The history of modern sport is intimately linked to the rise of the modern nation-state and its cultures of self-representation. Indeed, though games have existed as long as human beings have inhabited the earth, organized sport in the contemporary sense is thought to be a distinctive product of modernity. Enshrined in the curriculum of the Victorian public school and viewed as a means of training imperial administrators, sport also entered the public sphere as a spectacle for mass audiences, leading to a regulation of its practices and the foundation of sports bodies.
Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith L McGill, Rutgers University
This panel is organized around film and television programs that treat the issues of contraception and/or abortion in some facet. The texts in question might address conception, pregnancy, and/or childbirth in the absence or contraception, or it/they may be more invested in presenting measures for or concern with the prevention of pregnancy. Films/programs may range from educational to fictional, and may be generically diverse (melodrama, comedy, film noir, etc.). They may also vary in terms of national origin and time period. Here are some potential topics/questions:
Session on how medieval writers employ the device of failed confessions or explore impediments to confession. For more, see: http://massmedieval.wordpress.com/ For the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
Long appreciated primarily as a powerful advocate of literary nationalism in the United States, recent scholarship has begun to reveal John Neal (1793-1896) as an innovative literary stylist, a penetrating cultural critic, a pioneering regionalist, and a vital participant in the business of letters in America over his sixty-year career. A new volume of critical essays on Neal is forthcoming in 2012 (Headlong Enterprise: John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, edited by Edward Watts and David J. Carlson). This panel aims to continue the Neal "renaissance" by presenting further new work on Neal's writing (literary and non-literary), life, and cultural significance.
This panel asks to question the relation between expression and language, between the image and the word using Godard's work. This young Turk of the New Wave or the philosopher king of cinema, besides tackling the question of politics and aesthetics, constantly constantly questions the relationship between images and language, a question that is crucial for cinema as well as for literature. From Nana's question in Vivre Sa Vie "Words should express exactly what one wants to say? Do they betray us?" to his Le Gai Savoir where the relation between image and words are questioned; from his extraordinary use of letters or words on filmic scenes to his separation of his films into book chapters, Godard experiments on language in its own limit.
This panel welcomes papers analyzing the representation of characters in any fictional work [eg. Huysmans, O'Neill, Pasolini] who read French literature of any period. How and why do these characters read French literature? What influence does it exert on them? What is the value of French literature in these works?
Please send 300 word abstracts, in English or in French, to Ana Oancea (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept. 30, 2011.
'You are What you Read: Fictional Readers of French Literature' has been approved for inclusion in the NEMLA 2012 Convention, which will be held March 15-18 in Rochester, NY. The host institution is St. John Fisher College.
Recently Shakespeare studies have taken a "natural" turn. With the advent of ecocriticism and posthumanist thinking, a "green Shakespeare" has begun to emerge. The purpose of this conference is to consider the construction, politics, and history of the trope of "nature," both in Shakespeare's works and in current Shakespeare scholarship. Papers for this conference may consider animal studies, early modern zoology, bio-politics, climate theory, geohumoralism, food, medicine, botany, demonology, and more. Our aim will be to discuss a variety of questions: What constitutes early modern environmental studies? How did early modern writers define "nature," as opposed to supernature, or preternature, or culture?
5th Global Conference
Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity
Friday 9th March - Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers
Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema
Call for papers
LANGUAGES OF EXILE: MIGRATION AND MULTILINGUALISM IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERATURE (working title)
We invite conference papers on Marguerite Porete, her inquisition trial, and/or the Mirror of Simple Souls, for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, on 10–13 May 2012.
For details, please see the Call for Papers available online at
A proposal consists of a 300-word abstract and the participant information form downloadable from
Southern Studies: The AUM Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University Montgomery, February 10 and 11, 2012.
Call for papers and panels on the topic of Southern culture.
Call for Papers, Hawthorne's Humor
A special issue of the _Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_ is being planned on Hawthorne's humor, to be published in fal1, 2013. Essays (no longer than 9,000 words, WORD doc files) are invited for consideration on the following topics, although the list is not meant to be exhaustive.
Reassessing Hawthorne's Gothic
Special Issue, _Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_ (to be published fall, 2012)