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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

International Conference

29-30 November – 1 December 2013

Organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

In association with
Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini's Complete Works
Ad Parnassum Journal

The conference aims to study the genre of the string quartet from its origins to its culmination in the middle of the nineteenth century. The aim is to examine the connection between structural and stylistic facets of the genre and the social and cultural contexts that facilitated its cultivation. Through the study of the historical development of the genre, the conference aims to illustrate the quartet's progression from the aristocratic salon to the concert hall, in the context of changing social conditions on the cusp of the nineteenth century, involving and influencing composers, performers, listeners, publishing markets and concert societies. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

· The Birth of the String Quartet

· The Viennese 'Classical' String Quartet

· From the quatuor concertant to the quatuor brillant: The String Quartet in France

· Boccherini: A Composer sui generis

· Production and Reception in European Countries and Overseas

· Aristocratic Music Rooms; Middle-Class Domestic Salon; Public Concert Halls

· Professional Quartets and Chamber Music Societies

· The String Quartet and the Music Publishing Trade

Programme committee:
· Etienne Jardin, Paris/Venice; Roberto Illiano, Lucca; Fulvia Morabito, Lucca; Massimiliano Sala, Lucca; Christian Speck, Koblenz

Keynote Speakers:

· CHRISTIAN SPECK (Universität Koblenz-Landau / President of the Boccherini's Italian Edition, Lucca)
· CLIFF EISEN (King's College, London)

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume. Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Tuesday 30 April 2013*** to
With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the 15th of May 2013, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of May 2013.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala, Via Pelleria, 25, I-55100 Lucca (Lu)

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48756Call for Papers: Performance in/and the Street 26 April 2013A Graduate Symposium at York Universitystreet.performance.york@gmail.com1352591611general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarytheatrefull name / name of organization: A Graduate Symposium at York Universitycontact email:

In recent years, with the popularity of such global movements as Occupy and SlutWalk, the issue of public protest and performance has been at the forefront of debates about how we engage with and in public spaces. This symposium will take up the issue of street performance/performing the streets in light of these recent phenomena. Jan Cohen-Cruz defines street performances as ones which "take place in public by-ways with minimal constraints of access." With this definition of open access in mind, we hope to problematize issues surrounding the relationship between public and private space via examples of both activist and commercial street performances and other public acts of social engagement on the streets.

This symposium is guided by a number of questions, including: How is the digital expanding our understanding of street and public performance? How has/does street performance relate to political, social and environmental change? In what ways are public and private spaces contested via street performance? How can/have street performances both reinscribe(d) and challenge(d) nationalistic sentiments? How does street performance take up the issue of globalisation? What tactics and practices are common to street performances? How have tactics been updated and altered through continued street performance interventions? How does street performance engage both public and private spaces? How does public and/or corporate funding (or lack thereof) influence street performance? We invite proposals that take up any aspect of performance and/in the street. Proposals may consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:

- site-specific/site-generic performance
- corporately-sponsored public art events
- food and street festivals
- street performance's relation to questions of gender, race and class
- historical examples of street performance
- public protest
- street art
- environmental theatre
- flash mobs, lip dubs etc.
- parkour
- public memorials

We invite papers, curated panels, workshops and performances (including durational pieces and installations) that address street performance in both a Canadian and international context. For
performance proposals, please include a description of the piece and any technical/space requirements. Please also include what type of environment you envision your performance in as we may program some presentations off-campus.

Please send proposals of 250-words or less by December 15, 2012 to: Please include your full name, email address, affiliation and any A/V requests along with a short (100 word) bio.

For more information, visit

cfp categories: general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarytheatre 48757Supernatural Literature: an open panelPopular Culture Association National Meeting, Washington, DC, 1352607432americaneighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association National Meeting, Washington, DC, 3-28-4-1contact email:

I have permission to set up a session on Supernatural Literature at the 2013 Popluar Culture Association meeting in Washington, DC 3/28 to 4/01. All submissions should be sent to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area chair on the PCA home page, citing the words "supernatural literature." This is an open panel on any aspect of the topic: apparitions, werewolves, vampires, ghosts--but do keep this as "literary" as possible. American and European ideas are particularly welcome as we look back to the dark ages and move into Stephen King. Any inquiries may be sent to me, but abstracts should go to the PCA area chair mentioned above.

cfp categories: americaneighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culture 48758DALIT AESTHETICS: ALTERNATIVE LITERARY STRATEGIESCreative Forumkpku61@gmail.com1352633560cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfull name / name of organization: Creative Forumcontact email:


CREATIVE FORUM – Journal of Literary & Critical Writings
(Vol. 26, No. 1, Jan-Jun 2013)

Special Number on

Dalit writing in its formative years has been largely about articulating protest, self-respect, angst, identity, dignity, critiquing religion, politics, patriarchy, dalit patriarchy and the demand for space for dalits in social, cultural, and political spheres. However writers attacking traditional icons and symbols were not equally vocal as to what to replace them with. Dr Ambedkar publicly burned the Manusmriti in 1927; this needed an alternative icon, and Buddhism that he embraced in 1956 provided an alternative to dalits. With the maturing of dalit writing in the last two decades, there have been attempts at drawing from alternative literary, cultural and religious sources. By doing so, contemporary dalit writers are now markedly deviating from the established norms, styles and techniques of mainstream writing. Fiction, imagination and romanticization in prose writings are replaced by documentary kind of narratives, blurring the distinction between realism and fiction. Stylized syntax, pretentious diction and standardized styles have now made room for dialect and sociolect, which have earned respectability thanks to dalit writing. Folk theatre forms are now resources for prose narratives. Hindu icons, imagery and value systems are now being replaced by dalit deities, rural imagery and upturned value system. The notion of beauty and truth for example, has undergone a drastic change now, privileging the individual and his/her felt experiences rather than an abstract notion of imaginary beauty and archetypal experiences.
There is however criticism that dalit writing has run out of fuel and is repeating itself. This could be perhaps due to dalit writers' lack of creation/recreation of dalit icons. Dalit legends like Jambupurnam and the caste puranas of sudras are not being deployed in opposition to the Astadasta (eight) Puranas of Hinduism. Both dalits and sudras are yet to grow to accept each other's cultural history and tradition. Besides, the dependent dalit castes with rich cultural resources have the capacity to be able to further enrich dalit writing. Several studies in the last decade have been devoted to the thematic concerns of dalit writing, and the proposed special issue of Creative Forum concerns itself with alternative techniques, styles and strategies that dalit writers employ or need to employ in their writings.
We welcome book reviews and original research papers with innovative interpretation of dalit writing in different languages on the main theme and some following sub-themes:

• Sources of alternative narrative strategies
• Religious alternatives: drawing from dalit deities, rituals and myths
• Dalit aesthetics replacing Sanskrit aesthetics
• 'Speakerly Text': writing as one speaks/converses
• Dialect and dalit sociolect replacing standard varieties of language
• Concept of dalit aesthetics in opposition to mainstream aesthetics
• Sustainability of dalit alternative literary strategies
• Dalit aesthetics vis-a-vis post-colonial/post-modern/post-structural theories
• Failure of the Indian Left in acknowledging dalit aesthetics
• Limitations of dalit writing in creating/recreating cultural history and tradition
• Dalit-sudra interface of puranas/cultural history
• Narrative/theatre arts of dalit dependent castes
• Dalit women's interrogation of casteist feminism
• Reverse influence: dalit writing modifying mainstream writing
• Translations as validating/mainstreaming/canonizing/academicising alternative literary strategies in dalit writing
• Alternative literary strategies and implications for literary pedagogy

Papers pertaining to the areas mentioned above should be submitted electronically in MS-Word 2000-2003 format to the Guest Editor / Editors at their e-mail addresses given below not later than 31st January. The length of the papers should not exceed 5000 words and book reviews should not exceed 1200 words.

All papers submitted to CF should be original, neither having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time of submission.

Manuscripts should be in conformity with the CF format, which is available on our website or according to the APA 6th edition manuscript format as specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Guest Editor
Prof. K. Purushotham
Chairman, Board of Studies in English
Department of English
Kakatiya University, Warangal (AP)

Harpreet Kaur Bahri
Deepinder Singh Bahri
1749A/5, Govindpuri Extension
Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches 48759CFP: Reviewers needed - deadline extended!Sorina Georgescu - Hyperion University, Bucharest, Romaniaeu_sorina@yahoo.ie1352646897african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetryprofessional_topicstwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Sorina Georgescu - Hyperion University, Bucharest, Romaniacontact email:

Dear Colleagues,

The recently founded Journal, Hypercultura, of the Hyperion University, Bucharest, Romania, now at his second number, is looking for reviewers for articles that have been submitted in the areas of LITERATURE (ROMANIAN , BRITISH, FRENCH and AMERICAN- including articles written ANY OF SUCH LANGUAGES), CULTURAL STUDIES (including articles written ANY OF SUCH LANGUAGES AS MENTIONED ABOVE), LINGUISTICS and DIDACTICS (TEACHING). If you are willing to act as reviewers, please send your CV at the following email address, so that we can know your areas of expertise and be able to build a database for this and the future numbers of our biannual Journal. Please submit your CV until NOVEMBER 18, 2012. Email address:
Thank you all,
Thank you for forwarding this message!

Sorina Georgescu - editorial-assistant

About our Journal:

Sandra-Lucia Istrate – editor-in-chief
Sorina Georgescu – editorial-assistant
Doina Simion – editor – English language
Olga Balanescu – editor – English language
Claudia Draganescu – editor – French language
Carmen Dominte – editor – Spanish language
Otilia Sirbu – editor – Romanian language
Cosmin Perta – editor – Romanian language
Andrea Sion – sub-editor

Advisory Board

Ph.D. Grigore BRANCUS (Romanian Academy);
Ph.D. Nicolae BREBAN (Romanian Academy)
Ph.D Augustin BUZURA (Romanian Academy)
Ph.D. Dumitru RADU POPESCU (Romanian Academy)
Ph.D. Alexandru ZUB (Romanian Academy)
Ph.D Nicolae ILIESCU (Romanian Academy)
Ph.D. Gheorghe CHIVU (University of Bucharest)
Ph.D. Magda JIANU (Hyperion University)
Ph.D Doina RUSTI (Hyperion University)
Ph.D Dorina DONEA (Hyperion University)
Ph.D Felix NICOLAU (Hyperion University)

Ph.D. Christopher BIGSBY (University of East Anglia)
Ph.D. Francois BRUNET (Universite Paris Diderot)
Ph.D. Carmen FLYS-JUNQUERA (Universidad de Alcala)
Ph.D Maureen DALY GOGGIN (Arizona State University)
Ph.D. Carolyn KRAUS (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Ph.D. Rob KROES (University of Amsterdam)
Ph.D. Ileana ORLICH (Arizona State University)
Ph.D. Dominique SIPIERE (Universite Paris-Ouest Defense)
Ph. D. Asuncion LOPEZ-VARELA AZCARATE (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetryprofessional_topicstwentieth_century_and_beyond 48760Call for Essays, Studies in the Humanities, special issue on Globalism from Below (deadline extended to Dec 30th, 2012)Studies in the Humanities reena.dube@iup.edu1352649495americanethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Studies in the Humanities contact email:

Call for Papers *Deadline Extended*

A Call-for Papers for a double issue of Studies in The Humanities on the subject of globalism from below, with an original deadline of September 30th, 2012 and scheduled to be out in December, 2012, has been extended. Articles and essays are invited by December 30th, 2012, on an examination of globalizing flows and circulations at the periphery/margins as well as the center, especially as they relate to resistance to neo-liberal globalization as neo-colonialism. The objective is to illuminate neoliberal corporate globalism as only one destructive model of globalization; not only are there other alternative sustainable paradigms of economic globalization but these other globalization movements are aligned to global peace and social justice movements. These alternative globalization movements from below are vibrant indigenous cultural global resistance movements like the Arab Spring and Occupy movements and include the active reception and engagement with, and resistance to neocolonial neoliberal corporate globalization. In late capitalism the ninety nine percenters are not only consuming and distributed publics, they are producing publics who re-produce and re-make the media and culture.

Essays are welcome that address any aspect of the re-production and re-making of media, literary-cultural, and creative output : topics may include but are not limited to the creative translation, localizing and indigenizing potentialities in corporate globalism through the re-claimation of technologies of the past and the present to assist in mounting and arming the resistance to counteract the depredations of neoliberal globalization; the dialectical movement between the local and the international or global (expressed in the clichéd phrase "glocalism") and the hybrid or mestiza, mixing the past (the premodern) and the modern, into the postmodern; the status of postcolonial theory in Globalization Studies and the recontextulization of globalization studies within postcolonial theory; the destructive developmental legacy of colonialism with a fresh elucidation of the complicity of the nation state in the neocolonization of its own resources and peoples in neoliberal economic globalism; the subversion of binaries like the city and the countryside, the center and the periphery, low/popular and high/elite culture, the post-industrial information societies and developing societies, the eternally new in postmodernism and the postmodern in the pre-modern or the new in the old, and vice versa. The reversal also puts the media-tion of the counter-publics or multitudes or ninety-nine percent in the forefront of the agenda for globalization studies in general and cultural studies in particular.

The journal website is still in development so an electronic copy of the manuscript, double-spaced, in 12-pt. Times New Roman font using Chicago style of documentation should be submitted to or Please do not include your name anywhere on your manuscript. Place it on an accompanying letter or separate page. Also please do not use embedded endnotes or footnotes. Footnotes should be at the end of the essay with no division between them and the text or the Works Cited list that should follow it. Email inquires regarding possible essay topics may be sent to or snail mailed to Reena Dube, Editor, Studies in the Humanities, Department of English; 110 Leonard Hall; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana, PA 15705.

cfp categories: americanethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 48762CFP: "Shaw at Home" - G. B. Shaw Conference in UK, June 17-22, 2013. Deadline Feb.15, 2013.Richard Dietrich / International Shaw Societydietrich@usf.edu1352659433cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespostcolonialtheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Richard Dietrich / International Shaw Societycontact email:

"Shaw at Home," a conference of international scholars, which will take place mostly in the village of Ayot St. Lawrence north of London, reminds us that "Shaw's Corner" in Ayot was the Shaws' home longer, 44 years, than any other residence. "Shaw's Corner" is now maintained partly as a museum and as the stage for annual productions of Shaw's plays on the back lawn. The Shaws also had several residences in London, of course, and the conference will spend a day in London touring Shavian sites there, starting at the London School of Economics. The Keynote Address will be by Sir Michael Holroyd. Paper topics are open, but of course papers that relate Shaw's work and life to his residences would be especially welcome, as would papers on the two Shaw plays that will be provided by Michael Friend Productions: Buoyant Billions and Geneva. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts and travel grant applications is February 15, 2013 (please send by attachment to an email to Professor Michael O'Hara at For all the details on registration, accommodations, transportation, the schedule, featured speakers, etc., please go to, then to, then to's-Corner-Theater.htm. Travel Grants Available: see

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespostcolonialtheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48763Global Defoe: His Times and His Contemporaries - abstracts due 15 Feb 2013 (Conference Dates are August 9-10, 2013 ) Defoe Societyalkersr@whitman.edu1352671861eighteenth_centurypostcolonialtravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Defoe Societycontact email:

The following list is a list of proposed panels. Paper proposals will also be considered which are centered on Defoe and his contemporaries but do not fit with the panel topics.

Please send all abstracts for all panels to Sharon Alker at Abstracts are due by February 15th, 2013.

1) Defoe's Afterlives
Panel Chair: Nicholas Seager,
In recent years, scholarly attention has turned to the "literary afterlives" of certain major authors, whose works, personality, or reputation has exerted an influence on later cultural production in the form of fictionalizations of their life, adaptations of their works, and other popular responses, from blogs to literary forgeries, that have ensured that writers like Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens have in a certain sense never died. This panel invites considerations of the afterlives and appropriations of Defoe and his works, particularly beyond the eighteenth century. Prospective panelists may choose to address the following, though it is by no means a prescriptive list:
• rewritings and reworkings of his major literary texts, from abridgment to illustration, and from children's to missionaries' versions
• adaptations thereof for film, television, the stage, graphic novels, and so on
• the endurance of Defoe or his creations in the popular consciousness, from the naming of islands and bars to political cartoons and reality television
• fictionalizations of Defoe, from Charles Gildon's contemporaneous depiction of the author being tossed in a blanket by Crusoe and Friday through to Stefan Heym's "The Queen Against Defoe" and J. M. Coetzee's Foe
Proposals that address Defoe's global afterlives, tracing his cross-cultural reception and appropriation, are very welcome.

2) Crime in the Age of Defoe
Panel Chair: Christopher Flynn
Daniel Defoe was well acquainted with criminals and crime, as were other others in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Defoe wrote biographies of famous criminals, spent time in Newgate and the pillory, and riddled his novels with criminal actions and actors. This panel will focus on crime, criminals, prisons, courts, punishment, and related issues in the period.

3) Defoe's Energy
Panel Chair: Christopher Loar
Patricia Yaeger has recently asked how the study of literature and culture might change if critics were to situate authors and texts not in literary periods but in cultures of energy--for example, twenty-first century "petroculture," so dependent on massive expenditures of energy derived from oil. Defoe's texts take us through a variety of temporalities, from African savagery to ultramodern London; what forms of energy drive these varied cultures? How does the production and expenditure of energy manifest itself in Defoe's texts and those of his contemporaries? What makes things happen? Might a study of the energy behind texts give us access to wider questions about the relationship between material and literary cultures? Possible paper topics might include human and animal labor; wind power and shipping; coal; wood and deforestation; windmills; rivers; or questions about periodization and material culture more generally.

4) Public Intellectualism and the Eighteenth Century
Sponsored by Digital Defoe
Panel Chair: Katherine Ellison
The editors of Digital Defoe would like to sponsor a panel on the topic of "Public Intellectualism and the Eighteenth Century," which would complement the journal's special anniversary issue to be published in October of 2013. Panel participants will be invited to submit their work for publication in the special issue. The panel invites considerations, as formal papers/presentations or as more informal but analytical personal narratives, about how the interdisciplinary fields of eighteenth-century studies, broadly researched and taught, have and could be shared across a diverse range of audiences, inside and outside the classroom and beyond academic publications.

Topics may include, but need not be limited to: the history and concept of public intellectualism defined, the figure of the public intellectual in eighteenth-century texts or events; popular understanding of the eighteenth century; analyses of the public, the public sphere, crowds, swarms, mobs, etc.; publishing and publication; cultural attitudes toward intellectualism, historical and current, and their influences on eighteenth-century studies; blogs, wikis, Facebook pages, digital projects, television, film, video games, and other social media that communicate eighteenth-century studies to larger audiences; the role of the teacher as public intellectual; the classroom as intellectual public space; the impact of public intellectualism on particular fields relevant to eighteenth-century studies, such as disability studies; children's and adolescent literature as sites for public intellectualism; etc.

5) The Island Motif in Defoe and His Contemporaries
Panel Chair: Leah Orr
Crusoe's island has long captured popular attention, and has come to stand for much more than a simple geographic location. How does this mythic symbol fit with other representations of islands in the early eighteenth century? Other authors, including Longueville, Swift, Aubin, and Haywood, also use islands in their fiction. This panel invites proposals for papers on all aspects of "islands" in the literature or culture of the early eighteenth century. Possible topics might look at islands in other castaway narratives, pirate narratives, travel writing, satire, or allegory, or at "islands" as a cultural myth or symbol. Papers comparing Defoe's islands to other representations in the eighteenth century are welcome, as are papers focusing on a single author or work.

6) Graduate Student Panel: New Directions in Defoe Studies
Panel Chair: TBA
This panel invites paper proposals from graduate students working on Defoe and related topics, including the rise of the novel, early eighteenth-century journalism, nonfictional prose, authorship studies, or political writing and poetry. Abstracts will be circulated among participants in advance to foster discussion, and a senior scholar will act as a respondent.

7) Defoe on the Globe: Is there any nature in the eighteenth century?
Panel Chair: Lora Geriguis
From "The Storm" that gave him his start as a journalist, to the animals that roam the landscapes of his novels at the twilight of his career, Defoe's works engage the global environment in a wide variety of ways. Environmentally conversant readings of works by Defoe and his contemporaries are solicited for this panel. Ecocritical readings of individual works, or papers that investigate the particular challenges attendant upon those who engage ecocriticism in their study of the eighteenth century, are equally welcome. The question posed in the panel title was raised during the second meeting of the Defoe Society in 2011. This panel seeks papers that will help further that conversation.

8) Piratical Contemporaries
Panel Chair: Manushag Powell
This panel seeks papers that address Defoe's own pirates (such as "Captain Avery," "Your Old Friend Captain Bob," or the Madagascar lot), as well as the treatment of pirates by contemporary authors including Charles Johnson, Alexander Smith, Penelope Aubin, and so forth. Questions under consideration might include: what motivates the translation of historical pirates into literary representations? What changes (or traditions) are required by such transpositions? How do pirates interact with the demands of genre? How do authors interact with the realities of pirates and piracy? Of what use are narrative pirates? Both historical and literary / cultural perspectives are welcome. Please send questions or abstracts of 200-250 words.

9) Defoe's Self-Reflexive Prose
Panel Chair: Rivka Swenson
Characterized by some as a careless hack and by others as an author of masterpieces, Defoe was in fact a skilled writer who spend considerable time thinking about and developing his craft--and, in interesting moments here and there, writing about it. This panel seeks papers that showcase Defoe in any of his meta-narrative or meta-fictional (in the case of his fiction) modes. For instance, in his History of the Union, he discusses at length the hard work of fashioning a narrative "thread"; his explanation illuminates many of the aesthetic and political choices he made in the History 's organization, its imagery, its elisions and conflations, its rhetoric. Are there similar moments in The Compleat Tradesman? Or Colonel Jack? Many of his fictional and nonfictional prose writings contain such enlightening, writerly moments of self-awareness. Calling attention to the artificiality of narrative, these moments are important clefs for Defoe's formalist aims in a given work.

10) Fables, local and global, 1660-1740
Panel Chair: Stephen Gregg,
The fable was a highly visible genre in the literary culture of late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century England: as the title to Dryden's own collections of translations indicated – Fables, Ancient and Modern – the diversity allowed within the term was generous. Moreover, European fables were extended and enriched by those from the Middle-East, India and China. And, of course, as analyses driven by animal studies and ecocritical concerns have recently emphasised, the animal fable was one of the most significant modes of this genre and which figured in both European and Oriental tales. The fable, then, is fascinating for its multiformity; a dynamism that powered the sheer variety of the purposes for which its was shaped in England, including debates about philosophy, gender, politics, cultural difference, empire, literary aesthetics and taste, the human / animal divide, and even economics. Finally, it is curiously pivotal as a mode through which the movement between local and global can be tracked, in terms of geographical source and destination, but also in terms of intent and transformation, or local meaning and global effects. This panel will consider any aspect of fables and fabling by Defoe or his contemporaries.

11) Defoe and Sermonic Literature
Panel Chair: Laura Stevens
This panel seeks to place Defoe's writings into dialogue with contemporaneous sermons, examining overlaps in their subject matter, their rhetoric, and their generic features. Papers are welcome that consider how exactly his work was influenced by sermons, and how he sought to intervene in homiletic discourse as well as ecclesiastical debate. Potential topics might include sermonic interludes in Defoe's novels; Defoe's approach to collation, exhortation, scriptural quotation and other typical features of sermons; the influence of individual preachers or preaching traditions; Defoe's response to theological controversies ranging from the Sacheverell riots to deism.

12) Defoe and Female Novelists, and our History of Novels: A Roundtable Discussion
Roundtable Chair: Laura Stevens
The past three decades have seen an explosion of interest in, and knowledge of, female authors of eighteenth-century prose fiction. With this change has come a dramatic alteration in the traditional "rise of the novel" narrative that is so central to our understanding of eighteenth-century British literature. This panel is proposed as an opportunity to step back and assess the current state of scholarship on eighteenth-century novels, focusing in particular on how the rise of scholarship on female authors has altered our understanding of canonical male figures such as Defoe. Questions to be discussed include: What is the place of Defoe within a feminist canon? How has attention to figures such as Manley and Haywood also brought him greater attention, and how has this significant restructuring of the scholarly enterprise simply altered the questions we ask of him and his writings? How has feminist scholarship served to enhance, alter, or critique the "great author" model of literary criticism?

13) The Social Networks of Daniel Defoe
Panel Chair: Victoria Warren
While interrogating 21st-century definitions of "social networks," this panel will examine the term vis-à-vis the long 18th century, and each paper will offer a substantiated perspective on the theme of Defoe and his contemporaries. The panel's parameters are flexible, focusing on Defoe's lifetime, England and/or (his) additional social "connections" in the British Isles, or in the colonies (or beyond). Which people (as individuals or in groups) can be seen as part of his "social network," and in what way? How do we invoke the term for Defoe's time? Do our digital forms of communication invite parallels with 18th-century forms of social networks? Panelists' foci will determine this exploration of England 1660-1731 when something we could call "social networking" was pivotal (e.g., a burgeoning of coffee-houses, various clubs/organizations, and print-culture—and Defoe).

14) The Scottish Question: Defoe and his Contemporaries on Scotland
Panel Chairs: Sharon Alker and Holly Nelson
As we approach a Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 and begin to consider how an independent Scotland might thrive internationally (and Defoe turns in his grave), it is an apt time to consider whether there is material in the writing of Defoe that might complicate the overt and explicit support Defoe the agent crafted in support of the Union. When we consider his writing as a whole, rather than just the Scottish writings, or when we consider his work alongside that of his contemporaries, can we locate material that might engage with cross-border relations more broadly or trans-national relations in such a way that reformulates our perspective of Defoe's Scotland? Papers are welcome on Defoe and other authors in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries who are grappling with cross-border relations.

15) Recent research in Global Defoe
Panel Chair: TBA
If you have an innovative new idea about Defoe Studies that doesn't fit any of the above panels, this might be the panel for you. This panel is open to a variety of different topics and approaches to Global Defoe.

cfp categories: eighteenth_centurypostcolonialtravel_writing 48764ACLA, 4-7 April 2013, Toronto "Packing and Unpacking: On Portable Belongings and Identities "(DEADLINE: NOV. 15 2012) American Comparative Literature Associationnefise.kahraman@mail.utoronto.ca1352672630african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email:

Packing, both literally and figuratively, marks the first ritual of any journey; to unpack, likewise, marks the last ritual of arrival. No matter why we set out, whether in search of adventure, of ourselves, or of a cure, we always carry something along with us. In fact, it will be these things which will, in great measure, define the journey. How do we "pack" our belongings and our identities? How do these transform the spaces we encounter along the way? How are these transformed by the spaces in which they are situated? What do we take with us to give us comfort when we leave our comfort zones?
On the other hand, we unpack so as to provide a measure of order. We unpack, and through unpacking we give order to our surroundings; in return, our surroundings provide an order to our objects and to ourselves. We give everything its "proper" place. We negotiate between that which we brought with us and that which we encounter upon arrival.
This seminar explores the dynamics of packing and unpacking as a fundamental ritual of travel which involves encounter, negotiation, and transformation of politically and socially charged objects, identities and spaces.

Suggested Topics:
What is portable about our homes and ourselves?
Packing and unpacking illness. Illness as identity.
Identity of Space. Ascription of illness or health to a certain space.
Unpacking as a practice of space construction.
Tracing the transformation of things and identities across time and space.
Origin/original vs derivative/derivation.

SEMINAR KEYWORDS: Packing/Unpacking; Identity; Body; Portable; Space; Place; Belonging(s); Home; Journey; Order; Departure; Arrival; Illness/Curative Space.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48765HISPANIC CELEBRITIES: A COLLECTION OF INTERVIEWSDr. Gerardo T. Cummingsmexicanhorrorfilms@gmail.com1352675616film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Dr. Gerardo T. Cummingscontact email:

A bilingual book tentatively titled HISPANIC CELEBRITIES: A COLLECTION OF INTERVIEWS/CELEBRIDADES HISPANAS: UNA COLECCIÓN DE ENTREVISTAS needs collaborators to assist the editor in the process of transcribing and translating interviews. The celebrities range from writers, directors, producers, comedians, actors, etc.

There is no compensation, but all collaborators (transcribers, translators) will receive the following:

A) a copy of the book

B) gratitude in the "Acknowledgements" section of the book

C) credit immediately after the title of the interview (for example: "Antulio Jiménez Pons: Pilar de la televisión mexicana"
Translated by/Transcribed by...)

Please contact the editor at your earliest convenience.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essays 48766Update: Re-Positioning and Re-Constructing Muslim Women's Identity-ACLA-Toronto, Canada, April 4-7, 2012American Comparative Literature AssociationSobia.Khan@utdallas.edu1352676651americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email:

Re-Positioning and Re-Constructing Muslim Women's Identity
Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2012

Muslim women have been the subject of interrogation and questioning both in the Muslim world and in the non-Muslim world. A relentless questioning of their "role," "subjectivity," and "identity" has been fair game for both intellectual and popular debate. This debate has become more pronounced in the aftermath of 9/11, break-up of the Russian block, migration of Muslims (refugees and others) from their native countries, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and after the Arab Spring. The "face" of the Muslim woman stares back at the onlooker from the covers of magazines, from Orientalized and romanticized visions to that of women suppressed by patriarchy and illiteracy. This panel then aims to explore texts of the silenced, excluded, marginalized and celebrated Muslim women. It examines how each woman tells her story, constructs and reconstructs her identity, speaks beyond the confines of the "Other," and negotiates her identity in a globalized and imperial world.

This panel aims to explore questions of a Muslim Women's identity in all its facets. We invite papers that explore, define, reposition, reconstruct, complicate, explicate Muslim women's identity from a variety of scholarly perspectives including those that are based on an open definition of literature such as literary, historical, political, religious, popular media, and journalistic media literature among others. In short, this session welcomes papers on Muslim Womens' identity from multiple disciplines, geographical areas, and scholarly perspectives.

Deadline: Nov 15, 2012. Please submit your abstract and author bio at the ACLA website:

cfp categories: americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond