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Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse: Atlanta, October 22-24. [Graduate]

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 11:18am
Georgia State University: New Voices Conference

The 10th Annual New Voices Conference focuses on representations of the Apocalypse as they manifest throughout history, across cultures, and in language. The conference committee invites papers dealing with any aspect of mankind's conception of the End-of-Days. Individual papers or panel proposals may center upon any time period and any culture or people. They may furthermore draw thematically from such academic disciplines as literary criticism and theory, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religious studies, medieval and renaissance studies, art history, biblical history, cultural geography, and folklore.

Packingtown Review: 2d Issue Deadline -- Sept.1, 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 12:20pm
Packingtown Review: A Journal of Arts and Scholarship from the University of Illinois at Chicago

The editors of Packingtown Review, published by the University of Illinois Press, invite creative and critical submissions through Sept.1, for its second issue to be released in 2010.

The journal of arts and scholarship, out of the University of Illinois at Chicago, publishes creative work including poetry, drama, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary translation. We also seek submission of scholarly papers including interdisciplinary scholarship, literary criticism, comparative literature, critical and political theory, rhetorical and cultural studies. We accept for consideration: interviews, critical reviews of books, films and the arts in general, genre-bending work that explores or challenges form, graphic art and photographs

Ireland and Ecocriticism: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 18-19 June 2010 (Deadline: 15 February 2010)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 10:18am
Maureen O'Connor, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Ireland is a land of pastoral greenery, but its landscape is an arguably 'unnatural' construct, a topography shaped by a history of conflict and suffering. Gerry Smyth asserted in 2000 that 'Irish Studies and ecocriticism ... have a lot to say to each other', yet despite the centrality of the land to Irish identity at home and abroad, ecocriticism remains largely absent from Irish Studies in Ireland.

SSSL 2010 Conference (New Orleans)

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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:26pm
Society for the Study of Southern Literature

CALL FOR PAPERS: Society for the Study of Southern Literature [SSSL]
EVERYBODY LOVES YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND SOUTH: Cultural Capital in Hard Times
April 8-11, 2010
Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

Comic Arts Conference-- @ Wizard World University-Chicago

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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 1:41pm
The Institute for Comics Studies

CFP-
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.

Mystical Bridges to Postmodernity: Toward a Critical Theology? (9-15-09; Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, May 2010)

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 5:54pm
Timothy M. Asay, University of Oregon

There's nothing new under the sun—-including this aphorism—-though each generation seems to rediscover old thought-ways, contributing to them a rhetoric of novelty. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which critical philosophy of the past forty years has reduplicated and reconfigured the revelations of theology, especially (though not exclusively) mystical and contemplative theology. Discussions could range from the "negative theology" of the later Derrida to the mystical psychology of the Real in Lacan, or the scholasticism of structuralism. The goal is not only to "apply" the current critical lexicon to theology, but to show how spiritual texts can meaningfully comment upon and enrich our experience of critical theory.

Call for Submissions to "Writing Our Hope"

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 11:00am
BTWMHS Creative Writing

"Writing Our Hope" is a bi-annual literary journal of creative nonfiction and poetry that publishes student work on themes of tolerance and equality. Submitted works should have a hopeful tone, focusing on solutions and possibilities in the present and future, rather than only a description or cataloguing of injustices in the past or present. In its first two years, "Writing Our Hope" has published the work of high school students, but it is now expanding to include works by college undergraduates, ages 17-24, and their professors.

[UPDATE] Extended deadline - JUNE 30 Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 9:25am
Kathryn Crowther / SAMLA

I am looking for one more paper to complete this SAMLA special session panel. I welcome 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 June 1, 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

[UPDATE] DEADLINE 7/31-- The Spatial Significance of Native American Stories and Ideology

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 7:46am
Catherine Rainwater, Cristine Soliz, Anna Lee Walters

We are 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" from origin stories, creative non-fiction, fiction, essays, etc. 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.

The Past's Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities (A Graduate Student Symposium)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 4:25pm
Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Whitney Humanities Center

How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities? If the "medium is the message," then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media? What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete? What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use? What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them? Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked?

CITYSCAPES/LITERARY ESCAPES// COLLOQUE URBANITÉS LITTÉRAIRES, September 10-12, 2009, University at Buffalo

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 10:57am
University at BUffalo/Formules Journal



CITYSCAPES/LITERARY ESCAPES// COLLOQUE URBANITÉS LITTÉRAIRES

The University at Buffalo (SUNY) in collaboration with the journal Formules (Paris) will host an international conference on "Urbanités Littéraires" / "Cityscapes/Literary Escapes."

The goal of the conference is to study relations between writing and the urban environment, and specify interactive engagements between literature, architecture, and urbanism. Principle aspects to be examined are:

CFP-Edited Collection on Hitchcock's VERTIGO and the Specificities of Place

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:39am
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham

Seeking essays (25-30 pages in length) for a proposed book entitled, PORTALS OF THE PAST: VERTIGO AND THE SPECIFICITIES OF PLACE. In short, this collection of essays will be concerned with explorations of the ways in which specific places in the San Francisco Bay Area (Fort Point, the Presidio, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Mission Dolores) and Monterey County (e.g., Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Point Lobos State Park, the Mission San Juan Bautista, etc.) inform readings/experiences/memories of Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece, VERTIGO.

Andrew Marvell Society at the South-Central Renaissance Conference 18-20 March 2010, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 12:24pm
Andrew Marvell Society

Deadline: 1 December 2009
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi will host Exploring the Renaissance 2010 on March 18-20 2010 at the Omni Hotel on the seafront in the heart of Corpus Christi's lively marina district. The Andrew Marvell Society will be hosting the 2010 Louis Martz lecture, to be delivered by Professor Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, University of London). A special session (with presentations by Joan Faust, George Klawitter, and Timothy Raylor) will be devoted to discussion of Marvell's difficult lyric, "The Definition of Love." Other proposals for papers or for sessions are now invited.
Proposals are especially welcomed on the following topics:
• Marvell and Milton
• Royalist Marvell

20th Biennial Conference, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:31am
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The theme of the Conference is "Afterlives: Survival and Revival". In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. The conference theme is designed to promote reflection on appropriations, adaptations and continuities in cultural production. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:
• new ways of looking at old texts
• textual appropriation and imitation
• textual transmission

What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say, July 3-5, 2010, University of York

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 9:22am
University of York

Call for Papers and Panels
What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say

A conference at the University of York, UK, 3-5 July 2010, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University

Postcolonial Studies is firmly ensconced in the Anglophone metropolitan academy: the field has its own specialised journals, academic posts, postgraduate courses, and dedicated divisions within learned bodies. But how well have these configurations travelled to other locations, institutions and disciplines? What topics, questions and approaches remain unexplored? And what's 'theoretical' about postcolonial theory anyway?

CFP Colporteurs' Conference 2009 "Spaces, Places, Landscapes", 23 September 2009. Abstracts deadline: 31 July 2009

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 8:39am
Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale, Luca Vancini - University of Bologna, Italy.

The group Colporteurs is pleased to announce their annual conference, which will be held on Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 at the Department of Italian Studies at Bologna University (via Zamboni, 32 – Bologna, Italy).
The chosen subject has been inspired by the theme (Declensions of Space) of this year PhD seminar in "Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures".

Anarchism and the Literary Imagination, Call for Chapters

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Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:20pm
J. Shantz

ANARCHISM AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION

Chapters are sought for the collection Anarchism and the Literary Imagination. This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production. Anarchists have used literary production to express opposition to values and relations characterizing advanced capitalist (and socialist) societies while also expressing key aspects of the alternative values and institutions proposed within anarchism. Among favoured themes are anarchist critiques of corporatization, prisons and patriarchal relations as well as explorations of developing anarchist perspectives on revolution, ecology and ecocriticism, polysexuality and mutual aid.

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 4:45pm
Philosophical Society of Nepal

The Philosophical Society of Nepal, and its reviewed Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion (e.g. religious studies, history of religions), and semiotics.

[Update] Spatialities: Dynamic Places and Spaces. ABSTRACTS DUE JULY !

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 2:32pm
Rice University

Rice Graduate Symposium
October 2-3, 2009
Rice University, Houston, TX

Call For Papers
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Marcus; Professor of Literature, Columbia University

As the citizen of the nation becomes the consumer of the multinational corporation, our roles as inhabitants of space become increasingly complicated. Our literature, our faith, our bodies all speak to the different ways that we find to occupy the shifting territories of the postmodern landscape. Looking both to the past and future can help us to discover the real and imagined ways our cultures can develop in more richly and defined ways.

Critical Theory: The Text and the World. Submission Deadline: 10 July, 2009/ Conference Date: Sept. 17, 2009

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:34am
University of Exeter, UK

Call for Papers:
Critical Theory: The Text and the World
September 17th 2009, University of Exeter
Keynote Speaker: Professor Colin MacCabe

Critical Theory: The Text and the World is a one-day Postgraduate conference designed to provide a venue for students and early-career academics to explore a multitude of critical approaches to literary and filmic texts. This event will provide a collaborative research forum which can direct contemporary debates in critical theory towards concrete socio-political issues. These issues include climate change, the global economic crisis and the war on terror.

Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West (8/15/09; 10/29/09-10/31/09)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:19am
John R. Milton Writers' Conference / The University of South Dakota

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 29-31, 2009, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and round table proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but certainly aren't limited to:

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in Western American literature, history, and culture;

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in American Indian literature, history, and culture;

Call for Book Reviews

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:40am
MP: an Online Feminist Journal

MP Journal, an online international feminist journal (http://www.academinist.org/mp/) is currently seeking book reviews for future issues. We welcome reviews of books that are relevant to feminist or womanist issues from a variety of disciplines. Reviews must be academic in nature and provide an examination of the books' strengths and weaknesses, raising important and relevant questions about the subject under discussion. While no author likes to be overly criticized, reviewers should offer an honest appraisal of the books' argument, readability, research, and overall approach using professional language that is rich and robust without an overabundance of jargon.

[UPDATE] "Leaps of Faith" SAMLA Atlanta 11/6-11/9/2009 DEADLINE 7/8/2009

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 5:26am
Stephen J. Gallagher

South Atlantic MLA Atlanta GA 11/6-11/9/2009

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?)
homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always
welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero

- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity

- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)

- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates

MISSED CONNECTIONS Penn Humanities Forum Graduate Conference 2/19/10

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 11:17pm
Graduate Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania

MISSED CONNECTIONS

The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its 10th annual conference: "Missed Connections." The one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2010 at the Penn Humanities Forum in conjunction with its 2009-2010 topic: "Connections."

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