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CFP Arthurian Villains on Film/Television/Electronic Games

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 10:53pm
Michael A Torregrossa / The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain

The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain, in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, will be proposing a set of panels for the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, 12-15 May 2011) on the topic of Arthurian Villains in Film/Television/Electronic Games in celebration of the 30th anniversary of John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). Prior to submitting our session proposal, we would like to gauge interest in the topic and appreciate brief proposals and a short CV from potential presenters.

Journal of Bisexuality

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 6:52pm
American Institute of Bisexuality/Taylor & Francis



In addition to accepting for review submission for its general issues (which cover numerous disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts), the Journal of Bisexuality also invites essays for "special clusters" on the following topics. (See below for more information about the journal in general).


Race, Ethnicity, Bisexuality

The Journal of Bisexuality invites submission that address the intersection of race, ethnicity, and bisexuality. Specific topics and disciplinary approaches are open. Contact the editor for additional information or to propose an article.


Sexual Frontiers / Bisexuality

[UPDATE] Theodore Dreiser Panel at ALA (Deadline extended to 1/20/2010)

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 3:59pm
International Theodore Dreiser Society

DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 20, 2010.

The International Theodore Dreiser Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco on May 27-30, 2010.

1. Theodore Dreiser's Other Careers

Dreiser is best known as a novelist, but this panel seeks papers that consider Dreiser's other careers, loosely defined: his work as an editor, as a journalist, as a poet, as a dramatist, as a travel writer, as a public intellectual, and so forth. Also encouraged are papers that compare and contrast Dreiser's early and late writings.

2. Open topic. Papers may be submitted on any topic concerning Dreiser or his work.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes.

[UPDATE]: Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture and Change in Western North America

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 3:18pm
Mount Royal University

Updated Confirmation of Keynote Speakers

Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture and Change in Western North America

October 13-16, 2010, Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Call For Papers
This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural gathering welcomes presentations on the environmental challenges now faced by diverse populations, both human and nonhuman, in the Western lands of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

International conference. "Eccentricity". 5-6 November 2010.

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 1:13pm
University of Burgundy (Dijon, France)

"The most common form of eccentricity of all was one that could be seen as another exaggeration of Englishness, its innate conservatism" (Paul Langford, Englishness Identified, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 305). Any critical assessment of Englishness rests on a number of seemingly contradictory notions: amongst these, eccentricity has its special place.
This conference will focus on the evolving definitions of eccentricity in English culture from the XVIth century to the present day. The aim is twofold: provide an overview of the critical history of eccentricity and conceptualise a notion that seems to be taken for granted and that crops up consistently whenever the English "character" is evoked.

The Hybrid Text [or: Trans-genre Writing] in 21st c. American Poetry, Proposed roundtable, ALA in San Francisco, May 27-30 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 8:47am
Megan Simpson, Penn State Altoona / Merle Bachman, Spalding University

Seeking participants for a proposed roundtable to explore the significance of contemporary poetic texts that question the conventions/boundaries of genre. Poems that incorporate journals, lyric essay fragments, and prose are, of course, not new--but what are the current trajectories of development in this kind of poetic writing?

The Art of Language: Cultural Expressions in American Studies

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 5:29am
American Studies Association of Turkey--34th International American Studies Conference

American Studies Association of Turkey
34th International American Studies Conference

The Art of Language: Cultural Expressions in American Studies

November 3–5, 2010
Alanya, Turkey

Confirmed Speakers:

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
Cherrie Moraga
Celia Herrera Rodriguez

The Meaning of Food: Exchanges

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 3:41pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

From photosynthesis to fermentation, consumption to digestion, harvest to market, food ritual to edible gifts, food exists in a constant state of exchange. Increasing numbers of artists and scholars have turned their attention to the ways that food conveys and contests cultural values. This panel seeks papers that analyze representations of food exchanges, including economic transactions; material, social, chemical, and symbolic exchanges; actual or imagined meals; and historical shifts in food distribution or access (including colonial and postcolonial exchanges). What are the cultural implications of food exchanges? How do eating patterns of humans and other animals interact with place or landscape?

Gertrude Stein and Popular Literature (Deadline 1/29/10; ALA 5/27-5/30, San Francisco)

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 1:13pm
The Gertrude Stein Society

In anticipation of the formation of The Gertrude Stein Society at the ALA, papers dealing with Gertrude Stein and pop literature, especially detective fiction, are sought.

Please send 500-word abstract and current CV to Amy.Robbins@hunter.cuny.edu

Amy Moorman Robbins
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Hunter College, CUNY
New York, NY 10065

SAMLA 2010: Nineteenth-Century Supernatural (Romantic and Victorian Session)

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:25am
Melissa Edmundson / SAMLA

Ghosts and ghost stories fascinated the British reading public throughout the nineteenth century. The supernatural genre was an intriguing area for many authors during this time because it allowed them to voice their socio-political concerns within the well-known and non-threatening form of the ghost story. These writers used the figure of the ghost to carry their messages of social reform, or to raise awareness of problems in British society that needed to be considered or changed. Thus, the "social supernatural" often combines an entertaining ghost story with a deeper social or political agenda. For the 2010 Romantic and Victorian SAMLA session, topics that address the above concerns are especially welcome.

UPDATE: Gertrude Stein at the ALA (New Deadline 1/29/10; Conference May 27th-30th San Francisco)

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:12am
The Gertrude Stein Society

In anticipation of the founding of the Gertrude Stein Society at the next conference of the ALA, papers which consider Gertrude Stein's work in various contexts are invited. In particular,

1) Papers that deal with Stein's writings published in the journal transition; or

2) Papers that deal with Stein and detective fiction; or

2) Papers that consider any aspect of Gertrude Stein's work and/or her role as a public figure. Possible approaches might include but are not limited to the study of Stein in relation to: literary theory; modernisms/postmodernisms; the 21st century; contemporary poets/writers; genre studies; language; gender and sexuality; historical perspectives.

"Island Chains, Insularity, and the American Archipelago"--Deadline: 18 January 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:09am
Brian Russell Roberts

2010 American Studies Association Convention
Convention Theme--"Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century"
Convention Date: November 18–21, 2010
Call for Abstracts for a Session-in-Formation
Deadline for Abstracts: 18 January 2010

Island Chains, Insularity, and the American Archipelago

Third James Joyce Research Colloquium, 22-24 April 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 9:30am
James Joyce Research Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland

This international colloquium aims to provide a forum for the discussion of current and future developments in James Joyce Studies and to facilitate active exchange between graduate students and leading practitioners in the field. Speakers include, Professor Nicholas Allen (National University of Ireland, Galway), Dr Luca Crispi (University College Dublin), Professor Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin), Professor Luke Gibbons (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Viven Igoe (Dublin), Terence Killeen (Dublin), Dr Katherine Mullin (Leeds University), Dr Christine O'Neill (Arts Council, Dublin), Dr Vike Plock (Northumbria University), Professor John-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), and Dr Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin).

Call for Movie Reviews

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 9:27am
Jura Gentium Cinema

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" (www.jgcinema.com) is seeking reviews (between 1500 and 3000 words) for the following movies:

1) "Gamer" by Mark Neveldine (AKA "Ultimate Game" (Fr)). Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).

[UPDATE] Disagreement: Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference at New York University (Spring 2010)

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 8:05am
New York University Department of Comparative Literature

Deadline Extended: 300 word abstracts due to disagreement.NYU@gmail.com by Monday, 01/18/2010!

Disagreement: Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference at New York University (Spring 2010)
March 5-6, 2010

Can we disagree? The question forces you to answer 'yes' or 'no,' to commit to one path or the other. Perhaps it even forces you to choose your allies, to prepare for combat.