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"Theorizing Mobility in Transnational Literature" NeMLA 2011 4/6-4/10

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 12:00pm
Northeast Modern Language Association annual convention

Increased movement of populations, information, and capital in the era of globalization has produced an emphasis in literary studies on the migrant, the cosmopolitan, and the exile, but little focus on practices of mobility. This panel will address treatments of mobility in transnational literature. Topics include, but are not limited to, migration, border crossing, cosmopolitanism, planetarity, and wanderlust. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Penny Vlagopoulos,, and Nicole Rizzuto,

African Modernisms, African Modernities (April 7-10 2011)

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 9:12pm
NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

In 1958, Chinua Achebe opened his most famous novel with an epigraph from an Irish modernist poem that has been taken as one of the quintessential articulations of modernity: "Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer, / Things fall apart, the center cannot hold." This moment is suggestive of the intersection between modernism and modernity in African literature, a conjuncture that can be partially viewed in terms of how African writers respond to Western literary tradition. Attempts by African writers to participate in what Simon Gikandi has called "the culture of modernity" have consistently raised questions about where the modern is centered and how it travels.

William Carlos Williams and the Meaning of the Local [UPDATE]

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 4:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

In a short prose piece on Kenneth Burke published in Imaginations, William Carlos Williams writes that "[o]ne has to learn what the meaning of the local is, for universal purposes. The local is the only thing that is universal" (358). As a lifelong resident of Rutherford, New Jersey, Williams is often identified with the Garden State. With NEMLA's 2011 conference situated in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this proposed panel intends to explore the personal, literary, and philosophical meaning of the local for Williams and its implications for his legacy as a modernist poet.

[UPDATE] Politics and Aesthetics

Monday, September 6, 2010 - 9:36am
eSharp, University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow's journal eSharp invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 16, Politics & Aesthetics , we will welcome articles which engage with issues of the politics of (re)presentation, as well as those investigating the (re)presentation of politics. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and early career authors within one year of graduation.

[UPDATE] Canada and the African Diasporic Literary Imaginary, NeMLA 2011

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 9:03pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Call for Papers
Canada and the African Diasporic Literary Imaginary
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel invites scholars to investigate the presence of Canada in an African Diasporic literary imaginary, focusing on writers who examine black subjects and subjectivities within Canadian landscapes (both urban and rural), but also attending to representations of African Canadians and the idea of Canada in literature from across the diaspora.

[UPDATE] Dislocations and Ecologies - special issue of EJES: The European Journal of English Studies (ABSTRACTS: Oct 31, 2010)

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 12:36pm
EJES: The European Journal of English Studies

This special issue of EJES ( addresses the dislocation of bodies (human and non-human), concepts, cultures, and goods across borders of various kinds not just in relation to notions of mobility, but with special attention to their interaction with their surrounding environments.

[UPDATE] REMINDER - The Other French Cinema(s) of the 1930s - Conference Panel

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:36am

This NeMLA conference panel aims to address aspects of 1930s French cinema that have been excluded from the canonical focus on "poetic realism" and its concomitant themes, stars, and filmmakers. Studies of French cinema tend to view poetic realism as somehow emblematic of the period bookended by the arrival of synchronized sound and the outbreak of war. However, this narrow perspective belies the diversity of the cinematic experience in France during the 1930s, which included many filmmakers, stars, genres, and themes that have since been left out of critical and historical assessments of this period. Such films range from the unknown to the known (but infrequently examined), and they include financial successes along with box-office duds.

Global Conference on Sex and Sexuality

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 9:42am

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Reservation Deadline: September 30, 2010
Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2010
Paper Submission Deadline: December 31, 2010

Welcome to the Sex and Sexuality of ABWFA Interdisciplinary Conferences. It is within this area that discussions concerning the subject of sex and sexuality will take place. This is a large area to cover and we welcome multiple submissions from one author or a group of authors.

Global Conference on Childhood

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 9:39am

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Reservation Deadline: September 30, 2010
Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2010
Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2011

Welcome to the Childhood Session of ABWFA Interdisciplinary Conferences. It is within this area that discussions concerning the creativity of educating children, curriculum teaching methods, teaching children life skills, personality development in children, philosophy, and cultural thinking are expected to develop.

Some areas of concern are: