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Turning Points and Transformations March 5-6, 2010

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 4:37pm
Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the effects of transformative moments and experiences—textual, cultural and academic. Topics might include but are not limited to: effects of historical and political crises on literature and culture; revolutions; linguistic transformations; bodily transformations; religious conversions; personal turningpoints in autobiographies, literary characters, academic careers, etc.; genre transformations; texts into film; dissertation into book; academic turning points.

Guidelines for Submission:

UPDATEHanif Kureishi and His Work

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:38pm

Hanif Kureishi and His Work
December 17-18, 2009

Book History and Textual Criticism at CEA (11/1/2009, 3/25-27/2010).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 1:53pm
College English Association

Call for Papers, Book History and Textual Criticism at CEA 2010

Annual Conference | March 25-27, 2010 | San Antonio, Texas

Sheraton Gunter Hotel; 209 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, invites proposals for presentations on book history, bibliography, textual criticism, readership, authorship, print culture, and (especially) book history pedagogy. Last year's conference with over 500 presentations in total, offered 5 panels on book history & textual criticism.

General Conference Theme: Voices

In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Voices.

"Les pratiques scripturales de la migrance littéraire" NeMLA [UPDATE]

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 1:51pm
Marianne Bessy et Catherine Khordoc

Appel à communications
Les pratiques scripturales de la migrance littéraire
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
7 – 11 avril 2010
Montréal, Québec - Hilton Bonaventure

Tutoring WAC/WID (for WAC 2010) (Sep. 25, 2009) (May 20-22, 2010)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 11:46am
Robert Cedillo/UNR, Al Harahap/SFSU

Tutoring WAC/WID: The Intersections of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Writing Center

Please circulate amongst your colleagues and tutors. We are looking for another project/presentation to complete our panel proposal for the WAC 2010 conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 20-22.

Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 11:00am
Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The 36th interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies will take place April 7-10, 2010, on campus at the Nebraska Union. The theme is "Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains."

Imagining Other Histories: Pop Culture/American Culture Conference

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 8:51am
Southwest Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association

Imagining Other Histories: The SW/TX PCA/ ACA in the area of Historical Fiction invites papers on the role of history and alternate history in fiction. To what extent have fiction writers, poets, filmmakers, myth makers, and other producers of pop culture bent the paths of history into different directions, into ur worlds, friendlier worlds, bleak worlds, parallel worlds, idealist worlds? Take, for example, the way that the reality of African American history was initially omitted from standard American historical accounts and the paths of history were bent toward the hegemony of a White world.

Frances Hodgson Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN AT 100 1/10/2010

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 7:50am
Joe Sutliff Sanders and Jackie C. Horne

Call for Papers: Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden at 100

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, Jackie C. Horne and Joe Sutliff Sanders are soliciting essays for a proposed volume in the Children's Literature Association's Centennial Studies Series. The series seeks to reexamine children's classics from a contemporary perspective. All critical and theoretical approaches are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Zadie Smith: After the First Decade:9/30/2009; 4/7-11/2010.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 2:59am
Prof. Philip Tew / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Zadie Smith: After the First Decade 4/7-11/2010

This panel will draw together examinations of Zadie Smith's fiction (including early short stories) and/or her journalism a decade after her first major publication White Teeth (2000). Surprisingly little has been published on the writer by academics, and yet her work appears on courses worldwide. The proposed panel will consider whether new perspectives might be introduced that can cast new critical light on variously, her fictional oeuvre, her public pronouncements, and the emphasis of much of her critical and journalistic writing. Send abstracts to Philip Tew .

11/12-13 Home/sickness: Desire, Decay, and the Seduction of Nostalgia

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:24pm
English Graduate Organization at University of Florida

The University of Florida's 9th annual English Graduate Organization conference will explore nostalgia, focusing on the contradictory relations among desires for recovered pasts as well as deliberate attempts to manipulate the present through representations of the past. Of particular interest will be the extent to which both nostalgia and the desire for utopia are linked to historical trauma, as textual manifestations of an extratextual cause.

UPDATE: C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Inaugural Conference, 5/20/10-5/23/10

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:00pm
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Deadline reminder:

Call for Papers
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

The Penn State Center for American Literary Studies will host a state-of-the-field conference for a new academic society, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary
studies. The conference will be held May 20-23, 2010, at Penn State University, State College, PA. The theme of the conference is "Imagining: A New Century."

Session proposals and individual abstracts are due by September 30,2009. Please see the website below for full information.

Dualing Couplets: Form & Meaning in C18 Poetry / ASECS 2010 (deadline: 9/15/09)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:46pm
Dustin D. Stewart (U. of Texas at Austin) and Yaser Amad (Stanford U.)

We are seeking proposals for a poetry session at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) annual conference, to be held 18-21 March 2010 in Albuquerque. The panel, "Dualing Couplets: Form and Meaning in Eighteenth-Century Poetry," considers the twoness of the couplet form and asks what, if any, implications this formal fact has had on eighteenth-century poetry, from conception to reception. Did the form, for instance, encourage poets to write in terms of binary oppositions? Does the couplet handle topics that themselves involve twoness -- dueling, say, or marriage -- better than others? Does the couplet's poetic dominance tell us anything else about the eighteenth century?

Kinky Klingon and Asexual Androids: Exploring Sexuality and Gender in Star Trek (edited book)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 9:28pm
Maryanne Fisher, PhD, Dept. of Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies Program, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada

The world of Star Trek has been a pervasive and extensive part of North American culture, starting with the classic television series of the 1960s and presently encompassing the blockbuster hit movie. There have been six television series (The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise), eleven feature films, books, comics and countless paraphenalia. In the world of Star Trek, sexuality and gender have been presented to viewers in various ways, using the relationships we develop with the characters to impact our interpretations and perspectives with respect to these concepts.

Navigating the Academic Nexus - NeMLA April 7-11, Montreal

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 9:24pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

NeMLA April 7-11, Montreal
This roundtable invites scholars to participate in a discussion about constructing an academic identity through publishing, conference presentations and networking. The aim is to aid graduate students in understanding how to create a strong and effective academic presence through various forums as well as to advise young scholars about how to successfully promote themselves and their work during and after grad school. We welcome discussion about publication expectations, conference prep, service opportunities, and tailoring to career goals. Send abstracts and questions to by September 30th, 2009.

Illness, Wellness, and Medicine in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing (NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 8:24pm
Georgia R. Kreiger, Allegany College of Maryland

This panel will focus on portrayals of illness, wellness, and medical treatments in nineteenth-century American women's writing. Papers may explore 1) types of health care such as conventional medicine, homeopathic medicine, mesmerism, faith healing, and others; 2) types of women health caregivers, such as mothers, slaves, herbalists, spiritualists, mediums, charlatans, and others; or 3) definitions of illness and wellness as they relate to women in nineteenth-century America. Submit 250-word proposals to Dr. Georgia Kreiger, Allegany College of Maryland,

Deadline for paper proposals: September 30, 2009

[UPDATE] Insular Identities and the Borders of Medieval Britain

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 4:45pm
Katherine H. Terrell / Hamilton College

NEMLA, Montreal, Quebec April 7-11 2010

Insular Identities and the Borders of Medieval Britain

While England, Scotland, and Wales each produced their own bodies of literature in the Middle Ages, their physical proximity at times engendered a sense of shared literary culture, even as the fraught political relations among them complicated any notion of a shared identity. This panel seeks to explore Britain's insular identities through an examination of its borders, and invites papers dealing with depictions of borders, bordered identities, border theory, or cross-border relations in medieval Britain. Send 300-500-word abstracts by 30 September to Katherine Terrell at

Call for Exemplary Undergraduate Essays in the Humanities

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 3:35pm
Valley Humanities Review

The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2010 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students. Our reading period runs from September 1 to December 1 of each year. All submissions received outside of these dates will be returned unread.

African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Dissertation Fellowship - Due Friday, December 18, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:35pm
African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Program, Boston College

Boston College's African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) is proud to announce the inaugural year of its dissertation fellowship competition. Scholars working in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies are eligible. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably comparative, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

This 2010/2011 fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a fully equipped office. The fellow must remain in residence for the 9-month academic year, deliver one public lecture, and teach one seminar course.

[UPDATE] Redefining Masculinity in 20th-Century British Popular Fiction and Culture; Deadline: Sep. 30, 2009.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:03pm
NEMLA 2010

This panel will examine redefinitions of masculinity that challenge and intersect with global and national relations. Since conceptions of British masculinity had been shaped by a longstanding culture of empire and its agenda, the shift from an imperial to a decolonized Britain and the impact of the World Wars make the 20th-century a particularly ripe period for inquiries into concomitant reformulations of masculinity in popular culture and literature.Genres may include adventure tales, comics, war/espionage fiction, graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, and film. Please submit a 300 word abstract to

UPDATE--CFRP--Mothering and Migration Conference

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:15am
Association for Reseach on Mothering


Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) and the University of Puerto Rico are hosting a conference on

Mothering and Migration:
(Trans)nationalisms, Globalization, and Displacement

February 18-20, 2010, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Click here to see the full CFP.

"Hogar, Dulce Hogar": An Exploration...of "Home" 9/21 Toronto 6-9 October 2010

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 9:26am
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Topic: "Hogar, Dulce Hogar": An Exploration into the Latin American/Latino Conceptualization and Experience of "Home"

Abstracts are invited for a proposed WORKSHOP on the topic of "Home" to take place at the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) on October 6-9, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the conference is "Crisis, Response, and Recovery" (see

'Truthiness' Across Cutures, Vol. 1 No. 1, Autumn 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 7:58am
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

Presently receiving & reviewing submissions for the Autumn 2009 issue

Authors are asked to consider and/or critically discuss any novel definitions of or new perspectives on 'truthiness' in light of cultures. Authors may also choose to re-negotiate the concept of 'culture' in light of what passes as truth.

We are seeking work rigorous in its scholarship yet accessible in its style to audiences somewhat wider than highly trained specialists in the social sciences, particularly in areas such as applied-linguistics, communication, media studies, semiotics, rhetoric, or literature.

Papers accepted for publication in the online journal will receive subsequent reviews for the publication of future collected and bound volumes.

Poetry, Politics, and Pictures in the Nineteenth Century

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 7:24am
University of Sheffield

From 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' to 'The White Man's Burden', from Honoré Daumier's lithographs to the Chartist poetry of the Northern Star, the politics of the nineteenth century both shaped and were shaped by poetry and images.

This interdisciplinary conference at the University of Sheffield will address such questions as: how do the images and poetry of the nineteenth century reflect or challenge British and European politics of their day? How do nineteenth-century politics intersect with aesthetics to create new theories and practices of art? What kind of correlation might there be between political representation and the representation of politics in word and image?

Special Issue on Ubiquitous Computing Security Systems

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 2:57am
Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal

We are seeking research papers, technical reports, dissertation etc for these interdisciplinary areas. The goal of the UBICC journal is to publish the most recent results in the development of system aspects of ubiquitous computing. Researchers and practitioners working in this area are expected to take this opportunity to discuss and express their views on the current trends, challenges, and state of the art solutions addressing various issues in this area.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

"Global Progeny: Medievalisms in Children's and Young Adults' Literature" - (Kalamazoo 2010)

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 11:21pm
The Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages (SCGMA)

Children's and young adults' fantasy works are often rife with
medievalisms, and in the past few decades the impact of globalization has emerged in the expanding scope of fantasy worlds.

For example, children's literature often features a big desert to the south inhabited by turbaned, scimitar-wielding neighbors who are typically enemies. In recent years, these "others" have been brought to the forefront and are heroes/allies rather than villains.

Feb 2010 North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 8:15pm
North Georgia College and State University

North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference 2010:
What are the potential benefits and challenges of the growing relationship between the United States and China?