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UPDATE: African/African American Panel (3/15/06; SCMLA, 10/26/06-10/28/06)

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 11:22pm
Juluette Pack

Location change from Ft. Worth to Dallas Tx
  South Central Modern Literature Association in Dallas, Tx October 26-28-2006.
  Call for Papers for African/African American Literature Panel at SCMLA
  Abstracts of 50-100 words
  Theme: Rounding up the Strays: Characters and Authors who Wander from the Mainstream
  Submit to: Holly Staves
                   Juluette Bartlett-Pack

CFP: New Approaches to Religions in Early America (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 11:22pm
Bross, Kristina

Papers on new directions for traditional topics, neglected beliefs and
practices, as well as contact among religious communities (Native,
European, African). Send 1-page proposals by March 15 to: Lisa Gordis
( and Kristina Bross (



Kristina Bross

Associate Professor

English and American Studies

Purdue University

500 Oval Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038


CFP: Southwestern Literature and Art (4/30/06; 10/24/06-10/26/06)

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 11:21pm
Southwest Literature

The First Annual Southwest Writers and Artists Festival, hosted by Texas
A&M University, is seeking papers, panel proposals, and creative works
to be presented at the Festival, October 24-26, 2006, in College
The Festival will celebrate the arts of the Southwest by inviting
notable poets, novelists, essayists, scholars, filmmakers,
photographers, painters, songwriters and musicians to the campus for
three days of performances, readings, panels, and discussions. Critical
and creative submissions may touch on areas relating to the humanities,
such as painting, sculpture, literature, history, film, and folklore and

CFP: Ambrose Bierce and his Contemporaries (4/15/06; e-journal and hypermedia project)

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 8:03pm
Craig Warren

The Ambrose Bierce Project ( is a hypermedia project and peer-reviewed e-journal hosted by Penn State University. To prepare for the second issue of the journal (fall 2006), we are now seeking essays and literary briefs about the writings of Ambrose Bierce and his contemporaries. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the ABP advisory board, a collection of leading Bierce scholars and Americanists.
Literary briefs will offer a critical perspective on a *single* Bierce story or work of nonfiction prose. Briefs should not exceed 2,000 words, but should include scholarly notes. Deadline: 5/1/06.

CFP: Collectors and Collecting in American Literature (no deadline noted; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 8:03pm
Mary Titus

Call for papers for a proposed special session at 2006 M/MLA Annual
Convention November 9-12, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois

Proposed special session title:
Collectors and Collecting in American Literature

A call for papers addressing representations of collectors and collecting
in American literature, directing attention to the ways in which
collecting intersects with and articulates attitudes toward social class,
high/low culture, and consumerism and/or is shaped by region,
race-ethnicity, gender and other significant cultural contexts.

Contact Mary Titus
English Department
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057

CFP: Food and Literature (3/22/06; ASFS, 6/7/06-6/11/06)

Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 8:03pm
Walter Levy

American Food Icons: If you are interested in food and imagination, please
submit a proposal on the theme of a single American food icon in literature
and the arts. Panel will convene at the Association for the Study of Food
and Society (ASFS) conference in Boston, June 7-11, 2006. Sorry, but corn
and apples are spoken for. Queries welcome. Please send an abstract of 250
words to Walter Levy ( by 22 March.




Walter Levy

POB 519

42 Catalpa Lane

Accord, NY 12404


CFP: American Humor Studies Association (3/24/06; MLA '06)

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:44pm
American Humor

NOTE: I am posting this CFP on behalf of The American Humor Studies
Association (AHSA). Please send all proposals and inquiries to Janice
McIntire-Strasburg or Roxanne Schwab (addresses at end of CFP), not to
me.--Joe Alvarez, Sec.-Treas., AHSA.

CFP: AHSA requests proposals for two sessions at MLA Philadelphia.

UPDATE: Racing Across Borders (grad) (3/15/06; 5/13/06)

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:44pm
Eric L.Martinsen

Racing Across Borders: National and Transnational Narratives
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara



Keynote Speaker: Shelley Streeby, Associate Professor of American
Literature, UC San Diego

Winner of the 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for _
Sensations: Class, Empire and the Production of Popular Culture_ (UC
Press, 2002).

CFP: Urban Disaster in Charles Brockden Brown (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:44pm
Goudie, Sean X

This CFP is for a special session to be proposed for the 2006 MLA conference:

Urban Disaster in Charles Brockden Brown. Intersection with issues like
crises in environment, emergency response, or democracy; the nexus between
race, violence and poverty; treatments of immigrants or refugees; 500-word
abstracts, vitae, by March 15; Sean X. Goudie (
Goudie, Sean X
Vanderbilt University
Email: sean.x.goudie_at_Vanderbilt.Edu

CFP: Speaking of Women: Womanhood in Literary Culture (4/15/06; collection)

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:44pm

Submissions are invited for a collection of essays on women's literary
culture in 19th and 20th century literature. This book will pay specific attention
to the various ways in which women writers "speak" by confronting, connecting,
embracing, challenging, and defining identities of womanhood. Special
considerations include, but are not limited to: domesticity, mothering, sexuality,
representations of historical women, women of color, displaced women,
mythological and/or ideological representations of womanhood, communities of women
writers, the literary marketplace.

CFP: Epistemologies of Imperialism and Domesticity in the Americas (grad) (3/15/06; 4/7/06-4/8/06)

Monday, February 27, 2006 - 5:19pm

CFP: Americanist Conference 7-8 April 2006, The Pennsylvania State University

Call for Papers: PSU Americanists Graduate Student Conference 7–9 April 2006

"What's Wrong with Belonging?: Epistemologies of Imperialism and
Domesticity in the Americas"

                        Keynote Speakers:

Coco Fusco (Columbia University) and Cyril Dabydeen (University of Ottawa)

UPDATE: Race and the Americas (4/1/06; SAMLA, 11/10/06-11/12/06)

Monday, February 27, 2006 - 5:19pm
Barbara Ladd


South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Call for Papers: "Race and the Americas"


Scholars working in Latin American Studies, North American (including =
U.S. or American) Studies, and creole languages and literatures are =
encouraged to submit proposals for 20-minute papers on the above topic =
for presentation at the 2006 South Atlantic Modern Language Association =
Convention in Charlotte, N.C.=20


CFP: Visualizing the New Woman 1890-1915 (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Friday, February 24, 2006 - 4:31pm
Dagle, Joan

Call for papers for proposed special session for MLA '06 in Philadelphia
that will explore representations of the New Woman in American culture
in the period from 1890 to 1915.
To what extent, how, and to what end did venues such as early silent
films or the stage represent the New Woman and to what extent did such
representations "echo" the familiar periodical and newspaper
illustrations of the figure? Other questions that might be addressed:
How are such representations like or unlike those in the literature of
the period? Is there a transatlantic dimension to such images?
Please send 500-word abstracts by March 15 to Joan Dagle
Panelists must be MLA members by April 7.

CFP: Jazz Music in African-American Literature and Poetry (3/17/06; 4/22/06)

Friday, February 24, 2006 - 4:28pm
Mr. David Ross Disarro

Jazz Music in African-American Literature and Poetry

Panel Chair: David R. DiSarro

Call for papers on jazz music in African-American literature and poetry
for the seventh annual graduate English conference entitled
“Encountering the Text: Reading, Teaching, Theorizing, and Writing” at
Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT on Saturday,
April 22 from 9:00 a.m. â€" 4:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Edith Wharton Panels at MLA 2006 (3/15/06 & 3/25/06; MLA '06)

Friday, February 24, 2006 - 4:27pm
Donna Campbell

The e-mail address for Margaret Murray listed in the _MLA Newsletter_ is
incorrect; please note the corrected e-mail address and extended deadline of
March 25 for the second panel listed below.

Call for Papers MLA 2006 (Philadelphia)

The Edith Wharton Society will sponsor two panels at the 2006 MLA Convention
in Philadelphia.

CFP: Maine's Place in the Environmental Imagination (5/1/06; ASLE, 6/2/06-6/4/06)

Friday, February 24, 2006 - 4:27pm
Stephanie Boucher

2006 Summer Symposium
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment)
Site: University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, Maine

Inviting presentations on the ways in which Maine has figured in the Environmenal Imagination of North America; how Maine has been a storehouse of transcendental virtue and authenticity for Massachusetts, southern New England, and the rest of the nation; and how Maine's "unspoiled" image was reconciled with the reality of clear-cutting and river pollution. Creative presentations are welcome.

CFP: Cultural Assumptions: Race & Naming (3/20/06; SCMLA, 10/26/06-10/28/06)

Friday, February 24, 2006 - 4:27pm

Panel Topic: Cultural Assumptions: Literature, Race, and
2006 South Central MLA Convention/ American Name Society
October 26-28, 2006
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2006
Papers are invited for the American Name Society session
entitled "Cultural Assumptions: Literature, Race, and
Naming," to be presented at the 2006 Convention of the South
Central Modern LanguageAssociation (SCMLA) in Fort Worth, TX
(October 26-28, 2006).
Papers should address the ways American writers use
onamastic tropes to represent the color line, and/or the
ways they challenge the linguistic basis upon which racial

CFP: Nineteenth-Century Reproduction (grad) (5/1/06; 2/24/07)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 1:13am
Katherine Malone

An interdisciplinary graduate student conference
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
February 24, 2007
Keynote Speaker: TBA
The Nineteenth-Century Forum at Temple University seeks papers for
its first interdisciplinary graduate student conference. Proposals
are invited for 15-20 minute presentations that consider reproduction
in the nineteenth century, broadly construed. Topics might include
but are not limited to:

CFP: American Literature Before 1865 (3/15/06; PAMLA, 11/10/06-11/11/06)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 12:28am
Cheryl Edelson

Call For Papers: American Literature Pre-1865
(3/15/06; PAMLA 11/10-11, 2006)

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference 2006
November 10-11, 2006
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, California

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2006

Paper proposals are requested for a standing panel of the PAMLA

While the panel is open to any topic in American Literature before
1865, I am particularly interested in papers that address the
following areas:

--Non-canonical and/or popular literatures

--Indigenous writings

--Colonial discourse and/or postcolonial approaches

--Literatures of the Pacific and Western US

CFP: Race and Citizenship in Early America (3/15/06; NEASA, 9/15/06-9/17/06)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 12:28am

Please submit paper proposals for a panel on race and citizenship in early
America, to be presented at the NEASA "Homeland Insecurity" conference in
Portland, Maine next September. Abstract and brief cv, please. Information on
the conference is available at The deadline for submissions is
Mar 15; I'll be happy to answer any questions before then.

CFP: The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas (4/30/06; collection)

Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 3:00pm
Juang, Richard M.

The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas (ABC-CLIO Transatlantic
Relations Series) seeks proposals for and entries in three areas:

1) Latin American and African writers, artists, major political figures,
and major scholars, whose works have a visible transatlantic influence
or dimension. Entries are typically 500-750 words each and must be
completed by April 30th, 2006.

2) A 1500-word overview of Latin American Literature with a
transatlantic emphasis.

UPDATE: Henry James' Queer Characters (grad) (2/28/06; (dis)junctions, 4/7/06-4/8/06)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 4:11pm
Patrick Randolph

(dis)junctions 2006: lost in translation
University of California Riverside
April 7-8, 2006
Keynote Speaker: Professor James Kincaid

The University of California Riverside's annual (dis)junctions conference is
extending the deadline for submissions to Tuesday, February 28, 2006. If
you have an idea that you wanted to submit, but missed the original deadline
of Feb. 1, we will now be accepting abstracts until the 28th of February.

CFP: Henry James' Queer characters (dis)junctions: (grad) (2/28/06;

(dis)junctions; Lost in Translation (April 7-8, 2006)