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Modernism and Jewishness, Modernist Studies Association, Oct. 6-9, 2011, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:26pm
Beth C. Rosenberg

This panel will focus on Jews and Jewishness in literature and other cultural texts (for example, political documents, polemical publications, medical research, and popular journalism) during the modernist period. Papers for the panel should present innovative pairings between literary and cultural texts, challenging the way Jews and Jewishness in modern literature have traditionally been viewed. They may concern, but are not limited to, the following topics: constructions of Jewishness, stereotype, images and sources, Biblical readings, the relation between Yiddish modernism and Anglo-modernism, Jewishness and the post-colonial, immigration, and anti-Semitism.

Reconsidering John Dos Passos

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:04pm
American Literature Association (conference); Victoria Bryan (panel chair)

In recent years, John Dos Passos has fallen to somewhat low priority in critical study, but the few publications that do exist since the 1970s are engaging and compelling and stand as proof that this author deserves further consideration in our field. This individual panel proposal for ALA's 2011 convention hopes to illustrate the value of continuing to engage in scholarly research, critical conversation, and/or pedagogical approaches to John Dos Passos in the 21st century. Papers of about 20 minutes/10 pages in length on various approaches to Dos Passos's work will be considered for inclusion on the panel. Please submit an abstract of about 250 to 500 words, a CV, and any requests for A/V equipment to Victoria M.

[UPDATE] UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 1:11pm
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA; St. Mary's University College, U.K.

UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated
to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature,
theatre, and theatrical culture, seeks submissions for its second issue scheduled for the spring or summer of 2011.

This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and will henceforth be an
independently edited journal in the oscholars group
published at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding
coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the
fin de siècle.

Chapter proposals for a volume on excess and visual culture - due March 1st, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:58am
Julia Skelly / Independent scholar

Chapter proposals are welcomed for a proposed volume entitled The Uses of Excess in Visual and Material Culture, 1700-2010. The objective of the collection will be to illuminate the many ways that excess as a historically contingent discursive construct has influenced the production and consumption of visual and material culture. Excess has long been perceived as a negative characteristic, and has therefore been used to frame various groups and individuals as morally corrupt or degenerate. Alternatively, excess has been embraced by some in transgressive, even empowering, ways, and as a strategy for self-fashioning. Guiding questions for this project will include: Who has been represented as 'excessive'? How has excess been represented?

Open Words Special Issue on Contingent Labor and Educational Access - June 1, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:57am
Open Words

This special issue of Open Words invites contributors to consider relationships among three issues--contingent labor, educational access, and non-mainstream student populations (by which we mean both non-traditional students, in demographic terms, and populations more likely to be served by colleges recently than they have been historically)--all of which the fields of composition and literacy studies have struggled with for decades. Scholarship and policy statements on contingent labor are replete with calls for equity, variously articulated but vigorous nonetheless—and with occasional exceptions, largely unsuccessful.

Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature [March 30, 2011]

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:53am
Brett Josef Grubisic, Tara Lee, Gisèle M. Baxter

Call for Submissions
Please feel free to forward this to any organizations, individuals, or mailing lists that might be interested.

At century's end and after, a dystopian mood - what Peter Fitting calls "the sense of a threatened near future" - has been evident in daily life and, of course, national literatures. Seeking to explore literary iterations of that mood, the editors of After NAFTA: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature encourage submissions about a variety of literary genres - novels, short fiction, or graphic novels (written in English or translated) - published by Canadian, American, and Mexican authors between 1994 and 2010.

Cooper and His Contemporaries: 18th International James Fenimore Conference and Seminar, July 10-15, 2011 (deadline March 31)

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:50am
Department of English, SUNY College at Oneonta

We are seeking papers that consider Cooper and his relationships with those figures who inhabited his intellectual and cultural landscape. Paper and presentation topics may include but are not limited to:
Literary and Artistic Collaborations
The Bread and Cheese Club
Painters of the Hudson River School
Cooper's Influence and Influences on Cooper
Literary Rivalries
Competing Representations of the Frontier
Responses to Indian Relocation
The Anti-Rent War
Populism and Democracy

We are happy, of course, to consider any proposals that address Cooper's work and his time.

Papers should be 8-10 pages in length (20 minute presentation). Send proposals via e-mail to:

The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Globalism & Lecture Culture In Nineteenth-Century America

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 9:59am
American Antiquarian Society


An Interdisciplinary Conference
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, 23-25 September 2011

Confirmed Speakers:
Thomas Augst (New York University)
Peter Gibian (McGill University)
Angela Ray (Northwestern University)
Ronald and Mary Zboray (University Of Pittsburgh)

This event will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the phenomenon of the nineteenth-century public lecture, in terms of its engagement with global and transnational themes.

Travel and Truth

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 9:57am
Travel Cultures Seminar, University of Oxford

Travel and Truth: An International Research Conference
Wolfson College, Oxford - 16-18 September 2011

'Travellers, poets and liars are three words all of one significance" – Richard Braithwhaite, 1631

"We love the Old Travelers. We love to hear them ... blaspheme the sacred name of Truth" - Mark Twain, 1869

"A Vampire, a Troll, and a Martian Walk Into a Bar...." - June 18th - ABSTRACTS DUE BY APRIL 1st

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 9:41am
Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) 2011 @ University of Liverpool

"A Vampire, a Troll, and a Martian Walk Into a Bar...."
- Call for Papers -
18th June 2011
University of Liverpool

Keynote Lectures from: Professor Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mr Andy Sawyer (Science Fiction Foundation Collection Librarian; Director of MA in Science Fiction Studies, University of Liverpool)

CRSF is a postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Emergent Critical Environments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 5:21am
ASLE UK Postgraduate Conference


ASLE UK (www.asle.org.uk ) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 9 to 10 September 2011 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (www.creativecollaboration.org.uk, London WC1), on the theme of 'Emergent critical environments': Where next for ecology and the humanities?'

Keynote speakers include: Kate Soper

"Is Hip Hop History" II February 25-26, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 2:50am
Warren Orange The City College Center for Worker Education 25 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10004 Tel. no. 212. 925.6625x239 fax. no. 212. 925.0963

Location: New York, United States
25 Broadway, 7th Floor

Call for Papers Deadline: 2011, 02-02

The Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York is proud to again host the "Is Hip-Hop History?" conference. As the first hip-hop conference hosted by a worker education program, it aims to provide a forum that features the work of researchers, hip-hop industry practitioners, artists, and working adult students.

Brave New Teenagers: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction [DEADLINE: July 1, 2011]

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 1:25am
Balaka Basu, Kate Broad, Carrie Hintz / Graduate Center, City University of New York

We invite articles of 6,000-7,000 words for a proposed collection on Young Adult ("teen") Dystopias.

Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy (2008-2010) has attracted much critical and popular attention, but was preceded by several other landmark texts, including M. T. Anderson's Feed (2002); Scott Westerfeld's Uglies (2005); Lois Lowry's The Giver (1993); Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (2008); Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009); and Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now (2004).

[UPDATE] Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 11:10pm
National Organization for Men Against Sexism


Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
April 1-3, 2011

The NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MEN AGAINST SEXISM holds a yearly National Conference on Men and Masculinity. The 2011 Conference will be held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee on April 1 through April 3, 2011. This year's conference theme is "Breaking Out of the Box: Redefining Masculinity."