The global imaginary is marked by a long history of claims made to Africa by a range of western writers and thinkers as disparate as Hegel and Conrad. These portrayals of the 'dark continent' still circulate in our current global imaginary, reinforcing prevailing stereotypes and engendering new ones. This panel intends to investigate contemporary literary representations of Africa vis-a-vis a consideration of the ways that both African and diasporic literatures imagine Africa. Early twentieth century writers―like black modernists in the United States and the Caribbean as well as African writers affiliated with decolonization―found it necessary to engage with these western claims.
REVISED - The Modern Drama session of the 2009 SCMLA conference in Baton Rouge is now classified as "Open Topic." Scholarly works regarding any aspect of Modern Drama are welcome. This includes works concerning drama written in languages other than English, though the presentation should be made in English. Graduate students are encouraged to submit. All submissions should include an abstract of 300 words and a brief biographical sketch. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org before JUNE 20, 2009.
This call for papers is seeking submissions for Unity Institute's Lyceum 2009 - "Science and Religion: An Evolving Dialogue", September 30-October 3, 2009.
Theologians, ethicists, philosophers, and other students of religion are encouraged to submit papers. We are also interested in receiving papers for Lyceum 2009 by scientists and social scientists. Considerable thematic leeway will be allowed for high-quality, innovative work related to the main theme. Deadline for submissions of abstracts is June 30, 2009. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2009.
Quality academic presentations by graduate students will also be considered.
Women Writing Spanish American Revolution(s)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
41st Annual Convention
Gay/Lesbian Area Panel
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
Reflecting a disciplinary turn in the 1990s from studies in feminism to theories of gender, the grand performative shift from identity-based gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and transgender studies to poststructuralist queer theory has in recent years been subject to scrutiny and reevaluation.
National Central University Journal of Humanities
Call for Papers
1. The National Central University Journal of Humanities is a purely
academic journal sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts of National
Central University. As of July 2007 it will become a quarterly journal, with
issues appearing in January, April, July, and October.
2. The main goal of the journal is to promote "interdepartmental,
interdisciplinary, and intercultural" humanities research, and we welcome
contributions from domestic and foreign scholars on related topics in
literature, history, philosophy, art, society, or culture.
Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts
Call for papers: Issue 9 - Voice/s
Human Rights and Cinema
In keeping with the theme of the 2009 SAMLA Atlanta convention, this panel seeks papers that address the link between human rights and the humanities via national cinema(s). Possible topics may include but are not limited to: Ethics, Theories of Spectatorship, Documentary, Memory and Trauma, Individual vs. Collective Consciousness, Living in Exile, and Politics and Humanities. By June 14, 2009, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter's name, academic affiliation and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Virginia Bonner, Clayton State University, at
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 June 1, 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 email@example.com
Call for Papers
Fashioning the Neo-Victorian. Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture
(International Conference, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 8-10 April 2010)
keynote speakers: Prof Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Swansea University), Prof Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)
Call for Participation
Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series
WIZARD WORLD UNIVERSITY: PHILADELPHIA
June 21-29, 2009
WIZARD WORLD UNIVERSITY: CHICAGO
August 6-9, 2009
The Institute for Comics Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional focus discussion panels, workshops and other panels centered around comics or comics related areas of study for Wizard World University—Philadelphia and Wizard World University—Chicago, the academic tracks of Wizard World Comic Book Conventions.
*Submit your work to the RES Essay Prize*
The editors of The Review of English Studies invite contributions to the RES Essay Prize on any topic of English literature or the English language from medieval times to the twentieth century. The winner will receive:
- Publication of the winning essay in The Review of English Studies
- A cash prize of £250
- £250 worth of OUP books
- A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies
*How to enter*
Visit http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/3587/1 for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules.
The Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) is a meeting place for social change, focused on the future of free software and free society. The growing speed of new and innovative changes taking place within digital culture, as well as the pressing need for members of a marginalised society to gain access to important and updated information without financial or governmental barriers, means that the 2009 FSCONS will deal with an array of hot topics.
Localizing Shakespeare in Asia
Seminar for the 2009 BSA at King's College London (9/11-13/2009)
Although each Asian community has its own theatrical tradition, Shakespeare is probably the most read, studied, and performed single playwright in Asia. On the one hand, Shakespeare's manifold presence exerts enormous influence: he is incorporated into formal education of English, translated and transformed on stage, and popularized by comic books and animation. On the other hand, Asia - both as a treasury of literature and art and as an emerging superpower - also informs Shakespeare scholarship and performance in the West. This seminar aims at exploring the intricate relations between Shakespeare and Asia.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) announces a call for papers for our 2009 annual one-day conference:
A More Perfect Union?
November 14, 2009
St. John's University, Downtown Manhattan campus
Our annual conference this year explores the appeal of and challenges to the national ideal of "a more perfect union," initially posited at the emergence of the legal entity known as "the United States."