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Author of the New Century: T. A. Shippey and the Creation of the Next Canon 9-1-2009

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 3:44pm
Robin Anne Reid

"The dominant literary mode of the twentieth century has been the fantastic…. When the time comes to look back at the century, it seems very likely that future literary historians, detached from the squabbles of our present, will see as its most representative and distinctive works books like J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings...." –Tom Shippey, J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (2001)

This anthology will focus on the elements of Tolkien Studies that Professor Shippey originated and disseminated in his work over the last thirty years. 5000-7000 word essays are sought on topics including but not limited to:

Shippey's role in the field of Tolkien studies

Religion and Popular Culture

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:39pm
Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association

2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Albuquerque, NM

February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, NM
(a great place to be in February)

Deadline for proposals: Dec. 15, 2009; Priority Registration Deadline 11/1/09

The Southwest/Texas branch of the PCA/ACA announces a call for papers on popular culture and religion to be presented at its annual meeting in Albuquerque. Papers should be approximately 20-25 minutes long. Proposals should be no longer than 300 words. Days and times of sessions to be determined.

New Beginnings

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 11:31am
Journal of South Texas English Studies

The Journal for South Texas English Studies, a blind-peer-reviewed publication, is seeking submissions for its inaugural edition, which has been aptly themed "New Beginnings." The first edition will be published online on December 1, 2009. New beginnings occur when anything new is attempted, when one literary period changes to another, when an author pens a coming-of-age novel, when technology profoundly changes culture, when a new literary theory is debuted, when a new literary technique is attempted, when new theories emerge, and when communities are threatened by new challenges. As you can see, this is an open-ended theme. Papers not connected to the theme will be considered, but those that follow the theme have the best chance to be published.

11th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness (March 2010: Salzburg, Austria)

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 5:27am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

11th Global Conference
Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness

Monday 15th March - Thursday 18th March 2010
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes:

[UPDATE] SW TX PCA Conference

Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 5:44pm
SW TX Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers: Africana Area
Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA 31st Annual Meeting
February 10-13 2010
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 5:29pm
Linda Tucker/SW TX PCA Conference

Call for Papers: Africana Area
Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA 31st Annual Meeting
February 10-13 2010
Albuquerque, New Mexico

CFP for the Anime/Manga Area of the SW/TX Popular Culture Assn. 2010 Conference

Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 5:56pm

Call for Papers: Anime & Manga Area
2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
31st Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 10-13, 2010
The 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency downtown at 300 Tijeras, Albuquerque, NM, 87102. 505-842-1234.
More information can be found at

Delineating the Contemporary in American Literature: A Roundtable--2010 NEMLA Conference, 4/7-4/11, 2010

Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 11:48am
Andrew Schopp/Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable discussion invites analyses that strive to map out, the aesthetic, socio-political, and/or pedagogical parameters of Contemporary American Literature. A decade into the 21st century, does "post-1945" or "post-war" literature still function as a productive category? Have we moved beyond the postmodern? Should multicultural literature still be primarily the province of what we call contemporary? Theoretical investigations are welcome, as are those that examine more practical contingencies (e.g., syllabi construction, anthology development, etc.). 300 word abstracts by Sept. 30, 2009 to Andrew Schopp at

Queer Transformations: From Page to Screen (and Back) (NeMLA 2010)

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 5:58pm
Elizabeth McClure

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Much has been written on how queer characters in novels are "straightened" in mainstream television and film adaptations. This panel seeks to investigate the opposite practice: the queering of straight or coded characters in the process of adaptation from written text to film, television, or fan fiction.