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Queering the Caribbean: Towards an Open Discussion of Queerness in Caribbean Literature (NeMLA April 7-11, 2010; due 9/30/09)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:54pm
Northeast Modern Language Association, 41st Annual Conference, Montreal

What is the state of queerness in Caribbean literature and criticism in the early twenty-first century? Do Caribbean writers now find it possible to explore a more diverse range of sexual identities and experiences than formerly; is there a new wave of voices breaking the silence that Michelle Cliff both acknowledged and challenged in the 1980s? This panel will examine queer presences (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, androgynous, hermaphrodite) in Caribbean literature. It seeks both discussions of texts that explicitly present queer characters and engage queer experience, and interesting re-readings of texts not commonly placed within this rubric. Papers (in English) on texts from the francophone and hispanophone Caribbean particularly welcome.

Rhetoric, Rights, and Transatlantic Modernist Fiction

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:51am
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

What are the rhetorical parameters of human rights? How are rights defined, and who is entitled to them? This panel will engage with the ethical implications of formations of language in Transatlantic Modernist fiction. The Modernist era saw the development of a host of declarations, treaties, and conventions aiming to codify an emerging philosophy of supposedly "universal" human rights.

CFP: Collection on Contested Writing, 6/26/09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:44am
Mary R. Lamb, Clayton State University

Contest(ed) Writing: Reconceptualizing Literacy Competitions(tentative title for edited collection)
Editor: Mary R. Lamb, Clayton State University

Essay Collection: Representations of Beauty and Violence

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:40am
Maryna Romanets / University of Northern British Columbia

We are seeking essays that theorize the relationship between and inter-implication of beauty and violence in literature, film and art. While inquiring into the discursive constructions and multi-layered cultural re-enactments of the "violence mythos" (Whitmer), we are interested in the mechanisms of conversion whereby the seductive powers of aestheticized violence allow a reader/viewer to move past a "front-line vocabulary of cruelty" (Ackley) and become captivated by the beauty of such representations. How, in other words, do aesthetics intersect with violence?

Questions we would like the contributors to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

Approaches to the Late Medieval City - 10/30/09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:45am
Columbia University Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild with the support of Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "Approaches to the Late Medieval City," taking place on 30 October, 2009.

FINAL CFP: time.transcendence.performance - Oct 1-3, 2009 - Deadline June 19

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 4:49am
ECPS, Monash University


International Conference
The School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Dancehouse, Forum Theatre, ACMI, RMIT Design Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
1-3 October 2009
register now:
(Tuesday 17 July 2009 – Deadline for early bird Registration)


Postcolonial studies and transnationalism Special Issue for 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 2:03am
Manusya Journal, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Submission is invited for papers is invited that examine issues on postcolonial and transnational studies from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Possible topics may include colonial discourse, gender, ethnicity, nation, migration, ecocriticism, tourism, popular culture and others. Papers address theoretical dialogues between postcolonial studies and transnational studies or focus on geocultural areas are also welcomed.
Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Manusya, a leading English-language journal based in Bangkok and sponsored by Thailand Research Fund. Papers should be between 5,000-6,000 words in length with an abstract.
Deadline for submission: September, 2009