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First Call for Abstracts: International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012, deadline 1st December 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 11:47pm
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
• Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
• Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to health, successful and thriving indigenous families.

[UPDATE] Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 9:16pm
Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, Australia

Friday 25-Saturday 26 May 2012

As a part of its annual series of international symposia and book publications on key themes in Australian literary studies, in May 2012, Australian Literature at the University of Sydney will host a symposium on the theme, 'Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?'

Keynote speakers :
Professor Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University), author of Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (2006) and co-editor of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (2007).

Journal of the Future: Apathy - Call for Submissions

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 8:28pm
Journal of the Future

Call for Articles / Submissions for Journal

Journal of the Future: Apathy
Article Deadline: August 31, 2011
Acceptances/Rejections Prepared by: September 30, 2011
Anticipated Publication Date: November 2011

Journal of the Future is now accepting articles and opinion pieces on the focus of apathy in the world today whether pertaining to personal, social, political, the future of humankind without apathy, or a combination of these areas. Articles should be closely related to this subject. The goal of this journal is to present these articles for all to access without hindrances. Journal of the Future: Apathy is a publication that is free for all to read in its electronic form.

Final Deadline (30 August 2011): 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 4:01pm
Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis

We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

The collection will be introduced and edited by Dr Maryam Farahani (University of Liverpool) and Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw & The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge),with a foreword by Dr Nick Davis and Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool).

The final deadline for abstracts is 30 August 2011. More details at:

[UPDATE] Queer Places, Practices, and Lives conference (May 18-19, 2012; proposals due Aug. 12, 2011)

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 2:58pm
Ohio State University


The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

MAY 18-19, 2012

Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011

Confirmed speakers
Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott Herring, Eithne Lubhéid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, José Esteban Muñoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana María Rodríguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring, Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel

Constructing and Locating Women Warriors in Medieval Eurasia (proposal due 9/15/2011)

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 3:38am
Sufen Lai/ CFP for 47th Internation Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo 2012)

47th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 10-13, 2012

The construction and historicization of the Amazonian type women warriors have generated a long legacy in both Western and Eastern cultures.The ancient world's literary impulse to construct and the geographical impulse to locate the women warriors and women's kingdoms continued in the Middle Ages. Examples can be found in the writings of Boccaccio, Chaucer, De Pizan, and travel writings of Mandeville and Marco Polo. In the East, "women's kingdom" continued to evolve in Chinese literature and historiography.

September 30, 2011 Deadline

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:21pm

"Identity, Identification, and Subject in the Marginal Literatures of Germany"

This panel seeks papers on the examination of the relationships between identity, identification, and subject within the context of multi-language marginal literatures of Germany. The genres in focus are short prose, poetry and novel from the selected works of Turkish-German, Arab-German, (Far East) Asian-German and African-German writers. Please send 300 word English abstracts and brief bibliographical statements (via email and preferably in MSWord or PDF format) to Hulya Yilmaz, HNU1@psu.edu.

Sex, Blood, and Hybridity: The Discourse of Racial Anxiety in Antebellum Writing (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 5:29pm
Rebecca Williams

In antebellum America, the notion of 'blood' as 'race' maintained a strong hold over the 19th century literary imagination. This panel will examine how antebellum literary texts worked dialectically with the new racial science of ethnology to respond to the dominant racial ideologies of the day. Mid-century works by authors as varied as Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Lydia Maria Child, and Frances E.W. Harper illustrated very clearly the instability of racial classification and its resultant sexual anxieties. Rather than phenotype, references to 'white' blood and 'black' blood came to be regarded as the primary signifiers of racial traits.

[UPDATE] out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:08am
School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.

Children's Literature and New York City (August 26, 2011)

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:57pm
University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Church of Ireland College of Education

The proposed volume will examine the varying ways in which children's literature has engaged with New York as a city space, both in terms of (urban) realism and as 'idea' (a place of opportunity, etc). The volume will explore not just dominant themes, motifs, tropes, etc but also the different narrative methods employed to inform readers about the history, function, physical structure, conceptualization, etc of New York City. The volume will also acknowledge the shared or symbiotic relationship between literature and the city: just as the literature can give imaginative 'reality' to the city, the city has the potential to shape the literary text.

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, March 15-18, 2012

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 5:47pm
Randall Spinks, Northeast Language Association

Ernest Hemingway's Cost-Benefit Aesthetic

This panel invites papers on metaphorical 'economic exchanges/expenditures' between (un)necessary risk, suffering and death and aesthetic meaning in Ernest Hemingway's works. What would be the 'cost/benefit' of the author's aesthetic of forthrightness versus his famous 'iceberg' method in the face of Modernist avant-gardism? What of such explorers of the political/economic unconscious as Ethnic, Feminist, Marxist, Queer Theorist, Disability, Animal or Masculinity Studies? (Please send abstracts of 300 words to Randall.Spinks@ncc.edu) by Sept. 30, 2011.

Romance in Medieval Britain: Oxford, 24–26 March 2012

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 4:02pm
Nicholas Perkins

The 13th Biennial Conference on Romance in Medieval Britain

Papers are invited on all aspects of medieval romance, its circulation and reception in and around the Insular Middle Ages. The conference coincides with a major exhibition, 'The Romance of the Middle Ages', at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Papers that address aspects of romance and materiality are particularly welcome, for example:
• texts and textuality, in manuscript or print
• the body and the sensual
• objects, spaces and places
• romance and medieval material culture
Information at: www.medieval.ox.ac.uk/rmb2012


Friday, July 29, 2011 - 3:43pm
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Call for Papers
Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts
Volume 5, Number 3 (Spring 2012)
"Land Ownership and Tenure"