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Cooper and His Contemporaries: 18th James Fenimore Cooper Conference July 10-15, 2011; Deadline March 31, 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 6:31pm
18th James Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar/Department of English, SUNY Oneonta

We are seeking papers that consider Cooper and his relationships with those figures who inhabited his intellectual and cultural landscape. Paper and presentation topics may include but are not limited to:

Literary and Artistic Collaborations

The Bread and Cheese Club

Painters of the Hudson River School

Cooper's Influence and Influences on Cooper

Literary Rivalries

Representations of the Frontier

Responses to Indian Relocation

The Anti-Rent War

Populism and Democracy

We are happy, of course, to consider any proposals that address Cooper's work and his time.

Papers should be 8-10 pages in length (20 minute presentation). Send proposals via e-mail to:

Diana Gumbar

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 6:14pm
Georgetown University

Cross-Culture Literatures and Languages

The third GRADUATE PORTUGUESE & HISPANIC SYMPOSIUM (GRAPHSY) will be held March 25th–26th 2011, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

This year's conference will explore the spaces of cultural intersection among languages, nationalities, and identities. Literature and Languages created at the borders, between hegemonic and subaltern spaces, between native and foreign cultures will be approached from different perspectives. We invite the submission of abstracts about the following fields: (i) linguistics, (ii) literature and (iii) cultural studies.

Call for Essay Submissions: Before the West was West: Pre-1800 Western American Literature

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 5:42pm
Tom J. Hillard and Amy T. Hamilton


Before the West was West: Pre-1800 Western American Literature

We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays tentatively titled Before the West was West: Pre-1800 Western American Literature. Since the inception of Western American literature as a distinct field of study in the 1960s, scholars have debated how to define its parameters. They have asked: Is Western American literature a regional literature bounded by geographical markers? Or is it defined by particular sets of metaphors, images, and themes?

Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe 20-23 June 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 5:42pm
Virginia Blanton

A conference on 'Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe' will take place at the University of Hull from 20–23 June 2011. It is designed to bring together specialists working on diverse geographical areas to create a dialogue about the Latin and vernacular texts nuns read, wrote, and exchanged, primarily from the late eighth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. To date, there has been significant research in this field but little in the way of cross-cultural study. For this reason twenty-five international experts (from Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United States, and Wales) will address these issues in Hull. The resulting papers from this conference will form the chapters of a published volume.

[UPDATE] Rebecca Harding Davis in Boston and Davis's Civil War Writings: American Literature Association, May 26-29 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:48pm
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World

Call for Papers: Rebecca Harding Davis in Boston and Davis's Civil War Writings: American Literature Association annual conference, May 26-29, 2011

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will host two sessions at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2011, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org

Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2010

Special issue on Reading and Writing in Prison (proposal deadline 01/01/11)

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:22pm
Dr Anne Schwan, Edinburgh Napier University

As prison populations in the West are reaching new record levels, the genre of prison (auto)biography and the practice of reading and writing in prison are burgeoning areas of research that lend themselves to fruitful conversations across disciplinary boundaries. Researchers and practitioners alike have long been arguing that opportunities for reading and writing in prisons can become a dignifying tool for prisoners to re-evaluate and reconstruct their lives, with positive impact on recidivism rates and thus society as a whole. Others insist on the practice of reading and writing as a fundamental human right, regardless of its potential effects on recidivism.

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 2:52pm
Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies of Nepal(SPLS)/Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER)

The peer-reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry" is dedicated to bringing western and non-western humanities currents into dialogue with each other. It publishes articles, comments, and reviews, and each issue includes an interview with a known figure in philosophy, literature, or literary theory. The journal is most interested in themes of contemporary or perennial importance in the areas of philosophy, aesthetics and literature, written from post-structuralist, critical theory, deconstructionist, post-colonial and/or non-western philosophical perspectives. The journal is edited in the United States and produced in Nepal, and is sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies of Nepal.

New Writings from the Indian Diaspora: Recalibrating the Canon in an "Uneven World" (for MELUS conference, April 7-10, 2011)

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 12:22pm
Dr. Kerstin Schmidt, Department of English and American Studies, University of Munich (Germany)

In his theoretical meditation on the postcolonial and the global, the literary critic R. Radhakrishnan has recently put forth the idea of a "global unevenness" that, as he argues, cuts across the binary logics of home and abroad, of belonging and diasporic migrations. Radhakrishnan's model is one of a few new -- and fruitful -- approaches to the issue of globalization, ethnicity, and diasporic writing that let us rethink the relationship between the scattered trajectories of global structures and local positionings, emphasizing the idea of "connection" (Radhakrishnan) or "relation" (É. Glissant) instead of rupture and break.

CFS for Harlot Special Issue on Family Rhetoric. Due date Jan. 15, 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 10:24am
Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion

Harlot is a digital meeting place, forum, and journal for everyone interested in playful yet serious conversations about rhetoric in everyday life.

Special Issue: Family Rhetoric

Deadline: January 15, 2011

UPDATE - Literature: Its Pain, Its Pleasure

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 9:38am
English Graduate Advancement and Development Society

What does literature evoke in us? Can a text provoke, and can literature transform? Why do we find some texts comforting and satisfying, while others agitate and disturb us?

We invite you to explore these questions at the English Graduate Advancement and Development Society's (EGADS!) annual graduate/undergraduate English-studies conference, "Literature: Its Pain, Its Pleasure," on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the conference website: http://www.egadsconference2011.org.

Documenting Fictions

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 6:58am
Bradford College (UK)

Documenting Fictions

Tuesday 5th April 2011
Lister Lecture Theatre
Bradford School of Arts and Media

Wednesday 6th April 2011
Cubby Broccoli Cinema
Bradford Media Museum

This conference, hosted by the MA Visual Arts at Bradford School of Arts and Media, is concerned with visual representation in all its forms. Abstracts are invited from academics, visual artists, photographers and film makers to contribute to this vibrant and exciting opportunity for discursive discussion. Any subject or topic can be addressed although an understanding of the politics and social responsibility of representation is assumed.

(UPDATE)Beyond Adaptation: Appropriations, Allusions and Intertextuality One-Day Postgraduate Symposium Thusrday 27th January 20

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 5:52am
De Montfort University, Leicester, England

As the field of adaptation studies progresses away from questions of 'infidelity' and the 'betrayal' of source material, a new set of disciplines and theories have emerged to help us understand the relationship between texts. It is now understood that artistic works are not single entities created independently of culture, but can be understood as an amalgamation of influences, allusions, and borrowings from previous texts. This intertextual model for the mapping of texts and their influences provokes questions about the very nature of adaptation. What is adaptation, and how does it differ from intertextuality? Do boundaries between texts exist? How have multiplicity and intertextuality altered perceptions of storytelling across mediums?

« Dey don't belong » : Exclusion and integration in American interwar literature. May 13th, 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 4:12am
Université Rennes 2, France

American society in the aftermath of WWI is distinguished by an effort to define itself resulting from a desire of emancipation from the then prevailing European model. All over the country important transformations took place with industrialization and the growing impact of capitalism or multiple immigration waves. On cultural and artistic grounds, such an incentive can be exemplified by the emergence of new forms.

Call for Panelists for a Video Game Panel for the National PCA/ACA conference

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 11:01pm
Matthew Wysocki; Flagler College

Looking to propose a panel on Video Gaming to the National PCA/ACA conference in April. We need four people and our third realized he can't attend.

Reading and Playing Video Games: Issues of Control

The word control has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. Obviously on a basic level, unlike other media, if a player does not control the game, there is no experience. You must participate to keep the story moving forward. Enjoyment of the experience can also connect to control. For many players, pleasure comes from the equilibrium between the player's control over the game and the game's control over the player.