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1930s American Activist Literature

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:11pm
MLA Special Session, Chicago (Jan. 9-12, 2014)

Depression-era writers responded to the vulnerabilities exposed by economic crisis, social unrest, and environmental catastrophe with artistry motivated by activism. Whether promoting proletariatism or advocating on behalf of women, people of color, and immigrants, revitalizing realism or advancing regionalism, writers leveraged language and literature as a tool to raise political consciousness and bring about social change. While comparisons between our current "economic slump" and the Great Depression are rife, the merits of activist literature from this era have been forgotten or perhaps omitted.

Gertrude Stein at PAMLA -- November 1-3, 2013 -- San Diego (Submission deadline 3/31/13)

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:45pm
The Gertrude Stein Society

Calling for papers dealing with Gertrude Stein's late works. Linda Wagner-Martin and others have pointed to Stein's The Mother of Us All as marking a late-life shift in Stein's thinking about American feminism, at the same time that Brewsie and Willie reveals a new depth and dimension to Stein's thinking about World War II. Please send proposals (300 words) for papers dealing with Stein's later works, together with a cv, to Amy.Robbins@hunter.cuny.edu by March 31, 2013.

Slavery in the 21st-Century American Cultural Imagination, MLA Chicago, Special Session (January 9-12, 2014)

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:41pm
Gregory Laski

This proposed special session seeks critical assessments of recent representations of slavery in the American cultural imagination. What are we to make of the treatment of racial bondage in recent films such as Lincoln and Django Unchained, and in novels such as Toni Morrison's A Mercy? How do these representations of slavery resonate with, revise, and reimagine the nineteenth-century texts and tropes on which they draw? What are the broader aesthetic, political, and narrative implications of these and other manifestations of the recent interest in racial slavery? Papers focusing on various texts—filmic or literary—and deploying diverse approaches are welcome.

"21st Century Englishes"

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 9:15am
English Studies Conference Committee (Bowling Green State University)

Graduate Student Conference: "21st Century Englishes" on Oct. 19, 2013
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Contact email: bgsucon@gmail.com
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

East European Women's Tales of Relocation

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:29am
Romanian Studies Discussion Group, MLA 2014

The increasing pervasiveness of narratives in the everyday life of today's global mediated world has been explored extensively in literary theory and criticism, linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and policy making. Narratives are associated with traditional genres such as the novel and the short story, but also with the stories we live by, with the idea of story and storytelling as reflected in newspaper articles, websites, blogs, forums, visual narratives, oral stories, testimonies. Yet, very few studies address tales of women's permanent or temporary transnational relocation.

Dickens Day 2013: Dickens and History

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00am
Ben Winyard / Birkbeck, University of London

Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013

Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.

[UPDATE] Interrogating the Human: Literary and Epistemological Interchange - July 9-11 2013 Annual AUETSA Conference

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:00am
Association of University English Teachers of South Africa / Rhodes University

This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.

How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

The Other Detective

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:43am
Shannon Takeuchi, California State University, Fullerton

PAMLA 2013 Conference (Nov. 1-3): The Other Detective (deadline April 15)

The detective has nearly always been seen as an Other, a figure that occupies some other space, between law and criminality, between society and its fringes. This panel will expand on this understanding to include the overtly Other Detective, the one that exists as a racial, ethnic, class, gendered or any Other.

Please submit proposals via the PAMLA website:

LIMINA JOURNAL 2013 CONFERENCE - "Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference", June 14th 2013 @ The University of Western Australia

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:39pm
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, at The University of Western Australia


Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference

To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Collective is pleased to announce...

The 8th Annual Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

[UPDATE] MLA 2014 -- ASECS-Sponsored, Guaranteed Session--Writing Wrongs: Literature and Human Rights in the 18th Century

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:34pm
Ramesh Mallipeddi

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.

Jewish Monsters (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 7:01pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies & Jewish-American Lit Discussion Groups

Notions of monstrosity or the monstrous in Jewish tradition and in representations of Jews. Potential issues: containment/contagion, normality, pathology, inclusion/exclusion, ritual, heresy, health/disease. Abstract of 250 words or less by 15 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (gbe2@nyu.edu).

Zionisms Past, Present, and Future (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 6:58pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies Discussion Group

The Zionist imagination in global literatures and cultures. Potential topics: pre- or proto-Zionist texts, Christian Zionism, post-Zionism, Israel and its others. Abstract, 250 words maximum by 10 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (gbe2@nyu.edu).

Call for Editors and Submissions: Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:53pm
Jessica Gildersleeve /Katherine Mansfield Society

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies.

Revelations is a peer-reviewed, open-access blog which provides a forum to showcase and distribute emerging work on Katherine Mansfield. It establishes a communal space for academic conversation by early career researchers in this rapidly developing field.

Applied Pedagogy: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction [Submission Deadline: May 1]

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:26pm
Editors: Daniel Ruefman (University of Wisconsin--Stout) & Abigail Grant-Scheg (Elizabeth City State University)

Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.