2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies February 27-March 1, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Brandie Ratliff / Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
contact email: 

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on February 27–March 1, 2014. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two different categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports. Dissertation reports of about 5–7 pages will be delivered in a seminar setting; conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

Fr. Justin Sinaites, the Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, will deliver the keynote address: "The Sinai Palimpsest Project: Piercing the Mists of Time."

Proposals for either type of paper should be emailed to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac.hchc.edu) by November 15, 2013. Please see submission instructions below. Notifications will be given by December 16, 2013. An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference.

The registration portal for the conference is accessed through the Mary Jaharis Center website (www.maryjahariscenter.org). Registration will open November 5, 2013 and close January 27, 2014. The registration fee for the conference is $25. Partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available. Please indicate your request for financial aid on your registration form and the Mary Jaharis Center will contact you directly. Lodging information will be available on the Center's website beginning November 5.

Submission Instructions

Submissions for either paper format should be emailed by November 15, 2013 to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu). Submissions should include two files submitted in .doc and in .pdf formats (for a total of four files).

File 1: A cover sheet with name, address, academic affiliation, email address for correspondence, paper title, paper type (20-minute paper or dissertation report), and any special equipment needed for your presentation.

File 2: An abstract of no more than 500 words that does not include the author's name or other identification. Please use a Unicode font for non-Roman characters.

Organizing Committee: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, and Dr. James C. Skedros, Interim Dean and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Support comes from The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies

53540Disability and James Joyce at the International James Joyce Symposium, Utrecht June 2014Vaclav Paris / University of Pennsylvaniavaclav@sas.upenn.edu1381370601classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Vaclav Paris / University of Pennsylvaniacontact email: vaclav@sas.upenn.edu

This panel will investigate connections between any aspect of James Joyce's works and any aspect of disability. It will be held as part of the Utrecht International James Joyce Symposium from 15th - 20th June 2014. Please send a two hundred word abstract to Vaclav Paris: vaclav@sas.upenn.edu.

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53541CFP: Caribbean Literature at CEA 2014 (11/1/13; 3/27/13-3/29/13)Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Associationlxbarriovil@ualr.edu1381375801americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Associationcontact email: lxbarriovil@ualr.edu

Call for Papers: Caribbean Literature at CEA 2014
March 27-29, 2014 | Baltimore, Maryland
CEA 2014 will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 45th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possible themes:

* Racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, class, and national identities
* Colonization and empire
* Nationalism and citizenship
* Hybridity, transculturation, creolite, and mestizaje
* Resistance and resilience
* Migration, exile, transnationalism, and/or globalization
* Travel and tourism
* Orality and the spoken word
* Intertextuality
* Diasporic theory and Caribbean literatures
* Postcolonial studies and Caribbean literatures
* Comparative literary, historical, political, or cultural analyses of Caribbean literatures

Conference Theme: Horizons

General Call for Papers: We welcome presentations by experienced academics and graduate students on all areas of literature, languages, film, composition, pedagogy, creative writing, and professional writing. Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including—but not limited to—the past and future of literature, language, composition, technology, text, the writer, the poet, the classroom, the internet, gender, and globalism.

Submission Dates: August 31-November 1, 2013
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at http://www.cea-web.org

Membership: All presenters at the 2014 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2014. To join CEA, please go to http://www.cea-web.org

Other questions? Please email cea.english@gmail.com.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53542J-SAPS December 2013 Special Issue: Teachers and Teacher EducationJournal of Social and Policy Sciencesaalam@i-saps.org1381376093cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Journal of Social and Policy Sciencescontact email: aalam@i-saps.org

J-SAPS Special Issue on 'Teachers and Teacher Education'

The editorial collective of the Journal of Social and Policy Sciences (J-SAPS) invites submissions of scholarly articles for its Special Issue on 'Teachers and Teacher Education' due to be published in December 2013.

All manuscripts in MS Word must be sent at g.editor@j-saps.org. J-SAPS follows the citation style of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

For more information about this special issue, please visit www.j-saps.org or for queries and further information you may contact info@j-saps.org.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinary 53544Fractured Ecologies: Call for contributions to an edited collection on environmental criticism and radical experimental writingChad Weidnerc.weidner@ucr.nl1381387453african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Chad Weidnercontact email: c.weidner@ucr.nl

Since the 1990s, ecocriticism has influenced the ways we study literature, but fractures remain. If environmental scholars are to continue to challenge conventional approaches to literary study, inventive methods must be continually developed and improved. British scholar Harriet Tarlo has made a call for environmental engagement with experimental writing, and reminds us that "very few eco-critics engage with innovative or experimental writing." Franca Bellarsi agrees, and emphasizes the real need to research "green ethics in different avant-garde practices." And while there has been some preliminary ecocritical work on what can be called experimental nature-writing, so far the most radical writing forms have largely been overlooked. Wild avant-garde writing is a limit case of sorts, and the difficulties in studying such forms are impossible to really avoid. But the lack of ecological perspectives on experimental writing justifies and demands more attention. Moreover, conventional academic publishing outlets have promoted a rather homogenous and monocultural understanding of scholarship that excludes inventive fringe observations. Therefore, Fractured Ecologies welcomes rigorous and irreverent papers that address radical experimental writing and other borderline manifestations in an environmental context. The fundamental question that Fractured Ecologies will attempt to address is: How does radical experimental writing contribute to the ways we think about ecology? Suggested topics may include but are not limited to discussions of ecology in a wide sense and:

Aleatory writing
Altar Poetry
Bizzaro fiction
Comic jam
Chance procedures
Concrete poetry
Dada writing
Digital poetry
Exquisite Corpse
Fax art
Fluxus poetry
Found text
Fragments and remnants
Glorious plagiarism
Graffiti and wildstyle
Guerrilla semiotics
Haptic poetry
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry
Mechanical narrative agency
Round-robin texts
Sound poetry
Surrealist writing
Visual poetry
Words in Freedom

This project is under contract with an independent academic publisher. Contributors will receive a free copy of the book. Please send paper abstracts of 500 words and a working title to Chad Weidner at c.weidner@ucr.nl before 1 January 2014. Final essays will be between 7,000-9,000 words in length and should conform to the MLA documentation style. Final papers will be due before 1 July 2014. Please email with questions.

Dr. Chad Weidner
Assistant Professor, English and Film
UCR Utrecht University
Lange Noordstraat 1
4331 CB Middelburg
The Netherlands

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53545Literature and MedicineAmerican Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, March 20-23, New Yorksh141@nyu.edu1381390322cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, March 20-23, New Yorkcontact email: sh141@nyu.edu

This seminar seeks to explore the intersection between literature and medicine and to reflect on the role of the comparative method in humanities-based approaches to scientific inquiry. Proposals about any of the possible connections between literature and medicine are welcome, in particular about

* cross-disciplinary methodologies
* the present state and the future of medical humanities
* historical perspectives on the intersection between literature and medicine
* the practice of narrative medicine
* pedagogical considerations regarding courses on literature and medicine
* the representation of disease and treatment in literary texts
* the relationship between doctors and patients in different cultural and historical contexts
* the role of popular literature in educating the public about medical issues
* the origins and developments of scriptotherapy and bibliotherapy
* literary reflections on medical ethics

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culture 53546CFP Shakespearean Journeys: ASA Conference Seminars (5/15-17/2014; 12/10/2013)Bi-qi Beatrice Lei / Asian Shakespeare Associationadmin@AsianShakespeare.org1381397267cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancetheatretheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Bi-qi Beatrice Lei / Asian Shakespeare Associationcontact email: admin@AsianShakespeare.org


Shakespearean Journeys:
The Inaugural Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association

Taipei, 15-17 May 2014

By land or sea, across city and country, journeys comprise an important motif in Shakespeare's works, be they smooth or perilous, round trip or to an undiscovered country from whose bourne no travelers return. The journeys undertaken can be physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination. Though not in person, Shakespeare also journeys extensively, crossing not only time and space but also language, culture, and media. A most versatile and protean voyager, Shakespeare sometimes travels light and does as the locals do, yet sometimes carries heavy baggage and remains a stranger in a foreign land. "Shakespearean Journeys" aims to explore all aspects of this theme.

Keynote Speakers:

--Peter Holbrook, University of Queensland (Australia), Chair of the International Shakespeare Association

--Kawachi Yoshiko, Kyorin University (Japan)

--Dennis Kennedy, Samuel Beckett Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

--Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University, Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America (USA)

--Perng Ching-Hsi, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University; Visiting Professor, Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan)

--Shen Lin, Central Academy of Drama (China)

Special Guests:

--Rustom Bharucha, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

--Ing K(anjanavanit), filmmaker, journalist, painter, writer (Thailand)

--Nehad Selaiha, Higher Institute of Artistic Criticism, the Academy of Arts (Egypt)

Live Performances:

--Betrayal (an adaptation of Cardenio by Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe from Taiwan, dir. Wu Ziming)

--King Lear (a modern rock adaptation by Nomad Theatre from Korea, dir. Son Jeung-Woo)

--Sintang Dalisay (an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in traditional music and dance by Tanghalang Ateneo from the Philippines, dir., Ricardo Abad)

Film Screening:

--Shakespeare Must Die (an adaptation of Macbeth from Thailand, dir. Ing K)

--Censors Must Die (documentary, dir. Ing K)

Submission Guidelines:

Please choose a seminar and submit a 250-word abstract and a short bio directly to the seminar leader(s). Acceptance will be based on relevance, quality, and space capacity.


Deadline for abstract submission is 10 December 2013. Results will be announced by the end of December. If accepted, complete papers of 8-12 pages must be submitted by 1 March 2014.


Conference registration starts 1 January 2014. All conference participants must be registered members of the ASA and must remit the conference registration fee. If you wish to apply for a need-based fee waiver or paid double-occupancy lodging, please add a paragraph of explanation.


Please send your query about the seminar to the seminar leader(s). General questions concerning the conference should be sent to admin@AsianShakespeare.org.


For conference updates, please visit http://AsianShakespeare.org.


1. Translating the "Untranslatable": Trans-cultural and Trans-media Migration of Shakespeare (Minami Ryuta, Shirayuri College)

Shakespeare has travelled worldwide, crossing geopolitical, cultural and temporal borders and taking root in non-Anglophone countries and regions. Such transferences of Shakespearean texts, which are often treated as literary or theatrical translation/adaptation of the texts into a non-Anglophone language/ culture, almost always coincide with their transpositions from one media platform to another. While something is always lost in the verbal translation of Shakespeare's texts from English to the target language, the target media platforms such as stage, screen, manga, animation or YoutTube, along with socio-cultural differences, encourage artists and creators to add something new (and unexpected) to the source text in attempts at replacing or compensating for the "untranslatable" or simply updating the source texts. This seminar will discuss variegated forms of translation/adaptation of Shakespearean texts so as to expound and consider what happens to the "untranslatable" when Shakespeare migrates or is migrated to any media platform of non-Anglophone and/or unconventional contexts. (mlc18498@nifty.com)

2. The Journey: Scene of and Metaphor for Transformation (T. J. Sellari, National Chengchi University)

This seminar will approach various forms of transformation in Shakespeare's works, where change can take the form of a literal or metaphorical journey. Papers for this seminar will cover transformations and shifts in time and space, as well as the effects on character and consciousness that result from the recognition of change. They may also explore the representation of immaterial transformations, and question the ways in which such claims of transformation are, like the drama and poetry which bear them, both representational and wholly presentational, supposing referents while making none available for appeals to accuracy or verisimilitude. The variety of the transformations addressed in these papers will illustrate the diverse forms journeys take in the different genres in which Shakespeare worked, and test the limits of the usefulness of the journey as a metaphor for change. (tsellari@gmail.com)

3. Shakespeare across Media (Yoshihara Yukari, University of Tsukuba)

Film, TV, comics, manga, games, gambling machines, farce, animation, Hollywood, Bollywood, musical— Shakespeare is everywhere across media. Some renderings attempt to faithfully reproduce Shakespeare's originals, while others dare to be vastly different from them. Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet (1996) reproduces Shakespeare's original story relatively faithfully, while GONZO's animation Romeo X Juliet (2007) and Ryan Denmark's Romeo & Juliet vs. The Living Dead (2009) show us totally different scenes, employing only the very bare plot line and character names of the original. To take instances from comics/manga/animation, Classics Illustrated series Hamlet and Gianni De Luca's versions belong to the former; Neil Gaiman's Sandman series where Shakespeare appears as a Prospero-like character, is somewhere in the middle; Ophelia in Yagi's Claymore (2001-), a gigantic monster with a dragon's tail, has almost no resemblance to her original. We can think of varieties of Shakespeare/fakespeare films, such as Xiaogang Feng's The Banquet (2006), Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om (2007), Won-kuk Lim's Frivolous Wife (2007), Hou Chi-jan's Juliet's Choice (2010) and Connie Macatuno's Rome and Juliet (2011), with varying degrees of faithfulness to the originals. By examining these Shakespeare across media, this seminar attempts to locate their intertextualities within the larger cultural frames of vernacular literary adaptation, pop appropriation, use/abuse of Shakespeare. Intermedial Shakespeares, both faithful/unfaithful to the originals, are welcome. (yukariyoshihara@gmail.com)

4. Cross-Cultural Performativity of Shakespearean Plays (Katrine K. Wong, University of Macau)

"[T]he purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature" (Hamlet 3.2.20-22). Hamlet lectures the players on principles of acting and explains the quintessence of acting, a concept prevalent since classical times. What is reflected in the mirror is "the very age and body of the time his form and pressure" (3.2.23-24). In terms of dramaturgy, this "nature" can be interpreted as an embodiment of the fundamental characteristics of the place and people which such playing features and, perhaps, upon which such playing is modeled. This seminar invites papers about cross-cultural interpretation of Shakespearean plays, including but not limited to a focus on performativity, translation and adaptation. Discussions may be about any ethnicity, nationality, historical period, style and genre of production. Though not necessary, seminarians are welcome to examine the correlation between textual and theatrical dimensions. It is hoped that this panel, through looking at cross-cultural renditions of Shakespearean plays that transcend temporal, geographical and cultural locales, will explore various elaborative and/or reductive treatment and representation of Shakespeare's narrative and mise-en-scène. (KWong@umac.mo)

5. Crossing Gender and Cultural Boundaries in Shakespeare: Cross-dressing in Plays, Adaptations, and Popular Culture (Yilin Chen, Providence University and Ian Maclennan, Laurentian University)

The theme of cross-dressing occurs frequently in Shakespeare's plays. In his romance and comedy, heroines disguise themselves as young men. The most frequently discussed plays in relation to the object of such transformation are probably The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline. His earliest history plays also feature female characters, who probably appear in masculine battle-dress, such as Joan in Part I of Henry VI, Margaret in Part III, and Eleanor in King John. On some occasions, male characters are dressed in female clothes, like Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. This seminar welcomes new ideas about these plays, and aims to explore the cross-dressing journeys that Shakespeare's characters have been through, with a consideration of how their journeys are adapted and appropriated in performance and popular culture. Shakespeare travels across borders. Thus, the seminar invites discussion about the inquiry into the variety of Shakespearean cross-dressing journeys in single-sex performance or adaptations. Furthermore, a close examination of the ways in which sexual pleasure is described and translated into specific cultural settings will be highly appreciated. (yc276@yahoo.com)

6. Shakespeare Performance and Contemporary Asian Politics (Yong Li Lan, National University of Singapore)

Any performance of Shakespeare by Asians has a political resonance, if not always a definable agenda. In quite different socio-political and theatrical situations today, distinctive histories that have connected Shakespeare with Asian performers underpin why Shakespeare is a viable, even a necessary, choice; and that history forms an environment that defines a production's choices of how his play is to be adapted and staged, and in which those choices are received by audiences. Whereas the political roles played by Shakespeare in Europe and North America have been the subject of collective research in recent years, the utilization of his plays as a means of staging and negotiating power formations in contemporary Asian contexts is currently understood in terms of unique, discrete examples. This seminar aims to bring together accounts of the political usage of Shakespeare in Asian performance contexts, whether as a deliberate strategy or as an implication of the performance. The objective of the seminar is to elaborate the range of topics through which the political performativity of Asian Shakespeares may be articulated and compared. Papers are therefore encouraged to extrapolate from the concrete details of productions to the broader kind of political purposiveness that Shakespeare serves in each case. We invite papers that explore one of the following topics:
•the position created by using Shakespeare's work to represent local political issues and agendas, instead of an indigenous play
•the performativity of theatrical genre, music, translation, race and/or gender in presenting ideological relations
•re-formulations of the positionalities in Shakespeare's play with respect to local hierarchies
•production and rehearsal processes, mechanisms and infrastructures in relation to the cultural position that Shakespeare occupies
•the political significance and influence of a production
•the political "neutrality" of Shakespeare; or, his "universality" (ellyll@nus.edu.sg)

7. Travel and Identity: Renegotiating the Self in and through Shakespeare (Paromita Chakravarti, Jadavpur University)

This seminar focuses on how Shakespearean characters who travel from familiar locations to unknown destinations are compelled to challenge and renegotiate their identities. Their moorings in gender, class and nationality are rendered slippery as their encounters with "others" require them to reinvent themselves. While this creates a sense of disorientation, it also makes for a renewal of the self. By extension, the seminar will also examine how Shakespeare's plays, as they travel from their original sites of composition and performance to "foreign climes" and unfamiliar contexts, stage a "rehearsal of cultures." These relocations throw up profound challenges to notions of racial, cultural and national identities as well as to the idea of an integrated and "original" text and calls for new conceptions of hybridity. While examining these processes of renegotiating selfhood through experiences of travel, the seminar will question whether these disorientating encounters actually transform identities or in fact serve to recuperate and reinforce them? (chakravarti6@gmail.com)

8. Nature, Human Nature, the Supernatural (Kien Ket Lim, National Chiao Tung University)

Nature, human nature, and the supernatural in Shakespeare are tied to an ethical issue of its own that must be resolved together in one fell swoop: they all involve how humans should act accordingly in Nature, and how, in the setting of the plays, the aristocrats should assume a proper, if not better, identity in a pastoral land as the forest of Arden, or on a far-flung island of The Tempest, where Nature is replete with supernatural beings that stake out what humans should and should not do. Nature is ethical: it is full of an ethical insight of its own that holds the human vision in awe. (limk@faculty.nctu.edu.tw)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancetheatretheorytravel_writing 53547"Non-Traditional Slaveholding in the Atlantic World" July 11-12 2014Senate House, LondonC.M.Armstrong@mmu.ac.uk1381401951african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Senate House, Londoncontact email: C.M.Armstrong@mmu.ac.uk

Slaveholding in the
Atlantic World

July 11-12 2014
Senate House, London
Call for Papers

Plenary Speakers: Seymour Drescher (University of Pittsburgh) Brent Weisman (University of South Florida)

Studies of slaveholding in the Atlantic World traditionally imagine a particular type of slave holder – a wealthy landowning white man who has extensive political and cultural power, his status in the community defined by or at least enhanced by his slaveholding. He has a set of attitudes towards his slaves and their economic and cultural work that he shares with others of his class. This conference sets out to challenge these preconceptions by bringing together scholars working on different re-gions of the Atlantic world to discuss a hitherto neglected area of the study of African American slav-ery: non-traditional slaveholding.

We welcome proposals that consider slaveholding by poor whites, women, free blacks, Native Amer-icans and Jewish Americans in every area of the Atlantic. The conference is designed to be explicitly comparative, encouraging scholars to discuss significant issues such as: what counts as 'slavery' in this context? How widespread was the phenomenon of slaveholding among the non-white popula-tion? Are non-traditional slave holders distinct from white slave holders in their attitudes and be-haviour towards the institution and towards their slaves? To what extent did regional specificities, historical contexts and particular legal frameworks encourage slaveholding among non-traditional slave owners and influence the nature of the bondage? Do slave culture and slave agency emerge dif-ferently from a study of non-traditional slaveholders? Is the line between slavery and freedom more blurred? What are the epistemological consequences of acknowledging slave ownership by non-traditional slaveholders? How does it alter our understanding of 'the colour line'?

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words (for papers or panels) and a brief CV to nontraditionalslaveholders@gmail.com by 15 January 2014. We welcome papers that cover any region of the Atlantic and proposals for round table discussions as well as formal academic papers.

Conference Organisers: Lawrence Aje (University of Montpellier), Catherine Armstrong (Manchester Metropolitan University), and Lydia Plath (Canterbury Christ Church University).

cfp categories: african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialtheory 5354859th annual conference of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) University of Birmingham 10-13 April, 2014University of Birmingham / British Association of American Studiesbaas2014@contacts.bham.ac.uk1381407388african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatrefull name / name of organization: University of Birmingham / British Association of American Studiescontact email: baas2014@contacts.bham.ac.uk

The 59th annual conference of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) will be hosted by the School of English, Drama, and American & Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham 10-13 April, 2014.

There is no overarching theme for the conference; we welcome papers and panel proposals on any subject related to American Studies. We are also very keen to encourage panel proposals from associations linked to BAAS, such as the APG, BGEAH, BrANCH, and HOTCUS as well as proposals for roundtable discussions and innovative panel presentations.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be a maximum of 250 words and include a title. Proposals by two or more people sharing a common theme are warmly invited. Panel and roundtable proposals should include a lead contact, an overall title and up to 250 words on each contribution.

All proposals should be submitted to baas2014@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 1 November 2013.

We are delighted to announce our plenary speakers:

• Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

• Iwan Morgan. Professor of US Studies and Head of US Programmes at the Institute of the Americas at UCL.

• Janice Radway. Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of American studies and gender studies within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University.

The conference will begin on the afternoon of Thursday 10th April and will close after lunch on Sunday 13th April.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatre 535492014 Information Fluency ConferenceOffice of Information Fluency - UCFmarci@ucf.edu1381408866film_and_televisiongraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Office of Information Fluency - UCFcontact email: marci@ucf.edu

The Age of New Media: Literacy in the 21st Century

We are always-already immersed in a media rich environment, be it in the form of images, sounds or texts, and the proliferation of new media has not only changed our perception, but also the ways in which we navigate the world. Without a doubt, the ever-changing array of digital technologies has a tremendous and continuous impact on our concepts of literacy.

In his book, The Language of New Media, Lev Manovich identified five key principles that work to define and describe the development of new media over time: numerical representation, modularity, automation, variability and cultural transcoding (44). Each term represents a quality shared by all types of media and in beginning to understand what new media is and how it functions, we effectively work towards achieving deeper, more complex literacies appropriate for the 21st century.

Below are a few questions that we seek to explore further in our conversation of New Media and Literacy in the 21st Century:

What is new media? Why is the concept of new media worthy of an academic discussion? What are the effects of new media on literacy, particularly within higher education? In what ways can we focus on interdisciplinary approaches to information fluency?

Conference Tracks:
•Visual Representation: Understanding and Questioning the Image
•New Media Convergence: Where Theory meets Practice
•Thinking Critically and Creatively: Communication and Technology
•The Global Classroom: Challenges of New Media Literacies
• Digital Leadership: The 21st Century Library

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53554Exeter Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference - 24th-25th July 2014 - deadline for proposals 28th March 2014 University of Exeterpgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk 1381411494african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Exetercontact email: pgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk

Call for papers: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference

The Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter will be holding an interdisciplinary medical humanities conference for postgraduate researchers on the 24th and 25th July 2014.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the broad scope of exciting research being carried out in the field of the medical humanities at present. As such we welcome abstracts on any aspect of the medical humanities from postgraduates working in all disciplines, including but not restricted to English Literature, History, Film, Classics and Art History.

The conference will provide a forum for postgraduate scholars to exchange ideas and share their research in a friendly and engaging environment. The event will also allow delegates to discuss their work with senior academics in the field including keynote speakers and other members of the Exeter Centre for Medical History.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Anne Borsay, Swansea University
Dr Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter

The event will close with a roundtable session drawing together the themes arising from the conference and reflecting on future directions of research in the medical humanities.

We invite applicants to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers (previously unpublished), sent to pgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 28th March 2014 with the "subject" of the email as 'PGMH conference abstract'.

Once the deadline has passed a panel will review the abstracts anonymously and applicants will receive a decision and feedback on their submissions. If your paper is not selected we very much hope you will still be able to attend the conference and participate in the discussion.

We hope to be able to offer a small number of travel bursaries which will be announced closer to the event.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53555Animals as Cultural Capital, ACLA 2014 -- Deadline Nov. 1stAmerican Comparative Literature Associationsundhya.walther@mail.utoronto.ca1381416204cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email: sundhya.walther@mail.utoronto.ca

Animals often enter into human culture by way of their symbolic currency; their power as figures of representation often overshadows their presence as material beings. At the same time, the living animal body appears as an excess that cannot easily be contained by culture's intended binaries. This panel will examine the intersection of the cultural and material roles of animals in the human imagination as this position shapes and is shaped by living relations between human and nonhuman animals. We invite papers that interrogate the relationship between "real" and "represented" animals.How do novelists, visual artists, filmmakers, and other cultural workers employ the uniquely powerful cultural capital that animals figures offer? How do they attempt to do justice to the fact of the animal body in their work? In what ways do cultural representations map an imagined geography of the animal body? How do contemporary food discourses negotiate the tension between figurative and material animal bodies? How are animal bodies abstracted in current economic imaginaries?

Possible topics for papers include:

Animals in advertising

Contemporary conceptions of interspecies relationships, including food cultures, conservation and ecology, animal rights

Animals as surrogates for the artist

Literary representations of animal worlds, including animal narrators, fables, animal-human hybrids

Representations of escaped food animals

Forms of animal resistance, such as trainer or spectator attacks, disobedience, and spatial transgressions

Discourses of economic speculation in animal bodies

Representations of animals in the emerging fields of human-animal studies, critical animal studies

View the cfp here:http://acla.org/acla2014/animals-as-cultural-capital/

Submit an abstract here: http://acla.org/acla2014/propose-a-paper/

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53556[Update] Special Issue: Teaching Creative Writing (Deadline: March 31, 2014)Lewis Land / Modern Language Studieslewis.land@bucknell.edu1381417188americangender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicstheoryfull name / name of organization: Lewis Land / Modern Language Studiescontact email: lewis.land@bucknell.edu

The teaching of music, dance, painting and other arts is well-respected in the academy, but in creative writing a myth lingers in the minds of many: you either have "it" or you don't. As instructors much of our time is spent attempting to dispel this myth; indeed, Kelly Ritter and Stephanie Vanderslice go so far as to title their anthology of creative writing pedagogy essays Can It Really Be Taught?

For those of us who believe that creative writing can and should be taught, the more pertinent and relevant question is how to do so. For a special issue on creative writing pedagogy, Modern Language Studies invites essays that attempt to address the nuts and bolts of teaching creative writing in inventive, contemporary, and stimulating ways. Papers should seek not merely to identify flaws within current methods of instruction in creative writing, but instead address how to correct those flaws and/or to consider in their stead effective and rewarding teaching methods for both students and instructors.

Essays need not be limited solely to the academy itself; essays regarding pedagogy in nontraditional classrooms are also welcome. Topics need not be limited to traditional workshop models, either. Essays that argue for alternative methods of formal (or informal) instruction are especially welcome.

Other possible topics include:

• Utilization of digital media in the classroom and the potential benefits and risks of incorporating technology into the classroom; especially in regards to MOOCs and their potential influence on current methods of instruction

• The role of publication in the creation of a text; when and how to incorporate discussion of and practice in publishing in a creative writing education

• The specific merits of cross-genre (poetry, fiction, etc.) instruction in a student's development as a writer

• Discussion of instruction in "genre" fiction versus "literary" fiction in general fiction writing workshops; the merits of genre-specific (fantasy, horror, etc.) classes

• The management of workshop dynamics

• The place of literary theory and formal analysis in the creative writing classroom; especially when considering the rise of MFA and undergraduate degree programs in creative writing as a potential response to the decrease in attendance in traditional English programs

• The merits and potential drawbacks of nontraditional methods of instruction incorporated into a traditional workshop structure (or those that abandon the traditional workshop altogether)

• The management and encouragement of a student's development in long-term programs of study versus their development in a single course

• The role of cultural politics in the selection of class readings; the relationship between creative writing instruction and diversity/multicultural studies; how creative writing's relationship to diversity may differ from that of other degree programs

Queries, Clarifications and Completed Papers to: Lewis Land, Bucknell University (lewis.land@bucknell.edu)

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicstheory 53557[UPDATE]: Reminder: Lynn Nottage Anthology Deadline 10/15/13Jocelyn L. Buckner (Chapman University) and Aimee Zygmonski (University of California, Santa Cruz)nottageanthology@gmail.com 1381419763african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jocelyn L. Buckner (Chapman University) and Aimee Zygmonski (University of California, Santa Cruz)contact email: nottageanthology@gmail.com

Playwright Lynn Nottage has expanded the theatrical parameters of storytelling through her bold depictions of African diasporic experiences across time, geography, and circumstance. Nottage's plays reflect her passion and curiosity surrounding humanitarian, historical, and historiographic issues. From an African dwarf in the court of Louis XIV (Las Meninas), to female victims of war in the Congo (Ruined), to working class African Americans navigating the challenges of urban life (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Intimate Apparel), among others, her body of work sheds light on lives, histories, and communities previously silenced and invisible on the stage. Her work has been critically lauded and recognized with numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Ruined (2009), an Obie Award for Fabulation (2005), a MacArthur Genius Grant (2007) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005).

In an effort to celebrate and expand the scholarly conversation surrounding Nottage's contributions to the fields of U.S., feminist, and African American theatre, we seek contributors to an anthology offering the first critical complement to her work, a collection of essays dedicated to the scholarly examination of her plays, production history, artistic collaborations, and activism. We seek essays that engage with Nottage's oeuvre, situating her within broader contemporary theatre practices while acknowledging her position within the specific realm of African American women dramatists. Proposed essays may address or extend beyond the following:

•Provide close readings of her plays on the page and especially in production
•Explore overarching meta-critical and theoretical discussions of thematic connections between her work and other artists, genres, and/or other aspects of contemporary theatre
•Examine Nottage's positionality in a lineage of African American female playwrights from the nineteenth to twenty-first century
•Critique or contest the political themes and humanitarian issues addressed by Nottage
•Analyze Nottage's negotiation of stereotypes in her approach to characterization and identity politics
•Assess the role of humor, irony, and satire in Nottage's plays
•Address the pedagogical opportunities and challenges associated with teaching Nottage
•Investigate the role of history in Nottage's dramaturgy in order to illuminate her talent for revising our understanding of the past while pointing to concerns of the present

Send abstracts of 500-750 words by October 15, 2013 to editors Jocelyn L. Buckner and Aimee Zygmonski at: nottageanthology@gmail.com. We welcome any inquires or questions about the anthology prior to submission. We have received strong interest in this project from a major press and believe it will be accepted for publication.

cfp categories: african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53559Call for Participants - Cannibal Modernisms ConferenceKing's College London Programme in Comparative Literature cannibalmodernisms@gmail.com1381421023african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: King's College London Programme in Comparative Literature contact email: cannibalmodernisms@gmail.com

Cannibal Modernisms

King's College London Programme in Comparative Literature Annual Graduate Conference, 7th-8th November, 2013.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Xudong Zhang, Professor of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, New York University.

"Politics of the Flesh: The Animal in Redefining the Human in Modern Chinese Literature and Ideology"
Cannibal Modernisms will be two-day conference exploring the metaphorical implications of cannibalism in relation to literature. Taking as a starting point poet and polemicist Oswald de Andrade's Manifesto Antropófago (1928), which uses the metaphor of cannibalism to describe Brazilian artists' capacity to absorb and reconstruct a dominant European culture, we will expand the scope to encompass a wider investigation of cannibalism as a metaphor for literary practices. Literature as form is one that thrives on autophagy as a means of regeneration; in fact, we could say that literature has always had the capacity to imbibe, reinvent and "make new" even before the advent of modernism codified these terms in ways now familiar. Thinking about literature, and by extension, critique, through the lens of these cannibalistic tendencies offers an array of possible approaches, ranging from literary, artistic, or theoretical cannibalism as a strategy of political resistance, recuperation,devouring genres, the text as Corpus, textual mutilation, regurgitation and plagiarism, book materiality and decay, mimicry, "trash" theory, immanent or absorbed readings, self-erasure and anonymity, allegories of the human, the post-human and trans-human conditions, and frontiers between self and other. Conference details will be updated on http://cannibalmodernisms.wordpress.com.

Registration: Please send an email to cannibalmodernisms@gmail.com to confirm a place by October 28th, 2013. There is no charge to attend.

Keynote Speaker: Xudong Zhang

It is with great pleasure that we announce our keynote speaker, Professor Xudong Zhang, Professor of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University, where he is also Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies. Xudong Zhang's teaching and research focuses on modernism and modernity within and beyond the Chinese context. He is author of several books, including: Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms: Cultural Fever, Avant-Garde Fiction, and New Chinese Cinema; and Postsocialism and Cultural Politics: The Last Decade of China's Twentieth Century. He has also edited Whither China? Intellectual Politics in Contemporary China. and co-edited (with Arif Dirlik) Postmodernism and China. In Chinese, he is the author of The Order of the Imaginary: Critical Theory and Modern Chinese Literary Discourse, Traces of Criticism: Essays on Theory and Cultural Politics and Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization: A Historical Rethinking of Western Discourses on Universalism. He has translated into Chinese Walter Benjamin's Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism; co-translated (with Ban Wang), Illuminations, and edited The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism: Selected Essays of Fredric Jameson. Professor Zhang's visit to King's College is kindly sponsored by the Lau China Institute at King's College London.

Provisional Schedule

Thursday, 7th November, 2013; Virginia Woolf Building 6.01

12.30pm – 1.20pm Registration and Lunch (provided)

1.20pm Welcome

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Panel 1: A Recipe for the Modern: Constructing Modernities

Veronica Frigeni (Kent), Between redemption and justice: Walter Benjamin's parasitical modernity

Jennifer Dorothy Lee (NYU), Cannibalizing Beauty: Gu Cheng's Bildung and the New Poetry in 1980s China

Mary Horgan (KCL), Money Made New: Ali Smith's Cannibalistic, Numismatic Modernism

3.00pm – 3.15pm Coffee Break

3.15pm – 4.45pm

Panel 2: Phagic Frontiers: Boundaries Between Subject and Object

Tiffany Yun-Chu Tsai (Irvine), The Melancholic Consumption of the Object: Cannibalism in Republic of Wine

Mahruba Mowtushi (KCL), Title TBC

Jimmy Packham (Bristol), Cannibal lector: Herman Melville and Cannibalistic Inscriptions

5pm Courtauld Gallery Tour

Friday, 8th November, 2013; River Room, Strand Campus

9.00am – 9.45am Breakfast and Registration

9.45am – 11.15am

Panel 1: Cooking the Books: Cannibalistic Creative Strategies

Teodor-George Borz (Edinburgh), Deconstruction as a Practice of Sparagmos

Mario Semiao (ULICES/Dalarna), 'Good artists copy, great artists steal': On the Pictorial Cannibalism of Gabriel Josipovici

Patricia Silva McNeill (QMU/CES Coimbra): Brazilian Modernism as Alternative Modernism: a Case Study in Modernism as a Transcultural Phenomenon

11.15am – 1.30pm Coffee Break

11.30am – 1.00pm

Panel 2: Self-Determination or Self- Destruction?-(Re)Imagining National/Cultural Identity

Olayinka Agbetui Fifl (Indiana), Osirism: Self Erasure and Reassemblage in Christopher Okigbo's 'Labyrinths'

Todd Foley (NYU), Cannibal Cats: Animality and National Salvation in Lao She's Cat Country

Stewart Sanderson (Glasgow), Cultural Cannibalism and the Modern Scottish Renaissance

1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch

1.45pm – 3.15pm

Panel 3: Sick to the teeth: Cannibalistic Forms of Resistance and Rejection

Mason Golden, Catastrophe and Betrayal in Heiner Müller and Bertolt Brecht

Sasha Panaram (Duke), Underground Men: Spatial and Racial Intersections in Invisible Man and 'The Man Who Lived Underground'

Julian Suddaby (NYU), (In)digesting the English: Lao She's 'Little Po's Birthday' and the malabsorption of a literary mode

3.15pm – 3.30pm Coffee Break

3.30pm – 5pm

Panel 4: The Purgation of the Self: Literary Auto-Erasure

James Bainbridge (Liverpool), 'The bird, the fox, the quarry, the kill': self-erasure and anonymity in the works of A.S.J. Tessimond

Tom Geue (Trinity, Oxford), Starving the author: cannibalism and self-erasure in Juvenal, Satire 15

Final Paper TBC

5pm – 6.30pm Keynote Lecture, JKTL Nash Theatre

Prof. Xudong Zhang (NYU), Politics of the Flesh: The Animal in Redefining the Human in Modern Chinese Literature and Ideology

6.30pm – 7.30pm Wine Reception, River Room

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53560Travel, Technology and War: Word and Image/Engagement and Denial. University of Dundee (Scotland), August 11-15, 2014International Association of Word and Image Studiesjtmarquardt@eiu.edu1381421568cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiestravel_writingfull name / name of organization: International Association of Word and Image Studiescontact email: jtmarquardt@eiu.edu

Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration in the following session at the IAWIS/AIERTI international conference at the University of Dundee (Scotland), August 11-15, 2014. More information is available at the website: http://www.scottishwordimage.org/conferences/iawis2014

Submit abstracts via email to indicating the title of the session and supply full contact information. Deadline: Friday, 15 November 2013

Travel, Technology and War: Word and Image/Engagement and Denial

Responding to the centennial of the 'Great War' commencing this year, this session solicits papers on the letters, journals, sketches and photographs that form travel observations during times of war. From the powerful appearance of military technology that drives war to the quiet byways where tourists can pretend no conflict is occurring, personal narratives and visual documentation describe scenes both at odds with the realities of political conflict and only too vibrantly conveying the horrors of destruction. In fact, much of the technology that makes war possible also drives tourism-planes and trains, bridges, cameras and binoculars, printed media, trucks transporting food and supplies, and so forth. As spectators, some travelers seek to visit hotspots and record the science of war while others avoid areas of danger, preferring to employ their immunity as citizens of neutral countries in order to explore the underlying culture. All of their narratives and images are valid documentation of the times.
How have different individuals' travel experiences and depictions shaped our understanding of the technology of war? How did imaginative and documentary observations during wartime travel drive literary and visual expression, political convictions, or technological inventions? This session will explore the elements of exploration and discovery in travelers' written and visual accounts of their tours across countries while at war and how those vivid images portray the contemporary use of technology to simultaneously drive both tourism and destruction.
Organiser: Janet T. Marquardt (Eastern Illinois University, USA)

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiestravel_writing 53561Call for Papers: Composition and Rhetoric at CEA 2014, March 27-29, Baltimore, MD, 21202COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE Coretta_Pittman@baylor.edu1381424907rhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE contact email: Coretta_Pittman@baylor.edu

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Rhetoric and Composition for our 45th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014

Special Topic: Composition and Rhetoric
We invite papers on Composition and Rhetoric that draw on the conference theme "Horizons." Proposals may conceive the conference theme broadly. Practical and theoretical responses encouraged.

For our 2014 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the pedagogical, and the professional "horizons" of our field. We welcome presentations by experienced academics and graduate students on all areas of literature, languages, film, composition, pedagogy, creative writing, and professional writing. Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including—but not limited to—the past and future of literature, language, composition, technology, text, the writer, the poet, the classroom, the internet, gender, and globalism.

For Online Submissions

CEA prefers to receive submissions electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address: http://www.cea-web.org.

Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2013. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note: only one proposal per conference participant may be submitted.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant. If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.

For Paper Submissions
We will accept hard copy proposals postmarked no later than 15 October 2013 via regular mail. Please include the following information:

Institutional affiliation
Mailing address
Phone number
Email address
Title for the proposed presentation
Abstract of 200–500 words
Audio-visual equipment needs
Special needs and accommodations

Panel organizers should include the above information for all proposed participants. If you have attended CEA before and can serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so in your cover letter. Address hard copy submissions to the Program Chair:

Steve Brahlek
CEA 2013 Program Chair
MS 33 Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33461

All presenters at the 2014 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2014. To join CEA, please go to http://www.cea-web.org.

Other questions? Please email CEA Program chair at cea.english@gmail.com.


Coretta M. Pittman
Special Panel Chair, Composition and Rhetoric

cfp categories: rhetoric_and_composition 53562Seeking Interdisciplinary Ecological Scholarship for Issue on "Hybridity" (Deadline May 1st)Kudzu Revieweditor@kudzureview.com1381426282ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Kudzu Reviewcontact email: editor@kudzureview.com

Kudzu Review is now calling for Scholarly Essays for its newest yearly publication: The Kudzu Scholar. The journal's focus "literature of an invasive species" reveals diverse intersections of post-colonial and ecocritical understandings of texts and environs.

We are particularly interested in book reviews of recent works such as The Bioregional Imagination, Ecopoetics, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and other such works on ecocritical thought, short essays (1000-3000 words) which offer "green" literary analysis, and longer essays which develop interdisciplinary approaches to ecological theory, environmental writers, ecological philosophy, green pedagogy, and much more. Most importantly, the subject matter should reflect our focus "literature of an invasive species" and our theme "hybridity," which is intentionally vague.

Please include a CV, and give a brief description of the essay in your cover letter. You may submit through our Submittable Submissions Platform by visiting our website:

We are also interested in peer-reviewers for submissions to our scholarly issue, as well as readers for our creative writing submissions. If you are interested in serving in either of these capacities, email editor@kudzureview.com

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53563Unconventional Archives - Literature and the Uses of History, 17 -18 January 2014Ertegun Graduate Programme, University of Oxfordunconventionalarchives2014@gmail.com1381427349bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Ertegun Graduate Programme, University of Oxfordcontact email: unconventionalarchives2014@gmail.com

Unconventional Archives: Literature and the Uses of History is a two-day workshop to be held at Ertegun House, Oxford on the 17 and 18 of January 2014.

The aim of the workshop is to draw together students and scholars of the late 19th nineteenth century to the present, in order to explore how our understanding of substantial categories in the history of ideas, such as 'Enlightenment' and 'Modernity', changes when we come to examine these terms through what we term 'unconventional archives': sources that are generally seen as unusual objects of literary analysis. In doing so, the workshop seeks to highlight how the study of literature has evolved in the past decades through interaction with other disciplines. Whether examining the literary turn in anthropology, literature's adoption of visual art as an alternative narrative medium or the historian's increasing dependence on the structure and phrasing of archival documents, what needs to be examined are the terms on which these interactions occur – how do they, or do they not, transform our understanding of these disciplines. In particular, the workshop seeks to address questions of shifting methodologies and objects of study in literary practice.

Invited speakers include Javed Majeed (KCL), Belinda Jack Oxford), Santanu Das (KCL) and Ugur Ümit Üngör (Utrecht).

Graduate students and early career researchers are invited to send in paper proposals for the workshop. Possible topics for paper proposals include, but are not restricted to:

• Literary histories through material objects, photographs, administrative records, personal testimony, visual art
• The unarchivable – what constitutes an archive? the nature of unusual archives
• The role of alternative archives in the study of literary remembrance and cultural memory
• The literariness of other disciplines, e.g. The "Writing Culture" moment in anthropology
• Alternative genres: scientific writing, historical fiction, diaries, autobiography and life-writing
• The History of Reading and of the Book
• Literature and Science
• Reading marginalised/forbidden documents, the influence of literary texts on political/historical movements
• Literature as a means of reading history against the grain
• Digital Humanities – questions of archiving and new-age technologies [internet repositories, digitised documents, blogs, etc]

Abstracts/Proposals (approx. 300 words) and a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) should be sent to: unconventionalarchives2014@gmail.com by 10 November 2013.

Conference convenors: Ezgi Ulusoy Aranyosi (Oriental Studies, Oxford) and Priyasha Mukhopadhyay (English, Oxford).

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culture 53564The American West in Literature and Film - 19-22 Feb. 2014 - Proposal Deadline 1 Nov. 2013 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association lavanmeter@langston.edu1381427568african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association contact email: lavanmeter@langston.edu

Seeking Papers on any aspect of the American West in Literature or Film:
• Popular Westerns or novels of the West
• Film Westerns or films set in the West at any time
• Gender/Masculinity Issues in "The Westerner"
• Race in the West
• John Wayne
• The Hispanic West
• Foreign Visions of the American West

Please submit your proposal to the Event Management Site at

Dr. Larry A. Van Meter
Associate Professor of English
Area Chair: The American West in Literature and Film
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Langston University
Langston, OK 73055

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 53565Motherhood and Labor in Transnational Women's Writing (March 20-23 2014, NYU)ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)shadighazimoradi@gmail.com1381427762african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)contact email: shadighazimoradi@gmail.com

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the reconfiguration of women's roles in both the domestic and the social spheres in countries across the globe. Women's vital roles as mothers and educators to the future citizens of the nation/world were capitalized upon by female writers and activists who called for the improvement of women's social rights and their inclusion in the workplace. The discourses of motherhood and domesticity as gendered cultural capital(s) have thus long been engaged, reconfigured, and deployed in transnational women's movements. A large body of contemporary transnational women's writing – both fiction and non-fiction – grapples with the bifurcated responsibilities of working mothers and the politics of negotiating lives invested in the two separate, yet inevitably intertwined, capitals of motherhood and work.
This panel invites scholars to examine the comparative relations between motherhood and women's labor in transnational women's writing. Panelists are especially encouraged, yet in no way limited, to consider the ways in which the discourse of motherhood has been informed by the poetics of movement and mobility – whether literal or metaphorical – and its intersections with women's social, cultural, and financial challenges in the contemporary global economy.

Please submit abstracts at http://acla.org/acla2014/propose-a-paper/

The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53566[Update] British Society for Literature and Science Conference 10-12 April 2014University of Surreyg.tate@surrey.ac.uk1381431240americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Surreycontact email: g.tate@surrey.ac.uk

The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.

The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science. This year the organisers would particularly welcome proposals addressing links between science and European and world literatures, and proposals for papers or panels on teaching literature and science. However, the BSLS remains committed to supporting and showcasing work on all aspects of literature and science.

Proposals of no more than 250 words, together with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker, should be sent in the body of messages (not in attachments) to g.tate@surrey.ac.uk. Proposals for panels should include a separate proposal for each paper. The closing date for submissions is Friday 6 December 2013.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.

Accommodation: please note that those attending the conference will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on local hotels will shortly be made available on the conference website.

Membership: conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged / £10 unwaged). It will be possible to join the BSLS when registering for the conference online.

For further information and updates about the conference, please contact Gregory Tate (g.tate@surrey.ac.uk) or visit the conference website at http://tinyurl.com/pp6ubz5.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53567Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative (edited collection; 12/15/13)Chris Foss, Jonathan Gray, Zach Whalencfoss@umw.edu; jgray@jjay.cuny.edu; zwhalen@umw.edu1381431789childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Chris Foss, Jonathan Gray, Zach Whalencontact email: cfoss@umw.edu; jgray@jjay.cuny.edu; zwhalen@umw.edu


We invite proposals for chapters in a volume on disability and graphic literature for the new Literary Disability series from Palgrave Macmillan edited by David Bolt, Elizabeth Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative will scrutinize the ways that disability has been employed in comic books, graphic nonfiction, graphic novels, underground comix, and/or webcomics.  Our aim is to interrogate standard assumptions about disability and sequential art in order to open up new approaches and potential collaborations between both of these vital areas of study.

Some possible but not exclusive topics include

  • analyses of the range of representations of disabled figures in both superhero comics and graphic narratives;
  • considerations of the role of the visual in offering multimodal engagement with the textual experience of disability (beyond  character, plot, and theme);
  • critical investigations of how the systems of meaning associated with disability studies (see Donna Haraway, Tobin Siebers, and others) overlap with or challenge the language of sequential art (as theorized by Thierry Groensteen, Scott McCloud, and others);
  • extended examinations of specific comic book characters (such as Batgirl/Oracle, Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Professor Xavier, or Cyborg/Victor Stone);
  • delineations of disability as an organizing logic in ongoing graphic series (like Fantastic Four and Doom Patrol);
  • theorizations of the role of disability in the texts of individual graphic narrative writers (such as David B., Alison Bechdel, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Harvey Pekar, and Chris Ware).

Send 500-word abstracts to Chris Foss (cfoss@umw.edu), Jonathan Gray (jgray@jjay.cuny.edu), and Zach Whalen (zwhalen@umw.edu) by Dec 15th 2013.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 53568Call for Book Reviews on Radicalism- OPENJournal for the Study of Radicalismjsrbookreview@gmail.com1381434714african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Journal for the Study of Radicalismcontact email: jsrbookreview@gmail.com

The Journal for the Study of Radicalism is currently looking for potential book reviewers. Currently we have a backlog of works on the following subject matters:
* Leftism in Puerto Rico
* African American Radicalism, Marxism and Communism
* Civil Rights
* International Insurgency and Social Movements
* Radicalism in Ireland
* Foundations of Modern Terrorism
* State Violence against Citizens
* New Left, anti-Vietnam
* Hippies
* Feminism (specifically Italian Women's resistance in NYC)
* Haitian Radicalism

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please email 1) a brief bio outlining educational background and research focus; and 2) subject matters of interest.

We are also open to book review suggestions that accord with the Journal's aims (http://msupress.org/journals/jsr/)

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53569Aging and the Humanities, ACLA New York 2014, Deadline Nov 1, 2013American Comparative Literature Association, March 20-23, 2014limbu@pdx.edu, elanacommisso@gmail.com1381436429african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association, March 20-23, 2014contact email: limbu@pdx.edu, elanacommisso@gmail.com

Dominant representations of old age depict it as a period of debilitation and decline, frailty and dependence, isolation and loss of selfhood. Other accounts emphasize the experience of exceptional lucidity, insight, and wisdom that accompanies aging. This seminar invites participants to rethink and interrogate these two descriptive poles and attempt a more critically nuanced engagement with aging and old age. Papers can address aging from different humanistic and theoretical perspectives and approaches. They can also consider literary and filmic representations of aging that go beyond the accounts provided by the news media and sociological reports.

Possible topics include:

• Aging through the lens of postcolonial and/or poststructuralist theory
• Phenomenology of aging
• The global political economy of aging
• Slow death and social death
• Late style
• Cross-cultural dimensions of aging
• Aging and disability studies
• Gender and old age

View the cfp here: http://acla.org/acla2014/aging-and-the-humanities/

Please submit a paper proposal of 250 words at the following website: http://www.acla.org/submit/

Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2013 (midnight Pacific Standard Time).

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53570Crossing the Space Between, 1914-1945; July 17-19, 2014, Institute of English Studies, London; abstract due December 2 2013The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945Robert Hemmings <roberthe@nipissingu.ca>1381461274african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945contact email: Robert Hemmings <roberthe@nipissingu.ca>

The 16th annual conference of the multidisciplinary society,
The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945

July 17-19, 2014, Institute of English Studies, London

The 16th annual conference of the Space Between society will explore the notion of 'crossing' − whether of oceans, borders, classes, genders, disciplines or genres − as it relates to literature, art, history, music, theatre, media, and spatial or material culture in any country between 1914 and 1945. From 1930s writers and intellectuals crossing the class divide to the surrealist crossing of a sewing machine with an umbrella, from Virginia Woolf's Orlando to Michael Curtiz's Casablanca, from crossing the dance floor to spying and wartime betrayal, tropes and examples of crossing proliferate across the culture of the period. We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of crossing whether literal or metaphorical, spatial or social, successful or unsuccessful. Topics might include:

• crossing time and space
• transatlantic crossings of American (North and Latin) and European cultures
• crossing between east and west
• crossing the Mediterranean
• crossing travel and colonialism
• crossing the breach between peace and war
• crossing between friendship and enmity
• crossing picket lines
• broadcast media crossing the airwaves
• border crossings
• double crossings, voluntary and involuntary
• identity crossing
• cross dressing
• cross purposes
• cross-cultural activity

Keynote speaker: TBC

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Nick Hubble at Nick.Hubble@brunel.ac.uk by 2 December 2013.

Conference Organising Committee:
Erica Brown, Sheffield Hallam University
Richard Hornsey, University of Nottingham
Nick Hubble, Brunel University
Phyllis Lassner, Northwestern University
Michael McCluskey, University College London
Ann Rea, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writing 53571Captivating Criminality: Crime Writing, Darkness and Desire 24-26 April 2014Bath Spa University and Crime Studies Networkr.gordon@bathspa.ac.uk1381483649americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Bath Spa University and Crime Studies Networkcontact email: r.gordon@bathspa.ac.uk

Captivating Criminality: Crime Writing, Darkness and Desire
Bath Spa University and Crime Studies Network
At Corsham Court (http://www.corsham-court.co.uk/)
24-26 April 2014

How can crime writing be defined? Although crime fiction is traditionally regarded as a distinguishable literary form, what can be considered part of this genre? The various sub-genres that are encompassed under the title of crime writing, including the 'whodunnit', the Hard Boiled thriller, Golden Age narratives, and the 'whydunnit' psychological thriller are all so variable that a defining process becomes nearly impossible. Can Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment be classed as a crime novel? After all, there are murders, crimes, mystery, punishment and redemption – key themes of the genre. How do we go about contrasting pre-conceived ideas of the genre crime writing with a larger literary discussion?

This conference aims to consider the darker side of crime writing with particular reference to the process of captivation, fascination and desire, in relation to the texts themselves and also to us as readers: why does crime writing captivate? Crime fiction regularly outsells literary fiction and this demonstrates that we hunger for what this genre has to offer. This conference will bring together a number of disciplines to investigate these key themes. The conference will provide a platform for creative writers, historians, theorists and literary scholars to examine crime writing, from Gothic fiction of the eighteenth century to the current popularity of Nordic noir.

We are delighted to announce that the Award-winning crime author Val McDermid will be joining us to discuss the world of crime. Translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide, she has written 25 bestselling novels; The Vanishing Point – her latest novel – is her 26th.

Our second keynote speaker is S.J. (Sharon) Bolton whose books have been shortlisted for several international awards including the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston's Old Peculiar prize for crime novel of the year, the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel and (four years running) the Mary Higgins Clark award for best thriller (Awakening won this). Her latest book, Dead Scared was published in April 2012.

Both Val and Sharon deal with the darker side of humanity in their writing. Indeed, Sharon speaks of the fact that she writes in order to 'face her own demons'.

We are also pleased that Professor Mary Evans will be joining us as a keynote speaker. She has been an emeritus professor at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research since 2007 and at present is a centennial professor at the London School of Economics. Her monograph The Imagination of Evil: Detective Fiction and the Modern World, published in 2009, examines detective fiction and its complex relationship to the modern and modernity. She questions who and what the detective stands for and suggests that the answer challenges many of our assumptions about the relationship between various moralities in the modern world.

Bath Spa University and the Crime Studies Network invite scholars, practitioners and fans of crime writing to attend this international, interdisciplinary conference about the dark nature of crime fiction. Panels may include, but are not restricted to:

• Reimagining the criminal mind
• The Gothic
• True Crime
• Foreign Bodies
• Ancient Bodies
• Crime and Modernism/Modernity
• Dostoevsky and Beyond: The Genealogy of crime writing
• Fatal Femininity
• Seduction and Sexuality
• The Criminal Analyst
• Others and Otherness
• Landscape and Identity
• Justice versus Punishment
• Lack of Order and Resolution

Please send 400 word proposals to Dr Fiona Peters (f.peters@bathspa.ac.uk) and Dr Rebecca Gordon Stewart (r.gordon@bathspa.ac.uk) by 6 January 2014. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of the speaker, and a contact email address. Feel free to submit abstracts presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome.

The Crime Studies Network website is accessible at: www.crimestudies.net.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53572Oceanide Journal - Deadline: 30th December 2013Spanish Society for the Study of Popular Culture SELICUP r.jarazo [AT] uib.es1381495196childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Spanish Society for the Study of Popular Culture SELICUP contact email: r.jarazo [AT] uib.es

The Spanish Society for the Study of Popular Culture SELICUP and the journal Oceánide (URL: oceanide.netne.net) welcomes new contributions for our upcoming volume 6 (2014) in the field of Popular Culture and Cultural Studies in Europe. Oceánide is an academic journal which aims to highlight and analyse the cultural, economic, historical, political, and literary interaction amongst the communities that make up the old and new Europe. It is our main purpose to become an international forum for scholars who would like to eagerly compare, vertebrate and analyze in the field of Popular Culture, what has been considered exclusivity for journals in Comparative literature or Reception studies.

The journal Oceánide was founded in 2009 with the objective of consolidating Cultural Studies and Popular Culture in Spain. Since then, a large number of national and international scholars have joined this project supervised by the Spanish Society for the Study of Popular Culture SELICUP. After the consolidation of Cultural Studies in Spain with the conferences held in Seville, A Coruña, Cáceres, Palma de Mallorca and Toledo, and the Society's publications during the last 14 years, Oceánide has become one of the most representative publications of our society, which is presently preparing and editing our sixth issue.

Contributions should be sent before December 30th 2013. Authors should follow the stylesheet of the journal http://oceanide.netne.net/en/stylesheet.php and their proposals will be peer-reviewed following the criteria established in http://oceanide.netne.net/en/peer-reviewing.php. Should you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact the editor: r.jarazo [AT] uib.es, or by postal address:

Dr. Rubén Jarazo Álvarez
Departamento de Filología Española, Moderna y Clásica
Edificio Ramón Llull
Universitat de les Illes Balears
Carretera de Valldemossa, km. 7.5
07122 Palma de Mallorca
T +34 971 25 9762
F +34 971 17 3473

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 53573Epistemes and Economies of ExpertiseAmerican Comparative Literature Association, 2013 (NYU)jsrhee@vcu.edu1381506506african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association, 2013 (NYU)contact email: jsrhee@vcu.edu


The twentieth-century has seen multiple formulations of the relation between literature and science: from fractured (C. P. Snow's The Two Cultures), parodic and oppositional (the Science Wars), unified (the One Culture model), to co-constitutive (N. Katherine Hayles' work in literature and science). This seminar will explore conversations between literary and scientific discourses, focusing specifically on questions of expertise and temporality. We will examine the different ways literature and science construct time and expertise, as well as how these discourses respond to, rebel against, emulate, and shape each other across the twentieth-century. We invite papers that explore these relations, engaging such topics as the temporality of scientific thought and practices; the production of scientific expertise through popularization; and the production of scientific expertise through secrecy.

We also welcome discussions about methodology, particularly from perspectives of Science and Technology Studies (STS), history of science, and literature and science. How do we, as literary scholars, approach the time of scientific knowledge production? How do we understand the relation between scientific temporalities and literary periodizations? How do we account for the different temporalities by which knowledge is constituted?

Paper proposals of 250 words (maximum) are due by Nov. 1. Submit directly to the ACLA website and choose "Epistemes and Economies of Expertise" from the seminar drop-down menu. http://www.acla.org/submit/

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53574Ecloga Journal of Literature and the Arts : Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Special Edition - 25th Nov 2013Ecloga : University of Strathclyde : Scottish Network of Modernist Studieseclogasnoms@gmail.com1381506869cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Ecloga : University of Strathclyde : Scottish Network of Modernist Studiescontact email: eclogasnoms@gmail.com


Call for Submissions

Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts

Modernist Studies Special Edition. 2014.
Produced in collaboration with the
Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.

Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts is pleased to announce a Modernist Studies Special Edition for 2014, produced in collaboration with the scholars of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and funded by the AHRC.

Since 2001, Ecloga has published outstanding research from all over the world by postgraduates and early career academics working in the broad field of English Studies. Ecloga is a peer-reviewed journal published in print and open-access online by postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

The Scottish Network of Modernist Studies is a forum for discussion and productive exchange between those working on modernism in any discipline, within and outwith the academy. The network is comprised of established voices and experts, and emerging scholars and early career researchers currently based in Scotland.

The 2014 special edition, will focus solely on new work in Modernist Studies. Submissions are invited from all researchers writing about modernism or adapting interdisciplinary approaches to modernist literature and the humanities: from art, history, cultural studies and critical theory to design, film, drama, music and philosophy.

The journal edition will be launched in May 2014 with a conference on Modernist Studies and Academic Publishing to be held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. While the journal and associated scholars are located in Scotland, the outlook of both Ecloga and the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies is international, and contributions are encouraged from all countries and critical fields.

This publication and conference are funded by an AHRC Collaborative Skill Development Award.

Modernist scholars are encouraged to submit new work on any artist, theory or critical enquiry associated with any aspect of modernist art or scholarship in its broadest and most diverse sense. In contemplating a submission to the special edition of the journal it may be of use to consider the following indicative, but by no means exhaustive, list of possible issues to consider:

Atrocity, trauma and the centenary of the Great War
The Avant-Garde
Ecologies and urban development
Emotion and affect
Formal innovation and interdisciplinarity
Madness, perspective and interior life
Mainstream critical orthodoxies: questioning 'high' modernist canons and chronologies
Modernist pedagogy and the role of a 'modernist scholar'
Modern and contemporary legacies and historical anticipations
Public intellectuals/artists and the creation/curation of Modernism
Questioning assumptions: 'high' modernist canons, chronology, critical orthodoxy
Secularism and Religion
Sex and sexuality
Socio-political contexts and social upheaval
Space, place, temporality and geography
Tradition, myth and mysticism
Travel, transnationalism, movement and transport
Voices, speech, dialogue, cacophony, collage, montage
Responses to proceedings at recent major Modernist Studies events such as Alternative Modernisms at Cardiff University or MSA 15 at University of Sussex

Please send submissions of no more than 7000 words, in MLA formatting, to
eclogasnoms@gmail.com by 25th November 2013.

Many thanks in advance,

Andrew Campbell. Editor.


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53575UPDATE - Albuquerque EcocriticismSouthwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) khada@ecok.edu1381512185ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfull name / name of organization: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) contact email: khada@ecok.edu

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

35th Annual Conference: February 19 - 22, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013
For details and information, including the submission database please go to:
http://southwestpca.org and/or http://conference 2014.southwestpca.org

Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

*ecocritical approaches to literature
* environmentally-focused artists and their art
* representations of nature and the environment in popular and American culture
* interdisciplinary approaches to the environment by environmental historians, philosophers, geographers, ecologists, governmental agencies, etc.
* environmental/ecocritical pedagogy & environmental education
* environmental discourse in the media
* the environment in film
* ecofeminism
* environmental issues in the Southwest
* urban environmentalism
* nature writing and its authors
* environmental activism, non-profit, governmental issues, etc.

To submit a proposal, go to http://conference2014.southwestpca.org and enter the proposal into the database. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2013. Accepted applicants will be notified by email, and must register for the conference by December 31, 2013.

See the southwestpca.org for information concerning graduate-student awards, the conference peer-reviewed journal Dialogue and many other details related to the conference.

Information: Dr. Ken Hada, Chair
Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies 53576Unmasking Masquerade: Exploring Disguise and Display Across the Humanities (14-16 Feb 2014)McGill University English Graduate Student Associationmcgillmasquerade@gmail.com1381514013americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: McGill University English Graduate Student Associationcontact email: mcgillmasquerade@gmail.com

"'Masquerades, I have generally heard said, were more silly than wicked,'" declares one respectable character in Samuel Richardson's novel Sir Charles Grandison (1754), "'But they are now, I am convinced, the most profligate of all diversions.'" Richardson's disapproval of the bal masqué's vulgar dissipation represents just one incarnation of a rich and multivalent concept. In various guises masquerade capers and creeps through the humanities, eluding any single form or function: noun or verb? literal or figurative? sinister or celebratory? deceitful or mischievous? We are seeking papers, panels, and creative projects that are inspired by this panoply of meaning to address the idea of masquerade in any way – material and/or theoretical. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines of the humanities, including but not limited to: literature, film, television, drama, visual arts, cultural studies, history, philosophy, geography, politics, religious studies, architecture, design, and digital humanities.

Submitters might consider, for example:

- festive masquerades: carnival, bacchanal, bal masqué, pageant, commedia dell'arte, holiday celebration
- temporal masquerades: anachronism, non-linear narration, tradition, myth and legend
- spatial masquerades: sets and setting, decoration, camouflage, dislocation, literary cartography
- masquerades of identity: gender, role-playing/role-reversal, authenticity, performance, fashion, costume, disguise
- masquerades of language: metafiction, translation, unreliable narration, double entendre
- masquerades of genre: adaptation, satire, religious ceremony, morality plays, mockumentary, reality television
- theories of masquerade: poststructuralism, postcolonialism, queer theory, posthumanism

Please send your 200-word abstract and a brief bio to mcgillmasquerade@gmail.com by 15 November 2013. Website coming soon, conference events TBA.

cfp categories: americanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturereligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53577ACLA CfP: Imagined Originals, Original Translations: Putting Pseudotranslation on the Map (March 20-23, 2014)Brigitte Rathbrath@princeton.edu1381518751americanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Brigitte Rathcontact email: brath@princeton.edu

Cervantes' Don Quixote (1605/15), Montesquieu's Lettres persanes (1721), MacPherson's Ossian (1761), Mérimée's La Guzla (1827), Louÿs's Chansons de Bilitis (1894), Raja Rao's Kanthapura (1938), many of Borges' short stories, Makine's La Fille d'un héros de l'Union soviétique (1990), and Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (1997) are only some of the numerous – often canonized – original texts that invite the reader to read them as if they were translations, to imagine a preceding original produced in a different language and for a different audience. By oscillating between original and translation, these texts explore issues at the heart of comparative literature, such as translatability (e.g. via footnotes by a fictitious translator), linguistic and cultural contact (Montesquieu sparked a genre of reverse ethnographies), questions of voice, authenticity and authorship (such as the much-discussed case of the Hiroshima poems by "Araki Yasusada"), and the desire to locate origins (Ossian is an obvious example).

There is no established field of research for this ubiquitous phenomenon. A scarcity of cross-references between individual contributions coincides with an overabundance of terms: "Pseudotranslation," made popular by translation studies scholar Gideon Toury; "fictitious translation" (Bassnett), "translation with no original" (Apter), "assumed translation," "fake translation," or "original translation." This seminar brings scholars working on pseudo-translations together to discuss individual case studies and find connections between them, to look at specific genres that were shaped by such texts, to discuss the concept and its many names, and to map pseudotranslation as a productive field for comparative literature.

To propose a paper, please follow this link: http://www.acla.org/submit/ and choose "Imagined Originals, Original Translations" in the drop-down seminar menu.

Deadline: Nov 1, 2013.

CfP online:

Further information on the ACLA conference:

Please contact Brigitte Rath (brath@princeton.edu) with any questions regarding this seminar.

cfp categories: americanclassical_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53578The Persistence of Pulps: An Academic Symposium (April 25-26, 2014)Edward P. Comentale/Indiana Universityecomenta@indiana.edu1381518909americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Edward P. Comentale/Indiana Universitycontact email: ecomenta@indiana.edu

The Persistence of Pulps: An Academic Symposium
April 25th-26th, 2014

The Pulps are alive and well. Despite their reputation as a cheap and disposable medium with a tendency to degrade over time, they have persisted for well over a century as a vital form of cultural production and subcultural investment. This conference is dedicated to exploring this long and enduring cultural phenomenon as it shapes and responds to larger transformations in twentieth and twenty-first century history. The organizers seek original research on the pulp universe as it extends from the early days of Argosy to the present New Pulp movement, both in the States and abroad, and across media from print to paint to comics to film and gaming. The conference will be loosely organized according to five aspects of the pulp universe: Pulps Writers, Pulp Producers, Pulp Artists, Pulp Audiences, and Pulp Technology.

The conference will be held in Chicago in conjunction with the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, a world-class pulp trade show and art exhibit. Participants will have access to all Convention events, including auctions, film screenings, and collector talks. The pairing represents a unique opportunity for pulp scholars, pulp fans, and pulp artists to gather together and explore--through original pulp artifacts--their shared interest in the pulp universe.

The conference organizers seek papers that promote new thinking about cultural studies and cultural critique—adventurous work that moves beyond the limits of disciplinary protocols without compromising intellectual rigor. We also seek stylish approaches that would appeal to popular as well as academic audiences; we won't sacrifice intelligence for accessibility, for we believe these two terms are compatible. The conference organizers plan to publish the best papers through the Year's Work series by IU Press, which specializes in new scholarship on fan cultures and cultural objects.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Edward P. Comentale (ecomenta@indiana.edu) by December 1, 2013.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 53579Capital and Alternative Economies Related to FoodPaulina M. Gonzales (UC San Diego) Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan (UC San Diego) Leslie Quintanilla (UC San DIegop6gonzal@ucsd.edu1381520044cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiespostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Paulina M. Gonzales (UC San Diego) Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan (UC San Diego) Leslie Quintanilla (UC San DIegocontact email: p6gonzal@ucsd.edu

"Every postmodern group, looking for sustainable agriculture and enduring living, has to rediscover in their own cultures and pasts its own ideal of comida" (Esteva 12).

In 1994, Gustavo Esteva drew attention to the concept of "food in context", what he refers to as comida, to underscore the social ties that are created alongside and through food. While international agribusiness corporations consider and look at food as a form of capital, as a commodity to be exploited, bought and sold, food is historically a commons, central to alternative economies, and the creation of deep ties across communities and cultures. Although the time and context may vary, this panel seeks papers that can reflect upon the changing relationships between food and culture and their corresponding environmental, economic, political, and/or social implications. How are urban western communities responding to the commodification of food? And how is the so-called Global South responding to the new form of colonization and imperialism imposed by international agribusiness corporations? These are some of the possible questions we aim to investigate. The goal of this panel is to broaden our understanding of the multiple relations between capital, food, and cultures.

Possible Topics Include:
Politics of Enclosures
Aesthetic and Ideological Representations of Peasant Cultures
GMO foods and resistance movements
Genealogies of food and food cultures
Urban GardeningCreation of Communities


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiespostcolonial 53580[UPDATE] Retirement, or, The End of Canadian Literature? (deadline: 1 November)ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014robert.mcgill@utoronto.ca1381521804bibliography_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_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014contact email: robert.mcgill@utoronto.ca

"Retirement, or, The End of Canadian Literature?" session
ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Organizers: Nicholas Bradley (U of Victoria) and Robert McGill (U of Toronto)

Scholars and students of Canadian literature find themselves in a great era of retirement — in a time of retirement of the greats. Professors of Canadian literature who were born in the late 1930s or in the 1940s — influential editors, anthologists, critics, and theorists — have, in recent years, retired from their academic positions, or will do so soon. This wave of retirements provides an occasion to reflect upon a boom in studies of Canadian literature in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, and upon the institutionalization of the field in (more or less) its current form. This session will look back on the recent history of Canadian literary studies and look ahead to new critical possibilities. Proposals are invited for papers that address any of the following topics and questions or related concerns:

• Anthologies and canons
• Boomer criticism
• Critics as teachers, teachers as critics
• Ideas of generations — of Canadian writers and Canadian critics
• The contributions of individual critics
• The rise and demise — institutional, aesthetic, commercial — of CanLit
• The currency of "old" topics (e.g., feminism, postmodernism, regionalism, postcolonialism)
• The "ends" of Canadian literary criticism: its outermost limits, its purposes, its conclusions, its afterlives
• How to read Canadian literature today — and in the future?

Following the instructions on the ACCUTE website for member-organized sessions (http://accute.ca/general-sessions/), send your 300–500-word proposal, a 100-word abstract, a 50-word bio, and a completed Proposal Information Sheet to robert.mcgill@utoronto.ca by 1 November 2013.

cfp categories: bibliography_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_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53581"Cold War After China," Shanghai, China 27-29 June 2014ASAP/6 Shanghai: Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the Presentbelletts@lafayette.edu1381522545african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: ASAP/6 Shanghai: Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the Presentcontact email: belletts@lafayette.edu

I am soliciting proposals for a roundtable discussion on the broad topic of "Cold War After China."

The Cold War mandated that, from a Western perspective, China was "lost" in 1949 with the creation of the People's Republic of China. But this perspective depends on a bipolar global imaginary that views the world narrowly, as two opposed ideological camps. The "Cold War After China" roundtable seeks to complicate this view by exploring how the rise of China as a global power during the Cold War has shaped aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts not only in China, but indeed around the world.

In keeping with the conference theme, paper proposals might touch on such things as:

• Modernity, postmodernity, and contemporaneity from a global perspective
• Hybridity and multiplicity. What does this paradigm still have to teach us about artistic expression and production in Asia and elsewhere?
• From empire to globalization: the history of transnational culture in China during the Cold War
• The Pacific Rim and the Asian diaspora; cross-cultural writers, artists, musicians, and "creative workers"
• The international circulation of national culture: literature, cinema, visual arts
• Architecture and urbanism, Asia and beyond: mega-cities, neighborhoods, ghettos, enclaves, suburbs, exurbs, edgelands.
• Public art and public spaces, Asia and beyond.

Please email a short (100-word) abstract and CV by Nov 1st. If we have enough participants for a roundtable, we will pre-circulate short position papers, then discuss these papers at the conference.

Expenses & Travel

All participants must buy their own round-trip ticket to Shanghai. If you are accepted to speak at the symposium, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will issue a formal letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application; however, it is your responsibility to apply for a travel visa to China in time to attend the symposium. Speakers' housing and meals will, for the duration of the symposium, be generously provided for by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

For more information on ASAP and ASAP/6, see www.artsofthepresent.org

Steven Belletto
Associate Professor of English
Lafayette College

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53582Call for Papers: Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (June 19-22, 2014); Proposals Due January 19, 2014Tanya R. Cochran, President / Whedon Studies Associationslayage.conference@gmail.com1381539621film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Tanya R. Cochran, President / Whedon Studies Associationcontact email: slayage.conference@gmail.com

Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses
California State University-Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA
Conference Dates: June 19-22, 2014
Proposal Deadline: January 19, 2014

Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association (slayageonline.com), the Whedon Studies Association, and co-conveners Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tanya R. Cochran solicit your proposal for the sixth biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW6). This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon—the Jossverse(s) or Whedonverse(s)—will be held on the campus of California State University-Sacramento, Sacramento, California, June 19-22, 2014.

We welcome a proposal of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing); his comics (e.g. Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Season Nine); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, a proposal may address paratexts, fandoms, or Whedon's extracurricular—political and activist—activities, such as his involvement with Equality Now. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women's studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. In other words, multidisciplinary discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. Your proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and over a dozen years of the blind, peer-reviewed journal Slayage.

This gathering will mark the 10th anniversary of the first Slayage Conference. As a result, we are planning several special events and guests and giving particular attention to connections among Whedon and his collaborators, his works, and social activism.

An individual paper is strictly limited to a reading time of 20 minutes, and we encourage, though do not require, self-organized panels of three presenters. Proposals for workshops, roundtables, or other types of sessions are also welcome. Fill out the appropriate Word form provided on the Slayage website (slayageonline.com) and send as an email attachment. Submissions by graduate and undergraduate students are invited; undergraduates should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). Please submit your proposal to Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tanya R. Cochran at slayage.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by January 19, 2014. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2014.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culture 53583[UPDATE] Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational PerspectivesPete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)pkunze@albany.edu1381551556african-americanamericanchildrens_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_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)contact email: pkunze@albany.edu

Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Editors: Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)

Oscar nominations earlier this year for Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, and Jacki Weaver as well as Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby remind us of the ongoing relationship between Australia and the United States, both in terms of talent and industries, in global Hollywood. Yet comparative studies of these national cinemas have been fairly limited. This collection seeks to redress that oversight while encouraging future studies. The editors seek proposals, broadly conceived, for a collection examining the underexplored historical and continuing parallels between Australian and American cinemas through a transnational lens. Topics may include:

• Comparisons of Australian and American films, either by theme, representation, or genre

• Star studies of Australian actors in both Australian and American entertainment: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Toni Collette, Heath Ledger, Judy Davis, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Mia Wasikowska

• Australian directors working in Hollywood: Andrew Dominik, Jamie Blanks, Cate Shortland, James Wan, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce, P. J. Hogan, Alex Proyas, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Scott Hicks, Fred Schepisi, Robert Luketic

• Australian production teams (cinematographers, editors etc): Christopher Nolan, Greig Fraser, Kirk Baxter

• Australian directors working in Hollywood: Andrew Dominik, Jamie Blanks, Cate Shortland, James Wan, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce, P. J. Hogan, Alex Proyas, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Scott Hicks, Fred Schepis, Robert Luketic

• American directors working in Australia: Terrence Malick, Norman Dawn, Spencer Succer, John Curran

• American stars working in Australia: Eva Novak, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Pattinson

• Australian adaptations of American stories/novels and American adaptations of Australian stories/novels: Schindler's List, the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or Strictly Ballroom, Oscar and Lucinda, Project X, Danny Deckchair, Jindabyne

• reception studies: American audiences viewing Australian films (Mad Max, Wolf Creek, Australia) or Australians viewing American films

• industry studies, especially the relationship between the film industry and the state

• Australian-American collaborations and co-productions

• Images of Australia in American cinema and images of the United States in Australian cinema

Please submit a proposal of 200 words and a CV to pkunze@albany.edu by November 15, 2013. A working bibliography of 3 to 5 sources is highly encouraged.

Palgrave Macmillan has expressed preliminary interest, so notifications will be made by December 1, 2013 with an initial deadline for April 1, 2014.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_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_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53584Writing Back: Language, Identity, Culture, and Difference April 2-3, 2014Qatar University eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa1381576753african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Qatar University contact email: eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa

Writing Back:
Language, Identity, Culture, and Difference
An international two-day conference (2-3 April 2014) at Qatar University

The Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University invites you to submit a proposal for our 2014 international conference, "Writing Back," taking place on 2-3 April 2014. While the term "writing back" invokes traditional post-colonial discourse -- empire writing back to the imperial center -- this conference aims to expand the field of inquiry to address all literature that is, in one way or another, writing back to traditional practices or dominant discourses in literature, culture, and the arts. It aims to explore the construction of historical narratives and to examine history and culture from previously marginalized or overlooked perspectives.

We encourage the widest possible interpretations of the subject, and hope to redefine the term 'writing back' to address the complexity of contemporary literature in a global context. Literature written in English by Arabs, Africans, and Indians are of special interest to this conference. The topics to be considered can include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

a. Writing and Language … Writing in Another language
b. Writing and Identity … National / Ethnic / Individual
c. Writing and Culture … Writing sub-cultures/Race/Gender
d. Writing and Difference … Theory/Experimentation/New

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to Dr. Erin Holliday-Karre (eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa) by 30 December 2013. Email submissions should be sent in Word format only. Successful proposals should present a compelling case for the paper and its relation to the conference topic. We ask that all participants stick to a strict twenty minute time period to allow time for discussion. Please do not send your entire paper and do not include your personal details on the abstract but rather in a separate cover letter. All papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated anonymously.

Although the organizer of the conference, the Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Qatar University, does not require any conference registration fees, and will provide participants with food and transportation while in Qatar during the conference, it expects participants to pay for their travel and accommodation.

For any further information please contact:

Erin Holliday-Karre
Assistant Professor of Literature
Department of English Literature & Linguistics
Email: eholliday.karre@qu.edu.qa
Phone: (00974) 4403-4909

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53585[UPDATE] The Future of Black Studies NeMLA 2014 Deadline ExtendedNortheast Modern Language Association 2014 Conference Harrisburg, PAdiego.millan@tufts.edu1381591794african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association 2014 Conference Harrisburg, PAcontact email: diego.millan@tufts.edu

Black Studies, as a phrase, have more prominently reentered the lexicon of academics in the recent years more prominently. Black Studies, argues Sylvia Wynter, "were to find their original transgressive intentions defused" in favor of promoting multicultural and ethnic studies programs that supported the universalizing logics "against which the challenges of [Black Studies, Black Power, and Black Arts] had been directed in the first place." Jared Sexton, seeking to complicate and refigure culture studies proposes, "All researches, insofar as they are genuinely critical inquiries, aspire to black studies." Finally, Sabine Broeck, at a recently delivered talk, concentrated these thoughts into the following statement: "Black Studies is Humanities Studies."
This panel explores the intellectual, cultural, social, literary, weight of these five simple words. How can the critical interventions made by these critics within Black Studies reconfigure--or disrupt--broader critical debates within the Humanities? How might grounding ourselves within a critique of liberal Humanism reframe our understanding of theorizations behind something like post-humanism? Might a criticism of post-humanism necessitate a return to the body? Thinking more historically, how were narratives of protest and intellectual resistance defused of their urgency? What methodologies, objectives, and ethics might emerge from a reassertion of the urgency behind Black Studies? Finally, what is the state of Black Studies in the academy today, and where do we see it headed? Papers may choose explore these questions as well as the following topics: The intersections of (queer) theory and Black Studies; historical theorizations of Blackness; pedagogical approaches to teaching Blackness and race/racism; anti-humanism.

Updated Deadline: October 14, 2013. Please submit 300-word abstracts, contact information, and a brief biography to Diego Millan (diego.millan@tufts.edu).

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53586Poetry and Precarity in the 21st Century (ACLA 2014, 20-23 March, NYU)Charles Legere, Walt Hunter / American Comparative Literature Associationcdlegere@pitt.edu, hunter1@clemson.edu1381592046african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Charles Legere, Walt Hunter / American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email: cdlegere@pitt.edu, hunter1@clemson.edu

Our seminar stakes out a set of texts, terms, and questions for engaging how poems materialize experiences of precarity within the shifting, ubiquitous demands of capital. Given the rapid expansion of critical discourse around the concept of precarity, and the potential fetishism of the concept itself, we also aim to situate the discourse of biopolitics, social death, normativity, and grievability in relation to Marxist, feminist, and anarchist approaches to questions of labor, accumulation, reproducibility, possession, autonomy, debt, and risk. By placing these critical discourses in relation to the formal experiments of 21st-century poetries, we hope to generate a more definite language for how experiences of precarity are particularized, and perhaps remain unassimilable, within the global systems of capital value and valuation. The core interest is how these tensions of precarity are lived out, or through, on the scale of everyday experience, and how poetry gives form to these uneven histories of living.

We invite papers addressing a wide range of global poetries of the 21st century, particularly papers which take up, problematize, or expand on questions of:

Post-Fordist and Keynesian Economics
Affect Theory
Cognitive versus Contingent Work
History of the Lyric
World Literatures
Textuality and Embodiment
Debt Culture
Experiences, Calculations, and Managements of Risk
Slow Death or Life-in-Death
Cultures of Surveillance or Coercion
Constant vs. Variable Capital

Please submit proposals of 250 words to http://www.acla.org/submit/, seminar selection "Poetry and Precarity in the 21st Century." Proposals must be received by November 1.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53587CFP American Circuits, American Secrets. Banff, Alberta: Sept 18-21, 2014. University of Alberta / Canadian Association of American Studiesorganizers@circuitsandsecrets.com1381593616african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Alberta / Canadian Association of American Studiescontact email: organizers@circuitsandsecrets.com

According to a top-secret 2009 National Security Agency report leaked by now infamous former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden, approximately one third of all international telephone calls, and more than ninety-nine per cent of all internet traffic, are routed through the United States. At once a multi-media communications hub, a global waystation of cultural exchange, a nation of dynamic mobilities, and a synonym for commodity capitalism, "America" cannot be disarticulated from the very concept of circulation. But any movement through, and by, America conceals as much as it produces – otherwise, Snowden's disclosures themselves would be insignificant. This is, after all, the nation that enshrined "don't ask don't tell" into law, where democratic disenfranchisement and the ravages of unfettered capitalism are open secrets, and whose literary history is an archive of gothic tales, detective fiction, spy thrillers, and tell-all memoirs. Public circulation and economies of publicity are central features of American life – inciting revolution, producing dominant ideologies, and giving life to counterpublics. But these same public circuits give rise as well to scandal, to gossip genres, to secret societies, to new religious forms, to covert operations, to Batman.

Conference paper and panel proposals, due January 15, 2014, are invited on the timely topic of American Circuits, American Secrets.

Please see our submission guidelines at www.circuitsandsecrets.com.

We welcome approaches to this conference theme from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods and deploying a wide range of methodologies and theoretical approaches. Possible considerations may include:

• unwritten or shameful histories
• lost archives and cultural recovery projects
• immigrant networks
• crip circuits: obstacles, access, and alternative public imaginaries
• subversive communities and underground societies
• circulating (or concealing) race and racial history
• covert operations and conspiracy theories
• circuitousness, indirection, straying, errancy
• errant letters of the republic
• movement as circuit, movement as affect
• hidden circuits, secret spaces, underground railroads
• black markets, smuggling, piracy, contraband
• waterways: nautical routes, sunken treasures, oceanic expansion
• labour on the move: migrant workers, free trade, globalization
• the limits of publicity: what can't be said or shown
• the ways and byways of settler colonialism
• wikileaks, NSA surveillance, backroom deals
• hacking, interrupting circuits, disrupting circuitry
• racial circuits, racist secrets
• celebrity scandals and the gossip industry
• commonplace secrecy, commonplace circuitry
• mnemonic secrets, amnesiac secrets
• Indigenous lands, maps, and narrative pathways
• cultural networks, connections, social circuits
• theatre and performance circuits (vaudeville, dancers, musicians, troupes)
• wired America, hardwired America, and rewiring the nation
• road trips, travel, traffic, movement, mobility across America
• Americans abroad, tourism, and The Grand Tour
• resource, energy, trade, and agricultural circuits
• outsourcing and manufacturing abroad
• the global circuits of industry, economy, and empire
• telephone, television, telegraph
• digital technologies, and communications technologies
• afterlives: the discarded, the outmoded, the misremembered
• posthuman circuits: cyborgs, robots, clones, drones

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 53588Frank Speech in Tudor Literature and Culture (SCRC 2014)Andrew Kranzman / Michigan State Universitykranzman@msu.edu1381597152classical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Andrew Kranzman / Michigan State Universitycontact email: kranzman@msu.edu

South Central Renaissance Conference
April 3-5 2014, Tucson, Arizona

This panel examines how Tudor literature and culture links frank speech or "parrhesia" to self-deliberation and reflection. As Foucault observes in his lectures on parrhesia in antiquity (e.g., Fearless Speech, The Courage of Truth, The Government of Self and Others), frank speech broadly encompasses the act of speaking freely and clearly despite the possibility of danger or reprisal. While Foucault situates frank speech as an act confined to those possessing "specific personal, moral, and social qualities which grants them the privilege to speak," such as politically enfranchised citizens ("democratic parrhesia") or the sovereign's counselor ("monarchical parrhesia"), it would behoove us to also consider how his lectures illuminate frank speech in domestic relationships. Although papers that examine parrhesia in regards to Tudor elites and court counselors are welcome, presentations that consider how Tudor literature and culture link frank speech to friendship, kinship, martial relationships, neighbors, masters and servants, as well as tutors and pupils are preferred.

Questions to consider include, but are not limited to:

How does Tudor literature, philosophy, theology, humanism, emblem books, etc., represent frank speech? According to these materials, when should one feel compelled to speak frankly and to whom? How does the era portray frank speech, first and foremost, as an act of internally speaking with or criticizing the self? How is frank speech seen as contributing to the formation of the ethical subject? How is frank speech seen as strengthening community?

Please submit 200-250 word abstract by October 27th to Andrew Kranzman kranzman@msu.edu.

The convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona, April 3-5, 2014. For more information, visit the SCRC website: http://scrc.us.com

cfp categories: classical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryrenaissance 53589Not a Dry Eye in the House: Tears in Performance – March 21, 2014 - Paris-SorbonneDenis Lagae-Devoldère and Marie Pecorari (Paris-Sorbonne)tearsinperformance@gmail.com1381620607americaneighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Denis Lagae-Devoldère and Marie Pecorari (Paris-Sorbonne)contact email: tearsinperformance@gmail.com

Representing tears in the theatre hinges on the paradoxical performance of an absence: while the lacrimal flow can usually be explained, its physical manifestation mostly eludes visibility. Yet the presence of tears cannot easily be dismissed, as it is far from anecdotal. Portrayals of and discourses on tears indeed abound in theatre history: whether meant to affect the performers or the spectators, this emotional outburst can express a wide range of affects, from sorrow to joy, to laughter and awe.

We welcome contributions from scholars working in the fields of theatre, performance, literary, and cultural studies across cultures and time periods.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

tropes and means to represent tears (metonymy, transfer, substitution; body language, sound, voice, makeup)
the cultural status of the shedding of tears, and its possible evolution
(crocodile) tears as dramatic strategy
the polysemy of tears
overflow and excess
acting theories about crying
audience reactions and performer/spectator interactions

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to tearsinperformance@gmail.com by November 15, 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of November.

The symposium will take place at Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (www.inha.fr) in central Paris.
A publication of selected papers is planned.

cfp categories: americaneighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 53590Queer Québec ColloquiumAmerican Council for Québec Studies (ACQS)provench@umbc.edu1381666258cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS)contact email: provench@umbc.edu

In early 2013, forty years after Montreal's Théâtre de Quat'Sous first staged the queer themes of Michel Tremblay's ground-breaking Hosanna, Sans Tabou productions announced the creation of Coming Out, "la première websérie gay au Québec." For their upcoming biennial conference, the American Council for Quebec Studies joins
Contemporary French Civilization, Québec Studies, and Liverpool University Press in inviting scholars to examine and re-examine the place, role, use, and power of Québécois queer expressions as new media begin to take and shape them. For some decades, Québécois writers, artists, activists, performers, and film directors have imagined verbal, visual, and virtual forms to present queer differences to the world. Scholars from a variety of locales have also been investigating issues of queer identification, accommodation, and determination in Québec, often analyzing these queer specificities in terms related to Québec's own cultural particularities and differences. Our goal at this
colloquium is to bring together practitioners and scholars involved in a variety of creative and academic fields to examine these questions for this still-young twenty-first century and its changing expressions. As we examine and re-examine queer pasts and presents, we wish to explore what creative and scholarly tools give life to a future in/of a queer Québec.


cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53591CFP: Theatre & Performance StidesSouthwest PCA/ACAlsally@mcny.edu1381677337americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Southwest PCA/ACAcontact email: lsally@mcny.edu

CFP: Theatre & Performance Studies
Abstracts Due November 1, 2013

35th Annual Southwest PCA/ACA Conference
February 19-21, 2014, Albuquerque, NM
Conference Theme, "Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Submission: 11/1/13
Notification: 12/1/13

Panels are now being formed on topics related to Theatre & Performance Studies in its various forms and approaches. This Special Topics Area encourages dialogue between varied fields of performance scholarship (i.e., performance studies; theatre, dance, and cultural studies; as well as queer and post-colonial theory), and exploration of critiques of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, technology, and nation. Papers across performance modes, cultural contexts, and historical periods are welcome. Topics might include but are not limited to:

• Performativity and theatricality
• Traditional and nontraditional modes of performance
• Rituals and the everyday as performance
• The globalization of culture
• Commodification of culture and the culture of commodification in local and global contexts
• New technologies and social media as performance
• Mainstream popular dance and music: fan culture, pop culture, etc.
• Explorations of highbrow, midbrow, and lowbrow culture(s)
• The relationship between food, the body, and performance
• Performance for and in protest movements
• Rehabilitation through theatre and other art forms
• Limits, failures, and the impossibility of theatre
• Gender Performativity
• Performance of the body, real and imagined
• Contested boundaries between performance, theatre and other art forms
• Historical approaches and theoretical analyses of musical theatre, Broadway, and other mainstream theatrical forms
• Popular representations of performance in film, television, and media
• Popular and avant garde approaches to theatre

Special consideration will be given to papers that address this year's theme, "Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." Panels and presentation proposals from graduate students, artists, and independent scholars are welcome, as are non-traditional presentations, roundtables, and performances. Southwest PCA/ACA awards a number of prizes for outstanding graduate student papers. Abstracts for proposals should be submitted to the database system at http://conference2014.southwestpca.org/. Questions should be sent to the Area Chair, lsally@mcny.edu.

Lynn Sally
Theatre & Performance Studies Area Chair
Metropolitan College of New York
Assistant Professor, American Urban Studies

Please visit the Southwest PCA/ACA website for complete information about the organization, areas of study, conference information, exhibitors, affiliated organizations, and graduate student awards. Feel free to share this CFP with friends and colleagues engaged in all aspects of theatre and performance studies.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 53592Power, Pedagogy, and Philosophy's 'Woman Problem' May 8-10 NSSRPSWIP (People in Support of Women in Philosophy) NSSRpswip@newschool.edu1381682651cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: PSWIP (People in Support of Women in Philosophy) NSSRcontact email: pswip@newschool.edu

People in Support of Women in Philosophy (PSWIP), a student-run organization in the New School for Social Research Philosophy Department, in conjunction with New York Society for Women in Philosophy (NYSWIP) and the CUNY Graduate Center, is pleased to announce their Spring 2014 symposium:

Power, Pedagogy, and Philosophy's 'Woman Problem'

The shortage of women in academic philosophy is a problem that demands critical self reflection. We want to diagnose this problem through an immanent critique of philosophy, which contains certain paradigms of power, and pedagogical expectations. We wonder if the source of the problem lies in philosophy as a discipline, or how philosophy attempts to situate "woman" within itself. Is the lack of gender parity in philosophy due to sexism in the methodology and pedagogy of the discipline? What will it take to overcome the abysmal gender disparity in philosophy? How does a radical reconsideration of what philosophy is, and how philosophy is expressed contribute to this task? And, what would such a reconsideration of philosophy in relation to gender look like? What makes philosophy so untenable a discipline for women academics? This symposium recognizes these questions as problems that philosophy has not adequately addressed. Our purpose is not only to ask how this works, but also to determine the ways in which the underrepresentation of women in philosophy is a theoretical problem.

Power will function as the operative concept throughout our symposium, uniting a number of different approaches to a single issue. We chose power not only as a way to critique the state of current philosophical discourse, but also as a way to think the contributions of women in philosophy. Power can be viewed in various theoretical frameworks that may allow for a philosophical reconfiguration of feminism. What power structures persist and contribute to the socially sustained dominance of the masculine within philosophy? Where do gendered structures of dominance and hierarchy lie, practically and theoretically? Can the practical issues be thought philosophically? Would a reevaluation of power in terms of feminist power provide the impetus for addressing the practical and theoretical together?
Over the course of two and a half days, May 8-10, we will approach the issue practically in workshops; theoretically in panels and discussions; and performatively in the presentation of philosophical papers by or about women in philosophy. We will dedicate one day of panels exclusively to presentations by graduate students.

We welcome papers on the following topics:
– What is the "problem of women" in philosophy, is there a problem?
– Is philosophy itself a gendered discourse? Is philosophical subjectivity gendered?
– Feminist pedagogy
– Feminist theory vs. feminist philosophy
– Power in academia, feminism, philosophy
– Do we no longer have an adequate model of feminism to fit the prevailing paradigm of power, or vice versa?
– What is positive power? Is empowerment effective or even a possibility for progressive change?
-- Feminist Power
– Research papers focusing on women philosophers
– What forms of expression and communication count as knowledge within philosophy, and how can they be (or should they be) canonized in the discourse? And who gets to decide?
-The Western philosophical canon and its exclusion of women
-Feminism and Psychoanalysis
-"Women's" philosophical work
-Feminism and Ethics
We welcome suggestions for Panels.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Submissions should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. Please attach submissions in blind review format to pswip@newschool.edu Please have "symposium paper submission" as your subject line, and include your name, title, institution, and contact information. Submissions are due by Friday January 17th. Notifications will be sent by Monday February 24th.

Jenna Goodman- PSWIP Coordinator 2013-24 and
Juniper Alcorn, Theodra Bane, Anna Katsman and Daniella Polyak

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialtheory 53593 [Update] The Specter of Race:Stephen King's Representations of Black Masculinities Yael Maurer Tel Aviv Universityyael.maurer@gmail.com1381684932americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionpopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Yael Maurer Tel Aviv Universitycontact email: yael.maurer@gmail.com

The Specter of Race: Stephen King's Representations of Black Masculinities

One of the most pertinent concerns in King's extensive oeuvre is the black body. King's works often deal with the body as a site of horror and abjection. His novella The Body is only one example where the coming of age narrative is necessarily mediated through the search for the body of a dead young boy. Other texts are more clearly invested in the body's potential for (self) destruction. In works like Carrie, Thinner and Pet Sematary, fear of the body's destructive potential is dramatized in horrifying detail.
What this collection seeks to examine is one instance of this fascination/repulsion with the body. In King's works, both literary and filmic,we often see figures of black men whose potent masculinity is pitted against white "impotence". King's depiction of these black men, John Coffey in The Green Mile , or Raggedy Man, the leader of the "zombies" in Cell, to name but two striking and seemingly contradictory instances of "blackness", indicates to what extent his concern with white masculinity and its discontents is filtered through his coded representations of black men.
This edited collection seeks essays on the role of black bodies in King's multiverse. The essays will interrogate the significance of the black body in King and ask how these representations of blackness participate in the construction of otherness in America.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Black bodies and white minds: King's representations of black corporeality
Homoerotic and homosexual bonds in King's work
Writing and the (black) body
King's Southern Gothic

Discussions of filmic and televised adaptations of King's work are welcome.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Dr. Yael Maurer
The Department of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
yael.maurer@gmail.com by 30.12. 2013. (Queries about the CFP should be directed to the same email address)

Completed essays (4500-7000 words) will be due on 30.8.2014

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionpopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 53594RE: HUMANITIES 2014Bryn Mawr, Haverford & Swarthmore Collegesrehumanities@gmail.com1381693125bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Bryn Mawr, Haverford & Swarthmore Collegescontact email: rehumanities@gmail.com

Re:Humanities is the first national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its fourth year. Our theme for Re:Humanities 2014 is "Play. Power. Production." The Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges, seeks undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical humanities questions about those technologies. We invite undergraduates who will think interdisciplinarily, theorizing relationships between new digital technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them. The Working Group welcomes submissions of criticism and projects at all stages of development, with the understanding that a substantial amount of research will be accumulated to present at the conference at Haverford College, April 3-4, 2014.

We encourage proposals that are concerned with but not limited to:

Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies and New Media Studies.
Criticism of New Media Technologies.
Collaboration and Solidarity in the Digital Humanities.
Game Analysis, Design and Play.
Digital Production and "Maker" Culture.
Performance and Affect in Participatory Media
Appropriation Culture: Theory and Practice.
Global and Transnational Perspectives on the Digital Humanities.
Students selected to present will receive a small award to defray travel costs. Lodging will be arranged at no cost to participants.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2013 (Midnight GMT) and decisions will be announced before the new year.

All submissions must include your name, institution, a short biography of 2-3 sentences, and a titled description of your project (maximum 700 words). Send a .doc/.docx, .pdf or .jpg file to rehumanities@gmail.com. (We are happy to accommodate you if your submission requires a different format. In this case, please contact us at least seven days in advance of the due date).

We look forward to your participation!

The Re:Humanities 2014 Working Group

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 53595Writing Spaces in the University - 11/1/13ACLA 2014 Meetingjustin.hayes@quinnipiac.edu1381703221african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: ACLA 2014 Meetingcontact email: justin.hayes@quinnipiac.edu

In Pascalian Meditations Pierre Bourdieu implies that the acquisition of cultural capital through the exercise of academic discourse simultaneously devalues alternative discourses. Given that academic discourse underwrites the University as a privileged site of inquiry, how might academic discourse operate as a dominant discourse, or with respect to the Western university a colonial discourse, that erases modes of inquiry governed by the rules of other discourses? Does—or can—the University (e)valu(at)e discourses in opposition to academic discourse? Are academic and oppositional discourses mutually definitive? This session invites proposals of critical, creative, and pedagogical projects that advance inquiry by describing and/or demonstrating oppositional discourse.

To submit a proposal for this seminar, please visit the ACLA website: http://acla.org/acla2014/annual-meeting-theme/

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2013.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond