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     MARGINS Supported by the UGC SAP DRS-I

                             March 19-20, 2010

                        (Due: February 22, 2010)

Supported by the UGC SAP DRS-I
19-20 March 2010

The idea of identities in the margins has been in circulation for quite a while now,
both in the popular domain and also in realm of mainstream academics. Movements
catalyzed by a sense of a shared marginal identity have challenged dominant
characterizations of the world across a range of disciplines and also in the fields of
culture and politics. These rival definitions of what constitutes knowledge have
unsettled the certainty of disciplines. Consequently, disciplines of the Social Sciences
and the Humanities, perhaps more than most, have needed to rethink the status of the
knowledge that they have legitimized with the value of ‘truth’. This would be a good
time to rehearse the fact that a significant proportion of this challenge to the status of
disciplinary knowledge came from experiences, narratives and strategies of
understanding the world that were organized around identitarian collectives. Since
then, as Dipesh Chakrabarty has demonstrated in ‘Minority Histories, Subaltern Pasts’,
academic disciplines have tended to confer an easy legitimacy on ‘minority histories’
without caring to examine the logic with which disciplines gather their own

This seminar seeks to explore the way marginal identities have been shaped in the
popular domain as well as in academic disciplines and in both together, in texts, in
performance, in the realm of culture, politics and history. We look towards a wide
ranging understanding of identity: caste, class, community and gender, certainly, but
also region, sexual orientation as well as more ephemeral identities such as slum
dweller, under trial, rowdy sheeter and so on. The seminar proposes to examine the
way identities have been constituted, rethought and modulated, the way new identities
have come into play. In other words, we see the seminar as an opportunity to think
through the question of identity, the ways it circulates and most importantly, the limits
and possibilities that it offers.

We invite papers and presentations that critically engage with the seminar theme.
Kindly send in abstracts of papers to and by 20 February 2010; we will respond to you by 22
                 Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue

                        September 10 - 11, 2010

                          (Due: April 16, 2010)

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

While cultural anxieties about fatness and stigmatisation of fat bodies in Western
cultures have been central to dominant discourses about bodily ‘propriety’ since the
early twentieth century, the rise of the ‘disease’ category of obesity and the moral
panic over an alleged global ‘obesity epidemic’ has lent a medical authority and
legitimacy to what can be described as ‘fat-phobia’. Against the backdrop of the
ever-growing medicalisation and pathologisation of fatness, the field of Fat Studies
has emerged in recent years to offer an interdisciplinary critical interrogation of the
dominant medical models of health, to give voice to the lived experience of fat bodies,
and to offer critical insights into, and investigations of, the ethico-political
implications of the cultural meanings that have come to be attached to fat bodies.

This two-day event will put Australasian Fat Studies into conversation with critical fat
scholarship from around the globe by gathering together scholars from across a
spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, as well as activists, health care professionals,
performers and artists. This conference seeks to open a dialogue between scholars,
health care professionals and activists about the productive and enabling critical
possibilities Fat Studies offers for rethinking dominant notions about health and
pathology, gender and bodily aesthetics, political interventions, and beyond.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
* Charlotte Cooper
(Department of Sociology, University of Limerick)
* Karen Throsby
(Department of Sociology, University of Warwick)
Abstracts are sought that engage with topics such as (but not limited to):
* Interventions to normalise fat bodies (such as diet regimes, exercise programs,
weight loss pharmaceuticals and bariatric surgeries);
* The ethico-political implications of the medicalisation of ‘obesity’;
* Constructions of the ‘fat child’ in childhood obesity media reportage;
* Representations of fat bodies in film, television, literature or art;
* Intersections of medical discourse and morality around ‘obesity’;
* The somatechnics of fatness;
* Fat performance art, fat positive performance troupes;
* Histories of fat activism and/or strategies for political intervention;
* Fat and queer histories/identities;
* Fat embodiment online, the Fat-O-Sphere;
* Feminist responses to fatness;
* Constructions of fatness in a range of cultural contexts;
* Systems of body quantification, measurement, and conceptualizations of
(in)appropriate ‘size’;
* Fat as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, disability and/or

Please send abstracts of 300 words, or panel proposals, to Dr Samantha Murray via
email at by Friday, 16 April 2010.
Sponsored and hosted by the Somatechnics Research Centre, Macquarie University,
Conferences in North America:

                          Buddhisms in Motion

                         (November 2010 AAA)

                       (Due: February 19, 2010)

Buddhisms in Motion Panel Details: The general aim of this panel is to explore the
circulation of religion, with specific attention to Buddhist styles of contemporary
world-making that are enmeshed within and responding to political economic
structures. Do Buddhist accounts of movement and transformation complicate the
trope of circulation in use by anthropologists? Additionally, contemporary Buddhists,
like anthropologists, actively theorize and investigate habituated action, structural
processes, and socially constructed meaning. How might anthropological inquiry into
particular Buddhist understandings of these issues challenge prevailing concepts of

We’re especially interested in papers that provide ethnographic accounts of how and
why the circulation of Buddhist persons, objects, institutions, and meanings affect
existing regimes of value in the global cultural economy. Some probable topics
include: friction and flow; bodies in motion across space and time; politics of place;
markets and moralities; Buddhist media-making; or Buddhist rituals and ceremonies
that make or cross boundaries.

Call for Abstracts for Session Proposal (2010 American Anthropological
Anya Bernstein & Robert Y. Chang (New York University).

Submission Details:
Those wishing to present a paper as part of this panel are invited to submit a paper
proposal via email to robert.chang[AT] and ab1223[AT] Proposals
must include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a CV by February 19th, 2010.
Authors of accepted paper proposals will be notified via email prior to March 1st,
   Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity

                          November 11-13, 2010

                       (Due: February 19, 2010)

NAVSA 2010; 11/11-11/13
Paper Proposals due 2/19/10

Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity

Is Lucilla Marjoribank’s desire to revolutionize Carlingford through her “Thursday
Evenings” silly or strategic? Are the Cranfordian’s lengthy list of rules and
regulations for visiting unnecessarily oppressive or necessary to the preservation of
their way of life?

This panel seeks papers that consider Victorian texts in which character perspectives
diverge from the perspective of the narrator and/or reader. While characters may
initially fail to keep things in perspective, texts such as Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks
and Gaskell’s Cranford ultimately validate the importance of taking domesticity
seriously. In other words, these texts arguably make a case for not “keeping it in
perspective.” Papers may address such as issues as: When is a lack of perspective
celebrated? Is there a link between a novel’s setting and the ability to “keep it in
perspective”? How do gender and class relate to perspective? What is the relationship
between point of view and comedy? How does a mock-epic tone impact perspectives
on domesticity? Are small-scale crises indicative of more important, substantial crises
occurring in Victorian culture?

Please submit abstracts of 500 words and a one-page CV by February 19, 2010 to
Amy Robinson (

Panel subject to approval.
              CFP Fat Studies: NWSA Conference

                          November 11-14, 2010

                       (Due: February 20, 2010)

2 CFPs from the Fat Studies Interest Group; NWSA Conference Nov. 11-14, 2010 in
Denver (Proposal Due Feb 20)

#1: Fatness, Gender and Popular Culture: Critical Interventions, Creative

This session seeks to utilize the conference sub-theme “the critical and the creative”
to examine fat feminisms and their important work to challenge weightism, fatphobia
and sizeism in dominant society and popular culture. This work, comprised of
multiple activist strategies, seeks to utilize fat-positive feminisms to dislodge
patriarchal notions of bodily “perfection” and thin-supremacy. In this session, we
invite papers and speakers which speak about the work of the fat liberation movement,
particularly social, political, artistic, performative, media and literary strategies of
resistance to hegemonic ideologies of gender and weight. Topics might include:

* Fat positive performance troupes: burlesque, cheerleaders, dance squads,
performance art, theatre etc.
* Fat positive media and new media, such as film, digital video, blogs, vlogs, zines,
YouTube, websites etc.
* Fat Positive political activism, demonstrations, picketing, street theatre, conferences,
e-activism etc.
* Fat positive creative writing and fat affirming literature
* Critical and creative pro-fat challenges to the hegemonic medical conceptualizations
of “obesity”
* Creative/critical Fat Activist work as it intersects with race, ethnicity, sexuality,
nation, queer/transgender, disability, age and religion
#2: Advancing Fat Feminisms

Fatness continues to be a contentious issue among feminists. Although Women’s and
Gender Studies scholars are comfortable critiquing the “cult of thinness,” few are
comfortable talking about fatness rather than “obesity.” This is puzzling considering
the longstanding feminist tradition which rejects the medicalization of women’s
bodies. Fat feminist scholarship is increasingly legitimized, yet seldomly recognized,
integrated into texts and coursework, or utilized in scholarly conversation. Fatness
within feminism remains largely invisible. We are currently seeking papers that
address any of the following questions/topics:

* Why does fat feminism remain an “outsider” feminism?
* Why are feminists still so uncomfortable with fatness?
* How can we advance fat feminisms? What hurdles lay before us?
* Can fat feminists learn from and/or work with other outsider feminists?
* How do we teach feminist scholars and teachers to engage with and utilize critical
discourses on fatness?
* The history/herstory of fat feminisms or the progress of fat feminisms within
* Analysis of fatness as treated in Women’s and/or Gender Studies textbooks.

If you are interested in taking part in either of both of these sessions, please send the
following info by February 20, 2010 to NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group Co-Chairs
Joelle Ruby Ryan and Michaela Null: ( AND

Name, Institutional Affiliation, Snail Mail, Email, Phone, Title for your talk, a
one-page, double-spaced abstract in which you lay out your topic and its relevance to
this session. Each person will speak for around 15 minutes, and we will leave time for
   International Education, Transnational Identities

                                  NWSA Panel

                          November 11-14, 2010

                        (Due: February 21, 2010)
A Panel Proposed for the Annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Conference; November 11-14, 2010; Denver, CO
This panel will feature papers that investigate contemporary practices of international
educational exchange with the aim of interrogating the gender and sexual politics of
the modern nation-state. Bringing together the fields of transnational feminist studies,
queer cultural studies, and postcolonial studies, we seek to understand the role
western educational institutions play in reproducing colonial narratives of rescue and
supporting global identity politics (such as "global feminism" or "global gay
movements"). We recognize the ways in which education has historically functioned
as a key political technology for western liberal regimes, and we wish to understand
how these disciplinary practices have continued and are reconfigured with the rise of
neoliberalism and transnationalism. In what ways does international education
perpetuate uneven exchanges of knowledge and capital and the circulation of western
logics of development and democratization? How does the incorporation of "human
rights" talk into the mission statements of educational institutions work to construct
western-educated scholars and students as conduits for tolerance and progress? Does
the humanitarian practice of educational exchange contribute to the depiction of
"nonwestern" nation-states as sites of ethnic, religious, and hetero/sexist violence
possibly in need of military intervention? In what ways does the production of
cosmopolitan citizen-students not only support western projects of national security
but also open space for waging critiques against the nation-state? We especially
encourage papers that examine international educational exchanges in relation to the
intersections of gender and sexual identities, structures of class, racial and religious
formations, and hierarchies of dis/ability.
Please send a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV to Abbie Boggs at by February 21st. Decisions will be made by February 23rd.
              "The Difficult History of Creativity"

                            NWSA, Denver, CO

                          November 11-14, 2010

                        (Due: February 25, 2010)

Call for papers for a panel entitled: "The Difficult History of Creativity" for the
NWSA Conference
November 11-

This panel will fall under the rubric of the fifth topic, "The Critical and the Creative."
Under this topic heading, the conference organizers ask the following questions:
"How might the creative allow us to intervene in dominant/hegemonic stories and
histories? How do more traditional art forms (i.e., painting, music, literature, dance)
and newer genres (i.e.,digital technologies) offer an important archive of memory and
site of resistance? How do marginalized groups plumb history’s silences in the
creative realm?"

The panel I am organizing will broach one of the “difficult conversations” that
feminists need to hold by suggesting that, before we can fully accommodate
“creativity” and “creative expression” to feminist politics, we need to historicize the
concept of creativity itself. The idea of the individual human being as a “creative”
agent, empowered to imagine and produce things never before envisioned in the
world, is relatively recent and profoundly masculinist, steeped as it is in ancient myths
that ascribe active, shaping power to men alone. It may have first emerged in England
in the middle of the seventeenth-century. Since then many women writers have
challenged its masculinist bias through theoretical and practical contributions, but
very often their work reinforces that bias, either because it perpetuates the myth of a
patriarchal Creator from whom and towards whom all action runs, or because it
endorses essentialist notions of femininity that dehistoricize and naturalize the social
construction of sex and gender. It is also not surprising to find that nearly every
scholarly history of the idea of creativity completely ignores women’s theoretical and
practical participation in the autonomous production of the New. The organizer of this
panel invites papers that address alterative histories of the concept of creativity in
diverse cultures across time and geography, and is particularly interested in essays
that address the following, broad questions:

• What durable, gendered schemes of perception and appreciation structure the way
that women and men have approached and evaluated creative, symbolic action?
• What kind of creative action would reveal and disarm the androcentric, cultural
unconscious that continues to foster the characterization of women’s creativity as less
“productive,” less serious and less valuable than men’s?
• What kind of symbolic/economic production can durably resist the durable effects of
living in a relentlessly androcentric society, in which the means of production both
economic and symbolic continue to be dominated by white, male, and
heteronormative powers?
• What different kinds of questions about the history of creativity and women need to
be asked in cultures that are not dominated by white men, but rather by men of
different racial and ethnic groups?

Please send abstracts to Kimberly Latta at by Feb. 25.
     Hungarian Studies RMMLA Albuquerque, NM

                            October 14-16, 2010

                          (Due: March 1 , 2010)
Call for submissions to the Hungarian Studies Session at the Rocky Mountain MLA
in Albuquerque, NM, October 14-16. We are especially interested in submissions that
pursue a study of the Hungarian literary contribution to World Culture, but also ones
that explore literary and linguistic themes pertaining specifically to the Hungarian
culture. Panelists will have 15-20 minutes to present their papers. Some possible
themes but not restricted to:

-Hungarian film studies and their place in the world movie culture
-race and identity in Hungary before and after WWII
-the Hungarian novel in the European context
-Shakespeare on the Hungarian stage
-gender studies: history and context in post-Communism
- 21st c. directions in the Hungarian literary scene
-Hungarian studies and culture beyond the border

Kindly send proposals (250 words) or complete papers by March 1, 2010 to as an MS Word attachment or in the body of the e-mail; or
mail hard copies to

Susan Nyikos
Utah State University
Department of English
3200 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
    Shakespeare Session, 2010 RMMLA Convention

                           (Albuquerque, NM)

                           October 14-16, 2010

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

Twenty-minute papers that address any theme pertaining to Shakespeare. Topics of
interest include gender, religious, and race studies in Shakespeare. Submit a 300-500
word abstract to Ruben Espinosa at The deadline for
submitting abstracts is March 1, 2010. Notification will be given by March 15.
          [UPDATE] Medieval Love and Sexuality

                         In Film and Television

                         November 11-14, 2010

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)
 “Love came first in my thought, therefore I forgot it naught”: Medieval Love and
Sexuality in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010

Medieval literature includes many depictions of love and sexuality, from religious
writings to historical chronicles, and from mythical tales to genre-inspiring romances.
This literature provided a wellspring of inspiration for filmmakers throughout the
twentieth century, and the cinematic and television versions of Beowulf and Robin
Hood that have come out in the last ten years, to name but a few examples, prove that
medieval stories and heroes have never been more popular. This area of the Film &
History Conference seeks to better understand our modern fascination with love and
sexuality in medieval film and television, and its role in our imaginings of medieval
history. This area welcomes papers abstracts for the following panels:

• Story alteration, sexy temptresses, and parental love in Beowulf films
• Hobbits and Harry Potter: Romance and love in medievalist film and television
• Cinematic Canterbury Tales and modern Chaucerian echoes

In addition to the above panels, this area also welcomes paper and panel proposals
that examine all forms and genres of film and television featuring depictions of
medieval love and sexuality. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, modern
perceptions of Camelot and King Arthur’s knights; patriotic and religious love; the
connections between love, violence, and morality; and issues of social class,
nationality, and hetero- and homosexual love in medieval film and television.
Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:
Justin T. Noetzel
Department of English
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall Room 127
3800 Lindell Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Email: (email submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must
submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about
the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website
         Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club and Beyond

                           October 14-16, 2010

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

Bowling Green State University

Call For Papers—Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club and Beyond
October 14-16, 2010
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Albuquerque,
New Mexico.

Following the popular success of the 1999 cinematic adaption of his novel Fight Club
(1996), Chuck Palahniuk emerged as a major figure in the American literary scene.
Despite his popular success, Palahniuk’s work eschews easy categorization, and
pushes the boundaries of liminal experience. In a series of novels including Lullaby
(2002), Diary (2003), and Haunted (2005), for instance, Palahniuk extends the
boundaries of transgressive discourse and problematizes notions of narration, genre,
and form. In other works such as Survivor (1999), Invisible Monsters (1999), Choke
(2001), Snuff (2008), and Pygmy (2009), he seems to amplify the critique of
contemporary American consumer and political culture initiated with Fight Club.
While embracing the popularity and literary significance of Fight Club, this panel is
interested in proposals on any of Palahniuk’s subsequent works. Proposals that
approach Palahniuk’s novels and cinematic adaptations in relation to the following
topics are particularly welcome:

Discourses on the Body and Psychic Trauma
Inscription and Textuality
Nomadology and Indigenous Culture
Ecocriticism and Radical Environmentalism
Dystopia, Apocalypse, and Millennial Movements
Anarchism and Revolution
Colonialism and Globalization
Disability Studies
Cinematic Adaptations and Popular Culture
Economies of Desire and Fetishism
Beauty and Aesthetics
Manifestations of Postmodernism/Posthumanism

This list is certainly not intended to be comprehensive and I encourage proposals that
address Palahniuk’s work in innovative and insightful ways. Send abstracts of 250
words by March 1, along with your name, educational affiliation, address, and email
to: Dr. Billy J. Stratton, Bowling Green State University,
                             Form and Genesis

                              April 22-24, 2010

                           (Due: March 1, 2010)

Theory Reading Group at Cornell University
Featuring keynote speakers Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) and Robert
Kaufman (University of California, Berkeley)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 22-24, 2010

Increasingly it seems that contemporary thought is confronted with two ways of
explaining its objects. On the one hand, a formal approach seeks to analyze the
necessary structures or defining qualities that make something what it is. On the other
hand, a genetic or historical method aims to uncover the forces that give rise to form
or structure in the first place. Do these modes of explanation disqualify one another,
or are there compelling prospects for their integration? For example, is it possible to
understand how thought or rationality can grasp its own determining processes? Or,
on the contrary, is thought structurally unable to access a domain that is by nature
exterior to reason, sense, or order?

Broadly understood, the formal approach tends to seek logical explanations, while the
genetic approach looks to materialist or genealogical accounts. The relation between
these two orders of explanation has wide implications. What is the connection
between logical or normative form and its temporal, material, or historical genesis?
Conversely, what might an analysis of the structure of genealogy or critique tell us
about the latter? Does the political critique of form as an arbitrary convention mitigate
its powers of normativity? What is the relationship between form and history, or form
and materiality in literary and aesthetic theory? What is the status of formalism,
whether literary or logical-mathematical, in contemporary theory?
Suggested topics:
Speculation and critique
Formalisms and historicisms
The transcendental and the empirical
Limits of philosophy/limits of science
Form of the political
Events of reason
Condition and cause
Sense and nonsense
Form and genre
History and form in aesthetics
Breaking form: the sublime, the unrepresentable, the iconoclastic
Formation and deformation
The finite and the infinite
Forms of the event
Structure and drive (Freud, Lacan, Deleuze, Guattari)
Form and interpretation (New Critics, Deconstruction)
History, genealogy, critique (Nietzsche, Foucault)
Marxism and form (Benjamin, Adorno, Jameson)
Forms of life (Wittgenstein, Arendt, Agamben)

Please limit the length of abstracts to no more than 250 words. The deadline for
submission of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute_presentations is March 1, 2010.
Please include your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Abstracts should be
e-mailed to Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than
March 6, 2010. For more information about the Cornell Theory Reading Group,
              CFP: “Narrating Lives after Death”

                                   MLA 2011

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

“Narrating Lives after Death”
Proposed Special Session for MLA 2011 in Los Angeles

When Katherine Stubbes “bequeaths” their newborn son to Phillip Stubbes, she asks
her husband to “bring up this childe in good letters, in learning and discipline, and
above all things, see that he be brought up and instructed in the exercise of true
religion.” The late sixteenth and early seventeenth century in England saw the print
publication of several parental advice manuals. This proposed special session will
explore how these advice manuals “narrate the lives” (in keeping with the MLA 2011
theme) of the children to whom they are left and, by extension, the consumers of the
printed objects. I invite proposals for papers that consider the influence of advice
manuals in Early Modern England.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words in the body of an email to by March 1, 2010. All panel participants must be
members of the MLA before April 1, 2010.
                                  After the Wire

                MLA, Jan 6-9, 2011 in Los Angeles

                            (Due: March 2, 2010)

This panel will discuss the cultural and intellectual legacy of 'The Wire,' organized
around its critique of neoliberal institutions and its place in the social-realist tradition.
Please submit 250–500-word abstracts by 2 March 2010 to Gerry Canavan
( and Lisa Klarr (
     Women's Memoirs and the World of the Sixties

               MLA Special Session, Los Angeles

                            January 6-9, 2011

                        (Due: March 12, 2010)

Many women have written memoirs about their lives in the 1960s. How have they
characterized these times? Was it a decade of optimism, hope, accomplishment, regret,
anger, betrayal, or confusion? Papers analyzing women's memoirs from diverse
perspectives especially welcome. 300 word abstracts by 12 March 2010; Donna S.
Parsons (
             New Perspectives on John Heywood

                          January 6-9, 2011

                       (Due: March 15, 2010)

'New Perspectives on John Heywood'--a Panel Proposed for the MLA Annual

Los Angeles, CA, 6-9 January 2011.

Abstract Deadline: 15 March 2010

Seeking 300-word abstracts of 20-minute papers on John Heywood and the dramatic,
musical, religious, literary, political, and/or print cultures of the
More-Rastell-Heywood Circle, including John Heywood, Thomas More, John Rastell,
Jasper Heywood, and Thomas Whythorne, among others.
                      Modernist Transgressions

             MLA, January 6-9, 2011, Los Angeles

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

Stanford University
Modernist Transgressions

Submission requirements: 500-word abstracts, deadline: 15 March 2010

- Sexual, aesthetic, metaphysical transgression and excess in modernist literature and
culture from 1880s-1940s

- theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of transgression and excess in relation to
modernity, e.g. in Nietzsche, Wilde, Bataille, Foucault, and others.

Please contact Petra Dierkes-Thrun (

This special session is contingent upon approval of the MLA program committee.
            [UPDATE] Atlantic World Literacies:

                       Before and After Contact

                             October 7-9, 2010

                          (Due March 22, 2010)

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how
different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim
before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign
systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how
transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and
transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along
with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological “literacies.”

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail.

For 15-20-minute papers, send a 250-word titled abstract; for a complete 3-4-person
panel, send an overall title and individual 250-word titled abstracts for each paper.
Please indicate AWL 2010 in your subject line and include a 1-page CV giving an
e-mail and a regular mail address at which you can be reached; and indicate any
expected audio-visual needs (including special software needs).

Featured Speakers:
--Laurent DuBois, Professor of French and History, Duke University
--Susan Manning, Professor of English, University of Edinburgh
--Peter Mark, Professor of Art History and African-American Studies,
Wesleyan University
--Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University

Full Description:
When Christopher Columbus departed from Palos in 1492 and set sail into the Ocean
Sea, probably the most powerful substance that he carried—besides gunpowder and
European bacteria—was ink. In sailing west to the East, Columbus was following
what was written—in royal contracts and decrees, in codes of law, in the Bible. Yet he
was going beyond what was written—off the map, outside the limits of Ptolemaic
geography, over the uncharted sea. In the centuries before and after transatlantic
contact, how did literacy spread and change? How did overseas travel help to
transform the rare and elite skill of the scribe into a common condition of citizenship,
and a marker of social, economic, and political advantage? How did Europeans,
Africans, and Americans read each others’ cultures, societies, and religions? How did
they compose new cultural and economic forms within the emerging crucible of
circumatlantic power relations?

Our conference will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied
metaphorical, cultural, and technological “literacies.” How have oral traditions and
“orature” interacted with written history and literature? How did unlettered peoples
invent, adopt, expand, and sometimes resist or refuse literacy? How has literacy
created and defined something called “illiteracy,” and even stirred critiques of
“graphocentrism”? And how are new worlds—continents, races, classes, cultures,
deities, sexes, sciences, technologies, even individual bodies—inscribed and read,
seen and spoken?

We invite proposals for papers and full panels in a variety of disciplines, including
(but not necessarily limited to): history, classical and modern languages and
literatures, anthropology, ethnography, art, religion, rhetoric, communications,
musicology, broadcast and cinema, and media studies. Interdisciplinary panel
proposals and papers with interdisciplinary focus or potential are particularly

Four famed Atlantic World scholars whose research covers the breadth of the Atlantic
experience have accepted our invitation to join us as plenary speakers:
--Laurent DuBois, Professor of French and History at Duke University, expert on
Caribbean creolization, Atlantic Enlightenments, and the Black Atlantic;
--Susan Manning, Professor of English at the University of Edinburgh, expert on the
transatlantic Enlightenment and co-founder of STAR, Scotland’s Transatlantic
--Peter Mark, Professor of Art History and African-American Studies at Wesleyan
University, expert in African art and historian of Luso-African identity and
cross-cultural literacy;
--Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, Director of the
Transatlantic Project at Brown dedicated to exploring the cultural history of exchange
and hybridity between Spain and Latin American culture and literature.
                    Mission in Action Symposium

                              October 7-9, 2010

                          (Due: March 30, 2010)

MILWAUKEE, WI – Mount Mary College is issuing a Call for Papers for its national
“Mission in Action” Symposium to be held at the College October 7-9, 2010.
Presentations and panels from all fields of study (academic and administrative) are
invited to explore and share ways of integrating a college's mission statement into the
college more creatively and effectively in both curricular and co-curricular
programming. Practical and theoretical applications are welcome. Author, activist,
and founder of Volunteer Missionary Movement, Edwina Gateley
(, will give the Symposium’s keynote address.

Especially welcome are papers and panels that connect their institution's mission
statement to current concerns in their fields: ethics, globalization, social justice,
cultural ideals, or sustainability, to name a few. Proposals for 15-20 minute
presentations are now being accepted for consideration.

Submit one-page, double spaced abstracts by March 30, 2010 to:

Wendy A. Weaver
Mission in Action Symposium
Mount Mary College
2900 North Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 or, to
For more information about the Mission in Action Symposium, contact Dr. Wendy A.
Weaver at, or visit
                         CFP: "By the Numbers,"

      Victorians Institute Conference, U of Virginia

                             October 1-3, 2010

                          (Due: March 31, 2010)
University of Virginia
Conference website:
Keynote lecturer: Daniel Cohen, George Mason University; author of Equations from
God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith, 2007; and director of the Center for
History and New Media.
MARCH 31, 2010.
Let us count the ways in which Victorians turned, and in mounting numbers too,
towards arithmetizing, computing, serializing, tallying, ordinating, enumerating – in a
word, quantifying – both what they knew and the media they told it by.
* chapter and verse: seriality up and down the scale
* “for the numbers came”: prosody, measure, quantity
* a tale of two tellers: recounting and accounting
* stats, lies, and actuaries
* whatever happened to numerology?
* census and consensus
* standardization and quantification
* visual display of numerical data
* higher mathematics in the 19th century: Babbage, Boole, and beyond
* the third R: numeracy in education
* poly-math fantasy: Flatland, Wonderland, and. . .
* ratio redux, or Pythagoras on Piccadilly, Leonardo in London, Victorian Vitruvius:
proportion in Victorian music, art, and architecture
Papers on these and innumerable other aspects of the conference theme will be
discussed in the warm collegiality of the Victorians Institute on what we suppose with
moderate to high probability will prove a balmy Piedmont weekend at the University
of Virginia.
Co-sponsored by The University of Virginia English Department and NINES:
     "Visual Interpretations: Aesthetics, Methods &

       Critiques of Information Visualization in the

              Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences"

                              May 20-22, 2010

                         (Due: March 31, 2010)

"Visual Interpretations: Aesthetics, Methods, and Critiques
Of Information Visualization in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences"
May 20-22, 2010 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology/HyperStudio

How do visual representations of complex data help humanities scholars ask new
questions? How does visual rhetoric shape the way we relate to documents and
artifacts? And, can we recompose the field of digital humanities to integrate more
dynamic analytical methods into humanities research?

HyperStudio’s Visual Interpretations conference will bring digital practitioners and
humanities scholars together with experts in art and design to consider the past,
present, and future of visual epistemology in digital humanities. The goal is to get
beyond the notion that information exists independently of visual presentation, and to
rethink visualization as an integrated analytical method in humanities scholarship. By
fostering dialogue and critical engagement, this conference aims to explore new ways
to design data and metadata structures so that their visual embodiments function as
"humanities tools in digital environments.” (Johanna Drucker)

We welcome submissions from practitioners and theorists of digital humanities as
well as such connected disciplines as art, design, visual culture, museum studies, and
computer science.
Topics include:
· Expressive and artistic dimensions of visualizations
· Subjectivity and objectivity in information visualization
· Dynamic/multidimensional visualizations and user collaboration
· Social media and contextualized visualization
· Cultural history of visual epistemology
· Limits and affordances of the translation from data to visualization
· 2D and 3D visualizations of historical/social/political data
· Visualization across media and the archive
· Digital visual literacy & accessibility
· Relationships between database and interface
· Alternative modes of data representation.
We are inviting submissions for the following conference formats:
· Papers with 15 minutes of presentation and short discussions (12 slots)
· Short presentations, so called “6/4s” with 6 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes of
discussion (18 slots available)
· Mini-Workshops, 30 minutes each (6 slots)
· Demos and Posters (30 slots)

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2010

MIT HyperStudio for Digital Humanities (
MIT Communications Forum (
For more information:
or contact:
Conference Director:
Dr. Kurt E. Fendt
Executive Director, HyperStudio - Digital Humanities at MIT
Research Director, Comparative Media Studies/Foreign Languages and Literatures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mail: Room 14N-305 (Office: 16-635)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone: (617) 253-4312, Fax: (267) 224-6814
  Anglo-American Literary Relationships 1870-1910

                             October 8-10, 2010

                            (Due: April 1, 2010)

I am putting together a panel exploring relations between England and the U.S. during
1870-1910 for the Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting
(October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland), given their stated strong preference for completed

Any papers relating to Anglo-American literary relations during the last third of the
19th-century, and trickling into the 20th-century, will be most welcome.
I am particularly interested in questions of how transatlantic literature of the period

- transatlantic imperial competition between England, fresh from carving up Africa,
and the U.S., rising world power and former English colony,
- millennial discourses of utopia or dystopia,
- race, colonialism,
- gender, changing concepts of masculinity, and/or New Women, and
- views of non-human animals.

Please send a 200-word abstract and a brief, 1-page CV to Keridiana Chez
( by April 1, 2010.
            Midwest Conference on British Studies

                          56th Annual Meeting

                            October 8-10, 2010

                           (Due: April 15, 2010)
Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting
October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland
The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its fifty-sixth
annual meeting will be hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College at the Renaissance
Cleveland Hotel.
The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly
defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's
empire. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but
not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history.
Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual
papers will be considered. Especially welcome are roundtables and panels that:
• offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
• discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies
• situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
• examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
• consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
• examine new trends in British Studies
• assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will
award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize at its plenary luncheon for the best graduate
student paper(s) given at the conference.
Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v.
for each participant, including chairs and commentators. For full panels, please
include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole. In addition, please place the
panel proposal, and its accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please
make certain that all contact information, particularly email addresses are correct and
current. All proposals should be submitted online by April 15, 2010, to the Program
Committee Chair, Rick Incorvati, at
                             Utopian Animals

                           October 28-31, 2010
                           (Due: May 1, 2010)

In H.G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia (1905), the narrator holds a remarkable
conversation between the narrator and a dog-loving botanist who declares that the
stated purposes of purging contagious diseases would never, for him, justify the mass
extermination of pet dogs. The botanist staunchly concludes, “I do not like your
utopia, if there are to be no dogs.”

As evidenced by the March 2009 PMLA’s special section and the October 2009
Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage on the emerging field of animal studies, the
question of the animal has risen to mainstream prominence as scholars increasingly
heed Claude Levi-Strauss’ advice to think with the animal. I am putting together a
panel exploring the figure of the animal in English and American utopian literature
for the 2010 Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting
( in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October
28-31, 2010. What function do non-human animals play in these imagined
communities? How do animal metaphors serve to establish—or unravel—a utopia?
What do utopian texts teach us about human-animal relationships?

Any papers in any time period relating to animals in English and American utopian
literature will be most welcome, with special preference for 19th- and 20th-century
texts. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to by
May 1, 2010.
        "Aging, Old Age, Memory, and Aesthetics":

                University of Toronto, March 2011

                          (Due: October 1, 2010)

This conference is interested in theorizations and analyses of literature and the arts
that consider how aging is portrayed and experienced in light of social, political,
scientific and cultural contexts that support diverse speculations about old age, aging,
memory and aesthetics. In using the term aesthetics, we are drawing attention to the
arts, aesthetic practices, theories of art, and modes of representation as they pertain to
aging and memory. We look forward to presentations that analyze a variety of
theoretical, thematic, and disciplinary approaches that remain linked by the consistent
placement of old age and aging at the centre of concentrated investigation. Please
send your 300-word proposal to by Friday October 1,
2010. This event is supported by the Graduate Department of English and the Institute
for Life Course and Aging, Faculty of Medicine, at The University of Toronto.

The organizers of this conference, Andrea Charise (English), Marlene Goldman
(English), Linda Hutcheon (English & Comparative Literature), and Michael
Hutcheon (Faculty of Medicine), welcome 300-word proposals from interested
colleagues. Please send your proposal to by Friday
October 1, 2010. Please note that this event is supported by the Graduate
Department of English and the Institute for Life Course and Aging, Faculty of
Medicine at The University of Toronto.

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to stimulate scholarly discussions of the
construction of identity beyond the familiar triptych of gender, race, and class, to
include what Simone de Beauvoir saw as the unspoken (and thus untheorized) form of
“difference.” A consideration of aging and old age and their relation to memory and
aesthetics is particularly timely given current understandings of the modern and
postmodern self as a melding of memory and will—understandings that have led to
profound emphases on disorders of consciousness such as multiple or split personality
and traumatic memory loss. Viewed in this light, the lack of critical attention paid to
the complex cultural meanings of aging, old age, and memory loss associated with
getting older is a surprising oversight.
There is, of course, a long history of thinking about the meaning of old age and the
aging artist in particular. In using the term aesthetics, we are drawing attention to the
arts, aesthetic practices, theories of art, and modes of representation as they pertain to
aging and memory. Do aging and memory loss—benevolent or pathological—signal
the individual’s and the artist’s inevitable decline or do they, on the contrary, offer
spaces for reinvention and transformation? What do we mean exactly when we speak
of an artist’s “late style”? What are the prevailing representations of and theories
about old age, memory, and aesthetics, ranging as they do from classical and religious
models to contemporary research on neuroplasticity? How have these portrayals and
theories changed in the light of contemporary research and technologies relating to
anatomy and brain functioning? Since we are aging from the moment we are born,
what can we learn from the varied use of the term at specific cultural moments? We
look forward to presentations that analyze a variety of theoretical, thematic, and
disciplinary approaches that remain linked by the consistent placement of old age and
aging at the centre of concentrated investigation.

We are particularly interested in theorizations and analyses of literature and the arts
that consider how aging is portrayed and experienced in light of social, political,
scientific and cultural contexts that support diverse speculations about old age, aging,
memory and aesthetics. Contributions that address aging/old age in light of the key
themes of this symposium are warmly invited. Papers on the following topics are
also especially welcome:

*Aging and Genre. Deleuze and Guattari write, “The question what is philosophy?
can perhaps be posed only late in life, with the arrival of old age and the time for
speaking concretely.” What is the relationship between genre and old age? How are
genres (and/or their readers) assessed or characterized in terms of age? Other
subtopics could include: the Vollendungs- or Reifungs-roman; the memoir; old age
and oral history; lateness and style.

*Age-related Pathologies of Memory and Aesthetics. Does age-related memory
loss irrevocably threaten personhood and the possibility of a “good” long life? Or is
it possible to associate recuperative value(s) with cognitive impairment? Subtopics
might include: portraits of the dementing artist/author (e.g. William Utermohlen,
Agatha Christie, Ralph Waldo Emerson); trauma and dementia; plaques, tangles, and
the aesthetics of Alzheimer’s; the aging “process” and concepts of the normal/natural;
discourses of care and care-giving.
*Aging and Irony. In light of the difficulties posed by old age to traditional notions
of personhood, how might distanced or ironic perspectives assist with the elaboration
of aging identities? Papers might discuss: the function of irony and the creation of
meaning in older age; semantic complexities of the language associated with old
age/aging/age studies/life-course and their role(s) in knowledge formation; humour
and aging; trans-generational irony.

*Aging and Affect. Affective responses associated with old age and aging range
widely, from the dubiously positive to expressions of outright horror. Possible
subtopics might include: old age and affects such as shame, anger, disgust, rage, fear,
surprise, or joy; affective stereotypes (e.g. grumpy old men, nice old ladies);
constructions of affective capacity in old age; kairosis; affect and staging aging (e.g.
King Lear, Beckett’s Rockaby).

*Aging and Place. “That is no country for old men.” After Yeats we might ask: what
is the significance of the temporal and geographic (dis)placement that so often attends
old age and aging? Papers on this topic could address: utopia and old age; “aging in
place”; notions of home and residency; aging and/as spatial accumulation (e.g.
Diogenes/senile squalor syndrome); institutionalization and the elderly; homelessness
and displacement; retirement and community; intergenerational spaces.

*Anti-aging Discourses. Longstanding Western anxieties about aging are reflected
in the history of strategies aimed at evading senescence. Papers on this topic might
discuss: representations of immortality and/or the fountain of youth; life extension
movements (e.g. Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS));
honey-mummies and sugar-daddies; manthers and cougars; cosmetics and
rejuvenation technologies; youth culture.

*Aging and Technology. Contemporary biomedical technologies associated with
aging have the potential to significantly complicate modern and even postmodern
concepts of personhood. Discussions of this topic could include: representations of
age-related disability and assistive devices; pharmaceutical discourses of old age;
nanomedicine; the aging brain and brain-mapping technologies (e.g. MRI); old age
and the posthuman.

Please send your 300-word proposal to by Friday
October 1, 2010.
                    Romanticism and Evolution

                              May 12-14, 2011

                         (Due: October 1, 2010)
The Romanticism Research Group at The University of Western Ontario invites paper
and special panel proposals for an international conference, “Romanticism &
Evolution.” The meeting will convene at Windermere Manor next to Western’s main
campus in London, Ontario, 12 - 14 May 2011.

Gillian Beer (Cambridge University)
Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario)
Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago)

SPECIAL SEMINARS CONDUCTED BY Alan Bewell (University of Toronto),
Denise Gigante (Stanford University), Noah Heringman (Unviersity of Missouri),
Thomas Pfau (Duke University), Matthew Rowlinson (University of Western Ontario),
and Joan Steigerwald (York University).

Though Romanticism is often imagined as the “age of revolution,” recent criticism
has seen renewed interest in the general theme of “Romantic Evolution,” including
the resurgence of such topics as organicism, vitalism, natural history, and natural
philosophy. The objective of “Romanticism & Evolution” is to defamiliarize
prevailing notions of evolution by tracing their origins to literary and scientific
discourses of the transitional period 1775-1850, a time that witnessed the genesis of
the modern idea of “literature” alongside the emergence of specialized disciplines,
such as geology, biology, physiology, chemistry, psychology, and anthropology.
Disenchanted with mechanistic science and Enlightenment rationalism, Romanticism
also introduced a new organic image of the world, which displaced the older atomistic
and static idea of nature with one that was dynamic and evolutionary. However,
whether the organic mode of explanation replaced the mechanical philosophy as a
radically incommensurable paradigm, or whether both coexisted in creative tension
during and beyond the Romantic period, remains a matter for debate.
Revisiting important events and developments in the history of evolution prior to the
publication of The Origin of Species, “Romanticism & Evolution” will focus critical
attention on earlier, less recognized theories of change and transformation emerging
in the cultural, literary, philosophical, and scientific debates of the Romantic period.
Instead of searching through eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century science for
“forerunners” to the Darwinian revolution, this conference aims to explore British and
European Romanticism’s liminal position between the classical idea of an immutable
“great chain of being” and the rise of modern discourses of historiography.

Suggested paper topics include (but are not limited to):
Collections, Museums, Gardens, Cabinets, and Natural History
Philosophies of Nature and Romantic Biology
Aesthetics and Poetics in light of Evolution
Literatures of Revolution, Evolution and Romantic Science
Romantic Ecology and Ecocriticism
The Pantheism Crisis, Naturphilosophie and the Romanticization of Spinoza
Colonialism, Imperialism, and Travel Narratives
Theories of the earth and the rise of the science of geology
Morality, Ethics, Affect, and the Scottish Enlightenment
Disaster, Catastrophe, and Natural Revolution
Romantic Vitalism, Organicism and Emergent Evolution
Theories of Preformationism, Epigenesis and Descent
Discourses of Sensibility, Excitability, Irritability
Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Romantic Theologies, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
Genealogy, Archaeology, and Contemporary Theories of Change
Universal History, Cosmology, Natural Law, and Universal Peace
Germs, Disease, Illness, and Contagion
Theories of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity
Romantic Animals, Mutation, and Monstrosity

Proposals for papers and sessions should be limited to 500 words. The deadline for
the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 1 October 2010. Please
include with your paper or session proposal, your name, e-mail address, and
institutional affiliation. Abstracts should be e-mailed to For
further information and conference updates, please visit the conference website listed
Conferences in Europe:

                  [UPDATE] Gender & Difference

                              May 20-23, 2010

                        (Due: February 28, 2010)

Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and tbe Englisches
Seminar at the University of Cologne
GENDER & DIFFERENCE, 20-23 May 2010

Call for Papers
This interdiciplinary conference is organised by the Centre for Critical and Cultural
Theory, Cardiff University and tbe Englisches Seminar at the University of Cologne.
It will be held at Gregynog Hall. This is the University of Wales residential
conference centre, which is situated near Newtown in Mid Wales. It is set in beautiful
landscaped gardens and extensive grounds.


CLAIRE COLEBROOK holds a first degree in philosophy from the University of
Melbourne, a Bachelor of Letters from Australian National University and a doctorate
from the University of Edinburgh. She was Professor of Modern Literary Theory at
the University of Edinburgh from 2000-2008. She has published articles on
contemporary European philosophy, feminist theory, literary theory, contemporary
music, dance, visual culture and political theory. Her books include New Literary
Histories (Manchester UP 1997), Ethics and Representation (Edinburgh UP 1999),
Gilles Deleuze (Routledge 2002), Understanding Deleuze (Allen and Unwin 2003),
Irony in the Work of Philosophy (Nebraska 2002), Irony: The New Critical Idiom
(Routledge 2003), Gender (Palgrave 2004), Deleuze: A Guide for the Perplexed
(Continuum 2006) and Milton, Evil and Literary History (Continuum 2008). She is
currently completing two book-length studies, one on vitalism and another on William
Blake and aesthetics.
MANDY MERCK is Professor of Media Arts. She is a former editor of the film and
television journal Screen and series editor of Channel 4’s pioneering lesbian and gay
programme Out on Tuesday. Her books include Hollywood’s American Tragedies
(Berg, 2007), America First: Naming the Nation in US Film (Routledge, 2007), The
Art of Tracey Emin (co-edited with Chris Townsend, Thames & Hudson, 2007), In
Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies (New York University Press, 2000), Coming Out of
Feminism? (co-edited with Naomi Segal and Elizabeth Wright, Blackwell, 1998),
After Diana (Verso, 1998) and Perversions: Deviant Readings (Virago/ Routledge,
1993). Her next book, co-edited with Stella Sandford, is Further Adventures of The
Dialectic of Sex: The Work of Shulamith Firestone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

The conference will bring together scholars working in the broad area of gender and
difference, across a wide range of social and cultural texts and practices. It will
feature research by faculty and graduate students working in critical and cultural
theory, literature, film studies, sociology and other relevant fields. We will discuss
cuttting edge research that addresses the various ways in which differences of all
kinds — ranging from ethnic, racialised and religious differences to location, time
period, class and sexual orientation — complexify the analysis of gender and gender
politics. Proposals are welcome from all relevant academic disciplines and theoretical
frameworks, covering any historical period.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in the on-line journals
Gender Forum and Assuming Gender

Prospective speakers are invited to submit a 500 word proposal along with a short CV
to the conference organizers at: by 28 February 2010.
         Bad Taste in Anglo-Saxon Popular Culture

     GRAAT, Université Francois-Rabelais of Tours

                                 June 3-4, 2010

                        (Due: February 28, 2010)

Taste as a socio-cultural, aesthetic, sociological, economic, and anthropological
concept implies distinguishing, evaluating and judging, and also establishes
boundaries between styles. Judging what is good or bad taste is about drawing
distinctions, and in the philosophical aesthetic tradition it pertains to a universal
attitude which is impossible to prove and which takes for granted the existence of a
sensus communis, or common understanding. For Kant, “the judgement of taste is not
founded on concepts, and is in no way a cognition, but only an aesthetic judgement”
(Critique of Judgement). On the contrary, Pierre Bourdieu highlighted the sociological
meaning of taste, stating that the legitimate taste of society is the taste of the ruling
class (Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste). Thus, what does not
live up to the norms of the elite and which fails to recognize their criteria of
distinction can be qualified as bad taste.

If bad taste is generally seen as an error, deliberately employing it can also be seen as
defying or questioning social, aesthetic or ethical norms. By putting itself on display it
becomes a provocation or challenge to the dominant ideology and also to the
consensual values. Ironically, ostentatious, exhilarating deviance would then be
created by a new elite. For Baudelaire, “What is intoxicating in bad taste is the
aristocratic pleasure of giving offense” (Fusées).

The goal of the conference is to examine the notion of bad taste from a
multidisciplinary perspective: literary analysis, film analysis, television, civilization,
history and the history of ideas, sociology, economics, political science,
communication and media studies. The papers can be theoretical or can present
concrete case studies. They can deal with any or all of the fields which pertain to
popular culture in the Anglophone world. The aim is to question how knowledge and
practices are learned in order to extend the definition of cultural studies beyond a
strict disciplinary approach.
Here are a few indications of the way in which bad taste might be approached:
* The aesthetic, ethical, political, economic, sociological standards which according
to popular culture define the limits between good and bad taste and which define the
incongruous, the out-of-place, the illegitimate, the discordant and the inappropriate in
relation to an imposed standard;

* The use of bad taste, its expression and its appearance in Anglo-Saxon popular
culture (indecency, vulgarity, violence, obscenity, camp, kitsch, trash culture);

* The appropriation of bad taste and the emergence of a strategy or an aesthetic of bad
taste: the desire to shock, to clash with decorum, and to challenge decency; parody at
its most outrageous;

* Using bad taste for transgressive or subversive purposes—popular culture, or the
creation of a counter-discourse and a counter-culture.

Papers should be twenty-five minutes long and should preferably be in English. A
selected number of papers will be published in one of the GRAAT online publications
( in December 2010.

Proposals should be around 200 words accompanied by a brief CV of the author and
should be sent to both

Priscilla Morin ( and Sébastien Salbayre
( by February 28, 2010.
                        [Update] Urban Gothic:

                  Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces

                                April 24, 2010

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces
A one-day conference at
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
24 April 2010

Keynote speakers include Professor Sue Zlosnik (MMU), Dr Ben Highmore (Sussex)
and the artist Gerry Gapinski.

This conference takes the specificity of urban ‘phantasmogenetic centres’ as an
organizing principle, aiming to explore particular representations of urban gothic in
literature, film, television and graphic novels. We invite abstracts for 20-minute
papers focusing on identifying, untangling or savouring gothic elements in literary,
cinematic and graphic representations of particular cities, both past and present.

Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Globalised cities, global Gothic
- Urban underworlds
- The labyrinthine city
- Gothic cartographies
- Gothic flâneurs/flâneuses
- Regional cities, regional Gothic
- Nineteenth-century urban Gothic
- The city as prison
- Paranoia in urban environments
- Haunted cities
- Monstrous cities
- Urban vampires
- Urban temporalities and nostalgia
- Vidler’s architecture of the uncanny
- Tortured narrative and tangled streets
- Uncanny repetition in urban space
- Political subversion in urban gothic

Please send your abstracts to Ben Brabon and Sara Wasson at by 1 March 2010
                New Approaches to Richard Yates

                                  June 5, 2010

                          (Due: March 15, 2010)

Goldsmiths College, University of London
5th June 2010

Recent years have seen a rediscovery of American novelist and short story writer
Richard Yates (1926-1992), both within academia and among the reading public. His
books are back in print, Blake Bailey has written an acclaimed biography of the
author, and a Hollywood adaptation of Yates’ first novel, Revolutionary Road,
starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, have raised his profile.

The critical consensus during Yates’ lifetime largely cast him as an anachronism, an
old-fashioned realist operating during a time of radical experimentation in American
literature. This one-day conference seeks to expand the field of critical engagement
with Yates, to look beyond a limiting realist framework while acknowledging the
strong representational impulse governing his work.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Yates and (post-)modernism
Yates in/and Hollywood
Yates and gender
The creative writing industry and the workshop system
Adapting Yates for the screen
Fiction as/and autobiography
Yates and work
Intertextuality and representation
Yates and the social
Yates and his contemporaries
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers not exceeding 20 minutes should be
submitted by 15th March 2010 to the organisers at . Please include
the title of your paper, your name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and any AV
requirements. Attendance and participation are free.
                Carmen Martín Gaite 10 years on:

             Revisiting her textual and visual legacy

                           December 10-11, 2010

                           (Due: March 22, 2010)

Conference to be held in London, 10-11 December 2010

Co-organizers: Dr Maria-José Blanco and Dr Jessamy Harvey

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS, Birkbeck) and
the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW, Institute of
Germanic and Romance Studies) are to collaborate on a two day conference hosted by
the IGRS, Stewart House, London, focusing on the textual and visual output of
Spanish writer Carmen Martín Gaite (1925-2000) on the 10th anniversary of her death.
A multifaceted cultural producer, Martín Gaite was the author of novels, children’s
fiction, short stories, and poetry, as well as a scriptwriter, translator, essayist, historian
and collage artist. Her work, particularly the novels, have long been the focus of
academic study in Anglo-American and European universities, and in the last few
years scholars have begun to focus on the most ignored aspects of her work resulting
in a growing number of critical publications.

The aim of this conference is to bring all participants into a dialogue about the ways
in which our perceptions of the author have changed in the last decade not only with
the emergence of posthumous work, which invites a review of past scholarship, but
also given the increased importance of visual studies within Hispanism.

The first day of the conference will focus on the visual aspects of Martín Gaite’s work,
while the second day will focus on the written work and especially in the author’s
manuscripts which both José Teruel and Maria Vittoria Calvi, two of our key note
speakers, have helped with their publication.
The main conference themes are, among others:
- the images of America in Martín Gaite’s work
- the transformation of the written word into visual media
- the reinterpretation of the author’s legacy
- the interplay between public and private persona
- the comparison of her children’s literature with that of other European women

There will be a series of panels focussing on the visual and the written work, such as:
- Screen adaptations: Visualizing the textual
- Posthumous manuscripts: Opening the past
- Revisiting the textual legacy

In addition, there will be two round tables:
- Carmen Martín Gaite’s Visión de Nueva York (2005) and collage art
- Children’s literature in Europe: Carmen Martín Gaite and other women writers for

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any of the above topics, or others
relevant to the overall theme of the conference. In addition, we are also inviting 10
minute papers for the roundtables. The latter need not be from specialists on Martín
Gaite, but must be relevant to either collage art, visions of New York, or children’s
literature in order to open up the debate. Deadline for proposals (300 words max.): 22
March 2010.

Please email the conference organisers Maria-José Blanco and Jessamy Harvey at
                 Reclamation and representation:

             The boundaries of the literary archive

                              October 2-3, 2010

                           (Due: April 30, 2010)

“Even scholars who are able to globetrot from collection to collection end up relying
heavily upon their inadequate memories, notes, photocopies, and photographs to
compensate for the distances in time and space between collections. Seeing the
original prints, paintings, manuscripts, and typographical works is good in itself; but
seeing them in fine, trustworthy reproductions, in context and relation to one another
is the scholarly ideal. Difficulty of access to original and reliance on inadequate
reproductions has handicapped and distorted even the best efforts... the result has all
too frequently been distortions of the record, misconstructions, and the waste of
considerable scholarly labor.”

(Joseph Viscom 2002)

Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Prof. Helen Taylor (University of Exeter)
Dr Wim Van Mierlo (University of London)

This two day event explores issues of reclamation and representation within literary
archive. The event seeks to foreground original archival research into literary legacies
and the processes of authorial representation through research. Our main objective is
to explore the unique methodological challenges and questions that arise from
archival investigation, and how research working with the varied archival materials
can both reclaim and re-cast authorial personas and scholarly interpretations of their

The event will include sessions that use some of the literary papers held in the
University of Exeter’s Special Collections as a way of highlighting issues in archival
research. Exeter’s collections are particularly rich in archival sources on writers of the
South West region—such as Ted Hughes, Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, John
Betjeman, Henry Williamson, and TS Eliot—BUT we welcome papers exploring
questions which have wider application in archival research.

Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes are invited. Possible topics might

The challenges of recreating the draft in scholarly writing-- re-representing an
author’s works from archival sources
The negotiation of biographical and textual difficulties and their impact upon how
writers are known
Questions of authority surrounding pre-texts and printed texts, and the interface
between them
The impact of ‘anecdotal’ archival material and evidence upon the shaping of literary
Reconstituting ‘the canon’ in the reclamation of lost authors
The location of newly discovered manuscripts within intertextual critical networks
and literary histories-e.g. Issues of theoretical conflict between the decentring of the
author and the recovering of writers within theories of race / gender / colonialism etc.
The search for authorial ‘presence’ in the archive in attempts to reconstruct
biographical histories
The ‘fetishism of the document’ in archival studies
Archival silences
The details of archival acquisition and its impact upon authorial representation
Questions of copyright issues and their shaping of authorial scholarship and/or
authorial representation
The impact of archival restrictions upon research and scholarship
The development of digital archives and their influence upon literary scholarship
Ownership of archives—what effect do issues such as archival location, / corporation
funding have on the type of scholarship on particular literary figures and their

We particularly invite papers on writers with connections to the South West, although
all contributions are welcome.
Please submit 200-300 word abstracts, including a short biographical note, to Lisa
Stead ( or Carrie Smith ( Deadline for
submissions: 30th April 2010


                              October 7-8, 2010

                           (Due: April 30, 2010)

Hybridity: forms and figures in literature and the visual arts.

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
7-8 October 2010

The aim of this conference is to focus on the notion of hybridity, and to form a critical
assessment of its scope and role in literature and the visual arts. The concept of
hybridity is particularly widespread in the English-speaking sphere (Great Britain,
North America, and the post-colonial world), but it is also relevant in the context of
literatures in French, Spanish and Portuguese (from Latin America and the Caribbean
in particular): as a result, papers may focus on literary and artistic work in English,
but also in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Over the last two decades, the concept of hybridity has been the focus of a number of
debates and given rise to many publications. The term, which is often discussed in
connection with such notions as métissage (or “mestizaje”), creolization, syncretism,
diaspora and transculturation, has become a buzzword, and it at times used carelessly
to describe a disparate body of subjects in widely differing domains. The conference
will seek to avoid on the one hand those broad-brush definitions which may lead to a
proliferation of meanings and the trivialising of the concept, and on the other, any
tendency to essentialize it. We propose to examine the development and various
manifestations of the concept as a principle held in contempt by the partisans of racial
purity, a process enthusiastically promoted by adepts of mixing and syncretism, but
also as a notion viewed with suspicion by those who decry its multifarious and
triumphalist dimensions and its lack of political roots. These three general stances
have given rise to theoretical developments as well as to literary and artistic creations
which this conference will focus on.
The word hybridity has its origins in biology and botany where it designates a
crossing between two species by cross pollination that gives birth to a third species. In
Victorian period, when different races were identified with species, but also in the
essentialist colonial and national discourses that defended a myth of purity, the
concept of hybridity found itself the subject of attacks tarnished with racial and racist
connotations. We could thus consider in which ways the question of hybridity may
confer a political and ethical dimension on literary and artistic works. At the
instigation of Homi Bhabha (who was himself inspired by writers such as Salman
Rushdie or Toni Morrison), but also in the work of Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall or James
Clifford, postcolonial theory adopted the idea of hybridity to designate the
transcultural forms that resulted from linguistic, political or ethnic intermixing, and to
challenge the existing binarisms and symmetries (East/West, black/white,
coloniser/colonised, majority/minority, self/other, interior/exterior...). Hybridity thus
stands in opposition to the myth of purity and racial and cultural authenticity, of fixed
and essentialist identity, embraces blending, combining, syncretism and encourages
the composite, the impure, the heterogeneous and the eclectic. It presents itself as an
alternative discourse that subverts the very idea of a dominant culture and a unique
canon, and invites a re-examination of power structures. The concept is intrinsically
linked to the notion of identity, in particular for multi-cultural individuals, migrants
and diasporic communities, but it is also related to the issue of languages (via the
phenomena of creolization) and of mixtures of cultures and traditions. The conference
could analyse the ways in which literary and artistic works represent those people of
multiple identities and mixed origins who experience their hybridity with more or less
serenity and whom society welcomes with varying degrees of benevolence. We could
also examine how the modes of writing themselves are affected or not by
inter-cultural processes: language may be transformed and become hybrid, while in
other cases, writers employ a variety of strategies to find their place within the
“dominant” language.

Lastly, this conference will enable us to examine to what extent the issues and the
forms of hybridity have been able to evolve over time: can we, should we, consider
the concept of hybridity differently according to whether we analyse
nineteenth-century African-American literature, contemporary Hispano-American
literature or the post-colonial literatures of a globalised world? In a world where the
notion of borders and national identity are constantly being redefined, certain
commentators have indeed seen hybridity as a cultural effect of globalisation (a
concept which is itself protean). We may reflect on the meanings of the word
hybridity in a globalised world that tends to erase differences and local inscriptions,
but in which particularisms and parochialism are insidiously gaining headway,
notably through a return to identity and sectarianism and/or religious fundamentalism
that insists on the unicity, the purity and the integrity of identities and cultivates
endogamy and the rejection of the Other.

Organisation committee:
Professor Vanessa Guignery, ENS de Lyon,
Professor Catherine Pesso-Miquel, Université Lyon 2,
rofessor François Specq, ENS de Lyon,
Conference organised with the support of the LIRE research group (UMR 5611)

Proposals for papers (title and a 150-200 word summary) should be sent to Vanessa
Guignery, Catherine Pesso-Miquel and François Specq simultaneously, by email
before April 30th 2010.
Papers may be in English or French.
 Conference on 'Cultures of Correspondence in Early

       Modern Britain, 1550-1640', Uni of Plymouth

                               April 14-16, 2011

                             (Due: July 1, 2010)

A Joint Conference organised by the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing
Arts at the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the
University of Aberdeen

To be held at the University of Plymouth, 14-16 April 2011

This conference investigates the cultural uses of the letter, and the related practises of
correspondence in early modern culture. Concentrating on the years 1550-1640, it
examines a crucial period in the development of the English vernacular letter that saw
a significant extension of letter-writing skills throughout society and an expansion in
the uses to which letters were put. The conference aims to enhance our understanding
of epistolary culture and to challenge accepted models of epistolarity through the
study of letter-writing practices in all their nuanced complexity, ranging from the
textual production of letters, their subsequent delivery and circulation, to the various
ways in which letters were read and preserved for posterity. The transmission and
reception of correspondence is a major theme for exploration, from the various
processes by which letters were delivered in an age before the post office, to their
copying and dissemination in manuscript form, and publication in print, as well as the
oral divulgation of letters through group and public reading. Study of the early
modern letter in its material and cultural forms can reveal the complex interplay of
material practices of letter-writing with rhetorical strategies of the letter text.
Contemporary literary appropriations of the letter on page and stage demonstrate the
cultural significance of the letter and its potential resonances.

Proposals are invited for papers that treat the following key areas:
• The materiality of the letter: the physicality of correspondence (paper, ink, seals,
folding) as well as the social context of epistolarity (composition, delivery, reading,
• Correspondence networks; the circulation of letters; postal systems and modes of
• Letters, news and intelligence
• Authenticity, deception and surveillance: forgeries, secrecy, ciphers and codes
• Women’s letters and the gendered nature of letter-writing
• Epistolary literacies, social hierarchies and the acquisition and diffusion of
letter-writing skills
• Manuscript letters and letters in print
• The letter as a cultural genre and the rhetorics of letter-writing
• Humanistic letter-writing practices and the familiar letter; letter-writing manuals and
models; education, pedagogy and learning to write letters
• Categories or types of letters: suitors’ letters, letters of petition, love letters, letters of
• Genres of printed letters: prefatory letters, dedicatory letters, address to the readers
• Staging the letter: letters and letter-writing in drama
• Editing and the digitization of correspondence

Proposals for papers, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words)
should be sent to James Daybell ( and Andrew
Gordon ( before 1st July 2010.

Confirmed Speakers Include
Alan Stewart (Columbia University)
Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)
Gary Schneider (University of Texas, Pan American)

The Organisers
James Daybell is Reader in Early Modern British History at the University of
Plymouth. His publications include Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (Oxford,
2006), three collections of essays, Women and Politics in Early Modern England,
1450-1700 (Ashgate, 2004), Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing, 1450-1700
(Palgrave, 2001) and Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social
Practices, 1580-1730 (Palgrave, 2010) and more than twenty articles and essays in
journals and edited collections. Dr Daybell is currently completing a monograph
entitled, The Material Letter: The Practices and Culture of Letters and Letter-Writing
in Early Modern England (Palgrave 2011)
Andrew Gordon is Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the
University of Aberdeen, and Programme Co-ordinator of the Department of English.
He has published articles on various aspects of urban culture in the renaissance from
city mapping to the urban signboard, and co-edited (with Bernhard Klein) Literature,
Mapping and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge, 2001) and
(with Trevor Stack) a special issue of Citizenship Studies (2007) devoted to early
modern concepts of citizenship. A monograph entitled Writing the City is
forthcoming. His work on manuscript culture has focused principally on letter-writing
and included articles on Francis Bacon, the earl of Essex, John Donne, and early
modern libels.

For further details please email:, or
             Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies
                          University of London

                               22-23 October 2010
                               (Due: June 1, 2010)
Almost all modern dictators are the subject of personality cults that are highly
organised even if they often also rest on spontaneous contributions. By creating a
narrative of exceptionality around an individual they harness support and help
consolidate a regime. The forms cults take depend on national traditions and histories,
patterns of gender relations, and the existence or otherwise of an articulated civil
society. In this sense, they are cultural as much as political phenomena. The highly
specific nature of each cult means that comparative work is rare. The aim of this
conference is to compare different aspects of many cults of personality, and, by so
doing, raise new hypotheses of research and lay the foundations for new potential
interdisciplinary collaborations.

Keynote addresses will be delivered on some of the key precursors of twentieth
century dictators: Maria Wyke (University College, London) on Julius Caesar and
his legacies, Sudhir Hazareesingh (Balliol College, Oxford) on the legend of
Napoleon, and Lucy Riall (Birkbeck College, London) on Garibaldi.

This conference will be held as the final event of the AHRC research project ‘The
Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians 1918 - 2005’.

Among the themes that will be explored at the conference are the following:

Dictators and their publics

Dictators, architecture and the visual arts

Dictators and the mass media

Life and death narratives of dictators

Dictators’ bodies and private lives

Masculinity and dictatorship

Dictators and religion
Dictators’ costumes

Dictators in popular memory

Dictators in film and literature

Dictators, power and constitutions

Proposals for papers of twenty minutes are invited on European, Central and South
American, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian dictators. Contributions are welcomed
from historians, political scientists, sociologists, specialists in film, literature,
photography and the press, as well as scholars with an interest in gender, performance
and leadership. Papers may treat aspects of one or more personality cults.

Proposals should be between 300 and 500 words long and should indicate the
institution of the speaker and his or her academic position (eg. Professor, Lecturer,
PhD candidate etc.).

Offers of papers should be sent by 1 June 2010 to one of the organisers:

Christopher Duggan (
Stephen Gundle (
Giuliana Pieri (
Journals and Collections of Essays:

     Controlling Birth: The Politics of Pregnancy in

       American Culture--Proposed Special Session

                                   2011 MLA

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

The term “birth control” typically refers to the various technological and behavioral
mechanisms intimate couples use to prevent or limit progeny. This panel seeks papers
that broaden this term to encompass the myriad ways that society engages in
controlling birth. Despite the prevalent view of reproduction as an intensely intimate
and personal decision, how and when couples have been able to limit or prevent
reproduction have been greatly influenced by larger political concerns—debates over
women’s roles in society, sexual agency, and sexual desire; eugenically-motivated
historical narratives of “excess” reproduction and “race suicide;” and conflicts within
the scientific and biomedical discourses of the body, pregnancy, childbirth and the
professionalization of obstetrics.

Please send a 250-500 word abstract and a brief C.V. to Ginny Engholm
( by 1 March 2010.
        Narrating Lives and Creating Communities

                       in Early Modern Writing

              (Special session, 2011 MLA, Jan 6-9)

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

In accordance with the 2011 MLA Presidential Theme, "Narrating Lives," papers are
invited that consider how reflections on one’s life (self, body, consciousness) act to
create, maintain, or disrupt communities (local, family, confessional, national,
international, etc.).
Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
-Paradigms of exclusion and exclusion
-Modes of intersubjectivity
-Expressions of socio-political affinity via corporeal metaphors, medical discourse,
narratives of health and disease
-Politics of representation
-Literary production and community
-Narrative and phenomenology
-Representing violence
-Narrating historical change
-Devotional writing
-Gender and community
-Utopian visions
-Competing translations
-Religion and imagined communities
-Narrating persecution
-Travel writing
Email papers or 1 page abstracts by March 1st, 2010.
                         Recent Animated Films

                           (Due: March 1, 2010)

Jura Gentium Cinema
The journal “Jura Gentium Cinema” ( is seeking articles
(between 4000 and 5000 words) for a special dossier on recent animated films. The
overarching goal of the dossier will be to analyze recent animated films through the
lens of the following themes: the relationship between the individual self and a global
society ("Up"; "WALL-E"; "The Incredibles"; "Fantastic Mr. Fox");
environmentalism ("WALL-E"; "Cars"; "Up"); gender and the structuring
presence/absence of female protagonists, and/or the quality and kind of female
protagonists, in animated films ("Coraline" and/or the absence of female characters as
central protagonists in Pixar films); representation of war and inter-cultural conflict in
animation ("9"; "Fantastic Mr. Fox"); or another topic on recent animated features that
is closely related to the above.

The article should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive; that is, the
writer should find some value in the work, even if themes in the film prove

Please contact Steven Rybin ( with a 150-word abstract.
Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2010. Deadline for final submissions: April 15, 2010.

Jura Gentium Cinema
                 Storytelling and Fortune-Telling

                         (Due: March 1, 2010)

Please submit 200-word abstracts addressing the narrative conflict between foreseers
and other characters in film, television, and contemporary literature for a special
session to be held at the MLA 2011 Convention in Los Angeles.
Contact email:
                  "Narrating Lives behind Bars"

         MLA 2011 Los Angeles January 6-9, 2011.

                           (Due: March 1, 2010)

Modern Language Association
Narrating Lives behind Bars
Special Session at MLA 2011
in Los Angeles January 6-9, 2011.

Why write from or about prison? How do narratives of incarceration and torture
inform notions of justice, liberty, and rights?

Especially welcome would be theoretical analyses of prison literature , of the
conditions for writing prison narratives, and of the rhetoric of prisons writing.

Send all queries to Jonathan Abel at Abstracts of 500 words
by March 1st.
          Special Issue, Journal of Boyhood Studies

                          (Due: March 1, 2010)

Papers wanted for a special issue of Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, “Boyhood
on Film.” We are not interested in reviews of specific films per se, but in historical,
cultural, literary, and sociological analyses of how boys, both preteen and adolescent,
have been portrayed in film. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome. We are
particularly interested in papers that acknowledge and address differences in race,
class, nationality, and sexual orientation. Papers should be between 3500 and 4000
words and use APA style. Possible topics might include:

Boys and their Fathers in Film
Race, Class, and Boyhood
The Schoolboy’s Tale
Boys and Aliens
Civilizing the Feral Child
The Demonic Child
The Gay Bildungsroman
The Disneyfication of Boyhood
The Boy-Man

Submit an abstract and a cv or the complete manuscript to Dr. Jeffery Dennis, The submission deadline is March 1, 2010. Final versions of
accepted manuscripts will be due by August 1, 2010.
                      DEADLINE EXTENDED:

“Bodies of Knowledge: Anatomy, Complexity and the

    Invention of Organizational Systems, 1500-1850”

                           (Due: March 1, 2010)


We are seeking proposals for a collection of essays that will explore the many ways in
which early modern understandings of the body created a new paradigm for the
theoretical/artificial organization of human knowledge in the sciences, philosophy,
logic, literature and the arts.
Abstracts should be 250 words in length. They must communicate a clear connection
to the central theme of this collection. To be considered for publication, proposals
should be sent to: The deadline for submitting abstracts is
March 1, 2010.
Call for Papers: “Bodies of Knowledge: Anatomy, Complexity and the Invention of
Organizational Systems, 1500-1850”
Beginning with the remarkable work of Andreas Vesalius (1543), anatomists sought
to create new narrative arrangements that mimicked the internal organization of the
body. In the years following the publication of Vesalius’ De fabrica, it became clear
that the systematic arrangement of anatomical narratives provided an opportunity for
examining a variety of topics across many disciplines. As a result, many authors
adopted the anatomy as a means of describing/mapping the structural particulars of
nearly every imaginable subject. In an attempt to assign meaningful connections to
the seemingly discrete phenomena of the ‘rational’ cosmos, scientists, philosophers
and artists looked to the human body as an organizational reference, citing the internal
structure of the human body as a prime example of an integrated system. The body,
they argued, was an enclosed space (delineated by the flesh), making the investigation
of its inner structure relatively straightforward. What they discovered inside the
human body, however, was a degree of complexity previously unsuspected. In the
attempt to arrange distinct parts/organs of the body into groups according to their
specialized, collaborative functions, anatomists exposed the limitations of traditional
modes of scientific narration. Faced with mounting complexities, they tried to
describe the human body as an order of simple and distinct parts that could be
arranged into increasingly compounded configurations (systems). Taken together,
these systems contributed to the integrity (interrelatedness) of the physical whole.
To give an account of such complex, trans-spatial associations required the
development of new forms of scientific description: cross-referenced, digressive
narratives that could accommodate the non-linear arrangements of systematic
embodiment. Anatomists sought to explain the body’s inner structure by
dividing/dissecting it (both abstractly and physically) into distinct parts and by
creating ‘textual maps’ of the coherences of “Structure,” “Action,” and “Use” that
they discovered between individual components (Mikrokosmografia 1615). In short,
systematic organization resulted from efforts to arrange internal organs according to
the ‘physical logic’ of structural and functional relation.
With the concurrent rise of anatomical and mathematical science in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries, understandings of the divisibility of matter––theoretical and
actual––arrived at a kind of observational and experimental depth, conceived most
often in terms of mathematically divisible space. Quite naturally, the intellectual
dissection and mapping of human knowledge followed in the wake of these
advancements. The resulting shift toward systematic arrangements of information
(esprit de système) took shape in the organizational schemes of such important
characters as Bacon, Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, and Bayle. By the late eighteenth
and early nineteenth centuries (particularly in the works of Chambers, d’Alembert,
Condorcet, Linnaeus, Erasmus Darwin, and Lamarck, among others), the narrative
logics of systematic organization dominated the various approaches employed by
philosophers and scientists to arrange the scattered contents of the universe in a single,
unified, branching system––thereby giving rise to the construction of a body of
knowledge by functional (rather than syllogistic) relation, changing radically the way
that we think about the universe and human understanding.
For the purposes of this collection, we seek essays that consider the influence of
anatomical science and/or early modern theories of the body on the ‘artificial’
organization of knowledge and the world (1500-1850). We are mindful of opening
this discussion to include emerging Atlantic considerations, including the application
of systematic organization to ‘New World’ contexts. We are eager to entertain
abstracts that explore the manner in which colonization of the Americas, Africa, and
the Caribbean was influenced by emerging organizational systems (taxonomies of
knowledge) in Europe. In addition to the themes listed above, proposals should cover
a broad range of topics, from an expansive list of disciplines:
• The body as a central reference for the theoretical construction of Scientific
Materialism between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
• Body as an Organizational Metaphor
• Encyclopedism and the Body of Knowledge
• Bodily Systems, Systematic Classification and the Evolution of Species
• Complexity, Logic and ‘Systematic’ Arrangements of Knowledge
• Body as a cartographic metaphor / Cartography as a metaphor of the body
• Atlantic Circulation as a metaphor of Systematic Unity
• The Classification of Bodies in the ‘New World’
• The Influence of Taxonomies on Artistic Representation
• Politics of the Body/Body Politics in the Enlightenment
• Comparative Anatomies and the Categorization/Hierarchy of Knowledge
Keywords & Key Phrases:
Body/Bodies of Knowledge
Spatial Organization [of Knowledge]
Physical Logic/Logic of Physicality
Aesthetics of System
Textual Mapping
Artistic Representations of the Body
Important Figures (include, but are not limited to):
Andreas Vesalius
Leon Battista Alberti
Albrecht Dürer
Piero della Francesca
Helkiah Crooke
Leonardo da Vinci
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
Peter Ramus
René Descartes
Baruch Spinoza
Francis Bacon
Rembrandt van Rijn
Frans Hals
Thomas Hobbes
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Isaac Newton
Bernard de Mandeville
Pierre Bayle
Ephraim Chambers
Julien Offray de La Mettrie
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
Jean-Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet
Jean le Rond d’Alembert
Denis Diderot
Carl Linneaus
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Erasmus Darwin
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
Charles Darwin
  Urban Perspectives –Literature of and for the City

           MLA ’11, South Dakota State University

                           (Due: March 2, 2010)
Among the more manifest changes of globalization is the recent watershed shift in the
planet’s population. A world once predominantly rural has become, in the new
millennium, predominantly urban, and estimates suggest that the so-called “global
countryside” will enter an extended period of decline over the next half-century.
This College English Association (CEA)-sponsored MLA panel proposes to
interrogate the implications of the “urban turn” for literary professionals. A recent
volume of *PMLA* has suggested the continued relevance – both in- and outside the
academy – of the city in literature. Some ten years into a new urban order, however,
there has yet to appear a more comprehensive account of how a world always already
urban will impinge upon the reading, teaching, and writing of literature. It is the
purpose of this panel to initiate such an account. Possible topics might include (but
are by no means limited to) the following:
• The city in literature
• Urban Pedagogies: teaching the city in literature, teaching literature in the city
• City as Text
• Inner-city English
• Metropolitan print
• Urban literary modernity
• Urban reception theory
• Urban gender studies
• City vs. Country
• Rural resistance
• Urban “others”
• Metropolitan, cosmopolitan
Proposals not exceeding 350 words, and accompanied by a current cv, may be sent by
March 2 to:
David Faflik
Assistant Professor, English Department
South Dakota State University
      Document/Anti-Document in Asian/American

  Photography (Special Session proposal, 2011 MLA)

                         (Due: March: 2, 2010)
We seek papers about Asian/American art photography that explore the documentary
function, which has all but defined photography from its inception, and interrogate the
photograph’s long-established function as a document of the “real” in the context of
Asian American politics. Accordingly, for artists such as An-My Lê, Dinh Q. Lê,
Nikki S. Lee, and Patrick Nagatani, photographic images are more made than found,
and photography becomes a dynamic artistic medium rather than an act of recording
the object world. In such artists, we are interested in the ways in which photographic
aesthetics intersects with Asian American social issues, and in how photography
becomes a mode of critical interrogation, beyond the paces of documentary social
realism. Our definition of photography is broad to include over overlapping artistic
forms, such as literature, performance, film, and theatre so long as photography
functions centrally in these other media. Papers might consider some of the following
questions: how do photographic images reflect and comment upon the ways in which
race is visualized? How do they shape or re-shape racial form? How do the more
recent images come into conversation with the documentary tradition of Asian
American photographic history (e.g. Japanese interment photography, images of
Asian American railroad laborers, picture brides, etc.)? How do these images figure
acts of looking and witnessing, what it means to see? How do these images imagine
themselves in archival terms? In historical terms?

Please email 250-word abstracts by 2 March 2010 to:
Joseph Jonghyun Jeon ( or Warren Liu
           Aesthetics of New Literatures in English

                          (Due: March 5, 2010)

Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Rupkatha journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (ISSN 0975-2935)
invites articles, creative works and book reviewes on New Literatures English for
Volume 2, Issue 2. Articles should focus specifically on the aesthetic aspects of the
genres, author/s or/and particular works and should not hold on to the political
theories unnecessarily.
For submission of critical writings, please send:
• Completed article (3000-5000 words)
• Abstract (100-200 words)
• 3 to 5 Keywords
• Brief/detailed CV
For submission of creative works, please send:
• Analytical Description of Works (2000-3000 words)
• Maximum 5 images in JPG format, at least 800 pixels wide or tall.
• Abstract (100 words)
• 3 to 5 Keywords
• Brief CV
We may be also contacted for Book Review. However, it is essential that we are sent
a copy of the book by the publisher or author.
Website address:
Visit to know more about the journal and the submission process:
Please send submissions and queries to:
   Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence of

             Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures

                          (Due: March 5, 2010)

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions until
March 5 for its second issue, themed “Bridges and Borders: Exploring the Confluence
of Languages, Disciplines, and Cultures.”

Bridges are frequently built up and torn down, and borders often change. The
boundaries between people, places and things blur and break. This happens with
governments, but it is equally true in literature and rhetoric. Authors frequently
challenge our notions of what is acceptable, they point out our close-mindedness, and
they show us new paths.

The biannual journal, which is a collaboration between University of Texas at
Brownsville graduate English students and the UTB English Department, also accepts
a small number of poetry and creative prose submissions. Papers not connected to the
theme will be considered, but those that follow the theme have the best chance to be

Scholarly papers can include topics in literature written in English, rhetoric and
composition, and literary theory. These should not exceed 8,000 words and should be
formatted according to the latest MLA style guide. There is no limit to the number of
poems that may be submitted, but the total number of lines cannot exceed 100. We
accept short fiction up to 1,500 words, flash fiction up to 800 words, and creative
non-fiction up to 2,000 words.

Deadline for submissions is March 5. If you have any other questions or wish to make
a submission (as a Microsoft Word attachment), please e-mail Editor Andrew Keese
at For more information and for
submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website at
           Aesthetics of New Literatures in English

                           (Due: March 5, 2010)

Rupkatha journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (ISSN 0975-2935)
invites articles and book reviews on Aesthetics of New Literatures English for
Volume 2, Number 2. The focus of the issue will be an exploration of the aesthetic
(NOT political) aspects of particular authors, particular texts, trends, genres and/or
tradition. We are also interested in articles that explain their relation/difference with
British literary/linguistic traditions. Please find the broader areas for discussion

• English Writings in the Indian subcontinent
• Caribbean Literature
• African Literature in English
• Australian Literature
• Literature of New Zealand
• Chicano Writings
• Canadian Literature
• Literatures produced in English in other countries

Please note that we are open to the suggestion of inclusion of any topic relating to the
For submission of critical writings, please send:

• Completed article (3000-5000 words)
• Abstract (100-200 words)
• 3 to 5 Keywords
• Brief/detailed CV
For submission of creative works, please send:
• Analytical Description of Works (2000-3000 words)
• Maximum 5 images in JPG format, at least 800 pixels wide or tall.
• Abstract (100 words)
• 3 to 5 Keywords
• Brief CV
We may be also contacted for Book Review. However, it is essential that we are sent
a copy of the book by the publisher or author.

Website address:

Visit to know more about the journal and the submission process:

Please send submissions and queries to:
             CFO Ol3Media - New Issue: Musical!

                           (Due: March 7, 2010)

In these past years the musical genre has once again gained momentum and come
back into the spotlight thanks to very successful projects. Be it cinema, theatre or TV,
or even the web, singing and dancing are the new rallying cry. The influence of this
genre on the media landscape can’t be ignored.

The next Ol3Media issue seeks brief papers that can be the springboard for reflections
on this topic regarding sundry productions, and about both those shows that are
“pure” musicals and those that use some of the elements of the genre.

Possible suggestions (but proposals on other topics are welcome):

- Musical and cult (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rent, Hairspray, The Producers,
Pinocchio, Notre Dame de Paris, Menopausa, Les Misérables…);
- Musical Films (Grease, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Nine, Moulin
Rouge, Fame, The Grinch, South Park, Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd…);
- TV as musical: specific episodes and “dedicated” shows (Glee, Fame, The Singing
Detective, Blackpool, Viva Laughlin, Buffy, Scrubs, Oz, That 70s Show, Xena, Flight
of the Conchords, Ally McBeal, Paso Adelante, Patito Feo, Cop Rock, One life to
live… );
- The successes of the web (Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Prop 8…)

The essays must be brief reflections aiming to be thought-provoking on several issues:
tropes, themes, audience, diffusion on the web, authorial style, connection to tradition,
interweave between the different media.

The chosen essays will be published on the next issue of Ol3Media online around the
half of June 2010. Proposals, along with a brief biography of the author (5/6 lines),
must be submitted by March 7th, 2010, while the accepted essays must be completed
by April 20th (if in English) or by May 15th (if in Italian) for the necessary editing.
The length of the essays must be around 2000 words. Hyperlinks to other sites, videos
and pictures are welcome. JPG images of maximum 200 kb can be sent to be inserted
in the essay. Further notes might be given to the authors of the chosen essays.

For information and for sending proposals: and

Ol3Media is the online journal of Cinema, Television and Media Studies of the
“Master Cine&Tv”, Università Roma Tre:
                                SCMLA 2010

         Session on Biography and Autobiography

                         (Due: March 10, 2010)

South Central Modern Language Association

Title of session: Seeing Ourselves Anew--The Changing Form of Biography and

Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.

Deadline for submissions: 10 Mar. 2010

Would St. Augustine make his confessions on Jerry Springer? Would Ben Franklin
use Facebook? In 2006, Time magazine recognized “You” as person of the year. With
the pervasive influence of social networking, youtube, etc., the perception of the
first-person ("I") and second-person identifiers ("You") has changed significantly. As
our technological tools and communication modes become more affordable and
ubiquitous, educators and students alike must find new ways to create honest
biographies and autobiographies. Possible topics for this session could include new
forms of bio/autobiography in film and moving images, methods for successful
teaching of bio/autobiography in the classroom, shaping the politician’s identity, or
the ethical concerns of the new “unexamined life.”

Send abstracts to
                      MLA 2011 special session

        Re-thinking the Anglo-French Renaissance

                          (Due: March 12, 2010)

University of Virginia
Proposed panel on new methods of theorizing and rethinking the complex instances of
literary translation, imitation, and confrontation between France and England during
the 16th century. 200–400-word abstracts by 12 March 2010
“Billy in the Darbies...and on Page, Stage, and Screen:

      Adaptations of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd”

                    MLA Jan. 2011, Los Angeles

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

“Billy in the Darbies...and on Page, Stage, and Screen: Adaptations of Herman
Melville’s Billy Budd”

A Panel Cosponsored by the Melville Society and Lyrica Society

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s opera _Billy Budd_, this
collaborative panel seeks 4–5 papers (of about 10 minutes each) examining Melville’s
Billy Budd vis-à-vis various adaptations of it—musical, cinematic, visual, and the like.
What is at stake when adapting a literary work into a different medium? Are the
expectations different with an unfinished work? Does Britten's revision of the opera
improve it? How does Britten weave together the words and music for emphasis?
How might one teach Billy Budd in conjunction with one or more adapted works?
How can considering Billy Budd enable one to understand other adaptations of
Melville’s work? Is there an ideal way to adapt Melville’s last, unfinished work?

Send proposals of 150 words to Jeff Dailey ( and Joseph
Fruscione ( by March 15, 2009.
         Theorizing Jewish American Life Writing

                                   MLA 2011

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

Jewish American Literature Discussion Group

The Jewish American Literature Discussion Group will be holding a panel at the 2011
MLA Convention devoted to Jewish American life writing. The Group welcomes
papers concerning the representation, as well as the theorizing, of the Jewish
American experience in such genres as autobiography, memoir, biography, journaling,
blogging, and autobiographic fiction. Papers may concern these expressions in a
variety of narrative forms such as traditional literature, film, comics, and new media.
Please send an abstract of 250 words to

Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010.

For more information about the 2011 MLA Convention, please visit
   Negotiating (Jewish) American Ethnic Crossroads

                                  MLA 2011

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

MELUS & Jewish American Literature Discussion Group

MELUS and the Jewish American Literature Discussion Group are proposing a
jointly sponsored panel to be held at the 2011 MLA Convention in Los Angeles. The
focus of the panel will be on the confluence of Jewish writers and those from other
American ethnic communities. Papers could include comparative literary analyses of
specific texts as well as studies theorizing Jewishness within American ethnic studies
as a whole.

Please send an abstract of 250 words to Wenxin Li at and to
Derek Parker Royal at Deadline for
submissions is 15 March 2010.

For more information about the 2011 MLA Convention, please visit For more information on MELUS go to
    “Shakespeare and Sport"; Shakespeare Journal

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

Shakespeare Journal is accepting articles that are concerned with any aspect of
Shakespeare and sports, athletics, or exercise for the 2011 issue, “Shakespeare and
Sport.” We welcome articles of 6,000 words (including notes) that examine the
presence and nature of sport in Shakespeare’s works. We are looking for a wide
variety of theoretical and historical approaches to Shakespeare and sport, which could
include but is not limited to investigations of Shakespeare’s use of sport, physical
exercise, sporting events, physical fitness, and competitive games.

Shakespeare is a major peer-reviewed journal, publishing articles drawn from the best
of current international scholarship on the most recent developments in
Shakespearean criticism. Its principal aim is to bridge the gap between the disciplines
of Shakespeare in Performance Studies and Shakespeare in English Literature and
Language. The journal builds on the existing aim of the British Shakespeare
Association, to exploit the synergies between academics and performers of
Shakespeare. Please include a brief bio and 200-word abstract with your electronic
submission, all in Word documents (.doc not .docx). Please visit the website at for more specific submission
guidelines and to read past issues.

Send submissions to the guest editor: John J. Norton,
Sexology in Pre-World War II British Literature

                           (Due: March 5, 2010)

Special Sesssion proposed for MLA 2011

This special session being proposed for MLA 2011 held in Los Angeles seeks papers
addressing the influence of British sexological writers—Havelock Ellis, Edward
Carpenter, Marie Stopes, etc.—on the work of British and Irish writers from
1900-1940. Papers could address a literary author’s entrance into “sexological”
debates, over LGBT rights, reproductive freedoms, the functions of marriage,
women’s sexual pleasure,etc., or could examine the role of the work/ style of a
particular sexologist in British and Irish literature of the early twentieth century. We
are also interested in papers that take into consideration the role of eugenics and “the
British race” in scientific studies of sexuality, or address the peculiar interactions
between sexology discourse and Irish Catholicism. 500 word abstracts by March 15 to
Layne Craig,
                 History, Memory, and Haunting:

                  Ghosts in American Literature

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

MLA 2011 Convention (January 6-9, 2011)

This special session will explore the role of ghosts and haunting in American
literature and how they reveal, challenge, and remake narratives of the nation. Please
send abstracts (250 words) to Naomi Edwards by March 15 -
     "Two for One—When the Same Person Writes

                      the Words and the Music"

                         (Due: March 15, 2010)

Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

This session will feature papers about single individuals who wrote both the words
and the music for their compositions. The list of potential subjects is vast, from
Euripides to Hildegard of Bingen to Richard Wagner to Cole Porter to John Lennon,
with many more possibilities from both before and after the listed names. The papers
can address compositional process, training in both fields, comparative strengths and
weaknesses in words and music, etc.

Send proposals of 250 words to Jeff Dailey ( by March 15,
      [UPDATE] Revised CFP for Edited Collection

                 “Trans/National Asian Identities

                       in Pan-Pacific Cinemas”

                        (Due: March 31, 2010)

We are now seeking additional submissions specifically in the following areas:
- Japanese cinema
- South Korean cinema
- Thai cinema
- Mainland Chinese cinema (and/or co-productions with Taiwan and Hong Kong)
- Other Pan-Asian co-productions and collaborations; Asian-North Americans
working in East or South-East Asian films
- Reception of American films in East or South-East Asian markets

Please send your 500-word abstract (with bibliography/filmography)
and an author bio as email attachments by March 31, 2010
to Philippa Gates and Lisa Funnell

- Decisions regarding the successful proposals will be completed by April 15, 2010.
- Final papers will be required by Aug 1, 2010.

Philippa Gates
Associate Professor
Film Studies Program Coordinator
English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5, Canada
Tel: (519) 884.0710 x2476
Fax: (519) 884.8307
For more information, here is the original CFP:

Hollywood’s representation of Asians and Asian Americans has often been regarded
by critics and scholars as inadequate and/or offensive. Historically, Asian characters
have been portrayed as stereotypical or absent from images of mainstream America;
the last decade, however, has seen a change in the representation of Asian identity.
Once the “model minority” but now the action hero/ine, Asian characters embody
positive, if often conflicting, associations of national and transnational identity.
American film does not exist within a vacuum and influences—but also is influenced
by—other cinemas with the exchange of not only the images of national and diasporic
identities but also film industry talent from directors to stars.

The unprecedented international success of the Hong Kong-Chinese/American film
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Lee 2000) helped to usher in a new phase of
mainstream/commercial Pan-Asian film production. In light of the increasingly
transnational character of Asian film production and the prevalence of multi-ethnic
and multi-national casts, David Desser argues that “questions of national origin must
take a back seat to what is obviously Pan-Asian and even global filmmaking. Film
producers and distributors are thus already acknowledging what academics seem
reluctant to admit: the transnational character of contemporary filmmaking in Asia”
(2005: 218). In the wake of increasing globalization— which is often construed as
Americanization—there has been a lack of critical attention focussed on the
performance of Asian and Asian-American screen identities in Pan-Asian films.

The aim of this collection of essays is to explore the transnational exchange of Asian
and Asian-American screen identities mediated through Hollywood and Asian films
and/or co-productions. Since our goal is to present global perspectives on
contemporaneous issues, we welcome scholarly contributions from outside North

Proposals are welcome on topics that include:
- transnational Asian and/or Asian-American stardom
- transnational Asian and/or Asian-American identities
- identity construction in transnational co-productions
- multiracial and multiethnic casting in Pan-Asian cinema
- revisiting/reclaiming Asian-American screen identities of Classical Hollywood
- mainstreaming of Mainland Chinese Cinema and its globalizing aspirations
- residual impact of the Hong Kong action cinema on Hollywood in the 2000s
- impact of Hollywood on Pan-Asian filmmaking
- the rise of multiracial and multiethnic action heroes in mainstream action films
- the impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on Pan-Asian filmmaking
- the transnational work of Asian directors or choreographers
- the exchange of themes between American, Pan-Asian, and/or other cinemas
- other relevant topics
                  [UPDATE] Deadline Extended:

        Collection of Critical Essays on MACBETH

                         (Due: March 31, 2010)

Please note that we have extended our deadline for the collection of critical essays on
MACBETH and the new deadline is 31st March 2010. For more details please see the
full CfP here or from our website:
ROMAN Books, a leading publisher of literature and literary criticism, is planning to
publish a collection of critical essays on William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. We are
presently seeking articles on any topic related to MACBETH for possible publication
in this critical anthology. The collection will be edited by Suman Chakraborty.
1. The article should be electronically typed and printed on one side of an A4 sized
paper with 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt Palatino Linotype font and a minimum of 1” margin
on each side.
2. The article MUST strictly follow the house style of ROMAN Books which can be
downloaded from
3. The author MUST follow the Arden edition of the text of MACBETH, edited by
Kenneth Muir, for textual referencing.
4. The maximum word limit permissible for each article is 3000. Longer articles or
articles with less than 1500 words may also be accepted with prior arrangements with
the editor.
5. The article MUST be directly related to MACBETH. The author may, if necessary,
include discussions on any other related texts written by Shakespeare. But the
predominant discussion MUST be linked to Macbeth.
6. Previously published articles are welcome if the contributor owns the copyright of
the article. Please mention in your covering e-mail where the article was first
7. Please use endnotes and NOT footnotes.
8. Please use UK English spellings.
9. Please send your articles as an MS Word attachment with a covering e-mail to the
10. In your covering e-mail please mention clearly your name, contact details and
your institutional affiliation (if any).
31st March 2010. Early submission appreciated.
In accordance with the requirement of the publisher, the author has to transfer the
copyright of his / her contribution to the appropriate authority. However, if requested,
the author will be given necessary UNRESTRICTED PERMISSION to copy / publish
/ reproduce his / her article anywhere. The Copyright Assignment Form will be sent to
the author after the acceptance of his / her article.
The author will be given two copies of the book as honorarium. Special discounts will
be given if he / she wishes to buy more copies.
Suman Chakraborty studied English at the Universities of Calcutta and Glasgow. He
is the author of "Creative Writing: A Practical Approach", editor of "Oscar Wilde’s
The Importance of Being Earnest", and co-editor of "C.U. English Honours Questions:
An Essential Companion". His articles, monographs and academic contributions have
appeared in a number of publications of international repute including The Dictionary
of Literary Characters, Indian Review of World Literature in English and IACLALS
Newsletter. He presented his research papers in London and Scotland and is an
advisory editor of "Parnassus: An Innovative Journal of Literary Criticism" (ISSN
0975-0266) and "The Journal of Contemporary Literature" (ISSN 0975-1637).
For any assistance and / or article submission, please contact the editor of the
anthology Mr Suman Chakraborty at
       [UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Collection of

         Critical Essays on RIDERS TO THE SEA

                          (Due: March 31, 2010)

Please note that we have extended the deadline for the collection of critical essays on
J.M. Synge's RIDERS TO THE SEA and the new deadline is 31st March 2010. Please
see the full CfP here or from:
ROMAN Books, a leading publisher of literature and literary criticism, is planning to
publish a collection of critical essays on J. M. Synge’s RIDERS TO THE SEA. We
are presently seeking articles on any topic related to RIDERS TO THE SEA for
possible publication in this critical anthology. The collection will be edited by Suman
1. The article should be electronically typed and printed on one side of an A4 sized
paper with 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt Palatino Linotype font and a minimum of 1” margin
on each side.
2. The article MUST strictly follow the house style of ROMAN Books which can be
downloaded from
3. The author MUST follow the Oxford World Classic edition of the text of RIDERS
TO THE SEA, edited by Ann Saddlemyer, for textual referencing. The details of the
book is available here: This
book is normally available in any good academic library.
4. The maximum word limit permissible for each article is 3000. Longer articles or
articles with less than 1500 words may also be accepted with prior arrangements with
the editor.
5. The article MUST be directly related to RIDERS TO THE SEA. The author may, if
necessary, include discussions on any other related texts written by Synge. But the
predominant discussion MUST be linked to RIDERS TO THE SEA.
6. Previously published articles are welcome if the contributor owns the copyright of
the article. Please mention in your covering e-mail where the article was first
7. Please use endnotes and NOT footnotes.
8. Please use UK English spellings.
9. Please send your articles as an MS Word attachment with a covering e-mail to the
10. In your covering e-mail please mention clearly your name, contact details and
your institutional affiliation (if any).
31st March 2010. Early submission appreciated.
In accordance with the requirement of the publisher, the author has to transfer the
copyright of his / her contribution to the appropriate authority. However, if requested,
the author will be given necessary UNRESTRICTED PERMISSION to copy / publish
/ reproduce his / her article anywhere. The Copyright Assignment Form will be sent to
the author after the acceptance of his / her article.
The author will be given two copies of the book as honorarium. Special discounts will
be given if he / she wishes to buy more copies.
Suman Chakraborty studied English at the Universities of Calcutta and Glasgow. He
is the author of CREATIVE WRITING: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, editor of
articles, monographs and academic contributions have appeared in a number of
publications of international repute including THE DICTIONARY OF LITERARY
IACLALS NEWSLETTER. He presented his research papers in London and Scotland
and is an advisory editor of PARNASSUS: AN INNOVATIVE JOURNAL OF
For any assistance and / or article submission, please contact the editor of the
anthology Mr Suman Chakraborty at
Collection of Critical Essays on TWELFTH NIGHT

                         (Due: March 31, 2010)

ROMAN Books, a leading publisher of literature and literary criticism, is planning to
publish a collection of critical essays on William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT.
We are presently seeking articles on any topic related to TWELFTH NIGHT for
possible publication in this critical anthology. The collection will be edited by Suman
This CfP is also available at
1. The article should be electronically typed and printed on one side of an A4 sized
paper with 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt Palatino Linotype font and a minimum of 1” margin
on each side.
2. The article MUST strictly follow the house style of ROMAN Books which can be
downloaded from
3. The author MUST follow the Arden edition of the text of TWELFTH NIGHT,
edited by Kenneth Muir, for textual referencing.
4. The maximum word limit permissible for each article is 3000. Longer articles or
articles with less than 1500 words may also be accepted with prior arrangements with
the editor.
5. The article MUST be directly related to TWELFTH NIGHT. The author may, if
necessary, include discussions on any other related texts written by Shakespeare. But
the predominant discussion MUST be linked to Macbeth.
6. Previously published articles are welcome if the contributor owns the copyright of
the article. Please mention in your covering e-mail where the article was first
7. Please use endnotes and NOT footnotes.
8. Please use UK English spellings.
9. Please send your articles as an MS Word attachment with a covering e-mail to the
10. In your covering e-mail please mention clearly your name, contact details and
your institutional affiliation (if any).
31st March 2010. Early submission appreciated.
In accordance with the requirement of the publisher, the author has to transfer the
copyright of his / her contribution to the appropriate authority. However, if requested,
the author will be given necessary UNRESTRICTED PERMISSION to copy / publish
/ reproduce his / her article anywhere. The Copyright Assignment Form will be sent to
the author after the acceptance of his / her article.
The author will be given two copies of the book as honorarium. Special discounts will
be given if he / she wishes to buy more copies.
Suman Chakraborty studied English at the Universities of Calcutta and Glasgow. He
is the author of "Creative Writing: A Practical Approach", editor of "Oscar Wilde’s
The Importance of Being Earnest", and co-editor of "C.U. English Honours Questions:
An Essential Companion". His articles, monographs and academic contributions have
appeared in a number of publications of international repute including The Dictionary
of Literary Characters, Indian Review of World Literature in English and IACLALS
Newsletter. He presented his research papers in London and Scotland and is an
advisory editor of "Parnassus: An Innovative Journal of Literary Criticism" (ISSN
0975-0266) and "The Journal of Contemporary Literature" (ISSN 0975-1637).
For any assistance and / or article submission, please contact the editor of the
anthology Mr Suman Chakraborty at
        Essay Collection: The Poetics of Song Lyrics

                            (Due: April 1, 2010)

This essay collection has been accepted for publication in spring 2011 from a
university press.

We invite essays (3,000-6,000 words) that analyze the poetics within a song or group
of songs by one songwriter. As a whole, the collection will identify the poetics of
song lyrics and provide a critical treatment to the lyrics. The purpose is to locate
points of synthesis and separation between poetry and song lyrics so as to better
understand both genres and to also articulate the poetics employed within song lyrics.
The first section of the book will provide a variety of perspectives on the poetics of
lyrics such as the use of assonantal rhyme in rap lyrics, and the second section will
focus on a few prominent American songwriters. Essays on Bruce Springsteen,
Eminem, and indie groups are of particular interest. Submissions should be sent
electronically by April 1st. Queries are acceptable. Follow MLA style and keep song
quotations to three lines or less per example.

contact email:
                Death in Early Modern Literature

                           (Due: April 10, 2010)

The St. John's University Humanities Review
Death in Early Modern Europe

The Humanities Review, a literary journal published by the St. John’s University
English Department in New York, seeks scholarly compositions for the Spring 2010
edition. This issue will focus on the political, social and aesthetic machinery of death
in Early Modern literature. Possible topics of interest include:

• The Functions of Textual Death
• Theatrical Death
• Death and the Human Body
• Death and the Supernatural
• Memento mori in period art
• The Plague / Executions

Submissions should be 10 pages single spaced. MLA style only. Endnotes preferred.
Deadline: Saturday, April 10, 2010. Please submit via email to: or via mail to:

The Humanities Review
St. Augustine Hall 150
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY
Addendum: Call for Cover Art

We also desire cover art for the aforementioned theme. Artistic submissions in
painting, photography, CG, & drawing are welcome. Monochrome, or the ability to be
printed in black & white, is a must. Please submit via email attachment as a .TIFF file
Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2010.
John V. Nance and Christianne Cain, Edtors.
    CFP: Women of Color in Critical Animal Studies

                           (Due: April 12, 2010)

The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) seeks essays from women of color
scholars and activists across a variety of disciplines and social justice initiatives to
develop understandings on the issues of race, gender, and animality in critical animal
studies. Since the term “critical animal studies” was introduced by the Institute for
Critical Animal Studies, there has been a void of people of color contributions to the
new and developing field. Particularly absent have been the thoughts, concerns, and
activism of women of color. For critical animal studies to engage a holistic politics for
total liberation, women of color must play a role in the field’s development. The goals
of this issue are (1) to vitalize the intellectual participation of women of color in
critical animal studies, (2) to examine overlapping concerns that are central to critical
animal studies, feminist theory, and critical race theory, and (3) to promote avenues of
thought and ideas for action that can move us beyond pernicious forms of “othering”
that undergird nonhuman and human animal suffering. Topics may include:

*addressing racism, sexism, and gender oppression in critical animal studies
*the role of white privilege in the animal rights movement
*domestication and the decolonization of mind and body
*semiotics of animality in racial discourse
*traditional ecological knowledge of animal relationships
*being an ally to nonhuman animals: animal activism from a woman of color’s
*interlocking oppressions of animality, race, and gender
*racialization of the other
*invasive species and invasive races
*veganism, raw foods, and food justice
*the social construction of overpopulation and female reproductive control
*women of color ecofeminism and an ethic of care
*racism, sexism, and gender oppression in the animal rights movement
*addressing violence against women of color and nonhuman animals
*imperialism, colonialism, and the oppression of native peoples
*the future of critical animal studies for women of color
*the role of women of color in the total liberation movement
Papers Due: April 12, 2010 at 5pm EST

Visit for submission guidelines
(but forward all submission for this issue to the contact below)

Send papers to:

Anastasia Yarbrough
Executive Director, Institute for Critical Animal Studies
ayarbrou AT ymail dot com
           The Changing Landscape of Apocalyptic

          Representation in Contemporary Cinema

                           (Due: April 15, 2010)
The journal “Jura Gentium Cinema” ( is soliciting mid-length
reviews/essays (between 2500 and 3500 words) for a dossier on the general theme of
the changing face of apocalyptic representation in contemporary film. Please view the
following suggestions as suggestive, not prescriptive.
-rewriting the apocalypse
-a new eschatology
-ending the vicious cycle
-nothing but nostalgia
-lost legality
-the Old West: mano-a-mano justice
-after Antonioni: not just another desert- and dune-scape
-apocalypse yesterday, or, the post-apocalyptic
-synonyms: pre- and post-apocalypse
-after theory, after Armageddon
-from dystopia to utopia
-communes, communes, everywhere communes
-one century back: naturalism all over again
-not just science, not just fiction
-a new-ish politics
-the end of ethics
-the end(s) of apocalypse
Contributors may of course also elaborate upon their own germane topic(s).
The review should be informative, evaluative, and critical, without being merely
dismissive; that is, the reviewer should find some critical/aesthetic value in the work(s)
under discussion.
Reviews in English, French, and Spanish are welcome.
Please contact Dr Jason S Polley ( for submissions.
Jura Gentium Cinema
    [Update] Journal issue - The Culture of Cuisine -

                            (Due: April 15, 2010)
The editorial board invites submissions for publication for a special issue (June 2010)
on "The Culture of Cuisine. ” Essays may address the intersection of
cuisine/food/eating with a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to) taboos,
animal rights, ecology, symbolism, the parasite/host relationship, postmodernism,
( post) colonialism, ethnicity, nationalism, globalization, consumerism, gender,
sexuality, identity, and economics. Submissions in either English or Spanish are
welcome (see the guidelines below):
Deadline for submission for Vol XXX.1 (June 2010): 15 April 2010
1. Essays (4000-5000 words) and book reviews (500-900 words) should follow MLA
format and be accompanied by a brief abstract (250 words) on a separate page.
2. Poetry and fiction should not exceed 6 pages.
3. The author's name should only appear on a separate cover page, which also
provides the author's postal and email addresses, phone and fax numbers, institutional
affiliation, and a statement that the submitted piece has not been previously published
or, if this is not the case, provides details of earlier publication. This statement should
be followed by his or her signature.
4. Email submissions ( in MS Word or Office are accepted
Atenea, a multidisciplinary bilingual journal on the humanities and social sciences,
features essays, books reviews, and some fiction and poetry.
Postal address:
Nandita Batra
Editor, Revista Atenea
Department of English - Box 9000
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681
Address for Fed Ex, UPS, and other courier services:
Nandita Batra
Editor, Revista Atenea
Department of English
Chardon 323
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680
                   Mamma Mia! edited collection

                           (Due: April 19, 2010)

University of East Anglia, UK
Call for abstracts deadline: 19th April 2010
Contact email:

This cfp invites submissions for a proposed collection exploring the 2008 film
Mamma Mia! and the cultural phenomenon that surrounded it. To date, the film is
positioned as the 42nd highest grossing film of all time, the most successful musical
of all time, and the 5th highest grossing film of 2008. In Britain, the box office
success of Mamma Mia surpassed the phenomenal success of Cameron’s 1997 film
Titanic and it has been estimated that at least one in four British households owns a
DVD copy of Mamma Mia. Indeed, on the day of the film’s DVD release, Amazon
reported that it had become the fastest selling product. Reports from America, Sweden,
Finland, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and Greece have also testified to the
phenomenal success of the film.
Critics debating the film’s outstanding success have suggested that its popularity
resulted from the dire economic recession that was enveloping so many countries in
2008 ( the idea of the musical functioning in terms of escapism has been debated
since at least the classical Hollywood period). The film offered relatively cheap,
escapist entertainment that, as many have argued, raised the spirits of audiences
dealing with higher mortgage payments, bankruptcy and the threat of unemployment.
Despite Mamma Mia’s outstanding international success amongst filmgoers, film
critics have lauded the musical as a “cumulative weight of terribleness” and warned
that those who loved the film would have to “prove their intelligence”. Such
sentiments reflect an established tension that functions to polarize films as either
‘high’ or ‘low’ brow entertainment, and the audiences as either critically engaged or
an uneducated mass of consumers. These sentiments are often couched in gendered
terms and serve to reinforce the idea that films addressed to a male audience have
more cultural capital than those addressed to women.
This edited collection aims to study Mamma Mia! in terms of its success, and how
this success can also be contextualised within the film’s cultural politics. Indeed, the
film has often incited debate at the level of gender politics, and can variously be read
as empowering ‘mature’ woman, as rejecting marriage as the pinnacle of young
women’s lives and as foregrounding a more positive representation of cinema’s lone
mother figure. However others have commented on its apparent infantilization of
Greek characters, and have pointed to Mamma Mia as an example of the cultural
reiteration of regressive post-feminist gender politics. As such, this collection will
explore the ways in which issues of class, gender and popular culture are articulated
in Mamma Mia and debates about it. Topics might also include (but are not restricted
The mother and daughter relationship
Portrayals of the ‘older’ woman
The music and cultural status of ABBA
Spectacle and the liminality of the film’s Greek location
The film’s representation of homosexuality
Mamma Mia! and the contemporary musical
Critical reception
Audience reception/fan culture
Female authorship
Contributor guidelines:
Please provide a chapter abstract (maximum 500 words) and a brief biography (250
words). These should be submitted by e-mail to by
19th April, 2010
               Text and Image in the Renaissance

                                SAMLA 10/10

                           (Due: April 23, 2010)
Southeastern Renaissance Conference
This panel seeks papers that explore the interplay of text and image in Renaissance
works. Topics might include (but are not limited to) film adaptations or appropriations
of Renaissance drama; emblem literature; masques; the visuality of Early Modern
theatre performance or contemporary re-stagings; neo-iconoclasm; depictions of
women or race or gender; the sermon or religious service as performance; staging
power; visual representations (ie. paintings, sketches, etc.) of Early Modern texts; or
book covers, book making, and printing. Please send abstracts of no more than 500
words to Lynne Simpson at by April 23.
 Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold

                            (Due: May 1, 2010)

Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold

We seek critical essays of approximately 5,000 – 8,000 words from emerging and
established scholars for possible inclusion in the proposed edited volume Inhabited by
Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold. We are especially interested in the ethical
implications for why a story may be worth retelling. We are open to all types of
theoretical frameworks that embrace discussions of either explicit or implicit literary
revision and that are interested in why such literature-to-literature reshaping matters.
Some possible approaches to intertextuality include (but are not limited to) tracing the
appropriation or adaptation of a literary work in another writer’s single work, as a key
text across an author’s opus, or as informing multiple literary works by different
writers. We are also interested in discussions of the pedagogy of teaching literary

Discourse on the future of English studies frequently reflects a revolutionary
dimension: the “death” (of theory), “return” (to aesthetics), or “new” (directions). In
contrast, Inhabited by Stories wishes to turn attention to the enduring critical idiom of
intertextuality to recognize the complexity of interpretation beyond such language. It
hopes to demonstrate the evolving, allusive, and intertextual insights of professing

Please send complete essays (in rich text format and double-spaced) and a 250 word
abstract indicating the main line of argument by May 1, 2010 to and
    Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on HBO's Carnivale

                            (Due: May 1, 2010)

We’re pleased to announce that our essay collection Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on
HBO’s Carnivale is currently under contract from McFarland. Therefore, we are
seeking to expand our range of topics, and are actively soliciting essays on any of the
following subject areas:
Television and Nostalgia
Quality Television/HBO
Historicity and Interpretation
Aesthetics and Production Design
Landscape and Pilgrimage
The Politics of the Dustbowl
Performativity and Burlesque
Portrayals of Morality
Additional suggestions are also welcomed.
Current contributors include: Jenny Butler, Lindsay Coleman, Moe Folk, Robert G.
Weiner, Hannah Johnston and Peg Aloi (co-editors), and Daniel Knauf (creator of
Carnivale) who will be writing the foreword.
Please email us with any inquiries regarding topics, essay specifications, or the
publisher’s contractual details.
Peg Aloi (
Hannah Johnston (
 The Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in

                      the Television Series House

                            (Due: May 7, 2010)

 Essays are invited for a collection of essays on the television series House. The
series, starring Hugh Laurie as a skilled but misanthropic doctor, began its run in the
fall of 2004. Now in its sixth season (2009-2010), the series was the “most watched”
series in 2008. Principally set in Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, the series
features Gregory House, who heads a team of diagnosticians, who take on the most
difficult and perplexing cases. Initially, his diagnostics team was composed of Dr.
Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), and Dr. Eric
Foreman (Omar Epps). In subsequent years, his team shifts to include Dr. Remy
Hadley (Olivia Wilde), Dr. Lawrence (Choudray) Kutner (Kal Penn), and Dr. Chris
Taub (Peter Jacobson). Two other principal characters are House’s best friend, the
oncologist Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), and the hospital administrator
and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein).

As with any television series, a critic might approach House from many perspectives.
This volume proposes to examine the House—overall and through close readings of
specific episodes—in relation to other medial comedy and dramatic series and the
ways in which it treats gender, race, class, and sexuality, in its characters, character
interactions, and story lines. Essays might compare and contrast the ways in which
House represents questions of racial, gender, and sexual identity, though they may
also examine those issues solely in relation to House. Because the series is both
critically and popularly successful, what it says about these issues is significant and
reveals something about what we as a culture think about them.

The book is under contract; all submitted essays will go through a blind review
process before inclusion in the volume.

Final essays should not exceed 7,000 words. They must conform to MLA standards
for manuscripts and citations.
Please send submissions via e-mail (as Word .doc, .docx, or .rtf files) or snail-mail
(hard copy and CD-R with .doc, .docx, or .rtf file). Deadline for submissions is May 7,
2010. Earlier inquires and abstracts are welcome, but completed manuscripts are due
May 7.
Ritch Calvin
Women’s and Gender Studies
115 Old Chem.
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3456
(631) 632-7607
           Call for Papers for Fall Special Issue on


                           (Due: May 15, 2010)

Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed
"Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," looks for articles for its Fall
2010 Special Issue on MODERNISMS. We are looking for articles, which examine
the historical and material conditions and philosophical or theoretical/experimental
perspectives that influenced the form and content of the modernist (contemporary and
past) arts and literature.

Submission Guidelines

1. The submissions must be in CMS (if you are not sure about Chicago format; just
submit in whatever format you have. If your essay is selected, we will guide you to
convert your format into our requirement) documentation style.
2. The length of the essays should preferably be between 4000 to 5000 words (more
or less is acceptable).
4. All submissions should be sent at the following email address:
5. The submissions will be sent for peer-review.
6. The published essays can be reproduced either in print or electronic form.

Special Issue Editors
Professor Peter Nicholls, New York University
Yubraj Aryal, Purdue University
Deadline for article submissions is May 15, 2010.
      Edited Book: Documentary, Politics and Social

                           Processes in Portugal

                             (Due: June 1, 2010)
FOUND IMAGES: Documentary, Politics and Social Processes in Portugal
Patrícia Vieira (Georgetown University / CEC, University of Lisbon)and Pedro Serra
(University of Salamanca).
Documentary films have played a central role in the formation of Portuguese public
opinion, in that they both analyze and interpret specific historic events and draw the
public’s attention to social issues or governmental policies. Starting with the
propaganda documentaries from the dictatorial regime of the New State (1933-1974),
through movies that documented Portugal’s transition to democracy (1974-1976), to
documentaries produced during the democratic period (1976-today), this film genre
has determined the ways in which Portuguese society faces its socio-political
developments, thus becoming a sort of a filter that interprets reality. Further, some
documentaries are conceived as an archive of images about key moments in the
country’s past and, therefore, strive to create a critical awareness of national history.
In Found Images we will select papers that reflect upon the interrelation between
documentary and politics in Portugal. Articles can focus on theoretical questions
pertaining to the link between documentary and politics, on broader themes in the
development of Portuguese documentary film, or perform a more specific analysis of
either the work of a filmmaker or a particular film. We encourage interdisciplinary
approaches to the topic, including, cross-media studies, visual studies and cultural
studies. Some of the topics we would welcome are: documentary and propaganda;
documentary and colonialism; documentary and Portuguese history; documentary and
pop culture; literature/music/art and documentary; ethnography/anthropology and
documentary; theory of the documentary; documentary and fiction film; documentary
and performance; documentary and journalism; documentary and
• Papers are accepted in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.
• Deadline for sending papers: June 1, 2010.
• Length of papers: 35.000 characters (with spaces).
• Articles should be e-mail to Patrícia Vieira ( and Pedro
Serra (
             [Update] Alan Moore and Adaptation

                            (Due: June 1, 2010)

ImageTexT is still accepting submissions for an upcoming special issue on the work
of Alan Moore and adaptation.

Throughout his career, Moore has displayed a willingness to adapt and appropriate the
plots, characters, settings, and themes from traditional narratives and the works of
other authors into his own writing. Additionally, Moore's work itself continues to be
the focus of adaptation, typically in the form of big-budget Hollywood films. We are
seeking articles that deal with the work of Alan Moore and adaptation in any and
every sense, whether that means analyzing the transitions of comics like Watchmen
and V for Vendetta into film or analyzing the incorporation of folk tale and literature
elements in works like Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
    Problems in adaptation and appropriation of existing characters and elements
    Formal analysis of comics as the medium for adaptation
    Issues concerning film adaptations where the author is not involved (which
       Moore rarely is)
    Concern with (or disdain for) historical fidelity when dealing with stories from
       a specific era
    Moore’s collaborations with various artists and their effect on adaptation
      Characters and narratives supposedly reserved for children which are adapted
       into explicitly adult stories
As ImageTexT is concerned with the formal study of image/text relations, we are
most interested in submissions that give significant attention to how images function
in relationship to text. We strongly prefer to receive submissions that make reference
to specific images and include high-resolution artwork along with text. Throughout
his career, Moore’s work has been resolutely bold and we encourage prospective
contributors to be similarly daring with their ideas and analysis.
All submissions for this special issue are due April 1st, 2010. Send all submissions to
Rex Krueger at and CC them to Katherine Shaeffer at
Submissions will be peer-reviewed and returned by June 1, 2010.

This issue is slated for publication in the Spring of 2011.

ImageTexT is a web-based journal published by the University of Florida, committed
to advancing the academic study of comic books, comic strips, and animated cartoons.
Under the guidance of an editorial board of scholars from a variety of disciplines,
ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material,
historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. ImageTexT
welcomes essays emphasizing (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition,
production, reception, distribution and dissemination of comics and other media as
they relate to comics, along with translations of previously existing research on
comics as dimensions of visual culture.
            Shakespeare in the media: old and new

                           (Due: June 30, 2010)

Anglistica. An Interdisciplinary Journal
Anna Maria Cimitile, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, Italy
Katherine Rowe, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Deadline: 30 June 2010

We especially welcome articles on less known, more radical or experimental
Shakespearean re-visions in the fields of cinema, new media and the visual arts.
Issues for analysis might include: The old and the new, fixed categories? Is cinema,
whose essence was montage for Eisenstein, image-time and image-movement for
Deleuze, a new or old medium? / From painting to stage photography and the
fragments of footage material from the plays’ mises en scène, what is the cultural
politics of representing representations of Shakespeare? / The long history of media
convergence and intermedial effects: plays within the film, videos within the play, etc.
/ Between ‘deep attention’ and ‘hyperattention’, how do the transformative
possibilities of new media affect the way we process Shakespearean texts? /
Shakespeare, new media and philosophy. New media and new subjectivities.
Intercultural Shakespeare in new media. Shakespeare and diagrammatic knowledge.
GIS, mapping and topological Shakespeare.

Articles should be sent to the editors of the issue, A. M. Cimitile
( and K. Rowe (, in compliance with
the guidelines of the journal (available in .pdf at
 Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students

                    Tell Their Classroom Stories

                            (Due: July 1, 2010)

Working Title:
Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories
2000-3500 words
Project Overview:
Queer Girls in Class will collect personal narratives by lesbian teachers and students
who speak about sexual identity and its effects on the teaching and learning process.
The mission of this anthology is to provide, through personal stories, an analysis of
how sexuality (specifically, how being a queer woman) can influence classroom
dynamics in the high school and university setting.
I welcome first-person essays from women who write about the surprises, successes
or challenges (personal and political) that queer women--whether out of the closet or
not--have experienced in a high school or university setting. I am seeking diverse
voices and welcome submissions from instructors and students who identity as
Deadline: July 1st, 2010
Please email submissions and inquiries to
        Pacifism in World Poetry; Book / Anthology

                           (Due: July 31, 2010)

Scolarly papers are invited for an anthology of essays on the theme - 'Pacifism in
World Poetry' to be published from New Delhi, India.

The papers should be typeset according to the latest MLA Stylesheet. An abstract of
the paper in about 200 words must reach the editor of the anthology possibly by 30
June 2010. The complete paper must be submitted by July 31, 2010. For more details
contact Editor through email:

Deadline for submission: 31 July 2010
                             CFP-Textual Girls

                          (Due: August 31, 2010)

The lives of girls are mediated in large part by the plethora of texts that surround them.
Though adults often attempt to intercede, manipulate, or otherwise circumvent these
texts, still the abundance of media and materials surrounding girls leaves them both
vulnerable and savvy as they engage with texts that are either meant to address them
directly or not.

We are soliciting essays, articles, and reviews for a themed issue of the Journal of
Girlhood Studies to be published in 2011. This will be devoted to the fictive
representation of girls, girl cultures and girlhoods in literature, art, media, and new
media. Essays are invited from all arts and humanities disciplines depicting girls in
any period and in any geographical location in both canonical and popular genres.
Essays may take any theoretical perspective.

Types of texts to be analyzed include children’s literature, young adult literature, adult
novels, drama, cartoons, graphic novels, television, film and art as well as web sites
and computer games. Methodological approaches are welcomed from a variety of
angles as well, such as memory studies, literary studies, media studies, and archival

Specific information about length, style, and submission procedures are available at
the Girlhood Studies link at the Berghahn Journals website:
Co-Editors Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Guest Co-Editor Kirstin

Article Submissions
If you have any inquiries please email one or the both of Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, or Kirstin Bratt,, Penn State University,

Manuscripts due: August 31, 2010.
Articles should be no longer than 7,000 words (including references) and should be
prefaced by a 150 word abstract and use Chicago Style as outlined on the journal
website given above. Authors should also provide a cover page containing brief
biographical details, institutional affiliations and full contact information, including
an email address.
Girlhood Studies is published and distributed in print and online by Berghahn
           Afrocentricity and the African Centered:

           A Response to the Rhetoric of the Critics

                       (Due: September 15, 2010)

The Journal of Pan African Studies ( welcomes papers for a
December 2010 special edition on Afrocentricity and the African Centered: A
Response to the Rhetoric of the Critics. With the recent publication of Tunde
Adeleke’s The Case Against Afrocentrism (University Press of Mississippi: 2009),
along with earlier works including Mary Lefkowitz’s Not Out of Africa: How
‘Afrocentrism’ Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History (Basic Books: 1996),
Stephen Howe’s Afrocentricism: Mythical Pasts and Imagines Homes (Verson: 1999)
and Clarence Walker’s We Can’t Go Home Again: A Case Against Afrocentrism, we
invite scholars of Afrocentricity and African-centered scholarship to submit their
critical inquiries on the growing body of work which attempts to engage
Afrocentricity and African-centered thought. We will accept critical reviews of these
and other related works, along with original essays which engage the strengths and
weaknesses of the varied critical voices that have developed in response to
Afrocentricity and the African-centered movement.

The selection criteria will involve: relevance to theme, clarity of paper, intellectual
significance, and originality. Participants must send a 50 word abstract by July 1,
2010, and their final paper by September 15, 2010 (the paper and abstract must
include participant name, affiliation, paper title, and e-mail address) to

Itibari M. Zulu, Senior Editor
Karanja Keita Carroll, Associate Editor
     Contemporary Voices in Africana/Black Studies

                        (Due: December 1, 2010)

We seek abstracts for a forthcoming anthology. The tentatively titled Contemporary
Voices in Africana/Black Studies seeks to investigate the past, present and future of
Africana/Black Studies. We seek to highlight the contributions of founding thinkers
and contributors to Africana/Black Studies, along with their contemporary
counterparts as we both move forward in redefining our field. This new collection of
essays intends to provide an intergenerational dialogue as the basis of guidance and
direction for the future prospects of Africana/Black Studies.
Topics may include, but are not limited, to the following:
· Nomenclature in Black Studies
· Theory Building in Black Studies
· Afro-Latino/as and Black Studies
· Race and Gender in Black Studies
· Intellectual Histories of Black Studies
· Training of Black Studies Professionals
· Academic Commitment to Black Studies
· Teaching and Pedagogy in Black Studies
· Multiracial Identities in Black Studies Classrooms
· The Role of the African Diaspora in Black Studies
· History of Black Studies Departments & Programs
· Departmental vs. Program Status in the 21st Century
· The Intersection of Black Studies and Queer Studies
· Old & New Conceptual Frameworks in Black Studies
· The Role of non-African Descendants in Black Studies
· Current and Future Institutional Restraints on Black Studies
We also invite submissions of syllabi for Introduction to Black/Africana/African
American/Afro-American Studies and Africology courses.
Please send your proposals, ranging from 300-500 words, along with a brief bio by
July 1, 2010 to the editors at Include your proposal and bio
in the body of your email as well as a Microsoft Word attachment. Essays selected for
inclusion in the final volume will be peer-reviewed by specialists in the field. Final
papers will be due on or before December 1, 2010.

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