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Lying With the Truth: Harrower, Nabokov, and Shanley Blink!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 4:58pm
Northeast MLA: 2010 Convention/ Montreal/ April 7--11

This panel will examine the construction and deconstruction of truth and lie as they shape multiple realities in the texts Blackbird, Lolita, and Doubt. Whose perceptions of reality are privileged when constructions of reality clash? When/how do perceptions of sexual intimacy transform into accusations of abuse? In what ways does the trajectory of age impact formations of reality from memory? Please send 250--500 word abstracts to cathy.fagan@ncc.edu. PDF or Word files please.

Dr. Cathy E. Fagan
Nassau Community College
Bradley Hall//Room 8
1 Education Drive
Garden City, New York 11530

Generation X and Academia

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 3:37pm
Elwood Watson -Professor of History - East Tennessee State University


We are soliciting proposals for a collection of essays that examine the life of Generation X academics. The anthology is tentatively titled Generation X And The Academy. Generation X faculty from all disciplines are welcomed to submit abstracts.

All topics will be considered; however, essays that examine personal experiences be they issues of race, marriage, divorce, sexuality , religion, life in the academy, life post academia, personal politics and disabilities are particularly welcomed.

Claire Denis: Call for Chapter Proposals - DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 3:05pm

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited book on the themes and films of Claire Denis. As Denis' films are rich in subject matter, story, theme and contemporary concerns, the preference is for a cross-disciplinary perspective, which may include film studies but does not have to concentrate solely on or derive from it.

Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry at 2010 PCA/ACA National Conference

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 2:21pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry
2010 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
St. Louis, Missouri, March 31 - April 3
Deadline: 15 December 2009

The 2010 PCA/ACA Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry Area chair is seeking two kinds of panelists: those reading original poetry and those delivering short papers on some aspect of American poetry.

UPDATE: House Work: Masters and Servants in Post-Modern Culture

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 12:24pm

Final call for papers on House Work: Masters and Servants in Post-Modern Culture.

While many people might assume that contemporary fascination with servant characters is limited to British TV and literature (i.e., "Upstairs, Downstairs," "1900 House," The Remains of the Day, Gosford Park), even the Americans have gotten in on the game. 1980s American television was fascinated with the importation of servant characters in shows like "Benson," "Mr. Belvedere," and Fran Drescher's "The Nanny." This panel will explore post-modern representations of servants and servant culture.

Please send 300 word abstracts to akmcclellan@plymouth.edu.
Deadline: September 30, 2009

The Fall 2009 St. John's University Humanities Review: "American Identiy"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 11:12am
The English Department at St. John's University, Queens NY - John V. Nance and Christianne M. Cain, Editors

Greetings fellow scholars,

This is a CFP for the Fall 2009 Humanities Review, a literary journal for the St. John's University English Department in Queens, NY.

Our current theme focuses on the contemporary construction of American Identity.

We are also strongly requesting art submissions that best exemplify the theme. Limited color or mono-chrome are preferred. Please submit .TIFF FILES ONLY @ 800 dpi to the email address below.

Some matters to consider:

How has the social practice of culture formed / continue to form the ideological condition of "being American?" With that said, what does it mean to be an American in the 21st Century? What are the ontological pieces that plait our parsonage?

NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball (March 10-13, 2010; abstracts due 12/1)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:55am
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces The 17th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 10-Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers

The 17th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 1, 2009, to:

Literature and Science, Mar. 31 to Apr. 3

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 7:32am
American Culture Association

The Literature and Science Area of the American Culture Association invites submissions for the 2010 PCA/ACA National Conference, to be held in St. Louis, MO from Mar. 31 through Apr. 3.

Interpretive papers focusing on the representation or integration of science in specific literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Science are welcome.

Please submit 150-200 word abstracts of panel or 15-minute paper proposal electronically (including name, institutional affiliation, brief bio, and email address) by Dec. 15 to:

CFP - Horror Politics

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 4:43am
Jura Gentium Cinema

It is through politics that affairs are governed, and order and justice are expected. However, the word "politics" often connotes corruption and abuse. Politics involve power, and power implies its own misuse. The double bind of politics is in its very inescapability. Politics serve to organize, yet simultaneously produce dishonesty through the abuse of power.


Monday, September 14, 2009 - 11:07pm
Specs Journal/ Rollins College

specs, a journal of arts and culture, invites submissions of critical and/or creative work for the 3rd volume on the theme of "Toys." We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries. The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. Articles are peer-reviewed. We are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more. We are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of "Toys" in multiple ways (philosophy, anthropology, mythology):

Ecocriticism and Graduate Studies

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 5:30pm
Dana Harrison / Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University

Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 8th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2010 (online and in print). We are seeking papers on ecocritical and environmental topics, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to Dana Harrison at skook@temple.edu by October 15, 2009. No simultaneous submissions please.

[UPDATE] Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Daemonic to the Hydraulic [Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 13–16, 2009]

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 4:11pm
Anthony Adams, Brown University

LAST CALL!! Paper still needed to complete session! Send brief abstract to Anthony_Adams@brown.edu

Seeking papers on any aspect of medieval or Renaissance simulacra, automata, or mirabilia, whether textual or material. Subjects that would be welcome would include aspects of mirabilia in Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate, depictions of marvels in medieval romance, clocks and machines as metaphors, mechanical automata unmasked, the history of the Golem, the use of puppetry in medieval drama, folklore of living dolls or wooden toys, and any theoretical aspects of idols and images, simulations/simulacra, and "thing theory" as applied to medieval studies.

Queer Ecocriticism and Literature - updated -

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 3:58pm
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec

In her 2008 article "Queering Ecocultural Studies," Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands appeals for "a critical practice of ecocultural analysis that challenges […] the ways in which natural and ecological relations have been read and organized to normalize and naturalize power." Queer ecology, at its core, challenges the binary of natural/unnatural, which has sought to diminish both queerness and the more-than-human world. This panel, in the spirit of promoting and continuing the discourse from the NEMLA 2009 Queer Ecocriticism and Theory panel, will examine the state of the academic field of queer ecocriticism and the modes of inquiry prompted by the blending of sexuality studies, queer theory, and ecocriticism.

CFP: As Seen On TV - Special Section in Spring 2010 Issue of JOURNAL OF DRAMATIC THEORY AND CRITICISM

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 10:24am
Brian Herrera, Guest Editor

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: October 1, 2009) for a Special Section in


Brian Herrera and Henry Bial, Guest Editors
For this special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, we invite essays of 20-25 manuscript pages, exclusive of notes, exploring the intersection of broadcast television with live theatre and performance.

LAST-MINUTE CFP:Temporal Touching: A Roundtable Discussion of Medieval Romance and Popular Culture at Kalamzoo 2010 (13-16 May)

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 9:16am
Amy Burge, University of York on behalf of the Medieval Romance Society

In recent years, medievalists have increasingly recognized the productivity of blurring the medieval/modern divide in order to examine the relevance of the medieval to the modern. We are no longer satisfied with the idea of histories and chronologies—whether purportedly factual or openly fictional—as linear, progressive, or innocent.

The proposed roundtable session "Temporal Touching: Medieval Romance and Popular Culture" aims to explore the transmission of medieval romance into modern popular culture and to investigate the benefits of diachronic research to medieval studies.

Call For Reviews: Audacity of Hope?

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 1:17am
thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture

Call For Reviews: Audacity of Hope?
Deadline for submitting potential items for review: 28 September 2009
Deadline for submission of the review: 15 April 2010

Celebrity Studies special edition (proposals by Nov 30 2009) - Back in the spotlight: Ageing and Female Celebrity

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:20pm
Deborah Jermyn, Roehampton University

Proposals are invited for a special edition of the journal Celebrity Studies on the theme of female celebrity and ageing. It is a long held adage that women 'of a certain age' struggle to find work or interesting roles in youth-obsessed Hollywood and that the lifespan of female celebrity is finite in a way that male celebrity is not. Has this state of affairs shifted in the changing celebrity culture of recent years? Have older women become less visible than ever as reality TV formats and teen film genres dominate the popular media landscape? Or have an ageing population and new generation of accomplished female actors moving into their 'prime' prompted more opportunities for and representations of ageing female celebrity?

New Voices: Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:23pm
New Voices

The 10th Annual New Voices Conference focuses on representations of the Apocalypse as they manifest
throughout history, across cultures, and in language. The conference committee invites papers dealing with
any aspect of mankind's conception of the End-of-Days. Individual papers or panel proposals may center upon
any time period and any culture or people. They may furthermore draw thematically from such academic
disciplines as literary criticism and theory, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religious studies, medieval and
renaissance studies, art history, biblical history, cultural geography, and folklore. We also welcome papers

CFP: Adolescence in Film and Television (12/15/09; 3/31-4/3/10)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 6:15pm
Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

The "Adolescence in Film and Television" Area Chair seeks individual-paper proposals for presentation at the 2010 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from March 31-April 3, 2010.

"Somebody or Something Else": EGSS 7th graduate conference on Performance and Performativity (March 12-13 2010)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 4:40pm
English Graduate Student Society (EGSS) of l'universite de Montreal

The seventh annual Université de Montréal English graduate conference seeks to examine the constructed nature of human life and thus invites 250-300 words abstract for papers dealing with the notions of performance and performativity in literature and the arts. Although performance was traditionally associated with theatre and the interpretation of a written text by actors, the idea of performance also applies to everyday life, to the behaviour individuals are obligated to adopt in order to function in society. Every face-to-face encounter becomes a performance especially if we think of performativity as the internalization of a script.

Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture @ PCA/ACA 2010 National Conference

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 1:07pm
Popular Culture Association / America Culture Association

Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture @ PCA/ACA 2010 National Conference

Abstracts of papers, individual proposals, and/or panel proposals of 150-250 words dealing with any aspects of rhetoric, composition and popular culture are welcome for the March 31 - April 3, 2010 PCA/ACA conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We welcome fresh approaches to subjects, and also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference. Conference details are available at www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php

Comics and Comics Culture in the United States

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 11:08am
Florida Conference of Historians-Special Interest Section-Media Arts and Culture

From the debut of Superman in 1938 through recent tales of narrative crisis and politically divided superheroes, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the superhero genre which itself incorporates a mixture of other genres. Recent scholarship has striven to define the superhero's unique relationship to American culture. Submissions that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed. Submissions on comic culture, characters, and comics-inspired media are welcomed at the FCH annual meeting.

Issue 3 of the Journal of Postcolonial Culture and Societies

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 9:31am
Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Postcolonial Gothic –Cultural Hauntings in Contested Space
The Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies invites submission for its third issue to appear in August 2010. Papers for this issue should address some aspect of the topic:  The Postcolonial Gothic–Cultural Hauntings in contested space.  

[UPDATE] Saving the Planet, Saving our Souls

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:52pm
Calee M. Lee

Saving the Planet: Saving our Souls
Essays on Faith & Ecology

Due to email glitches, submissions will now be accepted until October 1st

Submissions are now open for an anthology of essays exploring the sometimes strained, often misunderstood relationship between ecology and spirituality. Essays should address some aspect of ecological awareness within a faith community and can consider themes of: sacramentalism, sustainability, dietary habits, prayer, meditation, activism, ecumentalism, new monasticism, literature and ecocriticism, human interaction with the natural world and others.


Friday, September 11, 2009 - 9:19pm
NeMLA Convention 2010 Montreal, CA

Call for Papers

Analytic Philosophy and the Novel

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

This panel participates in a growing fascination with the connections between the narrative conventions of the novel and the field of analytic philosophy. Subjects may include (but are not limited to) theories of reference, speech acts, intentionality, metaphor, translation, demonstratives, propositional attitudes, pragmatics, meaning and use. All novel genres, periods, and languages are welcome, as are relevant implications for the study of objects, plots, characters, and fictionality.