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Narrating Queer Histories Roundtable at the NeMLA Conference- April 7-10 2011

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:46pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable invites a discussion of how our queer histories are narrated, documented, archived, and preserved. How does narrative encapsulate histories of queer identity, organizing, and survival? How do queer histories inform current conceptions of community, embodiment, and political practice? Topics might include: HIV/AIDS, transgender activism, prisoner rights, housing, employment, art, gender, women, police brutality, racism, borders, migration, and queer responses to popular culture. Please send abstracts to: martyfink@gmail.com

African American Icons, September 30, 2010 [Update]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:42pm
Yolanda Williams Page

Contributors are sought to pen remaining entries for a work tentatively titled: Icons of African American Literature (Greenwood Press 2011). This reference work will be approximately 300,000 words, 2 volumes. It will include extended entries on 24 "iconic" figures of African American literature. Remaining entries are:

1. Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (To include a discussion of dialect poetry)

2. Gates, Henry Louis. (To include a discussion of his impact on black literary studies, including culture and thought)

3. Harris, E. Lynn. (To include a discussion of his impact on contemporary black gay literature)

4. McMillan, Terry. (To include a discussion of her impact on African American pop fiction)

The Culture of Grub Street:The Second Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:53pm
The Defoe Society

The University of Worcester, UK, will host the second biennial meeting of the Defoe Society on 14-16 July 2011. The society's continued ambition is to attract contributions that range across the extraordinary variety of activities and writings of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. The conference's aim is to encourage fresh examination of the socio-cultural and literary milieu of Grub Street and its "duncical" authors and "Scriblerian" enemies.

In Memory of Radio: Modernity, (Post) Metropolis and American Writing [Proposal Deadline: 9.30.10]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:24pm
2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (April 7-11, 2011])

2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?

Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10

Althusser and Political Theory

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:28pm
Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies

Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies, is planning a special
issue on Althusser and Political Theory. We accept articles in
English, Spanish, Italian and French. For information concerning
submitting an article, please go to our website: www.decalages.net.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

Twentieth-Century Blake

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:14pm
Jon Gagas / Temple University

Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated – Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others – and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.

CFP Narrative Conference (April 7-10, 2011)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:10pm
International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.

Precious and Push-- Black Camera (IUPress)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:41am
Black Camera Journal

Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.

CFP: "Contemporary Fiction from the Middle East" (Due September 30, 2010)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:37am
Sally Gomaa/NeMLA

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel explores contemporary fiction from the Middle East. Topics may include: issues around translation and translatability, the Arabic novel as a particular genre of fiction, immigration as a trope, representations of the divine and the supernatural. We will ask what makes this body of fiction particular and of importance both at home and in the world, as well as what critical approaches exist, in Arabic as well as in translation. Please send 250-word abstracts to Sally Gomaa, sally.gomaa@salve.edu

[UPDATE] Literature and the Sacred (EXTENDED deadline for abstracts: July 23rd; conference: October 14–16th, 2010)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:20am
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Center for the Studies of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include sessions on Literature, the Sacred, and Texts; Literature, the Sacred, and the Environment; and Literature, the Sacred, and Philosophy. Within this context both literature and the sacred are defined quite broadly, and presentations on any topic, theme, or perspective within those general categories are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to propose their own category-specific sessions if necessary.

The conference will be held Thursday, October 14th, through Saturday, October 16th, at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.

Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes. Selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2011 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.

NeMLA Convention, New Brunswick, NJ

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 9:48am

What is France? Ideology, Politics and Utopia in Early modern French Literature
What is France in the early modern period? Is it already possible to speak about a French entity, or is it still an utopia? Abstracts (in both French and English, 250-300 words) examining (but not limited to) fields such as the the place of the King, the definition of the geographic space, the religion, the idea of the language and/or literature as tools to define or fight the idea of France, should be sent to Charles-Louis Morand Métivier at chm58@pitt.edu. These abstracts must cover events or works up to the late 16th century

New perspectives on Janet Frame's The Lagoon and Other Stories - 21 October 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:50am
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

We propose to offer new perspectives on Janet Frame's first collection of short stories, The Lagoon and Other Short Stories (1951). The seeds of most of the themes developed by the writer from New Zealand in her later works can already be found in these short stories, written while Frame was confined to a mental hospital. Contributors may therefore examine experiences of the margin and of marginality, more particularly by showing to what extent they are inscribed within the very modes of writing. The obsession with death and solitude may also analysed in its relation to narrative strategies.

Poster Presentations: SAMLA 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:25am

In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.

Call for papers - information history

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 6:04am
Dr Toni Weller

The international, peer reviewed journal, Library & Information History is seeking submissions for a special issue on Information History. Papers are welcome on any topic of information history in any geography or chronology, which may include, but are not limited to:

* changing uses of information/knowledge in past societies
* methodological or conceptual discussions of information/knowledge in history
* censorship, control or issues of access and dissemination of
* cultural information/knowledge
* information/knowledge in relation to class or gender
* visual, aural or oral information/knowledge
* histories of the information age or of key themes of the information age