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MEMORIES: 7th Annual "Chiasmi" - Brown-Harvard Italian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 5:03pm
Wuming Chang / Brown University

Chiasmi: BROWN-HARVARD Graduate Student Conference of Italian Studies

Brown University, 7-8 March 2014


Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU)

The year 2014 will commemorate two seminal events: it will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and the 70th anniversary of the apex of the Italian Resistance (1943-45) in World War II. On this special occasion, our conference will investigate memory in its manifold complexity in the Italian context.

Proposals for Special Issue of Peitho

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:36pm
Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Peitho is the peer-reviewed journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Published twice yearly, Peitho seeks to encourage, advance, and publish original research in the history of rhetoric and composition.

We invite Special Issue proposals for our Fall 201­­­4 issue. This themed publication will be developed by a guest editor or editors with the aim of enabling the journal to help set the intellectual agenda in the history of women in rhetoric and composition, to encourage innovative research on topics in feminisms and rhetorics by scholars working in the area, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly advances within the field.

Resurrection Narratives: Ethics, Genre, and Comparative Religions. Deadline January 15

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:35pm
American Religion and Literature Society / American Literature Association

American literature has visualized many apocalyptic moments: the Middle Passage, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars, and 9/11, to name a few. This panel seeks to explore the variety, ethics, and/or limits of one genre that responds to such moments: the resurrection narrative. We seek papers that address the contours of this narrative from a variety of religious perspectives and a variety of time periods.

Vampires, Vampire, Transhuman, Gothic, Apocalypse: The American Post-secular. Deadline January 15

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:30pm
American Religion and Literature Society / American Literature Association

Recent advances in post-secular thought have made clear the difficulties of distinguishing between religious and extra-religious representations of the supernatural. Vampires, zombies, apocalypse, and gothic horror are just some examples of fictional modes and characters that blur the lines between religious and secular imaginations. To what end do American writers blur or reinscribe these lines in new ways? Is a zombie apocalypse or a survivalist narrative a secular adaption of religious belief to a material reality? Or does it remain religious? How can we tell? We invite papers that explore how American writers confront the difficulty of representing religious belief, practice, or ritual in a secular age.

Critical Information Conference

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:37pm
School of Visual Arts, MFA Art Criticism & Writing Program


Hosted by the MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing
at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, December 8, 2013

Conference Panels: 10:00am – 3:30pm
132 West 21 Street, 6th floor, New York City

Lawrence Weschler, Keynote Address: 4:00 – 5:30pm, followed by reception
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City

Call for Emerging Writers Contest Stories and Poems

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 11:24am
Southern Writers Symposium at Methodist University

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year's categories feature fiction and poetry.

The first-place writer in each category will be invited to read from his or her winning work at the conference and will receive a cash award of $300. Second place writers will receive $200. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria:
• currently live in the South;
• are natives of the South;
• write about the South.

Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (Submissions Accepted Year-round)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:45am
Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory

The Editorial Collective of Women & Performance invites submissions of scholarly essays on performance, visual and sound art, theater, dance, ritual, political manifestations, film, new media, and the performance of everyday life from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. We also welcome performative texts; interviews; book, performance and film reviews; and photo essays and images that advance critical dialogues on gender and performance. Women & Performance accepts proposals for themed issues from guest editors. We publish scholarship that is interdisciplinary and provocative in method and form.

The Humanities and Its Bodies: Virginia Humanities Conference (March 21-22)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:16am
Longwood University

The Virginia Humanities Conference invites proposals for papers, panel sessions, and performances that investigate any aspect of the humanities and its bodies. The theme reflects our interest not only in discussions of how the humanities is always an embodied experience, but also in conversations about what bodies of knowledge define the humanities and how we might reconsider the range of the humanities in the light of STEM initiatives, digital scholarship, and other pressures on humanistic endeavors. Dr. N. Katherine Hayles will deliver a keynote address on a new intellectual model for the humanities, and we believe that this year's conference will also contribute to re-envisioning our work in the humanities.

Updike and the Short Story at ALA 2014

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 8:50am
John Updike Society Panel at ALA 2014

In the wake of the Library of America's publication of John Updike's Collected Stories, the John Updike Society invites paper proposals considering his work as a short story writer. Many of his stories contain protagonists that could be stand-ins for their author. What kinds of insights do they provide concerning Updike's unique relation to his milieu? To the natural world or other works of art? What about other short story writers? Has his work as a short story writer impacted the genre—or did the short story's generic conventions leave its mark on his writing in other genres? Is there a structural, thematic, or theoretical consistency that emerges in the art of his short story writing?

CFP- 15th Annual Literary Festival and Scholars' Day- Deadline Feb 17

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 8:31am
Newman University English Department

The 15th annual Literary Festival and Scholars' Day will be held at Newman University in Wichita, KS on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2014. This year's theme is "Zombiefest!" The keynote speaker will be Robin Becker, author of the zombie novel Brains. Scholarly or creative approaches to this or other topics are welcome and encouraged.
Submit 250-word abstracts to Dr. Susan Crane-Laracuente at cranes@newmanu.edu by Monday, February 17th. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2341.

Adaptation (Oxford University Press journal)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 5:13am
Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University

Adaptation (Oxford University Press) has recently gone from two to three issues and is open to contributions in the field of adaptation studies. We would particularly welcome articles on screen to theatre or theatre to screen in advance of our conference 'From Theatre to Screen — and Back Again' (02/19/14). Submission is available online at


Professor Deborah Cartmell

De Montfort University

Saints and Sinners: Michele Roberts, Postmodernism and Feminism in Literature in English

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:15am
Department of English Literature, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

'I am a stranger in this world' says the nun, the narrator of a story of a forbidden book by Marguerite Porete. The year is 1340, thirty years after Marguerite was burned at the stake for writing and disseminating her heretical work, The Mirror of Simple Souls. The place is England, a Cistercian nunnery where she tells her story the night before her death, knowing that the book irretrievably changed but also shortened her life. But the idea of being a stranger in the world is not an uncommon one for many other Michele Roberts' characters.