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Talking Tongues, Speaking Gestures: International Conference on Orality & Performance(01/12-13-14/2010; Deadline: 10/15/2009)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:56am
Jadavpur University

The oral, as a system of communication, while connecting the speaker and the listener in a network of communitic experiences, produces epistemological parameters ""status for the individual and the community. The three day-international conference will dwell on the questions of epistemology, identity and agency as emanating from the oral within the social—including indigenous and the cosmopolitan life worlds—without inviting/invoking an essential distinction between the two. Moreover, the conference will also address performance as an integral part of orality to understand the link and rupture between the sacred and the profane and between history and memory. It will inaugurate memory as mobilizing cognition and subjectivity.

Reading *Twilight*: Analytical Essays

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Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 10:21pm
Giselle Liza Anatol

Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga, *Twilight*, has sold more than 42 million copies. The first installment, first published in 2005, was the best selling book of 2008; the fourth and final novel sold 1.3 million copies on the first day alone. The novels have been translated into 37 languages, and their popularity earned Meyer the title of USA Today's 2008 "Author of the Year," as well as comparisons to J.K. Rowling. *Twilight* might very well be the most formative children's literature series since the Harry Potter novels.

CFP: ecloga

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Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:30am
University of Strathclyde

ecloga, a peer-refereed journal run by English Studies postgraduates at the University of Strathclyde, invites papers for the next issue. Established in 2001, ecloga has a growing reputation for publishing outstanding research by postgraduates and academics from Scotland, the UK and abroad.

For the next issue of ecloga we are interested in receiving papers on any topic from the broad field of English studies. Our aim in not providing a title or theme is to encourage a range of papers that reflects current research interests. We also welcome submissions of creative writing.

Conference on Exiled Writers October 22-23, 2009

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 11:23am
Dr. Karen Tatum/Norfolk State University

Conference Theme: "SINGING THEIR SONGS IN A STRANGE LAND: The Impact of Exile on Diasporan Writers"

Keynote speaker: Dr. M'bare N'gom, authority on Equatorial Guinean writers and chair of the Foreign Languages Department at Morgan State University

To acknowledge and celebrate the artistic contributions of Diasporan writers, the Departments of English and Foreign Languages, History, and Interdisciplinary Studies as well as the Honors College invite proposals for papers to be delivered Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2009.

UPDATED and EXPANDED: Literature of Africa and the Diaspora Session; African Diasporic Differences [nov. 6-8, 09; 8/9/09]

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 10:52am
South Atlantic MLA

Description: When an African writer lives outside of Africa does the literary product change? If so, what are the causes of such change? Targeted audience? Targeted publisher? Issues of language and cultural taste? This session seeks papers that will focus on the literary production of any African writers who live and write outside of Africa. Literary attributes to consider might include any of the following and more: language, characterization, setting, thematic content, voicing and perspective.

Send 250-word proposals for 15-20 minute presentations to Dr. Walter Collins
collinsw@sc.edu
by 8/9/09

CALL FOR PAPER FOR PARSOMEN'S RETURNING AND RENEWED ISSUE

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 10:18am
PARSOMEN - THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE IN ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY

Parsomen, the quarterly periodical of the department of Comparative Literature in Istanbul Bilgi University, seek submissions of papers for its returning issue in November, 2009 after its interval of 2 years. Parsomen aims to establish itself as an international forum for both scholars and graduate students to follow and further current discussions in literary and cultural studies, as well as to create new ones, along with special topics. The special topic for our inaugural issue is METAMORPHOSIS/TRANSFORMATION, although we solicit papers for general topic interests without any limits in an interdisciplinary spectrum that comparative literature departments encourage. Some subtopics for our initial topic, though not exhaustive, might include:

With Great Pleasure: Sentimentality and Form in Early African-American Literature NEMLA Conference April 7-10, 2010

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 9:49am
T. Bynum, Towson University

This panel (for NEMLA Conference 2010--April 7-11, 2010) invites proposals that reexamine early African-American literature from a perspective that emphasizes the means by which these early authors (such as John Marrant, Phillis Wheatley, James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, and Olaudah Equiano) strategically deploy modes of sentimentality in their writings. Papers should address the means by which these authors explore alternative notions of subjectivity through a relationship to literary forms, such as (but not limited to) the conversion narrative, spiritual autobiography, poetry, and sermon. Please send 300 word abstracts and biographical information to tbynum@towson.edu by September 1.

Children's film and literature: a 1-day conference 1/03/10

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 9:41am
Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester

Hosted by the Centre for Adaptations, papers are invited on screen adaptations of children's literature, children's film, writing for children and the child in film and literature.
Proposals to:
djc@dmu.ac.uk by 11 December 2009

Kalamazoo 2010: "Enclosure in Old and Middle English Literature" and "Speech and Action in Medieval Literature"

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Friday, July 24, 2009 - 2:44am
Medieval Research Consortium, University of California, Davis

The Medieval Research Consortium at the University of California, Davis, is now accepting abstracts for the following two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies to be held May 13-16, 2010.

1. Enclosure in Old and Middle English Literature
This session will investigate what types of mental and physical enclosures exist in Old and Middle English literature and how they function. Possible topics include architectural constructions such as cities and buildings, burial enclosures, and naturally occuring enclosures such as caves, but the panel also welcomes papers addressing mental enclosures of all kinds.

The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest (Symposium 5 Dec 09; CFP Deadline 5 Oct 09)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 8:54pm
Berkeley Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley

CALL FOR PAPERS

Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) Symposium

The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest

Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley

Keynote Speakers:
Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

CFP: Twilight series

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 2:31pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

CFP: Twilight series
SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 24-28, 2010.

This is a special call for papers on the Twilight book series.
The following topics are a small sampling of what might be addressed:
• sexuality and chastity in the series
• translation of the books into movies
• the Twilight books as young adult literature
• Twilight fan culture including online fandom
• intersections with other vampire and werewolf mythos
• gender

Please send queries and 250-word paper proposals to:

CFP: Lost

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 2:23pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

CFP: Lost
SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

The 20010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 24-28, 2009.

"Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora" 4/22-24/2010; deadline 12/15/09

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 1:57pm
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; The City College of New York

"Let Spirit Speak!
Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora"
April 22-24, 2010
The City College of New York
New York, NY

In many traditional African cultures, there is unity in the material and the spiritual, in the seen and unseen. There is no difference between the sacred and the secular within this system of thought: everything is imbued with the spirit of God. Binaries that dominate Western thought (man/woman; mind/body; light/dark; good/evil) do not function in the same way within these cultures, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing these radical differences, on reconciling them.

John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (10th July 2010)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 11:23am
Kate Macdonald and Nathan Waddell

An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London

http://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/2010/Buchan/index.htm

Saturday 10 July, 2010

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations on the life and writing of John Buchan (1875-1940). This event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Buchan's death and celebrate the imminent emergence of his works from UK copyright on 1 January 2011.

Submitted proposals will focus on some or all of the following:

Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World

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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 11:08am
Ahmad Al-Issa

Call for Book Chapters
To all scholars interested in language, culture, and identity

Proposed Title:
Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World

Global English today is touted as the lingua franca of the world. English can now profess to be the language with the most non-native speakers and learners, and as such its current role on the world's stage cannot be overlooked.

Kalamazoo 2010 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies - Aurality and Literacy: Textual Audiences in Late Medieval Engla

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 11:38pm
Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Late medieval England existed at the liminal spaces of media - within, without, and between oral, chirographic, and typographic "texts."  All of these media played important roles in creating linguistic works of art and in fashioning the communities and audiences of those works. Originators of such narratives, remembrances, complaints, lyrics, prophecies, and other works (whether oral or written) might have had various communities or audiences in mind  - both the aural and the literate - and frequently their works spoke to these varying audiences in different manners, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  This session will provide the opportunity for panelists to explore potential and real audiences of the works created in late medieval England.

Essays on Welsh Mythology in Popular Culture

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 10:40pm
University of California, Riverside and Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

In recent years, interest in Welsh mythology and legendary figures has grown exponentially in popular culture, with appearances in diverse arenas ranging from fantasy fiction to role-playing games, from children's literature to tourist sites and even Celtic-inspired rock music and heavy metal. We are seeking essays that explore the uses and appropriations of these legends into "popular" spaces, hoping to trace the patterns of interpretation and reinscription to offer some insight into what meaning "Welsh mythology" retains in an increasingly postmodern, global society.

Sample topics (contributors are by no means limited to these) may include:

Re-Orienting English: Paradigms in /of Crisis; date 2009/12/05; deadline 2009/09/01

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 8:44pm
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University

What is English studies in the early decade of the 21st century, when the national boundaries are being crossed and redrawn thanks to the international flight, the Internet and people flows, when the rise of China starts to challenge the dominance of the English, when it has dawned upon us much of academic production is enmeshed with the credit crunch? New intellectual paradigms seem to emerge as literary studies vie with cultural studies, and other subjects for finance, space, work force and, more importantly, students.

This conference aims to highlight emerging research focuses related to the studies of the English language, culture, literature, art, manners and tastes, etc. with special emphasis to their "oriental" context(s).

CFP: Guest Editors for Special Issues: Women's Writing 8/1/2009 (initial proposals) 12/15/2009 (final publication)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 2:07pm
WomenWriters.net

Women Writers scholarly zine seeks proposals for guest editor CFP's for our yearly Scholarly Special Issue on any aspect of Women's Writing. The special issue will be published in the January online, peer-reviewed journal Women Writers: A Zine, available at http://www.womenwriters.net .

Send your proposal to kimwells[at]womenwriters[dot]net by August 1, 2009.
Proposal should include:
--Your sample CFP— a 200-500 word proposal
--Vitae for all proposed editors
--short general bio & digital photo for all proposed editors

Co-editorships, including teacher/student mentor relationships, are very welcome.

Participatory Popular Culture and Literacy Across Borders

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 1:18pm
Bronwyn T. Williams / University of Louisville

Bronwyn T. Williams
University of Louisville
Amy A. Zenger
American University of Beirut

Participatory Popular Culture and Literacy Across Borders

Call for Proposals

The Works of Joss Whedon, SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:49pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

CFP: The Works of Joss Whedon, SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

Join us at the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 31st Annual Conference, at which the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area will be honored!

The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

This is a special CFP on the works of Joss Whedon, including: Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, comics (Buffy season 8, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Spike, Angel, Fray), Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Serenity.

True Blood, SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:47pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

CFP: True Blood SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

Join us at the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 31st Annual Conference, at which the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area will be honored!

The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

This is a special CFP on the television series True Blood.

Merlin and Re-imaginings of Arthurian Legend(s), SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:44pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

CFP: Merlin and Re-imaginings of Arthurian Legend(s), SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 2/10-13/10)

Join us at the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 31st Annual Conference, at which the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area will be honored!

The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

This is a special CFP on any re-imagining of Arthurian Legend and Mythology in television, film, comic, fiction, or other form.

_Eureka_

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 10:41am
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

SW/TX PCA/ACA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Area Special CFP: Eureka (11/15/09; 02/10-13/10)

The 31st Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA (at which the SF and F Area will be honored!)
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710

This is a special CFP on SciFi's _Eureka_. All topics will be considered, although we especially encourage presentations which deal with the representation of:
• race and ethnicity
• gender
• food
• time and memory
• science
• small towns
• utopia/dystopia
• the investigative drama and science fiction/fantasy advertising/corporate sponsorship

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