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

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Friday, April 10, 2009 - 2:44pm
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.

CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (deadline: May 15, 2009)

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Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:53am
thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture

CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (deadline: May 15, 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:

Reminder: CFP: Trauma and Mothering (5/1/09; book collection)

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Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:29am
Jessica B. Burstrem

I posted before in January about seeking submissions for an upcoming book collection on the personal impact of globally significant traumatic events, such as disasters or epidemics, on the work of mothering and on mothers' feelings about that work. Just a reminder that the deadline is now three weeks away:

Nineteenth Century Popular Culture Panel - Proposals May 1 2009 - Conference October 30-November 1 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 4:18pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture. We are especially interested in papers that focus on culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Literature
- Dime novels
- Politics
- Sports
- Religion
- Westward expansion
- Native Americans
- Women in popular culture
- Entertainment

Send a 250-word abstract along with full contact information to panel chair, Patrick Prominski (pprominski@gmail.com). Be sure to include MPCA/ACA in the subject header. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

Re(Viewing) the Landscape of Visual Rhetoric: Topics in Visual Rhetoric; SAMLA Conf. Nov 6-8, 2009; Abstracts Due May 31, 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:52am
Mary Hocks, English Dept, Georgia State University

RE(VIEWING) THE LANDSCAPE OF VISUAL RHETORIC: TOPICS IN VISUAL RHETORIC
The SAMLA special session on visual rhetoric welcomes paper, panel, and performance proposals on topics that deal with all aspects of visual rhetoric, such as visual culture and the Web; teaching visual rhetoric in the classroom; image use in blogs; exploring identities with visual rhetoric; visual rhetoric in student writing; (re)presentations of the body; visual rhetoric in politics; visual rhetoric of physical spaces; visual rhetoric and environmental issues; and other relevant topics.

PERMANENCE AND CHANGE - PROPOSALS 15th MAY / CONFERENCE 13th and 14th AUGUST 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 10:38am
Permanence and Change: The Roles of Culture and Language / 3rd Annual International ACSA (Asian Cultural Studies Association) Conference

3rd Annual International ACSA Conference

PERMANENCE AND CHANGE: THE ROLES OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGE

Bangkok, Thailand, 13-14 August 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS

ACSA seeks to provide a forum in which a broad spectrum of issues in Asian cultures and languages can be researched and critically discussed. It seeks to offer opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and an arena for in depth exchanges of the cultural dynamics of Asia today. The scope is international and the commitment is to further dynamic understanding among and about Asia today. ACSA welcomes all scholars, graduate students and interested persons in Asian cultures and languages.

"The Future ain't what it used to be" - PROPOSALS: MAY 15th 2009 / CONFERENCE: 17th JUNE 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:05pm
The Future ain't what it used to be: Interactions of Past, Present and Future in Literature and Visual Media - Postgraduate Conference

"The Future ain't what it used to be" is the seventh annual Postgraduate Conference held by the English Programme, University of Dundee. It will investigate questions such as: how have perspectives of the future changed over time, how is the future perceived in literature and the media today, and how do representations of the past help us to imagine the future? Proposals should be 300 words long, for papers lasting 20 minutes. The deadline for proposals is 15th May 2009.

For more information contact Laura Findlay (l.f.findlay@dundee.ac.uk), or go to www.dundee.ac.uk/english/index.htm

New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture, 11th and 12th September 2009 [DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS - 1ST MAY 2009]

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 9:43am
University of Glasgow

New Clear Forms is an international 2-day conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on 11th and 12th September 2009. It aims to explore the poetic responses to national and international affairs of this era, in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between propaganda and private consciousness, rebellion and art, nation and self.

We are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to:

New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture, 11th and 12th September 2009 [DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS - 1ST MAY 2009]

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 9:37am
University of Glasgow

New Clear Forms is an international 2-day conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on 11th and 12th September 2009. It aims to explore the poetic responses to national and international affairs of this era, in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between propaganda and private consciousness, rebellion and art, nation and self.

We are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to:

[UPDATE] ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 6:51pm
Brian Jones

The Encyclopedia of American Environmental Literature (forthcoming from Facts on File in 2010), is seeking contributors for entries on a wide variety of authors and works, including a host of America's most important authors, and works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Details, including a list of available entries as well as samples and guidelines, can be found at

http://enviroencyclopedia.blogspot.com/

"Dark Migrations: Territorializing the Savage Body" MMLA November 12-15 2009, abstract due April 20.

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 3:38pm
Jeff Aziz, University of Pittsburgh

This panel invites papers that engage with narratives that problematize the dominant American narrative of migration into the "savage" West. For instance, In Jim Jarmusch's 1995 film Dead Man, the Native American Xebeche is captured and shipped east by railroad caged as an animal in a sort of counter-migration, even as European settlers travel west into the territories from which his relatives are being displaced. Of particular interest are papers that explore the relationship between suffering, objectified, or commodified bodies and American landscape.

New Voices 2009: The Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse (October 22-24, 2009) [GRADUATE]

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 9:26am
New Voices Conference: Georgia State University Graduate English Assoc.

The 10th Annual New Voices Graduate Student 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.

International Multidisciplinary Women's Congress (October 13-16, 2009)

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Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 3:10pm
Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Izmir, TURKEY

Please, note that abstracts of 300 words will be submitted electronically at our website at http://www.imwc2009.org. Deadline for submission of proposals is June 1, 2009.

The IMWC will take place at the Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey between October 13th and 16th, 2009 and the overarching theme for the Congress will be "Change and Empowerment."

The aim of the Congress is to foster communication and collaboration between academicians and to open up a discussion platform for the analysis, development, and exchange of ideas on the following Women-related main topics:

Reading Ethics in the 21 Century (SAMLA, Nov 6 - 8, 2009)

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 2:22pm
Raina Kostova / SAMLA

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.

"Modernism and Nature" at MSA 11, Montréal, Québec, Nov 5-8, 2009

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 1:00pm
Emily Essert (McGill University)

Modernist representation of nature and human relationships therewith – particularly of animals – has recently received increased critical attention in studies such as Carrie Rohman's Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal (Columbia UP, 2009) and Philip Armstrong's What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge, 2008). Recently-published theoretical work on animal/human relations – such as Donna Haraway's When Species Meet (U of Minnesota P, 2008), and Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham UP, 2008) – can also help us to arrive at a richer understanding of textual animals.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 9:24am
Brian E. Butler/UNC-Asheville & Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Call for papers and panel proposals.
All disciplines invited.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College
An International Conference
October 9-11, 2009

The legacy of Black Mountain College continues to influence contemporary culture in multiple realms. This conference aims to investigate its history as well as the multiple paths of influence, actual and possible, identifiable in the contemporary world and beyond.

Co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and
The University of North Carolina, Asheville

Emotional Cartographies: Affect, Performance, and Politics

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:54pm
ASTR 2009, Puerto Rico

Call for Papers due Friday, May 15, 2009

Emotional Cartographies: Affect, Performance, and Politics

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) 2009
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino

November 12-15, 2009

SAMLA 2009 Session: Teaching Language and Literature

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:37pm
Rachel Luria/ SAMLA

Session Title: Teaching Language and Literature
Open Topic

We welcome papers that deal with any and all issues related to the teaching of language and literature. Proposals may be related to issues such as the language of gender, comics as literature, or teaching new media, but this is not required. Send your inspiring ideas!

By May 1st, please submit proposals of no more than 150 words by email – preferred – to luria@mailbox.sc.edu or by post to University of South Carolina, Arts Institute, Attention: Rachel Luria, 1212 Greene Street/228 Sumwalt, Columbia, SC 29208

Consuming Cultures — (Deadline: 6/15/2009)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 9:27pm
disClosure: a journal of social theory

The theme of this year's issue is Consuming Cultures. We are accepting submissions of articles, essays, creative work, reviews, and art that explore the ideologies, politics, and cultures of consumption fairly broadly. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2009. Questions and submissions can be sent to disclosurejournal@gmail.com.

The City (September 24-26 2009)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:14pm
Tiffany Eberle Kriner / Conference on Christianity and Literature

The regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature will explore a wide variety of approaches to the intersections between Christianity, literature, and the city. This three-day conference, held just west of Chicago at Wheaton College (IL) will include keynote addresses by Andrew Delbanco and Anne Winters, traditional panels, at least two undergraduate student panels with faculty moderators, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and associated excursions into Chicago. Proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual twenty-minute presentations are invited on the following or related topics:

The Jewish Woman and Her Body

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:34pm
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, Youngstown State University

The Jewish Woman and her Body
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
March 7-9, 2010

Call for Papers deadline: October 1, 2009

Since Eve, the woman and her body have had a central position in Jewish tradition. Experiences such as childbirth, violence, sexuality, hunger, infertility, and aging have preoccupied Jewish life. Representations of the female body in Jewish texts include idealization, restriction, and objectification. This interdisciplinary conference will explore real and imagined constructions of the Jewish woman and her body.

Proposals from all disciplinary approaches, historical periods and geographical locations are welcome.

SLSA 2009 Conference: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

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Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:12pm
Helena Feder

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Annual Conference (2009)

Panel: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

Fifteen minute papers on any aspect of the intersection of ecocritical theory and a biological/ ecological science are welcome. As this year's conference theme is "decodings," papers on the encoding/decoding/commodification of life are particularly welcome, as are papers presenting a "biological" reading of ecocriticism or an ecocritical text (or papers that discuss a biologist reading or responding to an ecocritical theory or text).

[UPDATE]Graduate Symposium--Spatialities--Keynote: Sharon Marcus

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Monday, March 30, 2009 - 3:45pm
Rice University

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

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.

CFP: Agri-LIterature (MMLA, 6/1/09, 11/12-15/09)

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Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 8:41pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

"Agri-Literature." This panel will address the way recent American literature responds to the disappearance of the family farm. The rise of agribusiness has produced a number of literary conditions: a crisis of the pastoral imagination, a Depression-born masternarrative of reproletarianization, a renewal of interest in regional fiction, and a development and redevelopment of ecopoetics. Papers will explore this range of conditions, focusing on the way the issue of agribusiness turns literary figures into activists and vice versa.

CFP: CCCC 2010 - The Politics of Creativity (4/24/09)

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Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 10:17am
Thomas Girshin Binghamton University

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.

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