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"Light Fantastique" CSUN Sigma Tau Delta/Honors in English Colloquium on March 27, 2010 - Submissions due by January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 5:31am
Sigma Tau Delta

Tzvetan Todorov defines the Fantastic (or Fantastique) as the "duration of...uncertainty" when one is unsure whether the Fantastic is real, illusory. The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to submit abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the Fantastic, including:

* the Bizarre (queer, or strange)
* the Imaginary and Visionary
* the Grotesque
* the Radical (departure from tradition or 'normalcy')
* the Gothic, Fantasy or Science Fiction

Law and South African Literature (abstracts due January 25; papers due March 31)

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:37am
Patrick Lenta/ University of Kwazulu-Natal

Current Writing 21(2) (October 2010)

Special Issue on 'Law and South African Literature' (guest-edited by Patrick Lenta)

An established field of interdisciplinary study, 'law and literature' has received little attention from critics working on South African literature. This is unfortunate in view of the entanglement of literature and the law in South Africa. Representations of law are frequent in South African writing: legislation, adjudication and law-enforcement feature in the works of Brink, Coetzee, Fugard, Gordimer, Modisane, Paton, Wicomb and others, yet work within the subfield of 'law and literature' commonly called 'law in literature' has been uncommon.

UPDATE: The Afterlife of Raleigh (MLA 2011) [3/1/10]

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 9:47pm
Gina Caison & John Garrison, University of California, Davis

We request paper proposals for a proposed special session at the 2011 MLA convention in Los Angeles, CA. Keeping with the conference theme of "Narrating Lives," we seek scholarly work that examines narratives of the "afterlife" of Walter Raleigh. While the afterlives of figures such as Elizabeth I have received increased popular and scholarly attention in recent years thanks in part to diverse depictions in film and historical fiction, Raleigh has remained a less-examined figure, despite appearances in diverse media and a rich literary and historical afterlife. This panel seeks papers that consider that afterlife and its implications for scholarship.

NAVSA 2010: Scale and Perspective: Individual Agency vs. Invisible Hand, 11/11-11/13

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 9:02pm
Ilana Blumberg/NAVSA (proposed session, subject to approval)

How do Victorian texts (novels, in particular) stage a confrontation between the sense of moral urgency and individual agency on the part of characters (or narrator) and the more distant, less personalized, and at times ironic sense of human lives as an effect of the invisible hand? What role does economic theory play in the sense of plot as beyond the control of any one human will? What generic or narratological innovations come about in response to this newly expressed form of fate? Is there a third path between individual agency and the invisible hand?

Please send proposals of 300-500 words and one-page cv to Ilana Blumberg (imb@msu.edu) by February 15.
Session subject to approval.

Music and Media, Berlin, 26-27 June, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 2:34pm
Institute for Musicology and Media Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin

The IMS study group "Music and Media" (MaM) invites abstracts for papers in the fields of musicology and media studies. Papers should address the role of music in film, television, computer and video games, radio, live performances involving audiovisual media or other subjects related to the work of this study group. Please send your abstracts in RTF or MS Word format to Tobias Plebuch, tobias.plebuch@culture.hu-berlin.de by Feb 28, 2010. Your submission should include the following information: author(s), academic affiliation, e-mail address, title of your presentation, the abstract (300 words max.) and technical requirements (piano, overhead, power point, etc).

James Agee at ALA, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010 (proposals due Jan. 18, 2010)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 2:30pm
James Agee Society

The James Agee Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations to be delivered at the 2010 American Literature Association Conference on any aspect of James Agee's work, especially in connection with artistic and cultural trends of his times. Recent topics have included Agee's poetry, reconsiderations of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and The Morning Watch, and Agee as film critic and translator of foreign films. Of particular interest are papers treating the restored edition of A Death in the Family. Send 250-word abstracts by January 18, 2010, to Hugh Davis at hdavis@piedmont.edu.

American Association of Australian Literary Studies Sessions at MLA 2011 (Jan. 6-9, 2011)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 2:07pm
American Association of Australian Literary Studies

Proposals are invited for the American Association of Australian Literary Studies sessions at the 2011 MLA Convention, to be held January 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA. The "Indigenous Australian Literature" session seeks papers focusing on any aspect of Australian Indigenous literature in any genre. The "Transnational Approaches to Australian Literature" session seeks papers focusing on transnational approaches to Australian literature in any genre from any period. Send 250-word proposals to Nathanael O'Reilly (nathanael_oreilly@uttyler.edu) by March 1, 2010.

Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan For the 21st Century - April 7 and 8, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 1:49pm
Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D - Social Theory Forum

Call for Papers
Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan For the 21st Century
April 7 and 8, 2010
University of Massachusetts Boston

Dear Colleague,

I'm pleased to tell you about an exciting conference coming up April 7-8, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts, Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan for the 21st Century.

Addiction Recovery and Spiritual Auto/biography (1-21-10; ASA 11-18-10)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 1:44pm
Eoin Cannon

Seeking papers on alcohol or drug recovery narratives from any era, insofar as they inhabit, create, alter, or resist traditions of religious and spiritual life-writing in America. The panel will understand "spiritual" as broadly as necessary to accommodate any thoughtful or provocative take on addiction narrative.

Adaptation, May 20 - 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 12:16pm
University of Washington, Seattle

In an effort to promote scholarly discourse in all disciplines and fields, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle invites graduate students to submit papers addressing notions of adaptation, a concept Dudley Andrew calls, "potentially as far reaching as you like" (Andrew, Concepts in Film Theory, 1984). The appearance of two journals dedicated to adaptation studies in the past two years along with the proliferation of theoretical texts on the subject testify to the ever-increasing reach of the topic.

May 1 2010: Nineteenth Century Feminism, Press & Platform

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 11:29am
Nineteenth Century Gender Studies

A Special Issue on "Nineteenth Century Feminisms: Press and Platform" in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com)

Guest Edited by Susan Hamilton (University of Alberta) and Janice Schroeder (Carleton University).

Deadline for completed submissions: 1 May 2010

Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture and Politics

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 11:21am
Swansea University

International conference, 12-14 July 2010


CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales)

C-SCAP (Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics)

GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society)

in collaboration with the Richard Burton Centre, all at Swansea University

Keynote speakers

Simon Brooks (Cardiff University)

Glenn Jordan (University of Glamorgan)

Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)

Chris Weedon (Cardiff University)

New Online Magazine for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:28am
Subarnarekha: Bhatter College Online Magazine for Students

Creative, critical and reflective writings and campus reports are being invited from undergraduate and postgraduate students from any part of the world for the inaugural issue. Visit the site at http://magazine.bhattercollege.org.in. Consult the guidelines before you submit any content at http://magazine.bhattercollege.org.in/?page_id=17

Deadline of Submission: January 21, 2010.