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Trades, Call for Articles, Due 1 September 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 3:52pm
Eighteenth-Century Fiction, McMaster University

How was skilled physical work practiced and represented in the eighteenth century? What are the pleasures and perils of labour for the body and the body politic? How does work's embodiment implicate or complicate subjectivity, sensibility, and sociality? How do gender, race, and class inform ideas of labour? Readings of trades in literature and the visual arts are welcome, and investiga­tions in the histories of economics, science, and technology are par­ticu­larly encouraged.

Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009. Deadline for abstracts: May 20, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:59pm
Kathryn Crowther / SAMLA

This SAMLA special session panel welcomes papers on any aspect of the Steampunk genre. Papers could address literature, film, art, or other cultural manifestations of Steampunk. Of particular interest are discussions of the ways that Steampunk engages with notions of time and historical discourse, the materiality of Steampunk, and the intersections of technology and literature. By May 20, please send a one-page abstract that includes audio/visual needs and a short vita (with complete contact information) to Kathryn Crowther, Georgia Institute of Technology at kathryn.crowther@lcc.gatech.edu

Towards 'Post-radio' - Issues in the Transformation of Radio Objects and Forms

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:52pm
GRER - The French Radio Researches and Studies Network

Towards 'Post-radio' - Issues in the Transformation of Radio Objects and Forms.

PARIS, November 26th, 27th and 28th 2009

University Paris I - Pantheon - Sorbonne
(National institute of History of Art; Petits Champs Street; 75001 PARIS)

The French Radio Researches and Studies Network (GRER) organizes its fourth international symposium. After Bordeaux (2001 and 2004) and Lyon (2006), it will take place in Paris in November 2009. An international call with communication is launched, within the framework of the problematics and methods exposed below. Returns are awaited on 1st of May 2009.

Documenting Non-Western LGBTQ Identity

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:30pm
Chris Pullen/Bournemouth University

CFP: Documenting LGBTQ Identity in Non Western Worlds (08/31/09; collection)Edited by Christopher Pullen Proposals are invited for essays forming part of a new reader focusing on LGBT and queer identity in the developing and non western world, apparent within varying documentary forms, such as film, television and new media.  A central concern is to explore the social agency of media producers and performers, who offer new narratives of potential and progression, challenging Western orientated and traditional worlds.  At the same time some chapters may explore the significance of Western constructions of LGBT and queer identity, which have offered archetypes of political engagement for world wide audiences.  As a consequence this reader intends to foregro

Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival: Images, Imaginations and Beyond — Deadline June 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 12:13pm
Dr. Mark B. Spencer / Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Papers are invited for the Eighth Native American Symposium to be held November 4-6, 2009 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. The symposium theme is Images, Imaginations, and Beyond, but papers, presentations, panel sessions, and creative productions addressing all aspects of Native American studies are welcome, including but not limited to history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote speaker will be Heather Rae, the Cherokee film director and producer, whose film Frozen River received two Academy Award nominations this year.

MSA 11: Vernacular Modernisms: What Are They When They're at Home?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:41am
Dr. Bradley D. Clissold

Although some scholarly work has investigated the ways in which various types of modernist ideas and aesthetic tendencies have found articulation and received exposure in the quotidian sphere via advertising, film, popular psychology, popular music, new (household and workplace) technologies, as well as in profound developments in travel and communication, this panel seeks to push such analysis further. Papers are sought that critically explore articulations of modernism as they occur and are experienced in the everyday lifeworld.

Panel for Modernist Studies Association Conference, November 5-8, 2009 (Montreal): Theories of Language as Modernist Theory

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 10:03pm
Ken Hirschkop

The early twentieth century witnessed not only a variety of aesthetic experiments with language, but also a new wave of writing about language theoretically. The most well-known is the work that shaped what was to become twentieth-century linguistics: Saussure, Meillet, Benveniste, Jakobson, and the like. But it was not just linguists who tried to frame new conceptions of language: a wide variety of intellectuals from other fields decided, as if in concert, that understanding language was the key to understanding the basic problems of their disciplines and, in many cases, the very fate of European society. A few of these intellectuals, like Wittgenstein and J. L.

[UPDATE] CFP: 19th Century Genre Migration; MMLA Conference, Nov. 12-15 2009; (Deadline April 26)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 7:56pm
Timothy Helwig

Nineteenth-century American print culture was notoriously fluid, as texts migrated from one genre to another. For example, popular city-mysteries of the 1840s and 1850s drew upon sensational crime-reporting and were often first serialized in weekly story papers and then printed in a series of pamphlets before being compiled and sold as complete novels. This session invites papers that explore any aspect of genre migration during or after the rich emergence of the penny press, the black press, and the labor press in the mid 19th century. How does the migration of texts from one genre to the next affect their meaning and their reception? What common interests did these print sources share on questions of racial, ethnic, or class identity?

[General] UPDATE: Sirens, a conference on women in fantasy (10/1 - 10/4; deadline June 7)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 6:51pm
Jessica Moore, Sirens (Narrate Conferences)

Vail, CO
October 1-4, 2009
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 1-4, 2009, in Vail, CO. 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.

CFP: "Bodies, Objects, and Circulation" at GEMCS 2009 (October 22-25, in Dallas, TX); Abstract Deadline: May 13, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:49pm
Marisa Huerta/University of Texas at San Antonio

Inviting papers on bodies, objects, and circulation in seventeenth- and/or eighteenth-century literature for a panel at the meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS) 2009. Topics may include blood and medical circulation; contamination and disease; sexual circulation: libertinism and prostitution; trade and the nation. Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Marisa Huerta (marisa.huerta at utsa.edu) by 13 May 2009.

See here for GEMCS info: http://www.english.fsu.edu/gemcs/

Oscholars Special Issue: The Soul of Man: Oscar Wilde and Socialism [abstracts 15 Jul 09; final articles 15 Dec 09]

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:01pm

H.G. Wells once wrote that Oscar Wilde's 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' offers "an artist's view of socialism, but not a socialist's." George Orwell, reviewing the essay in 1948, called Wilde's vision of socialism "Utopian and anarchistic." So was Oscar Wilde a socialist? an anarchist? an "individualist"? or politically unquantifiable? He was acquainted with the leading socialists of the time, from William Morris to G. B. Shaw, his sympathy for socialist and anarchist ideas was well known, and 'The Soul of Man' attained great popularity with the radical movements of Central and Eastern Europe and the USA.

Science Fiction in Children's Film and Television (proposals by 05/31/09)

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 11:51am
R.C. Neighbors/University of Arkansas

It has often been said that science fiction is a literature of ideas. Through the use of familiar tropes, such as spaceships, aliens, and ray guns, the genre uses the future (and sometimes the past) to comment on the present--on current social, cultural, and political ideologies. Likewise, media directed at children often focus on advocating or criticizing similar ideologies, often for a didactic purpose. It is interesting, then, that so little has been said about the joining of these two genres--children's science fiction--particularly when dealing with the visual media of film and television.