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									                                    THE OSCHOLARS

                                           August 2003


           A monthly page advertising Conference and Journal Calls, of interest
                              or potential interest to Wilde scholars.

            « N'eus nemet undra gwashoc'h eget tud o komz diwar ho penn,

                            hag eo den ebet o komz diwarho penn »

     These Calls are posted in a rolling list, in chronological order of deadline. Calls
     are removed on expiry. Those without deadline have the month of entry printed
     and will remain posted for three months.           Those with expired deadlines are
     included as we received them too late for the last issue of THE OSCHOLARS,
     and we hope that the deadline may be extended, or at least to alert readers of
     the conference to which they refer.

                Please note that these Calls are reproduced by copy and paste.

      All details should be checked with the organisers, not with THE OSCHOLARS.

                    Please mention THE OSCHOLARS if you are applying.

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                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Age of Experiments 1800-1900.
                                                   24. Shaw in the Here and Now

2. Nineteenth-Century British Dramatists
                                                   25. The Pre-Raphaelite Ideal
                                               26. Cultural Change in the Nineteenth
3. Victorian Studies Bulletin

4. Rethinking the 1880s                        27. The Sacred and the Profane
                                               28.     Narrative: An International
5. Agora
6. Comparing Literatures through               29. Re-Imagining the Ancient World in
Translation: Theoretical and Practical
                                               19th-Century Britain
                                               30. Location, Location, Location: Textual
7. Salon Culture & Literary Influence
                                               Spaces and Places

8. Reading Children                            31. Sex and the Body Politic
9. Hawaii International Conference on Arts
                                               32. Empire & Imperial Culture
and Humanities

                                               33. Mary Augusta Ward: A Collection of
10. t o r q u e r e
                                               Critical Essays
11. On the Page Performance
                                               34. Ireland and The Victorians

                                               35. The Undying Fire: The Journal of the
12. Henry James and New Formalisms
                                               H.G. Wells Society
13. Polyamory and Bisexuality: Theories
                                               36. Gender
and Practices in Responsible

                                               37. Special Issue, Interdisciplinary
14. Queer As Folk
                                               Perspectives on French Literature and

15.   Popular Cultures/Cultures of the         38. Confluence: Ideas, Identities, and

Popular: 1870-1945                             Place

16. Women's Writing                            39. Victorian Taxonomies
17.      Wilde's      Short    Fiction   and
                                               40. Decadence

18.   'Oscar Wilde in a Minor(ity)Key'         41. on the subject of PLEASURE
19. Voyeurism and Exhibitionism                     42. Transcultural English Studies

20.   The Ugly American: Anti-Americanism
                                                    43. A Queer Call for Submissions
in British Literature, 1776-1945

21. Victorian Landscape Descriptions                44. Studying the History of Sexuality:

                                                    Theory, Methods, Praxis
22. The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for              45. International Conference on Disraeli

Queer Research 2004
                                                    46. Reconsidering the Nineteenth
23. Perform: State: Interrogate
                                   Go to column 2   47. Children's Literature and the




      4th Annual Conference of the British Association form Victorian Studies hosted
      by the University of Wales, Aberystwyth 4th-6th September 2003

            Plenary lecturers: Sally Shuttleworth & Aled Jones

           Plenary Panellists: Kathryn Gleadle, Cora Kaplan, Roger Luckhurst,
           Jo McDonagh, Rick Rylance, Shearer West.

      We are pleased to announce an exciting, interdisciplinary mix of panels
      examining the conference theme of experiments and experimentation from a
      range of perspectives, including aestheticism, art, Dickens, inventions, legal
      debates, new disciplines, New Woman, periodicals, poetry, photography, science,
      social experiments, technologies.
The conference organisers still accept the submission of postgraduate posters.
Please e-mail:

       For          a      registration        form,           please        go       to:

       Further details:

 Contact: Professor Lyn Pykett, Department of English, University of Wales
 Aberystwyth, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredgion SY23 3DY, Wales.                       E-mail:

Posted July 2003: No deadline yet announced


I am currently seeking contributors for a new volume in the Dictionary of
Literary Biography series. This volume will be the first one in the series to focus
on Nineteenth-Century British Dramatists.

  The assignments vary in length from 5,000-12,000 words, but should all
 combine a bio-bibliographical narrative with a critical assessment of the
 author's works.

       If you are unfamiliar with DLB format, see http://www.bcl- for a sample entry and style guidelines, or consult your
       library reference section for examples of previous volumes in the

       Authors of published entries receive a small honorarium and a copy
       of the volume.

 For    a    list   of   available   authors   and       essay    lengths,   please    e-mail          with    a   brief   cv,    or     write   Angela   Courtney/
 Bibliographer for English and American Literature / Main Library E1060/
 1320 E. 10th Street / Indiana University / Bloomington, IN 47401.

The Victorian Studies Bulletin is beginning to collect information and copy for
the September 2003 issue on the following subjects

               Book/journal announcements
               Brief reviews of past conferences/exhibits
               CFPs
               Grant/scholarship/fellowship      opportunities       and
               Requests for information

News/information of interest to Victorianists (upcoming exhibits or conferences,
new websites, etc.)

     Copy    should    be   submitted   via   e-mail   to    the   Editor   at (questions about the Bulletin can also be
     directed here). Please place 'Sept. VSB Submission' in the subject
     line of your email.

The deadline for the September issue is 8th August, but submissions are always
welcome for upcoming issues.

     The Victorian Studies Bulletin is published quarterly (March / July
     /September /December); subscriptions are $7 for 1 yr./$15 for 3 yrs.
     Send your check (payable to VSB) to

     Hartley Spatt, English, SUNY Maritime College, Bronx, NY 10465

     Rachel M. Bright, English Department, Temple University. E-mail:

19th-20th April 2004, Centre for English Studies, Senate House, University of
London, UK

More details through:

     We envisage this conference as offering an opportunity to explore a
     decade peculiarly available to alternative readings. At one level, the
     1880s have been customarily acknowledged as a transitional period;
     but at another, the decade has been noticeably absent from literary
     and cultural histories of the Victorian period. This conference will
     provide an occasion to delve into its doubleness as a period of
     intriguingly crossed generations, as a time when a sense of newness
     and the past, of modernity and belatedness, were intriguingly
     present. Freshly investigating the 1880s and the complex patterns of
     its culture will provide various opportunities to bring back a period
     easily marginalized in current debates and perhaps facilitate new
     engagement with the idea of the Victorian itself.

The four plenary speakers will be addressing themes as follows:

     Dr    Peter    Mandler,   Progress   and    its   discontents:   who   was
     disappointed by the 1880s and why?

     Dr Matthew Campbell, Irish poetry and the question of the United

     Professor Dinah Birch, Mary Ward and the Duplicities of the Modern

     Professor Elleke Boehmer, Margaret Noble and radical cross-currents
     in London in the 1880s

Conference organizers:

     Dr Gail Marshall (University of Leeds),

     Dr Francis O'Gorman (University of Leeds)

     Dr Clare Pettitt (Newnham College Cambridge)

Dr Francis O'Gorman, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT,
England.           Tel.   0113    343     4798         Fax.    0113     343       4774'gorman.html
Posted August 2003: No deadline yet announced.


 Agora     (ISSN   1496-9580      is    an
 internationally refereed online graduate journal that provides a public forum
 for dialogue and debate about literary criticism and pedagogy.

 The journal is indexed in the MLA Bibliography and the Canadian Literary
 Periodical Index; it is also archived in the National Library of Canada

      Based in the Department of English at the University of Alberta in
     Canada and published three times a year, Agora invites submissions
     by graduate students and new scholars from around the world. The
     journal is comprised of an international board of Associate Editors
     interested in a wide variety of approaches and disciplines ranging
     from English literature and cultural history to communication theory
     and information technologies.

     Agora welcomes submissions in electronic and/or multimedia
     formats(i.e. images, audio files, etc) that examine issues or media in
     the Humanities, literature, literary culture, and the history of
     communication        from   the   eighteenth   century   to   present-day.
     Submissions on teaching in the Humanities and scholarly research
     that use a multimedia format in its exposition are especially
     welcome. Manuscripts, with a 200-250 word abstract, are accepted
     in either hard-copy or electronic format, although accepted papers
     must be submitted electronically in accordance with current MLA
     guidelines and the Agora on-line style sheet. The authors name
     should not appear on the manuscript, but on a separate cover page,
     or for    submissions in the body of the          stating name, mailing
     address, address and the title of the paper. Electronic submissions
     may      be   sent    to    Agora    on   a    3.5   diskette,    or   via with the subject heading
Submission. Documents should be formatted in MS Word, HTML, or Rich Text
Format. Print submissions may be sent in duplicate to:

     Agora: Online Graduate Humanities Journal, Department of English
     3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta,
     Canada T6G 2E5/

Hard-copy submissions and diskettes will not be returned. Please note that the
journal     enthusiastically   supports   the   inclusion   of    relevant   multimedia
materials. Images and photographs are accepted in either .gif or .jpg format and
audio files in RealAudio (.ram), MP3, or wavefile (.wav) format and must be
included with the submission of the electronic copy.               All contributors are
requested to specify any applicable copyright restrictions if multimedia material
is not strictly the copyright of the author or the public domain.             For more
information, please contact the editors at:

Posted August 2003: No deadline yet announced

6. CALL        FOR     PAPERS:      COMPARING         LITERATURES            THROUGH

Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism.

Contributions from the following areas are welcome: current translation theories;
comparative literary theory; cultural studies; post-colonial theory; stylistics;
discourse analysis; pragmatics; aesthetics. Papers should not exceed the length
of 5000 words (including footnotes and bibliography).            They should follow the
MLA Handbook (5th edition). Contributions can be submitted in either English
or Greek.

     Papers should be submitted in double-spaced format (two hard
     copies and a disk) to the editor of the issue

     Nikos Kontos, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
     54, 124 Thessaloniki, Greece.

Posted August 2003: No deadline yet announced


The deadlines for the Left Bank Review's Salon Culture& Literary Influence Issue
have been extended. The abstract due date has been extended until 31st July.
The paper due date has been extended until 30th September.

The Left Bank Review will address the influence of salon culture in the lives of
the early Modernists living in Paris – beginning with the world of Marcel Proust.
The LBR will also explore the transformation ofsalon culture as it applies to
contemporary writers living and working in today's metropolitan environments.

Abstracts: 650 words or less by 31st July. Papers: 1,200 - 2,500 words by 30th
September. Languages accepted: English, French, Spanish or Italian Student
participation/research: open Payment: nominal $25.00 fee on publication.

     The topics will include, but will not be limited to:

Influences of Impressionism in early Modernist Literature

               Salon Culture and Its Influence on 20th and 21st
                Century Literature
               The Power and Influence of Shared Creativity in
               French Symbolist and Decadent Writing of the 1890's

Profiles/Features may include, but will not be limited to:

               Diaghilev's Ballet Russe
               The Dreyfus Affair
               The Making of the Ritz
               Courtesan Subtexts
               Marcel Proust
                George Sand
                Duchess de Clermont-Tonnerre
                Jean Cocteau
                Madame de Sévigné
                Madeleine Lemaire
                Genevieve Halévy
                Jacques Bizet
                Reynaldo Hahn
                Natalie Clifford Barney
                Renée Vivien (Pauline Tarn)
                Alice Pike Barney
                Liane de Pougy
                Kiki of Montparnasse
                Remy de Gourmont

 Paula DiTallo – Publisher/Editor.

 The Left Bank Review/Echo Magazine

 (877) 877 - 4878 x5484 (Voice) (770) 235-1159 (Cell) (208)475 - 9567 ( Fax)



The   English    Department,     Jadavpur   University,   Kolkata,    will   host   an
international conference from 11th to 13th December 2003 to consider the entire
range of texts written for children as well as the presentation of children in other
texts. Given that the venue is a Department of English in India with interests in
book history, two areas of special focus will be

          Encounters between European and Indian children's texts:
      circulation, reception, interaction, adaptation, translation.
      The presentation of Europe in Indian and India in European texts
     for children.

        Production (including such matters as design and illustration),
     publishing and circulation of children's texts.

Special sessions will be devoted to these issues.

Other areas covered will include (but need not be restricted to)

                 School texts and other educational writings

                 Imaginative literature for children

                 Writings by children

                 Children's periodicals

                     The presentation of children in 'adult'

                 Children's reading habits and demands

The focus will not be on the analysis of texts per se but on the role of such texts
in social formations and transactions. The conference will explore the ways in
which texts shape the concepts of 'childhood' and 'the child'.

     Intending participants are invited to submit synopses (not exceeding
     one A4 page) of their papers by 15th August. Papers should be of
     30-45 minutes' duration . The full paper need not be submitted in

Participants must arrange and fund their own travel to Kolkata. (Limited funds
may be available for travel within India.) Jadavpur University will provide local
hospitality. Intending participants are requested to let the organisers know
whether they require the University to make arrangements for their stay.

All enquiries and correspondence to:

Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri, Conference Director, Department of English,
Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032, India.        Phone: Office: (+91-33) 2414-
6681 (direct), 2413-7903 (direct), 2414-6666 extension 2224. Residence: (+91-
33) 2337-2516. Fax: (+91-33) 2413-7903. Email:

8th-11th January 2004.        Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii,

Submission Deadline: 18th August

Web        address:;     Email      address:

       The 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
       will be held from 8th January (Thursday) to 11th January (Sunday),
       2004 at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
       The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and
       professionals from arts and humanities and related fields to interact
       with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.
       Cross-disciplinary submissions are welcome.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Arts and Humanities are Invited)

             American Studies
             Archeology
             Architecture
             Landscape Architecture
             Art
             Dance
             English
             Ethnic Studies
             Film
             History
             Languages
             Literature
             Linguistics
             Music
             Performing Arts
             Philosophy
             Religion
             Second Language Studies
             Speech/Communication
             Theatre
             Other Areas of Arts and Humanities
             Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or
              other areas

The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities encourages the
following types of papers/abstracts/submissions for any of the listed areas:

        Research Papers - Completed papers. Abstracts - Abstracts of
        completed or proposed research. Student Papers - Research by
        students.       Poster     Sessions/Research       Tables      -     informal
        presentation of papers or abstracts. Work-in-Progress Reports
        or Proposals for future projects. Reports on issues related to
        teaching.     Panel        Discussions,   Practitioner      Forums       and
        Tutorials are invited. Workshop proposals are invited.

For          more         information             about            submissions            see:

Submissions         may       be       made       electronically       via       e-mail     to            or    mailed.     Electronic       submissions    are
preferred. Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours.

         If submissions are mailed, submit two copies of your paper,
        report, abstract, proposal or study. Submissions imply that at
        least one author will register for the conference and be present
        at the time designated in the conference program.

Submissions must be received by 18th August. E-Mail, fax or mail submissions

      Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, P.O. Box
      75036, Honolulu HI, 96836, USA. Tel.: (808) 949-1456; Fax: (808)
      947-2420; E-mail:

There is a limit of two contributed papers per lead author. Each submission
must include a separate title page as outlined below:
        a. title of the submission,
     b.    topic   area   of     the    submission     (available       at,
     c. two or three keywords that describe the submission,
     d. name(s) of the author(s),
     e. mailing address(es),
     f. e-mail address(es),
     g. phone number(s),
     h. fax number(s),
     i. corresponding author if different than lead author.

Correspondence regarding receipt of submission will be made by e-mail unless
another mode of correspondence is requested. BE SURE AND INCLUDE THE

Submissions will only be published in the conference proceedings if at least one
of the authors attends the conference.    Instructions for submitting a computer
readable format for the proceedings will be providedwhen the submission is

If you wish to be a reviewer, session chair, or discussant, please e-mail your
request to and indicate the topic area in which
you are interested. Registration for the conference is required to be a session
chair or discussant.



Quilts. Vigils. Memorial runs. Video testimony. Museum exhibitions.                News
reports. Historical accounts. Each of these and more are contemporary cultural
practices through which people and events associated in various ways with
'queerness' are being publicly memorialized. While absences, silences, and
fissures in meaning continue to matter, they matter differently in 2003–after
more than two decades of AIDS activism and remembrance, when questions of
gay marriage are on the Canadian public agenda in an unprecedented manner,
and an internet search on memorials to Matthew Shepard, Brandon Teena or
Aaron Webster return many hundreds of hits. In initiating this special issue of
torquere, we are taking this to be a timely and productive moment for
deliberation and reflection on what is at stake in queer memorial practices and
interests: publicly, collectively, personally, politically, pedagogically, ethically.

         Such deliberation may be guided by the following types of

          * How do contemporary identities and identifications of
         gender/sexualityshape which histories and whose stories are
         remembered and/or forgotten?

          *   How     are   'queer'   histories   being   passed   on   across
         generations? What issues are at stake in these cross-
         generational engagements?

          * What does it mean to teach and learn from queer memories
         / memories of queers? What obligations and responsibilities
         might such learnings accrue?

          * How does an attention to queerness challenge and/or
         complicate collective memories of events marked by the
         assumption of heterornormativity? What is forgotten when
         queer lives are forgotten?

          * How are complex relationships of remembrance and
         activism, mourning and moving on, being played out in
         contemporary memorializing of queer deaths?

         Contributors are not limited to these questions; they are
         offered as suggestions.20
           We   welcome     a    diversity   of    approaches   to    the    central
           problematic of the issue: from analyses of specific memorial
           practices, to theoretical deliberations on the stakes of queer
           memorializing,       to   creative     submissions   that       enact   a
           remembrance. We are particularly interested in creating a
           collection that crosses discipline and genre boundaries,
           includes contributions that challenge conventional academic
           practices of form and voice, and is critically attentive to the
           ways in which markings of gender/sexuality risk an un-
           marking of 'other' relations and identifications. While work by
           Canadian scholars and artists and/or work on Canadian
           memorial practices is particularly encouraged, this special
           issue of torquere is not restricted to work on these terms.

           Special Issue Editor: Sharon Rosenberg, University of Alberta

Abstracts due: 29th August. Please send one-two page abstracts indicating the
substantive focus for a paper, key questions, the character of the argument that
the paper will put forth, methodological approach(es), etc.

Papers will be due: 27th February 2004.

Please send enquiries, abstracts and final papers to:

      Dr. Sharon Rosenberg, Assistant Professor Theory / Culture,
      Department of Sociology, 5-21 Tory, University of Alberta, Edmonton,
      AB T6G 2H4.

 To     learn      more         about     torquere      check        the     website   at:
(JUNE 2004)

Issue Editors: Ric Allsopp & Kevin Mount

On the Page will be the second issue of Performance Research, Vol. 9, Nos. 1-4,
2004, which explores a theme of transaction, transmission and exchange,
between performance and its sites and contexts, between performance and its
histories, between performance and its agencies in four relatedissues: On
Correspondence, On the Page, Generations and On Shame. The issue is jointly
edited by Ric Allsopp, editor and co-founder of Performance Research,
Dartington College of Arts, UK; and Kevin Mount, designer, and co-founder of
DeMo Design, UK.

     Deadlines     are   as   follows:     Proposals:   30th   August;   Draft
     manuscripts: 30th October;          Finalised material: 15th December.
     Publication Date: June 2004

        The Editors are interested in contributions from practitioners
        and scholars who are considering the future of the printed
        paper page in its relation to/ with performance, and with the
        newer performance media that live at a comfortable distance
        from print publishing      hypermedia, cybertexts, multimedia,
        web-based media. We invite contributions to On the Page in
        three broad categories:

        1. Scholarly writings, essays, reflections concerning the
        (material)substance of the page; these may offer historical
        perspectives but should deal with material qualities of the page
        that have endured - pulp, glue, stitching, inking, wood, animal
        - and those aspects of the page that may bear witness to the
        performance of the book - page turning, marking, dog-earing,
        marginalia. We anticipate that these contributions would be in
        the form of conventional, linear, block-set texts from keepers
        of manuscripts, archivists, forensic archæologists, historians
        of writing and the book, theorists of visual and spatial poetics.

        2. Contributions from artists/ writers who may consider the
        page as a site of performance and/ or its traces including
        typographers and typographical designers, concrete poets and
        their contemporary descendants, book designers and graphic
         designers. We are especially interested in work that may be
         taken as a defence of the materiality and mutability of the
         printed     page,    and    varying     perceptions       of     its   unique
         characteristics and qualities.

         3. Performers and performance artists who may consider their
         work to depend on the page as the key to, or foundry of
         performance,        including     scriptwriters,     storyboard        writers,
         writers of dance or choreographic notations, who may wish to
         contribute extracts, examples of working drawings, layerings
         or handmade or machine-made scripts. We are also interested
         in connections to other forms of performance scripts, for
         example      the    specifications     of   architects,        engineers     or

 ALL proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to:

     Linden Elmhirst, Administrative Assistant, Performance Research,
     Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7RD, tel. 0044 1803
     861683        fax.   0044      1803     866053.          e-mail:       performance-                 web:        http://www.performance-

Issue specific enquires should be directed to:

     Kevin         Mount              or         Ric        Allsopp

 For complete Guidelines for Submissions please see:

 Performance Research is MAC based. Proposals will be accepted in hardcopy,
 on CD or by e-mail attachment (Apple Works, MS-Word or RTF). Please DO
 NOT send images without prior agreement.

Please note that submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it presents
original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree that the exclusive rights to
reproduce and distribute the article have been given to Performance Research.


Long discredited as a conservative, parochial, and even 'oppressive' critical
practice, 'close reading' is showing signs of return. Yet this return is marked by
considerable anxiety: conference speakers apologize in advance for their
indulgence in close reading; 'formalism' is referred to questions of the social and
the political; critics disagree about the legacy of the New Criticism; questions
arise about the exact location of 'formalism' in style, structure, syntax, or other
domains connoted by 'form.'

In what sense are New Formalisms new? In what ways might they return to the
New Criticism yet discern its limitations? What are the protocols of new
formalism in the wake of the analytic projects of deconstruction and queer
theory? Is the return to formalist practice inflected in anyway by the new
historicism, or other academic movements that its return sets out to resist? In
the work of close reading, what is the precise relation between the adjective and
the gerund? How, finally, might one conceptualise the chiastic relation between
theory and analysis?

     These questions are necessarily of considerable (i.e., life-long)
     interest to Jamesians. If Jamesians engage with obscurity, silence,
     complex syntax, recessive subjects, can reading ever not be 'close?'
     How might one construct a genealogy of Jamesian criticism that
     tracks the fate of close reading?

     In order to grapple with these (and other) questions about the
     function of Jamesian criticism at the present time, Sheila Teahan
     and Eric Savoy are organizing a workshop-conference on 'Henry
     James and New Formalisms' to be held at Université de Montréal in
     mid-May 2004. This workshop-conference will be conducted as a
     seminar, limited to about twenty participants and held over three
     days; participants will be asked not–or at least not primarily–to read
     a conventional conference paper, but rather to work between
     conceptualisation and demonstration. (Think of it, perhaps, as the
     class you always wanted.) We hope to publish a collection of papers
     arising from the conference.

Please submit proposals by 1st September               to both organizers. E-mail
submissions are encouraged. Queries are most welcome.

     Eric Savoy:

     Sheila Teahan:


For the 2005 Volume, The Journal of Bisexuality is planning a (double) issue on

     Possible foci are polyamorous practices like polyfidelity, group
     eroticism,     and     compersion;    polyamorous      social   and    family
     organizations like triads, quads, and pods, primary, secondary, and
     tertiary relationships; as well as polyamorous styles of child bearing
     and rearing.

     Possible     related   topics   are   vegetarianism,   veganism,      nudism,
     naturism, neopaganism, ecology, holism, spirituality, as well as past
     and/or non-Western models of polyamorous social and family

We are interested in theoretical, critical, and research articles, reports from the
field, personal narratives, reviews, poems, and interviews.

Please send complete submissions by 1st September (including text, abstract,
keywords, and bio) to

     Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Via Roma 96, POSTA (Rieti) 02019, Italy.

New submissions will be considered in September. Complete contributions will
be finalized on 1st October.
Submissions     by   e-mail   accepted,   at        and/or


Contributions are sought for a collection of essays (tentatively) titled: "Queer as
Text: Critically Cruising Gender, Performance and Sexuality in 'Queer as Folk'."
Press in negotiation. Essays may focus on both the British and American
versions of the show, and analyses that critically compare both versions are
especially welcome. Topics may include:

        intersections of gender performance, sexuality and class within the
        deconstructions (and interpellations) of 'queer' (that is, how the show
         aligns or disaligns itself with current traditions of queer theory)
        themes of alterity, alienation and exile vs power, pride and inclusion
         within the show
        performances of nationality within both the British and American
        treatment of national and urban spaces
        gazes; televisual and cinematic techniques; gay and lesbian bodies
        absences (or ambivalent presences) within the show (i.e., trans-folk,
         drag, HIV/AIDS)
        fantasia (or hyperreality) vs 'authentic' gay/bi/lesbian/trans voices
        critical audience reception (gay vs straight audiences) and other
         discursive aspects of the 'viewing experience.'

Abstracts (1-2pp.) due by 1st September. Send to: Jes Battis, Department of
English. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6 or email
(either in body of text or as attachment) to:
15.   CALL       FOR    PAPERS: POPULAR         CULTURES/CULTURES          OF     THE
POPULAR: 1870-1945

From the mid-nineteenth century to the               mid-twentieth century      critical
judgements about popular culture remained extremely diverse; theorists both
celebrated the emergence and preservation of popular cultural forms and
lamented the rise of new market-driven cultural commodities. Perhaps because
of such diversity, there are areas in which a thorough assessment of the
relationships within and between these positions remains to be done. Popular
culture was itself extremely diverse and developments in critical studies have
helped to produce a more detailed picture of the forms that popular culture took
at that time. Recent work in nineteenth century and modernist studies has also
begun to question the degree to which 'high' and 'low' literary forms remained
separate during this period. Nevertheless, the interaction between and within
these different cultural modes is still requires further elaboration. The English
Literature Group at the University of Hertfordshire is launching a series of
research seminars intended to explore the questions around popular culture and
theories of the popular during this period. These papers might address the
following areas:

      Do the attempts to theorise the popular from this period offer any
      future directions for literary studies?

      Have the contributions of mass literacy and literary commodification
      been adequately theorised in terms of their contribution to either
      popular cultural forms or the changing attitudes towards such
      cultural formations?

      Are the conventional explanations of how the relations between
      popular culture and 'high' literary culture changed and developed
      during this period still adequate?

      How coherent or diverse was popular culture at any time during
      these years?

      What    sort     of   interaction   occurred   between   the   apparently
      contradictory attitudes towards popular culture and/or literary

      How much influence did the theorising of popular culture have upon
      popular cultural formations?

Paper abstracts approximately 500 words in length, should be sent to Liam
Connell by 1st September.
         A selection of papers from this series will be published in the
         journal Critical Survey.


Contributions are invited for a special issue on Nineteenth-Century Women's
Poetry. Proposals, or papers not exceeding 7,000 words, on any aspect of this
topic should be sent to the editor by 1st September.

     Dr Harriet Devine Jump, Department of English, Edge Hill College,
     St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancs L39 4QP, England.           tel.   (+44)
     1695 584426. e-mail:


Abstracts or paper proposals dealing with the links between Oscar Wilde's short
fiction (fairy tales and short stories) and his essays are invited for a session at
Northeast MLA in March 2004 in Pittsburgh. Papers should seek to illuminate
the fiction using the essays or vice versa. Papers that focus on Wilde's ideas on
both art and individuality are especially welcome.

Abstracts are due by 15th September. Panellists must be members of NEMLA or
join the organization by December, 2003.

Please address abstracts (include the abstract in the body of your e-mail; no
attachments, please ) and any queries to:
Susan Bernardo, Associate Professor of English, Dept. of Language and
Literature,      Wagner    College    Staten   Island,    New     York    10301.


Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA)

2004 Pittsburgh, PA, 3rd to 7th March.

‘Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England!
what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide'. Ave Imperatrix,
ll. 1-4

          The worlds of scholarship on Oscar Wilde themselves often appear
      to be divided into two: the first devoted to Wilde's major plays and
      his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the second devoted
      to Wilde's critical essays, periodical materials, and letters. Seldom
      studied are the many minor works that distinguish Wilde as a
      challenging author of a multitude of literary forms: the sketches, the
      short stories, the children's literature, the poetry. Largely under-
      examined, these branches of Wilde's literary corpus also make
      significant inroads into the discourses that characterize the most
      current and vital Wilde scholarship today, in particular, postcolonial
      and gender studies. The aim of this session is to provide a forum for
      scholarly discussion of not only Oscar Wilde's minor works of prose,
      poetry, and drama but also Wilde as a representative of a political
      and/or sexual minority in England. While all paper proposals on
      Wilde's minor works are welcome, I am especially interested in
      papers that attend to a political-aesthetic critique of England and
      English rule in Ireland (and elsewhere) or papers that attend to
      Wilde's radical re-imagining of gender and sexual politics contrary to
      English standards. Papers that consider the literary legacy of Wilde's
      minor works and their influence on later (in particular, modernist)
      writers are also welcome.
Abstracts are due by 15th September. Panelists must be members of NEMLA or
join by December 2003. Please send 250-300 word abstracts and inquiries
(preferably via e-mail) to

Sebastian T. Bach, English Department, Boston University, 236 Bay State
Road, Boston, MA 02215. E-mail:


NEMLA Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, 3rd-7th March 2004.

Panel Title: 'Why, Jenny, as I watch you there:' the Dynamics of Voyeurism and
Exhibitionism in the Literature of Victorian England.

      This panel will explore the various dynamics of watching and being
      watched as they are found in the literature of Victorian England.
      Such sites of desire, as they are charted out by the age's novelists,
      poets, and essayists, are often represented as erotic and /or violent,
      at   times   perhaps   even   pathological,   and   certainly   political,
      implicating not only the characters or speakers of the literary texts
      themselves, but the artist and reader as well. Questions that might
      be considered include, but are not limited to, those of pleasure,
      shame, gender, body, desire, and the gaze.

Proposals (one page) should be sent to:

Robert E. Lougy, Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA 16802. E-mail: Fax: (814) 863-7285

Deadline for submission: 15th September.

2004 NEMLA Convention Pittsburgh, PA, 3rd-7th March 2004

On the surface it appears that the values of Britain would naturally be
promulgated in the United States.       After all, the tw ocountries shared a
language, a religion, and many cultural practices. It is no coincidence that
England was still called 'Home' and the 'Mother' country by many in the
nineteenth (and even early twentieth) century. But while Canada was the dutiful
'Eldest Daughter of Empire', the United States was the 'Prodigal Son,' who
rebelled against his parent to stand in direct competition with her.            Such
disloyalty was particularly hurtful because America was perceived as Britain’s
best and brightest 'child.' As it became increasingly clear that England’s world
dominance was being challenged by the young republic, writers discussing the
rebel nation were often pushed to take sides, though many retained mixed
feelings about the former colony. In fact, America appears in countless British
texts written in this period, sometimes merely mentioned, sometimes explored
more fully.

While the United States continued to be portrayed in literature as a land of
plenty, a country of vast riches and endless opportunity, it also came under fire
by authors who saw it as a nation of hypocrisy, self-righteousness, violence,
greed, and ill manners. This panel will include papers that explore this sort of
anti-Americanism in British literature from the time of the colonial revolt (i.e.
American Revolution) to the end of World War II. While panelists may focus on
any genre, preference will be given to papers written about works of fiction.

Inquiries and 1-2 page abstracts should be sent (via e-mail, fax, or post) by 15th
September to:

     Diana C. Archibald, Assistant Professor of English, University of
     Massachusetts Lowell, 61 Wilder Street, Suite 3, Lowell, MA 01854.
     tel (978) 934-4199 fax (978) 934-3097

The NEMLA Victorian Landscape Descriptions panel invites abstracts of papers
which discuss landscape descriptions of the Victorian period, fictional or actual,
in prose or verse. Papers should address oneor more of the periods cultural
issues and concerns: art/aesthetics, ethics, exploration, psychology, religion,
science, social and/or political theory. The panel holds to the view expressed by
Simon Schama that landscapes–as opposed to actual places–are cultural before
they are natural.

 NEMLA will hold its 2004 conference from 3rd to 7th March in Pittsburgh.

 Send abstracts e-mail by 19th September to Bill Mistichelli


University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

     The convenors invite proposals for The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars
     for Queer Research 2004. The(e)ories is a multi-disciplinary,
     methodologically eclectic, and internationally diverse forum for the
     theoretical examination and discussion of all (non-) normative acts,
     identities,    desires,   perceptions,   possibilities,   and   propensities.
     Papers, which display the intersections between queer discourse and
     other emerging and/or more traditional lines of enquiry, are
     particularly sought. Seminars are convened monthly, last two hours,
     and are held at University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
     Papers should have a reading time of 45-50 minutes (5,400-6,000

Those interested should send an abstract of their paper (c.150 words) and a
biography, detailing their publications and/or research interests (c. 100 words)
to Noreen Giffney & Michael O'Rourke, The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for
Queer Research 2004, c/o Women's Education, Research and Resource Centre
(WERRC), Arts Annexe Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4,
Ireland.    These     details    can       also     be     sent        electronically    to Those         interested   should    also      recommend       five
readings (short chapters/articles, 15-25 pages) relevant to their proposed paper,
and mail two copies of one of these readings to the convenors at the above

      The convenors regret that they will be unable to contribute towards
      speakers' travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Professor Judith Halberstam, University of California, San Diego, USA is the
plenary speaker for The(e)ories 2004.

All papers accepted will be considered for publication in Queeries: An
International Journal of Queer Studies, a new journal, the editorial board of
which numbers over eighty-five of the world's foremost experts on queer studies.
For further information about Queeries: An International Journal of Queer
Studies,   e-mail   Noreen   Giffney   &   Michael       O'Rourke,      General   Editors:

      Further information about The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer
      Research         can        be          obtained            by         visiting

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 19th September.


Performance Studies International no. 10: 15th to 18th June Singapore 2004

The Organizing Committee of Performance Studies International no. 10 invites
proposals for papers to be presented at the conference Perform: State:
Interrogate: which will take place from 15th to 18th June 2004 in Singapore.

      I. Preamble Performance Studies International (PSi) was launched by
      the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in
      1995. In its nine years of existence, the conference has staged
gatherings that have attracted a wide range of scholars and artists
working in the field of performance. PSi has become internationally
recognized for creating an opportunity for dialogue among artists and
academics in a variety of disciplines whose concerns converge in the
still-evolving areas of performance research and practice. Its coalition
of the diverse field of performance studies has resulted in the
formation of a worldwide membership association. PSi conferences
have been held in the United States, Wales, and Germany. PSi #9
was held in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2003. PSi no. 10 will take
place in Singapore in 2004.

II. PSi no. 10 Perform: State: Interrogate: Singapore 2004 PSi no. 10
Singapore 2004 aims to bring the field of Performance Studies to the
attention of researchers, theorists, artists and activists across
diverse practices and disciplines in the 'Asian' region, while
introducing the current state of 'Asian' performance theory and
practice to researchers, theorists, artists and activists from other

This will be the first time the Performance Studies international (PSi)
conference is taking place in an Asian country. But it is precisely our
intention to interrogate the issue of a 'PSi Conference in Asia'–to
precipitate a high level of critical reflexivity about PSi #10 itself, PSi
conferences, and our constructions of 'Asia'. We aim to address the
present state of performance discourse in Asia, and to represent a
diversity of Asian perspectives in performance studies. However, the
point is not to frame these perspectives as representations of
'otherness'–as   new   local   authenticities   for   consumption     and
appropriation by the global gaze of theory. Beyond the parameters of
a single conference, our purpose is to mobilize individuals and
organizations to dialogue and develop the language through which
performance can be understood, examined and debated in Asia.

We also invite, of course, issues that cut across questions of cultural
or geographic identity (please refer to the list of Interest Group
themes below), regardless of whether they engage with Asian
performance issues per se.

The title, 'Perform: State: Interrogate:', comprises three verbs related
to articulation that have multiple resonances. The critical reflexivity
we demand is echoed by the word 'interrogate,' which implies the
questioning of power, both in the sense of being directed at and
     originating from power–as in the power of theory, practitioners, the
     'people' or the state. Indeed the 'state' figures centrally in much of
     performance in Asia–from patronage to engagement to resistance to
     complicity. Arguably the central 'performance' that takes place in a
     nation like Singapore is that of stating the concerns of the 'state.'
     While 'perform' connotes the more conventional understandings of
     the term (theatrical performance, etc.,) there is also the question of
     how theory 'performs'–what are the ways in which it can be tested,
     evaluated? What are its effects? How does it contain, domesticate,
     obfuscate, and appropriate, or liberate, enable, and enlighten?

     III. Structure of the Conference PSi no. 10 Perform: State:
     Interrogate: Singapore 2004 has a three-part structure.–MAIN
     SESSIONS where all participants meet.–PARALLEL SESSIONS offer
     different sets of presentations running simultanæously.–INTEREST
     GROUPS will meet daily throughout the conference, with registered
     participants seeking to intensify discussion around specific shared
     concerns, and to establish relationships and networks that will
     extend beyond the parameters of the conference.

        III. Deadlines & Details

PLEASE NOTE: The closing date for submission of proposals for papers is 30th
September 2003.

     Proposals should not be more than 500 words and should be sent as
     hard copy as well as an e-mail attachment to the organizers at the
     following addresses:

 Papers for PSi no. 10, c/o Lee Weng Choy, The Substation, 45 Armenian
 Street, Singapore 179936.         tel: (65) 6337 7535 fax: (65) 6337 2729.


This is to announce a Shaw Conference on 17th-21st March, 2004, at the
University of South Florida in Sarasota, Florida, and to issue a call for papers.
The conference topic is 'Shaw in the Here and Now.' Deadline for Abstracts: 1st
October. Cash prizes for Best Papers by Students. Deadline for Student Papers:
1st December

                FOR FULL DETAILS see ‘SHAVINGS' by clicking


Proposals (300 words) are invited for papers that address the art, literature or
cultural context of the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle, along with influences on
and responses to their work.

     Papers that adopt an inter-disciplinary approach are especially
     sought, but studies with a narrower focus are also welcome.
     Deadline: 1st October. A selection of the papers will be published
     as Volume 7 of the Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, and
     distributed in advance to all participants.

Send proposals to: Paul Hardwick, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Trinity
and All Saints, Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD;;
telephone (+44) 113 2837294.
26.   CALL      FOR   PAPERS: CULTURAL              CHANGE      IN     THE    NINETEENTH

For the 25th Annual Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference St.
Louis, Missouri, 11th-13th March, 2004

      During the nineteenth century, increased production, colonial
      expansion and unstable economic conditions fuelled competition
      among nations for commercial and cultural dominance. Exhibitions,
      world' s fairs and contests developed as important venues for
      displaying prowess in commercial, athletic and cultural arenas while
      promoting the pride and identity of nations. New publications, such
      as The Illustrated London News, provided coverage of contemporary
      events and revealed unfamiliar places, peoples and customs to
      readers   living     in   an   age    of   heightened   curiosity     and rapid

      Abstracts for papers are encouraged on the themes identified and on
      all   aspects   of    cultural       change   within    the    long   nineteenth
      century. Papers are limited to twenty minutes.                Proposals should
      include a one-page, single-spaced abstract (12 point font), with the
      title of the paper and author as heading, and a one-to two-page vita,
      including the name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail
      address of the author/presenter.

      Proposals will be accepted by mail or e-mail but must arrive by 1st
      October and should be sent to the Program Chair, Dr. Carol A. H.
      Flores, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and
      Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 (

The conference will be held in St. Louis, MO and will celebrate the 200th
Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark Expedition, the
100th Anniversary of the St. Louis World's Fair and 1904 Olympics, and the
25th Anniversary of NCSA. Dr. Robert M. Craig will serve as Local Arrangement
Chair, in association with William Seibert, member of Landmarks Association of
St. Louis. The Conference will be held at the Westin St. Louis at Cupples
Station, a AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel which occupies four adaptively reused
19th-century warehouses located within walking distance of the St. Louis Arch.
The Metrolink stop from the airport is right at the doorstep of the hotel. Further
information about the hotel and program will be available at a later date.
Inquiries concerning the academic program should be forwarded to Dr. Flores at
the address above.
      Inquiries concerning local arrangements (hotel, travel, etc.) should be
      forwarded to Prof. Robert Craig, College of Architecture, Georgia
      Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0155.                    E-mail is


Northeast Victorian Studies Association 2004 Conference 30th Annual Meeting,
16th-18th April 2004 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

      Our topic looks not only at religion but at all facets of the nineteenth-
      century world as religion sees it. The profane differs from the secular
      in that it connotes not merely a material world, but a merely material
      one: ordinary language may be secular, but blasphemy is profane.
      We are interested in looking into nineteenth-century attitudes toward
      religion,     nineteenth-century religious movements, but also the
      workings of religion in culture and society. Many of the topics
      suggested below also lend themselves to the question of why this
      issue was once so important to Victorian Studies, why it went out of
      fashion, why it is coming back into fashion.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

        Science and Religion: Darwin, alternative cosmologies, pre-
         histories, anthropology. Eschatological thought in general.
        Religion and Culture: Connections between religious attitudes
         and beliefs and class and gender. Atheism, agnosticism, the
         Charles Bradlaugh case. Jews and anti-semitism. Religion and
         social work: the Salvation Army, temperance and anti-
         vivisection movements. Material manifestations of religion.

        Religion     and    other   Cultures:     Islam    and    Orientalism.
         Missionaries,       going   native.    Religion    and    imperialism.
         Exposures      to   non-Western       religions,   traditions,   beliefs.
         Victorian explorers and religious issues: Richard Burton,
         Henry Stanley.
         The Profane and the Secular: Profanity, blasphemy, sexuality,
          pornography.     Oppositions between the material and the
          spiritual. Sacred cows and sacred truths. Sacred and profane
          blood: transfusions and vampires. Demons and exorcism.

         Religion, art and literature: The useful, the aesthetic and the
          religious.     Commercial     religious   literature.   Devotional
          literature. Religious poetry and fiction. Secularism and the
          clergy in the novel. Sacred music. Religious art. Religious
          rhetoric. Relics. Gothic revivalism. Religion and the Higher
          Criticism. Hermeneutic theory. Fin-de-siècle art and religion.

          And, of course, you could write about god.

Paper Proposals (no more than two double-spaced pages) by 15th October to
Professor Aviva Briefel, English Department, Harvard University Barker Center,
12 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138.          E-mail:       Fax
(attn: Aviva Briefel): (617) 496-8737

      Please do not send complete papers. Please do not include your name
      on your proposal: we review proposals anonymously. Please do
      include your name, institutional and e-mail addresses, and proposal
      title in the cove rletter that accompanies the proposal. Finished
      papers should take 15 minutes(20 minutes maximum) so as to
      provide ample time for discussion following each panel.

 Roundtable: In an attempt to allow more participation in the program, and to
 augment the conference’s interest in teaching, we are continuing the
 roundtable discussions on pedagogy that we initiated five years ago.            This
 year’s topic is Integrating the Study of Religion into the Teaching of Victorian
 Literature and Culture.

 If you would like to make a presentation, please contact Professor Don Ulin,
 Division of Humanities, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus
 Drive,     Bradford,     PA,    16701      (fax:    814-362-      5094;       e-mail:,describing briefly (no more than one double- spaced page) the
 aspects of pedagogy that you would like to share. Keep in mind that being a
 presenter means creating an atmosphere for stimulating discussion rather
 than presenting a paper.
 The Coral Lansbury Travel Grant ($100.00) and George Ford Travel
 Grant($100.00) given in memory of key founding members of NVSA are
 awarded    annually   to   the   graduate   student,   adjunct   instructor,   or
 independent scholar who must travel the greatest distance too give a paper at
 our conference. Apply by indicating in the cover letter of your proposal that
 you wish to be considered . Mention also if you have other sources of funding.

 All who wish to join NVSA, and all members who have not yet paid their dues
 for the 2001-2002 membership year should return the attached tear-off. And
 Dr. Hartley Spatt (24 Center Street, Woodmere, NY 111598) urges all
 members to send him a note subscribing to the Victorian Studies Bulletin
 ($5.00 a year).


22nd-25th April, 2004 Burlington, Vermont

Co-sponsored by Middlebury College and the University of Vermont Plenary
Speakers to include Jane Gallop, Peggy Phelan, and Slavoj Zizek.

     The nineteenth annual conference of the Society for the Study of
     Narrative Literature is dedicated to the investigation of narrative, its
     elements, techniques, and forms; its relations to other modes of
     discourse; and its power in cultures past and present. The
     Conference generally features 250-300 participants. We welcome
     papers or panels on all aspects of narrative theory and practice, from
     any genre, period, nationality, discipline, or medium. We encourage
     literary subjects (including poetry, pre-modern narrative, and film),
     as well as cross-cultural and interdisciplinary topics (including art
     history, folklore, history, law, music, philosophy, politics, and
     science). Papers will receive preference if they make a point about
     narrative, the significance of which extends beyond the text or texts
     in question.

     Papers should be fifteen to twenty minutes long and in English;
     panels consisting of three to four papers are especially encouraged.
     Panels may be chaired by one of the presenters, but no individual
     may present more than one paper or organize more than one panel
     Presenters must join the Society for the Study of Narrative (SSNL)
     once their papers have been accepted.

For more information on SSNL visit

     For paper proposals, maximum 500 word abstract and brief
     curriculum vitae. For panel proposals, maximum 700 word abstract
     – summarizing the panel’s rationale and describing each paper – and
     a     brief   curriculum   vitae   for   each   speaker.   For   hard-copy
     submissions, please include two copies of all submitted material.
     Make sure your proposal specifies the following information:

         Paper (and panel) title(s). Presenter or panel organizers name,
         institutional affiliation, discipline or department, mailing
         address, phone, fax, and address. Deadline: 15th October.

Narrative Conference, Department of English, 400 Old Mill, University of
Vermont,     Burlington   VT    05405.        (Send
attachments readable in Word or RTF)

For further information, contact Anne Moore at the above e-mail address.

Co-ordinating Committee: Robyn R. Warhol, UVM, Chair. At UVM: Mary Lou
Kete (English), Todd McGowan (English & Film), Valerie Rohy (English), Helga
Schreckenberger (German & Womens Studies); At Middlebury: Daniel Brayton
(English), Carole Cavanaugh (Japanese), John Elder (English & Environmental
Studies), Antonia Losano (English), Yumna Siddiqi (English).


An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Contexts for Classics, the Department
of English Language & Literature, the Department of Classics, and the C.P.
Cavafy Professorship in Modern Greek at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor,
Michigan Friday, 30th January, 2004. Deadline for Abstracts: 15th October.

      In the past twenty years, several scholars have focused broadly on
     the ways in which 'the Classical tradition' informed the cultural
     milieu of 19th-century Britain. These studies explore why and how
     Classical studies contributed to the shaping and validating of
     English political ideologies, social hierarchies, academic institutions,
     and aesthetic values. However, this current work also seems to
     suggest that the 19th-century Britons relationship with antiquity
     derived from an unexamined sense of cultural heritage, a common
     ancestry located in ancient Rome and Greece. This conference seeks
     to interrogate this relationship between antiquity and the 19th
     century: is it still useful to rationalize 19th-century Classicism as an
     effect of mythologized national genealogies?              How else might we
     account for the reception and transmission of Classics in this
     period? In what ways did educators, writers, artists, and musicians
     engage with the ancient past?              Are there manifestations of this
     engagement that intimate a greater heterogeneity of response to
     antiquity    than      the    term    'Classical   tradition'   implies?   This
     international, interdisciplinary conference brings together faculty
     and graduate students from various fields within the humanities
     (e.g., literature, Classics, history, art history, anthropology, music,
     drama) to explore collectively representations of antiquity from the
     beginnings of British Romanticism to the early 20th century.
     Primary in focus are the ways in which British artists re-imagined
     the ancient world in the fine arts: literature (drama, fiction, poetry, or
     nonfiction);     art         (painting,   sculpture);      architecture;   and
     music. However, the conference will also encourage dialogue about
     the ways in which the period re-considered knowledge of the ancient
     past through advances in the professional fields of archaeology,
     history,    philology,       anthropology,   ethnology,    palæontology,   and
     mythography. Papers may be about the use of Classical themes or
     subject matter, translations of ancient texts, Classical education,
     and other creative or scholarly representations of ancient civilizations
     (including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Assyrian cultures).

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length.
Please send paper proposals (maximum: two double-spaced pages) by 15th
October to:

     Meilee D. Bridges, Department of English Language & Literature,
     University of Michigan, 3187 Angell Hall Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-
     1003. By e-mail: (attachments welcome)

NB: As abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, please include your title but no
other identifying information on your proposal. Please do include your name,
institutional and e-mail addresses, phone number, proposal title, and potential
audio-visual needs in a cover letter that accompanies the abstract.

A forthcoming conference website will provide this call for papers as well as any
relevant            updates          and           further            information: Please contact Meilee D. Bridges
at the e-mail above if you have any questions.


The Twelfth Annual Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers
Conference invites proposals for its 2004 conference to be held 25th-28th
March, 2004 at the University of Georgia.

      This year's theme "Location, Location, Location: Textual Spaces and
     Places," focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to and discussions
     of British women's writings during the period. While we welcome
     scholarship on all aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth-century
     British women writers, we particularly encourage papers on the
     following subjects:

                   Gendered Spaces and Locations
                   Location in the Canon
                   Domestic Spaces
                   Closet Space
                   The Body as Location, the Located Body
                   Travel: Geographical Spaces
                   Country and City: Landscapes and Cityscapes
                 Locating the Self or (An)other
                 Sacred and Secular Spaces
                 Genre and the Role of Generic Spaces
                 Performance Spaces
                 Locating the British Empire
                 Time and Space/Place
                 Cyberspace
                 Classical and Modern Spaces
                 National, Transnational, International, and
                Regional Spaces
                 Classed Spaces
                 Public and Private Spaces
                 Place, Pedagogy, and Profession

Please send 1-2 page abstracts for papers and proposals for panels to by 15th October. Please include your name, address,
phone number, and e-mail address. (If you submit a panel, please provide a
moderator.) Proposals may also be sent via regular post to:

     British Women Writers Conference, c/o Monica Smith, University of
     Georgia, Department of English, 254 Park Hall, Athens, GA 30602

Please      visit       our       website        for       more    information:


13th Annual Cultural Studies Conference, 4th-6th March, 2004, Kansas State
University, Manhattan, KS

Plenary Speakers:

     Elizabeth Grosz, author of Space, Time and Perversion: Essays on the
     Politics of Bodies and Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism,
     editor of Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism.

     Carl Phillips, author of In the Blood, Pastoral, Cortige.

     Donald Hall, author of Queer Theories, The Academic Self: An
     Owner's Manual, editor of Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and
     Cultures of Fluid Desire.

From clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic church, to repressive Taliban policies
toward women in Afghanistan, to same sex marriage, to debates about how
gender should be determined, sex is a topic that garners lavish popular and
critical attention. From Michel Foucault's examination of our garrulity about
sex, to Judith Butler's theory of performativity, to Elizabeth Grosz's emphasis on
the diversity of sexually specific bodies, important contemporary thinkers have
brought issues of sexuality and society to the forefront of debates within cultural
studies. 'Sex and the Body Politic' considers the construction of sexual identity
as a function of political, social, and economic forces.

We invite papers or paper proposals that explore the intersections between
structures of 'sex' and the discourses of law, science, medicine, history, religion,
empire, and cultural taste, to name a few. We invite papers on all periods from
ancient to the future.

 Possible paper or panel topics:

         sex and travel
         sex and race
         sex and gender
         sexual selection (plants/animals/humans)
         sex & the market sex and crime sex rituals and practices
         sex and education
         sex and discourse
         reproduction/childbirth/maternity
         sex and religion sex and the media
         sex and beauty
         sex and war

Send 1-page abstracts to: Michele Janette, Director, Cultural Studies Program,
English Department, Kansas State University, 106 Denison Hall Manhattan KS,
66506-0701.    Email submissions are encouraged: send to
Deadline: 20th October.

In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation about
empire, California State University/Stanislaus will host a conference on 'Empire
& Imperial Culture' Friday and Saturday, 27th-28th February 2004.

     To situate these topics in as broad a context as possible, we seek
     scholars working in such disciplines as Architecture & Art History,
     Economics, Education, Ethnic & Gender Studies, History, Literature,
     Philosophy, Politics & Public Policy, and the sciences.

We will feature three plenary speakers:

     Prof. Robert Bernasconi, (Philosophy, University of Memphis). 'Race
     and the Imperial Idea.'

     Prof. Thomas Metcalf, (History, UC /Berkeley).'Recentering Empire.'

     Prof. Richard Roberts, (History, Stanford). 'Africa and Empire: The
     Unintended Consequences.'

We hope participants will address issues of empire from antiquity to
postmodernity, on every continent and from many cultures.

Suggested topics might include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

               Empire, Science, & Technology
               Imperialism & Visual Culture
               Biopower
               Theories of Empire
               Imperialism & Genre: the Epic, Lyric, Fiction, Drama
               Empire in Popular Culture
               Border Culture: Diaspora, Immigration, & 'Crossing
               Imperialism & Language: Dominance, Discrimination,
                & Assimilation.
               Gender & Empire
               Dialectism & Resistance: Black English, Chicanismo,
                Indigenous Groups, & Linguistic Minorities
               Reverse Colonization: the Latinisation of North America
               Imperialism, Education & Aid.
Submission deadline: 25th October 2003.

      You can send hard copies to, Empire Conference Committee,
      Department of English, California State University, Stanislaus      801
      W. Monte Vista Avenue, Turlock, CA 95382, USA.

One page vitas and proposals for 20-minute papers can be e-mailed to Scott
Davis ( Arnold Schmidt (

We welcome panel proposals. No attachments please.


 Submissions are invited for a collection of critical essays centring upon the
 life and work of Mary Augusta Ward (Mrs Humphry Ward) [1851-1920]. The
 essays should be in the region of 4000-6000 words, and may treat of any
 aspect Ward's career, but the special emphasis will be upon Ward's fiction.

         Some topics for consideration may include (but are not limited to) the
         Critical readings of fiction and/or non-fiction work
         Autobiographical writing, including letters
         Relationship with contemporaries
         Reception of Wards work in Europe and America
         Political writing, including lectures and correspondence
         Attitude (and activities) as part of the Anti-Suffrage League
         Position with regard to the theological and philosophical debates of
          theVictorian period
         Relations with family, including the Arnolds and Huxleys
         Serialization
         Images of women
         Metaphysics
         Aesthetic Movement
         History of Ward criticism
         Gothic
        Portraits of associates
        Historical consciousness
        Popularity of fiction
        Loss of critical esteem.

 Contributors should submit 200-300 word proposals before 31st October to
 Dr J. D. Ballam at, with the subject line, Ward:
 Critical Essays. Completed essays are likely to be expected by June/July


An International Conference 2nd-4th July 2004 Chester College Centre for
Victorian Studies.

This broad-based interdisciplinary conference, commencing on the evening of
Friday 2nd July 2004 and concluding after lunch on Sunday 4th July, seeks to
explore aspects of the complex relationship between Britain and Ireland during
the long nineteenth century.

      Speakers include Roy Foster, John Belchem, D. George Boyce,
      Virginia Crossman, Fintan Cullen, Melissa Fegan, Christine Kinealy,
      Don MacRaild, Alan O'Day, Roland Quinault, Jeremy Smith, Roger
      Swift and Diane Urquart.

The organisers are particularly keen to provide a platform for new researchers in
the field as well as for established scholars. Offers of suitable papers(to read for
approximately 20 minutes) within the study of Victorian art, culture, history,
literature, politics and religion will be particularly welcome.

Abstracts (no more than 300 words) should be submitted no later than Friday
31st October to

      Professor Roger Swift, Director, Centre for Victorian Studies, Chester
      College, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, England.


The Undying Fire is devoted to the study of H.G. Wells, and critical essays on
any topic relating to Wells's life and work will be considered for publication.
Interdisciplinary essays welcomed.

       Published annually, each volume includes from five to seven essays
       ranging from 10-25 pages in length. MLA documentation preferred.
       Submit paper copy and the file on disk (in Word format) Be sure to
       include your address on your cover letter. We also accept shorter
       pieces (2-7 pages) for our 'Bits' section following the submission
       guidelines above, in addition to book and movie reviews concerning
       Wells and Wellsiana. Essays will be weighed by juried selection of
       our editorial board. Submission deadline for the next edition (no. 3)
       is 1st November. Anticipated publication is June 2004.

Submissions should be sent to:

       Eric Cash, Editor, The Undying Fire, ABAC 32, 2802 Moore Highway,
       Abraham Baldwin College, Tifton, GA 31793-2601.                Rejected
       manuscripts will be returned, if so requested, with SASE.

Membership dues for the society are $15 for one year.

Please write for more information concerning membership. Membership in the
H.G.    Wells   Society   of   the   Americas    is   NOT    a     requirement   for
submission/consideration. Back issues of Volume 2 of The Undying Fire are
currently available for $7, post paid; Volume 1 for $8, post paid.

SW/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference

The Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
will once again be sponsoring a at the 25th Annual meeting to be held April 7th-
10th, 2004 at the San Antonio Marriott River Center in San Antonio, TX. This
year we will be co joined with the National Popular Culture Association
Conference. Papers on any aspect of gender or related areas relating to gender
will be reviewed for acceptance.

       Please provide an abstract of no more than 500 words no later than
       1st November for review. Although I will accept abstracts up until
       25th November 2003, I cannot guarantee that you will be placed in
       this year's conference. Presentations will be limited to no more than
       20 minutes. Please adhere to this limitation since we are always on
       a tight time constraint and everyone deserves a chance to be heard.

      All correspondences may be sent to Gypsey Teague,
Director, Library, Langston University/OKC, Area Chair, Gender, SW/Texas Pop
                                Culture Association.


The Editors of French Historical Studies would like to issue a call for papers for a
special edition of the journal on 'Interdisciplinary Perspectives on French
Literature and History.'    This forum responds to an increased interest in recent
years among historians and literary scholars in the many ways that French
literature and history intersect. Given the importance of literature and literary
traditions in French history, the elevated status of writers in French public life,
the global reach of French language and literature, and the historical
relationship between the French state and literature, it seems fitting that FHS
provide a forum for French literary scholars and historians to consider
connections between literature and history from their different disciplinary
perspectives.   Papers on both the early modern and modern periods are

     For the early modern period, submissions would ideally address such
     themes as: the relationship of writers or savants to established
     institutions, such as court, academy and salon; gens de lettres and
     their public; the Republic of Letters as both an ideal and a reality;
     patrons and writers; hierarchies and status among writers and
     savants;    the     question    of    the    literary'   field'    ;    quarrels    and
     controversies among writers; and the like.

     Themes relevant to the modern era include the following: politics and
     engagement in literary production; gender and the emergence of
     women as writers; popular literature or paralittérature and issues of
     methodology in the analysis of comics, detective fiction, and the like;
     literary   representations      of    French      and     Francophone          history;
     literature, writers, and the publishing industry; race, identity, and
     the status of writers in French and Francophone communities.

     Though it is assumed that many, if not most, contributions will focus
     on     single   writers   and     specific     periods,        articles    that    cross
     chronological boundaries and cover an assortment of writers will be
     welcome.        Guest editors Robert Schneider (for the sixteenth,
     seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries) and Whitney Walton (for the
     nineteenth      and   twentieth      centuries)     welcome        inquiries       about
     potential submissions. In accordance with the guidelines of French
     Historical Studies, articles can be in English or French.

Inquiries       should         be         addressed           to:           schneidr@cua.eduand

     Manuscripts can be sent electronically to the editors of French
     Historical Studies, Jo Burr Margadant and Ted W.                           Margadant
     [ and] and to
     the Managing Assistant, Eteica Spencer [].
     Manuscripts can be sent by mail to Eteica Spencer, French Historical
     Studies, History Department, University of California at Davis, Davis,
     CA 95615. The deadline for submissions is 1st November.


Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
Conference at The University of Manitoba. 29th May- 1st June 2004.

GENERAL CALL. There will be a General Call for Papers for the 2004 ACCUTE
Conference at the University of Manitoba in the September 2003 ACCUTE
Newsletter. We are always interested in strong and promising proposals on any
aspect of English studies, and so please consider submitting something in
response to this general call. Individual papers emerging from your own specific
work in your fields always dominate the ACCUTE Congress program. You may
submit only one proposal. Please note presenters must be members of ACCUTE
in good standing. If you are interested in submitting a paper, we urge and invite
you to join the Association if you are not already a member. Please visit us on
the web at

MEMBER-ORGANIZED PANELS. ACCUTE Members who are interested in
proposing member-organized sessions for the 2004 conference at the University
of Manitoba are reminded that announcements for such sessions must appear in
the September Newsletter. Announcements must therefore be sent to the
ACCUTE office ( by August 15, 2003. Organizers of the
sesessions should ask that three copies of papers and proposals, accompanied
by three copies of a 100-word abstract and a 50-word bio-bibliographical note,
be sent to them by 15th November. An e-mail or disc copy of the proposal or
paper should also be submitted. Proposals should be 300-500 words in length,
and should clearly indicate the originality or scholarly significance of the
proposed paper, the line of argument, the principal texts the paper will speak to,
and the relation of the paper to existing scholarship on the topic. A 'Works Cited'
section should also be included. Completed papers should fulfill these criteria,
and should be no longer than 12-13 double-spaced pages. Session organizers
should forward all submissions received, including electronic versions, along
with a list of their selections and an explanation of their choices, to the ACCUTE
office no later than 5th December.

     Please note: Members organizing sessions are not permitted to
     submit to their own sessions since the member acts as the first
     reader for the session submissions. All member-organized sessions
     are then read by an independent assessor and the ACCUTE
     President. After the vetting process is complete, it is the duty of the
     organizers of the sessions to notify those who responded to the calls
     if their papers have been accepted or not.

Proposals and inquires may be sent electronically to

ACCUTE, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English,
Department of English, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg,
Canada. T: 204-786-9094 F: 204-774-4134



Victorian Literature and Culture is seeking articles for an upcoming Editors'
Topic on 'Victorian Taxonomies'. Essays should be 20-30 pages long and follow
MLA guidelines. Please send two copies by 1st December to Professor Allison
Pease, Department of English, John Jay College, CUNY, 445 West 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019.

     Inquiries    may    be    directed    to    or

pacific REVIEW, a West Coast Arts Review

Annual submission deadline: 5th December

The 2004 edition of pacific REVIEW focuses on the ideas of DECAY and
DECADENCE. The Decadence movement of the late nineteenth-century began in
France, moved to England, and drew its energy from the refined beauty of art
while subtly revealing the underlying decay of society.        Decadent qualities
included high art, bizarre subject matter, stepping away from nature, and a
preference for the sophisticated over the simple, the aesthetic over the natural. A
continuation of the Decadence movement can be found in the deliberate
rearrangement of conventional artistic works by the Beat generation and the
countercultures that have followed. Our goal in this issue is to find inspiration
through the Decadence movement.

     We are seeking contributions that will further explore the themes of
     Decadence and Decay as a compass to a wider field of implication
     and reinvention.

     We welcome short stories, academic essay and review, poetry, art,
     photography (b/w), graphic narrative (comics), and one-act scripts
     for our 2004 issue. The following are a few ideas and topics you may
     want to consider:

                 The beauty and necessity of excess and
                    decay, or why excess and decay is necessary
                    for creative beginnings.
                 What lingers and clings in the afterwards:
                    fossils, artifacts, scars, memories, bridges
                    burned, new directions.
                 Explore any aspect of decadence and decay
                    in   culture,   personality,   consciousness,
                    invention, communication, nature, politics,
                    religion, and physical/mental health.
                 A focus on ruin: What do we learn from
                    what has been destroyed or deteriorated, be
                    it the ancient pyramids or a modern day love
                 How does substitution/replacement occur?
                   What comes next? Are there drives and
                   desires   for   decadence/decay?    Does   one
                   follow the other?
                 Other possible topics to submit: drugs,
                   deviancy, shame, breaking laws, breaking
                   stereotypes,     indulgence,   disease,    new
                   sensations,     memory,    nightmares/dreams,
                   inclinations,    scars,    morbid   fantasies,
                   fascinations,     hidden    experiences,   life
                   interruptions, déjà vu, unexpected symbols,
                   and encountered temptations.

Your prose, art, graphic narrative, essay, poetry, photography, one-act scripts
could touch upon the above, but we wish to stress that these are only
suggestions. We welcome you as a contributor to submit any work that falls
within the decadence/decay theme For complete submission guidelines, visit
our website at

     To read excerpts from issues past or present or for further
     information regarding submission or subscription to pacific REVIEW,
     please visit our website at

Address enquiries to Camille Tèrese Tallon, Editor-in-Chief, pacific REVIEW, San
Diego State University, Department of English & Comparative Literature, 5500
Campanile Drive (MC 8140), San Diego, CA 92182-8140


Dalhousie Review

     Is pleasure a social good? An ethical good? Is pleasure an emotion?
     An aesthetic category? Are the accounts of pleasure offered by
     Bentham and Freud, for example, still persuasive? Are pleasure and
     pain indeed opposites, as most informal discourse about them would
     imply? How can we account for the investment in renouncing
     pleasure that recurs in the history of culture? Have the critical
     languages of our own day developed an adequate vocabulary for
     discussing the notion of pleasure? Articles that address these, or any
     other questions related to the idea of pleasure, are invited for a
     special issue of The Dalhousie Review to be published in 2004.

     Manuscripts should be double-spaced, on plain white paper, and
     should not exceed 7,500 words. Documentation, including footnotes,
     should follow the conventions observed in recent issues of The
     Dalhousie Review; these are consistent with the guidelines in Joseph
     Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed. (New
     York: Modern Language Association of America, 1995) 241?56. Hard
     copy only should be sent with the first submission.

The deadline for receipt of contributions is 15th December.

Mail submissions to: Ronald Huebert, Editor, The Dalhousie Review, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, Canada.             E-mail inquiries to:


Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in
English (ASNEL/GNEL) Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/M, 19th-
23rd May, 2004

After some four decades of international research and teaching in the field
variously designated as 'Commonwealth Literature', 'Postcolonial Literature' or
'The New Literatures in English', a major paradigm shift seems to be on the way.
Where previous approaches had emphasized cultural difference and sought to
establish various forms of 'literary area studies', a spate of recent work has
focussed on transcultural     dimensions of (both 'diasporic' and 'regional')
anglophone literatures. This development has arguably followed the trajectory of
the New Literatures themselves: transcultural experiences, opportunities and
predicaments are no longer exclusive concerns of what used to be conveniently
labelled as 'migrant writing', but have become central features of anglophone
literatures across the globe - a process that      increasingly undermines the
habitual classification of literary texts in          terms of national or regional

      The ASNEL Conference on 'Transcultural English Studies' seeks to
      explore the   challenges   posed   by    this    process   for   the   future
      development of English Studies on an international scale. What
      theoretical and methodological resources are currently available for
      meeting these challenges? How can theories of transculturality and
      transnationality developed in other disciplines such as the social
      sciences or cultural anthropology be used productively in literary
      and cultural studies? How have neighbouring disciplines such as
      American Studies responded to           transnational and transcultural
      challenges? How do transcultural issues and problematics emerge in
      anglophone literatures and in other media such as film? How do
      writers, artists and film-makers position themselves on issues of
      transculturality? These and other related questions will be explored
      in a number of thematic sections dedicated to the following topics:

            'Inter-', 'Multi-', 'Trans-': Cultural Theory on the Move

            Diasporic Images: Bollywood and Beyond

            Transculturation and 'the Americas'

            Colonial Memory: British Perspectives

            Transnational Connections in African Literature

            Postcolonial Postmortems: Crime Fiction in the New Literatures in

            Transcultural Native America: Indigenous Visual Arts in Canada
           and the US

            'Celtic Fringes' and their Diasporas

            Jewish Literature(s) in English?

              Transculturalism in the Classroom (Teachers

In addition, a number of anglophone writers and film-makers from all over the
world have been invited to present their works and to share their perspectives on
transculturality with the conference delegates as well as with a wider audience
at public readings and discussions.       The organizers welcome contributions
pertinent to the conference theme that may not fit into the thematic sections
outlined above. For further information on these thematic sections as well as all
matters of registration and organisation please consult our conference website:

      Please address all correspondence to Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler,
      Abteilung Neue Englischsprachige Literaturen und Kulturen (NELK),
      Institut fuer England- und Amerikastudien, Johann Wolfgang
      Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main Grueneburgplatz1, D-60323
      Frankfurt a.M., Germany.     Tel. (069) 798-32354, -32352 (Secr.), -
      32353 (Fax).


      Deadline for abstracts: 31st December




Queer Issues area of the on-line peer-refereed journal, The Writing Instructor.

Aneil Rallin, Area Editor; Rob Koch, Jr. and Trixie Smith, Associate Editors.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Queer Issues area of the on-line
peer-refereed journal, The Writing Instructor. For the debut issue of this area, we
encourage multi-genre/multi-media/queer/ 'experimental' works that explore
the many ways in which queernesses intersect with literacy, learning, social and
cultural histories, politics, and ideology. Topics/practices may include but are
not limited to the following:

                  Queer Theories and Practices of Writing
                  Cultural and Political Intersections of Queerness with Class
                    / Nationality / Race / Gender / Religion / (Dis)ability
                  Queer Rhetorics, especially as Political / Social Action and
                  Construction/s of Identity/ies
                  Construction/s of Body/ies
                  Queerness      and   Issues    of    Literacy/Learning,   including
                    Process Theory Critiques
                  Technology     WAC    /   WID       Composition   Pedagogies   and
                  Queerness and Rhetorics of Terrorism/War

Length: 2500-8500 words, depending on format.

TWI encourages submission of hypertexts and other multimedia projectsin
addition to traditional essays.

Please send submissions and queries to Aneil Rallin, Department of Literature
and Writing Studies, California State University–San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
92096-0001, or via e-mail at

For detailed submission and format information, see

Deadline for submissions is 7th January 2004.

Dr. Trixie G. Smith, Middle Tennessee State University, Department of English,
Box 70 Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Office: KOM 154 phone/voice mail 615-904-


 Journal of the History of Sexuality Special Issue

 Guest editors Lesley A. Hall (Wellcome Library for the History and
 Understanding of Medicine) and Julian Carter (Draper Program, New York
University) invite proposals for a special issue of the Journal of the History of
Sexuality on "Studying the History of Sexuality: Theory, Methods, Praxis."

The deadline for submitting proposals to the guest editors is 31st January,
2004; the deadline for submitting completed manuscripts is 31st October,
2004. The issue will be published in 2005. Proposals may be submitted
electronically   (by       e-mail      attachment)        to    Julian          Carter     at or to Lesley A. Hall at

    In this issue JHS seeks to represent the best current thinking about
    major   conceptual      and     practical    issues   at   the     heart    of   our
    professional practice. Possible topics include (but are not limited to)
    the following:

       The relations of the history of sexuality to other fields within
       history: – women's/gender history – lesbian/gay/transgender
       history – history of childhood/child-rearing/education – "age
       studies" and ideas of the life-cycle more generally – colonial
       and postcolonial studies – political history, history of the state
       – legal history – history of medicine/science/technology–
       demographic history

       The relations of the history of sexuality to, and the influence
       upon it of: – queer theory – feminist theory – literary criticism –
       ethnology/anthropology– geography and spatial relations –
       developments in the social sciences– developments in the life
       sciences – activism

       Methodological approaches and problems: – theorizing pre-
       modern        sexualities–    using      participant    observation           &
       community        membership      as      sources   of   data;    e.g.,    the
       intersection of ethnographic methods and oral history –
       locating and interpreting medical sources – locating and
       interpreting legal and/or governmental sources

       The position of the scholar in history of sexuality: – past and
       current employment, research, and educational opportunities
       for sexuality scholars–who gets hired, where, with what job
       descriptions (i.e. are many historians of sexuality "passing" as
       something else? Independent researchers? etc.) – teaching and
       mentoring within secondary and post-secondary contexts – the
         expansion of electronic media & its implications for sexuality

We would also be interested in analyses of the reasons that certain issues get
constituted as central to inquiries about particular time-place fields (e.g.
homosexuality and sexology in late nineteenth-century Europe; race and
prostitution   in   early      twentieth-century   North   America;   eugenics   and
reproduction in colonial India).

We welcome contributions from employed and independent scholars in all
geographical and temporal subfields and of any disciplinary affiliation.

      Lesley            Hall ;          website


University of Paris X - June 2004

To mark the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Disraeli, the
'Groupe de Recherches sur les Juifs dans les Pays Anglophones' will hold an
international conference on 17th/18th June 2004 on the subject: 'Disraeli and
Europe. The Statesman and the Man of Letters.'

      Historians, specialists in British, European cultures, specialists in
      Jewish history as well as specialists in literature are invited to
      contact/submit their proposals for papers to J.F. Moisan, Senior
      lecturer, Université de Paris X, Nanterre France.


The interdisciplinary Canadian Journal of Irish Studies invites submissions for a
special issue, 'Reconsidering the Nineteenth Century'(scheduled to appear at the
end of 2004).

Possible topics, very broadly defined, include (but are not limited to):

                 nationalist movements that challenged the division of Ireland
                    by religious affiliation
                 reconsiderations of the effects, and causes, of the famines
                 Irish music after the Belfast Harper's Festival
                 religious debates within (rather than between) religious
                    communities(e.g., the Veto Controversy)
                 nineteenth-century Irish historiography
                 Irish influence outside of Ireland (through the circulation of
                    Irish culture, including translations, and/or the diaspora) –
                    Irish literature's engagement with other national literatures
                 the Anglo-Irish gothic from Maturin to Stoker
                 the Irish periodical press

Submitted essays should be approx. 5000-6500 words in length (including notes
etc.) and should follow either the MLA Style Sheet (literatures and languages) or
the Chicago Manual of Style (other disciplines). The author's name should appear
only on the cover sheet in order to facilitate blind vetting. Please send two hard
copies and one electronic copy (MS-Word or WordPerfect), by 15th February to
the guest editor:

Julia M. Wright, Canada Research Chair in English, Department of English &
Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Avenue W., Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5, E-mail enquiries:

Founded in 1974, the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies is the official scholarly
publication of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies (CAIS). For further
information about the journal, CAIS, and CAIS's annual conferences, please see
the CAIS website (

Bibliography of 19th-c. Irish Literature:



Session at the Modern Language Associations annual meeting in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, 27th-30th December, 2004. Sponsored by the MLA Children's
Literature Division.

In recent years, children's literature studies has increasingly explored children's
material and popular culture, embraced critical models from cultural studies,
and expanded its concerns to include interdisciplinary childhood or children's
studies models.

In light of the changes in children's literature studies and literary studies in
general, this panel seeks to explore the role of          literariness in children's
literature. Is literariness still a meaningful concept? How do we define the
literary in our discussions of children's texts? How does the history of children's
literature studies, such as the struggle to get English departments to recognize
children's literature as 'literature' rather than 'sub-literature,' continue to inform
our critical theory and practice?       What do 'literary' criteria have to offer
children's cultural studies, and what does children's cultural studies have to
offer children's literature?

      Papers are invited that explore these questions, or related ones. Both
      discussions of the role of the literary as it relates to children's
      literatures disciplinary status and discussion of specific texts are

Please send detailed abstracts to Richard Flynn, Department of Literature and
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458-8023;
  Deadline: 1st March 2004.     Panelists must be members of the MLA
  by 1st April 2004.

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