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NeMLA 2012: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:10pm
Margaret S. Kennedy, SUNY Stony Brook

Call for Papers: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism
This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given "natural" traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate women's potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each? Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,

Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies (NVSA): Columbia University: April 13-15, 2012

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:56pm
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year is Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies.

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Nicholas Dames, Yopie Prins, and Jim Secord, and a visit to the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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NeMLA Conference, March 2012: The Role of the African-American Body in Twentieth-Century American Drama

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:51pm
Jenna Clark Embrey, ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University

This panel seeks papers concerning the stage life of African-American characters in 20th century drama. How has the portrayal of the black body changed in the last hundred years? What signifance does the historical traditions of blacks in theater play in current performance? How has the adaptation of literature to the stage aided or hindered the portrayal of African-Americans in modern productions? Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Jenna Clark Embrey (jennaclarkembrey@gmail.com)

No Man Left Behind: Homosocial Masculine Obligations in American War Literature (3/15-3/18/12)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:12pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

When a man is left behind after battle—captured, killed in action, injured beyond help—the burden of his life lies heavy on his former comrades, who carry post-war survivor trauma. This hegemonic masculine ethos of homosocial obligation carries into the larger culture and reflects in literature from the Revolutionary War through the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these characters should be illustrating Anthony Rotundo's chronological models of American manhood, the scene of the soldier left behind impedes a fully individualized development into adult masculinity because trauma has become a constant companion in place of the fallen comrade.

[UPDATE] Mind, Body, Cinema extended deadline: 7/15/11

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:47pm
Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University

The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is happy to announce its 13th annual Fall Conference, "Mind, Body, Cinema."

Keynote address: Melinda Barlow (Ph.D., New York University).

When it comes to cinema, the words "mind" and "body" evoke concepts that surpass definition. The physical representation of characters is central to cinematic pleasure; however, the relationship of the mind to the bodies of celluloid, narrative, landscape, and theatre must also be taken into consideration. The goal of this conference is to dissect minds and bodies, to take this dualism and produce something akin to a Cartesian nightmare: in what ways can cinematic renderings of minds and bodies transcend convention?

UPDATE: Anthology of Essays; 31 August 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 11:23am


Critical / analytical / interpretive essays are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out on the GEETANJALI of the noted Indian Poet Nobel Laureate RABINDRANATH TAGORE. The anthology will be published by a reputed Indian Publisher having its distribution network the world over.

The essay must be within 2500 and 4000 words, typeset with 1.5 paragraph space and must be according to the latest MLA Stylesheet.

An Abstract of the essay is desirable possibly before 15 July 2011.
The last date for submission of complete essay is August 31, 2011.

The Fringes of Adaptation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:43am
De Montfort University

The Fringes of Adaptation
Postgraduate Conference
De Montfort University, Leicester
1 March 2012

Papers are invited for a one-day conference at De Montfort University on 'fringe areas' of adaptations, elements often overlooked in the study of screen adaptations. We welcome papers on areas such as costume, music, soundtracks, gaming, franchising, merchandising, casting, locations, promotions, authorial interventions, or anything else that has normally been forgotten in mainstream work in adaptation studies.

Proposals should be sent to
Deborah Cartmell
by December 2, 2011.

Trauma in post-9/11 American Culture: Between the Virtual and the Real (International Workshop, October 15th, 2011)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 1:13am
University of Berne, Switzerland

Almost ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the idea of a 'collective American trauma' continues to haunt American culture. Especially the killing of Osama bin Laden has been interpreted as some sort of closure and thus as a milestone in the working through of this supposedly national trauma. Remarks by President Obama at the occasion of the victory over the leader of Al-Qaeda sketch out the field within which this sense of a collective trauma evolved. In the opening words of his address to the nation on May 1st 2011, Obama acknowledges the impact the mass media have had in their creation of an event that could be simultaneously witnessed by all Americans: "The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory.