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NVSA Conference 2011

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 4:24pm
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year

2010 MCRS Graduate Student Conference, Oct. 2

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 3:05pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies; University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dear Graduate Program Directors, Administrators, and Grad Students:

Following is an announcement for the Eighth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Please distribute this and the following CFP to any students who may be interested in submitting an abstract.

Festivals and Faires Area

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 2:24pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions for the 2011 PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio, TX (April 20-23, 2011) on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. Since the conference is in San Antonio, TX, any papers relating to festivals and faires in the city or state are greatly appreciated. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Chapters for Book on American Festivals and Faires

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 2:19pm
Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans, Editor

Festivals and Faires:
American Culture, Sub-Culture, and Counter-Culture

This book under contract with Mellen Press, which began with papers from the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Annual Joint Conference, seeks to explore the cultural aspects of festivals and fairs in the United States or the reaction in America to foreign events. The specific focus of the book is to examine how particular festivals and fairs reflect culture, counter-culture, or sub-culture in America. This project includes not only contemporary American festivals, but historical ones as well.

Please submit by 1 September 2010 any questions and a 250-word abstract of your proposed chapter to:

Christianity and Islam: Between Love, Law, and Secularity. 12-13th October 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 9:44am
Magdalen Lambkin & Anthony Allison/ University of Glasgow

Abstracts due: 6th August 2010

The Centre for the Study of Islam and the Centre for Inter-Faith Studies at the University of Glasgow invite contributions to a student-led symposium that will explore the themes of love, law, and secularity in relation to Islam and Christianity. This symposium aims to draw together researchers from a variety of disciplines to consider:

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

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 2:21am
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 by 10th January 2011.

Suggested topics might include:

Trans-Scripts Journal -- "Race: Theories, Identities, Intersections, Histories, and the 'Post-Racial' Society." -- 9/19/2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:23pm
Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work. The theme of the inaugural issue will be "Race: Theories, Identities, Intersections, Histories, and the 'Post-Racial' Society."

Critical Approaches to the Boondocks

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 4:48pm
Society of Cinema and Meida Studies (SCMS) Conference

Call for Papers
Critical Approaches to The Boondocks

Deadline: August 10, 2010
Notification of acceptance by: August 14, 2010

NEMLA 2011: "My dwelling place among you": Faith and Landscape in the Middle Ages. (deadline 9/30/10; NEMLA 4/7/11-4/10/11)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 2:41pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association. New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 7-10, 2011

This panel seeks papers addressing the following questions: To what extent does cosmology inform representations of place? To what extent are representations of places in medieval texts dependent upon Scriptural authority? How do medieval landscapes—literal or textual—self-consciously mirror Biblical landscapes? In what ways do medieval narratives explicitly reference Biblical landscapes as an aid to commentary upon social or political concerns of their day? As the significance of place is increasingly significant for our own conceptions of who we are, understanding the significance of place for medieval writers is as crucial for our understanding of who they were.

Tracing Stillness in Photography and Cinema-2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 1:25pm
Louise Hornby/Tulane University

This panel aims to address questions about medium and the historical and contemporary relationship between still photography and the moving image. In an effort to rethink classical film theory's understanding of photography and film as opposed media, the panel seeks papers that demonstrate how and why photography and photographic stillness matter for film.

How does photography gain visibility in the context of other time-based media? How have images of stillness informed a history of cinema? Is stillness a function of temporal scale? How do photography and photographic stillness participate in the current transition to digital media? Is stillness solely the purview of photography? How have the lines between photography and film become muddied?

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse and its Discontents (9/1/10; 12/11/10)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 1:24pm
University of Westminster


We are now delighted to announce two more keynote speakers for the conference, Professor John R. Hall from UC Davies, California, and Dr Patricia Wheeler from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

We still welcome abstracts for what promises to be an exciting event by the set deadline of 1 September 2010.

Original CFP follows below:



Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:26am
African American Studies Program/University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Hosted by the African American Studies Program
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
October 14‐16, 2010


In the spirit of the theme, we invite participants to share their scholarly, literary, and/or artistic expressions in any one or more of the following formats: Individual Paper, Poster, and Panels.

CFP: Reshaping the Italian American identity--DEADLINE Sept.1st 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 8:22am
Italian American studies panel / NeMLA 2011

This interdisciplinary panel seeks for papers focusing on the question of identity in the Italian American experience from different perspective. Research in the fields of history, ethnography, literature, sociology and anthropology over the past decades have demonstrated how the building process of an identity remains an open quandary in particular regarding the Italian American experience. The mediatic imagery of the last years (mis)portraying the Italian American adults as "Sopranos" or the youth culture as a world of "Guidos" and "Guidettes" (e.g. Jersey Shore) witness the complexity of a shaped Italian American identity undergoing a process of adaptation.

Detective-Mystery Area April 20-23, 2011

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:46pm
Popular Culture/American Culture Association

The Detective/Mystery Area of Popular Culture Assoc. is interested in individual papers and organized panels on any area of detective fiction, including, but not limited to theory, criticism, history. We are particularly looking at topics such as race, ethnicity, other media, mixed genre, GLBT, etc. Send proposal of 150-200 words, also include a 50 word bio, to both co-chairs. Please make sure to include correct and complete contact information--affiliation, email, address, phone number--on the proposal itself. Also indicate the broad category of paper--hard-boiled, police procedural, cozy, etc.

First time presenters are eligible to submit their paper for the Earl Award. Contact co-chairs for more information.

Lawman and the Word: a Roundtable Discussion (9/15; Kalamazoo 5-12-5-15)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:01pm
International Lawman's Brut Society

The International Lawman's Brut society announces a roundtable discussion, "Lawman and the Word." Please submit abstracts for a brief (ten minute) discussion of a single word or phrase from the Brut. Papers may focus on the history of a specific word or term from the text, its significance to the poem as a whole, or on other issues. This session will build on work that has been done on word choice and on single words in the Brut, including "lawen," "freondcipe," and others.

WINNOWING CHAFF: Constructing Morals and Contesting Universals in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales [deadline: September 1st]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 3:56pm
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2011)

Considering The Canterbury Tales exclusively, this panel seeks to investigate Chaucer's engagement with the epistemological and ontological debate over universals. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer are heavily influenced by Platonic, Aristotelian, and Boethian philosophies; these philosophical authorities inform Chaucer's poetic meaning. Because The Canterbury Tales is situated in the midst of long-evolving and newly emerging philosophical debates, such as the dispute between Realists and Nominalists, any morality extracted from the tales must be understood in accordance with the (textual) construction of meaning.

UPDATE--CFP Caribbean Mothering

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:38am
Dorsía Smith Silva

We are seeking submissions for an edited collection on Caribbean Mothering and invite you to submit.

Editors : Dorsía Smith Silva and Simone A. James Alexander
Publication Date : Fall 2012


Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 9:33pm
22nd Annual Tufts University English Graduate Organization Conference

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Keynote Address: Professor Martin Puchner, Harvard University

Bad Taste: we know it when we see it, and yet we do not always know what to do with it. Sometimes celebrated and sometimes repudiated, the forms, genres, images, and topics associated with the category of bad taste are always provocative.

In celebration of our conference's 22nd Anniversary, we are interested in investigating bad taste. We seek to explore the ways in which bad taste is identified and utilized. How does the category of taste create and reify genres? What role does taste play in a consumer society? If Bad Taste can evoke shame or pride, how do we evaluate or classify it in terms of affect?

Call for Movie Reviews

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:58am
Jura Gentium Cinema

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" ( is seeking reviews (between 1500 and 3000 words) for the following movies:

"Shutter Island" by Martin Scorsese. Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island (IMDb).

"Iron Man 2" by Jon Favreau. Billionaire Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends, as well as new enemies due to his superhero alter ego Iron Man (IMDb).

[UPDATE] Romanticism and Evolution

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:35am
Romantic Research Group at the University of Western Ontario

Romanticism and Evolution

The Romantic Research Group at the University of Western Ontario invites paper proposals for an international conference, "Romanticism and Evolution." The meeting will convene 12-14 May 2011 at Windermere Manor, next to Western's main campus in London, Ontario, Canada.

UPDATE: New Special Topic Sessions, C.F.Ps
• Steven Bruhm (Western): "Dance Evolutions"
• Jared McGeough (Western/Regina): "Spinoza and Romanticism"
• Joshua Shuster (Western): "American Organicism"

Please see the website for information about these sessions, the general call for papers, and submission details. The deadline for all submissions is 1 October 2010.

Homage to Miguel Hernández (1910 - 1942), Deadline: August 8, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:14am
Elvia Ardalania & Aitor Larrabide, University of Texas-Pan American, Miguel Hernández Cultural foundation

The present is a cordial invitation to participate in the creation of a book paying homage to Miguel Hernández with the purpose of commemorating and joining the activities surrounding the centennial of his birth. The book, which will be co-edited by Elvia Ardalani and Aitor Larrabide, shall consist of a collection of academic articles and essays based on the topics listed below. The book will be published jointly by the Miguel Hernández Cultural Foundation and University of Texas-Pan American Press.