Wednesday, October 19, 2011


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Call-for-Papers - the starting point for even thinking about Abstracts and Conferences. This is Part One in our online content for today's workshop "Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences." Please join us this afternoon in Rome 771 at 2:00pm
In the meantime, check out some of the latest CFPs to hit my desk. These have all been emailed from fellow grads, faculty, or from the list-serves that I have joined in the past year (all great ways to find conferences in your field). Another excellent resource is checking in with the U Penn CFP site (the search function is the best).

They are organized here by the Abstract Deadline Date - I find this helpful in keeping my CFPs organized. These are not complete CFPs, but they include all of the major details like location, dates, and submission rules. To check out the full CFP, click on the links or send an email our way if you have any questions.

From now on, EGSA Blog will post regular updates on CFPs that we think will interest you. Also, stay tuned for the rest of our online content regarding Abstract writing and Conference Tips. 

October 24, 2011 – Predicate
For this year’s issue, entitled Imperative, Predicate seeks scholarship that at its core is
immediate. You need not interpret “immediate” as limited to “contemporary”: we want papers
that signal or demonstrate movement in the critical discourse of any time period. Since
imperative implies demand, a successful paper will demand change in the fields it engages, or
respond to a demand made by an external force: scholarship, politics, culture, daily life, etc.
Potential topics include:

● Cultural crises and shifts
● Developments in technology and new ways to engage with texts
● Conversations between disparate or previously discarded points of view
● The body in conversation with the rhetorics of regulatory systems
● The emergence of change within a social movement or academic field
● Language in flux, specifically but not limited to issues of authorship, gender, race,
            ablebodiedness, and class
● The immediacy of stasis, circularity, and the failure or refusal to move

Submissions should be sent as email attachments to the address below. Please do not include your name in the text of the paper. In the body of your email, include your name, your class year, the title of your paper, the subject of your paper and a brief biography listing your research interests. Papers should not exceed 5,000 words in length. Submissions are due on Monday 24
October 2011. Papers should be sent to

October 31, 2011The Monstrous Fantastic
·         Conference Dates: March 21-25, 2012 in Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Featuring our own Jeffrey Cohen as Guest Scholar

We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. Please see our website at for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference. Paper proposals must consist of a 300-word abstract accompanied by an appropriate bibliography to the appropriate Division Head (see our website for details). The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2011, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit
your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (

November 1, 2011 - 21st Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference
·         February 17-18, 2012 at the Hilton DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia and hosted by the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University.
·         Please visit the conference website for more information at:
Click here to submit your proposal:

We invite proposals in the following thematic and geographic areas:
Bioethics, Ecology, and Ecocriticism
Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
Literature, Arts, and the Media
History and Historiography
War and Terrorism
Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
Pedagogy and the Disciplines
The Americas (North America, Latin America, Native America, Ethnic America)
Europe (Fortress Europe, Eurabia, Londonistan)
South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Black Atlantic)
The Middle East
Australia and Oceania
U.S. Hegemony and Chinese Neocolonialism
Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers

November 4, 2011 – Ethics, Evil, and the State
·         Prague, Czech Republic; Sunday 6th May – Tuesday 8th May 2012
Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues relating, but not restricted to the following themes:

Is the state a necessary construction?
Is the state necessarily evil? Is the state a power for good?
The legitimisation of authority.
The state and elitism.
The state and policing.
Is federalism the answer to the dissolution of the nation-state?
Anarchism as a viable solution.
Legitimate and illegitimate protest.
Rioting, looting and banking
The state and oppression
Alternative forms of government.
The ‘Arab Spring’
Real communities.
The state and violence.

Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th November 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th March 2012. Click Here for more information.

November 15, 2011“So What? Exploring the Importance of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century” North Carolina State University February 24-25, 2012
We encourage graduate students from all areas of the humanities to submit and share their research. We welcome submissions that reframe existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of humanities studies, and the possible trajectories of the fields that comprise the humanities in the coming decades.
·         Potential topics might include:
- The role of technology in the academy
- New modes of scholarship
- How language shapes research in all fields
- Ways of knowing
- Communication between academic and popular readers
- Changing boundaries of “text”
- Engaged scholarship
- Reconciling historical perspectives with emerging trends
- Examining the function of humanities scholarship in society at large
We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities: English studies, literature, linguistics, film studies, creative writing, scientific/technical writing, rhetoric & composition, cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, and others.
Email your submissions to no later than November 15, 2011.  Abstracts should be approximately 300 words.  Include your name, institution, and course of study in the body of your email.  Please remove all identifying markers on the abstract itself.  We will send confirmations upon the receipt of your proposal.  Additional information available at

November 2011: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Centre for Promoting Ideas, USA. The main objective of IJHSS is to provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. IJHSS aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social science in the world.

·         The journal publishes research papers in the fields of humanities and social science such as anthropology, business studies, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, cross-cultural studies ,demography, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, linguistics ,literature, paralegal, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies and so on.
The journal is published in both print and online versions. The journal is now indexed with and included in Cabell’s, Ulrich’s, DOAJ, Index Copernicus International, EBSCO and Gale. Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, ERIC, Econlit, Scopus and Journalseek.

IJHSS publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews.

IJHSS is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 17 which is scheduled to be published on November 30, 2011. Send your manuscript to the editor at,
 For more information, visit the official website of the 

December 31, 2011 - Living together in diversity: National societies in the multicultural age
·         Central European University, Budapest, 21-22 May 2012
It is therefore the aim of the proposed conference to explore how ‘living together in diversity’ is imagined, narrated, organized, justified, and practiced within contemporary national societies. With the stress on ‘in’ rather than ‘with’ diversity we want to move away from reifying the dominant ‘majority’ society perspective, which assumes diversity as something ‘carried’ solely by immigrants and something that the ‘native’ society has to cope with. Some of the questions that we are interested in are:

- What makes multicultural societies circumscribed by state borders cohere together?
- What are the ways in which the nation becomes re-signified to accommodate the ethno-cultural diversity of its populace?
- How do migrants position themselves in national narratives and political structures?
- What alternative modes and models of belonging are at work within present national societies?
- In which ways does the national continue to feature as a site of attachment?
- Is it necessary to have some form of common identification at the national scale to have functioning states in the first place?

Although we acknowledge that these questions are inescapably normative in character, we particularly welcome empirically-informed work. The privileged level of analysis we are interested in is the national scale, but papers focusing on sub-national and supra-national scales can also be welcomed inasmuch as they can offer insights regarding how living together in diversity works at the national scale. Regionally, the conference will focus on Europe, but contributions discussing other geographical contexts are also welcomed.

All potential participants are invited to submit an abstract (250-300 words) to Tatiana Matejskova ( by December 31st, 2011. By January 31st, 2012 participants will be informed about the acceptance of their papers. Confirmation of participation and payment of the conference fee will be due on February 28th, 2012. The conference fee of 60 Euros will cover refreshments, lunches and conference materials.

January 15, 2012 – Video Games As Text
·         University of Wyoming April 12-14, 2012
Possible Topics:
How does the role of first person narrative change in video games?  What does the reader experience while actively undergoing the events of the narrative, vs. passively experiencing them?
What does the ability of choice in a narrative do for the experience of reading the text?  Is the player more connected to the characters by choosing the actions and outcomes of that character?  Or is a specific, single narrative path that allows all players to experience it in a similar way a better kind of narrative?
How is sexuality dealt with in video games?  How is sex depicted, and what happens when controversy arises?  How does this differ from more traditional narrative forms?  What about games with all characters being unrealistically bisexual?
How is feminism handled in video games?  What, if anything, establishes characters like Samus as feminist characters?  Is there a double standard with women with exaggerated female characteristics, like Lara Croft, being attacked as problematic from women, while exaggerated male characteristics in characters, such as Marcus Fenix, are not?
What impact does race have on games?  Why are so many player characters white; what does that do to the narrative?  How could/should race be used?  Why are games like Resident Evil 5 criticized because the villains are black?
What is the difference between reading an evil character and actively playing one?  How does that change the experience of the text?
Why are video games so oriented towards violence?  What about the textual form of video games makes violence such a common choice in game play?  Is this healthy for the medium?  How does this affect games in the larger culture?
Please submit your 200-300 words abstracts before January 15 via  We will let you know no later than February 15.  Please include contact information, your institutional affiliation, and any audio/visual requirements.  Any questions can be answered by contacting the conference organizers using the website or emailing the conference organizers at

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