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Tolkien at Kalamazoo 9-15-2009

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 3:49pm
Tolkien at Kalamazoo (Robin Anne Reid)

Tolkien at Kalamazoo will host six paper sessions and roundtables in 2010.

Teaching Tolkien: A Roundtable. With the MLA Teaching Tolkien anthology in progress and the planned establishment of an online, peer-reviewed journal, on Teaching Tolkien resources, this roundtable remains a vital and important one to show how Tolkien's work is taught at all grade levels, in multiple disciplines and periods, and as the sole focus or part of a larger focus.

The Hobbit: A Roundtable. With the major publication by John Rateliff on the manuscript history and the upcoming film based on _The Hobbit_, this early novel can be the subject of a newly complex and analytical focus for both scholars and teachers.

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 http://www.swtexaspca.org.

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 schoppa@ncc.edu.

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.

Call For Publication - Review of the movie "District 9" by Neill Blomkamp

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 8:09am
Jura Gentium Cinema

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" is seeking reviews (between 5000 and 10000 words) for the New Zealand-South African movie " District 9" by Neill Blomkamp.

The review should particularly address the postcolonial dimension of the movie. The review should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive: that is, the reviewer should find some value in the work being reviewed.

Reviews in French, Spanish, Italian are also welcomed.

Please contact dr. Filippo Del Lucchese for proposals (f.dellucchese@gmail.com)

Jura Gentium Cinema

Politics and Literature: Controversial and Revolutionary Fiction - Due Date: October 30

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 7:24pm
Pennsylvania Literary Journal

This online journal is for critical and creative works. Pennsylvania Literary Journal is created to make a positive contribution to literary criticism and to the arts around the world, and, more narrowly, in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The first Summer Issue, "Experiments," is now available, at http://sites.google.com/site/pennsylvaniajournal. No requirements were set on the length, type, style, genre and the like for the submissions. Thus, the work reflects the various interpretations that the writers had of the topic, "Experiments."

Publishing and Professional Development

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 10:42am
Letizia Guglielmo

We are seeking short anecdotes for inclusion in a forthcoming book (Tentative Title: Publishing for Profit and Promotion) addressing publishing and professional development opportunities for non-tenured faculty (graduate students, part-time faculty, adjuncts, assistant professors, academic professionals, lecturers, and other contingent faculty). We invite stories that share:

4th Global Conference: Evil, Law and the State - Issues in State Power and Violence (Salzburg, Austria: March 2010)

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:27am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference
Evil, Law and the State: Issues in State Power and Violence

Friday 12th March - Sunday 14th March 2010
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference will explore issues surrounding evil and law, with a focus on state power and violence. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in any field relevant to the study of law and legal culture: anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, government/politics, history, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion/theology, and sociology, as well as those working in civil rights, human rights, prison services, politics and government (including NGOs), psychiatry, healthcare, and other areas.

UPDATE: Cinema and Landscape International Conference

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 3:23am
Cinema and Landscape International Conference

Call for Papers

International Conference


University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

April 16-18, 2010

Following the publication of a major new edited book in Winter 2009, Cinema and Landscape (Intellect, 2009), featuring essays by notable film scholars from around the world, an international conference is to be held on the subject of cinema and landscape.

The conference will be hosted at the University of Sheffield, April 16-18 2010, with the aim of exploring the intersection between Film, Film Culture, Landscape, Place and Geography.

Proposals** (a 150 word abstract) are very welcome for:

Future Theory, Present Praxes Interdisciplinary Approaches to Thinking and Acting "Timely"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 8:01pm
University of Guelph

Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Friday, February 26th, 2010

Future Theory, Present Praxes
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Thinking and Acting "Timely"

"The affirmation of the future to come: this is not a positive thesis. It is nothing other than the affirmation itself, the "yes," insofar as it is the condition of all promises or of all hope, of all awaiting, or all performativity, of all opening toward the future, whatever it may be..."
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever

"Punk Rock Warlord: Critical Perspectives on the Life and Work of Joe Strummer" (Proposals due by Dec. 1, 2009)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 12:17pm
Brady Harrison/Department of English/University of Montana

A Call for Papers

"Punk Rock Warlord: Critical Perspectives on the Life and Work of Joe Strummer"

Although the life and music of punk icon Joe Strummer have been the subject of a number of recent biographies, documentaries, websites, and musical celebrations, Strummer's work with the Clash, the Mescaleros, and numerous side projects and films has not received its critical due. "Punk Rock Warlord" seeks to fill this sizeable critical gap.

The editors of this collection seek papers that address any (and more) of the following topics:

Zoontotechnics (Animality / Technicity) conference, Cardiff University, 12-14 May 2010

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 6:57am
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University

Plenary Speakers:

Bernard Stiegler, Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Georges-Pompidou and Director of the Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation (IRI)

David Wills (University at Albany-SUNY)

Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

[UPDATE] Enterprising Creativity: Innovation and the Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Graduate Conference)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 4:58am
University of Leeds

(Please note the extended deadline, now 31 August 2009.)


[Student-led postgraduate conference]

University of Leeds
Hosted by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute
6-7 November 2009

This year, the EU celebrates the 'European Year of Creativity and Innovation', aiming to 'raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development'. What does in mean to innovate in the arts and humanities, and what role does such innovation play in a global society increasingly concerned with the valuation of ideas?

Papers Wanted on American Identity - 11/01/09 Deadline

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 5:20pm
St. John's University Humanities Review

Greetings fellow scholars,

This is a call for papers 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 polyvalent agencies at play within the construction of contemporary American Identity.

We are also strongly requesting cover art submissions that best exemplify the theme. Cover art open to drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. Limited color or mono-chrome are preferred. Please submit .TIFF FILES ONLY @ 800 dpi to the email address below.

Some matters to consider:

[Update] 2012 Edited Collection

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 4:11pm
Joseph Gelfer

December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global consciousness. 2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time brings together for the first time a range of scholarly analyses on the 2012 phenomena grounded in various disciplines including religious studies, anthropology, Mayan studies, cultural studies and the social sciences. 2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time will show readers how much of the 2012 phenomenon is based on the historical record, and how much is contemporary fiction.

[UPDATE] American Plays and Playwrights extended deadline Aug 31

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:57am
Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival

The academic symposium of the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival seeks papers on a range of topics for the November 2009 event on the campus of Baylor University. The Festival features a lively mix of theatre productions, staged readings, professional panels, guest artists, and scholarly papers.

Previous honorees were Horton Foote (2003), Romulus Linney (2005) and Tina Howe (2007). The 2009 festival will celebrate Craig Wright, the award-winning contemporary author of The Pavilion, Recent Tragic Events, The Unseen, and television projects such as Six Feet Under and Dirty Sexy Money.

The academic symposium seeks papers on a variety of topics related to American plays and playwrights. Possible panels include:

[UPDATE] Transnational Feminisms Conference, December 4-5th 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:14am
University of Manchester

There is less than two weeks to go to the 28th August deadline for submissions for the Transnational Feminisms Conference. We have received some very exciting submissions so far but welcome more, be they proposals for papers, panels, workshops or art work. See below for the call for papers. Further details can be found on the conference website.

Call for Contributions

Transnational Feminisms Conference
University of Manchester
4-5 December 2009 (with associated activities on 6 December)

9th Global Conference: Violence - Probing the Boundaries (Salzburg, Austria: March 2010)

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 6:39am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

This conference is one of a continuing series that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to focus on a centrally significant aspect of our social lives: violence. On this multi- and inter-disciplinary basis we aim to produce an evolving body of thought as a contribution to the attempt to understand the nature and place of violence in our lives.

The main themes for the 2010 conference are outlined below: however, we are also pleased to receive proposals that extend or complement these.

Tekhne, Technique, Technologie (Deadline 12 Dec 2009)

Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 8:56pm
Juliana de Nooy / Australian Journal of French Studies

Technology of/in francophone literature, cinema, cultural production, cultural history, everyday life.
Following the Australian Society of French Studies conference "Tekhne, Technique, Technologie" in July 2009, there will be a special issue of the Australian Journal of French Studies (ISI-listed) on the literary/cultural studies aspects of the conference theme. Manuscripts are invited exploring aspects of technology of/in francophone literature, cinema, cultural production, cultural history, everyday life.