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Victorian Vocabularies

Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, 11th-14th April 2012

Keynote speakers include: Helen Groth (University of New South Wales), Andrew H. Miller (Indiana) and Cathy Waters (Kent)

Victorians needed names for new things, novel practices, and emergent techniques. Cumulatively, these formed vocabularies, some by deliberation and design, others aggregating over time. The era abounds in private and specialised languages, modish slangs, and technical terms used in craft, industry, medicine, law, the arts, and sciences. These vocabularies circulated through small networks or made the leap to the public realm where they could be considered in new lights and put to unfamiliar uses. We invite you to think about Victorian vocabularies across British, colonial, and global contexts. Papers might address vocabulary-making, transmission, and re-purposing. They might consider the vocabulary as pedagogic tool or as potent metaphor. Possible topics include:-Specialist and technical vocabularies - Narratives of vocabulary-making - Educational vocabularies - Political vocabularies - Vocabularies of the body - Emotional vocabularies - Commercial and legal vocabularies - Vocabularies and globalisation - Representations of vocabularies - Colonial and military vocabularies - Vocabularies and mass culture - Visual culture and vocabularies - Animal vocabularies - Sexual vocabularies - Neo-Victorian vocabularies - Religious vocabularies

Please send paper proposals (of approx 150-250 words) for 20 minute papers to no later than September 30th 2011. Any queries regarding the conference can be directed to the same address.

Postgraduate Travel Scholarships available.


Desire: From Eros to Eroticism

CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Department

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

The concept of desire has been the subject of much examination throughout centuries of literature. From the ancient Greek idea of eros to psychological analysis of the subject through contemporary negotiations of love and desire, the interpretation of desire has evolved, but it has always held a central role in our literature and discourse. Desire serves as the motivation for action, and yet the most satisfying desire is often the one that remains unfulfilled. This conference will explore desire as it impels us forward in our pursuit of an end, which may be unattainable.

We invite papers from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore desire as it is portrayed in literature, philosophy, theory, art, film, or society. Some of the questions this conference seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

• How does desire serve as a motivating force?
• Must desire be fulfilled in order to fulfill its purpose?
• In what ways are the repercussions of desire demonstrated?
• How has the definition of desire evolved between different cultures or time periods?
• In what way does desire figure into political landscapes, contemporary or otherwise?
• What is the relationship between desire and cultural production and entertainment in the age of the Internet and other technologies?
• How does an author’s desire factor into the creation of a text?
• How does an absence of desire affect the text and its characters?
• How does comprehension of desire help us to explore the human psyche?
• How is desiring the “undesirable” presented and addressed?
• How does desire relate to discussions of gender, sexuality, race, and other intersections of sexual politics?
• How does desire relate to other concepts such as love, seduction, intoxication, and pleasure?

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by September 15, 2011 to Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. We also welcome panel proposals of three to four papers.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Writers’ Institute at the City University of New York Graduate Center, an un-MFA program devoted to bringing together the country’s most talented writers and today’s most celebrated editors, and by the Center for the Humanities, an interdisciplinary public forum devoted to promoting the humanities programs both for CUNY students and for all New Yorkers.



Modernist Women Writers (no deadline noted; e-journal)

Contact: Kathy Lou Schultz,

HOW2 , an electronic extension of the 80s journal HOW(ever), focusing on innovative writing and scholarship by and about contemporary and modernist women writers, is seeking conference papers given in these subject areas for the "In Conference" section of the journal. Recent papers published include work from the Mina Loy: A Symposium, papers delivered at the Institute of English Studies—School of Advanced studies, University of London, on 11 March 2000 and African-American New Poetries, papers delivered at the American Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, California, Spring 2000.

Papers from male and female scholars welcome. The paper must have been given at a recent conference. See the most recent "In Conference" section here:

Email submissions or questions to:


Women's Studies (no deadline; journal)

Womens Studies Journal

Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which provides a forum for the presentation of scholarship and criticism about women, invites submissions from scholars across the disciplines, including literature, history, art, sociology, law, political science, economics, religious studies, anthropology and the sciences. We also publish poetry as well as film and book reviews. Send three copies of submissions (up to 25 pp. in length and conforming to current MLA style) to Wendy Martin, Editor, Claremont Graduate University, Blaisdell House, 143 East Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711-6163.


UPDATE: Women Writers (no deadline; e-journal)

Contact: Kim Wells,

Women Writers

Seeking Book Reviews & Critical Essays on/about women authors and Fiction & Poetry by women writers for Women Writers: A Zine (an E-Journal).Women Writers has been "live" for one year, and in that time has received critical acclaim, and is rated one of the top 100 sites by and for women on the Internet, as well as receiving over 26,000 visitors, from both U.S. and international circles. We feature critical debate about women authors, and provide a forum for publication for new contemporary women writers.

The site includes scholarship, links, resources and original fiction/poetry. We have a more "academic" flavor than the other Literary forums out there, and seek to actively promote discussion/learning about women's literature.

Check us out at: before submitting samples, and then, if you're interested in writing for the site, send an essay that you might consider publishing on a women writer, a book review (women authors only, please), or an essay on any aspect of woman's literature to the editor. Length may vary; shoot for between 200 and 1500 words.... Submissions that make use of Internet resources (links to other websites) will be particularly well received.

See general guidelines for submission of scholarly articles at: < > Poets/Fiction writers go to: < > for submission guidelines; < > to see currently published work. Book reviewers, check . "Academic" articles as well as more 'personal essay' style contributions are welcome. Graduate students, professors, professional scholars and anyone else who might like to write for this up and coming site.

Also, we are currently seeking a fiction editor. If you're interested in editing the fiction we receive, contact Kim at address above for more details.