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[UPDATE] Great Books II - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:36am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

[UPDATE] Who Reads What Where? The Western Canon in New Contexts - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:34am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Convener: TBA
The culture and theory wars may have died down on college campuses, but the way that works of literature are transmitted from generation to generation and place to place remains a perennial question, especially given the advent of increasingly powerful electronic communication. The recent success in English of a wide range of imaginative works from around the world suggests both continuity and change in how the western canon of literature is understood. This panel will examine this question and the prospects for the future of the literary past. Please send proposals to

[UPDATE] The Once and Future Sonnet - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:32am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Convener: David Mikics (University of Houston)
Rumors of the death of the sonnet continue to be exaggerated. Indeed, the sonnet seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Many journals are publishing more sonnets than they used to, and there are even a number of new periodicals devoted entirely to the form, such as the online publications 14 by 14 and Contemporary Sonnet. This panel will examine the resilience of the sonnet and prospects for its future, paying close attention to the history of the form and discussing some of it preeminent current practitioners. Please send proposals to David Mikics at, with a CC to

[UPDATE] ALSC: The Year in Print - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:28am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Convener: TBA
This panel focuses on work that ALSC has published in the past year, focusing on Literary Imagination, Forum, and Literary Matters. Panelists will discuss major pieces from these journals and respond to them, extending the conversation and foregrounding the publications of ALSC. Please send proposals to

[UPDATE] Ancient Drama, Modern Practice - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:26am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Convener: Michael Poliakoff (University of Colorado)
Each generation creates new versions and adaptations of the classics. This panel will examine recent translations, performances and adaptations of the classic drama of Greece and Rome, examining a wide range of forms (theater, film, dance, opera, forms of translation, etc.) the underlying question to be addressed is that of what classical antiquity means to contemporary artists and audiences. Please send proposals to Michael Poliakoff at, with a CC to

The familiar becomes frightening - the notion of the uncanny

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:30am
Academy of Humanities and Economics

Academy of Humanities and Economics in Łódź, Poland
Faculty of Philology

Invites all the interested scholars to participate in an international two-day conference:

The familiar becomes frightening – the notion of the uncanny in language and culture

26th-27th November 2009

SCMS Conference Proposal: The New Woman in 20th Century Crime Films (Deadline August 13th, 2009)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 10:53pm
Sarah Delahousse

Crime films and films of detection that emerged in the US and abroad around the turn of the 20th century provide an exceptionally salient commentary on modernity and urban culture, and the New Woman figures prominently in this commentary because she is a product of this new culture as well as a figure of progress and uncertainty. Early cinematic representations of the New Woman indicate a fascination with this cultural model while using it as a form of entertainment to encourage social limitations on her social and political freedoms on and off screen. They also illustrate divergent cultural attitudes toward the New Woman.

Art as Symptom? Yes! NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal. Submit by September 30.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 8:07pm
Jason Berger / University of South Dakota

This panel welcomes papers on various forms of art (prose, poetry, film, etc.) that take up contemporary debates about what has been pejoratively dubbed a "hermeneutics of suspicion" inherent in psychoanalytic and Marxian models of interpretation. While critiques of such "paranoid" approaches to art--ranging from modes of "New Formalism" on the poetic/literary front to calls for a return to Althusserian relative autonomy on the theoretical--undoubtedly raise important questions about ideological and methodological limitations of various depth models, this panel seeks to explore how such models are nonetheless indispensable.

UPDATE: Curriculum, Politics and the Student/Teacher of English: October 16-17 University of Illinois @ Springfield

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 2:27pm
University of Illinois @ Springfield

Curriculum, Politics and the Student/Teacher of English:
The 2nd Conference on the Future of English Studies
University of Illinois @ Springfield
October 16-17 2009
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Richard Miller, Rutgers University

The call for papers for this conference has been extended to August 1st.

For further information contact Sara Cordell, or William Carpenter,

Hollywood History / Jewish History: The Past and Future of a Popular Jewish Identity (SCMS Panel) - Due August 12. Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 1:52pm
Scott Balcerzak / Northern Illinois University

A Jewish presence in Hollywood history is undeniably defined through a substantial yet complex influence upon American popular culture. From the founding of the Hollywood studio system by Jewish moguls to the early creative presence of such stage stars as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor to the musical influence of songwriters Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern - the birth of the modern entertainment industry in the first half of the century was defined by the ingenuity and creativity of immigrant Jews and their offspring. Yet, almost paradoxically, during this influential period, xenophobia and anti-Semitism was openly expressed by numerous important people, institutions, and legislative acts.

"(En)Gendering the Black Atlantic: Diasporic Bodies and Identities in Contemporary Women's Performance Art". Edited Collection

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 1:39pm
Liamar Durán Almarza. University of Oviedo

We invite proposals for a book-length project related to issues in women's performance art and texts in the African Diaspora, broadly conceived. We are primarily interested in works by female artists and writers that articulate "the Black Atlantic" as both a theoretical concept and a lived experience, particularly in relation to the interplay of race, class, and gender in fictional and/or (auto) biographical pieces.

[UPDATE] Crossing the Line: Affinities Before and After 1900 (Jan 28th-29th 2010 Conference) - Sep 15th 2009 Abstract Deadline

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 12:26pm
University of Liverpool

An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool and the Victoria Gallery & Museum, UK.

Thursday 28th – Friday 29th January 2010

Keynote Speaker: Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)
Publishing Workshop: 'The Future of Academic Publishing' with Paula Kennedy (Palgrave Macmillan)
Plenary Lecture: 'Funding for Postgraduate Researchers', Dr Mark Llewellyn (University of Liverpool)


[UPDATE] Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts; 23-24 April 2010

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 12:22pm
Nathan Waddell / University of Birmingham

NEW: Conference website:

Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations that consider modernism in relation to utopia and utopianism, in written, visual, aural, and plastic media.

The aim of the conference is to encourage debate between and across disciplines with a focus on the varied historical, cultural, technological, and intellectual settings in which the modernism-utopia nexus might be clarified and explained.

Society for the Philosophical Study of Education Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 11:30am
Society for the Philosophical Study of Education

2009 Meeting, Society for the Philosophical Study of Education
November 6th and 7th
National-Louis University
122 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Call for Proposals: The annual meeting of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education will be held on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at the downtown campus of National-Louis University in Chicago. The program committee is accepting proposals for papers or symposiums addressing philosophical issues in education. Authors whose work is accepted for inclusion within the conference will also have the opportunity to submit their work for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal for the Philosophical Study of Education.

ASECS Seminar, "Eighteenth-Century 'Englishness' in German," 18-21 March 2010

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 10:36am
Bethany Wiggin / University of Pennsylvania

Please cross-post widely!

Call for Papers: Seminar at ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)

"Eighteenth-Century 'Englishness' in German: 'Engellands delicater Bücher-Geschmack kan schon eine gute Meynung von diesem Buche erwecken'"

Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-21, 2010

Conference website:


Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 8:14am
Lisa Fiorindi and Rita Gagliano

Anthology on the Corporate Academy Seeks Submissions – extended deadline

Call for Editorial Board Members

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 7:09am

Red Feather Journal is a new online, international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, English-language journal that provides a forum for scholars and professionals to interrogate representations of children in all aspects of visual media: film, television, the Internet, video gaming, advertisements, etc. Red Feather Journal's premier issue is scheduled for release February, 2010. We are currently seeking editorial board members who are interested in the ongoing discourse about children and children's media culture. We invite scholars and professionals from all disciplines who possess excellent writing skills, who are able to meet deadlines, participate in a timely manner in the peer-review process, and creatively contribute to the journal to apply.

SCSECS Call for Panel Proposals (8/31/09)

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 3:03pm
Brett McInelly

The organizers of the South Central Society of Eigtheenth-Century Studies annual conference, to be held Feb. 25-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, welcome proposals for panels on all aspects of the Long Eighteenth Century. Particular attention will be given to proposals that tie into the conference theme--Sociability and Solitude.

Proposals can be sent via email to Brett McInelly (brett_mcinelly@byu). A call for papers will circulate once a full complement of panels has been put together.

More information about the conference can be viewed at

Many Manifestations: Iranians and Iranian Culture in the Global Diaspora, October 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:48am
Persis Karim and Babak Elahi

This collection of scholarly essays explores the Iranian diaspora that resulted from the mass migration from Iran after the 1979 Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the Islamic Republic, as well as the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. While recent scholarly attention has focused on the thirtieth anniversary of the revolution, far less scholarship has been dedicated to understanding and investigating the ways that Iranians and Iranian culture have taken hold in other countries, cultures, and contexts. This collection explores the emergence of a new field of Iranian Diaspora Studies. The last three decades have revealed interesting new hybrid cultural forms of Iranian culture that are emerging in music, film, literature, and cultural rituals/practices.

The Medieval and Early Modern World beyond Boundaries (October 2009 Graduate Conference) - September 4, 2009 Abstract Deadline

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 10:47am
Janelle Brunner - Medieval and Renaissance Students Association (California State University, Long Beach)

The California State University, Long Beach, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Second Annual Graduate Student Conference: The Medieval and Early Modern World Beyond Boundaries


The Medieval and Early Modern World beyond Boundaries
October 24, 2009
California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Organizers: Melanie Buckowski and Janelle Brunner

[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 9/1/09)

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 7:37am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop



Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

CFP: Derrida Today - Special issue: "Traces of Judaism in Derrida"

Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:26am
Nathan Van Camp - Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp)

Call for papers: Derrida Today

Special issue on: "Traces of Judaism in Derrida"

"For you have understood me well: when I say 'the most jewish (la plus juive),' I also mean 'more than jewish (plus que juive).' Others would perhaps say: 'otherwise jewish (autrement juive),' even 'other than jewish (autre que juive).'"

- Jacques Derrida: Abraham, the Other

Rhetoric, Rights, and Transatlantic Modernist Fiction, April 7-11, 2010

Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

What are the rhetorical parameters of human rights? How are rights defined, and who is entitled to them? This panel will engage with the ethical implications of formations of language in Transatlantic Modernist fiction. The Modernist era saw the development of a host of declarations, treaties, and conventions aiming to codify an emerging philosophy of supposedly "universal" human rights.