[UPDATE] Edited collection on contemporary African American satire in all media

full name / name of organization: 
Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue
contact email: 

[The editors are pleased to report that this project has already received favorable attention from a scholarly press and, in order to present as wide a net of subject coverage as possible, are especially interested at this point in receiving submissions on topics related to film, television, performance and visual arts, though submissions from all genres are still welcome up to the deadline]

Patrice Evans, who blogs under the moniker "The Assimilated Negro," published an online essay on the ebonyjet.com website late in 2007 that lamented the seeming lack of satire in mainstream black culture:

[W]hy does it seem like black people are missing the boat -- treating the SS Satire like a slave ship? Sometimes it feels we only get the joke if it's the lowest common denominator, otherwise we have to put on our suits and let Oprah or Tyler Perry hold our hands and make sure there's a heavy Maya Angelou level of respect.[…] Where are the black branded satirists? Maybe we don't get it. Maybe we don't care to get it. Are there no satirists because of the lack of demand? It can't be for lack of opportunity. Every week we get a new race-event begging for lampooning: Watson, Jena 6, OJ, Imus, Michael Richards, Vick .... all present unique opportunities to make a joke that might mean a little more to someone with melanin.

Evans goes on to engage in some "speculative armchair psychology" and wonder openly if what he calls the "critical", "literary", and "detached" elements of satire are not barriers to African Americans' participation in this mode of cultural commentary. Not surprisingly, Evans's article garnered numerous online responses, both in its original form and in numerous repostings around the Internet. We seek to assemble a collection of scholarly essays about satire in contemporary African American culture in order to develop that response in both depth and breadth, examining both the premises that undergird Evans's original claims and a range of African American satirists working in a variety of media over the past thirty years.
Our volume seeks to build on the solid foundation laid by Darryl Dickson-Carr's African American Satire (Univ. of Missouri Press, 2001) and the contributors to Dana Williams's collection African American Humor, Irony and Satire (Cambridge Scholars, 2007). To that end we seek essays that critically examine African American satirical works since 1980, with an eye towards synthesizing a nuanced picture not only of the variety of forms in which African American satire appears but also of the larger media environment in which it participates. We invite close readings of individual satirists (a list of potential topics is appended below, but we welcome essays on other artists, especially women, from all media) as well as overarching meta-critical and theoretical discussions of themes, (sub)genres, or other aspects of the satirical mode as it relates to contemporary African American culture. We also would welcome essays that examine the use of satire by artists and within works not usually associated with the mode (e.g., Dickson-Carr's discussion of Toni Morrison's Jazz in his book) and wish to emphasize that our definition of satire is not limited solely to comedic or satiric-parodic works.

Proposals for essays should be between 750 and 1000 words and should articulate a clear critical question in relation to a set of primary and secondary texts. It is the editors' view (in accordance with the view of most academic presses) that a successful edited collection needs a clear and compelling organizing narrative and, thus, successful proposals will articulate clearly which critical narratives are at work within their rhetorical structures and why. Completed proposals are due on January 1, 2012 and can be sent to either Derek C. Maus (mausdc@potsdam.edu) or James J. Donahue (donahujj@potsdam.edu) or mailed in hard-copy to Derek Maus, 244 Morey Hall, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, 13676. We welcome any inquiries or questions about the volume prior to this submission date as well. Submitters will be notified about the status of their essays by February 1, 2012 and final essays of 4500-6000 words will be due on June 1, 2012 with a projected publication date some time in 2013.

Possible topics (others are welcomed)

  • Dawolu Jabari Anderson (visual artist; The Birth of a Nation: Yo! Bumrush the Show)
  • Damali Ayo (conceptual artist and writer; rent-a-negro.com; Obaminstan!: Land Without Racism)
  • Kevin Avery ("Siskel and Negro"; Thugs: the Musical)
  • Paul Beatty (novelist; The White Boy Shuffle; Slumberland; Tuff; etc.)
  • W. Kamau Bell (The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour; Face Full of Flour; Laughter Against the Machine)
  • Black Dynamite (film)
  • Dave Chappelle (Chappelle's Show; stand-up comedy)
  • Chocolate News (short-lived African American-themed satirical news-show on Comedy Central hosted by David Alan Grier)
  • Rusty Cundieff (Fear of a Black Hat; Tales from the Hood; etc.)
  • Ego Trip (magazine and website)
  • Trey Ellis (novelist, screenwriter; Platitudes; Home Repairs; Right Here, Right Now)
  • Patrice Evans (Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience; "The Assimilated Negro" blog)
  • Percival Everett (novelist; A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid; Erasure; I Am Not Sidney Poitier; etc.)
  • Donald Glover (stand-up comedy; Community; "Childish Gambino" hip=hop performances)
  • David Hammons (visual and conceptual artist; "African American Flag")
  • D. L. Hughley (stand-up comedy; D.L. Hughley Breaks the News [CNN show])
  • Darius James (Negrophobia: An Urban Parable)
  • Charles Johnson (novelist; Oxherding Tale; Middle Passage; etc.)
  • Mat Johnson (novelist; Pym; Hunting in Harlem)
  • Keith Knight (cartoonist of The K Chronicles and (Th)ink)
  • Spike Lee (filmmaker; School Daze; Bamboozled)
  • Aaron McGruder (Boondocks comic strip and television show)
  • Paul Mooney (stand-up comedy; television)
  • Tracy Morgan (stand-up comedy; Saturday Night Live; 30 Rock)
  • Z.Z. Packer (short-story writer; novelist; Drinking Coffee Elsewhere)
  • Ishmael Reed (novelist; The Terrible Twos; The Terrible Threes; Japanese By Spring; Juice!)
  • Chris Rock (Saturday Night Live; The Chris Rock Show; stand-up comedy)
  • Wanda Sykes (stand-up comedy; various television shows)
  • Baratunde Thurston (writer and editor for The Onion; Better Than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture; How to Be Black)
  • Touré (novelist, short-story writer; journalist; Soul City; The Portable Promised Land)
  • Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle)
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans and other Wayans family members (In Living Color; I'm Gonna Get You Sucka; White Chicks; etc.)
  • Colson Whitehead (novelist; The Intuitionist; John Henry Days; Apex Hides the Hurt; etc.)
  • George C. Wolfe (The Colored Museum)
    43219Deadline extended til October 17th -- The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900info@thelouisvilleconference.com 1318260393african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900contact email: info@thelouisvilleconference.com

    The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 has extended its submission deadline to October 17th, 2011. We welcome both critical and creative presentations. For more information, please see our Web site and CFP at: http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43220Food & Culture CFPSouthwest/Texas Popular Culture/ American Culture Associationlawill@nmsu.edu1318273064african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/ American Culture Associationcontact email: lawill@nmsu.edu

    The Food and Culture Area of the Southwest/ Texas Popular and American Culture Association invites papers and organized panels for their 33rd Annual Conference that will be held February 8-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, NM. The Conference theme this year is: Celebrating Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to address the intersection of culture and culinary production/consumption. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    Food and Globalization
    Culinary Politics and Colonialism
    Cooking/eating and trends and identities (Food Trucks, Hegans, Locavores, Slow Foodists, DIY Butchery)
    Cooking in popular culture (Eat, Pray, Love; Julia and Julia; Soylent Green; Babette's Feast; Big Night; Chocolat )
    Documentaries and the food industry (Food Inc.; The Future of Food; Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse)
    Representations of ethnic cooking in film and literature
    Food tourism
    Consumption and subjectivity
    Food and consuming motifs in literature
    Gender and food (Man vs. Food, The Sexual Politics of Meat)
    Class, and race and foodie culture
    Cooking and coming-of-age novels and memoirs
    Excess and overindulgence
    Eating disorders and hunger

    Scholars, graduate students, foodies and others interested in the intersection of food and culture are encouraged to submit. If you wish to form your own Food and Culture panel, please contact me with information on your panel topic and a list of three to four participants. Please pass this CFP along to your friends and colleagues.

    Please submit 250-300 word abstracts or proposed panels to the SW/TX PCA/ACA database http://conference2012.swtxpca.org. You may also submit your abstract along with a short (one page) curriculum vitae to lawill@nmsu.edu or to the physical address by 1 December 2012.

    Laura Anh Williams, Food and Culture Area Chair
    Department of English
    P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3E
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, NM 88003

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturepostcolonial 43221Essay on Charles Dickens for Early American StudiesElaine Craneecrane@fordham.edu1318279172americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryvictorianfull name / name of organization: Elaine Cranecontact email: ecrane@fordham.edu

    Early American Studies, published by University of Pennsylvania Press, is currently seeking essays for a 2012 issue on cross-cultural influences on Charles Dickens, specifically the ways in which he influenced American writers and/or was influenced by American culture. Please send all inquires to Elaine Crane at ecrane@fordham.edu. The deadline for all papers is January 15, 2012.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryvictorian 43222Digital Humanities Australasia 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting - 28-30 March 2012, Canberra, AustraliaAustralian National Universitykatherine.bode@anu.edu.au1318286276humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Australian National Universitycontact email: katherine.bode@anu.edu.au

    Call for Papers, Panels and Posters

    DIGITAL HUMANITIES AUSTRALASIA 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting

    The inaugural conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 28-30 March 2012

    Sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University.

    CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://aa-dh.org/conference
    CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSES: 11 November 2011
    REGISTRATION OPENS: Early January 2012

    The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, to be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, 28-30 March, 2012. The conference will feature papers, panels, posters and associated workshops. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, and especially encourage papers showcasing new research and developments in the field and/or responding to the conference theme of 'Building, Mapping, Connecting'.

    Proposals may focus on, but need not be limited to:
    - Institutionalisation, interdisciplinarity and collaboration
    - Measuring and valuing digital research
    - Publication and dissemination
    - Research applications and interfaces for digital collections
    - Designing and curating online resources
    - Digital textuality and literacy
    - Curriculum and pedagogy
    - Culture, creativity, arts, music, performance
    - Electronic critical editions
    - Digitisation, text encoding and analysis
    - Communities and crowdsourcing
    - Infrastructure, virtual research environments, workflows
    - Information mining, modelling, GIS and visualisation
    - Critical reflections on digital humanities futures


    Julia Flanders (Brown University, USA)
    Alan Liu (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
    Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
    Harold Short (King's College London, UK and University of Western Sydney, Australia)
    John Unsworth (University of Illinois, USA)


    Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by 11 November, 2011. All proposals will be fully refereed. Proposals should be submitted via the online form at http://conference.aa-dh.org. Please indicate whether you are proposing a poster, a short paper (10 mins), a long paper (20 mins) or a panel. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their proposal on 30 November, 2011.


    The Australian Academy of the Humanities has provided funding for travel bursaries. These will be available on a competitive basis for postgraduate students and early career researchers from Australia and New Zealand to present at the conference and participate in associated workshops. Staff from cultural institutions are also encouraged to apply. When submitting your proposal please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary.


    1. Poster presentations

    Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will open the conference, during which time presenters will need to be available to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters will also be on display at various times during the conference, and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs.

    2. Short papers

    Short papers are allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of development.

    3. Long papers

    Long papers are allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.

    4. Panels

    Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either:

    (a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be submitted together with a statement, of no more than 300 words, outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities; or

    (b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organiser should submit a 300-word outline of the topic session and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication from all speakers of their willingness to participate.


    Dr Paul Arthur, Australian National University
    Dr Katherine Bode, Australian National University


    Dr Paul Arthur, Australian National University
    Dr Craig Bellamy, VeRSI, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Dr Katherine Bode, Australian National University
    Prof Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, Australia
    Prof Jane Hunter, University of Queensland, Australia
    Dr Sydney Shep, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 43223FANTASY SPORTS PANEL; Sports Area: 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference (Boston, MA), April 11-14, 2012Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationploe4030@yahoo.com1318299160popular_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationcontact email: ploe4030@yahoo.com

    I am interested in putting together a panel dedicated solely to the topic of Fantasy Sports at the 2012 national PCA/ACA conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Papers addressing the theoretical, cultural, and/or historical implications of fantasy sports in general or of specific fantasy sports are highly encouraged, but all papers on this topic will be considered. If you would like to be a part of this panel, please send a 250-word abstract to Andrew Ploeg at ploe4030@yahoo.com by Monday, November 28th. Abstracts selected for the panel will need to be submitted to the PCA Sports Panel via the new PCA 2.0 procedure (which can be found at http://ncp.pcaaca.org). Proposals not submitted through PCA 2.0 will not be included in the program. All proposals received in response to this call will also be considered for inclusion in an edited collection about fantasy sports.

    cfp categories: popular_culture 43224Shakespeare and Performance (January 31, 2012)Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)Amy Tigner: altigner@gmail.com1318300320americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)contact email: Amy Tigner: altigner@gmail.com

    The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:

    Comparative performance in England

    Comparative performances in England and other countries

Street performance

    Provincial performance

    Performance of Guilds

    Women and performance
Boy's companies

    Current productions of early modern plays

    Shakespeare Festivals

    Playing spaces

Actors and the text

    Theatrical Gesture

Court Performances and Masques

    Film or TV productions of Shakespeare

    Please submit double-spaced manuscripts in Times New Roman, 12 pt font that do not exceed thirty pages in length, including notes (9,000 words total); electronic submission in Word format is required. Please use endnotes rather than a bibliography, formatting to Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed. The author's name, affiliation, and academic history should be included on the first page of the document. Thereafter, the author's name should not appear in the document. For more information about submissions or about the journal generally please see: http://www.uta.edu/english/ees/

    Submissions are due January 31, 2012.

    Please send submissions to Amy Tigner, earlyenglishstudies@gmail.com or altigner@gmail.com. The issue will appear in Fall 2012.

    Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formerly Early English Studies (EES) is an online journal under the auspices of the University of Texas, Arlington English Department and is devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in early modern period. EMSJ is published annually, peer-reviewed, and open to general submission.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerenaissancetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43225"Crossing Borders as Creating Borders in Twentieth-Century Literature" (ALA, May 24-27, 2012; San Francisco, CA)American Literature Associationlee.bebout@asu.edu; jhubbs@bama.ua.edu1318302604african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: American Literature Associationcontact email: lee.bebout@asu.edu; jhubbs@bama.ua.edu

    Frontiers, boundaries, margins, and borders occupy center stage in much recent scholarship. Influenced first by postcolonial theory and now by transnational studies, this paradigm shift has brought about heightened awareness of global interconnectedness and transnational circuits of production, meaning, and migration. For some scholars and public intellectuals, this increasingly globalized world has become marked by a rootless migratory sensibility (Arjun Appadurai) and a flattening of power relations (Thomas Freedman). But as performance artist and cultural critic Guillermo Gómez-Peña has suggested, the experience of crossing borders is not the same for all. Rather than a utopic dissolution of all boundaries, twentieth-century border crossers often traverse one boundary in order to firm up another. This panel seeks papers that explore twentieth-century works in which crossing one border--national, generic, thematic, formal--necessitates reinforcing a different borderline.

    We are seeking participants for this panel, which is proposed for the next American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2012). Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement (including rank and institutional affiliation) to Jolene Hubbs (jhubbs@bama.ua.edu) and Lee Bebout (Lee.Bebout@asu.edu) by December 1, 2011. Notification by December 15, 2011. Proposals should be both pasted into the body of the email and included as Word attachments.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonial 43226Call for proposals - Reframing Reproduction - edited book 30 Nov 2011Meredith Nashmeredith.nash@utas.edu.au1318305607cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Meredith Nashcontact email: meredith.nash@utas.edu.au

    Call for Papers – Edited Book

    Reframing reproduction: Sociological perspectives on gender, sexuality and reproduction in late modernity

    Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2011

    Editor: Meredith Nash

    Email: meredith.nash@utas.edu.au

    Despite the relevance and topicality of reproduction, to date, much of the sociological literature on reproduction has been empirical work focused on one aspect of reproduction (for example reproductive technology, pre-natal testing or media debates about delayed fertility) or it is part of scholarship focused more broadly on gender, health and illness or the body.
    This edited collection will argue that reproduction should be 'reframed' within sociology to acknowledge the new 'choices', anxieties and challenges that come alongside life in late modernity for both women and men. The central aim of this collection is to extend sociological scholarship by focusing on reproduction as a field of research in its own right. The content of the monograph will engage with all aspects of reproduction, inclusive of the experiences and views of women and men, and health practitioners in increasingly globalised societies.

    I am looking for suitable chapter proposals that explore the themes of risk, contested 'choices', 'empowerment', embodied experiences, medicalisation or the commodification of reproduction as some of the key nodes connecting sociology and feminist scholarship in terms of both theory building and empirical research.


    Potential authors are invited to develop a chapter that addresses one or more of the themes listed below:

    1) Defining and understanding contemporary reproduction

    Key question: How do sociology and feminist theory help us to understand and define contemporary reproduction?

    How do rapid social and technological change, inequalities, contemporary cultures and social structures shape reproductive realms? What is at stake? What problems does it raise? What solutions does it offer? Papers that address this question might consider the social aspects of how women and men feel, think, and act in relation to their reproductive 'choices' and increased uncertainty in late modernity.

    2) The interface between reproduction, feminism, gender and health.

    Key question: How can we extend sociological scholarship to more closely examine the interface between reproduction, feminism, gender and health?

    What would a 'sociology of reproduction' look like if it were clearly located in sociology but also informed by feminist scholarship and applied research on reproduction and health from cognate disciplines such as nursing, medicine, anthropology, gender studies and public health?

    3) Gendered and cross-cultural experiences of reproduction

    Key question: How have contemporary cultural ideals, values, and technologies concerning reproduction been utilized/reconfigured by women and men?

    Sociology would benefit from deeper engagement with both gender and cross-cultural scholarship on reproduction. For example, although contemporary gendered experiences of reproduction are often viewed to have originated in the 'West', these experiences are by no means limited to the 'West'. I would like to see the papers that address this theme explore reproduction cross-culturally and to challenge Eurocentric, universalised accounts.


    Potential authors are invited to address one or more of the following subthemes:

    Contested 'choices' and 'empowerment'
    • Negotiating reproductive 'choices'
    • Experiences of reproduction through the lenses of age, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality (e.g. 'older', gay/lesbian/queer, teen, and single parenthood, childlessness)
    • How is risk imbricated within contemporary western and increasingly 'global' socio-cultural practices and ideologies related to reproduction?

    Experience and practice of reproductive health care
    • Health care during pregnancy and birth
    • Reproductive science/technology and the new relationships it creates and challenges for men and women
    • Responses to identifying and managing risk
    • Embodied experiences

    The reproductive market place and technology
    • Buying or borrowing any aspect of reproduction (e.g. sperm banks/banking, surrogacy, egg donation, selective reduction, multiple births)
    • Reproduction and the internet (e.g. preconception care, fertility phone apps, tracking technology).
    • Reproduction tourism (infertility/IVF, surrogacy, post-birth plastic surgery, etc.)
    • Commodification of pregnancy and parenthood (e.g. maternity fashion, exercise classes, websites, 'entertainment' ultrasounds, surrogacy)

    Please note that I am in the process of completing a proposal to submit to publishers, which we will be completed based on the submissions I receive. I have received interest from several publishers, but I have not signed a contract at this stage.

    Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts/chapter proposals (approx. 300 words) and a biographical sketch by 30 November, 2011. If accepted, final submissions of no more than 6,500 words (including notes and references) must be submitted by mid-July 2012.

    Please send abstracts or queries directly to: meredith.nash@utas.edu.au

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culture 432275th Global Conference: Forgiveness (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netfor5@inter-disciplinary.net1318320746african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: for5@inter-disciplinary.net

    5th Global Conference

    Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Friday 13th July 2012
    Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Call for Papers:
    This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to investigate and explore the nature, significance, and practices of forgiveness. Asking for or granting forgiveness can be a routine part of everyday life, but the nature of forgiveness as a personal, cultural, and even international practice can be complex. The acts of stating an apology and asking for forgiveness have also become part of a spectacle: witness moments of national significance to break with past wrongs. Forgiveness raises a variety of questions that touch on a vast array of academic disciplines – anthropology, literature, history, philosophy, psychology, political science, etc. In cases of significant transgressions, social tensions, and even international conflicts there are questions of what counts as forgiveness and how it moves from the level of individual to community, national and international relationships. This conference will look at the full range of this complexity. To encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations.

    Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes:

    1. Questions of Definition
    ~ What is forgiveness?
    ~ What sorts of behaviour require people to seek forgiveness?
    ~ Who can grant forgiveness? Can there be meaningful third party forgiveness?
    ~ Who benefits from forgiveness and how?
    ~ Can forgiveness be required of someone? Can it ever be wrong to offer forgiveness?
    ~ Can we forgive an ongoing evil?

    2. Psychological Perspectives
    ~ The emotional effect of victimization and the role forgiveness can play in either exacerbating or mitigating such feelings
    ~ The nature of self-forgiveness
    ~ Barriers to people's ability to forgive transgressors
    ~ How a willingness (or unwillingness) to forgive can be a measure of self-worth or self-respect
    ~ Issues related to the psychological burden of not forgiving
    ~ What happens after the forgiveness is granted?

    3. Legal and Political Perspectives
    ~ Forgiveness for past crimes of individuals – rehabilitation, second chances, and pardons
    ~ How forgiveness can play a role in criminal legal proceedings
    ~ Forgiveness as a part of social reconstruction following civil wars or systematic social injustices
    ~ How forgiveness can be required or granted in relationships between nations
    ~ Seeking forgiveness on behalf of others: righting historic wrongs
    ~ Difficulties connected with political forgiveness: collectiveness, performative meaning of forgiveness declarations, etc.

    4. Social, Cultural and Literary Perspectives
    ~ The role forgiveness plays in different cultures
    ~ Differences in perceptions of the importance of forgiveness in different societies
    ~ Forgiveness ceremonies as important cultural practices
    ~ How questions of forgiveness are used in literature
    ~ Forgiveness in cinema, film, tv, radio and theatre
    ~ The role of the arts as catalyst or hindrance for actual cases of forgiveness
    ~ Forgiveness and the media

    5. Religion and Forgiveness
    ~ Distinctions between secular and religious notions of forgiveness
    ~ The role of forgiveness in religious practices
    ~ How religious beliefs can promote forgiveness
    ~ How religions can be barriers to forgiveness
    ~ Rituals of forgiveness and their importance

    6. Issues, Connections and Relations
    - The relationship between forgiveness and restitution
    - The relationship between forgiveness and retribution
    - The relationship between forgiveness and compassion, mercy or pity
    - The relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation
    - The relationship between forgiveness and personal growth

    Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.

    The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

    a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 key words

    E-mails should be entitled: FOR5 Abstract Submission.

    Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year.
    All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

    Joint Organising Chairs:

    Charles W. Nuckolls
    Department of Anthropology,
    Brigham Young University,
    Email: administrator@utahvalleycommons.com

    Rob Fisher
    Network Founder and Leader
    Freeland, Oxfordshire,
    United Kingdom
    Email: for5@inter-disciplinary.net

    The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

    All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s)

    For further details of the project, please visit:

    For further details of the conference, please visit:

    Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

    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_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 432281st Global Conference: Making Sense of: Play (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netplay@inter-disciplinary.net1318324657african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: play@inter-disciplinary.net

    1st Global Conference
    Making Sense of: Play

    Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Friday 13th July 2012
    Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Call for Papers:
    What is "play"? The noun "play" and the verb "to play", though related, can have quite different meanings. Either way, the term is ubiquitous and plays (!) a significant part in the depiction of many common and important aspects of existence. This is so despite – or perhaps because of – the contradiction that is inherent in the concept "play". On the one hand, there is the sense of play that has to do with freedom, improvisation, inventiveness, not-in-earnestness, frivolity, fun, though sometimes nastiness, too (as in playing with someone's affections or torturing others for pleasure – think Abu Ghraib photographs, for example). On the other hand, there is play which is ritualistic and rule-governed: sport, drama, musical performance, various games, all of which have a strong element of structured performance in common. However, in both cases there is the implication that when we "play" (or a "play" is in progress), something not quite "for real" is taking place, something superfluous, perhaps, from the point of view of necessity or survival. At the same time, "play" appears to be something quite fundamental, as evidenced in the frequency with which the term appears in discourse and the role it has (plays!) in metaphors such as, e.g. "playing with fire", "playing hooky", "playing by ear", "playing rough, playing fair" When we speak of children and play we vacillate between seeing play as 'children's work" and as such necessary, essential for a child's learning about the world or we dismiss it as "mere child's play," as indeed superfluous and not of real account. Puppies and children play and to that extent, we count it as evidence of lacking the status of the serious, working adult. We might also consider the play of the senses, both in children and in adults, when we consider the delight we take in looking, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling—a kind of somatic play that reminds us of our connections to the earth and its myriad of sensuous experiences. Artists often consider their task to "play" with sensuous media. Even as they engage in the serious task of making art.

    The interdisciplinary project Making Sense Of: Play seeks to examine the various meanings of "play", elucidate their inter-relationships and trace the origins of the patterns of play and their place in the human condition. Variations in cultural conditions naturally impact on play, its meanings and its forms, as do, often in a different way, economic inequalities both within and between different cultures. Our deliberations will necessarily takes this into account. In many languages, as in English, throughout its etymological history "play" has been closely connected to the world of children and make believe. Academic study of play, too, deals predominantly with various aspects of children's play and its importance in development. There is, in fact, a lack of balance between the study of play in relation to children and childhood on one hand, and "play" more generally, as outlined above, on the other. For this reason our project explicitly emphasizes the comparatively under-explored aspects of play in linguistic, literary, philosophical, historical, psychological and evolutionary frames of reference.

    The following broad themes are suggested: Play (as both – or either – freedom and constraint)

    - in politics
    - in literature
    - throughout history
    - in philosophy
    - as a psychological issue
    - its evolutionary significance
    - in language
    - as humour
    - in metaphor
    - play of perception
    - play and the life-course
    - relating to existential crisis (illness, death)
    - and love
    - and hatred
    - and power
    - animal play

    The above themes are not unrelated; they represent dimensions rather than categories and can therefore be combined in presentations.

    The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

    a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 key words

    E-mails should be entitled: PLAY Abstract Submission.

    Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

    Joint Organising Chairs:

    Wendy Turgeon
    Project Leader
    St. Joseph's College,
    New York,
    Email: turgeon@optonline.net

    Rob Fisher
    Network Founder and Leader
    Freeland, Oxfordshire,
    United Kingdom
    mail: play@inter-disciplinary.net

    The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

    All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s)

    For further details of the project, please visit:

    For further details of the conference, please visit:

    Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 432293rd Global Conference: Revenge (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netrev3@inter-disciplinary.net1318329173african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: rev3@inter-disciplinary.net

    3rd Global Conference

    Sunday 15th July 2012 – Tuesday 17th July 2012
    Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Call for Papers:
    Revenge, so we are told, is a dish best served cold: a 'sweet' wreaking of vengeance on those who have – either in reality or in our minds – slighted, wronged or in some way 'injured' us and who are now 'enjoying' their just deserts by an avenging angel (or angels) on the great day of reckoning.

    This inter- and multi-disciplinary research and publications project seeks to explore the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions of vengeance or revenge. The project aims to explore the nature of revenge, its relationship with issues of justice, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and nations. The project will also consider the history of revenge, its 'legitimacy', the 'scale' of vengeful actions and whether revenge has (or should have) 'limits'. Representations of revenge in film, literature, television, theatre and radio will be analysed; cultural 'traditions' of retaliation and revenge will be considered. And the role of mercy, forgiveness and pardon will be assessed.

    Papers will be consider the following indicative themes:

    ~ philosophies of revegne
    ~ vengeance in history, literature, and popular culture
    ~ revenge cross-culturally
    ~ is there any proper and improper time for revenge? Can an act of revenge be carried across generations?
    ~ revenge, vengeance, retaliation: to avenge
    ~ justice and revenge; redressing the balance, just deserts
    ~ betrayal, humiliation, shame, resentment and revenge
    ~ revenge and the individual; revenge and the group; revenge and the nation
    ~ revenge in music and the arts
    ~ revenge in television, film, radio and theatre
    ~ relationship between revenge and mercy, forgiveness, pardon
    ~ revenge case-studies: individual, cultural, and historical

    Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.

    The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

    a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 key words

    E-mails should be entitled: REV3 Abstract Submission.

    Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

    Joint Organising Chairs:

    Charles W. Nuckolls
    Department of Anthropology,
    Brigham Young University,
    Email: administrator@utahvalleycommons.com

    Rob Fisher
    Network Founder and Leader
    Freeland, Oxfordshire,
    United Kingdom
    Email: rev3@inter-disciplinary.net

    The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

    All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s)

    For further details of the project, please visit:

    For further details of the conference, please visit:

    Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43230Performing Research: Creative ExchangesCentral School of Speech and Dramashaun.may@cssd.ac.uk1318331499film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatrefull name / name of organization: Central School of Speech and Dramacontact email: shaun.may@cssd.ac.uk

    Performing Research: Creative Exchanges

    Central School of Speech and Drama Postgraduate Conference

    19th and 20th January 2012

    The postgraduate community of the Central School of Speech & Drama invites proposals for papers, provocations and performance lectures for their January conference, Performing Research: Creative Exchanges. Engaging with a wide variety of research areas in theatre and performance, we welcome submissions from postgraduate students, established scholars and independent researchers.

    Prospective Themes include, but are not limited to, the following...

    Applied Theatre and Dramatherapy
- Theatre practice with 'at risk' groups.
- Disability in performance.
- Therapeutic effects of performance.

    Culture and Performance
- Intercultural performance.

    - Cultural capital in contemporary performance practices

    - Cultural identity and diaspora.

    Doing Gender

    - Gender identity and heteronormative representation.
- Queer bodies on stage and screen.
- The sexual politics of laughter.

    Mind and Body in Performance
- Cognitive science approaches to performance.

    - The embodied, embedded and extended mind hypotheses.
- Psychoanalysis and performance.

    Performance and Philosophy

    - Epistemology of Performance.

    - Self and authenticity in performances.
- Phenomenological approaches to Theatre.

    Contemporary Performance Practices

    - Intermediality on the contemporary stage.

    - Immersive and interactive practices.

    - 21st Century actor training.

    The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Tuesday, 15th November 2011. Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to shaun.may@cssd.ac.uk, along with a brief biography including your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable) in a separate document. Documents should be either .doc or .pdf formats. 

    Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes of speaking time and 10 minutes of questions, provocations will be allocated 10 minutes of speaking time and 5 minutes of discussion. All presenters will have access to Powerpoint, and any further technical requirements should be specified in the candidate's abstract.

    If you have any questions regarding Performing Research: Creative Exchanges, please email shaun.may@cssd.ac.uk. For more information about the Central School of Speech and Drama, please visit www.cssd.ac.uk.

    cfp categories: film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatre 43231Affective Landscapes Conference, 25-26th May 2012Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth, Neil Campbell, University of Derby, Robert Hudson, University of Derbychristine.berberich@port.ac.uk1318338482cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencestravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth, Neil Campbell, University of Derby, Robert Hudson, University of Derbycontact email: christine.berberich@port.ac.uk

    Call for Papers:

    Affective Landscapes

    May 25th / 26th 2012,
    University of Derby, UK

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
    - Kathleen Stewart, University of Texas Austin, author of Ordinary Affects (2007) and A Space on the Side of the Road (1996)
    - Ben Highmore, University of Sussex, author of Ordinary Lives. Studies in the Everyday (2011) and Everyday Life and Cultural Theory (2002)

    This conference seeks exciting disciplinary and transdisciplinary proposals from scholars working in fields such as cultural studies, literary studies, cultural politics/history, creative writing, film and media studies, Area Studies, photography, fine art, interested in examining the different ways in which human beings respond and relate to, as well as debate and interact with landscape.

    In 2009, the one-day symposium 'Land and Identity', held at the University of Derby, brought together a diverse body of academics to discuss themes and intersections across multiple areas of research interest. This follow-up event, hosted by the Identity, Conflict and Representation Research Centre at the University of Derby in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth, aims to develop inter-disciplinary debates around the idea of 'Affective Landscapes'. The conference has been inspired by the work of theorists whose work examines points of intersection between ordinary life and extraordinary encounters and exchanges with the world around us. It asks how do we 'feel', 'sense', 'know', 'cherish', 'memorise', 'imagine', 'dream', 'desire', or even 'fear' landscapes? How do its 'intensities' register, flow and circulate? What forms do we use to articulate, debate and record these affects?

    The Conference will include a related film screening and panel discussion to take place at the QUAD Arts Centre in Derby.

    We are particularly interested in proposals examining the following:

    - psychogeography
    - critical regionalism
    - cultural politics on identity and landscape
    - national identity
    - suburbia
    - edgelands
    - the rural / urban
    - responses to landscape by creative practitioners (writers / photographers / artists / filmmakers)
    - phenomenology
    - the body in landscape
    - Ecocriticism
    - landscapes of trauma and memory
    - theories of affect and landscape

    Please send proposals of not more than 250 words by 16 December 2011 to
    Dr. Christine Berberich at christine.berberich@port.ac.uk

    Further details about the conference, the venue, travel, accommodation, registration etc can be found at the website: http://www.derby.ac.uk/affectivelandscapes

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityinternational_conferencestravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43232CFP Science Fiction and Fantasy Section PCA 11-14 April 2012Popular Culture Associationpcasff@gmail.com1318342843popular_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Associationcontact email: pcasff@gmail.com

    One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2012 national conference. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

    PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not at all an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following. We would particularly like to encourage submissions for 2012 that examine Reality and Unreality.

    General Topics
    • Fans and Fandom/Community Building
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Class and Hierarchies
    • Hybridity and Liminality
    • Utopia/Dystopia
    • Audience Reception
    • Translation Issues
    • Cross-Media Texts
    • Regeneration—Moving Narratives from One Medium to Another
    • Language and Rhetoric
    • Genre—Space Opera, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, etc.
    • Franchising Narratives
    • Intertexuality
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Textual Analysis
    • Sociological or Psychological Readings
    • Archival Research
    • Technology—Textual and Literal
    • Pedagogy—Teaching Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Online Identity Construction
    • Use of Music and Silence
    • Visual, Spatial, and Design Elements
    • Mythology and Quest Narratives
    • Steampunk

    Examples of Fantasy Texts
    • Classic and Contemporary Literature—Gilgamesh; Homer's Odyssey; J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia; Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels; J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series; Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials collection; Frank Baum's Oz series; Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; and works by such authors as Piers Anthony, Marian Zimmer Bradley, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Weis, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia McKillip, and others.
    • Film—The Princess Bride (1987), Willow (1988), Labyrinth (1986), The Dark Crystal (1982), The NeverEnding Story (1984), The Clash of the Titans (1981; 2009), Ladyhawke (1985), Spirited Away (2001), Donnie Darko (2001), Chocolat (2000), Amelie (2001), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), etc.
    • Television—The Twilight Zone (1959-64), The Prisoner (1967-68), Dark Shadows (1966-71), Wonder Woman (1975-79), Beauty and the Beast (1987-90), Wonderfalls (2004), The Dresden Files (2007), Supernatural (2005-), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001), Charmed (1998-2006), Angel (1999-2004), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Lost (2004-), Being Human (2009-), and others.
    • Comics and Graphic Novels—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8; Japanese manga; European comics; underground comics movement, etc.
    • Gaming—Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Everquest, Myst, Vampire: The Masquerade, etc.

    Examples of Science Fiction Texts
    • Classic and Contemporary Literature—from the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Octavia E. Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Marge Piercy, James Tiptree Jr., Frank Herbert, and Candas Jane Dorsey.
    • Film—from Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902), Frankenstein (1931), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Matrix (1999), Children of Men (2006), Iron Man (2008), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), Transformers 2 (2009), Star Trek (2009).
    • Television—classic TV such as Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) and The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) to recent series of interest, including Lexx (1997-2002), Twin Peaks (1990-91), The X-Files (1993-2002), Dark Angel (2000-02), The 4400 (2004-07), the Stargate series including Universe, Babylon 5 (1993-98), Battlestar Galactica (2004- 2008), Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles (2007 - 2009), Torchwood (2006-), Primeval (2007-), Heroes (2007-), Firefly (2002-03), Sanctuary (2008-), Eureka (2006-), and others.

    The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.

    Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website. Instructions for submission can be found at www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php and submissions made at http://ncp.pcaaca.org . The document should contain the following information in this order:

    • Name(s) of presenter(s)—indicate main contact person if submitting a group presentation
    • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
    • Name and contact information of cooperating professor—undergraduates only
    • Address(es), telephone number(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)
    • Title(s) of paper(s), panel, roundtable, or workshop
    • Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain
    The paper/panel proposal will be acknowledged when received, and the sender will be notified of the submission's status no later than 1 January 2012.

    Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs. Also please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. This includes roundtables, that is, a person cannot present a paper and a roundtable discussion.

    Submission Deadline: 15 December 2011

    Each year after the last conference panel on Saturday evening, the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! Location TBA; film tentatively scheduled: The Five Doctors (1983). Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. More details about these awards can be found at the area's website: www.pcasff.org

    Please be aware that the PCA offers several travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2012. Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information.

    Hope to see you in Boston!

    Dr. Gillian I Leitch, PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chair
    23 Blvd Mont-Bleu, #1
    Gatineau, QC
    Canada J8Z 1H9

    NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.

    cfp categories: popular_culture 43233International Conference:The Branding Strategy in the Audiovisual SectorESAV - Toulouse University- FRANCE helene.laurichesse@univ-tlse2.fr1318347624film_and_televisioninternational_conferencespopular_culturescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: ESAV - Toulouse University- FRANCE contact email: helene.laurichesse@univ-tlse2.fr

    Brands are now soaring blatantly in all sectors, countries, cities, universities and colleges, football teams, actors, museums, TV programs.
    In the audiovisual sector, the branding strategy helps assert one's market-position, adopt a policy of differentiation towards other competitors but also reduces the uncertainty regarding the quality of the works and the financial risks involved. It is part of the quality indicators which give credit to the information and help people make their choice.
    If this phenomenon is nothing new, a more asserted form of branding in all the audiovisual sectors as well as the arrival of new forms in the branding strategy can be observed today (example: transmedia).
    These two developments are at the core of the issues raised by the conference.

    It is worth indicating yet that these developments revolve around the branding strategy of the audiovisual sector for the audiovisual sector.
    In other words, we intend to question the way the institutions and the artistic goods of the cultural industry assimilate the branding concept in order to promote their structure or their works.
    Product and branding placement in audiovisual works isn't at the core of the issues raised by the conference for this placement represents the strategy of certain companies to communicate about their brands, products or services mainly in the mass consumption sector (air transport, beverages, cars, computers, telephones etc.)

    Three main axes will be highlighted:

    Defining branding in the audiovisual sector

    The « brand » can cover many different areas, notably regarding its field of application -products, services, store brands, companies, institutions-, the perspective it is dealt with (legal, economic, marketing, strategic, sociological) or even its field of activity (television, radio, video games, festivals, cinema, videos and Internet).
    The conference will attempt to define the forms, architecture and related practices of the brand in each of these cases.
    Some examples : the branding strategy of the major audiovisual groups (Warner), television channels (Canal Plus), TV shows (Secret Story) film festivals (Festival de Cannes), one director (Woody Allen), one star (Michael Jackson), a saga (Harry Potter), sequels (Pirates of the Caribbean), and a TV series (Dexter).
    The specificities of the branding strategy in the audiovisual sector will obviously be at the core of these issues.

    The most striking development in the branding strategy of the audiovisual sector is illustrated by the cross-media and transmedia phenomena. The latter which revolutionises numerous aspects of the audiovisual industry and establishes a direct link with the concept of branding would appear essential today when considering a brand. This will be given particular attention in the conference as transmedia works question the boundaries between the areas mentioned above, and now concerns creation, production and diffusion in a single form united by one brand. Usually transmedia works simultaneously range from books, films, TV series, video games, internet sites and multiple associated by-products.
    This open system, this « structure en galaxie » whose gateways are all on the same level is perfectly in tune with the logic of communication, and in this respect, is essential to understanding branding in this sector.
    Is the aesthetic approach to the creation of a work modified? What aesthetic implications can be observed?
    These issues open up the question of branding in multiple areas such as merchandising, spin off, fanfiction and all the forms which can be considered as extensions of the brand.

    The strategic management of the brand: branding

    What are the foreseeable communication strategies of branding in the audiovisual sector?
    The tendency to have the consumer play an active part in the production of the commercial message, the social networks, communities formalised by a participative marketing approach contributes to give a new reality to the brand policy. But how can this change be concretely translated and what will be its consequences?
    Along these lines, the branding strategy in the audiovisual sector is illustrated by the Licensing phenomenon. The audiovisual sector has been willing to launch itself into an era of Licences and it would be interesting to probe deeper into this tendency as well as the terminologies of brand extension, and co-branding in the audiovisual sector.
    The participation of academics from various backgrounds is desirable: in the fields of information and communication, sociology, management and marketing, economics and aesthetics (considering that transmedia now links the last two domains).

    Please send your abstracts (title and summary of half a page) as well as a short biography to helene.laurichesse@univ-tlse2.fr before December 15th, 2011.
    Conference languages: English and French

    cfp categories: film_and_televisioninternational_conferencespopular_culturescience_and_culture 432342nd Global Conference:The Child: A Persons Project (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netchild2@inter-disciplinary.net1318347956gender_studies_and_sexualityfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: child2@inter-disciplinary.net

    After a hiatus of one year, the Childhood Project is returning. This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to investigate and explore all aspects of childhood. The period of life prior to adulthood is one of dramatic change and development of physical, intellectual, psychological, and many other types of characteristics. The nature of childhood and its significance as a separate phase of life, however, is viewed quite differently in different cultures and in different historical eras. This conference will look at all aspects of the experience of childhood as well as the social and cultural perceptions of children and childhood

    cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexuality 43235AdaptationsUniversity of Pennsylvania Graduate Humanities Forumsarahmd@sas.upenn.edu1318350709african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: University of Pennsylvania Graduate Humanities Forumcontact email: sarahmd@sas.upenn.edu

    The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its twelfth annual conference: "Adaptations." This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at the Penn Humanities Forum, in conjunction with its 2011-2012 theme, "Adaptations." Our keynote speaker is Dr. Rey Chow.

    In the humanities, the word "adaptation" has traditionally described the relationship of one work of art to another; we tend to consider the debt or faith a new text owes its precursor, to think about the identity between objects that persists across time, space, and media. This understanding of adaptation relies upon a series of apparent contradictions: highly constrained forms prove agile in accommodating unique content, artistic works inaugurate new markets but are consumed within existing economies, tropes and figures fall in and out of favor according to the perception of their utility and relevance, or the valuation of their obsolescence. We seek papers that consider the tensions between freedom and constraint, active and passive, survival and resistance: how does adaptation negotiate among these?

    We also seek papers that consider versions of adaptation from beyond the traditional purview of the humanities: how might science studies, the digital humanities and other emerging fields articulate questions of transformation, migration and persistence? If, for example, an agent changes in response to a new environment, and the environment itself alters due to the agent's presence, to what or to whom do we attribute agency? How do we imagine autopoeisis? What urgency might questions of adaptation gain if considered through the study of populations? Transformations of object and audience take place within each new encounter, sites and identities proliferate; we therefore invite submissions from a wide range of disciplines exploring specific adaptations, as well as submissions exploring adaptation itself, both in its traditional humanistic senses and in the new ways in which emergent areas of scholarship are expanding the term.

    Topics for proposals might include:
    - Audiences and receptions
    - Techniques and technologies of adaptation
    - Digitization and new media
    - Commodification, assimilation and revolution
    - Survival, survivance, and loss
    - Identities and artworks / identities among artworks
    - Translation and transmission
    - Repurposing, reuse, and bricolage
    - Failures of adaptation and regeneration

    Hailed as one of the most prominent intellectuals working in the humanities today, cultural critic Dr. Rey Chow works at the confluence of postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, literature, film and visual studies. She is the author of numerous publications including Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (2007), and The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002). Her book Primitive Passions (1995) was the recipient of the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell prize. Dr. Chow's current work concerns the legacies of poststructuralist theory, the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digital media. Formerly Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, Dr. Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University.

    Please send 250-word paper proposals, along with a 1-page CV to Sarah Dowling at sarahmd@sas.upenn.edu by November 15, 2011.

    For further information please visit http://www.phf.upenn.edu/11-12/ghf/cfp.shtml

    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_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43236CFP: Visions & Voices of Childhood Grad Conference @ Rutgers-Camden (May 21-22, 2011)Theresa Murzyn/ Rutgers-Camdentheresamurzyn@gmail.com1318353802african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Theresa Murzyn/ Rutgers-Camdencontact email: theresamurzyn@gmail.com

    Visions and Voices of Childhood: A Graduate Student Conference
    Department of Childhood Studies
    Rutgers University - Camden

    The Rutgers University-Camden Childhood Studies Graduate Student
    Organization (GSO) invites submissions for paper presentations for its
    second formal graduate student conference to be held May 21-22, 2012
    on the Camden, NJ campus. Graduate students from all disciplines who
    are engaged in research relating to children and childhood are
    encouraged to submit proposals.

    As the field of childhood studies continues to grow, old and new
    debates and concepts continuously impact the study of children and childhood.
    Representations and interpretations of children's lives and
    perspectives have become central to these debates. This conference
    proposes an open, broad definition of children's visions and voices.
    Both the theoretical debates
    surrounding visions and voices and the application of such concepts
    are encouraged.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:
    - Representations of children across all media (literature, film,
    television, internet, etc.)
    - The theoretical concept of "the child's voice" in qualitative and
    quantitative research
    - Children's development
    - Rights of children
    - Globalization and children
    - Children's involvement in research
    - Ethical and methodological considerations for the child's voice
    - Visual literacy and children
    - Children and religion
    - Statistical representations of children
    - Children's health
    - Race, class, and gender in the study of children
    - Geographies and histories of childhood

    We invite proposals from all disciplines—education, literature,
    economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, political
    science, history, public policy, criminology, philosophy, medicine,
    religion, film studies, cultural studies, and the arts — as well as
    multi-disciplinary scholarly work.

    Submission: 250-word abstract plus cover letter with name, current
    level of graduate study, affiliated university, and email address to
    childgso@camden.rutgers.edu. Include the words
    "conference abstract" in subject line, and include name on the cover
    letter only.

    Deadline: December 15, 2011. Accepted presenters will receive
    notification by February 1, 2012.

    Contact Matthew Prickett at prickett@camden.rutgers.edu if you have
    questions about the conference,
    or visit http://clam.rutgers.edu/~childgso/conference2012.html
    Visit the Department of Childhood Studies here:

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43237CFP Into the Deep: Monstrous Creatures, Alien Worlds, Toulouse, France, June 14-15 2012Explora, University of Toulouseexploraoceanography@yahoo.com1318362257americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Explora, University of Toulousecontact email: exploraoceanography@yahoo.com

    Into the Deep: Monstrous Creatures, Alien Worlds

    Explora International Conference
    14–15 June 2012
    Toulouse Natural History Museum

    At a time when the hope of finding water on other planets dwindles, the beauty of the earth is more and more considered to lie in its wondrous seas and oceans. Yet true access to the world of the sea has long been denied to humans, and it seems to be gained at the very moment when it is being endangered. This conference proposes to reflect upon the evolution of scientific and literary representations of oceans and underwater ecosystems in the past two centuries, trying to sketch a brief history of oceanography and its literary and artistic representations.

    This interdisciplinary conference will explore the history of oceanography through narratives of scientific journeys across the seas, or the way in which ecosystems like coral reeds or key marine animals, such as seals, dolphins, whales or sharks, loom large in narratives, journals and/or fiction, for colonial, symbolic or mythical reasons, or because their presence/absence is an indicator of the way in which ecosystems evolve.

    We welcome papers from across the humanities entwining scientific and literary approaches, concerning for instance the history of whaling and the myth of the whale as it shifts from monster to endangered friend. We may think of the way in which William Scoresby's letters to Sir Joseph Banks and his Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale Fishery (1823) reveal how voyages in search of whales could also lead to scientific research and discoveries; similarly, Herman Melville's Moby Dick (1851) feeds upon scientific knowledge and revolves around a key chapter devoted to paradigmatic taxonomy, while turning the whale into a mythical beast whose elusive meaning encompasses questions of race, good and evil. Contributors may also choose to dive deeper and venture underwater, exploring both the evolution of scientific knowledge and the shifting myths that convey the human fascination for the secrets of the deep. Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-70) draws upon allusions to Lapeyrouse, Dumont d'Urville, de Lesseps, paying tribute to voyages of discovery while dreaming of the submarine and dreading giant squids, leading to many a later tale featuring a monster from the deep. Specific attention may be paid to children's literature by focussing on the way in which this genre seeks to entice and transmit scientific data and even raise ecological awareness from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Papers on films may range from studies of documentaries (such as the work of Jacques-Yves Cousteau) to the dramatization and evolution of types and models of representation. These may include very early adaptations of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Méliès for instance, later variations on the theme verging on caricature like Jaws or venturing in the abyss to seek better acquaintance with the marine world. Papers centred on films may also focus upon bigger dreams, as might perhaps be the case of the as of yet unreleased sequel of Avatar, which promises to unravel an underwater world. Topics might also include the politics of representation and the impact of fishing (and conflicts connected with endangered species and harsh economic conditions) in films (from Stromboli to representations of Greenpeace) or literary works.

    Please send proposals of up to 350 words (attached as a WORD file) along with a short biographical note to exploraoceanography@yahoo.com by 20 December 2011.

    cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialromanticscience_and_culturetravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43238Canadian and Quebec Literatures in a Global Context, May 26-28 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of WaterlooAssociation for Canadian and Quebec Literatures / L'association des littératures canadiennes et québecoisessara_jamieson@carleton.ca, lhotte@uottawa.ca1318362728bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures / L'association des littératures canadiennes et québecoisescontact email: sara_jamieson@carleton.ca, lhotte@uottawa.ca

    Canadian and Quebec Literatures in a Global Context
    Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Annual Conference
    May 26-28, 2012
    Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo,
    Waterloo, Ontario

    La version française suit

    In accordance with the theme of Congress 2012, "Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World," the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) invites papers that consider the ways in which Canadian and Quebec literatures are written, read, theorized, and taught in a global context. The existence of transnational economic, political, and cultural systems, along with the prevalence of new technologies of communication, have created a context in which ongoing issues—such as nationalism, Quebec sovereignty, First Nations self-government, feminism, sexual and civil rights—have had to be resituated. How do literary texts register and contribute to this process? What role do writers play in the redefinition of Canada's place in a global community? While Quebec literature is emancipating itself from foreign legitimating bodies, mainly the French literary institution, and has acquired an international status, Canadian literature has increasingly found a readership for its works in other parts of the world: how have these processes shaped the ways in which Canadians perceive themselves, and are perceived by others? Such questions are especially pertinent to contemporary life and writing, but it can also be argued that the literatures of Canada and Quebec have long been marked by the kind of awareness of intercultural contact characteristic of a global society. Canadian and Quebec literatures record histories of contact amongst diverse peoples, from the first encounters between First Nations and European colonists, to successive waves of immigration. Canadian and Quebec writers have maintained complex connections with artistic movements based abroad, and have often relied on cross-border and transatlantic publishing networks for the dissemination of their work.

    We welcome proposals that explore the ways in which Canadian and Quebec writings have, throughout their histories, responded to the uncertainties and opportunities generated by shifting conceptualizations of Canada's, and Quebec's, place in the world.

    Possible topics:
    1. The literatures of globalization
    2. Transnational literatures
    3. Canadian and Quebec literatures in translation
    4. The institutionalization of Canadian and Quebec literatures
    5. Canadian and Quebec writing and the international world of letters (book prizes, media coverage, etc.)
    6. The reading / teaching / marketing of Canadian and Quebec literatures outside Canada and Quebec
    7. Frontier writing and cultural liaisons between Canada / Quebec and the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.
    8. Positioning: centre and periphery; globalization and regionalization; urban and rural; here and there
    9. Canadian and Quebec literatures as postcolonial
    10. First Nations writing within a transnational / global context
    11. Transculture and cultures in contact

    We also welcome member-organized sessions on topics related to any aspect of Canadian and Quebec literatures. Calls for member-organized sessions should be no more than 200 words. They are due on or before 30 November 2011 and will be posted on the ACQL website.

    All paper or session proposals can be written in French or English. Those who propose papers or sessions must be members of the ACQL by March 1, 2012. See the ACQL website (www.alcq-acql.ca) for membership and registration information.

    Please send paper proposals (no more than 300 words) with a short biography and a 50-word abstract in Word or RTF to one of the coordinators listed below by 15 January 2012.

    Coordinator (English)
    Professor Sara Jamieson
    Department of English
    Carleton University
    Dunton Tower 1812
    1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    K1S 5B6
    Telephone: (613) 520-2600 ex. 2431
    Fax: (613) 520-3544
    e-mail: sara_jamieson@carleton.ca

    Coordinator (French)
    Professor Lucie Hotte
    Department de français
    Université d'Ottawa
    60 rue Université
    Ottawa, ON
    K1N 6N5
    Telephone: 613-562-5800 poste 1078
    Fax: 613-562-6891
    e-mail: lhotte@uottawa.ca

    Littératures canadiennes et québécoises dans le contexte de la mondialisation
    Colloque annuel de l'Association des littératures canadiennes et québécoise
    26-28 mai 2012
    l'Université Wilfrid Laurier et l'Université de Waterloo
    Waterloo, Ontario

    En lien avec le thème du Congrès de 2012, « À la croisée des chemins: le savoir face à un monde incertain », l'Association des littératures canadiennes et québécoise (l'ALCQ) vous invite à proposer des communications portant plus spécifiquement sur la façon dont les littératures canadienne et québécoises sont écrites, lues, pensées et enseignées dans le contexte de la mondialisation. L'existence de systèmes politiques, économiques et culturels transnationaux tout comme l'avènement de nouvelles technologies des communications nous amènent à repenser le monde et le mondes des lettres. Ainsi, certaines préoccupations politiques, telles que le nationalisme, l'indépendance du Québec, l'autonomie des Premières nations, le féminisme, les droits et libertés, sont revisitées. Comment la littérature contribue-t-elle à repenser le monde? Quel rôle jouent les écrivains dans la redéfinition du Canada dans le contexte de la mondialisation? Alors que la littérature québécoise s'émancipe du lectorat étranger, notamment français, et acquiert une reconnaissance internationale, la littérature canadienne-anglaise se questionne, pour sa part, sur les effets de la réception internationale sur la perception qu'elle a d'elle-même et celle que les autres ont d'elle. Si ces questions sont particulièrement prégnantes dans la littérature contemporaine et l'écriture de l'extrême contemporain, il reste que le Canada et le Québec ont, depuis toujours, été touchés par cette question des cultures en contact. En effet, les littératures canadienne et québécoises racontent la rencontre entre des peuples de diverses cultures, depuis celle avec les Autochtones lors de la colonisation jusqu'aux plus récentes vagues d'immigration. Les écrivains québécois et canadiens ont aussi entretenus, à travers les ans, des liens avec les milieux littéraires ou artistiques d'ailleurs, ils ont souvent dû recourir aux lieux de publications ou aux réseaux de diffusion voire aux instances de légitimation d'outre-frontières.

    Nous vous invitons donc à nous soumettre des propositions de communication portant sur tous les genres littéraires à toutes les époques et se fondant sur des approches théoriques et méthodologiques variées afin d'analyser la façon dont les écrivains et les chercheurs canadiens et québécois sont touchés par la mouvance des conceptions des frontières littéraires, nationales et identitaires.

    Quelques pistes éventuelles :
    1. Littérature et mondialisation
    2. Littératures transnationales
    3. Littératures canadiennes et québécoise en traduction
    4. L'institutionnalisation des littératures canadienne et québécoise
    5. Les littératures canadiennes et québécoises dans la République mondiale des lettres (institutions littéraires, édition, réception, enseignement, prix…)
    6. La réception, l'enseignement et la diffusion des littératures canadiennes et québécoises à l'étranger
    7. Écriture des frontières et relations culturelles entre le Québec et le Canada, le Canada et les États-Unis, l'Europe, l'Asie ou l'Afrique
    8. Positionnements : centre et périphérie ; local et mondial ; urbain et rural ; ici et ailleurs
    9. Les littératures canadiennes et québécoises comme littératures postcoloniales
    10. La littérature amérindienne dans le contexte transnational et mondial
    11. Transculture et cultures en contact

    Nous acceptons également des séances sur des sujets reliés à tous les aspects de l'étude des littératures du Canada et du Québec. Les propositions de séances organisées par des membres de l'association ne devraient pas dépasser 200 mots. Ces propositions doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 30 novembre 2011. Elles seront ensuite affichées sur le site Web de l'ALCQ.

    Toutes les communications ou les propositions de séances peuvent être présentées soit en français, soit en anglais. Les personnes intéressées à présenter des communications ou des propositions de séances doivent être membres de l'ALCQ au 1er mars 2012. Vous pouvez consulter le site Web de l'ALCQ (www.alcq-acql.ca) pour avoir plus d'information au sujet des demandes d'adhésion à notre association.

    Veuillez faire parvenir votre proposition de communication (maximum 300 mots) ainsi qu'une courte notice biographique et un résumé de 50 mots en un document Word ou RTF, à l'un des deux organisateurs du colloque, dont les noms apparaissent ci-bas, au plus tard le 15 janvier 2012.

    Organisatrice et responsable du programme en français :
    Madame la professeure Lucie Hotte
    Département de français
    Université d'Ottawa
    60 rue Université
    Ottawa (ONTARIO)
    K1N 6N5
    Téléphone : 613-562-5800 poste 1078
    Télécopieur : 613-562-6891
    Courriel : lhotte@uottawa.ca

    Organisatrice et responsable du programme en anglais :
    Madame la professeure Sara Jamieson
    Department of English
    Carleton University
    Dunton Tower 1812
    1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    K1S 5B6
    Telephone : 613-520-2600 ex. 2431
    Fax : 613-520-3544
    e-mail : sara_jamieson@carleton.ca

    cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43239CFP: MAMA Annual Conference, Kansas State University, Feb. 25, 2012Mid America Medieval Associationrclark@k-state.edu1318364749interdisciplinarymedievalfull name / name of organization: Mid America Medieval Associationcontact email: rclark@k-state.edu

    MAMA invites papers on all aspects of medieval literature, history, art, and culture are welcome, especially those that address the conference theme of "Encountering the Other."

    The theme may be broadly construed as: encounters between East and West; encounters between different faiths/nations/cultural groups; "encounters" between post-medieval writers/scholars/film-makers with the Middle Ages; pedagogical papers on teaching the Middle Ages as Other; etc. etc.

    We welcome twenty-minute papers on the conference topic, Encountering the Other, or any medieval topic. (Proposals for sessions - 3 papers, with or without a chairperson - are also welcome.)

    Deadline for submission of 1-page abstracts: December 15, 2011

    Send a one-page abstract by December 15 to: Prof. Bob Clark
    Email: rclark@k-state.edu

    Plenary speaker: Dr. John McCulloh, Professor of History, Kansas State University, "St. William of Norwich as/and the Medieval Other"

    In 2001, the members of MAMA created the Jim Falls Paper Prize, to be awarded to the best paper delivered at the annual conference by a Graduate student. The prize includes a monetary award of $100. Graduate student participants who wish to be considered for the prize are requested to send a completed copy of their paper along with their name, university institution and graduate status and address to rclark@ksu.edu no later than Feb. 1, 2012.

    The main campus of Kansas State University is located in Manhattan, Kansas, about 120 miles west of Kansas City. The "Little Apple" is a classic college town with a zoo, a mall, 21 parks, and a recreation trail that circles the city. Manhattan has a small airport (MHK) with flights to/from Dallas and Chicago on American Airlines . Otherwise, the nearest major airport is Kansas City International (MCI).

    For more information about MAMA, visit http://www.midamericamedievalassociation.org/.

    Come to MAMA!

    MAMA Annual Conference XXXVI Call for Papers
    Where: Kansas State University
    When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
    Theme: Encountering the Other

    cfp categories: interdisciplinarymedieval 43240Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts—McCleary Interdisciplinary SymposiumDepartment of English/Texas Southern UniversitySaldivar_rx@tsu.edu1318365636african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Department of English/Texas Southern Universitycontact email: Saldivar_rx@tsu.edu

    Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts—An Interdisciplinary Symposium

    Spring 2012 – 14th Annual McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium

    The Department of English at Texas Southern University will host the Fourteenth Annual Interdisciplinary McCleary Symposium, April 12-13, 2012, Houston, Texas.

    The general topic for the presentations is "Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts."

    Scholarly research and presentations are invited that cover a wide area of interest, including but not limited to the following:
    National and Global Influences
    Exodus Literature: Roads Away, Roads Back
    Longing for Homeland
    Lost Generations
    Women in Art and Literature
    Following History's Ariadne's Thread through the Past
    New Voices in Adopted Languages
    Social Impact and Change
    Literature in New Form—Blogs and Bloggers
    Cyber Art, Cyber Fiction
    The Internet's Impact
    Modernism and Postmodernism
    Conflict and Protest Art and Literature
    Post WW II Considerations
    The Short Story
    Expatriate Artists
    Literature and War
    Anti-government art and literature
    Poetic and Artistic Influences

    Specific areas of interest include literature and culture, women's studies, the Internet, drama, music, art, song, painting, historical viewpoints, political economics, and politics. Abstracts of 300 words or less are requested by February 4, 2012. Texas Southern is located at 3100 Cleburne, Houston, Texas 77004. For more information or to submit an abstract to the 2012 McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium, contact the Department Chair Rhonda Saldivar at 713-313-7667 or Saldivar_rx@tsu.edu. We encourage electronic submissions of abstracts.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43241Reading Identity: Binaries and Boundaries (Proposals due November 15, 2011)Grant MacEwan University- English Departmentreadingidentity@gmail.com1318372694african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Grant MacEwan University- English Departmentcontact email: readingidentity@gmail.com

    Reading Identity: Binaries and Boundaries
    Friday February 3rd and Saturday February 4th, 2012

    Proposal deadline: Tuesday November 15, 2011
    Please submit proposals to readingidentity@gmail.com

    Grant MacEwan University is pleased to invite undergraduate students to submit proposals for our second annual Reading Identity English Undergraduate Conference. The focus of the conference is identity with an emphasis on binaries and boundaries. The theme of binaries and boundaries is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential topics concerning genres, historical periods, and theoretical perspectives. Under the umbrella of identity, possible paper topics can include but are not limited to the following:

    • Gender
    • Race
    • Culture
    • Sexuality
    • Religion
    • Social class
    • Individuality
    • Narrative voice
    • Pop culture
    • Media
    • Political ideologies
    • Socio-economic structures
    • Genre
    • Nationality
    • Canadian identity
    • Rewritings and adaptations

    Proposals should consist of two pages. The first page should include your name, title of paper, university affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. The second page should contain a 250-word proposal outlining your presentation topic and thesis. Your proposal should indicate how your paper will incorporate the conference theme. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page of the proposal as to eliminate the possibility of bias in selection.

    Presentations should be within 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages).
    Proposal deadline: Tuesday November 15, 2011
    Please submit proposals to readingidentity@gmail.com
    The committee will notify those selected by December 5, 2011

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43242UPDATE Submission deadline December 1Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associationkhada@ecok.edu1318375194ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associationcontact email: khada@ecok.edu

    Call for Papers: Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
    33rd Annual Conference:
    Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Cultural Association

    February 8 - 11, 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
    Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
    For details and information please go to: http://www.swtxpca.org

    Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

    *ecocritical approaches to literature
    * environmentally-focused artists and their art
    * representations of nature and the environment in popular and American culture
    * interdisciplinary approaches to the environment by environmental historians, philosophers, geographers, ecologists, governmental agencies, etc.
    * environmental/ecocritical pedagogy & environmental education
    * environmental discourse in the media
    * the environment in film
    * ecofeminism
    * environmental issues in the Southwest
    * urban environmentalism
    * nature writing and its authors
    * environmental activism, non-profit, governmental issues, etc.

    To submit a proposal, go to http://conference2012.swtxpca.org and enter the proposal into the database. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2011. Accepted applicants will be notified by email, and must register for the conference by December 31, 2011.

    http: www.swtxpca.org

    cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies 43243UPDATE Deadline Extended to 11/15/2012 for ACLA 2012 Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present and FutureAmy Parziale, University of Arizonaparziale@email.arizona.edu1318377360americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Amy Parziale, University of Arizonacontact email: parziale@email.arizona.edu

    ACLA 2012 Seminar: "Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future"

    The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
    CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"

    This seminar welcomes papers that consider recent developments in Holocaust representation across a range of disciplines and spaces, broadly conceived. Possible questions to be considered include, but are not limited to: How are authors, filmmakers, artists, historians, curators, teachers, and others representing the Holocaust? What forms, approaches and strategies are used, and who is the intended audience? What claims to authenticity can such representations make? What relationship is there between Holocaust representation and contemporary culture? What distinct moral, ethical and aesthetic risks do artistic representations take, should they be managed, and in what ways? What relationship is there between representations of the Holocaust and representations of other traumas, atrocities, and catastrophes? How will the passage of the survivor generation affect issues of representation? How will future generations comprehend the Holocaust and its representation, and what are the implications for issues such as witnessing? This seminar will attempt to address these and related questions.

    Please send any questions about this Seminar Topic to Amy Parziale at: parziale@email.arizona.edu

    Please submit abstracts through the ACLA website:
    Be sure to select "Representing the Holocaust: Present and Future" as the Seminar for your individual paper.

    250-word paper proposals will be accepted through November 15th, 2011.

    PLEASE NOTE: As a participant, you agree to:
    1. Be current in my ACLA membership by 1 March 2012 and registered for the conference by 15 March.
    2. Reply promptly to all requests for information from my seminar organizer and the ACLA Secretariat, including requests for final program copy.
    3. Attend all sessions of my seminar.
    4. Notify the Secretariat immediately if for some reason I am not able to attend the conference.
    5. Communicate all special requests to both my seminar organizer and the Secretariat so as to ensure that they are considered.

    Please review your information carefully before you submit.

    With any questions about your submission, please contact: info@acla.org

    cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43244Call for Papers: Diagnosing the Tube: Reality TV, Medicine, and ScienceDr. Jullie Anne Taddeo and Dr. Ken Dvorak taddeo@mail.umd.edu; krdvorak@gmail.com1318382961americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Dr. Jullie Anne Taddeo and Dr. Ken Dvorak contact email: taddeo@mail.umd.edu; krdvorak@gmail.com

    The editors of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History are collecting submissions for their follow-up anthology, tentatively titled Diagnosing the Tube: Reality TV, Medicine, and Science.
    The science and practice of medicine has always been contested by the non-expert. For example, as medicine became professionalized in the 19th century, doctors tried to push out midwives, "quacks," and the lay person in general; impressing the public with medical degrees, Latin terminology, and the practice of anatomy, physicians established professional credibility for themselves. But lay persons continued to battle doctors and scientists for control over the body—with folk remedies, phrenology, mesmerism, and freak shows.

    Current reality TV programming continues this age-old battle over medical knowledge and practice. The Learning Channel (TLC), for example, devotes much of its air time to such topics as the "World's Tallest Teen," "Mermaid Girl," "Tree Trunk Man," to name just a few; under the guise of "educational" TV, these programs re-format the freak show, both titillating viewers and empowering them with medical knowledge. Other shows on various channels deal with issues once considered taboo or too shameful for public sharing: addictions (drug, sexual, food, even seemingly benign addictions like "Extreme Couponing") and compulsive disorders like hoarding which expose a family's secrets and champion the joint efforts of psychologists, professional cleaners, and organizers.

    What drives such programming and its viewing, as well as the participation of individuals willing to risk ridicule and censor but who also elicit viewer sympathy and empathy? How has the medical establishment responded to reality TV? Johns Hopkins's ER, for example, had its own reality TV show, giving the seal of approval to this genre while also trying to humanize the profession. Above all, patients want to tell their stories, as indicated by a forthcoming reality program that chronicles the daily lives of cancer patients. Attention to issues of class, religion, gender, race, etc., and their intersection with medicine is encouraged.

    We are seeking scholars from a variety of disciplines (TV/media studies/social history/history of medicine, disability studies, etc), and we encourage an examination of programs from around the world. We Abstracts chosen for inclusion in the anthology will be considered "conditional acceptances" – the editors will secure the submission in the volume, but the editors reserve the right to reject any full essay that does not meet the standards (of style/content, etc) agreed to between the editors and authors. Endnotes are mandatory; illustrations are encouraged and must be secured (along with permissions) by the author and submitted with the final draft.

    Please submit a 1000 word abstract and brief CV in electronic format by December 15, 2011 to

    Dr. Julie Anne Taddeo, University of Maryland
    email: taddeo@mail.umd.edu
    Dr. Ken Dvorak, Northern New Mexico College

    email: krdvorak@gmail.com

    Abstracts chosen for inclusion in the anthology will be considered "conditional acceptances" – the editors will secure the submission in the volume, but the editors reserve the right to reject any full essay that does not meet the standards (of style/content, etc) agreed to between the editors and authors. Endnotes are mandatory; illustrations are encouraged and must be secured (along with permissions )by the author and submitted with the final draft.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culture 43245Call for Creative Nonfiction, CEA Conference, March 29-31, 2012College English Associationbleegek@jmu.edu1318433922general_announcementsinterdisciplinarytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: College English Associationcontact email: bleegek@jmu.edu


    College English Association 43rd Annual Conference
    March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
    Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street
    Richmond, Virginia 


    Submission deadline: November 1, 2011

    BORDERS: Call for Creative Nonfiction

    The College English Association welcomes proposals to present creative nonfiction at our 43rd annual conference. This year's conference will focus on the theme of borders. Borders gather in, divide, and demarcate the line between one state of being and another. One could be caught in a borderland too, as in limbo, a Latin word 14th-century theologians introduced that indeed means "border," where the uncertain soul sits, reluctant to make a decision, perhaps awaiting the right kick or gentle nudge toward a more favorable destination.

    Nonfiction writers address real and metaphorical borders. In Coyote, Ted Conover traces the journeys of migrant workers crossing from Mexico into the U.S. In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf dares to cut across the grass on the campus of "Oxbridge," a conflation of Oxford and Cambridge, where in her time women were not admitted. Upon her transgression, the policing groundskeeper becomes terribly flustered and tries to get her to take the well-maintained path. So many compelling essays are about crossing the line. There's The Poetics of Space, too, where Gaston Bachelard reflects on the domestic borders of drawers and doors and windows. What's in them? What's behind them? What do they conceal? What do they expose? Herein he attempts to tease out the complicated, elusive, and directive arrangements of intimacy in our everyday lives. His work also reminds us that borders are a means of organizing, giving form and creating new forms through improvising on tradition, so you may think of borders not only in terms of subject but structure and style.

    Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/

    General Call for Papers
    CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

    All presenters at the 2012 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2012. To join CEA, please go to http://www.cea-web.org

    Other questions? Please email cea.english@gmail.com.


    Erica Katherine Bleeg
    James Madison University
    Department of English
    MSC 1801
    800 S. Main Street
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

    cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinarytravel_writing 43246Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, AestheticsThe Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton Universityformoflife2012@gmail.com1318434374african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton Universitycontact email: formoflife2012@gmail.com

    Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics
    The Department of Comparative Literature
    Binghamton University
    March 2nd-3rd 2012

    What comprises the matrix within which a given language has meaning? How is meaning constructed and how is it operative across social, cultural, and linguistic impasses? How is conflict and antagonism orchestrated both across and within disparate forms of life? To interrogate the emergence of sense as well as the conflicts that arise as a result of making sense, we welcome submissions that theorize the concerns outlined above with a particular eye toward their theorization as forms of life. In this way, we seek submissions that span disciplinary boundaries and topics, broadly speaking, related to literature, linguistics, politics, alternative and utopian imaginaries, aesthetics, and tactics of resistance.

    The form of life, but even more broadly, the theorization of sense and meaning, have historically been thought and inhabited in and through a variety of frameworks and styles of thought. Linguistically, forms of life have been theorized as the condition of possibility for sense itself. Ecologically, thinking the operation and function of alternative forms of life offer a means of thinking against and beyond anthropocentrism. Forms of life have been theorized in relation to global biopolitical regimes and concomitant forms of resistance. The very practices of making sense and meaning come to be interrogated within and across a variety of disciplines, often at the expense of disciplining knowledge itself. The question of forms of life, but even more broadly, the question of making sense, is one around which the work of many scholars has revolved: Ludwig Wittgenstein on language games, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's work on the multitude, Giorgio Agamben on bare life, Chantal Mouffe on liberal democratic projects, Michel Foucault on biopolitics and securitization, Sylvia Federici on feminism and a politics of the commons. We also see these questions to stand in relation to Jasbir Puar's work on terrorism and homonationalism, Deleuze and Guattari's work on signification and assemblage, and Judith Butler's work on the politics of gender and frames of war. While this is by no means an exhaustive theoretical list, it does hint at the depth of the theme our conference seeks to interrogate.

    In keeping with the interdisciplinary emphasis of Binghamton University's Department of Comparative Literature, we seek work that engages in the conjunction of multiple frames of epistemological inquiry, from fields including, but not limited to: critical theory, translation, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, queer and gender studies, psychoanalytic theory, critical animal studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, science and technology studies, media and visual culture studies, continental philosophy, and historiography.

    Workers, writers, and thinkers of all different disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and non-disciplinary affiliations are welcome, whether academically affiliated or not. Submissions may be textual, performative, and/or visual. Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to Matt Applegate at formoflife2012@gmail.com by December 15th, 2011.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43247Comparative Poetics (seminar at ACLA 2012, Brown University, March 29-April 1, 2012)Omaar Hena (Wake Forest University), Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Yale University)nathan.suhr-sytsma@yale.edu1318434385modernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Omaar Hena (Wake Forest University), Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Yale University)contact email: nathan.suhr-sytsma@yale.edu

    Comparative Poetics: Disruption and Continuity

    "We need to understand colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected consequences, […] for it is these disruptive forces that principally shape the history and diffusion of languages." How might this claim by Stephen Greenblatt in Rethinking Literary History serve to dislocate conventional geographies and periodizations of twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry?

    Part of the annual American Comparative Literature Association conference, this seminar examines, through a specifically comparative lens, how the genre of poetry registers rupture, change, and continuity. Seminar papers might consider, for instance, what "disruptive forces" shape the subjects, forms, and circulation of modern and contemporary poetry. How does poetry reflect and refract the larger pressures of empire, migration, diaspora and globalization? At the same time, poems are often immersed in, and self-consciously aware of, poetic precedent: how do modern and contemporary poets re-invent the history of poetry, often by borrowing from diverse poetic traditions and mixing languages? And, in the wake of Jahan Ramazani's A Transnational Poetics and Matthew Hart's Nations of Nothing But Poetry, how and why might poetry studies now demand comparative methods of analysis?

    We welcome papers that employ cross-cultural, postcolonial, transnational, and global frameworks for reading poetry written in any language stretching from modernism through the present era, as well as papers that challenge the recent turn towards comparative poetry studies. We are especially interested in readings that consider poetry's peculiarities as a genre and its status within comparative literary studies at large.

    Please visit http://acla.org/acla2012/?page_id=45 in order to submit a paper to this seminar.

    cfp categories: modernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43248CFP-"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"Special Issue of International Journal of Iberian Studies guest edited by Benjamin Fraserfraserb2010@gmail.com1318441647cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Special Issue of International Journal of Iberian Studies guest edited by Benjamin Frasercontact email: fraserb2010@gmail.com

    Call For Papers/CFP
    International Journal of Iberian Studies
    Eds. Georgina Blakeley & Fernando León Solís

    Special Issue on
    "Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"
    Guest edited by Benjamin Fraser

    This special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies—titled "Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"—is conceived as a response to the growing interest in what are two complementary subfields of Hispanic Studies: Urban Studies and Cultural Studies.

    Each essay in this special issue will 'read' a cultural representation of a specific Spanish city (through cultural products such as film, literature, graphic novel, music, advertising campaigns), simultaneously reconciling an analysis of the representation's artistic/formal properties with an urban studies approach to the same city as an object of inquiry in its own right.

    A variety of theoretical approaches to the city are appropriate to this Spanish Urban Cultural Studies issue, but contributors may want to consider work on urban space/urbanized consciousness by Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Georg Simmel, Louis Wirth, Manuel Delgado Ruiz, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Sallie Marston, Michel de Certeau, Walter Benjamin as well as a variety of other thinkers from urban and human geography. Regardless of the theoretical approach chosen, it is important that the application of the theory should be the main focus of the article.

    Priority will be given to essays written in English that:
    • implicitly (or explicitly) engage 'cultural studies' as a method of giving equal weight to both cultural product and the city itself.
    • emphasize one aspect of urban life in a single Spanish city during a given time period.
    • rigorously deal with existing theory or criticism from Urban Studies, broadly considered and apply this clearly to both the cultural product and city chosen.
    • examine in detail the artistic/formal properties of the cultural product chosen.
    • are written in a clear and concise manner and accessible to the wide, non-specialist audience that IJIS attracts.

    —100-250 word abstracts are due by December 20, 2011 to fraserb2010@gmail.com.
    —completed articles (if requested) are due by October 15, 2012.

    Please keep in mind that the IJIS publishes on topics related to 20th and 21st century Spain only.

    Send any queries to Benjamin Fraser (fraserb2010@gmail.com), Dept. of Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston (fraserbr.people.cofc.edu).

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43249Perpetual Passing Away: History as Eternal Catastrophe in Walter Benjamin (ACLA)Edward S. Cutler (Brigham Young University),Maria Mercedes Andrade (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)maandrad@uniandes.edu.co, ed_cutler@byu.edu1318442619cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryreligiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Edward S. Cutler (Brigham Young University),Maria Mercedes Andrade (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)contact email: maandrad@uniandes.edu.co, ed_cutler@byu.edu

    Brushing against the redemptive political and theological promise many critics discover in Walter Benjamin, our seminar will investigate the complex figuration of time across his early and later work. "History decays into images, not stories," he proposes in The Arcades Project, a complimentary insight to his earlier assertion in The Origin of German Tragic Drama, that allegory introduces "the decisive category of time" in contrast to the ontological promise that inheres in the symbolic mode. For Benjamin, allegory eschews any eschatological fulfillment wherein "destruction is idealized and . . . nature is fleetingly revealed in the light of redemption." Rather, allegory gathers its iconic significance in the worldly subjection to death.

    "Nature has always been allegorical" because the allegorical way of seeing observes the world's significance without symbolic "expression" or even "humanity," but in the form– or inscription–of ruin: "Significance and death both come to fruition in historical development" Benjamin thus holds in The Origin of German Tragic Drama, "for the greater the significance, the greater the subjection to death." Development indicates here and elsewhere not a telos, but the endless deferral of a redemptive end to time. Historical development appears not as "a chain of events" going somewhere but a "single catastrophe which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble," as Benjamin's angel witnesses in Theses on the Philosophy of History.

    This seminar seeks to explore the unassimilable ephemerality of the now, relentlessly devoid of an ideal, and the unbridgeable gap between immanence and transcendence. We suggest that Benjamin's early work underwrites much of what recurs in The Arcades Project, especially as regards the dialectical image, allegory, natural history, ruin, catastrophe, the ephemeral, the eternal–even the messianic. Our hope is to better situate the melancholy, nihilistic tenor of Benjamin's oeuvre. We welcome papers that would extend or challenge the perspective we offer here.

    (Submissions accepted directly at ACLA web site: www.acla.org)

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryreligiontheory 43250Science and Science Fiction Conference. April 12-13, 2012Oral Roberts Universityalang@oru.edu1318450981film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Oral Roberts Universitycontact email: alang@oru.edu

    Call For Papers
    For the ORU Conference on Science and Science Fiction
    April 12 & 13, 2012

    When Worlds Collide: Science, Faith, and the Imagination

    This two-day interdisciplinary conference - sponsored by the colleges of Arts and Cultural Studies and Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University - will examine the relationships between science and science fiction, social science and science fiction, and theology and science fiction in all forms of science and science fiction, including science fiction stories, film, television, radio, graphic novels, and theoretical physics.

    Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract or paper for this conference on themes related to any of the following conference tracks:

    Science Fiction and Theology. Investigating the relationship between and metaphors in science fiction and theology.
    Science in Science Fiction. Discussing the plausibility of fantastical science fiction concepts such as time travel, warp drives, cloaking devices, and (quantum) teleportation.
    Hard Science Fiction. Examining scientific rigor in science fiction.
    Social Sciences in Science Fiction. Investigating psychological, sociological, and cultural issues in science fiction.
    The Relationship between Science and Science Fiction. Exploring how science drives science fiction and/or how science fiction drives science.
    Original Science Fiction Short Stories. Submitting creative and original short stories (8-10 pages) over various science fiction themes and subjects.

    Papers on the above themes are invited. However, papers on other subjects related to the above topics will also be considered.
    Please submit an abstract or a full paper by December 19, 2011. Presentations are welcome in any format and style, including PowerPoint, and will depend upon the traditions of your discipline, but if you submit a paper to be read, it should be 8-10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and needs to be an original work that has not been read at any previous conferences. Regardless of the presentation format, participants will be held to a twenty minute presentation limit.

    E-mail all abstracts/papers to the following individual:
    Dr. Andrew S.I.D. Lang, Conference Director
    Phone: 918-495-6692

    To insure prompt notification, please include your e-mail address on your submission. If you are willing to chair a section, please note this at the top of your abstract/paper.

    We are pleased to announce our two keynote speakers, Paul Davies and Joan Slonczewski.

    Plenary Speakers

    Paul Davies is an award-winning theoretical physicist and best-selling author of popular science books such as God and the New Physics and The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life? Davies is British and has a PhD in physics from University College London. His postdoctoral work was at Cambridge under Fred Hoyle. His academic awards include the Eureka Prize, the Kelvin Medal, the Royal Society's Faraday Prize, and the Templeton Prize for making an "exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works."

    Davies has published over 100 research papers in the fields of black holes, cosmology, and quantum field theory in curved spacetime. His monograph on Quantum Fields in Curved Space, remains a seminal text in the field of quantum gravity. Davies is the founder and director of BEYOND: The Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. Davies is a lifelong fan of science fiction and many of his books, like How to Build a Time Machine, deal with the scientific plausibility of the technology found in science fiction.

    Joan Slonczewski is a Science Fiction author and Chair of Biology at Kenyon College where she teaches both biology and science fiction. Slonczewski has a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, is a National Professor of the Year Silver Medalist, and has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve science instruction for minority students.

    Slonczewski is a world renowned hard science fiction author, her novel A Door Into Ocean winning the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the year. Slonczewski is known for dealing with issues of theology, gender, and science through her writing.

    cfp categories: film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 43251Occupy Wall StreetTrans-Portal: The Hub of Transformation Studieseditor@transtudies.org1318451825americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Trans-Portal: The Hub of Transformation Studiescontact email: editor@transtudies.org


    Seeking submissions of articles, both scholarly and lyric, related to any aspect of the OWS movement. Trans-Portal focuses on trans-cultural, trans-personal, and trans-national issues. Topics for the Occupy Wall Street issue could include but are not limited to trans-economics; alternative communities; protest movements; capitalism and the financial crisis; political movements; art and protest; police conduct; systems theories; race/class and OWS; political poetry/fiction; the aesthetics of protest

    Submit full articles (3,0000-5,000 words) OR abstracts to editor@transtudies.org. Include a relevant bio in your e-mail. Query with articles that may be outside of the suggested word count.

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43252Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture Area, SW/TX PCA/ACA. Deadline 1 Dec 2011, conference 8-11 Feb 2012Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associationjbcroft@ou.edu1318453241general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associationcontact email: jbcroft@ou.edu

    CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture Area, SW/TX PCA/ACA

    DEADLINE Dec. 1, 2011

    33rd Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association, February 8-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

    Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

    The Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Culture area solicits paper proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and information settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.
    Some suggested topics:
    --Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, and other popular culture resources
    --Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources
    --Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs
    -- Collection and organization of popular culture resources
    --Wikipedia, YouTube, Google books, social networking, EBay, gaming, and their impact on libraries and popular culture collections
    --The role of public libraries in economic hard times and natural disasters

    Other topics welcome!!!

    Provide a 200-word abstract to the submission database (http://conference2012.swtxpca.org) or e-mail the abstract to the Area Co-Chairs by December 1, 2011. Include your school or other affiliation and e-mail address.

    Janet Brennan Croft
    Head of Access Services
    Bizzell Library NW104
    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK 73019-6030
    PHONE (405) 325-1918
    FAX (405) 325-7618
    e-mail: jbcroft@ou.edu

    Rhonda Harris Taylor
    School of Library and Information Studies
    401 West Brooks, Room 120
    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK 73019-6032
    PHONE (405) 325-3921
    FAX (405) 325-7648
    e-mail: rtaylor@ou.edu

    cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 43253CFP: Native American Literature Symposium (11/15/11; 03/29/12-03/31/12)Native American Literature Symposium (NALS)hollrahp@unlv.nevada.edu1318466535americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetryfull name / name of organization: Native American Literature Symposium (NALS)contact email: hollrahp@unlv.nevada.edu

    March 29-31, 2012
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque (owned by the Isleta Pueblo)
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Call for Proposals
    DEADLINE: November 15, 2011

    With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops on all aspects of American Indians studies and encourage submission on the following topics:
    Indigenous Peoples and the Centennial of New Mexico Statehood, 1912-2012
    The Institute of American Indian Arts at 50, 1962-2012
    Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Media and Art
    Contemporary American Indian Literatures
    Issues and literatures of Canadian First Nations

    Award Nominations/Applications Deadline: January 15, 2012:
    The Beatrice Medicine for Scholarship in American Indian Studies and
    The Morning Star Award for Creative Writing (Fiction submissions this year)

    All queries, proposals, registration forms, and checks should be sent to the Program Director:
    Dr. Gwen Westerman
    Native American Literature Symposium
    English Department
    230 Armstrong Hall
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Mankato, MN 56001
    E-mail: gwen.westerman@mnsu.edu
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    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetry 43254"Crossing Borders as Creating Borders in Twentieth-Century Literature" (ALA, May 24-27, 2012; San Francisco, CA)American Literature Associationlee.bebout@asu.edu; jhubbs@bama.ua.edu1318474678african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: American Literature Associationcontact email: lee.bebout@asu.edu; jhubbs@bama.ua.edu

    Frontiers, boundaries, margins, and borders occupy center stage in much recent scholarship. Influenced first by postcolonial theory and now by transnational studies, this paradigm shift has brought about heightened awareness of global interconnectedness and transnational circuits of production, meaning, and migration. For some scholars and public intellectuals, this increasingly globalized world has become marked by a rootless migratory sensibility (Arjun Appadurai) and a flattening of power relations (Thomas Friedman). But as performance artist and cultural critic Guillermo Gómez-Peña has suggested, the experience of crossing borders is not the same for all. Rather than a utopic dissolution of all boundaries, twentieth-century border crossers often traverse one boundary in order to firm up another. This panel seeks papers that explore twentieth-century works in which crossing one border--national, generic, thematic, formal--necessitates reinforcing a different borderline.

    We are seeking participants for this panel, which is proposed for the next American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2012). Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement (including rank and institutional affiliation) to Jolene Hubbs (jhubbs@bama.ua.edu) and Lee Bebout (Lee.Bebout@asu.edu) by December 1, 2011. Notification by December 15, 2011. Proposals should be both pasted into the body of the email and included as Word attachments.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitypostcolonial 43255The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture [March 29-31 2012]The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culturejtt9554@louisiana.edu1318484611americanchildrens_literatureethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culturecontact email: jtt9554@louisiana.edu

    The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture presents:

    Media, Technology and the Imagination

    March 29-31, 2012
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Keynote Speaker:
    Del Jacobs
    State College of Florida
    Author of Interrogating the Image: Movies and the World of Film and Television

    Call for Submissions:
    The Louisiana Conference invites papers, creative works, short films and innovative presentations on the role(s) of media, technology and the imagination as they relate to literary, cultural, and/or pedagogical contexts. The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture strives to meet the needs of junior faculty and advanced graduate students but welcomes contributions from academics at all levels. We welcome traditional as well as broad, interdisciplinary interpretations of the conference theme.

    Potential topics may include the intersection of literature and/or culture with:

    • Film, film adaptations and television
    • Music
    • Visual arts
    • Photography
    • Blogging
    • Video gaming
    • LOLspeak
    • Mass communication
    • The Fantastic (e.g. Science Fiction, Fantasy, the Gothic, etc.)
    • Graphic novels
    • Steampunk, Cosplay, Geek cultures
    • Pedagogical technology
    • Media history
    • Historical innovations or technology
    • Futuristic or speculative technology
    • Cooking / Foodways and technology

    Submission Guidelines:

    All submissions should be submitted to LAConference2012@gmail.com no later than December 1, 2011. Do not include name on abstract. Please include name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of paper/presentation/film, technological needs, and a brief biographical statement (no more than 50 words) in the body of the email.

    • 250-500 word proposals for 20 min papers should be submitted via email as an attachment in rich text (.rtf) format.
    • Panel proposals are strongly encouraged (three to five presenters). Such proposals should explain in 50-100 words the panel topic and include a 250-500 word abstract and biographical statement for each presenter.
    • Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered. Please specify "Creative Submission" in your proposal.
    • Please query LAConference2012@gmail.com by December 1, 2011, for specific directions on short film or multidimensional projection submissions.
    • The Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise may make standard three-dimensional projection or immersive Cave projection capabilities available.
    • Acceptance notices will be sent before January 15.

    Publications and Awards

    The Louisiana Conference has published a collection from the 9th annual conference (Turning Points and Transformations). Presentations accepted to the Louisiana Conference may be invited to contribute to a future publication.

    The Darrell Bourque Award is a monetary prize given to the outstanding conference presentation. Information about award consideration will be added to our website as it becomes available. For more information and updates visit: http://english.louisiana.edu/laconference.

    cfp categories: americanchildrens_literatureethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43256Global Perspectives on Business Management-Changing Dynamics (GPBM-2012)Skyline University College, Sharjahgpbm2012@skylineconferences.com1318486719international_conferencesfull name / name of organization: Skyline University College, Sharjahcontact email: gpbm2012@skylineconferences.com

    Global Perspectives on Business Management-Changing Dynamics (GPBM-2012) will be held from April 29 to May 1, 2012 in Skyline University College, Sharjah, UAE. GPBM-2012 aims to invite the researchers and scholars to present research articles, and provide a high–level international forum to discuss recent advances, new techniques and applications in the field of changing dynamics on Management.
    All accepted papers will be refereed and will be published in special conference issue of SBJ (www.skylinesbj.com), listed in EBSCO.
    Tracks include but are not limited to:
    Management Science
    Human Resource Management
    Organizational Behavior
    Strategic Management
    Business Statistics
    Operations Research
    Business Intelligence
    Change Management
    Communications Management
    Corporate Governance
    Information Technology Management
    Cost Management
    Business Performance Management
    Total Quality Management
    Stress Management
    Supply Change Management
    Resource Management
    Public Relations
    Product Management
    Business Education
    Business Ethics
    Business Law
    Decision Sciences
    International Business
    Information Systems
    Management Information Systems
    Organizational Communication
    Marketing Research
    New Product Development
    Marketing Strategy
    Consumer Behavior
    Advertising Management

    Registration Fees:
    Early Bird Registration: $350
    Academicians/Industry Professionals: $400
    Students: $150

    Important Dates:
    Early Bird Registration Date: 01/03/2011
    Abstract Submission Date: 01/02/2012
    Acceptance Notification: 20/02/2012
    Final Submission:15/03/2012

    Submit papers to: gpbm2012@skylineconferences.com

    cfp categories: international_conferences 43257CFP - Publication of Doctoral DissertationROMAN Booksresponse@romanbooks.co.in1318496169african-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: ROMAN Bookscontact email: response@romanbooks.co.in

    ROMAN Books, an independent publishing house of international repute, is now accepting proposals for doctoral and postgraduate dissertation for publication. After publication the book will be available and sold in USA, UK and Ireland by major bookstores like Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

    The dissertation must be complete. Authors are paid annual royalties at a competitive rate.

    Please send a 1000 word abstract, a detail chapter-by-chapter synopsis and three sample chapters for consideration to response@romanbooks.co.in

    Our complete submission guide is available at: www.romanbooks.co.in/submission.php

    For more information visit our website: www.romanbooks.co.in

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    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 43258MIX merging intermediaBath Spa Universityl.english@bathspa.ac.uk1318504804bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Bath Spa Universitycontact email: l.english@bathspa.ac.uk

    Call for Papers: A conference exploring Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity.
    The conference will take place at Bath Spa University's postgraduate centre at Corsham Court from 16th-18th July 2012. Its aim is to bring together practitioners and theorists working with writing in digital media. The purpose is to create a core of research knowledge both practical and theoritical. The conference will present academic papers and also presentations and workshops by current digital practitioners. There will also be a public exhibition of work by the Fluxus artists.

    The questions we will be addressing are: How can new media be used for serious artistic purposes and how can we create a suitable critical vocabulary for this? What is the relationship between digital writers and the commercial world of 'gaming'. Who are the audiences for digital writing and how can they be accessed?

    We welcome submissions from those who work in digital media, concrete poetry, text art, poetry and performance, poetry and film, film poems, digital poetics, poetry and art, poetry and music, digital narratives, game writing, intermedia poetry, transmedia writing, language art, visual writing and installations.

    The conference will produce an e-book of critical essays, examples of work and also an online forum where the debate can be continued.

    Confirmed Key Speakers are; Marc America, Maria Mencia, and Tom Konyves.

    We invite proposals of 300 words for 30 min presentations and/or 90 min practical workshops. Deadline Friday 30th Dec 2011. Conference booking opens 9th January 2012.

    cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinternational_conferencespoetrypopular_culture 43259Intellectual Property as Cultural Technology - June 25-26, 2012International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Propertymartha.woodmansee@cwru.edu1318508167bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesfull name / name of organization: International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Propertycontact email: martha.woodmansee@cwru.edu

    Call for Papers

    Intellectual Property as Cultural Technology

    Fourth Annual Workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP)

    London School of Economics
    25-26 June 2012

    Intellectual property rights are generally supposed to function as means of stimulating and diffusing cultural production. This instrumentalist understanding of how intellectual property works as a cultural technology has survived for more than two centuries; it has been amplified and refined by a long tradition of economic analysis and economic history, and it has now been retrenched as the basic premise of contemporary debates about public domains, digital commons, and the expansion of corporate semiotic power. How plausible or illuminating is this pervasive representation of the agency of intellectual property rights?

    There are some familiar ways of testing this representation. Lawyers and economists ask whether patent laws work as they should in the domains of, for example, software or biomedical innovation, they speculate as to the reasons why creativity in the fashion industry seems to flourish in a 'negative space' (a domain unframed by copyright law), and they ask how formal intellectual property rights work with 'social norms'. But these lines of inquiry still reduce culture to what can be rendered in terms of scarcity, efficiency, and instrumentality.

    The theme of this workshop seeks to elicit alternative approaches to the cultural implications of intellectual property and cultural property laws. A rubric that turns on the terms 'culture' and 'technology' can only be open-ended, but the following questions might be taken as a rough starting point for reflection:
    (1) How might we understand the implication of different forms of intellectual or cultural property in economic, political, aesthetic, or scientific cultures? How might we schematize the 'functions' or 'effects' of intellectual property law in terms other than those of instrumentality, efficiency, or repressive power?
    (2) Do intellectual property regimes themselves have specific cultures? Here, ethnographic, historical, or sociological analyses might reveal the specific practices, techniques and media that condition the existence and effects of intellectual property forms.
    (3) Might we understand intellectual property as a mode of cultural creativity in its own right? Intellectual property law has evolved a complex set of fictions, semantic artifacts, themes, and figures that have an existence in broader cultural life, not just as agents of encouragement or constraint, but as conceptual resources that have shaped the discursive fields of various social cultures. Somewhat more abstractly, regimes of intellectual property have turned the improbable notion of 'intangible property', or of 'intangible things', into common currency. So, instead of seeing legal forms as secondary ratifications of cultural figures, might we instead explore intellectual property law's own cultural intelligence and authorship?

    We invite contributions from established and doctoral scholars working in the broad field of the humanities and the social sciences, including anthropology, economic history, history of science, media studies, literary theory, science studies, and critical theory, as well as legal history and legal theory.

    Papers selected for presentation at the workshop will be circulated in advance to registered participants. A maximum length of 9,000 words is recommended. Abstracts of proposed papers (together with a brief author bio) should be submitted by 1 March 2012.

    Important dates
    Submission of proposal (abstract and bio): 1 March 2012
    Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2012
    Submission of paper: 1 June 2012
    Workshop: 25-26 June 2012

    For information and program updates visit the ISHTIP website at: http://www.ishtip.org
    Please also visit the 2012 LSE workshop website at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/IPconference.htm

    Abstracts and author bios can be submitted to any of the following for circulation among the Program Committee:

    Alain Pottage -- r.a.pottage@lse.ac.uk
    Tatiana Flessas -- t.flessas@lse.ac.uk
    Dev Gangjee -- d.gangjee@lse.ac.uk

    cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferences 43260Outside His Jurisfiction: Interrogating James Joyce's Non-Fiction. Deadline 18 Nov 2011.University of York, UKjamesjoyce.nonfiction@gmail.com1318514662international_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of York, UKcontact email: jamesjoyce.nonfiction@gmail.com

    An international conference on James Joyce's Non-fiction writing at the University of York, March 23-25, 2012.

    Kevin Barry's James Joyce: Occasional, Critical, and Political Writing contains over fifty pieces ranging in topic from the literary theorizing of 'James Clarence Mangan' and 'Realism and Idealism in English Literature' to the differing political interventions of 'The Shade of Parnell' and 'Politics and Cattle Disease' and in genre from short book review to spoken lecture. These disparate writings, drawn mainly from the first half of Joyce's career, have always had a troubled place within the dominant strains of Joyce criticism. Although they are frequently referred to in commentaries on Joyce, the question has always been precisely what to make of them. Are they genuine expressions of Joyce's intellectual and emotional attitudes or part of a developing and deliberately fashioned public persona? Is there any value, regardless of the intent of the pieces, in attempting to read Joyce's fictional writings through these non-fictional writings? If so, is it legitimate to describe Ulysses and Finnegans Wake with reference to writing that precedes them by several decades?

    Such questions haunt every discussion of Joyce's non-fiction writing. The tremendous usefulness of these works as a source of pertinent and pithy quotation, and at times as a quasi-genetic source for later works, only aggravates the problem. "Outside his jurisfiction" seeks to bring these issues into focus, to interrogate the problematic boundary between Joyce's 'thoughts' political and aesthetic and his writings, to ask what is at stake in the prefix 'non-' to ask, indeed, to what the designation 'non-fiction' can reasonably be made to refer. Perhaps most importantly, this conference aims to consider the status of Joyce's -- and by extension any artist's -- non-fictional writings in relation to a much wider creative oeuvre; how can we appropriately connect, or, if necessary, separate, an artist's life and opinions and his works?

    We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers addressing any aspect of Joyce's non-fictional writings, whether in conjunction with his fictional works, or in their own right. We especially welcome papers that problematize or stretch the definitive boundaries of the term 'non-fiction'.

    The deadline for submitting abstracts is: November 18, 2011.

    Can we think of Ellmann's invention of the character 'James Joyce' as a piece of non-fiction (or perhaps 'not-quite-fiction') that has, more than any other, influenced our readings of Joyce's fictional writings? How do we approach Joyce's letters as pieces of writing? What is (and what should be) the status of Joyce's prose 'epiphanies', which were never published in his life-time and which read like a sort of creative diary.

    Our aim is to address these and many other questions, in a conference that re-envisions Joyce's non-fictional writing and reinvigorates its use in future criticism.

    cfp categories: international_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyond 432614th Global Conference: Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment (July 2012: Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netvg4#inter-disciplinary.net1318514831african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: vg4#inter-disciplinary.net

    4th Global Conference
    Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment

    Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Friday 13th July 2012
    Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Call for Papers:
    This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the mass use of computers and videogames for human entertainment and focus on the impact of innovative videogame titles and interfaces for human communication and ludic culture. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts within which videogames flourish.

    Papers, presentations, workshops and reports are invited on any of the following themes:

    1. Videogames and Gaming
    Theories and Concepts of Gaming. Identifying Key Features and Issues.
    Videogames as Text. Videogames as Interactive Image. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Videogame Analysis. Film, Literary, Art Studies and Cultural Studies Approaches to the Analysis of Videogames.

    2. Videogame Cultures
    Emerging Practices in Online and Offline Gaming. Games as Cultural Artifacts.
    Pervasive Gaming, Convergence and the Integration of Videogames. Videogames as Art.

    3. Games and Society
    Ethical Issues in Videogames, Videogame Controversy – Rating, Violence, Sex, Morality and their relation to Maturity. Videogames and Politics. Propaganda Games. Censorship.

    4. Games with Meaning?
    Social Impact Simulations. Educational Use of Videogames. Serious Games. Documentary Videogames. Political Issues. The Relationship between Game and Gamer.

    5. Reception, Temporality and Videogames
    Player Generations. Old Originals vs. Retro games. Indie Games and Low-Tech Aesthetics. Innovations in Independent Game Movements.

    6. Immersion and Embodiment
    New Forms of Interaction, Immersion and Collaboration in Videogames. Sound, Music, Touch, and Game Space. The Role of Innovative Interfaces.

    7. Works in Progress
    Games in Development. Approaches to Game Design. Discussion Workshops on Games under Production. Best Practice and Know-How Exchange.

    A presentation with a quick demo of the game and workshop proposals are strongly encouraged. We might offer 2 hour slot for 1-3 intensive workshops on design methodologies and media comparative sessions. Delegates presenting in the frame of workshops are eligible for publishing in special track of Videogames 4 ebook on methodologies.

    The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. A presentation with a quick demo of the game and workshop proposals are strongly encouraged. We may offer a 2 hour slot for 1-3 intensive workshops on design methodologies and media comparative sessions. Delegates presenting in the frame of workshops are eligible for publishing in special track of Videogames 3 ebook on methodologies.

    300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

    a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
    E-mails should be entitled: VG4 Abstract Submission.

    Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

    Joint Organising Chairs
    Daniel Riha
    Charles University
    Czech Republic
    Email: rihad@inter-disciplinary.net

    Rob Fisher
    Network Founder and Network Leader
    Priory House, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
    United Kingdom
    Email: vg4@inter-disciplinary.net

    The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' series of research projects run by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

    For further details of the project, please visit:

    For further details of the conference, please visit:

    Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43262[Extended Deadline] New British Fiction Special IssueModern Fiction Studiesmfs@purdue.edu1318516801cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Modern Fiction Studiescontact email: mfs@purdue.edu

    Call for Papers: Upcoming Special Issue
    New British Fiction

    Guest Editor: Patrick O'Donnell
    EXTENDED deadline for Submission: 15 November 2011

    The Editors of MFS seek essays that consider the fiction of the group of young British writers whose work has been evolving and maturing since the turn into the twenty-first century. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a remarkable outpouring of new and innovative fiction from Britain comparable in quality and range to that of American postmodernist experimentation during the 1960s and 1970s. This new writing reflects, in part, the continuation of that experiment into the twenty-first century, and it also reflects the crucial impact of postcolonial thought, multiculturalism, globalization, and, as Rebecca Walkowitz has characterized it, an emergent cosmopolitanism, "a cultural paradigm that values contact with strangers and their ways of life . . . [as well as] individualism, artistic experimentation, social deviance, and urban mobility."

    This special issue will examine the generation after Rushdie, McEwan, Ishiguro, and Byatt. The 2003 version of Granta's decennial list of "Best Young British Novelists" included the increasingly familiar names of David Mitchell, Monica Ali, Zadie Smith, Philip Hensher, and Sarah Waters; in June, 2010, the Telegraph published an update that listed writers who were beginning to make an impact in the intervening years, including China Miéville, Mohsin Hamid, Kamila Shamsie, and Steven Hall. This list of writers is meant to be indicative, not exclusive: we invite essays on these and many other British writers who are involved in the making of new British fiction. Essays on individual writers and works are welcome, as well as essays on broader trends and issues in new British fiction, but all essays should consider how the works discussed reflect the developing, interactive cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts that inform the writing of new British fiction.

    Essays should be 6000-9000 words and should follow the MLA Handbook (7th Edition) for internal citation and works cited. Please submit two copies of your essay to The Editors, MFS, Department of English, Purdue University, 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038. Queries should be directed to Patrick O'Donnell (pod@msu.edu).

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43263Generation M: Resetting Modernist TimeGeneration M Groupgenm2012@gmail.com1318519849cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Generation M Groupcontact email: genm2012@gmail.com

    Generation M:
    Resetting Modernist Time
    11-12 May 2012
    (Proposals Due, 15 December 2011)

    Are Modernists aware of themselves as Modernists? Certainly, there is consciousness of shared enterprise – taking part in a "grrrreat littttterary period," as one of Pound's memorable eruptions has it. Yet, even before period or style, comes the inevitable frame of shared generation. Before the "simultaneous order" of "the whole of literature of Europe from Homer," as Eliot has it, the talented author must feel "his own generation in his bones." The concept of generation – in the bones, beneath the skin, consumed and digested – serves to provide modernism with a vital undercarriage drawn from the human lifespan that continues to shape not least our own scholarly conceptions of "the movement," and hence merits detailed examination.

    To this end, our international two-day conference to be held at the University of Amsterdam is concerned with exploring, firstly, how exactly and why the generational note is struck by the writers and artists it helps to identify. Secondly and in contrast to recent trends away from Modernism as a qualitatively distinct cultural mode, we are interested in how the concept of "generation" can either help or hinder Modernist Studies. Thus we welcome not only case studies of individual texts or artifacts that deal with Modernism in generational terms, but also theoretical papers concerned with the role of generational (periodizing, temporal) thinking in modernist studies and historiography. We are interested in both big and small M modernism - that is the brand "Modernism" and the expanded version "modernity" in all its interdisciplinary, transnational, critical dimensions. We thus hope to bridge generation with periodicity and time as well as elicit the attention of those working in the fields of philosophy and critical theory.

    As outcomes of the conference we envisage the establishment of an international transatlantic network called "Generation M" and the publication of selected contributions. While our thematic focus is obviously very much on the modernist period (including its periodization and time theories), we still also aim to link up, wherever possible, with already existing collaborations on the generation topic more broadly. In practical terms, the mini-conference format will be designed, above all, to foster in-depth critical dialogue and open, collaborative discussion. This means there will be no parallel sessions and presentation times will be 15-20 minutes with plenty of time for exchanges between presenters and attendees. To facilitate this interaction, we will ask participants for updated abstracts and handouts for pre-conference circulation a few weeks before the event.

    Chris Baldick (Goldsmiths College, London)
    Siegfried Zielinski (Universität der Künste, Berlin)

    Proposal deadline: December 15, 2011
    Please submit proposals to genm2012@gmail.com
    The committee will notify those selected by January 15, 2012

    Organizers: Rudolph Glitz (U of Amsterdam), Lois Cucullu (U of Minnesota), and Aaron Jaffe (U of Louisville)

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43264"Hyphenated Realities", February 25th 2012 University of Connecticut, Storrs Languages Graduate Student Association langsa.uconn@gmail.com1318523842cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Languages Graduate Student Association contact email: langsa.uconn@gmail.com

    II Annual LANGSA Graduate Conference
    February 25th 2012
    University of Connecticut, Storrs


    "Hyphenated Realities"

    This year's conference of the Languages Graduate Student Association at the University of Connecticut aims to investigate multicultural perspectives on and from different disciplines. Its particular focus will be the configuration of identity in intercultural realms. Proposals are invited that deal with migration, travel, expatriate life, minorities, exile, genders and sexualities, and other forms of "hyphenated realities". We welcome contributions across all disciplines; including literature, film, political science, human rights, history, post-colonial studies, music, fine arts, gender, psychology, and cultural studies.

    Relevant themes and topics may include but are not limited to:

    ● configurations of borders, boundaries, fractures
    ● borderlands and [their] cultures
    ● trans-identities
    ● transgressions
    ● assimilation - accomodation - integration - separation
    ● identity and alterity, self and other
    ● the post-colonial experience
    ● transnationalities and transnational spaces

    We welcome submissions and proposals for papers in English. Presentations will be limited to a reading time of 20 minutes (8-10 pages). Abstracts should follow the MLA style and be between 300-500 words; they must include a cover letter indicating the title, author's name, affiliation, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and short biography.

    Please send abstracts to langsa.uconn@gmail.com by December 31st.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43265Feminist and Women's Issues in Contemporary Irish SocietyEtudes Irlandaises/French Journal of Irish Studies mccannfiona@gmail.com, nathalie.sebbane@gmail.com1318533303cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Etudes Irlandaises/French Journal of Irish Studies contact email: mccannfiona@gmail.com, nathalie.sebbane@gmail.com

    The peer-reviewed journal Etudes Irlandaises is inviting contributions for its Autumn 2012 issue entitled 'Feminist and Women's Issues in Contemporary Irish Society', which will be guest edited by Fiona McCann and Nathalie Sebbane.

    The decline of second wave feminism in Western societies, the legacy of the Celtic Tiger and the emergence of a more liberal society, along with the transformation of the cultural and media landscape, have given rise to a new discourse that can tentatively be entitled postfeminist. Our understanding of this term requires the utmost prudence, however. The postfeminist current posits equality between men and women as a given and the feminist struggle as no longer relevant. However, according to Tasker and Negra (Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture), postfeminism is more a series of diffuse attitudes to be found within the media and related to second wave feminism's attachment to the past than an ideology or a form of activism. Nevertheless, it is not a backlash or a violent reaction against feminism since postfeminism acknowledges the complex relationships between culture, politics and feminism.
    The fact remains, however, that one of the characteristics of postfeminism is its positing of a gender equality which is far from being experienced by Irish women, whether in relation to salaries, political representation or access to certain professions, among other issues. Moreover, the secularisation of Irish society and the unshackling of Catholic church discourse have enabled new discursive approaches to the body and sex to emerge. The new media landscape presents the image of a hypersexualised woman, while male discourse tends to converge more than ever towards essentialism and biological determinism. Irish women may rightly have felt liberated from the weight of religion, but don't they now have to struggle against the weight of a consumerist discourse which threatens to annuhilate a fight for rights that they have never really obtained?
    The Celtic Tiger and the economic boom which accompanied it provoked an unprecendented wave of female immigration, notably from Eastern Europe. An inevitable confrontation then emerged between Irish women in search of fulfillment and consumerism and a foreign population which was isolated and vulnerable and in search of a freedom that all too often boiled down to psychological subservience and physical violence.
    North of the border, the Good Friday Agreement and the period of relative peace which has ensued have enabled women and feminist movements to focus on issues pertaining directly to the amelioration of women's lives in a society which continues to founder on the bedrock of ethno-religious, economic and cultural divisions.
    At a time when the Irish government has just rejected UN recommendations which invited Ireland to align its legislation on abortion with the rest of Europe, it seems as though patriarchy is still a force to be reckoned with.
    In literature, the 'chick lit' phenomenon, which emerged in the 1990s (with Maeve Binchy as precursor), has been commercially very successful. However, although these novels testify to a desire to shed light on the lives of (Irish) women, they are far from receiving positive critical attention and are often reproached for their focus on consumerism and their reinforcement of a stereotypical vision of women. Other novelists, such as Edna O'Brien, Anne Enright or Deirdre Madden, to name but a few, have offered more nuanced representations of the relationship between women and the changes which have profoundly affected contemporary Irish society. Emma Donoghue and Anna Burns explore lesbianism and the consequences of the Troubles in an innovative and original style. In the theatre, Marina Carr and Christina Reid, among others, represent and thereby give visibility to a disillusioned working class and women who are violent and/or victims of violence. Poetry too has continued to be a privileged place to propose and challenge images of women since Seamus Heaney's 'The Wife's Tale' (1969) and Eavan Boland's 'Mise Éire' (1987) and the poetry of Medbh McGuckian, Sinead Morrissey, Leontia Flynn and Colette Bryce.
    These observations, which are by no means exhaustive, invite authors to analyse (post)feminist issues in contemporary Irish society. Contributions could question the very nature of feminism, its evolution and its status in post Celtic Tiger Ireland; they could also tackle representations of women in the contemporary media, cultural and literary landscape. Authors are also invited to focus on the specificities of female immigration to Ireland over recent years. The question of women's bodies, how they are appropriated and violated is also relevant.

    Articles of 36000 signs should be sent to both Fiona McCann (mccannfiona@gmail.com) and Nathalie Sebbane (nathalie.sebbane@gmail.com) before January 9th 2012.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43266pecies-What?: Language and the Que(e)ry of SpeciesismJennifer Grubbs/ Lavender Languagesjennygrubbs@gmail.com1318533986cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Jennifer Grubbs/ Lavender Languagescontact email: jennygrubbs@gmail.com

    This area focus will address the linguistic intersections between queer theory, speciesism, and critical animal studies. Speciesist language creates and naturalizes the species hierarchy of "human"/"animal." Heteronormative and gender normative language creates and naturalizes the categories of "male"/"female", "straight"/"gay", and "normal"/"queer." Both queer studies and critical animal studies provide inclusive tools for linguists to deconstruct dichotomous thinking. Much anti-speciesist thought is informed by the destabilization that queer theory provides, and queer theory itself would contest the privileged binary construction of human/animal. Yet, there lacks a presence of engagement in linguistics between these two growing theoretical and liberatory movements. Lavender Languages invites scholars and activists from a variety of disciplines and liberation movements to engage in a dialogue between critical animal studies and queer theory. These papers will interrogate roles of language in the species binary and social scripts generated therein using a queer theory approach.

    Topics may include:
    *the queering of animal bodies
    *the language of animality
    *veganism as queer practice
    *queer linguistic analysis of a direct action commnique
    *queering 'activism' through direct action
    *anti-speciesist critiques emerging from queer theory
    *essentializing the vegan: queering representations
    *total liberation as politic
    *queer talkback to species-normativity
    *a queer analysis of the Animal Liberation Front
    *sexual violence in the movement; a queer theory treatise
    *a queer investigation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
    *political repression, gender performance in government surveillance, and the case of Eric McDavid

    Submissions can take creative direction with their form; including but not limited to formal papers, poetry and prose, video, and manifestas.
    Please contact Jennifer Grubbs at jennygrubbs@gmail.com to submit.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinary 43267Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries, Issue 4.1 (Open Topic)Digital Defoe / Daniel Defoe Societyholly.nelson@twu.ca1318538265bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Digital Defoe / Daniel Defoe Societycontact email: holly.nelson@twu.ca

    Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is now accepting submissions for: Issue 4.1 Fall 2012: Open Topic

    For the fall 2012 issue, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is accepting submissions in any medium and on any topic of relevance to early eighteenth-century culture.

    It is our hope that this issue, like our first three, will feature a range of voices, genres, topics, and approaches, and we encourage submissions by scholars, teachers, and students working at different stages of their careers and from within different academic or professional environments. Please circulate this CFP to your undergraduate and graduate students, to educators you know in secondary and primary education, and to independent scholars. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by at least two external reviewers and are evaluated based on the rigorous standards of the field.

    Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is a peer-reviewed online journal celebrating the works and culture of the eighteenth century and also welcomes multimedia submissions that push the boundaries of scholarship in our field as well as more traditional essays, reviews, notes, and dissertation and conference abstracts. Submissions should be e-mailed to Katherine Ellison (keellis@ilstu.edu) and Holly Faith Nelson (hnelson@sfu.ca) by April 1, 2012. Please send print manuscripts as Word .doc files following the style guide on our website. For multimedia submissions, please send inquiries about file size and format to Katherine Ellison .

    cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writing 43268Radical Imagination and LiteratureAmerican Comparative Literature Association, March 29-April 1, 2012lindsey.andrews@duke.edu1318563811african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association, March 29-April 1, 2012contact email: lindsey.andrews@duke.edu

    What is the role of literature in creating new ways of being in the world? If many conceptualizations of political freedom terminate in teleologically- determined emancipation, and thus separate the possibility of freedom from the conditions of social life, how can literary form, by contrast, support invention in the face of the unknown?

    This seminar draws on theorist Barrymore Anthony Bogues's recent call for investigation of the "radical imagination." Radical imagination is distinct from what Jacqueline Rose and Donald Pease call "fantasy," in which new political formations depend on the repertoire of historical knowledge. Radical imagination abandons the internal or psychological connotations of "imagination," and instead reformulates it as the emergence of collective thought-action that ruptures comprehensible world experience. Importantly, these surges of desire arise in response to pressures whose contours and implications are not yet fully known, and are therefore not reducible to psychologizing notions such as "counter-ideology" or "negative dialectics," which understand revolution primarily in relation to a causal narrative. Radical imagination instead embodies a discontinuous and open-ended engagement with the productive capacities of epiphany and rupture. We therefore find the concept useful for understanding both insurgent histories and recent revolutionary events.

    How can we re-conceive of the relationship between condition and possibility without prescribing modes of exercise or demanding guarantees? What are the literary forms and material practices, from manifestoes to everyday reading, that engage the radical imagination? Turning away from representational readings of literature, this seminar seeks to understand the performative role of texts in radical imagining.

    Please submit individual paper proposals directly to the ACLA website by November 15, 2011: http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php (select "Radical Imagination and Literature" from the seminar drop-down menu).

    cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43269International Journal of Biometrics and Bioinformatics (IJBB)Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)cfp@cscjournals.org1318589044americanclassical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)contact email: cfp@cscjournals.org

    Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Biometrics and Bioinformatics (IJBB) Volume 6, Issue 1.

    The International Journal of Biometric and Bioinformatics (IJBB) brings together both of these aspects of biology and creates a platform for exploration and progress of these, relatively new disciplines by facilitating the exchange of information in the fields of computational molecular biology and post-genome bioinformatics and the role of statistics and mathematics in the biological sciences. Bioinformatics and Biometrics are expected to have a substantial impact on the scientific, engineering and economic development of the world. Together they are a comprehensive application of mathematics, statistics, science and computer science with an aim to understand living systems.

    We invite specialists, researchers and scientists from the fields of biology, computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics and such related sciences to share their understanding and contributions towards scientific applications that set scientific or policy objectives, motivate method development and demonstrate the operation of new methods in the fields of Biometrics and Bioinformatics.

    CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:


    Bio-ontology and data mining

    Bioinformatic databases

    Biomedical image processing (fusion)

    Biomedical image processing (registration)

    Biomedical image processing (segmentation)

    Biomedical modelling and computer simulation

    Computational genomics

    Computational intelligence

    Computational proteomics

    Computational structural biology

    Data visualisation

    DNA assembly, clustering, and mapping


    Fuzzy logic

    Gene expression and microarrays

    Gene identification and annotation

    Genetic algorithms

    Hidden Markov models

    High performance computing

    Molecular evolution and phylogeny

    Molecular modelling and simulation

    Molecular sequence analysis

    Neural networks

    Important Dates - IJBB CFP - Volume 6, Issue 1.
    Paper Submission: November 30, 2011
    Author Notification: January 01, 2012
    Issue Publication: February 2012

    For complete details about IJBB archives publications, abstracting/indexing, editorial board and other important information, please refer to IJBB homepage.

    We look forward to receive your valuable papers. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at cscpress@cscjournals.org. Our team is committed to provide a quick and supportive service throughout the publication process.

    cfp categories: americanclassical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysscience_and_culturetheory 43270International Journal of Computer Science and Security (IJCSS)Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)cfp@cscjournals.org1318590129americangraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheoryfull name / name of organization: Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)contact email: cfp@cscjournals.org

    Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Computer Science and Security (IJCSS) Volume 6, Issue 1.

    The Journal of Computer Science and Security (IJCSS) is a refereed online journal which is a forum for publication of current research in computer science and computer security technologies. It considers any material dealing primarily with the technological aspects of computer science and computer security. The journal is targeted to be read by academics, scholars, advanced students, practitioners, and those seeking an update on current experience and future prospects in relation to all aspects computer science in general but specific to computer security themes. Subjects covered include: access control, computer security, cryptography, communications and data security, databases, electronic commerce, multimedia, bioinformatics, signal processing and image processing etc.

    CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:

    Authentication and authorization models


    Communications and data security

    Computer Engineering

    Computer graphics

    Computer Networks

    Computer security


    Data mining


    Electronic commerce

    Image processing

    Object Orientation

    Operating systems

    Parallel and distributed processing

    Programming languages


    Signal processing

    Software engineering


    Important Dates - IJCSS CFP - Volume 6, Issue 1.
    Paper Submission: November 30, 2011
    Author Notification: January 01, 2012
    Issue Publication: February 2012

    For complete details about IJCSS archives publications, abstracting/indexing, editorial board and other important information, please refer to IJCSS homepage.

    We look forward to receive your valuable papers. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at cscpress@cscjournals.org. Our team is committed to provide a quick and supportive service throughout the publication process.

    cfp categories: americangraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaystheory 43271International Journal of Engineering (IJE)Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)cfp@cscjournals.org1318590885americangraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicstheoryfull name / name of organization: Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals)contact email: cfp@cscjournals.org

    Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Engineering (IJE) Volume 6, Issue 1.

    International Journal of Engineering (IJE) is devoted in assimilating publications that document development and research results within the broad spectrum of subfields in the engineering sciences. The journal intends to disseminate knowledge in the various disciplines of the engineering field from theoretical, practical and analytical research to physical implications and theoretical or quantitative discussion intended for both academic and industrial progress.

    Our intended audiences comprises of scientists, researchers, mathematicians, practicing engineers, among others working in Engineering and welcome them to exchange and share their expertise in their particular disciplines. We also encourage articles, interdisciplinary in nature.

    CSC Journals anticipate and invite papers on any of the following topics:

    Aerospace Engineering

    Agricultural Engineering

    Biomedical Engineering

    Chemical Engineering

    Civil & Structural Engineering

    Computer Engineering

    Control Systems Engineering

    Education Engineering

    Electrical Engineering

    Electronic Engineering

    Engineering Mathematics

    Engineering Science

    Environmental Engineering

    Fluid Engineering

    Geotechnical Engineering

    Industrial Engineering

    Manufacturing Engineering

    Materials & Technology Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Mineral & Mining Engineering

    Nuclear Engineering

    Optical Engineering

    Petroleum Engineering

    Robotics & Automation Engineering

    Telecommunications Engineering

    Important Dates - IJE CFP - Volume 6, Issue 1.
    Paper Submission: November 30, 2011
    Author Notification: January 01, 2012
    Issue Publication: February 2012

    For complete details about IJE archives publications, abstracting/indexing, editorial board and other important information, please refer to IJE homepage.

    We look forward to receive your valuable papers. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at cscpress@cscjournals.org. Our team is committed to provide a quick and supportive service throughout the publication process.

    cfp categories: americangraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicstheory 43272Western Crossroads: Literature, Social Justice, EnvironmentWestern Literature Associationsara.spurgeon@ttu.edu1318614976americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Western Literature Associationcontact email: sara.spurgeon@ttu.edu

    Western Crossroads:
    Literature, Social Justice, Environment

    Western Literature Association Conference November 7-10, 2012 Lubbock Texas

    Lubbock, TX is nicknamed "The Hub City" because it has historically been the crossroads of the vast, multicultural South Plains—home to Native peoples for 15,000 years, first dubbed the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) by Coronado in 1540, and once referred to as the American Serengeti for its massive herds of buffalo, pronghorn, and deer. The WLA's 47th annual conference will take place at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock across the street from Texas Tech University. We will honor the careers of Distinguished Achievement Award winners Richard Slotkin and his former student, filmmaker and producer Joss Whedon, and engage with featured writers Annie Proulx, Christina Garcia, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

    The 2012 WLA Conference invites proposals engaging themes of Literature, Social Justice, and Environment in Western texts; panels or papers on any of our featured authors; or presentations on any aspect of Western literatures and cultures. The 2012 conference also welcomes proposals for inclusion in interdisciplinary panels that approach such topics across disciplines (for example, a panel may examine images of the Western prairies in the novels of Willa Cather, Western films like High Plains Drifter, traditional Western folk songs, and contemporary Western art). Other topics may include:
    • Animals and animal studies in the West
    • Native literatures of the High Plains
    • Art and artists/music and musicians of Texas and the West
    • Texas Tall Tales and Western humor
    • Spanish exploration and colonization in Texas and the West
    • Mexico-Texans: Mexican American literatures in Texas
    • Western films and television
    • Western Sci Fi
    • The West in graphic novels
    SUBMISSIONS must include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests (we will not provide computers). Proposals for panels (four presenters) and roundtables must include an abstract and all above information for all presenters. No more than one presentation per conference please. If you are proposing an interdisciplinary panel, or are willing to present on one, please note this in your abstract. DEADLINE: June 22, 2012.
    Submit abstracts to Sara Spurgeon at sara.spurgeon@ttu.edu
    For more information, see http://www.usu.edu/westlit/wla-conference-2012/

    cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43273The Nineteenth-century Memory - proposal deadline 31st October 2011postgraduate conference at Leeds Centre for Victorian Studiesmemory19thC@yahoo.co.uk1318622153cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesvictorianfull name / name of organization: postgraduate conference at Leeds Centre for Victorian Studiescontact email: memory19thC@yahoo.co.uk

    The Nineteenth-Century Memory: Approaches and Appropriations
    postgraduate conference at Leeds Trinity University College, 3 March 2012

    with keynote speakers
    Professor Ann Heilmann, University of Hull
    and Dr Trev Broughton, University of York

    '...nothing that is once mentally our own can ever be entirely lost'
    (Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899))

    'We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow'
    (Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1890))

    Nineteenth-century society, feeling in many ways disjointed from and dispossessed of its own past became a founding site for the study of memory in its multiple forms. Not only was this a period obsessed with understanding and penetrating the workings of the mind – as demonstrated by the pseudo sciences of phrenology, spiritualism and mesmerism – but it was also an era obsessed with remembering its own past. Writers repeatedly re-imagined and reworked their recent past, in novels such as Waverley and Middlemarch, as well as recalling and recasting a medieval past as witnessed in the Gothic and Arthurian revivals. This era felt itself to be both and unprecedented historical anomaly and the forge of a new and exciting modernity, creating a duality of retrospection and anticipation. The legacy of nineteenth-century culture has proved equally dominant and challenging for its successors in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    'Memory' has become a burgeoning topic of scholarship in recent decades. We want to bring together that general recognition of the central place of memory in any culture with a specific focus on its significance for Victorian studies. We welcome proposals for papers on any area related to the nineteenth-century memory, including but not confined to such topics as:

    • Nineteenth-century memories of their own past
     Memorialisation and the museum
     Re-imaginings through art and other mediums
     Biography and autobiography
     Medievalism
     The melancholic effects of memory
     The implications of gender on memory and vice versa

    • Nineteenth-century notions of memory and the mind
     The narrative structures of Victorian texts (e.g. authority, retrospection, reliability)
     Attempts to divine the workings of the mind via mediums, séances etc

    • More recent recollection and appropriations of the era
     Neo-Victorianism
     Critical approaches (and hostility) to the Victorian episteme.

    The conference will be held, in conjunction with the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, at Leeds Trinity University College on Saturday 3rd March 2012.

    We invite proposals of 200-300 words, for 20-minute presentations, and especially welcome proposals from postgraduates and early-career researchers. Please send proposals and any queries to Tracy Hayes, Helen Kingstone and Kate Lister at memory19thc@yahoo.co.uk . The deadline for proposals is 31st October 2011.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesvictorian 43274"Revolutions, Post-Revolutions, Counter-Revolutions," March 16-17, 2012, University of Michigan, Ann ArborComparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)cliff.umich@gmail.com1318625523cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)contact email: cliff.umich@gmail.com

    Over the past two years, political uprisings and revolts have proliferated throughout the Arab world; more recently, protesters in New York have taken to the streets with calls for revolution. It is with these current events in mind that we propose an inter-disciplinary discussion of the diverse histories and instances of revolution—political, literary or social—and their aftermath.

    In the spirit of the Department of Comparative Literature's "Year of Anachronism," we propose to engage with the historical contingency of the terms and concepts suggested by revolutions, post-revolutions and counter-revolutions. We maintain that experimentation and innovation in the arts—as well as the articulation and advancement of social and political revolutions—may be seen as a plurality of expressions, contingent on distinct historical contexts and cultural traditions, the movement and appropriation of intellectual and artistic ideas, asymmetrical power relations, and varying levels of tolerance for change.

    In the context of literature, we would particularly like to examine how Western/ European categories and periodizations of "revolutionary" literary movements such as realism, avant-gardism, modernism and post-modernism have remained dominant, in spite of alternative avant-gardes, modernisms and realisms in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Similarly, we might ask whether theoretical models of revolution are also dominated by Western/European categories in spite of the abundance of revolutions in the non-Western world.

    Abstracts of approximately 300 words for 15-minute presentations due: December 9, 2011.

    All submissions and questions should be addressed to: cliff.umich@gmail.com

    We welcome papers from across the disciplines. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

    --What connections exist between revolutionary social and aesthetic movements and literature?

    -- In the context of revolution, what is literature's relationship to politics? What is revolutionary or "politically engaged" literature?

    --How are connections between historical change and literature conceptualized and articulated?

    --What do ideologies (Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, etc.) teach us about the contexts and practices of revolution?

    --How might we conceive of the before and the after of revolution? What is post-revolution? What kind of temporality does revolution involve?

    --What responses or backlashes do revolutions provoke? How do revolutions become obsolete? What connections might we draw between revolutions and counter-revolutions across history?

    --What connections can be seen between revolutions and cross-cultural/cross-national interactions, both in the pre-modern and modern world? How is translation complicit in revolutions?

    --What are postcolonial instances of literary innovation/revolution?

    --What connections might be made between revolutions and classical traditions?

    --What do literary genres and categorizations mean in different contexts?

    --What relationships might we identify between revolution and globalization and/or technology?

    --What effect do differing levels of economic development have on revolution?

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43275SWTX PCA/ACA (8-11 February 2012)Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationsmrh@unm.edu1318626160african-americanamericanpoetrypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationscontact email: mrh@unm.edu

    CFP: Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
    Abstract/Proposals by 1 December 2011

    Southwest/Texas American & Popular Culture Association
    33rd Annual Conference

    8-11 February 2012
    Hyatt Regency Hotel
    330 Tijeras Avenue NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    Phone: 505/842-1234

    We are currently forming panels for scholarly presentations of poetry and poetics criticism at our 2012 conference. While there are no limits with regard to topics or themes, presentations on formally innovative work will be especially welcome. For reasons of coherence as well as simplicity, panel proposals are not only welcome but preferred. Please note that panels should ideally include four speakers.

    If your research does not focus on poetry and poetics criticism but fits within the broad range of areas designated for the upcoming conference on American and Popular culture, especially the topic of "Food and Culture(s) in a Global Context" for the 2012 conference, we still encourage you to participate. You may wish to consult the conference website--http://swtxpca.org/--for a comprehensive list of Area Chairs and their calls for papers.

    Poet-critics who may wish to participate in the readings panels should contact either Jerry Bradley or Hugh Tribbey, via the conference website, in early fall.

    Please forward this call to your interested colleagues and advanced graduate students.

    We will be accepting proposals on a rolling basis until 1 December 2011. Submit your 350-word abstract, brief cv, and contact information directly to the 2012 conference database at http://conference2012.swtxpca.org

    Please address your materials to Professor M. R. Hofer , Poetry and Poetics (Critical) Area Chair.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanpoetrypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 43276 The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1830) David O'Shaughnessy / University of Warwicklondonirish@warwick.ac.uk1318626253cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesromanticfull name / name of organization: David O'Shaughnessy / University of Warwickcontact email: londonirish@warwick.ac.uk

    CFP: The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1830) University of Warwick, 13-14 April 2012

    The Irish became an intrinsic part of the London population through the course of the eighteenth century. Whether Catholic and Protestant, professional or plebeian, London provided opportunities for waves of Irish migrants. Irish migrants can of course be found throughout Britain (and Europe) at this time but London offered a burgeoning world capital that embraced all tiers of Irish society. The Irish, from both sides of the religious divide, could be found almost anywhere in London: in its kitchens, drawing rooms, legal chambers, banking houses, theatres, newspaper offices, and courts. Nevertheless robust systematic historical data on these migrants is scarce – such accounts that exist of the Irish diaspora in pre-1815 London (Denvir, Akenson, and Jackson) are useful but fragmentary and Irish historiography on the diaspora has generally tended to concentrate on the famine years.

    There is work on Irish Catholics in Europe but only recently have more focused accounts of Irish networks operating in London in the eighteenth century begun to emerge. Yet despite the sparse accounts of their activities, there was certainly a strong Irish – Catholic as well as Protestant – presence in London throughout this period. Archbishop King warned that Irish visitors in London 'converse only in a very sneaking private way with one another' and this observation suggests a metropolitan space within which the Irish diaspora could form themselves into tight social and professional networks. The study of such networks would provide a fresh perspective on London in the long eighteenth century. How did such networks form? How did they evolve? To what degree were they inclusive/ exclusive? How did they represent 'Irishness' and/or Ireland to London? And how were they received?

    This interdisciplinary conference is being organized by David O'Shaughnessy and will be hosted by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Warwick. Plenary lectures will be given by Professor Toby Barnard (History, University of Oxford); Professor Claire Connolly (Literature, University of Cardiff; and Professor Mary Hickman (Sociology, London Metropolitan University). Papers will be welcomed in all disciplines and from scholars at all stages of their careers. The deadline for 300-word abstracts is 31 January 2011 (email: londonirish@warwick.ac.uk).

    Suggested topics might include but are not limited to:

    • Quantifying the Irish diaspora (population, migration patterns/routes, births, deaths, baptisms, funerals)
    •Defining an Irish community/network
    •Catholic and Protestant communities/networks
    •Professional Irish (lawyers, bankers, merchants, tutors, physicians, booksellers)
    •Literary and artistic Irish (theatre, newspapers, literary clubs, artists, Society of Antiquaries, Royal Academy, bookshops)
    •Labouring Irish (military, servants, sailors, shipwrights, builders)
    •Religious Irish (places of worship, priests)
    •Political Irish (clubs, societies, parliament, lobbyists, spies, petitioners, the Irish at court)
    •Anti-Irish sentiment
    •Irish language
    •Irish societies and charitable organizations
    •The Irish on trial (lawyers and criminals)
    •The rise of the Irish pub (taverns/coffee houses patronised by the Irish)
    •The Irish 'ghetto' (geography of the Irish in London)
    •Irish elites and their circles (Burke, Goldsmith, Sheridan)

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesromantic 43277Queer Indigenous Writers - Call for SubmissionPolari Journal: An International Queer Creative Writing Journaleditor@polarijournal.com1318634832gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Polari Journal: An International Queer Creative Writing Journalcontact email: editor@polarijournal.com

    Queer Indigenous Writers - Call for Submission

    Polari Journal is calling for submissions for a special issue to be published online in October 2012.

    This special issue will feature the best queer indigenous/aboriginal writing from around the globe.

    Polari tends towards the shorter forms: short stories, poetry, essays, scholarly papers, one act plays/scripts and reviews. In general, the word limit for fiction, plays and essays is 6000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1500 words. For poetry, the maximum is 100 lines.

    At this time financial remuneration is not offered.

    All rights remain with the author/s.

    The Final Date for submission is July 1st 2012.

    Review the Submissions Guide on our homepage before submitting.

    Send all submissions to the managing editor:

    cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writing 43278Queer Writers & Scholars: Open Call for SubmissionPolari Journal: An International Queer Creative Writing Journaleditor@polarijournal.com1318635048gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Polari Journal: An International Queer Creative Writing Journalcontact email: editor@polarijournal.com

    Polari Journal is holding an open call for submissions for its next issue (published online April 2012).

    There is no specific theme for this issue; however Polari tends towards the shorter forms: short stories, poetry, essays, scholarly papers, one act plays/scripts and reviews. In general, the word limit for fiction, plays and essays is 6000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1500 words. For poetry, the maximum is 100 lines.

    At this time financial remuneration is not offered.

    All rights remain with the author/s.

    The Final Date for submission is January 1st 2012.
    Review the Submissions Guide on our homepage before submitting.

    Send all submissions to the managing editor:

    cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryrhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheorytravel_writing 43279Translating Cultures: Intercultural Mediation in Literature, Linguistics and the ArtsDr. Stephanie Schwerter, Dr. Ciara Hogan, Prof. Dr. Nadine Rentel / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris / Université Paris Descartes-Paris 5 / Université des Sciences Appliquées de Zwickaustephanie.schwerter schwerte@msh-paris.fr; ciara.hogan@parisdescartes.fr; nadine.rentel@fh-zwickau.de1318681499cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Dr. Stephanie Schwerter, Dr. Ciara Hogan, Prof. Dr. Nadine Rentel / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris / Université Paris Descartes-Paris 5 / Université des Sciences Appliquées de Zwickaucontact email: stephanie.schwerter schwerte@msh-paris.fr; ciara.hogan@parisdescartes.fr; nadine.rentel@fh-zwickau.de

    The editors are currently seeking proposals for a collection of original essays investigating intercultural mediation in the humanities.

    Intercultural mediation seeks to establish channels between diverse cultures while mindful of their individual traditions and national identities. It is founded upon intercultural competence and sensibility, essentially implicating understanding of the "other" and his or her networks of sociability. However, the work of intercultural mediation also frequently involves the breaking of barriers, the reconsideration of conventions and established traditions as well as the invention of alternative strategies for communication and interaction. This has become particularly relevant in accommodating ethnic, religious and linguistic difference as much in the contemporary global economy as in the postnationalist state.

    The proposed volume will draw together international practitioners, theorists and philosophers to analyse key concepts in this developing field, with the aim of offering a more complete perspective on the theories and challenges of interculturality. Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this book invites reflections on cultural diversity, plurilingualism, globalisation and transculturality in the fields of linguistics, literature, translation and cultural studies, and proposes to explore the multiple political, psychological, artistic and socio-economic implications of intercultural mediation.

    Possible topics / areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:
    citizenship, nationalism, globalisation
    conflict, terror, conflict resolution
    cultural linguistics
    intercultural and interethnic studies
    education and the arts
    gender studies
    literary mediations, literary genre
    mediating the symbolic (urban) space
    migration studies
    the media mediating
    narration, renarration, and interpretation
    translation theory & practice

    Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Stephanie Schwerter, Ciara Hogan, and/or Nadine Rentel, by 12 of December 2012. Final submissions will be due 1st of March 2012. All articles are refereed and should not exceed 6, 000 words in length. Enquiries welcome.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarytheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43280Short essay needed on Neo Futurists' production on the stage directions of O'Neill's one-act plays (Contact us ASAP)Michael Y. Bennett / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State Universitybennettm@uww.edu, and benjamin.carson@bridgew.edu1318694124americangeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Michael Y. Bennett / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State Universitycontact email: bennettm@uww.edu, and benjamin.carson@bridgew.edu

    Though we have already collected most of the chapters for our forthcoming collection of essays, entitled Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Benjamin D. Carson and I (Michael Y. Bennett) are putting out a call for a single short essay (~2,000-3,000 words) from a scholar who saw this recent production: "The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill Volume 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays" by the Neo Futurists in NYC this past September. Please contact us ASAP if you saw this production and are interested in writing a short essay on it: bennettm@uww.edu and/or benjamin.carson@bridgew.edu.

    Link to The New York Times review of this production:

    cfp categories: americangeneral_announcementsjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiestheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 432812011 International Conference on Computer Application and Education Technology (ICCAET 2011) International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kong iccaet2011@163.com1318698126ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kongcontact email:  iccaet2011@163.com


    2011 International Conference on Computer Application and Education Technology (ICCAET 2011) ISTP indexed
    2011 International Conference on Computer Application and Education Technology (ICCAET 2011) will be held in Beijing, China during December 3-4, 2011.
    ICCAET 2011 will be published in the conference proceeding, and will be indexed by Thomson ISI Proceedings.
    October 1, 2011. News! The submission of Round II is open to authors. Please submit your paper before November 1, 2011

    ICCAET 2011会议论文集将由科学技术出版社出版,所有被大会收录的文章将被ISTP检索。
    International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kong
    Science Technology Press, Hong kong

    Important Date (The submission of Round II)

    Paper Submission (Full Paper) On November 1, 2011
    Notification of Acceptance Before November 10, 2011
    Authors' Registration Before November 20, 2011
    Final Paper Submission Before November 20, 2011
    Conference Dates December 3-4, 2011
    Education Innovation
    Educational Theory
    Teaching practice
    Education Policy
    Educational Psychology
    Educational reform
    Curriculum Reform t
    Ideological and Political Education
    Educational party construction
    Vocational Education
    Adult Education
    Audio-visual education
    School Management
    Education Economy
    Social Development
    Technology Development Knowledge innovation project
    School and society
    Personnel training
    Information Engineering
    Software Engineering
    VLSI Design and Fabrication
    E-commerce and E-learning
    Signal Processing
    Embedded System
    Communication and Wireless Systems
    Network Technologies
    Computer Technologies
    Communication Networks and Protocols
    Database Technologies
    Hardware Design and Implementation
    Information Security
    Multimedia and Graphics Technologies
    Operating Systems
    Simulation and Modeling
    For more information about this conference, please contact:
    Email: iccaet2011@163.com
    QQ: 170767736
    QQ Group: 140372122

    cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturetheory 432822011 International Conference on Economic and Information management (ICEIM 2011) International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kongiceim_conf@163.com1318698298cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kongcontact email: iceim_conf@163.com


    2011 International Conference on Economic and Information management
    (ICEIM 2011) ISTP indexed

    The 2011 International Conference on Economic and Information management (ICEIM 2011) will be held in Beijing, China during December 2-3, 2011.

    ICEIM 2011投稿截稿时间为2011年10月1日,会议论文集将由科学技术出版社出版,所有被大会收录的文章将被ISTP检索。
    International Research Association of Information and Computer Science, Hong Kong
    Science Technology Press, Hong kong
    North University of China, China

    Important Date (The submission of Round II)

    Paper Submission (Full Paper) On November 1, 2011
    Notification of Acceptance Before November 10, 2011
    Authors' Registration Before November 20, 2011
    Final Paper Submission Before November 20, 2011
    Conference Dates December 3-4, 2011


    Information Engineering
    Artificial Intelligence 
    Bioinformatics 
    Software Engineering 
    VLSI Design and Fabrication 
    Photonic Technologies 
    Parallel and Distributed Computing 
    Data Mining 
    Cryptography 
    Algorithms and Data Structures 
    Graphs and Combinatorics 
    E-commerce and E-learning 
    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 
    Networking 
    Signal Processing 
    Embedded System 
    Communication and Wireless Systems 
    Multimedia Systems and Applications 
    Emerging Technologies 
    Information Systems and Technology
    Business Administration
    Business Policy and Strategy
    Electronic Commerce
    Financial and Banking
    Health Care Administration
    Human Resource
    Information System and Technology
    International Business
    Management and Organization Behavior
    Management Education
    Management Information System
    Managerial Consultation
    Operations Management
    Organizational Development and Change
    Non-Profit Sector Management
    Research Methods
    Social Issues in Management
    Technology and Innovation
    Web Technology and Management
    Theory and Practice of Modern Management
    Logistics and supply chain management
    Human Resource Management
    Tourism Management
    Modern Marketing Management
    Technical Innovation and Management
    E-Commerce and corporate Infomationization
    Modern Quality Management
    Knowledge Management
    Information Management
    Business strategy and information systems
    Management Information Systems
    Information systems planning and management
    Adoption of information technology in organizations
    Human factors in information systems
    Knowledge acquisition, expert systems
    Systems analysis and design methods
    Object-oriented enterprise modeling
    Knowledge based systems to support database design
    Automated mediation in group support systems
    Distributed information systems, electronic commerce
    Software copyright infringements
    Accounting and Financial Information System
    Internet Technology
    Auditing and IT Governance
    Information Quality and Strategy
    Decision Support System
    Information Systems Management
    Information Technology Management
    IT Education and Society
    Knowledge Management
    Entreprise Information Systems-ERP
    Public Policy Management
    Engineering and Software Development
    Project Management
    Free software
    IT and IS Security
    Information and Communication Technology
    IT and IS Innovation
    e-Business Engineering and Management
    E-Commerce Platforms, Models and Applications
    Workflows and Transactions in E-Business
    Management and Engineering of IT-Enabled Services
    Requirement Analysis and Modeling of E-Business Systems
    Dependability and Performance of E-Business Systems
    Business Performance Management
    Data and Knowledge Engineering for E-Business
    Mobile and Pervasive Commerce
    Security, Privacy in E-Commerce
    Open Source Technologies in E-Commerce/Business/Services
    E-Commerce Models, Applications and Technologies
    Service Oriented Computing for E-Business

    For more information about this conference, please contact:
    Email: iceim_conf@163.com

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgraduate_conferencesinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheory 43283[Edited Collection] "Their Lives A Storm Whereon They Ride": Writing with The Affective DisordersStephanie Stone Horton, Georgia State Universityshorton7@gsu.edu1318704344cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Stephanie Stone Horton, Georgia State Universitycontact email: shorton7@gsu.edu

    The link between the affective disorders (depression and bipolar illness) and writing creativity goes back to Aristotle, who famously asked, "Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?" Indeed, a fifteen-year study of writers at the Iowa Writers' Workshop found that 80 percent of the writers either lived with affective illness or had experienced an episode at some point in their lives (compared to 30 percent of non-writer controls). Writers and poets with known and suspected affective disorder span the centuries; the twentieth gave us Woolf, Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and David Foster Wallace, among many others.

    I am seeking submissions for an edited collection of essays on writing with the affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorder). Affective illness is, in part, neurophysiological, genetic and deadly; its extreme emotional turbulence forms the "storm whereon they ride," in Byron's words. Writing with an affective disorder presents unique challenges, from intractable writing blocks (depression) to hypergraphia (mania). Rich metaphors abound. For William Styron, severe depression is "a fiercely overheated room with no exits -– the mind begins to think of oblivion," while Marya Hornbacher's manias result in "a cyclone of words."

    Writers with affective disorders (anonymous or named) are encouraged to submit essays exploring their own writing processes and practices. Also welcome are scholarly essays from writers without affective disorders who have studied, taught, or learned from these writers; still other essays may challenge the myth of the "mad poet" and contemporary rhetorics of mental illness and disability.

    Topics may include (but are not limited to):
    •    Personal stories of academic or creative writing with the illness;
    •    rhetorics of mental illness;
    •    rhetorics of disability;
    •    neurodiversity;
    •    writing through the episodes;
    •    the ethos of mental illness;
    •    metaphors for the illness;
    •    writing blocks;
    •    affective episodes and invention
    •    paranoia and mania
    •     writing and the body;
    •    affective illness in literature;
    •    tropes of mental illness;
    •    questioning mental illness,
    •    the anti-psychiatry movement and "talking back";
    •    gender, culture and the affective disorders;
    •    affective illness in composition studies and pedagogy;
    •    depression and pathos;
    •    writing and memory;
    •    writing and stigma;
    •    anonymity, professional life and breaking the silence;
    •    writing and psychopharmacology;
    •    writing and neuroscience;
    •    writing and the emotions;
    •    suicidality and writing;
    •    the role of support (psychiatry, therapists, family, colleagues) in writing.

    Send a 500-word proposal by March 1, 2012 (full articles due August 1, 2012).
    Please title proposal files "CFP Affective Disorders" and
    email to: shorton7@gsu.edu by March 1, 2012.

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 43285ACLA Seminar (March 29 - April 1): The Modernist Self and its DiscontentsBen Tam, Cornell University / Nan Zhang, Johns Hopkins Universityyt344@cornell.edu1318714805african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Ben Tam, Cornell University / Nan Zhang, Johns Hopkins Universitycontact email: yt344@cornell.edu

    The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at Brown University from March 29 to April 1.

    Seminar Theme: The Modernist Self and its Discontents

    While social crisis calls for reform and redress that entail institutional effort and collective action, it also tends to dislocate the self from its familiar emotional, cultural, political, and ethical positions. Created around the period of what Ezra Pound called a "botched" civilization, the modernist literature in the twentieth century often foregrounds the relation between self and portentous social forces and examines the experiential and affective complexities in great depths and innovative forms.

    This seminar will explore how an historically generated sense of crisis in the twentieth century finds subtle and profound expression in representations of self in the modernist literature. Threatened by war, the alienating force of industrialism, economic depression and poverty, the inadequacies of liberal capitalist democracy, the growth of authoritarian power, and so on, how does the self strive to maintain its integrity, identity, and agency?

    This seminar also welcomes papers that interrogate, conversely, the extent to which the self is constructed by its conventional constituents such as "sovereignty" and "self-governmentality" when the self, confronted by what Georg Simmel called the "overstimuli of the metropolis," fails to perform its autonomy. Modernism's encounter with affect theory seems to suggest that an underdramatized self may well find its place and survival in precarious times, and that the discourse of the seemingly stable self may continually be complicated by new theoretical apparatuses in "lateral agency." We invite papers that address these issues of the modernist self from all ranges of critical perspectives.

    Proposal Submission Method: A 250-word abstract of your individual paper and a brief bio (50 word max.) should be submitted through the ACLA website at http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php. Be sure to select "The Modernist Self and its Discontents" as you submit your proposal. Submission deadline is November 15, 2011.

    Please note: It is not necessary to be a member of ACLA in order to submit a seminar or paper proposal. However, upon notification of proposal acceptance, all presenters must be both 1) registered for the conference and 2) current members of the ACLA for 2012 in order to participate.

    For any inquires about the seminar topic or registration process, please contact Ben at yt344@cornell.edu.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43286Transecting Society Conference, University of New Hampshire [Conf: April 12 & 13, 2012; Abstract Due: 2/1/12] Joelle Ruby Ryan / University of New Hampshire Joelle.Ryan@unh.edu1318716055cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Joelle Ruby Ryan / University of New Hampshire contact email: Joelle.Ryan@unh.edu

    Critical Dialogues on Transsexual/Transgender Identities in Politics, Media, Activism and Culture

    Date: April 12 & 13, 2012
    Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
    Memorial Union Building (MUB)

    Transecting Society is a two-day symposium dedicated to exploring controversial political topics related to transsexual/transgender identities in contemporary U.S. culture. We welcome scholars, activists, artists, lawyers, performers, writers, non-profit workers and others who are interested in exploring the oppression of trans people in our society, and strategies for promoting our collective liberation and civil rights.

    We are currently seeking abstracts on any of the following topics:

    * Trans Identities and Feminism: histories of inclusion/exclusion, trans feminist theory and activism, trans feminist controversies, transphobia in radical feminism and anti-pornography movement, coalition-building in trans and feminist communities

    * Trans Identities in Lesbian/Gay/Queer Communities: Gay, Inc., LGBT as coalition, LGBT non-profits and political organizations, gay transphobia, trans-exclusive legislation, ENDA, "coming out" as heterosexual after transition

    * Trans Identities and [Pseudo]Science: GID reform, transvestic disorder, DSD, autogynephilia/homosexual transsexualism, the sexualization of trans women In pseudo-scientific literature, The Bailey-Dreger controversy, psychological/psychiatric gate-keeping, trans-"reparative" therapies for youth and adults

    * Trans Terminologies: Debates on terms, labels, identities, language, e.g. transgender as an umbrella term, transsexualism as a medical condition, reclaiming the term "tranny", usefulness of "cisgender" etc.

    * Trans Media and Media Defamation : The Jerry Springer Show, "she-male" pornography, comedy skits, Ticked Off Trannies with Kinives criticism and activism, journalistic accounts of anti-trans hate crimes, misgendering in the press, trans-produced film, photography and media with a radical agenda, trans in high fashion as the latest "trend" in capitalist entertainment

    * Trans Blogosphere and New Media: Blogs, Blogging and Blog wars, Vlogs, internet radio, digital video, Youtube channels, digital activism, social networking, web sites, Second Life etc.

    * Trans Identities and Race: Race, ethnicity, trans people of color, racism, white privilege, whiteness, racial conflict and division in trans communities

    * Trans Activism in the Past, Present and Future: Stonewall, Compton's Riots, Dewey's Riots, Trans Pioneers, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha Johnson, Christine Jorgensen, gay historical imperialism, trans militancy, etc.

    * Trans People in/and Electoral Politics: Trans folks and voting, trans people running for office, trans delegates, trans people in state politics, anti-trans campaigns at the state and national level, the so-called "bathroom bill" and political fear-mongering, etc.

    * Critical Trans Politics and Social Movement Coalitions: racial and economic justice, disability rights, global and transnational issues, sex worker rights, elders, youth movements, adultism and ageism, fat liberation, prisoner rights

    Please submit a 300-word abstract in which you clearly describe your research paper and how it relates to the themes of the conference. Up to two submissions per person are allowed. Please send as a MS Word Attachment by February 1, 2012 to transecting.society@gmail.com and include the following info as well: paper/presentation title, name, address, phone, email, institutional affiliation, and a brief bio. Feel free to send queries to the above email as well. Sponsored by TransGender-UNH and the UNH Women's Studies and Queer Studies Programs.

    Additional information about the conference will soon appear at: http://www.tgnh.org/id13.html

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culture 43287Journal Articles Needed--Words and MusicPaul Bempechat/Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relationslyricasociety@aol.com1318725153americaneighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Paul Bempechat/Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relationscontact email: lyricasociety@aol.com

    Ars Lyrica, the journal of the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, seeks articles on area of word-music relationships. Articles of any length will be considered. The deadline for the next issue is January 31, 2012; any articles submitted after that will be considered for future issues. For further information, go to www.lyricasociety.org.

    cfp categories: americaneighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 43288Sex...or Something Like ItSigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societycsunsigma@gmail.com1318741802americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societycontact email: csunsigma@gmail.com

    The first step in is penetration. One frame out and two bodies present themselves. And more and more frames reveal more and more bodies, many different bodies in many different bodies in many different frames.

    This is Sex...or Something Like It.

    If we zoom in on microscopic levels, past the salacious tissues of skin and muscle, chromosomes are abound. 23 pairs with two minimum coupling at conception, determining identity.

    This is Sex...or Something Like It.

    And who assumed the two in the second sentence were engaged in conjugal conversation, or that the scene was limited to only two? What were the notions that allowed for such assumptions to take hold?

    Sex...or Something Like It.

    What of the seduction of a good story? Of theory? Of consumption? Of composition? These are our chief preoccupations. These questions can be considered from just about any point of view. Submissions can take creative direction with their form; including but not limited to formal papers, poetry and prose, video, and manifestas. They may also be scientific, philosophic or present any other viewpoint imaginable.

    Sigma Tau Delta's Iota Chi chapter at California State University, Northridge seeks abstracts from any standpoint that consider sexuality in an insightful, provocative way. Please submit 300-word abstracts to Naomi Carrington at csunsigma@gmail.com by December 3rd, 2011.

    cfp categories: americanecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43289Theorizing the Fantastic in 20th Century Art [Nov. 15]Alison Heney, SUNYalisonheney1@gmail.com1318793721film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Alison Heney, SUNYcontact email: alisonheney1@gmail.com

    In his short essay, "Aminadab or The Fantastic Considered as a Language," Sartre proposes that, "so long as it was thought possible to escape the conditions of human existence through asceticism, mysticism, metaphysical disciplines or the practice of poetry, fantasy was called upon to fulfill a very definite function."

    However, as the post-war period sharpened the artist's sense of abandonment to the realm of the human, Fantasy, as Sartre explains, gave up "the exploration of transcendental reality" and resigned itself "to transcribing the human condition."

    "We recognize the footprint on the shore as our own. There are no phantoms, no succubi, no weeping fountains. There are only men…the fantastic is only one of a hundred ways of mirroring his own image" – Sartre

    In consideration of Sartre's proposal, this seminar seeks papers that will explore the evolving function of fantastic forms in 20th century art and perhaps the ways in which the language of the fantastic is engaged with the modern artist's investigation of social and political concerns such as the rise of technology, the terror of war, the construction of memory, historical narrative, feminist politics and spiritual bankruptcy.

    Topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

    Modern Fiction and the Grotesque
    The Uncanny and Modernity
    The role and/or function of Fairy Tales/Myth
    Fantastic narratives and Melancholia/Trauma
    Aesthetics of the New
    The Absurd
    Cyberspace/The Cyborg
    Women and Science Fiction
    Magical Realism and/or Surrealism
    We invite projects that discuss poetry, prose, cinema or any aspect of the visual arts.

    This panel will take place at the Annual American Comparative Literature Association Conference, March 29th - April 1st, 2012 on the campus of Brown University in Providence. Hotel accommodations and local attraction information can be found on the ACLA's conference website at the following web address: http:// www.acla.org/acla2012.

    For full consideration, please log on to the ACLA 2012 website copied below and submit papers to the seminar "Theorizing the Fantastic in 20th Century Art" on or before NOVEMBER 15. If your paper is accepted you will need to register with the ACLA.


    cfp categories: film_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsmodernist studiespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 43290Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 20th & 21st, 2012)Binghamton University - English Departmentshiftingborders@gmail.com1318800541african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Binghamton University - English Departmentcontact email: shiftingborders@gmail.com

    Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders(3rd Annual)

    Theme: "Re-Imagining the New World(s)"

    Dates: April 20th & 21st, 2012

    Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

    Keynote Speakers: Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
    Daniel T. O'Hara, Temple University
    (Closing address by William V. Spanos, Binghamton University)

    Conference Description:

    Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference dedicated to exploring the changing contours of the field of American Studies. This year's conference focuses on "Re-Imagining the New World(s)," an interrogation of the role of a variety of empires, most specifically the American and British empires, in the construction of culture, expression, and subjectivity. This conference will focus on the comparison of the imaginaries produced by empire(s), with a focus on cultural empire. It seeks to examine individual world empires, and to question how each individual power maintained, or maintains, itself when in conflict with its own marked Others and competing empires. These histories speak not only to past interactions of empires, but may also add to our understandings of current events such as Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.
    This conference will focus on the intersection of historical representation and political imagination, the question of re-historicization, and modes of looking beyond the simplistic dichotomies of "new world vs. old world" imaginings. Such a focus emerges out of the transnational basis of the conference, where the slippages between perspectives allow for a reading of cultural objects as they exist in conversation and competition with other empires. This conference seeks to examine the multiplicity of globalized empire. What are the founding discursive tropes of the new world, and how are they established or discarded in the contemporary globalized moment? What are the rhetorical modes of discourse that are used to justify imperial cultural practices? How does empire represent itself and its Others across different areas of history? How is difference and subjectivity activated or deactivated by empire? What are the contemporary visions of the new world that may be used to re-imagine the direction of modern globalization? We invite submissions that engage these questions and critique the role of empire across a wide range of historical time periods in an effort to re-think our current global occasion, and imagine new futures for the field of American Studies.

    Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Narratives of Travel and Ages of Exploration
    Mapping New Worlds (Cartography, "Worlding," etc.)
    Contextualizing Discovery (Scientific, Geographical)
    Rhetorics of the "New World"
    Producing New World Cultural Economies
    Gender in the New World (Contemporary or Historical)
    Historicizing Conquest
    Historical Border Politics or History as a Border
    Reconsidering Literary Historiography
    Postcolonial Nationalisms
    Reinventing Traditions of Exceptionalism
    Subaltern Subjects of Empire
    Reevaluating National Economies in a Globalized Context
    The Emerging Public/Private Divide
    Immigration or Citizenship Studies
    Producing the Radical Imagination
    Exploring Evolving State Fantasies
    Global Capital & The End of History
    Transnational Human Rights
    The Multiplicity of Zionism
    Arab Spring & New World Imaginings

    Submissions: Send 300-word abstracts to Shawn Jasinski at (shiftingborders@gmail.com).

    Deadline: March 2nd, 2012

    Visit "Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders" on Facebook for further updates.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 43291The Future of Philology - 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference, ColumbiaDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia Universitygermangradconference@columbia.edu1318805603cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia Universitycontact email: germangradconference@columbia.edu


    11th Annual Graduate Student Conference 2012
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University February 24-25, 2012

    Philology in the emphatic sense is undergoing a renaissance within the humanities. This revival of the "core competencies" of literary studies bespeaks a newfound awareness of the status and relevance of literature and language studies among other disciplines. We will explore these currents as possibilities for interdisciplinary research rather than just as counter-trends to it.

    Three tendencies can be distinguished within this recent development:

    (1) a broadening of the thematic and methodological scope that points to a movement away from the text itself. By this we mean not only the emergence of cultural and media studies, but also the department's function as an outpost of continental philosophy and a testing ground for questions not yet ascribed to specific disciplines.

    (2) a recent focus on the old core competencies of philological work and research that point to a return to the text, such as edition philology, the study of the materiality of texts, archival studies, narratology, and genre theory.

    (3) an increasing historical and praxeological self-reflection of the discipline itself. As products of the nineteenth century, modern language philologies emerged as politically charged national philologies whose residual nationalism demands critical attention.

    We are not simply confronted with a return to traditional values and a turning away from interdisciplinarity. Philology does in fact have something to offer to other disciplines. In light of all these differing tendencies, what are the common boundaries of the discipline? Have these boundaries reached a degree of permeability that threatens the cohesion of the field itself, or might this apparent diversification prove to be a force of consolidation? Can these currents contribute to each other? And can other disciplines learn from philological research methods?

    We encourage submissions from all language and literature departments, as well as other fields within the humanities and social sciences. Reflections on the profile of the discipline of philology are as welcome as presentations that exemplify new thematic and methodological currents and their position within the field.

    The conference will be held at Deutsches Haus at Columbia University in the City of New York on Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2012. The keynote speaker will be announced in the near future.
Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by December 16, 2011, to: germangradconference@columbia.edu.

    Topics may include but are not limited to:

    - Edition philology and editorics
    - Philology and the archive
    - Philology and notational iconicity
    - Philology and genre theory
    - The materiality of text
    - Praxeology
    - The history of philology
    - Metatheoretical and metaconceptual outlooks on the field
    - Philology and interdisciplinarity

    Conference organizers: Hannes Bajohr, Benjamin Dorvel, Vincent Hessling, Tabea Weitz 

    Columbia University

    Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
    414 Hamilton Hall

    1130 Amsterdam Avenue

    New York, NY 10027

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinary 43292[UPDATE] Comparative Literature Papers for Spring Publication 2012 UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journalberkeleycluj@gmail.com1318809011cultural_studies_and_historical_approachestravel_writingfull name / name of organization: UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journalcontact email: berkeleycluj@gmail.com

    The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its spring 2012 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. Get information and submit at http://ucb-cluj.org

    cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachestravel_writing 43293CFP: Pedagogies and the Profession - Deadline Dec. 1, 2011Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association<kudepner@nmsu.edu>, <ldonovan@unm.edu>1318809555general_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationcontact email: <kudepner@nmsu.edu>, <ldonovan@unm.edu>

    Call for Papers: Pedagogies and the Profession

    Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
    February 8-11, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM

    Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
    (For best consideration dates, see details below)

    Conference hotel:
    Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
    330 Tijeras Avenue NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

    The Pedagogies and the Profession Area of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, or technology. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies.

    Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers.

    While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:
    ● Using this year's theme "Food & Culture in a Global Context" in the classroom
    ● Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses
    ● Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools
    ● Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching
    ● Teaching games and game theory
    ● Utilizing social networking tools in the class room
    ● Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom
    ● Teaching with podcasts and videocasts
    ● Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects
    ● Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages
    ● Integrating service learning with traditional curricula
    ● Constructing student projects as museum exhibits

    All proposals must include: 1) A 100-250 word abstract, including name of presenter(s) and contact information; 2) A brief biographical statement of 50 words or less; 3) List of any audiovisual equipment you will need for your presentation (please check the Conference Audiovisual Policies at http://swtxpca.org/documents/pages.html before submitting your request). Submit your proposals as .doc, .docx, .pages, or .rtf documents to the Conference Submission Database (http://conference2012.swtxpca.org). You will need to set up an account on the database for this purpose. For step-by-step instructions, download the document at this link (http://swtxpca.org/documents/Subject_Areas_Docs/SWTX%20Online%20Paper%20...). While we will accept proposals sent by email to the email addresses below until December 1, 2011, we will give first consideration to proposals received by November 25, 2011. Also, please submit proposals for panel presentations that include multiple presenters by November 25, 2011.

    Pedagogies and the Profession, co-chairs
    Kurt Depner, kudepner@nmsu.edu
    Leslie A. Donovan, ldonovan@unm.edu

    cfp categories: general_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_composition