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

full name / name of organization: 
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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The Northeast Victorian Studies Association calls for papers on cliché and orthodoxy in and about the Victorian period. We encourage papers that reflect on Victorian conceptions of conventional thinking, practice, and expression as well as on the critical orthodoxies that govern contemporary approaches to the period. How did the Victorians understand cliché—a term that comes into its current use only in the 1890s—in literary culture, or in aesthetics (art, music and theater) more generally? What orthodoxies organized scientific inquiry, and what was science's relation to religious orthodoxy? How do we understand the marriage of heterodoxy and orthodoxy in religious movements as various as the Oxford movement and low-church revivalism? How did orthodoxy regulate education and domestic life? While the supposed political stability, liberalism, and realistic aesthetics of the Victorian period have often been contrasted with the social and artistic experimentation of Romanticism and modernism, such features of the period have been both vigorously debunked and vigorously defended as more dynamic than previously thought. We invite papers that reflect on the status of those critical shibboleths (and on the catch-phrases used to express them: "age of equipoise," "the marriage plot," "the gospel of work") as well as on the literary touchstones that the nineteenth century seems to have produced in higher volume than any other. We also invite reconsiderations of older and newer critical texts—from The Victorian Frame of Mind to Culture and Imperialism and beyond—that have set the terms of debate for generations of scholars.

Topics for consideration:

Form and Cliché
- Victorian melodramas and tearjerkers
- ideology and form
- "normal literature" and extraordinary texts
- the invention of genre fiction
- readers' pleasures in repetition and recognition
- canonicity as critical orthodoxy
- poetic and prosodic orthodoxies
- parody as ridicule of literary convention

Religious and Scientific Orthodoxies
- religious authenticity and belief
- religious orthodoxy as an adventure
- Christian orthodoxy and its opponents (atheism, agnosticism, free thinking, spiritualism, etc.)
- revivalism and the Oxford movement
- scientific naturalism's attack on orthodoxy
- science as orthodoxy
- scientific orthodoxies

Victorian Cliché
- "We are not amused"
- "Spare the rod, spoil the child"
- "The angel in the house"
- "The dismal science"
- "Lie back and think of England"
- clichés in Victorian advertising
- cliché and mass media (cliché as a function of printing technology)
- the history of clichés; how do innovations become clichés?
- ready-made phrases, generic expressions

Victorian Social and Cultural Orthodoxies
- political and economic orthodoxies
- were the Victorians sexually orthodox?
- unspoken orthodoxies; what goes without saying in the Victorian period?
- orthodoxy as truth and as convention: did the valence of orthodoxy change in the period?
- orthodoxy and authority
- conduct manuals, self-help, etiquette guides
- educational orthodoxies

Our Critical Orthodoxies
- separate spheres
- "Always historicize!"
- prudery and repression
- the marriage plot
- the ideology of progress
- liberalism and individualism
- the hermeneutics of suspicion
- modernist clichés about the Victorian period
- angel/whore view of women
- round vs. flat characters
- the Bildungsroman

Critical Stock Phrases
- "the crisis of faith"
- "the gospel of work"
- "the age of equipoise"
- "the age of doubt"
- "the age of compromise"
- "the Victorian sage"
- "the two nations"

Canonical Critical Texts
- Buckley's Victorian Temper
- Armstrong's Victorian Poetry
- Langbaum's Poetry of Experience
- Trilling's Sincerity and Authenticity
- Marcus's Other Victorians
- Gilbert and Gubar's Madwoman in the Attic
- Williams's Culture and Society
- Houghton's Victorian Frame of Mind
- J. Hillis Miller's Disappearance of God
- Levine's Realistic Imagination
- D. A. Miller's Novel and the Police
- Sedgwick's Between Men
- Said's Culture and Imperialism

Literary Touchstones
- "Reader, I married him."
- "Theirs not to reason why,/ Theirs but to do and die."
- "Why always Dorothea?"
- "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
- "The Everlasting Yea/Everlasting No"
- "nature red in tooth and claw"
- "sweetness and light"
- "How do I love thee?"
- the "Dickensian" and Dickens's characters' tag-lines
- Trollope's titles

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Proposals (no more than 500 words) by Oct. 15, 2011 (e-mail submissions strongly encouraged, in Word format):

Professor David Kurnick
Chair, NVSA Program Committee

English Department
Rutgers University
510 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please note: all submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic.

Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal.

Please include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.

The Coral Lansbury Travel Grant ($100.00) and George Ford Travel Grant ($100.00), given in memory of key founding members of NVSA, are awarded annually to the graduate student, adjunct instructor, or independent scholar who must travel the greatest distance to give a paper at our conference. Apply by indicating in your cover letter that you wish to be considered. Please indicate from where you will be traveling, and mention if you have other sources of funding.

41849NeMLA 2012: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian EcofeminismMargaret S. Kennedy, SUNY Stony Brookmswright@ic.sunysb.edu1308705027ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesvictorianfull name / name of organization: Margaret S. Kennedy, SUNY Stony Brookcontact email:

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,

Deadline: September 30, 2011
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
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43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012 Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester Host
Institution: St. John Fisher College Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad
340 sessions in all areas of modern language scholarship and teaching are now accepting abstracts:

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesvictorian 41850CSAA Annual Conference 2011: 'Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities', Adelaide, Australia, 22-24 November 2011The MnM Centre, University of South name / name of organization: The MnM Centre, University of South Australiacontact email:

The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (the MnM Centre) is proud to host the CSAA Annual Conference on 22-24 November, 2011 with the theme 'Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities'. A pre-conference postgraduate and early career research day will be held on 21 November for all postgraduate or ECR delegates.

Conference Theme: 'Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities'

Over the last three decades Australasian Cultural Studies has established a vibrant, intellectual community committed to exposing the political threads that bind everyday culture. Yet despite several critiques of the Euro-American hegemony over cultural studies, Australian and New Zealand Cultural Studies continues to turn towards the West as the primary source of inspiration thus reinforcing the East-West, North-South global divide. This provocation is not to deny the efforts to incorporate Indigenous knowledges in Australian and, arguably more successfully, in New Zealand Cultural Studies, but it does ask us to consider posing these endeavours in new frameworks of transnational engagement. 'Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities' is a call to reorientate Cultural Studies beyond the confines of America and Western Europe. It is a call to consider what it means for cultural studies to be oriented, disoriented and reoriented in order to see what other theoretical inspirations and political alliances are available to us at a moment when racism and racist violence resurfaces in our multicultural, globalised modernities.

· Cultural ReOrientations: How do we research non-Western cultures without objectifying and petrifying them? How might non-Western cultures shift from being simply objects of analysis to intellectual sources for re-Orienting cultural studies? How do we account for the rise of racism in everyday culture (particularly in the current context against Muslims globally)? How is 'culture' oriented in and by multiculturalism and what does this mean politically?

· ReOrienting Epistemologies: How do Orientalism and/or colonialism continue to structure Cultural Studies through its epistemological framings and methodologies? What might a post-Orientalist Cultural Studies look like? Given the current international political order, what would happen if we turned towards the South for new theories (South America, South Africa)?

· ReOrienting Colonialities: how are the transnational flows of bodies, commodities, ideas and media different from the expansionist project of European colonialism? Does the national framework of Australian and New Zealand Cultural Studies mimic the nationalism it critiques? Is New Zealand Cultural Studies more successful in incorporating Indigenous knowledges and what lessons might be drawn from this for Australian Cultural Studies? How might cultural research on Australian coloniality, postcoloniality and ethnic communities benefit from a wider comparative framework with Latin America, Africa or Asia?

· ReOrientating Cultural Studies: How is culture being re-orientated to respond to recent financial, security, environmental crises? How might the work of cultural studies be characterised by disorientation (spatial, temporal, political, intellectual)? How are new political and media technologies reorientating everyday epistemologies, ontologies and cultural practices? What does it mean to be sexually orientated and can desire disorientate sexual subjects? What happens when Raymond Williams' conception of 'culture' is re-contextualised in the anthropological project from which it came? How is new media orientating new socio-political movements?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

· Sara Ahmed, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

· Enrique Dussell, Department of Philosophy, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

· Sneja Gunew, Department of English and Department of Women's Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

· Irene Watson, David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia.

Call for Papers

The MnM Centre invites paper abstracts and panel proposals that address the theme for the 2011 CSAA Annual conference. We also welcome panel proposals and abstract proposals on any other cultural studies topic. Please send abstracts and proposals to by the 1st July 2011.

Postgraduate Bursaries

The MnM Centre is awarding 10 bursaries valued at AUD $350 to help cover costs associated with travelling to the conference. Bursaries will be awarded to the top ten postgraduate abstract proposals, as deemed by the Organising Committee, and that are submitted by the due date. Applicants must identify their research student status on their abstract proposals to be considered for this bursary.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencespostcolonialreligiontheory 41851MACOMÈRE: Special issue on Dionne BrandMACOMÈRE (THE JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS & SCHOLARS)leslie@yorku.ca1308754011cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: MACOMÈRE (THE JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS & SCHOLARS)contact email:

This special issue of MaComère is focused on Caribbean Canadian writer Dionne Brand. For over thirty years, Dionne Brand has been testing the capacity of poetic language to address ethical questions of global consequence. She has published in a wide range of genres, including poetry, novels, short stories, essays and non fiction, and documentary film, and is Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto (2009-2012). Brand has won many awards for her writing, including most recently the prestigious 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize for her narrative poem Ossuaries.

We invite essays on any topic in relation to her work, and particularly welcome explorations of Brand's poetics and literary form, and the ways her work engages conversations with other writers in the Caribbean and Canada, including her literary influences.

Some examples of possible themes include:

• her relationships with the Caribbean and Canada
• place, space, nation, and diaspora
• the trajectory of her literary and political evolution
• questions of voice and audience
• her poetic understanding of contemporary culture
• the place of music in her work, especially jazz
• representations of gender and sexuality
• ethics and the possibility of politics
• the meaning of witness

We are seeking longer scholarly articles (approximately 5000 words) and book reviews of Brand's work (1000-1500 words).

Submission process:

If you are interested in making a submission to this special issue, please send a 300 word abstract to the Guest Editors, Rinaldo Walcott, OISE, University of Toronto (, Leslie Sanders, York University (, and Heather Smyth, University of Waterloo ( The due date for abstracts is August 1, 2011. After review of the abstracts, selected potential contributors will be invited to submit their full papers for peer review.

MaComère is a refereed journal that is devoted to scholarly studies and creative works by and about Caribbean Women in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Diaspora. It is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, an organization founded in 1995 (

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41852The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative industriesUtrecht University / School of the Artsrkooyman@rkooyman.com1308756520cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culturetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: Utrecht University / School of the Artscontact email:

Submissions are invited for a forthcoming special book to be published in early 2012, entitled The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative industries, compiled by Prof. Dr. Giep Hagoort (Utrecht University/Utrecht School of the Arts), assoc. Prof. Dr A. Thomassen (Auckland University of Technology), Drs. R. Kooyman (Ars Nova).

The book will be presented as part of the Second International Research Seminar on the Entrepreneurial Dimensions of Cultural and Creative Industries to be held in March 2012 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The first edition was held in March 2010 and was opened by Mrs. Dos Santos-Duisenberg of UNCTAD.
It is recognized that UNCTAD has introduced the topic of creative industries into the international economic and development agenda. (Dos Santos Duisenberg, 2008, 2010) Since the publication of the Creative Economy Report, UNCTAD has, in line with its mandate, played a key role in sensitizing Governments to the potential of the creative economy to foster trade and development gains, promoting policy-oriented initiatives and enhancing cooperation with countries, institutions and the international community at large.

Recently the European debate has culminated in the Green Paper, published by the European Commission called Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries. The Commission states that ' In the recent decades the world has been moving at a faster pace. For Europe and other parts of the world, the rapid roll-out of new technologies and increased globalisation has meant a striking shift away from traditional manufacturing towards services and innovation. Factory floors are progressively being replaced by creative communities whose raw material is their ability to imagine, create and innovate. In this new digital economy, immaterial value increasingly determines material value, as consumers are looking for new and enriching 'experiences'. The ability to create social experiences and networking is now a factor of competitiveness.' (European Commission, 2010, pag 2). The Green Paper is summarizing a range of basic statements, namely: the powerful linkage between cultural and creative industries and education; the promising role of CCIs in the new post-crisis productive model; underlining the connection to the digital economy and the EU digital agenda; the growth of ICT-based creative firms and professionals and its role in innovation diffusion; links to the EU strategy on intellectual property; or the cluster approach when addressing this kind of industries. However, the Green Paper focuses on the general policy guidelines (Hagoort, Thomassen, Kooyman, 2010). In order to bridge the gap between the EU policy and the day-to-day practical reality of the cultural entrepreneur we need to fill in all levels in-between; from economical analyses, through entrepreneurial strategy development, innovation, social media strategies, business planning and applicable, successful business models.

This special book invites contributions from across Europe as well as the wider global research community. It will comprise academic articles that address theory, research and practical issues related to the current entrepreneurial principles of cultural and creative industries ranging from socio-economical research, to the cultural dimensions of creativity and innovation, and the entrepreneurial dimension of CCIs (HKU, 2010). For the purpose of this book we define cultural and creative industries as follows:

The European model makes a distinction between 'cultural' and 'creative' industries. (KEA, Oct 2006 pag 56). The 'cultural sector' covers non-industrial sectors producing non- reproducible goods and services aimed at being 'consumed' on the spot (a concert, an art fair, an exhibition) and the arts (including but not limited to visual arts; performing and heritage). It also includes industrial sectors, producing cultural products aimed at mass reproduction, mass-dissemination and exports. In the 'creative sector' culture becomes a 'creative' input in the production of non-cultural goods, such as design, architecture, and advertising. Creativity is perceived in this study as the use of cultural resources as an intermediate consumption in the production process of non-cultural sectors, and thereby as a source of innovation (HKU, 2010).

Topics of interest for this special book include but are not limited to:

- Development of methodological frameworks for research and knowledge creation
- How can we develop a methodological framework that would allow for rigorous knowledge creation in order to sustain coherency and support ongoing debates?
- And thereby how to develop models for articulating the entrepreneurial dimensions of the cultural and creative industries?
- Development of required entrepreneurial skills for the CCIs
- How can research contribute by bridging the gap between the educational context and the industry?
- How can these relationships be fostered and structured in such a way that experiences are made explicit in order to sustain knowledge creation and exchange?
- Inventory and analyses of the cross-over effects
- How can the current interactions between CCI's that are rooted in social and economical innovations, the artistic and the leisure activities, be studied in such a way that it will enhance the understanding of their interaction and allows for identifying problems and issues for developments?
- Social innovations
- How design can enable social innovation, and specifically how creative entrepreneurship can enhance these innovations.
- If we contend that creative entrepreneurship can provide solutions to collaborative international design and enable knowledge creation and innovation through tacit knowledge exchange, but what type of mechanisms need to be developed to articulate these developments?

Both research articles reporting on (case) development studies in any of these areas as well as theoretical/conceptual papers that engage deeply with pertinent questions and issues from a pedagogical, sociological, cultural, philosophical and/or ethical standpoint will be considered for publication. Systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses dealing with the above articulated issues are also welcome. Authors are strongly encouraged to consider the implications of their work for those outside their disciplines and institutes, and to attempt to situate the discussion of their findings in the broader context of the sector as a whole.

Time schedule
August 1 2011 Extended abstracts due
September 15 2011 Notification of acceptance and invitations to selected authors to submit full papers
November 15 2011 Full manuscripts due
December 2011 Notification of acceptances
January 1 2012 Revised manuscripts due
March 2112 Publication of book

Please send a 250-word abstract with a preliminary bibliography (APA Ref.) by August 1st 2011 to Giep Hagoort (University Utrecht/School of the Arts, ). Our plan is for all 4000-word commissioned papers to be due by November 15, 2011.
The book on Cultural Entrepreneurship in the context of the creative economy will be published by Publishing House Eburon (in cooperation with the University of Chicago Press).

Giep Hagoort is Professor Art and Economics at the Utrecht University and Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). Aukje Thomassen is Associate Professor in Design and the Head of Research at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand School of Art+Design. Rene Kooyman is publicist and Managing Editor of the EU EACEA Research on The Entrepreneurial Dimension of Cultural and Creative Industries.

Edna Dos Santos Duisenberg (2008, 2010). Creative Economy Report. Geneva: UNCTAD.
European Commission. (2010). Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries. Green Paper, Brussels.
Giep Hagoort, Aukje Thomassen, Rene Kooyman (2010). Reaction on Green Paper, July 30, 2010. Utrecht/Auckland.
HKU (2010), The Entrepreneurial Dimension of the Cultural and Creative Industries, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Utrecht.
KEA. (Oct 2006). The economy of culture in Europe. KEA European Afairs.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturescience_and_culturetheatretheory 41853Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (August 1, 2011)Don Trescadontresca@yahoo.com1308758698americangender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Don Trescacontact email:

Rodopi Press Amsterdam / Atlanta announces a new series of literary studies entitled Dialogue under the general editorship of Michael J. Meyer. The series will offer new and experienced scholars the opportunity to present alternative readings and approaches to classic texts (those which have received canonical acceptance in either American or Continental Literature). The call for papers on Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will work as follows: the series editor or a guest editor will list several different topics or approaches to Plath's novel. These topics should have in the past elicited a significant level of disagreement among critics or have an inherent controversial element. Ultimately, the editor will select a number of essays from younger scholars or those with limited publication or more recent PhD degrees and a number of essays from scholars who are considered experts in the field. The latter scholars may write an essay that responds to the topics listed or may be selected by the editor to respond to the paper of a younger scholar. The goal will be to pair the readings and to establish a dialogue between the two respondents. Another possibility would be to share the senior scholar's response with an emerging scholar to establish a sort of Point / Counterpoint reaction. The major goal of the series would be not only to open the door to voices which are already silenced by the selective nature of academic presses but to encourage new approaches and insights that will both enliven The Bell Jar and promote further discussion of the novel. Emerging scholars will be defined by the following criteria: MA ABD or recent PHD, Instructor, lecturer or Asst Prof status , publications limited to articles in journals and monographs and / or chapter studies; they will have 6 years or less from the awarding of a doctoral degree. Experienced scholars will demonstrate the following: teach at the Associate Prof level or above, have at least 7 years experience from the awarding of the PHD, be published in book length studies, and are considered to be an authority or well-known commentator on the title or author.

If interested, please contact Don Tresca at

All proposals should be submitted by August 1, 2011.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41854Terrence Malick, Tree of Life, and the Malickian Style (SCMS deadline 8/15; 3/21-5/12)Paul Petrovic /Society for Cinema and Media Studiespauldpetrovic@gmail.com1308771588americanfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Paul Petrovic /Society for Cinema and Media Studiescontact email:

SCMS CFP: Terrence Malick, Tree of Life, and the Malickian Style

SCMS Annual Conference 2012
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
March 21-25, 2012

Conscious of the ways in which existing criticism has dealt with Terrence Malick's filmography, this panel seeks to expand scholarship on Malick's films. Scholars typically invoke his philosophical background, examine his treatment of America's self-defeating masculinity, or contrast his works directly against more conventionally Hollywood works. This panel, aware of the recent release of Tree of Life, asks how Malick's new film in particular advances these existing areas. However, it also seeks essays that either complicate existing readings of his previous works or essays that consider avenues of study hitherto uncovered by current scholarship.

Possible topics could include:
How does Tree of Life consider, reconcile, and problematize the feminine?
How does Tree of Life complicate the historical imaginary of the American past?
How does the use of abstraction, such as the volcanoes, dinosaurs, or the heavenly develop overarching motifs to Tree of Life?
How does the cultivating of a central narrative in the editing room, rather than through a script, secure a distinct stylistic for Malick's films? Further, how does it hinder any semblance of conventionality?
What kinds of juxtapositions do Malick's voiceovers reveal amidst their visual and oral contradictions (i.e. are Nature and Grace as clearly defined as the voiceover contends in Tree of Life's opening?), and what do these juxtapositions reveal about the larger narrative structures?
How does space and modernist architecture play a role in the choreography and film editing of Tree of Life?
How is the critical attempt to place a biographical context atop this work problematized by Malick's disinterest in discussing his biography? How does this critical trend shift the film toward a conventional narrative?
In discussing this text, film critics have latched onto frameworks as diverse as the Bible, Freud, Darwin, Heidegger, Nietzsche, C.S. Lewis, and assorted others. How do these often contradictory sources reveal trends in the politicization of reception and reception theory?
How does the typically Malickian wandering camera style align or contrast with his films' conceits?
In what ways have contemporary filmmakers co-opted and appropriated a Malickian style into their aesthetic?

Please send a 300-word abstract with five bibliographic sources and a brief author bio to, by August 15, 2011, 5 pm (CT).

cfp categories: americanfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41856Revisiting "The Red Record": Black Women's Lynching Texts-March 15-18, 2012Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)courtney.marshall@unh.edu1308794352african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrytheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)contact email:

This seminar seeks papers exploring African-American women's lynching narratives. How have black women writers used their texts (literary, visual, performance, etc.) to protest 'lynch law' and record its impact on American racial and gender formations? What remains unexplored? Possible authors/artists include Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Kara Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Georgia Douglas Johnson. Please send a 1-page abstract and brief biographical statement to Courtney D. Marshall ( with 'NEMLA' in subject line.

The NeMLA conference takes place from March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, New York.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrytheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41857[Update] The Aesthetic of Renewal Canadian Association of American Studiescras@carleton.ca1308801310african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Canadian Association of American Studiescontact email:

CRAS is pleased to announce the plenary speakers, they are Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, and Anthony Stewart. The new deadline for proposal submissions is 15 July 2011


The Aesthetic of Renewal or "Everything Old is New Again"
3 - 6 November, 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Carleton University's Centre for Research in American Studies invites submissions for the annual conference for the Canadian Association of American Studies to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from November 3rd - 6th, 2011. This year's theme is: "The Aesthetics of Renewal or 'Everything Old is New Again.'"

America is attempting to remake itself; adapting old ideas and aesthetics for contemporary concerns. Critics of Barack Obama, for instance, have invoked libertarian traditions more common in the eighteenth century than the twentieth-first in reaction to his proposal to close Guantánamo Bay and establish public health care. Instead of experimenting with departures from diplomatic and laissez-faire traditions, thousands of 'tea party' members imagine themselves refashioning old ideas for present day politics, even as they belatedly adopt styles of mass political protest once associated with the 'New Left' in the 1960s.

Outside the political sphere, citizens are also embracing older ideas and aesthetics in popular culture. Shoulder pads, vinyl records, neon high-tops, and a bohemian chic reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the 1960s are amongst today's top trends. Urban professionals, meanwhile, are buying condos in turn-of-the-century factories. Rezoned for mixed use, these buildings include studio space and artisanal shops, while open-air markets and community gardens are started nearby. Situated in all-but abandoned neighborhoods like Cass Corridor in midtown Detroit, these consumer experiments by ordinary citizens are reinventing cities in the image of vintage Americana.

This conference will critically examine these trends in order to ask: Exactly how pervasive are they? Are they unique to contemporary contexts? If so, why have such diverse forms of renewal captured Americans' imaginations? Finally, to what extent is this affecting the country's cultural, social, political, and economic spheres? We seek paper and panel submissions from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives. This includes (but is not limited to) such topics as:

Gentrification and abandoned neighborhoods
Renewing factories and warehouses
Disaster recovery, city planning, post-catastrophe renewal
Contemporary architecture and historic design styles
Buying local, 100 Mile Diet and locavorism
Urban gardening/agriculture, compost
Artisanal crafts and shops, maker fairs and maker culture
Steampunk and retrofuturism
Open-air, flea, and antique markets
Vinyl sales, record players and turntablism
The tea parties
New populist persuasions
"Neo-" anything
- Return of religion to academic and public debate
The frontier in American thought and culture
- Renewing wilderness
The Renewal of state power in foreign policy
Irony and Historical Narratives
Religious revivals and new identities
Family Structure - what's modern? What's alternative?
Quilting, knitting, and rug-making
Remaking old films and television series
Reinventions and returns to Soul music, jazz, klesmer, bluegrass
Celebrities and vintage haute couture
Environmental Sustainability: Is green the new black?
What's in a name? Vintage, retro and renewal
Are postmodernity and renewal different?
Absence and omission - Why are certain past trends overlooked?

Deadline for Submissions is 15 July 2011

To participate, submit a 250 word abstract to conference organizers at Please include in the body of the email: your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Panel submissions are also encouraged. These should include a 250 word rationale for the panel, as well as the 250 word abstract for each paper. Please submit each panel in one email, wherein the names, affiliations, and contact information for each member is listed.

For more information, please visit CAAS's website or email the organizers at

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41858CFP: Historical Perspectives SIG Paper or Panel/ALISE 2012 (January 17-20: Dallas, Texas)Ellen Pozzi/Association of Library and Information Science Educators, Historical Perspectives SIGepozzi@eden.rutgers.edu1308806622bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Ellen Pozzi/Association of Library and Information Science Educators, Historical Perspectives SIGcontact email:

Call for Paper or Panel Presentation – DEADLINE: JULY 22, 2011

In keeping with the 2011 ALISE Conference Theme, "Extending our Reach: Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities" the Historical Perspectives SIG invites submissions for an individual paper, or for a 3-4 person panel program that highlights the history of new opportunities and connections in the field of LIS (interpreted broadly.) This session offers an opportunity to reveal previously unknown historical instances of times when the field has extended its reach; or to revisit or reexamine those we think we already understand.

Just to get your juices flowing, we invite you think about these topics:
• How have libraries and librarians reached out to new populations?
• When did major innovations create new opportunities in LIS? How did our field react to these innovations?
• Who are the major historical "connectors" of our profession? Who has reached across boundaries in innovative ways?
• How did we expand our professional horizons in the past? How did this impact our work as educators, practitioners and researchers?
• How has globalization changed our field? What international connections have been made in the past?
• Was there a time when reaching out was discouraged? What changed this?
• What challenges have become opportunities in the library field? For example Youth Services librarians turned the 'challenge' of children disrupting the library into an opportunity to reach out to them in a new way.
• How did interaction with new disciplines affect our field?
• What new opportunities for connectedness have occurred in the history of the field? For example, how did the formation of ALA affect the ability of librarians to connect with each other? With outsiders?

If you have something in mind that is not listed here, we invite you to propose different topics related to the conference theme. This call is open to anyone working in the field of library and information science, regardless of occupational label.

Submit 300-500 word abstracts in PDF or WORD format by July 22, 2011, to Ellen Pozzi, Rutgers University, If proposing a panel, please also include a brief statement about each presenter and their connection to the content. Questions? Email or call me at 908-625-8437.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinary 41859[REMINDER] Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (Abstracts Due: 6/30/11)Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm (editors)kellirmarshall@gmail.com1308838614cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm (editors)contact email:

Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (working title)

Editors: Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm / Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

William Shakespeare has long been a global cultural commodity, but in the twenty-first century "Shakespeare" is oft positioned as a social concept with the man almost forgotten amidst the terminology that surrounds the criticism, tourism, adaptation, and utilization of the plays. For instance, the plays themselves are as often re-worked and adapted as performed wholly in their own right on stage. Moreover, there are currently well-established alternative strands, identities, and locations of "Shakespeare" (e.g., metanarratives, gender-reworking, inter-cultural adapting, online streaming), and the growth is as widespread and fast as technology, performance, social networking, and cinema will allow. It is this new and exciting approach to "Shakespeare," which clearly suits both the adaptation process and the technology and mindset of the twenty-first century, that our volume will consider.

Potential topics for the anthology include the following:

--- Shakespeare depicted on film and TV "outside" the mainstream: reality TV documentary from prison, schools, etc.
--- Adaptation online: podcasts, webcasts, webisodes (e.g., Second City's Sassy Gay Friend series), YouTube Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Twitter (e.g., Such Tweet Sorrow)
--- Streaming live theatre: the National Theatre Live and not-so-live Hamlet and Lear experiments
--- Meta-narratives of Shakespeare, positioning the works through embedded and presumed knowledge in adaptations
--- Global Shakespeares located within and for national identities
--- Shakespeare as illustrated text: graphic novels, animation, special effects
--- And of course, any other ways of "locating Shakespeare in the twenty-first century"

Please send a 500-word abstract/synopsis of the project to Kelli Marshall ( by June 30, 2011. Complete essays of approximately 5,000 words would be expected around September 1, 2011.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 41860The Apocalypse in Literature and Film_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_litjourn@yahoo.com1308840422african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_contact email:

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts? LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory solicits papers for an upcoming special issue on representations of the apocalypse in literature and film across a range of genres, time periods, and cultural traditions. LIT welcomes essays that consider representations of the apocalypse in literature and film and that are theoretically grounded but also engaging and accessible. Contributions should be from 5,000-10,000 words in length. Guest Editors: Karen J. Renner, Northern Arizona University; Joshua J. Masters, University of West Georgia.

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays that employ engaging, coherent theoretical perspectives and provide original, close readings of texts. Because LIT addresses a general literate audience, we encourage essays unburdened by excessive theoretical jargon. We do not restrict the journal's scope to specific periods, genres, or critical paradigms. Submissions must use MLA citation style. Please email an electronic version of your essay (as an MS Word document), along with a 100 word abstract, to

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2011

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

IT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Editors: Professor Regina Barreca, University of Connecticut &
Associate Professor Margaret E. Mitchell, University of West Georgia

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 41861Interviews with Native American/Indigenous Filmmakers/directors/producersPost Script: Essays in Film and the Humanitiesmarubbio@augsburg.edu1308841510ethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionfull name / name of organization: Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanitiescontact email:

Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities (Texas A & M University-Commerce) welcomes submissions of substantive interviews with new Native American/Indigenous filmmakers/directors/producers for a special issue that will include a dvd containing shorts or clips from work by those interviewed. Post Script encourages original interviews in this area coming from a Native perspective on film and focusing on Native and Indigenous film of North America. We are seeking work from filmmakers, scholars and academics, curators, teachers and the like.

Interviews with Native filmmakers may focus on:
• Personal responses to working as a Native filmmaker;
• Group responses by those working on a particular Native film project;
• Issues surrounding audience, community, aesthetics, storytelling, project focus, response; to the mainstream industry, etc.

Interviews should be substantive and include:
• An introduction that sets the tone for the interview and provides the reader with background information on the filmmaker/director/producer or group;
• Is edited for continuity and ease of reading;
• Includes resources for the readers to access work by those interviewed; and
• Accompanying clips or short films to be included on the dvd.

Please note that Post Script does not reprint previously published material. Please submit completed interviews of no more than 7,000 words and in MLA format to guest editor M. Elise Marubbio at the address below by November 30, 2011. Interviews should be sent as both an attachment (virus free) and a hard copy with clips.

M. Elise Marubbio,
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Augsburg College
CB 115
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 5545
(612) 330-1523

cfp categories: ethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_television 41862[UPDATE]Essaisessais.uvu@gmail.com1308848799african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Essaiscontact email:

Essais, a new journal for undergraduate literature students published through Utah Valley University, is asking for papers dealing with any subject in literature, rhetoric, theory, or cinema studies.
As far as formatting we ask for standard MLA guidelines. There is no length max or minimum, but we would like the article to be of an appropriate academic length. There is no limit on how many pieces you may submit if you are interested in submitting more than one essay. All topics dealing with literature, theory, rhetoric, and cinema studies are open. (Essentially, we are not asking for you to write a new essay, just for you to submit papers you have written for your classes, although you are welcome to submit something new.)
Submission due date is September 16, 2011 for our Fall publication. Deadline for Spring publication mid-january for our Spring issue. Please send all questions or submissions to

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_composition 41863NeMLA March 15-18 2012 Panel: Feminist Revisions of the Sacred (DEADLINE Sept. 30th 2011)Jill Neziri/ Fordham Universityjill.neziri@gmail.com1308851422americangender_studies_and_sexualitypoetryreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Jill Neziri/ Fordham Universitycontact email:

As Alicia Ostriker demonstrates in her final chapter of Stealing the Language, revisionist mythology is a practice that extends across cultures and centuries. In late 20th century America, second wave feminists seized upon this strategy as they sought to locate and emphasize women's roles in history, literature, mythology and sacred traditions. In particular, many feminists utilized the practice of revisionism as a means of coming to terms with the sacred and of carving out a place in both traditional and non-traditional religions for a women-centered spirituality. This panel focuses on feminist revisions of the sacred in 20th century American literature. How do women encounter, write about or re-write various conceptions of the sacred in both poetry and fiction? What are the social and cultural implications of these literary works? This panel seeks proposals for 15-20 minute presentations. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Jill Neziri at, subject line 'NeMLA Proposal'.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualitypoetryreligiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 41864Call for papers "Valentín García Yebra in Translation Theory, History Deadline for the reception of articles: October 8th 2011.Universidad de Antioquia - Grupo de investigación en Traductologí; name / name of organization: Universidad de Antioquia - Grupo de investigación en Traductologíacontact email:;

Mutatis Mutandis Vol. 4. No. 2 2011.
Research Group on Translation Studies
Call for papers
Valentín García Yebra in Translation Theory, History and Criticism.

On December 13th 2010 Valentín García Yebra died. Translator, philologist, man of letters and critic from the province of Leon, he was a pioneer on Translation Studies. The Translation Journal Mutatis Mutandis wants to pay him tribute devoting the next issue to his work. The questions asked by García Yebra, "What does it mean to be a translator?" "What is the function of the translator in our contemporary world?", and to which he worked to respond along his life as a translator, researcher and professor, are the same questions we ask ourselves when we arrive at a crossroad in our translation practice or in the translation classroom. We invite scholars and translators to submit articles concerning the contribution of this humanist to Translation and Literary Studies, as well as to the teaching of Translation.

Key Words: Translation theory, history and criticism, Translation Teaching.
Deadline for the reception of articles: October 8th 2011.

Mutatis Mutandis Vol 3. No.1 2010.
Groupe de recherche en Traductologie
Appel à contributions
Valentín García Yebra dans la théorie, histoire et critique de la traduction
Valentín García Yebra dans la théorie, histoire et critique de la traduction
Né dans la province de Léon, Valentín García Yebra s'est éteint le 13 décembre 2010. Traducteur, philologue et hommes de lettres, il fait figure de pionnier des études sur la traduction. La revue en ligne Mutatis Mutandis se propose de lui rendre hommage en lui consacrant son prochain numéro. Dans ses ouvrages, García Yebra se pose d'une manière insistante des questions telles que "Qu'est-ce qu'être traducteur?", "Quelle est la fonction du traducteur à l'heure actuelle?" Tout au long de sa vie de traducteur, de chercheur et de professeur de traduction, il a essayé de répondre à ces questions. Ces sont les mêmes questions que nous nous posons dans notre travail quotidien de traducteur ou dans un séminaire de traduction. Nous invitons donc les chercheurs et les traducteurs à nous soumettre des articles concernant la contribution de Valentín García Yebra à la traductologie, aux études littéraires ou à la formation de traducteurs.
Mots clé: théorie, histoire et critique de la traduction, enseignement de la traduction.
Réception d'articles jusqu'au 8 octobre 2011.

cfp categories: journals_and_collections_of_essays 41865Call for Creative Submission for SAMLA (November 2011)Komal Patel (Kennesaw State University)kpatel42@kennesaw.edu1308928009african-americanamericangeneral_announcementspoetrytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Komal Patel (Kennesaw State University)contact email:

This panel will highlight 21st century confessional responses in the following genres: memoir, nonfiction, and poetry. Participants will read their creative work in the aforementioned genres. Please submit a sample of five poems or 7-10 pages of prose as an attachment to Komal Patel, Kennesaw State University, at The following information should also accompany each submission: name, title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address(es), and phone number(s). Submissions will be accepted until June 29, 2011.

cfp categories: african-americanamericangeneral_announcementspoetrytravel_writing 41866Call for Submissions: Global Dialogues (12.Sept.2011)Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literatureinquire@ualberta.ca1308931902general_announcementsfull name / name of organization: Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literaturecontact email:

Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature invites submissions to Issue 2.1 (Jan 2012) describing the participation of literary works in the global intersection of languages and literatures, groups and cultures. Comparative articles emphasizing literary criticism, cultural theory or book history are welcome. Possible areas of investigation include: anthologizing literature(s); diaspora/centre-periphery issues; digitization; economics, politics and print; gender, ethnicity and race; indigenous narratives; international readerships; intra-national relationships (e.g., within Canada); pop print/culture(s); post-colonialism/globalization; proletarian literature(s); reading, writing and publishing online; traditional genres and new forms; teaching comparative/world literature; translation; transnational networks; &c. Guidelines: graduate students only, 5-7,000 words including notes and works cited, MLA. Submissions & inquiries: Details:

cfp categories: general_announcements 41867(Con)Figurations of Citizenship in Caribbean LiteratureNorth East MLA - Rochester, March 2012mordecai@english.umass.edu1308932355americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: North East MLA - Rochester, March 2012contact email:

This panel will examine citizenship as a trope and a problem in Caribbean literature. Papers discussing texts from the late-colonial through the contemporary moment are welcome, as are papers (in English) on texts from across the Caribbean's several linguistic communities. Submissions that promise to explicitly interrogate the role of the transnational in figurations of Caribbean citizenship are particularly encouraged. Please send 250-300 word abstracts in body of email to Rachel Mordecai,

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41868Queer Gilman @ c19, the Conference of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (Berkeley, CA, April 2012)Sari Edelstein and Peter Betjemann and Peter.Betjemann@oregonstate.edu1308937691americangender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiesfull name / name of organization: Sari Edelstein and Peter Betjemann contact email: and

CFP: Queer Gilman

We are seeking a third paper for a proposed panel on Queer Gilman for c19, the conference of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, to be held in Berkeley, California, April 12-15, 2012.

As one of the central figures of second-wave literary recovery, Charlotte Perkins Gilman has long been recognized for her strident feminism, her socialism, and of course, her now canonical 1892 short story, "The Yellow Wall-Paper." While scholars have acknowledged the complicated interdependence of her feminism with eugenic and nativist strains of thinking, we have only begun to subject Gilman's work to contemporary critical models, particularly queer theory. This is all the more surprising given that her published letters reveal sustained and passionate intimacies with women and her fiction is rife with depictions of homosocial utopias, failed heterosexual unions, and non-normative gender behavior.

In keeping with the conference's theme of "Prospects," we hope to rediscover Gilman through the lens of queer theory. How might queer theory help us to understand her relationship to region or genre? How might we more sufficiently explore what Alys Eve Weinbaum calls "the decidedly 'queer' sexual politics that . . . constitute her relentless racial nationalism"? What does Gilman's critique of "true womanhood" suggest about her vision of heteronormativity? How does our knowledge of her same-sex intimacies inform her work? We welcome papers that use queer theory to interrogate Gilman's short stories, novels, poetry, and non-fiction.

Please send 500-word abstracts and brief cvs to Sari Edelstein ( or Peter Betjemann ( by August 15.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studies 41869Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell CentenaryDurrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenarycharles-sligh@utc.edu1308946000bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookgeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenarycontact email:


13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012


The year 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990).

A celebrated novelist, poet, and travel writer, Durrell is most remembered for the novels comprising The Alexandria Quartet (1957 – 1960), along with a trio of island books, Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra (1945), Reflections on a Marine Venus: A Companion to the Landscape of Rhodes (1953), and Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (1957).

The International Lawrence Durrell Society will celebrate the 2012 Lawrence Durrell Centenary by holding a world-class gathering of readers, scholars, archivists, and distinguished speakers in London, the city that looms behind all other Durrellian cities, real or imagined.

Working jointly with the Lawrence Durrell Estate, Curtis Brown, Faber & Faber, and the British Library, the International Lawrence Durrell Society will host the 2012 Durrell Centenary at London House, on the grounds of Goodenough College.

Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary invites proposals for scholarly papers treating any aspect of Lawrence Durrell's writings, life, or times.

Go to the form for ONLINE SUBMISSION.


cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookgeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41870Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and PracticeCanadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP callforpapers@ccwwp.ca1308947322interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP contact email:

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012
Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Thursday, May 10th – Sunday, May 13th , 2012
Keynote Speakers: Joseph Boyden, Nicole Brossard, David Fenza, Erin Mouré, Yvette Nolan, and Tim O'Brien
This conference offers participants the opportunity to present creative or critical papers and to engage in intellectual exchanges with other teachers and writers; to discuss, debate and explore topics and findings in creative writing research; to discuss the teaching and learning of creative writing in universities, colleges and communities, and to contribute knowledge to a field of investigative inquiry that includes research, pedagogy, and artistic practice.
The Conference Committee invites proposals for papers and panels of theoretical, creative, and critical papers on the conference topic. The committee invites dynamic and innovative approaches to presentations and welcomes presentations that employ critical and creative strategies and forms. Multi-media and collaborative presentations are also encouraged. Papers should be approx 20 minutes in length. Panel proposals of three presenters may address a common theme.
The committee welcomes proposals from Canadian and international participants, as well as proposals from authors, editors, administrators, and teachers with a range of global perspectives on creative writing.
Presenters may propose presentations in the following categories:
Theoretical and critical papers
Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation. Individual presenters should include a brief biographical note of 150 words, as well as full contact information.
Creative readings
Proposals should include a sample of work (10 poems; literary non-fiction and fiction 10-12 pages; plays 10-12 pages, or hybrid forms 10-12 pages). Creative panels with three readers may also be proposed. Submit a 300-word abstract, 150-word bio and full contact information.
Panel presentations with three papers
Chairs should convene a panel and submit the proposal to the Conference Committee. Chairs should provide complete information on each presenter's paper, an overall focus for the panel, 300-word abstracts, biographical notes for each presenter, and contact information.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• Investigations on the nature of creative writing practice and practice-led research
• Analyses of creative writing practices in history and across cultures
• Creative writing debates and discussions on literary genres and pedagogy
• Research on creative writing pedagogy and practices
• Research on creative writing programs
• Translation of literary works; cross-cultural, cross-linguistic and multi-lingual literary works
• Hybrid and experimental forms of creative writing
• Creative writing in digital media, social networks, blogs, twitter, e-learning
• Literary publishing and the creative writer in a multi-media universe
• Creative writing as a discipline in higher-education institutions
• Creative writing in communities and public spaces (hospitals, prisons, immigrant and community groups, etc)
• Reading and writing creative practice
• The role of reading in artistic and creative writing pedagogy
• The state of creative writing programs in international settings (U.S., U.K, Europe, Asia, Australia, and others)

Abstracts and proposals should be sent electronically in Word-formatted attachments to the CFP at:
Deadline: September 30, 2011

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 41871Space and Spatiality: Public, Private, and Hybrid Third SpacesSura P. Rath, Journal of Contemporary Thoughtsura.rath@unt.edu1308951347interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Sura P. Rath, Journal of Contemporary Thoughtcontact email:

The Journal of Contemporary Thought invites submissions for its forthcoming issue on "Space and Spatiality: Public, Private, and Hybrid Third Spaces" expected to come out this fall. The journal seeks innovative theoretical readings of familiar topics. The concept of space, for example, may be approached from a geographic or a psychological or a physiological perspective. Some papers may consider real space, virtual space, or even imaginary space--space as as a given, or space as a construct--or even deconstruct the whole notion of space. Others may approach space as a point of social/cultural contrast for identity formation and self-definition.
Papers should ideally be 6000-8000 word long (20-25 pages, double-spaced), and use the MLA style of documentation. Only electronic copies of the manuscript in Microsoft Word will be accepted.
Selection of papers will be made as they are received.

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 41872Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety--July 31David Wrightwrightmd@mst.edu1308964396ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: David Wrightcontact email:

Deadline for abstract proposal submissions is 31 July 2011 at 5pmCT. Submissions that meet the scope of the collection will be followed up for full-length chapter contributions. See "How to Submit" below for details.

We request chapter proposals of 300 words for a proposed upcoming anthology tentatively titled Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety. This book will be proposed as part of a series, sponsored by the IEEE Professional Communication Society, entitled "Professional Engineering Communication."

This collection is intended to collect and pass along essays about improving food, drug, and water safety, manufacturing, and research through enhanced communication efforts, whether those efforts be in the realm of documentation, social media, strategy development, software applications, process management programs, hardware applications, RFID applications, or other related means.

Technological advancements have enormous capability for improving our lives, but often force us to change current communication methods and policies. Those changes inevitably cause some level of friction, because industries are entrenched in current practices, new developments are expensive to put into practice, and/or they raise societal issues (such as privacy or conflicting international standards) that must be dealt with in addition to promoting the new technology. These types of issues, when added to the new technology itself, create a rhetorical situation that must be addressed through communication.

With an eye towards communication strategies within organizations, research centers, and other entities, chapter contributors are expected to explore a subject in the area of engineering food/drug/water safety, manufacturing, and/or delivery by detailing research, advancements, acts of resistance, current events, or public policy debates. Articles should be well grounded in research, real examples, insight, experience, and thoughtfulness.

Examples might include topics such as these:
• How some sectors resist or embrace online communication practices within their organizations
• How social media plays a postive, negative, or other part in organizational communication
• How researchers can conduct ethical studies on organizational online communication
• Challenges that organizations face when implementing new communication channels, practices, or project management strategies
• How rebranding a company or redesigning a website changed communication within an organization
• How RFID integration has assisted or hindered communication between manufacturers, vendors, distributors, etc.
• How technological innovations such as nano-biosensors or other disease monitoring devices can be promoted as improved alternatives for safety and the communication thereof
• How risk analysis, used to improve food/drug/water safety, can be communicated to the public at all levels
• How database information management and real-time communication have changed food, drug, and water safety in societal contexts
• How the impact of archiving, or the lack thereof, of instant messages, text messages, and emails affects an organization (legal ramifications, privacy concerns, and so forth)
• How translation and localization of products are integrated into (or not integrated into ) the bringing of product to market
• How and why new technologies for promoting and communicating aspects of food/drug/water safety have been promoted, accepted, or rejected
• How advancements in food, drug, and water safety have been communicated to the public and to governmental agencies
• How project management software packages affect workflow and team communication
• How to address tension or misunderstandings between two internal sectors (Marketing vs. Engineering, for example)

The goal is for this book to enlighten professionals, researches, and students on the subject area and how communication efforts within that field or activity are being impacted by recent communication tools and developments. Furthermore, the book will emphasize communicating those developments to the public, to industry stakeholders, to government officials, and best practices for promoting their use in both industry and the larger society.

Submissions that meet the scope of the collection will be followed up for full-length chapters.

Writers' Guidelines

As this subject is about the quirks of research when exploring communication patterns within technical/engineering communication as related to the food and drug realms, some ambiguity or lack of resolution can be acceptable, if framed with intent and insight.

Your chapter's perspective can be developed from any number of angles: a particular project, a particular research approach, an on-site case, an in-house solution set, an ethical dilemma, or the like. People, project, and company names should be omitted or pseudonyms can be used to protect confidentiality. If you are using data collected from human interaction, the appropriate permissions and/or human subject releases are the responsibility of the author of the chapter.

Final chapters will be around 5000-10000 words.

We welcome a wide range of stories from engineering professionals, technical communicators, documentation experts, localization professionals, and/or scientists who work within or outside the U.S.

What to Submit Now
Chapter synopsis (300 words)
Biographical note (150 words)

How to Submit Your Proposed Chapter
All proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word, using 11 point font, and single spaced. Use IEEE citation style, if citations are used in the proposal.

Please send all submissions by email to:

David Wright

• Submission of story synopsis and biographical note: July 31, 2011
• Notice of synopsis acceptance: August 31, 2011
• Submission of 1st draft full-length chapter: November 30, 2011
• Notice of draft acceptance: January 31, 2012
• Submission of final draft full-length story: June 30, 2012

David Wright
Assistant Professor
Department of English and Technical Communication
Missouri University of Science and Technology

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culture 41873"Transatlantic Fictions" (Sept. 15, 2011; ASECS March 22-25, 2012)Melissa Ganz, Harvard Universitymganz@fas.harvard.edu1308968370african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_cultureromantictheatretravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Melissa Ganz, Harvard Universitycontact email:

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
San Antonio, TX
March 22-25, 2012

This panel seeks to examine Anglo-American literary and cultural relations from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth. How do British writers use American settings to imagine the relationship between the Old World and the New? How do early American writers draw upon and/or contest British literary and political traditions? In what ways do cross-cultural encounters in novels, plays, poems, letters, or autobiographies reflect and/or shape constructions of gender, race, and nation in the Enlightenment? Panelists might examine scenes of trade or travel or accounts of slavery, captivity, revolution, or war. Papers that reflect upon the historical, theoretical, or methodological implications of their analyses and/or that situate readings of individual texts in the context of recent debates in transatlantic studies are especially welcome.

Send one-page abstracts to Melissa Ganz ( by September 15, 2011.

For more information about ASECS and the 2012 conference, see

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_cultureromantictheatretravel_writing 41874Cinema and Community, Cinema As CommunityColleen Kennedy-Karpat Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)cbkennedykarpat@gmail.com1309019755african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Colleen Kennedy-Karpat Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)contact email:

Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
March 21-25, 2012

Recent work in film history has deemphasized broad national frameworks for criticism and analysis, proposing instead studies that center on more localized interactions with films and with cinema culture at large. Richard Maltby, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers (2011) define this "new cinema history" as work that analyzes "the circulation and consumption of film and examines cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange."

Drawing from this conception of cinema as an inherently social experience, this panel will examine how the idea of community informs the creation, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and commemoration of films and film culture. Areas of film studies related to this topic include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Cinephilia and fan communities
- Spectatorship within communities
- Criticism and/as community
- Film festivals and communities of exhibition
- Technology as a tool for community building
- Filmmaking as community building
- Cinema, community, and identity
- Close readings of films that deal with the notion of community

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief author bio to Colleen Kennedy-Karpat at no later than August 1. Participants will be notified of acceptance no later than August 15. Panelists must have current SCMS membership to present at the conference.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 41875 Decolonising the Stage: Paradigm, Practice and Politics ,November 15 – 17, 2011Department of English Banaras Hindu University name / name of organization: Department of English Banaras Hindu University contact email:

International Conference

Decolonising the Stage:
Paradigm, Practice and Politics

Department of English
Banaras Hindu University

November 15 – 17, 2011


R. N. Rai
Professor & Head
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Banaras Hindu University

Concept Note
Decolonisation is an ongoing historical process which attempts to dismantle the effects of colonialism in the material, cultural, pedagogical, discursive and textual domains. It resists the formation of unequal relations of power based on binary oppositions. It is an effective mode of disidentifying the entire structure of society from the sovereign codes of cultural organisation. Committed to stir up the native spirit, the creative artists devise strategies to resist imperialistic effects. Decolonising the stage implies a relentless contestation of colonial discourses, power structures and social hierarchies. Dramatic and performance theories, developed particularly in conjunction with Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Jerzy Grotowski, Augusto Boal and others on the one hand and on the other Wole Soyinka, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Rawle Gibbons, Derek Walcot, Rabindranath Tagore, Suresh Awasthi , Girish Karnad ,Jack Davis, Paul Maunder , Athol Fugard among others focus upon the debates about language, subject formation, interpellation, representation and forms of resistance to colonial norms. Postcolonial theatre seeks to explore the possibility of cross-cultural aesthetics and performance practices and asks questions about tradition, modernity, globalisation and cultural identity.
The conference aims at developing reading and performance strategies for explicating a range of postcolonial playtexts and deconstructing imperialist notions and practices. Some specific areas of discussion may include (but are not limited to):
 Postcolonial Indian theatrical traditions and Contemporary plays in English
 Experiments in world theatre
 Reappropriating the traditional
 The issue of marginality and the use of theatrical space: women's voices, gendered histories, queer futures and disability Theatre
 The problematic positioning of language
 Magic realist Theatre and its association with postcoloniality
 "In-between Space" and hybridity
 Transculturation and the effects of competing multiple theatrical discourses.
An Abstract of about 300 words may be submitted electronically (as attachment in MS-word) by 15th September, 2011,
Name, institutional affiliation, e-mail, mailing address and phone/cell number should be mentioned.
Intimation of acceptance of paper will be mailed after 30th September2011.

Local /Outstation Participant: Rs.1000
Overseas Delegate: $50
(Registration fee includes conference kit, working lunch and tea).

Mode of Payment
Bankers' Cheque/ Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of "Decolonising the Stage Conference" payable at Varanasi.
Outstation participants will have to make their own arrangements, details of hotels will be made available to them.
The City of Varanasi
Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Flanked by two tributaries Varuna and Assi and facing the river Ganga, Varanasi is a crescent shaped land. Famous as the seat of Lord Vishwanath, it is an ancient city celebrated by Mark Twain as "older than history …older than legend" .The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Patanjali, Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja, Kabir and Tulsidas. It is known for its silk weaving craft and more notably for its vibrant traditions of art, literature and music. In continuation of this rich tradition, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya established Banaras Hindu University on 4th February 1916 with a vision to synthesize the traditional knowledge systems with science and technology. About 15 Km away is a famous Buddhist shrine at Sarnath. Varanasi is considered as the cultural capital of India. The city presents a curious blend of the spiritual and the material, tradition and modernity.
November is usually pleasant in Varanasi .Light winter clothing may be required.
Varanasi is well connected by air and rail. The university is 35 kms from the airport and about 8 kms from the railway station. The fare for pre paid taxi from the airport is Rs.700 (approx.) and Rs.250 from the railway station. Reserved auto-rickshaws at the station are available for about Rs.70-80. Mughalsarai, an important railway junction on the main and chord line is about 20kms from BHU. The taxi fare from Mughalsarai to BHU is Rs. 400 (approx) and auto fare is Rs. 200(approx).

For further queries you may contact:

R. N. Rai
Convener, International Conference
Professor & Head
Department of English
Banaras Hindu University
Cell: +919450545311
e -mail:

M. S. Pandey
Academic Affairs Committee
Professor of English
Banaras Hindu University
Cell: +919415811957

Anita Singh
Academic Affairs Committee
Professor of English
Banaras Hindu University
Cell: +919451722121;

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Mailing Address:

Title of the Paper:

Details of Registration Fee:

Signature of Delegate

cfp categories: international_conferencestheatre 41876updateOgaga Okuyade, College of Education Warri, Nigeriagagokus@yahoo.com1309030718african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Ogaga Okuyade, College of Education Warri, Nigeriacontact email:

Call for papers on African literature, world literature, postcolonial literature, popular culture, popular music, cultural studies, African American literature and culture, carrebian literature and film.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 41877Public Forms, Private Lives: Genre and Gender in Early Modern England (NeMLA seminar, Mar 15-18, 2012) deadline Sept 30Stephanie Pietros / Timothy Zajac / and tzajac@english.umass.edu1309037477renaissancefull name / name of organization: Stephanie Pietros / Timothy Zajac / NeMLAcontact email: and

What happens when the boundaries between the public and the private are blurred? When private rituals are displayed publicly onstage? When texts produced in aristocratic coterie circles are published for a wider audience to see? When women publish?

In this NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012, in Rochester, NY), we seek to examine how such intersections as these between the public and private, and in particular those that concern gender, are articulated in a range of early modern English texts. What anxieties and opportunities result? How do different cultural practices acquire new meanings in new formal or material contexts? We are especially interested in how questions of form and genre might inform our consideration of the borders between the public and private. Motivated by a renewed scholarly interest in form, one which is inflected by the various historical methodologies employed both since and after the heyday of new historicism, we hope that our work in the seminar will illuminate cultural responses to the questions that negotiating the public and private might raise and even how those responses vary based on genre. We also hope our work will make strides in illuminating and perhaps even defining the historicity of form.

Please note that we will follow a seminar format similar to those held at the Shakespeare Association of America annual meetings. Our seminar's 6-10 participants will complete and circulate their papers of no more than12-15 pages prior to the convention, and each participant may be asked to compose and exchange a brief written response to another's work. Instead of reading papers at the convention, participants will have an opportunity to briefly situate their work in relation to the seminar's themes and the majority of the time will be dedicated to a broader, structured exchange among all participants. Respondents may be invited by the organizers.

Please submit abstracts of 250-400 words to *both* Stephanie Pietros ( and Timothy Zajac ( by September 30, 2011.

cfp categories: renaissance 41878Beyond the Descriptive: Empirical Study of Methods in Writing InstructionKristen Nielsen/ New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA)nielsen@bu.edu1309105262rhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Kristen Nielsen/ New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA)contact email:

The teaching of writing is characterized by a wide array of practices, often cycling through popular phases or trends. When evaluating the potential effectiveness of instructional methods, many educators rely on descriptive and anecdotal publications, as the literature is replete with them. Although these publications have merit in their ability to disseminate ideas, how can faculty go beyond the descriptive and the anecdotal when determining the most effective means of teaching writing?

This panel invites papers and presentations describing original studies of practice in the teaching of writing using experimental design. Studies should contribute to the understanding of how class time might be used most effectively to improve student writing outcomes. Contributions from a wide range of topics in composition teaching practice and learning theory are welcome. We also welcome submissions from fields outside of composition/English where the teaching of writing is studied.

Submit questions to: Kristen Nielsen, or Terri Suico,

Please submit 250-word abstracts by email attachment to Kristen Nielsen at

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by email no later than September 30, 2011. We will respond to applicants regarding acceptance no later than October 15.

Submissions Should Include:
Full name
Name of organization
Title of paper
250-word abstract
Contact email
Contact phone number

cfp categories: rhetoric_and_composition 41879[UPDATE] Translation and Memory Workshop ConferenceThe University of name / name of organization: The University of Portsmouthcontact email:

11th Portsmouth Translation Conference


A workshop conference in collaboration with the British Comparative Literature Association

Saturday 5 November 2011
Park Building, University of Portsmouth

Keynote speakers:

Professor Bella Brodzki (Sarah Lawrence College, New York)
Dr Siobhan Brownlie (Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester)
Dr Ayman El-Desouky (School of Oriental and African Studies)

There are many points of contact between memory and translation. They exist in a set of metaphorical relationships; translation is how works live on, how they transcend borders and are remembered by subsequent generations. Memory itself can be considered a form of translation, a form of carrying across of meaning from one time and place to another. The movement of written and spoken texts across cultures, and the agents who make that possible, have a major role to play in cultural contact and renewal. Translation is fundamental to how we remember and represent the past. In translation and interpreting, text and speech are disarticulated and reconstituted, re-membered, in a different form. The translator's own memory is a key tool in the task of translating or interpreting. For the past decade or more, professional translators have been increasingly under pressure to engage with Translation Memory (TM) tools such as Trados, Déjà Vu or MemoQ, a relocation of the translator's memory with major implications for professional practice and the future of the industry.

The British Comparative Literature Association and the University of Portsmouth are delighted to announce the collaborative conference 'Translation and Memory'. We invite contributions on any aspect of the conference theme. It is our hope that, as in previous years, the conference will bring together scholars and translators in a mutually enriching dialogue. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

• Translation and cultural memory; translation as remembering
• Translating the past; translation history
• Translated selves: exile and memory
• Translating biography and memoir
• Translation, trauma and memorial
• Translators' lives and stories
• Memorable and forgotten translations
• Translation and forgetting
• Translation memory tools
• Translation memory, copyright and ownership
• Memory in consecutive interpreting
• Memory in translator and interpreter training

We welcome a broad range of disciplines, including Translation Studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, film and media studies and history, and approaches to translation. Presentations may have a theoretical, empirical, critical, pedagogical, technological or professional focus. Proposals for practical workshops are warmly welcomed, e.g. for instance, workshops on translating memoir and autobiography; interpreting exercises; TM software workshops.

Enquiries and/or abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 30 June 2011 to:

Dr Margaret Anne Clarke
School of Languages and Area Studies
Park Building
King Henry I street

A special issue of a refereed journal will follow the conference.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesprofessional_topics 41880MMLA COMP LIT: The Politics of Guilt and Neo-Orientalism in the post-9/11 Era DEADLINE JULY 1STMMLA Comparative Literature Permanent Sectionbhakman@ilstu.edu1309121790african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: MMLA Comparative Literature Permanent Sectioncontact email:

We are seeking abstracts for the following permanent session for the 53rd Annual MMLA Convention that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott from November 3-6, 2011. The 2011 informal convention theme is "Play...No, Seriously."

The Blame Game: The Politics of Guilt and Neo-Orientalism in the post-9/11 Era

"In the post-9/11 era there has been a surge of discourse about the "East-West conflict" and the responsible actors behind this phenomenon which has no doubt already defined the new century. Was it extremist Islamism, which motivated the new age terrorists, was it the hate for the Western ideals and lifestyles, or was it the neoconservative, right-wing political agenda, which was guilty for unilaterally using this momentum in the Iraq war? Have we really gotten into the realm of the "clash of civilizations" as was indicated by Huntington and Lewis, or is the neo-conservative doctrine of "fight for freedom and democracy" the new phase of neo-colonialism? Writers from myriad cultures, which these issues directly affect, such as Rushdie, Hosseini, Pamuk and Updike have expressed their perspectives in many novels written in the last decade. In this session we will thus try to analyze the politics of blame in the context of postcolonial scholarship. As it is impractical and incomplete to try to understand this discourse without discussing the nineteenth century colonial practices of the British and the French in the Middle East, we also invite proposals which discuss earlier centuries from this perspective.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialreligiontravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond