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The Absent Center Conference - Extended Deadline 10/1/09 [UPDATE]

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:52am
University of Texas Government Department


The Absent Center

A Graduate Student Conference on Contemporary Issues in Political Theology

University of Texas at Austin, Government Department

19-20 February 2010

Keynote speakers:

Simon Critchley (New School for Social Research)
Eric Santner (University of Chicago)

[REMINDER] Illuminating the Everyday Imagination [9/30/09; NeMLA in Montreal, April 7-11, 2010]

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 9:04am
Elaine Auyoung

This panel considers the imagination's literary significance in relation to its underestimated role in everyday cognitive life. Papers may combine analysis of specific texts with psychological, philosophical, or cognitive accounts of the imagination. How does literary representation reflect the everyday imagination at work? How do fictional characters and narrators model commonplace imaginative acts? Most important, how does literature engage our ordinary imaginative powers in such extraordinary ways? Send 300 to 500-word abstracts to Elaine Auyoung at auyoung@fas.harvard.edu.

Northeast Modern Language Association 2010 Annual Convention
Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010

The "Shape" of the Major ROUNDTABLE

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 9:03am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The "Shape" of the Major ROUNDTABLE
For this roundtable discussion on the structure and content of the Literature Major, we invite presentations addressing how programs can balance their ideals of what should be taught with the realities of their faculty's expertise. Should the major be organized around periods? Genres? Concentrations? Something entirely different?

Please send 200-word proposals via attachment or snail mail to Edward Shannon (eshannon@ramapo.edu) and Monika Giacoppe (giacoppe@ramapo.edu)
AIS, Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Rd.
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Southern Literature and Culture

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 4:56am
national Popular Culture Association

This year the conference will be held in lovely St. Louis, Missouri from March 31 to April 3 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri(314) 621 9600
1 (800) HOTELS-1 (800 468-3571). Please see the official web-site for more information at http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php.

The Medievalism of Nostalgia: 27-29 November 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 1:21am
University of Melbourne, Australia

The Medievalism of Nostalgia

An ARC NEER Conference

Call For Papers

Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne

November 27-28, 2009

(9/15/2009 ; 4/7-11/2010) "'This world only my body remembered'": Nature, Nation and Self in Women's Writing

Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:57am
NEMLA 2010

The wilderness has long been conceived of as a space of individuation, a testing ground for the independent seeker, and an "outside" to the protection, as well as the surveillance and discipline, of the dominant social order. In the United States, wilderness has also been seen as constitutive of a kind of national exceptionalism and a formative element of a uniquely "American" character. With the twentieth century the established conflation of "the west" with "the wilderness" deepened, and a tendency to conflate both with masculinity grew as well. And yet, a feminine gendering of the wilderness and an association of womanhood with the natural world has a long and complicated history in America.

Call for Chapters -- Ugly Betty: The lives the Betty la fea, la fea mas bella 10/1/09

Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 12:50am
Laura Valdez-Pagliaro / Marymount University

This anthology examines the mega successful television series that has reached audiences and gained a loyal fan following globally in dubbed or adapted versions of Colombian writer/producer Fernando Gaitán's original telenovela Yo soy Betty la fea. The collection will raise critical questions about the ways in which the branded "ugly" woman negotiates subjectivity across borders, literal and imaginary. Questions of representation, class, gender, culture, race, and adaptation and translation will frame the discussions. Various theoretical approaches are welcome, in particular feminist, queer, postmodern, and Cultural Studies.


Friday, August 28, 2009 - 6:08pm

The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks essays from the humanities and social sciences on representations, cultures, and histories of labor and work. We are particularly interested in essays that engage with recent theorizations of contemporary labor practices, especially the work of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno, and Christian Marazzi on, for example, immaterial and affective labor. We look to offer an issue with articles on a range of labor practices, including industrial, immaterial, manual, cultural, affective, unpaid, etc.

This special issue will also include a forum on writing practices in the University.

This call is not limited to interests of any century or geographic location.

Space in Twenty-First Century Spanish and Latin American Film: Due 12 SEPT

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 3:38pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the uses of space in Spanish and Latin American twenty-first century film. We seek conference presentations in English or Spanish that explore how space functions, how it is situated and how it is problematized in recent Spanish-language cinema. Please send abstracts in MS Word format of no more than 250 words to Alex Waid (alexander.waid@uscga.edu) on or before September 12. Complete essays are requested by the first of February.

Circulating Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe: Networks, Knowledge and Forms

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 1:53pm
Ruth Connolly, School of English Literature, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Circulating Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe: Networks, Knowledge, and Forms

Keynote speakers: Mark Greengrass, Margaret Ezell, and Richard Serjeantson

Presented in conjunction with the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society at the Royal Society, 6-9, Carlton House Terrace, London. 8-10 July, 2010

The seventeenth century in Europe was an age of turmoil. As wars, revolutions, and exploration redrew the boundaries of the physical world, a tumult of new ideas shifted the boundaries of the intellectual world. In poetry and in polemics, men and women involved in philosophy, theology, politics, and science created a dynamic knowledge economy.

Call for Fiction, Poetry, Translations, Book Reviews, Art, Photography

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 1:42pm
Black Market Review, Edge Hill University

The Black Market Review, Edge Hill University's international literary e-journal, invites submissions of poetry (3-5 poems), fiction, creative nonfiction and essays (up to 6000 words), art, photography, translations, and book reviews for its second issue. Our reading period is September 1 to December 1. Unsolicited work outside those dates will not be read.

Please email submissions and a brief bio to blackmarketreview@googlemail.com

Or hard copies to

The Black Market Review
c/o Daniele Pantano
Department of English
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
United Kingdom.

[Update] Literature and War (11/1/2009, 3/25-27/2010).

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 1:02pm

Call for Papers, Literature and War at CEA 2010
Annual Conference | March 25-27, 2010 | San Antonio, Texas
Sheraton Gunter Hotel; 209 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes
proposals for presentations on Literature and War for our 41st annual conference.

War is part of the fabric of American culture, but there is often a gap between the public myth and the private truth of war. This panel will use literature to bridge this gap. Topics may include but are not limited to:

African American Autobiography and the Archives: Teaching Students to Become Scholars (NeMLA Panel, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal)

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 12:53pm
Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Clemson University

Recent critical editions of texts such as Henry Box Brown's Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851) and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (1859) have affirmed our need to continue exploring the complexities of African American autobiography. As we pursue this work, we must also consider how to involve students in research that enhances our understanding of the production of African American life writing. This panel seeks papers that explore pedagogical strategies that give students opportunities for conducting archival research that enriches the classroom experience. Papers that examine non-canonical texts are especially welcomed.