Thursday, November 8, 2012

A graduate conference in Yale

"American Literature in the World" Graduate Conference.  Yale University,
April 19, 2013

Margaret Fuller and Herman Melville.  Edith Wharton and Mark
Twain.  Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.  Langston Hughes and Elizabeth
Bishop.  Leslie Silko and Lyn Hejinian.  Edwidge Danticat and Junot
Diaz.  Jhumpa Lahiri and Dave Eggers.  To study these and countless
other authors is to see that the United States and the world are
neither separate nor antithetical, but part of the same analytic
fabric.  We invite papers exploring these complex networks on a
variety of platforms: from the human bodies and cultural archives
migrating across the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, to the
dynamic interactions between indigenous populations and those from
other continents; from the publishing circuits and institutions of
print, to the new genres and media making up the digital globalism of
the twenty-first century.

This is a conference with a strong emphasis on research and
publication, anchored by a publication workshop led by Gordon Hutner,
editor of American Literary History, who will be working closely with
conference participants to develop individual essays.  Research
drawing on the collections at the Beinecke Library is especially

The conference is generously supported by the Beinecke Library, the
English Department, and the American Studies Program at Yale
University.  Speakers traveling to New Haven from outside the
tri-state area can apply for a travel stipend of up to $300.  Please
send papers (8-10 pages, double space) or detailed abstracts
to by December 1.

Friday, October 19, 2012

literary music

Hi, everybody

It's easy (for me) to forget that the summer is over but it is! Wishing you a great academic year! Miss you all in my exile in California.

Here is an interesting artist who combines literature and music. Would you be interested in inviting him over to the department?


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Local Renaissance CFP

In March, our department will be hosting a one day conference called Reading Medieval And Renaissance English Literature, and the call has gone out to YOU! Papers to be submitted until January 6.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Transmedia conference CFP

ransmedia: Storytelling and Beyond
31st January to 1st February 2013
Sydney, Australia

Narratives and interactive experiences developed across different media platforms - each of which contributes something unique and valuable to the whole - have become standard fixtures in the contemporary digital landscape. The term 'transmedia storytelling' has enjoyed particular currency within academic circles while the media industry speaks in terms of multiplatform experiences. Much has been written on the subject in the academic and industry press, though new technologies and the pressure to do something innovative with the digital medium mean that the idea and practice of transmedia are in flux. While the debate over what to call this phenomenon remains unresolved, there is no denying its profound impact on the relationship between media producers, audiences/users, digital content and the devices used to consume and produce it. Naming conventions remain a contentious issue, however, there is also a need to examine other aspects of this emerging industry to en sure its ongoing sustainability. This call for presentations represents an invitation to introduce, highlight or clarify key questions concerning issues such as models for benchmarking, techniques for user engagement, value measurement, pedagogy and curriculum design, and evaluative techniques for complex and dynamic user engagement. Transmedia is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary enterprise that draws from fields such creative writing, IT, film, television, media studies, economics, public policy, creative design, and education. Thus, the  project seeks to create a space for critical engagement that is enriched by the participation of academics, industry professionals and other stakeholders, as well as audience/users from across the disciplinary spectrum.

We are delighted to launch the project in Sydney with 2 one-day events organised around separate, yet related themes. We therefore welcome proposals for presentations, papers and panels on the following topics:
Day One 31st January 2013
- (Re)Defining and understanding the meaning of transmedia/multiplatform production
- Narrative/Aesthetic/Thematic analysis of transmedia/multiplatform experiences
- Social networking trends and their impact on transmedia/multiplatform development
- Technologies that drive transmedia/multiplatform consumption, production and the post-broadcast era as a whole
- Innovation in transmedia/multiplatform production
- The future of transmedia/multiplatform development, uses and engagement
- Pedagogies and curriculum design for teaching transmedia/multiplatform
- Cultural policy and the promotion of transmedia/multiplatform innovation
Day Two 1st February 2013
- Transmedia/multiplatform production business models
- Studies of transmedia/multiplatform audiences
- Defining and measuring audience/user engagement
- Uses and limitations of web analytics; new approaches

Abstracts and proposals not exceeding 300 words should be submitted jointly to the Organising Chairs by Friday 19th October 2012. Submissions may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author (s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

E-mails should be entitled: TM1 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Organising Chairs
Ann-Marie Cook, Deirdre Hynes and Debra Polson:

Rob Fisher:

This event is part of Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Global Transmedia Research Initiative, whose aim is to bring together people from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds in an ongoing series of activities dedicated to generating dialogue and research on the many facets of transmedia production, reception and industrial sustainability.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume and dedicated journal.

Please note: Since each day is a self-contained event, participants may opt to register for one or two days. We regret that as a not-for-profit network, Inter-Disciplinary.Net is not in a position to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

As part of a global Transmedia research initiative, this project brings together academics and industry professionals to explore issues and case studies around production, reception and industrial sustainability of transmedia/multiplatform experience

Web address:
Sponsored by: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A new graduate journal

This looks like an interesting venue for graduate students, especially the CFP for the issue on sexuality.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recommended Reading / Seminal Works

We've added a page to the blog where important texts will be listed in categories for current and future students. We have decided to crowd-source the list, meaning that we are humbly requesting suggestions for the list. Not all of the suggestions will make it onto the page, but they will all be considered.

Please send your suggestions to the webmaster.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Seeking employment?

The Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University is seeking candidates (all ranks) for a possible position in Modern American Literature with an emphasis on theory and cultural studies, as well as literary studies.

To apply, please send a writing sample, CV, and three letters of recommendation in hard copy by 1 November, 2012, to:
Professor Shirley Sharon-Zisser, Chair
Department of English and American Studies
Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv 69978

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The White Whale on any other night

חברים יקרים,
החלטנו לדחות את מרתון הקריאה במובי דיק ביום ה' ולהצטרף בכך למחאה על האלימות כלפי המפגינים למען צדק חברתי. האכזבה היא גדולה, אך נראה לנו שלא ניתן להתעלם מהאירועים האחרונים ולנהל עסקים כרגיל.  אנו מודות לכם מאד על נכונותכם להשתתף, לבחור טקסטים ומילים לומר, ולחלוק את אהבתכם למובי דיק.  אנחנו מקוות לקיים את האירוע בכל זאת באופן אוטונומי ובמועד מאוחר יותר.  

אילנה פרדס ומלאת שמיר

Dear friends,
We decided to postpone the Moby Dick reading marathon scheduled for Thursday and thus to join the protest against the use of violence toward demonstrators for social justice. 
This is a huge disappointment for us, but we feel that we can’t ignore the larger context for the event. 
We very much thank you for showing enthusiasm for the idea and for volunteering to participate.  We hope to be able to hold this event at a later date – we’ll let you know.

Ilana Pardes and Milette Shamir

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Invictus and The Whale

From the department website:

Invictus and the Poetry of Healing - A lecture by Professor Karen Alkalay-Gut
Thursday, June 14th, 8 PM, Mexico Building (Registration required)

White Night with the White Whale - A reading marathon of Moby-Dick into the night
Thursday, June 28th, 7 PM, Gordo Café, Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv

See you there!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Annual Carmel Lecture

Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities Department of English and American Studies 
Take pleasure in inviting you to 



Henry James,

Silent Film and the Culture of Illusion

Professor Jonathan Freedman

University of Michigan

Friday, May 11, 2012

For all of you Twilight fans out there...

Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions

Monsters and the Monstrous

Volume 2, Number 2, Special Issue on Monstrous Pedagogy: Teaching and
Reading the Twilight Saga

As we approach the release of the final cinematic installment of the
Twilight Saga we want to focus on monsters and pedagogy and in
particular the relation between “Twilight and the Classroom”. How
do we teach Twilight? Why do we teach Twilight? Should we teach

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of
articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms
of submission on the following or related themes:

● Twilight and Gender and Sexuality Studies

● Twilight and Literary Studies

● Twilight and Cultural Studies

● Twilight and Film Studies

● Twilight and Race, Ethnicity, and Idigeneity

● Twilight and Disability Studies

● Twilight and Religious Studies

● Twilight and Psychology

● Twilight and Sociology

Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 3rd August 2012 at
the latest.

Contributions to the journal should be original and not under

consideration for other publications at the same time as they are

under consideration for this publication. Submissions are to be made

electronically wherever possible using either Microsoft® Word or


Length Requirements:

Articles - 5,000 – 7,000 words. Reflections, reports and responses - 1,000 – 3,000 words.

Book reviews - 500 – 4,000 words.

Artworks and photographs (Copyright permissions required)

Poems, prose and short stories

Other forms of contributions are also welcome.

Submission Information:

Send submissions via e-mail using the following Subject Line:

‘Journal: Contribution Type (article/review/...): Author Surname’
and marked "Monstrous Pedagogy."

Submissions E-Mail Address:

Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt.

Contributions are also invited for future issues of the journal which
will include: "Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosit" and "Monstrous

We also invite submission to our special features on Non-English
Language Book Reviews, and Monstrous Pedagogy. Please mark entries for
these topics with their respective headings.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tsuris and Other Literary Pleasures





The 6th Annual Shaindy Rudoff Memorial Evening

Sunday-Tuesday, May 6-8, 2012, Bar-Ilan University, Beck Auditorium, (unless otherwise

Sunday, May 6 Tsuris and Humor, An Evening with Allen Hoffman and Joseph Skibell

17:15-18:00 Reception in honor of Hoffman’s retirement
18:00-20:00 Readings and Conversation with Allen Hoffman and Joseph Skibell

Monday, May 7 Other Literary Pleasures

9:30-11:00 Panel discussion on Allen Hoffman’s writing, moderated by Michael Kramer

Participants: Sharon Baris, William Kolbrener, and Shira Wolosky. Linda Zisquit will read
comments by Steve Stern, Melvin Bukiet and Sidra Ezrahi.

11:30-12:30 Readings by Hoffman’s students, graduates of the Shaindy Rudoff Program:
Janice Weizman, Sophie Judah, Shantam Zohar and Judy Labensohn

13:45-15:30 Storytelling across cultures , an open writing workshop with Rob Handel

16:00-17:15 Discussion with Fulbright Visiting Scholar E. Ethelbert Miller and poet Joy Katz

18:30-20:00 Poetry reading with E. Ethelbert Miller and Joy Katz

Tuesday, May 8 More Literary Pleasures

10:00-11:30 Open workshop in creative nonfiction: Joseph Skibell and E. Ethelbert Miller

12:00-13:30 Open workshop in poetry: Linda Zisquit and Joy Katz

14:00-15:30 Open workshop in fiction: Evan Fallenberg and Joan Leegant

16:00-17:30 Reading by Fulbright Scholars in creative writing E. Ethelbert Miller, Robby
Nadler, and Jacob Newberry, moderated by Marcela Sulak

The 6th Annual Shaindy Rudoff Memorial Evening in memory of Founding Director Shaindy Rudoff, z”l

17:45-18:30 Reception

18:30-20:00 Suddenly, A Knock at the Door: Reading by Etgar Keret
in conversation with Evan Fallenberg

Remarks Hedda Rudoff

Closing remarks Allen Hoffman

All events are free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

An eventful may

(As seen on the department website)

Writing Across the Americas - An international conference.
Sunday, May 6th through Monday May 7th, Gilman Building Room 496

Annual Vardi Lecture - Professor Erik Roraback, Charles University, Prague, "The Autopoiesis of Modernity: A Philosophical Baroque"
Thursday, May 10th, 4 PM, Gilman Building Room 496

Reading a Symptom: Literary and Psychoanalytical Perspectives - International Symposium
Monday, May 14th

Friday, April 6, 2012

A new CFP - chronicity

Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The Call:
The apparent increase in and diversity of chronic conditions calls
for better understandings of the spaces between health and illness
that chronic patients occupy, often for most of their lives and raises
questions not just about those that suffer, but also about those that
care for them, available treatments and care, and social
Questions: 1) How can we articulate the tension between the
biomedical model of chronicity and its embodied experience? 2) What
language and other forms of representation can we use to map, chart
and begin to explore the meanings possible within such spaces? 3) What
insights can these provide to inform better chronic care management?
4) What is the relationship between chronicity and wellbeing? 5) How
do individuals, societies and cultures make sense of chronicity?
Themes for Papers/ Workshops/ Short Performances:
1. The Borderlands:
- well but ill; degrees of wellness; degrees of illness.
- chronic illness; terminal illness
- chronic pain/ acute pain
- metaphors for and of the journey
2. Understanding CI
- clinical trials/ Big Pharma and CI
- identity and sense of self
- shame, stigma and guilt
- medicine, the clinical gaze, and CI
- the relationship with our body
3. Living with CI
- CI and family
- CI and work
- CI and disability
- CI and ethnicity
- CI and gender
4. Giving CI Voices
- the language of CI
- narrating CI
- representing CI
- performing CI
5. Coping with CI
- chronic pain
- managing chronic illness/self-managing chronic illness
- life, time and reinventing meaning
- healthcare and CI
- living well
 THE WHAT: The 2012 meeting of Chronicity will run alongside the
fifth of our projects on Making Sense Of: Madness and we anticipate
holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any
papers or panels considering the problems or addressing issues that
cross both projects. Papers will be considered on any related theme.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th April 2012.
 THE HOW: Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to all
Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF
formats with the following information and in this order: a)
author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e)
body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled:
CHR2 Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any
special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or
underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the
end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this
publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals
submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should
assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic
route or resend.
Organising Chair.
Maria Vaccarella :
Rob Fisher:
For further details of the conference, please visit:
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stanza 7 - Poetry evening in Tel Aviv

On Monday 26 March 2012
At the Bookworm Cafe
9 Kikar Rabin, Tel Aviv

There will be
A Reading

Part One (7.30pm-8.20pm) 

  • Intro 
  • Sabine Huynh 
  • Yoav Itamar 
  • Celia Merlin 
  • Michal Pirani 
  • Ariella Goichman 
  • Mike Stone 
  • Emma Leavey 
  • Shawn Edrei 
  • Dan Savery Raz 
  • Jacob Newberry 
  • Tiferet Peterseil

Part Two (8.30pm-9pm) 

  • Uri Liftshitz 
  • Avshalom Guissin 
  • Wendy Mesguich 
  • Dara Barnatt 
  • Adam Fisher 
  • Melissa Dank 
  • Nadja M.Rumjanceva

For more details and promotion tidbits, the Facebook event is here. See you there! Or here. And then there!

Another one to add to your calendar

Annual Lecture in Honor of Talma Yzraely - Guest lecture by Professor Sandrine Sorlin from the University of Montpellier entitled "The Power of Rhetorical Imposture."
Thursday March 29th, 4 PM, Rosenberg Building Room 002

See you there!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Poetry Prizes award ceremony and winners

 Today, Mon. 19 March 2012 we shall be holding
the prize giving ceremony for the winners of
The Bernice Sheffer Bessin Poetry Competition;
4 - 5pm in the Raymond Health Professions Building, the Fabian -Cyril Boisson Auditorium.

For Bernice Bessin - Professor Karen Alkalay-Gut
Sometimes you don’t know where to go
Because you don’t know someone who has gone
Where your heart wants you to be.

At my age there are few models
Of old ladies who continue
To follow dreams – in words,
In the world – who make rhymes
From their love of living.

And share it with generations to come.

Immigration one - Nadja Rumjanceva
Little things give you away.
It is not stamped on your forehead
that you used to feel at home on wheels.
It does not ooze through your casual clothes
that you shared your first menses with your mother, father and two brothers,
cramped on ten square meters in a fugitive camp.
You don’t even think of these days – here, in the soft light of candelabra.
Do you?
Against the velvety touch of your jacket, the rusty sun of older days
fades into cheap documentary.

When dinner is over, you pick breadcrumbs from your plate
and quick motions of the fork gather the last drops of balsamico.

Also, at night you dream of roads.

Start - Roman Filikovsky
It is dress like a pirate day; so, I step beyond myself,
realizing legs and arms, breast and backbone, knee caps, feet, fingers and hearts. This
is a terrible sun day, as I assume my positions inside time
separating, even as we speak
I watch you are as beautiful as misconstrued body parts asking
we have slept long. I say it is one year or one hundred thousand years and I cannot remember. I ask, how do I look and you look merry.
It is enough to make my muscles move.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Yeats visits the central library

He'll be there until the end of March. The details can be found here.

A Philip K. Dick Conference

Philip K. Dick, a science-fiction writer (not the best one, in my opinion but I may be in the minority) has acquired a somewhat cult status in literary studies, especially in postmodern theory. So here he is, with a conference specially for him! SF fans, this one is for you! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Belated Beginnings

The department is having a busy two weeks! Please check the website to keep track of it all.

A guest lecture by Professor Marc Caplan from Johns Hopkins University
Monday, March 19th, 2012, 2.15 PM, Gilman Building Room 496.

Light refreshments at 2 PM.

Monday, March 12, 2012

An unexpected reminder

Our international academic conference, English Poetry in Unexpected Places, is taking place next Thursday.

The schedule is now available from the department website. See you there!

Guest Lectures by Professor Alexandre Leupin

Department of English and American Studies
The Yael Levin Writer-in-Residence Program

We are honored to invite you

two Guest Lectures

Professor Alexandre Leupin
Kidd and Greogorie Professor in French Studies
Louisianna State University

*   *
"Symptoms of Femininity and Western Narrative"
Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 16:15, Rosenberg Building, Hall 02

"Proust's Desire"
Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 16:15, Webb 103 

Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv
Entrance through Austria Gate (#1) and Safra Gate (#14)

The public is invited

Friday, March 9, 2012

New student writers blog from the UK

This is a new literary blog founded by graduate students at the University of Sheffield, UK.  I think it'd be a great idea for our talented student poets/writers to participate and to gain international exposure. Here is the info I recieved:

Dead Beats was founded in order to give young student writers a space to present their work. We invite everyone to send in their poetry/prose, regardless of experience, the best of which we publish online. Drawing upon the counter-cultural sentiments of the Beat Generation, we wanted to call back to a time when literature was still groundbreaking and in light of the worldwide cutbacks to the arts, still vital. The blog has gained considerable worldwide attention since its conception, garnering over 4000 likes on Facebook and being followed on social networks by some major publishing houses (notably Penguin and Vintage).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bessin Poetry Prizes 2012

The Department of English and American Studies takes pleasure in announcing the winners of the
Annual Bessin Prizes in Poetry
for 2011-12

Nadja Rumjanceva
Roman Filkovsky


Interrupting Whiteness

At the Porter Institute
for Poetics and Semiotics


Tuesday March 13, 6 PM, Webb 102 (in English)

Dr. Janice Fernheimer, University of Kentucky:

Interrupting Whiteness :
Hatzaad Harishon, Black Jews, and the Expansion of Jewish Identity

Janice W. Fernheimer, Assistant Professor, English Department & Program in Jewish Studies
President, Klal Rhetorica

Professor Fernheimer's book project, Rhetoric, Race, Religion: Hatzaad Harishon and Black Jewish Identity from Civil Rights to Black Power (RRR), is under contract with the University of Alabama Press. Analyzing primary archival documents (letters, memos, proposals) housed at the Schomburg Center in New York, RRR focuses on Black Jews and their interactions with other Jews to theorize how rhetors argue about questions of identity and authenticity. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Purim 2012

Dear students of the English and American studies department!

Ladies and gentleman,
Damsels and knights,
Madams and sirs,
Kings and fools
Philosophers and goons,

We all become one only once a year… and you are all invited! Our annual Purim adventure is about to begin, and this time we present to you the Purim...
Renaissance faire!!!
The event will be hosted by Pappas (Hallal Hazaken הלל הזקן 12 Tel-Aviv) on March 8th, and will start at 17:30!
Please dress appropriately for our times, and with respect for our one and only, her Grace, her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth. All our poetry and art is dedicated to her and her alone.

See you there!!!
(for any questions PLEASE contact Maizy via phone :0528044822 or email:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Comedy of Errors in Your Favour

Dear students and lecturers of the English and American studies department,

The Cameri theatre is running Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” and we are happy to announce our department theatre evening! The evening is planned for the 21.3 at 8:30, and the price is only 50 NIS per ticket!!! The amount of tickets is limited so if you are interested, please hurry and send me an email with your name and phone number, before the 28.2. The money will be collected on the first day of term or by later notification.

Hope to see you all there,

For any questions please contact me via phone or email:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Literary London 2012

Call for Papers - Literary London 2012
Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Organised by: The Literary London Society
4-6 July 2012
The 11th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London, on 4-6 July 2012. The Institute is located in Bloomsbury, at the centre of literary London, and just a few minutes’ walk from such attractions as the British Library, the British Museum, and the clubs, pubs, and restaurants of Soho. It is at the heart of London: one of the world's major cities with a long and rich literary tradition reflecting both its diversity and its significance as a cultural and commercial centre. Literary London 2012 aims to:
  • Read literary and dramatic texts in their historical and social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of the metropolis.
  • Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography of London.
  • Consider the social, political, and spiritual fears, hopes, and perceptions that have inspired representations of London.
  • Trace different traditions of representing London and examine how the pluralism of London society is reflected in London literature.
  • Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English literature and drama.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is ‘Sports, Games, and Pastimes’. Topics that might be addressed are:
  • Sport: participation, spectatorship, and sporting events including the three London Olympics
  • Gambling
  • Shopping and fashion
  • Pubs and coffee houses
  • Games and hobbies
  • Holidays, downtime, and park-life
  • Child’s play
  • Reading and writing as pastimes
Please submit all proposals for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions using the online forms at
All proposals must be received by the deadline of 1 April 2012
For more information about the conference, please contact the conference organiser, Martin Dines, at
The full call for papers, online proposals forms, and information about the Literary London Society and the Literary London Journal can be found at the Society’s website:
Please circulate this CFP far and wide!

Monday, February 6, 2012

“Writing Across the Americas” - Call for Papers

Call for Papers:

We are planning an international symposium for May 6 and 7, 2012 to be held at Tel Aviv University, and invite you to submit a proposal (250 words) for a paper that engages with the subject of “Writing Across the Americas.” The symposium will be conducted in English.

Writing Across the Americas: Policies, Politics, Poetics
It is a commonplace that communities in the New World defined themselves in relation to the Old World from which they came. After all, European colonialism shaped the linguistic, religious, and ethnic foundations of the geopolitical entities of the Western hemisphere. But often self-definition has also been affected by these communities’ relation to other communities in the Americas. What impact has the United States had on the self-definition, languages, and cultural production of Latin American nations? What impact has Latin America had on the linguistic policies, culture, and literature of the United States? This symposium will explore these issues from a variety of perspectives.
The following are a few suggested areas, but feel free to submit proposals in other areas as well.
1. The “Americanization” of Latin American language and literature, and the impact of Latino/a and Chicano/a writers on US American language and literature.
2. Migratory experience and aesthetics in North/South American literature.
3. “New World” or “Hemispheric” studies vs. “American” or “Latin American” studies
4. Mutual Images: Latin American perceptions of the US and vice versa
5. Inter-continental Travel Literature
6. Inter-American Cultural Networks
7. Inter-American Artistic Exchanges
8. Translation in the Americas
We are pleased to announce that Professor Ricardo Salvatore of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella , Buenos Aires, and Professor Doris Sommer of Harvard University will be delivering lectures at the conference.

Deadline is March 4th, 2012. Submit proposals to: or

Steering committee for the symposium:
Professor Raanan Rein
Dr. Milette Shamir
Dr. Rosalie Sitman
Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher
Dr. Michael Zakim

Department of English and American Studies, American Studies Program
The Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture