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[Update: May 15] Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/Translation

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:55am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

Call for Papers for Volume 3, Number 2
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
ISSN 0975-2935 *

Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/translations
In the 21st century a perception or rather an apprehension sometimes surfaces that poetry will have a slow death in the techno-consumerist world. But contrary to apprehension poetry has survived and is thriving everywhere—in all forms of print and electronic media. In our next issue of the Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, we would like to explore various aspects of contemporary poetry in English/translations from different parts of the world.

The Summer of Faulkner: Oprah's Book Club, William Faulkner, and 21st Century America

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:18pm
Jaime Harker

Oprah Winfrey's 2005 announcement of her Book Club's "Summer of Faulkner" was greeted with skepticism, if not derision, by many cultural and literary commentators. The alliance between Oprah and Faulkner was seen a treacherous merger of pop culture schmaltz and modernist complexity. Recent scholarly excavations of the interdependence of highbrow writers with the literary marketplace and popular culture, however, suggest that the Faulkner-Oprah alliance is merely the most recent manifestation of Faulkner's cultural malleability, evident in his successful Hollywood writing, his best-selling Signet pulp reprints, and his career-long commitment to exploring popular genres like detective novels and the gothic.

Transgendered Feminism

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 5:04pm
MP an online feminist jourmal

MP: Transgendered (Fall issue) – Deadline August 31, 2011

Can there be a multi-gendered feminism? MP journal seeks submissions that explore the many facets of transgendered feminism. How do transgendered people experience, embrace, reject, or practice feminism? What is the role of feminism within queer studies? What is the role of feminism for those who occupy the interstice between male and female? Is gender performance feminist? MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries on the subject of transgendered feminisms. International submissions are encouraged.

The Serious Pleasures of Travel - 2011 M/MLA - Nov 3-6, St. Louis

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 2:48pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA)

In the nineteenth century, travel became a serious business: with the explosion of travel guide books (Murray's and Baedeker's, most notably), Cook's excursion tours, organized itineraries through the P&O and other ocean liner companies, and other commercial efforts, the world began to open up for tourism is ways previously unknown. Where travel had in earlier centuries often been focused on the pleasure of "finishing" one's education through a Grand Tour, it now became accessible to many more people – at once a more playfully democratic pleasure and an enormously serious money-making venture for everyone from travel companies to local vendors at what we now think of a tourist traps.

American Frontiers: British Association of American Studies Postgraduate Conference (November 12th, 2011)

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 7:21pm
British Association of American Studies / University of Birmingham

November 12th, 2011
Keynote: Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)

The British Association of American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on November 12th, 2011.

The general theme of the conference is 'American Frontiers'. The notion of the frontier has permeated the history of the United States, from colonial expansion to the optimistic rhetoric of the Kennedy administration. Moreover, the meaning of 'America' and its place within the world has been a site of ongoing negotiation in geographic, political, economic, military, intellectual and cultural terms.

Gender and Punishment: Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2012

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 3:31pm
University of Manchester

Gender and Punishment: Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2012

11th - 13th January 2012, The University of Manchester Keynote Speakers: Professor Dawn Hadley (University of Sheffield) and Professor Karen Pratt (King's College, London)

Submissions are now being accepted for 20 minute papers.

The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation (proposals due by May 15, 2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:27pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) - Special Session at the 2011 SAMLA Convention, November 4-6, 2011

The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation

"We seek the balance between cosmopolitan pluralism and deep local consciousness. We are asking how the whole human race can regain self-determination in place after centuries of having been disenfranchised by hierarchy and/or centralized power" (Gary Snyder, "The Place, the Region, and the Commons").

"And so I look upon the sort of regionalism that I am talking about not just as a recurrent literary phenomenon, but as a necessity of civilization and survival" (Wendell Berry, "The Regional Motive").

Playing Across Borders: Katherine Mansfield and the Margins of the Modern--deadline for abstracts 3 June 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:46pm
Midwest Modern Language Society--panel sponsored by the Katherine Mansfield Society

Panelists are invited to submit abstracts (250 words) for papers on Mansfield's difficult relations with the transnational scene of the modern, modernism, modernity. Submissions might consider facets of Mansfield's ambivalences about national and imperial affiliation or other modernists or modernisms or literary professionalism. Send abstracts to Todd Martin, by 3 June 2011.

Intersections: Literature, Technology, Science October 21-22, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 2:07pm
Western Illinois University English Graduate Organization

Call for Papers

Intersections: Literature, Technology, Science
Eighth Annual English Graduate Organization Conference, presented in association with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Organization.

October 21-22, 2011
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Keynote Speakers:

Jackie Orr is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the author of Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder (Duke). Her research focuses on contemporary and feminist theory; critical studies of technology, science and psychiatry; and cultural politics.


Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:44pm

Call for Articles, Reviews and Interviews
Published by the University of Łodź in Poland
Dorota Filipczak

No. 2

CFP - disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory - Self/Story: Issue 21

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 1:25pm
disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory


The editorial collective of disClosure seeks submissions that explore SELF, STORY AND LIFE NARRATIVE as they are understood in a variety of areas and disciplines. Possible topics might include:

* Self Portraiture *Personality *Memoir/Autobiography * Life Worlds and Spatiality*Duplicity/Performance *Race, Class, Gender and Self * Avatars *Memory and Recollection *Agency
*Voyeurism, Audience,and Consumption *Issues of Genre
*Intersubjectivity *Coded Data and Self Stories
*Identity *Authenticity and Self *Nationhood and Subjectivity *Pedagogical Personas
*Disambiguation and Self

Accepting Book Submissions to Display at MLA Convention

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 7:19pm
Anaphora Literary Press

Anaphora Literary Press is accepting critical and creative book-length submissions. Anaphora is purchasing a booth at the January 2012 MLA Convention in Seattle at which it will display all of its titles. If you publish a book with Anaphora before January 2012, you will have an opportunity not only to display your book in this booth, but also to do signings/ readings and the like inside of the booth. Anaphora is also going to be displaying its books at the upcoming Wyoming Walter Scott conference (July 2011) and at the West Virginia Book Festival (October 2011). We have begun selling books to professors to teach in their classes and hope to make more sales at these conferences.

Update: Fifth Biennial Rebecca West Conference

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 9:12am
International Rebecca West Society

The Fifth Biennial Rebecca West Conference.
To be held at CUNY Baruch (Manhattan), September 16-17, 2011.

"Rebecca West and Power"

Women's & Gender Studies Session Proposals, 2012 NeMLA, March 15-18, Rochester, NY

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 7:18am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

NeMLA is a member-driven convention. We welcome and encourage session proposals (panel, roundtable, creative session, seminar) in all Women's & Gender Studies topics, including:

Susan B. Anthony Studies
Feminist Literary Theory
Gender in Literature
Gender in Film/Photography
Girl Studies/Boy Studies
Globalized Gender
Men's Studies
Multi-ethnic Literatures
Queer Studies
Transnational Literatures
Women's Studies & Authors

Commonalities: Imagining the Ordinary (September 23-24, 2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:38pm
Rice University Department of English

The annual Rice University Symposium in Houston, Texas invites papers that examine the unexpected material and affective supports of the common, commons, and community. Papers might explore representations of communities as they develop across spatial and temporal boundaries as well as how shared background understandings connect to the experience of the ordinary. We are especially interested in how these issues relate to the question of the commons and the role collective life plays in various social imaginaries. Submissions that range across periods, theoretical orientations, and disciplines are welcome.

Possible paper topics:

GRIDLOCK, October 14-15, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:15pm
Department of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University | Hosted at the AC Institute, New York, NY

For our 2nd Annual Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, we invite submissions that explore the possibilities of Gridlock.

Keynote: Eugene Thacker, Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School

Aging and Inheritance in Modernist Literature: October 6-9 2011 Buffalo NY

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 10:56pm
Modernist Studies Association

David Rosen, in Power, Plain English, and the Rise of Modern Poetry, proclaims that "Modern poetry was never young." Can any similar claims be made for the Modernist novel? Is Modernism, conscious of the long cultural past that it draws on, symbolically "old"? This panel will explore the way that modernist authors take up the position of maturity or old age in order to confront their cultural inheritance. How does the older subject, steeped in the past herself, deal with the metaphorical and literal inheritances that connect the Modernist period with what came before? Is the mature subject in Modernist works world-weary, marked by conservatism and the renunciation of new possibilities?

Byzantium/Modernism: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:34pm
Roland Betancourt, Yale University

Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes
20-22 April 2012, Yale University

Keynote Speakers:
Marie-José Mondzain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Robert S. Nelson, Yale University

Voicing the Alternative Seventh International Conference on English Language and Literary Studies September 22 – 24, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 10:34am
English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro

We invite scholars to join us in the consideration of the intriguing issue of alternative voices through examples from the field of Anglo-American literature, linguistic and cultural studies. We suggest addressing various alternative processes and techniques outside the traditional mainstream in general, alternative styles in literature, alternative genres, a variety of subcultures existing along the fringes of mainstream culture, alternative theories, alternative education practices, etc, as well as the processes involved in the creation of a non-conformist, avant-garde, forward-thinking voices, finally addressing to what extent it is possible to be independent on the norm.

[UPDATE] The Monument in Revision, Edited Collection (abstracts due June 1, 2011)

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 6:12pm
Joseph L.V. Donica/Southern Illinois University Carbondale

With the renewed focus on monuments and memorials after 9/11 new questions are being raised and old ones revisited about how objects become memorialized or even de-memorialized. And while it is clear to us now that the monument's physical presence is always in jeopardy of disappearing, it is not as clear how a monument's meaning travels in and out of various conceptual spaces as the monument changes physical shape or adapts to the cultural ceremonies or power shifts within national states.

Reconstruction 11.1 Multilingual Realities in Translation

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 2:56pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction Vol. 10, No. 5, 2011: Multilingual Realities in Translation, edited by Angela Flury and Hervé Regnauld
Art, "Turmbau zu Babel" by Ben Ulke
DT Kofoed, "Decotitles, the Animated Discourse of Fox's Recent Anglophonic Internationalism"
John Muthyala, "Call Center Cultures and the Transnationalization of Affective Labor"Karen Rodríguez, "Mapping Desire and Transgression Through Other Languages: Sex and the (Occasionally Multilingual) Provincial City"
Eva Repouscou, "Untranslatable Realities"
Brad Baumgartner, "The Spectropoetics of Trauma: Ghosts, Language, and the Wound in Nightwood"
Heather Macdougall, "Facing off: French and English in Bon Cop, Bad Cop"

The Syntax of Voice in Modernism (Modernist Studies Association/MSA 13, October 6-9, 2011, Buffalo, NY)

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 9:52am
Elizabeth Bonapfel / New York University

This panel seeks to explore the relationship between syntax and the category of "voice" in modernism. Recent scholarship on voice, including Mladen Dolar's book "The Voice and Nothing More," often complicates the Derridean distinction between writing and speech by arguing for a multiplicity of voices (musical voice, feminine voice, voice as object, interior voices, democratic voice, societal voice, authoritarian voice, hiccup, cough), a vocal variety that is particularly registered in the modernist period through innovative syntax.

Chapter and Verse: Structures of Reading Conference Date: October 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 2:33am
University of California at Berkeley / The Bancroft Library

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Nicholas Dames, Departments of Comparative Literature and English, Columbia University

The Bancroft Library and the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley invites scholars of all disciplines to submit papers to the History of the Book and Reading Townsend Center Working Group conference. This conference will explore what comprises the field we call "History of the Book."