[UPDATE] Teaching College-Level Literature: A Resource Guide

full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Renee Pigeon, Dept. of English, CSU San Bernardino
contact email: 

Contributions solicited for a new web resource on teaching English literature at the college/university level.
Possible contributions include but are not limited to:
Reviews of books, blogs and other resources;
Personal essays on teaching lit at the college/university level;
Sample Assignments and/or syllabi, commentary on successful courses;
Course design and planning ideas;
Incorporating technology successfully;
Hints and advice for new instructors;
Suggestions for links: Do you blog on topics related to teaching college/university-level English literature or edit a journal on a related topic, print or online? What sites are particularly helpful in your course planning and teaching? Please send a link and description.
Queries and suggestions welcome: rpigeon@csusb.edu

Extended deadline: September 15 for consideration for the initial launch of the site; on-going project, so contributions after that date will also be welcome. Please include a brief bio and contact info.

47156CFP: _Feminist Studies in English Literature_ (Deadline: September 30, 2012)The Korean Association of Feminist Studies in English Literature (KAFSEL)fselsubmissions@gmail.com 1342675246african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureeighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Korean Association of Feminist Studies in English Literature (KAFSEL)contact email: fselsubmissions@gmail.com

At this time, _Feminist Studies in English Literature_ is actively accepting submissions for the December edition. This will be a special edition entitled "Feminism and Queer Sexuality." We also welcome other essays which discuss English literature and culture from a feminist perspective. The submission deadline for the December issue is September 30, 2012. Please see below for more information:

_Feminist Studies in English Literature_ welcomes essays on the study of literature that incorporate feminist perspectives. The journal does not limit its scope to English literature or to literary studies. It encourages articles on literatures of various nations and on feminist theories and criticisms. Book reviews are also welcome.

FSEL is published three times a year: April 30, October 31, and December 31. The April and December editions are published in English and the October edition is published in Korean. Submissions to FSEL are accepted throughout the year, but the following deadlines apply:

April edition: January 31
September edition: July 31
December edition: September 30

All submissions, prepared according to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, should be sent via email with a MS Word file to fselsubmissions@gmail.com.

It is FSEL's editorial policy not to review articles that are under consideration by other journals or those that have been accepted by other publications.

All manuscripts must adhere to the following guidelines:
‐ All submissions must be accompanied by the Manuscript Submission Form, which may be downloaded from our website .
‐ Length: between 5,000 and 7,500 words
‐ Abstract: less than 200 words
‐ Key words: five to ten words
‐ Format: Times New Roman 10 pt font, single spaced
‐ Footnotes: use sparingly

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureeighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 47157The Prosthetic Impulse in the Middle Ages: Metaphor, Materiality, and the Promise of the (Post)humanAgatha Hansen7ah39@queensu.ca1342715678medievaltheoryfull name / name of organization: Agatha Hansencontact email: 7ah39@queensu.ca

This special session will take place at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 9-12, 2013).

The title this panel alludes to the recent publication edited by Marquard Smith and Joanne Morra,__The Prosthetic Impulse__, which probes the topic of prosthesis in all of its possible manifestations. In its most basic sense, prosthesis implies both word and body, but the term extends beyond the relatively straightforward understanding of human-machine coupling; the function of prosthetics, as generally accepted by contemporary prosthesis theorists, is to mediate between perceived binary relations—body and machine, nature and civilization, the conscious and subconscious, self and other, and man and God. "The Prosthetic Impulse in the Middle Ages" will seek to explore those points of contact and encounters with distinctly medieval material, metaphorical, and figural prosthesis, and modify Smith and Morra's observation that "the promise of 'posthuman' thought can already be found in the human" (7): the promise of the posthuman can already be found in the __medieval__ body. Although prosthesis might point to the early modern period as its earliest reference, recent studies suggest that such an assumption is simply not substantiated. One can and should speak of prosthesis and prosthetics in the Middle Ages, and such a panel hopes to encourage its discussion in both the field of Disability in the Middle Ages, and studies of the medieval body, more generally.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form to Agatha Hansen (7ah39@queensu.ca) by 15 September 2012.

cfp categories: medievaltheory 47158Cybernetics Revisited – Towards A Third Order?, Leonardo Electronic Almanac - Abstract deadline August 31st Leonardo Electronic Almanacinfo@leoalmanac.org1342715903cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Leonardo Electronic Almanaccontact email: info@leoalmanac.org

Is the world ultimately unknowable – if considered as a place where genuine novelty is always emerging? Is it possible to look at the history of cybernetics as something that provides us with "an imaginative model of open-ended experimentation in stark opposition to the modern urge to achieve domination over nature and each other?" (Andrew Pickering, 2011).

What if we explore Pickering's arguments further and locate them into the interactive media art field, thereby investigating the status of cybernetics today in art, technology and science? What levels of 'order' and systematic communication enter into the transdisciplinary artistic, technological and scientific set-up of present-day cross-domain laboratories, and practice-based theoretical production and experiments?

Von Foerster coined the idea of a 'cybernetics of cybernetics' as a way to analyze the control of control and the (set-up of) communication of communication(-systems). The question is if a 'third order' cybernetics is emerging… and, if so, what would it entail?

Paper Proposals dealing with one or more of the following subjects within this conceptual framing will be welcome:

(Norbert) Wiener Classic
Cybernetics, art and politics
Interactive media art – towards a 'third order'?

Senior Editors for this volume: Lanfranco Aceti and Morten Søndergaard.


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 47159[UPDATE] [Call for Responses]: Flow Conference 2012 (7/13/12; 11/1/12-11/3/12)Flow Conference 2012flowconference2012@gmail.com1342720185americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Flow Conference 2012contact email: flowconference2012@gmail.com

Call for Responses
FLOW Conference 2012
November 1-3, 2012
The University of Texas at Austin

Deadline for 150-word abstracts: August 1, 2012

Flow Conference 2012 is the 4th biannual conference for FlowTV.org, a University of Texas at Austin graduate student-run, online academic journal focusing on television and media culture.
The 2012 Flow Conference will resemble traditional academic meetings in name only: there will be no panels, no papers, and no plenary sessions. Instead, the event will feature a series of roundtables, each organized around a discussion question on contemporary issues in television/media culture and scholarship. Respondents are asked to submit a brief abstract addressing one of the roundtable questions listed on our conference website: http://www.flowtv.org/conference/.

Some roundtable topics include:
Netflix as Television Producer
Teaching TV
Representation in the Post-Network Era
Anti-Fandom in the Digital Age
Micro Politics in a Digital World
Teaching Comics Studies
Queer Media Studies' Futures
The Deracialization of Global Television Studies
Minority Television Culture and Post-Racial Ideologies
"Management" in Culture Industries
2011-2012's Television Gender Wars
Sports Media and Celebrity
Original Scripted Series and Cable Network (Re)Branding

Please visit the conference website at http://flowtv.org/conference/call-for-responses/ for more details.

We especially encourage responses that address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability, as well as international perspectives.

To submit a response send a 150-word abstract to flowconference2012@gmail.com by August 1, 2012. In the subject line of the email, please put the title of the roundtable to which you are responding. Be sure to also include your full name, e-mail address, and affiliation in the body of the e-mail. Please submit a response to only one roundtable topic. However, we imagine that some individuals will have interest in several roundtable discussions and thus difficulty choosing between them. We want to accommodate as many people and their preferences as possible. Therefore, it would be helpful for us to know about those individuals who are willing to participate in another roundtable if too many responses are submitted for their original question.

We will inform participants of acceptance via e-mail by early August. Upon acceptance, respondents will be asked to expand their abstract to a 600-800 word position paper, due in October 2012.

In an effort to include a wide range of participants (i.e., scholars, fans, critics, activists, policymakers, industry professionals, etc.), we encourage wide distribution of this call.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at flowconference2012@gmail.com.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencespopular_culture 47160CFP Temporalities in Latin American Film. Deadline Aug. 15 2012Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studiesromeroe@email.arizona.edu1342720880cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studiescontact email: romeroe@email.arizona.edu

Call for Papers for Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Special Section: "Temporalities in Latin American Film" and for a related LASA 2013 Panel

Convocatoria a Dossier para Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies titulado: "Temporalidades en el cine latinoamericano" y para un panel acompañante en LASA 2013

We are currently seeking rigorously researched, previously unpublished manuscripts of 15-30 double-spaced pages which contribute to expanding the critical literature in the field of Hispanic cultural studies through theoretical interrogations regarding the construction, expression, and reception of temporalities expressed in Latin American film (all genres and periods.) We seek essays in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Possible approaches to the analyses of temporal expressions in Latin American film may include the following, among others:
Ways of seeing filmic rhythms (ways in which moving images become assimilated through spectatorship)
Slow film and its consumption
Temporal economies
Temporalizations of characters, places, practices, etc. (Mechanisms of temporal marks)
Tempo-spatial structures
Queer temporalities

Please send 250 word abstracts and brief biographical statements by Aug. 15, 2012. Authors will be informed of abstract acceptances by Sept. 1 and complete articles will be due by Nov. 30. Those interested in the Special Section should contact Eva Romero (romeroe@email.arizona.edu).Those interested in the LASA panel should contact Sandra Cuesta (sanlu73@gmail.com).

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Solicitamos ensayos rigurosamente investigados no previamente publicados de entre 15 y 30 páginas a doble espacio que contribuyan a la expansión de la crítica perteneciente al campo de estudios culturales hispánicos mediante interrogaciones teóricas relacionadas a la construcción, expresión y recepción de las temporalidades como se ven expresadas por el cine latinoamericano de todos los géneros y periodos. Buscamos ensayos en español, portugués e inglés.

Aproximaciones posibles para el análisis de expresiones temporales del cine latinoamericano, entre otras:
Modos de ver ritmos fílmicos (maneras en que las imágenes son asimiladas mediante la observación del espectador)
Cine lento y su consumo
Economías temporales
Temporalizaciones de personajes, espacios, prácticas, etc. (Mecanismos de marcas temporales)
Esquemas tempo-espaciales
Temporalidades queer

Por favor envíen sus abstractos de 250 palabras y una breve bibliografía para el 15 de agosto, 2012. Comunicaremos las decisiones finales para el 1 de setiembre. Ensayos completos deberán ser entregados para el 30 de noviembre. Aquellos interesados en el Dossier deberán comunicarse con Eva Romero (romeroe@email.arizona.edu). Aquellos interesados en el panel para LASA 2013 deberán comunicarse con Sandra Cuesta (sanlu73@gmail.com).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialtheory 47161DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUG. 6: SWCCL "Theatrum Mundi: Faith, Representation, and Multiculturalism."Soutwest Conference on Christianity and Literatureswccl@okbu.edu1342726041americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Soutwest Conference on Christianity and Literaturecontact email: swccl@okbu.edu

The 2012 South Western Region Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature will be held October 5-6 at Oklahoma Christian University in cooperation with Oklahoma Baptist University. The theme of the conference is "Theatrum Mundi: Faith, Representation, and Multiculturalism."

The keynote speaker will be Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang , who will deliver the 8th annual McBride Lecture for Faith & Literature. Mr. Hwang will also appear, along with members of the editorial board of the journal Ecumenica, on a panel addressing issues of faith in contemporary drama.

Call for Papers: Shakespeare's famous proclamation that "All the World's a Stage" is just one among numerous Renaissance assertions of the Theatrum Mundi. In his 1612 Apology for Actors, Thomas Heywood, for instance, argues that

. . . the world a Theater present,
As by the roundnesse it appears most fit,
Built with starre-galleries of hye ascent,
In which Jehove does as spectator sit.

This metaphor gave thinkers in the early modern period and beyond both a means of defending the sacramental value of the stage itself – and of representation more broadly – and a means of conceptualizing God's relationship to his creation as its author, director, and primary spectator. As we consider this metaphor today, we might consider the implications of the Theatrum Mundi concept for the expanded stage of a global society. Is all the world a stage?

For this conference we seek papers that address questions of representation before the divine. While we are, in keeping with our keynote speaker, especially interested in papers on dramatic literature, faith, and multiculturalism, we are also interested in how non-dramatic texts grapple with God as author, director, and/or audience for the theater of human activity. We will also consider papers more broadly interested in the intersection of Christianity and literature, as well as creative writing dealing with issues of faith.

Email one-paragraph abstracts and session proposals by August 6 to Benjamin Myers at the following address: swccl@okbu.edu.

cfp categories: americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 47162Archives and Activism -- Friday, October 12, 2012Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New Yorkadmin@nycarchivists.org1342727508americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New Yorkcontact email: admin@nycarchivists.org

Archives and Activism

"The rebellion of the archivist against his normal role is not, as so many scholars fear, the politicizing of a neutral craft, but the humanizing of an inevitably political craft."
-- Howard Zinn "Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest," Vol. II, No. 2 (1977) of Midwestern Archivist.

The boundaries between "archivist" and "activist" have become increasingly porous, rendering ready distinctions between archivists (traditionally restricted to the preservation of records, maintaining accountability, and making critical information available to the communities they serve) and activists (who, with greater frequency, look to archives or adopt elements of archival practice as a means of documenting their struggles) virtually unsustainable. In the past year, archivists and citizen activists collaborated to document the Occupy Wall Street movement, and archivists committed to open government worked with the New York City Council to advocate for keeping the Municipal Archives as an independent city agency. While the apparent convergence of archival and activist worlds may appear a timely and relevant topic, these distinct communities often deliberate their roles separately with little dialogue.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and the New School Archives and Special Collections are sponsoring a symposium to bring together a diverse group of archivists, activists, students, and theorists with the aim of facilitating discussion of their respective concerns. Among its proposed topics, the symposium will address potential roles that archivists may engage in as activists, as well as how archivists can assume a greater role in documenting and contributing toward social and political change.

Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Archivists documenting the work of activists and activist movements
-Activists confronting traditional archival practice
-Possible models for an emergent "activist archives"
-Methodologies for more comprehensively documenting activism
-Archivist and activist collaborations
-Community-led archives and repositories operating outside of the archival establishment
-Archives as sites of knowledge (re)production and in(ter)vention
-Relational paradigms for mapping the interplay of power, justice, and archives
-Critical pedagogy in the reference encounter
-Interrogating preconceptions and misunderstandings that obscure common goals

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School

All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).
Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation (if applicable), abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological requirements.
Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.

Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to admin@nycarchivists.org by August 1, 2012.


cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 47163UPDATE: Renaissance Translation and Transmission (October 18-21, 2012)Pacific Northwest Renaissance SocietyMelissa.Walter@ufv.ca1342728492bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypoetryreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Pacific Northwest Renaissance Societycontact email: Melissa.Walter@ufv.ca

The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society invites papers examining all aspects of translation and transmission in and of the Renaissance for its conference to be held from October 18th to 21st, 2012 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, sponsored by the University of the Fraser Valley. Papers might consider, for instance,

-the art / practice of textual translation and transmission in the Renaissance
- cross-cultural communication in the Renaissance
-"translation" between and across genres and media (theatre, visual arts, music, literature, etc.) and across specialized discourses (for instance from the medical to the political)
-the political and ethical implications of translation in and of the early modern period
-endangered languages and translation in the Renaissance
-physical acts of translation, such as the remaking of new clothes from old clothes, or other forms of material translation / "carrying across" or transformation
-the "translation" and "transmission" of early modern texts in manuscript, print and electronic media from the late sixteenth-century onward
-translating, transmitting, and teaching the Renaissance in the (post)modern classroom
-diaspora and translation in the early modern period
-"translating" and/or "transmitting" the Renaissance in the digital age
-the untranslatable Renaissance/early modern untranslatabilty
- mistranslation in (and of) the Renaissance
-translation and interpretive authority in the Renaissance
Multi-media presentations and traditional papers in the fine arts, the humanities, and the social sciences are encouraged.

Abstracts for individual papers and proposals for three-paper panels are invited.
Abstracts should run 250 words for papers of 20-minute delivery length.
Panel proposals must include abstracts for all three papers.
Deadline: August 15, 2012

Submissions should be sent to:

Melissa Walter
UFV Department of English
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypoetryreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writing 47164O'Neill & Irishness, March 28-30, 2013Comparative Drama Conferencejcwestgate@fullerton.edu1342731654ethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Comparative Drama Conferencecontact email: jcwestgate@fullerton.edu

37th Annual Comparative Drama Conference
Stevenson University, Maryland
March 28-30, 2013
Sponsored by
The Eugene O'Neill Society

Eugene O'Neill is regularly described as one of the foremost American dramatists, but this description downplays concerns about O'Neill's Irish heritage and Irish history. So crucial was this heritage and history that O'Neill once told his son, Eugene Jr., "the critics have missed the most important thing about me and my work—the fact that I am Irish." Naturally, this fact leads to questions about the nature of O'Neill's life and work. What about them are distinctly Irish? How do they address concerns about immigration and acculturation, religion, class and culture? Also, how has O'Neill's Irishness influenced Irish and Irish-American writers?

This panel welcomes papers that examine the relation of O'Neill's plays to Ireland, the Irish-American experience, and to Irish and Irish-American literature, using a variety of approaches: New historicism, cultural materialism, post-colonialism, Marxism, etc. Our ambition is to bring renewed attention to O'Neill's connections with Ireland and to questions about Irishness.

Please send 250 word abstracts J. Chris Westgate (jcwestgate@fullerton.edu) by November 26, 2012.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 47165Graduate Journal aspeers Calls for Papers on "American Memories" by 31 Oct 2012aspeers: emerging voices in american studiesinfo@aspeers.com1342736239americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: aspeers: emerging voices in american studiescontact email: info@aspeers.com

"Never forget." Shortly after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, this phrase, along with pictures of the Twin Towers set against the backdrop of an American flag, appeared on T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and a whole host of other marketable goods. In many ways, these cultural artifacts and their treatment showcase the intricate interweaving of such concepts as nationalism, identity, trauma, narrative, and consumer culture within the complex of "American Memories." In fact, fueled in part by innovations in such diverse fields as historiography, neuropsychology, museum studies, and political science, the number of panels, conferences, seminars, as well as articles and books published on different notions of memory has seen a rise in American studies and other fields in recent years: 'Memory' has become one of the buzzwords in the humanities and social sciences. aspeers 6 (2013) seeks to collect and present the best MA-level work on the topic of "American Memories."

Concepts and performances of memories and related concepts such as remembering, forgetting, nostalgia, and trauma provide for a wide variety of approaches. Analyses span the field from history and social sciences to literary and cultural studies, psychology and philosophy, media and film studies, geography, the arts, and others. The sixth issue of aspeers, then, offers unique opportunities for critical thought and analysis in these areas, but also specifically for interdisciplinary inquiries.

Memories, whether passed on from relatives or evoked in the public sphere, perform crucial cultural work and have tremendous social significance. They play and have played a pivotal role in defining American identities. Creating and maintaining collective memories is a question of political and discursive power, an exercise in ideology. This process is essential in nation building, constructing oppositions and animosities, creating heroes, villains, and myths. Personal, communal, and national identities are shaped by what official history writing and other discourses about the meaning of the past choose to emphasize. Marginalized groups, in fact, have often framed their struggles for equality as one of correcting omissions in national narratives, of insisting on rewriting national memories.

For the social sciences, the topic of "American Memories" provides particularly fertile grounds for research. History writing at large, of course, offers a huge arena for constant interrogation and renegotiation of processes, constructions, and performances of remembering and forgetting. Moreover, arguments about what constitutes the proper approach to dealing with memories are omnipresent, ranging from politicized debates about monuments to widespread anxieties about digital memory and its consequences for privacy and data protection policies.

As a medium of storytelling, literature, in the broadest sense, creates particularly complex conceptualizations of memories; it can face the past in uniquely creative ways. From the historical novel and the trauma narrative to documentary films, alternate histories, and period piece TV shows, (auto)biographies and creative nonfiction, much, if not all of literature can be said to constitute a self-reflexive engagement with the past and modes of memory. In fact, one way of conceptualizing the hotly contested body of works called 'American literature' is to regard it as a specific collection of "American Memories."

aspeers, the first and currently only graduate-level peer-reviewed journal of European American studies, encourages fellow MA students from all fields to reflect on the diverse roles and meanings of memories in American culture. Please note that the contributions we are looking for might address but are not limited to the topical parameters outlined above. We welcome term papers, excerpts from theses, or papers specifically written for the sixth issue of aspeers by 31 October 2012. If you are seeking to publish work beyond this topic, please refer to our general Call for Papers. Please consult our submission guidelines and find some additional tips at www.aspeers.com/2013.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 47166[UPDATE] Paul et VirginieNortheast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)kmeylor@sas.upenn.edu1342748242eighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtheatrefull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)contact email: kmeylor@sas.upenn.edu

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Originally published in French 1788, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's Paul et Virginie has been translated throughout the 19th century, notably into English, Spanish, and German. Since the early 1990s, however, this Mauritian pastoral romance has fallen out of critical focus. Consequently, this panel will re-read Paul et Virginie and the ways in which its tropes have been interpreted and re-appropriated in subsequent artistic production, including film and opera. How, and why, do Paul et Virginie's famous representations of romance, death, and cultural encounter continue to re-appear in literatures of other genres, languages, nations, and cultures? How has this European narrative of colonization been adapted across languages, centuries, and multiple locations?

We invite papers, in English, from any national or geographical literary discipline. Papers can comment on the original Paul et Virginie and/or the re-appropriations of Saint-Pierre's novel. Possible tropes to consider include, but are not limited to:

Virginie's enigmatic death
Symbols of mestizaje and transculturation
Creole culture
Colonial botany and science
Gender and settlement colonialism
Coloniality and post-coloniality
Nature and/vs. Culture
Travel and displacement
Maroon culture
The island
Ship and shipwreck
Intertextual networks
Women, money and class in the colonies vs. the metropole
Indian Ocean

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts to: Kristen Meylor, kmeylor@sas.upenn.edu by September 30, 2012. (Previous post had incorrect submission deadline).

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtheatre 47167Pondering Intellectual Property Competition 2012, Deadline October 01, 2012Intellectual Property & Technology Societyiptls@nujs.edu1342768447general_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Intellectual Property & Technology Societycontact email: iptls@nujs.edu

The Ministry of Human Resource Development IP Chair at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), India, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society (IPTLS) and Spicy IP (India's leading blog on IP laws) are hosting the First Pondering Intellectual Property (PIP) Competition, 2012.

This is an exclusive legal writing competition on intellectual property open to all students currently pursuing a law degree anywhere in the world. The best three entries will receive total prize money of USD 850.

Topic: Should the process of creating an invention or work determine its protectability as an intellectual property?

Word Limit: 5,000 words inclusive of footnotes & references

The deadline for the competition has been extended till October 1st, 2012 and we accept co-authored entries. The entries will be judged by a 5 member panel of renowned international experts in intellectual property. The panel comprises:

Professor David Vaver, Professor of IP Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
Professor Lionel Bently, Director of the Centre for IP Law, University of Cambridge
Judge Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center, University of Oxford
Professor Shamnad Basheer, MHRD Chair Professor in IP Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences

The terms and conditions of the competition and other details of the competition is attached herewith and can also be accessed fromhttp://nujs.edu/downloads/1st-pip-competition2012.pdf

cfp categories: general_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essays 47168The spirit of black music - Call for papers - Deadline: August 15, 2012Revue Artéfact / http://revue-artefact.weebly.com/contact.revue.artefact@gmail.com1342770228african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Revue Artéfact / http://revue-artefact.weebly.com/contact email: contact.revue.artefact@gmail.com

Artefact is an online magazine (quarterly) based on our facination for art, reportage and multicultural society. Our purpose is to get people involved in discussing, sharing ideas and showing their point of view. Our ambition is to create a platform of communication between artists and the general public.

Our first issue is dedicated to black music which influenced other domaines of art and had an impact on Western history. We would like to animate and generate a real dialog about black music, it's genesis, mystique and influence. That's why Artefact encourages you to share your essais, photos, drawings and other works. Get involved and help us to develop our website (sections such as cinema, theater, dance, literature and music).

If you would like to become our contributor, please find some instructions below:

Send us samples of your work (in French or English) to the following e-mail address: contact.revue.artefact@gmail.com.

We're looking for:

Deadline: August 15, 2012

 Reviews: (in French and/or English) of 4 000 to 6 000 words, *.rtf or *.doc files,

 Stories (8 000 to 12 000 words), short stories or poems (not longer than 1 500 words)

 Book reviews: not longer than 5 000 words, spaces included, *.rtf ot *.doc files,

 Photos (*.jpeg) or drawings (*.jpeg, *.doc) in proper display resolution (300 dpi)

Every sample of work shall include:

1. A complete title and a brief presentation of the authors,
2. A short review (100-200 words), billingual if possible,
3. A bibliography,
4. if graphique: a permission to use it in Artefact

Your work won't be published if:

 it is a coryright theft,
 it presents false facts,
 it is not precise nor concise,
 it includes defamation,
 it includes elements of pornography,
 it includes elements of hate, racism, sexism or homophoby,
 it is advertisement

Authors will be notified by e-mail of the refusal of the publication and its reason.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 47169Conference "Migrations. Sexualities and Genders on the Move" (Deadline: August 15, 2012)Center for Studies on the Languages of Identities - University of Bergamostefano.asperti@unibg.it1342771484african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Center for Studies on the Languages of Identities - University of Bergamocontact email: stefano.asperti@unibg.it

Interdisciplinary conference
"Migrations. Sexualities and genders on the move"
Bergamo, November 5-6, 2012

The concepts of migration, transit, and journey - not only as movements of subjects seeking new material, cultural, and existential orders, but also as movements of theories and ideas/concepts across different disciplines, cultural contexts, languages and media - are at the core of the conference organized by the Center for Studies on the Languages of Identities of the University of Bergamo (Italy) on November 5-6, 2012.

The conference aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary debate on transits and migrations, and therefore welcomes contributions concerning literary texts, television, legal texts, visual studies, sociology, anthropology, etc. Subjects might include but are not limited to:

- Writers, artists and filmmakers who are first-generation immigrants. How questions of gender and sexuality are represented in relation to the experience of migration? What is the legacy of the culture of origin? What the impact with the culture of the new country? What the possible hybridizations?

- Theories on gender and sexuality in Europe and across the world, several decades after the formulation of the notion of gender in the United States of the Fifties.

- Translation studies: what are the effects of translations into different languages on the representations of sexual and gender identities? When can we speak of wrong translations, impossible translations or non-innocent mis-translations?

- Legal issues about migrations: how gender and sexuality can affect migration procedures? What is the position of transgender subjects?

- Transpositions (for cinema, television, theater, etc.) and remakes and their effects on the representations and constructions of sexual and gender identities.

- Bodily "migrations" in relation to hermaphroditism, intersexuality, transgender, etc.

- Migrations between the real and the virtual, in relation to the notion of participatory culture and to the dynamics of genders and sexualities in social networks and other virtual communities.

Please submit a 300 word abstract (.doc or .rtf) and a brief CV to stefano.asperti@unibg.it by August 15, 2012.

The authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by August 30, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheory 47170evomusart 2013 - 2nd International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design EvoMUSART - EvoSTAR Eventevomusart@gmail.com1342772995humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: EvoMUSART - EvoSTAR Eventcontact email: evomusart@gmail.com

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evomusart 2013

2nd International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

3-5 April 2013, Vienna, Austria

Part of evo* 2013
evo*: http://www.evostar.org


Following the success of previous events and the importance of the field of evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design, evomusart has become an evo* conference with independent proceedings. Thus, evomusart 2013 is the eleventh European Event and the second International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design.

The use of biologically inspired techniques for the development of artistic systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of research. There is a growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as: visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture; video; poetry; design; and other creative tasks.

The main goal of evomusart 2013 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired computer techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in the area.

The event will be held from 3-5 April, 2013 in Vienna, Austria as part of the evo* event.

Submissions will be rigorously reviewed for scientific and artistic merit. Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters at the event and included in the evomusart proceedings, published by Springer Verlag in a dedicated volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The acceptance rate at evomusart 2012 was 34.9% for papers accepted for oral presentation, or 46.5% for oral and poster presentation combined.

Topics of interest

Submissions should concern the use of biologically inspired computer techniques -- e.g. Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Life, Artificial Neural Networks, Swarm Intelligence, other artificial intelligence techniques -- in the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music, design, architecture and other artistic fields. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-- Generation
- Biologically Inspired Design and Art -- Systems that create drawings, images, animations, sculptures, poetry, text, designs, webpages, buildings, etc.;
- Biologically Inspired Sound and Music -- Systems that create musical pieces, sounds, instruments, voices, sound effects, sound analysis, etc.;
- Robotic-Based Evolutionary Art and Music;
- Other related artificial intelligence or generative techniques in the fields of Computer Music, Computer Art, etc.;

-- Theory
- Computational Aesthetics, Experimental Aesthetics; Emotional Response, Surprise, Novelty;
- Representation techniques;
- Surveys of the current state-of-the-art in the area; identification of weaknesses and strengths; comparative analysis and classification;
- Validation methodologies;
- Studies on the applicability of these techniques to related areas;
- New models designed to promote the creative potential of biologically inspired computation;

-- Computer Aided Creativity and computational creativity
- Systems in which biologically inspired computation is used to promote the creativity of a human user;
- New ways of integrating the user in the evolutionary cycle;
- Analysis and evaluation of: the artistic potential of biologically inspired art and music; the artistic processes inherent to these approaches; the resulting artefacts;
- Collaborative distributed artificial art environments;

-- Automation
- Techniques for automatic fitness assignment;
- Systems in which an analysis or interpretation of the artworks is used in conjunction with biologically inspired techniques to produce novel objects;
- Systems that resort to biologically inspired computation to perform the analysis of image, music, sound, sculpture, or some other types of artistic object.

Important Dates

Submission: 1 November 2012
Conference: 3-5 April 2013
Notification to authors: 21 December 2012
Camera-ready deadline: 15 January 2013
Evo*: 3-5 April 2013

Additional information and submission details

Submit your manuscript, at most 12 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS format (instructions downloadable from
no later than November 1, 2012.

The reviewing process will be double-blind; please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper.


Programme committee


Alain Lioret, Paris 8 University, France
Alan Dorin, Monash University, Australia
Alejandro Pazos, University of A Coruna, Spain
Alice Eldridge, Monash University, Australia
Amilcar Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Amy K. Hoover, University of Central Florida, USA
Andrew Brown, Griffith University, Australia
Andrew Gildfind, Google, Inc., Australia
Andrew Horner, University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Anna Ursyn, University of Northern Colorado, USA
Antonino Santos, University of A Coruna, Spain
Arne Eigenfeldt, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Artemis Sanchez Moroni, Renato Archer Research Center, Brazil
Benjamin Schroeder, Ohio State University, USA
Bill Manaris, College of Charleston, USA
Brian Ross, Brock University, Canada
Carlos Grilo, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal
Colin Johnson, University of Kent, UK
Dan Ashlock, University of Guelph, Canada
Dan Costelloe, Independent Researcher (Solace One Ltd), Ireland
Daniel Jones, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Douglas Repetto, Columbia University, USA
Eduardo Miranda, University of Plymouth, UK
Eelco den Heijer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eleonora Bilotta , University of Calabria, Italy
Erik Hemberg, University College Dublin, Ireland
Francois Pachet, Sony CSL Paris, France
Gary Greenfield, University of Richmond, USA
Hans Dehlinger, Independent Artist, Germany
Hernán Kerlleñevich, National University of Quilmes, Argentina
J. E. Rowe, University of Birmingham, UK
James McDermott, University of Limerick, Ireland
Jeffrey Ventrella, independent artist/researcher, USA
John Collomosse, University of Surrey, UK
Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia
José Fornari, NICS/Unicamp, Brazil
Juan Romero, University of A Coruna, Spain
Marcelo Freitas Caetano, IRCAM, France
Marcos Nadal, University of Illes Balears, Spain
Matthew Lewis, Ohio State University, USA
Michael O'Neill, University College Dublin, Ireland
Nicolas Monmarché, University of Tours, France
Oliver Bown, University of Sidney, Australia
Palle Dahlstedt, Göteborg University, Sweden
Paulo Urbano, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Pedro Cruz, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Peter Bentley, University College London , UK
Philip Galanter, Texas A&M College of Architecture, USA
Philippe Pasquier, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Rafael Ramirez, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Roger Malina, International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, USA
Roisin Loughran, University of Limerick, Ireland
Ruli Manurung, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Scott Draves, Independent Artist, USA
Simon Colton, Imperial College, UK
Somnuk Phon-Amnuaisuk, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
Stephen Todd, IBM, UK
Takashi Ikegami, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Tim Blackwell, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Vic Ciesielski, RMIT, Australia
William Latham, University of London, UK


Conference chairs


Conference chairs

Penousal Machado
University of Coimbra, Portugal

James McDermott
University College Dublin, Ireland

Publication chair

Adrian Carballal
University of A Coruna, Spain

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheory 47171Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture, Abstract due by September 15, 2012Department of English, Gauhati Universitycfpmargins@gmail.com1342780168cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissancetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Department of English, Gauhati Universitycontact email: cfpmargins@gmail.com

Margins, an international peer-reviewed journal, is published annually in summer by the Department of English, Gauhati University. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications and in literature and culture. It welcomes examination of the historical and the contemporary through interdisciplinary perspectives – looking at texts in both their wider conceptual and immediate situational significance. It has a special interest in the retrieval of texts and authors who have been invisible in mainstream disciplinary concerns but are considered significant in their respective locations and are presented convincingly. It would consider new work by young researchers in areas that meet the journal's interest in the marginal, though this will depend on the quality of submissions and the opinions of the journal's referees. The journal also has a book review section and will be open to reviews of books that match the journal's thrust on the marginal.
Submissions should be between 7500 and 10,000 words (inclusive of references), use the MLA Handbook style for referencing, and be sent as an email attachment in MS Word to either of the two editors. Potential contributors should send a 500 word abstract of their essays by September 15, 2012 which will be returned with the comments and suggestions of our reviewers by October 15, 2012. Completed submissions should reach the editors by January 31, 2013. They will be returned with reviewer's comments and if selected a final deadline for submission will be intimated then. Book reviews (not exceeding 2500 words) and review essays (not exceeding 5000 words) may be submitted to the Review Editor. Submissions for the fourth section carrying the piece by the selected author and an adequate context introduction either in the form of an essay or a conversation should not exceed 10,000 words.
This is the second issue of the journal. The first issue is available on the Gauhati University website: http://www.gauhati.ac.in

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissancetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 47173March 21-24, 2013: Where are We Going? Reflections on the Future of Native American StudiesJessica Bardill, NEMLA 2013jessi.bardill@gmail.com1342792092americanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jessica Bardill, NEMLA 2013contact email: jessi.bardill@gmail.com

This panel invites scholars to think through texts that have contributed to the past, present, and future of Native American Indian Literatures, particularly in how they help to understand the cultures, economics, and politics of different Native American tribes as well as how they contribute to the future of these critical areas in Native American Studies. These applications of literature could include public policy, education, representation in film, or other literary studies. Please email abstracts to Jessica Bardill at jdb29@duke.edu by 30 September 2012.

cfp categories: americanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 47174[UPDATE] CFP: "Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)" (8/31) (10/18-20); 36th Annual OVSCOhio Valley Shakespeare Conferencejoe.sullivan@marietta.edu1342797208cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conferencecontact email: joe.sullivan@marietta.edu

Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)
The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 18-20, 2012 Marietta College

The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks proposals for papers or panels from across today's theoretical and methodological landscape that engage some facet of the amalgam "Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)." "Extreme Shakespeare" alludes to the wide variety of extremities that can be found in Shakespeare's work. It brings to mind those occasions where the playwright demonstrates either a lack of regard for or a lack of control over the principles of proportionality and balance, to the degree either of those principles were prioritized by dramatists of the early modern period. Of course, extremity is an inherently relative value, which leads to a second facet of the amalgam open to conferees. "Extremely Shakespearean" refers to the fundamental characteristics of Shakespeare's art, craft, thought, philosophy, etc. How might we best operationalize the term "Shakespearean"? What quality or qualities should we identify as the quintessence of Shakespeare's work? Conversely, where do we observe Shakespeare at his least Shakespearean? Have we in the past, do we now, and/or might we ever share a persuasive understanding of what constitutes the most significant attributes of Shakespeare? Is the pursuit a noble quest, or a fool's errand?

The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize.

2012 Plenary Speakers:
Ralph Alan Cohen (The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College)
Lina Perkins Wilder (Connecticut College)

Featured conference events will include a site-specific production of Hamlet staged by the Marietta College Theatre Department as well as an Esbenshade Series performance by the Baltimore Consort. Other conference events will include a night owl screening of Coriolanus, an evening reception at a local establishment, our annual luncheon, coffee, tea & snack breaks that will have you stuffing your pockets "for later," and all the October foliage your eyes can possibly take in.

The final deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at joe.sullivan@marietta.edu or by mail to Joseph Sullivan / English Department / Marietta College / Marietta, OH 45750.


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrenaissancetheatre 47175British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies ConferenceBritish Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conferencejpellegrino@georgiasouthern.edu1342808898cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conferencecontact email: jpellegrino@georgiasouthern.edu

22nd Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference
February 15-16 2013
Hilton Savannah DeSoto, Savannah GA

The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, inaugurated in 1992, is the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States. It encompasses colonial and postcolonial histories, literatures, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, and all other aspects of the countries formerly colonized by Britain and other European powers.

Jahan Ramazani is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English and Department Chair at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English; Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Yeats and the Poetry of Death. He edited the most recent edition of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and, with Jon Stallworthy, The Twentieth Century and After, in The Norton Anthology of English Literature. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, and the William Riley Parker Prize.

Online at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/litphi/bcpsc/
OR http://goo.gl/TIUrb

The aim of the conference is to be interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and to offer scholars and researchers, teachers and students, the opportunity to disseminate and discuss their knowledge and understanding of the dynamic, important field of postcolonial studies.

We invite proposals in both thematic (migration, diaspora studies, etc.) and geographic (Eurabia, South Asia, etc.) areas:

  • Bioethics, Ecology, and Ecocriticism
  • Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
  • Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
  • Literature, Arts, and the Media
  • History and Historiography
  • War and Terrorism
  • Race, Racism, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
  • Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
  • Pedagogy and the Disciplines
  • Intersections of Francophone and Anglophone Literatures
  • Postcolonial and the Transnational Literatures
  • Liberation literature from Africa
  • Health and Wellness
  • North (excluding the USA), Central, and South America
  • Europe (Fortress Europe, Eurabia, Londonistan, Ireland)
  • South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
  • Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Black Atlantic)
  • The Middle East
  • Australia and Oceania

Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers.

Submissions are accepted online at the Conference web site: http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/litphi/bcpsc/
OR http://goo.gl/TIUrb

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 5, 2012

Abstracts of 300 words maximum are required via the submission form.
Panels should be designed for 75 minutes; individual papers for 15-minute delivery -- maximum.
Proposals for panels should include an abstract for each paper with complete information on each presenter.

Regular Registration (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $150.00
Graduate Student / Retiree (includes all conference events, meals, and receptions): $120.00

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 47176[UPDATE] Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust | Nov. 9-11, 2012University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com1342809318african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)contact email: pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com

Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust
University of Pittsburgh, November 9-11, 2012
Hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)
Deadline: August 15, 2012

Keynote by Christian Keathley, Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. Keathley is author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (Indiana University Press, 2006), and currently at work on a book titled The Mystery of Otto Preminger, under contract with IU Press.

Over the last decade, academic and popular film institutions have reignited debates surrounding cinephilia and its discontents. Recent pieces in Cinema Journal, Film Comment, as well as essay collections (2005's Cinephilia: Movies, Love, and Memory) and monographs (Jonathan Rosenbaum's 2010 Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition), in modes both nostalgic and speculative, are (re)considering cinephilia not simply as love of the moving image, but as heterogeneous desires for cinema's fragments, peculiarities, materialities, and affects. In other words, we can be certain that cinephilic (and cinephobic) attitudes and practices are quite alive today – but for whom, in what forms, and to what ends?

Attending these critical conversations are ever-encroaching "aversions" toward cinema, including institutional prohibitions, censorship against filming and exhibition, modes of media refusal, and institutional objections to the moving image's dissemination and preservation. If cinephilia has long raised tensions between academic and popular critical voices, between preservation and fetishism, and between film appreciation and critique, how are these tensions recovered or recast in contemporary film and media studies – particularly in light of digital media, new categories and avenues of "criticism," and media studies' present investment in affective response? Susan Sontag famously expressed the joy of cinematic immersion as a "kidnapping" that requires the physical experience of a darkened theater; how, then, does cinephobia stand to transform a desire for cinematic experience into a revolt against the powers of the cinematic apparatus and its affective control?

Following Marijke de Valck's assertion that cinephilia endures "precisely because it forms a bridge between the biographical and the theoretical, the singular and the general, the fragment and the whole, the incomplete and the complete, and the individual and the collective," our conference invites presentations that consider the enduring importance of cinephilia and cinephobia to film and media studies: both how these ideas have shaped and articulated our complex relations to moving images, and how they continue to raise new questions for our field.

Possible topics may include:

  • Cinephilia/phobia through digital media (mash-ups and remixes; GIFs; Twitter, Tumblr, and online community)
  • Cinephilic/phobic expressions in TV and other visual media (art, installation, fashion)
  • Cinephilia/phobia and video games
  • Desire, disgust, and pornography
  • Cinephilic/phobic expressions in "non-visual" fields (literature, music, philosophy)
  • Queer spectatorship, historiography, and affect
  • Transnational and subcultural cinephilias/phobias
  • Affective modes of spectatorship, "fan" practices and fictions
  • Obsession with and/or distrust of medium and site specificity (VHS, Super 16mm, theaters and exhibition practices, protest and destruction)
  • Endangered and extinct media technology and practices
  • Desire, disgust, and archival work
  • Historical and contemporary forms of film criticism (from Cahiers to the video essay)
  • Institutional and "underground" modes of exhibition (film festivals, award systems, art house, 3D)
  • Phobia from within: media boycotts and oppositional viewing practices
  • Phobia from without: prohibition and censorship, fair use practices
  • Cinephilia/phobia as methodology, ideology, and/or pathology
  • Cinephilia/phobia and film pedagogy

We welcome approaches from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: Film and Media studies, Art and Art History, Visual Culture, Feminist and Queer Studies, Communication, Critical Theory, Literature, Musicology, and Philosophy.

Interested graduate students may submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) – along with institutional/departmental affiliations and current email – to pittfilmgradconference@gmail.com by August 15, 2012. For more information, please contact the FSGSO by email at the above, or visit our website, Special Affects: http://www.fsgso.pitt.edu

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 47177CFP November 1, 2012: The Journal of Interactive Technology and PedagogyThe Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogyadmin@jitpedagogy.org1342814038bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogycontact email: admin@jitpedagogy.org

JITP, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, cordially invites submissions for all sections.

JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. We invite submissions of audio or visual presentations, interviews, dialogues, or conversations, creative works, manifestos, or jeremiads as well as traditional long-form articles.

Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in the classroom. Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis.

We intend that the journal itself – both in process and in product – serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practice. All submissions will be considered for our Behind the Seams feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the participants.

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author during the review process. The deadline for submissions to be included in the Spring 2013 issue of JITP is November 1, 2012. Tool Tips, Teaching Fails, Assignments, and Book Reviews sections operate under a publish-then-peer-review model. Submissions for these sections are accepted on a rolling basis.

All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at editors@jitpedagogy.org.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within 2-3 months of the submission deadline.

To view the journal, read the full guidelines, or submit, please go to http://cuny.is/jitp.

For technical details – file formats, documentation style, etc – please see our complete guidelines at http://cuny.is/jitpguidelines.

Sarah Ruth Jacobs
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cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_composition 47178LGBT Youth and Media Cultures (collection) - Deadline 30 September 2013Christopher Pullen - Bournemouth University - UKcpullen@bournemouth.ac.uk1342870529cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Christopher Pullen - Bournemouth University - UKcontact email: cpullen@bournemouth.ac.uk

Proposals are invited for essays (5,000 words length) to be included in an edited collection that will explore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth identity within contemporary media, specifically looking at Television, Film, and the Internet (including mobile technologies). A focus will be placed upon cultural, sociological, narrative, media and queer theory approaches.

The reader will primarily explore the potential of contemporary media to enable new life chances, challenging oppressive historical contexts for queers, such as shame, deviance and the other. It will explore a breath of identifications, potentials and readings, specifically focusing on issues such as: representation, commodity, consumption, politics, activism and play.

General topics of interest could include:

Coming out in school:
The challenge of bullying in school:
Affirmation and queering
Youth and romance:
Community and networking:
Apps and mobile content:
Educational school media:
Non-western and transnational queer youth:
Children's literature and the Media:

Case studies (as a very brief example) could include:

The It Gets Better Project and online anti bullying projects
The 'Gay Cure' App, and online Christian Evangelist gay conversion sites
'Glee' (Fox, 2009-) and LGBT Youth Drama on TV
'Sugar Rush' (Channel 4, 2004) and Lesbian youth identity
'The Teletubbies' (BBC, 1997-2004) and childhood challenges of gender
'Beautiful Thing' (Hettie MccDonald, 1996) and Gay youth romance in British Film
'Mysterious Skin' (Gregg Araki, 2004) and queer youth sexuality
'Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change' (Channel 4, 2009)

Please send abstracts (of 200 words length) and a biography by the 30th of September 2012 to Chris (cpullen@bournemouth.ac.uk). Essays will need to be original texts, and cannot have been published elsewhere – unless you own the copyright, and are free to publish. The ultimate essay will need to be completed by July 2013. If you have any questions please ask.

About the Editor: Christopher Pullen is Senior Lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth University, UK. His major works include 'Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media' (revised edition, Palgrave - 2012), 'LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media' (editor, Palgrave - 2012), 'LGBT Identity and Online New Media' (co-editor, Routledge -2010) and 'Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (McFarland - 2007).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 47179The Future State of Ireland, 17 - 18 November 2012Goldsmiths, University of Londonstephanie@thefuturestate.org.uk1342874641cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Goldsmiths, University of Londoncontact email: stephanie@thefuturestate.org.uk

Keynote Speakers

Professor Roy Foster (Oxford)

Mr Fintan O'Toole (The Irish Times; Princeton)

Dr Emer Nolan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Dr Elaine Byrne (Trinity College, Dublin)

Liz Burns (Firestation Artists' Studios; Troubling Ireland Think Tank)

Gareth Kennedy and Sara Browne (Kennedy Browne)

About the conference

The Future State of Ireland is an interdisciplinary conference examining cultural responses to the economic crash. The conference will provide an opportunity for leading thinkers and practitioners across different disciplines to come together to discuss artists' and citizens' reactions and resilience in times of crisis and austerity.

At the end of 2010 Ireland became the second European Union (EU) country following Greece to receive a bailout loan from the EU/International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the Irish State reached a point of sovereign insolvency coinciding with the global financial crisis. Once the poster child of globalisation, Ireland is now the poster child of austerity, implementing a program of economic restraint including tax rises and public service funding cuts that curtails the recently found financial freedom in Irish society. In a crisis that is still unfolding, allegations of widespread corruption and cronyism in political and business life and a lack of civil morality in Irish society have emerged.

The Future State of Ireland seeks to examine the repercussions of the crash for an island on the periphery of Europe from a literary and an artistic perspective. Examining cultural responses both pre and post economic meltdown, the conference will explore the possibilities of a new post-crisis Ireland: from the highly visible to the barely perceptible consequences of the crash and austerity, sources and limits of citizen resilience in crisis, the perceived value of cultural responses and active/passive citizenships.

A programme of visual and live art focused on crisis, resilience and endurance will intersect the conference schedule. Featured artists/events include Kennedy Browne and Troubling Ireland.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

■ What role can contemporary Irish culture play in questioning and guiding modes of governing and forms of civil responsibility?

■ Can a new space for dissent, critique, and activism open up in Irish life?

■ Are accusations of citizen quiescence justified?

■ Do Irish citizens demonstrate resilience in crisis? Are there limits to citizen resilience?

■ What are the gender impacts of imposed austerity programmes?

■ Does Ireland have a new colonial master in the EU/IMF? Will new post-colonial complexes arise?

■ Is the migratory propensity of Irish citizens an act of resilience or an act of counter-colonisation?

■ What role can philosophy and critical theory play in coming to terms with crisis, building resilience and establishing a post-crisis state?

■ How has contemporary Irish writing responded to the crisis and what can it teach us about the resilience of Irish citizens?

■ Do small European countries like Ireland fare equally against larger EU players? Is there more than simple acronym in the PIGS/ PIIGS label?

■ Is Irish civil society really tolerant of political corruption and cronyism and will it change?

■ Could Ireland's class system, built largely upon access to university and professional career paths, affect and be affected by the post crisis state?

■ Has the traditional inclination towards land and property ownership been permanently disrupted by the property crash?

■ Is it enough for Ireland to change within the bounds of the existing socio-economic system or does it require a paradigmatic shift?

■ How could we visualise Ireland's natural and architectural landscape in 2050?

■ In what ways has the relationship between North and South been reconfigured by the crisis?

■ What is the likely shape of Ireland's future economic model?

Please submit proposals by 1 September 2012 to register@thefuturestate.org.uk to include:

■ Name of author and institution (we welcome proposals from independent researchers)
■ Title of the paper
■ A 300 word abstract
■ Details of audio visual requirements
■ Indication of any enhanced access support needs
■ Proposals will be considered for inclusion in a follow up publication. If the proposal is not available for publication please indicate at the time of submission.

Organizing Committee:

Dr Derval Tubridy (d.tubridy@gold.ac.uk)

Stephanie Feeney (stephanie@thefuturestate.org.uk)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 47180International Journal of Welsh Writing in EnglishAlyce von Rothkirch / Swansea Universityijwwe.editor@gmail.com1342884936cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Alyce von Rothkirch / Swansea Universitycontact email: ijwwe.editor@gmail.com

The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English invites submissions for its first issue, which is going to be published in September 2013 by University of Wales Press.

The remit of the journal is to publish new research within the field of Welsh writing in English. We explicitly encourage comparative approaches, drawing not only on cognate disciplines (such as cultural studies, history, drama/performance, creative writing, film/media studies) but also making entirely new connections with disciplines such as medicine (medical humanities), computer science (digital humanities), (applied) mathematics (statistical methodologies within the humanities), and environmental science (environment, culture, place). The journal seeks to promote work which brings English-language material into the richest of dialogues with Welsh-language literary culture. It also seeks to make connections between Welsh writing in English and applied/non-academic areas of literary life, such as the creative industries, heritage, publishing and policy-making.

For the first issue, we particularly encourage submissions which deal with Welsh writing in English within a context of world literature. Methodologically groundbreaking submissions are very welcome.

The deadline for submission of essays is 1 September 2012. Please send your submissions and/or queries to Dr Alyce von Rothkirch at ijwwe.editor@gmail.com.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 47181Piety, Ritual, and Heresy; The Varieties of Medieval Religious ExperienceIllinois Medieval Association christiansonk@newberry.org1342968643medievalfull name / name of organization: Illinois Medieval Association contact email: christiansonk@newberry.org

Illinois Medieval Association Annual Meeting

Piety, Ritual, and Heresy; The Varieties of Medieval Religious Experience
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Saturday, February 16, 2013
12 - 5 Friday; 9 - 5 Saturday

The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Call for Papers deadline: October 15, 2012.

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, co-sponsored by Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, will take place at the Newberry in Chicago.

We invite papers from across the disciplines; we will give preference to submissions related to the conference theme, but abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome.

We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as whole sessions. Three-paper sessions will be scheduled for 90 minutes, with 20 minutes for each paper plus time for discussion. Proposals should include a short abstract of the proposed paper (not more than one page), or an abstract for each paper in a proposed session, as well as contact information for the individual submitting the proposal.

Submit proposals electronically to Karen Christianson at christiansonk@newberry.org.

cfp categories: medieval 47182The Seventies, Now -- Abstracts September 30; manuscripts November 15; journal issue, December 2012Enthymema http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/indexcristina.iuli@lett.unipmn.it; stsini@tin.it 1342999229african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Enthymema http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/indexcontact email: cristina.iuli@lett.unipmn.it; stsini@tin.it

In Western post-WW2 history, the Seventies marked a watershed between cultures and societies still defined by a large degree of consensus and societies marked by a high degree of conflict, crossed by political, social, demographic, economic, aesthetic and literary transformations, and characterized by ideological polarizations. From the vantage point of intellectual history, the Seventies registered a relentless questioning of modes of knowing and theoretical foundations, and generated a thorough revision of critical thinking, as the (mainly) French and German traditions of philosophical modernity (phenomenology to existentialism, linguistics to anthropology, Nietzsche to Heidegger to Wittgenstein, Husserl to Bergson to Sartre to Deleuze and Guattari, Freud to Lacan, Hegel to Kojéve to Lacan, DeSaussure to Foucault) and their legacies were reinvested on the analysis of power and agency in the modern, capitalist world system triggered, on the one hand, by the new social movements -- especially in the U.S., France, and Italy -- and, on the other, by the decolonization process. The outcome was a massive wave of critical and creative energies sustained by a generalized transformative impulse that invested every aspect of human experience and every critical category used to describe it. Subjectivity, objectivity, power, responsibility, class, freedom, right, race, gender, sexuality, mind, human being, participation, politics, art, object, form, expression, performance, process, product: these are just a few of the terms altered by the conceptual revolution of the Seventies.
The overall questioning of the relation between power and knowledge, and of the cultural and aesthetic forms and formations by means of which power becomes productive and reproductive, occurred simultaneously with the consolidation of the cybernetic paradigm, itself generative of a high degree of semantic and lexical overlapping and conflation around cross-disciplinary concepts, such as: code, information, feedback, circuit, and system. This conceptual convergence enabled the temporary interpenetration and/or recombination of distinct disciplinary knowledges and discursive domains, and allowed for the metaphoric association of literature, art, and cybernetics and for a redefinition of the artwork from a closed, self-contained object to an open, performative, processual system, connecting artist, artwork and audience in a communicational circuit. This shift re-opened from different angles the interminable question of social, aesthetic and political signification, and generated new artistic and expressive experiments and new accounts of how literature, the media, and artistic and political practices enter into subject formation and social action.

What is left, today, of the wave of intense theoretical, formal, aesthetic and social experimentation that defined the Seventies? How can we assess its productivity in the arts, in public communication, in the transformations of lifestyles and in social and political mutation? How can we readdress, today, the impulses, needs and demands behind the political radicalization of those years? What is left, in our post-ideological age, of our understandings of ideology and its social operations? The cultural production of the Seventies urges us to reconsider with renewed vigor the problem of the relation between art and ideology, forcing us to think anew the nexus between aesthetic forms, conditions and possibilities of knowledge, and modes of production.

To address the above questions and more, we invite proposals for the monographic section of the issue of December 2012 of Enthymema, http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/index
Themes consistent with this CFP may be, for instance (but not exclusively):

  • Ideology and artistic production (or, crisis of ideology and artistic production);
  • The Avant-Garde; the Neo-Avant-Garde; transformation, assimilation, and mutation of aesthetic and social forms;
  • Linguistics, semiotics, their productivity, their revolutionary theories of meaning;
  • Death of the author; return of the author; cybernetic machines;
  • The personal and the political;
  • Aesthetics, lifestyles, political practices in Seventies cultures;
  • Kinds of radicalism, utopia, mutation;
  • Testimonies;
  • Narrative productions: representing the Seventies;
  • The memory of the 1970s.

    Themes may refer to any literary, theoretical and artistic tradition (from literature to design, from music to architecture) and be written in any of the original languages published on Enthymema. Manuscripts may not exceed 25 pages or 8.000 words, footnotes included and must be prepared according to the MLA style format (7th edition, 2011). Abstracts deadline is September 30, 2012; completed manuscripts deadline is November 15, 2012.

    Please send abstracts to:
    Cristina Iuli (Guest Editor) cristina.iuli@lett.unipmn.it
    Stefania Sini stsini@tin.it


    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond