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EAPSU Conference, October 22-24, 2009. Proposals due July 1, 2009.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:33am
English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities

The 2009 EAPSU (English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities) Conference will be held at Shippensburg University, October 22-24, 2009. The conference theme is "Making Our World: Language, Literacy and Culture."

We invite proposals from faculty and students for presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops that address how the work of English studies continues to make and remake our communities, our classrooms, and the world around us. Topics include, but are not limited to: Literatures, Popular Culture & Film, Composition and Pedagogy, and Creative Texts: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

[UPDATE] Rethinking Realism in American Literature

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:17am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Rethinking Realism in American Literature: SAMLA Special Session

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA) will be held November 6-8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended due to a later timeline with SAMLA.

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies. 13-15 October 2009 University of Bergamo -Italy

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:59pm
Flaminia Nicora University of Bergamo Italy PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet “Literary and Cultural Studies”)

International conference

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.

University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009

Hosted by:
University of Bergamo
Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet "Literary and Cultural Studies")

Wizard World University-Chicago and Philidephia (Comic Book Convention Conference Series )

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 11:37am
Institute for Comics Studies

The Institute for Comics Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional focus discussion panels, workshops and other panels centered around comics or comics related areas of study for Wizard World University—Philadelphia and Wizard World University—Chicago, the academic tracks of Wizard World Comic Book Conventions.

Panels that include participation by comics industry professionals are especially encouraged. ICS will provide assistance with recruiting professionals for participation in WWU panels.

After Writing Back. Present and future perspecives in Postcolonial Studies (13-15 October 2009 -University of Bergamo Italy)

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Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 6:03am
Flaminia Nicora/ Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures -PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet "Literary and Cultural Studies")

International conference

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.

University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009

Call for Papers

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Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 5:38am
Rupkatha

"Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities" calls for papers for the second issue on the following areas: English Literature, Literature written in other languages, Postcolonial Literature, Critical theories, Aesthetic Studies, Literature and environment, Visual arts, Photography, Digital arts, Philosophy and Art, History of Art. Articles should focus on interdisciplinary connections of a specific topic.
Contact info:
Journal address: www.rupkatha.com
Contact: info@rupkatha.com
Last date of Submission: July, 2009.

Courtly Environments [5/15/09; SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 11/6-11/8]

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 4:27pm
Julie Singer

Panel at the South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) sponsored by the International Courtly Literature Society.
We seek papers addressing the theme of environment and the natural world in medieval courtly texts. Topics may include, but are not limited to: ecocritical approaches, architecture and space, gardens and loci amoeni, nature vs. nurture debates, fantasy worlds. Please email 250-word abstract by 15 May 2009 to Julie Singer, Assistant Professor of French, Washington University in St. Louis (jesinger@wustl.edu).

[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.

[UPDATE] Matter '09: A Creative Theology Event - CFP - Due 6/15/09

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 11:09am
Shechem Ministries

Shechem Ministries' Matter '09: A Creative Theology Event is now accepting submissions of papers and artwork for the conference September 17-19, 2009, at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Selected papers and artwork will be presented at the conference and will be published in the anthology of the conference, Matter, published by Shechem Press.

All abstracts and digital image samples are due by noon CST on June 15, 2009, with completed artwork and papers due by August 31, 2009 at noon CST.

Albuquerque 2010

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 9:51am
SW/TX Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers
The 31th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX Popular Culture Assoc./ACA
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Conference Website: www.swtxpca.org

Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

CFP: Actants / Residue (GEMCS 2009, 10/22-25, Dallas); deadline May 13, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009 - 9:46pm
Lizz Angello / University of South Florida

Self-described "student of science" Bruno Latour defines an actor as "any thing that leaves a trace." In keeping with this year's theme of footprints, this panel welcomes papers that consider the traces left by any thing on the world (whether of humans or non-humans). What buried narratives might we excavate by reading residue? What stories are told by echoes? All approaches are welcome, though eco-critical and material readings may be particularly appropriate. Relevant topics might include:

Reading Ethics in the 21 Century (SAMLA, Nov.6-8, 2009) [UPDATE]

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Monday, April 27, 2009 - 9:39am
Raina Kostova

SAMLA 2009
Reading Ethics in the 21 Century
Call for Papers
Since Aristotle the understanding of ethics as a branch of philosophy has been defined as a pragmatic rather than a theoretical field: ethics does not simply involve a discussion of virtues, but the practice of "virtual activities." It is concerned, as Sartre later insists, with living "in the world," where one has the individual moral responsibility for the other and for the political structure of society. The personal responsibility to act "ethically" in this case is made possible by the essential freedom of choice of each individual.

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.

Questioning Identity--Representations of Class

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Friday, April 24, 2009 - 3:24pm
English Graduate Organization (EGO) @ Western Illinois University

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) at Western Illinois University in Macomb is currently accepting CFPs for their 6th annual conference, Questioning Identity—Representations of Class. Possible paper topics might include but are not limited to the following:
Class Conflict
Marxism
Representations of Labor
Consumption
Capitalism
Globalization
Commodities
Working Class
Economics
Gender
Nationalism
We welcome your ideas! Please send a 250-300 word abstract to: SJ-Naslund@wiu.edu

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.

[UPDATE] The Spatial Significance of Native American Stories and Ideology

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Friday, April 24, 2009 - 11:42am
Catherine Rainwater, Cristine Soliz, Anna Lee Walters

We are now accepting submissions for a collection of stories, essays, and poems for a proposed book on comparative American spatial concepts, partially titled "Stories the Land Holds." The editors are looking for texts variously addressing "stories in the land." What are the stories the land tells? Vine Deloria has warned us of problems that result from a perspective that is not fundamentally spatial, and such has been the case for current problems that range from ecological disaster to fanatical environmentalism and bundled mortgages. We believe that these complex and problematic American events can be understood more fully from a Native American perspective.

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.

"Global Citizenship for the 21st Century" Interdisciplinary Conf. Nov. 15-16, 09

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 8:14pm
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"Global Citizenship for the 21st Century"

Interdisciplinary Conference
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
November 15-16, 2009

People who know the limitations of their knowledge, even when they believe that knowledge to be revealed, are usually the very same people who are able to build bridges with others who think differently than they do.
Father James L. Heft, S.M

For attaining membership in the world community entails a willingness to doubt the goodness of one's own way and to enter into the give-and-take of critical argument about ethical and political choices.
Martha Nussbaum

Postcolonial Actualities: Past and Present, UT Austin 16-17 October 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 4:33pm
Comparative Literature Program, UT Austin

The age of globalism that shapes the world today is both a cause and effect of postcolonial actualities: effect because of the cultural influences (imposed or transmitted) of colonial powers on colonized lands through the centuries; cause because the supposed end of the colonialist era started world events of migration, hybridity, multiculturalism and relocation in the urban centers of former colonial powers. Several critics have already shaped the postcolonial discourse—such as from Said to Bhabha, from Achebe to Rushdie, from the Subaltern Studies Group to Anzaldúa—and the reality of our world today continues to offer numerous possibilities for discussion on postcolonial issues.

[UPDATE] CFP: Justice and Mercy Have Kissed (SAMLA 11/6-8/09; deadline 5/1/09)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 4:32pm
Abigail Lundelius/Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature

CALL FOR PAPERS
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
November 6-8, 2009
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
Atlanta, GA

Deadline: May 1, 2009

JUSTICE AND MERCY HAVE KISSED

When exploring the issue of human rights, two rallying cries are often heard. The voice of justice insists that mercy can only be had in a world of moral standards, while the call to mercy responds that justice can only condemn in a world that needs redemption. And yet, Christians are called to hold these two contrary impulses in careful balance – called to reconcile the irreconcilable.

Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival: Images, Imaginations and Beyond — Deadline June 15, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 12:13pm
Dr. Mark B. Spencer / Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Papers are invited for the Eighth Native American Symposium to be held November 4-6, 2009 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. The symposium theme is Images, Imaginations, and Beyond, but papers, presentations, panel sessions, and creative productions addressing all aspects of Native American studies are welcome, including but not limited to history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote speaker will be Heather Rae, the Cherokee film director and producer, whose film Frozen River received two Academy Award nominations this year.

Urban Planning in the Romantic Era

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Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:29pm
Special Session on Urban Planning in the Romantic Era/ ICR 2009 Conference, NYC

Proposed Special Session for the International Conference on Romanticism, Annual Conference, New York, NY, Nov. 5-9, 2009

Urban Planning in the Romantic Era

Literary Journalism Studies call for submissions

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Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:14am
The Journal of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

LITERARY JOURNALISM STUDIES, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), invites submissions of scholarly articles on literary journalism, which is also known as narrative journalism, literary reportage, reportage literature, "new journalism" and the nonfiction novel, as well as literary nonfiction and creative nonfiction that emphasizes cultural revelation. The journal is international in scope and seeks submissions on the theory, history and pedagogy of literary journalism throughout the world. All disciplinary approaches are welcome.

[UPDATE] The Spatial Significance of Native American Stories and Ideology

updated: 
Friday, April 17, 2009 - 12:27pm
Catherine Rainwater, Cristine Soliz, Anna Lee Walters

We are now accepting submissions for a collection of stories, essays, and poems for a proposed book on comparative American spatial concepts, partially titled "Stories the Land Holds." The editors are looking for texts variously addressing "stories in the land." What are the stories the land tells? Vine Deloria has warned us of problems that result from a perspective that is not fundamentally spatial, and such has been the case for current problems that range from ecological disaster to fanatical environmentalism and bundled mortgages. We believe that these complex and problematic American events can be understood more fully from a Native American perspective.

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