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Women of Color and Trauma in Narratives of Violence

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 11:33am
Southeastern Women's Studies Association

Voices are central to the treatment of trauma, and it is this centrality that makes the connection between trauma and literature so rich. The narrative voice provides the victim a way to process and order the experience, and it is through this voice that those who hear it come into community with that person. Through this community, the number of those who bear witness multiplies, as does the number of those who are primary and secondary survivors.

Return of the Ring

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:57am
Tolkien Society, UK

J.R.R. Tolkien is an author who excites diverse critical response from both academia and non-academia. Although best known for "The Lord of the Rings" and other tales of his Middle-earth 'legendarium', Tolkien's oeuvre extends to Anglo-Saxon studies (to which he contributed much as an academic), essays on fairy tales, poetry, children's tales and non Middle-earth fantasy.
In recent years academic interest in the fantasy genre has increased dramatically. Likewise fandom studies are developing as fan productions proliferate, particularly since Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings".

Boundaries (Un)Defined

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:24am
Sigma Tau Delta

The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to take part in submitting abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the confines, limitations, or openness of space in world literatures, including, but not limited to:

• Public and Private Spaces
• Digital Space (including Computers)
• Ethnic, Language, or Literal Borders Websites, etc.
• The Space of Memory
• The Space of Genders and Sexualities
• Existential Boundaries
• Spiritual and Religious Spaces

Trauma and the Woman of Color in Narratives of Violence

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:33pm
Southeastern Women's Studies Association

Women's roles are historically remembered as primarily passive on both sides of "the color line": while White women's bodies have historically been protected and defended, women of color have been raped, beaten, mutilated, or ignored. These dual constructions, while often accurate and productive for highlighting the gendered and sexualized violence inflicted upon the bodies of women of color, leave a yawning void in both our understanding of minority communities' resistance to national, racialized forms of terrorism, and our cultural memory of white women's role in the public domain and their engagement in "the race question."

ACLA 2011 - Embodying Academic Research - Deadline November 1, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 7:36pm
Cynthia Francica and Bhavya Tiwari - The University of Texas at Austin

Despite ever-increasing inter/metadisciplinary conversations and cross-pollination, there are specific areas of knowledge that are still at the margins of those exchanges – the body and the sensory world remain outside the comparative poetics in academia. Drawing on a tradition of feminist writings on embodied knowledge, as well as on the close ties between literary texts and other arts and on the innovative methodological approaches that the field of visual anthropology has forwarded in recent years, we would like to propose a space to workshop, experience and embody our research by opening dialogues between academic texts and other media, while simultaneously conceptualizing the body, the senses and the experiential world around us.

CFP-"Decolonial Thinking in Latin American and Latina/o Literary Studies (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011 Vancouver)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 5:02pm
Juan G. Ramos

In his introduction to <> (2010), Walter Mignolo invites us to consider decolonial thinking "as a particular kind of critical theory and the de-colonial option as a specific orientation of doing." As a type of critical theory, decolonial thinking becomes an option from which we can be critical of existing master/universal narratives that pervade in society and academia.

Comparative Melodrama (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
Sheetal Majithia

Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.

Comparative Anatomies: Atlantic Science & the Literature of Slavery [deadline: 11/1/10], ACLA 2011, Vancouver

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:59am
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.

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege - March4-6th, 2011

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:41am
McGill University

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

The McGill English Department's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature will take place in Montreal from March 4 to 6, 2011. The conference will centre on issues of luxury, commodity, and consumption in literature, and other texts and cultural artefacts.

Potential areas for study include, but are not limited to the following:

-class and social standing

-wealth and poverty, images of excess and need

-human rights (sexual freedoms, disability rights, etc.) versus social privilege

-the racialization of wealth and status

Narrative Scale and the Limits of the Sensible

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:45pm
International Society for the Study of Narrative

We welcome paper proposals on narrative scale in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century fiction, film, or visual media for the 2011 International Conference on Narrative. We are specifically interested in essays exploring the relationship between narrative representation and what the selection of scale brings to view or obscures. For example, what is made legible if we imagine literary history in terms of blunt dates (like the annular study) rather than in terms of broad conceptual markers (like modernity)? Or what is the relationship between evolution as metaphor bounded by narrative and scientific evolutionary theory? Particular areas of interest might include:

Black Studies in the Age of Obama: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Black Identity: Undergraduate Student Research Conference

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:04pm
Dept. of Black American Studies--University of Delaware

The Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, in collaboration with Delaware State University, Morgan State University, and Bowie State University, extend a call for papers for an inaugural regional undergraduate student research conference to be held on March 19, 2011 at the University of Delaware related to the theme—broadly conceived—Black Studies in the Age of Obama: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Black Identity.

The Conference On The Conference - March 4th and 5th, 2011

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 9:54pm
Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts The Conference On The Conference Organization Committee


March 4th and 5th, 2011

Simon Fraser University,
A School for the Contemporary Arts
Graduate Candidate's Symposium/Exhibition, Vancouver, BC. Canada

Call for Papers: The Conference on The Conference

The Tide that Binds: Exploring the Victorian Coast

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 9:29pm
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario/ Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English

Victorians flocked to coasts and shorelines to seek leisure, employment, escape, beauty, death, and the natural world, amongst other pursuits. For Great Britain, an island nation at the centre of an expanding empire, the relationship between natural edge and national border took on increasingly complex resonances as the nineteenth century progressed. This session seeks to explore the investments made by Victorians in coasts both symbolic and literal, including the various aesthetic, industrial, gendered, classed, patriotic, and religious meanings that inhered in representations of the line between land and sea.

Poverty and Whiteness in 20th Century American Literature Panel: ALA 2011

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:45pm
Jolene Hubbs / Veronica Watson

We are seeking a third presenter for a proposed panel at the American Literature Association in Boston (May 26-29, 2011). This panel aims to explore representations of poor whites and/or the intersections of whiteness and social class in twentieth-century works.  One confirmed paper will examine intertextuality as a form of poor white class consciousness in Barbara Robinette Moss's _Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter_; the other will explore white femininity and class mobility in Zora Neale Hurston's _Seraph on the Suwanee_.  Comparative approaches--across races, works, time periods--and papers examining individual works related to the panel theme are equally welcome.

Reading Transcendentalism after Cavell (ALA: 5/26-5/29/2011)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 3:15pm
The Thoreau Society

A Session Sponsored by The Thoreau Society
American Literature Association--22nd Annual Conference, Boston, May 26-29, 2011
Kristen Case and Rochelle Johnson, Organizers

Reading Transcendentalism after Cavell: Anticipating the Fortieth Anniversary of The Senses of Walden (1972)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 11:03am
Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo



Timothy Campbell (Cornell)
Catherine Malabou (Universite de Paris X-Nanterre, SUNY Buffalo)
David E. Johnson (SUNY Buffalo)

Contributors to the conference must be currently enrolled graduate students (in any discipline), and are encourage to engage in presentations that probe the political constitution of the human-animal divide as a condition for thinking sovereignty, the State, nation, law and politics in general.

Book Reviews – Mind/Body Relationships

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:01am
Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Mind/Body
Relationships -- Special Issue

Contemporary Interpretations

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 11:10pm
CSU Chico EGSC Fall Symposium

2010 EGSC FALL SYMPOSIUM: "Contemporary Interpretations: Expanding Boundaries with Inquiry"
CSU, Chico Performing Arts Center November 13, 2010

Kate Chopin panel at 2011 ALA Conference

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 7:37pm
Kate Chopin International Society

The Kate Chopin International Society is seeking individual paper proposals for its sponsored panel at the 2011 American Literature Association conference in Boston, May 26-29, 2011.

Proposals relating to any aspect of Chopin's life or work will be considered. Please send a presentation title, your name and affiliation, and 1-2 sentences about the content of the proposed presentation.

Send all submissions to Dr. Emily Toth at by January 15, 2011.

Call for Papers: Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2011)

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 6:20pm
Infonomics Society


Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2011), April 4-7, 2011, Toronto, Canada (

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

Detecting Genius: The Adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 2:48pm
Natasha Alvandi Hunt / Popular Culture Association Annual National Conference, San Antonio, Texas


The Adaptation Section of the 2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference

Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23
Marriot Rivercenter San Antonio, and Marriot-San Antonio Riverwalk

Proposal deadline—November 30, 2010

Detecting Genius: The Adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

First Seminar on the Narco-Imaginary (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3)

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 1:27pm
Ramsey Scott

Narcotics repeatedly emerge as central elements in the history of colonization and global capitalism. "Legal" or "illegal," state-sanctioned or unsanctioned, the drug trade is fundamental to numerous historical developments, from the European "discovery" of tobacco in the New World, to the Anglo-Chinese Wars over the opium trade, to the interventions of the United States in Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua…