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[UPDATE} FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION: The Subject in/of First-Year Composition [SCMLA New Orleans 10/3/13-10/5/13]

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:24pm
Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University

FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION: The Subject in/of First-Year Composition

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 70th Annual Convention

New Orleans, LA – October 3-5, 2013

Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University,

The Freshmen English and English Composition panel invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address the subject in/of first-year composition.

500-word abstracts should include presenter contact information and paper title.

The deadline to submit abstracts to the session chair ( is March 31, 2012.

Islam and Postcolonial Literature – Edited collection of essays

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:39pm
Esra Mirze Santesso and James McClung / University of Georgia

Religion has long been a marginal topic in postcolonial studies. Robert Young has observed, "an absolute division between the material and the spiritual operates within postcolonial studies, emphasizing the degree to which the field is distinguished by an unmediated secularism, opposed to and consistently excluding the religious that have taken on the political identity of providing alternative value-systems to those of the west." In particular, Islam, outside the fundamentalist or extremist expressions, has been absent from critical conversations. Far too often in postcolonial scholarship—and indeed, in literary studies generally— Islam is identified as simply a form of oppression or as a vehicle for political manipulation.

Native North American Literatures (PAMLA 2013)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:06pm
PAMLA 2013 (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

Native North American authors throughout colonial and U.S. histories present complex and distinct challenges to linear time. Considering how "growth" or "age" is complicated by indigenous epistemologies of temporality in Native North American texts illustrates alternatives to the performance of "growth." This panel will examine Native North American authored texts and characters that co-exist in past/present/future and how "growth" and "age" interacts with colonial, historicist time in ways that challenge or illustrate the problematic construction of "aging" for Native populations in North America.

Call for Papers, 12th Annual Student & Graduate Conference, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 7th-9th, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 12:10pm
Amerikanistik, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

American Wars: Material & Ideological Battlegrounds

"This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger" (George W. Bush, National Day of Prayer and Re-membrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 Washington National CathedralSeptember 14, 2001). The contradiction of the United States' commitment to the values of freedom, justice
and democracy and the violent imposition of these values through war and warlike actions, implicit in this statement, has shaped the image of what was to become the United States and have helped build the American nation and society since the earliest days of colonization.

(Re)Presenting the Archive [Update - Registration OPEN]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 8:32am
University of Sheffield, UK

In a Higher Education context where originality in research is increasingly valorised, what place is there for explicitly re-presentational practices such as scholarly editing and curating?

NeMLA Italian Studies - 2014 Special Issue: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italy

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:32pm
Philip Balma / University of Connecticut

Even before his untimely passing in 1987, Primo Levi's contributions to the Italophone literary panorama inspired a significant amount of critical responses. One could argue that his name has become synonymous with contemporary representations of the Italian Jewry, including (but not limited to) artistic reflections of World War II and the Shoah. This volume aims to highlight new or underexplored approaches to the study of the Italkim, but also to properly contextualize and further the extant critical discourse on Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how Italian and European audiences perceive the modern Jewish experience.

[UPDATE] Is It All About the Text? Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:39pm
Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University

Is It All About the Text? Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University--Saturday, April 20, 2013

Conference Organizer: Dr. Vara Neverow

Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT

Saturday, April 20, 2013
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
English Department
Engleman Hall

Is It All About the Text?
Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

American Women Writers of Color Conference Nov. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:24pm
Salisbury University

Call for Papers:
American Women Writers of Color Conference
Nov. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013 Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel,
Ocean City, MD

Keynote Speaker:
Daphne Books
Professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University

Author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910,
Jeff Buckley's Grace, and the forthcoming work Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures—from Minstrelsy through the New Millennium.


Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:15pm
Scarecrow Press

Call for Papers: Joss Whedon's Firefly
Michael Goodrum (Essex) and Philip Smith (Loughborough)

It has been ten years since Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002-3) was first screened. Although narrative covered only one season and a film, the series has enjoyed a long afterlife through comic books, a roleplaying game, and the fan community. Despite the continued interest in, and development of, the series, Firefly remains relatively unexplored in academic literature, particularly when compared to the critical attention directed towards Whedon's earlier series,Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).

[UPDATE] "Architecture and Literature: Reading the Room" (1-3 November, San Diego); Proposal Deadline: 15 April

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:38pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

PAMLA 2013 (Nov. 1-3)-World Literature in Theory and in Practice

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:00pm
William Arighi

Scholarly interest in world literature is on the rise, yet this endeavor has more often taken place in academic writing and colloquia than in teaching. This session will explore various ways to bring theories of world literature into classrooms and institutions, which are necessarily limited in scope and scale. We hope to include questions regarding use of translations, pairing of texts, periodizing, genre, cultural and historical context, the literature classroom, and literary value (high/low). Pedagogical research is welcome, as are theoretical and exploratory papers on the topic of world literature pedagogy.

Please feel free to contact the organizer with any questions you might have.

"CASCA" – Journal of Social Science, Culture and Arts (Deadline September 1st 2013.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:57pm
Centre for Alternative Social and Cultural Activities, Belgrade

Interdisciplinary journal CASCA enables authors to publish papers in various areas of social sciences, culture and art. The journal publishes scientific papers and book reviews thematically related to literary theory, history of art, philosophy, anthropology, history, archeology, sociology, culturology, politicology, communicology, etc.

We are interested in publishing scientific and expert papers, book reviews, exhibition reviews, web portals, etc.

(25-26 October, 2013)"Ebbs, Flows and Limits": Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery, Pittsburgh

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 5:39pm
(Des)Articulaciones 2013, University of Pittsburgh, Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department

With an interdisciplinary approach, (Des)articulaciones 2013 invites creative reflections on the possibility of many Others (and various Selves), and the examination of continuous cultural flows from and between so-called peripheries. Our purpose is to continue a reflection of Latin America vis-à-vis various contacts with peripheral Others and their epistemological relationship to the West.
Graduate students who would like to participate in the conference should send an abstract (between 250-300 words), their research interests and academic affiliation to the Selection Committee at by April 15, 2013. Each presentation will be between 15 and 20 minutes.

Reading Across and Between: Transnational and Trans-Indigenous Aesthetics

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 4:34pm
PAMLA 2013 San Diego

Recent innovations in the field of transnational and trans-indigenous studies have encouraged reading across or between political and geographic boundaries, economies, cultures, spaces, places, and times. This session encourages submissions concerned with the analysis of the recent "transitive turn" in American Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, with an eye toward new developments in the field that focus on comparative indigenous aesthetics and visual art practice.

[new deadline: 30 April 2013] Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:09pm
University of Liverpool

Link to CFP:


- Dr Nick Davis, University of Liverpool
- Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
- Professor Ronald Levao, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Dr Mary Ann Lund, University of Leicester
- Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Bristol, The University of the West of England
- Professor Andrej Stancak, University of Liverpool
- Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

[UPDATE] Excess: Special issue of The Comparatist

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:27pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Excess
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the problematic of excess in comparative studies and literary theory. What constitutes excess today? What does it name? Who defines it? How do literature and art manage or register excess? How is excess connected to the task of interpretation? Is excess still synonymous with transgression and subversion? Have its connotations changed under the sway of neoliberalism? Topics of interest could include:

[Deadline Extended] Literature, Space and Geography

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:13pm
Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

3.2 'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'

In this special issue, Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between geography and the study of literature. As always, Inquire encourages intellectual discussions that approach the text from inside and outside, considering the movement of literary artifacts across geographical spaces as well as the significance of geographical movement within literature.

The following lines of inquiry are of particular interest:

Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practices

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:50am
Siobhan O'Gorman and Charlotte McIvor

This essay collection situates the histories and contemporary practice of devised performance in Irish theatre. The use of devised performance techniques within Irish theatre harnesses the artistic potential of diverse sites, participants, sources and techniques as one of its major aims. The named theatrical genres frequently employed vis-à-vis a devised working process include but are not limited to physical, immersive, site-specific, improvised, collaborative, community, adapted, documentary and verbatim theatre.

DEADLINE 3/15 Pedagogical Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern Studies w/ Keynote by Robert N. Watson

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:07pm
UCLA Medieval and Early Modern Student Association & UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The last two decades have seen radical revisions to curricula at universities and colleges around the world. But have curricular changes been accompanied by pedagogical developments? When it comes to teaching, graduate students often learn by doing. By virtue of their experiments and their proximity to the undergraduate curriculum, they are among the most innovative educators on their campuses. The Medieval and Early Modern Students Association at UCLA and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invite graduate students to share their experience at a conference on June 7 that deals with teaching Medieval and Early Modern material in the undergraduate classroom.

[UPDATE] Writing South Africa Now: A Colloquium July 2nd, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 9:37am
University of Cambridge

Extended CfP deadline: April 8th, 2013

Confirmed Plenary speaker: Dr Nadia Davids (Queen Mary, University of London)

Writing South Africa Now: A Colloquium

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

City Margins, City Memories. Deadline for Proposals: 7 June 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5:47am
School of Modern Languages & School of Philosophy & Religion, Bangor University & Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

First Call for Papers


Date: Monday 7 April – Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies,
University of London School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London

An International Interdisciplinary Conference organized by the School of Modern Languages
and the School of Philosophy and Religion, Bangor University and the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Bill Marshall (IGRS) & Professor Hugh Campbell (UCD School of Architecture).

[UPDATE] Child Labor and American Modernism (1890-1930)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 7:12pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

We invite papers for a special session on "Child Labor and American Modernism (1890-1930)" at the 111th annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) to be held at the Bahia Resort in San Diego, California, on November 1-3, 2013. Paper proposals should focus on modern American writers addressing the issue of child labor in the U.S. between 1890 and 1930. By 1905, 2,500,000 children worked in industry in the U.S., and by 1920, 8.3% of all children in the U.S. under the age of 15 were earning wages in industry (often considered "bad" for children) or agriculture (often considered "good" for children). Child labor ends (on a national scale) only with the advent of the Great Depression.

Time Travel in the Media

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 11:46am
Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University

CfP: Time Travel in the Media

We are currently seeking chapter proposals for the first collection of essay to address time travel across different media formats. The collection, to be be published by McFarland, will be edited by Joan Ormrod (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Matthew Jones (UCL).