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The Films of Kathryn Bigelow, NeMLA, April 7-10, 2011

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 5:33pm

Call for Papers

The Films of Kathryn Bigelow

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

Women Writers and Psychoanalysis

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 3:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This session is seeking paper submissions for a panel on American women writers' responses to Freud.

Submissions should address one of the following subjects:

Revisions of Freudian texts; Alternatives to the Freudian model of psychoanalytic practice; Responses to Freud as a cultural figure; Writing psychoanalysis through form, style, and technique.

Please email submissions to Kristina Marie Darling,

Victorian Sensation Fiction at the <em>Fin de Siecle</em>

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 4:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel will examine the ways in which Victorian Sensation Fiction interacted with Modernity. We will ask: How did the genre anticipate and respond to late 19th century Parliamentary activity? In what ways did sensation fiction challenge or reflect evolving ideas about gender and identity? Panelists will interrogate sensation fiction's relationship to art and aestheticism movements, advances in technologies including "iron horses," commercial culture, and Modernity's historical and political events, including Britain's empire project. We will discuss the ways in which sensation fiction seeded later literary movements such as the "New Woman" novels.

2011 British Women Writers Conference: "Curiosities" (March 31- April 3, 2011)

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:58pm
18th and 19th Century Women Writers Association (BWWA)

The 19th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference The Ohio State University Columbus, OH "Curiosities" March 31- April 3, 2011 Call for Papers: The theme for this year's conference is "Curiosities." We encourage submissions that consider how the concept of curiosity—in its dual meaning of intellectual pursuit and particular material objects—influenced the lives and work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, and continues to drive our scholarship today.

Ethics and Discourse in Historical Perspective: Practice & Theory

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 11:44am
EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone)

International Interdisciplinary Conference
15-16 April 2011
« Ethics and Discourse in Historical Perspective: Practice & Theory »

Organized by EMMA in collaboration with CRISES and DIPRALANG (Montpellier III, France)
With the support of the French Society of English Stylistics
and the French University Institute

Essays wanted for upcoming collection on Conan the Cimmerian [Update]

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 11:33am
Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph

Seeking two proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays on Conan. I already have the book contract and need the essays to round the manuscript out.

Here are some potential topics, but I am open to good ideas not on the list:

Conan after de Camp and Carter
The Conan industry
Feminist approaches to Conan
Appropriation of Conan in rock/heavy metal
Conan the television show
Masculinity/Male studies and barbarism

Essays should be in the 8000-10000 word range. An agreed-upon style manual will be send to all contributors.

The Languages of James Joyce, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 10:44am
Salvatore Pappalardo, Maria Kager/Rutgers University

This panel welcomes papers investigating Joyce's multilingualism. What are the aesthetic and political implications of crossing language boundaries, narrating through multilingual puns and polyglot pastiche in Joyce's works? Suitable topics include the author's complicated relation with Irish, the challenge of translating Joyce's multilingual texts, the relationship between Joyce's multilingualism and cosmopolitanism, and comparisons between Joyce and other writers.

Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

The NeMLA conference, hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will take place on April 7-10, 2011.

Writing Into the Profession: Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 3:58pm
Brian Ray & Mercer Bufer, English Graduate Student Association, UNCG

Writing Into the Profession:
Enacting and Exploring Roles of the English Scholar
Saturday, September 25 2010

For its fifth annual interdisciplinary conference in English studies, we at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association ask you to join us as we work to build a community of graduate scholars. Our conference provides forums for ongoing research in a non-threatening and receptive academic environment. Additionally, the Writing into the Profession conference brings graduate scholars into contact with established professionals who can answer questions about best practices, research methods, and the field of English Studies.

NEMLA Queer Counterpublics: deadline 9/30/2010

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:26am
Grace Sikorski

Call for Papers

Queer Counter Public

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel welcomes papers on queer counterpublics including LGBTQ, drag, bdsm, fetish, butch/femme, polyamory, etc., in literature, film, and culture; the subversion of the hegemonic order of sex, sexuality, gender, desire, and bodies; alternative discursive, symbolic, imaginary, or literal locations for queer behaviors, bodies, and identities; and the role of consumer culture in the production of queer counterpublics. Submit to

Understading Avatar: A Movie Made for the Masses -- NeMLA Convention -- 7-10 April 2011 -- New Brunswick, New Jersey [UPDATE]

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:54pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Sven Birkerts identifies language erosion as one of the morbid symptoms of the electronic age: "Syntactical masonry is already a dying art; simple linguistic pre-fab is the norm. Ambiguity, paradox, irony, subtlety, and wit – fast disappearing. In their place, the simple 'vision thing.'" The popularity of James Cameron's Avatar may prove the worldwide spread of this morbid symptom.

[UPDATE] Histories Created Through Film at San Francisco State University Oct. 20-22, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 1:45pm
San Francisco State University Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association

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:

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.

Dickens in 2012: Preparing for Boz's Bicentennial

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

"The record of bitter moments": Prison Writing as a Genre, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:42am
Kristina Lucenko, Stony Brook University

From John Milton to Aphra Behn to Oscar Wilde to Angela Y. Davis, a striking number of writers have experienced some sort of imprisonment. This panel seeks papers on the role of prisons in textual and literary creation. Some of the questions we wish to address include: What are the various prison experiences across time periods--the gaol, the bridewell, the convent, the workhouse-prison, the psychiatric hospital--and how does each serve as a site of cultural production? How does the prison intersect with issues of gender, class, and nation? How does prison writing fit with other generic forms? Which genres of writing emerged from imprisonment? How do writers figure their incarceration--as periods of dispossession, withdrawal, renewal, or triumph?

[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.


Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am

I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

Censored Literature Panel for NEMLA April 7-10, 2011, New Brunswick, N.J.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:10pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Teaching literature censored by governments or self-censored means engaging with social, religious, political, and sexual taboos dialectically related to the courage of writers. This panel will explore pedagogical methods appropriate for this topic, with the objective of exploring the secrets of other cultures and discovering our own biases. From Ulysses and Lolita to Satanic Verses and Children of Gebelaawi (or the Alley), what is the best way to explore these forbidden fruits? Please send proposals to Dr. Julia Keefer,

Reading Jacqueline Wilson

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:07pm
Helen Day, University of Central Lancashire

Creator of Tracy Beaker and one of Britain's top writers for children, there's hardly a young person in the UK that hasn't heard of Jacqueline Wilson. The most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, over 30 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone and they have been translated into 34 different languages. Amongst her awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Royal TV Society Best Children's Fiction Award. Jacqueline was Children's Laureate from 2005-07 and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literacy in schools. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson when she was awarded a DBE.

Cinema and Demos/ NEMLA 2011 convention, New Brunswick, April 7-10 2011

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:00pm
Elif Sendur / SUNY Binghamton

From its very inception the relation between cinema and masses is somewhat a concern among any scholar who takes cinema seriously. Whereas Kracauer underlines cinema's performance in fulfilling mass desires, Benjamin inaugurates the birth of a new subject who is simultaneously a critique and an actor. For Balazs and Munsterberg, the control of the production of cinema and preventing the mis-distribution of its meaning are of primary importance. Hence, from the very first moments, cinema has been conceptualized as a pharmakon even though critics have not put it in those terms explicitly.

ANS 2011 Annual Meeting, January 6-9, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:14pm
American Name Society

The American Name Society (ANS), a professional organization devoted to the study of names and their role in society, invites précis and abstracts for papers and program suggestions for its annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the American Dialect Society (ADS), and other allied, professional organizations. The 2011 meeting will be at the Hilton Pittsburgh, January 6-9, 2011.

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines

'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:00am
Dr. Haseenah Ebrahim/University of the Witwatersrand

We are looking for submissions of critical essays, reviews, and comparative analyses of South African films, of films about South Africa, film discourse and scholarship, and/or essays that examine cinema in or about South Africa, the film industry in South Africa (production, distribution, exhibition, marketing, the post-production, casting agency practices, etc.), film criticism in South Africa, and about education and training, both in relation to film studies as well as film production. Topics may include, but are not limited to, ideological and aesthetic analyses of films, theoretical explorations of film-related issues, questions of representation or of film reception, audiences and exhibition, legislation, institutions and practices ( e.g.

CFP - Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:28am
Department of Cultural Studies, The University of Nottingham, UK

Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

University of Nottingham, UK
28th-29th April 2011

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
China Miéville and Dr. Alberto Toscano

This two day international conference for postgraduate and early career researchers explores interdisciplinary conceptions and representations of radical, counter-hegemonic space.

2010 LCMND Conference, WINNIPEG, MB, October 14-16: hosted by the University of Winnipeg -- THEME: "Marshall McLuhan..."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 1:24am
LCMND: LANGUAGES & CULTURES Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota (from 1959-2009: Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota)

The THEME of the 2010 LCMND Conference is:
"Marshall McLuhan in a POMO World"

General proposals for the Circle's 53rd Conference are also welcome, & can be submitted to any of the 2010 LCMND Officers at:

NeMLA 2011 New Brunswick. Music Contingencies in Narrated Americas.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:13pm

If we talk about literature and music are we thinking also about the social and the political arena? This panel seeks papers on the intersection between music and narrative works considering how aesthetic experiences may have been used to supply other discourses with the their rhetorical resources, mechanisms or forms. The focus will be on Latin America but comparative submissions with the US are welcomed. Please, submit your 250-500-word abstract (Spanish, Portuguese or English) and a brief biographical statement to Enea Zaramella. Deadline: 18 September 2010.