There seem to be two ideas regarding what is called "creative," "expressive," or "personal" writing in composition discourses. In one view, creative writing is seen as the work of the lone genius, who creates the Literature studied by English departments. Such a view, while having fallen out of favor in composition studies, is still considered viable in creative writing departments. Furthermore, as Susan Miller argues, it continues to haunt composition in the form of the split between composition and literature departments, and student writing and "real" writing. In the other view, creative writing is deemed overly subjective, apolitical, and generally inconsequential.
"Lost" Multicontributor Collection
One of the most remarkable television series in recent years has been ABC's "Lost." Beginning with an archetypal premise of castaways stranded on an island, the show has evolved into a complex network of obscure connections, esoteric mysteries, literary and pop cultural allusions, and baroque experiments in narrative temporality. The defining feature of the show is its atmosphere of radical suggestibility; the narrative and thematic strands of the story continually run away into hyper-interpretability in a way that invites not only the kind of internet speculation which has flourished around the show, but also the application of more theoretically informed critical examination.
Configurations has invited a special issue on the intersection of ecocriticism and biology. Articles on any aspect of the biological sciences and ecocriticism are welcome, but the following topics are needed:
- extensions/amplifications of Glen A. Love's Practical Ecocriticism
- ecocriticism, globalization, and the commodification of biological information
- biologists reading/responding to ecocritical texts (broadly defined)
- ecocriticism and debates within biology
Please submit an abstract of 500 words and curriculum vitae (as MS Word attachments) by May 1st to:
Dr. Helena Feder, Guest Editor
InterCulture is a peer-reviewed e-journal seeking academic papers (3,000 to 6,000 words), reviews (1,000 to 3,000 words) and creative work pertaining to the theme "Political Ecologies" (volume 6, issue 2) due on Monday, May 10, 2009.
ATTN: PAMLA SPECIAL SESSION: FILM STUDIES ABSTRACTS DUE (3/30/09)
Hello Film Buddies and Bruisers,
Call for Papers: Captive Senses and Aesthetic Habits.
A joint graduate conference between English Language & Literature and Art History
Fourth Annual Graduate Conference ~ October 8-9, 2009
The University of Chicago
But what sort of sense is constitutive of the everydayness? Surely this sense includes not sense so much as sensuousness, . . . a knowledge that lies as much in the objects and spaces of observation as in the body and mind of the observer.
– Michael Taussig, "Tactility and Distraction"
Constellations: Of Comparative Literature and the New Humanities
October 16-18, 2009
The Department of Comparative Literature
With a Two Day Roundtable Featuring:
Geoffrey Bennington, Eduardo Cadava, Cathy Caruth, Peggy Kamuf, Thomas Keenan, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Shifting Spatialities: The Dynamic Boundaries of Place and Space
Rice Graduate Symposium
October 2-3, 2009
Rice University, Houston, TX
Call For Papers
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009
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.
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the first issue (Fall 2009) of the new journal: The Return of the Repressed - A Journal of the Return to Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction.
Call for Papers: "Rising Tides: Major and Minor Trends in English Studies"
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate English Association Conference
April 17 & 18, 2008 (The conference is on April 18, but we plan to host a social event the night before.)
"Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and again different waters flow."
Over 2500 years have passed, but Heraclitos' wisdom remains salient. None would deny that there are dominant movements and perspectives; yet, every scholar must admit that the topography of the discipline is in continual flux. Each year generates a new approach and a new trend – a new branch from the old.
Constructing the Other in the Age of Defoe's Friday
The First Biennial Conference of the Defoe Society
Tulsa, OK—September 25-26, 2009
The 2009 JNZL Prize for New Zealand Literary Studies
The Journal of New Zealand Literature offers an annual prize for a publication in the area of New Zealand literary studies.
• The prize is available to graduate students, and to emerging scholars who have completed their PhDs within the last three years.
• There is a cash prize.
• The winning entry will be published in JNZL 27 (2009)
• The prize is open internationally.
• Entries will be judged anonymously.
• The adjudicating panel consists of the Editorial Committee and the Editorial Board of JNZL. Judging will be by majority decision.
• The Editorial Committee reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.
We are pleased to announce an open call for submissions to the second issue of Shift, set to be launched 01 October 2009. Shift welcomes academic papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews, dealing with visual and material culture from graduate students in any discipline in the humanities. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to, art and propaganda, patronage, gender and identity, spirituality and art, nationalisms and regionalisms, modernism and modernity, performance art, photography and film, perspectives in theory, methodology, and historiography, collection and representation, art and technology.
Call for Submissions
Dash, Cal State Fullerton's annual literary journal, seeks submissions for its 2009 issue. It is our mission to publish works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, criticism, and art (as well as hybrid texts) that push the boundaries of short, emphatic expression. We aim to communicate more with less. Waste not, want not. Submit.
Boundaries (push at your own risk)
30 lines or less. Submit up to 5.
Fiction, Nonfiction, Criticism
2000 words or less, double-spaced.
Limit: 1 submission per category.
Digital images, 300 dpi.
Email as TIFF attachment.
Do not send original artwork.
The Irigaray Circle
Call for Papers: The Karen Burke Memorial Prize
The Irigaray Circle invites submissions for The Karen Burke Memorial Prize. The award recognizes excellent work by a graduate student on or inspired by Luce Irigaray. The winner will present the second annual Karen Burke Memorial Lecture at the 2009 meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. We invite papers from all disciplines that engage with any aspect of Irigaray's work, such as:
Experience the lively and intimate exchange that NeMLA offers at its 41st annual convention in downtown Montreal, sponsored by McGill University. Featuring over 320 panels, the 2009 convention in Boston richly represented all the subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching.
Both Montreal (with its Latin quarter, Little Italy, and Chinatown) and its respected university boast a diverse population, mixing the old and the new. Vieux-Montréal offers European charm with its cafés, boutiques, fresh markets, and artists, while the vibrant downtown includes all of the sights and sounds a major city can offer: museums, shopping, pubs, and restaurants.
Anthology on the Corporate Academy Seeks Short Story and Poetry Submissions
Writing Into the Profession:
Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar
September 25-26, 2009
For its fourth interdisciplinary conference in English studies, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association asks, "What academic work are you engaged in?" This conference is designed to build a sense of community among graduate scholars by providing a forum to present ongoing research in a non-threatening and receptive academic environment. Additionally, this conference is designed to bring graduate scholars into contact with professionals who can answer questions about best practices.
5th Global Conference
Hope: Probing the Boundaries
Tuesday 22nd September - Thursday 24th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference aims to explore contemporary definitions, meanings and expressions of hope. In particular, it will seek to examine the individual, social, national and international contexts within which hope emerges as well as its counterpart, hopelessness.
Please submit for the following panel at South Central Modern Language Association in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 29-31.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES:
The 2009 SCMLA Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages session welcomes submissions on any aspect of computer-assisted instruction, humanities computing,
electronic literacy, or related topics. Special consideration given to topics on social or mobile technologies as related to refugees of war, natural disaster, or other displaced collectives. Please send papers or 500-word abstracts to Noel Radley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for consideration March 31, 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Photography and International Conflict
Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin
25-27 June 2009
This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners in the fields of visual media and international relations to examine the roles of image producers and the functions of photographic imagery in the documentation and communication of wars, violent conflicts and human rights issues. The conference is the first major event of an international research project on this topic.
research articles on Anglo Indian world drama,and American drama including works in translation of 12-15 pages length are invited for Journal of Drama Studies, India for Feb 2009 issue. The journal has International editorial board of members and most of the contibutors are senior reserchers or academics from all over the world. articles typed in MS word or Rich text format with MLA style may be submitted on or before 30 April 2009. Send email attachment to email@example.com
10th Biennial EASA Conference: Dis/solutions: the Future of the Past in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
22-25 September 2009, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
For further information, please visit:
States of Crisis
Friday, 9 October 2009
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.
The 1st Annual Conference on Louisiana Studies will be held September 26, 2009 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Liberal Arts.
This postgraduate conference will explore the rituals and ceremonies of literary commemoration from a variety of perspectives, and in various literary periods. Proposals are invited that examine how anniversaries contribute to the ways in which afterlives are remembered, sustained, and given their distinctive shapes.
Plenary Speaker: Professor Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)
Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to:
1) The literature of celebration: ritual and ceremony, anniversary,
repetition and the cyclical event
2) The literature of commemoration: elegies, epitaphs, and posthumous
publications - our duties to the dead
The extended deadline is now Friday 27th March.
Glasgow University's postgraduate journal eSharp is currently accepting submissions for its 13th issue on Atlantic Exchanges.
This issue emphasises cross-cultural Atlantic exchanges, noting that the ocean has served not to separate but to connect
the peoples of the Atlantic continents - Africa, South America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe - from 1492 to the present day. 'Atlantic Exchanges' seeks to encourage inter-cultural perspectives in a variety of disciplines.
eSharp welcomes submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and contributors are invited to interpret the theme broadly.
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Call for Papers: "Solitude & the Modern Metropolis" @ PAMLA in San Francisco 11-6/7-2009
Those modernist texts, which are concerned about the solitude of the metropolis, are in first place texts about the trauma of moving to the big city. For example, the depressive Malte Laurids Brigge and his impending move to Paris, or Esther Greenwood, in Plath's "The Jar Bell" and her move to New York City. It seems that not so much the city renders its residents lonely, but the loners find in the cityscape the space to realize their solitude.
Call for proposals for a panel submission to the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, first annual conference.
Poetics of Presence