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26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: TRANSFORMATION / ADAPTATION, Nov. 10-12, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:21pm
John Blair / University of West Georgia

We welcome submissions in all areas of the Humanities, understood in the broadest sense, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, English, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Cultural studies, the Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Philosophy and History. Papers, proposed performances, art installations or screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists or performers and may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to a special issue of JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts.

New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session MLA 2012 (Seattle, Jan. 5-8)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:18pm
Kathleen Howard

New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session, MLA 2012

What does new formalism bring to the popular religious novel? Marjorie Levinson has suggested that new formalism, in its most sensitive and nuanced instances, offers a way of re-approaching central questions concerning the work of literature in modernity. It does this, not by rejecting history as a grounding methodological episteme, but by returning, historically, to the different ways literary form has been understood over time, as engendering experiences that are not perfectly coincidental with history itself.

Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:53pm
One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011

Unexpected Agents: Considering agency and subjectivity beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

* One-day postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham
* Friday 24 June 2011
* Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)


'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

CFP: Journal - Monsters and the Monstrous

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:03am
Dr Rob Fisher/The Inter-Disciplinary Press

The Inter-Disciplinary Press
Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies

The Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous
ISSN: 1756-770X

Monsters and the Monstrous is a biannual peer reviewed global journal that serves to explore the broad concept of "The Monster" and "The Monstrous" from a multifaceted inter-disciplinary perspective. The journal publishes work that seeks to investigate and assess the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the journal will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific 'monsters' as well as evaluating the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'.

The Beats and Modernism at MSA 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:27pm
Jimmy Fazzino / University of California, Santa Cruz

The Beats and Modernism

Modernist Studies Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, October 6-9, 2011

I visited Père Lachaise to look for the remains of Apollinaire...
—Allen Ginsberg

The Beat movement can be situated within a number of US, Western, and world traditions. One of the most immediate, yet often overlooked, of these Beat contexts is modernism. This panel seeks to explore the manifold ways in which Beat writing is shaped by, responds to, contests, and transforms modernist legacies. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Jimmy Fazzino at by April 10, 2011.

Call for essays: The Centennial Reader (31 March 2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:42pm
Mount Royal University

We invite submissions for the second issue of The Centennial Reader. Essays can be on any topic of interest to an informed, Canadian audience.

As part of its centennial celebrations during 2010‐2011, Mount Royal University began an online, peer‐reviewed database of essays to offer a publication forum for intellectual discussion for Canadian writers. The Mount Royal Centennial Reader straddles both worlds: the academic world and the popular publication world. Submissions should therefore apply intellectual thought to topical concerns, offered in an entertaining and popular way.

Hannah Arendt and Innovations in Modern American Literature (MSA 13 Oct. 6- 9, 2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:36pm
Modernist Studies Association Conference

Hannah Arendt's body of work has grappled with many issues now characterized as distinctly modern: life politics, humanism, states of exception, human rights, and identity politics. In 1941 she moved to the United States and her political theory has left a lasting impression on not only American philosophy and politics but on other cultural productions, including literature. This panel seeks papers that engage any aspect of Arendt's political theories and their circulation—either directly or indirectly—in modern American literature and culture.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by April 1, 2011 to

Update: Rebecca West Conference September 16-17, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 4:28pm
International Rebecca West Society

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

"Rebecca West and Power"

Public Intellectuals and Media (MLA; 3/20/11)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:24am
MLA guaranteed session/Division on Nonfiction Prose

How do media shape possibilities for public intellectualism in the age of the digital, the social network, the newspaper of record, the pamphlet, the broadside? Papers on any era or nonfiction genre welcome.

This session is sponsored by the MLA Division on Nonfiction Prose, Excluding Biography and Autobiography. Send brief bios and abstracts to Susan Lurie ( and Brian Norman ( by March 20, 2011.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:49am

We are experiencing technical difficulties with the email address originally advertised, so please resubmit any previous submissions and we will acknowledge receipt. We are extending the closing date from 1 March until 6 March 2011 for this reason.


The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its second annual prize essay competition, open to all, and which for 2011 will be on the subject of:


The Sound of Silence

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 3:30pm
Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução

Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução is a journal publication by the School of Communication, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI) at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT). It is linked to the 1st cycle study program in Translation and Creative Writing and the postgraduate course in Translation and Intercultural Communication at ULHT. It is also affiliated to the 1st cycle program in Languages and Translation at the Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP).

Edited Volume on the writings of William T. Vollmann

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:34am
Christopher Coffman & Daniel Lukes

William T. Vollmann has been publishing fiction, non-fiction and journalism since the late 1980s, acquiring a cult audience and sensationalist reputation in the process. However, the 2003 publication of Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means (Vollmann's seven-volume, twenty-years-in-the-making treatise on the causes, effects and ethics of violence) and his winning of the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for Europe Central have arguably explicitly sanctioned his position at the forefront of contemporary mainstream American letters.

127th MLA Annual Convention Seattle, 5–8 January 2012 Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 2:00am

Call for Paper for a Special session in 2012 MLA Convention:
Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam
Perception of Ottoman Turks in Western discourse; in different genres, eras. kw: postcolonialism, orientalism. 300-page abstract and a brief bio or CV. by 10 March 2011; Beyazit Akman ( and Filiz Barin-Akman (

127th MLA Annual Convention Seattle, 5–8 January 2012 Contemporary Fiction and Islam in the post-9/11 Era

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:56am

Call for Paper for a special session in MLA 2012 Convention:

Contemporary Fiction and Islam in the post-9/11 Era
Representations of Islam and Muslims in contemporary novels in the context of post-9/11 discourse. kw: postcolonialism, orientalism. 300-word abstract and a brief bio or CV by 10 March 2011; Beyazit Akman ( and Filiz Barin-Akman (

MLA 2012: Automating Love's Labors (special session)

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 6:43pm
Natalia Cecire and Scott Selisker

When Adam requires a companion to alleviate his loneliness, God fashions him one out of a spare bone; if Christ, of whom Adam is the prefiguration, is "begotten, not made," Eve is pointedly the reverse. Thus when Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam envisions an Ève future (1886), it is perhaps no surprise that this ideal helpmeet should be a machine: she perfects the machinic quality of the original Eve. While a prevalent discourse of the machine age marks out the robotic and the automatic as the cold inverse of real human (often female) affection, British and American texts of the modernist period, broadly conceived, stage the robotic and the automatic as inquiries into the relations between modernity, labor, affect, and gender.

Playing False: Representations of Betrayal (Oxford, September 16 - 17, 2011)

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 4:48pm
Dr. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino, Lincoln College, Oxford University

Lincoln College, Oxford University, September 16 - 17, 2011

"Verrat und Argwohn lauschen in allen Ecken"
(Friedrich Schiller, "Wilhelm Tell" 1, 4)

LASA 2012 (San Francisco) "The Nature of Things: Material Culture in Latin America"

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 5:02pm

Material culture has played a central role in Latin American history and in the definition of national identities, especially when it has taken the form of objects and commodities. Nevertheless, the links between material culture and cultural production in Latin America pertain to an area of study that is relatively unexplored. The aim of this panel is to examine the relationship between the circulation of material objects and Latin American literature and cinema, by analyzing those spaces where culture and the world of material objects interacts.

2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 11/5-11/6 , 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 12:14am

The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

1st Global Conference on Evil and the Nature of the Beast

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 12:43pm
Global Research Studies

Call for Papers!
1st Global Conference on Evil and the Nature of the Beast

September 12-14, 2011 – Washington Univ. – Charles F. Knight Center – St. Louis, MO

Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2011

"A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible."
THOMAS HARDY, Far from the Madding Crowd

History and Hermeneutics in Biblical Translation - 28 May 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:00pm
Birkbeck College, University of London

2011 marks the fourth centenary of the publication of the King James Bible, now widely recognised as the landmark work in the history of English scriptural translation, even if contemporaries were slow to embrace the work. It is an appropriate time, then, for a retrospective glance at the Bible's place in the English language, from its earliest mediaeval incarnations, through the manifold early modern versions to the present-day, when the Bible is still being adapted to the idioms of modern speech, as in Rob Lacey's Street Bible (2002). More than any other work, the Bible has participated bilaterally in the development and enrichment of the language, and of the cultures which that language has underpinned.

Disability in America --- SAMLA 2011, Atlanta (11/4/11-11/6/11); Deadline May 1

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:21pm
Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College

Proposals are invited for a session on disability and American Studies at the 2011 South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta, GA. The panel welcomes proposals that analyze any aspect of the topic including fiction, poetry, drama, and film, as well as non-literary materials from all periods. Proposals may interpret "America" and "American" broadly, and panelists are welcome but not required to consider the special convention focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World."

By May 1, 2011, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College, at [at] montgomerycollege [dot] edu.

[speakers update] Singapore - The Contemporary: An International Conference of Literature and the Arts

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 7:14am

The Contemporary
An International Conference of Literature and the Arts

June 24th-26th 2011
Division of English
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A conference co-organised and supported by the Division of English (School of Humanities & Social Sciences) & the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), NTU.

*Main Speakers [Update]~ Brian McHale has been added to the list of main speakers:

Shirley Chew
Iftikhar Dadi
Reed Dasenbrock
Keith Hopper
Brian McHale
Brian Richardson
Lisa Samuels
Ronald Schleifer

CFP Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:35am
Cine-Excess - Brunel University

The 5th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents

Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess

cfp Scritture migranti n.5/2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:09am
Scritture migranti: rivista di scambi interculturali - Dept. of Italian, University of Bologna

The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) is now accepting submissions for its next issue (n. 5/2011) of Scritture migranti, an international journal dedicated to writing on migration.
Interested scholars should send a complete essay or an abstract of approx. 20 lines by May 15, 2011 to the editorial committee:

Law and Corporeality in Literature

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:35pm
MLA 2012

accepting paper proposals for a panel at the 127th MLA Annual Convention in Seattle (5–8 January 2012). Note that this proposal is for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Law as Literature Discussion Group.

Law and Corporeality in Literature

This panel considers how the law regulates the body/bodies in literature and other media. Papers considering gender, race, and ethnicity are especially encouraged. 300-word abstract and bio by 5 March 2011; April Miller (