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Occupy the Globe: Capitalist Culture in Early Modern English Drama [UPDATE]

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 4:53pm
Katherine Gillen / Northeast Modern Language Association ( March 21-24, 2013; abstracts by Sept. 30, 2012)

In the fall of 2011, activists claiming to represent the 99% occupied Zuccotti Park in New York City's financial district. The Occupy movement raised questions about the distribution of wealth in the United States and the world, the influence of money in politics, and the nature of public space in a capitalist society.

Shakespeare and the Myth of the Feminine - June 26-29, 2013 Montpellier France

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 12:09pm
European Shakespeare Research Association

Yan Brailowsky, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
Victoria Bladen, University of Queensland, Australia

Call for papers
Iconic Shakespearean actresses such as Peggy Ashcroft (1988) have marvelled at the versatility and depth of Shakespeare's feminine roles. Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Ophelia, Queen Margaret, Juliet, Paulina, Desdemona, Volumnia, Lavinia… all are characters which have been variously represented, or objectified in Western culture, and whose names have now become easily recognizable emblems or concepts—even myths.

UPDATE:'The Road Not Taken': Explorations in Narrative Refusals, Disnarration, and Counterfactual Histories

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:57am
Indian Institute of Technology [IIT] Bombay

Plenary speakers:
Professor Jasbir Jain,
Hon Director, Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (IRIS), Sahitya Akademi Writer-in-Residence, 2009

Professor Supriya Chaudhuri
Professor and Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University

Papers are invited for a two-day refereed conference on Disnarration from 1st to 2nd March 2013, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.

Gerald Prince's introduction of the 'disnarrated' in 1988 marks an interesting milestone in the evolution of narrative theory. The notion of what could have, but does not happen in a narrative, opens up new ways of looking at texts and at their visibility, overt and implicit.

Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film (Abstracts due Sept. 30)

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:47am
Northeast Modern Language Association (conference Mar. 2013)

This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. The NeMLA conference will be held in Boston in March, 2013. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?

Symposium - Creativity and Authorship: Law and Changing Practice, 17-18 December

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 7:41pm
University of Canberra

Symposium - Creativity and Authorship: Law and Changing Practice
Call for Proposals
17 and 18 December 2012
Inspire Centre, University of Canberra

Hosted by the Law and Culture research group, Faculty of Business, Government and Law and Faculty of Arts and Design

This Symposium will explore practices of authorship, creativity and cultural innovation, and how they intersect with law. Do law and policy effectively protect and meet the changing needs of authors and other creative practitioners? How does law itself frame authorship and cultural practice? How has this changed over time, and what lessons are there for the future?

CFP: Generic Fluidity of the Fantastic (NEPCA (6/1/12; Vermont 10/25-26/13)

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2:08am
Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area

Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2013 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont
25-26 October 2013
Proposals by 1 June 2013

[UPDATE] Tenth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 3:41pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies - University of Massachusetts Amherst

[UPDATE] We are delighted to welcome Mario DiGangi of The Graduate Center at CUNY as our keynote speaker, who will be giving a talk entitled "Affective Agency and Embodied Knowledge in Shakespeare's 'Richard III' and 'King John'."

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its tenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

EARTH PERFECT? NATURE, UTOPIA, and the GARDEN, Symposium and Exhibitions, June 6-9, 2013, Call for Papers and Event Information

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 3:26pm
University of Delaware

EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden:
symposium and exhibitions


Since time immemorial, gardens have been key in humanity's quest to define an ideal relation to nature. Gardens have been sources of nourishment for the body and the soul, they have been symbols of wealth and power, they have served as barriers against the wild, and much more. EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden is a four-day symposium designed for an academic audience, garden professionals, and a general public interested in the importance and meaning of gardens.

Event Locations:

Call for Submissions: Studies in Popular Culture

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 5:04pm
Studies in Popular Culture

Studies in Popular Culture, a journal of the Popular Culture Association of the South, publishes articles on popular culture however mediated: through film, literature, radio, television, music, graphics, print, practices, associations, events—any of the material or conceptual conditions of life. Its contributors from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Israel, Scotland, Spain, and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus include distinguished anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, cultural geographers, ethnomusicologists, historians, and scholars in comics, communications, film, games, graphics, literature, philosophy, religion, and television.

CFP Kalamazoo 2013 - "John Lydgate and English Literary History" - DUE Sept. 15th

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 11:51pm
Alaina Bupp

In the past few years, scholarship on John Lydgate has undergone a transformation. His works are garnering more and more attention. If Lydgate's centuries old reputation as a poetic dullard is to be revived, the author and his works must be presented and discussed in a venue that can provide opportunities for the unitiated scholar to discover Lydgate's significance to English literary history.

The purpose of this session, then, would be to draw out the ways in which Lydgate contributed to, complicated, or derived his works from the literary history and traditions of England. Topics to consider include but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Shakespeare at Kalamazoo 2013

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 4:36pm
Kavita Mudan Finn / Shakespeare at Kalamazoo

Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 9-12, 2013).

1. Shakespeare and Material Culture

2. The Merchant of Venice: Pre-texts, Texts, and After-Texts

[UPDATE}: Elizabeth I on Film: Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 2013

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 2:44pm
Queen Elizabeth I Society

Our panel in 2013 will focus on representations of Elizabeth I in the classic and more recent film narratives. In the last decade alone, the image of Elizabeth I on film has ranged from Dame Judi Dench's aged but energetic queen to Cate Blanchett's preternaturally youthful 55 year old monarch to the adolescent princess played by Laoise Murray on _The Tudors_. This panel will seek to explore the general trajectories of representing Elizabeth I on screen as well as identify and analyze the developments, continuities, and significance of these representations in the 21st century.

This session is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I Society.

CFP: Literature (General) SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/16/12; 2/13-16/13)

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:28pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association

Organizers of the 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please check the special area list, as you may find a home there:

[UPDATE] Special Issue of South Atlantic Review: The Power of Poetry in the Modern World

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:26pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In conjunction with its 2011 SAMLA Conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," South Atlantic Review invites the submission of essays on any aspect of this topic for a special issue of the journal.The guest editor of the issue is Nancy D. Hargrove.

All submissions must be double-spaced and between 6,000 and 7,500 words in length, not including the Works Cited, and must be formatted in accordance with MLA style with endnotes.

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2012, to E-mails should include the submitter's name, affiliation, a brief bio, and the essay, attached as a Word document.

Real & Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean -- Grad conf.; Feb. 8-9, 2013

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 10:18pm

Call for Papers

Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU) and Prof. Abdulkader Sinno (Indiana University Bloomington)

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2012

On behalf of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we are pleased to announce the organization of the graduate student conference "Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean." This conference will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign over a period of two days: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Affect and Identity in Early Modern Performance, NeMLA 2013: Sep 30 deadline

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:40pm
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 21-24, 2013

CFP: Affect and Identity in Early Modern Performance

This panel seeks to explore the potential performative and affective power of early modern drama on group identities. The theater, as locus of communal and social performativity, is a fruitful site to investigate the shaping force of affective response on collective identities and their historical narratives. How does the drama model and orchestrate response, reaction, and construction of identity categories based on age, race, class, gender, religion, nationalism, bodies, or other criteria? Please submit 250-word abstracts to

[UPDATE] WSQ: Engage! Call for Papers

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 1:39pm
Women's Studies Quarterly

Call for Papers

WSQ Special Issue: Engage!

Guest Editors: David A. Gerstner & Cynthia Chris

"I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement." — Oscar Wilde

"There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do not think it's asking to much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect."

— Nikki Giovanni

Monsters and the Monstrous Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:13am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity

This issue is concentrating on spaces that are considered monstrous or are themselves capable of producing monstrosity. these spaces can be actual or authored, real or imaginary. Spaces of violence and murder, social taboo, ideological excess and human depravity from the past, present or future. Equally spaces natural or supernatural, earth found or star bound that produce, spawn or inevitably return to monstrosity in all its many human, cultural and temporal forms

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms of submission on the following or related themes:

Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference - Friday, January 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 10:36pm
University of Oklahoma - The Student Association of Graduate English Scholars

Dissonant Discourses

"A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions." -- Antonio Gramsci

The University of Oklahoma Student Association of Graduate English Scholars (S.A.G.E.S) and the OU English Department will host the second annual conference, Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on January 25, 2013.

"Making Sacrifices": Visions of Sacrifice in American and European Cultures

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 8:23pm
Salzburg Institute of Gordon College

As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents in a state of tension at least partly because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in contemporary culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. Such oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of culture.

5th Global Conference: Evil, Women and the Feminine

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 8:14am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference
Evil, Women and the Feminine

Saturday 18th May – Monday 20th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
"A wanton woman is the figure of imperfection; in nature an ape, in quality a wagtail, in countenance a witch, and in condition a kind of devil"
Nicholas Breton, 1615

NeMLA - 09/30 deadline - Gender and Genre: Exploring Intersections in Women's Life-Writing

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 2:52pm
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Gender and Genre: Exploring Intersections in Women's Life-Writing (Deadline: Sept. 30th)
full name / name of organization:
Rachel N. Spear, Vice President of NeMLA's WGS Caucus
contact email:

Call for Papers

Gender and Genre: Exploring Intersections in Women's Life-Writing

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Gender and Genre: Exploring Intersections in Women's Life-Writing


Monday, September 3, 2012 - 2:25pm
Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) exists to encourage practice and research in life-writing in all forms, from biography to autobiography, diaries to blogs, letters to memoirs. It is directed by renowned biographer Professor Hermione Lee, associate-directed by eminent colonial scholar Professor Elleke Boehmer, administered by literary historian Dr Rachel Hewitt, and is based at Wolfson College, Oxford. From 20-22 September 2013, OCLW will hold its first major triennial conference, on the subject of 'The Lives of Objects'.

CFP: Philologist, Journal of Language, Literary and Cultural Studies

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 10:58am
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology

We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the sixth issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

Papers should be a maximum of 5.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

CFP for Otherness: Essays and Studies 3.2 - December 1, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 9:41am
Center for the Studies of Otherness -

Call for Papers: Otherness: Essays and Studies 3.2
The Centre for Studies in Otherness invites papers for the e-journal issue Otherness: Essays and Studies 3.2.

Otherness: Essays and Studies, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary e-journal, publishes research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We publish two issues a year, alternating between special topic issues and general issues. This is a call for our general issue, forthcoming in Winter 2012.