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Call for submissions to The Clearing House

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 11:40am
The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas

The Clearing House, a peer-reviewed journal, publishes material of interest to middle level and high school teachers and administrators, as well as postsecondary education faculty members and their students. The journal contains articles reporting on useful practices, research findings, and experiments. We also publish a limited number of first-person accounts and opinion pieces on controversial issues.

Studying the representation of dialect in literature: how and why? (25th September 2009)

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:22am
University of Sheffield

The study of the representation of dialects of English in literature is a well-established field, but one that is approached with a range of different goals and methodologies by scholars depending upon their disciplinary background. For literary scholars, for example, the most significant aspects of dialect in literature will often be the narrative, poetic or artistic functions of the dialect. For dialectologists, the accuracy of the literary dialect and its relationship to real-world dialects tends to be the focus. For historians of linguistics, the attitudes expressed in the text, either overtly or covertly, towards different varieties of English are frequently the most interesting elements.

"Pop Goes the Region": Regionalism and Popular Art/Literature 31 July 2009

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 11:14pm
LiNQ: Literature in North Queensland

We are calling for academic papers, submissions of short stories and poems, and visual art that contemplate the intersection of the regional and the popular in regional Australia but also in terms of regional/global intersections more generally.

The small town, the local, and regionalism have long been considered precious territory to be guarded by grassroots music and local art movements, enshrined in high letters, and embalmed in obscurity. This issue of LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland) seeks to challenge and update this notion of the regional. As the Internet connects us in a global village of downloadable ephemera, the local community is redefined. How does the region connect with the popular?

[UPDATE] Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Summer 2009 Issue: "Experiments" – Deadline – July 6, 2009

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 7:08pm
Pennsylvania Literary Journal – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This is a critical and creative new online journal. It is created to find, edit and publish superior works of fiction, non-fiction, art, multi-media and the like. The Pennsylvania Literary Journal is created to make a positive contribution to literary criticism and to the arts around the world. There are no geographic boundaries or genre boundaries in the first, summer issue – only the restraints of a website template.

CFP: Recreating OZ; Oct 2-4 2009

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:38pm
Erica Hateley

Recreating Oz

Annual Convention of the International Wizard of Oz Club

Manhattan, Kansas – October 2-4, 2009

Call for Papers
We invite submissions for presentations of 15 minutes in length on "Recreating Oz." Possible topics include:

* Adapting Oz for stage and screen

* Marketing and commemorating the Oz books

* Assembling the histories of Oz creators

* Teaching Oz

* Archiving Oz

* Re-reading the Oz books and earlier critical interpretations

* Re-imagining the world of Oz for contemporary audiences (Maguire's Wicked, Stauffacher's Harry Sue, the mini-series Tin Man, comics and graphic novels)

Fairy Tale Economies

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Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 7:52pm
Dr. Molly Clark Hillard: University of Southern Mississippi and Group for International Fairy Tale Studies

Fairy Tale Economies

An interdisciplinary, international conference
October 1—3, 2009
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS

Mindful of our own global economies, this colloquium addresses economies in fantastic literature and culture. We shall identify economy both as a theme within literatures and as a way of thinking about the value of fantastic literature itself.

Re-reading Rider Haggard (1st August)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 9:45am
John Miller and Robbie McLaughlan/ University of Glasgow

Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a novelist, country gentleman, social commentator, onetime colonial administrator and failed ostrich farmer whose prodigious output comprises a significant but under-examined contribution to late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature. While his two most famous works, King Solomon's Mines (1886) and She (1887) have attracted a steady stream of articles in recent years, most notably from the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, a significant proportion of his oeuvre remains almost entirely unstudied, despite their considerable popular success in his lifetime. In order to extend and enhance Haggard scholarship we are soliciting proposals for chapters in a forthcoming edited collection of essays.

[UPDATE] States of Crisis - Graduate Conference

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Friday, April 24, 2009 - 10:56pm
Brandeis University - Department of English and American Literature

States of Crisis
Friday, 9 October 2009
Brandeis University
Department of English and American Literature
Seventh Annual Graduate Conference

Since its origin in the ancient Greek krisis, "decision," related to krites, a judge, the term crisis has referred to ideas of discernment, evaluation, criticism, and sifting of evidence. In literary studies, for example, one can see moments of crisis in shifting aesthetics and changing genres as well as in literary tradition(s), character representation, and ideas of narrative. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches and scholarship, this conference will explore different responses to the idea of crisis in the humanities and social sciences.

Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Summer 2009 Issue: "Experiments" – Deadline – July 6, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009 - 1:55pm
Pennsylvania Literary Journal – English Literature Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This is a critical and creative new journal. It is created to find, edit and publish superior works of fiction, non-fiction, art, multi-media and the like. It will be primarily an online journal. Until an independent website is developed the journal will be housed at www.myspace.com/pennsylvaniajournal.

Writing Rider Haggard

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 5:11am
Robbie McLaughlan and John Miller/ University of Glasgow

Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a novelist, country gentleman, social commentator, onetime colonial administrator and failed ostrich farmer whose prodigious output comprises a significant but under-examined contribution to late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature. While his two most famous works, King Solomon's Mines (1886) and She (1887) have attracted a steady stream of articles in recent years, most notably from the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, a significant proportion of his oeuvre remains almost entirely unstudied, despite their considerable popular success in his lifetime. In order to extend and enhance Haggard scholarship we are soliciting proposals for chapters in a forthcoming edited collection of essays.

"Robin Hood: Media Creature," 22-25 October 2009

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 6:01pm
International Association for Robin Hood Studies - University of Rochester, USA

This conference solicits contributions to our understanding of the perennial outlaw hero, and the traditions surrounding his stories, from as wide a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives as possible. The conference requests proposals that expand our knowledge of medieval and early modern historical studies, literary criticism, folklore, musicology and music practice, children's literature, cultural studies, anthropology, film and media studies, performance art and oral recitations, art history, literary history and theory, and philosophy. While our historical understanding of Robin Hood inevitably depends on literary and archival records, even these cultural memories have been shaped by the media that contain them.

Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009. Deadline for abstracts: May 20, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:59pm
Kathryn Crowther / SAMLA

This SAMLA special session panel welcomes papers on any aspect of the Steampunk genre. Papers could address literature, film, art, or other cultural manifestations of Steampunk. Of particular interest are discussions of the ways that Steampunk engages with notions of time and historical discourse, the materiality of Steampunk, and the intersections of technology and literature. By May 20, please send a one-page abstract that includes audio/visual needs and a short vita (with complete contact information) to Kathryn Crowther, Georgia Institute of Technology at kathryn.crowther@lcc.gatech.edu

MSA 11: Vernacular Modernisms: What Are They When They're at Home?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:41am
Dr. Bradley D. Clissold

Although some scholarly work has investigated the ways in which various types of modernist ideas and aesthetic tendencies have found articulation and received exposure in the quotidian sphere via advertising, film, popular psychology, popular music, new (household and workplace) technologies, as well as in profound developments in travel and communication, this panel seeks to push such analysis further. Papers are sought that critically explore articulations of modernism as they occur and are experienced in the everyday lifeworld.

[General] UPDATE: Sirens, a conference on women in fantasy (10/1 - 10/4; deadline June 7)

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Monday, April 20, 2009 - 6:51pm
Jessica Moore, Sirens (Narrate Conferences)



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens
Vail, CO
October 1-4, 2009
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate
Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 1-4, 2009, in Vail, CO. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

Science Fiction in Children's Film and Television (proposals by 05/31/09)

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Monday, April 20, 2009 - 11:51am
R.C. Neighbors/University of Arkansas



It has often been said that science fiction is a literature of ideas. Through the use of familiar tropes, such as spaceships, aliens, and ray guns, the genre uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on the present--on current social, cultural, and political ideologies. Likewise, media directed at children often focus on advocating or criticizing similar ideologies, often for a didactic purpose. It is interesting, then, that so little has been said about the joining of these two genres--children's science fiction--particularly when dealing with the visual media of film and television.

CFP: El Paso in the Comics II: "The Southwest in the Comics" Graduate Conference and Event

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Friday, April 17, 2009 - 11:46am
James B. Carter/ University of Texas at El Paso

CFP: El Paso in the Comics II: "The Southwest in the Comics"

Graduate students in all fields of study are invited to submit 200-word abstracts to the second-annual "El Paso in the Comics" conference and event, to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, February 23, 2010.

Papers on all aspects of comics scholarship, theory, and pedagogy will be given attention, but those that deal with issues related to artists, creators, characters and/or themes associated with the American Southwest and/or Hispanic/Chicano culture in comics will be given top priority.

[UPDATE] CFP: Medieval TV Collection (proposals by 7/15/09)

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Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 12:09am
The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Updated CFP: Medieval TV Collection (proposals by 7/15/09)
ESSAYS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

GETTING MEDIEVAL ON TV: TELEVISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF MEDIEVAL THEMES FROM ROAR TO THE TUDORS
ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
PROPOSALS BY 7/15/09

[UPDATE] CFP: Beowulf on Film/TV/Electronic Games Collection (proposals by 12/15/09)

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Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 12:07am
The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Updated CFP: Beowulf on Film/TV/Electronic Games Collection (proposals by 12/15/09)
ESSAYS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

REEL WORLDS OF BEOWULF: REPRESENTATIONS OF BEOWULFIANA ON ELECTRONIC MULTIMEDIA
ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
PROPOSALS BY 12/15/09

Remixing Critical Theory: Literacy Theory as Literary Criticism; 4Cs / CCCC 2010 Panel; 4/22

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Friday, April 10, 2009 - 3:20pm
Nicole duPlessis / Texas A&M University

Eldred and Mortensen, in their article "Reading Literacy Narratives" published in College English (1992), call for the movement of literacy studies "in one important direction: into the study of literary texts" (512). Toward this goal, the article identifies categories of literacy-centered literary texts: the "literacy myth," "narratives of socialization," "literature of the contact zone," and "literacy narratives" (Eldred and Mortensen 512-513). However, to date, this article has failed to make a significant impact on literary criticism.

CFP: Humor & Horror/SF/Fantasy - Detroit, MI, 10.30-11.1.09

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 6:03pm
Midwest PCA/ACA

Dear Humor / Horror, SF, Fantasy Scholar:

You are invited to submit a paper to the Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association annual meetings being held at the Book Cadillac Westin Hotel, Detroit, Michigan, from Friday through Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009.

More details about the conference, the hotel and its rates can be found at the MPCA / MACA website.

Nineteenth Century Popular Culture Panel - Proposals May 1 2009 - Conference October 30-November 1 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 4:18pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture. We are especially interested in papers that focus on culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Literature
- Dime novels
- Politics
- Sports
- Religion
- Westward expansion
- Native Americans
- Women in popular culture
- Entertainment

Send a 250-word abstract along with full contact information to panel chair, Patrick Prominski (pprominski@gmail.com). Be sure to include MPCA/ACA in the subject header. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

Re(Viewing) the Landscape of Visual Rhetoric: Topics in Visual Rhetoric; SAMLA Conf. Nov 6-8, 2009; Abstracts Due May 31, 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:52am
Mary Hocks, English Dept, Georgia State University

RE(VIEWING) THE LANDSCAPE OF VISUAL RHETORIC: TOPICS IN VISUAL RHETORIC
The SAMLA special session on visual rhetoric welcomes paper, panel, and performance proposals on topics that deal with all aspects of visual rhetoric, such as visual culture and the Web; teaching visual rhetoric in the classroom; image use in blogs; exploring identities with visual rhetoric; visual rhetoric in student writing; (re)presentations of the body; visual rhetoric in politics; visual rhetoric of physical spaces; visual rhetoric and environmental issues; and other relevant topics.

Understanding Superheroes: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Oregon

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 12:38am
Ben Saunders/ Department of English, University of Oregon

Understanding Superheroes: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Oregon

Location: The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Dates: October 23-24, 2009

"Understanding Superheroes" is conceived as an interdisciplinary multi-media event, held in conjunction with a simultaneous exhibition of original comic art at the UO's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

TIMEFRAMES - DUNDEE COMICS CONFERENCE - PROPOSALS 15th May 2009 / CONFERENCE 28th June 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:11pm
Timeframes: Narrative and Sequence in Comics

Timeframes, the third annual Dundee comics conference, held in association with the Dundee Literary Festival, will explore how the medium of comics bends, distorts and manipulates time. Proposals for papers are requested on this theme, focusing on the representation of the past and future in comics, or how comics capture the present, or how the comics form relies on sequence. Proposals should be 300 words long, for papers lasting 20 minutes.

For more information contact Dr Chris Murray (c.murray@dundee.ac.uk), or consult the Dundee Literary Festival webpage: www.literarydundee.co.uk/

"The Future ain't what it used to be" - PROPOSALS: MAY 15th 2009 / CONFERENCE: 17th JUNE 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:05pm
The Future ain't what it used to be: Interactions of Past, Present and Future in Literature and Visual Media - Postgraduate Conference

"The Future ain't what it used to be" is the seventh annual Postgraduate Conference held by the English Programme, University of Dundee. It will investigate questions such as: how have perspectives of the future changed over time, how is the future perceived in literature and the media today, and how do representations of the past help us to imagine the future? Proposals should be 300 words long, for papers lasting 20 minutes. The deadline for proposals is 15th May 2009.

For more information contact Laura Findlay (l.f.findlay@dundee.ac.uk), or go to www.dundee.ac.uk/english/index.htm

REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 9:51am
Mater Dei Institute of Education

REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts invites contributions for its forthcoming issue to be published online in December 2009. Research in the areas of religion or theology, education or the humanities will be considered for publication and contributors are also welcome to submit multi or inter-disciplinary articles that span more than one of these areas.

Articles should be 5-6,000 words and should conform to the Harvard author-date referencing system. The closing date for submissions is September 1st, 2009. Please send your article and a short abstract of 200 words to the following email address: paula.murphy@materdei.dcu.ie

Book reviews are also welcome.

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