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Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (October 23, 2009 - October 24, 2009)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 4:13pm
Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing

CFP: 2009 Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW) Conference

St. Cloud State University is proud to host the 2009 Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW) conference. The conference will be held on October 23rd and 24th at St. Cloud State University, overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota. We invite everyone interested in the role that computers and computer-mediated technologies play in composition to participate in this year's conference.

Trades, Call for Articles, Due 1 September 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 3:52pm
Eighteenth-Century Fiction, McMaster University

How was skilled physical work practiced and represented in the eighteenth century? What are the pleasures and perils of labour for the body and the body politic? How does work's embodiment implicate or complicate subjectivity, sensibility, and sociality? How do gender, race, and class inform ideas of labour? Readings of trades in literature and the visual arts are welcome, and investiga­tions in the histories of economics, science, and technology are par­ticu­larly encouraged.

Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009. Deadline for abstracts: May 20, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:59pm
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 May 20, 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

Towards 'Post-radio' - Issues in the Transformation of Radio Objects and Forms

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:52pm
GRER - The French Radio Researches and Studies Network

Towards 'Post-radio' - Issues in the Transformation of Radio Objects and Forms.

PARIS, November 26th, 27th and 28th 2009

University Paris I - Pantheon - Sorbonne
(National institute of History of Art; Petits Champs Street; 75001 PARIS)

The French Radio Researches and Studies Network (GRER) organizes its fourth international symposium. After Bordeaux (2001 and 2004) and Lyon (2006), it will take place in Paris in November 2009. An international call with communication is launched, within the framework of the problematics and methods exposed below. Returns are awaited on 1st of May 2009.

Documenting Non-Western LGBTQ Identity

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:30pm
Chris Pullen/Bournemouth University

CFP: Documenting LGBTQ Identity in Non Western Worlds (08/31/09; collection)Edited by Christopher Pullen Proposals are invited for essays forming part of a new reader focusing on LGBT and queer identity in the developing and non western world, apparent within varying documentary forms, such as film, television and new media.  A central concern is to explore the social agency of media producers and performers, who offer new narratives of potential and progression, challenging Western orientated and traditional worlds.  At the same time some chapters may explore the significance of Western constructions of LGBT and queer identity, which have offered archetypes of political engagement for world wide audiences.  As a consequence this reader intends to foregro

Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival: Images, Imaginations and Beyond — Deadline June 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 12:13pm
Dr. Mark B. Spencer / Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Papers are invited for the Eighth Native American Symposium to be held November 4-6, 2009 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. The symposium theme is Images, Imaginations, and Beyond, but papers, presentations, panel sessions, and creative productions addressing all aspects of Native American studies are welcome, including but not limited to history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote speaker will be Heather Rae, the Cherokee film director and producer, whose film Frozen River received two Academy Award nominations this year.

MSA 11: Vernacular Modernisms: What Are They When They're at Home?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:41am
Dr. Bradley D. Clissold

Although some scholarly work has investigated the ways in which various types of modernist ideas and aesthetic tendencies have found articulation and received exposure in the quotidian sphere via advertising, film, popular psychology, popular music, new (household and workplace) technologies, as well as in profound developments in travel and communication, this panel seeks to push such analysis further. Papers are sought that critically explore articulations of modernism as they occur and are experienced in the everyday lifeworld.

Panel for Modernist Studies Association Conference, November 5-8, 2009 (Montreal): Theories of Language as Modernist Theory

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 10:03pm
Ken Hirschkop

The early twentieth century witnessed not only a variety of aesthetic experiments with language, but also a new wave of writing about language theoretically. The most well-known is the work that shaped what was to become twentieth-century linguistics: Saussure, Meillet, Benveniste, Jakobson, and the like. But it was not just linguists who tried to frame new conceptions of language: a wide variety of intellectuals from other fields decided, as if in concert, that understanding language was the key to understanding the basic problems of their disciplines and, in many cases, the very fate of European society. A few of these intellectuals, like Wittgenstein and J. L.

[UPDATE] CFP: 19th Century Genre Migration; MMLA Conference, Nov. 12-15 2009; (Deadline April 26)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 7:56pm
Timothy Helwig

Nineteenth-century American print culture was notoriously fluid, as texts migrated from one genre to another. For example, popular city-mysteries of the 1840s and 1850s drew upon sensational crime-reporting and were often first serialized in weekly story papers and then printed in a series of pamphlets before being compiled and sold as complete novels. This session invites papers that explore any aspect of genre migration during or after the rich emergence of the penny press, the black press, and the labor press in the mid 19th century. How does the migration of texts from one genre to the next affect their meaning and their reception? What common interests did these print sources share on questions of racial, ethnic, or class identity?

[General] UPDATE: Sirens, a conference on women in fantasy (10/1 - 10/4; deadline June 7)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 6:51pm
Jessica Moore, Sirens (Narrate Conferences)

Vail, CO
October 1-4, 2009
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate
Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 1-4, 2009, in Vail, CO. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

CFP: "Bodies, Objects, and Circulation" at GEMCS 2009 (October 22-25, in Dallas, TX); Abstract Deadline: May 13, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:49pm
Marisa Huerta/University of Texas at San Antonio

Inviting papers on bodies, objects, and circulation in seventeenth- and/or eighteenth-century literature for a panel at the meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS) 2009. Topics may include blood and medical circulation; contamination and disease; sexual circulation: libertinism and prostitution; trade and the nation. Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Marisa Huerta (marisa.huerta at by 13 May 2009.

See here for GEMCS info:

Oscholars Special Issue: The Soul of Man: Oscar Wilde and Socialism [abstracts 15 Jul 09; final articles 15 Dec 09]

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:01pm

H.G. Wells once wrote that Oscar Wilde's 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' offers "an artist's view of socialism, but not a socialist's." George Orwell, reviewing the essay in 1948, called Wilde's vision of socialism "Utopian and anarchistic." So was Oscar Wilde a socialist? an anarchist? an "individualist"? or politically unquantifiable? He was acquainted with the leading socialists of the time, from William Morris to G. B. Shaw, his sympathy for socialist and anarchist ideas was well known, and 'The Soul of Man' attained great popularity with the radical movements of Central and Eastern Europe and the USA.

Science Fiction in Children's Film and Television (proposals by 05/31/09)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 11:51am
R.C. Neighbors/University of Arkansas

It has often been said that science fiction is a literature of ideas. Through the use of familiar tropes, such as spaceships, aliens, and ray guns, the genre uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on the present--on current social, cultural, and political ideologies. Likewise, media directed at children often focus on advocating or criticizing similar ideologies, often for a didactic purpose. It is interesting, then, that so little has been said about the joining of these two genres--children's science fiction--particularly when dealing with the visual media of film and television.

[UPDATE] 5th 'Medievalism Transformed' postgraduate conference - Keynote: Catherine Batt, University of Leeds

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 10:54am
Bangor University, Wales

Translating the Middle Ages.

Submission Deadline: 29 May
'Medievalism Transformed' is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference for researchers in a variety of disciplines. The one-day event, which is supported by the Centre for Medieval Studies, will be held at Bangor University on the 20th of June. The theme for this year's conference will be Translating the Middle Ages: we will be convening to explore the practice of translating in the Middle Ages, but also to discuss the various ways in which medieval culture has been translated or adapted to the modern era. Topics within the general scope of the conference will be considered, including (but not limited to):

Seeking essays for a a volume on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:45am
Michael J. Meyer

Seeking essays for a volume on Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2010. Publisher secured and volume to appear in winter of 2010 or early 2011 so time is short. List of potential topics to be addressed is avail from the editor. New voices encouraged to write and experienced scholars as well -- Since criticism on the novel is very sparse at the moment this volume is a much needed one for high school and middle school libraries as well as for academe and public libraries

New volume of essays for East of Eden's 60th anniversary in 2012

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:38am
Michael J. Meyer

Seeking submissions for a book of essays to celebrate the 60th anniversary of John Steinbeck's East of Eden -- publisher secured list of possible topics to address is avail from the editor by e-mail deadline flexible but proposals / precis should be submitted by end of summer with completed papers due by the spring of 2010. Especially seeking younger scholars whose voices have not been heard


Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:28am
Middle East Technical University, Ankara

December 17-18, 2009

ManuScript interdisciplinary journal, 2009 issue: 'Urges' - deadline June 30th, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 7:33am
ManuScript Journal - English and American Studies, University of Manchester

ManuScript is the peer-reviewed journal in English and American Studies from the University of Manchester. Since 1996, it has encouraged rigorous intellectual discussion and progressive research which reflects critical debates across a variety of disciplines. It aims especially to promote the work of postgraduates and early career academics, and to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural concerns.

ManuScript?s next journal edition, following on from the conference held on 20th February 2009, will be on the topic of ?Urges?. We hope that the theme will encourage and allow room for a wide variety of responses from different discourses and fields.

Urban Planning in the Romantic Era

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:29pm
Special Session on Urban Planning in the Romantic Era/ ICR 2009 Conference, NYC

Proposed Special Session for the International Conference on Romanticism, Annual Conference, New York, NY, Nov. 5-9, 2009

Urban Planning in the Romantic Era

Anti/Slavery, Colonialism and Aesthetics

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:12pm
Sargasso journal, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

submission deadline June 20, 2009

UVA-Wise Medieval/Renaissance (Undergrad) (6/19/09; 9/24/09-9/26/09)

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 6:03pm
University of Virginia's College at Wise

The University of Virginia's College at Wise, Medieval-Renaissance Conference is pleased to announce a call for undergraduate papers for the upcoming Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 24-26, 2009.

Papers by undergraduates covering any area of medieval and renaissance studies—including literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts—are welcome. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.

Abstracts (and letters) should be submitted electronically or by regular mail by June 19, 2009 to:

Literary Journalism Studies call for submissions

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:14am
The Journal of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

LITERARY JOURNALISM STUDIES, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), invites submissions of scholarly articles on literary journalism, which is also known as narrative journalism, literary reportage, reportage literature, "new journalism" and the nonfiction novel, as well as literary nonfiction and creative nonfiction that emphasizes cultural revelation. The journal is international in scope and seeks submissions on the theory, history and pedagogy of literary journalism throughout the world. All disciplinary approaches are welcome.

[UPDATE] Deadline extended 5/15/09: Women's Resistance in Early Modern England

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 8:49am
RSA 2010 Venice / Renaissance Society of America (April 8-10, 2009)

Early Modern England was a benchmark for literary and political activity by women, from Anne Askew's Examinations in the first half of the sixteenth century to Anna Trapnel's political prophecies in the final decades of the seventeenth. While the lengthy reign and potency of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) certainly set a precedent for early modern women's writing, texts by women played a significant political role well before and after her rule, and arguably found their apogee in the ideological fervor that surrounded the reigns of her Stuart successors. More importantly, women authors actively participated in the early modern public sphere at a time when magistrates and divines were striving to situate women within the realm of the household.

Shakespeare Performance in Asia video archive

Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 10:21pm
Alexander Huang / Penn State University

We are pleased the announce the launch of an open-access online video archive and research project on Asian performances of Shakespeare.

This site offers an extensive collection of videos of Shakespeare performances for scholars, students, and any one interested in Shakespeare or Asian cultures. Here you will also find interactive maps and timelines, interviews, biographies of directors and actors, for understanding intercultural theatre from Asia.

The Scrutiny of the Public Eye in the Work of William Faulkner

Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 6:57pm
Victoria Bryan

In keeping with SAMLA's theme for this year (Human Rights and the Humanities) this panel aims to examine the ways in which the scrutinizing view of the public eye impacts the construction of a character's identity in the work of William Faulkner. For example, in her book Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality (2003), Joane Nagel argues that race is a social construction rather than an inherent aspect of identity and writes that racial divisions are created in order to "form a barrier to hold some people in and keep others out, to define who is pure and who is impure, to shape our view of ourselves and others." How do racial divisions—or other socially constructed divisions, such as sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, etc.—impact relationships within a society?