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MSA 11: Boxing and Modernism

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 7:00pm
Evan Rhodes

This panel seeks to explore the historical and aesthetic connections between boxing and modernism, or early 20th century arts more broadly conceived. From Gene Tunney's Alpine hikes with George Bernard Shaw to Jack Johnson's 1916 fight with poet Arthur Cravan, or Djuna Barnes' early boxing reportage to Hemingway's stints as a sparring partner for professional heavyweights in Paris, many modern writers and artists evinced not only a delight in boxing, but a deep situation in sporting circles such that the distinction between modern art as an aesthetic formation and boxing as popular sport becomes productively fuzzy.

Renaissance Transformations (6/1/09); SAMLA (11/6/09-11/8/09)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 1:07pm

Call for submissions to the English II panel, "Renaissance Transformations," at this November's SAMLA convention in Atlanta, GA.

As we ponder the issue of change in the post-modern world, we would also like to reconsider how the early modern period imagined transformation. Transformation may include changes political, physical, or psychological boundary crossings or rhetorical tropes. What are the major concerns attendants upon change in early modern England? Is transformation always construed as transgressive and liminal, or does it also have positive social and literary implications? Can we identify a unified discourse of transformation from the various articulations of change in early modern literature?

Transatlantic routes of American roots music [UPDATE]

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:00pm
University of Worcester

Call for Papers [EXTENDED DEADLINE May 31st 2009]:
Transatlantic routes of American roots music: Folk/ Blues/Jazz University of Worcester, UK
September 12-13, 2009
We invite proposals for papers for this conference examining the impact and significance of American folk music(s) in Britain. We would especially welcome contributions that examine representations of such music in an interdisciplinary frame.

EAPSU Conference, October 22-24, 2009. Proposals due July 1, 2009.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:33am
English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities

The 2009 EAPSU (English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities) Conference will be held at Shippensburg University, October 22-24, 2009. The conference theme is "Making Our World: Language, Literacy and Culture."

We invite proposals from faculty and students for presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops that address how the work of English studies continues to make and remake our communities, our classrooms, and the world around us. Topics include, but are not limited to: Literatures, Popular Culture & Film, Composition and Pedagogy, and Creative Texts: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

[UPDATE] Rethinking Realism in American Literature

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:17am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Rethinking Realism in American Literature: SAMLA Special Session

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA) will be held November 6-8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended due to a later timeline with SAMLA.

Current Research on Cervantes (Abstract Deadline 06/15/09)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 10:42am
Maria Mizzi / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

We invite interdisciplinary papers that analyze any aspect of the works of Miguel de Cervantes. Possible topics may include, but are not limited, to the following: relevance of Cervantes in today's literature, place of Cervantes's minor works in the literary canon, masculine and feminine discourses in his prose works, intersection among literature, politics and religion in any of his works, space and identity formation, and images of mythology. The work(s) of Cervantes may also be compared and contrasted with that of another Spanish author. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Popular Culture and Activism, MAPACA Conference Nov 5-7, 2009 (Abstract Deadline June 15)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 6:13am
Chloe Avril / Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association

Popular Culture and Activism at MAPACA (Boston, Nov 5-7 2009)

Popular Culture and Activism welcomes papers or presentations that explore the sphere of activism in the production of popular culture. Whether historical or contemporary, investigations into the role of activism in shaping popular culture or the role of popular culture in shaping activism are encouraged.

2010 ASCA International Workshop: "Articulation(s)"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 3:24am
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)

Call for Papers

March 25 – 27, 2010

2010 ASCA International Workshop: "Articulation(s)"
University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) invites proposals for paper submissions and panel sessions for its yearly International Workshop.

Book Reviews

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 3:21pm
Modern Language Studies

Modern Language Studies, the journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association, is seeking reviews of primary sources (including scholarly editions, contemporary literature, art, film, comic books, visual and popular culture), pedagogical works, and hypertext publications.

I am particularly interested in receiving reviews of hypertext publications. Hypertext presents limitless possibilities, but many web projects would doubtless benefit from a more stringent review process. Ideally, the review process for Internet publications would be ongoing, as criticism can lead to revised hypertext "editions" without the logistical difficulties attendant on book production; in turn, these new editions will call for new reviews.

Women in the Archives, April 24, 2010

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 12:03pm
Julia Flanders/Women Writers Project, Brown University

Proposals of 300 words are invited for a one-day colloquium, "Women in the Archives: England/New England", at Brown University.

Women in the Archives explores the use of archival materials in the study of women's writing, and the construction of disciplinary practices in archival research and pedagogy. This year our theme is "England/New England", focusing on periodization and regionality in women's writing during the colonial period. Papers might address themes such as the following:

Design Research with RMIT University Press: Call for Proposals

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:17pm
Joseph Gelfer

Our aim is to promote the publication of design research. Design is a core activity in many disciplines, yet there are few publishers who specialise in design-driven research. Research can be conducted through designing, and the process of designing also parallels "traditional" research in interesting ways. Designers have a way of thinking and communicating that is different to traditional researchers, but which is equally robust when applied to its own kind of questions.

MSA 11: Death Imagery and Ambivalence about the Future in the Modernist Novel, 5-8-09

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:14pm
Jennifer Gilchrist

In response to the pronounced intellectual, philosophical, historical and social flux of the teens, twenties and thirties, many modernist writers wavered between lapsarian despair and utopian confidence about the direction of the future. Literary images of death and destruction register both fatalism and loss as well as phoenix-like creative renewal, alternately as well as simultaneously.