural Networks for AI

Object-Oriented Programming for AI

Parallel and Distributed Realisation of Intelligen

Problem solving Methods

Reasoning and Evolution of Knowledge Bases

Rough Sets

Rule-Based Systems

Self-Healing and Autonomous Systems


Visual/linguistic Perception

Important Dates - IJAE CFP - Volume 3, Issue 3.
Paper Submission: March 31, 2012
Author Notification: May 15, 2012
Issue Publication: June 2012

For complete details about IJAE archives publications, abstracting/indexing, editorial board and other important information, please refer to IJAE homepage (

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Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Applied Sciences (IJAS) Volume 3, Issue 1.

International Journal of Applied Sciences (IJAS) is publishing articles in all areas of applied sciences. IJAS seeks to promote and disseminate knowledge in the applied sciences, natural and social sciences industrial research materials science and technology, energy technology and society including impacts on the environment, climate, security, and economy, environmental sciences, physics of the games, creativity and new product development, professional ethics, hydrology and water resources, wind energy. IJAS is an academic peer reviewed on-line international journal of broad appeal aimed at fast publication of cutting edge multidisciplinary research articles reporting on original research across the fields of pure and applied sciences.

CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:

Aerospace Engineering





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Building officials




Combat Engineering



Domestic appliances

Domestic Educational Technologies

Domestic Technology


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Engineering geology




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Environmental Risk Assessment

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Visual Technology


Important Dates - IJAS CFP - Volume 3, Issue 1.
Paper Submission: March 31, 2012
Author Notification: May 15, 2012
Issue Publication: June 2012

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cfp categories: americangeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheory 45378UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVI (6/17; 9-20-22)University of Virginia's College at Wisekjt9t@uvawise.edu1330580000classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesmedievalpoetryreligionrenaissancefull name / name of organization: University of Virginia's College at Wisecontact email:

The University of Virginia's Medieval-Renaissance Conference is pleased to accept abstracts for out twenty-fifth conference.

September 20-22, 2012

Keynote Address

P. J. C. Field

University of North Wales

Passion, Naturalism, and the Sea: David Jones's Tristan ac Essylt

The conference is an open event that promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance studies. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on Medieval or Renaissance literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts. Abstracts for papers should be 300 or fewer words. Proposals for panels should include: a) title of the panel; b) names and institutional affiliations of the chair and all panelists; c) abstracts for papers to be presented (300 or fewer words). A branch campus of the University of Virginia, the University of Virginia's College at Wise is a public four-year liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia.

Deadline for Submissions: June 17, 2012

Please direct submissions on English Language and Literature and requests for general information to:
Kenneth J. Tiller
Department of Language and Literature
UVA's College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(276) 376-4587
Submissions on Art, Music, and Continental Literature:

Amelia J. Harris
Academic Dean
UVA's College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(276) 376-4557

Submissions on History or Philosophy:

Donald Leech
Department of History and Philosophy
UVA's College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293

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He is currently practicing as an Honorary Consultant Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgeon at both Ruby Hall Clinic and Aditya Birla Memorial Hospitals in Pune, India

cfp categories: american 45380Conference "Räume der Herkunft", Wuerzburg, Germany, June 21-23, 2013Dr. Katrin Dennerlein, Institut fuer Deutsche Philologie, Universitaet, maximilian.benz@topoi.org1330589624classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialprofessional_topicstravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Katrin Dennerlein, Institut fuer Deutsche Philologie, Universitaet Wuerzburgcontact email:,

Call for Papers

Katrin Dennerlein/Maximilian Benz

Räume der Herkunft.
Fallstudien zu einer historischen Narratologie
Tagung vom 21.-23. Juni 2013 an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

In vielen Erzähltexten der abendländischen Tradition spielt der Raum, aus dem der Held stammt, eine besondere Rolle. Schon Odysseus hat von Anfang an nur das Ziel, nach Ithaka zurückzukehren, das zu Beginn des Epos nahe scheint, dann aber wieder in weite Ferne rückt, bevor Odysseus schließlich nach dem Aufenthalt am Phaiakenhof dorthin zurückkehrt. In zahlreichen Erzähltexten, vom sogenannten griechischen Roman (z. B. Heliodors "Aithiopika") über den mittelalterlichen Liebes- und Abenteuerroman, das arthurische Erzählen, den galanten Roman und den höfisch-historischen Roman des Barock bis hin zu modernen Romanen und Epen (z. B. "Peer Gynt") ist der Raum, aus dem die Hauptfigur stammt, Ausgangs- und Endpunkt der 'histoire'. Das Muster von Auszug, (Abenteuer-)Reise und Rückkehr kann dabei verdoppelt (wie im Artusroman; vgl. aber Elisabeth Schmid, Weg mit dem Doppelweg. Wider eine Selbstverständlichkeit der germanistischen Artusforschung, in: Friedrich Wolfzettel/Peter Ihring [Hg.]: Erzählstrukturen der Artusliteratur. Forschungsgeschichte und neue Ansätze, Tübingen 1999, S. 69-85) oder vervielfacht werden (wie z. B. im "Don Quijote" oder in "Gulliver's Travels"). Der Raum der Herkunft kann aber auch ein bloßer Ausgangspunkt sein, den die Hauptfigur zurücklassen muss (um wie Aeneas seine eigentliche Heimat zu finden) oder will (wie in "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" oder in Emine Sevgi Özdamars "Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn"). Gelegentlich wird der Raum der Herkunft als Raum der Heimkunft perspektiviert, in dem sich die Figur aber nicht mehr zurechtfindet (wie in Milan Kunderas "L'Ignorance"). Oder aber der Held kommt ohne sein Wissen dorthin zurück, wo er geboren wurde, und gerät so in schlimmste Verstrickungen (z. B. Oidipous im antiken Mythos oder Gregorius in der mittelalterlichen Legende).

Der Raum, aus dem die Hauptfigur stammt, ist jeweils auf vielfältige Weise mit der erzählten Geschichte verbunden, weil sich in ihm konkret-räumliche, figurenspezifische, handlungsstrukturelle und zeitliche Aspekte eines Textes kreuzen. Die konkret-räumlichen Gegebenheiten des Herkunftsraumes prägen erstens die Raumwahrnehmung der Hauptfigur und ihre Fähigkeiten sich zu bewegen. Es besteht zweitens eine enge Verbindung zwischen dem Raum und der sozialen Identität der Hauptfigur - sei es über die standesgemäße bzw. natürliche Umgebung für eine Figur, der sie qua Geburt zugeordnet ist, sei es über ihre genealogische Herkunft, oder über die Familien- und Gruppenstruktur, die sich aus der (kommunikativen) Anwesenheit anderer Figuren im Raum der Herkunft ergibt. Der Raum, aus dem der Held stammt, kann drittens auf unterschiedliche Weise mit der Handlung verknüpft sein (vgl. hierzu grundlegend Joseph Campbells "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" [erste Veröffentlichung 1949]; in Campbells Monographie wird in mythenvergleichender Hinsicht auf die Bedeutung des Wegs des Helden hingewiesen: Heimat spielt dabei in mehrfacher Hinsicht eine Rolle, etwa als Ort der wunderbaren Zeugung und der Geburt oder als Ort der außergewöhnlichen Kindheit). Der Raum der Herkunft kann z. B. (wiederholter) Ausgangs- und Endpunkt oder Ziel der Handlung sein. Diese Handlungsstrukturen können viertens in der erzählten Zeit chronologisch oder in Form von Achronien dargestellt sein. Der Raum der Herkunft ist aber auch mit der diegetischen Zeit verbunden, wenn z. B. Erinnerungen mit räumlichen Gegebenheiten verknüpft werden, die denen des Herkunftsraumes ähneln, oder wenn Räume der Herkunft zum Zweck der Erinnerung oder wiederholten Handelns aufgesucht werden (vgl. Lukas Werner, Zeit, in: Matías Martínez [Hg.]: Handbuch Erzählliteratur. Stuttgart/Weimar 2011, S. 150-158).
Schließlich ist zu ermitteln, mit welchen Bedeutungen auf wörtlicher und übertragener Ebene die Räume der Herkunft im je konkreten Fall aufgeladen werden und ob sich gattungs- respektive epochenspezifische Gemeinsamkeiten feststellen lassen. Dieser Gesichtspunkt hat insofern synthetisierenden Charakter, als in ihm die konkret-räumlichen, figurenspezifischen, handlungsstrukturellen und zeitlichen Aspekte des Raums der Herkunft zusammenspielen und für die Deutung des Textes als ganzem interpretativ relevant werden können. Gerade die werthafte Bedeutungsbesetzung der Räume der Herkunft scheint uns von besonderer Bedeutung zu sein (vgl. Simone Winko, Wertungen und Wert in Texten. Axiologische Grundlagen und Literaturwissen¬schaftliches Rekonstruktionsverfahren, Vieweg 1991). Das Wertesystem im Raum der Herkunft ist für die Hauptfigur zumeist die Norm (z. B. in Wilhelm Raabes "Abu Telfan") und gestörte Normalität kann ein Grund für Konflikte (z. B. in Danilo Kis' "Ein Grabmal für Boris Dawidowitsch") oder für den Fortgang des Helden sein (z. B. im arthurischen Erzählen). Fremdes wird vor dieser Folie erst kenntlich bzw. als Abweichendes benennbar (z. B. in Heinrichs von Neustadt "Apollonius von Tyrland"). Aber auch die Beurteilung der Hauptfigur durch die anderen Figuren ist durch werthafte Besetzungen ihrer Herkunft bestimmt, was z. B. in postkolonialen Texten recht deutlich wird (so in Joseph Conrads "Heart of Darkness", Chinua Achebes "Things Fall Apart" und J.M. Coetzees "Waiting for the Barbarians").

Trotz seiner Präsenz in der europäischen Literatur von der Antike bis heute und trotz seiner inhaltlich-strukturellen Wichtigkeit ist der Zusammenhang von Raum und Herkunft bislang nicht zum Gegenstand einer breiter vergleichenden, narratologisch interessierten Arbeit geworden. Deshalb wollen wir die Frage stellen, wie die Räume der Herkunft als konkrete Räume der erzählten Welt unterschiedlich dargestellt und mit normativen Aspekten verknüpft werden und welche Funktion sie dadurch für die Erzählung der Geschichte der Hauptfigur bekommen. Dabei sollen Erzähltexte der europäischen Literatur von der Antike bis heute zum Gegenstand werden, in denen der Raum der Herkunft ein wichtiger Teil der erzählten Welt ist, ohne jedoch Haupthandlungsschauplatz zu sein. Die Tagung soll sich mit diesem strukturell wichtigen Raum in Erzähltexten und nicht mit Heimatliteratur oder Heimatdichtung im engeren Sinn befassen, dabei aber selbstverständlich auch Erzählungen zum Gegenstand machen, in denen die Räume der Herkunft als Heimat apostrophiert und dadurch für die Handlung bedeutsam werden.
Als Ausgangpunkt der einzelnen Beiträge möchten wir das in jüngster Zeit innovierte erzähltheoretische Beschreibungsinstrumentarium für Räume vorschlagen (Ansgar Nünning, Formen und Funktionen literarischer Raumdarstellung: Grundlagen, Ansätze, narratologische Kategorien und neue Perspektiven, in: Wolfgang Hallet/Birgit Neumann [Hg.], Raum und Bewegung in der Literatur. Die Literaturwissenschaften und der Spatial Turn, Bielefeld 2009, S. 33-52; Marie-Laure Ryan, Space, in: P. Hühn/J. Pier/W. Schmid/J. Schönert [Hg.]: Handbook of Narratology, Berlin/New York 2009, S. 420-433; Katrin Dennerlein, Narratologie des Raumes, Berlin/New York 2009). Über die so erzeugte methodisch geleitete Beschreibung als Ausgangsbasis für weitere Interpretationen soll sowohl die Vergleichbarkeit als auch die Kommunikabilität der Einzelergebnisse ermöglicht werden. Es soll demnach gefragt werden,
- ob der Raum der Herkunft überhaupt zum Schauplatz oder nur zur Ereignisregion wird oder erwähnte räumliche Gegebenheit bleibt (zur Terminologie vgl. Dennerlein 2009).
- Ob Darstellungstechniken wie Wahrnehmung, Beschreibung (vgl. Werner Wolf, Description as a Transmedial Mode of Representation: General Features and Possibilities of Realization in Painting, Fiction and Music, in: W. Wolf/W. Bernhart [Hg.]: Description in Literature and Other Media, Amsterdam u.a. 2007, S. 1-89), Kommentar usw. zum Einsatz kommen.
- Ob in der Auswahl des Herkunftsraumes und seiner Gestaltung an Gattungstraditionen oder kanonische Texte angeschlossen wird.
- Welche Informationen zum Herkunftsraum explizit genannt werden, welche sich erschließen lassen und wie sich diese Schlussprozesse plausibilisieren lassen.
- Ob ein Leser vorausgesetzt wird, der aus dem gleichen Herkunftsraum stammt.

Bei der Beantwortung dieser Fragen können auch die figurenspezifischen, handlungsstrukturellen und zeitlichen Aspekte des Erzählens vom Raum der Herkunft einbezogen werden. Erst ausgehend von der narratologischen Beschreibung soll die Frage nach der Bedeutung der Räume der Herkunft, insbesondere der werthaften Besetzung gestellt werden. Hier könnten sich Überlegungen zu Raummodellen, zur semantischen Besetzung räumlicher Oppositionen (vgl. Jurij M. Lotman, Die Struktur literarischer Texte, München 1972) und zu phänomenologischen Untersuchungen von Räumen von Interesse sein (vgl. Molly Robinson Kelly, The Hero's Place. Medieval Literary Traditions of Space and Belonging, Washington 2009; sie interessiert sich im Anschluss an Heidegger, Bachelard und Eliade für die 'expressions of human-space' in der altfranzösischen Literatur und wählt deshalb Werke, in denen das Verhältnis zwischen Raum und Hauptfigur eine zentrale Rolle spielt).

Mit der genuin narratologischen Ausrichtung will die Tagung zugleich auch einen Beitrag zur Historischen Narratologie leisten, indem die Erklärungskraft narratologischer Termini und Modelle für historische Phänomene geprüft werden. Die Historisierung der Narratologie ist in letzter Zeit häufiger eingefordert (vgl. Ulrich Ernst, Die natürliche und die künstliche Ordnung des Erzählens. Grundzüge einer historischen Narratologie, in: Rüdiger Zymner [Hg.]: Erzählte Welt - Welt des Erzählens. Fs. für Dietrich Weber, Köln 2000, S. 179-199; Astrid Erll/Simone Roggendorf, Kulturgeschichtliche Narratologie. Die Historisierung und Kontextualisierung kultureller Narrative, in: Ansgar Nünning/Vera Nünning [Hg.]: Neuere Ansätze in der Erzähltheorie, Trier 2002, S. 73-113; Monika Fludernik, The Diachronization of Narratology, in: Narrative 11 [2003], S. 331-348) und auch bereits verschiedentlich unternommen worden. Daran ließe sich in Bezug auf die Räume der Herkunft etwa mit der Frage anschließen, ob und wie sich Terminologie und Beschreibungen zum Raum auch auf historisch weit entfernte und alteritäre Texte anwenden lassen.

Auf der Tagung werden sprechen:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Döring (Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft, GH Siegen)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne (Romanistik, Erfurt)
Dr. Michael C. Frank (Anglistik, Konstanz)
Prof. Dr. Therese Fuhrer (Klassische Philologie, FU Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hallet (Anglistik, Gießen)
Dr. Christine Knoop (Komparatistik, FU Berlin)
Prof. Dr. William Layher (Nordistik, Washington)
Prof. Dr. Felix Mundt (Klassische Philologie, HU Berlin)
Erik Schilling (Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft/Italianistik, LMU München)
Prof. Dr. Markus Stock (germanistische Mediävistik, Toronto)
Dr. Julia Weitbrecht (germanistische Mediävistik, HU Berlin)

Wenn Sie Interesse haben, an dieser Tagung teilzunehmen, senden Sie bitte bis 16. April 2012 ein aussagekräftiges, maximal einseitiges Exposé an und Aus dem Exposé soll insbesondere hervorgehen, inwiefern Sie mit Ihrer Analyse einen Beitrag zur historischen Narratologie leisten möchten.
Bis Mitte Mai 2012 werden wir uns zurückmelden. Zur gezielten Vorbereitung wird im Sommer 2012 ein Reader mit ausgewählten Bezugstexten an die Tagungsteilnehmer versendet. Um eine intensive und zielführende Diskussion zu ermöglichen, sollen die Beiträge bis zum 22. April 2013 an die Veranstalter geschickt werden; sie werden dann an alle Teilnehmer der Tagung zur vorbereitenden Lektüre weitergeleitet. Während der Tagung selbst haben die Verfasser fünfzehn Minuten Zeit, ihre wichtigsten Beobachtungen und Thesen zusammenfassend vorzustellen. Die sich daran anschließenden Diskussionen werden protokolliert; das Protokoll wird den Verfassern zur Verfügung gestellt und dient als Grundlage für einen Bericht, der die Diskussionen und Ergebnisse der Tagung zügig der Fachöffentlichkeit zugänglich macht. Eine Publikation der Beiträge ist geplant.

Dr. Katrin Dennerlein
Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg
Lehrstuhl für Computerphilologie und Neuere deutsche Literaturgeschichte
97079 Würzburg

Maximilian Benz
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
EXC 264 Topoi
Hannoversche Str. 6
10099 Berlin

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialprofessional_topicstravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45381Conference on Communication of the symbolic and the symbolic of communication in the modern and postmodern societies_FranceESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC)essachess@gmail.com1330597930ethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: ESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC)contact email:

ESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC) organise The International Conference on Communication of the symbolic and the symbolic of communication in the modern and postmodern societies. This prestigious event will be held at The Techno sciences Institute for Information and Communication (ITIC), Paul Valéry University of Montpellier 3, on 8-9 November 2012.

Kenote speaker: Lucien SFEZ

Important dates:

- May 1st, 2012: Submission of an abstract of approximately 3500 - 5000 characters, including spaces, five keywords. The title of the paper will be written in French and English. The proposal must include the name and affiliations as well as the email address of all authors.
- June 15, 2012: Notification of abstracts acceptance via email.
- September 15, 2012: Full paper submission.

All proposals and additional questions should be addressed to:,,

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culture 45382UPDATE_Communication of the symbolic and the symbolic of communication in the modern and postmodern societies_FranceESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC)essachess@gmail.com1330598166film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: ESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC)contact email:

ESSACHESS and The Open Research Centre for International Applied Research Studies of Innovations in Communication (ORC IARSIC) organise The International Conference on Communication of the symbolic and the symbolic of communication in the modern and postmodern societies. This prestigious event will be held at The Techno sciences Institute for Information and Communication (ITIC), Paul Valéry University of Montpellier 3, on 8-9 November 2012.

Kenote speaker: Lucien SFEZ

Important dates:

- May 1st, 2012: Submission of an abstract of approximately 3500 - 5000 characters, including spaces, five keywords. The title of the paper will be written in French and English. The proposal must include the name and affiliations as well as the email address of all authors.
- June 15, 2012: Notification of abstracts acceptance via email.
- September 15, 2012: Full paper submission.

All proposals and additional questions should be addressed to:,,

Call for papers is available at this address:

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culture 45383CFP MLA 2013: Denise Levertov's Converging PoeticsCristina; Deadline 15 March 20121330598833americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Cristina Gamez-Fernandezcontact email:; Deadline 15 March 2012

This session invites submissions which explore Denise Levertov's poetics as a converging space of transcendental lyricism, religious meditation and ecological and sociopolitical protest. 300-word abstracts and short bios by 15 March 2012

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45384[Inter]sections - peer-reviewed American Studies journal CFP (March 15)American Studies Program, University of Bucharest, Romaniaintersections@americanstudies.ro1330600479african-americanamericanecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Studies Program, University of Bucharest, Romaniacontact email:

[Inter]sections is the online peer-reviewed quarterly journal of American Studies at the University of Bucharest. You can access all previous issues here:

Submission Guidelines
We are currently accepting papers between 1,500 and 7,000 words, longer book reviews and shotgun reviews (under 500 words) as well as relevant interviews. All submissions must be accompanied by a short bio (no more than 200 words; please do not attach CVs) and an abstract of the piece you are submitting (no more than 200 words). Alternately, you may wish to fill in the following submission form:
Affiliation: undergraduate/graduate student/independent researcher etc.
Bio (no more than 200 words):
E-mail address:
Title of Submission:
Abstract (no more than 200 words):

Our next submission deadline is March 15.
After you have sent us your submission, you will receive a confirmation of receipt, and our peer-reviewing team shall receive a blind copy for review. Ideally, it should take us no more than 2 weeks to review your submission, but – depending on the volume of submissions – this may take up to 1 month. You will have 1 more month to make the required changes. If your paper requires no changes at all, we shall add it to our database and it will be published in our next/one of our next issues.

All papers must be written in accordance with the 2009 MLA citation style.

Photographs and other images can be inserted in the article, but only if they are relevantly discussed within the body of your paper. Should your paper include images, please make sure the reproduction of the image does not infringe upon current copyright norms and/or secure copyright from the author of the image.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45385[UPDATE] REMINDER: Caribbean Conference on Trade Policy, Innovation Governance and Small State Competitiveness 11-13 June 2012Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Institute of International Relations, and Institute for Sustainable Developmentcaribbeantradeconference@gmail.com1330608556general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Institute of International Relations, and Institute for Sustainable Developmentcontact email:

International trans-disciplinary conference focusing on practice and theory of trade policy for small states in the contemporary global economy drawing on the experience and lessons from the Caribbean.

Call for Papers

Caribbean Conference on Trade Policy, Innovation Governance and Small State Competitiveness

11-13 June, 2012

Shridath Ramphal Centre, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

The conference is organized by the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. Barbados (under the auspices of the WTO/UWI Chair) in conjunction with the Institute of International Relations at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago; and the Institute for Sustainable Development at the Mona Campus, UWI, Jamaica.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of 500 word abstracts: March 9, 2012

Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2012

Full Paper Submission: May 18, 2012

Commencement of conference: June 11-13, 2012

For further details and to submit abstracts contact Dr. Indianna Minto-Coy at:

Conference Theme

Over the past two to three decades Caribbean countries and other small states have become less competitive as exemplified by a decline in export diversification and increased concentration in exports and markets. Most small states have extremely high levels of trade specialization, in the export of low value-added raw materials, commodities, manufacturing (e.g. clothing and electronics) as well as services exports (e.g. tourism and financial services). These challenges are further exacerbated by the high dependence on the importation of food and energy and increased economic burden of health care.

Emergent trends in the global economy (e.g. peak oil, food price crises, the rise of the BRICS, climate change adaptation) suggest that small states are faced with increased economic, social and environmental risks. The ongoing global economic downturn only adds to the urgency for a review of trade policy formulation and implementation and a critical inquiry into trade diversification, innovation governance and global competitiveness in small states.

This international trans-disciplinary conference will focus on the practice and theory of trade policy for small states in the contemporary global economy drawing on the experience and lessons from the Caribbean region. In particular, we invite submissions from academics and practitioners on the following themes:

Trade Policy, Negotiations and the Implementation Agenda
- Regional Trade Policy Formulation and Implementation
- The CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement
- The Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement

Trade Diversification and Regional, Diasporic and Global Markets
- Trade and Innovation Governance
- Trade and Export Facilitation
- Diasporic Trade, Investment and Entrepreneurship

Trade Policy and Innovation Governance in Key Strategic Sectors
- Food Security
- Renewable Energy
- Climate Change

A select number of papers will be published in an edited volume.

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesprofessional_topics 45386GRAMMA - Journal of Theory and CriticismKarin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos - Aristotle University of Thessalonikiboklund@enl.auth.gr1330609008americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos - Aristotle University of Thessalonikicontact email:

Journal of Theory and Criticism
Semiotics as a Theory of Culture: Deciphering the Meanings of Cultural Texts

Issue number 20, 2012
Semiotics, defined by Ferdinand de Saussure in the early years of the 20th century as the study of how sign systems function in the life of society, has become such an integral part of cultural theory that it is easy to forget the revolution which it made possible in our understanding of culture. It was semiotics that first allowed us to treat pictorial and cinematic documents as 'texts', that provided a method of analysis for systems of objects and patterns of behaviour and conduct, that rejected the boundaries between high and low culture and studied the myriad manifestations of everyday life on the same level as traditional cultural artifacts.

Today, in the environment created by the explosive growth of information technology and the culture industry, it is time for a reassessment of what this theory and methodology can and cannot do. What can it contribute to our understanding and interpretation of culture? How has it changed our perception of cultural objects and practices? How does a semiotic awareness contribute to a critical perspective on culture and society? What, if any, are the limits of semiotic analysis?

For the 2012 volume of Gramma on semiotics as a theory of culture, we invite papers on all aspects of semiotics, focusing on analysis informed by a reflexive theoretical and methodological awareness. Papers need not be limited to classical semiotics but can use poststructuralist, postmodern and other hermeneutic approaches.

Possible areas of analysis include:

Theories of culture and methodologies of cultural analysis
Signs and sign systems
Texts, objects, rituals, institutions
Communication and silence
Convention and rebellion, the norm and the monstrous
The body as text: self-presentation, gender identity, disciplines of the body
Papers should not exceed the length of 7,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography) and should be double-spaced. They should adhere to the latest MLA style of documentation and should be submitted electronically in the form of a Word document to the editors of the issue, Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, at the e-mail address

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2012

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45387After Queer, After Humanism: Rice University English Symposium September 14-15, 2012Rice University Department of Englishrice.symposium@gmail.com1330620868african-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_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Rice University Department of Englishcontact email:

Rice University English Symposium

Sept. 14-15, 2012

After Queer, After Humanism

Queer & Humanism are two categories that have shown their limits in recent critical discussions. This symposium meets to consider the relation between humanism and the theorization of sexuality, gender, and sex. It provides a forum to debate the connection between posthumanism and growing dissatisfaction with "queer" as a critical concept. We also welcome research on posthuman genders and sexualities more broadly, from animals to biotech to digital bodies. Papers can address representation in whatever medium or take up the theoretical coordinates of a topic. "After Queer, After Humanism" calls for proposals, from any period or discipline, on theoretical and cultural production concerning the following themes:

gender systems—animal sexuality—biopolitics—LGBTQ!X2—science fiction—eugenic practices—digital bodies—identification—biotechnology—reproduction and fertility—political genomics—erototechnics—ethics—feminist materialisms—race and sexuality—necropolitics—rights discourse—community formation—body modification—homophobic power—animal breeding—homonormativity—queer capital—sexual economies—cultures of biology—evolutionary narrative—pheromone markets—the liberal subject—pornography—gender and temporality—political geography—activism—language practices

Proposals (max. 250 words) are due on May 15. Papers should be readable in 20 minutes, but we encourage shorter pieces which allow more time for discussion. Please email proposals to as a word document or pdf file.

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_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45388Law and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England, May 15, 2012Summer 2012 Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studieskgilbert@drury.edu1330625271cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysvictorianfull name / name of organization: Summer 2012 Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studiescontact email:

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

Special Issue: Gender and the Law in Nineteenth-Century England (Summer 2012)

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2012

The nineteenth century was a period rife with watershed moments in the history of law and gender in England. It is also a period marked by contradictions: legislation that granted women greater rights under the law took place in fits and starts, and was never unaccompanied by cultural and social backlash. The period began, in 1801, with a national census that revealed women outnumbered men by 400,000, and ended with the repeal of the discriminatory Contagious Diseases Acts and the passage of the First Married Woman's Property Act. Debates about the relationship between women and the law, and their attendant questions (e.g. Were women legal persons? Could they be?), permeated the legislation, court cases, newspapers, serials, and novels of the day. The roles, and legal power, of English men were also in flux during the period. The rise of industrialism, as well as the middle class, challenged the masculinity of the landed and leisured male aristocrat. Laws that granted women greater rights in marriage, divorce, and ownership of earnings and property served to challenge the centrality of the male patriarch in traditional family structures. In turn, masculinity became increasingly defined by both state-sponsored and independent imperial ventures in the colonies. And by the end of the nineteenth century, a new version of manhood came into being. The rise of the aesthetes, as represented by the publicity surrounding Oscar Wilde, and the criticism of the aesthetes, as symbolized by his rather public trial, serve as the most infamous example of events that brought to light growing anxieties about masculinity, sexuality, and the law.

This special issue of NCGS invites scholars from across the arts and humanities to contribute their work on the intersections between law, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Topics that might be addressed include:
• Queen Victoria
• Marriage, Motherhood, and/or Families (including the Child Custody Act, the Matrimonial Causes Act, and the Married Woman's Property Act)
• Governesses and their relationship to legal families
• Property and inheritance
• Authorship and the International Copyright Act
• Education (including the establishment of Queen's College, London; Bedford College; and Girton College)
• The "odd" women (singletons)
• Women and reform movements (including the Voting Act and the Equal Franchise Act)
• Labor laws (including the Ashley's Mines Act and the Factory Acts)
• Health Care and the Contagious Diseases Act
• Criminal Justice (including Prostitution, Sodomy Trials, and Prisons)
• Imperialism, colonialism, and gender
• Masculinities
• Performance

Please send complete papers (of between 5,000 and 8,000 words) electronically for consideration to the guest editors of the special issue (Prof. Katherine Gilbert and Prof. Julia Chavez) at the following email addresses: and

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2012

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. The journal is a collaborative effort that brings together scholars from a variety of universities to create a unique voice in the field. We endorse a broad definition of gender studies and welcome submissions that consider gender and sexuality in conjunction with race, class, place and nationality. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies publishes two regular issues a year, in addition to a specially-themed summer issue, and accepts submissions year-round.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysvictorian 45389"Women's Work": Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages. MLA 2013 Conference. Boston, Jan. 1-3, 2013. Women's Caucus of the Modern Languagesmmasse@lsu.edu1330625963gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: Women's Caucus of the Modern Languagescontact email:

Join the Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages at the MLA convention to 2013! (Boston, Jan. 1-3 2013). Our general rubric for our three panels is "Women's Work," by which we mean not only working conditions for women in academia, but also the gendering of those conditions, which includes male workers as well. We would appreciate it if you would circulate these calls widely to appropriate lists, as well as sending in proposals yourself.

1) Gender Work and Two-Year Colleges. We're interested in the material conditions of, and organizing activities in response to, gender relations in community colleges. Campus labor, policies, co/teaching experiences. 250-word abstract and brief c.v. to Jessica Ketcham-Weber by 3/15 at

2) In collaboration with the Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

Gender and Contingent Labor. How is contingent labor feminized (or not) on your campus? We particularly seek examples of successful or promising avenues toward equity. 250-word abstract and brief c.v. to Kirsten Christensen by 3/15 at

3) Labor Negotiations: Family Medical Leave. Schools have official and unofficial practices about eldercare, parenting, and medical leave. We're interested in best practices and advice that could help others. 250-word abstract and brief c.v. to Michelle Massé by 3/15 at

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topics 45390Eat Your Vegetables (Before They Eat You!): Good Plants / Bad Plants in Fiction and Culture - MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston)College English Associationrlaist@goodwin.edu1330627298americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: College English Associationcontact email:

Human beings have always lived in a state of ecological, nutritional, and psychological dependence on plants, yet the attitudes toward plant life expressed in the imaginative literature of Western culture are ambivalent. In the nineteenth century, Emerson's delight in "the suggestion of an occult relationship between man and vegetable" finds its dark echo in Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter," in which the loveliness of the mad scientist's garden conceals a latent threat to human personhood. The duality in the symbolic character of vegetation persists throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries, influencing the depiction of flowers and plants in modernist literature, taking strange postmodern forms in comic book and science fiction scenarios, and informing the public discourses on everything from energy and health to genetics and ontology. This panel seeks papers that examine the manner in which fictional texts and other cultural products of the romantic, modernist, and postmodern period express the multifaceted relationship between industrial Western culture and the vegetable kingdom.
Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to,
The representation of plants, trees, flowers, and fruit in the art or literature of romanticism, modernism, and/or postmodernism;
The fear of vegetation expressed in "killer plant" narratives;
Representations of human-plant hybrid creatures in myth and fiction;
The iconography of "wholesome" fruits and vegetables in the rhetoric of the vegan, organic, and whole foods movements;
Botanical metaphors as they have been employed in extra-literary discourses such as genealogy, medicine, and philosophy;
The iconography of plant-human relations as represented in the discourses of green energy, drug policy, sustainability, etc.;
The manner in which Plant Studies may intersect with and contribute to other sub-disciplines of Cultural Studies.
Please submit 300-400 word abstracts to Randy Laist at by March 20, 2012.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 453912012 MPCA/ACA: Popular RomanceMidwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationwherrym@bhc.edu1330630809african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationcontact email:

Call for Papers: Popular Romance

2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
Columbus, OH
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
(Conference info:

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2012.

The most prevalent narrative structure of popular romance is an integral element of any story, regardless of forum: film, television, fiction, manga, advertising. Not only is romance exceptionally popular, it is so pervasive as to become ordinary and overlooked. As the popularity of romance increases, so too does the need for serious scholarship of the genre in all its incarnations. We are interested in any and all topics about or related to popular romance and its representations in popular culture (fiction, stage, screen—large or small, commercial, advertising, music, song, dance, online, real life, etc.)

Proposals may be for individual papers or 3-person panels.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:
• critical approaches, such as readings informed by critical race theory, queer theory, postcolonial studies, or empirical science
• depictions in the media and popular culture (e.g., film, television, literature, comics)
• literature and fiction (genre romance, poetry, animé)
• types of relationships (marriage, gay and lesbian)
• historical practices and traditions of and in romance
• regional and geographic pressures and influences (southern, Caribbean)
• material culture (valentines, foods, fashions)
• folklore and mythologies
• jokes and humor
• romantic love in political discourse (capitalism)
• psychological approaches toward romantic attraction
• emotional and sexual desire
• subcultures: age (seniors, adolescents), multi-ethnic, inter-racial
• individual creative producers or texts of popular romance
• gender-bending and gender-crossing

Submit a one-page (200-250 words) proposal or abstract by 30 April 2012 to Maryan Wherry, Popular Romance, Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with your abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require a TV and DVD player. Note that LCD projectors will not be provided by MPCA/ACA.
More conference information can be found at
For further inquiries or concerns, please contact Romance Area Chair, Maryan Wherry, Black Hawk College,

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 45392The Incorporation of American Literature2013 MLA Special Session, jrogers@lagcc.cuny.edu1330631722americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarytheoryfull name / name of organization: 2013 MLA Special Session Proposalcontact email:,

The Incorporation of American Literature

From the creation of the British East India Company in 1599 to Mitt Romney's assertion that "corporations are people, my friend," the corporation has been central to the global arrangements of modernity. In the US, corporations were politically and legally consolidated in a period that Allan Trachtenberg famously narrated as The Incorporation of America, in part because of the powerful influence they had across all aspects of labor, culture, and art. The Gilded Age United States was increasingly at the mercy of incorporated behemoths more powerful than the limited franchise electorate and often as influential as the president – see Pennsylvania Railroad executive Tom Scott's role in the 1876 presidential crisis, for example.

In the fictional works of authors such as Dreiser, Norris, Freeman, Sinclair, and Twain, among numerous others, we can find an emerging literary engagement with corporations, corporate power, and corporate imagined life. In this special session, we'd like to return to the incarnation of the corporate 'body' produced by corporate personhood in the famous Supreme Court case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad (1886) as our organizing analytical category. We want to locate the way diverse writers investigated, narrated, and imagined this new form of "legal personhood"— an entity born solely through the province of the law, yet invested with all the rights and protections of its flesh-and-blood peers—and examine how this new figure braided with the privileges of new citizenship.

In this roundtable, we propose a conversation about the literature of corporations read broadly, and we invite dialogue about the figurations of corporate power in fiction within and beyond the post-bellum, transnational, and Anglophone center of corporate dominance. Topics and themes could include

- representations of corporations in literature

- corporate speech

- the reevaluation of the human body after the invention of its corporate

- literatures of monopolies, trusts, and anti-trusts

- figurations of corporate personhood

- shareholders/share-holding

- intersections of literature, corporations, and law

- visual and cinematic analysis of corporations

- the treatment of groups as a single legal entity

- character personification of corporate personhood

We invite commentary on the corporation from the nineteenth century to the present, and we open the roundtable to critical inquires around its attendant bureaucracies, its public face as well as its facelessness, and how it generated new problems of form, politics, and expression in the aesthetic projects that it inspired. We wish to foreground how diverse varieties of authors, texts, characters, and readers feel sympathy and apprehension for these entities, and how they connect to contemporary concerns about finance, credit, and debt. It is within the company of literature and corporate texts that we hope to find new and productive frictions about incorporation itself, and how these corporate bodies come to live, reproduce, merge and fall away — and how human bodies give life to them, by choice and by force.

Contact Jesse Schwartz ( and/or Justin Rogers-Cooper ( - Deadline March 25th.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarytheory 45393MMLA Special Session: Bodies on the Marketplace [UPDATE]Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Sessionhalla@ohiodominican.edu1330633570film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Sessioncontact email:

Bodies on the Marketplace: Supply and Demand
This sessions welcomes papers on the body in performance, the media, the arts, and in pedagogy, i.e., the student body. Please send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall, halla@ohio, by May 1. Include your name, address, phone, and email.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 45394[UPDATE] Cine tectonica: Film on the FaultlineAlan name / name of organization: Alan Wrightcontact email:

The recent earthquakes in Chile, Christchurch and Japan have left a host of powerful images in the minds and memories of millions of people around the world. Film has always played a crucial role in the imagination of disaster. From its earliest days, cinema has registered the impact of seismic events. The aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is recorded on film. In New Zealand, footage from the Napier earthquake of 1931 shows the destruction of the town. Hollywood even recast New Zealand in Green Dolphin Street (Saville, 1947) as the fictional setting for a special effects mega-quake and tsunami.

An earthquake is also a conceptual event of telluric proportions. An emergent seismic consciousness, reflected in a number of contemporary films from Iran, Chile, Haiti, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Korea, the USA and New Zealand, has shaken to the core those solid and secure political, economic, ethical and ontological categories which ground the project of modernity in its current globalised form. Perhaps the spate of earthquakes in 2010-11 can serve a similar function for our present geopolitical formation as the famous Lisbon earthquake of 1755 held for the age of

The earthquake indicates a fissure, a rupture that forces us to reconsider our established notions of film history and criticism. Faultlines, by definition, are located on the edges of tectonic plates. Film history and theory too must confront the tectonic shift in focus away from the centre (Europe, North America) toward the periphery (the Southern Cone, the Pacific Rim, China, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Mediterranean Basin and North Africa).

Papers are invited which address any of the following issues:

• fictional and non-fictional representation of earthquakes in film
• narrative form, genre and the cinematic image
• archival footage and digital witnessing (digital camera, phone, youtube, facebook etc)
• social memory and history
• modernity, film and ruins
• heritage, home, exile
• mourning, trauma and survival
• disaster as media spectacle
• alternative forms of film and media production, distribution and exhibition
• racial, ethnic and indigenous experience of natural disaster
• urban planning and renewal
• disaster capitalism and compassion fatigue
• local and national politics
• international solidarity and community activism
• banality, catastrophe and everyday life
• the temporality of crisis, the event and emergency

Please submit an abstract of 250 words by March 24th, 2012, along with a short biography, to

This book will be published by Intellect Press.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementstheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45396Games and Gaming in Science Fiction and Fantasy panel - 2012 SCLA, Gaming the System, Las Vegas, Oct. 25-28Society for Critical Exchangemehanu@uhv.edu1330642430americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Society for Critical Exchangecontact email:

For many of us, gaming the system and SF&F bring to mind Captain Kirk's solution to the war simulation game known as the Kobayashi Maru, but games and gaming have long enjoyed a privileged position in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Works such as Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and The Players of Null-A by A.E. Van Vogt have a game as the central feature of the narrative; the fantasy quest narrative is essential to the development of role-playing games; video gaming is an important element of much cyberpunk fiction in general (Tron may deserve its own mention with regard to video gaming); more recent works by writers such as Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow use online gaming to structure their narratives.

The panel is especially interested in submissions that place games and gaming in SF&F in a comparative or theoretical framework, engage with game theory, or critique systems thinking.

Please submit a one-page abstract to Uppinder Mehan at

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45397[UPDATE] "Antagonisms." Special issue of The ComparatistThe Comparatistzallouz@whitman.edu1330644721cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Comparatistcontact email:

Topic: Antagonisms

General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden--or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism--antagonistic rivalry between critics--a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

Theories of antagonism
The included and the excluded
Postcolonial critique
Global flows and frictions
The incommensurability of ethics and aesthetics
Dialogics and its discontents
Antagonism versus dialectics
Antagonistic narratives
Feminism and sexual difference
The rivalry of psychoanalysis and deconstruction
The antagonism of ideologies/the ideology of antagonisms

Interested contributors should submit a 1-page abstract by April 1, 2012 to Deadline for completed articles will be September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45398Castastrophic Masculinities; ICR '12 special session (deadline 4/1/12)Dr. Nowell Marshallnmarshall@rider.edu1330648052eighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryromantictheoryfull name / name of organization: Dr. Nowell Marshallcontact email:

Proposed special session for the International Conference on Romanticism to be held at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Nov. 8-11, 2012

Despite several key theoretical texts (Foucault, Sedgwick, Haggerty, Elfenbein) focusing on masculinity and sexuality during the Romantic period, scholars have been surprisingly slow to incorporate such theoretical approaches to masculinity and sexuality. This panel seeks papers that draw on, rework, and/or expand knowledge of masculinity and sexuality during the Romantic period by focusing on catastrophic masculinity. What counted as catastrophic masculinity during the period? How were such masculinities constructed through medical, juridical, religious, social, cultural, subcultural, and other discourses? While papers on the canonical Big Six male poets are welcome, I hope to also include papers that situate catastrophic masculinity within more recent understandings of the ever-expanding Romantic canon, including the novel, drama, poetry regardless of the author's sex, race, or class, and Romantic prose in its various forms between roughly 1780-1830.

In an effort to stimulate scholarship on masculinity and the history of sexuality during the Romantic period, this panel welcomes papers focusing on literary representations of masculinities, bodies, and practices commonly labeled catastrophic, disruptive, or violent during the period.

Suggested topics include

Sensibility and/as catastrophic masculinity
Catastrophic masculinity in the Oriental tale
Colonialism and catastrophic masculinity
Masculinity and excessive desires and drives
Excessive consumption and/as catastrophic masculinity
Masculine women, effeminate men and/as catastrophic masculinities
Representations of monstrous, unnatural, or unspeakable masculinities as catastrophic
Seduction, abandonment, marriage, and/or reproduction as catastrophic
Disciplinary mechanisms regulating catastrophic masculinity and sites of resistance
Historical, medical, scientific, legal, and religious discourses that deemed specific kinds of masculinity catastrophic

Email one-page abstracts to by April 1.

Dr. Nowell Marshall
Assistant Professor of Literary Theory
Rider University

cfp categories: eighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryromantictheory 45399Modernism and the Weather: MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21Louise Hornby/UCLAlhornby@humnet.ucla.edu1330648436cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Louise Hornby/UCLAcontact email:

This panel invites papers that address the significance of the weather in modernist works (literature, film, visual art). How does the weather become a particularly modernist concern? What are the stakes of weather prediction, anticipated in the early part of the twentieth century? How are meteorological events forecast, observed, described, and interpreted? How might weather structure coordinates of knowledge and time? How does the weather negotiate the terrain of the ordinary and the spectacular? Submissions to this interdisciplinary panel might address (but are by no means limited to) the ways in which modernist works renegotiate the pathetic fallacy; the relationship between weather and affect; good weather and bad; the effects of weather; the instability of climate; the politics of weather and empire; the intersections of modernist studies and ecocriticism; the relationship of weather and medium.
Please send an abstract of 300 words to Louise Hornby ( by April 1st, 2012. Include your name, paper title, institutional affiliation and position, contact information, and a 2-3 sentence scholarly bio.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 45400[UPDATE] American Nineteenth-Century Literature: Writing Illness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Abstracts due Mar 7)RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association)rachel.blumenthal@northwestern.edu1330649529americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association)contact email:

This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of 19th C American literature, but especially those theorizing representations of illness and medicine. We invite papers that address autobiography, fiction, philosophy, poetry, diaries, and science writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
--madness and mental illness
--doctor/patient relationships
--the home, hospital, and asylum
--legal insanity
--the wounded body or soul
--pathographies, case studies, patient-authored narratives
--disability studies
--narrative ethics
--nurse-roles and healthcare

Please send 250-300 word abstract to

Convention will be in Boulder, CO (October 11-13)

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culture 45401 Birthing the Monster of Tomorrow: Unnatural Reproductions (Edited Collection)--April 10, 2012Winona State Universitybschillace@winona.edu1330651702cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Winona State Universitycontact email:

Editors Andrea Wood, PhD and Brandy Schillace, PhD would like to encourage article submissions to an upcoming book collection.

This proposed edited collection addresses the persistent paradoxical repulsion and fascination with monsters and the monstrous, their genesis, and their reproductive potential across different time periods and cultural contexts. With the "birth" of the monster comes a particular anxiety about its self-replication, generally through perceived "unnatural" means. While the incarnation of the monster manifests through different vehicles across time periods, it is clear that, regardless of its form, anxiety is rooted in concerns over its fecundity—its ability to infect, to absorb, to replicate. This interdisciplinary book project aims to incorporate essays from various scholars across multiple disciplines. The "birth" of tomorrow's monster reveals the inherent threat to temporality and progeny; reproduction of the "monstrous," as well as monstrous reproductions, threaten to eclipse the future, cast uncertainty on the present, and re-imagine the past.

We encourage scholarly contributions from multidisciplinary perspectives. We will entertain submissions in literature, medical/political/social history, film, television, graphic novels and manga. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Historical medical discourses about "monstrous" reproduction
Medieval monsters and the monstrosity of birth
Religious discourse of monstrous reproduction
Eugenics, social biology and inter-racial generation
Birth defects, deformity and "freaks"
Monstrous mothers, monstrous children
Monstrous regeneration
Rebirth and metamorphosis: Vampires, zombies, werewolves and mutants
Genetic engineering and "nightmare" reproductions
Science fiction and inter-species reproduction and colonization
Tabloid hoaxes and monster births
Birth in the dystopic narrative
Queering reproduction

Please send abstract proposals (350-500 word) with working title and brief biography listing any publications by email to Dr. Andrea Wood ( and Dr. Brandy Schillace ( by April 10th, 2012. Contributors will be asked to submit full papers for inclusion by July 16th, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culture 454022012 PAMLA Special Topics Session. "The Art of Translation --Spanish & English. The Recreation of A Literary Text" PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (PAMLA) 2012 morenos@cwu.edu1330656421interdisciplinarytheoryfull name / name of organization: PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (PAMLA) 2012 contact email:

2012 PAMLA Special Topics Session. "The Art of Translation --Spanish & English. The Re-creation of A Literary Text" (19-21 Oct., Seattle)

In recent years we have witnessed a substantial recognition and a clear academic conceptualization of the literary translation and the way translators deal with the cultural and linguistic nuances that surround a literary text. Papers for this session will focus on shifts in the field with particular attention to the role of the literary translator in the process of restructuring and redefining translation as a solid scholarly discipline.

Please submit your proposal online at by 31 March2012. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Stella Moreno, session organizer at Phone number:(509)963-3347

cfp categories: interdisciplinarytheory 4540327th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL / MODES OF RESISTANCE, Nov. 1-3, 2012Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgiarkilpatr@westga.edu1330662737african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgiacontact email:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)

How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?

We welcome submissions in all areas of the humanities, including foreign languages and literatures, English, creative writing, linguistics, cultural studies, the visual arts, theatre, music, philosophy and history. Papers, proposed performances or screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists or performers and may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to the peer-reviewed JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts. See for further information.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis) is the Walter E. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. As former President of the Modern Language Association, he has been a forceful public advocate of the humanities in the academy and beyond. Dr. Berman has published extensively in Comparative Literature and German Studies and is an expert on cultural relations between Europe and the United States.

For individual proposals please submit a one-page, double-spaced abstract in English, French, German or Spanish via email to Dr. Robert Kilpatrick, Include the presenter's name, institution, email, phone and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation. Submissions for panels are especially welcome. For panel proposals please submit panel title, abstracts and contact information for all speakers and the panel moderator. Proposals are due by June 1, 2012. Visit for details and updates.

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_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45404[update] cfp manycinemas 04: Love manycinemaseditors@manycinemas.org1330676930cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialromanticfull name / name of organization: manycinemascontact email:

We have extended our deadline for our fourth issue of manycinemas (topic LOVE in non-romantic films). Please send us your proposal until 15/03/2012.

We are especially looking for articles on

  • African Cinema
  • Asian Cinema: Japan, Korea, Thailand, etc.
  • and our rubric Beyond the screen seeks for an interesting article which is loosely connected to film like theater, music, dance, performance, visual culture, comic, graphic novels...

Please send your proposal to manycinemas
Helen Staufer and Michael Christopher

Proposal deadline: 15. March 2012
Article deadline: 1. September 2012
Release date: Autumn 2012

to remind:
CFP manycinemas 04: Love

manycinemas is looking for LOVE! For our fourth issue (autumn 2012), we invite academic and critical articles on the subject "Love" in films from Africa, Asia, or Latin America. But, it is important: these films should be not romantic movies or melodramas.

Love [noun]
- a strong feeling of affection
- a great interest and pleasure in something
- a person or thing that one love

We know so many films, which show two lovers and the way how they find each other or, in the worst case, how they depart because of some melodramatic incidents (Romeo-and-Juliette-effect). For sure, there is some kind of entertainment in these stories, but this is not that kind of love we are looking for. Isn't there anything beyond these simple plots?

We ask for articles, which explore the spheres of love in African, Asian, or Latin American movies.
Possible topics are:

  • Love as a subplot in films
  • Love and passion for something: collecting, nation, sports, fandom
  • Unfulfilled love
  • Lovesickness
  • Incapacity for love

We are also looking for our rubric "Beyond the Screen" for an essay on this topic, which is loosely connected to film like theater, music, dance, performance, visual culture, comic, graphic novels...

Please send us your proposal (300-500 words) with the titles of films you will include and a brief CV until 1th March 2012. Do not hesitate to mail us, if you have some questions.

The later articles should have a length of 3000 to 5000 words.

For styleguide: look on

Proposal deadline: 15. March 2012
Article deadline: 1. September 2012
Release date: Autumn 2012

Please send your proposal to

Helen Staufer and Michael Christopher
editors@manycinemas.orgliLove as a subplot in filmst there anything beyond these simple plots?

We ask for articles, which explore the spheres of love in African, Asian, or Latin American movies.
Possible topics are:

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialromantic 45405UPDATE: The New York Trilogy and the American Metropolis, 29th-30th June 2012 - Revised deadline for proposals: 6 APRIL 2012 University of Northampton, name / name of organization: University of Northampton, UKcontact email:

The New York Trilogy and the American Metropolis

A two day conference at the University of Northampton (UK), 29th and 30th June 2012, in collaboration with the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies and Critical Engagements journal

In 2012 it will be the 25th anniversary of the publication of Paul Auster's New Yok Trilogy as a single volume. The novel (let's call it that for now) has been the most critically examined of Auster's fourteen full-length fictions. The early reviews were wary of the text's postmodern indeterminacies, but subsequent academic enquiry has focused on the stories' postmodern concerns with identity, the metropolis, literary form and language. Criticism has also contemplated the novel's literary antecedents in Cervantes, Poe, Baudelaire, Hawthorne, Melville and Knut Hamsun, and its relationship to European modernism and philosophical concerns. A good deal of critical attention has focused on the postmodern instabilities of Auster's narrative structures and the relationship of his characters to their metropolitan environment.
Twenty five years on it is timely to re-consider both the influence of the novel and its critical legacy. We can now begin to place the text into its literary-historical context (of the metaphysical detective story, for example), to consider its trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas and styles, to locate the text within development of themes, styles and structures of Auster's body of prose work and his recent films, and to explore the text's representations of New York City. It is time, too, to consider the relationship of this early prose piece to Auster's even earlier poetic output; a body of work that he himself considers may be his best.
Key Note Speakers: TBC

A selection of papers from the conference will appear in a special issue of Critical Engagements.

Proposals can be for conference papers or for panels. Paper proposals should be no longer than 500 words, and panels should be constituted of 3 presentations. Final papers should be 20 minutes.

Please send any enquiries or proposals to no later than 29 February 2012.

Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

Modernism and Postmodernism in the Trilogy
American literary influences on Auster's work
The role of European philosophical ideas in the Trilogy
Auster and Beckett
The New York Trilogy and European aesthetic influence
Auster's translation work, his time in Paris and its effect on his aesthetic project
The reception of Auster's work in Europe, particularly France, Spain and Portugal
The New York Trilogy and New York City
Auster and urban fiction
Literary form and genre
Developments in Auster's poetry, non-fiction, fiction and film
Jewish American writing
Literature and memory

cfp categories: americaninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestwentieth_century_and_beyond 45406CFP Children in Hitchcock filmsDebbie Olsondebbieo@okstate.edu1330692422film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Debbie Olsoncontact email:

CFP: Hitchcock's Children (working title)

Although children and youth appear in a great number of Alfred Hitchcock's films, they are rarely the focus of critical attention. This collection seeks to remedy that oversight and aims to add to the rich and varied tradition of Hitchcock scholarship. Many of the children and youth that appear in Hitchcock films are background or minor characters, yet they often hold special importance. From The Young and Innocent (1931), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Trouble With Harry(1955), and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) to The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964) children and youth perform both innocence and knowingness (and so much more) within Hitchcock's complex cinematic texts. Though the child often plays a small part in Hitchcock's films, their significance, both symbolically and philosophically, offers a unique opportunity to illuminate and interrogate the child presence.

Contributor's are invited to submit critical and/or theoretical examinations of the children/youth characters in the full range of Alfred Hitchcock's films, from his early silent's to his later films. For the collection's focus, children are defined as birth to age 12, while youth are defined as teenagers age 13 to 17.

Please send an abstract (200-500 words), current contact information, and brief biography (or CV) as attachments in Word (or compatible) by April 30, 2012, to Debbie Olson, Completed papers are due August 31st, 2012.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheory 45407Shakespeare and Japan -- *Shakespeare* Special IssueDeborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester, name / name of organization: Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester, UKcontact email:

Contributions are invited for a special issue of the international journal, Shakespeare, 'Shakespeare and Japan', edited by Dominic Shellard. Submissions will be considered on all aspects of Shakespeare and Japan, ranging from performances, film and television adaptations and translations of Shakespeare. Submissions (marked "Shakespeare and Japan Special Issue") should be sent to

Deadline: 28th January 2013.

Enquiries can be made to Deborah Cartmell

cfp categories: film_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrenaissance 45408[DEADLINE EXTENDED] WEIRD COUNCIL: AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE WRITING OF CHINA MIÉVILLEUniversity of Lincoln / Birkbeck, University of name / name of organization: University of Lincoln / Birkbeck, University of Londoncontact email:


Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville

Saturday 15th September 2012
Senate House, University of London

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher, Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Lincoln
Part of the Gylphi Contemporary Writers series

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Sherryl Vint (Brock University)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)
Response and Q&A from China Miéville

Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to the work of China Miéville. The winner of multiple awards, Miéville has developed a distinguished body of fictional work since the publication of his first novel, King Rat, in 1999. In addition to nine published novels (with his next forthcoming in May 2012) as well as a collection of short stories, Miéville is also a respected literary critic, political activist and legal scholar. His post-Suvinian working through of the "Fantastic" as a generic category encompassing SF, fantasy and the Gothic, as well as avant-garde traditions such as Surrealism, has been influential in cutting across received boundaries of genre. Miéville's monograph Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law was published in 2005 and he has written and edited articles for a variety of journals; from Historical Materialism and the philosophical journal Collapse, to the Harvard International Law Journal.

Influenced by, among others, late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century pulp traditions and New Wave SF – especially the work of M. John Harrison – Miéville has recently been credited as "leading revolutions in fantasy as both a writer and a critic" (in a 2009 special edition of SF journal Extrapolation dedicated to his work). His fiction spans a wide variety of themes, contexts and genre-blurring literary traditions, which metaphorically explores, among other things, the implications of lived cultural, racial and geographical boundaries, collective struggle, and bodily affect.

Despite the critical acclaim of Miéville's fictions – as well as his prominence as a literary and cultural critic – there is little scholarly work on Miéville's already substantial oeuvre. The organisers welcome papers on any topic related to Miéville's writing from any disciplinary position. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Miéville and his literary contexts – the New Weird, the British SF Boom, London Gothic, steampunk, post-cyberpunk, post-genre fiction, slipstream
utopian and dystopian thinking
class, social mobility, poverty and social inequality
the critique of racism
revolution and the critique of capitalist modernity
spaces of alterity
urban and spatial phantasmagorias
Marxist theory and aesthetics
Metaphor vs. Allegory
teratology and hybridity
noir and crime
gender, sexuality, and feminism
religion and religious cults
Young Adult literature
post-Suvinian SF criticism
political writing and activism
hierarchies of high and low culture
fan subcultures and geek aesthetics
comics and role playing games
affinities with key figures in the British fantastic tradition (e.g. Mervyn Peake and M. John Harrison

The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Submissions are welcome from both research students and academics. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to by Friday 30th March 2012.

The conference is organised by Dr Caroline Edwards, Lecturer in English, Department of English, University of Lincoln and Tony Venezia, PhD candidate and tutor, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London.

The conference is sponsored by Gylphi Arts and Humanities Publisher, the Department of English, University of Lincoln and the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London. Selected papers from the conference proceedings will be published as China Miéville: Critical Essays, with a contribution by Miéville, as part of Gylphi's Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series (Series Editor: Dr Sarah Dillon). For more information regarding the Series see:
The Miéville conference website will launch in autumn 2011: see the Gylphi website for more details:

cfp categories: childrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45409[UPDATE] Romanticism RMMLA Oct. 11-13 2012Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationlindsay.dearinger@gmail.com1330706567classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryrhetoric_and_compositionromantictheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Associationcontact email:

Accepting proposals for a panel dedicated to Percy Shelley. Any aspect of his life or work. Please submit to Lindsay Dearinger by March 10th.

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurypoetryrhetoric_and_compositionromantictheoryvictorian 45410MLA 2013: Representing Genocide and Civil Conflict in Nonfiction NarrativeAmardeep Singh, Division for Nonfiction Prose Studiesamsp@lehigh.edu1330707627ethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Amardeep Singh, Division for Nonfiction Prose Studiescontact email:

What role has the creative nonfiction genre played in documenting and responding to genocidal violence and civil conflicts?

This panel will explore 20th and 21st Century texts; topics could extend from events such as the Armenian genocide, the Spanish Civil War, the Partition of Indian subcontinent, and the Holocaust, up through more recent genocidal events such as the "Killing Fields" of Cambodia, or the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. Special interest is given to texts that cannot readily be classified as straightforwardly "journalistic," and which aim to do something other than simply document, with institutional authority and state support, these events. What are the limits of representation and representability? What does it mean to say that certain forms of violence (i.e., violence on a mass scale) are "unspeakable"? Cross-media elements, including engagement with the differing efficacies of photography and film, are welcome. What are the benefits of the creative nonfiction form in addressing genocide or large civil conflicts, and what are its limits?

Session sponsored by the Division for Nonfiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Amardeep Singh ( by March 15.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45411The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman, October 26-27, 2012The University of Colorado at Boulder Art Museum, College of Music, and Center for British and Irish Studies CBISassistant@gmail.com1330707820eighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The University of Colorado at Boulder Art Museum, College of Music, and Center for British and Irish Studies contact email:

Call for Papers


The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman

October 26-27, 2012
The University of Colorado at Boulder Art Museum, College of Music, and Center for British and Irish Studies

To be held in conjunction with the CU-Boulder Opera's performances of The Rake's Progress and the CU Art Museum's exhibit, Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of British Art (featuring Hockney's A Rake's Progress, 1961-63)

The program committee seeks papers relating to Stravinsky's music, Hogarth and Hockney's art, and/or Auden's and Kallman's libretto to The Rake's Progress. The conference seeks to be interdisciplinary, and will consider relevant papers from the standpoint of music history, musical analysis, art and art history, aesthetics, literary studies, and stagecraft. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with ten minutes for further discussion.

Deadline for paper proposals: May 1, 2012
Notification for participation: June 15, 2012
Conference date: October 26-27, 2012

Those interested in participating are asked to submit a 500-word proposal in MsWord or pdf format. E-mail (by May 1, 2012) to:

All conference events will be held in the Center For British Studies Room (Norlin Library, CU-Boulder)

Please direct any questions about the conference to conference organizers:
Jeremy Smith (Director, Center for British and Irish Studies, CU-Boulder):
Keith Waters (Department of Music Theory, CU-Boulder):

For further information, please see the conference website at:

The Center for British and Irish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder promotes research and teaching in all aspects of British and Irish life, culture, and history. The Center, the only one of its kind in the country, advocates an interdisciplinary approach to British and Irish Studies, joining the humanities and performing arts, the social sciences, and the professional fields. Within the University, the Center provides an intellectual focus for faculty members and students at all levels. It plays a vital role within its geographical region, serving people at colleges and universities throughout the Rocky Mountain/High Plains area. The Center also brings members of the academic world into contact with individuals and organizations in the community who are interested in contemporary or historical Britain and Ireland.

cfp categories: eighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 45413Witchcraft, Sexuality, and Religion in Medieval European Literature between the 14th and 17th CenturiesPAMLAgspani@holycross.edu1330745061cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalpopular_culturereligionrenaissancescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: PAMLAcontact email:

This session aims to explore the role of magic, witchcraft, sexuality and religion in literary works, when moral categories had a different meaning. 300 words abstracts in English on Italian, Spanish, French and English literature are welcomed.

The session will be held at the PAMLA 2012 - Seattle University
October 19-21, 2012 (110th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalpopular_culturereligionrenaissancescience_and_culture 45414call for paper IJCES-2012International Journal of Computer Engineering & Sciences-IJCESeditor@ijces.org1330778136ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: International Journal of Computer Engineering & Sciences-IJCEScontact email:

IJCES is an scholarly, online international journal that publishes original research papers in the fields of Engineering & Technology. The aim of the IJCES is to publish peer reviewed research and review articles. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The Journal covers all essential branches of Engineering & Technology.

Objectives of IJCES
• To provide a venue for dissemination of research outputs and activities in field of Engineering Sciences and Technology
• To train young scientists to the interdisciplinary skills.
• To Bridge the gap between research theories and industrial developments.
• To disseminate knowledge and results in an efficient manner.
• To remove barriers from research published online contributing to progress in many scientific and research disciplines
• To stimulate new research in engineering, computer science and applications.
• To raise the standard of research globally.

We have a high standard of peer review. A strong Editorial Board help us with policy and decision-making and reviewing manuscripts.


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cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysscience_and_culture 45415Workshop on Time and Globalization October 19-20, 2012 Time and Globalization Working Project, McMaster Universitytempora@mcmaster.ca1330784406cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Time and Globalization Working Project, McMaster Universitycontact email:

We are calling for the submission of paper proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop on Time and Globalization, to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, on October 19-20 (Friday & Saturday), 2012. The workshop is organized by the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC), which has focused on research and teaching on globalization and its social and cultural effects since its creation in 1998. In this workshop we hope to build on work that is ongoing at the IGHC. We are particularly interested in proposals that focus on the (re)conceptualization of time, changing relationships among various temporalities, policy responses to temporal challenges, and relevant reflections on and implications for sustainability and social justice, in the ongoing processes of globalization. Among the themes that could be considered are:

o Reconceptualizations of time in the context of globalization
o Changing relationships between local and global temporalities and between various local temporalities
o Contested globalization discourses and their temporal conceptualizations
o Interplays of spatial and temporal logics in the context of globalization
o The impact of global temporalities, for example acceleration or simultaneity, on democracy
o Representations of globalization and temporality in literature, film, and popular and digital cultures
o The relative importance of speed and space in global business and war
o Differential collective and individual experiences of global temporalities
o Rethinking the relationships between gender, sexualities, age, class, culture, ability, geography and global temporalities
o Tensions between personal, corporate, governmental and environmental temporalities
o The circulation and acceleration of new health risks and new public health challenges
o Global public policies and changing temporalities
o The role of activism in addressing the intersections of globalization and time, with regard to social justice, efficiency, productivity, speed, or sustainability

The workshop will bring together a small group of scholars from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and aims to maximize the fruitfulness of our discussion by sharing and reading the papers in advance. We are interested in papers that focus on specific practices in which the interaction of temporal and global influences is evident empirically, as well as more theoretical papers, as long as they focus on the interaction of temporality and globalization and are not so embedded in particular disciplinary literatures that they cannot easily engage with insights from literatures in other disciplines. They will be circulated to participants a week in advance of the workshop, and should be 4000-6000 words, excluding endnotes and references. Our aim is to have some or all of the papers published in a special issue of a journal or an edited volume.

If this workshop interests you, please email us by May 1, 2012 at, with a title and 400-word proposal. We will notify potential participants by May 15. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to others who may be interested.

Time & Globalization Working Project, McMaster University
Project webpage:

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45416The Precarious Alliance: "The Ethics of Water" (Oct. 11-12, 2012)Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA)tanya.casas@delval.edu1330786678cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA)contact email:

The Precarious Alliance
The Ethics of Water—everything flows from here
October 11-12, 2012

Delaware Valley College of Doylestown, PA is pleased to host its second Precarious Alliance Symposium titled The Ethics of Water—everything flows from here, October 11-12, 2012. This interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together academics, educators, business leaders, environmental designers, policy makers, environmental advocates, planners, engineers, attorneys and farmers to discuss issues of sustainability and regeneration. The 2012 event explores the ethics of water, looking at the uses and abuses of water systems, technology to improve our stewardship of those water supplies, as well as our relationship to this life sustaining resource. How can we meet our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations and other non-human communities to meet their own needs?

Using the ethics of water as its organizing principle, the symposium will address three distinct, though interrelated tracks: The Tap and Technology; The Earth; and the Idea.

Proposals for each track could include but are not limited to the following themes:

The Tap and Technology: New technologies for water treatment; condition of and challenges facing current public water facilities; how water is made safe to drink; waste water recovery; desalinization; membrane technologies; international perspectives on public access to potable water sources and technologies for water treatment.

The Earth: Water and the Marcellus Shale; effects of water pollution; habitat quality and restoration; environmental remediation and stewardship; invasive species; land-use policy and climate change

The Idea: Just as water is essential to terrestrial life and vital to civilization, it flows into and through every imaginable human discourse and discipline. Appropriately fluid and capable of filling any form, this track will be devoted to the meaning of water: water as life; water as rite; water as spirit; water as myth; water as cause; water as metaphor. Other relevant topics could include: water and human rights; water and agency; the appropriation of water as a symbol of health, purity, etc. to promote environmental and corporate causes; the question of water's capacity for consciousness, memory, rights.

Delaware Valley College invites the submission of proposals of papers, panels, workshops, roundtables and poster sessions (no larger than 36" x 48") to share perspectives on the above topics. For poster sessions and papers please send abstracts of no more than 250 words along with a brief biography (including affiliation and specialization). For themed panels, workshops and roundtables (1 hour) please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the purpose of the session, abstracts for each of the individual contributors along with a brief biography. Proposals should be submitted to Tanya Casas: The deadline for submission of proposals is May 1, 2012. Participants will be notified before July 1st.

Along with papers, panels, workshops, roundtables and interactive poster sessions, the conference will include three keynotes addresses by: Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst; Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water and the non-profit organization Giving Water; and Maude Barlow, water activist, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project and a former Senior Advisor on Water for the United Nations General Assembly. Other events include a film screening, a live concert organized around the theme of water, and a student organized interactive water exhibit.
Located in Doylestown, Pa., in the heart of Bucks County, Delaware Valley College is a comprehensive four-year institution of higher learning with more than 1,600 men and women enrolled full time in more than 42 academic programs, ranging from business administration, computer and business information systems and secondary education to agricultural, biological and physical sciences. Please visit the symposium website ( for more information about the conference, Delaware Valley College, and nearby attractions.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45417Nineteenth-Century Subcultures, Counterpublics, and Undergrounds - MARCH 15MLA, January 2013, Boston, MAhjackson@skidmore.edu1330788995african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityvictorianfull name / name of organization: MLA, January 2013, Boston, MAcontact email:

We seek submissions for a panel proposal on nineteenth-century subcultures, undergrounds, and counterpublics for MLA '13 in Boston. We are interested in advancing the study of forgotten, secret, or unofficial cultural formations, but also in complicating the culture/subculture binary, interrogating the relationship between undergrounds and the mainstream. We welcome archival work, print culture studies, theories of the public sphere, considerations of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, and other approaches.

Please submit a 250-word abstract along with a brief scholarly biography or cv by March 15 to Holly Jackson at All individuals listed on panel proposals must be MLA members by April 7.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityvictorian 45418Madness and Mayhem in Women's Novels of the Black DiasporaCaroline Browncaroline.brown@umontreal.ca1330794299african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Caroline Browncontact email:

Female madness is well represented within European and Anglo-American literature, letters, and scholarly endeavors. From Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar's inaugural The Madwoman in the Attic (1979) to Elaine Showalter's The Female Malady (1987) and more recent forays into madness as a trope of female (dis)empowerment, mental illness has been largely feminized and reified into a space of literary whiteness. Nevertheless, this is paradoxical, considering the multiplicity of female writers of the black diaspora who incorporate mental illness into their work. This panel will focus on twentieth and twenty-first century novels by black women authors writing from Africa, the Americas, and Europe, who incorporate madness as a site of political, cultural, and artistic resistance, particularly as embodied in the use of experimental writing practices. This panel thus creates a conversation at the crossroads where aesthetic praxis morphs into political engagement. Interdisciplinary scholarship is welcomed. There is the potential for an edited volume.

Submit a 300 word abstract to Caroline Brown (at by March 15, 2012. Please note, special sessions must be approved by the MLA.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45419Brave Words: Literature and Student Veterans (MLA Annual Convention in Boston, 3-6 January 2012)Proposes Special Session, 2013 Modern Language Association Annual Conventionwccorley@csupomona.edu1330794533african-americanamericanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetryromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Proposes Special Session, 2013 Modern Language Association Annual Conventioncontact email:

Brave Words: Literature and Student Veterans (MLA Annual Convention in Boston, 3-6 January 2012)

I am seeking 5-7 roundtable participants for a discussion of the various ways veterans in the classroom enrich, challenge, and complicate engagement with classic literary texts, e.g. Heart of Darkness, The Aeneid, The Red Badge of Courage, Whitman's "Drum-Taps," etc. Topics may include text selection, discussion strategies, writing assignments, or managing interactions between veterans and non-veterans. 250-word overviews of proposed discussion topic, along with a 2-page CV, to Liam Corley by March 16, 2012:

Dr. William C. Corley
Assistant Professor of English
Department of English & Foreign Languages
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetryromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45420[UPDATE] CFP - NeoAmericanist Issue 6.1 - Deadline April 15, 2012NeoAmericanist: An Inter-Disciplinary Online Journal for the Study of Americaneoamericanist@uwo.ca1330800688african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: NeoAmericanist: An Inter-Disciplinary Online Journal for the Study of Americacontact email:

NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing a CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHY, ART WORK, or POETRY, as well as REVIEWS of music, architecture, movie, books and multimedia from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.

NeoAmericanist's goal as a journal is to push the boundaries of scholarship and theory by blurring the lines of academic disciplines and popular culture by building an online community of students and professional scholars, and by supporting alternative methods for expression. We therefore invite students of history, theory and criticism, philosophy, political studies, economics, sociology, geography, first nations studies, anthropology, women's/gender studies, architecture and design, film studies, amongst others, to submit any original work pertaining to the study of America.

For more information on submission requirements or to submit works for consideration go to Questions and inquiries may be directed to NeoAmericanist Executive Editors at The DEADLINE for submission is 15 April 2012. All submissions will be considered, regardless of the level of study.

NeoAmericanist Executive Board
c/o Chris Vanderwees
Carleton University Editorial Office
English Department Journal Office
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Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

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cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheory 45421The Spectacle of Obscurity, MSA 14 (Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2012) Josh Schneidermanjosh.schneiderman@gmail.com1330809304african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Josh Schneidermancontact email:

"In popular music today," Daniel Tiffany observes at the opening of Infidel Poetics (2009), "there is a flourishing market in poetic obscurity—-in lyrics composed in various kinds of slang, jargon, or patois, which make little or no sense to most listeners." For Tiffany, this lyric obscurity—-a phenomenon he traces from the Sphinx's riddle to the underworld practice of canting speech to Mallarmé's prose—-is precisely the condition for the "celebrity and publicity" of such texts: the uninitiated reader or listener "is willing to pay for the pleasure of cruising the unknown in a text."

In Tiffany's account, then, the obscure is inherently spectacular. But modernist studies has yet to contend fully with his argument, which offers a reassessment of the history of lyric poetry and a powerful critique of notions like difficulty and privacy. This panel invites papers that respond to, build on, or propose challenges to this account of the relationship between obscurity, spectacle, and the public. How, for example, might we reread the canonical and non-canonical writers of international modernism within the genealogy of lyric obscurity? How does the concept of obscurity augment our understanding of vernacular modernisms? How has obscurity contributed to the modernist cultures of celebrity and publicity so rigorously explored in recent studies like Aaron Jaffe's Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (2005) and Jonathan Goldman's Modernism is the Culture of Celebrity (2011)? What is the role of obscurity in exhibitions of modern and contemporary art? What kinds of expressive communities do obscure texts and artworks entail? Papers from all disciplines dealing with all media and genres are welcomed.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a short bio to by March 30, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45422Call for papers, Special Issue, Poetry for the Thirs Millennium, ABC Studies JournalABC Studies Journal, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of 1330811645african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: ABC Studies Journal, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romaniacontact email:

American, British and Canadian Studies, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, invites submissions for a special issue on Poetry for the Third Millennium. The special issue will explore patterns of change in the current practice of verse in Anglophone contexts. While we will gladly consider essays that seek to contribute reconceptualisations of established poets and poetic traditions of English expression, we are particularly keen on poetico-critical writings that address new departures, innovative styles, and experimental waves in the poetic practice of post-postmodernism, from electronic and cyber verse to the 'workshop poem'. We are especially looking for original poems and critical essays that capture the essence of this new poetics in its articulations with the virtual environment and the new media cultures.

Guest Editor: Peter Barry, University of Aberystwyth, Wales.

Submission deadline, March 15.

American, British and Canadian Studies appears biannually in June and December. It is a peer-reviewed journal that sets out to explore the intersections of culture, technology and the human sciences in the age of electronic information. It publishes work by scholars of any nationality on Anglophone Studies, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Social and Political Science, Anthropology, Area Studies, Multimedia and Digital Arts and related subjects. Articles addressing influential crosscurrents in current academic thinking are particularly welcomed. ABC also publishes book reviews and review essays, interviews, work-in-progress, conference reports, research projects outlines, notes and comments, and, annually, a list of theses on topics related to Anglophone Studies completed at Romanian Universities. To maintain an ongoing dialogue with our readers, we alternate commissioned themed issues, where papers are actively commissioned by the special issue editor, with issues featuring unsolicited submissions that address themes of immediate interest to us.

Calls for papers inviting submissions to the non-commissioned issues are announced via the journal's web pages and in the journal itself. Our primary goal is to bring together in trans-cultural dialogue scholars conducting advanced research in the theoretical humanities. As well as offering innovative approaches to influential crosscurrents in current thinking, the journal seeks to contribute fresh angles to the academic subject of English and promote groundbreaking research across conventional boundaries. Within the proposed range of diversity, our major scope is to provide close examinations and lucid analyses of the role and future of the academic institutions at the cutting edge of high-tech. To respond to the increasing demands of 'acceleration' in the twenty-first century, an electronic edition of the journal is now being made available, offering full access to subscribers, and free access to the tables of contents, abstracts and reviews to non-subscribers. Articles published in ABC are abstracted and indexed on the journal's website. Detailed guidelines for submission are given on the journal's website Contributions can include: articles, in-depth interviews with both established and emerging thinkers and writers, notes on groundbreaking research, and reviews of recently published fiction and critical works. Tables of contents and sample full text articles can be viewed without a subscription and our search feature is publicly available.

Guidelines for Contributors

ABC seeks quality submissions of work in the entire spectrum of the humanities. The review process is blind: articles are sent out to subject specialists for reviewing anonymously and we leave it up to the reviewers to choose whether or not to reveal themselves to you. Decisions on articles submitted are normally made within two months. You are strongly encouraged to submit exciting and broad-ranging original articles that have not been published elsewhere, nor are currently under review in any other refereed journal. We regret we are unable to accept multiple submissions. You may submit papers that have been presented in conferences only if the papers have been thoroughly revised or extended to engage a theme that fits the ABC profile. A chief objective of the journal is to minimise the time for paper processing and to expedite printing; therefore, electronic submission of papers in final form is strongly recommended. Please email your contribution to before the closing date. Alternatively, manuscripts can be submitted via the Scipio platform ( The first page of the manuscript should carry the title, names of authors, institutional affiliations, a brief but detailed 200-word abstract, and ten key words/concepts. The normal word-limit for articles is 7500 words including notes. Please include a brief 200-word biography for our Notes on Contributors along with contact information. For detailed instructions for preparing your contribution and a sense of format, topics of interest to us and targeted audience, you may wish to consult the journal's previous issues and style files at Only articles styled in compliance with the latest (7th) edition of the MLA Handbook and our Submission Guidelines posted on the journal websites will be considered. Please email us if you have any queries. Questions about content should be directed to

Deadlines for Submissions: ABC is published biannually in December and June. The deadlines for submission of contributions are September 15 for the winter edition (expected publication: December 15) and March 15 for the summer edition (expected publication: June 15).

Special Issues

Suggestions for special issues are welcome. To propose a special issue, a two-page proposal should be submitted to Adriana Neagu, Advisory Editor, containing the following information: title; purpose; scope; a list of prospective contributors; time-table (submission and review deadlines, intended publication date); and guest editor's address, phone, fax, and e-mail address. Once approved, the guest editor will be fully responsible for the special issue and should follow the normal review procedure of this journal. Simple proposals of theme(s) without guest-editing commitment are also welcome and will be given due consideration. Please attach these to your contributions and email to

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45423Re-Understanding Comics (MLA 2013)Margaret Galvan/MLA special session proposalmgalvan@gc.cuny.edu1330821130americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Margaret Galvan/MLA special session proposalcontact email:

Call for Papers for a proposed panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 3-6 Jan. 2013, in Boston.

Following on the footsteps of Art Spiegelman's Maus's Pulitzer Prize win in 1992 and an emerging interest in comics as something to be taken seriously, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics (1993) sought to explain how comics uniquely functioned. In the intervening two decades, McCloud's comics text has become a lynchpin and a reference point. Yet, as Charles Hatfield outlines in a recent article in Transatlantica (2010), thinkers like Samuel R. Delany, Eddie Campbell, and Dylan Horrocks have since critiqued McCloud's formalist approach and its implications. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of Understanding Comics, this panel invites papers that broadly consider how McCloud's text and its version of formalism function in comics studies today.

Some possible issues to consider:

  • How does Understanding Comics fit into a genealogy of formalism in comics studies? How does it fit alongside other approaches?
  • What parts of Understanding Comics are overlooked? Misunderstood?
  • What does McCloud's formalist approach occlude? What are other approaches of seeing comics differently? How can we re-understand Understanding Comics?
  • What is Understanding Comics' relation to the growing academic field that is still defining itself in special issues and journals?
  • What is Understanding Comics' politics? Its pedagogy? Does it need updating?
  • How does Understanding Comics compare to more recent attempts to formally define comics?

Send 250 word abstracts in .doc or .pdf form to Margaret Galvan: The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2012. Submitters will receive notification of results by no later than April 1.
PLEASE NOTE: This CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session at MLA 2013, meaning it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee (which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than 7 April 2012.
Please feel free to email Margaret Galvan at if you have any questions!

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45424International Journal of Queer Creative Writing Open Call for SubmissionsPolari 1330822829gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Polari Journalcontact email:

Open Call for Submission

Polari Journal is holding an open call for submissions for its next issue (published April 2012). POlari Journal is the only international, peer reviewed Queer creative writing journal. There is no specific theme for this issue; however Polari tends towards the shorter forms: short stories, poetry, essays, scholarly papers on writing or literature, one act plays/scripts and book reviews. In general, the word limit for fiction, plays and essays is 6000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1500 words. For poetry, the maximum is 100 lines.

At this time financial remuneration is not offered.

All rights remain with the author/s.

The Final Date for submission is January 1st 2012.

Review the Submissions Guide on the menu above.

Send all submissions to the managing editor:

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writing 45425Queer Indigenous Writers - Call for SubmissionPolari 1330823273gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Polari Journalcontact email:

Queer Indigenous Writers - Call for Submission

Polari Journal is calling for submissions for a special issue to be published online in October 2012. This special issue will feature the best queer indigenous/aboriginal writing from around the globe. Polari tends towards the shorter forms: short stories, poetry, essays, scholarly papers, one act plays/scripts and reviews. In general, the word limit for fiction, plays and essays is 6000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1500 words. For poetry, the maximum is 100 lines.

At this time financial remuneration is not offered.

All rights remain with the author/s.

The Final Date for submission is July 1st 2012.

Review the Submissions Guide on the menu above.

Send all submissions to the managing editor:

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytravel_writing 45426[UPDATE] *Deadline Extended* Friendship as Praxis: Towards Community (Cultural and Otherwise)English Graduate Caucus of Simon Fraser Universitygradconf@sfu.ca1330827463cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: English Graduate Caucus of Simon Fraser Universitycontact email:

*DEADLINE to submit is now April 1st 2012*

If there is 'no friend', then how could I call you my friends, my friends? By what right? How could you take me seriously? If I call you my friends, my friends, if I call you, my friends, how dare I add, to you, that there is no friend?

- Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship (1994)

From this day forth, I would like you all to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship when, and only when, you happen to discover them.

- Princess Celestia, My Little Pony (2011)

Is there any kind of conceptual friendship to be found between Derrida's meditation on friendship and the recent reboot of My Little Pony, which takes friendship as the series' organizing principle, unlikely allies though they may seem? Has friendship, or community conceived more broadly, changed in the intervening years between 1994 and 2011? This period of time, bookmarked by NAFTA and the National Defense Authorization Act, has seen tremendous transitions in the ways in which protest, alliance, solidarity and community are both articulated and embodied. Within the frameworks of international trade and national security, activism and apathy, the end of irony and the rebirth of pathos, what does it mean to call someone "friend?" In comparison to past protests, with their catchy, mass media-driven nicknames (the Battle in Seattle, for example, or the Riot at the Hyatt), their sound bites and their smoke bombs, the recent spate of Occupy protests around the world, beginning on Wall Street, have unveiled a tension built into narratives of resistance: while media reports have looked for the demands made by the protesters, effectively setting up a narrative predicated on antagonism, those occupying have instead parlayed their antagonism into a narrative of community and consensus-building; this exemplifies and embodies what we are calling "optimistic collaboration." But does this optimism hinder other possible alliances when we forget, for example, that many "Occupy" protests take place on always-already occupied indigenous land? The radical inclusiveness advocated by those on the ground⏤holding space under whatever shelter they can muster, symbolically building community based on the exclusion of only the richest 1% of the population⏤may be neither as radical nor as inclusive as we would like it to be. Despite these obvious problematics, it seems that the energy of the Occupy movement comes out of a decision to finally learn to live together, or, in the parlance of My Little Pony, to discover the ways that friendship can be magic.

The 2012 SFU English graduate conference is looking for work that teases out the cultural implications of this nascent turn toward community, consensus, and, yes, friendship. Can we articulate this ethos in contemporary culture without seeming hopelessly naive? Is it possible for naivete to be hopeful or even transformative? How does cultural and literary work fit into this equation, this building of community or articulating antagonism (or doing both)? What is its historical context? In keeping with our theme, we invite contributions from across disciplinary communities: presentations may range from historical and theoretical explorations (e.g. formal academic papers and/or presentations) to creative interpretations (e.g. poetry, short stories, and/or artistic representations).

Possible topics may include (but aren't limited to):

Friendship as a trope in literature and art
The creation of literary communities or movements
Relational and participatory art and writing
The creation of public spheres and spaces
Friendship in and across periods
Coalition, identity and ideology
Community, communication, communitas, communism
Antagonism and consensus-building
Literature, politics and social networking/"friending"
Kinship in/as performance

Please submit 300-400 word abstracts for academic papers; or, for creative projects, a 100-200 word artist's statement plus a sampling of your work (via e-mail; no hard copies, please) to by April 1st 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtheory 45427The Woman and the Pen: Composers, Authors and SalonnieresLyrica Society for Word/Music Relationslyricasociety@aol.com1330834876gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relationscontact email:

Annual Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard: Friday, 18 May 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in
The Pusey Room at Memorial Church, in Harvard Yard:

"The Woman and the Pen: Composers, Authors and Salonnières"

Nine papers will be accepted in addition to the Keynote Address.

Abstracts, not to exceed 250 words, should be sent to,
with Dialogues 2012 in the subject line.

Deadline: 21 March 2012

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45428Edited Volume: RACE, GENDER AND POWER-POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DRAMA IN ENGLISH (Deadline 30 April 2012)Prof. Jaydip Sarkar, University BT & Evening College, North Bengal name / name of organization: Prof. Jaydip Sarkar, University BT & Evening College, North Bengal Universitycontact email:

The proposed book would include critical analyses on the issues of race, gender and power-politics in the plays of Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Badal Sircar, Mahesh Dattani, Mahasweta Devi and other Indian playwrights.

We have a preliminary talk with Pencraft International, who is willing to publish the same. Researchers are suggested to send full paper with a brief bio-note and declaration as MS-Word (2003-2007) e-mail attachment to on or before April 30, 2012.

The papers submitted should reflect sincere academic work contributing new knowledge or innovative critical research to the subject discussed.

Guidelines for Contributors

Paper Size: A4, Font Style and Size: Times New Roman,12, Spacing: 1.5 line, Margin of 1 inch on all four sides..
References : Please follow MLA latest edition.
Articles should be submitted as MS Word 2003-2007 attachments only.
The paper should not exceed 10 pages ( Minimum : 6 Pages).Each paper must be accompanied by a (i) A declaration that it is an original work and has not been published anywhere else or sent for publication,(ii) Abstract of the paper in about 100-200 words and (iii) A short bio-note of the contributor(s) indicating name, institutional affiliation, brief career history, postal address, contact no. and email, in a single attachment.
Guidelines for Selection Process

All the papers received will be sent to expert reviewers. Final selection will be made only if the papers are recommended for publication by the reviewing committee. Details regarding the selection of papers will be informed to the contributor by email. The editor has the right to make necessary changes to the selected papers for the sake of conceptual clarity and formatting.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtheatre 45429"Sef/building in interlanguage: transatlantic views on multilingualism" (21-23 March 2013)University of Bordeaux 3, 1330849444americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Bordeaux 3, Francecontact email:

"Self/building in interlanguage : transatlantic views on multilingualism"

Interlanguage is both a space for transition and a frontier marking the difference between two territories which it separates while bringing them together in a relationship of exchange and interaction, and interlanguage plays a fundamental role in the dynamics that underpin the construction of identity. What some have called "language marshlands" (Coste 1989) were originally conceived as being an intermediary system between the source language and the target language, as a system which every language learner had to pass through during the process of language acquisition. In literature, from the 1980s onwards, the notion of interlingualism was applied to examples of linguistic hybridisation within the same syntactic unit with a view to highlighting the tension that arises and also the possibility of engendering a language that was "other" (Bruce-Novoa). The problematical role of interlanguage in the identity building process is therefore an invitation to rethink identity, far from essentialist confines and within a dynamic and evolving perspective wherein the constitutive instability of the concept is paradoxically transformed into a springboard towards a redefinition of the subject (Kramsch 2009).

The reflection that we would like to initiate is set within the wider framework of the questioning surrounding multilingualism both as an advantage and as a handicap in a subject's construction process. While it is true that plurilingualism was long disapproved by the scientific medical community which viewed this phenomenon simply as a source of diverse pathologies, or even of mental retardation, developments in thinking spread by globalisation and the accompanying new economic order now see this as a not inconsiderable added value in international exchanges.

Today, school plays an important role in this process. It is a special place for the construction of interlanguages. It is a place where the most diverse languages and cultures meet and it is also a field for observing what is at stake in psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic terms when languages and cultures have contact. The evolution of the notion of interlanguage towards that of "translanguage" (Creese and Blackledge, 2010) bears witness to the current currency of this notion.

One of the aims of this conference is to initiate a transatlantic dialogue by helping to foster exchanges between American and European specialists in these fields. Bringing together all these papers will therefore allow us to make a critical assessment of the linguistic policies carried out by the American government over the past twenty years and to reflect on the way potential challenges faced by Europe in the 21st century might be handled in the light of American experience.

We welcome papers which focus on a complementary examination of the two geographical zones but we would also encourage researchers from different cultural fields to add to the debate by contributing their specific knowledge in the fields of education, cultural studies and literature. A fuller version of the call for papers and a few bibliographic details are available on-line at these addresses: OR

A 250 word summary of your proposal with a short biography and bibliography should be sent to Françoise Bonnet, Stephanie Durrans and Moya Jones at the following address:

Deadline: 1 September 2012.

Papers given at the conference will be published after selection by a reading committee.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45430[UPDATE] Panel: "Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England." (MLA BOSTON. JAN 3-6, 2013)Kristen Bennett (Tufts University), Dianne Berg (Tufts University); dianne.berg@tufts.edu1330870796bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheoryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Kristen Bennett (Tufts University), Dianne Berg (Tufts University)contact email:;

This year's MLA convention puts special emphasis on "conversation" as a model for our own scholarly exchanges. Our panel welcomes papers that analyze "conversation" as a form of collaboration, as a compositional practice, and interpretive hermeneutic in early modern England. As Katherine Larson has recently argued, "conversation" represents a "matrix of issues – the intersections among oral and written and verbal and physical interchange, the threshold between "private" and "public" communications and the sanctity of the boundaries of conversational spaces." In addition to synchronic exchanges among contemporary interlocutors, we are interested in:

Dramatizations of conversational exchanges
Representations of embodied conversations
Intertextual conversations (diachronic and synchronic)
Post-mortem conversations
Self-fashioning through conversational exchanges
Paratextual conversations
The rhetorical commonplaces of conversational exchanges
Considerations of conversation in the context of extant models of cognition

Please send 250-word abstracts to and by March 15.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheoryvictorian 45431[UPDATE] With sleights learned from others: Basil Bunting and Friends (Durham, 4-5 July 2012)Durham studiespoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Durham Universitycontact email:

With sleights learned from others: Basil Bunting and Friends

A conference at Durham 4-5 July 2012

Keynote speaker: Don Share, Senior Editor, Poetry Magazine


With sleights learned from others and an ear open to melodic analogies I have set down words as a musician pricks his score, not to be read in silence, but to trace in the air a pattern of sound that may sometimes, I hope, be pleasing.

Basil Bunting, preface to Collected Poems

This conference aims to emphasise the position of British modernist poet Basil Bunting in literary tradition, reconnecting him with the work that shaped him and the work he shaped. We invite papers that explore how movements in music, philosophy, religion, science, visual art, nature, politics, and fiction, as well as poetry, influenced Bunting, or were influenced by him in turn. We welcome proposals that consider the writers and thinkers associated with Bunting, whether directly or indirectly, as well as papers that focus on the poet himself. In addition to academic panels, there will be two poetry readings, as well as an optional third-day excursion to the nearby Brigflatts Quaker meeting house at Sedbergh.

Bunting is often viewed as a solitary poet, but even the phrase 'struggler in the desert' was pinned on him by Pound and paired him with Zukofsky; there are also his later associations with figures such as Jonathan Williams and Tom Pickard. Studying these acquaintances and friendships casts light on Bunting's poetry, as well as the broader modernist tradition to which he belongs. The conference will demonstrate the enduring importance of this intermittently neglected poet, by examining his contacts, correspondents, influences and influence.

Please send proposals of around 300 words for papers to Annabel Haynes (details below) by 19th March 2012. Papers should last 20 minutes.

Accommodation can be provided by the university, and more details will be available upon registration. We also welcome those who wish to attend without presenting. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or require any further information, please contact the organisers.

'Friends' could include:
Dante Alighieri, W. H. Auden, J. S. Bach, Richard Caddel, Catullus, Kamo no Chōmei, Bob Cobbing, Robert Creeley, Saint Cuthbert, Peter Dale, Donald Davie, Karl Drerup, T. S. Eliot, Ferdowsi, Ford Maddox Ford, George Fox, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Griffiths, Hāfez, Ian Hamilton-Finlay, Horace, Omar Khayyam, Tony Lopez, Mina Loy, Lucretius, Hugh MacDiarmid, Barry MacSweeney, Manuchehri, Karl Marx, Thomas Meyer, Stuart Montgomery, William Morris, Eric Mottram, Lorine Niedecker, Charles Olson, George Oppen, Tom Pickard, Ezra Pound, Dorothy Pound, Rudaki, Saadi, Domenico Scarlatti, Colin Simms, Joseph Skipsey, Gael Turnbull, Francois Villon, Walt Whitman, Jonathan Williams, William Carlos Williams, Ludwig Wittgenstein, William Wordsworth, Louis Zukofsky.

With kind regards,
Annabel Haynes, Jack Baker, John Clegg and Matthew Griffiths

Conference organisers

Contact Details:
Annabel Haynes
Jack Baker
John Clegg
Matthew Griffiths

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45432Seeking Bloggers for Sobriquet Magazine's The Literary LifeSobriquet Magazineemail@sobriquetmagazine.com1330873672african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturegeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Sobriquet Magazinecontact email:

Sobriquet Magazine is currently seeking a cadre of literary bloggers to contribute to its new "The Literary Life" blog. The blog aims to provide readers with intelligent, thoughtful reviews of contemporary literary fiction. We are interested both in recently-published books and older, lesser-known works.

A few guidelines for potential contributors:

  • Though reference may certainly be made to other texts, posts must focus on a single work.
  • Writers should aim to build each post around an element of critical insight.
  • Our ideal audience includes both professional scholars and non-academics, so posts should not be written in prohibitively abstruse academese.
  • Writers are encouraged to link to relevant websites.
  • Posts should run between 500 and 1250 words.
  • All posts will be vetted.
  • Comments to posts will be moderated, but authors are strongly encouraged to participate in discussions and flag inappropriate comments.
  • Posts must not be published elsewhere.
  • A sample entry may be viewed here:

    If you are interested in writing for Sobriquet Magazine's The Literary Life, please send a CV, a brief writing sample, and an idea or two for a post to Please indicate that you are submitting for the blog in the subject line of your email.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturegeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 45433CFP The Marginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture & Popularity, 8–9 November 2012 (ABSTRACTS: 1 June)Marginalised Mainstream (Institute of English Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of Exeter)marginalisedmainstream@gmail.com1330874681african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Marginalised Mainstream (Institute of English Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of Exeter)contact email:

    8-9 November 2012, Senate House, University of London

    Keynote speakers include: Professor Phillip Tew (Brunel University) and Professor Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam)

    'Texts are always sites of evaluative struggle between the "high" and the "low", whatever the presumed hierarchical positioning of their overall domain.' (Léon Hunt)

    The Marginalised Mainstream seeks to discuss the growing interest in and importance of mainstream culture and the popular as ways of engaging with cultural products of the late nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries, the long twentieth century, 1880–2010. Specifically, we seek to bring together postgraduate students, early career academics and established researchers working in the fields of Literature, Cultural Studies and elsewhere in the Humanities, to explore the mainstream culture and objects of mass appeal are so frequently marginalised by the academic community, as well as to offer some explanations for why this marginalisation might be.

    We invite proposals for papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels from all disciples on themes that could include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • The changing conceptualisation of canonicity;
    • Genres, subgenres and the process of genre-fication;
    • Queer fictions and alien concepts;
    • 'Low-', 'middle-' and 'high-brow' texts;
    • Critical acclaim vs. mass appeal;
    • Cult classics and forgotten classics;
    • Award winners, box-office smashes and bestsellers;
    • Taking theory where it's never gone before;
    • Historiographies of gender, race and class.

    It goes without saying that writers, texts or topics need not be canonical and we actively encourage papers discussing writers, texts and visual media from around the world.

    Panels will consist of three 20-minute papers followed by discussion. A lunch will be included on the first day, followed by a closing wine reception at the end of the second, where we hope all delegates and attendees will have a chance to mingle.

    Abstracts of no more than 350 words are invited by 1 June 2012 . They must include:

    • 350-word abstract, including title;
    • your name;
    • affiliation;
    • contact information;
    • a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests;
    • any technical support that might be needed.

    Please email submissions, in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, to organisers Brittain Bright (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Sam Goodman (University of Exeter) and Emma Grundy Haigh (Goldsmiths College, University of London) at

    Acceptances will be sent out by no later than 16 July 2012.

    Conference website:
    Facebook page:

    Please note: we are not in a position to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45434Reminder: CFP--The West in Asia/Asia in the West Edited CollectionTanfer Emin Tunctanfer.emin@gmail.com1330874723african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Tanfer Emin Tunccontact email:

    The West in Asia/Asia in the West

    In her seminal 1993 volume entitled Stella d'India, temi imperiali britannici, modelli di rappresentazione dell'India (republished in English in 2011 under the title Star of India, Imperial Themes, The Other Face of English Literature, Modes of Representing the Subcontinent), Italian scholar Lina Unali laid the foundation for the development of literary and critical studies focusing on the relationship between Asia and the West. Workshops organized and chaired at international conferences such as EAAS, AIHA and MESEA; lectures and papers delivered in numerous countries (particularly in India and China); the creation of the "Asia and the West" international conference (held annually at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata since 2000); the establishment of the intercultural studies center Asia and the West/Asia e Occident, at the same university; as well as many groundbreaking publications in this area are just a few of the contributions that Lina Unali has made to this transnational and transdisciplinary field of academic inquiry.

    This volume of essays, which is currently under consideration by a major academic press, takes Professor Unali's work as its point of departure while celebrating her scholarly activity and intellectual engagement over the years.

    The co-editors seek submissions (full-length manuscripts of between 5,000 and 7,000 words in Chicago Manual footnotes—not parenthetical—style) that take Lina Unali's writings, the "transnational turn" in Asian Studies, and/or the interstitial material between "Asia and the West" as their focus (submissions can also include those which consider Professor Unali's contributions to other fields such Italian and Anglophone Studies). We also seek submissions on topics including, but not limited, to:

    • The relationship between British and/or American writers and Asia
    • Western travellers to Asia
    • Eastern travellers to the West
    • Transnational interlopers (historic/literary figures who embody the transnational tapestry)
    • The construction of "the Orient"
    • New trends and developments in transnational studies
    • The politics of Asian American Studies
    • Asian American/Asian British literature and the "canon"
    • Asian American and Asian British digital culture and the Internet
    • Bilingualism and biculturalism in the Asian American and Asian British contexts
    • The Asian American and Asian British immigrant experience
    • Italian American immigrants and their oral histories
    • Italian American women writers
    • Hybridity, diaspora and borders
    • Fusion/Fragmentation/Intertextuality
    • (Post)colonial Studies
    • Asian American/Asian British Arts (visual, theatrical, cultural, oral traditions, etc.)
    • Asian American/Asian British life-writing (incl. travel writing, journals, diaries, and memoirs)
    • Translation/interpretation/adaptation
    • Identity, representation, race, class and gender
    • Globalization, citizenship, mobility
    • Teaching the West in Asia/Asia in the West

    Abstracts (max. 500 words) and one-paragraph bios should be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments to Drs. Elisabetta Marino and Tanfer Emin Tunc by March 31, 2012. After the preliminary acceptance of abstracts, contributors will be asked to submit manuscripts by August 15, 2012. We reserve the right to decline full-text submissions that do not meet editorial standards, and anticipate a Fall/Winter 2013 publication date.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 45435REMINDER - CFP 21st Century British FictionBirkbeck, University of London21stcentury.symposium@gmail.com1330878197interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Birkbeck, University of Londoncontact email:

    Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium
    Saturday 12th May 2012, Birkbeck, University of London
    Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

    Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors. The post-millennial decade witnessed a new literary generation emerge and establish itself with familiar and less familiar names such as Monica Ali, Nicola Barker, Steven Hall, Philip Hensher, Tom McCarthy, Patrick Neate and Zadie Smith. Concurrently, there have been increasingly sophisticated engagements with genre fiction from Susanna Clarke, David Mitchell, David Peace, China Miéville and Sarah Waters. Meanwhile, already established, now canonical, writers such as such as Amis, Barnes, Byatt, Hollinghurst, Rushdie and Winterson continue to publish work that commands attention. This same period has witnessed the growth of new models of literary production, evolving cultural contexts, and an increasingly transnational planet.

    Many of the aforementioned writers have featured on Granta's decennial lists of Best Young British Novelists; with the next list due in 2013, it seems only fitting and appropriate to survey the twenty-first century's first decade of British Fiction. We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations on these and other British writers. Papers on individual authors and single works are welcome, as are essays on broader trends that explore the cultural, historical and stylistic contexts that have produced twenty-first century British fiction. These might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics and themes:

    Authenticity – Writing after theory – The waning of postmodernism – Science and medicine in literature – Transnational belonging – Postimperial/global imaginaries – Genre/post-genre fictions – Post-devolution writing – Narrative multiplicity – Provincial/urban voices – Fictions of suburbia – Hysterical Realism – The post-9/11 novel in Britain – Ecocriticism – Digital media and the novel – Graphic fictions – Adaptations and appropriations – Class, power and marginality – Literary inheritances – Fictions of alterity – Children's/young adult literature – Gender, sexuality and feminism – Post-millennial utopian/dystopian spaces…

    Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, with brief details of biography and affiliation, to Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia at no later than 15th March 2012. We also welcome proposals for themed panels of three speakers. We are currently in negotiations with an academic publisher interested in publishing a volume based on the proceedings of the symposium. The symposium is sponsored by the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London.

    cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 45436[UPDATE] MLA 2013 Boston "Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in Antebellum America" (Abstracts Due 15 March 2012)Rebecca L. Williamsrebelwill7@gmail.com1330882791african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturereligionfull name / name of organization: Rebecca L. Williamscontact email:

    This panel examines bawdy-house and/or rooming and lodging 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 45437[UDATE] MLA 2013 Boston "Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in 19th Century America" (Abstracts Due 15 March 2012)Rebecca L. Williamsrebelwill7@gmail.com1330883234african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturereligionfull name / name of organization: Rebecca L. Williamscontact email:

    This panel examines bawdy-house and/or rooming and lodging 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 45438 Who I am Now: My Journey for Meaning and Happiness Matt Binder Honors Program Regis Universitymbinder@regis.edu1330883861popular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Matt Binder Honors Program Regis Universitycontact email:

    Matt Binder

    Who I am Now: My Journey for Meaning and Happiness
    Chautauqua: My journey over the last semester has taken me from acting out Faustus to an English tea party to listening and conversing with my fellow lovers of learning. Like any good journey introspection and questioning were elements that came up along the way, meeting me with each new assignment. The question of how I came to be here, at Regis University, to begin a new chapter, a new journey, in my life started to grow within me. Last year I clearly remember thinking how confusing and intimidating it was to choose where I would spend the next four years of my life. Now that I look back, I whole-heartedly agree that I made the right choice and I begin to see a pattern. Robert Pirsig once said, "You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge" (Pirsig 212). This seemed to ring true for me. However, at the same time this made me question elements of my journey: did I get to where I am by predestination or destiny?

    Simplicity: While watching the TV show 24 with Tim, a conversation arose that would occupy my thoughts for weeks. Our discussion about the evils of modern day society led me to the idea that simplicity seems to be a dying thing in the modern world. Time seems to be stretched progressively thinner as the modernized world rushes on without us. There always seems to be homework that needs done or social events that need going to; there is very little time to simply sit back and find yourself. We are forced again and again to adapt, and then redouble our pace in order to maintain our position in the world. As children, we were all carefree and ebullient, yet as the years go by there becomes less and less time to do the things that really matter, being simple and enjoying the little things. People would not ever describe their life as being simple anymore; in the world of today it is nigh impossible to have a simple existence. We are forced to become complicated beings, drones that are fast and efficient because society demands that of us. If we do not conform to the rigors and speed of society then we are merely replaced by someone who is willing to sacrifice what we will not. Time with family seems to be a less and less concern of big businesses as more hours are required for workers. My father's occupation has provided evidence of that in my life.

    Chautauqua: Destiny is a series of marked choices that make a person. A person's destiny changes with each decision made. It is a road map in which the destination is the person. The idea of destiny relies on the fact that we all have free will. We make our own choices and we can make anything of ourselves. It was once said that books find us. I agree with this however, I would argue that quotes find us as well. While thinking about the concept of destiny, a certain quote from John F Kennedy popped into my head. "Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings" (BrainyQuote). The idea that we are in control of our fate and decide our outcome in life is a liberating one. I think everyone likes to think that they are in control of their lives. I know I do.

    Simplicity: I fear that losing our simplicity will cause us to lose our empathy for the world. With the increased weight and complexity each person carries as a burden, due to the complexity of life, it becomes harder and harder to see past the self and acknowledge other suffering in the world around us. Elizabeth Seton was the first woman canonized in the United States. I find her quotes to be deep, meaningful and above all though provoking. My favorite quote by Elizabeth Seton is: "Live simply that others might simply live" (BrainyQuote). This may seem clear, yet it is most difficult to practice. The pressure and rush of society infests our houses and makes a nest in our very heads through the constant exposure of what we should do or whom we should be like. Emphasis is placed on false pop culture idols enforcing the ideas that in order to be accepted a person must be beautiful or must be rich. They infest our world by appearing in commercials, on billboards on TV's and magazines. Very rarely are patience and compassion enforced, creating the idea that they no longer seem to be held as a virtue. Society is like a subway train barreling through the darkness. If you stop to get off at a station, to see the sights, then you are left behind and it rushes on with out you. It immediately forgets who you were the second you stop to get off and enjoy the little, simple, things in life.

    Chautauqua: The concept of predestination seems to encompass the idea that you are going to be whoever you will be despite your actions, your life was laid out from the beginning and there is nothing you can do to change it. This reminded me of the story of Achilles. He was destined to fight and die in the Trojan War. He tried to avoid his fate, however, in the end it did not matter. Achilles fulfilled his life prophecy despite his attempted avoidance of it. This led me to question the very validity of free will. Do people actually have a choice or are we one massive program with set ends and no decisions of our own?

    Simplicity: Not only do the complexities of society cost us our empathy but also it very well may come at a price even greater, our happiness. While I was perusing Facebook one night the following quote seemed to find me in the form of one of my friends' favorite quotes: "Simplicity is the essence of happiness" - Cedric Bledsoe. This immediately intrigued me and caused me to think more about the statement. If this is believed to be true then in the absence of simplicity there will be an absence of happiness. People are inherently simple. We are born, as simple beings that only need a mother's love to survive. We grow up as children and simple thrills are all we need to be content and happy. How, or perhaps the better question is why, do we evolve into beings so complex when we are raised on a foundation of simplicity? I believe the answer to that is to fill a need society makes for us. The stigmas, struggles, and social pressures of society complicate life and force us to give up much of our simplicity. Life for me now is not as simple as it used to be. There are more things to get done and more distractions for my time. I am now forced to budget my time in order to get everything done that needs doing, socially and academically. Sometimes I feel as if Ralph Emerson's idea of leaving society to go live in the woods in solitary, with nothing except my thoughts, may be the right idea. Due to his experience in and out of society Ralph Waldo Emerson may provide some insight into how to counteract the evils of modern society. He stated, "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles" (Emerson 5). If a person sticks to well founded principles then they will find peace and in doing so triumph over society and find happiness.

    Chautauqua: Where is my life going, is my future decided through predestination or is my future a product of free will? B.F. Skinner once said that free will is an illusion. Animals, including people, only do activities that yield favorable or pleasurable results and do not repeat activities that yield unfavorable results, thus free will is merely an illusion. Contrary to this, William Ernest Henley states in his poem, "Invictus," "I am the master of my fate/the captain of my soul (William 15-16). This quote, which came to me in the form of an "Invictius" commercial late one night studying, implies that free will is quite real and we make our own path through life, nothing is predetermined. This question has provoked me this semester to ask: how does a person know which is right, free will or predetermination? This does not seem to be a question that can be answered in this world and maybe it is better if we do not know.

    Simplicity: Simplicity seems to apply most aptly to the field of science, after all was life not more simple before the multitude of inventions that shaped modern day society? Jack Johnson once sang a song where the chorus is, "and stars where just the holes to heaven." This simple phrase intrigued me, for I had never heard it before. For the next few days I could not stop thinking about that phrase and wondering how much more wonderful and simple the world would be if everyone believed that stars were just the holes to heaven. This is certainly simpler than the idea that stars are giant balls of gas burning millions of miles away; in something so massive it is incomprehensible.
    This creates a contradiction in myself between innovation and scientific achievement. I plan on becoming a part of the scientific field, yet a sizable portion of me wonders if that is what the world needs. According to Bertrand Russell, "The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life" (Brainy Quotes). If happiness stems from simplicity then where does science fit into happiness? Science cannot be described as simple. In fact, it disproves and proves things all of the time, making the world much more complicated.

    Chautauqua: One day, as I was reading the bible on my iPhone, I came across a certain prophet who seemed to have words that applied to what I was thinking. The prophet Sirach states, "don't seek out things that are too difficult for you and don't investigate matters too perplexing for you" (Common English Bible 27-31). Perhaps this provides the best answer of them all. Maybe it is best to not attempt to understand something beyond the scope of man but to be happy reveling in the journey itself.

    Simplicity: Often science allows us to have a high quality of life and provides a structure that is much needed in order to flourish. It has pushed the boundaries of innovation and cured diseases. However, is going against nature the right thing to do? Can adding complexities into life make it better? In Casper, Wyoming, many of my friends' live simpler lives: they go to school, work, and will die in Wyoming. I knew right away that I could not do this, my aspirations for the future would not have me contained. Just because my friends are living simpler lives, a life I deemed as vapid, are they better lives? Perhaps the best thing to do is take the bad with the good, stick to your principles, become a captain of your soul and finally realize that you are enough.

    Works Cited

    BrainyQuote. BookRags Media Network, 2001. Web. 4 Dec. 2011.

    Common English Bible. Ed. Kristen Tuinstra. Michigan: Grand Rapids, 1984. Print.

    Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Self-Reliance." Great Literature Online, 1997. Web. 4 Dec. 2011

    Henley, E. William. "Invictus" Book of Verses. Ed. Arthur Couch. England: Oxford, 1875. Web.

    Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. HarperCollins Publishers.
    2005. Print.

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    cfp categories: international_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essays 45440[UPDATE] Deadline Extended to March 30 - Hunter Graduate Student Conference: "Storytellers: Crafting, Testifying, Fibbing"Graduate English Club of Hunter CollegeHunterGEC@gmail.com1330894774bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialprofessional_topicstwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Graduate English Club of Hunter Collegecontact email:

    All of us are natural storytellers. Whether fictional, non-fictional, biographical, or autobiographical, the narratives we weave throughout our lives relate us to each other, to our collective histories, and to our notions of personal identity. Yet the methods and structures of storytelling are as varied and unique as the individual storytellers themselves. Who is behind the text, or within the text, and how do we come to understand the motivations and objectives of storytelling?

    This conference seeks to interrogate the figure of the storyteller in literature, and what that figure contributes to the overall structure of the work, especially with regard to testifying and fibbing. What gives a storyteller believability, power, and authority? What are the power structures embedded in the act of storytelling? What does it mean if a storyteller is inaccurate or untruthful? What is the relationship between storytelling and experience, or between storytelling and history? How do we come to know the politics of storytelling through the figure of the storyteller, and how can we build a critical consciousness around the knowledge structures of stories and the storytelling process?

    We welcome papers that explore the nature of the storyteller in general and specific ways. Possible topics to examine include (but are not limited to):

    • How the storyteller engages personal and/or collective memory
    • The power structures embedded in acts of storytelling
    • The histories of different kinds of storytellers and the ways in which they gain legitimacy, authenticity or popularity
    • The relationship between storytelling and historical record
    • Ideas about the nature of truth, and the concept of fibbing
    • Notions of testimony, as well as cultural or historical witness
    • Storytelling as identity formation
    • Ideas of gender politics through the figure of the storyteller
    • Culturally-specific historical storytelling, including fables and myths
    • Storytellers in the digital age and ways in which digital media allow the storyteller to craft identity
    • The storyteller's psychological relationship to fear, trauma, and imagination
    • How translation complicates the authorial relationship and/or the storyteller's relationship within or outside of the story
    • The privileging and/or silencing of stories and the voices who tell them

    Please submit abstracts of 150-250 words to by Friday, March 30, 2012. All proposals should include your name, affiliation, contact information (including email address), and a short bio. Please also include a title to your paper. Proposals sent in by graduate students will be given priority, however, we will consider proposals from independent scholars and recent graduates. (Pre-organized panels of three to four related papers are also welcome. Please include all submitters' information in one email.)

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    MAY 5, 2012 from 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
    Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, Student Union

    With Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kristine Blair:
    "Sustaining Multimodal Literacies Across the English Curriculum": The Role of Graduate Students as Future Faculty

    "Frequently having technological skills superior to their professors, students can gain power within a university that currently values multimedia."
    -Nancy Mack


    -- Using social media in the classroom
    -- Bridging disciplines for greater understanding
    -- Assessing multimodal practices
    -- Integrating visual and written texts
    -- Connecting translinguistics and multimodalism
    -- Teaching with a digital pedagogy
    -- Examining the delineation of texts through different modes
    -- Deconstructing spatial rhetoric
    -- Influencing composition through the senses

    -- INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS should consist of two pages. The first page should include name, presentation title, university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, details of any required technology and the anticipated format of presentation. The second page should contain a 250-word abstract with no identifying information. Presentations should not exceed twenty minutes.

    -- PANEL PROPOSALS should include a coversheet containing panel title, each presenter's name, the name of a moderator, presentation titles, university affiliation for each presenter, one mailing address, one e-mail address, one phone number, requests for technology, and anticipated formats of presentation. The following pages should include a 250-word abstract for each presentation and a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole with no identifying information. Panel should not exceed sixty minutes.

    -- Deadline March 30th, 2012

    (No registration fees!)

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    Inaugural European Conference on Education, to be held from July 11-14 2013, in Brighton, UK.
    Conference Theme: Learning and Teaching Through Transformative Spaces

    The Inaugural European Conference on Education extends these discussions to consider the pedagogic challenges of developing transformative spaces for learning and teaching. The conference organizers encourage submissions that consider learning and teaching through one of the following sub-themes, although submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome:

    - Challenges and transformations in learning and teaching
    - Virtual spaces: digital technologies and communications
    - Connections and disconnections in learning and teaching
    - Learning and teaching in glocal spaces of transformation
    - Space, Architecture and Learning
    - Global education and education for sustainable development
    - 'Englishes' and cultural communications
    - (Inter)cultural communications & understanding: challenging and preserving cultural differences
    - Leadership in learning and teaching
    - Bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-national education

    We also encourage submissions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Education, including:

    Adult, Vocational, Distance, and Professional Learning
    Arts, Drama and Design
    Bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-national education
    Community, Culture, Globalization and Internationalization
    Curriculum and Pedagogy
    Economics of Education
    Educational Vision, Policy, Leadership, Management and Administration
    Equity, Social Justice and Social Change
    Ethics and Values
    Institutional Accreditation and Ranking
    International Schooling and Education
    Languages Education and Applied Linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)
    Literacy, Language, Multiliteracies
    Maths, Science, and Technology Learning
    Music Education
    Organizational Learning and Change
    Primary Education
    Professional Concerns, Training and Development
    Secondary Education
    Special Education, Learning Difficulties, Disability
    Student Learning, Learner Experiences & Learner Diversity
    Student Affairs
    Technology in Learning
    University Research and Development

    Proceedings Submission Deadlines

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 20, 2013
    Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two-three weeks of submitting an abstract
    Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 15 2013
    ECE Conference: July 11-14 2013
    Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1 2013


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    The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on Technology in the Classroom, to be held from July 11-14 2013, at the Thistle Hotel, Brighton, England.

    CONFERENCE THEME: "The Impact of Innovation: Technology and You"
    Technology is all around us. Long gone are the days when we could just walk into a classroom with a handful of papers and a piece of chalk. Even if we are in an environment that is lacking resources, our students with mobile phones, internet café, and social networking, are exposed to technology daily. And new uses of technology are being introduced daily. These new uses show how innovation and creativity go hand-in-hand. We invite language educators, administrators, policy makers, and others to join us at ECTC 2013 as we examine technology's impact upon our classrooms, share what innovations we are currently implementing, and look to the future imagining the role technology will play in education.

    The submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to technology in the classroom, including the following streams:

    Beyond Web 2.0
    Computer Adaptive Testing
    Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
    Digital literacy
    e-Assessment and new Assessment Theories and Methodologies
    e-learning and collaborative learning
    Education in a virtual world
    Future Classrooms
    Human computer interaction
    Instructional Technology
    Integrating e-learning in classroom based language teaching
    Interactive Whiteboard technologies (Blackboard, WebCT, etc.)
    Language Labs
    Learning Systems Platforms
    Mobile learning
    Mobile technologies
    Moodle and Classroom Teaching
    New Technologies
    Open and distance learning technologies
    Social networking
    Support Centers
    Teaching online
    Video Podcasting
    Virtual and personal learning environments
    Virtual Communities
    Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom
    Web-based Learning
    Web-based Writing Education
    Wikis, Blogs, and Online Journals

    Proceedings Submission Deadlines

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 20, 2013
    Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two-three weeks of submitting an abstract
    Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 15 2013
    ECTC Conference: July 11-14 2013
    Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1 2013


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    The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on the Arts and Humanities, to be held from July 18-21 2013, at theThistle Brighton, Brighton, UK.

    Special Theme: "Connectedness, Identity and Alienation in the Arts and Humanities"

    The conference theme is "Connectedness, Identity and Alienation in the Arts and Humanities", and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of inter/disciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

    Submissions are organized into the following thematic streams:
    • Arts

    • Teaching and Learning the Arts
    • Arts Policy, Management and Advocacy
    • Arts Theory and Criticism
    • Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
    • Visual Arts Practices
    • Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
    • Literary Arts Practices
    • Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
    • Other Arts


    • Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
    • Aesthetics, Design
    • Language, Linguistics
    • Knowledge
    • Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
    • History, Historiography
    • Literature/Literary Studies*
    • Political Science, Politics
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Globalisation
    • Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
    • Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
    • First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
    • Sexuality, Gender, Families
    • Religion, Spirituality
    • Cyberspace, Technology
    • Science, Environment and the Humanities
    • Other Humanities

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 20, 2013
    Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two-three weeks of submitting an abstract
    Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 15 2013
    ECAH Conference: July 18-21 2013
    Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1 2013



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    The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on Language Learning, to be held from July 18-21 2013, at the Brighton Thistle Hotel, Brighton, England.
    CONFERENCE THEME: "Shifting Paradigms: Informed Responses"
    Over the past years, education has seen many shifts in the areas of teaching methodology, assessment, and use of technology; to mention a few. Learner-centered classrooms, collaboration, and transformative education focus on process in addition to content. These are just a few of the changes that have occurred. Education reform is everywhere as teachers and administrators attempt to create schools and classes for the 21st century. To do our jobs properly, we need to be aware of these changes. And as language educators we need to show how language learning and teaching can help achieve the goals of the future. We invite language educators, administrators, policy makers, and others to join us at ECLL 2013 as we share what we are doing in our classrooms and at our schools to respond to the shifts happening around us.

    The conference theme is "Shifting Paradigms: Informed Responses" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Language Learning and Teaching, including the following streams:

    Alternative assessment
    Anxiety & Motivation
    Blended learning
    Constructivist approaches
    Conversation analysis
    Cross-Cultural Communication
    First language acquisition
    Gaming and Simulation
    Individual differences
    Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies
    Interactional competence
    Inter-group relations
    Knowledge management/LMS
    Language education
    Learner and teacher autonomy
    Learning Environments
    Learning Strategies
    Learning Third languages
    Life long learning
    Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
    Phonetics and Phonology
    World Englishes
    Teacher training
    Testing and evaluation
    The good language learner
    Translation and Interpretation

    The ECLL 2013 organizers are happy to engage a broad range of taught languages. We kindly ask, however, that all submission and oral presentations be made in the ECLL 2013 lingua franca of English.

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 20, 2013
    Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Within two weeks of submitting an abstract
    Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1 2013
    Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 15 2013
    ECLL Conference: July 18-21 2013



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    The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on the Social Sciences, at the Thistle Hotel, Brighton, UK from July 4-7 2013.

    Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience the UK, explore London and the Southeast, join a global academic community...
    Theme: "Society, Environment and Trust: Towards Sustainable Systems of Governance"

    The conference theme is "Society, Environment and Trust: Towards Sustainable Systems of Governance" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to the Social Sciences, including the following streams:

    Cultural Studies and Humanities
    Economics and Management
    Education and Social Welfare
    Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
    Globalisation and Internationalisation
    Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
    International Relations
    Media and Communications
    Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
    Politics, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
    Politics, Public Policy and Law Psychology
    Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
    Research Methodologies Quantitative and Qualitative
    Social History
    Teaching and Learning
    Technology and Applied Sciences

    Submission Deadlines

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 20, 2013
    Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two-three weeks of submitting an abstract
    Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 10 2013
    ECSS Conference: July 4-7 2013
    Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1 2013
    This year's conference will include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century. I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a sustainable world.

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