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Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on Evolution

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 7:19am
Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal welcomes submissions from any academic field on the topic of evolution in its myriad forms. Preference is given to papers with an interdisciplinary approach or a focus on interdisciplinarity, though all submissions will be entertained. For further information on submissions please consult our guidelines at:

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE -Translation and Gender: a gap between theory and practice? University of Calabria, 8 and 9 November

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 6:41am
University of Calabria / University of Ferrara

The aim of the conference is to investigate the relationship between translation and gender and how it has been approached in different European countries in recent decades, since the beginning of the theoretical debate in feminist TS. Many have been the voices on gender and translation, especially in Canada and in Spain, two cultural contexts in which the problems inherent to translation and the category of gender have been fruitfully discussed by eminent scholars such as Barbara Godard, Sherry Simon, Luise von Flotow and José Santaemilia. These theorists have given prominence to the translator, whether woman or man, to her/his choices and to the strategies outlined in order to unveil the gender-related aspects in translation.

Call for Papers on "The Ritual of Public Apology" for international workshop on March 22nd - 23rd 2012, Antwerp, Belgium

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 6:36am
University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA)

UCSIA is organising an international workshop on the topic of public apology in the fields of communication and media, law and diplomacy, business and public relations on March 22nd-23rd 2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The deadline for submission of applications is set for November 25th, 2011.

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European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long 19th Century Sept. 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:51pm
Gothic Studies

Call for Papers

European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long 19th Century

Luigi Capuana; Carlo Collodi; Arthur Conan Doyle; Antonio Fogazzaro; H. Rider Haggard; Henry James; Vernon Lee; J. Sheridan Le Fanu; Cesare Lombroso; Arthur Machen; Paolo Mantegazza; Edgar Allan Poe; Mary Shelley; Bram Stoker; Ann Radcliffe; Matilde Serao; Robert Louis Stevenson; Ugo Tarchetti and the Scapigliati; H. G. Wells (only a list of suggested authors).

Proposals are invited for a special issue of Gothic Studies, to be edited by David Del Principe (Montclair State University) and William Hughes (Bath Spa University) which will consider EcoGothic approaches to European and Italian literature in the long nineteenth century.

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:36pm
The journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

[Update] "Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 5:41pm
Scott McClintock/National University

"Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

Panel to Be Held at the American Literature Association Symposium, "Mysterious America: Crime Fiction
in American Culture," Savannah, Georgia, September 22 – 24, 2011 (see ALA website at for additional information about the symposium).


Panel Description:

Issues in Contemporary Geek Media - SCMS March 21-25, 2012

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:57pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Over the past decade, geeks -- both real and fictional -- have risen to a position of centrality and immense cultural power within the pop-cultural mediascape. This panel will explore the cultural and industrial issues raised by the rise of the geek as an onscreen and offscreen presence in contemporary media. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the rise of the superhero comic-book blockbuster, geeks in "independent" and alternative media, video games and their adaptation into blockbusters, early influences on the rise of pop cultural geekdom (e.g., Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen, John Hughes, et.

The Hemlow Prize for Graduate Students; deadline 9/1/11

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:09pm
The Burney Society

The Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies

The Burney Society invites submissions for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, named in honour of the late Joyce Hemlow, Greenshields Professor of English at McGill University, whose biography of Frances Burney and edition of her journals and letters are among the foundational works of eighteenth-century literary scholarship.

[UPDATE] Extended CFP for Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011. October 1st 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:21am
University of Leeds


EXTENDED call for papers until Friday 15th July

School of English, University of Leeds
Saturday 1st October 2011


Professor Judith Fisher (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas), author of Thackeray's Skeptical Narrative and the 'Perilous Trade' of Authorship (2002)

Professor Richard Pearson (National University of Ireland, Galway), author of W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text (2000)

[UPDATE] American Frontiers: British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference (November 12th, 2011)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:56am
British Association for American Studies / University of Birmingham

November 12th, 2011
Keynote: Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on November 12th, 2011.

The general theme of the conference is 'American Frontiers'. The notion of the frontier has permeated the history of the United States, from colonial expansion to the optimistic rhetoric of the Kennedy administration. Moreover, the meaning of 'America' and its place within the world has been a site of ongoing negotiation in geographic, political, economic, military, intellectual and cultural terms.

A(r)mor amoris: Modernist Cummings, Sex(t)uality, and Cultural Aesthetics (deadline 9/20/11; Louisville, 2/23/12-2/25/12)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 2:17am
Gillian Huang-Tiller / E.E. Cummings Society

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 40th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 24-26, 2012, at the University of Louisville ( An experimental artist of new forms in poetry, prose, painting, and theater, Cummings goes beyond a mere radical formalism to fashion a cultural aesthetics that engages the contemporary issues of his time.

Imagining New Lives, Imaging New Relationships in Nineteenth-Century America

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 7:49pm
Maureen McCarthy/South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference

This session seeks to explore representations in poetry, prose, and discourse that reflect changes in nineteenth-century American society--not just what was happening but what was possible. How were writers depicting alternative social constructions and relationships? What were the established limitations and where in literature can we see writers challenging these traditional conventions? Papers might include primary archival research, literary analysis, and multi-disciplinary approaches that address the work of nineteenth-century writers and intellectuals. Presentations could examine alternative conceptions in interpersonal relationships (platonic, romantic, professional, etc.), as well as the relationship of individuals to social institutions.

[UPDATE] Modified and Definite Dates for the V International Gothic Congress, FFyL, UNAM, Mexcio, March 2012

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 6:02pm
International Gothic Congress

V International Gothic Congress

'Gothic Plurality'

During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes.