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

full name / name of organization: 
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

Literary Paritantra (Systems) is an international journal on literature and theory. Paritantra is a Sanskrit word which stands for all-encompassing overall general systems. The journal makes an endeavor to promote a holistic view of literature to celebrate the concept of "world literature- world community". It endeavors to unravel the underlying unifying link between science, the humanities and religion.

Some Reflections of Emeritus Editor Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi

"Ludwig von Bertalanffy was one of the first masterminds and advocates of a "General Systems Theory" or "General Systemology". In essence he postulates on the basis of formal analogies between physical, chemical and biological systems, the existence of general systems laws which could also apply to human and social sciences. In so far as it is always a question of understanding the various parts of a whole through their relation to this whole and to the other parts of the latter, it seems justified to regard the "general systemology" as hermeneutical (interpretative or explanatory) project. It is intended to integrate in a formal mode nature and culture in a single cosmos of which the inner plurality and unity are simultaneously ensured. This new world view reaches farther than science or art by itself and should ultimately include science, art, ethics, politics and spirituality. Out of this new world view, relying on the ceaseless creativity in the physical universe, biosphere, and human cultures, can arise a healing of the long split between science and the humanities and the schism between pure reason and practical life, both subject of interest to Immanuel Kant."

This Journal is available in both Print and Electronic forms.

Aims and Scope

  • Literary Paritantra (Systems), an International Journal on Literature and Theory, aims to provide a healthy and holistic forum for scholarly views on broad sociopolitical and cultural issues of human import as evidenced in literature, literary theory, philosophy, art, television, cinema, popular culture, journalism, translation, comparative literature, and creative writing.
  • The journal encourages free play of mind, innovation and experimentation to produce fresh insights into the study of literary texts. Adopting a holistic outlook, in opposition to a reductionist outlook, is encouraged in scholarly research and writing.
  • The ultimate aim of Literary Paritantra (Systems) is to embark on a journey of realization from 'vidya' (knowledge) to 'para-vidya' (transcendental knowledge).
  • The cherished goal of the journal is to initiate the world literary community to transdisciplinary approaches such as the Systems Approach in the study of literature so as to encourage the establishment of a true world literature.
  • Literary Paritantra (Systems) is a peer reviewed journal.
  • The journal has devoted a special section to scholarly, academic articles which employ Systems Theory, methodology, philosophy, concepts and approaches to the study of world literature.

Author Guidelines
The journal has five sections:

  1. "Letters to the Editors" -- Views, Opinions, Suggestions, Theoretical, and Literary perspectives to be shared, expressed, and which encourage an interchange of creative, innovative thoughts and ideas are welcomed.
  2. "Short Papers" -- The Journal welcomes papers of approximately 2 to 4 pages. These short papers may be written on contemporary issues and concerns of literature, literary theory, culture, media, translation, philosophy, art, television, and cinema and any other areas of scholarly interest, but must demonstrate academic command and excellence over the subject matter being covered.
  3. "Long Papers" -- Articles of 15 to 25 pages length are welcomed in this section demonstrating an understanding of systems theory and illustrating how it may be employed in the study of literature and in literary theory. Articles may be written on contemporary issues and concerns of literature, literary theory, culture, media, translation, philosophy, art, television, and cinema and any other areas of scholarly interest, but must demonstrate academic command and excellence over the subject matter being covered. Articles must contain supporting examples, illustrations, models etc. and include recent research and theory encouraging interdisciplinarity and a searching for interconnections.
  4. "Book Reviews" -- Reviews of books which address, explain, and expand on this new area of knowledge-- systems and literature—are encouraged. Other books on literature and literary theory are also considered. Book review length should be approximately 2-5 pages.
  5. "Creative Writing" -- Literary works of fiction, poetry, drama etc. are accepted. Especially, writing which attempts to creatively and innovatively 'experiment' with new thoughts and ideas is encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

  • All papers must be neatly typed, double-spaced, and written in MLA style according to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edition). According to MLA Style, parenthetical citations within the body of the article and a 'Works Cited' page immediately following the last page of written text are required. Lengthy and digressive footnotes/ endnotes are discouraged . Authors are strongly urged to proofread and ensure that their article submissions are in correct and proper MLA Style and free from errors.
  • A brief journal abstract explaining the author's original, scholarly, academic article (including how it is organized or divided into interconnected sections etc.) is required along with a brief bio-sketch of the author.
  • Articles must be original and hitherto unpublished.
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to or
  • Hard copies are accepted, but there must be three printed copies along with a soft copy saved on a CDROM.

Please visit

Literary Paritantra (Systems)
Department of English Studies
Dayalbagh Educational Institute
(Deemed University)
Dayalbagh, Agra-282005
U.P., India.

33322Interlanguage Communication: Mishaps of Misunderstood Language (9/30/09; 5/7-5/11, 2010); justin.hayes@quinnipiac.edu1245956419african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLAcontact email:;

Call for Papers

Interlanguage Communication: Mishaps of Misunderstood Language

41st Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Hilton Bonaventure – Montreal, Quebec

This panel will consider the relevance of interlanguage to composition and the teaching of English. The term, used to refer to the transitional competence of language users, enables us to interpret misuse in positive terms. In contrast to the positive, might words be "weapons" when used inappropriately or ineffectively? Can misuse or misunderstanding of language cause drastically negative effects? How might interlanguage be converted into a praxis that facilitates the negotiation of standard English and/or academic discourse?

250-word abstracts to and

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention is posted at
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 33323Call for Papers: Gender & Sexual IdentitySouthwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associationmjohnso9@wsu.edu1245960237gender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associationcontact email:

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

The 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Join us this year, as a returning or first-time participant, as we celebrate a new future on Route 66 at this regional popular culture conference. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can be found at Proposals are now being accepted for the Gender & Sexual Identity Area. Registration for the 2010 Southwest Texas Annual Conference will begin on June 1, 2009. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are also welcome.

Submissions pertaining to any aspect of gender studies, LGBT studies, and/or sexuality studies are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels. Of particular interest are contributions that explore the representation and/or social construction of masculinity, femininity, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and others in various media offerings (e.g., intriguing films, television programs, Internet sites, comic books, etc.) as well as reception studies pertaining to such media offerings. Additional topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, advertising images and appeals, coming-of-age narratives, HIV/AIDS, romantic and sexual relationships, and queer theory in its various applications.

Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent via email or physical addresses beginning June 1st, 2009. Deadline for submissions is August 1st 2009. Please include a current curriculum vitae and a working bibliography with your completed paper. Thank you!

Michael Johnson Jr., Area Chair, Gender & Sexual Identity
Department of American Studies
Washington State University
111 Wilson-Short Hall
Pullman, WA 99163


cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culture 33324International Virginia Woolf Society Panel: University of Louisville 2/18-20/2010University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900Kristin_Czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu1245961243cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900contact email:

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 by Monday, August 31, 2009.

Panel Selection Committee
Jeanne Dubino
Mark Hussey
Jane Lilienfeld
Vara Neverow

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitytwentieth_century_and_beyond 33325Mystical Bridges to Postmodernity: Toward a Critical Theology? (9-15-09; Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, May 2010)Timothy M. Asay, University of Oregontasay@uoregon.edu1245966845cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialreligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Timothy M. Asay, University of Oregoncontact email:

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. Neither text in this sense need necessarily be "primary" or "secondary," but each should seek to explore and expand the ideas of the other.

Submission Details: This panel will be a part of the 2010 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo Michigan, May 13-16. Abstracts should be for papers twenty minutes in length and should be no longer than one page. Submit abstracts to Tim Asay at no later than September 15, 2009.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesmedievalpostcolonialreligiontheory 33326The Ethical Turn to Literature -- NEMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal [UPDATE]Northeastern Modern Language Associationtyler.bradway@gmail.com1245976262cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementstheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeastern Modern Language Associationcontact email:

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

"The Ethical Turn to Literature"

The recent ethical turn in critical theory has inspired a reevaluation of literature's capacities to catalyze ethical problematics. In The Singularity of Literature (2004), Derek Attridge argues that "there is an ethical dimension to any act of literary signification" (130). Attridge locates this ethical dimension within formal innovations that make demands upon readers akin to the demand of the Other. In contrast, some critics, following Gilles Deleuze, propose an ethological view in which literature diagnoses modes of Life and participates in movements of becoming, whereas others, following Alain Badiou, insist upon the pursuit of "truth" as the primary ethical work of literature. This panel seeks to build on these diverging accounts through papers that explore the ethical dynamics of literary form. Presentations might address (but are not limited to) the points of intersection and opposition among the above theoretical positions; the ethical dynamics of specific literary genres; and/or the distinctions between literary texts that "represent" ethical problems such as the relation to the (racialized, gendered) Other, and those that employ language and form to instantiate an ethical encounter in a literary event itself. Of particular interest are presentations that compliment their theoretical discussion with readings of literary texts that work to elaborate, in their own terms, literature's ethical possibilities.

Please submit 250 word abstracts to Tyler Bradway (
Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Travel to Canada now requires a passport for U.S. citizens. Please get your passport application

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementstheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 33327[UPDATE] Motion Comics [SCMS Panel] 7/31/09; 3/17/10-3/21/10; Los AngelesDr. Douglas A. Cunninghamvertigodac@yahoo.com1245983509americanchildrens_literaturefilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetpopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Dr. Douglas A. Cunninghamcontact email:

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.

Some of the most interesting aspects of motion comics concern the ways in which different studios have developed different styles for the animation of their static source materials. While some adhere as strictly as possible to the integrity of the original comic panels, to include the use of "speech/text bubbles" and extremeley limited use of character movement (e.g., WATCHMEN), others stay true to the oringinal art work of the comic source but resemble much more closely traditional "Saturday-morning-cartoon" animation looks and techniques (e.g., THE ASTONISHING X-MEN). Still others use no animation at all, relying instead on camerawork to "animate" still images (e.g., STEPHEN KING'S "N.").

Topics to consider include (but are not limited to):

- The history of motion comics and their future
- Motion comics as a "cross-over" medium between still and moving images
- The problematics of "authenticity" in motion comics
- "Three-dimensionality" in motion comics
- The technologies of motion comics
- The impacts of new media on motion comics; in other words, how do smaller, portable screens affect the rise and formats of motion comics
- Motion comics as "supplementary" franchise material for major motion pictures (e.g., BATMAN BEGINS, I AM LEGEND, THE DARK KNIGHT, WATCHMEN)
- The formal aspects of motion comics; in other words, how do motion comics formally walk the line between maintaining the integrity of their source materials while, at the same time, presenting themselves as a new medium

300-word proposals due by July 31st. Send to Dr. Doug Cunningham,

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturefilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetpopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 33328Medieval and Early Modern AuthorshipSwiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studiesauthorship2010@unige.ch1246001653medievalrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studiescontact email:

30 June – 2 July 2010, University of Geneva

Confirmed keynote speakers: Colin Burrow (Oxford), Patrick Cheney (Penn State), Helen Cooper (Cambridge), Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania), Robert Edwards (Penn State), Alastair Minnis (Yale)

Authorship has come to the forefront of medieval and early modern English studies in recent years. The objective of this conference is to take stock of a duly socialized form of authorship which recognizes that while authors have agency, that agency is circumscribed by the multi-faceted social, legal, institutional, and intertextual pressures within which authorship takes place. Contributions are invited on any aspect of medieval and early modern authorship. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• The history of authorship – The pre-history: authorship in antiquity; the history of medieval authorship; the reception of Chaucer and/or other medieval authors in early modern England; the history of early modern authorship; the post-history: from early modern to modern authorship
• Authorship and critical theory – Eliot, Bloom, Barthes, Foucault and beyond: theorizing the medieval and/or early modern author
• Authorship and its social contexts – Authorship and gender; authorship and censorship; authorship and patronage; the economics of authorship; early professional authorship; authorship and copyright, authorship and the law; authorship, forgery and plagiarism; authorship and the culture of authority; authorship and anonymity
• Authorship and its literary contexts – Authorship, imitation, intertextuality; authorship and literary style; authorship in medieval and/or early modern literary theory
• Authorship and the theatre – Authorship and playwriting; authorship and theatrical collaboration; authorship and acting
• Authorship and literary genres – Authorship and genre; authorship and early 'lives of the poets'; the 'I' in medieval and early modern poetry; authorship and commendatory verse; authorship and miscellanies
• Authorship and the material text – Authorship and paratext; authorship and the book trade; authorship and the scriptorium; authorship and publication; authorship and media: manuscript, and print
• Medieval and early modern literary careers – Authorship and the Virgilian cursus; Spenser, Jonson, Milton and print-constructed careers; careers of medieval and early modern female writers
• Constructing the medieval and early modern author through the centuries – The Making of 'Chaucer', 'Gower', 'Langland', 'Malory', 'Marlowe', 'Sidney', 'Shakespeare', 'Donne', 'Milton'
• Authorship attribution – Modern methods of determining medieval and early modern authorship; Chaucer and the Chaucer apocrypha: authorship and co-authorship questions; Shakespeare and the Shakespeare apocrypha: authorship and co-authorship questions; the case of Middleton: collaboration, authorship, and The Collected Works; disputed authorship attributions: from Shakespeare and the Funeral Elegy to Milton and de doctrina Christiana; editing, authorship, and authorial intention

Proposals for full panels are welcome. These should include three proposed speakers, including, or in addition to, a chair and/or a respondent. Individual papers will be grouped with two others. Parallel sessions will last an hour and a half, which means that papers should usually be no longer than 20 minutes to leave sufficient time for discussion.

The final deadline for proposals is 15 January 2010, but early submissions are encouraged. Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (ca. 200 to 400 words) as well as a short bio sketch (no more than 100 words). Proposals will be reviewed in the weeks following their submission, so that prospective participants will usually be notified of the decision within a month of reception of the proposal.

Proposals should be sent to For the conference website, see A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a collection.

For the conference organizers,

Lukas Erne (University of Geneva)

cfp categories: medievalrenaissance 33329REMINDER: Crossing the Line: Affinities before and after 1900University of name / name of organization: University of Liverpoolcontact email:

Crossing the Line: Affinities Before and After 1900

An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool and the Victoria Gallery & Museum

Thursday 28th – Friday 29th January 2010
Keynote Speaker: Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)

Publishing Workshop: 'The Future of Academic Publishing' with Paula Kennedy (Palgrave Macmillan)

Plenary Lecture: 'Funding for Postgraduate Researchers', Dr Mark Llewellyn (University of Liverpool)


"We live in a world that they [the Victorians] built for us, and though we may laugh at them, we should love them, too."
Times Literary Supplement (16 May 1918)
Crossing the Line is a student-led postgraduate conference that will explore and interrogate the multifarious affinities between Victorian and Modernist cultures. It focuses on the cross-currents of attraction and repulsion at the turn of the century. This event asks whether affinities exist innately in the body as psychological and emotional connections, and investigates those affinities which are cultural constructions. It questions whether affinities are permanent or can be eroded by the passage of time.
We invite research students from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to present papers considering affinities across the threshold of the Victorian and Modernist worlds.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Intellectual partnerships and borrowing
- Historical / political affinities: Does history repeat itself?
- Colonial / Post-colonial / Trans-cultural affinities
- Alliances and conflicts within and between social classes
- Sexual attractions and repulsions
- Dealing with inheritances: the Victorian legacy and shaping of Modernism
- Afterlives: rereading, rewriting, revisioning Victoriana

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers that demonstrate a clear interdisciplinary focus. Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to:

The latest information can be found at the conference website:
A selection of the best papers will be published in the AHRC funded Victorian Network journal.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencespoetrypostcolonialtheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 33330Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics (proposal deadline: 31 Oct. 2009)Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke, Swansea University, Wales, UK & Prof Christian Gutleben, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, & Christian.GUTLEBEN@unice.fr1246020149cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke, Swansea University, Wales, UK & Prof Christian Gutleben, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Francecontact email: &

Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics

We invite contributions on neo-Victorian representations of the nineteenth-century family for the second volume in a newly commissioned 6-volume series on Neo-Victorian Studies, to be published by Rodopi in early 2011. Nineteenth-century nuclear and extended families acted as the enabling fulcrum and dissemination point of capitalist values, imperial ideals, attitudes towards class and race, and sexual and gender politics, inculcating and reproducing cultural ideologies. Hence, many neo-Victorian writers and filmmakers position the family as central to their critical revisions of the period and its socio-political legacies in the present day. This volume aims to interrogate neo-Victorian strategic interventions in the nineteenth-century discourse of family and how these implicitly or explicitly engage with latter day issues, e.g. with regards to family breakdown, child abuse, divorce law and so forth. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- the family at home and abroad
- parent-child and sibling relations
- ideal communities: alternative, adoptive, self-chosen, and 'improper' families
- family traumas: divorce, sickness, death, emigration, domestic violence, and/or sexual abuse
- the familial neo-Victorian Gothic
- family politics of ethnicity, race, and eugenics
- mothering: good/bad mothers, single/deserted mothers, working mothers
- crime and familicide: infanticide, stolen children, baby-farming, child criminals/murderers
- genealogy, inheritance, and family memory
- family, nation and empire
- 19th-century legacies in 20th/21st-century social policy and family law

Please send 300 word proposals for 8,000-10,000 word chapters to the series editors Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke at and Prof Christian Gutleben at by 31st October 2009. Completed chapters will be due by 30 June 2010.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 33331[UPDATE] Comics & Popular Arts Conference (due: July 1 2009)Matthew J. Brownmattbrown@ucsd.edu1246027175childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionpopular_culturescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Matthew J. Browncontact email:

REMINDER: Deadline is approaching soon---July 1.

Call for Participation

Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series


Atlanta, Georgia September 4-7, 2009

The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present their second annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts to take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. For more info on Dragon*Con, visit

Please submit a proposal for a 15/20-minute presentation that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, sf, fantasy, and popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics, comics pedagogy, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. This year, we're especially interested in proposals dealing with anime & manga, comics & graphic novels, sf/fantasy literature, and Star Trek, though presentations on any topics in popular culture will be considered.

This conference at Dragon*Con represents the Institute for Comics Studies' mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

100 to 200 word proposals due: July 1, 2009

Please submit your proposal at the following address:

Prospective participants are encouraged to submit a guest application in advance at the following address:

Matt Brown
Dragon*Con Academics Chair

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionpopular_culturescience_and_culture 33332CFP: AS SEEN ON TV: A SPECIAL SECTION IN JDTC's SPRING 2010 ISSUEJournal of Dramatic Theory and Criticismjdtc@ku.edu1246039785cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticismcontact email:

Brian Herrera and Henry Bial, Guest Editors

For this special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, we invite essays of 20-25 manuscript pages, exclusive of notes, exploring the intersection of broadcast television with live theatre and performance.

Despite growing interest in digital technology and new media, the field of theatre and performance studies has not yet come to grips with the most seen performance medium on the planet. What is it about television that so frustrates or repels theatre and performance scholars? Is it television's curious relationship to liveness? To ephemerality? To narrative? To the archive? To the "popular"? To the technological? For this special section, we seek essays, manifestos, and other writings that rehearse new ways theatre and performance studies might engage with the televisual. Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to: the gaps or aporias exposed in dramatic theory and criticism when our methods are applied to televised performances; the influence of television aesthetics on/in live theatre and performance (and vice versa); the uses of televisual documentation in theatre and performance historiography and pedagogy; the particularities of television as a site of performance analysis, in contrast both to live performance and also to other digital media; "reality television" as performance; the ontologies of the televised event; the performative dimensions of emerging broadcast technologies; and questions of experiential context and technological mediation.

Please direct submissions and queries to both Guest Editors:

Brian Herrera,
Henry Bial,

Manuscripts should be submitted as attached files in either MS Word or .RTF format. Please include your name, mailing address, e-mail, and phone number in the cover message. For questions regarding formatting or other issues, see the JDTC website at, or e-mail the managing editor at . Manuscripts must be received by October 1, 2009 to receive full consideration.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheatretheory 33333Journal of Popular Romance Studies: First Call for PapersKymberly Hinton / Journal of Popular Romance Studies managing.editor@jprstudies.org1246045224african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Kymberly Hinton / Journal of Popular Romance Studies contact email:

For its inaugural issue (Winter 2010), the Journal of Popular Romance Studies is now considering papers on representations of romantic love in popular media, now or in the past, from anywhere in the world.

Topics addressed might include:

* Romance on the World Stage (texts in translation, Western and non-Western media, local and comparative approaches)
* Romance Across the Media: crossover texts and the relationships between romance fiction and romantic films, music, art, drama, etc.; also the paratexts and contexts of popular romance
* Romance High and Low: texts that fall between "high" and "low" culture, or that complicate the distinctions between these critical categories
* Romance Then and Now: representations of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Modern, Postmodern love
* Romancing the Marketplace: romantic love in advertising, marketing, and consumer culture
* Queering the Romance: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender romance, and representations of same-sex love within predominantly heterosexual texts
* BDSM Romance and representations of romantic/erotic power exchange
* Romance communities: authors, readers, Web sites, blogs
* New Critical Approaches, such as readings informed by critical race theory, queer theory, postcolonial studies, or empirical science (e.g., the neurobiology of love)
* The Politics of Romance, and romantic love in political discourse (revolutionary, reactionary, colonial / anti-colonial, etc.)

The Journal also solicits reviews (individual and combined) of relevant scholarly works, along with interviews, pedagogical discussions, and other material of use to scholars and teachers in the field of Popular Romance Studies.

Please submit scholarly papers of no more than 10,000 words to Kymberly Hinton, Managing Editor; longer manuscripts of particular interest will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 33334Race and Narrative in 20th Century Literature (09/30/2009; NeMLA 04/07/2010-04/11/2010)Northeast MLAdonahujj@potsdam.edu1246046770african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast MLAcontact email:

This panel seeks to explore the intersections between narrative studies and race in twentieth century literature. In what ways can ethnic studies and narrative studies assist one another in the understanding of complex narratives addressing racial identity? Please send abstracts and brief biographical statements to James J. Donahue at

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 33335A MICHAEL JACKSON READER Essays on Popular Music, Sexuality, And CultureChristopher R. Smit, Ph.D.csmit@calvin.edu1246047529african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Christopher R. Smit, email:

Throughout his 40 year career, Michael Jackson intrigued and captivated public imagination through music ingenuity, sexual and racial spectacle, savvy publicity stunts, odd private (yet always public) behaviors, and a seemingly apolitical (yet always political) offering of popular art. Since the age of ten, Jackson was a consistent player on the public stage – countless public appearances, both designed and serendipitous, no doubt shaped the consciousness of this performer. The evidence we have of this shaping is seen in the artifacts he has left behind: music, interviews, books written by him, about him, a number of commercial products including dolls, buttons, posters, and photographs, videos, movies. All of these artifacts will become data in a cultural conversation and configuration about who Michael Jackson was, who he wanted to be, who we made him to be, and why.

A Michael Jackson Reader will include influential essays that aim to understand Jackson via a variety of academic methodologies; ethnographic, critical cultural theory, history, art history, media studies, sociology, psychology, philosophy, gender and sexuality, queer studies, etc.
A Michael Jackson Reader will include previously published essays and chapters by renowned authors and critics (i.e., Margo Jefferson, Jean-Paul Bourre, Dave Marsh, Aphrodite Jones and Tom Mesereau) and new scholarship.

Topics for essays could include but are not limited to the following:
• Media coverage of Jackson's death
• Historical pieces on Jackson's career
• Jackson's sexuality
• Jackson's gender
• Jackson's race
• Celebrity and the construction of an icon
• Spectacle
• Music production/criticism
• Sociological study of fandom
• Analyses of public versus private phenomenology
• Music video
• Global culture
• Philosophical discussion of Jackson
• Other

Please send to a 100 word query to Christopher Smit, Ph.D. by September 1, 2009. Also, feel free to contact with any questions.

Dr. Christopher R. Smit is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His edited collection Screening Disability: Essays on Cinema and Disability was published in 2001 by the University Press of America. Smit's essays on disability, media, popular music, and culture can be found in Disability Studies Quarterly, Studies in Popular Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, and several edited collections.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturereligionrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 33336E. E. Cummings: Nation, Race, and Popular Modernism (9/20/09; Louisville, 2/18/10-2/20/10) E. E. Cummings Societygch7u@uvawise.edu1246069724americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypoetrypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: E. E. Cummings Societycontact email:

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20- minute papers for the 38th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2010, at the University of Louisville. Considering the range of Cummings' modernist experiments and re-imaginings of genre through language, typography, and many art forms (from the lyric to prose non/fiction, to stage plays, and to the visual arts), along with his transgressions of formal boundaries (including metrics and rhyme), we invite papers that examine Cummings' multi-faceted engagement with the modern, in particular, issues of nation, race, and war, as well as his exploration of the popular vernacular. All are part of his efforts to stage another modernism. Papers on the reception of Cummings and on Cummings' relations to other modern writers are also welcome.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) postmarked no later than September 20th, 2009 to:

Gillian Huang-Tiller
Associate Professor of English
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(O) 276-376-4552
FAX: 276-328-0173

Abstracts can also be e-mailed to Gillian Huang-Tiller at:

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitypoetrypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 33337CFP for MAM Costume in Medieval Literature Kzoo 2010Kimberly Jack / Medieval Association of the or ksj0004@hotmail.com1246107047international_conferencesmedievalfull name / name of organization: Kimberly Jack / Medieval Association of the Midwestcontact email: or

CFP for MAM Costume in Medieval Literature Kzoo 2010

After many years of organizing panels for Kalamazoo, Laura Hodges has passed the baton to me. I will be organizing a session, sponsored by the Medieval Association of the Midwest, on "Costume in Medieval Literature" for the Medieval Institute Congress in Kalamazoo in 2010. Any examination of medieval literary costume is welcome, including, but not limited to, fabrics used, color, dyestuffs, ornamentation, etc. As with Laura's previous sessions, papers dealing with costume in Chaucer's works are welcome, although this session, as with the past two, will be open to any medieval literatures in English or other languages.

Please submit an abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation, and a Participant Information Form (link below), by September 15, 2009 to Kimberly Jack at either or

All panelists need to be members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest by May 2010 in order to participate.

Participant Information Form:

MAM membership information:

cfp categories: international_conferencesmedieval 33338SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference Feb 10-13 2010 Sw/TX PCA/ACA lgtucker@saumag.edu1246133464african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Sw/TX PCA/ACA contact email:

Call for Papers: Africana Area
Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA 31st Annual Meeting
February 10-13 2010
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The synergy many participants experienced during our gala anniversary meeting is being duplicated once again in the Land of Enchantment as we gather for our 31st Annual Meeting. This year we honor our Science Fiction & Fantasy area with special events, films, guests, and presentations hosted by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Founded by Dr. Peter C. Rollins in the 1970s, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA has sought to foster the interdisciplinary study of our region through its fascinating legacy of literary, historical, visual, and media images. Since then the organization, affiliated with the National Popular and American Culture Associations founded by Ray B. Browne, has grown to include a wide range of offerings bringing participants together from across the nation and internationally. A core value of the organization is the belief that understanding of national concerns begins with regional and local learning. We particularly invite scholars to share their perspectives on American life in the diverse region of the Southwest.

The 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico February 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can be found at

Proposals are now being accepted for inclusion on panels in the Africana Area. Papers that focus on music, literature, film, visual rhetorics, media, technology, sport, health, politics and politicians, the prison industrial complex, and any other relevant area of focus are invited as are complete panels organized around specific topics. Panels and/or individual submissions related to the "age of Obama" or the late Michael Jackson's career, identity and work are specifically requested. Likewise, papers and panels in diasporic film areas such as the emergence of filmmaking in Jamaica in the context of independence, neocolonialism, and the reggae industry; the idea of a "black Atlantic" in diasporic film; the role of soundtracks in black film; and the UCLA film program and African American film are requested. Finally, anyone interested in contributing to a panel that celebrates the work and career of the late Lindon Barrett is invited to contact the area chair. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for SW TX travel grants and awards.

Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Linda Tucker at the email address below by August 15th, 2009. Please include a current curriculum vitae with your submission.

Dr. Linda Tucker
Associate Professor
Department of English
Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia, AR 870 235-4210

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonial 33339Arkansas Literary Review: New Online Graduate Journal Seeking SubmissionsJoe Meyerjmm010@uark.edu1246153775cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Joe Meyercontact email:

The Arkansas Literary Review is a new online journal that seeks to provide an active voice for graduate students who wish to explore the relationship between literature and the humanities: philosophy, history, language, etc. It is our intention to create a growing community of graduate voices from which great dialogues and ideas can emerge. We look forward to the many great discussions that will follow. Submission guidelines can be found in the following .pdf file.

You can also go to the Graduate Student Webpage at the following address.

Once there, click on the "Academic Journals" link on the left side of the page to be brought to the main website.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Joe Meyer

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13-16 MAY 2010


Co-Sponsored by

The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages invites proposals for 10- to 15-minute presentations exploring the theme of "Why Arthur? Reflections on the International Appeal of the Matter of Britain in the Post-Medieval World." We are especially interested in hearing the perspective of scholars outside of North America.


To paraphrase Umberto Eco, people seem to like King Arthur and the members of his court at Camelot. The Matter of Britain is at least a millennium and a half old, and, despite its advanced age, the Arthurian legend, as eternal as the Once and Future King at its core, remains a vibrant source for creative artists and propagandists to draw upon. Our round table session on "Why Arthur? Reflections on the International Appeal of the Matter of Britain in the Post-Medieval World" will explore some of the reasons why Arthuriana remains popular. We are particularly interested in answering the following question: Is the Arthurian legend simply a good story, which appeals to individuals around the world, or is there another reason (e.g. nostalgia for a lost age or hope for a better world) beyond the worldwide distribution and popularity of the Matter of Britain, even in countries with little or no ties to British culture? Participants in these sessions will offer a global perspective on the reception and appropriation of Arthurian characters—both heroes and villains—and themes from the end of the Middle Ages to the present.

Potential presenters should be aware that participation in a round table does not preclude the presentation of a paper at the Congress or participation in other sessions, though the Congress does limit individuals to three appearances in the program.

Please submit a 250-500 word proposal and completed Participant Information Form (available at to the organizing committee at by 1 September 2009. Please include the words "Why Arthur?" in the subject line.

Michael A. Torregrossa, MA
34 Second Street
Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

Founder, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain
Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 33341CFP: GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT in Popular Culture (9/1/09; Kalamazoo 5/13-16/10)Michael A. Torregrossa/The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle 1246170891americanchildrens_literaturefilm_and_televisionmedievalpopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Michael A. Torregrossa/The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Agescontact email:



13-16 MAY 2010


Sponsored by

The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages invites proposals for 15 to 20 minute presentations exploring the theme of "The Evergreen Romance: The Reception of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT in Popular Culture." We have two sessions to fill and hope to explore a variety of media.


Despite our temporal and spatial distance from the Middle Ages, medieval themes proliferate in post-medieval culture, especially popular culture, and attest to the veracity of Umberto Eco's observation that "people like the Middle Ages." Medievalists, as both teachers and consumers, are as intrigued by these new representations of the medieval as non-specialists are, though fruitful academic discussion of such material has been limited when compared against the vast corpus of available medievalisms. It is the goal of the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages to foster and encourage further investigation into the relationship between Medieval Studies and popular culture research.

For our sixth anniversary sessions, we propose a set of two sessions devoted to the post-medieval reception of the fourteenth century, alliterative romance now known as SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. Virtually unknown until its rediscovery by Sir Frederic Madden in 1829, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT is now considered a masterpiece of Western literature and taught to students at a variety of levels. Medievalists are especially familiar with this text and with the voluminous corpus of scholarship that has been produced since Madden's own 1839 study, SYR GAWAYNE: A COLLECTION OF ANCIENT ROMANCE-POEMS BY SCOTISH AND ENGLISH AUTHORS, RELATING TO THAT CELEBRATED KNIGHT OF THE ROUND TABLE. In addition to its reception by antiquarians and scholars, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT has also inspired a variety of creative artists, whose work is largely unknown and unexplored by medievalists.

In furtherance of our goals of illuminating the use of medieval themes in post-medieval popular culture, we intend in these sessions to sample the various ways that this unique work, an evergreen romance adaptable to any age and situation, has been received by creative artists of the nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty first centuries. Presentations in the two-session "The Evergreen Romance: The Reception of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT in Popular Culture" will assess the impact of the romance in popular culture by highlighting the use of this text by authors of children's books, comic book writers and artists, composers, filmmakers, illustrators, librettists, musicians, novelists, playwrights, poets, and translators.

Please submit a 250-500 word proposal and completed Participant Information Form (available at to the organizing committee at by 1 September 2009. Please include the words "Evergreen Romance" in the subject line.

Michael A. Torregrossa, MA
34 Second Street
Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturefilm_and_televisionmedievalpopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 33342CFP - Review of the movie "La teta asustada" by Claudia Llosa - Jura Gentium CinemaJura Gentium Cinema ( name / name of organization: Jura Gentium Cinema ( email:

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" is seeking reviews (between 5000 and 10000 words) for the Peruvian movie "La teta asustada" by Claudia Llosa (AKA "The Milk of Sorrow" (en), "Fausta" (Fr), "Il canto di Paloma" (It)), winner of the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

The review should particularly address the gender and postcolonial dimension of the movie. The review should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive: that is, the reviewer should find some value in the work being reviewed.

Reviews in French, Spanish, Italian are also welcomed.

Jura Gentium Cinema

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 33343Women's Studies in Popular Culture (11/1/09; 2/10/10-2/13/10SW Texas Popular Culture American Culture Associationptyrer@wtamu.edu1246207060americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: SW Texas Popular Culture American Culture Associationcontact email:

Women's Studies Call for Papers
Abstract/Proposals by 15 November 2009

Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association 31st Annual Conference • February 10-13, 2010

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras • Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234 • Fax: 1.505.766.6710

Proposals requested for individual presentations, panels, or roundtable discussions on any aspect of the Depiction of Women in Popular Culture which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Public and Private Images of Women
  • Media Depiction of Women
  • Women in Folk Culture, Art, History
  • Fictional women in Film, Music, Literature
  • Fantasy Women
  • Women in Politics

    Acceptance in the Women's Studies Area constitutes your agreement to register, attend, and present your work. 2010 Conference "Early Bird" Registration Rates, 6/1/09-11/1-09.

  • Professional Academic $160.00
  • Graduate Student $140.00
  • Retired Academic/Teacher $55.00
  • Guest/Significant Other $55.00

    The SWTX PCA/ACA accepts Visa, MC, Amex, and Discover Cards. For individuals required to use college/university purchase orders contact Dr. Ken Dvorak ( for payment instructions. All attendees must complete and pay registration fees using our online registration form by December 15, 2009. Those not paying by this date will not have their name appear in the official printed conference program.

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009

    Send 100-word proposals or abstracts to:
    Pat Tyrer, Women's Studies Area Chair
    West Texas A&M University
    English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, Box 60908
    Canyon, TX 79016-0001
    PH 806.651.2476 • FAX 806.651.5241

    ***** Email Submissions Preferred *****

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementspopular_culture 33344Early Modern Dramatic and Literary Spaces [11/06/09 - 11/07/09]California State University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studieslkermode@csulb, mvanelk@csulb.edu1246208224renaissancetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: California State University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studiescontact email: lkermode@csulb,

    The California State University Long Beach Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies with the cooperation of UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UC Irvine Group for the Study of Early Cultures, and USC Early Modern Studies Institute

    Is pleased to announce a conference for fall 2009 to be held on the campus of CSULB, Friday and Saturday, November 6 & 7

    "Early Modern Dramatic and Literary Spaces." Possible topics for panels and seminar discussion include:

    • Global Space: from the Globe theater to global travel.
    • Recovering Space: early modern reception, modern reconstruction, critical empathy.
    • Space Travel: bodies in space and time, materiality, historicity, modernity.
    • Making Space: early modern writers describing and creating secular, sacred, public, personal, and domestic space(s).
    • Shakespearean Space: does Shakespeare show a unique spatial awareness? Do we "read" Shakespearean spaces uniquely?
    • Space and Genre: tragic, comic, and romantic space.

    Abstracts are invited for papers that discuss current theoretical and critical approaches to early modern dramatic and literary work within the parameters outlined above. We envision 2-paper panels, with the possibility of additional seminar/round-table discussions over two days. Please submit 400+ - word abstracts (for 30-minute paper presentation or 12-15 pp seminar essay) in one or more of the categories above. Papers should address methodology in early modern literary studies and authors are encouraged to interpret the categories above as they see appropriate to a discussion of current and future critical trends.

    Abstracts or papers plus short CV should be sent as MS Word attachments by email to Lloyd Kermode and Martine van Elk at and by Tuesday, September 1st.

    cfp categories: renaissancetheatretheory 33345Rethinking the Human SciencesHumanities Research Group, University of Windsor / Humanities Centre, Wayne State Universityspender@uwindsor.ca1246212690cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencespopular_cultureprofessional_topicstheoryfull name / name of organization: Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor / Humanities Centre, Wayne State Universitycontact email:

    Rethinking the Human Sciences

    In The City of God, Augustine cites Varro's testimony that at least 288 philosophical sects participated in the expansion of Greek learning in the first century BCE. Varro might be said to describe, with searing prescience, the current intellectual promiscuity of the human sciences: new historicisms compete with old, kulturegeschichte jockeys with cultural studies, postmodernism courts the promises and perils of the modern, and just about every area of inquiry has taken one linguistic turn or another. In this vertiginous period, with national and international funding agencies mooring humanities support to 'knowledge transfer' and 'competitive advantage,' it seems timely to examine the place, status, and future of the human sciences in Canada and beyond. The term 'human sciences' [les science humaines] denotes an ensemble of areas of inquire broadly concerned with 'all things human,' with human beings in culture, with the subjective experience of cultural forms, change, and continuity.

    As Geoffrey Galt Harpham has argued, the 'crisis' in the humanities is no longer a temporary affliction but 'a way of life'; how do individual scholars in the human sciences as well as humanities centres respond to a state of perpetual crisis? How do we encounter, organise, and disseminate human intentionality across the disciplines? How might we improve our arguments for the centrality of the human sciences to the mission and future of contemporary universities?

    Papers are invited for a conference sponsored by the Humanities Research Group at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada [across the bridge from Detroit, MI] and by the Humanities Centre, Wayne State University that addresses these and other issues. Proposals might explore, but are no way limited to, the following issues:

    - the state / status and future of the human sciences
    - institutional and intellectual contexts for humanistic inquiry
    - tact, taste, and intention as constituents of humanist inquiry
    - imprecision and redescription in the humanities
    - ritualistic crises
    - the promises and perils of interdisciplinarity
    - postmodernism and the human sciences
    - linguistic and other turns
    - uncertain knowledges and evidential paradigms

    Geoffrey Galt Harpham, author of, among many essays and monographs, Shadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society (Duke, 1999), Language Alone: the Critical Fetish of Modernity (Routledge, 2002), and The Character of Criticism (Routledge, 2006), has agreed to a keynote address on Thursday, 11 March 2010. His insights into the contemporary configuration and status of the human sciences will anchor our discussions for the next two days.

    The conference will unfold as follows: a Thursday keynote address; Friday devoted to inquiry about the status and future of the human sciences; and Saturday concerned with the operation, direction, and organisation of humanities centres. Participants will be offered graduated fees, since not all will be interested in Saturday's deliberations.

    Submit a single-spaced, 500 word [1 page] abstract of your twenty-minute paper and a brief curriculum vitae [in wordperfect, word, or rtf] to by 1 October 2009. This conference is sponsored in part by the Humanities Research Group at the University of Windsor [], the Humanities Centre, Wayne State University [], and RREHS [pronounced 'raise'], Reason, Rhetoric, and Ethics in the Human Sciences at the University of Windsor.

    Further details available from Stephen Pender,

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencespopular_cultureprofessional_topicstheory 33346American Periodicals Call For ReviewersResearch Society For American Periodicalscraig.monk@uleth.ca1246220491americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Research Society For American Periodicalscontact email:

    American Periodicals, the official publication of the Research Society for American Periodicals, is seeking to update its directory of potential book reviewers. Qualified reviewers with an interest in American magazines and newspapers of any period are encouraged to send along a brief vita and note, outlining their areas of expertise, to Craig Monk, University of Lethbridge, at Authors and publishers with titles relevant to AP are also encouraged to write. Please visit to learn more about the journal and for a link to the RSAP.

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