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CFP: 18th/19th Century Literary Palimpsests (12/1/06; collection)

Friday, August 11, 2006 - 7:28pm

Hi folks,
> I have a new project in the works: Revealing Texts: Eighteenth and
> Nineteenth-century Literary Palimpsests. I am looking for articles
> exploring the manner in which some eighteenth and nineteenth-century
> texts reveal their histories and those of their real or imagined
> (examples: Blake's annotations to Reynolds Discourses, pregnancy in
Tristram Shandy) and will
> welcome a variety of subjects: analogies, fragments, graffiti,

CFP: Print Culture and the Novel: 1850-1900 (UK) (9/1/06; 1/20/07)

Friday, August 4, 2006 - 1:26pm
Beth Palmer

'Print Culture and the Novel: 1850-1900'

A One-Day Conference, English Faculty, University of Oxford

No longer was it possible for people to avoid reading matter; everywhere
they went it was displayed - weekly papers at a penny or twopence, complete
books, enticing in their bright picture covers, at a shilling, and all fresh
and crisp from the press. No wonder that the fifties, which saw the spread
of Smith's stalls to almost every principal railway line in the country,
were also the period when the sales of books and periodicals reached
unprecedented levels.

             Richard Altick.

CFP: Cultural History of Reading 1865-1913 (no deadline noted; collection)

Friday, August 4, 2006 - 1:26pm
Sara Quay

Author sought for chapter 6 of the Cultural History of Reading (Greenwood,


The Cultural History of Reading examines written documents (books,
pamphlets, treatises, plays, poems, essays etc.) that shaped, and were
shaped by, crucial cultural events throughout the world and in the United


For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Quay, Editor at



Sara E. Quay, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education & Chair, Humanities

Endicott College

376 Hale Street

Beverly, MA 01915

office: 978/232-2200

Fax: 978/232-3100

UPDATE: Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France and Beyond (9/1/06; 3/29/07-3/31/07)

Friday, August 4, 2006 - 1:25pm
Mark Samuels Lasner

UPDATE: plenary speakers announced

"Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France, and

The Bibliographical Society of America invites proposals for papers to
be delivered at "Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in
Britain, France, and Beyond," a conference on book history to be held
in New York on 29-31 March 2007.

CFP: Telling Tales: Visual Design and Narrative (9/15/06; collection)

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 3:18am

Call For Papers â€" Edited Collection:
Telling Tales: Visual Design and Narrative in Contemporary Culture

By identifying an innovative and neglected area of research, this potential
edited collection proposes to bring together academic works, which seek to
reveal and analyse hidden and implicit narratives within a design context.
>From the world of high fashion to the thrill of the theme park, this book will
explore the notion of alternative narratives embodied within an everyday lived
 experience of design, radically forging together the disparate spheres of
screen and visual studies with those of art and design.

CFP: fragment, c. 1300-2000 (UK) (12/16/06; 6/29/07-7/1/07)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:44pm
elisabeth salter

CONFERENCE TITLE: "fragment, cultural histories and vocabularies of the
fragment in text and image c. 1300-2000"

3 day Interdisciplinary Conference, hosted by Department of English, and
Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Wales,
Aberystwyth, UK

500 word abstracts for discussion papers, creative workshops,
performances/installations by 16th December 2006

Themes might include: making/unmaking, text/intertext, pastiche bricolage,
narratology and poetics, embodiment, artefacts, figments,
interdisciplinarity, memory and remembrance, archaeologies of meaning,

Selected papers to be published by Manchester University Press

CFP: Making an Audience (Ireland) (10/27/06; 4/18/07-4/20/07)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:43pm
Making Books, Shaping Readers

The First International Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference
University College, Cork, April 18th - 20th 2007

Theme: "Making an Audience"

This conference encourages a broad interpretation of the notion of an
audience in keeping with the etymology of the word. (The term audience,
which derives from the Latin audenita, "a hearing, listening", from awis,
"to perceive physically, to grasp", and from the nineteenth century
transformation of the sense of the word to "readers of a book", reflects the
way in which technologies of the word have changed throughout history, from
oral, to manuscript, to print).

UPDATE: Crossing Borders: Women and Communities of Letters, 1500-1700 (12/31/06; collection)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:42pm
Julie Campbell


We have extended the deadline for papers for the volume Crossing Borders:
Women and Communities of Letters, 1500-1700 to April 15, 2007. We would
like to receive proposals by December 31, 2006.

Crossing Borders: Women and Communities of Letters, 1500-1700

We welcome submissions for a volume of essays that addresses issues
discussed in the two-part panel sessions called Crossing Borders: Learned
Women and Communities of Letters presented at the Sixteenth-Century Studies
Conference in 2005.

CFP: The Child and the Book (Turkey) (10/15/06; 3/31/07-4/1/07)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:42pm
Anthony Pavlik


Papers are invited for the fourth annual The Child and the Book conference
to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from March 30 - April
1, 2007.

CFP: Sighting the Document (grad) (UK) (9/28/06; 10/20/06-10/21/06)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 8:31pm
Louise Owen


Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 October 2006

A graduate student conference event for researchers in the humanities,
funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

CFP: Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading (UK) (1/15/07; 9/1/07-9/2/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:30pm
Anouk Lang

First Call for Papers

Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading
A conference at the University of Birmingham, UK

1 & 2 September 2007

Keynote Speakers:
Janice Radway (Duke University) & Elizabeth Long (Rice University)

Book groups, Lit Blogs, on-line bookstores, book festivals, reader
magazines, 'One Book, One Community,' Reader's Guides, 'Richard & Judy's
Book Club,' Book TV, 'Canada Reads,' the 'Nancy Pearl Action Figure,'
'Tuesday Night Book Club,'... reading is hot!

CFP: Electronic Communication (11/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:29pm
Leslie Fife

    Call for Papers
  Communicating Error in an Information Age
  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  National Conference
  Boston, MA
  April 4-7, 2007
  The Electronic Communication and Culture Area
  of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting proposals
  for panels and individual papers on the theme of error/noise
  in a cybernetic society.
  In a culture of information, "noise" marks a rupture
  of signification that lays bare the dispersive and dissipative
  features of digital networks. In what ways are "error" and
  "noise" structured in popular culture as a threat to social

CFP: Readers, Reading and Reception in Medieval Devotional Literature and Practice (9/30/06; collection)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:29pm

apologies for x-posting
(Essay Collection)
We are currently soliciting proposals for essay-length studies about
readers, reading, and reception in devotional literature and practice,
with particular interest in England in the later Middle Ages. This
collection of essays draws on current scholarly interest in medieval
readers, reading, and reception that extends across such disciplinary
bounds as art history, architecture, social history, and literature
studies. We seek proposals for papers that investigate a wide variety
of approaches to and examples of devotional readers, reading or
reception in the later Middle Ages.

CFP: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Appropriations of Medieval English Literature (9/15/2006; Kalamazoo, 5/10/07-5/13/07)

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:28pm
Erik Vorhes

The writer of Ecclesiastes laments, "Of making many books there is no
end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh." This session aims
to explore various models of appropriation of medieval English
literature. Topics include the adoption of the medieval concept of
'auctoritas'; the use of earlier texts as polemic; the adaptation of
earlier or contemporary material for satirical purposes; the
deliberate or accedintal misattribution of an author to a text; and
the material reuse of manuscript pages in bookbinding, the assembly
of leaf books, and the composition of commonplace books.

CFP: Reading in History (8/15/06; collection)

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 11:13am
Bonnie Gunzenhauser

Proposals are sought for essays to be published in an edited collection titled Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition. Please see the description of the proposed collection below. Cambridge Scholars Press has expressed interest in publishing this collection; negotiations for publication will be completed later this year, and completed essays will be due in late 2006.



CFP: William Blake, Image and Text (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:28pm
Josie McQuail

Intersections of Image and Text in William Blake


Proposals sought for papers to be presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 2007 convention in Baltimore, Maryland, March 1-4, 2007. Explorations of the combination of text and image in the oeuvre of William Blake, whether in illuminated poem, book illustrations, commercial work or unpublished manuscripts by Blake. Proposals by e-mail preferred. Papers may not be presented in absentia, and should be 15-20 min. Send abstracts or completed papers to Josephine A. McQuail, Box 5053, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville TN 38505 USA ph. (931) 372-6207; FAX (931) 372-3484; <>

UPDATE: The Word, The Icon and The Ritual: Ireland - Renaissance, Revoution, Regeneration (UK) (6/20/06; 11/10/06-11/12/06)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:26pm
Alison Younger

In Association with the North East Irish Culture Network
  Fourth Annual Irish Studies Conference
  10-12 November 2005
  The Word, The Icon and The Ritual [iii] -Ireland - Renaissance, Revolution, Regeneration.
  Following the success of its last three international conferences: Representing-Ireland: Past, Present and Future, [2003] and The Word, The Icon and The Ritual, [2004], and Lands of Saints of Scholars, [2005] the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 10-12 November 2006.

CFP: Picture Books and Children's Comics: Semiotics of Text and Image (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/06-3/4/06)

Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:26pm
Vanessa Raney

38th Annual NeMLA Convention, 1-4 Mar. 2007, Baltimore, MD
Panel: Picture Books and Children's Comics: Semiotics of Text and Image
Chair: Vanessa Raney, Michigan State University

If we follow the argument that comics are for children, then what
distinguishes them from picture books? In the last decade, a newer focus on
the semiotics of picture books has begun to inform scholarship on comics.

Yet, for comics specifically written for children, do these reflect similar
patterns as found in picture books? If not, where do children's comics
diverge to be grouped along with comics intended for adults?

CFP: Digital Textual Studies (6/30/06; 10/20/06)

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - 2:15pm
Maura Ives


Digital Textual Studies: Past, Present and Future

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

October 19-21, 2006=20

The Digital Textual Studies: Past, Present and Future Symposium Planning =
Committee is issuing a call for posters that highlight digital =
humanities projects, tools or techniques or work in progress. We also =
encourage any college or university digital humanities program, center =
or group to present a poster that overviews their program. Posters may =
include a demonstration, traditional printed poster, or a combination of =
both. Wireless internet access will be available at the poster venue.

CFP: Text and Image: The Language of Images (10/1/06; CCSU, 3/29/07-3/30/07)

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 12:43pm
Laurence Petit

CFP: Text and Image: The Language of Images (10/01/06;
CCSU, 03/29/07-03/30/07)

Text and Image Conference
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06050

The Language of Images, March 29-30, 2007

Central Connecticut State University and the English
Department invite proposals for their international,
interdisciplinary Text and Image Conference on "The
Language of Images" on March 29-30, 2007.