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Comparative Postcolonialities, NEMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 9:47am
Northeast Modern Language Association, 41st Anniversary Convention

*Comparative Postcolonialities*

What is the value of a comparative approach to postcolonial literary and cultural studies? How might a comparative framework impact our knowledge of histories of colonialism and their aftermaths and inform or reform our understanding of concepts such as "colonialism," "coloniality," and "postcoloniality?" This panel hopes to practice a comparative postcolonial
studies by bringing together scholars from across disciplines and
literatures to reflect on colonialism--past and present, internal to nations or externally imposed. Papers might analyze colonial and postcolonial texts (including, but not limited to, literature, media, and film) from single or multiple linguistic and national contexts.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 8:20am
Department of English, University of Malta

Inaugural Event, International Literary Criticism and Theory Conference Series
University of Malta, Old University Building, Valletta, Malta

Confirmed Speakers:
Catherine Belsey
Simon Critchley
Stefan Herbrechter
Giuseppe Mazzotta
Laurent Milesi
Jean-Michel Rabaté

Ivan Callus, James Corby, Gloria Lauri-Lucente

Contact E-Mail:


Call for Papers

Incorporating Theory in Medieval Courses; Proposals Sept. 1, 2009; 45th Int. Congress on Med. Studies (K'zoo), May 13-16, 2010

Monday, May 18, 2009 - 4:33pm
Michael Elam, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University

With the increasing prominence of medievalist groups interested in the application of theory to the study of medieval subjects, groups such as The BABEL Working Group and MEARCSTAPA, the usefulness of theoretical approaches to studying the Middle Ages has become increasingly apparent. There is, however, some ambivalence amongst medievalists as to the extent to which such approaches can, or indeed should, be applied. On one hand, some see the application of modern theory as a potential distraction from the basic tools of medieval study (e.g. language study, paleography, codicology, etc.); others see applying theory as a necessary tool in itself, one which potentially opens up medieval material to wider interpretive possibilities.

Tracing Footprints (GEMCS, October 22-25, 2009, Dallas, Texas)

Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:04pm
Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies

Drawing from the language of ecology, environmental studies, and urban planning, the theme of this year's GEMCS conference focuses on the different valences and metaphorical possibilities of the footprint. We are especially concerned with exploring the many meanings of the footpring and expanding it as a paradigm for early modern representation. The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on ecosystems; the representational footprint may be a measure of a variety of demonds on and by a text—social, historical, institutional, and textual.


Monday, May 18, 2009 - 10:02am


Special first issue on the theme of
'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'

Following on from the success of the international conference held on Mansfield in 2008, based on the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's arrival in London, the first issue of the peer-reviewed journal of the recently created Katherine Mansfield Society, Katherine Mansfield Studies, is now calling for submissions for its special issue 'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'.

Submissions are sought on the following:


Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:59am


Menton, France, Friday 25 September 2009

A Symposium organised by the
Katherine Mansfield Society
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship

The year 2009 sees the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship, offered annually to enable a New Zealand writer to work at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton, once the home of Katherine Mansfield. During a week of celebrations in Menton from 21-26 September 2009 to mark this anniversary, the Katherine Mansfield Society will be holding a Symposium on Friday 25 September.

Whose Africa?: Representations of Africa in Contemporary African and Diasporic Literature

Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:51am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The global imaginary is marked by a long history of claims made to Africa by a range of western writers and thinkers as disparate as Hegel and Conrad. These portrayals of the 'dark continent' still circulate in our current global imaginary, reinforcing prevailing stereotypes and engendering new ones. This panel intends to investigate contemporary literary representations of Africa vis-a-vis a consideration of the ways that both African and diasporic literatures imagine Africa. Early twentieth century writers―like black modernists in the United States and the Caribbean as well as African writers affiliated with decolonization―found it necessary to engage with these western claims.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended-TULSA (NEW YORK) SCHOOL CONFERENCE (7/1/09, U of Tulsa 11/5-11/7/09)

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:41am
Grant Matthew Jenkins, University of Tulsa

Conference Call for Papers
the Tulsa/New York School
at the University of Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 5-7, 2009

Keynote Address: RON PADGETT

Poetry Readings and Roundtable Discussions by:
Alice Notley, Robert Harris, Anselm Berrigan, and Edmund Berrigan

Papers are being solicited on what John Ashbery once nicknamed the "soi-disant Tulsa School," including Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Dick Gallup—who met in Tulsa in the early 1960s and later moved to New York City. They shaped and were shaped by the artistic and literary milieu of that time and place and became integral parts of The New York School.

"The Avant-Garde as Critical Practice" and future issues

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 12:24am
Alan Clinton / Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
proudly announces
Issue 9.2

The Avant-Garde as Critical Practice, edited by Alan Clinton and John Sundholm


Tim Sharp—Traveler's Tale (video and cover image), "Notes and Queries on the Veiled Threats Installation"

"The Genealogy of Electracy (an Interview with Gregory L. Ulmer)

Special Feature:
Pack Observing Art Basel >< Miami Beach 2008
Edited by Walter K. Lew, with Alan Clinton
Design by Jeremy James Thompson
With special thanks to Rita K. Wong and 'a'a arts

[UPDATE] Call for Chapters - Religion in Popular Media due Dec. 1st, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 12:17am
Edited Volume

Pete: "I've always wondered, what's the devil look like?"

Everett: "Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork."

Tommy Johnson: "Oh, no. No, sir. He's white, as white as you folks, with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He loves to travel around with a mean old hound. That's right."

~O Brother, Where Art Thou?

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 31, March 17-21, 2010)

Friday, May 15, 2009 - 1:44pm
Graham J. Murphy (Trent University)

ICFA 31:Call for Papers. The 31st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts will be held March 17-21, 2010, at the Orlando Airport Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The theme for 2010 is "Race and the Fantastic." Papers are invited that explore this diverse topic. We especially welcome papers on the work of Nalo Hopkinson (Guest of Honor), Laurence Yep (Guest of Honor), and Takayuki Tatsumi (Guest Scholar). As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. The deadline is October 31, 2009.

SW/TX Popular Culture/American Culture Chicana/o Literature, Culture, Film

Friday, May 15, 2009 - 12:23pm
Jeanette Sanchez/SW/TX Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Chicana/o Literature, Film, Culture

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 31st annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 10 through 13, 2010. The organizations have met there for several years, and members wanted to return because of the great location, the fine hotels, food, sights, museums, and more. Albuquerque is the home of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which promises research and entertainment possibilities.

Comics and Comic Book Culture

Friday, May 15, 2009 - 9:55am
Florida Conference of Historians-Special Interest Section on Media Arts and Culture

From the debut of Superman in 1938 through recent tales of narrative crisis and politically divided superheroes, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the superhero genre which itself incorporates a mixture of other genres. Recent scholarship has striven to define the superhero's unique relationship to American culture. Submissions that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed. Submissions on comic culture, characters, and comics-inspired media are welcomed at the FCH annual meeting.

[UPDATE] Modern Language Studies reviews

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 5:58pm
Modern Language Studies

Many thanks to those who have an expressed an interest in reviewing for MLS. Unfortunately, I have already sent out all of the books listed in the previous announcement. If, however, there is a book suitable for review in MLS that you would like to review, please let me know. Modern Language Studies specializes in the review of primary texts, including critical editions, pedagogical works, and hypertext publications, though at this time we are also seeking reviews of books that deal with torture.
--Randy Robertson

[UPDATE] States of Crisis Graduate Conference, Brandeis University - DEADLINE 1 JUNE

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 5:32pm
States of Crisis Graduate Conference - Department of English and American Literature

States of Crisis
Friday, 9 October 2009
Brandeis University
Department of English and American Literature
Seventh Annual Graduate Conference

Plenary Speakers: Professor Edward Glaeser, Harvard University; Professor David Sherman, Brandeis University

Monstrous Binaries: Monster Theories in/at Play, SEMA, Oct. 15-17 2009, Abstracts Due June 11 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 2:15pm
Babel Working Group

"It is conventional to call 'monster' any blending of dissonant elements. I call 'monster' every original inexhaustible beauty."—Alfred Jarry, "Les Monstres"

Whether or not it is beautiful, the monster is certainly inexhaustible. The BABEL Working Group invites submissions that explore the inexhaustibility of literary monsters as they both demand and defy binary characterizations. How might binary models explain, occlude, or displace other monstrous possibilities? The invitation is purposefully open and might include approaches that range from postcolonial theory to Russian Formalism, from queer theory to ecocriticism (and all points in between/beyond).

The Cultures of Literature and Composition: Revisiting the Relationship, NeMLA, Montreal 4/7-4/11/10, deadline: 9/30/09

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:04pm
Grace Wetzel / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

The Cultures of Literature and Composition: Revisiting the Relationship (roundtable)

In 2002, Peter Elbow proposed that the Cultures of Literature and Composition learn from one another to both improve scholarship and pedagogy and heal the longstanding gulf between the two fields. Since the publication of Elbow's article, how has the relationship between Composition and Literary Studies changed? What challenges remain to inhibit their alliance?