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CFP for Wordless Modernism at MSA 11, Nov 5-7, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:35pm
Maureen Chun, Jonathan Foltz (Princeton University)

CFP: Modernist Studies Association 2009
MSA 11: The Languages of Modernism

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 
November 5-8, 2009

Wordless Modernism: Grammars of the Sensible

"Is there, we ask, some secret language which we feel and see, but never speak, …any characteristic which thought possesses that can be rendered visible without the help of words?"
— Virginia Woolf, "The Cinema" (1926)

MAP/ACA War Area 6/15/2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:12pm
Mid Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association -- War Area

War Area / 2009 Conference of the Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Hilton Boston Logan Airport Boston MA 11/5-11/7/2009

Proposal Deadline: 06/15/2009


War has been one of the few constants in human history, waged by nations, tribes, and other factions for numerous reasons—some valid and noble, some questionable. This area seeks to explore the ways that wars—declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and "real"—have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture.

CFP: New Victorian/Caribbean Connections

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 1:30pm
SAMLA 2009 (Atlanta, GA)

Proposals are invited that explore connections between Victorian and Caribbean novels that have not heretofore been put in conversation with each other. Proposals should be 300 words and submitted by 4/30/09 to Marc Muneal, Emory University (

LOST Multicontributor Collection

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:47am
Randy Laist

"Lost" Multicontributor Collection

One of the most remarkable television series in recent years has been ABC's "Lost." Beginning with an archetypal premise of castaways stranded on an island, the show has evolved into a complex network of obscure connections, esoteric mysteries, literary and pop cultural allusions, and baroque experiments in narrative temporality. The defining feature of the show is its atmosphere of radical suggestibility; the narrative and thematic strands of the story continually run away into hyper-interpretability in a way that invites not only the kind of internet speculation which has flourished around the show, but also the application of more theoretically informed critical examination.

Authorship, editorial history and literary life ((05/30/2009; journal issue)

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:34am
Denise Almeida Silva

Literatura em Debate (ISSN 1982-5625), a peer-reviewed digital journal published by the MA program in Literature at URI/FW, Brazil, seeks essays on: ethical and juridical questions on authorship, the historicization of the concept, author x authorship, authorship as a textual function. Other topics that are also welcome are: alter-ego, heteronym, orthonym, pseudonym, etc; involuntary and voluntary alterations and omissions in the editions of literary works;literary history and literary system ( producers, editors, receptors;activities in daily life, in bars, academies, groups , institutions and other locations of culture).

Stefan Zweig's Transatlantic Connections, Oct 1-3 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 11:38pm
SUNY Fredonia

Papers are invited for an international Stefan Zweig Symposium to be held at SUNY Fredonia on Oct 1-3 2009. This symposium, the first major scholarly event on Zweig to take place in the United States in over two decades, intends to bring together scholars, artist, critics, and students from around the world to discuss Zweig's life and works. It will include keynote lectures by Klaus Weissenberger (Rice University) and Zweig biographer Oliver Matuschek as well as a manuscript exhibition with archival materials from SUNY Fredonia's extensive Stefan Zweig collection. The symposium will also feature the United States premiere of Sylvio Back's award-winning feature film Lost Zweig (2003) in the presence of the director.

Violence & Passion in 20c Irish Literature & Film (4/15/09; MMLA 11/12-15/09)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 8:46pm
Gavin Keulks


Irish Studies Panel
2009 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
November 12-15, 2009
The St. Louis Union Station Marriott

Ireland's political history is of course tainted by violence, as are many of its greatest literary works. Other forms of violence are more domestic -- and stereotypical -— in depiction: heavy drinkers; abusive husbands/fathers/priests); gruff manual laborers; feisty women.

The lines between passion and violence are never clearly demarcated, and as Yeats depicted so famously in "Easter 1916," crossing their borders can produce surprising results, often equally disastrous and transformative.

Obama and African American Autobiography (7/24/09; 11/12/09)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 1:10pm
Wendy Rountree / North Carolina Central University

Call for Papers

Fifth African American Literature Symposium

"It's A New Day: The Vicissitude of African American Autobiography from Briton Hammon to Barack Obama"

Configurations Special Issue: Ecocriticism and Biology (5/1/2009)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:38am
Configurations (John Hopkins UP)

Configurations has invited a special issue on the intersection of ecocriticism and biology. Articles on any aspect of the biological sciences and ecocriticism are welcome, but the following topics are needed:

- extensions/amplifications of Glen A. Love's Practical Ecocriticism
- ecocriticism, globalization, and the commodification of biological information
- biologists reading/responding to ecocritical texts (broadly defined)
- ecocriticism and debates within biology

Please submit an abstract of 500 words and curriculum vitae (as MS Word attachments) by May 1st to:

Dr. Helena Feder, Guest Editor

Footnotes: New Directions in David Foster Wallace Studies

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 9:34am
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"These academics' arguments seem sound as far as they go..." –Infinite Jest

The critical discussion of David Foster Wallace has thus far been limited to a few aspects of his most popular works. Our conference seeks to expand the response beyond the popular imagination's categories of "difficult," "postmodern," and "genius," and beyond the author's own articulation of his project as a response to irony. We invite a reconsideration of Wallace with an emphasis on new perspectives of his entire oeuvre.

CFP: Looking for Cs 2010 panelists -- Technology, Textual Ownership, and Self-Sponsored Collaborative Writing Groups

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 8:13am
Rik Hunter / University of Wisconsin - Madison

Looking to put together a Cs panel on technology & self-sponsored (outside of the classroom) collaborative writing groups. I'm particularly interested in the panel concentrating on matters of textual ownership.

My research examines collaboration on, so if the focus is fan studies . . . someone looking at fan fiction, for example, would be a natural fit. I can also see the (textual) writing practices of fans producing machinima, fan films, game mods working well, too.

LECTURE: Professor Ato Quayson, UC Berkeley 4/23

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 5:25am
Center for African Studies, UCB

Lecture | April 23 | 12:30-3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Lipman Room, 8th floor

Speaker: ATO QUAYSON, Professor, English & Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto
Sponsors: Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies, Institute for the Study of Social Change, Center for Race and Gender

CFP: Literature and Joss Whedon's Angel (book collection), 5/15/09

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:26am
Tamy Burnett

We are currently accepting proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection tentatively titled Literature and Joss Whedon's Angel, which focuses specifically on the literary traditions and influences that shape and are reflected in the series. Our goal is to bring together a collection of essays that work primarily with Angel as a text to be addressed in the wider field of narrative and literature, since critical analysis of visual narratives in our culture is often related to our literary history and cultural consciousness. Often, our criteria for evaluating the quality of television draw heavily on the complexities of narrative structures and the reimagining of traditional tales or storytelling techniques.

Book Project-Graphic Novels and Libraries

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 5:07pm
Robert G. Weiner Texas Tech University Library

Call for Papers--Graphic Novels in Libraries and Archives: Ideas and Issues.

Graphic Novel publishing has exploded in the last decade. While, during the mid-1990s, it might have been possible for even a modestly budgeted library to acquire much of the published Graphic Novel output, now it is almost impossible even for libraries with big budgets to afford EVERYTHING published in this format. What was once considered a "cult" of devoted Graphic Novel readers and fans is now a part of the mainstream of readers. Graphic Novels is the one area of publishing that continues to grow year by year.

Frank Miller (5/10/09; MWPCA/MWACA 10/30/09-11/01/09)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:54pm
Terrence Wandtke

Frank Miller (5/10/09; MWPCA/MWACA 10/30/09-11/01/09)

CALL FOR PAPERS (Please circulate)

Panel for the 2009 Midwest Popular Culture Association / Midwest American Culture Association Conference in Detroit, MI, October 30-November 1

Panel Title: Frank Miller—Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Deadline for submissions: May 10, 2009

"Spaces of Consumption and Disposable Culture: A Material Dialogue in Medieval Europe (c.1100-1500)" by 6/01/09

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 1:05pm
Rebecca Flynn and Salvatore Musumeci


Rebecca Flynn and Salvatore Musumeci are seeking proposals for a new collection of essays entitled Spaces of Consumption and Disposable Culture: A Material Dialogue in Medieval Europe (c.1100-1500). This volume will explore the ways in which private or public acts of consumption during the medieval period define relationships between people and the spaces they inhabit. Proposals concerning the use/consumption of material goods (culture) and how such consumptions relate to gender and power will be of particular interest. We would like the essays in this volume to cover but not necessarily be limited to the following:

Holocaust Representations Since 1975 (conference, 18th September 2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:14pm
The Department of English, The University of Chester

Holocaust Representations Since 1975
A conference at the Department of English, The University of Chester,Friday 18th September 2009

Keynote speaker: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines, including literature, film, history and philosophy. The scope of the conference will be broad, but some areas of interest might include:

Local/Global Shakespeares: 4th British Shakespeare Association Conference

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 7:49am
Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University

Local/Global Shakespeares
4th British Shakespeare Association Conference
11 – 13 September 2009
King's College London & Shakespeare's Globe
BSA 2009 invites theatre practitioners, academics, educators and members of the public to reflect on the ways in which Shakespeare has been, and is being, reshaped and rethought within different localities, contexts and traditions both now and in the past and in which different early modern localities, contexts and traditions can help us understand Shakespeare historically. Within this broad remit, contributors will be asked to address the role of Shakespeare.

Call for Book Reviews - AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:19pm
Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

Call for AlterNative Book Reviews
The multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is seeking reviews of books or edited volumes that include research relevant to Indigenous peoples and communities around the world. Book reviews present a brief synopsis of the volume's argument, methodology, and audience in under 1,000 words.
There are a number of recently released books and volumes of which editors would welcome reviews, including:
• Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods
Shawn Wilson (2009)

Literature of Africa and the Diaspora Session; African Diasporic Differences [nov. 6-8, 09; 5/15/09]

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 3:00pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

African Diasporic Differences

Description: When an African writer lives outside of Africa does the literary product change? If so, what are the causes of such change? Targeted audience? Targeted publisher? Issues of language and cultural taste? This session seeks papers that will focus on the literary production of new African writers who live and write outside of Africa. Literary attributes to consider might include any of the following and more: language, characterization, setting, thematic content, voicing and perspective. Papers should seek to address the question of why differences exist and to analyze the differences.

Virginia Woolf Panel at PAMLA in San Francisco, Nov. 6-7, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:30pm
Perrin Kerns/Marylhurst University

Call for Papers Online Submission Deadline: March 30, 2009
The Virginia Woolf panel for the 2009 PAMLA conference invites proposals for papers addressing Virginia Woolf and her work from a broad range of scholarly perspectives.
Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from the United States and abroad are all welcome to submit a proposal via PAMLA's online submission form at Please keep proposals to 500 words or less and include an abstract of your paper no more than 50 words.

Call for Contributors - Aviation Film Text

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:37am
Ron Thomas / Embry-Riddle Aeronuatical University


Audience: Intended as a course text/reader for a new upper division undergraduate course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, "Film Studies and Aviation," this would also be a book of scholarly interest in the areas of history, film, mass communications, and popular culture.

CFP 2009 OVSC (10/22-4 Athens, Ohio; deadline 6/5 and 8/28) Shakespeare on Screen

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:13am
The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference will hold its annual meeting October 22-24, 2009 at Ohio University in Athens. The theme will be "Shakespeare on Screen: 1899-2009." The plenary speakers will be Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame), Linda Charnes (Indiana University), and Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire).

Political Ecologies (InterCulture e-journal, 05/10/09)

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:13am

InterCulture is a peer-reviewed e-journal seeking academic papers (3,000 to 6,000 words), reviews (1,000 to 3,000 words) and creative work pertaining to the theme "Political Ecologies" (volume 6, issue 2) due on Monday, May 10, 2009.

Spain and the British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century (10-12 Dec. 2009)

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:00am
Universitat de Barcelona, Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII are pleased to announce their first joint conference, to be held in Barcelona in December 2009.

The conference will focus on the full range of contacts and exchanges between Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, and British and Spanish colonies in the long eighteenth century (1689–1832). Proposals for papers, panels, and round tables are invited on topics such as, but not limited to

Film Studies at PAMLA (San Fran Nov. 6-7 2009)

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:12am
Pacific-Ancient Modern Language Association


Hello Film Buddies and Bruisers,