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Book Destruction: Call For Papers for a Conference at Senate House, University of London 16 April 2011

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Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 7:19am
Birkbeck College, University of London

Much attention has been given in recent years to the book as a material, historical object and its possible technological obsolescence in the era of digitization. Such reflections have tended to concentrate on the production and cultural circulation of books, their significance and their power to shape knowledge and subjectivities. But there is another aspect to our interactions with the book which remains relatively unexplored: the history of book destruction. In certain circumstances books are treated not with reverence but instead with violence or disregard. This conference invites reflections on this alternative history of the book, and we welcome papers from a range of historical periods and disciplinary backgrounds.

The Acacia Group at Cal State University, Fullerton, 2011 Graduate Conference, Retaliati

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Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 4:36am
The Acacia Group

The Acacia Group at Cal State University, Fullerton is currently accepting proposals for its 2011 Graduate Conference, Retaliation. The Acacia Group is an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to developing student scholastic advancement while fostering a strong sense of academic community.

[UPDATE}Australian Association for Caribbean Studies International Biennial Conference 2011

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 11:00pm
Australian Association for Caribbean Studies

*EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DEADLINE*
Australian Association for Caribbean Studies
International Biennial Conference
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
16-18th February, 2011
The ninth biennial conference of the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies (AACS) will be held in Newcastle, 16-18th February 2011.
The theme for the conference is:
Caribbean Narratives of Race, Place and Migration
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Helen Tiffin, Formerly Professor of Literature at the University of Tasmania

*Paper proposals that do not fit the conference theme are welcome*

In the Mirror of the Past: Journeys from History to HISTORY - Int. Conference on the Fantastic and the Miraculous May 9-10, 2011

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 6:06pm
Center for Mythopoeia and Philosophy of Literature at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland

Co-sponsored by Center for Mythopoeia and Philosophy of Literature and Center for
Advanced Studies in Popular Literature at the Department of Polish, as well as by Center for
Francophone Literature and Culture at the Department of Modern Languages, the three-day
FANCUD conference at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland, is the only annual conference
in the country on the literary and filmic intersections of myth, fantasy, science fiction and
other speculative genres.

Paper proposals on TELEVISION due Dec 15, 2010 for conference meeting April 20-23, 2011

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:44pm
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture

Call for Papers: Television
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
http://www.swtxpca.org
Abstract or Panel Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Hotel Phone: 1-210-223-1000

'Round and 'Round We Go: The Endless Carnival, Philadelphia, P.A. (2/25/2011)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:40pm
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

'Round and 'Round We Go: The Endless Carnival
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania
Friday, February 25, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Katrin Sieg, Associate Professor of German at Georgetown University's BMW Center for German & European Studies

"The feast is a primary, indestructible ingredient of human civilization; it may become sterile and even degenerate, but it cannot vanish."
~Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World

[UPDATE] Jesters and Gestures: Irony at a Crossroads

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:05pm
The City University of New York Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature

Jesters and Gestures: Irony at a Crossroads
February 24-25, 2011
Abstract Deadline: December 1st, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Claire Colebrook, Penn State

"The ironization of form is like the storm which lifts up the curtain of the transcendental order of art and reveals it for what it is, in this order as well as in the unmediated existence of the work."
-Walter Benjamin, The Concept of Art Criticism in German Romanticism

"The irony of the novel is the self-correction of the world's fragility"
-Georg Lukacs, The Theory of the Novel

Second Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference on Literature, Composition, and Rhetoric April 1st-2nd

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:09am
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages). Abstracts should be received by January 30, 2010.

Second Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference on Literature, Composition, and Rhetoric, April 1st and 2nd

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:03am
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages). Abstracts should be received by January 30, 2009.

Journal of Sonic Studies

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 6:02am
Marcel Cobussen, Leiden University and Vincent Meelberg, Radboud University Nijmegen

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the launch of the online Journal of Sonic Studies, a new international peer-reviewed journal on auditory culture. Sonic studies covers both the material production and consumption of sound (including music, noise and "silence") and the cultural meaning of sound (e.g. through listening). It explores the dynamic interaction between the physical environment, the socio-cultural milieu, the producer(s) of sounds, such as musicians, sound engineers, sound artists, producers, as well as the individual listener. In short: sonic studies focus both on the production, the distribution, and the reception of sound.

Sleep: Aspects and Approaches. Oxford 12-13 April 2011

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:34pm
Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference (Rob Avis, Sarah Baccianti, Brian FitzGerald)

This conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students. It is intended that a volume of proceedings comprising selected papers will appear in the Medium Ævum Monographs Series. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers will be 20 minutes or less. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to oxgradconf@gmail.com by 10th January 2011.

Suggested topics might include:

[UPDATE] CEA 2011 Conference (Nov. 8; March 31-April 2)

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:37pm
College English Association

In response to requests for an extended deadline, the CEA will now accept proposals through Monday, November 8 for our 2011 Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. Please see the CFP below.

**NOTE: Each member of a joint presentation or pre-formed panel MUST submit a proposal individually to the CEA website.

Call for Papers, CEA 2011 | FORTUNES
42nd Annual Conference | March 31 - April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33701; (727) 894-5000

EXTENDED DEADLINE: November 8, 2010 at http://cea-web.org/

Transnational Star Reader

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 3:52pm
Professors Russell Meeuf and Raphael Raphael

Call for Papers:
The Transnational Star Reader

The editors of The Transnational Star Reader are seeking innovative scholarship on the phenomenon of transnational stars. The collection will include a variety of existing work by established scholars in the field as well as new scholarship from a range of perspectives. Essays should address the transnational circulation of star texts or star-centered media, the importance of transnational stardom to international media industries, or global star culture(s). Essays may be historical or contemporary, theoretical discussions or case studies, political economic analyses or cultural studies semiotics, or anything in between.

Relationship Status: It's Complicated - University of Pittsburgh - February 24-25 2011

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:55pm
The University of Pittsburgh French and Italian Graduate Student Association

This two-day conference aims to center its discussion around the role of various contacts in a multitude of relationships within French and Italian studies. Participants are invited to consider the instances and implications of conflict, aggression, collaboration, pleasure, and desire within these voluntary or forced groupings, ranging from literature to cultural studies and beyond. Relevant themes and topics may include, but are not limited to the following relationships:

Colonizer/Colonized
Author/Reader
Citizen/Government
Real/Virtual
Teacher/Student
Parent/Child/Siblings
Love/Hate
Friend/Foe
Nation/Region
Human/Natural World
Queer/Normative
Subject/Monarch

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:48pm
The Atrium/Ivy Tech Community College

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices is a peer-reviewed cross-disciplinary journal that invites and encourages innovative, creative and critical articles that spur academic discourse across the disciplines in two- and four-year colleges. Articles published will be those of interest to a broad range of disciplines. We are interested in limited amounts of fiction and poetry, controversial topics in the academy, and articles that cross boundaries. We seek papers that describe best practices and student engagement of controversial topics. The Atrium intends to be a passageway of ideas and practice across the disciplines.

ACLA Seminar: Emergent Authenticity: Fakes, Copies, and the Real Thing in a Global Culture

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:27pm
Russell Cobb / University of Alberta

How does a cultural product come to be accepted as authentic rather than a mere commodity? In 1999, for example, the Cuban government proclaimed that hip-hop was a genre in keeping with an "authentic expression of Cuban culture" after many years of being rejected as a symptom of capitalist excess. Why is Tex-Mex cuisine rejected by literary food writers while other regional varieties of Mexican cuisine are hailed as authentic in North American cookbooks? The idea of this seminar is to examine why the notion of the authentic remains such a touchstone in an increasingly globalized, hybrid culture.

[UPDATE] Comparative Anatomies: Atlantic Science & the Literature of Slavery [Deadline Extended: 11/12/10] ACLA 2011, Vancouver

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:10pm
Britt Rusert, Temple University

This seminar will explore the ways that comparative literatures of slavery, as well as the history of slavery itself, might be re-mapped by attending to dynamic networks of science and knowledge production across the Atlantic World. While various fields have moved toward a more global theorization of slavery (comparative histories of slavery, postcolonial approaches, an increasingly hemispheric Southern Studies, ongoing investigations into the Black Atlantic, and so on), the history of science as it pertains to race and enslavement remains, for the most part, confined within problematic frameworks of the nation-state. In U.S.

Cinevisto: Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Cinemas

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:33pm
Caryn Connelly and Luis Guadano, General Editors

We are currently soliciting manuscripts for the inaugural issue of Cinevisto: Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Cinemas, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on film production in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, as well as films relevant to or produced by members of Hispanic and Lusophone communities in their respective diasporas, such as U.S. Latinos. Cinevisto seeks to place a particular emphasis on films that are widely circulated and consumed in their context of production, looking to move beyond the more exclusivist "art house" cinema that often gets recognized in academic forums.

Graduate Student Conference: Shakespeare: Pedagogy, Scholarship, Performance

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:22pm
Mary Ruth Marotte, Graduate Director, University of Central Arkansas

Call for Papers
UCA's Fourth Annual
English Graduate Conference on Literature

Shakespeare:
Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Performance

April 14-15, 2010
University of Central Arkansas

When Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare was "not of an age, but for all time," he could not have realized the full impact of his words. Nearly 400 years after his death, the bard still mesmerizes us. We invite papers on any aspect of Shakespearean studies.

Though the conference theme centers on Shakespeare, we also welcome submissions on any topic related to all genres of literature, theory, culture, and film, as well as creative submissions of poetry, fiction, and drama.

[UPDATE] Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society (NEW DEADLINE 11/30/2010, dates 7/1-3/2011, Munich)

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:16am
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Due to recent responses, we have extended the abstract deadline to 30 November 2010 for the following:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Peter Becker (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
Prof. Dr. David Schmid (University of Buffalo)
Dr. Niall Scott (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr. Margrit Shildrik (Queen's University, Belfast)

"Cultural Form, Spatial Dialectics, and the Question of Autonomy"

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:48am
ACLA, (03/31 - 04/03, 2011)

Has the spatial dialectic that critics like Fredric Jameson ("Third-World Literature in the Age of Multinational Capital" and _Valences of the Dialectic_) and Franco Moretti ("Conjectures on World Literature") have recently described as fundamental to our understanding of cultural flows already exhausted itself? Much scholarship that attempts to trace the importation of literary forms in order to historicize the material and geopolitical history of transnational exchanges seems compelled to seek literary artifacts from earlier periods in order to illustrate the ways in which that history has been brought to bear on the relationship between specific literatures.

Computers and Writing 2011 - "Writing in Motion: Traversing Public/Private Spaces" CFP due Nov 15, 2010

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:43am
Sweetland Center for Writing - University of Michigan

Writing is in motion as never before: students text one another on the go and around the clock; colleagues and friends use wikis to brainstorm and to co-author important documents; choreographers and filmmakers use motion-capture technology to "write down" movement and gesture; and poets invent new multimedia poetic forms. The places we write, and the features of the writing we value, are today more varied – and often more contested – than ever before.

We welcome proposals in a variety of formats that interpret the conference themes from multiple perspectives. Regardless of format (see Session Types below), each proposal should provide the following:

POLITICS, PERFORMANCE AND POPULAR CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 8:43am
Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster

POLITICS, PERFORMANCE AND POPULAR CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

7-9 JULY 2011

To be held at the Storey Institute, Lancaster.

This is advanced notice of the second conference held under the auspices of our AHRC-sponsored project 'Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837-1902'.

We welcome proposals for 30 minute papers which explore the connections between politics and popular culture, 1820-1910. In particular, we are interested in examining the extent to which popular theatre can reveal public perceptions of contemporary social and political issues. And conversely, how might popular entertainment influence and shape contemporary political debate?

New (In)Securities: Empire, Environment & Employment

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Monday, November 1, 2010 - 9:43pm
Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research

We are living in increasingly insecure times. In the face of drastic climate change,
global economic uncertainty and imperialist wars with no clear battlefield or determined
timeline, a good many social scientists have concluded that insecurity, broadly defined
and in its many forms, is the new norm. For the next issue, Alternate Routes invites
submissions on the various ways in which (in)security has manifested in the new
millennium. How has state repression been employed and under what pretexts? What
lessons may be drawn from policing dissent? How does ecological degradation threaten
our -- food, labour, biospheric, geopolitical and physical -- security? In what ways are

Watermark Journal--Submission Deadline 1/28/2011

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Monday, November 1, 2010 - 6:39pm
CSULB Graduate English Department

WATERMARK JOURNAL
CALL FOR PAPERS

Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our fifth volume to be published in May 2011. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

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