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CFP: [General] Border Games panel for (dis)junctions conference

Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 1:02am
Nicoletta da Ros

The border is a world of multiple conflicts and difficult definitions,
inhabited by individuals who navigate different frames of reference,
cultural issues, gender roles and performances, economic statuses and
conditions in order to construct a viable identity for themselves.

This panel questions the monoreferentiality or concepts such as cultural
identity, linguistic identity, tradition, gender roles and sexuality,
geography, and nationhood, exploring the ‘borders’ within each of these

CFP: [General] UC Riverside (dis)junctions Conference Panel: War Literature of the 20th Century

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 7:49pm
Giulia Hoffmann

War Literature of the 20th Century

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on war literature written
during the 20th century which examine the role of authors, poets, or
journalists in challenging the myths of war. How do their works’
portrayals of war challenge popular (mis)conceptions about war, and to what

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to by
February 15, 2008.

CFP: [General] UCR (dis)junctions Conference Panel: Edith Wharton

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 7:46pm
Giulia Hoffmann

Edith Wharton Panel

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on Edith Wharton. These
papers can examine any aspect of Wharton scholarship.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
A close focus on her novels
Wharton’s life/biographies of the writer
A look at critical texts on the writer
Gender performance in Wharton’s novels
Wharton and social class
Wharton and the literary canon

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to by
February 15, 2008.

CFP: [General] Illinois Philological Association (IPA) Call for Papers

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 12:08am
Barbara Cass

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2008
Twelfth Annual Conference
April 11-12, 2008
Millikin University
Decatur, IL

Come and share your work with interested colleagues and delight in the
quality and diversity of Illinois scholars and writers!

The Association invites submissions in four categories:

1) From faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students --
abstracts or proposals (300 words) for papers on any aspect of
literature, literary criticism, linguistics, and composition theory or
literary theory.

UPDATE: [General] Journeys Across Media: Authenticity? deadline extension

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:55am
Lucy Fife

Reality, Reliability and Access in Performance and Media
Friday 11 April 2008
Department of Film, Theatre & Television â€" University of Reading

JAM 2008, the sixth annual conference for postgraduates run by postgraduates at the
Department of Film, Theatre and Television welcomes proposals that interrogate and put
pressure on the idea of ‘authenticity’ in film, theatre, television and new media.

The following themes and sample issues are central but not exclusive:

UPDATE: [General] 2nd Annual Conference; Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing, University College Cork, April 2-4

Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:10pm, Shaping Readers

Call for Papers

The Second Annual Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference

April 2nd â€" 4th 2008
University College Cork;

Conference Theme: Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alistair McCleery, Co-Director of SAPPHIRE, Professor of
Literature and Culture at Napier University, and co-editor of The Book
History Reader

Professor Nora Crook, Professor of English Literature, Anglia Ruskin
University, and co-general editor of the multi-volume Complete Poetry of
Percy Bysshe Shelley

CFP: [General] New Perspectives on British Literature

Monday, January 21, 2008 - 7:30am
Dr. Sunita Sinha


‘Avant Garde - A Literary Forum’ invites an article from you on British
Fiction, Poetry and Drama from Chaucer to present times for publication
in “New Perspectives on British Literature,” which will be published by
Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi.

The forum requests for your contribution in approximately 3500-5000
words. All references and notes should be incorporated preferably
according to MLA style sheet. Copy of your article as - Hard copy (Print
out), soft copy (CD) and a copy by Email, would be preferred by the first
week of March 08.

Yours sincerely

CFP: [General] Stereotypes of Contingent Faculty (MLA 2008)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 9:28pm
Lila Harper

Stereotypes of Contingent Faculty: Humor and Social Commentary (MLA 2008)

Papers addressing representation of part-time and contingent faculty. How are stereotypes of
adjuncts expressed in popular media and literature? Abstracts by 1 Mar.; Lila Harper

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CFP: [General] UCLA Southland Conference: Genre Matters

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6:37am
Laura Haupt and Sam See

19th Annual UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Conference Title: Genre Matters
Conference Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Lowell Gallagher, UCLA Department of English

CFP: [General] CFP

Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:40pm
Elizabeth Dahab

Call for submissions for genre, an International, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and the Arts,
for an issue on Arrivals and Departures, the same theme as that of the 2008 conference of the
American Comparative Literature Association ( to be hosted by
California State University, Long Beach. We welcome submissions of papers on a wide range of
topics pertaining to figurative, literal, emotional, intellectual, and all manner of journeys and
trajectories involving the dialectic of motion and stillness, including aborted arrivals and failed
departures. From traditional travel narratives to accounts of Exiles’ return, reverse migration, and

CFP: [General] 5th Annual J.R.R. Tolkien Conference

Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 6:15pm
Christopher Vaccvaro

5th Annual Tolkien Conference at the University of Vermont
Topics: Norse, Celtic themes, mythologies
We will accept abstracts on all subjects related to Tolkien
Extended Deadline: January 31st 2008

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CFP: [General] Queer Utopias & Dystopias

Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 5:21pm
Cathy Hannabach

Please forward widely...

CFP: “Queer Utopias and Dystopias”

2008 Queer Studies Graduate Symposium
University of California, Davis
May 17, 2008

CFP: [General] Diasporic Scotlands MLA 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 3:30pm
Fiona Wilson

15-20 minute papers are invited on the topic of diasporic writing within
and beyond Scotland. All periods are of interest. Exile, migration,
hybridity, cosmopolitan and transnational identities.

MLA San Francisco 2008

1 page abstracts with vitae by March 1 to

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CFP: [General] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 4:16pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may include:

CFP: [General] SCMLA 2008 Literature and Psychology Panel

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:58pm
Ronald Fields

Abstracts and/or papers are sought for the Literature and Psychology
panel of the SCMLA conference being held in San Antonio, TX November 6-8,
2008. In keeping with the conference theme of “borders,” the session is
called “Literature and Psychology: Humanity on the Border.” This session
explores the psychological aspects of literary works or authors as they
relate to existence on various borders or margins, with particular
interest in psycho-cultural borderlines. Potential topics include:

CFP: [General] Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence (2008 RMMLA; Deadline March 1)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:22pm
Susan Cook

Call for Papers:
Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence
Submissions are invited for this Special Topic Session at the October 9-
11, 2008 Rocky Mountain MLA Convention in Reno, Nevada. Papers may
address but are not limited to the following topics:

Writing the visual
Seeing or not seeing texts
Cultural and/or theoretical approaches to textuality and visuality
The role of visual studies in literary scholarship
The role of literary studies in visual studies scholarship
Particular readings that blend these two approaches

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV in .doc or .pdf format to
Susan Cook,

CFP: [General] American Name Society at MLA

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 8:22pm
Kemp Williams

Two open sessions at the annual meeting of the Modern Language
Association in San Francisco, 27-30 December 2008. Fields may include
literature, literary theory, philosophy, linguistics, geography,
sociology, history. Panels may be organized on single authors or
subjects. 150-word abstracts by 7 March 2008 to Kemp Williams
( Presenters of accepted papers must be members of
both ANS and MLA. MLA membership will be required by 7 April 2008. ANS
membership deadline TBA.

CFP: [General] The Audiobook (MLA 2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:39am
Matt Rubery

Papers for this proposed special session will consider the significance of
the audiobook. The growing popularity of audiobooks over the last decade
means that literary critics may no longer be able to turn a blind eye -- or
a deaf ear, in this case -- to the ways in which oral delivery influences
the reception of literature. This panel will explore the extent to which
the audiobook not only enables us to hear literature but to hear it in new
ways. While audiobooks are still responsible for only a small fraction of
the total book publishing market, their use is among the minority of
reading practices found to be increasing as the number of overall readers

CFP: [General] Delta Blues Symposium XIV

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 7:04pm
Thomas Williams

The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University
(Jonesboro campus) announces its fourteenth annual Delta Blues Symposium,
to be held 27-29 March 2008. The theme for Delta Blues Symposium XIV is
Sense of Place. Presentations are encouraged from scholars and students
of the humanities and social sciencesâ€"especially anthropology, art
history, economics, folklore studies, geography, history, literature,
musicology, political science, and sociology. As well, we seek
contributions from scholars and students of the physical and natural
        It should be emphasized that though we especially encourage

CFP: [General] Environmentalism and Religion (MLA 2008 ASLE-sponsored panel) March 1 deadline

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 5:45pm
Sarah E. McFarland

“Forgive Us Earth, for We Have Sinned”?: Environmentalism and Religion

MLA 2008 in San Francisco
Panel sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

The environmental message of _An Inconvenient Truth_ was challenged by many
for what they considered the hypocrisy of its narrator, Al Gore: he flew in
airplanes all over the world, for example, while chastising Americans for
their excessive carbon consumption. Many environmentalists preach one thing
and live another, as Janisse Ray recently contended in her _Orion_ article,
“Alter Call for True Believers.” She asks, what does it mean to preach to
(or be in) the “choir” of an environmental movement?

CFP: [General] Technologies Issue: Women's Studies Quarterly

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:17am
Stacie McCormick

As forms of knowledge, as practices, and as artefacts, technologies have
reshaped, and continue to reshape, the ways we think, write, create, and
perceive the self, the body and the community. This special issue of WSQ
invites feminist work that considers the concept of technology, conceived
broadly, and explores the multiple technologies --whether high-tech or
low-tech, futuristic, contemporary, or historical â€" that are influencing us.

UPDATE: [Graduate] Writing the Wave: Major and Minor Trends in English Studies

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 8:35pm
Katherine Bodrie

Call for Papers: “Writing the Wave: Major and Minor Trends in English Studies”
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate English Association Conference
April 18 & 19, 2008 (The conference is on April 19, but we plan to host a
social event the night before.)

UPDATE: [General] 2008 Pennsylvania College English Association Conference

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 8:09pm
Antonio Vallone

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to February 29,

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CFP: [General] The Adolescent Novel (MLA 2008)

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 3:46pm

Abstracts are invited for a proposed Special Session at MLA 2008, in San
Francisico, 27-30 December 2008, that engage critical/theoretical
approaches to the adolescent novel, broadly conceived: coming-of-age
narratives; first novels as "adolescent" texts; future of the adolescent
novel in the 21st century.

250-word abstracts by 15 March 2008 to:

Electronic submissions preferred.

Judith Broome
Assistant Professor
Department of English
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Rd.
Wayne, New Jersey 07470

CFP: [General] Literature and Fashion

Saturday, January 5, 2008 - 10:39pm
Sara Bernstein

Call for Papers: "Literature & Fashion" Panel
RMMLA Conference, Reno, Nevada, October 9-11, 2008.
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Both literature and fashion are often figured as simultaneously enacting
and disrupting a multitude of borders, from the division between an
individual’s body and mind, to the boundaries of empires and nation-states.
The 2008 RMMLA panel on "Literature & Fashion" is seeking papers that
explore the relationship between these two forms. Papers may use fashion as
a lens through which to understand a literary work or works, or fashion and
literature may work together to explore broader cultural issues. We are