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Contemporary Women's Writing: (Wo)Man and the Body, 11-13 July 2012

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 12:46pm
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)

Shakespeare and the Natural World (Chapel Hill: March 29-31)

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:30am
Jennifer Park and Katie Walker; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Shakespeare and the Natural World"

A graduate student conference jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kings College London
March 29-31, 2012

Special Issue: Carson McCullers and the New Southern Studies, Submissions due by May 15, 2012

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:18am
ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews

ANQ: American Notes and Queries is sponsoring a special issue on Contemporary Irish Writing for Fall, 2012. We would be interested in short articles or notes dealing any aspect of Carson McCullers' work, especially McCullers' influence on other writers, or their influence on her. Also, we seek contributions on McCullers and the Global South, McCullers and Film, McCullers and Music, and International Perspectives on McCullers.

[UPDATE] Treatment of Medieval Poetry in the Modern World (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:06am
Carola Mattord / Kennesaw State University

In the wake of Peter Ackroyd's prose translation of The Canterbury Tales, Dante's Inferno video game, and Baba Brinkman's The Rap Canterbury Tales, this session will explore the various treatments of medieval poetry in the modern world and/or the value (or cause for concern) that these treatments, whether visual, textual, audio, etc., bring to producing access for a wider modern audience. Perspectives or reflections on various treatments of medieval poetry in the university classroom setting are also welcome. The 250-word proposal submission has been extended to June 20.

Women in the Geosciences (GSA Northeast Mtg, March 18-20, 2012)

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:32am
Kristine Larsen

I am organizing oral and poster sessions on "Women in the Geosciences: Past, Present, and Future" for the Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America (March 18-20, 2012, Hartford, CT). I am looking for contributions on any aspect of women and the geosciences, including (but not restricted to): the role of women in geoscience fields in the past; impediments to women as both students and professionals in the geosciences in the past and present; recruiting and retaining women in the geosciences; gender issues in the teaching of geosciences; gender and geosciences in public outreach programs. Interested persons should email me at Larsen@ccsu.edu ASAP with their ideas.

La Fontaine: Power of the Fables

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:51pm
SAMLA 2011 Conference - South Atlantic Modern Language Association - November 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta, GA

"Au moment que je fais cette moralité, / Si Peau d'âne m'était conté, / J'y prendrais un plaisir extrême [...]", said La Fontaine in "Le Pouvoir des Fables". This special session seeks papers that will explore the pertinence or the connivance of the Lafontainian savoir-faire rhétorique that is concretized in the power of representation/representation of power in the "Fables". Proposals are due by June 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to Max Adrien at hadrien01@gw.hamline.edu.

[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:19pm
ASECS/Aphra Behn Society

Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?

[Update] Deadline Extended: 2011 M/MLA: No, I'm Not American/Je ne suis pas français: Canadian Writers Playing With Identity

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:55pm
Mid-West Modern Languages Association Permanent Section on Canadian Literature

Canadian witers in both French and English have historically been defined by who they are not: British, French, American. This uncertain and unstable national identity has now been embraced by many writers and is expressed in a great deal of playfulness in their writing. With works like Souvenirs from Canada by Douglas Coupland, Est-ce que cette grenade dans la main du Nègre est-il une arme ou un fruit? by Dany Laferrière, or Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Canadian writers have posed a critical eye on Canadian and American cultural and aesthetic norms. This panel invites papers that discuss how Canadian writers have played with the idea of being Canadian (in the broadest possible sense) in opposition to how others attempt to label them.

But Seriously, Times Are Tough: Comedy in Recession and Depression

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:20pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the informal theme of the 2011 conference of "Play..No Seriously", this session invites papers on the roles of comedy in times of economic distress and financial crisis. While comedy has often been considered as "escapist" art in times of economic calamity, this panel will explore how comic works in literature, film, television, and music function in more serious terms than providing relief from the rigors of economic hardship. Possible avenues of exploration include how comedy can critique or subvert culture or government in a recession or how comedy can reinforce reactionary perspectives during a time of depression. Papers from all time periods and contexts are welcome.

[UPDATE] Gabriel JOSIPOVICI (LISA e-Journal, special number)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:03pm
Marcin Stawiarski - ERIBIA, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie

Gabriel JOSIPOVICI (LISA e-Journal, special number)

LISA e-Journal seeks contributions for its special issue devoted to Gabriel Josipovici to appear in February 2012.