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CFP: [Medieval] Discovering the Social in the History of Reading

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:41pm
Annie Abrams

Discovering the Social in the History of Reading

The History of Reading Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara
invites paper proposals for our 2009 winter conference, "Discovering the
Social in the History of Reading." The one-day conference will take place
on Friday, March 13, 2009 at UCSB. The keynote speakers will be Adrian
Johns (University of Chicago) and Elaine Treharne (Florida State

CFP: [Collections] call for papers- contagion

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:34pm
Rachel Lears

(Español y Portugués abajo/Espanhol e Português abaixo)

Call for participation â€" e-misférica 6.1 â€" Contagion

Contagion. /contāgiōn/ (s. of contāgiō).

â€" Transmission, by contact.

â€" Source, real or imagined, of infectious condition. (Patient Zero. Tango.)

â€" Contagious condition. (Smallpox. Conquest.)

â€" Imitation (Mimesis. Magic.)

â€" Transmission of habits, empathies, behaviors under the influence of
another. (Rhythm. Ideology.)

â€" Bacteria, Virus, Metaphor. (AIDS)

â€" Rumor, Propaganda, Suggestion (Terror. Markets)

â€" Communicable. Permeable. Penetrable. (Border. Skin.)

â€" Crisis

CFP: [General] critical studies series in science fiction

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 4:35pm
Dr Paul Andrew March-Russell

SF Storyworlds is a new critical studies series in science fiction,
edited by Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent) and by other leading
writers and critics in science fiction, and distributed by UK academic
publisher Gylphi. It aims to explore the evolution of science fiction and
its impact upon contemporary culture. We are interested in rethinking the
possibilities of the genre, in particular, the roles of different media
(literature, film, television, radio, the Internet and comic strip),
critical and cultural theory, and translation studies, including SF from
Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Genre is itself a central
question (for example, in the work of M. John Harrison, China Mieville or

CFP: [Postcolonial] Derek Walcott: A Postcolonial Reading

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 4:01pm
Om Prakash Dwivedi


Contributions are invited toward a collection of critical essays on the
poetry of Derek Walcott. We seek essays that address the various
postcolonial themes of racial prejudice, hybridty, diaspora, linguistic
innovations, identity. Essays dealing with coparative studies are also

Original manuscripts of 2500-4000 words in MLA format should be submitted
no later than 30th September, 2009 to om_dwivedi2003_at_yahoo.com.Please
include a brief biographical statement. Papers must be typed in MS Word
2003 or 2007 document, and hard copies sent by snail mail to:

Dr. O.P. Dwivedi
M-61, Govindpur Colony
Uttar Pradesh

UPDATE: [Film] Deadline Reminder: CFP: Acting Out - A symposium on Screen Performance, Inference and Interpretation

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:36am
Lucy Fife Donaldson

Acting Out - A symposium on Screen Performance, Inference and Interpretation

20th March 2009, University of Reading

Keynote Speaker - Andrew Klevan, (St. Anne's College, University of Oxford)
- Film Performance: From Achievement to Appreciation (Wallflower Press)

Deadline for Proposals - Monday 22 December 2008

This one-day symposium seeks to provide a forum for scholars of screen
acting to meet and progress the spate of recent work on performance on
film. We would like to explore how we draw out performance through an
interrogation of the relationship between performance, inference and

UPDATE: [Medieval] Journal publication; Eating the World: Food in Early Modern England

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 12:44am
Amy Tigner

Early English Studies (EES) is a new online journal under the auspices of the University of Texas at
Arlington English Department and is devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in the medieval
and early modern periods. EES is published annually, peer-reviewed, and open to general
Our next issue will be called "Eating the World: Food in Early Modern England," and we invite
submissions that consider issues of food and literature in early modern England.
Submission guidelines:
Double-spaced manuscripts should not exceed thirty pages in length, and electronic submission in
Word format is required.

CFP: [Victorian] SCMLA 2009––Special Session: Oscar Wilde: History, Sexuality, and Displacement

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 8:22pm
Daniel A. Novak

In recent decades, Oscar Wilde has been theorized as a figure who
represented a historical shift or a displacement in how we think of
identity, gender, and sexuality. This panel invites papers that interrogate
these critical assumptions, broadly addressing Wilde's own thinking about
the relationship between history and identity. Papers may also focus on the
critical reception of Wilde from the early 20th century to the present.

This is a special session for the SCMLA 2009 conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
The theme of the conference is "Continuity and Displacement." A panel will
be chosen by February 20 and selected panels will be announced by March 2009.

UPDATE: [20th] Encyclopedia of Contemporary Fiction

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 7:50pm
Geoff Hamilton

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Fiction, forthcoming from Facts on File in
early 2010, is seeking contributors for entries on a number of authors and
works. Our final deadline for the completion of entries is February 28, 2009.

A list of available entries can be found here:


Contributors to our encyclopedia will receive a byline in the finished
book, identifying them as the author of their entry. In certain cases,
those authors contributing multiple entries will receive a complimentary
copy of the encyclopedia upon its publication.