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[UPDATE] Visual Arts in the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 8:47am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

In the wake of the digital revolution and globalisation policies the whole world is witnessing formation of certain conditions which are having and will continue to have tremendous impact on the production, reproduction, access, dissemination and appreciation of visual arts. While the old art forms and artworks are being revisited and reproduced in wholly new ways and for a variety of purposes, new types in the forms of digital arts are surfacing not only on the internet but also every place of our visual culture. The place and workplace of the artist also has undergone a radical change.

Paths of Progress (?)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:36am
California State University, Northridge - Associated Graduate Students of English

In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?

CFP - Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary (March 2010)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:23am
Nicola Masciandaro, CUNY


The editors of Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary ( invite submissions of COMMENTARIES for the next open issue, Fall 2010. Essays and articles relating to commentary will also be considered.

Spectrum calling for submissions DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2010

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 11:13pm
Spectrum Literary Magazine

SPECTRUM is an annual journal of art and literature published by UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-standing literary magazine in the UC system. We accept art, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works from everyone, regardless of age or school affiliation. Art can be either black and white or in color. Any form of poetry and any genre of fiction is allowed; non-fiction works can range from interviews, personal essays, and creative or scholarly essays. We do not follow themes and no subject will be censored.

Call for Responses to Recent Probable Cause Finding of Racial Discrimination, Due January 2, 2010

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 6:29pm
Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race

In response to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Committee's recent finding of probable cause of racial discrimination at a suburban Philadelphia swim club, the Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race (WJLER) requests the submissions of comments by scholars of any discipline reflecting the racial, economic and legal aspects of this case. A PDF copy of the findings can be found on our website at Comments should be approximately 5-8 pages in length, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, include the author's name on the first page of the comment, and contain footnotes that conform to proper Bluebook format.

ACLA: Allegories of Language (New Orleans 1-4 April 2010; abstract by 11/13)

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 4:13pm
American Comparative Literature Association

Allegory has long been situated in a metaphorical-metaphysical scheme that presumes a hierarchical relationship between word and meaning. One way to rethink this relationship is to consider allegory as intrinsic to language itself (rather than as some meaning located outside of language) and how this view might challenge a hierarchical structure of reference. By bracketing this hierarchical relationship, we can consider the allegory of language itself. Allegory enables one to say two things at once, what one says in words and what one says other than in words. Allegory thus speaks a language that is also other to itself.

Transverse, U of T's comp lit grad journal, is accepting papers ON CENSORSHIP (Deadline: March 1)

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 2:57pm
Transverse, grad journal @ the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

CALL FOR PAPERS: Transverse 2009-2010: Censorship

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. (Voltaire)
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. (Walt Whitman)

Transverse, the graduate journal of the University of Toronto's Centre for Comparative Literature, welcomes academic papers, literary reviews, creative writing, and art on the topic of Censorship. The journal will be published online in the spring of 2010 at

Disability and the Enlightenment

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 11:24am
Dwight Codr/ South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Although scholars have long recognized the centrality of the body in the cultural productions of "Enlightenment" England -- whether it be in terms of empiricism or sensibility, in the context of acting on stage or walking the streets of London -- the history of the disabled body has played a conspicuously minor role in these investigations. One of the reasons for the absence of a vigorous discussion of disability in the eighteenth century may have to do with the belief that such a discussion might be anachronistic, eighteenth-century England having had no operative category of disability.

The Fictional North

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 10:48pm
Sue Matheson, University College of the North, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada

The Fictional North: Call for Papers

The University College of the North invites submissions for an upcoming conference,
The Fictional North, to be held at The Pas Campus in The Pas, Manitoba, March 30-
April 1, 2010.

"The End?": International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University 3/25-3/27

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 10:50am
International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "The End?" to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington from March 25th-27th, 2010.

Bookends, happy endings, at wits' end, means to an end, split ends, making ends meet… the list could go on. We imagine the end in endless ways when we think about our languages, our cultures, our disciplines, our arts, and ourselves. What sort of ends are we at, or fast approaching? What ends have we passed? When we structure our thinking around an ending, do we imply a certain teleology? Do we point to a moment of division or rupture? Do we ask about a new beginning?

Genre Dynamics: Exchange and Transformation--A Seminar/Panel at ACLA 2010 (New Orleans April 1-4), subm. deadline, Nov. 13, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 10:52pm
Mark A. Cantrell, Shepherd U; Chad J. Loewen-Schmidt, Shepherd U

As conceptual categories that both derive from and frame our understanding of particular works, genres are determined largely by what Ludwig Wittgenstein calls "family resemblances" rather than by particular qualities that all works in a given genre necessarily share. While ambiguities at the periphery of genres produce hybrid forms like the prose poem or collage, even works at the center of a genre are shaped by disputes at its edges. For example, one could argue that the growing popularity of the novel as a chief means of narrative expression at the end of the eighteenth century urged poets to re-conceive the fundamental features of their art, thereby shaping the conventions of Romantic poetry.

CFP: Mistakes, Mistranslations and Mendacity: The Logic and Language of Cosmopolitanism (ACLA 2010)

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 6:39pm
ACLA 2010

American Comparative Literature Association, 2010 Annual Meeting

April 1-4, 2010 (New Orleans)

Title: Mistakes, Mistranslations and Mendacity: The Logic and Language of Cosmopolitanism

Seminar Leaders:

Julia Ng (Northwestern University), Markus Hardtmann (Northwestern University), Tülay Atak (Rhode Island School of Design)

Contact: Julia Ng (


Turning Points and Transformations (Deadline Extended)

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 2:59pm
Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the effects of transformative moments and experiences—textual, cultural and academic. Topics might include but are not limited to: effects of historical and political crises on literature and culture; revolutions; linguistic transformations; bodily transformations; religious conversions; personal turningpoints in autobiographies, literary characters, academic careers, etc.; genre transformations; texts into film; dissertation into book; academic turning points.

Guidelines for Submission:

Framing the Human: (De)humanization in Language Literature and Culture - March 6, 2010

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:29pm
University Of Minnesota, Twin Cities Association of Graduate Students in Romance Studies

Debates around how "the human" is defined, interrogated and regulated often delineate boundaries that separate the human and its others (e.g. the animal, the divine, the monstrous). Far from being abstract exercises in taxonomy, assessments of these boundaries impose ways of knowing, reading and seeing. Political, ideological, scientific, religious and economic regimes participate in framing the human. Determining who or what counts as human under these regimes has profound consequences. For example, one can be biologically but not politically human (e.g. undocumented workers). One's political "human-ness" can be stripped away or called into question after certain violations of the law (e.g. enemy combatants).

Second Annual Graduate Conference on Lit. and the Humanities at U. of Arkansas. April 9th, 10th, 2010

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:15am
Graduate Students in English at University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas will be hosting its second annual graduate conference on literature and the humanities on April 9th and 10th, 2010. The conference seeks papers that deal with literature in relation to any aspect of the humanities: language, history, philosophy, etc. Panel proposals are encouraged. Our goal is to promote communication and dialogue within the graduate community.

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding our conference to include panels on creative writing as well: poetry, fiction, translation. Panel proposals are encouraged here as well.

There is no registration fee for the conference.

Polluted Places/Impure Spaces

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:37pm

Participants in this seminar will examine the voices that emerge from polluted or impure sites. This "pollution" could take many forms, and comprise an array of relations. Any polluted locations — in as many forms as we can discern or devise — are fair game for our study: prohibited or tabooed Superfund sites, reconstituted dumps, artificial nature, tainted texts and ritually impure space.

These are the places that invite "cleansing" in the name of "purity" — like the swamps around New Orleans from which the maroon Bras Coupé strikes in G.W. Cable's The Grandissimes.

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community-- April 30-May 1 2010

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:42pm
New Directions in Critical Theory

New Directions in Critical Theory
April 30-May 1, 2010
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community

"Borderlands, contrary to frontiers, are no longer the lines where civilization and barbarism meet and divide, but the location where a new consciousness . . . emerges."
—2010 New Directions Keynote Walter Mignolo
(From "Globalization, Civilization, and Languages")

Mythology in Contemporary Culture: March 31 - April 3, 2010

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:52am
Kate Rittenhouse/2010 Popular Culture Association Annual National Conference

Mythology in Contemporary Culture


2010 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)
Annual National Conference
Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
March 31 - April 3, 2010

The "Mythology in Contemporary Culture" area is dedicated to exploring mythological figures and motifs (from all cultures and historical periods) in all areas of popular culture—from movies, video games and television to novels, politics and blogs—and the significance of these mythological figures and motifs in contemporary, postmodern culture.

Global Nonkilling Working Papers

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:25am
Center for Global Nonkilling

The Center for Global Nonkilling, an organization working to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world, is launching in January 2010 its "Global Nonkilling Working Papers" series. The collection will published in a regular basis both on print and online, with all contribution been made freely accessible through its website. The series will incorporate original scientific works that tackle issues related to the construction of nonkilling societies, where killing, threats to kill and conditions conductive to killing are absent. Extension should be within the 10,000 to 20,000 word range.

10 April 2010. "Medieval Perspectives: From the Mundane to the Miraculous"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 11:56am
27th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, University of Connecticut

10 April 2010. "Medieval Perspectives: From the Mundane to the Miraculous," the 27th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, will be held at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs.

Call for papers: Abstracts from graduate students are now being accepted on all topics concerning late antiquity through the late Middle Ages. We strongly encourage papers from a variety of disciplines, including:

[UPDATE] Politics and Literature: Winter Issue of PLJ - Deadline Extended - 11/10/09

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 8:56am
Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The deadline for the Winter Issue, "Politics and Literature" of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is extended until November 10th. The last few months revealed great news for this new publication. It will be listed in the MLA International Bibliography and the MLA Directory of Periodicals in December. EBSCO Humanities International Complete will make the critical essays available to a wide academic audience. We are also listed on the Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada. The business is registered in Pennsylvania. The first Summer Issue, "Experiments," is numbered, ISSN 2151-3066.

The Classical Influence

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 6:41pm
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Seeking 15- or 20-minute papers on the subject of The Classical Influence in the eighteenth century. This topic might include studies on translations, historiography, antiquarian societies, or original art, music, or literature based on classical sources or models. SCSECS subscribes to the idea of the "long" eighteenth century, approximately 1680 to 1830, so subjects need not be restricted to a strict 1700-1799 time frame. The conference is interdisciplinary; all subjects are welcome as long as they fit the general topic.

The SCSECS conference this year will be held in Salt Lake City, February 25-27.

Re-defining art: Artistic genres in literary works.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 4:43pm
The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

This seminar seeks to identify how and why contemporary literature uses visual works of art (murals, montages, sculpture, paintings, photography, etc) as a means of interpretation. How does the translation of a visual piece into textual form affect both the verbal and the visual expressions? With a particular interest in inter-arts encounters that are cross-cultural in nature, we ask: How does the textualisation of art affect its reception? Does using art in crosscultural works add to or diminish its value as a cultural representation? Does textualization permit the representation of more than one culture? Does reinterpretation involve the loss of an essence, or a change? What is the role of the reader?

Columbia Graduate Journal

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 3:51pm

The Columbia French Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of its journal of graduate work, Épitextes, on the subject of:

"Circulation": Networks, Knowledge and the Literary

[UPDATE] National Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Call for Papers - USF Tampa - March 25 - 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 3:42pm
University of South Florida English

National Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Call for Papers
University of South Florida – Tampa, Fl.
March 25-27, 2010

Conference Theme: "Anything But Silence: Politics, Poetry, and Pedagogy"

"Being invisible and without substance, a disembodied voice, as it were, what else could I do?
What else but try to tell you what was really happening when your eyes were looking through?
And it is this which frightens me:
Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?" -- Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man