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CFP [SCMS Panel] 7/31/09; 3/17/10-3/21/10; Los Angeles

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:09pm
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham

CFP: Society for Cinema Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, March 2010

Motion comics are (in most cases) digitized, panel-by-panel, animated translations of comic books or graphic novels. This new medium has gained high visibility most recently as a result of Warner Bros.' adaption of D.C.'s WATCHMEN into the motion comics format as part of the studio's overall efforts to promote the live-action film version of the famed graphic novel. Several additional comics have, however, been adapted into this format, including BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, STEPHEN KING'S "N.", I AM LEGEND, SPIDER WOMAN, and ASTONISHING X-MEN, among many others.

Proposed Essay Collection – From King of the Jungle to Cultural Icon: Tarzan at 100

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:49pm
Edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Annette Wannamaker

From King of the Jungle to Cultural Icon will be an interdisciplinary essay collection marking the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes. Since its debut in serial format in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs' narrative about an orphaned white boy being raised by a band of black apes in the African jungle has become a transnational literary classic, frequent cinematic, film and comic book icon and powerful—as well as problematic—cultural archetype. This collection will allow critics from a wide range of disciples to explore the past place, present status and future importance of Tarzan in popular print, visual and material culture.

(Selected essays: Disney Documentaries and Docudramas (7/15/09)

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 5:27pm
A Bowdoin Van Riper

CFP: Disney's Documentaries

Contributors are being sought for articles to complete an edited volume (working title "Beyond the Mouse: Disney's Documentaries and Docudramas") that is designed to explore the full range of Disney films designed to educate viewers about specific people, places, things, events and concepts from the real world.

Virginia Woolf Miscellany Aug. 31

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 2:00pm
Patrick Collier/Ball State University

The Virginia Woolf Miscellany seeks short essays (2,000 words maximum) investigating Virginia Woolf's interactions with periodicals. Particularly welcome are essays that read periodicals themselves as complex cultural texts while contextualizing and/or historicizing Woolf's contributions. Essays that shed new light on Woolf's evolving attitudes towards journalism and the print marketplace are also welcome.

Submit essays via email attachment to Patrick Collier at pccollier@bsu.edu.

20th Biennial Conference, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:31am
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The theme of the Conference is "Afterlives: Survival and Revival". In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. The conference theme is designed to promote reflection on appropriations, adaptations and continuities in cultural production. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:
• new ways of looking at old texts
• textual appropriation and imitation
• textual transmission

What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say, July 3-5, 2010, University of York

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 9:22am
University of York

Call for Papers and Panels
What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say

A conference at the University of York, UK, 3-5 July 2010, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University

Postcolonial Studies is firmly ensconced in the Anglophone metropolitan academy: the field has its own specialised journals, academic posts, postgraduate courses, and dedicated divisions within learned bodies. But how well have these configurations travelled to other locations, institutions and disciplines? What topics, questions and approaches remain unexplored? And what's 'theoretical' about postcolonial theory anyway?

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY MEDIEVALISMS (12/31/09; Plymouth State Medieval and Renaissance Forum 4/16-17/10)

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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 12:50am
The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY MEDIEVALISMS:
CONTEMPORARY RE-CREATIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL

CALL FOR PAPERS
PROPOSALS DUE BY 12/31/09

Sponsored by THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
For "Time, Temporality, History": 31st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH), 16-17 April 2010

cfp: Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History 8/15/2009

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Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 1:15pm
Reception Study Society c/o Phil Goldstein

The editors of Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, the journal of the Reception Study Society, invite submissions for its second issue, which will appear in the fall of 2009.

Lost Pasts/Broken Futures: Forgetting as Narrative Crisis in Film: NEMLA April 7-11 2010

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 5:44pm
Thomas Knauer

NEMLA, Montreal, Quebec April 7-11 2010

Lost Pasts/Broken Futures: Forgetting as Narrative Crisis in Film
Numerous films--from Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to Manchurian Candidate and Spellbound--are preoccupied with acts of forgetting. More than just a plot element, forgetting serves as a narrative device that keeps afloat multiple narrative possibilities, forcing the viewer to engage manifold variables by denying the possibility of a singular narrative. This panel invites papers that investigate how the act of forgetting--rather than the attempt to remember--is used as a narrative device in film. Send abstracts to Thomas Knauer at thomas.knauer@sunyit.edu.

April 7-11, 2010 Textual Refigurations: Examining the Practice of Rewriting Old Texts into New Contexts. A 2010 NeMLA panel

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 11:45am
Northeast Moder

This panel will examine the practice of importing characters and plot lines from one literary work to another. This panel hopes to reveal how the relationship between the newer work and its source material affects the way the way that readers and audiences receive both works, particularly when this relationship crosses cultural, chronological, and genre divides. Please send abstracts to Michael Rio and William Duffy at wsduffy@buffalo.edu.

CFP Colporteurs' Conference 2009 "Spaces, Places, Landscapes", 23 September 2009. Abstracts deadline: 31 July 2009

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 8:39am
Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale, Luca Vancini - University of Bologna, Italy.

The group Colporteurs is pleased to announce their annual conference, which will be held on Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 at the Department of Italian Studies at Bologna University (via Zamboni, 32 – Bologna, Italy).
The chosen subject has been inspired by the theme (Declensions of Space) of this year PhD seminar in "Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures".

Anarchism and the Literary Imagination, Call for Chapters

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Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:20pm
J. Shantz

ANARCHISM AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION

Chapters are sought for the collection Anarchism and the Literary Imagination. This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production. Anarchists have used literary production to express opposition to values and relations characterizing advanced capitalist (and socialist) societies while also expressing key aspects of the alternative values and institutions proposed within anarchism. Among favoured themes are anarchist critiques of corporatization, prisons and patriarchal relations as well as explorations of developing anarchist perspectives on revolution, ecology and ecocriticism, polysexuality and mutual aid.

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 4:45pm
Philosophical Society of Nepal

The Philosophical Society of Nepal, and its reviewed Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion (e.g. religious studies, history of religions), and semiotics.

[Update] Spatialities: Dynamic Places and Spaces. ABSTRACTS DUE JULY !

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 2:32pm
Rice University

Rice Graduate Symposium
October 2-3, 2009
Rice University, Houston, TX

Call For Papers
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Marcus; Professor of Literature, Columbia University

As the citizen of the nation becomes the consumer of the multinational corporation, our roles as inhabitants of space become increasingly complicated. Our literature, our faith, our bodies all speak to the different ways that we find to occupy the shifting territories of the postmodern landscape. Looking both to the past and future can help us to discover the real and imagined ways our cultures can develop in more richly and defined ways.

[UPDATE] "Catastrophe and the Cure": The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline July 1, 2009)

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 11:33am
Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music

In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

Critical Theory: The Text and the World. Submission Deadline: 10 July, 2009/ Conference Date: Sept. 17, 2009

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:34am
University of Exeter, UK

Call for Papers:
Critical Theory: The Text and the World
September 17th 2009, University of Exeter
Keynote Speaker: Professor Colin MacCabe

Critical Theory: The Text and the World is a one-day Postgraduate conference designed to provide a venue for students and early-career academics to explore a multitude of critical approaches to literary and filmic texts. This event will provide a collaborative research forum which can direct contemporary debates in critical theory towards concrete socio-political issues. These issues include climate change, the global economic crisis and the war on terror.

New Directions in Detective Fiction, Apr. 7 - 11, 2010

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 3:18am
Maria Plochocki/ NorthEastern Modern Language Association

Long marginalized as either not "literary" or conservatively pandering to bourgeois or other established interests, the genre of detective fiction has continued to defy doomsayers through its continued evolution, being produced by writers from a variety of backgrounds and likewise being set in a variety of milieux and so problematizing different sets of rules, conventions, and moral and other judgments. But what has been the cost or other outcome of this evolution? Has the genre truly become more inclusive, or has this rather happened through the hegemonization and repackaging of previously excluded authors, like various new voices from Asia, Latin America, and Africa?

Transpacific Visions of Native America: Collection (Deadline for Abstracts: September 15, 2009)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:28pm
National Ilan University (Taiwan)

Western scholarship has historically adopted a vision of contemporary aboriginal literature and art as categorizable along racial, cultural, regional and historical characteristics. This tends to homogenize and de-nationalize the tribal, while simultaneously confining the Native artist to a North American narrative of "ethnicity." The editors of this project hope to highlight and perhaps challenge these "captive" conceptions of North American indigeneity with essays from prominent scholars situated throughout the Pacific Rim whose exposures to and experiences of Asian and Pacific indigenity in all its diversity enables them to undertake refreshingly new readings of Native American writing and art.

[UPDATE]--Women's Studies deadline extended to 6/30/09

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 5:06pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference

WOMEN'S STUDIES AT MAPACA
The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
Boston, MA
November 5-7, 2009

Women's Studies seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
*women and the media
*women and politics
*portrayals of motherhood
*working women
*women and religion
*women writers, written women

The Marketplace in/and Twentieth-Century Literature (NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010; submission deadline: 9/30/09)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 2:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association, 41st Annual Conference, Montreal

Ezra Pound once wrote, "Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market." As if in response, Robert Frost wrote, "Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market." How do market forces or market values function in twentieth-century English/Anglophone, American, or Canadian literature? Emphasis on literary representations of the marketplace and/or the tensions and contradictions that emerge when artists attempt to exploit the marketplace. 250-word abstracts to Steven Canaday at sbcanaday@aacc.edu.

Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West (8/15/09; 10/29/09-10/31/09)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:19am
John R. Milton Writers' Conference / The University of South Dakota

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 29-31, 2009, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and round table proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but certainly aren't limited to:

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in Western American literature, history, and culture;

• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in American Indian literature, history, and culture;

Call for Book Reviews

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:40am
MP: an Online Feminist Journal

MP Journal, an online international feminist journal (http://www.academinist.org/mp/) is currently seeking book reviews for future issues. We welcome reviews of books that are relevant to feminist or womanist issues from a variety of disciplines. Reviews must be academic in nature and provide an examination of the books' strengths and weaknesses, raising important and relevant questions about the subject under discussion. While no author likes to be overly criticized, reviewers should offer an honest appraisal of the books' argument, readability, research, and overall approach using professional language that is rich and robust without an overabundance of jargon.

[UPDATE] "Leaps of Faith" SAMLA Atlanta 11/6-11/9/2009 DEADLINE 7/8/2009

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 5:26am
Stephen J. Gallagher

South Atlantic MLA Atlanta GA 11/6-11/9/2009

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?)
homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always
welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero

- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity

- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)

- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates

MISSED CONNECTIONS Penn Humanities Forum Graduate Conference 2/19/10

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 11:17pm
Graduate Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania

MISSED CONNECTIONS

The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its 10th annual conference: "Missed Connections." The one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2010 at the Penn Humanities Forum in conjunction with its 2009-2010 topic: "Connections."

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