Parsomen, the quarterly periodical of the department of Comparative Literature in Istanbul Bilgi University, seek submissions of papers for its returning issue in November, 2009 after its interval of 2 years. Parsomen aims to establish itself as an international forum for both scholars and graduate students to follow and further current discussions in literary and cultural studies, as well as to create new ones, along with special topics. The special topic for our inaugural issue is METAMORPHOSIS/TRANSFORMATION, although we solicit papers for general topic interests without any limits in an interdisciplinary spectrum that comparative literature departments encourage. Some subtopics for our initial topic, though not exhaustive, might include:
This panel (for NEMLA Conference 2010--April 7-11, 2010) invites proposals that reexamine early African-American literature from a perspective that emphasizes the means by which these early authors (such as John Marrant, Phillis Wheatley, James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, and Olaudah Equiano) strategically deploy modes of sentimentality in their writings. Papers should address the means by which these authors explore alternative notions of subjectivity through a relationship to literary forms, such as (but not limited to) the conversion narrative, spiritual autobiography, poetry, and sermon. Please send 300 word abstracts and biographical information to email@example.com by September 1.
Hosted by the Centre for Adaptations, papers are invited on screen adaptations of children's literature, children's film, writing for children and the child in film and literature.
firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 December 2009
The Medieval Research Consortium at the University of California, Davis, is now accepting abstracts for the following two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies to be held May 13-16, 2010.
1. Enclosure in Old and Middle English Literature
This session will investigate what types of mental and physical enclosures exist in Old and Middle English literature and how they function. Possible topics include architectural constructions such as cities and buildings, burial enclosures, and naturally occuring enclosures such as caves, but the panel also welcomes papers addressing mental enclosures of all kinds.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) Symposium
The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley
Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
CFP: Twilight series
SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)
The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 24-28, 2010.
This is a special call for papers on the Twilight book series.
The following topics are a small sampling of what might be addressed:
• sexuality and chastity in the series
• translation of the books into movies
• the Twilight books as young adult literature
• Twilight fan culture including online fandom
• intersections with other vampire and werewolf mythos
Please send queries and 250-word paper proposals to:
SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)
The 20010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 24-28, 2009.
"Let Spirit Speak!
Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora"
April 22-24, 2010
The City College of New York
New York, NY
In many traditional African cultures, there is unity in the material and the spiritual, in the seen and unseen. There is no difference between the sacred and the secular within this system of thought: everything is imbued with the spirit of God. Binaries that dominate Western thought (man/woman; mind/body; light/dark; good/evil) do not function in the same way within these cultures, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing these radical differences, on reconciling them.
An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Saturday 10 July, 2010
Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations on the life and writing of John Buchan (1875-1940). This event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Buchan's death and celebrate the imminent emergence of his works from UK copyright on 1 January 2011.
Submitted proposals will focus on some or all of the following:
Call for Book Chapters
To all scholars interested in language, culture, and identity
Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World
Global English today is touted as the lingua franca of the world. English can now profess to be the language with the most non-native speakers and learners, and as such its current role on the world's stage cannot be overlooked.
Late medieval England existed at the liminal spaces of media - within, without, and between oral, chirographic, and typographic "texts." All of these media played important roles in creating linguistic works of art and in fashioning the communities and audiences of those works. Originators of such narratives, remembrances, complaints, lyrics, prophecies, and other works (whether oral or written) might have had various communities or audiences in mind - both the aural and the literate - and frequently their works spoke to these varying audiences in different manners, whether intentionally or unintentionally. This session will provide the opportunity for panelists to explore potential and real audiences of the works created in late medieval England.
In recent years, interest in Welsh mythology and legendary figures has grown exponentially in popular culture, with appearances in diverse arenas ranging from fantasy fiction to role-playing games, from children's literature to tourist sites and even Celtic-inspired rock music and heavy metal. We are seeking essays that explore the uses and appropriations of these legends into "popular" spaces, hoping to trace the patterns of interpretation and reinscription to offer some insight into what meaning "Welsh mythology" retains in an increasingly postmodern, global society.
Sample topics (contributors are by no means limited to these) may include:
What is English studies in the early decade of the 21st century, when the national boundaries are being crossed and redrawn thanks to the international flight, the Internet and people flows, when the rise of China starts to challenge the dominance of the English, when it has dawned upon us much of academic production is enmeshed with the credit crunch? New intellectual paradigms seem to emerge as literary studies vie with cultural studies, and other subjects for finance, space, work force and, more importantly, students.
This conference aims to highlight emerging research focuses related to the studies of the English language, culture, literature, art, manners and tastes, etc. with special emphasis to their "oriental" context(s).
CFP: Xchanges online journal issue featuring Senior theses or final research projects of undergraduate Technical Communication and/or Technical Writing students