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Nineteenth Century Popular Culture Panel - Proposals May 1 2009 - Conference October 30-November 1 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 4:18pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture. We are especially interested in papers that focus on culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Literature
- Dime novels
- Politics
- Sports
- Religion
- Westward expansion
- Native Americans
- Women in popular culture
- Entertainment

Send a 250-word abstract along with full contact information to panel chair, Patrick Prominski ( Be sure to include MPCA/ACA in the subject header. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

"The Monstrous Middle Ages and the Wretched Renaissance" OCTOBER 29-31, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 3:05pm
Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference

The Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference invites you to attend its inaugural meeting at the Carson Springs Convention Center in Newport, Tennessee on October 29- 31, 2009. Come join us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, in the midst of the beautiful Fall color season!

Submissions of abstracts are welcome in any discipline involved in the teaching of the Middle Ages or Renaissance. We are especially interested in papers
dealing with the teaching of the macabre, monsters, heretics, the occult, torture, anything appropriate for presentation over the Halloween weekend! Papers should be limited to no more than 20 minutes (roughly eight double-spaced pages).
Papers of authors in absentia will not be read.

Diaspora and Memory in Contemporary Spain - M/MLA Conference Nov. 12-15, 2009 (Deadline 4/20/09)

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 1:30pm
Kathy Korcheck, Dept. of Modern Languages, Central College

This panel examines, with regard to descendants of Spanish exile (1936-1955), Andreas Huyssen's question of whether "it is possible or even desirable for a diasporic community to migrate into the history of the host nation." The so-called "Ley de nietos," a provision that widens the scope of Spain's 2007 Law of Historical Memory, allows for descendants of exile in countries such as Argentina, Cuba and Mexico to apply for and obtain Spanish nationality. Papers are invited on literary and filmic texts dealing with reverse migrations and their potential influence on the recovery and revision of historical memories of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. Investigations into new media's impact on descendants of exile are particularly welcome.

Contemporary Canadian Identity and Literature

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 12:17pm
Shannon Howard/University of South Alabama

M/MLA session seeks papers addressing the idea of marketing the "Canadian Experience," either in conversation with United States mass culture or in opposition to that culture. Contemporary Canadian fiction examining consumer cultures of the North American continent may be examined in terms of their place in defining Canada as a nation. Please send abstracts by April 20 to Shannon Howard, Univ. of South Alabama,

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

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:53am
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.

Re(Viewing) the Landscape of Visual Rhetoric: Topics in Visual Rhetoric; SAMLA Conf. Nov 6-8, 2009; Abstracts Due May 31, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:52am
Mary Hocks, English Dept, Georgia State University

The SAMLA special session on visual rhetoric welcomes paper, panel, and performance proposals on topics that deal with all aspects of visual rhetoric, such as visual culture and the Web; teaching visual rhetoric in the classroom; image use in blogs; exploring identities with visual rhetoric; visual rhetoric in student writing; (re)presentations of the body; visual rhetoric in politics; visual rhetoric of physical spaces; visual rhetoric and environmental issues; and other relevant topics.


Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:46am
Czech Association for the Study of English (CZASE), Department of English, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

9th Brno International Conference of English, American and Canadian Studies
Organized and hosted by:
Czech Association for the Study of English (CZASE)
Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
4 – 6 February 2010
Keynote Speakers: Andreas H. Jucker (Universität Zürich)
Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow)
Martin Hilský (Charles University, Prague)

CFP: Great Writing, UK Creative Writing conference (5/26/09)

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:42am
Great Writing, the UK's International Creative Writing conference

Friday 19th June - Sunday 21st June 2009

This year's host:

Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom

The Writers' Dozen -- 12th Great Year!

Keynote: Jesse Sheildlower, Roving Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, a talk on words for those who creatively use words!

Great Writing, an international Creative Writing Conference, invites papers/creative work/panel suggestions for this 12th Year

The organizers will consider creative work as well as papers on creative writing teaching, creative writing theory and method, and on contemporary writers and their work.

CFP: New Writing: Creative and Critical Writing (7/1/09)

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:34am
New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing

Call for Papers (critical or creative work)

The first independent journal of its kind in the world, New Writing publishes both critical and creative work - offering a forum for debate, as well as an avenue for the publication of the best stories, poems, works of creative non-fiction or works for the stage or for the screen, in all its contemporary varieties.


Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 10:38am
Permanence and Change: The Roles of Culture and Language / 3rd Annual International ACSA (Asian Cultural Studies Association) Conference

3rd Annual International ACSA Conference


Bangkok, Thailand, 13-14 August 2009


ACSA seeks to provide a forum in which a broad spectrum of issues in Asian cultures and languages can be researched and critically discussed. It seeks to offer opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and an arena for in depth exchanges of the cultural dynamics of Asia today. The scope is international and the commitment is to further dynamic understanding among and about Asia today. ACSA welcomes all scholars, graduate students and interested persons in Asian cultures and languages.

Katherine Mansfield Studies. The peer-reviewed Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 10:06am


Special first issue on the theme of
'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'

Following on from the success of the international conference held on Mansfield in 2008, based on the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's arrival in London, the first issue of the peer-reviewed journal of the recently created Katherine Mansfield Society, Katherine Mansfield Studies, is now calling for submissions for its special issue 'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'.

Submissions are sought on the following:

EAPSU Online Submissions (Deadline June 1, 2009)

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:49am
English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities

EAPSU Online welcomes submissions for critical articles, pedagogical articles, fiction, or poetry to our peer-reviewed online journal. We are published by Shippensburg University, sponsored by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities, at

Use MLA in-text documentation style only, and submit via Word file attachment (standard Times Roman 12). Do not include name on paper/submission; instead submit a separate file with name, title, and contact information, including affiliation. Submissions by undergraduate students is not encouraged; graduate student submissions should not be unrevised class papers or dissertation chapters.

Understanding Superheroes: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Oregon

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 12:38am
Ben Saunders/ Department of English, University of Oregon

Understanding Superheroes: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Oregon

Location: The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Dates: October 23-24, 2009

"Understanding Superheroes" is conceived as an interdisciplinary multi-media event, held in conjunction with a simultaneous exhibition of original comic art at the UO's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Allegory: States of the Art: proposals May 10, 2009; RSA, Venice, April 8-10, 2010

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 4:21pm
Allegory: States of the Art in Early Modernity; Renaissance Society of America: Venice, April 8

Allegory: States of the Art

This panel will explore approaches, old and new, to early modern allegory, welcoming a wide range of national, historical, and aesthetic instances. Potential topics might include (among others): allegory and the making of states (Venetian or otherwise); allegory and the idea of the human (or non-human); time, space, and allegory; allegory and the baroque; allegory: postmodern and/or early modern; allegory and economy; religious allegory.

Abstracts and a brief bio/cv due by May 10. A longer initial abstract will work but final abstracts accepted for the panel must be 150 words.

Send submissions or questions to Joseph Campana (

Cultural Consequences of Unmotherhood

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 2:32pm
Nicole Herrera/ University of Akron

Cultural Consequences of Unmotherhood

Scholars in the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Gender Studies, History, Medicine, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, and others are engaged in attempting to understand the construction and consequences of motherhood. A woman's physiological ability to conceive, carry, and birth children, the assumption that the ability to raise children is a natural physiological trait, the ideological pressures to do so, the unique duties and responsibilities of motherhood, and subsequent rewards and penalties are just a few of the areas of inquiry found in literature.

1759-Adam Smith's First Annus Mirabilis: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Theory of Moral Sentiments

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 2:20pm
Canadian and North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) and the North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) will be jointly hosting their annual conference in Canada's scenic capital city, November 2009. The theme of the conference is "1759".

1759 was a year of great significance politically, intellectually, and culturally. The year saw Canada won by the British, the unveiling of the British Museum, and the births of Robert Burns, Mary Wollestonecraft, and William Pitt the Younger.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:11pm
Timeframes: Narrative and Sequence in Comics

Timeframes, the third annual Dundee comics conference, held in association with the Dundee Literary Festival, will explore how the medium of comics bends, distorts and manipulates time. Proposals for papers are requested on this theme, focusing on the representation of the past and future in comics, or how comics capture the present, or how the comics form relies on sequence. Proposals should be 300 words long, for papers lasting 20 minutes.

For more information contact Dr Chris Murray (, or consult the Dundee Literary Festival webpage:

"The Future ain't what it used to be" - PROPOSALS: MAY 15th 2009 / CONFERENCE: 17th JUNE 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:05pm
The Future ain't what it used to be: Interactions of Past, Present and Future in Literature and Visual Media - Postgraduate Conference

"The Future ain't what it used to be" is the seventh annual Postgraduate Conference held by the English Programme, University of Dundee. It will investigate questions such as: how have perspectives of the future changed over time, how is the future perceived in literature and the media today, and how do representations of the past help us to imagine the future? Proposals should be 300 words long, for papers lasting 20 minutes. The deadline for proposals is 15th May 2009.

For more information contact Laura Findlay (, or go to

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture (no deadline)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 11:39am
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture

The peer-reviewed NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture invites submissions for its 2010 issues. NINE seeks to promote the study of all historical aspects of baseball and centers on the cultural implications of the game wherever in the world baseball is played. The journal reflects an eclectic, interdisciplinary approach and does not foster a particular ideological bias.

NINE publishes nonfiction articles, fiction, poetry, and solicited book reviews. The journal is published by the University of Nebraska Press and is available online through Project MUSE at

REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 9:51am
Mater Dei Institute of Education

REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts invites contributions for its forthcoming issue to be published online in December 2009. Research in the areas of religion or theology, education or the humanities will be considered for publication and contributors are also welcome to submit multi or inter-disciplinary articles that span more than one of these areas.

Articles should be 5-6,000 words and should conform to the Harvard author-date referencing system. The closing date for submissions is September 1st, 2009. Please send your article and a short abstract of 200 words to the following email address:

Book reviews are also welcome.

'Thou prays't not well': Prayer in performance and society in the Renaissance, RSA Conference, Venice, 8-10 April 2010

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 8:02am
Joseph Sterrett, Cardiff University

This panel seeks to explore aspects of prayer in European culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. How was prayer represented in literature, plays or works of art? How did communities utilize prayer as a distinguishing feature for their religious identity, and how were these forms of prayer policed? More importantly, in what ways does the representation or prayer in literature and drama intersect with its importance as a means of defining religious loyalties and identities?

Medieval Chronicle Society at IMC Leeds 2010, 12-15 July 2010

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 4:38am
Medieval Chronicle Society

The Medieval Chronicle Society is sponsoring two sessions at the seventeenth International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 12-15 July 2010.

Session one: Travel and Exploration in Medieval Chronicles

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

[UPDATE] Children's Literature Panel (PAMLA Nov. 6-7, 2009; Call for papers is now closed)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 7:14pm
PAMLA- Tiffany Hutabarat

This panel is open to any paper submissions dealing with the reading, adaptation, pedagogical use or critical interpretation of children's literature.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
Themes in children's literature, past to present
Role of friends and enemies
Adults as villains
Evolving ideologies of children's literature
Classroom use of children's literature (elementary, secondary or higher education curriculums)
Reception of children's literature, past and present
Adaptation of children's literature into film or television
Critical studies on specific genres and/or periods of children's literature

Update: Extended Deadline For Milton Session at RMMLA

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 6:08pm

Milton, a special session at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 8-10, 2007, Snow Bird, Utah (resort near Salt Lake City; details can be found at Papers on
any aspect of Milton. Email 1/2 page to 2 page proposals, for 15-20 minute presentations, by June 1, 2009 to

29th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium (OCTOBER 9-11 2009)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 5:41pm
Harvard University Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 29th Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 9-11, 2009. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance is free.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Dramas of Life in the Renaissance

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 2:45pm
Lloyd Kermode/ California State University Long Beach Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Update to listing:

Conference details were omitted from the earlier CFP:

Conference: Renaissance Society of America conference
Venice, Italy, 8-10 April 2010

Previous CFP:

Why has human society consistently incorporated drama into its sense of self and community? Why do people want to watch other people "playing out" scenarios in history and fiction. Why are people compelled to live out stories and explain themselves and their relations to other people, places, and objects in dramatic ways? Where do we draw the line in historiography, theater history, art and literary studies between "drama" and the "dramatic" - between official play and the merely playful?