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[UPDATE] Infinitus 2010: A Harry Potter Symposium (July 15-18, 2010 in Orlando, FL) Submissions due February 12, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 7:53pm
HP Education Fanon, Inc.

Presented by HP Education Fanon, Inc.
Infinitus 2010:
A Harry Potter Symposium
July 15-18, 2010
Universal Studios Orlando, Florida
Imagine the infinite possibilities.
Infinitus 2010: A Harry Potter Symposium gives fans and academics a place to investigate, deconstruct, discuss, and illustrate the literary magic woven into the Harry Potter novels as it relates not only to the series, but also, its influence on the "real world". As a symposium for adult fans and scholars of the Harry Potter novels, we aim to promote scholarly analysis of the books, to provide forums for debate and analysis among fans of those works, and to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, librarians and academic scholars.

Second Annual Graduate Conference at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 6:30pm
Graduate Students in English

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will be hosting its second annual graduate conference on literature and the humanities on April 9th and 10th, 2010. The conference seeks papers that deal with literature in relation to any aspect of the humanities: language, history, philosophy, etc. Panel proposals are encouraged. Our goal is to promote communication and dialogue within the graduate community. This year, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding our conference to include panels on creative writing as well: poetry, fiction, translation. Panel proposals are encouraged here as well.
There is no registration fee for the conference.
The deadline for proposals is February 1st, 2010.

American Literature After 1900 - RMMLA Panel

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 5:07pm
Martina Jauch

"American literature after 1900", a special session at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, which will take place October 14-16, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM, is looking for papers that deal with any aspect of American literature as well as film in the twentieth century.

Please forward 250-350 word proposals, including title, professional affiliation, address (especially e-mail), and phone number by March 1, 2010 to the following email address: mjauch@purdue.edu. Hard copies of submissions may also be sent to Martina Jauch, Heavilon Hall 208, English Department, Purdue University, 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Edited Collection: Literature and Ethics: from the Green Knight to the Dark Knight (deadline 15th February)

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 2:35pm
Dr William Rossiter (Liverpool Hope University)

Literature and Ethics: from the Green Knight to the Dark Knight

A paper is required to be included in the forthcoming volume Literature and Ethics: From the Green Knight to the Dark Knight, which will be published later this year by Cambridge Scholars Press. The paper must be on the subject of ethics / morality and Romanticism. The volume is predicated upon three topics: instruction, judgement, and justice, and examines the relationship between literature and ethics from the fourteenth century to the present day. The paper will preferably be already written or some way towards being written, as the deadline for inclusion is 15 February.

Nostalgia and Children's Literature 03/15/10 for the 2011 MLA Convention

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 1:11pm
Lee Talley

From the turn of the twentieth century's reverence for nostalgia to contemporary criticism's concern with the way it distorts, nostalgia has been a central part of children's literature and theory. Is nostalgia critically productive? To what ends does nostalgia work? Papers examining nostalgia's role in criticism or using nostalgia as the theoretical lens through which to read specific works of children's literature from any era are welcome. Please send 500 word proposals to Lee Talley at talleyl@rowan.edu by March 15, 2010.

Flannery O'Connor in Film. SAMLA 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 11:27am
Flannery O'Connor Society

This panel affiliated with the Flannery O'Connor Society welcomes papers that explore the SAMLA 2010 special focus "The Interplay of Text and Image" in O'Connor and film. While papers dealing with film adaptations of O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of how filmmakers have incorporated and/or have contrasted O'Connor's themes, character types, etc. in their own works. Preference will be given to papers that seek creative connections between O'Connor's works and films that are not obvious adaptations of O'Connor's fiction.

Please e-mail abstracts (500 words) to Amy K. King at akking@olemiss.edu before Friday, 26 March 2010.

[UPDATE] Cultural Bankruptcy: Bail Out or Bonus? DEADLINE EXTENDED

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 11:09am
Department of French and Italian, Northwestern University


The Graduate Students of the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern University Present an Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Cultural Bankruptcy: Bail Out or Bonus? Rethinking Culture in the 21st Century
April 8-10, 2010
Keynote Speakers: Susan Hegeman and Phillip Wegner Associate Professors of English, University of Florida

Beckett Revisited

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 10:50am
Richard J. Gray II, Ph.D./Carson-Newman College

Submissions are now being accepted for a forthcoming edited collection of essays on the influence of the work of Samuel Beckett entitled "Beckett Revisited." Samuel Barclay Beckett (April 13, 1906 - December 22, 1989) was one of the most prominent writers of the 20th century. Having recently reached the twentieth anniversary of his death, there is no time like the present to remember and to reevaluate the contribution of this writer to the field of world literature. Beckett's extensive corpus of literary works, in which he presented his powerful themes of solitude, memories of the past, and the complexity and difficulty of the creative process, included some of the most innovative plays, poems, and novels of the era.

English Catholic Women Writers, 1660-1829

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 10:28am
Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

Proposals are being solicited for a special topics issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. The issue will focus on English Catholic Women Writers, 1660-1829. It will examine eighteenth-century women's imaginative work as it was inflected by Catholicism or through self-identification with a Catholic minority culture during the long eighteenth century. Articles on eighteenth-century Catholic women from the British Isles, including exiled English women working abroad or in the colonies are sought exploring topics including, though not limited, to the following:

British Nuclear Culture: Themes, Approaches and Perspectives

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 9:32am
School of History, University of Liverpool

Call for Papers

'British Nuclear Culture: Themes, Approaches and Perspectives'


School of History, University of Liverpool, 17 -18 June 2010

Since the publication of Paul Boyer's seminal study By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age in 1985, the examination of nuclear culture has mainly been conducted within the context of the United States. In spite of the fact that nuclear culture in Britain was, and still is, pervasive and powerful, scholars have largely neglected the topic, and it remains unclear how the term 'nuclear culture' should be understood.

Self-Denigration (MLA January 2011; Abstracts 3/5/10)

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 8:19am
Deanna Kreisel / University of British Columbia

Special session for MLA 2011 in Los Angeles.
Papers addressing masochism, self-punishment, religious mortification, rituals and communities of self-abnegation, self-loathing, and/or askesis in literature and/or theory.

300-word abstracts and CVs by March 5 to both Deanna Kreisel (Deanna.Kreisel@ubc.ca) and Bo Earle (Bo.Earle@ubc.ca).

Literature of an Independent England

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 7:58am
Michael Gardiner & Claire Westall, University of Warwick

Literature of an Independent England

6th November 2010, University of Warwick
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick