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[UPDATE] Common Threads: A Crazy Quilt of Literary Inquiry

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:36pm
Middle Tennessee State University English Graduate Student Organization



The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 3rd MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Common Threads: A Crazy-Quilt of Literary Inquiry." Presentations of scholarly research in all areas of literature and literary studies are welcome. Some suggested topics include:

•Children's Literature

•American Literature

•British Literature

•Popular Culture, Folklore, Graphic Novels and Film Studies

•Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Critical Theory

[UPDATE - deadline extended] Second Annual Humanities and Sustainability Conference

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:56pm
Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Departments of Language & Literature and Communication & Philosophy are currently accepting individual abstracts and panel proposals for FGCU's 2nd International Humanities and Sustainability Conference, to be held in Fort Myers, Florida, October 7-9, 2010. Our goal is to encourage interdisciplinary conversations about the role of the humanities in fostering sustainability, however defined, and about the sustainability of the humanities as we move into the second decade of the 21st Century.


Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:39pm
Ohio University Department of English / Quarter After Eight Literary Journal

A Conference sponsored by the Ohio University English Department and Quarter After Eight
October 22-23 / Ohio University / Athens, Ohio

Keynote Address by: Anne Francis Wysocki
Special Reading by: Imad Rahman

"Literature is news that stays news."
-Ezra Pound

Western Literature Association Conference October 20-23 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:32pm
Western Literature Association

Western Performances
Western Literature Association's 45th Annual Conference
October 20th – October 23rd, 2010, Prescott, Arizona

The Western Literature Association invites proposals on any aspect of Western American literature. To recognize Western American theatrical literature, the literature of performance, AND the variety of ways we perform our identity as westerners on the global stage, WLA 2010 especially welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels on the following topics and themes:

GSU's Graduate Conference (New Voices) on Humor -- Oct. 7-9, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:20pm
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"/Georgia State University-English Department

Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9:

What makes us laugh? Why is humor such an important cross-cultural phenomenon and universal human trait? What are the genres of humor and comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia and in popular culture?

Religion and Popular Culture: Revised CFP and Deadline Extended to June 30

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:52pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture (MAP/ACA)

We are especially interested in papers that pertain to the following topic:

The Popularity of the End Times

A series of recent films, like 2010, and texts, like The World without Us, offer audiences fantasies of the end of human society. This panel seeks papers that compare and contrast these popular visions to stories from religious traditions that also describe the End Times (for example, the Biblical Revelations). Papers can also explore the ideological purposes of these popular visions of Armageddon or the reasons why audiences remain fascinated with The End.

Eudora Welty Review (annual). Deadline for Vol. 3 (2011): Aug. 1, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:11pm
Eudora Welty Review (published by Dept. of English, Georgia State University)

The Eudora Welty Review, formerly the Eudora Welty Newsletter, is an annual journal published each spring that encourages research
and scholarship on Welty and wider reading and teaching of her work. The Review publishes scholarly essays, announces new books, and continues regular features including news and notes, textual analyses, and checklists with appropriate illustrative materials.

We are accepting submissions for EWR 3 until August 1, 2010.

To contact the editor, Pearl A. McHaney, write to ewn@langate.gsu.edu or

Eudora Welty Review
English Dept., GSU
P. O. Box 3970
Atlanta GA 30302-3970

Feel free to visit us online at www2.gsu.edu/~wwwewn.

[UPDATE] Reminder: Special Issue of MELUS: The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies (June 30, 2010)

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:18am
Lori Harrison-Kahan

Addressing questions raised by the 2009 MLA roundtable "Does the English Department Have a Jewish Problem?," this special issue of MELUS will survey the current state of Jewish American literary scholarship and explore new directions for the future of the field. Guest edited by Lori Harrison-Kahan and Josh Lambert, the issue aims to highlight innovative approaches that will reinvigorate and redefine the study of Jews and Jewishness in American literature and to examine challenges posed by Jewish literature to the disciplinary and theoretical paradigms of American and ethnic literature. We invite a broad range of contributions, but topics of particular interest include:

UPDATE: TRAFFIC (Proposal Deadline June 30, 2010)

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:34am
ESC: English Studies in Canada

ESC: English Studies in Canada invites proposals for a Special Issue on "Traffic," guest edited by Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson, University of Alberta.

Intersections, Tensions and New Dimensions: Encounters in the Contact Zone in English Studies October 8-9, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:34am
University of New Hampshire English Graduate Organization

Intersections, Tensions, and New Dimensions:
Encounters in the Contact Zone in English Studies

October 8-9, 2010
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

This graduate conference will explore the relevance of contact and contact zones for English Studies. As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, English Studies continues to see increasing discursive overlap. Understandings of identity and subjectivity have relied increasingly on syncretism and hybridity at the expense of rigid national, cultural, and periodic categories. As boundaries and concepts become more permeable, Mary Louise Pratt's definition of "Contact Zones" gains increasing relevance and currency.