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[UPDATE] Posthumanism and Poetry, MLA 2012 (January 5-8, 2012; Seattle)

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 7:32pm
Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Seeking papers that address thematic, critical or ideological intersections between posthumanism and poetry; including interspecies relationships, transhumanism, the making and unmaking of the humanist subject, embodiment, and encounters with animal or machine.

Potential topics include discussions of poetries that call into question liberal humanist values, analysis of poetries that incorporate technology into form or presentation, poetries that reflect concepts of the posthuman as put forth by Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Judith Butler, etc.

Discussions of poetry from any time period or national language welcome.
Please send 300-word abstract and brief CV to T.J. Welch by March 5, 2011.

UPDATE -- Originations: Dangers and Desires [MLA 2012] -- Proposals due March 10, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:54pm
Modern Languages Association, Jan 5-8, 2012, Seattle, WA

This session welcomes papers concerning representations and intimations of nostalgic utopias, formative memory, and mother tongues, in order to discuss the dangerous necessities inherent in desiring origins. The session welcomes papers from across a wide array of disciplines and media.

250-word proposal and brief CV due March 10, 2011.

Asian American Literature (PAMLA 2011) -- Proposals Due March 25, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:50pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 2011

The session on Asian American Literature(s) is accepting paper proposals for PAMLA 2011, 5-6 Nov. 2011 at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines.

Please use the PAMLA 2011 site to submit a proposal before March 25, 2011. Submit Here.

Justice, Law, and Literature March-May

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:26pm
Changing Lives Through Literature

In 2008 we launched a blog, Changing Lives, Changing Minds:
We feature essays from professors, graduate students, judges, lawyers, and other scholars. Topics range from literature and its impact on people to alternative sentencing and issues in our justice system.
We would like to invite you to submit a 500-800 word piece to be featured on the site. Any topic that deals with literature or writing and the way in which they affect individuals (now or historically) is fair game. You might consider using one or more of the questions below as a jumping off point for an entry or bring ideas of your own to the blog.

Reception Study Society conference, Sept. 8-10, 2011 NWMSU

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:13pm
Philip Goldstein, Director, Reception Study Society

Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, about 80 miles from the Kansas City International Airport.
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10 (Note new dates).

Keynote Speakers:

Shirley Samuels, Flora Rose House Professor and Dean,
Cornell University
"Reading the American Novel, 1780-1850"

Daniel Cavicchi, Professor of American Studies
Rhode Island School of Design
"Fandom Before 'Fan': Shaping the History of Enthusiastic Audiences."

Jonathan Gray, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Audience of the Rest of the Text: Hype, Spinoffs, Extratexts, Paratexts, and Reception"

EACLALS Postgraduate Conference - "Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights"

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 2:56pm
European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights

EACLALS Postgraduate Conference
Institute of English Studies, University of London

26-27 August 2011

Keynote Speaker
Professor Frank Schulze-Engler (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2011

Although provision is made for postgraduates in the workshop sessions where they can discuss their research, we invite proposals from scholars at all levels of their career

Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities, University of Warwick, UK, 28-29 May, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:21am
Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities

The first event organised by the University of Warwick's HRC 'Postgraduate Scholars Program' is as follows:

Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities

28 – 29 May 2011, Millburn House

This event seeks to intertwine different disciplines and artistic practices through the theme of colour and its relationship with:

· Being

· Perceiving

· Responding

· Communicating

· Belonging

Special guests include Professor Paul Smith (History of Art, University of Warwick) and Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Writer)

New Temporalities of Old Age, MLA 5-8 January 2012

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:58am
Cynthia Port and Erin Lamb / MLA Age Studies Discussion Group

This guaranteed session sponsored by the MLA Age Studies Discussion Group investigates narratives of aging in the light of recent and emerging theories of temporality. Is there an "epistemology of old age" that might stand outside conventional articulations of temporality? How are narratives of aging illuminated by recent work on national, postcolonial, or global temporalities? How do literary and cultural conceptions of old age look different when read against the idealization of the child and focus on the future that Lee Edelman calls "reproductive futurism"? In what ways can cognitive approaches to temporality inform our understanding of narratives of old age?

20th Century Caribbean Radicalism, MLA 2012

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 8:26pm
Laurie Lambert

Perspectives on intellectual and literary contributions to revolutionary movements; analysis of radical traditions including those with links to diaspora and global south. 300 word abstract and 1-page cv by 10 March 2011; Laurie Lambert (