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UPDATE Literature of Africa and the Diaspora: The Sequel in African Literature

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 2:51pm
Walter Collins / South Atlantic Modern Langauge Association; November 2011 Proposals due 6/30/11

How does the literary sequel function in African literature? This panel will explore the connection between first and subsequent literary works. Topics related to the notion of sequels could include, but are not limited to, consideration of the following: the function of prequels, interquels, or midquels; the amount of "real" time between installments; alterations in perspective, focus, tone, or voice between installments; attempts to revise/re-write/elaborate a récit through new installments. Please send proposals of no more than 250 words by June 30, 2011 to Dr. Walter Collins at collinsw@sc.edu

Poetics of Eighteenth-Century Life and Literature

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 2:30pm
Martha Hughes / SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In keeping with the conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World", we welcome proposals dealing with poetry of the eighteenth century. However, more general works dealing with broader literary genres and themes of the period will also be considered.

The deadline has been extended to JUNE 30, 2011. Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 300 words to Martha Hughes, mhughes@georgiasouthern.edu. Papers that are selected should be limited to approximately 20 minutes in oral presentation.

After Exoticism: Graduate Student Caucus Seminar Panel (Abstracts due by September 15)

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 11:35am
ASECS (Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus)

The last twenty years have seen considerable interest in European global ambitions, as expressed in literature, art, history, etc. Scholars have become acutely aware of the ways in which representations of the "other" have helped advance the acceptance of imperial violence through orientalist, exoticism, and racialist expressions. Is there, however, an even richer story yet to be told? Some very recent work, for example, has suggested that Britain's own self-representations need to be reconsidered in light of the well-document power of China and the Ottoman Empire. Others have proposed ways in which literature and other forms of artistic production raise questions about, rather than reinforce imperialist impulses.

Viral Communications and Multimedia of the Eighteenth Century (Abstracts due by September 15)

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 11:31am
ASECS (Panel sponsored by Graduate Student Caucus)

This panel seeks to explore and understand the ways in which eighteenth-century media were produced, popularized, and preserved over time. Participants are asked to speculate on how and why certain texts, works, or histories endure in popular memory; such an examination might also clarify how and why certain media were more popular (or why certain texts were received more eagerly) than others. Some questions to consider: In what genres and forms were early viral communications presented? How did eighteenth-century media events affect contemporaneous consumer markets? What social conditions of the century allowed the proliferation of multimedia? How was media consumption in the eighteenth century like or unlike that today?

Last CfP 5th MeCBIC, 23-24 August 2011, Paris (Fontainebleau)

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:05am
Gabriel Ciobanu / Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch

Call for Papers
MeCBIC 2011
5th Workshop on Membrane Computing
and Biologically Inspired Process Calculi
23-24 August 2011, Paris(Fontainebleau)



Title and Abstract: 18 June, 2011
Paper Submission: 25 June, 2011
Notification: 01 August, 2011
Revised version: 11 August, 2011

Re-thinking German Romanticism

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 9:40am
Susan Gustafson / Northeast Modern Language Association

Re-thinking German Romanticism

This session will focus on new approaches, perspectives, or areas of research in German Romanticism. Papers may highlight specific texts, art, music, authors/artists, or comparative studies. Especially welcome are analyses that bring together comparative disciplinary concerns, i.e. music and literature, theory and text etc. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Susan Gustafson at susangustafson@rochester.edu by September 30, 2011.

REMINDER - CFP for Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011, October 1st

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 8:22am
University of Leeds

Professor Judith Fisher (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas), author of Thackeray's Skeptical Narrative and the 'Perilous Trade' of Authorship (2002)

Professor Richard Pearson (National University of Ireland, Galway), author of W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text (2000)

The Fourth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association [Update!]]

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 8:00am
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

The Fourth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association

Contemporary Women's Writing: (Wo)Man and the Body
11-13 July 2012
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

'Bodies have all the explanatory power of minds. Indeed, for feminist purposes, the focus on bodies, bodies in their concrete specificities, has the added bonus of inevitably raising the question of sexual difference that mind does not' – Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism (1994)

Otherness: Essays and Studies 2.2 (www.otherness.dk) - CFP Journal Issue - Deadline Sept 2, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 7:53am
The Centre for Studies in Otherness

The Centre for Studies in Otherness invites papers for the e-journal issue Otherness: Essays and Studies 2.2.

Otherness: Essays and Studies, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary e-journal, publishes research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We publish two issues a year, alternating between special topic issues and general issues. This is a call for our general issue, forthcoming in Winter 2011.

'The foreigner is neither a race nor a nation ... we are our own foreigners, we are divided.'

Medievalism in Southern Literature and Culture (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:37pm
Alexandra Cook / University of Alabama

The term "medievalism" refers to popular and presentist re-imaginings of the Middle Ages. This panel will consider how invocations of the Middle Ages have shaped regionalized representations of the Civil War, chivalry, romance, race, gender, Southern "aristocracy," the feudal antecedents of plantation life, and the economies of the "Old" and "New" South. By June 28, 2011, please send 250-word proposals along with academic affiliation and e-mail address in the body of an e-mail message to Alexandra Cook, University of Alabama, at acook@bama.ua.edu.

Urban Slavery

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 2:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Fifty years after Richard C. Wade's pioneering study of slavery in American cities, the term "urban slave" still reads as a paradox when considered in light of a popular culture that has made the rolling fields and white columns of the plantation house – rather than the crowded lot and narrow façade of the townhouse – the representative site of enslavement. This panel attempts to unsettle these associations, to complicate the fictional Tara – a set built on a backlot in Culver City, California – with analyses of urban sites of slavery: Frederick Douglass's Baltimore, Solomon Northrup's New Orleans, and Denmark Vesey's Charleston, among others.