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Children's Media

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:13pm
Interdisciplinary Humanities/Humanities Education and Research Association

This special issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Interdisciplinary Humanities" will consider articles, essays, interviews, and creative works by authors who write or produce works for children. Video games, picture books, fantasy, hip-hop, children's poetry: the various media that are relevant to children and have become part of twenty first century humanities warrant study and exploration for teachers and scholars in the humanities. Send inquiries and submissions to Dr. Wynn Yarbrough at or to Dr. Lee Ann Westman at

Rethinking Early Italian Literature: The Hybrid Narrative of Love (March 15-18, 2011)

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:25pm
Northeast Modern Language Association, NeMLA

This panel wishes to reassess, and bring to the fore, the important role of the love treatise within Renaissance literature. In fact, recent new studies show that the genre of the love treatise, situated within its own historical moment and cultural context, functioned as a unique hybrid text in which different traditions - literary, philosophical and medical- were elaborately intertwined to explain the genesis and anatomy of love. Thus, by undertaking a comparative study of the Renaissance love treatise, this panel will explore the varying discourses that once informed this hybrid genre.

Critical Studies in Television // Peer Reviewed Journal // UNDERGRADUATE // Ongoing Submissions

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 2:16pm
Columbia College Chicago Television Department

The Television Department at Columbia College Chicago invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers to the The Watercooler Journal. This peer-reviewed journal is a cross-disciplinary online source that focuses on nearly any topic involving the critical study of television programming. Papers may address the medium as a whole, specific television programs, transmedia, fan studies, social and/or cultural implications, individual episodes within a series, etc. Please visit to read papers that have been accepted.

Call for Proposals: Film & History

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:41pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference • February 8-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

Proposals for papers and panels are now being considered for the Film & History Area of the annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference. This year's conference theme is Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context."

[UPDATE] Non-Combatant Wartime Trauma - DEADLINE APPROACHING: 09/30/11

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:37pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

American literature has historically ascribed the traumas of war almost entirely to the domain of the male combatant's experience; in the process, valuable contributions on the subject by female authors have been largely overlooked. This panel seeks paper proposals exploring the role of the peripheral actor in times of war, particularly female non-combatants who are nonetheless directly affected by the traumas of war.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter, George Washington University, at

Abstract deadline: 30 September 2011.

CFP: Popular Culture & Sex; February 8-11, 2012

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm
2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Popular Culture & Sex Special Topics Area.

Listed below are suggestions for presentations; topics not included here are welcome & encouraged.

(For returning presenters, please note this earlier date.)

UPDATE- Savagism and Civilization- Submissions Deadline Extended

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:31am
University of Oklahoma: Student Association of Graduate English Studies and Native American Studies Department

*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"

Aesthetics, Democracy and Community: Prospects and Archives @ C19, Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:30am

We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.

New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:27am
Dr Julia Thomas, Cardiff University

Dr Julia Thomas is chairing a panel on 'New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies' at the conference on Victorian Media organized by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, to be held on 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The panel will address the idea that the presence of pictures radically alters the meanings of Victorian texts, and will explore the contexts in which illustrations appear in this period and in which they re-appear (or disappear) today. Papers on any aspect of Victorian illustration are welcome. Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short 75-word biography to Julia Thomas at by Friday 30 September.


Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:55am
University of Leeds

Regitration is now open until 10th September for the conference 'Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011' at the University of Leeds. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world to mark the occasion of William Makepeace Thackeray's bicentenary, and offers an opportunity to reassess Thackeray's place in Victorian culture and in the history of novel, as well as the development of his critical reputation over the past two centuries. The conference will examine both Thackeray's position within time and the importance of time - including questions of temporality, history, and modernity - within his writings.

Stories for Screen - From Fag Packet to Film Festival 10am -6pm, Saturday November 19th

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:40am
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton

The University of Brighton Faculty of Arts brings together a day of creative workshops, discussions and screenings on storytelling for Film and TV as part of Cine City's Brighton Film Festival. With three strands offering the best ideas in drama, documentary and the academic, the focus is on stories that sell, writing that works and thinking that matters.

Workshops and Panel Sessions

[UPDATE]"Speculative Literature from the African Diaspora: Creating Heroes and Heroines"2012 NeMLA, March 15-18, Rochester, NY

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 2:05am
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora editor Sheree R. Thomas states that her purpose for the series ". . . [is] to offer readers an enjoyable entrée to the diverse range of speculative fiction from the African diaspora and to encourage more talented writers and scholars to explore the genre" (xii). Sheree also uses the term "unobserved literary tradition" to acknowledge the unrecognized contributions people of African descent make to speculative fiction. The aim of this panel is to make their literary tradition visible by contributing to the discourse on speculative literature from the African diaspora through the examination of contemporary writers and their works.