full name / name of organization: 
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

International Conference

11-13 July 2013

Organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca
Società dei Concerti, La Spezia

In association with
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

On the occasion of the twelfth anniversary of the Festival Paganiniano of Carro, the Società dei Concerti of La Spezia (Liguria, Italy) and the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca (, in association with Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice (, are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Recital e paesaggio urbano nell'Ottocento / Recital and Urban Setting in the Nineteenth Century», to be held in La Spezia, CAMeC, from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July 2013.

The conference aims to investigate the recital (defined as a concert given by both a single and a small group of performers) within the context of the transition from a rural society to an industrialized and urbanized one. The scientific committee encourages the submission of proposals that analyze the relationship between places, institutions, performers, recital repertory in Europe and beyond and their relation to the sociological, economical and technological dynamics associated with the period in question.

Two sessions will be devoted, respectively, to France as the nation that saw the initial flourishing of the recital, and Charles-Valentin Alkan, on the bicentenary of his birth. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

· The Roots of the Recital

· The Recital and the Growth of International Music Business

· The Recital and the Transformation of Urban Setting

· Capital Cities, Towns, Small Musical Centres and Institutions

· Concert Halls and Architectonical Conceptions

· The Recital and the Development of Technology

· The Recital and Masses

· The Recital and Press

· The Recital and Instruments Manufacturers, Publishers, Concert Agents

· The Recital in France

· Charles-Valentin Alkan

· Andrea Barizza, La Spezia; Richard Bösel, Rome; Etienne Jardin, Paris/Venice; Roberto Illiano, Lucca; Fulvia Morabito, Lucca; Massimiliano Sala, Lucca; Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald, Leominster, UK


· Richard Bösel (Istituto Storico Austriaco, Rome)

· Laure Schnapper (EHESS, Paris)

The official languages of the conference are English, French, 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 ***Saturday 15 March 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 1 April 2013, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the middle of April.

For any additional information, please contact:

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

48978Sherlock Holmes, Past and Present, 21 and 22 June 2013Senate House, AND ue_tom@hotmail.com1353978580african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Senate House, Londoncontact email: AND

This conference offers a serious opportunity to bring together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners and popular writers in a shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes. The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the twentieth- and the twenty-first centuries. The stories precipitated a burgeoning fan culture including various kinds of participation, wiki and crowd-sourcing, fan-fiction, virtual realities and role-play gaming. All of these had existed before but they were solidified, magnified and united by Sherlockians and Holmesians in entirely new ways and on scales never seen before. All popular culture phenomena that followed (from Lord of the Rings to Twilight via Star Trek) shared its viral pattern. This conference aims to unpick the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom as well as offering a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations. This conference invites adaptors of and scholars on Holmes, late-Victorian writing, and popular culture internationally to contribute to this scholarly conversation. Our aims are to celebrate Conan Doyle's achievement, to explore the reasons behind Holmes' enduring popularity across different cultures and geographical spaces, and to investigate new directions in Holmes' afterlife. This conference will precede Holmes' 160th birthday in 2014 and launch a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Cranfield and Tom Ue, and form part of the larger celebrations in London and internationally.

Senate House, London

21 and 22 June 2013

Possible Topics:
Holmes and Detective Fiction
Holmes and Science
Becoming Holmes
Holmes and Gender
Holmes' Costume
Holmes in Retirement
Holmes and His Boswell
Holmes and Steampunk
Holmes and Philosophy
Holmes and Moriarty
Holmes computer games
Holmes/Victoriana in the graphic novel (From Hell, Grandeville...)
Post-2000 film and television adaptation
Fan letters addressed to Holmes

Submit proposals of 350 words and biographies of 150 words by email to BOTH Jonathan at AND Tom at by 15 January 2013.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48979Border/lands: An Interdisciplinary Ecocritical ConferenceUniversity of Idaho, Department of English (Graduate Students)uigec2013@gmail.com1353981772african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Idaho, Department of English (Graduate Students)contact email:

The Graduate Students in the Department of English at the University of Idaho invite submissions for an interdisciplinary conference focusing on ecocritical issues relating to boundaries and the body. The conference will take place April 13th, 2013 and will feature a roundtable discussion with Dr. Scott Slovic, Dr. Erin James, and Dr. Anna Banks. The discussion will address the state of contemporary ecocriticism.

Responding to the recent "material turn" in ecocriticism and other fields, this conference will examine how boundaries are structured and how bodies are explained and interpreted from an ecocritical perspective. Contemporary environmental concerns make these timely issues to explore, but there is a deeper need for an intervention in this discussion in terms of how modern society thinks about space and environment. Integral boundaries have become practically invisible to the everyday functions of society, and simultaneously bodies have become identifiable based only on their position as hyper-consumers.

The conference welcomes interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary papers or panels, comparative analyses of literary and cultural texts, and innovative methodologies. We encourage submissions from a wide array of perspectives. Submissions may include, but are definitely not limited to, an exploration of the following:

•How might we think about the physical, ontological, and theoretical boundaries between humanity and nature? Between human and nonhuman animals?

•What are the points of collision/connection between modern environments and the narrative frameworks we use to classify those environments—narratives like the frontier, wilderness, the sublime, and the pastoral?

•What rhetorics function to create or disrupt boundaries in a particular text, culture, discipline, or community?

•How do fictions structure reality and therefore contest, challenge, or uphold various kinds of species, environmental, political, or ideological boundaries?

Please email your proposal, including a 300 word abstract (with title), contact information, and audiovisual needs, if any, to Johanna Heloise Abtahi or Megan Dodd, University of Idaho, by Friday, January 25th, 2013.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48981UPDATE: Adaptation (film, literature, new media)PCA/ACAdennis_cutchins@byu.edu1353983582americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatrefull name / name of organization: PCA/ACAcontact email:

Deadline Extended to Dec 7th.

As usual, papers on any and all aspects of adaptation will be considered. If you're interested in novel to film adaptations, short story to television adaptations, film to novel adaptations, stage play to radio adaptations, theme park attraction to film adaptations, video game to blog adaptations, or any other kind of adaptation you can think of then kindly submit them!

This year we are particularly interested in "cultural adaptations." But you may want to imagine "culture" as a fairly broad category. Bakhtin argues that any time an author includes a distinct voice in a work of art then aspects of culture cannot help but follow. When Sally Hays tells Holden Caulfield that "There'll be oodles of marvelous places to go," readers almost instantly know something about her as a person and as member of a particular class. In other words, her culture begins to show. How have adaptors dealt with these cultural aspects of particular works, particularly as those works have been adapted for different audiences, time periods, and countries?

As always, we consider "adaptation" a way of looking at texts more than a particular brand of texts. Thus we welcome papers on video game adaptations, new media adaptations, literature to literature adaptations, and radio adaptations along with film adaptations. Papers on any and all aspects of adaptation will be considered.


cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatre 48982William Tyndale's Life and Works 28 February 2013Susan M. Felchfelch@calvin.edu1353984267religionrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Susan M. Felchcontact email:

The William Tyndale Project, which is preparing critical editions of Tyndale's theological writings in English to be published by Catholic University of America Press, invites 300-word abstracts on any aspect of Tyndale's life and writings for sessions at the 2013 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in San Juan (24-27 October 2013) and the 2014 Renaissance Society of America conference in New York City (27-29 March 2014). Please send abstracts to Susan Felch ( and Mark Rankin ( by 28 February 2013 for SCSC and by 1 May 2013 for RSA.

cfp categories: religionrenaissance 48983CSA 2013: Deconstructing Paradise (Grand Anse, Grenada- June 3-7, 2013)Jennifer Donahuejldonahue@fsu.edu1353989286ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jennifer Donahuecontact email:

In Caribbean Transnationalism, Rubin Gowricharn finds that the Caribbean "has always had a romantic appeal to the imagination of the outsider…these notions are then attributed to the whole region." Using Gowricharn's assertion as a starting point, this panel aims to interrogate deconstructions of the "paradise myth." If, as Ian Stracharn asserts, "Under tourism, 'paradise' becomes more than a myth; it becomes a product, an item for sale," in what ways does contemporary Caribbean literature resist a culture of tourism? In what ways does literature offer a rebuttal to the myth of the Caribbean and push back against connotations of paradise, relaxation and adventure?

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Jennifer Donahue ( by Sunday, December 9.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 48984HBCUstory Symposium 2013HBCUstory, Inc.Symposium@HBCUstory.com1353996409african-americaninterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: HBCUstory, email:

HBCUstory Symposium 2013

Theme: "Inspiring Stories of the Past and Present, For Our Future"
Presented by: HBCUstory, Inc. and the Nashville Public Library
Date: April 27, 2013
Place: Nashville Public Library (Main), 615 Church Street Nashville, TN 37219

For well over a century, Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) have produced many of the American nation's most prolific African-American thinkers, professionals and leaders. Even so, the HBCU's historical mission and vision faces questions to its relevance by detractors who argue that these educational institutions are no longer needed in a post-segregation era. HBCUstory, Inc. offers a counter-narrative, one that reflects the good work HBCUs have done and are doing.

In partnership with the Nashville Public Library, HBCUstory, Inc. proudly presents the 2013 HBCUstory Symposium, featuring a two-part focus offering opportunities for academicians and advanced students to share their current work on HBCUs (theoretical), and shedding light on the most successful programs and best-practices currently underway at HBCUs around the nation (practical).

Call for Papers, Organized Sessions and Panel Guidelines
February 1, 2013 is the deadline for abstracts and sessions.
The Symposium's registration cost of $25 includes lunch.
An early-bird registration rate of $20 is available until February 15, 2013.

Registration is available online at:

Note: Each presenter is limited to one submission.

The 2013 HBCUstory Symposium Planning Committee invites proposals that meet one or both of the following criteria:

The presentation is related to a preeminent HBCU figure (alumnus, alumna, administrator, faculty member, etc.) or to a single, group and/or all HBCUs from their founding to today. Possible topics may be historical, investigative or scientific in nature. The presentation is related to a highly successful program, initiative or practice currently underway at a single, group and or all HBCUs.

The Committee accepts proposals for single papers but encourages session proposals that include two or three papers.
Single paper proposals and organized sessions must include:

-Paper Title
- Abstract (200 word limit)
- Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email)
- HBCU, Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable)

The Committee accepts proposals for panels of three to four persons.

-Panel Title
- Suggested Panel Chair
- Brief Panel Description (250 word limit)
- List of Panelists (list name, institution, title, email)
- HBCU, Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable)
- Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email)

Early-bird registration is strongly encouraged for favorable consideration. Please make all submissions and/or inquires to the HBCUstory Symposium Planning Committee via email at

cfp categories: african-americaninterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyond 48985[UPDATE] Jadavpur University Esssays and Studies 30-01-13 Science Fiction FantasyDepartment of English, Jadavpur name / name of organization: Department of English, Jadavpur Universitycontact email:

Jadavpur University Essays and Studies Issue no 27 (2012)
Call for Papers
Theme: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Deadline: 30 January 2013

We are urgently looking for submissions for the current year's issue. Submissions sent within the next few weeks will be considered immediately. The theme this year will be science fiction and fantasy, broadly interpreted to include any kind of speculative fiction. We welcome scholarly articles on any aspect of this literary genre and the texts belonging to it.
Jadavpur University Essays and Studies is the journal of the Department of English, Jadavpur University. Published once a year, the journal is broadly concerned with scholarship and research in literatures in English, and their relation to other literatures, literary theory, literary history, and language. It does not publish fiction, poetry and plays or their translations, and does not, as a rule, carry notes, letters and reviews. The editors may, however, invite and publish any material deemed appropriate. All original material published is copyright of the publishers.
All submissions and commercial enquiries should be addressed to the Head of the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032, India. Contributions will go through a process of referral. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage.
A few broad guidelines for contributors are given below:
1. Contributors need to provide two hard copies of the text and a virus-free soft copy (preferably in editable MS Word or Rich Text Format) by email or on removable media. Please do not send PDF files. Also send a separate file containing a copy-paste of the endnote text in the correct numbered sequence, for reference. We will not accept hand-written or manually typed articles.
2. The title of the article should be in capitals.
3. Since articles will be refereed, contributors are advised not to sign the hard copies but to put their names in capitals on a detachable title-sheet along with their institutional affiliation, address for correspondence, telephone, fax numbers and email address.
4. All of the above information should be in the soft copy file before the body of the article (it will be cut-pasted into a separate file before refereeing.)
5. The text of the article including all quotations should be double-spaced. Endnotes, as brief as possible, should also be double-spaced and printed on a separate sheet in the hard copy. Do not run them on with the body of the article.
6. Details should be given in the following order when a work is cited for the first time: Author's name, comma, Title (italicised) open parenthesis, place of publication, colon, publisher, comma, year of publication, end parenthesis, comma, p(p). page number(s).
Example: Kitty W. Scoular, Natural Magic: Studies in the Presentation of Nature in English Poetry from Spenser to Marvell (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965), pp. 65-7.
In case of a reprint or subsequent edition, open parenthesis, give the date of the first edition, followed by a semi-colon, reprint or edition details, place of publication, colon, publisher, comma, year of publication, end parenthesis, comma, p(p). page no(s).
Example: Colin Watson, Snobbery with Violence (1971, corr. repr. London: Eyre Methuen, 1987) p.123.
Subsequent mentions may use the abbreviated form as shown below:
Scoular, Natural Magic, p. 64.
7. For references to articles in journals, collections and anthologies, the following style may be used:
Huston, Diehl, 'Horrid Image, Sorry Sight, Fatal Vision: The Visual Rhetoric in Macbeth', Shakespeare Studies 16(1983): 191-203.
Please do not abbreviate journal titles.
8. Anthologies should be cited by title, followed by names of editor(s), translators if any, and publication details as for a book.
9. Full citation details are to be provided for other sources such as facsimiles, newspaper articles, interviews, material on microfilm, websites (page title, stable URL, date accessed), etc.
10. For act, scene and line references to plays, the italicised title should be followed by a comma, act no., in capital roman numerals, stop, scene no in lower case roman numerals, stop, line no(s) in arabic numerals. Example: Macbeth, III.iii.3.
11. Titles of constituent sections of larger works, or essays, or poems, or short stand-alone fiction, should be placed within single quotation marks. As a rule, single quotation marks should be used in all cases except for quotations within quotations which should be within double quotation marks.
12. Quotations not exceeding 25 words may be run on with the text and be put within single quotation marks. Other quotations should be displayed in blocks with right and left indents. All quotations should follow the original exactly in respect of spelling, capitalisation, italicisation, punctuation etc.
13. Charts, tables, figures and illustrations should be placed in a separate file and on a separate page. Authors will be responsible for negotiating permission if and where necessary for reproducing illustrations etc.
14. British spellings are preferred to American alternatives. Quotations should follow the spellings in the sources.
Send email submissions to rimibchatterjeeCIRCULARATSIGNyahooDOTcoDOTin (Rimi B. Chatterjee) or prodoshbhattacharyaCIRCULARATSIGNgmailDOTcom (Professor Prodosh Bhattacharya)

cfp categories: science_and_culture 48986Shakespeare Next:A ReappraisalDr Sunita Sinhadrsunitasinha@gmail.cm1354021360theatrefull name / name of organization: Dr Sunita Sinhacontact email:


"Shakespeare Next :A Reappraisal"

Respected Sir/Madam,
This is to invite papers for the upcoming anthology on-
" Shakespeare Next : A Reappraisal" to be edited by Dr. Sunita Sinha and published by Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi.

The legacy of the Shakespearean plays has been the subject of much scholarly analysis over the centuries.Indeed, so powerful are Shakespearean creations that they not only dominate English literature and English studies, but they have successfully transcended the bounds of culture.Shakespeare's "divine worth" has proven to be so overpowering that, "like the sun it burns while generations pass." Shakespeare continues to speak to us,generations after generations ,throughout the countries and cultures of the world.Confronting the social conventions of class, gender, honor, and race, Shakespeare's plays herald a celebration of the human spirit, triumphant even when it is vanquished. They also probe, question and inquire into the intractable issues of the self and the other, the individual and the community, and the very purpose of life . The works of Shakespeare address these issues with a subtlety and ambiguity that engages us intellectually just as it moves us emotionally. Shakespearean renditions are still so contemporary,so very modern, posing fundamental questions that have become particularly acute in the "contemporary" era.

Preferred Topics:

In an attempt to render faithfully the eclectic nature of Shakespearean Studies,the anthology aims at presenting new approaches to Shakespeare's plays and poetry and pertaining to the issues mentionesd below:
• Future Shakespeares
• Shakespeare between Cultures: Reaching the multivalent audience
• Oriental Shakespeares
• Shakespeare in Translations/Adaptations/Appropriations
• Shakespeare and Gender
• Styling Shakespeare for film : Film or stage versions
• Shakespeare on stage: contemporary approaches
• Future Shakespeares
• Shakespeare from the Margin
• Shakespeare and Culture Studies
• Subaltern Shakespeare
• Political Shakespeare
• Shakespeare in the Asia Pacific
• Euro-American Shakespeare
• Shakespeare in South-East Asia
• Shakespeares Sonnets
• Shakespeare's use of language and rhetoric
• Role of the supernatural in Shakespeare's plays
• Role and function of the fool in Shakespeare's plays
• Idea of revenge in Shakespeare's plays
• Imagery in Shakespeare's plays
• Shakespearean Criticism

Editing requirements:

Contributions are to be sent in approximately 3500-5000 words.
All references and notes should be incorporated strictly according to the latest MLA style sheet.
A bio-brief of the contributor(s) indicating name, institutional affiliation, career history, postal address, phone/mobile number and e-mail id on a separate sheet is to be attached.
Abstract of about 400 words, Key words: maximum 10
Copy of your article as - Hard copy (Printout), soft copy (CD) and a copy by Email, would be preferred by the first week of January, 2013.
All contribitions to be sent at:
Mailing Address:
Postal Address:402,Rameshwaram Apartment,Miss Mandal Compound,
East Boring Canal Road,Patna-800001,Bihar,India.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Sunita Sinha
Associate Professor,Department of English,Women's College SamastipurL N Mithila University,Darbhanga,Bihar,INDIA.
Honorary Editor// Resident Director for Bihar for the Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi.
Mobile No: 9934917117

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2. Post-Colonial Women Writers: New Perspectives
3. New urges in Postcolonial Literature: Widening Horizons
4. Reconceiving Postcolonialism : Visions And Revisions
5. Postcolonial Imaginings: Fissions and Fusions
6. Critical responses to Kiran Desai
7. New Perspectives in British Literature, Vol.1
8. New Perspectives in British Literature, Vol.2
9. Indian Booker Prize Winners, Vol 1
10. Indian Booker Prize Winners, Vol 2
11. Modern Literary Theory, Vol 1
12. Modern Literary Theory, Vol 2
13. Canons of Children's Literature,Vol 1
14. Canons of Children's Literature,Vol 1


cfp categories: theatre 48987Politics of Puritan and Nonconformist Writing, 1558-1689Dr Paul Frazer / Northumbria name / name of organization: Dr Paul Frazer / Northumbria Universitycontact email:

This conference is concerned with re-visiting the politics of religious writing in the 'Long Reformation', a broad chronology of early modern literary and political culture and across an inclusive range of literary genres. Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers that consider puritan and nonconformist writing and its engagement with / impact on a wide range of political and cultural contexts. Recent work by historians and literary scholars has led to a resurgence of interest in the religious history of the period and how various forms of faith and belief engaged with culture and politics in a period sometimes described as the Post-Reformation. How did writers in the Tudor and Stuart world engage with the constantly evolving religious contexts that witnessed experimentation with highly controversial religious beliefs?

Themes to address might include:

- Catholicism and anti-Catholicism
- Separatists and sectarians
- Puritanism, nonconformity and the established Church
- Puritanism and dissent
- Print culture, Puritanism and nonconformity, 1558-1689
- Non-conformity and the stage
- Literature and politics of toleration
- Royalist Puritanism 1642-60
- Satire
- Migration, exile, and non-conformity
- Persecution and propaganda
- Puritan places and literary production

Confirmed plenary speakers: Adrian Streete(Queen's University Belfast); Glyn Parry,(Northumbria University)

cfp categories: religionrenaissancetheatre 48988Fwd: CFP: 11th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous (July 2013; Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netm11@inter-disciplinary.net1354026699african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email:

11th Global Conference
Monsters and the Monstrous

Thursday 18th July – Saturday 20th July 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Presentations
This inter and trans-disciplinary project examines all things monstrous; whether real or imagined, ideological or cultural, historic or futuristic. Building on the discussion points of the previous meeting, this year's event will focus upon points of concentration within issues raised at last years events as well as examining certain aspects of the current ubiquity of particular monsters in contemporary popular culture.

Presentations, papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

-Humans as monsters and monsters as humans: Popular media sensationalism and fascination around humans as mass murderers, serial killers and pedophiles (Hitler, Ted Bundy, Jimmy Saville etc) and films such as Saw and Hostel where monsters are very much part of our everyday evironment whilst figures such as Dexter and vegetarian vampires, that only kill animals or bad people, are considered heroes.
-The Zombie Apocalypse: the ubiquity of the zombie in popular culture both of what we are now and what we will/might become. As a political, ideological figure but also its continuing humanification in literature and film (Warm Bodies, Breathers, Wasting Away, Zombie Nieghbour etc)
-Contagion, infection and disease: The continual fears around over population, invasion and infection causing, or caused by ecological, biological or technological virus's. Hybridity, mutation and cultural death-drive.
-Translation, appropriation and interpretation: The movement of monsters across time and cultures. How historical monsters have changed in later manifestations and how different cultures view, appropriate and reinterpret monsters from other nations (ie vampires moving from Europe to the USA, to Japan and back again)
-Children and monsters: Children as the target of monsters, children and childhood as monstrous. Monstrous babies & births, adults in children's bodies. Child vampires, zombies, demons and ghosts.
-Possession: The popularity of films and narratives around the theme of possession and mind control and the resultant anxieties over identity and the 'true' self. Demon possession, as in Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside, Compelling, glamouring and mind control, as in Vampire Diaries and True Blood.
-The resurgence of faeries and fairy tales, as seen in series such as True Blood, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Haven, and how not all monsters are bad or can only exist in relation to a pre-existing script?
-The continuing use of Nazi's and Nazism as a short-hand for cultural and ideological monstrosity, as in Frostbite, Dead Snow, Hell Boy 1 & 2 , Iron Sky.

All of the above can also be considered in relation to, cultural and geographical specificity, gender and sexuality, ethnicity and historical approaches.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 15th March 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 31st May 2013. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: Monsters11 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication.We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs .

Rob Fisher:
Simon Bacon :

The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

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cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48989Gender/Genre Conference (Nov 22-23, 2013) (abstracts Jan 15, 2013)Vincent Broqua / University of Paris Est Créteilvincent.broqua@u-pec.fr1354029073gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmedievalmodernist studiespoetryrenaissancetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Vincent Broqua / University of Paris Est Créteilcontact email:

"Gender/Genre" Conference

Organized by TIES/IMAGER

University of Paris Est (Créteil/Marne la Vallée)
November 22-23, 2013

The second part of the Gender/Genre conference will be held on November 22-23, 2013 at the University of Paris Est, France. It aims at investigating further the articulation of gender and literary genre from the middle ages to the 21st century. Continuing our debates on the deconstruction of norms, we will welcome papers on all genres in connection with such approaches as feminist studies, masculinity studies, LGBT studies, material culture, and translation studies.

What this conference proposes to discuss is the question of identity at the crossroads between sexual gender and literary genres. Indeed etymologically, the term genus covers two meanings to be found in the dictionary: one concerning origin and the other, category. Genus designates that which separates, divides, identifies and delimits. Paradoxically, in defining itself, genre seems unable to do without its opposite, identity cannot be imagined outside an original division. Historically, subjects as well as texts could not be conceived of outside categories: we distinguish between men and women, tragedy and comedy, poetry and the novel.
The question of identity inherent in genre may lead to questions concerning value, judgement and the hierarchical organization of sexual and/or generic categories. The question of otherness which is at the heart of the genre problematic is inseparable from the threat represented by the other. Genre logically implies a struggle between the genres in so far as each genre aspires to prevail and to reduce the others to sub-genres. Thus the concept of "mauvais genre" – of what is disreputable – confirms the logic of exclusion at work in all genres.
The constraints and norms from which genre proceeds nonetheless provide a basis for what is possible. Indeed, genre is not only established a posteriori, it also serves as a model for future production: it has a creative function.
Literature understood in the sense of writing, blurs, disturbs and shakes up categories whether they be sexual or literary, and introduces differentiation into genre. Categories which we held to be atemporal then turn out to be susceptible to historical variations and reversals as well as numerous, intermittent developments. In English, the term gender is a deconstructing force which elicits questions.
Papers from very different fields: linguistics, the history of ideas and literary theory, or commentaries on singular works will be welcome, as long as they bring together notions of difference between the sexes and between literary genres. A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume.

Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to Isabelle Alfandary (, Vincent Broqua (, and Charlotte Coffin ( before Jan 15, 2013. Papers will be in French or in English.

Colloque « Genre/genres »


Université Paris Est (Créteil/Marne-la-Vallée)
22-23 novembre 2013

Le second volet du colloque Genre/Genres aura lieu les 22 et 23 novembre 2013 à l'Université de Paris Est. Il explorera plus avant les points de rencontre entre genres sexuels et genres littéraires, depuis le moyen âge jusqu'au 21e siècle. Pour continuer nos débats sur la déconstruction des normes, nous privilégierons les propositions qui mettront en relation l'étude des genres littéraires et des perspectives telles que les études féministes, les masculinités, les études LGBT, material culture, et la traduction.

Le colloque Genre/Genres (Gender/Genre) se propose d'articuler la question de l'identité à la croisée du genre sexuel et des genres littéraires. Étymologiquement en effet, le terme genus recouvre deux acceptions : celle de l'origine et celle de la catégorie. Genus sert à désigner ce qui sépare, divise, identifie, circonscrit. Paradoxalement, le genre ne semble pas pouvoir se passer de l'autre pour se définir, l'identité ne pas pouvoir se penser hors d'une division inaugurale. Historiquement, les sujets comme les textes se sont définis par le biais de catégories : on distingue les hommes et les femmes, la tragédie et la comédie, la poésie et le roman.
La question de l'identité que recèle le genre peut conduire à l'interrogation sur la valeur, le jugement et la hiérarchisation des catégories sexuelles et/ou génériques. La question de l'altérité qui est au cœur de la problématique du genre est inséparable de la menace que représente l'autre. Le genre implique une logique de lutte entre les genres dans la mesure où tout genre est porteur d'une prétention à l'emporter, à réduire les autres en sous-genres. Ainsi le « mauvais genre » signe la logique d'exclusion à l'œuvre dans tout genre.
La contrainte et la norme sont toutefois conditions de possibilité. En effet, le genre n'est pas seulement constitué après coup, mais il sert aussi de modèle aux productions futures : il a donc une fonction créatrice. Entre performativité et travestissement, cette fonction créatrice du genre se met en œuvre, réaffirmant le genre et les genres tout en remettant sans cesse en cause leur légitimité et leur pertinence.
La littérature entendue au sens d'écriture brouille, bouscule et affole les catégories qu'elles soient sexuelles ou littéraires, répand la différence dans le genre. Des catégories que l'on tient pour atemporelles s'avèrent dès lors susceptibles de variations historiques, de renversements, d'élaborations multiples et discontinues.
La littérature a tenté et tente toujours de déconstruire le genre littéraire. Dans le même esprit, en anglais, le terme gender a cette force déconstructrice qui met en question. En effet, les théoriciens du genre ont employé ce mot pour l'opposer à "sexe" ou "identité sexuelle" et, ainsi, questionner les effets sociaux, linguistiques et historiques qui avaient induit l'idée d'une norme.
Les communications abordant les sujets les plus variés allant de la linguistique à l'histoire des idées en passant par la théorie des genres et le commentaire d'œuvres, quel que soit le siècle, sont les bienvenues, à condition qu'elles interrogent conjointement les notions de différence des sexes et de genres littéraires. Une publication des contributions est prévue, après sélection par un comité de lecture.

Les communications se feront en français ou en anglais. Les propositions (300 mots) sont à envoyer avant le 15 janvier 2013 à Isabelle Alfandary (, Vincent Broqua (, et Charlotte Coffin (

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsmedievalmodernist studiespoetryrenaissancetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 48990(UPDATE) - Autobiography as a writing strategy in Postcolonial LiteratureUniversity of Maine at Farmington - Ben LEBDAIbenaouda.lebdai@univ-lemans.fr1354029255african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinternational_conferencespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Maine at Farmington - Ben LEBDAIcontact email:

Autobiography as a writing strategy in postcolonial literature , 2nd, 3rd May 2013
full name / name of organization:
LEBDAI Benaouda
contact email:

International Conference
University of Maine at Farmington, USA and University of Maine, Le Mans, France, Labo 3L. AM
2 –3 May 2013
At Farmington – Maine – USA
Autobiography as a Writing Strategy
in Postcolonial Literature

Autobiography as a fully recognised genre in literary studies will be revisited through postcolonial writings in this conference. From Rousseau's confessions to modern autofiction, the genre has progressed through various uses and expressions of the 'I' and the 'me'. Phillipe Lejeune provided sophisticated critical tools to further investigate such a literary expression. This conference proposes to show how the genre has evolved within African and Indian writings, including those of the diaspora. The target is also to understand why such a genre has become so popular in postcolonial writings as Elleke Boehmer has argued in Colonial and Posconial Literature. The conference will mainly focus on the reasons behind such a growing interest and on its literary expression. Indeed, the conference proposes to analyse the different manners of expressing the self in Africa, India and beyond. Possible areas of focus may include autobiographies and autofictions written by women ; affirmation of the self, individual and collective reconstruction and their impact on literarity and politics ; and the ways in which autobiographical writing underlines more than any other genre (or not) a stronger quest for identity, self-knowledge and self-recognition. Is autobiographical writing a mere representation of broader social and psychological issues in postcoloniality ? Is autobiography primarily occupied with searching for one's sources and one'sroots ? How has the colonial period with the slave trade, the colonisation of the lands and the souls, impacted the development of autobiographical writing, including its particular style ? Is autobiography a more liberating genre than fiction? This conference will discuss these strategies through fascinating postcolonial autobiographies.
Send paper proposals (300 words + short bio) by 15th December 2012 to : Ben LEBDAI, University of Maine, Le Mans, France, and Jeffrey THOMSON, University of Maine at Farmington, USA :

cfp categories: african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinternational_conferencespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 48992CFP: "Woolf and Materiality", August 1, 2013Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Special Issue, Spring 2014) studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Special Issue, Spring 2014)contact email:

The VWM invites discussion of how Woolf's writings explore the material world. Articles that directly address the relationship between meaning and materiality are particularly welcome, and potential topics include fresh considerations of Woolf's engagement with: the natural sciences; philosophical conceptualisations of materiality; non/human bodies and objects; fabrics and 'things'; the materiality of language and art. Send submissions of not more than 2500 words to Derek Ryan, by August 1, 2013.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 48993Philip Roth Society Panel on "Philip Roth and Narrative" at ALA Annual Conference (Boston May 23-26, 2013) Philip Roth SocietygooblarPRS@gmail.com1354035591americantwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Philip Roth Societycontact email:

At this year's 24th annual ALA conference (to be held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, May 23-26), the Philip Roth Society will be sponsoring a panel entitled Philip Roth and Narrative. We welcome proposals for papers on any aspects of this topic, for example papers that bring a narratological approach to Roth's writing, or those that focus attention on Roth's narrators. Proposals/abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) for 20 minute papers should be emailed to the Roth Society program chair, David Gooblar, at, by January 10, 2013.

Papers presented may be expanded and submitted for publication to Philip Roth Studies. To present a paper as part of a Roth Society panel at the ALA, participants must be members of the Philip Roth Society and register for the conference. For membership information, please see the Society's website at For information on the cost of conference registration, accommodation, etc., please see the ALA website:

cfp categories: americantwentieth_century_and_beyond 48994[UPDATE] Horror area, Popular Culture Association / American Culture AssociationPopular Culture Association / American Culture Associationcsederholm@gmail.com1354035975african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionfull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association / American Culture Associationcontact email:


(text, media, culture)


The Horror Area co-chairs of the Popular Culture Association invite interested scholars to submit proposals for papers or complete panels on any aspect of horror in fiction, cinema, television, gaming, theory and culture for the 2013 PCA/ACA National Convention to be held in Washington, DC. The conference runs from 27 to 30 March, 2013.

Horror Co-Chairs:
Dr. James Iaccino, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Dr. Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Kristopher Woofter, Concordia University and Dawson College, Montréal, QC

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: If you would like to propose a single paper, please apply directly to the PCA/ACA website: If you would like to propose a panel of 4 speakers, or a roundtable discussion panel of 4-6 participants, please apply to the Horror Area chairs at:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 November, 2012.

Please send all queries to Kristopher Woofter at: Visit the Horror Area Facebook page for information on special panels, roundtables and other information:

Your paper proposal should include:
1) 100- to 250-word abstract, including paper title;
2) a notification of any audio-visual needs.

Your panel or roundtable proposal should include:
1) suggested panel/roundtable title;
2) 100- to 250-word abstract identifying the theoretical framework, or guiding questions and thesis of your panel/roundtable;
3) 100- to 250-word abstracts, including titles, for each of your presenters' papers;
4) a list of presenters and their affiliations;
5) a notification of any audio-visual needs.

Please note that proposals that are overly general are difficult to review; accordingly, your abstract should outline your main argument or research questions, your thesis and main points, and your projected conclusions.

Submitting the same or various proposals to different subject areas of the PCA is not allowed. Presenters are, however, permitted to submit proposals for both a roundtable discussion and a panel presentation. Acceptance of your paper obligates you to present the paper at the conference. You must also be present at the conference to present your own work—no "readings by proxy" are allowed.

PCA/ACA Endowment Grants: PCA/ACA offers 54 travel grants to the conference as well as research and collections grants. The deadline for submitting applications for grants is January 7, 2012. For an overview of, and application forms for each grant go to:

Important: All presenters 1) must be registered members of the PCA or ACA and 2) must register for the conference. Information on how to access membership and registration forms will be sent to you upon acceptance of your presentation. Or, go now to the PCA/ACA website:

cfp categories: african-americanamericanfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialreligion 48995Rhetorical OntologiesScot Barnett (Clemson) & Casey Boyle (Utah)Scot Barnett [] & Casey Boyle []1354039488classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Scot Barnett (Clemson) & Casey Boyle (Utah)contact email: Scot Barnett [] & Casey Boyle []

This collection explores things that matter in rhetoric. Alongside related developments in philosophy, literary theory, and science and technology studies, scholars in rhetoric and composition have begun to inquire into things and the nonhuman more generally. Recent examples include examinations of how things exert material and suasive force: in the child's toy that evokes sentiment and nostalgia (Hesse, Sommers, Yancey); in public monuments and museums that affect viewers individually and contribute to the construction of a shared sense of the past (Dickinson, Blair, Ott; Bernard-Donals); in the ways animals and animality complicate and enrich theoretical and historical understandings of rhetoric (Kennedy; Davis; Hawhee; Muckelbauer); in social networking platforms that gather and emplace users (Bay and Rickert); and in the problems of runaway objects such as global warming or the Deep Water Horizon (Spinuzzi; Engestrom). Such examples reveal the extent to which human and nonhuman beings are rhetorically intertwined and are ultimately irreducible to simple "subject-object" categorizations. Far from the inert objects or instruments we sometimes take them to be, things have their own particular suasion that contributes to the gathering of social, political, and rhetorical worlds.

Overall, these and other efforts to expand our human-centered rhetorics suggest that things matter rhetorically. Unlike cultural or epistemic rhetorics, which largely consider things as tools or backdrops for human activity, we see the emerging work on things as inviting scholars in the field to think rhetoric ontologically. By ontology we mean an attention and attunement to the inclusiveness of rhetorical practice. To what extent are rhetorical situations (Bitzer; Vatz) or ecologies (Cooper; Edbauer; Rice)--the circumference of rhetorical practices of invention and becoming--inclusive of both humans and nonhumans? A rhetorical ontological focus builds on our human-centered approaches to rhetoric to include how various material elements interact suasively. In what ways, we might ask, are student writers actively involved in rhetorical ontologies that include instructors and other writers, of course, but also classrooms, academic and government institutions, and cities as themselves writing technologies? Further, how might the work of administration or politics generally be productively rethought as "managing things" and taking account of a wide range of human and nonhuman actors? And what possibilities can we identify for rethinking public rhetorics so that they include those assemblages of human and nonhuman actors that compose our material environments and infrastructures, including highways, colleges, parks, and monuments? That such questions are not only thinkable to scholars in rhetoric and composition but have already begun to inform research in these areas indicates that our field is well situated to respond to the complex of relations between humans and nonhumans--the rhetorical ontologies--that collectively produce conditions and possibilities of everyday life.

For this edited collection, we invite chapter proposals that examine rhetorical ontologies by exploring the rhetorical co-operations between humans and nonhumans. While we are particularly interested in manuscripts that explore one or more of the following questions, proposed manuscripts can engage forms of
material suasion and questions of rhetorical ontologies in ways not prompted below:

• How have the field's histories, theories, and practices challenged or contributed to rhetoric's ontological turn? In what ways have related movements (e.g. posthumanism, feminist rhetorics, materialist rhetorics, etc.) also contributed and how might they continue to shape understandings of rhetorical ontologies?

• How can a rhetorical ontology approach inform current work in spatial rhetorics?

• What ethical implications follow an ontological turn in rhetoric and composition?

• How are issues of public rhetoric, civic engagement, and democratic deliberation affected by a turn to ontology?

• What are the ontological dimensions for medical rhetorics and neurorhetorics?

• How might race, gender, and/or class be engaged in terms of ontology?

• What challenges/possibilities do rhetorical ontologies pose for existing research methods and methodologies?

• In what ways do rhetorical ontologies matter in workplace and professional spaces?

• How could rhetorical ontologies refigure writing pedagogy, transfer, and assessment?

• How can issues of institutional labor, administration, and institutions of higher learning be re-thought in terms of rhetorical ontology?

• How might rhetorical ontologies problematize and enhance existing conceptions of technology and human-technology relations?

• In what ways could rhetorical ontology be a problematic venture?

500-word proposals should are due by February 15, 2013. Potential contributors will be notified by March 15, 2012 and completed manuscripts will be due September 15, 2012.

Questions and proposals should be directed to Scot Barnett [] & Casey Boyle [].

A PDF of this CFP Can be found here:

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheory 48996Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (Submit by March 1st, 2013)Dr. Monique Ferrell & Dr. Julian Williams - New York City College of Technology, City University of New YorkDr. Monique Ferrell - mferrell@CityTech.Cuny.Edu and/or Dr. Julian Williams - JWilliams@CityTech.Cuny.Edu 1354040342african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Monique Ferrell & Dr. Julian Williams - New York City College of Technology, City University of New Yorkcontact email: Dr. Monique Ferrell - mferrell@CityTech.Cuny.Edu and/or Dr. Julian Williams - JWilliams@CityTech.Cuny.Edu

The Editors of the new feminist theory book Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters are looking for scholarly, creative non-fiction, fiction, and short stories that offer a unique perspective on women. Our previous CFP asked for essays that explored how women have served as the oppressive hand in the lives of their sisters. In addition to those essays, we are now looking for writing that examines women in the following contexts: female relationships; negative or positive perceptions of women; mothers and daughters; sisters; lesbian politics and relationships; perceptions of the female body; modern day feminism and womanism; female political and personal power; women in music and entertainment. We are specifically interested in writing that focuses on politics, religion, cultural conflict, and entertainment.

Submission Guidelines

All essays must:

  • Use primary and secondary sources (exception for fiction)
  • Use MLA Writing Style
  • Be 10-25 pages in length, doubled spaced

The deadline for all essay submissions is March 1st, 2013. Completed essays should be submitted to: or

The editors will also accept snail mail submissions at—
Dr. Julian Williams/Dr. Monique Ferrell
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
English Department 503 Namm
Brooklyn, NY 11201

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 48997Beyond Domesticity: Hemans in the Wider World, A Special Issue of _Women's Writing_Nanora Sweet, University of Missori-St Louis & Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke Collegeksinger@mtholyoke.edu1354041591poetryromanticvictorianfull name / name of organization: Nanora Sweet, University of Missori-St Louis & Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke Collegecontact email:

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was the sole British woman poet to rank alongside male Romantics in publishing and sales before and after her death. She positioned herself as a cosmopolitan writer in major forms on post-Napoleonic topics, later becoming a pioneer in Biedermeier poetics (of privatized, domestic sentiment). This later development has dominated her recovery in contemporary Romanticism, enabling a reconstruction of "domesticity" itself as a discourse. However, domesticity may be as much an artifact of her life and career as a framework for it. In contrast, this special issue of Women's Writing seeks essays on the alien, the uncanny, and the foreign in Hemans; the readerly, thinkerly, and artistic; the public, topical, and businesslike; the critical and prophetic.

How did Hemans think through the ramifications of the transatlantic and global worlds, in Europe, Canada, the Americas, the Middle East, and beyond? How did she capitalize on settings peripheral to London (Liverpool, Wales, Edinburgh, Dublin) and how develop networks around and beyond them? How did she rethink or refigure history, mediated by her interests in the medieval and the modern, empire and republic, science, travel, and more? Hemans was a skilled and savvy navigator of the literary marketplace, and what more can we understand about her intervention in and reshaping of publication culture, including periodicals and reviews, publishers and editing then and now? How does she establish dialogue with the myriad, uncanny "voices" in her texts, as paratexts and intertexts? Moreover, how does she experiment with poetics, genre, and medium through her play with a slew of forms? Finally, how does Hemans broach the philosophical through her meditations on ethics, protest, and gender? How does she theorize her relationships to male and female poetic influences, associates, and competitors?

Other topics may include but are not limited to the following areas:
• Contention with established institutions such as church, party, university, royalty
• History as drama; motifs of atrocity, exile, captivity, immolation, the scaffold
• Art, ekphrasis, the musical
• Style, lexicon, classical and Romantic poetics, traditional and innovative forms
• Transcendence, the afterlife, skepticism, consciousness, and prophecy

Please submit articles for consideration between 4000-7000 words to Katherine Singer, Assistant Professor of English, Mt. Holyoke College, or Nanora Sweet, Associate Professor of English Emeritus, University of Missouri-St. Louis,, by 22 April 2013. Initial queries about articles welcomed.

See instructions for authors and attached style sheet on the Women's Writing website, Instead of footnotes, we use endnotes with NO bibliography. All bibliographical information is included in the endnotes. For example, place of publication, publisher and date of publication appear in brackets after a book is cited for the first time. Please include an abstract, a brief biographical blurb (approximately 100 words), and six keywords suitable for indexing and abstracting services.

cfp categories: poetryromanticvictorian 48998Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panels at ALA 2013 (1/15/2013; ALA 05/23-26/2013)Paul Laurence Dunbar Societytmorgan2@udayton.edu1354056439african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialreligionfull name / name of organization: Paul Laurence Dunbar Societycontact email:

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston on May 23-26, 2013. All topics are welcome; we would especially welcome proposals on 1) any aspect of Dunbar's short fiction and 2) any aspect of the relationship between Paul and Alice. Other potential topics might include:

Dunbar's poetry: examining Dunbar's use of particular poetic forms (the sonnet, for example), his war poetry, the pastoral focus of his poetry (either in conjunction with or separate from his poetry in dialect), the relationship between photography and Dunbar's poetry in the six collections published in conjunction with the Hampton Institute Camera Club, and/or

Dunbar's lesser-known novels: The Uncalled, The Love of Landry, and The Fanatics

Dunbar's depictions of women

Dunbar's depictions of religion

Alice Dunbar-Nelson's writing, either by itself, or in connection to Paul's work

Dunbar's correspondence

Dunbar's essays

Dunbar's musicals and/or song lyrics and/or his relation to the history of minstrelsy

Dunbar's relationships with other authors, editors, or critics

Please e-mail abstracts by January 15, 2013 to:
Thomas Morgan at

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialreligion 48999Women and the Silent Screen VII: Performance and the EmotionsKatharina Bonzel/ University of Melbournewssconference2013@gmail.com1354058578cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Katharina Bonzel/ University of Melbournecontact email:

Women and the Silent Screen VII, the seventh international conference on women and early film, will be co-hosted by the Gender Studies Program of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Victorian College of the Arts in September 30- October 2, 2013. Previously held in Utrecht, Santa Cruz, Montréal, Guadalajara, Stockholm and Bologna, this is the first time the conference has been brought to the Australia-Pacific region. We are inviting participants to submit abstracts (200-300 words, headed by a paper title) as well as a short biographical statement by 20/01/2013. Those who would like to propose panels or workshops should submit a panel title, as well as the individual paper proposal. We hope that the nature of the industry itself can become a starting point for questions about women's collaborative endeavor. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Performance and the emotions
- Women making films
- Film and the archive
- Transnational collaborations
- Indigeneity and Indigenous Peoples
- Set design and fashion
- Monstrosity and the silent screen
- Queer theory/historiography
- Studies in National cinemas (especially Australian, East & South East Asian film)
- The New Woman
- The Sound of the Silents

Those whose work does not fall within these categories are still encouraged to submit a proposal. We will make every effort to represent the breadth of scholarship being undertaken in film history.

The conference welcomes participation from scholars, archivists, students and cinephiles. It is supported by a program of screenings at ACMI (Australia Centre for the Moving Image) which will run from 26 September to 30 September, 2013. This program will be developed in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive.

Keynote speakers include Richard Abel, Weihong Bao, Pam Cook, Barbara Creed, Mary Ann Doane and Shelley Stamp.

For further information see

Please send your abstracts, or any questions you might have, to the organizers at

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinternational_conferences 49000John Milton: a special topic session at RMMLA (October 10-12, 2013)Clay Daniel/; daniel@utpa.edu1354064839classical_studiesgeneral_announcementspoetryreligionrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Clay Daniel/RMMLAcontact email:;

Papers on any aspect of Milton, for the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 10-12, 2013, in Vancouver, Washington. Email 200-300 word proposals, for 15-20 minute presentations, by March 1, 2013, to or All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program.

cfp categories: classical_studiesgeneral_announcementspoetryreligionrenaissance 49001Anthology on The Book of Mormon Musical, abstracts ONGOINGMarc Edward Shaw / Hartwick College; Holly Welker / Writer & editorBOM.musical.interp@gmail.com1354078006african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Marc Edward Shaw / Hartwick College; Holly Welker / Writer & editorcontact email:

The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical." As the musical is now touring, we are reopening our CFP to potential submissions from the expanded tour audience in 2012-2013.
What is going on in this show? In Varieties of Religious Experience, William James states, "a book may well be a revelation in spite of errors and passions and deliberate human composition, if only it be a true record of the inner experiences of great-souled persons wrestling with the crises of their fate." Certainly the individuals in the BOM musical struggle with the crises of their fate; are any of the characters "great-souled"? What "revelations" are contained within the musical itself?
We seek essays of 4,000 to 6,000 words from a variety of disciplines for a critical anthology exploring this new musical phenomenon. Please send a 500-word abstract to by February 28.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 49003The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forumgurleyja@lemoyne.edu1354078210americanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetryreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forumcontact email:

Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop

In recent decades, the study of religion and the study of literature have similarly turned from emphasis on texts to emphasis on the reception of texts. Scholars in both fields have sought to recreate contexts and audiences by means of which texts should be understood. While this work has invaluably expanded our ability to comprehend wide ranges of religious and literary thought and practice, it has also encouraged a disregard for the very sources that have helped shape the respective fields of study. The idea seems to be that texts have nothing in themselves to reveal but are only what we make of them. Rather than view texts as objects that merely reflect culture, this forum will consider whether and how texts participate in culture. This calls for discussion of the role of close reading in cultural formation.

We invite all manner of papers that explore the conference's broad theme. Topics include but are not limited to: source studies; textual production and/ as cultural production; literary theory; digital texts; new formalism; textual studies and religious traditions; defining religious experience; ethics of reading; genre studies and/as cultural studies; narrative and narrative theory; oral features of written texts; orality and literacy; philosophy of religion; literary features of religious texts; religious features of literary texts; and, perhaps most importantly, implications for pedagogy.

**We invite papers from scholars from all disciplines and intellectual orientations.** Send 300-500 word proposals to: Dr. Jennifer Gurley, Department of English, Le Moyne College ( and Dr. William Robert, Department of Religion, Syracuse University ( Please label your file "LMRL: Last Name" and use that file name as the subject heading of your email.

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2013 Notification: April 1, 2013 Note: Participants will be invited to submit full-length essays for possible inclusion in an anthology entitled The Return of the Text.

cfp categories: americanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetryreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49004[UPDATE] Pride and Prejudice: Celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen's best-loved novel, 6/21-23/13, Cambridge. Deadline 2/15/13Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, name / name of organization: Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UKcontact email:

The deadline for submission of panel and paper proposals has been extended to 15 February.

2013 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', one of the best-loved English novels of all time. Our conference will celebrate two hundred years of 'Pride and Prejudice' by uniting the past with the present. Leading Austen specialists will consider the novel both in its original historical context and through the lens of the numerous screen adaptations and literary spin-offs the book has subsequently inspired. There will also be a conversation between Janet Todd and P. D. James, whose most recent thriller is 'Death Comes to Pemberley', readings from 'Pride and Prejudice' by popular modern authors and media figures (Sophie Hannah, Miriam Margolyes, and Rowan Pelling), and screenings of classic Jane Austen film and television adaptations, as well as a Regency ball and a day trip to Austen's home village of Chawton. For full details of the current programme, please visit our website at:

Having finalised an exciting lecture programme, we are now seeking proposals for contributions to a complementary series of panel discussions. Proposals for individual 20-minute papers or panels on 'Pride and Prejudice' are equally welcome.
Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers, and include the names of the session chair; the names, affiliations and email addresses of the speakers; and short 200-word abstracts of the papers. Individual paper proposals should consist of a 200-word abstract of the paper with brief details of your current affiliation.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to the conference organisers, Professor Janet Todd and Dr Chloe Preedy, by Friday 15 February 2013:
We look forward to receiving your proposal.
Dr Chloe Preedy
Lucy Cavendish College
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryromantic 49005Global Conference SYMBOLS AND THEORIES OF WORLD DEMOCRACIES AND WORLD CULTURES Ahmedabad India 30-31 December 2012 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad Kendradrneerjaarun@yahoo.com1354094478cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad Kendracontact email:

INTRODUCTION: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad holds a Global conference on 30th and 31st December 2012 . this is the year when Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan completes 75 years whereas it celebrates 125 years of its founder Kulpati K. M. Munshiji. Dr K. M. Munshi had vivid traits of personality. The saga of Indian Freedom Movement shall remain incomplete without mentioning his potential. He was a leader in almost all aspects of life. He was the member of constituent assembly, a bright lawyer, a radical educationist, a nationalist par excellence, an author of great repute, an ardent politician and a worshipper of Indian culture and its ancient traditions.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 9 December 2012

BACKGROUND: Democracy is much appreciated form of government in modern civilised world. It is considered a gift in the form of a powerful, evolving, judicious and equal form of government which is concerned with providing societies who have undergone collective and mass individual trauma - such as colonial rule, extended armed conflict, civil war, military rule, repressive and despotic regimes, and other forms of violations - with processes, methods and mechanisms that cope with the effects of these experiences in order to create political transformation towards conditions of peace, political equity and human rights protection.
CONFERENCE TOPIC: Democracy and culture are not abstract concepts. They aren't the solitary systems as well. Democracy stands upon a number of symbols. The symbols are capable to form theories. A string of culture as depicted in World Democratic Systems through different symbols further strengthens the concept of democratic traditions. Each symbol represents and institution, an arrangement, a provision or a practice each or all of these breathe air into democratic systems.
The strong democratic orders of the world have produced famous symbols in the form of cities, books, people, architectures and institutions. For example Athens presents one aspect of democracy and Gandhi and Suu Kyi another. Considering this broad range of form of democracy, to what extent are democratic symbols and images and democracy mutually reinforcing? How can this and further questions be analyzed from a perspective of art, political science, law, literature and spiritual breadth.
The presenters may use one of the subthemes mentioned below:
1. Symbolising Democracy
2. Democratic Institutions
3. Trajectories of Constitutions
4. Visual symbols in art and architecture in democratic order
5. Cities and Buildings replicating Democracy
6. Reflections of democracy in literary writings
7. Theorising culture
8. Culture of democracy
9. Use-misuse of democratic symbols
10. Formulating culture of symbols
11. People as institutions
12. Equity of thoughts

PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: To address these and related questions, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Ahmedabad Kendra will hold a 2-day Global conference - employing a broad, interdisciplinary approach and utilizing the comparative experience of other societies and international experts.
The discourse on is intended to make a significant contribution with both local and global implications. The purpose is to arrange in order an array of democratic orders which could lead to further discourses. We anticipate that the conference will result in the publication of a dedicated volume on the topic.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Researchers interested in addressing questions related to the topic of the conference, are invited to respond to this call for papers with a 250 words abstract of proposal in Times New Roman 12 pt font, for an article and presentation, along with a brief CV. Proposals should be submitted no later than 9th December 2012 via e-mail:

Applicants should receive notification of the committee's decision by 12th December 2012.
International Participants: $ 75
Domestic participants: INR 650/-
Local participants: INR 450/-
The fees includes conference charges, kit, lodging, boarding and meals from 29th evening to 31st afternoon.

Contact info:
Patron: Shri Rohit C. Mehta, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad
President: Shri Mukesh Patel, Hon Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad
Conference Chair: Dr Neerja Arun, Principal, Bhavan's Arts and Commerce College, Ahmedabad.
Conference Convenor: Paavan Pandit, Hon Director, Bhavan's H. B. Insitute of Communication and Management, Ahmedabad

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 49006Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at the American Literature Association, May 2013 (deadline: Jan. 18, 2013)Constance Fenimore Woolson Societyaeboyd@uno.edu1354114466americanfull name / name of organization: Constance Fenimore Woolson Societycontact email:

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals for a session at the annual conference of the American Literature Association to be held May 23-26, 2013 in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at We are interested in proposals that touch on any aspect of Woolson's work and especially welcome proposals that draw attention to her lesser-known texts. For information about the society, please visit our website:

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Please send a one-page abstract and a brief C.V. to:
Anne Boyd Rioux
Sharon M. Harris

cfp categories: american 49007[UPDATE] Medievalism in Popular Culture at the PCA/ACA, March 27-30, 2013Popular and American Culture Associations a.kaufman@mtsu.edu1354114922americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionmedievalpopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular and American Culture Associations contact email:

**Extended deadline for abstracts: December 7, 2012**

Medievalism in Popular Culture
at the 43rd Annual Popular and American Culture Associations Conference
Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, D.C.
March 27-30th, 2013

Call for submissions to the following paper sessions and round table panels:

1) Arthurian Aesthetics - Round Tables:
Inspired by last year's debate over whether a "good" Arthurian text exists, this series of round table discussions will combine our analysis of Arthurian legends with the recent aesthetic turn in literary studies. Is there an aesthetic case to be made for Arthurian studies, particularly for studying contemporary Arthuriana? How do we justify our scholarship if we are suddenly held accountable for the quality and universality of our texts? Short (10 minute) papers on aesthetics and Arthuriana in any medium and from any historical period are welcome.

2) Medievalism in Politics - Round Tables:
From accusations of corporate feudalism to medieval medical theories alive and well in twenty-first century politics, medievalists have found their time period unexpectedly represented (and misrepresented) in the news these days. This series of round table discussions will explore the way politicians across the globe are 'getting medieval' and what it signifies. Short (10 minute) papers on medievalism in contemporary politics are welcome.

3) Popular Culture in the Middle Ages - Paper Session:
Though at the PCA/ACA we typically focus on how the Middle Ages looks through contemporary eyes, this paper panel will focus on cultural studies of the Middle Ages. This panel will explore popular medieval religious practices, legends like Robin Hood or King Arthur, and tales about supernatural beings like fairies, witches, and elves that originated in medieval times but continue to shape popular culture today. Papers that focus on cultural shifts and reception of texts or ideas are especially encouraged, as are papers that draw parallels between medieval culture and medievalism today.

4) The Medieval Frontier - Paper Session:
Critics have long acknowledged that the medieval knight was the inspiration for Owen Wister's cowboy figure. Even in the current reinvention and subversion of the cowboy represented by films like Unforgiven and novels like The Sisters Brothers, something of this medieval aesthetic remains. This panel will explore this and other ways in which the idea of the Old West has been shaped by cultural memory of the Middle Ages.

5) Men of the North - Paper Session:
From Ulfric Stormcloak to Thor to Ned Stark, recent medievalism has celebrated a very specific brand of masculinity, one more commonly associated with Vikings and Anglo-Saxons than King Arthur's knights or a chivalric 'golden age.' Is 2012 a Viking moment, and if so, why? How does this Norse revival recall earlier obsessions with the men of the north? This panel will explore the very specific cultural appeal (and cultural baggage) of northern-inspired medievalism.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less to the PCA/ACA database at or email your abstract as an attachment to Amy Kaufman at Please include the name and number of the session to which you are submitting within the abstract.

Papers in regular sessions should be limited to a reading time of 15 minutes (7-8 double-spaced pages). Round table contributions should be shorter, no more than 10 minutes (5 double-spaced pages) to allow for extended discussion. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address on your abstract.

**Deadline: December 7, 2012**

Send inquiries to:
Dr. Amy S. Kaufman
Middle Tennessee State University

Please note: Membership in the PCA is required for participation. Membership forms and more information about the conference are available online at

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionmedievalpopular_culture 49008[UPDATE] Anthology on the Work of Michael ChabonBob Batchelor, Kent State Universityrpbatche@kent.edu1354118979americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Bob Batchelor, Kent State Universitycontact email:

Call for Papers: Anthology on the Work of Michael Chabon, edited by Bob Batchelor and Jesse Kavadlo

Update: The editors are still accepting submissions. We are particularly interested in adding essays that discuss Michael Chabon's short fiction, create connections to one or more themes in American literature, and/or situate Chabon's work within the concept of the American Experience, whatever you take that to mean in the context of your essay. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief CV/biography to both Bob Batchelor ( and Jesse Kavadlo ( by January 1, 2013.

Original CFP: Scholarly essays sought on the work of Michael Chabon. This collection of essays (edited by Bob Batchelor, Kent State University, and Jesse Kavadlo, Maryville University) will be the first volume in the Scarecrow Press "Contemporary American Literature" Series edited by Batchelor. Its goal is to provide scholars, faculty members, student readers, and the general reading public with creative, well-researched, and well-written analyses on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon.

While Chabon is one of America's most celebrated and prolific authors, this book will be the first of its kind, aiming to place Chabon's work in the heart of defining the American experience. Toward this end, the book's essays together should cover as much of Chabon's oeuvre as possible—The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), Wonder Boys (1995), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), The Final Solution (2004), The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007), Gentlemen of the Road (2007), and the upcoming Telegraph Avenue (2012); short story collections A Model World and Other Stories (1991) and Werewolves in Their Youth (1999); the young adult novel Summerland (2002) and collections of nonfiction Maps and Legends (2008) and Manhood for Amateurs (2009).

Topics may include but are not limited to the following, as they relate to Chabon's work:
-genre, in any sense of the word: blending genres; high, low, and middle; revisionist approaches to genre
-uses of specific genres: detective fiction, superhero stories and comics, action and adventure
-as nonfiction writer, critic, short story writer, children's book writer, public speaker, and anthologist
-metafiction, writing itself, writing style, and the writing process
-fictional history and historical fiction
-gender and masculinity
-Jewish themes and tropes
-creativity, fantasy, and the imagination
-influence of mass communications, popular culture, technology, publishing, and other forces on the literature
-other topics as appropriate that examine Chabon, his influence, and work

All chapters will also be expected to provide solid, thoughtful close readings of the works in question.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief CV/biography to both Bob Batchelor ( and Jesse Kavadlo ( by October 15, 2012. Also, please send questions or comments regarding the anthology to the editors at your convenience.
Authors of accepted abstracts will need to submit completed essays of 5,000-7,000 words by March 1, 2013.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 49009Disruptive Disrespect in the College ClassroomAmanda Morris, PhDamandamorrisphd@gmail.com1354119145general_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: Amanda Morris, PhDcontact email:

CFP for edited collection of creative nonfiction stories of experience in the college classroom specifically focused on the growing phenomenon of college student disrespect: causes, results, proof, and solutions Tentatively titled Disruptive Disrespect in the College Classroom, this collection will be submitted to Kindle Singles at the end of January 2013. Stories/essays of 1,500 – 2,000 words in any form (creativity and imagination in form and style encouraged!) should be submitted to the editor, Amanda Morris, at no later than January 15, 2013. Total collection word count will not exceed 30,000, so there may be an opportunity to create a second collection (Part Two) if enough stories are submitted.

Anonymous submissions are encouraged, given the persnickety nature of academia – I will identify authors by position, region, and years of college teaching experience (ie, Mid-Atlantic Assistant Professor, 6 years). Submissions welcome from professors and students who have firsthand experience with any kind of student-created disruptive disrespect in the college classroom or environment (such as emails, office meetings, etc.). Visuals are also welcomed (such as photographs of student notes left on whiteboards), but not required. The target audience will be parents of current and future college students. Please go beyond ranting and create a story that shows the experience vividly, and consider including potential solutions as well (although this is just a suggestion). These stories of experience are important to share so that we can contribute to changing this problem in a broader way. If accepted, all profits will be donated to the nonprofit literacy organization, Room to Read.

cfp categories: general_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topics 49010The CEA Critic solicits articles on "The Idea of the West." Deadline 4/23/2013The CEA Criticcea.critic@unco.edu1354119866african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The CEA Criticcontact email:

The University of Northern Colorado is the new home of The CEA Critic, the journal of the College English Association. The University is located in Greeley, Colorado, a city named for famed journalist Horace Greeley, who popularized (although was not the first to utter) the injunction, "Go West, young man!" For Greeley, and for so many others before and after him, the West has been a location both literal and figurative. For this issue, the new editors solicit essays that investigate, reflect on, seek to define, or look to challenge the notion of the West as it is addressed in any mode or genre of text.

Submissions, in MS Word format, should be sent to Please submit two copies, one with the author's name and affiliation and one without any author identification. In addition, please include, in your correspondence, an abstract of your paper and a statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere. Please also indicate if you are a graduate student. We welcome submissions for graduate students and seek to publish one paper by a graduate student in each issue.
Additional guidelines for submission are available on our website:

Please note: The CEA Critic will publish only articles by members of the College English Association. Non-members are welcome to submit but must join the CEA in order for accepted submissions to be published.

Address submissions and inquiries about The CEA Critic to the editor at:

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49011Violence in the Early Modern Period (February 15-16, 2013)The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michiganjphampst@umich.edu1354123827bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigancontact email:

Keynote speakers: Prof. Melissa Sanchez (English, University of Pennsylvania) and Prof. Mitchell Merback (History of Art, Johns Hopkins University)

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the instances, effects, and functions of violence throughout sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. How we understand violence effectively informs how we understand other far-reaching phenomena in the period—e.g., colonization; performances of ability, class, gender, race, and sex; public entertainment; religious reformation(s); social discipline; and urbanization. Recent scholarship has evinced a renewed interest particularly in the dynamics between violence and power, and this conference will therefore focus on a variety of related questions. When and where did violence serve the interests of hegemonic power? When and where did it thwart the interests of hegemonic power? How did violence shape identities? Collectives? Cultures? By whom or by what was violence practiced and endured? What were the costs of violence? What were the rewards?

The Early Modern Colloquium is a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan. It will give priority to abstracts submitted by graduate students. Please send any questions to John Paul Hampstead ( or Amrita Dhar (

Please submit 250-300 word proposals to John Paul Hampstead and Amrita Dhar (at the same addresses) by December 30, 2012.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writing 49012Rupert Thomson: a critical symposiumUniversity of Manchesterrupertthomsonsymposium@gmail.com1354127637ethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Manchestercontact email:

Rupert Thomson: a critical symposium

14th June 2013

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Keynote Speakers: John McAuliffe (Manchester) and Rupert Thomson

An academic conference supported by the University of Manchester @artsmethods and Gylphi's Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series

Proposals are invited for papers for the first academic symposium focusing on contemporary writer Rupert Thomson, whose work includes eight novels (with Secrecy, his ninth, due in March 2013) and a celebrated memoir (This Party's Got to Stop, 2010). Despite widespread critical acclaim, there has as yet been no sustained academic engagement with Thomson's writing.

Thomson's extraordinarily varied oeuvre offers a compelling case study in late twentieth and early twenty-first century literature: an experimental and innovative corpus without a dominant that engages with the legacies of – yet seeks to move beyond – postmodernism. Each text represents an innovative engagement with form and subject matter, ranging from a dystopian alternative future (Divided Kingdom, 2005), to a meditation on crime and cultural memory (Death of a Murderer, 2007) and an unsettling exploration of gender violence (The Book of Revelation, 1999). Their settings vary from the distinctly British to the international (Air and Fire, 1993) and the mysteriously displaced (The Insult, 1996).

The organisers welcome papers ranging in discipline and on any topic related to Rupert Thomson's work. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

• Genre: Considering Thomson's texts as engagements with or challenges to specific genres or theories of genre. Could include comparison with authors like David Peace, China Miéville and David Mitchell who receive scholarly attention for their own blurring of the literary/genre divide.

• Britishness: How far do the texts' transnational spaces – and Thomson's own status as an expat for most of his writing career – challenge the very category of 'British' writers and writing?

• Reception: What perspectives does the reception of Thomson's work raise when considering the crafting of the contemporary canon through literary review culture and/or academia.

• Gender: Considering the complex representations of gender in Thomson's work, including the relationships between masculinity, sexuality and masochism.

• Violence: How is violence figured in Thomson's work, especially sexual violence committed by female perpetrators and accomplices, and apparently random violent acts?

• Memory texts: How does Thomson figure the frailty and power of memory – both individual and collective? How does this presentation of memory shape his historical fictions?

• Dystopias: What are the politics of futurity and how does literary dystopia function in Thomson's work?

• The contemporary memoir: Does the memoir represent a break in Thomson's oeuvre (coinciding with his move to Granta)? How does it speak to other recent memoirs penned by contemporary writers (e.g. Maggie Gee, Jeanette Winterson)?

• Style: How does literary style operate as a distinctive element of Thomson's work?

• Author function: In what ways does Thomson's corpus challenge the notion of 'the author' as both a conceptual and a critical category, as well as a staple of the marketing and consumption of contemporary fiction?

An edited collection based on the proceedings of the conference is planned as part of Gylphi's Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio should be sent to Rebecca Pohl and Chris Vardy at by 15th February 2013.

For further information about attending the conference:

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyond 4901319th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference, 18-20 July 2013Southern Writers, Southern Writing swswgradconference@gmail.com1354131176african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Southern Writers, Southern Writing contact email:

The 19th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2013 Faulkner Conference will be available at

The Graduate Students in the Department of English invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern literature and writers. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 18-20 July 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thadious M. Davis, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English at The University of Pennsylvania and most recently author of _Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature_.

The conference regularly features panels on authors William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Jean Toomer, and Eudora Welty, as well as contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, Richard Ford, Fannie Flagg, Larry Brown, and Lee Smith. Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature, however.

Especially welcome are submissions on:
Defining and problematizing "The South"
Topics in race, gender, class, and identity
The U.S. South in global contexts
Southern space and place
Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the Southern landscape
Religion, gothic, and "the grotesque"
Interdisciplinary studies
Folklore, material culture, and community
Film and media studies
Letters, diaries, and periodicals
Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature

We also invite creative submissions, including poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts that deal with Southern themes or settings.

We are happy to introduce a Faulkner Paper Prize this year in addition to the annual Colby H. Kullman Award for the top critical and creative submissions.

Please send a 200–300-word abstract of a critical work or an entire creative work to The conference reading-limit for critical works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation, summer address, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 1 April 2013. For more information, please contact Amy K. King at

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49014Trans-Scripts CFP: "Thinking Activism" (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2013)Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, or transscriptsjournal@gmail.com1354135458african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvinecontact email: or

Trans-Scripts – an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the third volume is "Thinking Activism."

Activism can take many forms; as an intellectual labor, it challenges current structures of knowledge production and has the potential to reinvent the university's role within and against the cultures that sponsor it. To that end, we seek submissions in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the productive intersections of scholarship (what some might call "theory") and activism (what some might call "practice"), as well as submissions that address the differences between these two modes of thinking and doing.

The popular democratic protests of the last few years make it all the more crucial that we address the ways in which our own positionality or privilege is enabled by systems of power that actively work to dispossess people. It is important, now more than ever, for academic scholarship to address its relationship to activism, in an attempt to provide new meaning to the purpose and direction of academic research. The concerns outlined here have produced and are productive of critical scholarship in a vast range of disciplines, including literature, law, medicine, rhetoric, anthropology, gender studies, sociology, English, economics, history, political science, and critical race studies, to name a few.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

- Historical or theoretical examinations of activist movements, strategies, and tactics
- Coalition building across time, space, and issue areas; transnational networks of scholars and activists
- Post-recession governmental austerity measures and their social effects
- The privatization of higher education and student (financial) dispossession in the United States as well as abroad, where student movements, like the Chilean student protests (2011-2012), continue to demand educational reform.
- Conservative activism (i.e. the Tea Party) and the academy
- Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and social justice
- Police brutality, including the limits and potentialities of law enforcement reform
- Radical visions for peace and public safety
- Rhetoric and democratic participation
- Immigration policy and reform
- Sexual violence
- Gender (in)equality, particularly in light of recent attempts to legislate women's bodies and healthcare in the United States, as well as its instantiations in different local contexts abroad
- Marriage (in)equality, LGBT rights, and other homonormative forms of inclusion
- Significant budget cuts to social services, like those we have seen in the UK
- Religious discrimination and violence
- The relationship between text and critic
- The move towards public writing in Composition Studies
- Anthropology's reflexive turn and other questions regarding the ethics of participant-observation (ethnography)
- Action-research methodologies
- Poverty and homelessness, particularly in light of recession-era global increases
- Death penalty debates
- Affirmative Action debates
- The personal as political, and other phenomenological extensions of feminist theory
- Protest as performance (and vice versa)
- Identity politics and its critiques
- Medical-Industrial Complex and/or Patient Advocacy
- Ability as a category of analysis / The rise of Disability Studies
- Public space and free speech
- Critical Pedagogy and its discontents
- An examination of what is or should be the relationship between the community and the university
- Broad trends of anti-intellectualism or (conversely) academic exceptionalism
- Academic publication and the public sphere (i.e. academic freedom in publicly-funded universities)
- Thought crimes; the (literal) policing of radical ideology, both inside and outside of institutionalized educational environments

Trans-Scripts welcomes all submissions that engage topics related to activist-scholarship or activism more broadly. They may, but certainly need not, address the examples listed above. Submissions need not conform to any disciplinary or methodological criteria. They need only be original, well researched, and properly cited in MLA style. English language contributions from all universities in all countries will be considered. In addition, we welcome contributions from independent scholars who are not affiliated with any formal institution.

Faculty Contributors

In addition to selected student work, renowned academics will contribute editorial pieces, offering students the chance to place their work in conversation with experts in various fields. Past contributors have included Étienne Balibar, Hortense Spillers, Lee Edelman, and Roderick Ferguson.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process

The deadline for submission is January 1, 2013. All submissions should be written in English. The total word count should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

All pieces should be submitted as a word document attached in an email to The email should include your name, institution, program/department, and an email address at which you can be contacted. Any queries may be directed to the same email address. Please also include a short abstract of less than 300 words describing the content and argument of the piece.

Each piece will be reviewed by both members of the editorial collective and one of the journal's faculty advisors from the relevant discipline(s). Pieces accepted for publication will then be returned to the author with editorial suggestions. The editors will do all they can to give authors as much time as possible to make changes to their submissions after review.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49016Update: Tarot at the 2013 PCA/ACA ConferencePopular Culture Association/American Culture Association conferenceaugeremily@gmail.com1354148324cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conferencecontact email:

The deadline for submissions to the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Washington DC (27-30 March 2013) has been extended to Dec. 7, 2012.

Submissions to the Tarot area are welcomed. Details available at the conference and area chair's websites.

Emily E. Auger, Tarot area chair

PCA/ACA Conference website:

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturereligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49017[UPDATE] Shakespeare on Film & Television (Deadline 12/17/12; Conference 3/27/13 through 3/30/13)Popular Culture Association / American Culture Associationrichard.vela@uncp.edu1354150821film_and_televisionrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association / American Culture Associationcontact email:


The Shakespeare on Film and Television Area of the National Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association is calling for papers for its annual conference. This year the PCA/ACA will meet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday March 27 through Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road NW, 20008 Washington. For further information, contact the conference website

We have previously had panels on the following topics and invite new ideas all the time.

-What is a Shakespeare Adaptation?
-The Future of Shakespeare Adaptations
-Translating Shakespeare into Film: Additions and Omissions
-Shakespeare and the Genre Film
-Shakespearean Auteurs
-Shakespeare in Silent Film
-Shakespeare biopics (including Anonymous)
-Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace
-Bollywood Shakespeare
-Latino Shakespeare
-Sitcom Shakespeare
-Animated and cartoon Shakespeares
-Shakespeare Retold on British Television
-The BBC Television Productions
-Slings and Arrows, Shakespeare on Canadian Television
-Apocalyptic/Millennial Shakespeare
-Twenty-First Century Shakespeare
-Metatheatrical Shakespeare: Putting on the Plays
-Transgressive Shakespeare
-Acting Shakespeare
-Shakespeare and Sexuality
-Shakespeare's Families
-Shakespeare for the Classroom

Please submit a 250 word proposal and a brief CV by Monday, December 17, 2012 to the PCAACA conference website at

Feel free to send inquiries directly to me:
Richard Vela
Area Chair, Shakespeare on Film and Television
English and Theatre Department
The University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Pembroke, NC 28372

Graduate students, faculty who are early in their career, and scholars travelling internationally are especially encouraged to check the travel grants section of the conference website as soon as possible,

cfp categories: film_and_televisionrenaissance 49018Childhood Studies at the American Studies annual meeting in November, 2013Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus, American Studies Associationnicholas.syrett@unco.edu1354154419americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus, American Studies Associationcontact email:

The Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) is soliciting papers to form into panels for the next annual meeting of the ASA in Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013. The theme of next year's meeting is "Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent" (full CFP is here:

The Caucus encourages scholars working at the intersections of childhood and American studies to submit proposals that interrogate the conference theme in relation to their research. Papers might consider a variety of issues in relation to the theme: student debt, notions of children's indebtedness to parents, cultures of debt surrounding childrearing, class and children's experiences, impacts of the recent (or previous) recessions on children's culture, etc.

As we receive paper submissions, we will unite scholars working on similar issues into coherent panels, solicit chairs and/or commentators, and select two panels to sponsor for the program. Our goal is to increase the presence of childhood studies in the American Studies Association.

Those interested should submit an abstract (max. 500 words) and a brief bio (2 sentences) to Rebecca Onion ( and Nick Syrett ( by January 1st. Please also feel free to email with questions.

Rebecca Onion
Postdoctoral Fellow
Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science

Nicholas Syrett
Associate Professor of History
University of Northern Colorado

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinary 490192013 PAMLA Conference: Call for Special Session Proposals: December 15, 2012Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationsvonkin@netzero.net1354174486african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Associationcontact email:

Proposals for special sessions at the 2013 PAMLA conference, which will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California, are due Saturday, December 15, 2012. To propose a special session, please send a 40 to 50 word abstract (describing the scope and significance of your proposed session), session title, your name, affiliation, and email of choice to Cheryl Edelson ( by 11:59 pm Hawaii Time on December 15, 2012.

Special sessions may be on a range of topics related to the humanities, including literature, linguistics, film, media, culture, or an interdisciplinary topic. Special sessions should be on a topic sufficiently different from PAMLA's standing session topics, specific enough to create an exciting discussion, but general enough to be of wide interest. If your proposal is approved, potential panelists will have until March 31, 2013 to propose a paper to your special session via PAMLA's online submission system. Then, you would work with Craig Svonkin, PAMLA Executive Director, on forming your session. PAMLA does not usually approve special session proposals for pre-formed sessions.

The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture." The theme is intended to allow special sessions dealing with all aspects of the intersection of Age, Identity, and Culture, from Childhood Studies to Aging Studies. Sessions might explore such issues as the analysis of "age" as depicted in literary and cultural products; children's literature, film, and culture; childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age as constructed or performed identities; the ways that literature and media depict and construct concepts of age, in much the same way that ethnic, Marxist, and gender studies explore ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender formation. We'd love to receive special session proposals on this theme, but sessions may cover various fields of interest. If your special session proposal is accepted, it will be included on PAMLA's call for papers, and you will receive submissions, decide which proposers get invited, and then preside over the formed session at the conference.

Should your proposed session be approved, we can only guarantee you one session at the conference (should you receive a sufficient number of strong proposals to justify a session). PAMLA's ninety minute sessions tend to have either three or four panelists. Splitting your session into two might be possible, depending upon space issues. Should you receive so many fine submissions as to justify the split, you must ask PAMLA Executive Director, Craig Svonkin ( ), to approve your request to split your session into two sessions. In other words, you must request a split before inviting more than four panelists to join your session. Normally, presiding officers cannot present a paper in their own session, but they may propose a paper to other sessions.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Cheryl Edelson, First Vice President of PAMLA and Professor of English at Chaminade University: For technical questions about PAMLA's conference, please contact PAMLA Executive Director, Craig Svonkin ( ).

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49020The Dark Side of the DigitalCenter for 21st Century Studiesc21@uwm.edu1354205686african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Center for 21st Century Studiescontact email:

A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies at UW-Milwaukee
May 2-4, 2013

At least since the 1980s, the digital has been the occasion for enthusiastic, often utopian, dreams. In almost every area of human and nonhuman endeavor—finance, consumer culture, technoscience, education, medicine, communication, or the arts—digital technologies have been heralded as revolutionary if not redemptive. But there has always been a dark side to such digital enthusiasm—dark places that scholars of the digital tend to overlook as they illuminate new fields and paths; dark practices that intensify social inequalities and accelerate environmental destruction; and dark politics that often remain obscure to global media users. Devastating labor conditions at factories like FoxConn in China are exacerbated by the appetite for next generation iPhones or iPads. Securitization and data mining are fueled by the eagerness of contemporary media users to share their search patterns, location, and affective labor. And the environmental destruction from disposing the hazardous waste of still functioning but outmoded media devices, or mining for the precious metals that the continued production of these new devices require, is mostly invisible to the consumers of new tablets, mobile phones, HD monitors, and netbooks.

The Dark Side of the Digital seeks proposals for critical, historical, and theoretical papers and creative presentations that shed light on some of the dangerous but overlooked consequences of the 21st-century transformation from mechanical reproduction to digital remediation. We are especially interested in work that pays particular attention to the conjunction of neoliberalism and socially networked digital media, in order to offer some suggestions about how the digital can best move forward in the 21st century. In particular we seek papers and presentations that pursue instances of specific digital technologies in such realms as:

  • surveillance and security
  • cyberwar and drone warfare
  • technoscience
  • media, arts, or culture
  • communication
  • education
  • economy and finance
  • energy, resource, and waste management
  • medicine and healthcare

Proposals should also address strategies for resisting some of the more perfidious elements of the digital, including those that emerge from and must remain in the interstices of the 21st century networked society of control. We invite contributions from practitioners of digital arts and sciences, media theorists and philosophers, historians, cultural critics, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and other analysts of digital technologies and culture.

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV by Friday, January 4 to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies,

Details about the CFP can be found on The Dark Side of the Digital conference website. Confirmed plenary speakers for the conference are Sandra Braman (UWM), micha cárdenas (USC), Julie Cohen (Georgetown), Greg Elmer (Ryerson), Lisa Nakamura (Michigan), Rita Raley (UC-Santa Barbara), McKenzie Wark (New School), and Andrew Norman Wilson (artist).

The Dark Side of the Digital Conference is co-sponsored by UWM's Center for Information Policy Research.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 49021ALA 2013: Zelda Fitzgerald24rd Annual Conference American Literature; swanderson3@wisc.edu1354205705americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: 24rd Annual Conference American Literature Associationcontact email:;

May 23-26, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

This panel seeks papers that explore Zelda Fitzgerald's critical role as an artist in her own right (author/painter/dancer) apart from her husband and the limiting "Fitzgerald myth." We welcome papers that explore any of Fitzgerald's artistic works from any theoretical or critical perspective.

Please submit to Sarah Wood Anderson ( and Rickie-Ann Legleitner ( by January 4, 2013 a 250-word abstract, a brief cv (2-3 pages), and an indication of any audio-visual requirements. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (Microsoft Word files or pdfs preferred).

Papers should be 20 minutes (8-9 pages) in length. Brief discussion will follow the presentations. Please note that as per ALA guidelines, no one may present more than one paper at the conference.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culture 49022[Update] Renaissance Men at the Middle TempleLondon Renaissance Seminar/Birkbeck, name / name of organization: London Renaissance Seminar/Birkbeck, Londoncontact email:


Renaissance Men at the Middle Temple


1st and 2nd February, 2013

To be held at Middle Temple Hall and Birkbeck College, London

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Confirmed speakers:
Dr Sarah Knight (Leicester University), Dr Subha Mukherji (Cambridge University), Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University), Dr Paul Raffield (Warwick University) and Professor Jessica Winston (Idaho State University)

'Delight in revels and in banqueting
Wanton discourses, musicke and merie songes'

The four Inns of Court were, according to Ben Jonson, 'the noblest nurseries of humanity'. All highly influential in terms of their members' legal, political and artistic roles, the Middle Temple proved a particularly fertile context. At the end of Elizabeth's reign especially, the Middle Temple saw many of its members involved in the creation, reception and development of literature and performance. The Inn was a training ground for men who came to transgress and challenge societal norms, and whose future careers were to influence disparate areas of life, from law and politics to dance and drama. Famous members of Middle Temple included John Marston, John Ford, John Webster, Edward Sharpham, Richard Martin, John Davies, John Hoskins, Henry Wotton, Thomas Overbury, Benjamin Rudyerd, Charles Best and John Manningham.

Traditionally a night of celebration, the second day is Candlemas, and the conference will conclude with our own Revels, including dinner and entertainment in Middle Temple Hall. There will be a medley of music, dance and drama inspired by some of the Renaissance Men of the Middle Temple featured in the conference, with performers in historical costume, including The Nonsuch Dancers. The evening event is also open to those not attending the conference.

See or email one of the conference organizers:
Jackie Watson – and
Darren Royston -

Conference hosted by the London Renaissance Seminar

The London Renaissance Seminar meets regularly at Birkbeck College, London,
holding seminars, events and conferences.
See or contact

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesrenaissancetheatre 49023"Considering Relevance" -- SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference, March 8-9, 2013SUNY Albany English Graduate Student Organizationegsoalbany@gmail.com1354218524african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: SUNY Albany English Graduate Student Organizationcontact email:

SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
March 8-9, 2013 –

When we are confronted with questions of "relevance," we often make quick evaluations about the timeliness of a particular mode of thought or approach as it relates to the work we do today. Concepts of relevance not only play a major role in the way we conceive of and practice academic inquiry but also function as wider and more fundamental elements of political, ethical, and historical discourse beyond academic and institutional venues. While the increasing specializations of disciplines encourage us to consider relevance as already evident, this conference invites participants to think of relevance as a normative and historically determined concept. Changes in relation to crises and contradictions are often seen as occurring beyond the accepted boundaries of relevance as a particular field of study has constructed them. This conference invites scholars and students to explore this—often unstated—relation between crisis and relevance with an eye to further defining and extending the current interdisciplinary trend in the humanities and social sciences. We aim to encourage an open articulation and theorization of the notion of relevance that is both imaginatively and historically informed and that self-consciously accounts for its own relevance inside and outside the current fields of academic inquiry and artistic production.

Multiple crises relating to education, economy, ecology, and the political climate, among others, press us to consider the role that conceptions of relevance—new and old—play inside and outside of our academic communities. With these particular crises in mind, we hope to build on previous theories which allow us to examine, critique, and recognize the stated and unstated constructions of relevance as having both a history and a (precarious) future. We hope, by bringing together the threads of this conversation, to outline the historical and intellectual conditions required for a realization or articulation of new conceptions of relevance. Therefore, this conference aims to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and speak to broader crises and concerns in the world at large. We envision a collective rethinking of the notion of relevance and its connection to crisis in direct relation to the work we do. We are specifically interested in presenters and scholars who invest in the stakes and crises surrounding their work and its larger impact in professional and public discourses. In this way, this conference is a step in trying to assert the relevance of relevance itself as a normative category that continually establishes grounds for the work we do as both scholars and citizens.

For our 11th Annual Conference, we invite graduate students of any discipline to consider the applications and effects of relevance. We schedule approximately 15 to 20 minutes for each presentation. For research or critical presentations, please submit a 250-word abstract to by January 18, 2013.

We are also seeking graduate student artists to submit proposals. The conference will offer an opportunity for presentations from creative writers, visual artists, performers, audio/video or digital artists, and any students actively engaged in other creative media, which would ideally include discussion about how your work deals with issues of relevance. We schedule approximately 15 to 20 minutes for each presentation. Please send an e-mail with a small sample of your creative work (.mp3, .jpeg, .tif, .avi, .mp4, or .doc files) as well as a 250-word description of your presentation to by January 18, 2013. Video projectors, computers, speakers, and other technologies can be arranged to supplement presentations.

Possible considerations might include:

• Body, Sexuality, and Gender: changing notions of normalcy and deviance
• Image and Text: visual representation, changing nature of advertising
• Reading, Writing, and Teaching Practices: texts read and written in and outside the university classroom, pedagogical concerns
• Critical Methodologies and Specialization: academic jargon and mainstream language
• Canon and Value: dictating high literary value or "truth"
• Creative Arts: art in culture and academia, marginalizations, categorizations and genre
• Art Markets: commodification of art, institutionalization of creative art, the "Program" era
• Theory and Relevance: frames and the identification of importance
• Scientific Relevance: paradigms and scientific crises; science il/literacy and its accessibility to the public; public, private, and government
• Technology: history and practice
• Interdisciplinarity: finding legitimacy elsewhere, corporate model of the university
• Eco-relevance and Environmentalism: global warming and its effects, shifting conceptions of the natural, humanity's relevance to its ecosystem
• Geography and Borders: art crossing borders, uneven development, spatial negotiations

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49024Society for the Study of Working Class Literature Panel at ALA 2013 (1/18/2013; ALA 05/23-26/2013)Society for the Study of Working Class Literature timothy-robbins@uiowa.edu1354223544african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Society for the Study of Working Class Literature contact email:


In The Problem with Work (2011), Kathi Weeks hails labor as an important "site of interpellation," observing that "the workplace is where, as Marx described it, the seller of labor power becomes 'labour-power in action, a worker'" (9). Besides the compulsory subjectification of the workplace pronounced by Marx, working class writers have had complicated relationships with sites of work. Workplaces evoke the degradation of the factory line, ghostly presences of abandoned mills or forced migrations from scorched farmland. Yet places of work also act as spaces of self-constitution; they are places where communities form in solidarity, they act as empowering spaces of strikes and resistance, and function as the very site where the agency of cultural creation takes place.

The Society for the Study of Working-Class Literature invites proposals for our session(s) on "Workplaces" at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 23-26, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

We are interested in proposals that interrogate "workplaces" or ruminate on "place of work" in general. We welcome proposals examining texts by working-class writers, works addressed to working-class audiences, and/or representations of the working class in literature. We especially welcome proposals that draw attention to lesser-known writings.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters per panel.
For more information, and to join the Society's electronic mailing list, go to:
Deadline: January 18, 2013

Please send a one-page abstract and a brief C.V. to:
Timothy Robbins
University of Iowa
Timothy Robbins, Doctoral Candidate
English Department
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49025A NEW FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING SCHOLARS AND WRITERSThe Posen Foundationfellowships@posenfoundation.org1354223778ethnicity_and_national_identityfull name / name of organization: The Posen Foundationcontact email:




January 15, 2013

The Posen Foundation is pleased to inaugurate the Posen Society of Fellows, an international cohort of emerging scholars and writers whose work deals with Jewish subject matter. Each Fellow receives $40,000 over two years, and the opportunity to attend an annual gathering led by prestigious scholars and writers.

The Posen Foundation is now soliciting applications for the 2013-2015 class of Fellows.


We welcome applications from doctoral students writing their dissertations on subjects related to modern Jewish history and culture. Applicants should submit a cover letter stating their academic interest, curriculum vitae, a dissertation prospectus, a writing sample of no more than 15 pages, and a letter of recommendation from a major advisor. Evidence of a commitment to teaching is important. Applications should be emailed to with the subject "Dissertation Fellowship—Name." If sent separately, recommendations should be emailed to the same address with the subject "Dissertation Recommendation—Name." All application materials should be submitted in English. All applicants should have completed their exams before April 1, 2013.

Writers must be at work on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection, and should not yet have published their first book. Applicants should submit a cover letter stating their background and career ambitions, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a description of their work in progress, and a description of how their writing sample fits into their larger work. Short story writers should submit two or three short stories; novelists should submit between 30-40 pages of prose. Application materials may be submitted in English or Hebrew. Applications should be emailed to with the subject "Fiction Writing Fellowship—Name."

Awards will be announced by April 1, 2013

For more information, visit

The Posen Foundation promotes Jewish learning, academic research in Jewish history and culture, and participation in Jewish cultural life.

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identity 49026CFP "Romanticism and Peace." NASSR 2013 Boston John 1354223864eighteenth_centuryromanticvictorianfull name / name of organization: John Buggcontact email:

"Romanticism and Peace": Special Session at NASSR 2013, ("Romantic Movements," Boston, August 8-11, 2013)

"Peace is not an absence of war," wrote Spinoza, "it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." This panel will proceed from Spinoza's notion that peace is an active principle rather than a void characterizing periods between military conflict. The years
between the storming of the Bastille and the defeat of Napoleon have traditionally been understood as a time of continual war, an era of violent bloodshed over issues of land, class, nation, and resources. But to view the Romantic era exclusively through the lens of war runs the risk of overlooking the significant reaching after peace that also characterizes the period, a process reflected in the unprecedented number of treaties produced at this time, from the Peace of Paris in 1783 to the London Straits Convention of 1841. Attempts to theorize, to imagine, and most importantly, to bring about peace, were significant if often overlooked forces in Romantic- era culture, a culture preoccupied not only with conflict but with conflict resolution.

Please send a 250-word abstract to John Bugg ( by January 15, 2013.

cfp categories: eighteenth_centuryromanticvictorian 49027CFP: CONFERENCE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERARY STUDIES 6-8 June 2013University of Banja Luka & DeMontfort Universitycells@unibl.rs1354226334americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Banja Luka & DeMontfort Universitycontact email:

1st International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with De Montfort University (UK)

Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Language, Literature and Culture
Banja Luka, 6 – 8 June 2013


The Department of English, at the Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Department of English and Creative Writing, Faculty of Design, Arts and Humanities, De Montfort University (United Kingdom) are pleased to announce their first conference on English language and literary studies CELLS: Going against the Grain – Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Language, Literature and Culture.
The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences across the fields of English language and literary studies, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues raised in the fields of literature, culture, linguistics, translation studies and applied linguistics. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- contemporary approaches to the study of language, literature and culture;
- traditional vs. new approaches to the study of language, literature and culture;
- the migration of meaning across different languages;
- human universals and cultural/linguistic difference;
- the relationship between meaning, multiplicity of meaning and meaninglessness;
- integration of languacultural and intercultural studies into existing FLT curricula.
The official language of the conference is English.

- Terry Eagleton (Distinguished Professor of English Literature, Lancaster University, UK)
- Geoffrey K. Pullum (Brown University, Visiting Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences & University of Edinburgh, Professor of General Linguistics)
- Andy Mousley (Reader in Critical Theory and Renaissance Literature, De Montfort University, UK)

Please send an abstract of up to 300 words (MS Word 2003-2007) to the following e-mail address:
Abstracts should be anonymous containing only the name of the paper, the body of the abstract and references.
Please send the following information in the body of the e-mail:
(1) Title of the paper
(2) Name of the author(s)
(3) Affiliation of the author (s)
(4) Key words
(5) E-mail address
(6) Bio note (no more than 100 words)

20 December, 2012 Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
15th January, 2013 Notification of Acceptance
15th February, 2013 Registration


The conference fee is 80 Euros. The fee includes:
- conference pack
- conference break refreshments
- wine reception.
For the participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conference fee is 50 Euros.
Accommodation can be arranged by the organizers upon request.
All the details and important information can be found at the conference website. (active from September 15th, 2012)
A selection of papers will be published after the conference.


We look forward to your proposals.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Dr Petar Penda,
Vice-Dean for Publishing and Science
Faculty of Philology
University of Banja Luka

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49029$5,000 Maass Grant Call for ApplicationsManuscript Societyedow1@earthlink.net1354238750african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Manuscript Societycontact email:

The Manuscript Society is accepting applications for its $5,000 Ricard Maass Memorial Research Grant, available to students at member colleges and universities. The grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts, such as travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees. For more information, see the website.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49030[UPDATE] Georgia State University New Voices Graduate Student Conference - Deadline ExtendedGeorgia State University Graduate English Association New Voices Conferencenewvoices11@gmail.com1354242455african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Georgia State University Graduate English Association New Voices Conferencecontact email:

For more information, see :

Or see the CFP below:

New Voices Conference 2013
Featured Theme:
Monsters, Villains & Aberrations: A Conference of Dark Proportions

In a time when villainous fantasy creatures abound in popular media, it is becoming increasingly important to explore the reasons our culture is so drawn to these characters and tropes. This is especially true since we also live in a time in which we seem surrounded by much more mundane, but nonetheless shocking instances of villainy, monstrosity, and aberration. Terrorists, mass-murdering dictators, and serial killers parade hourly across our television screens. Some new "Frankenfood" appears on our supermarket shelves each week. Cable reality shows chronicle with sensationalistic zeal the lives of those who are in some way physically and/or mentally different from "normal" society. Yet our obsession with the deviant and the monstrous is really nothing new. From Enkidu in the ancient Sumerian epic Gilgamesh to Frankenstein's monster and Dracula in the nineteenth century, human cultures across time and across the globe have always been fascinated with representing that which frightens, appalls, and defies our definitions of what's normal. This conference invites scholars from all over the world to contribute research on the 'dark side' of the humanities, while not necessarily limiting themselves to the baddies of contemporary popular culture.

January 17, 18 & 19
Georgia State University Union

New Voices is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference hosted by the Georgia State University Department of English. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines.

Suggested Topics include:

• Explorations of monstrosity/villainy/deviance in the
Gothic or other genres
• Scientific monstrosity (e.g., genetic manipulation)

• Historiographical explorations of villainy, or villains
• Rhetorical examinations of non-literary texts

• Bodies, inscripted, misappropriated, or transmogrified
• Psychological or behavioral aberrations

• Creative writing: Visions of the monstrous, or villainous
• Environmental or Theoretical mutations

****Deadline for Submission****
December 10, 2012

Registration Fee: $10
Please contact New Voices is you have any questions regarding your submission.
Department of English
Georgia State University
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970



The Graduate Student Association invites you to participate in the 2013 New Voices Conference, which will be held January 17th, 18th, and 19th, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's featured theme is Monsters, Villains, and Aberrations.

We welcome submissions for presentations, panels, roundtables, strands, and pedagogical demonstrations from ALL disciplines, on ALL topics. Your work does not have to fit the theme to be accepted!


1. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with your name, phone number, and email address.

a. Creative Writing submissions please include an abstract plus a 1-2 page excerpt.

2. For panels, please submit

a. A proposal abstract for the panel ( 400 words maximum)

b. A brief description of each individual panelist's paper (250 words maximum)

3. If your presentation requires any visual media, please let us know (projector, DVD, sound, etc).

4. Please submit email proposals as Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx), and include the phrase "New Voices abstract submission" in the subject line.

You may submit documents by:


Postal Mail:

GEA, Attn: Valerie Robin
Department of English
Georgia State University
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49031CFP: Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (JAEMA), Volume 9, 2013Australian Early Medieval name / name of organization: Australian Early Medieval Associationcontact email:

Deadline for submission: 1 May 2013

The Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (JAEMA) is an annual refereed, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the early medieval period. Volume 9 will be published in late 2013, and submissions are invited now on any topic of early medieval studies (from late antiquity and the end of the Roman Empire to about the end of the eleventh century). JAEMA seeks engaging, original work that contributes to a collective understanding of the early medieval period. The journal welcomes papers on any theme, such as history, art history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, music and theology, and from any interpretive angle – memory, gender, historiography, medievalism, consilience and beyond.

Contributions to JAEMA 9 should be submitted to by 1 May 2013. Articles must be written in English and between 6,000-12,000 words long, including footnotes and bibliography, and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). All submissions will be subject to double blind reviewing.

For any queries about submissions or the journal more generally, please contact

cfp categories: medieval 49032Neo-Victorian Cities: Re-Imagining Utopian and Dystopian Metropolises (ed. collection), abstracts due: 28 Feb.2013Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Series Editor), Swansea University, name / name of organization: Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Series Editor), Swansea University, UKcontact email:

We invite contributions on the theme of Neo-Victorian Cities for the fourth volume in Rodopi's Neo-Victorian Series, to be published in 2014. This collection will examine the retrospective presentation of nineteenth-century metropolises in the light of contemporary approaches to urban politics and geopolitics, exploring links between the city and the past's paradoxical 'modernity', now obsolete. If the metropolis is seen as a synecdoche of the world, how does this conception reiterate or contradict nineteenth-century views of the city as a synecdoche of nations and/or Empire? How do urban centres reflect environmentalist grievances or anxieties surrounding globalisation, paradoxically functioning as sites of literal and metaphorical pollution and progressive forces? Does the hypermodern understanding of urbanism as a purveyor of plural ethnoscapes, mediascapes and ideoscapes find an echo in the re-examination of nineteenth-century cities as centres of social and ideological reform and cross-cultural encounter? By essence palimpsestuous places where the past can be read in the present and where the dead co-exist with the living, metropolises naturally lend themselves to neo-Victorian thematisation. We encourage chapters to investigate the problematic tension between the city as a site of social progress as well as segregation and injustice, as an ethical place of encountering the other and a non-place of individual negation, as a location of creative experimentation and (self-)annihilation. We also welcome analyses of the technical means used by neo-Victorian literature, film, and other media to convey the idea of the city as modernity in progress and never-ending because always re-creating itself anew.

Possible topics may include, but need not be limited to the following:
• the neo-Victorian city as palimpsest & site of passage towards the present
• global cities & national identities
• the city as theatre
• the re-imagined nineteenth-century flaneur
• queering the neo-Victorian city
• global urbanism vs. imperial urbanism
• metropolitan narratives of past/present migration
• exploring the anxieties & opportunities of globalisation
• metropolitan mirrors of postmodernity
• urban race, class & gender politics & conflict
• cities' public places vs. domestic spheres
• urban architectures of crime & justice: courts of law, prisons & public executions
• (post)colonial cities & the re-visioned subaltern
• the neo-Victorian metropolis & Marxism
• city & spectacle (pageants, processions, galleries, exhibitions, etc.)
• the monstrous city: enabling spaces of crime, exploitation, and perversity
• metropolises and their margins
• the urban underground
Please send 300-500 word proposals (for 8,000-10,000 word chapters) to the series editors: Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke at and Prof Christian Gutleben at by 28 February 2013. Please add a short biographical note in the body of your email. Completed chapters will be due by 1 September 2013.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49033[UPDATE] Deadline Approaching for Stet Journal Issue on 'Dis/Orientation'King's College studiespoetrypostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: King's College Londoncontact email:

Stet, the online postgraduate journal of the English Department at King's College London, is now accepting submissions from current postgraduate students for its third peer-reviewed publication. In this issue, we will present articles from an international pool of students on the concept of dis/orientation. We seek to explore the question of how we are and have been located or dislocated in space, time, and history. Which parts of our personal, social, cultural, geographical, genetic, or technological landscape orient us? What incidents construct our conception of ourselves and our environments?

We wish to explore the concept of dis/orientation in literary and cultural studies from an interdisciplinary, cross-period perspective. Authors may choose to investigate this topic literally, metaphorically, theoretically, or in terms of the workings of memory and the mind, presenting work that generates conversations about the ways in which location, direction, orientation, and disorientation are enacted and expressed in our everyday lives through the medium of literature. This will be judged by a member of staff. Submissions might address (but need not be limited to):

• Travel writing, exile, immigration
• Sexuality, gender
• Grief, trauma, memory
• Cartography, boundaries, globalisation
• Madness, delusion, the uncanny
• Social and class identities and upheavals
• The city, psycho-geography, geopolitics
• Cultural geography, imagination, memory
• Concepts of space, place, and place making
• Virtual realities

Please send articles of no more than 5 000 words in MHRA style, along with a brief biography, to by Friday 7th December 2012. For further information please consult our website, or send queries to Victoria Carroll ( or Melissa Dickson (

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studieseighteenth_centurymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49034Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870-1000 (University of St Andrews, 8th-9th July 2013)Ed Roberts / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval name / name of organization: Ed Roberts / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studiescontact email:

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a two-day conference entitled 'Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000', to be held 8th-9th July 2013 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. This conference will explore the relationship between political authority and textual production in the later Carolingian world.

In recent years, there has been substantial re-evaluation of traditional methodological approaches to all kinds of early medieval texts, from narrative histories to documentary sources. Historians have increasingly taken stock of the interdependence of textual aspects such as audience, reception, dissemination, authorial agenda and the relationships between cultural and political elites. This reappraisal has inspired renewed interest in earlier Carolingian political history. However, the so-called 'post-Carolingian' world of the tenth century has yet to be thoroughly investigated on the same terms. How did texts produced in the late ninth- and tenth-century political climate differ from those of the preceding century? Is it possible to refashion the traditional political narrative of late Carolingian fragmentation and decline by reassessing the foundations on which this very narrative has been constructed? Our intention is to draw together recent work on the theme of political discourse in the written sources of this period. We hope to provide an international forum for established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students working on political culture and the functions of texts in the late Carolingian world.

Eight invited academics will offer papers on the conference themes. We invite proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars for 20-minute papers on any topic related to the interaction between politics and texts in this period.

The conference will include lunches, refreshments, wine reception, and an optional conference meal. We expect to be able to contribute towards speakers' accommodation and travel expenses.

For details of the confirmed programme, registration and other information, please visit our website:

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to either of the conference organisers, Roberta Cimino ( or Ed Roberts ( The deadline for submission is 1st February 2013.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalreligion 49035[UPDATE] Landscapes: Performing Space and Culture - Theatre History and Criticism Graduate ConferenceTheatre History and Criticism Program Department of Theatre at University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignILTheatreGradConference@gmail.com1354295505african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Theatre History and Criticism Program Department of Theatre at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigncontact email:

A Graduate Conference by the Theatre History and Criticism ProgramDepartment of Theatre at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

April 5th and 6th 2013

With Keynote Speakers:
Heather S. Nathans (Department of Theatre, University of Maryland)
Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson (Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University)
Jodi Byrd (American Indian Studies Program and Department of English, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)
Dianne Harris (Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the
Humanities and Departments of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Art History, and History, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)

None of us exist apart from landscapes; we are physically surrounded by various spaces and influenced by many ideas and types of intellectual activity. In everyday life stories, histories, and memories unfold as one moves through certain spaces. Physical and mental landscapes shape cultures and communities. Landscapes can dictate certain performances that are artistic, political, or social. Not only are we shaped by landscapes, but we also work to shape landscapes. We alter landscapes by physically changing them or by remembering them differently. For better or worse we alter our environment—sometimes changing the course of human history, always altering the course of individuals. We define and re-define national borders. We destroy forests and other natural spaces and plant gardens or vast fields of crops that are highly constructed. Site-specific performance seeks to create performance within and inspired by that landscape or space. In so doing the performance is shaped by the space, but the space is also altered by the performance. To perform space and culture is to contribute to shaping and re-shaping landscapes. We may understand the space differently, understand culture differently, or understand ourselves differently.

In this interdisciplinary conference, we will look at landscapes in its many manifestations, such as performing and visual arts, the political, the scientific, the legal, the historical, and the sociological. We welcome proposals from all areas of the humanities, arts, and social sciences that broadly explore the concept of landscapes as spacial and cultural sites with particular interest in elements that are theatrical and the performative.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Exploration of boundaries (or lack thereof)
• Restrictive/limiting spaces
• Public/private and space/place/liminality
• Sacred spaces
• Urbanity and rurality
• Temporal landscapes
• Auditory and/or visual landscapes
• Performing/imagining/remembering of geographies/environments/landscapes
• Site specific performances
• Landscapes and theories of race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/class/queer/cultures
• Nature, the natural and/or the denaturalizing
• Cultural and spatial adaptations
• Historical Landscapes
• Political landscapes and resistance

While this conference will feature traditional forms of papers and panels we also encourage non-traditional forms of presentation including performances of texts and visual presentations. Please send abstracts or project proposals of 300 words or less to by December 15, 2012. Undergraduate submissions will also be accepted.

Please include the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, short bio, and A/V requests. Accepted papers will be grouped into panels with papers of similar thematic material. Papers should be between 10-12 minutes.

For updated information about conference events or keynote speakers, visit:

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49036English Seventeenth-Century Literature - Oct. 10-12, 2013 - Vancouver, WashingtonRocky Mountain MLAkainglis@ucalgary.ca1354302296bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementspoetryrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Rocky Mountain MLAcontact email:

This session seeks papers on any aspect of seventeenth-century English literature. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Vancouver, Washington, USA, Oct. 10-12, 2013. Email abstracts – including your institutional affiliation and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis ( by March 1, 2013. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2013. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.

More information is available on the conference website:
English Seventeenth-Century Literature
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementspoetryrenaissancetheatre 49037[UPDATE] Burning Daylight--Sonoma State University Student Journal (October 5th- December 15th)Burning Daylight--Sonoma State Universityburningdaylight@sonoma.edu1354304541african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Burning Daylight--Sonoma State Universitycontact email:

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been extended to December 15th.

Statement of Journal:

Burning Daylight is an annual student journal published through Sonoma State University's Department of English graduate program dedicated to providing a place for the emergent voices in the field of literature. We publish original critical and theoretical essays from B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students that represent the current work, trends, and thoughts in literary criticism, composition, and rhetoric.

This issue does not have a theme so to encourage representation of a wide array of interests and ideas within the field.

Submission Guidelines:

Burning Daylight accepts submissions from October 5, 2012 through December 15th, 2012. Essays must be original work, not under review for publication elsewhere, by students from the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels. All essay submissions must be sent via email to the editor of Burning Daylight at Submissions must contain both a cover letter and the essay as two separate Microsoft Word document attachments. In order to facilitate blind review, do not have any identifying markers on your essay. Submissions will not be returned.

Essay Submission Guidelines:
10-12 pages, MLA format, standard 12 point font.

Cover letters must include the following: author's name, phone number, email address, degree in progress, name of the institution where the degree is being pursued, and the title of the essay.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49038T. S. Eliot at ALA, May 23-26T. S. Eliot Societyngish@usm.maine.edu1354324232americangeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: T. S. Eliot Societycontact email:

The T. S. Eliot Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2013 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 23-26, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send proposals (up to 250 words), along with a brief biography or curriculum vitae, to Professor Nancy K. Gish ( Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2013.

For information on the ALA and its 2013 meeting, please see the ALA website at

cfp categories: americangeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyond 49039[UPDATE] 'The Victorian Environment', AVSA, University of Melbourne, 6-8 Feb 2013Australasian Victorian Studies name / name of organization: Australasian Victorian Studies Associationcontact email:

Deadline for submissions extended until 12 December 2012.

With the pressures of industrialism and the clustering of workers in urban centres, the Victorians were acutely aware that their environment was changing. Torn between nostalgia for a countryside that was in jeopardy and exhilaration at the rapidity with which their surroundings altered, Victorian literature and culture reflects a world undergoing radical change. Colonization and assisted emigration schemes expanded the scope of the environment still further, pushing the boundaries of the home environment on an unprecedented scale. These untamed physical environments enabled new freedoms, but also posed hostile challenges that invited attempts to control the natural world.

We seek papers of no more than twenty minutes in length, which consider any aspect of how the Victorians engaged with or sought to retreat from their environment. Note that submission of an abstract signals an intention to attend the conference and that absentee papers will not be permitted.

Topics might include:

Landscape/cultivation of the land
Natural disasters and responses to them
Pollution, industrialism and place
The weather/climate
The country versus the city
The natural world
Sanitation, health, and disease
The colonial environment
Science and the classification of nature
Exploration and mapping
Visualizing the Victorian environment
Soundscapes and noise pollution
Excavation and archaeology
The environment of Victorian studies in the present
Nostalgia/the sense of an elsewhere

Please email abstracts of 200 words maximum and a brief biographical note to by no later than 12 December 2012.

Further information will be made available at

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinternational_conferencesvictorian 49040Emerging Scholars in Performance Studies, ATHE 2013Performance Studies Focus Group of the Association for Theater in Higher Educationgty2104@columbia.edu1354331995african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Performance Studies Focus Group of the Association for Theater in Higher Educationcontact email:

Call for Papers: PSFG/ATHE 2013 Emerging Scholars Panel

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association of Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars Panel. The theme of this year's conference, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, August 1-4, 2013, is P[L]AY: Performance, Pleasure, and Pedagogy.

The PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel is an opportunity for researchers to present their work at a major international conference at the outset of their career. Selected emerging scholars will be paired with a mentor from the field of Performance Studies who will offer critical feedback on submitted papers in preparation for the conference. Successful applicants will receive a $100 stipend as well as complimentary registration to the ATHE PSFG pre-conference. The PSFG will also award an Honorable Mention to an additional emerging scholar, who will be invited to attend the conference and join the focus group.

Located at the boundaries and intersections of scholarly and artistic practice, Performance Studies theorizes and analyzes embodied practices and events, and explores the ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes social life. Convened in a luxury resort just minutes away from the marvels, attractions, and distractions of the Magic Kingdom, this year's PSFG sessions will focus on the ways performance intersects with questions of play, pleasure, and payment. We invite submissions that consider new avenues of performance inquiry opened up by ludic activity. How do economic considerations—such as commodified playfulness, capitalist spectacle, and global economies of experience—provide a set of contours against which performance can approach this activity? What (cultural, political, historical) work does play perform, and what mechanisms allow the performativity of play to work? Under the banner of play, what dialogues can Performance Studies open up across the traditional divide between theory and practice?

Submissions to the PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel may engage these questions generated by the conference theme, or may relate issues raised by Performance Studies more broadly. Papers across performance modes and historical periods are welcome. Topics may include:

• contested boundaries between performance, theater, and other art forms/disciplines
• performance as a modality of (historical) knowledge and memory
• historiographical approaches to performance
• negotiating and building identity through performance
• the role of performance in shifting configurations of power and resistance
• performative strategies of the avant-garde
• conflict, confrontation, and dissensus in the performance encounter
• intersections of performance and philosophy
• performance within postcolonial and neocolonial contexts
• performativity and theatricality
• embodiment and technological culture
• complexity, ambiguity, and paradox in performance

Papers for the PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel should be 8-10 double-spaced pages in length. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 11, 2013. Please send completed papers (as attachments in Microsoft Word) along with a current CV to Gillian Young at Questions regarding the panel may also be directed to Gillian at this address. Successful applicants will be notified in late March 2013.

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Whether thematised, reported, directly dramatised, or simply hinted at, "voice" as pure sound object in English fiction has deserved little critical attention. Recent theoretical developments in the psychoanalytical field –most notably, Mladen Dolar's 2006 monographic study A Voice and Nothing More– provide an invaluable tool for a more systematic approach to a recurrent topic which has been nearly neglected in favour of "the gaze" (for which psychoanalysis itself is to be made partly responsible) and of "writing" as the support of original difference that undermines the myth of presence which deconstruction precisely attacks as a metaphysics of the voice. Understandably, poetry has been by far the major focus of theoretical and critical interest regarding the objectual, material side of sound effects present in writing (e.g. D. Wesling and T. Slawek, Literary Voice [1995]). Yet, attention to the status of the object voice as the meaningless supplement of the differential operations of signification opens up new ways to approach central questions such as subjectivity, ideology, spectrality, ethics, authority and otherness in fiction. Claire Kahane's Passions of the Voice (1995) and, particularly, a bunch of recent essays on English modernists (e.g. M. Ellmann's "Joyce's Voices", 2009; J. Paccaud-Huguet's "A Remainder that Spoils the Ear", 2008; or A. Ramel "Tess's Silent Cry", 2008) are an index of the relevance, topicality and potential of this issue. Indeed, sound-effects are a crucial narrative element not only in classic novels such as Gulliver's Travels (and its babel of odd-sounding words), Wuthering Heights (and its partly aural ghosts) or Ulysses (and its wordplay and its variety of sound-effects), but also in less known shorter pieces like, for instance, Muriel Sparks' "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (in which a young office clerk is haunted by the echo of the tunes whistled by her boss, a man revealingly called Mr Letter) or A. L. Kennedy's "A Bad Son" (in which word pronunciation and screaming play a central role in the protagonist's predicament). However, "object voice" as a theoretical concept and as a literary element is not restricted to human sounds alone, but encompasses a wide variety of acoustic effects that range from music, mechanical noises and the din of urban crowds to the sounds of nature and to silence itself as, paradoxically, "the object voice par excellence" (Žižek "'I Hear You with My Eyes'" 1996, 92).

Our plan is to put together a volume of essays that explore this topic in modern English fiction (18th century to the present) preferably, though not exclusively, from a psychoanalytical perspective based on the Lacanian concept of the voice as partial object as developed by M. Dolar, S. Žižek and others. Those interested should send a 600-word abstract of the proposed paper and a brief biographical note by February 15, 2013 to We will request the authors of selected abstracts to send the complete MS (6,000 to 9,000 words in length and following the MLA Style Manual 2008 ed.) by July 31, 2013. Once this second stage of the process is completed, the editor will approach a quality publisher with the book proposal. Our initial plan is that volume will be published in 2014.

Jorge Sacido
Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of English
Dept. of English and German Philology
University of Santiago de Compostela
Editor of Modernism, Postmodernism,
and the Short Story in English, Rodopi, 2012 ("Postmodern Studies Series" nº 48)

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We are currently inviting submissions for an edited collection on millennials in films and television.
The largest generation in America's history, the millennials or Generation Y or the Net Generation, as they are variously called, is not easy to define, although a number of general characteristics can be drawn; these 20-something young men and women never knew a world without a vast array of technological gadgets at their disposal (internet connection, mobile phones, "apps", etc.); they are at once the most media-saturated, and at the same time, ironic about the very possibility for authentic communication from these media. Moreover, they are the most educated generation in America yet they delay their careers; they view politics and societal norms with skepticism; they tend to marry later in life, and they are aware of the fact that the recent financial crisis and more general economic malaise of the recent past will deter them from acquiring the possessions their parents managed to afford. Downward mobility is a defining feature of this group, which again is a first in recent American history.
The importance of these millennials, not just as a social group but as an active and sometimes unfairly criticized part of US culture makes us wonder how their representations on such diverse films as the thriller/action/adventure The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the psychological thriller The Black Swan, the romantic comedies Friends with Benefits (2011), No Strings Attached (2011), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the dramas Remember Me (2010), A Dangerous Method (2011), and TV shows such as Girls (HBO 2012-present), Two Broke Girls (CBS 2011-present), and New Girl (FOX 2011-present), choose to have millennials deal with issues such as the politics of personal development, work, gender, social class and race, among others.
We believe this study is timely and long overdue since the bibliography regarding the representation of this vast age group as well as its firm delineation is scarce. In addition, we think this demographic is unique in and of themselves, both for their choices as individuals, and for the world they find themselves trying to navigate through.

Contributor guidelines:
1. Abstract (not to exceed 400 words) including theoretical premise, methodology and preliminary bibliography or full papers.
2. Brief one-page CV including affiliation and recent publications for each author(s).
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: January 15 2013.
4. Materials and/or questions should be submitted by e-mail to both &

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March 1, 2013

A Graduate Conference by the Ph.D. Program in French at the CUNY Graduate Center

« On ne peut être normal et vivant à la fois. »
–E.M. Cioran
« On n'est peut-être pas fait pour un seul moi. On a tort de s'y tenir. Préjugé de l'unité. »
–Henri Michaux

The notion of idiosyncrasy is inextricable from the history of cultural production. In the humanities, this is attested by the twentieth-century obsession with deconstructions of the self, from the fragmented modern self to the empty self of existentialism, the constructed self of poststructuralism, the dissolved postmodern self, and the hybrid, creolized, and cosmopolitan selves of postcolonial theory. The social sciences have also investigated idiosyncrasy, from Gaston Bachelard's notion of the epistemological rupture that breaks through common sense to Edwin Hollander's idea of "idiosyncrasy credit," Pierre Bourdieu's critique of taste, and the "binding problem" in cognitive science. Yet the twentieth century was not novel: we may also cite Rabelais's neologisms, the familiarization of strangeness in Montaigne, and the grotesque according to Victor Hugo. Nor does the question of the self exhaust the problem, for we may also consider the idiosyncratic work, the idiosyncratic medium or materiality, idiosyncratic hermeneutics, and the nexus of idiosyncrasy and technology, from print cultures to digital communities.

This conference invites graduate researchers and theorists to examine idiosyncrasy in French-language culture from a wide variety of philosophical and disciplinary perspectives. We welcome contributions not only in literary and media studies but from any and all neighboring disciplines where idiosyncrasy is an important subject, including but not limited to history, philosophy, linguistics, archeology, architecture, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, and computer science. Below is list of potential themes that is of course not exhaustive:

- the idiosyncratic self
- the idiosyncratic artwork
- disability theory and the idiosyncratic body
- cultivating idiosyncrasy as self or style
- idiosyncrasy and the human/animal nexus
- idiosyncratic mediums and materialities
- the Deleuzian anomal
- taste, class, and idiosyncrasy
- language and poetic idiosyncrasy
- cinematic auteurism
- idiosyncrasy in pop culture: cult cinema, underground comics
- idiosyncrasy in linguistics: exceptions, idioms, colloquialisms
- genre conventions and idiosyncrasy
- collecting, curating, and idiosyncrasy
- idiosyncratic hermeneutics
- postmodernism, pastiche, and idiosyncrasy
- A.I. and computational idiosyncrasy
- the avant-garde and idiosyncrasy as ideal
- postcolonial hybridity as idiosyncrasy
- individual and group idiosyncrasies
- Darwinian idiosyncrasy and genetic norms
- paradox as conceptual idiosyncrasy

Submit proposals containing an abstract of no more than 250 words, your name, affiliation, and contact information to by December 15, 2012. Presentations must be 20 minutes or less, in French or English. Keynote speaker TBA. Please check this website for further updates.



Le premier mars, 2013

Une conférence organisée par le département de Français du Graduate Center de la City University of New York (CUNY)

« On ne peut être normal et vivant à la fois. »
–E.M. Cioran
« On n'est peut-être pas fait pour un seul moi. On a tort de s'y tenir. Préjugé de l'unité. »
–Henri Michaux

La notion d'idiosyncrasie, bien qu'habituellement utilisée dans les contextes de la médecine ou de la linguistique pour qualifier des comportements inhabituels, se retrouve de plus en plus dans d'autres domaines, notamment artistiques. Dans les milieux universitaires, ce phénomène est attesté par l'obsession au 20ème siècle pour des notions telles que la déconstruction ou la fragmentation du soi (« the self »), que ce soit la fragmentation associée au moi existentialiste, celle du moi poststructuraliste, celle du moi postmoderne, dissous, ou encore le moi hybride, résultat de cultures créolisées ou cosmopolitaines, cristalisé par les théories postcoloniales.

Les sciences sociales se sont également emparé du terme, que ce soit à travers Gaston Bachelard, et sa notion de rupture épistémologique qui ouvre de nouvelles portes à ce qu'est le « bon sens », ou bien Edwin Hollander et son concept de « idiosyncrasy credit », ou encore les idées de Pierre Bourdieu sur la question du goût, et le fameux « binding problem » dans les sciences cognitives, qui s'appuient sur la perception individuelle.

On peut également revenir sur des contextes plus anciens : pourquoi ne pas citer alors les néologismes de Rabelais, la notion d'étrangeté, rendue populaire par Montaigne, et le grotesque selon Victor Hugo. La question de l'idiosyncrasie ne se limite pas à la question du « soi », car l'on peut considérer l'idiosyncrasie dans le travail, les médias, l'herméneutique, et les liens avec les nouvelles technologies, des débuts de l'imprimerie jusqu'à l'apparition de l'ère digitale et de la création de nouvelles communautés d'internautes.

Il s'agira donc durant cette conférence de se pencher sur ce qu'est l'idiosyncrasie dans un contexte français ou francophone d'un point de vue global, ce qui comprend un large éventail de disciplines, que ce soit la littérature, ou l'étude des médias mais aussi d'autres domaines : la philosophie, la linguistique, l'archéologie, l'architecture, la psychologie, la sociologie, les sciences cognitives, et les sciences liées aux nouvelles technologies. Les thèmes abordés peuvent être liés à l'art au sens large du terme ainsi qu'à toutes les disciplines mentionnées ci-dessus.

Veuillez envoyer votre proposition de communication (250 mots maximum) à l'adresse suivante avant le 15 décembre :

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49045Essays for Journal of Japanese and Korean CinemaThe Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinemajjkc@live.com1354380238cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinemacontact email:

The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, is a fully refereed forum for the dissemination of scholarly work devoted to the cinemas of Japan and Korea and/or the interactions and relations between them.Topics for essays may concern:
historical considerations and reconsiderations;
spectatorship and audiences;
manga and anime;
reception of Japanese and Korean cinema regionally and globally
remakes across national borders;
censorship and regulation of Japanese films in Korea;
Representations of Koreans in Japanese film/Japanese in Korean film;
Korean cinema under colonialism;
manga adaptations across national borders;
Japanese influence on Korean cinema/Korean on Japanese cinema


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 49046ASA panel: Girlhood, Poverty, and Sentimentalism, Deadline: 1/2/2013American Studies Annual Conventionkproehl@clemson.edu1354382772african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Studies Annual Conventioncontact email:

I am interested in paper proposals for an ASA panel focused on the intersections of girlhood, poverty and sentimentalism. I am particularly interested in research focused on the nineteenth century but will consider papers from a wide range of historical periods. I am open to a variety of different disciplinary approaches. Papers may address the following topics, among others: labor and reform, industrialism, race, sexuality, violence, coming-of-age literature, and transatlantic/ or transnational approaches to the study of girlhood.

Please send 400 word abstracts and 150-300 word bios to Kristen Proehl, Clemson: by Jan. 2, 2013.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 4904712th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference--November 6-10th, 2013. Proposal Deadline March 1, 2013.F. Scott Fitzgerald Societyskosiba@troy.edu1354385350americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: F. Scott Fitzgerald Societycontact email:

We invite you to visit one of the most compelling and conflicted of Southern capitals—and one central to the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald—to celebrate and contemplate his life and work. As the birthplace of his wife, Zelda Sayre; the site where the couple met in 1918; the sanctuary to which they briefly returned in 1931-32 amid the crack-up of their marriage; the home today to the only Fitzgerald museum in the world; and the setting for many of his most memorable stories, Montgomery, Alabama, is a fantastic site for revisiting aspects of Scott and Zelda's creativity and personality.

While we will happily entertain proposals on all aspects of Fitzgerald's life and work, due to the location, we particularly encourage papers that focus on southern influences on his writing and career. Possible topics include Fitzgerald's wartime service (particularly anything based on his time stationed at Camp Sheridan near Montgomery in 1918); southern or particularly Alabama influences on his local stories ("The Ice Palace," "The Jelly Bean," "The Last of the Belles," and "Family in the Wind"); the relationship and creative influences between Scott and Zelda; and revisionary discussions of the Fitzgeralds' relevance to other Montgomery friends (Sara Mayfield, Sara Haardt) or Montgomery icons (Hank Williams, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King. Jr). We are also hoping to schedule a few panels devoted to exploring Zelda's writing ("Southern Girl," Save Me the Waltz) and art in its own right and would appreciate proposals in those areas as well.

Please send your 250-500 word proposal (noting any audio/visual requests) along with a brief C.V. or biographical statement to the program chair, Professor Sara Kosiba, at

The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2013. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2013.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyond 49048CfP Translation, Adaptation, and DramaturgyTranslation, Adaptation & Dramaturgy Working Group. International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT)bernadettecochrane@uqconnect.net1354397285theatrefull name / name of organization: Translation, Adaptation & Dramaturgy Working Group. International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT)contact email:

Translation, Adaptation & Dramaturgy Working Group
International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT)
Annual Meeting – Barcelona, Spain, 22-26 July 2013

Following the theme of the 2013 IFTR conference in Barcelona, the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group will focus on 'networks of exchange' that underline, resist, or subvert the cultural hierarchies in place. We are interested in papers addressing 'dramaturgies', with attendant translations and adaptations, which realize the 'smaller' literary or theatrical paradigms outside or even within the originating language. What does it mean for a translator, adaptor, or dramaturg to transfer a work from a dominant system towards one with a perceived smaller audience or vice versa? What are the strategies involved in translating to or from the language or dialect of the lesser-represented cultural enclave? What imperatives should guide the adaption of the unfamiliar towards a broader cultural understanding? What are the dramaturgical processes necessary to ensure that a work is fairly represented before an audience that is unfamiliar with its references? How are minority voices represented when travelling between systems? What is the relationship between veracity and analogue?

Asymmetries and incompatibilities of approach are in no way minimized when institutions of comparable influence are involved, as the recent cancellation of the production of Clybourne Park in Deutsches Theater demonstrates. The recent debate concerning the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Orphan of Zhao provides further evidence to this end. These and related incidents raise among others the issue of intentionality in translation, adaptation, and dramaturgy. Is redefinition possible, and most significantly, is it constructive? Although translators have moved away from the discourse of "loss in translation," such phenomena reinforce questions of feasibility and the problems of communication between systems. What then will be the role, responsibility, and ethical stance of the translator, adaptor or dramaturg in the process?

While submissions focusing on this theme are preferred, the group also welcomes contributions that touch upon all aspects of its remit. We also eagerly welcome new members who wish to take part in the group's discussion but do not wish to submit a paper. Working Group sessions will not as in previous years be scheduled at the beginning of the conference, but may be placed at any point in the five days of the conference. The deadline for submission is January 31st 2013 and all abstracts for Working Groups should be sent through the CJO website Please note that you need to be a current IFTR/FIRT member in order to send an abstract. The organizers will forward each WG abstract to the appropriate WG convener. Please also forward a copy of the submission to Bernadette Cochrane (

cfp categories: theatre 49049Neo-Victorian Studies: 2013 General IssueNeo-Victorian name / name of organization: Neo-Victorian Studiescontact email:

Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2013 general issue. The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives.

We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the 'Victorian' beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and re-vision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia. We seek work that expands current theoretical concepts of neo-Victorianism and actively interrogates the conditions under which the nineteenth century re-appears in and continues to inform our globalised present. We welcome work on issues as diverse as historical trauma; nationalism and legacies of empire; the politics of nostalgia; 'the repressive hypothesis'; cultural and economic neo-colonialism/reverse colonisation; aesthetic and political ideologies; the 'neo-Victorian' as hybrid genre, mode, or trace; and the 'after-lives' of Victorian figures, texts and artworks. We invite projects that explore the different genres, cultures and spaces of re-doing the nineteenth century or that examine the neo-Victorian as style, performance and practice.

Please direct enquiries and send electronic submissions via email (with Word Document attachment) to:

cfp categories: african-americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 49050[UPDATE] What's in a "Castle of Murder"? Fairy Tales across Time and Place: Celebrating Our Deepest Language The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culturelaconference2013@gmail.com1354405890americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culturecontact email:

Deadline Extension: December 15th, 2012.

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the universal place of fairy tales in the world of communication and education. We are interested in how fairy tales are and have been used to bridge cultures and time, connecting diverse peoples by means of easily translatable concepts. Of particular interest are the struggles of truth and deception, reality and illusion, honesty and trickery; violence, fear, entrapment and salvation; character altering cryptozoological sightings; happiness deferred, denied, and occasionally delivered.

The conference seeks to focus on the importance of fairy tales to the intellectual development of thinkers at all levels, as well as emphasize the many uses of fairy tales in the classroom. Topics may include but are not limited to: problems of origin; revisionist takes; highbrow vs. lowbrow controversies; questions of definition; contemporary adaptations (film, television, music, comics, graphic novels, theatre, early and modern fiction); horror, grotesque and gothic elements in the fairy tale; uses of fairy tales in philosophy, pedagogy, literary theory, contemporary poetry and children's literature.

We will feature two keynote speakers. The first is Kate Bernheimer, M.F.A., of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She is the author of novels and children's books, editor of collections and anthologies such as Horse, Flower, Bird (2010), and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (2010), and founder and editor of the Fairy Tale Review.

The second keynote speaker is Anne Duggan, Ph.D., of Wayne State University's Department of Classical & Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is the author of Salonniéres, Furies, and Fairies: the Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France (2005), has a book in progress, Enchanting Subversions: Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy, and is the Associate Editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.

For details about our special events (masquerade ball; ghost story telling evening by the lake), see the conference website.

Guidelines for Submission:
•500 word proposals for 20 minute papers should be submitted via email as attachment in rich text (.rtf) format by December 15, 2012,to ( Do not include name on abstract. Include name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and title of paper, as well as a brief biographical statement in the body of the email. Indicate possible A/V needs.
• 250 word panel proposals (three presenters) should explain the panel topic and include a 500- word abstract and biographical statement for each presenter.
• Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered. Please specify "Creative Submission" in your proposal.
Darrell Bourque Award: For information please visit our website.
Creative Writing Award: For information please visit our website.
The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture is a professional conference but welcomes contributions from academics at all levels. For form information and updates visit our website:

We hope to hear from you soon.
Maia Butler and Dan Williams, Co-chairs

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Call for Papers:

Modernist Intimacies

Friday May 17, 2013.

The Centre for Modernist Studies
University of Sussex

Responding to recent scholarly constellations of modernism, affect and intimacy this one-day symposium, hosted by the Centre for Modernist Studies at University of Sussex, seeks to explore new ways of thinking about modernist feeling and modernist intimacies. Are there such things as "modernist feelings"? How might different modernist narratives of emotion in psychoanalysis, literary theory, philosophy and medicine be made to collide, disrupt and form new points of contact? How do modernist bodies come together and apart?

We encourage papers from academics at all stages in their career and hope to encourage inter-generational discussions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Genealogies of modernist affect
-Narratives of (im)personality
-Modernist diaries, autobiographies and letters
- Scenes of intimacy and extimacy in modernist writing
-The role of affect in modernist cinema and/or other visual arts
-Touch, texture, and textuality
-Modernist emotional geographies
-Modernism and affective disorders
-Modernist archives of feeling
- Constructions of publicity and privacy in modernist writing

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words (for 15-20 minute papers) and a short biography to Ruth Charnock at: by 15th January, 2013.

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Call for Papers for Special Issue: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies Summer 2013

'Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century'

Scholars are invited to submit articles for the Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies special issue 'Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century'. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. The journal endorses a broad definition of gender studies and welcomes submissions that consider gender and sexuality in conjunction with race, class, place and nationality. This special issue aims to situate nineteenth-century gender studies within a wider conversation that is taking place regarding health, medicine, and embodiment across the humanities and social sciences, to address a critical gap in the conversations about the intersection of nineteenth-century gender politics and medicine.

Critical discussion of gender and medicine in the nineteenth century has often relied on a dichotomy in which 'male medical discourse' (Vertinsky, 1994) stands in opposition to the image of the female patient. Furthermore, most feminist research on gender and medicine in the nineteenth century has been done on the medicalisation or, in the fin de siècle, 'hysterisation' of women. This special issue proposes to problematise this dichotomy and expand the notion of gender and medicine to include topics which have previously been overlooked. Medical technologies, institutionalisation, and more complex approaches to the practitioner/patient relationship tend to be excluded from discussions of gender and embodiment in the nineteenth century, but they are essential to a comprehensive exploration of medicine as it evolved throughout the century.

Building off of works such as Catherine Judd's Bedside Seductions: Nursing and the Victorian Imagination, 1830-1880 (1998), Kristine Swenson's Medical Women and Victorian Fiction (2005), Miriam Bailin's The Sickroom in Victorian Fiction: The Art of Being Ill (2007), and Tabitha Sparks's The Doctor in the Victorian Novel: Family Practices (2009), this issue will seek to reformulate an approach to gender and medicine, which has traditionally been more interested in the role of women in the medical sphere. As well as discussing women in medicine, this issue will extend its reach to consider masculinity, sexualities, gender and the non-human, and the way that notions of gender influence medical narratives just as medicine influences constructions of gender.

We invite submissions that explore topics such as:

Medical narratives
The culture of medical journals
Literary and artistic constructions of medicine and the body
Medical technologies
Institutionalisation of medicine
The gendered body
Emotive embodiment
Illness narratives
Constructions of disability
Medicalisation of the body
Anatomical texts
Reproductive technologies and the rise of obstetrics
Performativity and modes of looking
Medical museums

We welcome articles of 5,000-8,000 words, and in MLA format. Please use US spelling and citations. With the submission you should also include a 250-300 word abstract and a 50 word biographical note, the latter which will be posted if accepted for publication. Please send an electronic version of your submission, in Word or .doc format, to both editors: Lena Wånggren ( and Ally Crockford ( The deadline for submissions is 1st March 2013.

We also welcome book reviews and review essays, especially on the themes of gender, the body, and medicine, but also on wider issues regarding gender in the nineteenth century. If you want to submit a book review, please contact the reviews editor Susan David Bernstein (

We look forward to receiving your work!
Lena and Ally

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Issue 10 of Altre Modernità ( means to investigate the following topics both in an applied and a theoretical perspective:

Migrating plants in literature, poetry, visual arts, music …

Great transmigrations of plants and their representations in contemporary culture

Transfers among the various botanical gardens for study purposes and collection completeness

Trade of plants

Spontaneous migration of specimen, analysis of transmigration of individual specimen, and denied transmigrations

The role of gardeners and horticulturists

Should potential contributors submit other proposals on the topic, they will be taken into consideration by the Scientific Committee, with a view to enriching the investigation of the current issue of the review with the most articulated and original suggestions.

Abstracts, alongside a list of bibliographical references (between 10 and 20 lines long) and a short CV, should be submitted to the email address no later than 15th February 2013.

Acceptance of contributions will be notified by 27th February 2013.

The deadline for submission of papers is 20th June 2013.

The issue will be published by late November 2013.

We also welcome book reviews and interviews to authors and scholars who investigate the aforementioned topics.

Contributors are free to contact the editors to discuss and clarify the objectives of their proposals, with a view to making the issue as homogeneous as possible also from a methodological point of view. The editors can be contacted via the Editorial Secretary (

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