Modern Language Studies Special Cluster on 9/11 Literature (April 15, 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Justine Dymond, Assistant Professor of English, Springfield College
contact email: 

CFP: Special Cluster on 9/11 Literature in Modern Language Studies

Articles of approximately 6000-10,000 words on any aspect of 9/11 literature (including pop culture and pedagogy) will be considered for an upcoming special cluster in Modern Language Studies tentatively scheduled for summer 2011.

An initial wave of literature, art, and film is emerging that explicitly responds to and reflects on 9/11, the War on Terror, or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This special cluster of MLS will explore 9/11 literature and culture—specific works, larger thematic or formal trends, or the teaching of 9/11 literature and culture. Articles that encompass a comparative analysis are welcome, as are articles that take a wider view to include other media, such as visual or performing arts, or an interdisciplinary approach.

Please send a 6,000-10,000 word article (including notes and bibliography) and a brief bio by April 15, 2010 to For more information on Modern Language Studies, visit

35219[UPDATE] Bridges and Borders Graduate/Undergraduate ConferenceEnglish Graduate Advancement and Development Society at The University of Texas at Brownsvilleegadsconference@gmail.com1259948341african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: English Graduate Advancement and Development Society at The University of Texas at Brownsvillecontact email:

The English Graduate Advancement and Development Society (EGADS!) at the University of Texas at Brownsville will host its annual graduate/undergraduate English studies conference on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. This year's topic is "Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures."
Bridges are frequently built up and torn down, and borders often change. The boundaries between people, places and things blur and break. This happens with governments, but it is equally true in literature and rhetoric. Authors frequently challenge our notions of what is acceptable, they point out our close-mindedness, and they show us new paths.
UTB/TSC, at the southern tip of Texas, is just a step away from the large Mexican city of Matamoros and only 30 minutes from the white sandy beaches of South Padre Island.
Abstracts (250 words) must be submitted to by Dec. 15, 2009. This year's conference panels are: rhetoric and composition, creative writing, American literature, British literature, and theoretical and pedagogical issues in English studies. All papers will be considered.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 35220The Nature of Culinary Choices: Foodways and the EnvironmentSession Proposal for American Studies Association 2010 Conferencejeander1@olemiss.edu1259951439americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitypoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Session Proposal for American Studies Association 2010 Conferencecontact email:

[I am proposing a session for the 2010 ASA conference in San Antonio and am looking to fill out my proposed panel.]

CFP: In 2005's Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair, Carlo Petrini defines food as the most basic feature of human identity, arguing that it undergoes a "series of processes […] that transform it from a completely natural base (the raw material) into the product of a culture (what we eat)." The nature/culture angle is nothing new to environmental studies, but with the recent publications of works like the best-selling Food Matters by Marc Bittman and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and the stream of documentaries such as Food, Inc. and King Corn, the focus on food has turned from the exploration and preservation of cultural foodways to include the protection and conservation of the natural world. Michelle Obama's purpose for reintroducing a vegetable garden at the White House highlights the political importance of sustainability, the social impact of the obesity epidemic, and the possibility of power over one's personal food supply. The garden, then, is the new (or recycled) symbol of self-reliance.
Accusations against the industrial food complex's environmental impact have not only sparked concern about the destruction of ecospheres and the debilitating and dangerous lack of biodiversity but also the safety, accessibility, nutritional quality, and cost of food. In fact, the peril in a McDonald's Value Meal, as Michael Pollan points out in The Omnivore's Dilemma, lies not only in the massive amount of fossil fuel required to produce and consume it but also its wide availability and cheapness, often forcing the underprivileged to make food choices based on cost rather than nutrition. Thus, destruction of the environment at the behest of food production plays into issues of environmental and social justice.
This session proposal seeks papers for an interdisciplinary approach (political, sociological, literary, philosophical, scientific, historical, etc.) to the issues surrounding our food supply and the environment. In keeping with the theme of the 2010 ASA meeting, some questions you might want to consider include:
• How does the so-called "foodie" movement, manifest in the proliferation of cookbooks, celebrity chefs, and television cooking shows, have to say about the way we consume both food and natural resources?
• How does environmental justice for minorities and the underprivileged play into issues surrounding the accessibility of food?
• How do chains of production and consumption coincide with environmental impact?
• How have grass-roots and larger organizations influenced the politics of food ecology?
• Is this question of the environment and food unique to our times?
• How and why do cultural representations (advertisements, art, film, literature) engage with portrayals of the raw material of the food supply?
• What changes have come about since the turn of the twenty-first century to influence the profusion of debates surrounding food?
• How have certain cultures and foodways impacted their local ecospheres?
• Are there any "responsible" and sustainable ways to produce food for a growing population of consumers?
Please send a 300-word abstract and biographical information (name, affiliation, email address, and one-page vita) to Jill E. Anderson at by December 31, 2009.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitypoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 35221The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities - June 18-21, 2010, Osaka, Japan - SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JAN 15 2010 - acah.iafor.orgThe Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2010 - Organized by IAFOR in association with Glasgow University (UK), Auburn University (USA), the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) & The National University of Tainan (Taiwan)acah@iafor.org1259969084african-americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencespoetryprofessional_topicsreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2010 - Organized by IAFOR in association with Glasgow University (UK), Auburn University (USA), the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) & The National University of Tainan (Taiwan)contact email:

Theme: "East Meets West"

The theme of the Inaugural Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities is 'East Meets West', which is a response to the ongoing process of globalization and its implications. It offers an opportunity to search for similarities of ideas that may enhance international understanding on the one hand and for differences in culture that may have to be accepted as irreconcilable on the other. Racial and religious disagreement, culturally contrasting ways of dealing with social, economic, and political problems, exacerbated by the forces of globalization, combine to exert enormous pressure on the systems that have been created to manage human affairs on this planet. This conference is dedicated to the cross-cultural exploration of the interconnectedness of the central questions involved in order to generate new ideas and fresh approaches that will be relevant and constructive as support for the emerging generation of thinkers, educators, and global leaders.

Conference Chair:

The Reverend Professor Stuart D.B. Picken
Order of the Sacred Treasure, B.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S.
Chairman, Japan Society of Scotland

Keynote Speaker:

Lord Charles Bruce
Lord Lieutenant of Fife
Chairman of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland Trustee of the Historic Scotland Foundation
Honorary patron of the Japan Society of Scotland


The conference's theme is 'East Meets West' and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this questions from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage submissions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Arts and Humanities, including the following:

American Studies
Art History
Ethnic Studies
Graphic Design
Landscape Architecture
Performing Arts
Postcolonial Identities
Second Language Studies
Visual Arts
Other Areas of Arts and Humanities, including interdisciplinary research.

NB Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team of peer reviewers. Authors are limited to one abstract submission, whether as lead or secondary author. Please apply through the online system at

Proceedings Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2010
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: 5 February 2010
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 April 2010
Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: 1 May 2010
ACAH Conference: 18-21 June 2010

cfp categories: african-americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencespoetryprofessional_topicsreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheory 35222The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2010 - Osaka, Japan - SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JAN 15 2010The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2010. Organized by IAFOR in Association with the University of Glasgow (UK), Auburn University (USA), the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) and the National University of Tainan (Taiwan) acss.iafor.org1259969606cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencespopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2010. Organized by IAFOR in Association with the University of Glasgow (UK), Auburn University (USA), the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) and the National University of Tainan (Taiwan) contact email:

"East Meets West in Pursuit of a Sustainable World"

The theme of the Inaugural Asian Conference on the Social Sciences is 'East Meets West. For more than a decade, sustainability has emerged a global issue for business and industry, government, and academia. Historically, sustainability has been associated with environmental concerns such as the energy crisis and global warming. Today, however, it is recognized that social/economic justice is equally important to achieving a sustainable future. Thus, issues such as poverty, hunger, education, health care, and access to markets should be a part of the evolution of any comprehensive sustainability paradigm. The conference will address these various dimensions of human sustainability.

Conference Chair:

Professor June M. Henton, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University, USA


The conference's theme is 'East Meets West in Pursuit of a Sustainable World' and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this questions from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage submissions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to the Social Sciences, including the following:

* Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
* Media and Communications
* Economics and Management
* Education and Social Welfare
* Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
* Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
* Politics, Public Policy and Law
* Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioral Sciences
* Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
* Sociology and Geography
* Technology and Applied Sciences
* Other Areas of Social Sciences, including interdisciplinary research.

NB Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team of peer reviewers. Authors are limited to one abstract submission, whether as lead or secondary author. Please apply through the online system at

Conference Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2010
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: 5 February 2010
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 April 2010
Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: 1 May 2010
ACSS Conference: 18-21 June 2010

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencespopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligiontheory 35223Dreams Conference Asheville NC June 27-July 1 2010International Assciation for the Study of Dreamsbwelt@corcoran.org1260036789african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturereligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: International Assciation for the Study of Dreamscontact email:

The International Association for the Study of Dreams solicits proposals for papers, panels, and symposia for its annual conference Sunday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina. Topics and tracks include dreaming and: world cultures; literature; art; cinema; new media; psychoanalysis; cognitive psychology; educational practice; educational technology; cultural theory; Native-American culture and art; Appalachian culture and art.
The submission form is at:
Questions to: Bernard Welt

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturereligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 35224Dreams Conference Asheville NC June 27-July 1 2010International Assciation for the Study of Dreamsbwelt@corcoran.org1260037234african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturereligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: International Assciation for the Study of Dreamscontact email:

The International Association for the Study of Dreams solicits proposals for papers, panels, and symposia for its annual conference Sunday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina. Topics and tracks include dreaming and: world cultures; literature; art; cinema; new media; psychoanalysis; cognitive psychology; educational practice; educational technology; cultural theory; Native-American culture and art; Appalachian culture and art.
The submission form is at:
Questions to: Bernard Welt

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturereligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 35225[UPDATE] Contemporary Horror FictionUniversity of Westminster (June 18th and 19th 2010) name / name of organization: University of Westminster (June 18th and 19th 2010)contact email:

Keynote Speaker: Professor David Punter (Bristol University)

Throughout the twentieth and beginnings of the twenty first century the popularity of horror fiction has remained a constant, its resilience and adaptability enabling it to survive in the face of a succession of tumultuous aesthetic movements such as Modernism, Post-Modernism and Post-colonialism. Part of this success seems to lie in the liminality of the form, with many critics being unable to evaluate whether its merits lie closer to the more respected area of nineteenth century Gothic or the trashy sensationalism of pulp literature.

Yet this supposedly "subaltern" genre shows few signs of decline as we reach the end of the 00's, indeed the Horror novel seems to be encountering yet another groundswell of success with works by authors such as Stephen King and Clive Barker regularly selling in the hundreds of thousands and popular series of novels such as Stephenie Meyer's Twilight cycle, Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire novels and Jeff Lindsay's Dexter narratives all occupying positions in the bestseller lists and finding immense success when adapted into other media.

Despite the enduring popularity of the genre it has largely been resisted by the academic establishment with few horror texts being taught in universities and only a handful of critical studies being carried out. The proposed conference hopes to continue and build upon this nascent investigation into the merits of the Horror novel as a distinct and cohesive form, one that offers the chance for a range of diverse and illuminating ideological, cultural and political readings that have previously been (largely) overlooked).

We welcome papers on issues including (but not exclusively):

• The Genre's origins in the Gothic
• Early twentieth century Horror – Weird Tales and H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch etc
• Splatter-punk - Poppy Z Brite, David J. Schow, Jack Ketchum etc
• Horror Best-sellers – Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert
• Horror Criticism – academic and popular ("Supernatural Horror in Literature", Danse Macabre)
• Literary adaptation – Film, Television, Graphic Novels, Video Games
• The marketing and merchandising of Horror Fiction
• Contemporary Horror Fiction – Anne Rice, Graham Masterton, Caitlin R Kiernan
• Children's Horror Fiction – Stephenie Meyer, Horror High, Point Horror
• Differences between American Horror Fiction and work produced elsewhere
• Horror Fiction's relationship to other forms of speculative fiction including Science Fiction and Fantasy
• The representation of race, sex, gender in Horror Fiction
• The integration of Horror into the work of "mainstream" authors such as J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and Joyce Carol Oates

Individual proposals should be sent in the form of a 300-word abstract accompanied by a short bio and contact details
Panel proposals are welcomed. These should include the title of the panel, presenters' names, presentation titles, abstracts, relevant biographical info and email addresses.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format by Feb 26th 2010 to the conference email address:

The conference is co-organised by The UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies and The Centre for Contemporary Fiction and Narrative (Northampton University)

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninternational_conferencespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 35226Disagreement: Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference at New York University March 5-6, 2010New York University Department of Comparative Literaturedisagreement.NYU@gmail.com1260042890african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: New York University Department of Comparative Literaturecontact email:

Can we disagree? The question forces you to answer 'yes' or 'no,' to commit to one path or the other. Perhaps it even forces you to choose your allies, to prepare for combat.

If we can disagree, how do we do this? Why the desire to disagree in the first place? This questioning asks us to examine the epistemological and material conditions of disagreement; the possibility of dialogue and understanding; the relationship between eristic and dialectic; the role and function of polemos; and the relation between negation, negativity, difference and disagreement.

What forms, moreover, does disagreement take within literary texts? How might literature subvert, use, or propagate ideology? In view of deconstructionist readings that present a text in disagreement with itself, what is the connection between the rhetorics and the materiality of disagreement? As for translation, does it assume an incompatibility between texts that can be termed disagreement?

In the context of academic practices, the issue of disagreement concerns the ethos and the methodology of a community of researchers whose discussions operate according to different models of argumentation. This questioning opens up the possibility of a debate between different disciplines and approaches: for example, how does the model of scientific falsification relate to more interpretive paradigms? How do the forms of disagreement in literary texts compare to the forms it takes in art, philosophy, and the social and natural sciences?

This discussion may also lead us into the political dimensions of disagreement: violence as a form of disagreement; the contradictions inherent in theories of social contract; the figure of authority and tradition; and the moral demand to disagree in the public sphere. Does disagreement, an allegedly belligerent, disruptive force, play a role in the formation of communities? How does this role agree with the community-building functions of consensus?

Finally, does the very possibility of disagreement lead us to an unspoken universality that transcends (or destroys) language games, the linguistic community, and even language itself?

Being together and being against each other–if these are the two modes of disagreement–we invite you to come and disagree with us. Submissions from any discipline on all possible permutations of disagreement are welcome.

300 word abstracts due 01/15/2010 to Please visit our website, , for more information.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 35227UPDATE: Final Call for PapersSouthwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationbmallen@southtexascollege.edu1260054419americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachespopular_culturetravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationcontact email:

Abstract/Proposals by 15 December 2009

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 31st Annual Conference

Albuquerque, NM February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710

Panels are now forming for presentations regarding all aspects (historical, literary, cultural, etc.) of American Captivity Narratives. All topics and approaches to the genre are welcomed. Please send an abstract of your presentation to the address below. Graduate students/future teachers are particularly welcome to participate or register to attend the conference and captivity forum.

Those interested in the captivity narrative panel should contact Dr. Benjamin Allen, Captivity Narratives Chair, at as soon as possible with questions and/or to notify of your proposal.

If your work does not focus on captivity narratives in particular but fits within the broad range of areas designated for the upcoming conference on American & Popular culture, I still encourage you to participate. Please pass along this call to friends and colleagues.

Send materials with your email address by 15 December 2009:

Dr. Benjamin Allen, Captivity Narrative Chair
Asst. Professor of History
South Texas College
PO Box 5032
McAllen, TX 78502-5032
Phone: 956-872-2037

For additional information regarding other panels and/or general questions regarding the event, please contact

Sally Sanchez
SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference Specialist
PO Box 34414
Houston TX 77234

or visit

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachespopular_culturetravel_writing 35228[UPDATE] Creative and Critical Writing (1/15/10)New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative name / name of organization: New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writingcontact email:


Creative and/or Critical work


"New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing"

published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, internationally

15 January 2010

*Submit work via Manuscript Central*:

The first independent journal of its kind in the world, New Writing publishes both critical and creative work - offering a forum for debate, as well as an avenue for the publication of the best stories, poems, works of creative non-fiction or works for the stage or for the screen, in all its contemporary varieties.

New Writing investigates the nature of Creative Writing practice and practice-led research in Creative Writing. It publishes key articles about Creative Writing, specifically relating to Creative Writing activities in universities and colleges, articles on the processes of creative writers, and about the "footprints" left by Creative Writing practice throughout history, and in various cultures. And it bridges the gap between Creative Writing in the university and Creative Writing in the wider world. It links Creative Writing pedagogy with key investigations in Creative Writing knowledge.

Since its launch, the journal has attracted great support from a wide range of those involved in Creative Writing throughout the world, and has already included contributions from leading experts and prominent creative writers, including Robert Pinsky and Anthony Minghella. In 2006, the journal warmly welcomed the Poet Laureate of Great Britain, Andrew Motion, to its Board.

New Writing offers an international forum for Creative Writing of the highest quality and a platform for debates about Creative Writing teaching and practice in universities and colleges.

The Editor and Editorial/Peer Review Boards invite submissions of critical articles and creative work in any of the areas mentioned above, and in all genres. Articles should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length; creative work should be not be more than 5,000 words in length.

Professor Graeme Harper BA MLitt DCA PhD FRGS FRSA FAIM
Professor of Creative Writing
Director of Research: College of Arts and Humanities
Bangor University, United Kingdom

Refereeing procedures

All submissions to New Writing are subject to peer review.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookgeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 35229[UPDATE] Creative Writing - International Conference (2/16/10; 6/18/10 - 6/20/10)Great Writing: the international Creative Writing name / name of organization: Great Writing: the international Creative Writing Conferencecontact email:


Great Writing:
The International Creative Writing Conference

18-20 June 2010

What future is there for Creative Writing?

Where are we now? Where are we going? Let's set the agenda! How do creative and critical knowledge in Creative Writing relate, and how can we advance our understanding of Creative Writing? What is the future of university study in Creative Writing? Is there a future for Creative Writing in schools? What are the strengths of Creative Writing in Higher Education? What can we improve? What about postgraduate study in Creative Writing – what is the present, what is the future? And what about Creative Writing beyond education – what relationships can be built or strengthened with publishers, producers? What new creative or critical work is emerging and has it a future? What's your latest creative project and how will we discover it?

Great Writing 2010: critical or creative presentations are invited for the 13th Annual International Creative Writing Conference, 18th – 20th June 2010, Bangor, North Wales.

Single presentations: 20 minutes, 10 minutes questions.
3 person panels: 90 minutes in total.

Send proposals to:

Closing Date for Submissions: 16th February 2010

Early submission is highly encouraged

For queries contact Professor Graeme Harper, Conference Director:

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencespoetryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 35230Languages of the future. Dialects, mono-languages, native languages. Academic journal of intercultural studiesandreavicenza84@gmail.com1260102186ethnicity_and_national_identityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Academic journal of intercultural studiescontact email:

The next issue of Trickster will deal with language. In the attempt to break the boundaries of disciplines (an absolute necessity for both cross-cultural theory and practice) our latest editorial mission has been to create an open and collective space for the delivery and the reception of speech.

Language, we believe, is a site of self- revelation and the ownership of what we are used to labelling as someone's own language is hard to prove.

For centuries, especially in Italy, the question of language has been discussed in relationship with the definition and the construction (someone would even say "invention") of the personal and national identity of a community of brothers whose brotherhood would surface trough the use of the same mother-tongue.

We wish to get out of these rigid and unsettling barriers by avoiding to put forward the classical question of language. Quite the opposite, we want to allow the interaction of different perspectives and opinions about languages (be them dialects, risky mono-languages, challenging pluralistic idioms), about linguistic innovations (in urban style, web approaches, slangs, creoles, pidgins, graffiti and tattoo art), about the dynamics of power connected to the language of politics and legislation, and about creative products.

Hence, we will muse over the languages of the future. However, these languages must not be mistaken for the linguistic codes of hypothetical future communities (not even in the case of multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism) and your contributions will hopefully help to provide a more vivid and vibrant portrayal.

Perceiving the hazard of such a projection and totally aware of the fact that language is entailed with a number of contradictions, we'd rather go more in depth, trying to explore what, in the use of language, represents the unpredictable, the disturbing, the impermanent; what inevitably urges the self to lay bare in front of the other.

To conclude, our humble but inquisitive ambition is to sort out what it means to employ one or more languages in a cross-cultural, transnational environment; to analyze the identities of dialects and the strategies employed to teach and learn them; to make sense of the transformations taking place in the use of language and in the images that language creates and conveys; to discover the ache, the relief and the spur produced by the encounter with an alien language within the experience of migration.

Here is a list of topics and provocations. Please feel free to expand and adjust them according to your fields of investigation:

· Mono-language as risk

· Mother-tongue as home (or land) to inhabit

· Polyphony and the impossibility to own a language

· Language of hospitality and language of hostility;

· Language and power: the multi-lingual realities of postcolonial contexts

· Across criss-crossing languages: expatriation and linguistic migration

· Linguistic and symbolic dynamics of globalization: global Babel, powerful Anglo-American and the defence of minor languages

· "Future dialects": political alternatives to the essentialist policy about the use of dialects

· The paradoxes of translation: transparency and opacity of language

· Translation as necessity in language and writing

· The power of emerging languages and the metropolitan revolution in linguistics

· Border-languages and language as border

Abstracts due by 10th January 2010

Notifications available from 20th January 2010

Deadline 20th February 2010

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cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 35231[UPDATE] Reminder - John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (10th July 2010)Kate Macdonald and Nathan Waddellbuchan-conference@hotmail.com1260112246americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Kate Macdonald and Nathan Waddellcontact email:

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:

- Buchan's influential literary and non-literary accounts of twentieth-century politics and culture

- his extensive roles within the British Establishment

- his function as Governor-General of Canada

The conference seeks to build on recent efforts to re-establish Buchan as more than a writer of thrillers, by considering his views and influence on 20th-century politics, culture, and aesthetics. An increased level of attention to the comparatively neglected areas of his output has demonstrated his significance within early twentieth-century popular culture, and laid the groundwork for considerations of his contributions to debates about the nature of modernity. Proposals for papers on Buchan's historical, philosophical, and political writings, and his multiple roles as a facilitator of print and periodical culture will be especially welcome.

It is hoped that the conference will encourage renewed and more refined attention to the 'difficult' areas of Buchan's worldview (for example anti-Semitism, homoerotics, and careerism) than has been traditionally extended to them by the academy. Suggestions for topics might include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- modernity in Buchan's literary and non-literary writing
- Buchan and other writers; his literary networks
- sexual identity; gender politics
- Buchan and the middlebrow
- Buchan and religious ethics
- athleticism; sport; games-playing
- contemporary Buchan adaptations (radio, drama, television)
- literary form (in particular the historical romance and the thriller)
- Buchan and modernism, impressionism, and/or aestheticism
- historiography; Buchan's theories of history
- Buchan as editor and/or as publisher
- newspaper and print culture; Buchan and the periodical

The conference will be held at the Institute of English Studies, and is being organized by Kate Macdonald (University of Ghent) and Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham). Postgraduates are highly encouraged to attend and/or give a paper.

UPDATE: We have recently confirmed a draft agreement with a major publisher to produce a volume of essays derived from the conference content, dependent on a final list of confirmed contributors.

PLEASE SEND PROPOSALS OF 250 WORDS BY December 31st 2009 to Nathan Waddell at, to include the following information:

- name and academic affiliation, if any (we also encourage independent scholars to participate)
- contact address
- email address
- short statement explaining your interest in Buchan and how this paper relates to your previous or future research

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 35232[UPDATE] Nomenclature - University of Maryland - March 5-6, 2010 - DEADLINE EXTENDEDUniversity of Maryaldn Graduate English Organizationgeoconference@gmail.com1260113901graduate_conferencesfull name / name of organization: University of Maryaldn Graduate English Organizationcontact email:


Keynote Speakers: KavitavDaiya (George Washington University) and Tita Chico (University of Maryland)

The Graduate English Organization of the University of Maryland's Department of English invites students
at Washington, D.C. area universities to submit abstracts for our third annual interdisciplinary graduate conference. "Nomenclature" seeks to interrogate the causes, conventions, and consequences of the human impulse to name, label, and categorize.

The practice of naming and labeling influences, for better or worse, how we formulate identities
and regulate taxonomies. According to the Judeo-Christian tradition, marking difference among groups dates back to Adam's God-given power and responsibility to name and classify "every living creature" (Gen. 2:19). The early modern period saw the naming of an entire land mass—the New World—and Shakespeare himself has given us that time-worn question, "What's in a name?" More recently, the
remapping of national boundaries following decolonization has called into question the strict demarcation of peoples and places.

What we choose to name an individual, group, or phenomenon constitutes our own identities in relationship to people and things outside of ourselves. But what we choose not to call someone or something is equally significant. At Harvard University, for instance, the administration's official policy mandates that "cutbacks" be referred to as "the reallocation of funds." Here, at the University of Maryland, statements insist that budget problems are being addressed through "furloughs" rather than "pay cuts." While we might characterize these policies as careful
and prudent advertising, the phenomenon of re-naming for the sake of palatability is not new to our time. In literature departments, scholars regularly reconsider how we refer to certain fields of study.
For example, the term "post-colonialism" has given way to "oceanic" and "hemispheric" studies in order to more accurately capture the
reciprocal relationships among countries and people.

Heidegger suggests that language is "the house of being," that humans require language to "dwell"
and "create." More obliquely, Lao-tsu reminds us that "the name that can be named is not the eternal Name." If we cannot escape the inclination to name, is it possible to operate within academia and the world at large with endless possibilities for taxonomy? Must common terms for discussion be reached? How have our taxonomies been re-oriented by the recognition of categories as artificial and
accidental rather than innate and essential?

The conference committee invites proposals for fifteen-minute papers addressing the conference theme
from a broad range of disciplines and theoretical backgrounds. Presentations of creative work are also welcome. Panel submissions (3-4 participants)
are highly encouraged. Please limit abstracts for fifteen-minute papers to 300 words for individual abstracts and 500 words for panel abstracts. Full papers may accompany abstracts. Please include three
keywords at the end of the abstract to assist panel formation.

Abstracts are due January 2, 2010 and should be e-mailed to Please visit our conference website,, for more details.

cfp categories: graduate_conferences 35234Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on the Middle East, South Asia and AfricaDepartment of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia UniversityCUgradconf@gmail.com1260117882cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencespostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia Universitycontact email:

Thursday, April 15 to Saturday, April 17, 2010
Proposals due January 5, 2010

Hosted by the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) at Columbia University

The discipline that was once called "Oriental Studies" has been divided up in various ways in today's university. Post-colonial literature has a foothold in the English department, history departments have by and large stopped confusing "European history" with "world history," and of course the area studies departments with venerable names like Near Eastern Studies or South Asian Languages and Civilizations have taken up an array of new methodologies from other departments. Several universities have begun expanding their African and South Asian studies offerings under the umbrella of "Global Studies." This conference is concerned not with "the death of the discipline" as so many others have been, but rather with the diversity of the disciplines. We will survey this through student presentations, two faculty discussion panels, and a keynote address by an influential scholar.

What sorts of research does this multi-disciplinary institutional framework help scholars of the non-West pursue, and what kinds of research does it hinder? Is there a difference, for example, between studying the history of the Middle East from within a history department or from within an area studies department? In this conference, we hope to explore some of the broad themes that can be fruitfully researched through a variety of disciplines:

  • Exchange – Where can exchange take place? Are ideas, practices and texts like commodities? Is a relationship of exchange necessarily symbiotic or can one side really take without giving or give without taking?
  • Circulation – How do ideas and cultural practices move? How do repetitive movements of groups, for example, religious pilgrims, shape consciousness? How have the Indian Ocean and overland caravan routes linked Africa, the Middle East and South Asia?
  • Borders and Frontiers – What forms can a border take besides the modern political boundary? Is there a frontier mindset on every border?

We invite graduate students to present 25 minute papers dealing with South Asia, the Middle East and/or Africa. While any topic and disciplinary focus will be considered, preference will be given to papers that address one of the themes outlined above. We will help you find (inexpensive or free) lodging in New York during the conference but at this time we do not have funds to provide travel grants.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 300 words to by January 5, 2010. All submissions will be read by graduate students representing each of the three regions with a variety of disciplinary interests. Names and affiliations will be removed from the submissions during the evaluation process.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencespostcolonial 35235Postcolonialism / Postcommunism: Intersections and OverlapsCanadian Studies Centre, University of Bucharestpostcolonialism.postcommunism@yahoo.com1260118393cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencespostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Canadian Studies Centre, University of Bucharestcontact email:


23-24 April 2010
Canadian Studies Centre
University of Bucharest

Conference organised within the CNCSIS project PNII_ID 2089/2008
Project Director: Prof. Monica Bottez

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Thieme, University of East Anglia
"Spheres of Possibility: Transforming Postcolonial Linguistic Spaces"

In the years following the fall of communism there have been debates over the overlap between "postcommunism" and "postcolonialism". These debates have derived from the oppositions on which postcolonial discourse is based and from the extent to which the experience of the latter might provide a theoretical vocabulary for the former. It is productive to trace analogies between Communist discourse and hegemonic colonial discourses. Other possible parallels include seeing the Iron Curtain as a practice of apartheid and the centre / margin relationship, which suggests that literature produced in the former colony or satellite nation can only be of value if it conforms to the models established by the hegemonic power, along with ways in which such cultural imperialism has been contested.

In more recent times the relations of Romania (and by extension of virtually all the countries in the ex-communist bloc) with Western Europe and the United States during the process of NATO and EU accession display traces of responses to neo-colonialism in the indiscriminate imitation of Western models, regardless of whether they are appropriate to domestic realities. Recently, Romania has gone through a series of complex self-redefinitions in relation to a tradition and a history whose rewriting is necessary, but also in relation to an abstract European and global model that recalls Homi Bhabha's concept of mimicry. This concept can be used to cast light on the ambivalence of the colonial discourse in which, ultimately, it is the colonised (even in the postcolonial state of apparent freedom) that legitimises the colonised state by mirroring the colonisers' models and values.

Conceptual definitions and redefinitions of terms have been central to the establishing of new disciplines. Some of the concepts underlying postcolonialism have been gathered in lexicographical works such as John Thieme's Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary (London: Arnold, 2003) or Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin's Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies (London and New York: Routledge, 1998). Postcommunist studies can be theorised starting from a reassessment of the relevance of postcolonial terms for the study of postcommunism. We invite papers that address some of the issues described above while also exploring the relevance of the following postcolonial concepts that offer points of contact with the postcommunist space: alterity, ambivalence, anti-metropolitan resistance, appropriation, self-colonisation, cartography, centre / margin, colonialism / postcolonialism, creolisation, cultural geography, cultural transfer, decolonisation, de-Europeanisation, plural models of culture, denationalisation, development, diaspora, difference / universality, dislocation, diversity, double colonisation, liminality, meta-history, métissage, migration, minority, monoculturalism, multiculturalism, national allegory, national identity, neocolonialism, orientalisation, parasitism, parody, pastiche, pluralism, racism, recolonisation, relocation of population, rewriting, strategic essentialism, subaltern studies, transculture, transnationalism, transregionalism, westernisation.

Presentations should be 20-minute long, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Presenters are invited to submit abstracts, which will be published in the Conference programme. Abstracts may not exceed 200 words and will be accompanied by a list of 7-10 keywords and a short biographical note detailing the author's field of expertise and main achievements. They should be submitted in word format. Proposals must include titles of papers, name and institutional affiliation and fax and e-mail address.

We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers even if you are unable to attend the Conference in person. Virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for selection and possible publication in the final refereed volume of this Conference. Proposals will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, the
deadline for the submission of proposals is 31 January 2010. Future deadlines and details will be announced on the Conference website ( after this date.

Please send proposals to:

Participation fee: 50 Euros (to be paid upon arrival)

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to welcoming you in Bucharest in Spring 2010,

The Organizers,

Prof. Monica Bottez, Ph.D., Director
Canadian Studies Centre
University of Bucharest

Assoc. Prof. Maria Sabina Draga, Ph.D
Assoc. Prof. Bogdan Stefanescu, Ph.D
Ruxandra Visan, Ph.D., lecturer
Ruxandra Radulescu, Doctoral Candidate, lecturer
Alina Bottez, Doctoral Candidate

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencespostcolonial 35236Call for essays: The Presence of Absence: Literary Missing PersonsLycoming Collegelewes@lycoming.edu1260118803general_announcementsfull name / name of organization: Lycoming Collegecontact email:

Call for Essays
Essays sought for the upcoming volume The Presence of Absence: Literary Missing Persons, which will examine texts in which an absent character (or characters) has a real influence upon plot or theme (Waiting for Godot, for example). Essays should be clear and jargon free, and aimed at upper-division undergraduates and above. Texts written in English will be given precedence, although European texts readily available in translation will also receive consideration. Abstracts due by 1 February (2010), full essays by June 2. Publisher anticipates book in hand by early 2011.


Darby Lewes, Professor of English and Gender Studies
Lycoming College
700 College Place
Williamsport PA
570 321 4114

cfp categories: general_announcements 35237The Global Novel in Anglophone Cultures (TURIN AUGUST 24-28 2010 -- CFP DEADLINE JANUARY 31ST, 2010)European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Turin/Torino August 24/28 2010cristina.iuli@lett.unipmn.it1260136256americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencespostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Turin/Torino August 24/28 2010contact email:

This seminar will discuss the impact of globalization on anglophone cultures by focusing on the emergence of so called "global novels" and by charting the patterns of their dissemination and their inclusion as new cultural capital in literary studies worldwide. By situating such novels in the context of a series of irreversible changes currently investing the relation between literature and nationality, we aim at bringing new light on the cultural significance of novels written in English across the globe. In particular, we will try to demonstrate that the affective, cultural, and narrative success of global novels is intimately connected to the transformation of the world system at large, whereby changes in patterns of experience -- no less than narrative originality -- appear as simultaneously symptom and cause of such tendency, both in terms of their impact on the re-definition of aesthetic values, and in terms of their forceful questioning of colonial epistemologies.
We invite participants interested in discussing any of the following issues:
1) patterns of production, circulation, and consumption of fiction worldwide;
2) the transformation of the novel as a genre across cultural and linguistic horizons;
3) the success of the novel as a cognitive "device" for the morphing of cultural difference;
4) the disciplinary restructuring of English Literature as an academic discipline on a global, postcolonial, and comparative axis.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 31st 2010 to:

ESSE 2010 Website:

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencespostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 35238[UPDATE] Beckett Between International Conference 20-21 February 2010, Paris. CFP Closing Date 9th December, 2009Dunlaith Bird, Ecole Normale Superieure de Parisdunlaith.bird@ens.fr1260141824international_conferencestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Dunlaith Bird, Ecole Normale Superieure de Pariscontact email:

A selection of the conference papers will be published in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui.

Beckett Between

Call for Papers for École Normale Supérieure Paris International Conference, 2010

Conference Date: 20-21 February 2010
Locations: École Normale Supérieure and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Beckett Between, the international bilingual conference to be held at the École Normale Supérieure Paris, from 20-21 February 2010, is now seeking abstracts for conference papers. This conference, supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais and the Irish Embassy, will consider Samuel Beckett in motion, between two countries, two languages and two institutions, Trinity College Dublin and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. It will explore how this trajectory impacts on his work, with themes ranging from Beckett's self-translation to his rhetoric and use of the non-lieu and the entre-deux. This fundamental question of the writer 'between' will bring together international perspectives on Beckett, offering both graduate researchers and Beckett specialists the opportunity to examine Beckett's work in a different light.

The first day of the conference will finish with an exclusive performance of First Love, a Gare St Lazare Players Ireland production, presented by Conor Lovett and directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, offering an alternative vantage point on Beckett's work. On the following day, 21st February, the inaugural 'Beckett Brunch' will take place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais. This round-table discussion involving pre-eminent Beckett scholars and new researchers will expand on the themes raised during the conference, providing a dynamic forum in which to consider current developments in Beckett studies.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui.

The organisers are particularly interested in papers with themes including, though by no means limited to

• Beckett and bilingualism
• Self-translation
• Beckett in motion, travel and travel writing
• Interdisciplinary aspects of Beckett's work

Submission of Abstracts: Abstracts of 300 words, one copy in English and one in French, to be submitted by 9th December 2009. (Papers can be given in the speaker's language of choice.)
Notification of acceptance: Notification of acceptance of papers by 14th December 2009
Length of conference papers: 20-25 minutes
Submission of full paper: 27th January 2010

All abstracts, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to:

Dr. Dúnlaith Bird, Maître de Langue,
École Normale Supérieure
45, rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris

cfp categories: international_conferencestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond