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The Voynich Manuscript & Other "Cryptotexts"

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 8:03pm
SCRIPT - scriptjournal.studiohyperset.com

SCRIPT 1.2 will feature a special section concerned with the Voynich manuscript and other "cryptotexts."

Pennsylvania Literary Journal - March 25 Deadline

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 7:17pm
"New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature"/ Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The peer-reviewed Pennsylvania Literary Journal, http://sites.google.com/site/pennsylvaniajournal, is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2010 Special Issue, "New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature." In the 1980's Stephen Greenblatt developed "New Historicism." Despite H. Aram Veeser's 1989 anthology, The New Historicism, and numerous other publications in this field, one is left puzzled about why a historical examination of literature is "new." Essays should either strive to define new or old historicism, or should practice a historical evaluation of literature.

[UPDATE: extended deadline to January 15th] Performance and Performativity

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 5:35pm
Université de Montréal: English Graduate Student Society (EGSS)

"Somebody or Something Else": EGSS's 7th Graduate Conference on Performance and Performativity

"I love acting. It is so much more than real life."
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

DIY Rhetorics

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 4:25pm
Rhetoric Society of America - special session at MLA 2011

Title of session: DIY Rhetorics
Submission requirements: Abstract - 250 words max.
Deadline for submissions: 1 Mar. 2010

Description: Inviting papers exploring connections between rhetoric and other techne, or productive arts or crafts. Topics may include rhetorics of DIY discourse, communities, and/or activism.

[UPDATE] 19th-Century American Literature (3/1/10; RMMLA '10: 10/14-16/2010)

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 3:46pm
Jennifer Nader, University of New Mexico

Nineteenth-Century American Literature
RMMLA
Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 14-16, 2010

Open Topic:

Proposals are invited for the standing panel on 19th-Century American Literature at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 14-16, 2010. In keeping with the custom of this panel, the topic is open. Of particular interest are innovative papers that situate American literary production across or against conventional boundaries of nation, race, language, gender, region, or sexuality.

The 7th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference: Tolkien in the Classroom [Reminder]

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 1:43pm
Tolkien at The University of Vermont

This April 9-11, 2010, the English department will host the three-day J.R.R. Tolkien conference. Leslie Donovan will be our guest speaker. Papers can be on any subject but special consideration will be given to those abstracts relating to the theme of Tolkien in the classroom. Please submit abstracts or complete 8-10 page papers electronically to cvaccaro@uvm.edu by January 15, 2010.

Conference on British Queer History, 14-16 October 2010

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 1:22pm
McGill University, Montreal

Conference on British Queer History
McGill University, Montreal, 14-16 October 2010
Proposals due by 1 February 2010

The Department of History at McGill University solicits paper proposals for a conference on British Queer History. Keynote addresses will be given by

• Laura Doan (Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality Studies, University of Manchester)
• Chris Waters (Professor and Chair of History, Williams College, Mass.)
• Jeffrey Weeks (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London South Bank University)

[UPDATE] Kurt Vonnegut at the ALA, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010 (proposals due Jan 15, 2010)

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:53pm
The Kurt Vonnegut Society

The Kurt Vonnegut Society

Call for Papers

The Kurt Vonnegut Society (www.vonnegutsociety.net) invites proposals for papers to be presented at two sessions of the 2010 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA, May 27-30. Presenters need not be members of the Kurt Vonnegut Society (though we certainly hope they will join). Please send a 250-word abstract for 15-minute presentations, along with a brief CV, to Robert Tally at robert.tally@txstate.edu by January 15, 2010.

Film (Regular Session) 2010 SAMLA Convention

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 11:21am
Adrienne Angelo / SAMLA

In keeping with the theme of the 2010 SAMLA convention, this panel seeks paper proposals that address the interplay of text and image. Possible topics may include but are not limited to: cinematic adaptations of literary works, film theory and authorship, reflexivity in film and literature, and the relationship of word and image in national cinemas and cinematic traditions. By May 15, 2010, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter's name, academic affiliation, and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University, at ama0002@auburn.edu. All submissions will be acknowledged.