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Science and Fiction: "Posthumanism Today" (4/15/09; MMLA; 11/12-15/09)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:08pm
Todd Comer

This year's Science and Fiction panel at M/MLA will consider representations of the posthuman. Of particular interest will be papers that consider the posthuman from the standpoint of biotechnologies and their impact on our thinking of what it means to be human. One concrete way of considering this issue is to imagine Frankenstein's monster in the 21st century. The monster did its best to escape its constructedness and assert a semblance of humanity. Is it possible for any body—human or machine, real or fictional, sane or insane—to do the same today? If not, where does that leave "humanity"? Please send 250 word abstracts to Todd Comer, Defiance College (, or D.

Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity SAMLA Atlanta GA Nov. 6-8 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:12pm
Stephen Gallagher

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian protagonist
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, Raeleans, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

"The Arts of Democracy" (Deadline June 1, 2009)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:53pm
SOUNDINGS: An Interdisciplinary Journal

It is often assumed that the arts, and particularly the fine arts, create and sustain the kinds of social distinctions that are antithetical to true democracy. This is the claim advanced by Pierre Bourdieu's influential Distinction where he argues that what appear to be innocent differences in aesthetic tastes are, in fact, the markers of class identity that enforce social hierarchy. However, there is a countervaling tradition, represented most famously by John Dewey, that insists that the arts are necessary to the health and longevity of democratic culture, and many contemporary artists and theorists are devoted to developing an aesthetic that participates in the development of democratic ideals.

Human-Animal Relation (Journal Issue; August 1, 2009)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:43pm
Lynn Worsham/JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Poltiics

Special Issue of JAC

In the context of the widespread intoxication with digital technology, JAC plans a special issue that reconsiders what Jacques Derrida calls "the question of the animal." As we become persuaded by the ways in which "human being" and human existence are forever altered by digital technologies, the animal question continues to reassert itself, challenging us to develop a more rigorous understanding of the
myriad ways in which nonhuman animals historically have served to define what it means to be "human."

Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics (3/19/09; MLA '09)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:16pm
Swati Rana, MLA Graduate Student Caucus

CFP: "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics"
A Panel of the Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2009

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites current graduate students to submit proposals for a panel discussion entitled "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics" at the 2009 MLA annual meeting from December 27 to December 30 in Philadelphia.

[UPDATE] CFP: Eudora Welty Society Panel, SCMLA Baton Rouge, 10/2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:50am
Eudora Welty Society

UPDATE: The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to March 25, 2009.

The Eudora Welty Society invites proposals for its session at the South Central Modern Language Association convention, to be held in Baton Rouge, October 29-31. Papers on any topic are welcome, but especially so are those that engage Welty's life, career, or work in reference to the conference theme, "Displacements/Continuities." Email inquiries or 500-word abstracts to by 15 March 2009.

Contemporary Issues: Literature and Culture since 1980

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 5:27am
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World and The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (MELOW and MELUS-India)

The MELUS-MELOW conference of 2010 proposes to debate upon issues focused in art, literature and culture since 1980. In addition to recent developments related to gender, class, race and ethnicity, contributors are encouraged to explore topical issues such as ecology, the new economic order, technical advancement, and hyper-reality. 250-word abstracts of papers related to the theme in these areas are invited. The focus will be American Literature / World Literatures.
The following sub-headings may be considered:

[UPDATE] Digital Worlds for (dis)junctions

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:47am

Contributors are invited to submit critical works that consider digital worlds. In keeping with this year's conference theme, this panel is interested in how users interact with these constructed environments. How do virtual worlds complicate notions of embodiment and identity? How do users participate in the creation of digital worlds? How do they effect our perceptions of the so-called real world? Possible topics (though contributors are not limited to these) may include:

On-line games
Fan communities
Relationship Formation
Mythology and history in game worlds
Role-playing in digital environments
Digital world creation and design

"Historicizing Globalization" - College Art Association - February 2010, Chicago

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:02pm
Kirsty Robertson and Erin Morton

Please circulate widely.

Call for Papers

College Art Association
98th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, February 10 -- Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Session: "Historicizing Globalization: Studying the Visual in the Age of Three Worlds"

Midwest Regional, American Conference for Irish Studies [UPDATE]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 5:21pm
Southern Illinois Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program

The 2009 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held October 17-19 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The conference theme is "Ireland: Medieval to Modern," but papers and panel proposals are welcomed on any topic related to Irish and Irish Diaspora Studies, and presentations may be given in English or in Irish. The plenary speakers are Mary O'Malley and Brian Ó Conchubhair; Louis de Paor will be awarded the Charles F. Fanning Medal for his contribution to Irish Studies.

Please send 200-word abstracts to Beth Lordan, Director, Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2009.

MLA Special Session proposal - Reconsidering the Transnational Turn - 3/24

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 1:50pm
John Patrick Leary, Wayne State University

In recent years, a "transnational" approach to literary history has become popular. This approach criticizes the supposed naturalness of some of the borders, boundaries, and binaries that define our political affiliations and have structured—some would argue limited—our cultural histories. The "transnational turn" has taken a variety of forms and includes other mode of cultural critique, like "borderlands" readings and Atlantic world studies. Yet even as the transnational turn has become institutionalized—as indicated by the increasing numbers of English literature job listings advertising this specialty—it still has the ring of an insurgent challenge to national traditions of literary studies.

Inside Out/Outside In: A Shakespeare in Performance Conference, 20-25 October 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:22am
The American Shakespeare Center in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe

The American Shakespeare Center, in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe in London, will host its fifth Blackfriars Conference, "Inside Out/Outside In," in honor of Andy Gurr in Staunton, Virginia, from 20-25 October 2009. Registration fee includes tickets to the ASC productions of 1 Henry IV, Merry Wives, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Rehearsal by George Villier (et al); opening and closing banquets; a special presentation by the ASC actors honoring the work of Andy Gurr; and Paul's Menzer's Shakespeare on Ice, a play and cocktail party.

[UPDATE] Pakistaniaat--Extended Deadline

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:28am
Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies

Editors of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies seek submissions for the first issue to be published in June 2009. Please submit your scholarly articles, creative works (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry), or book reviews that focus on some aspect of Pakistan or Pakistani culture. The deadline for our first issue has now been extended till April 15, 2009.
Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal offering a forum for a serious academic and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani culture, literature, and politics.

2009 North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:21am
Kevin Brock

North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing
"Perceptions and (mis)Representations: Writing in Secondary and Post-Secondary Classrooms"
October 16-17, 2009
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

[UPDATE] Textual Revolutions, University of Stirling (Extended deadline: Friday 20 March 2009)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 8:59am
Steven Craig/University of Stirling

Textual Revolutions: an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference

University of Stirling, Scotland.

Friday 8 May - Saturday 9 May 2009

Plenary speakers:
Professor Catherine Belsey,
Professor Christopher Norris,
Dr John Lavagnino

'All revolutions, whether in the sciences or of world history, occur merely because spirit has changed its categories in order to understand and examine what belongs to it, in order to possess and grasp itself in a truer, deeper, more intimate and unified manner' G.W.F. Hegel


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 4:33am
Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of International Economics

The increasing international interdependence of regions, firms, and institutions characterizes the world economy. International integration gives countries the opportunity to raise economic welfare while, at the same time, increasing the exposure to shocks from abroad. The aim of the conference is to study the process of international integration, its obstacles, and its implications for economic policies. The conference will be accompanied by a workshop for Ph.D. Students.

UPDATE: Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 9:52pm
University of Mississippi, Tara McLellan


The 15th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2009 Faulkner Conference will be available at

Bitten by Twilight: Youth culture, media, and the Twilight saga

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 8:58pm
Melissa Click / University of Missouri, Columbia

CFP: Bitten by Twilight: Youth culture, media, and the Twilight saga

Edited by Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Lissa Behm-Morawitz

Proposal deadline: April 10, 2009

African American Literature Panel (3/15/09; PAMLA, 11/6/09-11/7/09)

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 8:55pm
Brian R. Adler

Open call for papers:

Proposals sought for the African American Literature session of the PAMLA Conference, San Francisco State University, November 6-7, 2009.

Please use the on-line submission process to submit your paper title, 500-word proposal, and 50-word abstract by March 15:

PAMLA is the Western regional affiliate of the Modern Language

Please send any and all inquiries to:

St. John's University Humanities Review

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 8:52pm
John V. Nance and Christianne M. Cain

This is a call for submissions to be considered for publication in The St. John's University (Queens, NY) literary journal, The Humanities Review.

The journal has published several notable academics in their
respective fields over the last few years.

The working themes for the Spring edition are:

Relocating the Avant Garde: the relationship between historical facts and a language state. In the wake of President Obama's historic campaign, "Hope" is the avant garde. "Hope" is likewise changing the political landscape; so how is political language changing?

Submission deadline for the journal is the 15th of March 2009.

Popular Womens Fiction in the 18th and 19th Centuries (3/1/09; RMMLA, 10/08-10/09)

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 8:52pm
Pamela Washington

Inviting papers (20) minutes for the Popular Womens Fiction in the
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centures session of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference, Oct. 8-10, 2009, in Snowbird Utah.

The session generally accepts papers from both the 18th and 19th
centuries, British and American. Papers on all genres will be considered as long as the work being analyzed falls within the framework of "popular" literature.