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Reading the Visual Text: Visual Rhetoric in a Visual Culture (SAMLA conf. 2010, special session, abstracts due June 15, 2010)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:01pm
Alice Myatt / Georgia State University

This panel invites participants to explore the ways in which reading visual texts plays out in our increasingly visual culture. From the bombardment of images used in advertising, to the moving image that adapts printed text to the cinematic screen, to the increasing centrality of visual images in digital spaces like Facebook and Second Life, our culture is one that often takes for granted the interplay between text and image.

Proposals for any presentation connected to the field of visual rhetoric are welcome.

Presentations may seek to answer any of the following questions, or they may offer a perspective on visual rhetoric that connects to the convention theme "The Interplay of Text and Image":

[UPDATE] Film (Regular Session) 2010 SAMLA Convention; May 15

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:41pm
Adrienne Angelo / SAMLA

In keeping with the theme of the 2010 SAMLA convention, this panel seeks paper proposals that address the interplay of text and image. Possible topics may include but are not limited to: cinematic adaptations of literary works, film theory and authorship, reflexivity in film and literature, and the relationship of word and image in national cinemas and cinematic traditions. By May 15, 2010, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter's name, academic affiliation, and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University, at All submissions will be acknowledged.

Political Speak:The Use and Abuse of Rhetoric in Support of Torture & Punishment-SAMLA 11/7/10- 11/11/10-Abstracts due 05/01/10

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:22pm
Jessica Elena Charles/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Torture: What is the fascination with this arcane activity? The very nature torture is that it speaks to us viscerally—a prolonged sensory activity that captivates its audience with images of pain and misery. It is something society looks down upon yet simultaneously has an almost obsessive interest in viewing, dissecting and in some cases applying.

This panel seeks to present theories and analysis regarding the use of rhetorical methods in history, literature, art and film to rally the masses in support of the very activities that society collectively deems heinous.

Anglo-American Literary Relationships 1870-1910 (DEADLINE EXTENDED 4/5/10; Midwest Conf on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:15pm
Keridiana Chez

I am putting together a panel exploring relations between England and the U.S. during 1870-1910 for the Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting (October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland), given their stated strong preference for completed panels.

Any papers relating to Anglo-American literary relations during the last third of the 19th-century, and trickling into the 20th-century, will be most welcome.

I am particularly interested in questions of how transatlantic literature of the period influenced

English Literature (1700 to present), Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (DEADLINE April 5)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 1:17am
Stephani Pierce, San Francisco State University

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i. English Literature (1700 to present), a standing session, invites papers from a range of theoretical and analytic approaches on any relevant topic.

COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics, Durham UK (Deadline: 15 May 2010)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:00pm
Marc Botha and Heather Yeung / University of Durham, UK

COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics

Department of English Studies and St John's College, University of Durham UK
8-10 September 2010

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Derek Attridge (York)
Stephen Bann (Bristol)
Michael Davidson (UCSD)


[UPDATE] Reflections on Identity: Images in Multi Ethnic American Literature

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:32am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association/MELUS Panel/Lucy R. Littler

In keeping with the 2010 SAMLA convention theme, the "Interplay between Image and Text," the MELUS panel seeks papers examining how images and/or the relationship between images and literary texts can inform, circumscribe, or perform identity within the context of multi-ethnic literature of the United States. Projects may consider images as constructed within narrative or place images and literary texts independent of one another in conversation. Please send 250 word abstracts and contact information to Lucy Littler at by April 15th, 2010. Panelists will be notified via email by May 1st, 2010.

A Fighting Modernism: Canadian Literature and War (deadline: April 25, 2010)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 9:37am
Bart Vautour, Dalhousie University, and Emily Robins Sharpe, the Pennsylvania State University

This proposed Modernist Studies Association 2010 panel seeks to explore modernist articulations within Canadian war literature in order to map connections between the country's participation in international conflict and its literature's place in the field of transnational modernism. Does Canadian modernism develop, as some critics have argued, out of the country's participation in the First World War? How do Canadian texts about war employ, question, or contest modernist aesthetics? How do representations of war change throughout modernism's tenure? Papers might address how Canada's decolonization and growing independence from England affects literary representations.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 5:04pm
Alexandra Hidalgo, Purdue University

Present Tense is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. We are a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens.

Seeking to address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles of no more than 2,000 words, the length of a conference paper. We also encourage conference-length multimedia submissions such as short documentaries, flash videos, interviews and podcasts, as well as reviews that are thematically related to the goals of the journal.

Here is a suggestive, though by no means exhaustive, list of topics that potential submissions might address:

S(t)imulated Realities: The Hypperreal in Popular Culture

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 3:15pm
Robin DeRosa/Plymouth State University

This collection will look at pop cultural simulations of the real. Topics to be covered could include reality television; living history museums or other tourist sites; simulated violence in entertainment, such as film and professional wrestling; Disneyland; planned residential communities; SecondLife, online gaming, and avatars; online cultural communities; metafiction; and literary hoaxes. Is the "real" strengthened and reinscribed by the copy that acknowledges it, or is the "real" confounded by simulations which ultimately supplant reality with a kind of hyperreality?