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Urban Places: The Literary Ecology of American Cities (Abstracts by 9/30)

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Monday, September 28, 2009 - 2:39pm
Karen E. Waldron / Northeast Modern Language Association Conf. April 7-11, 2010

This proposed panel follows on a very successful seminar discussion conducted at NeMLA 2009 entitled: "The Literary Ecology of American Literature: Constructions of Place." It proposes to continue wrestling with the significant questions of methodology in studying literature of and about the environment through a particular focus on the literature of cities. This work is critical to studies of literature and environment, an area which has not been theorized adequately. The need to draw effectively on other disciplinary knowledges and how they manifest in linguistic form is central to this effort and the ultimate goal of the project is an edited collection of essays on the literary construction of place within the American context.

[UPDATE] The Politics of the Western

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 10:39am
Darren Millar, John Abbott College

Call for Papers

The Politics of the Western (Expanded Topic)

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Call for Proposals: Death and Representation, a One-Day Conference

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Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 1:19am
Department of English, University of Rochester

Death and Representation
Keynote Speaker: Dana Luciano, Georgetown University
Author of "Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America," winner of the 2008 MLA Prize for a First Book
Conference Date: March 26, 2010
Please submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) by November 15 via email to:
Jason Middleton, jmiddle2@mail.rochester.edu
Genevieve Guenther, vive@mail.rochester.edu

RE: Nebula Latest Issue & Call For Papers

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Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10:24pm
Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship

Nebula 6.3 is now online with unrestricted access at http://www.nobleworld.biz . The editors now invite submissions for Nebula 6.4 (December, 2009) with a manuscript deadine of November 5, 2009. The current CFP is reproduced below the contents page for the current issue, provided here for your convenience.

NEBULA 6.3

Catherine Akca and Ali Gunes. "Male Myth-Making: The Origins of Feminism." 1-15

Steve Redhead. "Hooligan Writing and the Study of Football Fan Culture: Problems and Possibilities." 16-41

Kane X. Faucher. "Sphacelated Grammars (or: Language Likes to Hide)." 42-52

[CFP] Battleground States Conference 2010: War(s) and Peace - February 26 - 27, 2010

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Friday, September 25, 2009 - 8:10pm
The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars Association at Bowling Green State University

Battleground States 2010: War(s) and Peace will be held February 26th and 27th, 2010 on the Bowling Green State University campus. The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars' Association hopes to elicit presenters who consider the conference theme from multiple perspectives and media. As our aim is to create a conference dedicated to interdisciplinarity, we invite proposals from graduate students, emerging and independent scholars, junior faculty, artists, activists, filmmakers, and educators.

Going Green from the Black Perspective: The Significance of Environmental Issues in the Black Community, 2/25/2010, NY [update]

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 9:37pm
Dr. T Walters. Stony Brook University

"Going Green from the Black Perspective: The Significance of Environmental Issues in the Black Community" is a one-day conference devoted to exploring the various ways Black activists, scholars, agriculturalists, and politicians have been (and are) currently responding to environmental issues within communities of color. At this time we are accepting papers that examine a variety of issues linked to environmentalism such as 1. the impact of toxic dump sites in urban communities, 2. the black community's involvement with green initiatives from the grassroots level to the international stage, 3. the relationship between environmentalism and activism within the black community, or 4. educating children of color about the vulnerability of the planet.

Going Green from the Black Perspective: The Significance of Environmental Issues in the Black Community, February 25, 2010

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 9:32pm
Dr. T Walters. Stony Brook University

"Going Green from the Black Perspective: The Significance of Environmental Issues in the Black Community" is a one-day conference devoted to exploring the various ways Black activists, scholars, agriculturalists, and politicians have been (and are) currently responding to environmental issues within communities of color. At this time we are accepting papers that examine a variety of issues linked to environmentalism such as 1. the impact of toxic dump sites in urban communities, 2. the black community's involvement with green initiatives from the grassroots level to the international stage, 3. the relationship between environmentalism and activism within the black community, or 4. educating children of color about the vulnerability of the planet.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 4:20pm
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters

Call for Papers, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, 2010
Section: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences

Accepting panel & paper proposals on any topic in the social sciences. Special interest in interdisciplinary studies and in studies that discuss/employ humanities and/or natural sciences with social sciences.

Conference: March 26, 2010 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Abstracts are due by November 30, 2009. Abstracts should be submitted on line at the Michigan Academy website: www.alma.edu/michiganacademy

Faulkner and the Metropolis- Electronic submissions by July 1, 2010

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 1:51pm
The Faulkner Journal

Faulkner and the Metropolis

It has long been axiomatic that modernism is both "about" and a product of the city. And in myriad examples, modernist culture reveals both its investments in representing urban experience and its formal shaping by metropolitan rhythms, material conditions, and energy. No less than his description of himself as a simple "country farmer," Faulkner's largely rural settings would seem to distinguish him from a modernism that is deeply engaged with urban experience. Yet Faulkner's work was in fact powerfully affected by his encounter with the city—both as a historical, social reality and as an imaginative construction or space.

International Conference: Creative Americas. Crossed perspectives on discourses and practices. October 6-7, 2010, Toulouse, Fran

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 1:06pm
Association Toulousaine pour la Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Amériques

Sponsored by the "Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire, Solidarités, Sociétés, Territoires" (LISST-Interdisciplinary Laboratory, Solidarity, Societies, Territories), the "Association Toulousaine pour la Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Amériques" (ATRIA-Toulouse Association for Interdisciplinary Research on Americas) invites the scientific community to the International Conference: CREATIVE AMERICAS. Crossed perspectives on discourses and practices.

Final CFP: 'Style in Theory / Styling Theory', Malta, Nov 2009

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 11:40am
University of Malta

Please circulate. Apologies for cross-posting.

STYLE IN THEORY/STYLING THEORY (26-28 November, 2009)

Inaugural Event, International Literary Criticism and Theory Conference
Series
University of Malta, Old University Building, Valletta, Malta

*FINAL CFP – 30 SEPTEMBER DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS*

WEBSITE: http://www.um.edu.mt/events/styleintheory2009

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
*Catherine Belsey
*Simon Critchley
*Stefan Herbrechter
*Fiona Hughes
*Giuseppe Mazzotta
*Laurent Milesi
*Jean-Michel Rabaté
*Stuart Sillars

[UPDATE] Obsolescence.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 8:06pm
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The fifth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks submissions for "Obsolescence," a graduate student conference to be held February 13-15, 2010, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its research theme for 2009-2011: "Figuring Place and Time."

American Association of Australian Literary Studies Annual Conference - Washington, DC - Feb. 25-27, 2010

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 7:56pm
American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS)

The American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2010 Annual Conference, to be held in Washington, DC, February 25-27, 2010, in conjunction with ANZSANA (Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America). Papers addressing any aspect of Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific literary, film and cultural studies are welcome. Given the recent publication of The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (published in the United States by Norton as The Literature of Australia: An Anthology) and The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, papers addressing the theme "A New Moment in Australian Studies" are particularly welcome.

International Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf 6/03-06/2010

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 3:19pm
International Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf and the Natural World
20th International Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
June 3-6, 2010
Georgetown College
Georgetown, KY 40324

This conference highlights the many aspects of nature that inspired Virginia Woolf's life and writing. Please consider proposing a paper, panel, workshop, or reading. Topics include (but are not limited to): Flowers, Gardens and Gardeners, Parks and Zoos, Seascapes, Landscapes, Animals, Cornwall, St. Ives, Vacations, Country Homes and Estates, Farmers and Farming, Hiking, Sailing, Hunting, Nature as Restorative, Nature as Punitive, City "versus" Nature, Woolf and Ecology, Woolf and the Environment, Teaching Woolf and Nature

Meanings of Green: The Varied Perceptions of Nature, Vol. 1 No. 2, Winter 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 2:10am
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

Presently receiving & reviewing submissions for the Winter 2009 issue

Authors are asked to critically discuss meanings of 'nature' or 'environment' that clash or harmonize with discourses and/or conservation practices across cultures and time.

Possible Topics to be Explored (in no way exhaustive)

Competing Views of Nature

a. Creation stories – nature as a gift
e.g.: Genesis, Shinto, Buddhist, animist, pantheist, secularist, etc.

b. Instrumental – nature as object for human use; humans possess inherent subject status that affords them the self-proclaimed right to exploit
e.g.: Drilling for oil, gas, coal. Diverting rivers, damming rivers, etc.

[UPDATE] extended CFP: Gender, Sport and the Olympics (journal, 10/20/09)

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Monday, September 21, 2009 - 1:53am
thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture

Extended CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (new deadline: Oct 20, 2009)

The editors of /thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture/ invite submissions for our forthcoming issue on gender, sport, and the Olympics.

Prompted by the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we are interested in exploring the central role which gender and sexuality play in shaping ideas about athleticism, sport culture, and the body, and the significant ways in which athletic events such as the Olympics work to transform conceptions of public space, national boundaries and identities, and gendered self-presentations and performances. This issue invites contributions on:

Aids in Cultre VI: Explorations in the Cultural History of Aids

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 11:06am
Enkidu Magazine

Call for Papers:

Aids in Cultre VI:

Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS

International Conference

Mexico City, 9 - 14 December 2009

Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl Aids in Culture VI: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS Mexico City, 9 - 14 December 2009

Deadline for abstract Submissions: 15. October (Deadline has been extended) Conference Homepage: http://www.aidsinculture.org

Critical Literary Regionalisms (ACCUTE Conference Montreal, May 2010) deadline Nov 15 09

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 9:34am
Susie DeCoste, University of Waterloo

Member-organized Session:
Critical Literary Regionalisms
Organizer: Susie DeCoste (Waterloo)
Frank Davey has argued that regionalist ideology tends toward environmental determinism, resulting in certain assumptions about what effects place should have on a person. Within this set of assumptions, any identification with other possible grounds of identity, such as race or gender, is less important. More recently, in Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and

Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 5:13pm
University of Texas at Brownsville English Graduate Advancement and Development Society

The English Graduate Advancement and Development Society (EGADS!) at the University of Texas at Brownsville is proud to host its annual graduate/undergraduate English studies conference on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. This year's topic is "Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures."
Bridges are frequently built up and torn down, and borders often change. The boundaries between people, places and things blur and break. This happens with governments, but it is equally true in literature and rhetoric. Authors frequently challenge our notions of what is acceptable, they point out our close-mindedness, and they show us new paths.

Ethnic Transformation in the Self and the City: April 8 - 11, 2010, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 10:32am
24th Annual Conference of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)

People make cities and cities make people. Reductive as that claim is, it stands at the heart of much of the ethnic American experience. Immigrants originally inherit the cities in which they settle. Then, as they come to know their new culture and as their children grow and develop, they remake their communities, creating places that reflect the multiple strands of their origins. For scholars of ethnic literature, American cities stand, in part, as texts themselves. They reflect the immigrant experience as it has taken place, and they contextualize the possibility for future immigration.

[Update] Rupkatha Journal Invites Critical Writings on Indian Writings in English

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 5:49am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

We invite critical writings and book reviews from writers for the Second Issue (Autumn, Number 2, 2009) on Indian Writings in English. We also seek and original innovative works from artists whose artistic activities are influenced by colonial and postcolonial discourses.

* For submission of critical writings, please send:

Ø Completed article (3000-5000 words)

Ø Abstract (100-200 words)

Ø 3 to 5 Keywords

Ø Brief CV

* For submission of creative works, please send:

Ø Analytical Description of Works (2000-3000 words)

Ø Maximum 5 images in JPG format, at least 800 pixels wide or tall.

Ø Abstract (100 words)

Ø 3 to 5 Keywords

Ø Brief CV

Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture and Change in Western North America

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 6:18pm
Mount Royal University

Under Western Skies:
Climate, Culture and Change
in Western North America
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
October 13 – 16, 2010

This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural gathering welcomes presentations on the environmental challenges now faced by diverse populations, human and nonhuman, in the Western lands of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Academics and other stakeholders from the wider community are invited to participate in this urgent and compelling dialogue. The conference invites academics from the humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as activists, businesses, artists, and others to speak across the boundaries that conventionally divide them.

The Fall 2009 St. John's University Humanities Review: "American Identity"

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 3:17pm
The English Department at St. John's University, Queens NY. John V. Nance and Christianne M. Cain, Editors

Greetings fellow scholars,

This is a CFP for the Fall 2009 Humanities Review, a literary journal for the St. John's University English Department in Queens, NY.

Our current theme focuses on the contemporary construction of American Identity.

We are also strongly requesting art submissions that best exemplify the theme. Limited color or mono-chrome are preferred. Please submit .TIFF FILES ONLY @ 800 dpi to the email address below.

Some matters to consider:

How has the social practice of culture formed / continue to form the ideological condition of "being American?" With that said, what does it mean to be an American in the 21st Century? What are the ontological pieces that plait our parsonage?

Update: Call for Cover Art Fall 2009

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 12:50pm
The Humanities Review

The Humanities Review, the literary journal of St. John's University English Department, is searching for the cover art for its Fall 2009 edition. The theme is American Identity--we are interested in anything that illustrates a piece of the modern American self or America today.

Details:
We are open to drawings, paintings, photography, and even pictures of original sculpture. All submissions should have a black and white or limited color palate (four or less) and not exceed sizes of 9x12".

Please send submissions in jpeg format to sjuhumanities@gmail.com or via snail mail to:

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