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[UPDATE] -- PAMLA 2010: Nation and the Mother Tongue(s); abstracts 5 April 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 13-14 November 2010 (Chaminade U., Honolulu, HI)

The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of accents, dialects, inflections, and multilingualisms within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.

Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium, September 6, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:48pm
Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium

2010 Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference and Colloquium
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 6, 2010

"If music be the food of love, play on" – William Shakespeare, The Tempest (I.i.1)

"See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here" – Eminem, "Renegade"

M/MLA - Chicago, Nov 4-7, 2010 - Canada's Ghosts: The Spectors that Haunt and Terrorize Canadian Literature (May 14th, 2010)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:17pm
Midwest Modern Languages Annual Conference - Permanent Panel - Canadian Literature

Over 30 years ago, the essay, "Haunted by Lack of Ghosts: Some Patterns in the Imagery of Canadian Poetry," by Northrope Frye appeared. The purpose of this panel is to address the ghosts that do in fact terrorize the Canadian imagination, the Canadian psyche and Canadian culture. We are looking to discover and discuss that which lurks in the shadows of the author's imagination and experience to understand what they represent. These ghosts, real or imagined, can come from any and all forms of Canadian Literature: French, Native, Neo-Canadian, traditional and non-traditional. Please submit a 300-word abstract to by May 14th, 2010.

Kilt by kelt shell kithagain with kinagain: Ireland and Scotland 12-14 November, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:16pm
University of Sunderland, UK / North East Irish Cultural Network

Following the success of the previous seven international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 12th to 14th November 2010.

International Bernard-Marie Koltès Symposium

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 7:27pm
7Stages Theater, Atlanta, GA

Conference Announcement for Next Weekend in Atlanta!

The International Koltès Symposium and world premiere of the English translation of Koltès' The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet, directed by Thierry de Peretti, will take place on April 3-4, 2010.

A few highlights from the weekend:

April 3 International Koltès Symposium 10am - 3pm (12-1, break for lunch)

Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta
Alliance Française
Colony Square Plaza Level
1197 Peachtree St. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
For directions and parking info please go to

3rd Annual New Narrative Conference

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 4:38pm
University of Toronto

3rd Annual New Narrative Conference: Narrative Arts and Visual Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Toronto May 6-7 2010

[UPDATE] Writings of Intimacy in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries - Deadline Approaching

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:57pm
Loughborough University, UK

10th – 12th September 2010
Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University, UK

Keynote speakers: Adam Phillips (UK), Leo Bersani (USA), Lauren Berlant (tbc) (USA).

A special performance of intimate poetry and prose is also scheduled, including readings from poets Andrea Brady and Jonty Tiplady and novelist Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski.

Literature and Politics

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:59am
University of Brighton, UK


Literature and Politics:
A study day on the politics of teaching literature and
the teaching of political literature

University of Brighton
24 September 2010

Terror and the Cinematic Sublime

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:55am
Todd Comer

Jean-Francois Lyotard writes, "We have paid a high enough price for the nostalgia of the whole [...] let us be witnesses to the unpresentable; let us activate the differences and save the honor of the name." How are "nostalgia" and the "whole" linked to terror and to the cinematic form? And how does film--if at all--confront the "unpresentable?" What is the "ethical" nature of this confrontation? Do death, birth, and God remain unpresentable today or have they also fallen prey to a nostalgic closure? Papers on the Coens, Christopher Nolan, Tarantino, Peter Weir, and less mainstream directors are of particular interest.

Women in Popular Music: Facing the Fear Midwest Modern Language Association Chicago, Illinois from November 4-7, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 9:48am
Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages Midwest/Midwest MLA

What part does fear play--for good or for ill--in the work and careers
of female musicians? Which artists build their work around creating a
feeling of unease, shock or even peril in their audiences, how do they
do it, and how does it contribute to their success? Artists who turn
their backs on the nurturing, comforting female persona and go for the
discomforting--from Goths to Diamanda Galas--are the subject of this
year's panel.  250-word abstracts to by April


Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:08am
Susan Reid / Katherine Mansfield Society


Final call for submissions to the Katherine Mansfield Society prize essay competition, which for 2010 is open to all and will be on the subject of: KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND D. H. LAWRENCE.

Comparative studies in English, of approximately 5,000 words, should address any aspect of the literary relationship between Mansfield and Lawrence and consist of original, previously unpublished research.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £300 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society).

1st Global Conference: Making Sense Of Suicide (November 2010: Prague, Czech Republic)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:57am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Suicide

Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
The conference seeks to examine and explore why it is people choose, quite deliberately, to end their own lives – or why it is that people value death more than they value life. Biological, mental, medical, social, economic, religious and other factors will be considered along with an assessment of the contexts within which acts of suicide take place. The 'meaning' of suicide will assessed, particularly in relation to narrative, cultural, and existential influences.

Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

Paroles gelées Call for Articles: "The Branded City / La Ville marquée" April 30, 2010 (UCLA French Graduate Student Journal)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:37pm
Paroles gelées Journal of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA Graduate Student Journal

Journal of French and Francophone Studies

The Branded City / La Ville marquée
Throughout history, cities have been contact zones where the past, present and future coexist, where urban and suburban meet and where (im)migrants, ex-patriots, urban explorers, and local inhabitants mix anonymously.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED Atlantic World Literacies: Before and After Contact--October 7-9, 2010 (abstracts due APRIL 2, 2010)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 10:00pm
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim

before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological "literacies."

Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, Myth (_American Literature_) (31 May 2010)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 9:05pm
_American Literature_ (Duke University Press)

American Literature (Duke University Press)
Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, and Myth
DEADLINE: 31 May 2010

More than one commentator has mentioned that science fiction as a form is where theological narrative went after Paradise Lost, and this is undoubtedly true…The form is often used as a way of acting out the consequences of a theological doctrine….Extraterrestrials have taken the place of angels, demons, fairies and saints, though it must be said that this last group is now making a comeback.
—Margaret Atwood, "Why We Need Science Fiction"

(Re)Constructing the American West -- SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:47pm
SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)

In his essay "Walking," Henry David Thoreau says, "We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure." Similarly, in All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren's protagonist remarks on a trip westward, "For West is where we all plan to go some day." Yet, Warren's west is starkly different from Thoreau's. The myth of the American West has provided a geographical space for philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers to interrogate, personal as well as cultural, ambivalence towards the promises of Manifest Destiny, the American Dream, capitalism, individualism, diversity, and community.

East West Literary Relations, PAMLA 2010 (Deadline: Apr 5)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 7:51pm
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

This panel accepts a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical concerns related to the study of Asian and Euro-American literatures. We welcome the study and cross-disciplinary use of visual texts and/or media, as well as traditional author-centered research.

Fat Sudies Area, Midwest Popular Culture Association, Minneapolis, October 1-3, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 5:41pm
Elena Levy-Navarro, Fat Studies Area Chair, MPCA

Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2010

The Fat Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is soliciting proposals for its joint annual conference. We seek proposals for papers, roundtables, or forms of artistic expression that forward a fat-affirmative agenda. Critical discussions of fat, thin, and body size are welcome, especially those that either consider or counter phobic constructions of the presentday. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

UVA-Wise Medieval/Renaissance, Sept. 16-18, 2010 (Undergrad) (proposals by June 18, 2010)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 5:08pm
University of Virginia's College at Wise

The University of Virginia's College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference is pleased to announce a call for undergraduate papers for the upcoming Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 16-18, 2010.

Papers by undergraduates covering any area of Medieval and Renaissance studies—including literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts—are welcome. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.

Abstracts (and letters) should be submitted electronically or by regular mail by June 18, 2010 to:

Modernist Historiography (deadline April 20) (MSA 12, Nov 11-14, 2010)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:36pm
Seamus O'Malley, Ph.D. Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

Modernist Historiography

The modern era saw a shift in society's views of history, as history began to be seen as circular, degenerative, utopian, etc. There was also a related, but distinct, shift in how histories were written, as the professionalization of the discipline of history intensified and creative writers made the writing of history new.

[UPDATE] Literature and Psychoanalysis Symposium: "Playing Doctor: Performance, Trauma, and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:13pm
Literature and Psychoanalysis Reading Group, Department of English, University of Toronto

*Deadline for proposals this Friday, March 26!*

Keynote Speaker: Professor Naomi Morgenstern, University of Toronto.
"The University in Crisis: Teaching, Transference and Tenure in David Mamet's Oleanna."

Presented by the Studies in Psychoanalysis and Literature Reading Group
and GRIT: The Group for the Reading of Incredible Theory
May 21, 2010
Department of English
University of Toronto

Call for Papers

Early Modern Exclusions, 14 Sept. 2010 (Deadline CFP: 14 May)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:21pm
Centre for Studies in Literature & Centre European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth

The Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) and the Centre European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth are pleased to announce a one-day, multi-disciplinary conference on "Early Modern Exclusions" to be held on September 14, 2010.

[UPDATE!] Reweaving the Rainbow: Literature & Philosophy, 1850-1910

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:59am
University of Exeter, UK

**CFP deadline extended! It is now Friday, 16th April 2010 **

Reweaving the Rainbow: Literature and Philosophy 1850-1910

University of Exeter, 10th - 11th September 2010

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Wood (Princeton)

Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine --
Unweave a rainbow...
(Keats, Lamia, 229-237)

1st Global Conference: The Value of Work (November 2010: Prague, Czech Republic)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 7:11am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
The Value of Work

Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
This conference aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, professions and vocations to focus on a fundamental aspect of human life: work.

Work has pervasive influence on human life. Where we live, how we live, how we learn and see the world is strongly shaped by the work we do. Since the industrial revolution some of the expected benefits of the implementation of technology, and contemporary management have not been realised.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE APRIL 15 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Ethics and Sustainability

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 6:48am
Association for Integrative Studies

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Ethics and Sustainability
October 7 – 10, 2010
32nd Annual Association for Integrative Studies Conference

Hosted by San Diego State University's
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts,
School of Public Affairs
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Center for Regional Sustainability
The Ethics Center for Science and Technology (SDSU, UCSD, USD)

at the Kona Kai Spa and Resort
1551 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-3102

Histories Created Through Film, October 20-22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 5:18pm
Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association / San Francisco State University

The San Francisco State University 12th Annual International Film Conference

This conference seeks to explore the role of cinema in reflecting and contributing to concepts of historical events, identity politics, cultures, cults and celebrity.

Histories, as narratives of both personal and public events, identities and societies, are created, recreated, and deconstructed in film. This conference will explore how cinematic depictions of histories differ from that of other media and how cinema's depiction influences both society and other media. The relation between cinema and histories invites investigation from numerous perspectives, including but not limited to:

Shakespeare and Related Related Topics, PAMLA 2010 (Deadline: Apr 5)

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 3:33pm
Bill Gahan, Rockford College

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, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing Shakespeare and the Nation. All abstracts that address this topic will be considered. Comparatist approaches are especially welcome. Submit proposals online by April 5 at

Provence and the British Imagination

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:18pm
Universite de Provence

Provence and the British Imagination

Université de Provence 19 and 20 November 2010, Aix-en-Provence, France

Organising institutions
LERMA (Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone, Université de Provence), Università Degli Studi, Milano (member of LERU), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (CRILLASH), Société Française d'Étude de la Littérature de Voyage du Monde Anglophone (SELVA)

[UPDATE] American Childhoods: Representations of Childhood in pre-1900 American Literature

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 1:49pm
SAMLA Nov. 5-7, 2010 Atlanta/ submission deadline June 1

Whether they appear in literary works intended for adults or for children, and whether they are "real" or fictional, child characters are almost always the product of adult imaginings. What kinds of "cultural work" do child characters do in literary works? How is gender performed by these characters? How is national identity formed? This panel seeks papers which address these issues or others centered on the representation of children and childhood in American literary texts before 1900.

American Literature I (pre-1900)
Atlanta, Nov. 5-7, 2010

Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Chris Nesmith at: cnesmith[at]

Submission deadline: June 1, 2010