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CFP: Urban Perspectives – Literature of and for the City (03/02/10; MLA '11)

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 10:12am
David Faflik / South Dakota State University / College English Association (CEA)

Among the more manifest changes of globalization is the recent watershed shift in the planet's population. A world once predominantly rural has become, in the new millennium, predominantly urban, and estimates suggest that the so-called "global countryside" will enter an extended period of decline over the next half-century.

[UPDATE] Atlantic World Literacies: Before and After Contact--October 7-9, 2010 (abstracts due March 22, 2010)

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 3:25pm
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim
before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological "literacies."

[UPDATE] <em>Lucayos</em>- Issue 2- Water

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 1:55pm
The College of the Bahamas, School of English Studies

A journal published by The College of The Bahamas
School of English Studies

This CFP corrects a few minor errors in a previous version.


Lucayos is looking for submissions of papers 20-25 pages in length on art, film, literature and culture of the postcolonial world. The journal also invites submissions of creative pieces, specifically poetry, life writing, essays, and short stories. Submit works in full by March 30, 2010.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE REMINDER Edward Upward -- Essay Collection

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 12:43pm
Benjamin Kohlmann, University of Oxford

***NOTE: The deadline for submission of abstracts is 8 February 2010.***

Spanning nearly eight decades, the work of Edward Upward (b.1903, d. February 2009) is without parallel in English letters. Upward's influence on the literature of the 'Auden generation' (from his quasi-Surrealist Mortmere fantasies to his political stories of the thirties) was outstanding; his life-long commitment to the Communist cause made him the moral authority for left-wing writers from the 1930s onwards. At the same time, Upward's own writings have sometimes been eclipsed by the works of the authors he influenced – most notably W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

SCMLA 2010--Session on Biography and Autobiography

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 11:33am
South Central Modern Language Association

Communication, Literature and the Humanities
Title of session: Seeing Ourselves Anew--The Changing Form of Biography and Autobiography
Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.
Deadline for submissions: 10 Mar. 2010

2nd Global Conference: Villains and Villainy (September 2010: Oxford, United Kingdom)

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 5:49am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Villains and Villainy

Tuesday 14th September – Thursday 16th September 2010
Oriel College, Oxford

Call for Papers
The hero may always get the bad guy but the bad guys always grab our attention first. Bad guys – both male and female – are almost always the more interesting characters in a tale, whether told via song, film, folktale, novel, theatre, myth, television (live action or animated), or urban legend. Villains can devise and implement or commit their acts of villainy either by their innate sheer genius or employing the dark arts of black magic.

"Two for One--When the Same Person Writes the Words and the Music"

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 11:06pm
Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

This session will feature papers about single individuals who wrote both the words and the music for their compositions. The list of potential subjects is vast, from Euripides to Hildegard of Bingen to Richard Wagner to Cole Porter to John Lennon, with many more possibilities from both before and after the listed names. The papers can address compositional process, training in both fields, comparative strengths and weaknesses in words and music, etc.

Send proposals of 250 words to Jeff Dailey (DrJSDailey@aol.com) by March 15, 2010.

Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on HBO's Carnivale 5/1/10

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 8:54pm
Peg Aloi

We're pleased to announce that our essay collection Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on HBO's Carnivale is currently under contract from McFarland. Therefore, we are seeking to expand our range of topics, and are actively soliciting essays on any of the following subject areas:

Television and Nostalgia
Quality Television/HBO
Historicity and Interpretation
Aesthetics and Production Design
Landscape and Pilgrimage
The Politics of the Dustbowl
Performativity and Burlesque
Portrayals of Morality

4th Global Conference: Fear, Horror and Terror (September 2010: Oxford, United Kingdom)

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 5:51am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference
Fear, Horror and Terror

Saturday 11th September 2010 – Monday 13th September 2010
Oriel College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues which lie at the interface of fear, horror and terror. In particular the project is interested in investigating the various contexts of fear, horror and terror, and assessing issues surrounding the artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social, (geo)political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance of them, both individually and together.

CFP: Infrastructures of Transport (MLA; Jan 6-9, 2011)

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 1:30am
Marit MacArthur

Abstracts are invited for a panel on Infrastructures of Transport for MLA 2011, which will be held in Los Angeles, January 6-9. The topic broadly includes literary, cinematic or cultural representations of any sort of transport and the infrastructures that support them, functional or not -- public, private, trains, planes, automobiles, freeway and subway systems, roadworks, airports, etc.

Deadline for proposals: March 10, 2010. Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words with a current C.V. to:

Marit J. MacArthur
Assistant Professor of English

Sons of the Sheik: Global Perspectives on the Alpha Male in Love

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 9:27am
Cynthia J. Miller/Film & History

Call for Papers

"Sons of The Sheik: Global Perspectives on the Alpha Male in Love "
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010

AREA: Sons of The Sheik: International Perspectives on the Alpha Male in Love

Nationalism and Legitimacy (September 10-11, 2010)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 6:51am
University of Nancy 2 (France), CRESAB Research Group

CALL FOR PAPERS: The notion of legitimacy is essential to the study of nationalism. As Anthony D. Smith has argued, "For nationalists, the nation is the sole criterion of legitimate government and political community. […] [T]oday no state possesses legitimacy which does not also claim to represent the will of the 'nation', even where there is as yet patently no nation for it to represent."

Teaching the Environment

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 8:11pm
Modern Language Association annual convention, Jan. 6-9, 2011

The following panel proposal is being co-sponsered by the College English Assoication and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment for consideration for the 2011 MLA meeting.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 2:49pm
Elaine O'Quinn/North Carolina Teachers of English Association New Journal

This is a special inaugural on-line journal issue of the North Carolina Teachers of English. The theme is GIRLS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM. Articles may be about any aspect of the classroom that considers the needs, interests and abilities of girls as different from boys. Send an abstract of about a page by Feb. 8. The final papers are short: 10-12 pages. This will be a peer-reviewed journal.

Electronic Literature

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:45pm
A Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Electronic literature is a category of textually driven works encompassing a variety of recent and emerging "born-digital" forms, excluding digitized print literature such as the Dostoyevsky you might read on a Kindle. Can electronic literature be encountered, theorized, and critiqued in much the same way as its predecessors, or do emerging forms require more than a paradigmatic shift in kind? How might the "visuality" of text off of the page expand the boundaries of "literature"? What is the significance or expendability of the author/artist in collaborative, multi-author, interactive, anonymous collective, and text-engine generated literatures?

Real Live Girls, MLA 2011 (January 6-9, 2011; Los Angeles)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:34pm
A Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Seeking papers or presentations that address individual or collective challenges to the boundaries of autobiography through the craft and graft of girl personae in texts, film, art, and Web 2.0. Please send a 250-word abstract and 1 page CV by 3 March 2010 to Leisha Jones (ljj4@psu.edu). Include the proposed panel title "Real Live Girls" in the heading to your submission.


Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:09pm
California State University, Northridge Associated Graduate Students of English

In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?

DASH Literary Journal seeks submissions for 2010 issue (Extended Deadline)

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 5:51pm
DASH Literary Journal

Call for Submissions

DASH, Cal State Fullerton's annual literary journal, seeks submissions for its 2010 issue. It is our mission to publish works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, criticism, and art (as well as hybrid texts) that push the boundaries of short, emphatic expression. We aim to communicate more with less. Waste not, want not. Submit.

Boundaries (push at your own risk):


30 lines or less. Submit up to 5.

Fiction, Nonfiction, Criticism

2000 words or less, double-spaced.

Limit: 1 submission per category.


Digital images, 300 dpi.

Email as TIFF attachment.

Do not send original artwork.


Surprise us.

[UPDATE] Interdisciplinarity (2/1/10; 4/9-10/10)

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 5:05pm
Midwestern Conference on Literarture, Language, and Media

The 18th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM), April 9-10, 2010, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL

Keynote speaker: Dr. George Lakoff, University of California-Berkeley, author of Metaphors We Live By (1980), Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind (1987), Philosophy In The Flesh: the Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought (1999), The Political Mind : Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain (2008).

UMobile Forum on Christianity and the Liberal Arts: "Values and Character Formation in the Lib. Arts Classroom" Sep. 24-25, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:03pm
University of Mobile

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University.

We offer an interdisciplinary forum in which members of the academic community can explore the relationships between Christian theology, ethics, and practice, and the tradition of scholarship and teaching of the liberal arts within the university. We especially welcome presentations that are exploratory in nature, and that raise broad questions about central areas of concern to the liberal arts classroom.

[UPDATE]Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text, April 16-17, 2010 SUNY Albany, Keynote Speaker: Joseph Slaughter

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 9:58am
University at Albany, SUNY English Graduate Student Organization

"We must more than ever stand on the side of human rights. We need human rights. We are in need of them and they are in need, for there is always a lack, a shortfall, a falling short, an insufficiency; human rights are never sufficient." (Jacques Derrida, Philosophy in a Time of Terror)

If human rights are insufficient yet necessary, we must then ask what to do with "rights." This conference will explore historical and theoretical definitions, constructions, and performative notions of rights. How do texts challenge predominant conceptual narratives of rights? In what ways does literature explore notions of rights outside of the juridical realm? Can we have a discourse on rights that exceeds the anthropomorphic field?

Transgression and Its Limits 29-30th May 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 8:44am
University of Stirling

Transgression and its Limits

29-30th May 2010
University of Stirling

Plenary Speaker:
Professor Fred Botting
Reading followed by Q&A Session:
Iain Banks

To discover the complete horizon of a society's symbolic values, it is also necessary to map out its transgressions, its deviants ~ Marcel Détienne.