As Toni Morrison observes in Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (1993), "Race has become metaphorical—a way of referring to and disguising forces, events, classes, and expressions of social decay and economic division far more threatening to the body politic than biological 'race' ever was. [...] It seems that it has a utility far beyond economy, beyond the sequestering of classes from one another, and has assumed a metaphorical life so completely embedded in daily discourse that it is perhaps more necessary and more on display than ever before" (63).
The Ezra Pound Society and International James Joyce Foundation plan a joint sesssion on Ezra Pound and James Joyce: Connections and Disconnections at the MLA Convention in Seattle, 5-8 January 2012. Papers are inivted dealing with the affinities between these authors and the reaction by each writer to the work of the other. Intertextual links as well as disparities and aesthetic and political differences may be addressed. Please send 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2011. Abstracts dealing primarily with Joyce should be forwarded to Anne Fogarty (email@example.com), while those centring on Pound should be forwarded to Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ir B.
Multiple Childhoods/ Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies. May 19-21, Philadelphia.
Graduate Student Forum: Charting the Course
Studies in American Culture
Call for Submissions
Studies in American Culture welcomes the submission of essays on all aspects of American culture, including studies of the literature, language, visual arts, and history of the United States, and from all scholarly and critical approaches.
The Editorial Board welcomes studies of art, music, theatre, political science, sociology, literature, history, or any other area related to American Studies. We will consider any essay that explores an interesting dimension of American culture but are particularly eager to see submissions that approach their subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Final call for papers:
A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia, 18th-19th June 2011
'The Historical Uncanny: Phantoms, Doubles, and Repetition in the War on Terror'
'The Talking Picture: Speech, Silence, and Ventriloquism in the Discourse of Photography'
Call for Papers (Organized Sessions)
35th Anniversary International Assosiation for Philosophy and Literature Conference at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan,
May 23rd – 29th, 2011
East︱West : Deterritorialization, Negotiation, Glocalization
All topics in philosophy and literature relating to the East, the West, or the relation between both are all welcome. Submissions Organized Sessions are highly recommended.
※Deadline for Submissions: 10th March, 2011
For submissions and more information, please visit http:// www.iapl.info
Edith Wharton in Florence: A Sesquicentennial Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society, 6-8 June 2012
Papers (for twenty minute talks) may be on a wide range of topics and written from any critical perspective, but those who choose to speak on the conference topic should address Bernard Shaw's broad international interests as expressed in his novels, plays, prefaces, speeches, and travels; productions of Shaw's plays in different countries and languages; ''boundary-free'' internet Shaw; and ''copyright-free'' Shaw (in Canada since 2000, and in most other countries from 2020).
CALL FOR PAPERS
Sixth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 7, 2011
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Formal Measures." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.
Call for Contributions --
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
September 2011 issue --
Deadline extended to March 20, 2011. Authors who wish to submis should turn in an abstract and a list of keywords prior to February 28.
In his "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Walter Benjamin famously reads the Paul Klee painting Angelus Novus, not as a "New Angel" in keeping with the original title of this watercolor, but as an "Angel of History." Benjamin describes the angel as flying backwards (and thus looking at the past) toward the future, blown by a huge storm. This storm, Benjamin says, is what we call progress.
Stop! Take a breath and hear our call!
This is your opportunity to cross your BORDERS and expand your horizon. The 2nd International Undergraduate Symposium will give you a chance to brighten your vision and those of others by projecting your thoughts on borders with your presentation. The symposium is also your opportunity to develop both social and communication skills, as well as broadening your perspective by enabling you to see beyond presupposed definitions of what borders are.
To give you an idea what your presentation could be about we took the liberty of listing a few possible topics;
• Borders and border-crossing in literature, arts, media, society, politics, religion, history, etc.
AGSE Call For Papers— Upon A Precipice
The Associated Graduate Students in English (AGSE) at California State University Northridge is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference to be held on April 16, 2011.
This electronic round-table will showcase different ways digital media and tools inform teaching, scholarship, publication, and collaboration within Hispanism. Each of 8 panelists will offer a five-minute demonstration of their digital project emphasizing how the medium has changed the way they approach their work. During the remaining 30 minutes, the audience will circulate around the panelists' stations to ask individual questions and get a closer look at the projects. Representation from Peninsularists, Latinamericanists, and specialists in US Latino is anticipated. Must be member of MLA by April 1, 2011.
Please send 250 word abstract including link to digital work, if available by 15 March 2011 to
Kyra A. Kietrys
Proposals for scholarly or creative panels, interdisciplinary sessions, round tables, or individual fifteen to twenty-minute presentations on the interface between literary studies and Christianity. Special consideration will be given to papers relating to the conference theme, "transformative journeys."
How do writers represent women's work, where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose?
The deadline for submitting proposals to this special session is March 15, 2011. Please note that this session is provisional, pending approval by the MLA Special Sessions committee, which will consider submitted panels in May and inform presiding officers in early June. However, to be listed in the conference program, one must be a member of MLA by April 7, 2011.
Marking the 30th anniversary of Rexroth's death, proposals on any aspect of his poetry and translations are invited. Abstracts (300 words max) and brief CV to Brent Newsom (email@example.com) by March 17, 2011.
This special session is subject to approval by the MLA; participants must be MLA members by April 7, 2011.
We are seeking participants for the panel on Southern Literature at the 2011 RMMLA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ. This is an open topic and all areas of literature (poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction) as well as those with an interdisciplinary approach will be considered. If you would like to have your paper considered for the panel, please email a 300-400 word abstract (in Word), including your name, affiliated institution, position, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We are seeking participants for a special topics session at the 2011 RMMLA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ discussing a connection between folklore and contemporary (1970-2009) fictional texts and how we reconstruct individual and community identities by revisiting folklore of the past.
Folia linguistica et litteraria is a scientific journal for language and literature studies, founded at the Faculty of Philosophy, Nikšić, University of Montenegro in 2010.
This is a peer-reviewed journal with an international board of editors.
Folia linguistica et litteraria's mission is promotion of excellence in the fields of linguistics and literature, through original scientific research, as well as reviews and translations of theoretical works.
The submission deadline for the third issue of the journal is April 15, 2011.
Papers should meet the requirements of the MLA Citation Style and should not exceed 7000 words. Papers must include abstracts and key words in author's native language.
In a recent CCC article, Steven Fraiberg argues for an approach to composition studies Crossing disciplinary, geographic, and linguistic boundaries. In moving toward a less-bounded approach, Fraiberg calls for attention to spaces where "global scapes converge in local contexts" using Anis Bawarshi's notion of uptake- or knowing "when and why to use a genre" and "how to select an appropriate genre in relation to another." We aim to do just that.
Wright State's More Than Words Can Say English Graduate Conference seeks to explore the effect of blending media and composition. We are looking for presentations providing insight into the impact convergent culture has on text.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: the dissemination of sexual "knowledge," lecture tours, public health education, schools & universities, homoeroticism and pedagogy, education & the New Woman, teaching the fin de siècle today. Not limited to Anglophone literature and culture. Abstract of 300 words and brief C.V. by March 10; Helena Gurfinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This special session is subject to approval by the MLA; participants must be MLA members by April 7th, 2011.
As a fiction writer, William Faulkner saw himself as a failed poet. Many themes that crop up in his poetry, however, make appearances in his fiction writing, as well. This special session welcomes, but is not limited to, abstracts that examine Faulkner's poetry, the connections between his poetry and his fiction, common themes between his poetry and his fiction, etc. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Victoria M. Bryan (VMBryan@olemiss.edu) by May 15, 2011.
Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren enjoyed a lengthy association in the landscape of twentieth-century Southern letters. Beginning as Welty's editor and critic during his time with the Southern Review, Penn Warren and Welty developed a literary friendship that significantly impacted each other's writing. This panel, a joint venture with the Robert Penn Warren Circle, seeks to investigate the multifaceted connections, complexities, and cross-fertilizations between the writing of Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren.
The production, consumption, composition, and bodily effects of food and eating have been studied from many vantage points recently. It is not surprising, therefore, that food has continuously played a large role in American literature. Whether it becomes important in a text because of an obsession with weight or body image or with the formative impression food has on the psyche (mothering, oral development, etc.), food and eating can drive a text or more subtly help to explain a character's motivations. This panel calls for papers that address the ways food is utilized in American Literature. In keeping with SAMLA's theme for 2011, preference may be given to papers that approach poetry, though papers on fiction, drama, etc. will also be considered.
September 9-10, 2011
University of Delaware
This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.
Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?
This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.
Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Rutgers Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries" brings together
scholars from across the humanities to investigate the centrality of
theories of "life" to twentieth and twenty-first century theory and
cultural production. In fields as diverse as vitalism, feminism,
animal studies, political theory, aesthetics and psychoanalysis,
presenters will highlight how the humanities investigates the
ontological properties and ethical imperatives of life.
Plenary Speaker: Donna V. Jones, UC-Berkeley English: "The Career of
Living Things is Continuous"
Soliciting papers exploring connections between war and comedy; how war, soldiers and violence have been represented through comic language or form. Medieval to Modern.
Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to warcomedyMLA@gmail.com by March 13 2011. Subject to MLA review.
Paper proposals exploring connections and fissures between trauma, memory, and narrative in Ethnic American Literature are invited for a Special Topic Session at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter (email@example.com) at The George Washington University, by March 01, 2011. Receipt will be acknowledged, and notifications will be sent by March 15.
Paper proposals exploring the role of women in times of war are invited for a Special Topic Session at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention. Although this is currently an open topic, proposals which examine various aspects and effects of wartime traumas and/or traumatic memories are particularly welcome.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The George Washington University, by March 01, 2011. Receipt will be acknowledged, and notifications will be sent by March 15.