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Exploring Childhood Studies

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 9:26pm
Rutgers University-Camden/Graduate Students of Department of Childhood Studies

Department of Childhood Studies
Rutgers University, Camden

Call for Papers – Exploring Childhood Studies

The graduate students of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, Camden invite submissions for papers and poster presentations for their first formal graduate student conference on April 9, 2010. Graduate students from all disciplines who are engaged in research relating to children and childhood are encouraged to submit proposals.

Jack London Society Panel for the ALA Symposium on American Fiction 1890-Present at Savannah, October 8-10

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 7:23pm
Jack London Society

The Jack London Society is sponsoring a panel at this year's American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction 1890-Present, October 8-10, 2009. The conference is taking place at the De Soto Hilton in Savannah, Georgia. Proposals of no more than 200 words are invited for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Jack London's fiction. Please send your proposals by email to kbrandt@scad.edu. Proposals are due by July 12, 2009.

For more information on the Symposium visit the ALA website at: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/

"Making her Meaning Known": New Scholarship on Audre Lorde (NeMLA 4/7-11/2010; abstracts due 9/30/09)

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 1:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference

Seventeen years after her death, Audre Lorde's work continues to have influence despite—or possibly because of—inevitable shifts in dialogues about feminism and racism in American literary scholarship. Lorde dedicated much of her prose and poetry to complicating discussions of race, gender, class, and sexuality and to what she called "the transformation of silence into language and action." This panel seeks papers which analyze elements of Lorde's work which have remained silent in critical discussions yet and which question how her work may continue to help others "survive" in the 21st century.

[UPDATE]The Beautiful and the Good: Exploring the Beauty Controversy in Contemporary Fiction DEADLINE EXTENDED

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:43pm
Margaret E. Mitchell/ SAMLA (Atlanta, GA, November 6-8 2009)

Writers, philosophers and artists have long pondered the relationship between the beautiful and the good. Elaine Scarry's seductive _On Beauty and Being Just_ leaps calmly into the fray, arguing that beauty "actually assists us in the work of addressing justice," thereby establishing a tenuous relationship between beauty and human rights. But the opposing argument--that beauty essentially derails justice, either by distracting or lulling the senses or, more insidiously, by aestheticizing what is dangerous and unjust—-still thrives. This panel welcomes proposals for twenty minute papers on contemporary fictional explorations (whether overt, as in Zadie Smith's _On Beauty_, or implicit; of this controversy.

UPDATE: Pedagogy in the Digital Age: A New Strand in the Pedagogy Tradition? (Due June 30, 2009)

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:37pm
SAMLA Special Session Panel (November 6-8, 2009)

Deadline extended

Pedagogy in a digital age or digital pedagogy? The SAMLA special session on pedagogy in the digital age welcomes paper, panel, and performance proposals on topics that deal with all aspects of pedagogy in the digital age, such as the uses of the term "digital pedagogy," defining the term, if that's possible; best digital pedagogical practices in the classroom; the tools of digital pedagogy; digital pedagogy and student writing; the politics of digital pedagogy; digital pedagogy and literacy (or multi-literacies); digital pedagogy and globalization; and other relevant topics.

The Silent Figure in Literature, Film, Culture

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:05pm

The figure of the silent person endures as one of fascination. The silent character is a site for the projected voices, concerns, investments and anxieties of others. The silent character is thus powerful, in the Foucauldian sense. This session invites papers which offer close readings of texts which privilege or contain a silent figure in literature, film or in popular narratives. The aim of the panel is to present papers which are not wholly theoretical but rather offer a discussion of the powerful effects of those figures through an elaboration of the narrative trajectory through and around them. Send a 200-250 word abstract to Prof Berkeley Kaite at berkeley.kaite@mcgill.ca

NeMLA 2010 Convention: April 7-11; Montreal, Quebec

Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:07am
Javier Venturi / University of Massachusetts

Amnesia and Memory in Contemporary Spanish Cinema:
This panel invites papers that analyze, discuss, and interrogate the use and effects of amnesia and memory in contemporary Spanish films, and how all the voices related to identity, race, gender, age, or religion negotiate their own space within the Spanish, European, and global society. Please, send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts in English or Spanish to Javier Venturi .
Abstract deadline for this session: September 30, 2009
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/index.html