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[UPDATE] Motion Comics [SCMS Panel] 7/31/09; 3/17/10-3/21/10; Los Angeles

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 10:31pm
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham

Motion comics are (in most cases) digitized, panel-by-panel, animated translations of comic books or graphic novels. This new medium has gained high visibility most recently as a result of Warner Bros.' adaption of D.C.'s WATCHMEN into the motion comics format as part of the studio's overall efforts to promote the live-action film version of the famed graphic novel. Several additional comics have, however, been adapted into this format, including BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, STEPHEN KING'S "N.", I AM LEGEND, SPIDER WOMAN, and ASTONISHING X-MEN, among many others.

Mystical Bridges to Postmodernity: Toward a Critical Theology? (9-15-09; Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, May 2010)

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 5:54pm
Timothy M. Asay, University of Oregon

There's nothing new under the sun—-including this aphorism—-though each generation seems to rediscover old thought-ways, contributing to them a rhetoric of novelty. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which critical philosophy of the past forty years has reduplicated and reconfigured the revelations of theology, especially (though not exclusively) mystical and contemplative theology. Discussions could range from the "negative theology" of the later Derrida to the mystical psychology of the Real in Lacan, or the scholasticism of structuralism. The goal is not only to "apply" the current critical lexicon to theology, but to show how spiritual texts can meaningfully comment upon and enrich our experience of critical theory.

International Virginia Woolf Society Panel: University of Louisville 2/18-20/2010

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 4:20pm
University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

The International Virginia Woolf Society is pleased to host its ninth consecutive panel at the University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, to be held February 18-20, 2010. We invite proposals for critical papers on any topic concerning Woolf studies. A particular theme may be chosen depending upon the proposals received.

Please submit by email a cover page with name, email address, mailing address, phone number, professional affiliation, and title of paper, and a second anonymous page containing a 250-word proposal to Kristin Czarnecki at Kristin_Czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu by Monday, August 31, 2009.

Call for Papers: Gender & Sexual Identity

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 4:03pm
Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Gender & Sexual Identity
2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 31st Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico February 10-13, 2010

Call for Papers: Literary Paritantra (Systems)- An International Journal on Literature and Theory

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 2:12pm
Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Dayalbagh, Agra, India

Literary Paritantra (Systems) invites articles for its Vol. 1, No. 3& 4 Sharad (Autumn) Issue which will be released in August 2009.

Submission Deadline for Sharad (Autumn) Issue – 25 July 2009

Literary Paritantra (Systems)
An International Journal on Literature and Theory
Print Journal ISSN 0974 - 7915
Online Journal ISSN 0974 – 7923

A Publication of Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Dayalbagh, Agra, India

Harlem Renaissance as a Usable Past NeMLA April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 11:43am
Northeast Modern Language Association

As one of the most celebrated, defining moments of African American life and literature, the Harlem Renaissance persists in our contemporary moment as a signal, useable past. This panel seeks to convene critical and creative treatments that examine how a host of contemporary cultural workers—visual artists, creative writers, musicians, and scholars among them— express nostalgia for and make use of the Harlem Renaissance. Papers and creative presentations might address one or more of the following sub-themes:

Call for Submissions to "Writing Our Hope"

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 11:00am
BTWMHS Creative Writing

"Writing Our Hope" is a bi-annual literary journal of creative nonfiction and poetry that publishes student work on themes of tolerance and equality. Submitted works should have a hopeful tone, focusing on solutions and possibilities in the present and future, rather than only a description or cataloguing of injustices in the past or present. In its first two years, "Writing Our Hope" has published the work of high school students, but it is now expanding to include works by college undergraduates, ages 17-24, and their professors.

[UPDATE] "Catastrophe and the Cure": The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline July 1, 2009)

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 9:30am
Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music

In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

[UPDATE] Extended deadline - JUNE 30 Steampunk! Revisions of Time and Technology. SAMLA 11/6-11/9 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 9:25am
Kathryn Crowther / SAMLA

I am looking for one more paper to complete this SAMLA special session panel. I welcome 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 kathryn.crowther@lcc.gatech.edu

[UPDATE] DEADLINE 7/31-- The Spatial Significance of Native American Stories and Ideology

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 7:46am
Catherine Rainwater, Cristine Soliz, Anna Lee Walters

We are accepting submissions for a collection of stories, essays, and poems for a proposed book on comparative American spatial concepts, partially titled "Stories the Land Holds." The editors are looking for texts variously addressing "stories in the land" from origin stories, creative non-fiction, fiction, essays, etc. What are the stories the land tells? Vine Deloria has warned us of problems that result from a perspective that is not fundamentally spatial, and such has been the case for current problems that range from ecological disaster to fanatical environmentalism and bundled mortgages. We believe that these complex and problematic American events can be understood more fully from a Native American perspective.

Forms and Theories of Allegory between Middle Age and Modernity – International conference in Trento, December, 9-11 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 5:32am
Scuola di dottorato in Studi letterari, linguistici e filologici – Carlo Tirinanzi de Medici

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Allegory: Theories and Forms between Middle Age and Modernity

The notion of allegory is a pivotal one to understand Western literature, either the medieval one by which allegory was institutionalized within the four layers system of textual hermeneutics (literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical), or in the modern texts which have been often interpreted, at least from Benjamin forward, as allegorical texts.