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CFP: El Paso in the Comics II: "The Southwest in the Comics" Graduate Conference and Event

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 11:46am
James B. Carter/ University of Texas at El Paso

CFP: El Paso in the Comics II: "The Southwest in the Comics"

Graduate students in all fields of study are invited to submit 200-word abstracts to the second-annual "El Paso in the Comics" conference and event, to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, February 23, 2010.

Papers on all aspects of comics scholarship, theory, and pedagogy will be given attention, but those that deal with issues related to artists, creators, characters and/or themes associated with the American Southwest and/or Hispanic/Chicano culture in comics will be given top priority.

"Between Worlds" Edited Collection; Abstracts 5/15/09; Papers 7/15/09

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 10:18am
Ama Wattley, PhD

My colleague Dr. Deborah Poe and I are seeking articles for an edited collection tentatively titled "Between Worlds." The project is most invested in work which offers social and material opposition to binary ways of thinking about identity and difference. The collection will blend creative prose and criticism like Claudia Rankine's and Juliana Spahr's American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language did with the genre of poetry.

We are seeking critical essays on the above issues and themes in the short fiction or novels of the following authors:

CCCC Panel - Wikis and composition

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 7:54am
Kerry Dirk/Virginia Tech

Wikis are becoming increasingly common as pedagogical tools in composition classrooms, as the nature of a wiki allows for easy collaboration among students and increased communication beyond the face-to-face classroom.

I'm hoping to put together a CCCC panel that questions and/or explores commonly held assumptions or beliefs about the wiki. Proposals might also explore how elements found in the traditional classroom change when moved to a wiki.

For example:

- How does the collaborative nature of a wiki change writing?

- Is the wiki truly more democratic than a face-to-face classroom?

- What is the relationship between students and teachers when using a wiki?

- How does the level of engagement change?

John Ashbery in Paris International Conference - March 11-14, 2010

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 7:18am
Antoine Cazé / Université Paris 7 Diderot - LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones)


March 11-14, 2010
Université Paris 7 Diderot – LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones)
Université Paris Est (Paris 12/Marne-La-Vallée) – IMAGER (Institut des Mondes Anglophone, Germanique et Roman)

[UPDATE] "Catastrophe and the Cure": The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline May 1, 2009)

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:56pm
Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music

In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

The 2009 Creative Writing Issue of the South Asian Review:Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction/Writing from the Margins,July 30

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 1:07pm
Rajender Kaur, William Paterson University

The 2009 Creative Writing Issue of the South Asian Review
Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction—Writing from the Margins
SOUTH ASIAN REVIEW invites submissions for the 2009 Creative Writing issue, Volume 30, Number 3. The issue will showcase South Asian writing that either focuses on or emerges from the "margins," which creative writers may interpret broadly in terms of class, caste, gender, sexuality, or geographical location (for example, the North East Indian states, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Union of Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, among other such heretofore under-represented locales).

[UPDATE] CFP - Matter '09: A Creative Theology Event - (Deadline: May 15, 2009)

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 11:26am
Shechem Ministries

Shechem Ministries' Matter '09: A Creative Theology Event is now accepting submissions of papers and artwork for the conference September 17-19, 2009, at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Selected papers and artwork will be presented at the conference and will be published in the anthology of the conference, Matter, published by Shechem Press. All abstracts and digital image samples are due by noon CST on May 15, 2009, with completed artwork and papers due by August 31, 2009 at noon CST. Abstracts (250-500 words), panel proposals, and inquiries should be submitted via email to

Early Middle English Society at IMC Leeds 2010, 12-15 July 2010

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:01am
Early Middle English Society

CFP: Early Middle English Society at Leeds 2010

The Early Middle English Society, which seeks to promote the study and scholarly discussion of English literary and cultural production from the late twelfth century to the mid-fourteenth century, is sponsoring two sessions at the seventeenth International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 12-15 July 2010.

Session one: Travel and Exploration in Early Middle English Texts

Abstracts are invited for papers dealing with descriptions of travel, exploration, migration and/or conquest in Early Middle English texts, and with relations between such texts and travel accounts in other texts.

Matters of Taste (MSA 11, 5-8 November 2009, Montréal, Québec, Canada)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:42pm
Mary Elizabeth Curtin (University of Toronto)

The modernists' innovations in art, literature, and design were not only aesthetic reactions to traditional forms—they were also critical responses to the idea of taste. Yet if the modernists were unable to endorse their predecessors' conceptions of "tastefulness," devising new models of taste proved equally difficult. This panel will explore the problems associated with articulating taste in the modern period. Rather than trying to capture a concrete "version" of modernist taste, however, the panel will focus on conceptualizing the process(es) of modernist tastes; in other words, how and why did various modernists arrive at their critical judgements? Questions to be addressed will include: What constitutes good/bad taste among the modernists?


Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:30pm
Journal Issue: Professional Studies Review

The deadline for submission of articles to the next issue of Professional Studies Review has been extended to May 15. Please see the CFP in the upenn archive for further information or contact Joseph Marotta at

BSA Session: Shakespeare's Next Editors (abstracts by 31 May 2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:54am
British Shakespeare Association

Though the activity of editing the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries was for over two hundred years the principle scholarly method for investigating these works, many younger scholars today confront an academic establishment that relegates editing, bibliography, and text studies to secondary or peripheral positions in graduate, doctoral, and junior faculty programs. This is particularly unfortunate given the exponential increase in innovative technologies, methodologies, and theories that encourage fresh approaches to essential questions about these plays.

[UPDATE] Early Modern Dis/Locations: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 8:47am
Northumbria University

Early Modern Dis/Locations: An Interdisciplinary Conference,
Northumbria University, 15-16 January 2010

On 15-16 January 2010, Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK) will host an interdisciplinary conference on Early Modern Dis/Locations.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers include:
Tim Cresswell (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)
Bernhard Klein (University of Kent)
Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)

T.S. Eliot International Summer School, 27 June – 4 July 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 8:34am
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

T.S. Eliot International Summer School, 27 June – 4 July 2009
Director: Professor Ronald Schuchard (Emory University).
Executive Director: Dr Wim Van Mierlo (University of London).

CFP: The Brontës in Context III (The Brontës' Poetry) (10/2-3/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 6:22am
University of Salford, Centre for Literary Studies

The Brontës in Context III (The Brontës' Poetry)
2-3 October 2009, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

This third two-day research workshop aims to focus on an area of Brontë scholarship that has not as extensively been explored as the novels of the three sisters. The workshop will investigate the poetry of the Brontës and contextualise the poems in terms of a variety of ideas and discourses such as Romanticism, Victorian religiosity, femininity, genre, etc.

The Absent Center: A Graduate Student Conference on Contemporary Issues in Political Theology (19, 20 February 2010)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:21pm
Government Department / University of Texas at Austin


The Absent Center

A Graduate Student Conference on Contemporary Issues in Political Theology

University of Texas at Austin, Government Department

19-20 February 2010

Keynote speakers:

Simon Critchley (New School for Social Research)
Eric Santner (University of Chicago)

The Secular enlightenment sought to replace religion as a foundation for political legitimacy and personal meaning. It led to a profound disappointment, one not specific to contemporary life. Even Spinoza, the great rationalist and philosopher of immanence, feared for a society lacking any belief in salvation whatsoever.

English Revenge Tragedies, RSA Conference, Venice, April 8-10, 2010 (Deadline: May 15th, 2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:58am
Emily King, Tufts University

Though revenge tragedies preoccupied Elizabethan and Jacobean spectators, these plays received little to no critical recognition. Even today, revenge tragedies comprise a seemingly marginalized sector of Renaissance drama. Observing their current status, Stevie Simkin quips in Revenge Tragedy: "Consequently, they are (with some reluctance) permitted to join the established canon of classical works, occasionally dragged out like exotic creatures for a season to be observed by curious audiences and often patronizing theatre critics, and then locked securely away for another ten years" (4). Furthermore, these works – as a genre – have garnered a remarkably small amount of scholarly attention, particularly in the past ten years.

CFP: Manufacturing Happiness Conference 9/19/09 (deadline 6/15/09)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 1:09am
Dava L. Simpson/George Mason University

Manufacturing Happiness: Investigating Subjectivity, Transformation, and Cultural Capital

The Graduate Students of George Mason University invite paper proposals for our 4th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.