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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 08:54 am:   

And while I'm at it, I'm going to post two of the coolest CFPs I've seen for a while. Here's the first, about Irish literature, though it takes place in Sweden.

Interdisciplinary Conference in Irish Studies (12/15/03; NISN, Sweden, 4/22/04-4/24/04)

The 4th Biannual Conference of NISN (Nordic Irish Studies Network) will be
held at University College Dalarna, SWEDEN, from 22-24 April, 2004

Plenary Speakers:
Bo Almqvist (Prof Emeritus, Dept of Irish Folklore, UCD)
Richard Kearney (Dept of Philosophy, Boston College)
Anthony Roche (Dept of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD)

Readings by: Medbh McGuckian and Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

The conference theme is Liminal Boundaries: Ireland Past, Present and
Future. The conference will be interdisciplinary and we welcome submissions
for panels and papers in literature, language, drama, film, art, music,
history, politics, philosophy, cultural studies, folklore, and other relevant academic disciplines that can relate the conference theme to the
subject of Irish Studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to

* exile; hybridity; nomadism
* local/global communities; nationalism/postnationalism
* postcolonial subjectivity; migration studies; cultural/linguistic identity
* translation; language politics
* liminal bodies/spaces; threshold experiences; memory
* transgressive identities; cyborgs
* gender; queer theory

Please submit 250-word abstracts/panel proposals, including a short CV, by
15 December, 2003. Papers should be limited to 20 minutes in length.Presenters of papers are required to be members of NISN (Nordic Irish
Studies Network) by March 04. For information on membership see the NISN
website on

Those who wish to co-ordinate special interest sessions are very welcome to
do so and should notify the conference organiser of the topic and names of
participants. Topic proposals for round-table discussions are also welcome.

Address all proposals and inquires to conference organiser:

Dr Irene Gilsenan Nordin
DUCIS (Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies)
Dept of Arts and Languages
University College Dalarna
Campus Lugnet
SE 791 88 Falun, SWEDEN

E-mail:; Phone: +46 23 77 8308; Fax +46 23 77 8080
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 09:00 am:   

And the second (which is kinda long, sorry!).

New Directions in Critical Theory:
The Borders, Territories, and Frontiers Conference
April 8-10, 2004 University of Arizona

An address by Hortense Spillers, Frederick J. Whiton Professor of English at
Cornell University, will open the conference.

Professor Spillers, one of the most distinguished African American feminist
and psychoanalytic theorists working in America today, has been a central,
critical figure in the areas of African American letters, African diasporic
literature, cultural criticism and literary theory. Her work includes,
_Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture_ and
two edited volumes, _Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and
Nationality in the Modern Text_, and _Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and
Literary Tradition_. She is currently working on _In the Flesh_, which will
consider points of intersection between Black American women's history and
feminist inquiry and _The Eagle Stirs Her Nest_, a work that examines the
rhetoric of black sermons preached and/or written before W.W.I.

The 2004 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, an interdisciplinary
graduate student forum at the University of Arizona, will focus on "Borders,
Territories, and Frontiers." We read "Borders, Territories, and Frontiers"
broadly - in all of its concrete and metaphoric manifestations. This theme
evokes Southwestern history, literature, and film, points to the local
politics of Southern Arizona, border towns, areas, and regions, and
resonates with the emotive force of our national myths: notions of the
frontier and manifest destiny. In post 9/11 America and the greater, global
world, such terms also connote the hegemonic paradigms and critical concerns
central to social, cultural, and humanistic inquiry: globalization,
multiculturalism, political economies, transnationalism, feminism,
antiracist struggle, and liberal identity. In the academy itself, such
concepts encourage border-crossings between departments, prompt us to
question the theoretical methodologies and analytic frameworks we employ,
encourage us to redefine, problematize, or even liberate existing bodies of
knowledge, and increase our understanding of diversity and similarity across
various fields of study.

We invite graduate students from any discipline to present
theoretically-oriented scholarship that interrogates the social formation
and maintenance of borders, posits means for transgressing, resisting, or
subverting boundaries, and in so doing, works to re-envision existing
territories or incite new frontiers of meaning.

Topics for BORDERS, TERRITORIES, and FRONTIERS might include but are not limited to:

Global/Local Politics
Tourism /Travel Writing/Advertising
History/Life Writing/(Re)membering
Memory & Identity
National/Cultural/Racial/Sexual/Gendered/Class Identity
Hybridity & Identity
Hybridity & Embodiment
Borders of the Human
Peripheral Zones/Contact Zones
The Rhetoric of Borders, Territories, Frontiers
Borders & Criminality
The Southwest in Film, History, & Literature
New Frontiers & Scientific or Spatial Studies
Science & Technology Studies
Virtual Borders, Territories, or Frontiers
Cyberspace & Virtual Bodies
Popular Culture/High Culture
Sex & Economy
Feminist Theory & Queer Theory
Psychoanalytic Theory & Feminist Theory
Critical Race Theory & Psychoanalysis
Spirituality & Subjectivity
Texts, Bodies, & Spectacle
Bodies of /and Knowledge
Intellectual Traditions & Interdisciplinarity
Diversity, Similarity, & the Academy
Texts, Contexts, & the Web
Theory & the Classroom
Teaching & Service Learning
The Academy & Activism

We particularly welcome submissions attending to race, gender, class,
ethnicity, sexuality, material culture, media and film studies, feminist
studies, performativity, corporeality, and visuality. Please submit 100-250
word individual abstracts or panel proposals, comprised of a 100-250 word
abstract for the entire panel and one 100-250 word abstract for each paper.
Include names, email addresses, mailing addresses, institutional
affiliations, technology requests, paper titles with abstracts by January
15, 2004 to:

April Huff (Women's Studies) & Wendy Weise (Department of English)
Conference Co-Chairs
Modern Languages Building, Room 445
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
(620) 621-1836

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Weise &
April Huff at
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 - 07:13 pm:   

This CFP is about SF, but I thought the geographical aspect earned it a place on the interstitial list. It's border crossing in a quite literal sense.

A Commonwealth of Science Fiction
Liverpool Foresight Centre
(Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 August 2004)
Liverpool, UK
An Event Organised By The Science Fiction Foundation

Guests of Honour: Damien Broderick, Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Nalo
Hopkinson Call for Papers

By the end of the twentieth century, sf had come to be dominated by
American books and magazines produced by writers in the
Gernsbackian-Campbellian tradition. Equally television, films and
comics have been dominated by agendas and conventions established in
Hollywood and New York. But this is not the only kind of science
fiction available to writers and readers, producers and consumers. At
the moment there is a boom in British sf, in recently years there has
been a boom in Australian sf, and Canadian sf continues to thrive.
Sometimes challenging the US tradition, sometimes appropriating it,
sometimes entirely separate, there is a whole Commonwealth of Science

Building on the success of the 2001: A Celebration of British Science
Fiction event we wish to bring scholars, critics, researchers,
academics, librarians and readers together to consider that
Commonwealth and the commonweal: the Empire writing back, centres and
margins, national histories of sf, national identity and science
fiction, dialects and idiolects, hybrid identities, post-imperial
melancholy, international and local markets, the 'Special
Relationship', the Pacific Rim vs. the North Atlantic, and discoveries
and rediscoveries, evaluations and re-evaluations of science fiction in
any media, written or visual, from Commonwealth countries.

Send abstracts or expressions of interest to: Andrew M Butler, Dept of
Media and Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University College,
Canterbury, CT1 1QU, UK or email by 31 January 2004.

Dr Andrew M Butler
Media and Cultural Studies
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Ext 3127
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 - 07:16 pm:   

And this is included because it's Suzy McKee Charnas, whom Delia has described to me as pretty darn interstitial.

Suzy McKee Charnas will be a Special Guest at the 2004 Popular Culture
Association Conference, April 7-10, at San Antonio. She will be presenting
a public reading at the conference, but the SF/F Area of Popular Culture is
soliciting proposals for papers on her work and participants for a
Roundtable discussion (co-moderated by Suzy Charnas and Robin Reid) on the
topic of "Feminism and SF/F." (A list of her SF/F is included below)

Any disciplinary method or approach is welcome for either the papers or the

Presenters may present and paper AND participate in a Roundtable discussion!


Completed papers (15 minute reading time limit) or 250-word abstracts may
be sent to:

Robin Reid
P.O. Box 353
Commerce TX 75429


Send a paragraph on issues/topics/questions/challenges/ideas you want to
talk informally about for 5minutes or so at a Roundtable on Feminism and SF/F.

E-mail submissions are highly recommended (although a hard copy backup is
always a good idea):

Full panel proposals are welcome; send topic, names, and submissions together.

Independent scholars and undergraduates welcome!

Graduate Students may compete for the SF/F Area's awards for distinguished
graduate submissions (it's real money!). Please mail three hard copies of
your completed paper, following MLA formatting guidelines, to the Area
Chair by January 15, 2004.

Information on publications and issues can be found on Suzy McKee Charnas'

Publications & Awards

Walk to the End of the World (Book One of The Holdfast Chronicles)
Motherlines (Book Two of The Holdfast Chronicles)
The Furies (Book Three of The Holdfast Chronicles)
The Conqueror's Child (Book Four of The Holdfast Chronicles) (Winner of
1999 Tiptree Award)

The Vampire Tapestry
Dorothea Dreams
The Ruby Tear (as Rebecca Brand)
The Kingdom of Kevin Malone

The Bronze King (Valentine Marsh Series Book One)
The Silver Glove (Valentine Marsh Series Book Two)
The Golden Thread (Valentine Marsh Series Book Three)
Music of the Night, fiction collection, on disc, 2001


Nebula, Hugo, Gilgamesh, Aslan (Mythopoeic Society), and induction into the
Gaylictic Spectrum Award Hall of Fame, 2003, for all four books of the
Holdfast Chronicles.

NOTE: You may present only one paper in ONE Division at PCA/ACA.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 02:56 pm:   

Here's the Wiscon CFP:

Call for papers:
WisCon 28 the conference of feminist science fiction will be held on the
Memorial Day weekend: May 28-31, 2004, at the Concourse Hotel in
downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

For detailed information about the convention:

We invite papers and presentations on science fiction and fantasy, with
an emphasis on issues of feminism, gender, race, and class. We
especially welcome papers on the work of this year's guests of honour,
Eleanor Arnarson and Patricia McKillip.

Send proposals of 50-100 words (be warned: proposals longer than that
will be returned unread for a rewrite) via e-mail to:

Justine Larbalestier

Deadline: 13 February, 2004.
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Veronica Schanoes
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2003 - 07:54 am:   

"Crossing Borders": Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

Lyons (France) 20-24 July 2004 Deadline : 30 November 2003

The twelfth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship,Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Lyons, France from Tuesday 20 July through Saturday 24 July, at the Ecole normale sup=E9rieure lettres et sciences humaines, one of the members of Institut d'Histoire du Livre. All through the year more details about transportation, accommodation, etc. will be available on the Institute's web site.

The main topic of the conference will be "Crossing Borders": cultural transfers between the old and the new worlds, on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Presentations of European archival sources for the history of the book are also encouraged. As always, SHARP welcomes proposals for papers dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written or printed word in any place or historical period. Proposals for individual papers, 400 words in length, should give the paper title, a short abstract (if possible in English and in French), and biographical identification of the scholar. Session proposals should include a cover sheet explaining the theme and goals of the session, with separate abstracts for each paper. Both proposals should indicate any audio-visual needs. Proposals by email preferred.

The conference languages will be English and French.

A limited number of travel grants will be available to PhD candidates now engaged in writing their theses, and to independent scholars (those unaffiliated with institutions which normally support travel to conferences). If you wish to be considered for such a grant, please so indicate at the end of your proposal.

Submissions should be sent to :
Mr Dominique VARRY ENSSIB 17-21 boulevard du 11 novembre F-69623
Villeurbanne cedex Fax : +33 (0)4 72 44 27 88 Email :

For more information about SHARP and a link to the conference site, visit SHARP Web
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 03:29 pm:   

The Société des Études Supérieures du Département d’Études françaises (SESDEF)
at the University of Toronto announces a


Student Conference
French Graduate Studies
April 16th and 17th, 2004


This conference is intended for M.A. and Ph.D. students from all French
Studies disciplines: Linguistics, Literature, Cultural Studies, History,
This year, the proposed theme is The In-Between, this creative space that
favours encounters and abolishes frontiers.

We are looking for papers of approximately twenty minutes, which may refer to
any historical period and may use any methodological approach, on such topics

• the interwar period (Camus, Sarraute, jazz)
• in-between genres (epistolary novels, popular literature)
• in-between languages (diasporas, bilingualism, backslang, English and
other non-French language representations of French culture)
• in-between seas (francophone literature, cultural exchanges)
• in-between covers (education, book/printing history)

Please send us an anonymous abstract of your paper in either French or English
(250 words maximum). On a separate sheet, please indicate your name and
coordinates, as well as the title of your paper.

Please send everything to:
SESDEF: Student Conference
Department of French Studies
University of Toronto
50, St. Joseph Street, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 1J4

You could also send us your abstracts by e-mail:

If you have any inquiry, please contact Johanna Danciu or Caroline Prud'Homme:


Please be advised that amongst the papers presented at the conference, some
will be chosen for publication.

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Theodora Goss
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2003 - 08:36 am:   

This is specifically about Edward Said, but I think of him as a potentially interesting source for thinking about interstitiality, so I'm including the CFP.

Translit: UCLA Journal of Comparative Literature

TransLit is a new, refereed journal produced by graduate students in
the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of
California at Los Angeles. A meeting place for a wide range of
disciplines and theoretical approaches, the journal publishes
scholarly articles that treat textual, visual, musical or other
media, and which relate broadly to the field of Comparative
Literature. Bringing together a range of critical studies, Translit
serves as a forum for challenging disciplinary boundaries, fostering
innovative connections, and examining the relevance of comparative
literary studies in the contemporary world.

For its inaugural issue TransLit invites submissions for a special
section on the pioneering work of Edward Said. We seek articles that
consider the impact of Said's literary criticism, his theoretical
work, and his political activism, and encourage both papers examining
his thought directly as well as those relating tangentially to issues
central to his career. Possible topics include the following:

The continued importance of Orientalism across multiple disciplines
"Post-colonial" studies and the critique of imperialism
Secular Criticism
Humanism after Said
Redefinitions of the field of Comparative Literature
The role of the intellectual in society
The bridging of academia and political activism

Submission guidelines:

Submissions undergo a blind peer-review by either graduate students
and/or faculty members specializing in the areas or topics addressed
in the submission. The author's name should appear only in the cover
letter and should not appear in the submission, except in notes or
bibliographical citations (with no first-person references).
Manuscripts should meet the following criteria:

1. Include a cover letter and a one-page abstract.
2. Manuscripts should be between 15 and 25 pages and must be in MLA
style (see the The MLA Style Manual and the MLA Handbook for Writers
of Research Papers).
3. Authors must provide translations of all extensive quotations not
originally in English.
4. Send a hard copy of each submission by February 1, 2004, to:

Submissions Editor
TransLit: UCLA Journal of Comparative Literature
Department of Comparative Literature
212 Royce Hall
P.O. Box 951536
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Questions to:
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2003 - 08:38 am:   

And I just thought this one looked really cool!

CALL FOR PAPERS: Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Graduate
University of Calgary
April 16-17, 2004

“Bridging and Breaking Boundaries”

Staff and students of the University of Calgary recently formed a
Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies (MARCS) research group whose
principal aim is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry and exchange. In
an effort to promote this goal, student members of MARCS are pleased to
invite graduate students from all Western colleges and universities to
the first ever medieval and renaissance graduate student conference
hosted by the University of Calgary. The conference will be held from
April 16 to 17, 2004.

The conference seeks to explore cultural liminalities or, broadly
termed, boundaries. Boundaries may be conceived in one or any number of
spatial/temporal combinations between the natural/constructed, the
moving/fixed, the permeable/resistant. Papers might consider boundaries
and corresponding boundary conditions in terms of divisions,
contiguities, limits, limitations, or configurations for subjects as
varied as gender/sexuality paradigms, socio-political
centres/peripheries, historical periodization, urban/architectural
integrations, transculturation, linguistic flux, religious hierocracies,
compositions of territorial borders/frontiers, textual and technological
margins, and literary categorizations. The conference therefore
encourages inquiry from a range of medieval and renaissance disciplines:
philosophy, religion, literature, philology, language, history,
sociology, and science.

Conference sessions will be held over two days and will include keynote
addresses by two prominent academics who display the sort of
interdisciplinary inquiry that this conference seeks to foster. Murray
McGillivray, a medievalist who combines new media technology with
traditional philology and has produced several electronic editions of
literary manuscripts, will offer a paper concerning his current
project. The second speaker is Jonathan Hart, an early modern historian
and literary scholar who works across disciplines and national and
linguistic borders. His research focus is the intersection between
historiography, theory, and literature and his most recent work concerns
exploration narratives.

Students are requested to submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) that
outlines the topic to be presented in a twenty-minute paper. The
sessions will follow the standard format of academic conferences with
three papers followed by a discussion period.

Abstracts are due February 7, 2004 and should be faxed, mailed or
emailed to:

Ayn Becze
University of Calgary
Social Sciences Tower, 11th floor
2500 University Drive
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403)220-5470
Fax: (403)289-1123
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 - 12:13 pm:   

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Children's Literature

April 30-May 2, 2004
SUNY New Paltz

A 3-day conference for creative writers and scholars from across the
disciplines with panel discussions, film screenings, and individual
presentations. Suggested topics include: The Persistence of Myth; The Quest;
Genre Tropes in Contemporary Fiction and Film; Fantasy and Linguistics;
Teaching Outside the Canon; Magic Realism; Horror and the Academy: Lovecraft
to King.

Critic Guest of Honor: John Clute
Writer Guest of Honor: Elizabeth Hand

Other scheduled guests include: Jeanne Cavelos, Ellen Datlow, Gavn Grant,
Ellen Kushner, Kelly Link, Jim Mintz, M. Rickert, Delia Sherman, Sara Smith,
Gordon Van Gelder

Address queries to the conference co-directors: Heinz Insu Fenkl, Director
of Creative Writing and ISIS (The Interstitial Studies Instutute), or John Langan, English Dept, Send
papers or 500-word proposals by 2/1/04 via mail in Word to John Langan.

*Made possible in part by a grant from Conversations in the Disciplines and
co-sponsored by The Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz.

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