We invite papers on Rhetoric and Composition for the 39th Annual meeting of the CEA. Papers for this area will draw on the conference theme "Passages." Proposals may conceive the conference theme broadly. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following areas: 1st Year Writing Basic Writing Gendered Writing ESL Minority Rhetoric Post-Colonial Rhetoric Political Rhetoric Digital Media Proposals should be submitted via the online database at http://english.ttu.edu/cea/conftool by November 1st, 2007. When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at the pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to me, Coretta Pittman, chair of the Rhetoric and Composition panels. To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes. All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at jpestin5_at_naz.edu. For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site- http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/ i_hate_shakespeare.com: Shakespearean Authority in the Age of Computers Call for contributions for an edited essay collection. Google “Shakespeare” and you will get a staggering 51 million hits. That’s more than “Jesus Christ,” “Adolph Hitler,” and “Tom Cruise” combined. We seek original critical essays that explore the interfacing of computer technologies and the Shakespeare metonym: What does it mean to study or do Shakespeare in the age of computers? How has Shakespeare’s cultural and institutional authority been challenged and/or reinforced by listserv discussion groups, websites, search-engine categorization, hypertext versions of the plays, digital archiving, essay bank services, and the advent of networking utilities like Facebook? What new cyberspace economies of knowledge and material exchange are now enabled by the Bard’s dotcom presence? Has Shakespeare’s new digital iconicity reshaped the reception of Shakespeare (and his works), especially when students first encounter Shakespeare mediated by the internet? Please send 500-word proposals and a brief c.v. to either Dr. Bradley D. Clissold (bradleyc_at_mun.ca) or Dr. Jennifer Lokash (jlokash_at_nf.sympatico.ca) by 30 November 2007. College English Association National Conference March 27-29,2008 St. Louis, Missouri We invite papers on ESL for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA. The theme of the conference is Passages, which suggests topics such as the process of language and culture, exploration and discovery in language learning, or transition from one culture or language to another. The topic could be explored through poetry, literature, short story or research. Proposals should be submitted via the online database at http://english.ttu.edu/cea/conftool by November 1, 2007. When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to me, Kathy Fisher, chair of the ESL panels. To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes. All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at jpestin5_at_naz.edu For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site - http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/ College English Association National Conference March 27-29, 2008 St. Louis, Missouri We invite papers for a panel on Food and the Literary Imagination for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA. The conference theme is ―Passages,‖ and some suggested topics for this panel are aspects of food in regard to travel, rites of passage, heroic quests, mythic journeys, coming-of-age, and so forth. Discussion may include fiction, non- fiction, poetry, drama, or film. Proposals should be submitted via the online database at http://english.ttu.edu/cea/conftool by November 1, 2007. When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to Walter Levy, chair of the Food and Literary Imagination panel. For questions relating to the panel, you may contact Walter at wlevy129_at_gmail. To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes. All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at jpestin5_at_naz.edu. For more information about CEA, the general conference themes, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site – http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/ If you do not have access to a computer or wish to submit your proposal by mail please send your text to: Marina Favila CEA Program Chair English Department James Madison University MSC 1801 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 The Deadline for submission by mail is October 15, 2007. Stirrings Still: The International Journal of Existential Literature is currently accepting submissions for an upcoming issue devoted to the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut. In addition to critical essays on Vonnegut's fiction, we are interested in brief tribute essays in which the author reflects upon reading/discovering/meeting Vonnegut. We will consider all submissions sent electronically through December 15, 2007. Writers should contact our editor, Erik Grayson, at egrayson_at_elmira.edu with any questions or submissions. weber studies seeks submissions for its new, annual film focus issue scheduled to be published every January (to coincide with the Sundance film festival). The editors solicit essays (and possibly interviews with directors, etc.) on national film traditions, film genres, the cinema of the diaspora, independent and Hollywood films that should be addressed to a general, educated audience. Please send 15-25 page manuscripts, in duplicate (by 1 August 08) to: Michael Wutz, editor, weber studies, 1214 University Circle, Weber State University, Ogden UT 84408-1214, or submit online at weberstudies_at_weber.edu Aging Studies and Life Writing College English Association National Conference March 27-29, 2008 St. Louis, Missouri We invite creative writing (ficiton and poetry) submissions for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA. For poetry, submit a few representative poems; for fiction, submit a few paragraphs of the story and a brief summary of it. Proposals should be submitted via the online database at http://english.ttu.edu/cea/conftool by November 1, 2007. When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to me (Barbara Wiedemann), chair of the Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry) panels. To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes. All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information contact Joe Pestino at jpestin5_at_naz.edu For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site at http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/ Cassell Illustrated publishing is recruiting writers for its forthcoming reference/coffee table book on the 1000 key events in world history since 1900. Writers will be asked to compose entries of approximately 230 words on events from our master list, explaining the event itself and intimating why it was a key event in shaping the modern world. Events include everything from key discoveries, inventions, and political events to natural disasters, arts, and culture. Contributors need not be historians; rather, we are looking for talented writers from any discipline that are able to research and describe historical events in an engaging and articulate manner. Contributors will be renumerated for their work. If you are interested in becoming a writer for this project, please send the following as soon as possible to the general editors at LBBhistory_at_yahoo.com: • A short biography (approximately 50 words or less) • A writing sample of 250 words or less describing a key event in history Thanks, The General Editors Bianca Jackson (Wadham College, University of Oxford) Jonathan Morton (College of Law) On March 29, 2008, the Gender Studies Program of the University of the Pacific will be hosting a one-day regional student research conference on "Gender and Science." This is a multi-disciplinary conference that will invite student research presentations in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and is especially welcoming of research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature. Submissions are welcome from undergraduate students and from Masters students. An award will be given for the best pre-submitted undergraduate essay. Our keynote speaker will be Banu Subramaniam from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Subramaniam is a Biologist who specializes in Science, Gender and Race, and whose work builds bridges between the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Papers and proposals are welcome in all areas of gender and science. You may visit our website for more information: http://www.pacific.edu/college/genderandscience/ or http://weblink.pacific.edu/genderandscience/ Possible panel topics include: Ecofeminism Cyberfeminism Gender and computer games Gender in the study of childhood and adolescence Gender, medicine and the body Online constructions of gender Gender and Science Fiction Sports and gender The gendered scientist Gender-specific medical marketing Reproductive technology Gender and the politics of science Gender and science education Gender and psychology Gender and the history of science/medicine Gender, medicine, and the law Email submissions are preferred. Please send your 200-word proposal, or your complete paper if you would like to be considered for the award, to: esonstroem—at—pacific—dot—edu (and include ―Gender and Science‖ in the subject line). If you would like to mail a hardcopy instead, you may send it to: Dr. Eric Sonstroem Department of English University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, California 95211 Please submit your paper or proposal by January 18, 2008. Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit their own paper proposal as part of the submission package. National Women’s Studies Association Conference (10/19/08; 6/19-22/08) Guaranteed Panel (Aging and Ageism Caucus) When younger people write creative pieces about their own lives’ futures, they often kill themselves off before they have to imagine what being old is like. Many of the life writing projects created for multigenerational work are life review studies, as if the past was the main part of an old person’s life worth considering and the future was not going to be as interesting. How can feminist aging studies positively affect these experiences? Panel presentations might consider, but are not limited to, questions such as these: -What would feminist life writing be like, inside and outside of academia? - How might assignments channel the ideas of traditional-aged student or returning students to reconsider ageist stereotypes? - How might service learning projects incorporate such reconceptions? - What is the value of doing that, and what is the value of asking people to focus on life review? Queries and 1-page abstracts arriving by October 19 to Leni Marshall leni_at_agingstudies.edu Email submissions preferred, but hard copies may be addressed to Leni Marshall Department of English Century College 3300 Century Avenue White Bear Lake, MN 55110 CALL FOR PAPERS: Reality Television Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 29th Annual Conference February 13-16, 2008 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 1.505.842.1234 Fax: 1.505.766.6710 The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13- 16, 2008. Proposals are now being accepted for panels on Reality Television. Previous years’ presentations have explored the place of reality television in modern culture; the ways in which reality television programs are shaped as narratives; the development of reality television programs as genres; the psychological, sociological, and philosophical appeal of reality television; the ways in which reality television series subvert and/or reinforce cultural, regional, and gender stereotypes; the genesis, development (and decline?) of the reality television program; and, the application of literary critical approaches to unpack reality television programs. Topics not included here are also welcome. Abstracts of 150-250 words may be sent to Dr. James Bell (bell_at_cofo.edu) by November 15, 2007. Please include a working title and a brief biography of 100 words with your submission. Email submissions are preferred. Email: bell_at_cofo.edu Telephone: (417) 334-6411, ext. 4263 Dr. James Bell Department of English College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, Missouri 65726 This gathering will be the fifth in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar Series. For the 2008 conference, we will consider the effects on literature of some of the scientific revolutions of the nineteenth-century, such as biological evolution, the magnitude of geologic time and consequent interpretations about the history of the earth, and the emerging sense of the environmental limitations of the planet. Papers are delivered to plenary sessions of students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Topics could include Burroughs in relation to Charles Lyell, Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, or Henri Bergson; the development of conservation organizations such as the Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Gardens, the Audubon Society, the Boone and Crockett Club, and the Sierra Club; Burroughs seen in the light of geology, biogeography, ornithology, forestry, or other scientific disciplines; Burroughs and his circle of friends, such as Walt Whitman, John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Frank Chapman, and Fairfield Osborn; Burroughs and science education; science in nineteenth-century periodicals; Burroughs and genres of travel writing, natural history, and scientific discourse. Papers on any aspect of Burroughs’s life and career are also strongly encouraged. The conference will be held at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY on June 15-19, 2008. The conference will include a special session in the Vassar College Special Collections to view their extensive Burroughs collection. Send abstracts or proposals by March 31, 2008 to Jeff Walker, Department of Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. NY 12604. E-mail submissions should be in the form of a MS Word attachment sent to jewalker_at_vassar.edu Southwest/Texas Popular & American Popular Culture Associations 29th Annual Conference Albuquerque, NM. February 13-16, 2008 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 1.505.842.1234 Fax: 1.505.766.6710 Panels now forming on topics related to American Indians Today. I am looking for panels or papers that examine the influence that American pop culture has on aspects of contemporary American Indian life ways and vice versa. Proposals may examine any aspect of American Indian life ways and pop culture as represented or interpreted in: the arts and performing arts (storytelling, myth, legend, theater, music); poetry; oral tradition; myth; legend; philosophy; sciences, arts; fashion; artifacts; foods; journalism; media (radio, television); photography; cultural, spiritual or identity appropriation; stereotypes; mascots; tribal politics; history; gaming; Indians in the military; activist movements; social influences; reservation, rural and urban influences; languages; assimilation, adaptation, and syncretism; sovereignty, peoplehood and any influence one may observe that has its genesis in American popular culture as adapted by contemporary American Indians. Send abstracts and proposals for panels of 100-250 words. Inquiries or submissions may be directed to me at the address below by 15 November 2007: Richard L. Allen, Area Chair American Indians Today Cherokee Nation P.O. Box 948 Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465 (918) 453- 5466 Email: rallen_at_cherokee.org Details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel registration) can be found at http://www.swtexaspca.org Several casks of beer and wine were among the cargo the original settlers brought to Jamestown. Since then, alcohol has occupied an important place in southern culture. This proposed panel at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, will explore the representation of alcohol use and abuse in southern literature. Possible topics include whiskey, bourbon, and moonshine; alcoholism and southern writers; depictions of drinking; the temperance movement and prohibition; race, class, gender, and drinking practices; rum and the slave trade; and tension between alcohol and religion. Please send a three hundred word abstract and a short CV to David A. Davis (davisda_at_wfu.edu) by November 20, 2007. Call for Papers The editors of The Globetrotting Shopaholic: Consumer Spaces, Products, and their Cultural Meanings invite submissions for an upcoming anthology on consumer/ commercial spaces and mass consumption. Interest from a major publishing house has already been expressed. We welcome original, unpublished interdisciplinary contributions covering all aspects of consumer/commercial spaces and mass consumption. Topics of particular interest include: *The consumer space of the American and non-American shopping mall *The ―geography‖ of consumption (i.e., the landscapes of consumerism) *Transnational consumer/commercial spaces and mass consumption *The marketing of branded merchandise (i.e. seasonal goods, body products, Hollywood merchandise, athletic goods, etc.) *Themed consumer venues *The Internet as a shopping space (e.g., how the internet has reshaped the traditional shopping experience) *The need (and perceived need) of products *The abundance of purchased goods/shopping centers *―At-home‖ shopping (catalogue or television) *Shopping in war zones (whether this is visiting a 7-11 in Baghdad, receiving requested goods from home, visiting local shops, or shopping online) *Personal viewpoints on the shopping mall Submission of 500-word abstracts, and one to two paragraph bios should be emailed to mallproject07_at_gmail.com by November 15, 2007. A tentative deadline for completed anthology chapters (of between 4000 and 8000 words) has been set for January 31, 2008. All abstracts/final submissions must be double spaced, submitted in Microsoft word as a .doc, and follow the Chicago Manual of Style format.
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