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Machines and Machinations, Sept. 18-19, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 10:50am
Cornell University Romance Studies Graduate Conference

In light of the current centrality of digital culture, we propose the necessity of a critical examination of the machine, understood in the broadest terms, from the machinations of
philosophy, to technologies of writing and war, to the criteria of humanity.

Risk! Fall 2009 New York College English Association Conference Deadline 6/24/09

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:48am
Dr. Rebecca Housel, New York College English Association


New York College English Association
October 23-24, 2009
Niagara County Community College

The Fall 2009 NYCEA Conference will be held October 23-24, 2009, at Niagara County Community College, north of Buffalo, east of Niagara Falls

Call for Papers
Abstracts of 250 words are requested by Wednesday, June 24, 2009 on topics related to the conference theme of RISK. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Jim Murphy,

3rd Global Conference: Persons, Intimacy and Love (November 2009: Salzburg, Austria)

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:31am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Persons, Intimacy and Love

Friday 6th November - Sunday 8th November 2009
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
This research conference seeks to explore issues of intimacy and love within the context of persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical, contextual and cultural perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it is to be a person and what it means for persons to stand in individual, social and national relationships of intimacy, love, desire and friendship.

2nd Call for Articles, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 5:11am
URV, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona. Spain)

The Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies is launching a CALL FOR ARTICLES for its SECOND ISSUE, which will be published in SPRING 2010

The Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies (CJCS) is committed to publishing research and scholarship on the analysis of media and culture. The journal pays particular attention to the Catalan cultural and media systems or to any broader issue in this field of specific interest from a Catalan perspective.

c pracsis International Confernce June 27&28,2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:31pm
Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia.

Call for Papers
International Conference on Humanities in the 21st Century
"Rethinking Humanities in the age of the Visual"
June 27 & 28, 2009
C PRACSIS, Thrissur, Kerala, India 680001

"In Times Of Crisis" October 2, 2009, Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 8:20pm
Ed Demerly, Michigan College English Association

Call for Papers: MCEA Conference on Friday, October 2, 2009

Theme: In Times of Crisis

Speakers: Sari Adelson & Mary Heinen, Coordinators, Prison Creative Arts Project, a program that collaborates with incarcerated youth and adults, urban youth, and the formerly incarcerated to do creative expression, especially in theater, poetry, and art

Location & Co-Sponsor: Eastern Michigan University
Student Center at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Call for Chapters - Religion in Popular Media due 12/1/09

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 7:37pm
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?

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 7:25pm
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.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 7:03pm
SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association)

REVISED - The Modern Drama session of the 2009 SCMLA conference in Baton Rouge is now classified as "Open Topic." Scholarly works regarding any aspect of Modern Drama are welcome. This includes works concerning drama written in languages other than English, though the presentation should be made in English. Graduate students are encouraged to submit. All submissions should include an abstract of 300 words and a brief biographical sketch. Please send to before JUNE 20, 2009.

"Science and Religion: An Evolving Dialogue" - Lyceum 2009 - Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:44pm
Unity Institute

This call for papers is seeking submissions for Unity Institute's Lyceum 2009 - "Science and Religion: An Evolving Dialogue", September 30-October 3, 2009.

Theologians, ethicists, philosophers, and other students of religion are encouraged to submit papers. We are also interested in receiving papers for Lyceum 2009 by scientists and social scientists. Considerable thematic leeway will be allowed for high-quality, innovative work related to the main theme. Deadline for submissions of abstracts is June 30, 2009. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2009.

Quality academic presentations by graduate students will also be considered.

Double Agencies: Parsing Dissent between LGBITQ Studies and Queer Theory--NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:27pm
Raji Singh Soni, Panel Chair, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), 41st Annual Convention

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
41st Annual Convention
Gay/Lesbian Area Panel
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Reflecting a disciplinary turn in the 1990s from studies in feminism to theories of gender, the grand performative shift from identity-based gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and transgender studies to poststructuralist queer theory has in recent years been subject to scrutiny and reevaluation.

National Central University Journal of Humanities

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:23pm
National Central University Journal of Humanities

National Central University Journal of Humanities

Call for Papers

1. The National Central University Journal of Humanities is a purely
academic journal sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts of National
Central University. As of July 2007 it will become a quarterly journal, with
issues appearing in January, April, July, and October.

2. The main goal of the journal is to promote "interdepartmental,
interdisciplinary, and intercultural" humanities research, and we welcome
contributions from domestic and foreign scholars on related topics in
literature, history, philosophy, art, society, or culture.

Forum CfP: Issue 9 - Voice/s (deadline 7th August 2009)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 1:00pm
Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts

Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts

Call for papers: Issue 9 - Voice/s

Human Rights and Cinema

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 12:29pm
Virginia Bonner/SAMLA 2009 Conference in Atlanta

Human Rights and Cinema
In keeping with the theme of the 2009 SAMLA Atlanta convention, this panel seeks papers that address the link between human rights and the humanities via national cinema(s). Possible topics may include but are not limited to: Ethics, Theories of Spectatorship, Documentary, Memory and Trauma, Individual vs. Collective Consciousness, Living in Exile, and Politics and Humanities. By June 14, 2009, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter's name, academic affiliation and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Virginia Bonner, Clayton State University, at

[UPDATE] Extended deadline - JUNE 1 Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:53am
Kathryn Crowther / SAMLA

This SAMLA special session panel welcomes papers on any aspect of the Steampunk genre. Papers could address literature, film, art, or other cultural manifestations of Steampunk. Of particular interest are discussions of the ways that Steampunk engages with notions of time and historical discourse, the materiality of Steampunk, and the intersections of technology and literature. By June 1, please send a one-page abstract that includes audio/visual needs and a short vita (with complete contact information) to Kathryn Crowther, Georgia Institute of Technology at

Fashioning the Neo-Victorian. Iterations of the 19th Century in Contemp. Lit. & Culture (abstract due 11/01/09, conf. 4/8-10/10)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:50am
English Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Call for Papers
Fashioning the Neo-Victorian. Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture
(International Conference, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 8-10 April 2010)
keynote speakers: Prof Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Swansea University), Prof Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)

[UPDATE] CFP- Comic Book Convention Conference Series

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:39am
Wizard World University and The Institute for Comics Studies

Call for Participation

Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series

June 21-29, 2009


August 6-9, 2009

The Institute for Comics Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional focus discussion panels, workshops and other panels centered around comics or comics related areas of study for Wizard World University—Philadelphia and Wizard World University—Chicago, the academic tracks of Wizard World Comic Book Conventions.

Call for Entries: The Review of English Studies Essay Prize

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 9:54am
Oxford University Press

*Submit your work to the RES Essay Prize*
The editors of The Review of English Studies invite contributions to the RES Essay Prize on any topic of English literature or the English language from medieval times to the twentieth century. The winner will receive:
- Publication of the winning essay in The Review of English Studies
- A cash prize of £250
- £250 worth of OUP books
- A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies

*How to enter*
Visit for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules.

FSCONS 2009, 13-15th November 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:21am
Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit

The Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) is a meeting place for social change, focused on the future of free software and free society. The growing speed of new and innovative changes taking place within digital culture, as well as the pressing need for members of a marginalised society to gain access to important and updated information without financial or governmental barriers, means that the 2009 FSCONS will deal with an array of hot topics.

CFP: Localizing Shakespeare in Asia (BSA 9/11-13/2009; 5/31/2009)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 12:37am
British Shakespeare Association

Localizing Shakespeare in Asia

Seminar for the 2009 BSA at King's College London (9/11-13/2009)

Although each Asian community has its own theatrical tradition, Shakespeare is probably the most read, studied, and performed single playwright in Asia. On the one hand, Shakespeare's manifold presence exerts enormous influence: he is incorporated into formal education of English, translated and transformed on stage, and popularized by comic books and animation. On the other hand, Asia - both as a treasury of literature and art and as an emerging superpower - also informs Shakespeare scholarship and performance in the West. This seminar aims at exploring the intricate relations between Shakespeare and Asia.

NYMASA 2009 CFP: A More Perfect Union?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 3:44pm
Sarah Chinn


The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) announces a call for papers for our 2009 annual one-day conference:

A More Perfect Union?

November 14, 2009
St. John's University, Downtown Manhattan campus

Our annual conference this year explores the appeal of and challenges to the national ideal of "a more perfect union," initially posited at the emergence of the legal entity known as "the United States."

Youth and Sport

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 2:53pm
Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (JHCY) announces a call for papers for a special issue on youth and sport to be published in the summer of 2010.

Because the World Cup will be held in Africa for the first time in 2010, we are especially interested in articles dealing with youth and soccer or with the connections between sport and young people in Africa. However, the editors encourage submissions from historians working in any geographical region or time period and from scholars in other disciplines with historical interests in children, young people and athletics.

New Histories of Eighteenth-Century Satire (5/31/09 -- 10/8-11/2009)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 1:28pm
Christopher Vilmar / ECASECS

Eighteenth-century satire was, as contemporary observers knew, thoroughly implicated in the circumstances of secular history. Yet many of these contemporaries defended satire by explaining its acrimonious intervention in current affairs as incidental to its articulation of sacred moral truths. Samuel Johnson's definition captures this felt tension: "A poem in which wickedness or folly is censured. Proper satire is distinguished, by the generality of the reflections, from a lampoon which is aimed against a particular person; but they are too frequently confounded." And even today explanations of satire still tend towards a kind of "generality" that explains away many historical details as incidental or secondary.

Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities -NEMLA- April 7-11 2010, Montreal, Canada

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 11:02am
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities: The representation of immigration and immigrants through films is very often linked to the space in which they choose to live. How could we define the dynamic between the notions of immigration, spaces and identities through movies in today's cinema from different countries? How do immigration spaces foster the immigrants that live in them? How do these spaces affect their identity? Do immigrants also reshape the place where they have found asylum? This is the main frame of analysis that this panel will explore. Send abstracts to Carole Salmon and Maria Matz