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"Mapping the Mediterranean: Space, Memory, and the Long Road to Modernity" 11-12 October 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 6:18pm
Mediterranean Topographies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Keynote Panel: "The Present and Future of Mediterranean Studies"
Yasser Ellhariry, Dartmouth College
Gail Holst-Warhaft, Cornell University
Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Karla Mallette, University of Michigan (chair)

The Mediterranean served as a site of transit, exchange, and interaction for well over two millennia, demonstrating tendencies towards both unification and dispersion. With the onset of modernity, however, linguistic, ethnic, and national boundaries solidified across the region. Language, history, memory, and space itself were literally reshaped by the tools of archaeology, architecture, tourism, mass print, national education, and transportation.

[REMINDER] When "I" Means "We": Poetry and Social Life

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:47pm
Princeton Comparative Poetry and Poetics Colloquium

REMINDER: Abstract submission deadline is April 10, 2013.


When "I" means "We": Poetry and Social Life

Eighth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetry & Poetics Colloquium

Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Panel on Film Noir and Neo-Noir, Abstracts due April 15th

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:10pm
Panel on Film Noir and Neo-Noir, Abstracts due April 15th

Out of the Past, Into the Postmodern: From Film Noir to Neo-Noir

From the Coen brothers to Christopher Nolan, the concept of film noir is being re-articulated in ever more provocative ways today. Submissions on aspects of film noir are welcome, especially in terms of the relationship between neo-noir and classic midcentury noir.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

The femme fatale
Visual style
Hard-boiled masculinity
Political/economic contexts for Noir and Neo-Noir
The city
Neo-noir and postmodernity

Hypervisibility III - Beyond the Closet: Coming-Out Narratives in Transnational Visual Cultures

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:06am
University of Ottawa, Canada


In 'La Queer Theory est made in the USA', Lawrence R. Schehr underlines the pitfalls on an uncritical, un-problematized re-appropriation of Queer Theory to national and cultural contexts other than its original one (North America). Queer Theory itself is predicated upon specific signifiers characteristic of the English-speaking context, that is the closet metaphor (which determines visibility in binary terms) and homophobia. Eager to challenge universalising North American queer thought, Schehr argues for Post-Queer Theory instead, a theory that would extend the problematique of Queer Theory to other national contexts while taking into account the specificities of other cultural environments.

[UPDATE] Mapping Identity - April 15th Deadline

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:28am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA Conference

In this session, papers will look at the different ways place can determine one's identity. Whether discussing immigrant narratives, narratives of displacement, coming of age narratives or something all-together different, geographic location determines a great deal about one's personal narrative. Place can determine as much about a person as his or genetic history, making the relationship between identity and place subject to boundless exploration.

See more and submit proposals at:

Global Shakespeare as Methodology

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 3:22pm
Shakespeare 450

(This seminar is part of 'Shakespeare 450', the international week-long conference in Paris celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in April 21-27, 2014.)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:40am
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English

On December 11th 2012, Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario declared a hunger strike to critique the federal government's abuses of treaty rights and First Nations communities, and to draw attention to the detrimental and incalculable effects of Bill C-45 on Canada's rivers and lakes. Across the country, local chapters of Idle No More acted in solidarity: orchestrating flash mobs, drum circles, demonstrations, and teach-ins to inform the public about the impact of this legislation on First Nations and non-First Nations alike. It is this strong, positive dissenting action that led to nationwide coverage of the movement, and to solidarity protests around the world.

Sirens - 10/10 - 10/13; deadline May 10

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 7:32pm
Cora Anderson / Narrate Conferences

Stevenson, Washington
October 10–13, 2013
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 10–13, 2013, in Stevenson, Washington, near Portland, Oregon. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

April 15 Deadline -- PAMLA 2013 San Diego (Nov 1-3) -- Special Session: "Ew! Gross! Abjection, Affect, and Bodily Fluids"

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 4:59pm
PAMLA - Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Come and join us in sunny San Diego to discuss affect and embodiment. From the bloody birth in Hemingway's "Indian Camp" and Rosasharn Joad's breast milk to Douglass' "cold sweat of death" and Albee's incontinent, old woman A, bodily fluids are liminal markers of transitions in life. This panel invites papers on the affective dimension of bodily fluids in literature and popular culture. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

- Liminal fluids and transgression
- Bodily fluids and commodification
- Medical discussions reflected in literary texts
- Historical development of one fluid across genres or periods
- Embodied fluids, fluid embodiment

[UPDATE] PAMLA Standing Session on Autobiography. San Diego, CA, Nov 1-3, 2013. Deadline: Apr 15, 2013.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 11:36am
Tanya Heflin / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are seeking exceptional papers on all aspects of autobiography, memoir, diary, and life-writing for the standing session on Autobiography at the 111th annual meeting of the PAMLA conference at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego from November 1-3, 2013.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: autobiographic self-representation in new social media; multi-ethnic life-writing; autobiography in the graphic novel; discovery of archive diary; multi-genre forms of narrative life-writing; and the relationship between autobiography and gender, sexual, ethnic, racial, and/or national identities.

MMLA 2013 Special Session (Proposed): Irony and Authenticity in Contemporary Artistic Production (Milwaukee; Nov. 7-10, 2013)

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 9:43pm
Janessa Toro/ University of Missouri/ Deadline: May 25

Is there room for earnestness and authenticity in contemporary media? In accordance with the 2013 Midwest Modern Language Association conference theme of "Art & Artifice", This panel explores the intersection of authenticity and irony in literature, film, music, and other media. While stable irony depends upon fixed meanings intended to elicit specific interpretations from an audience, contemporary theories of language, identity, and community emphasize the ultimate contingency and instability of meaning. Thus, the possibility for irony is thrown into question; is irony impossible, or is irony all-pervasive? Likewise, is any form of authenticity or earnestness possible in artistic production?

[UPDATE] Call for Papers: AULLA 2013: Worldmaking - Deadline Extension

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:38pm
Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA)


The theme of the 37th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA) is 'Worldmaking'.

Space and Place in the Arts and Humanities

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 3:10pm
HARTS & Minds interdisciplinary postgraduate journal

DEADLINE 17th May for abstract and draft article along with an academic CV to - Spread the Word!

Space and Place in the Humanities and Arts

This call for papers invites postgraduate submissions for the third edition of HARTS & Minds. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words in length and articles no longer than 6000 words. Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:

London Fantastic - Pre-1900 (LonCon, August 2014)

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 2:41pm

Fantastic London
LonCon, August 2014

Proposals are welcome on "Fantastic London" for the academic programme at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

To reflect the history and population of London, the host city, the theme of the academic programme is 'Diversity'. We will be exploring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of speculative fiction, whether in novels, comics, television, and movies or in fanworks, art, radio plays, games, advertising, and music.

For these panels, we are particularly soliciting submissions examining any element of fantastic and speculative British literature before 1900.

[UPDATE: REMINDER] The Art of Walking – Lyon (France) – 4/15/2013 & 10/10-12/2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 3:36am
Klaus Benesch, LMU/University of Munich (Germany) & François Specq, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon/CNRS (France)

The Art of Walking: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century

International Conference – École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, October 10-12, 2013

Organizers: Klaus Benesch (LMU Munich) and François Specq (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS LIRE)

CFP TRACES - Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference - Friday 14 June 2013 [Deadline: 30 April 2013]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 6:52am
GLITS - Goldsmiths College, University of London

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)

Oh you lost God! You endless trace!
Only because in the end hate divided you
are we  now  nature's  mouth  and  listeners.  
~ Rilke, The Sonnets to Orpheus, 26

A 'trace'  can be that which has existed, and which is now past; or that which has passed, in the case of a track or a footprint; or that which copied or drawn or outlined, such as a map or a word in the sand. It can be used as a noun or a verb: as an object or concept, or an active process of discovery.

"Secularity and Faith"; Literature and Religion Panel for PAMLA (Nov. 1-3, 2013); Deadline: April 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 5:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2013 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in San Diego, California. The conference will take place November 1-3, 2013.

How do writers negotiate faith in a secular age? What are the varieties of secularism expressed in literary works? The panel especially welcomes engagement with Charles Taylor's work, A Secular Age.

To submit a proposal, go to "" and click on "Submit a Proposal Now". Submissions are due by April 15, 2013. If a paper is accepted, the presenters must join the PAMLA by June 1, 2013. Additional proposal guidelines are available at the PAMLA website.

History of Critical Reception: Reception Study Society section at Midwest MLA Conference (Milwaukee, Nov. 7-10)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:27am
Matthew James Vechinski, Reception Study Society

History of Critical Reception

Topic: Open

This section is organized by the Reception Study Society (RSS), an association that promotes cross-disciplinary dialogue among all areas of reception studies, including reader-response criticism and pedagogy, history of reading and the book, reception history, and audience, communication, and media studies. The RSS is interested in the institutions that shape reception as well as the dimensions of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion in the study of audiences and reading.

April 15 deadline -- PAMLA 2013 San Diego(Nov 1-3) -- Special Session: Ew! Gross! Abjection, Affect, and Bodily Fluids

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:25am
PAMLA - Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

CFP: Corporeality Panel - PAMLA 2013 San Diego Special Session: Ew! Gross! Abjection, Affect, and Bodily Fluids
Location: California, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2013-04-15 (in 30 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-02-19
Announcement ID: 201561
CFP: Corporeality Panel - PAMLA 2013 San Diego

Special Session: Ew! Gross! Abjection, Affect, and Bodily Fluids

Deadline: April 15, 2013

[UPDATE] The Traveler's Eye: Narrating Dis/Location in 20th Century Travel Literature, October 24th-26th 2013, Bucharest

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 5:45am
CISCER, University of Bucharest, Romania

The troubled 20th century has been labeled in many ways – one of which is "the century of migrations". Temporary or permanent displacement, therefore, which is largely understood as an existential and epistemological condition embedded in its own material and metaphorical contexts, became one of the most fascinating subjects of (post)modern literature. The experience of travel in the largest sense reshapes personal identities and constructs new symbolic geographies that call into question the center-periphery opposition.

Second Symposium on Asians in the Americas, 27-28 Sept 2013, Malibu, CA

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 10:34pm
Pepperdine U

This symposium aims to explore the multifaceted representations of Asian lives in the Americas in history, sociology, religion, anthropology, art, education, film, and popular culture. In contemporary diaspora, globalization, and transnational studies we are reminded of the movement of Asians to the Americas as a people and through representations. We emphasize that although Asians have been in the Americas since at least the 16th Century, the movement of Asians outside of Asia is, ostensibly, a footnote in many fields. Similarly, current scholarship of Asians in the Americas focuses on East Asians in the Americas and rarely discusses South Asians, Southeast Asians, Central Asians, and Western Asians.

The Medium, Before and After Modernism (DUE: 6 May 2013)

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 6:02pm
College Art Association (Chicago, 12-15 February 2014)

The medium and its specificity have oriented the discourse on the arts throughout various historic and historiographic periods. For modernism, for example, Clement Greenberg advocated the specificity of the medium as the legitimate drive of artistic production for the avant-garde. The critical discourse that emerged around Greenberg and his followers was oriented around the various articulations and possibilities of the medium, an investigation played out across the history of the twentieth-century's art and its historiography.

China: Curating, Exhibitions and Display Culture

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 11:37am
Journal of Curatorial Studies

The Journal of Curatorial Studies invites original research articles on the subject of curating, exhibitions and display culture in China. The rapid transformation of China's market economy and urban environment has been paralleled by a burgeoning artistic and cultural sphere. Museums, biennials and alternative institutions have gained important footholds despite the spectre of state censorship. This special issue seeks articles that explore the dynamics and tensions of recent developments in Chinese exhibitionary practices.

[Deadline Extended]Explorations of Childhood in Nineteenth Century Working Class Life Writing (PAMLA)

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 9:46am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is designed to examine ideas of childhood based on the life writing of working class people. Life writing texts could include autobiographies, diaries, letters,compilations of life writing fragments, and/or solicited writings from various social organizations. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to, the folowing: How is child labor/schooling discussed in life writing from working class individuals? How are ideas of childhood vs. adulthood altered through the necessities of class and work? Questions such as these can highlight how ideas of childhood are frequently tied to middle class identity and development, especially during the nineteenth century.

NeMLA Diversity Panels CFP -- Due April 15th 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 11:46pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

The Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) is now accepting session proposals (not individual papers just yet) for next year's NeMLA convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from April 3-6 2014.

We are particularly interested in sessions on literatures by and about people of color. These under-represented fields include, but are not limited to, African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, African Literature, Native American Literature and Latino Literatures. Single-authored panels that are relevant, such as those on writers from Pennsylvania (such as David Bradley, Major Jackson, and John Edgar Wideman) are especially encouraged.

CFP: Postcolonial Literature (April 15, 2013 deadline; PAMLA Conference 11/1 - 11/3/2013)

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 9:21pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Looking for any paper proposals on Postcolonial Literature, but particularly interested in proposals on the subject of how childhood is filtered in texts to children through colonizing/postcolonial/neocolonial ideology.

The PAMLA 2013 Conference is being held on November 1-3, 2013, at the Bahia Resort Hotel, on Mission Bay, in San Diego, California. The PAMLA Conference will have over 180 sessions, plus a Creative Artist Spotlight, a Plenary Address, and many other terrific events.

Please submit your paper proposal to the PAMLA website:

[UPDATE]- Southern Lit and Culture, MPCA Oct 2013- Deadline APR 30!

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 4:38pm
Anne M Canavan/ Emporia State University

Call for Papers

The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to: