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** Just added to the RMMLA 2010 Convention** CFP: RMMLA African American Literature

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 6:27pm
Judy Strathearn/RMMLA

Recently added to the 2010 RMMLA convention in Albuquerque, NM, I am seeking proposals that examine all areas of African American literature from the nineteenth century to the present.

If you would like to have your paper considered for the panel, please email a 300-400 word abstract (in Word), including your name, affiliated institution, position, and email to jstrathearn@gmail.com or judith.strathearn@colorado.edu .

Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16th.

I will notify all those who submit proposals by Monday, July 19th. If accepted, you will need to be or become a member of the RMMLA by July 31st in order to present.

[UPDATE] Women Writers and Psychoanalysis Panel at the NEMLA

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 4:48pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

I'm seeking paper submissions for a panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. The focus will be on American women writers' responses to Freud.

Submissions should address one of the following subjects: Revisions of Freudian texts; Alternatives to the Freudian model of psychoanalytic practice; Responses to Freud as a cultural figure; Writing psychoanalysis through form, style, and technique.

Please email your abstract and a brief biographical statement to Kristina Marie Darling, KristinaMarieDarling@yahoo.com

More information about the conference can be found here:

Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:27pm
Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Editorial Board of
Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR)
is pleased to announce the official launch of its website.


We seek single-witness editions of Medieval and Renaissance texts under 6,000 words accompanied by a brief introduction (1000-1500 words) and translation. We invite submission of a broad range of pre-modern texts including but not limited to literary and philosophical works, letters, charters, court documents, and notebooks. Texts should be previously unedited and the edition must represent a discrete text in its entirety.

Hispanet Journal: Hispanic Monsters, Ghosts, & Devils - June 1st 2011

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:09pm
Florida Memorial University & Florida International University

Hispanet Journal: Hispanic Monsters, Ghosts, & Devils - June 1st 2011
We welcome papers of 15 to 30 pages, notes and works cited included, that represent a critical study of these topics in Latin American & Peninsular film and Literature. Hispanet is an online journal sponsored by the Modern Language Department of Florida International University, the Graduate Student Organization of this department, and Florida Memorial University. The deadline for submission is June 1st, 2011. Suggested topic headings include but are not limited to:


Monday, June 14, 2010 - 2:21pm
Media Fields Journal

Inaugural Issue: Video Stores
Call for Papers / Projects:

Please submit by August 15, 2010

This special issue pays overdue attention to the space of the video store as a site of inquiry for media and cultural studies.

We seek a wide range of works (medium–length essays of 1500–2500 words, digital art projects, audio/video interviews) that explore the significance of video stores — how they have (or have not) figured in film and media cultures, histories, and theories. In short this issue of Media Fields seeks contributions that write the video store into film and media studies.

Bold Inquiry: New Directions in Comparative Literature

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 12:26pm
Inquire: A Journal of Comparative Literature

Inquire is a new peer-reviewed international journal of Comparative Literature to be published online by the graduate students of the Program of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta beginning January 2011. Inquire aims to build upon the successes of Comparative Literature as a multifaceted discipline that emphasizes the study of minor literatures and languages, translation, and literary theory by providing the space for informed discussion and creative research by graduate students. Accordingly, the first issue is titled Bold Inquiry: New Directions in Comparative Literature.

Victorian Women Writers: Constructions of Masculinity, April 7-10, 2011

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 11:59am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Few critics have addressed fully the various models of masculinity extant in British Victorian women's writings. How are men 'constructed'? Do these women writers adhere to the same ideals of Victorian manliness as male authors? This panel will focus on Victorian women writers' representations of masculinity in the mid to late nineteenth-century. We welcome abstracts on British authors ranging from Elizabeth Gaskell to Florence Nightingale. Please email 250-500 word abstracts by September 30, 2010.

Bloodwork: the politics of the body 1500-1900

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:58am
Department of English, University of Maryland

Conference: "Bloodwork: the politics of the body 1500-1900"
May 6 and 7, 2011 at the University of Maryland, College Park

Conference Organizers: Kimberly Coles , Ralph Bauer, Zita Nunes, Carla L. Peterson

Erotic Adaptations One-Day Symposium (26 January 2011)

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:17am
Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Proposals are invited for papers on erotic and sexually explicit adaptations and appropriations, from film versions of erotic classics such as Justine, Lady Chatterley's Lover and Story of O to contemporary slash fiction and porn parodies. The focus will be on screen adaptations but papers are welcome on graphic novels, novelisations, video mashups, photography, manga, book illustrations, radio and video games. The Symposium is hosted jointed by the Centre for Adaptations and the AHRC-funded Onscenity Research Network (http://onscenity.org/index.html)

UPDATE Literature and Transhistoricism: a colloquium

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 9:55am
Anglia Ruskin University

The way English is structured as a discipline encourages academics to focus their research on a particular period. Very few students attempt PhD topics which span several hundred years, and job advertisements and publishers' catalogues also act as deterrents against a more transhistorical approach. Interdisciplinary approaches, by contrast, are welcomed, including those which involve research in areas remote from literature such as medicine.

British Women Poets and Form (3/31-4/3/2011; 10/15/10)

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 9:44am
Noah Comet / British Women Writers Conference

British Women Writers Conference Panel Proposal:
"Formal Curiosities."

Conference: March 31-April 3, 2011 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Paper proposals are invited for a panel-submission on 18th- and 19th-century British women poets and their experimentations with poetic form. How did women poets negotiate form as self-exploration and (how) was form gendered? Papers may examine a single work, the formal development of a single poet or the evolution of a form in the hands of several poets.

500-word abstracts due October 15, 2010; email to Prof. Noah Comet, comet.2@osu.edu

Please submit proposals in .doc format and attach a c.v.

Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context: New perspectives for Young Researchers (17-18 March 2011)

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 7:36am
Universidade de Vigo (Spain)

Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context is a conference hosted by and designed for PhD and Postgraduate students. It seeks to address a number of issues related to literary studies today, in an attempt to bring together early-career researchers from different disciplines. As the title suggests, this conference proposes to discuss the intersection between literature and culture, and how such connection can successfully reflect deeper changes at other levels: how can borders be crossed in literature? And, how do we cross them when encountering a written text? The fragility and ever-changing nature of meaning and textual veracity will also serve as the starting point from which to explore shifting perceptions of power and authority in the text.