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

Talking to Myselves

Our warmest congratulations to Shawn Edrei, for the publication of his very first book, "Talking to Myselves", has just been published digitally via Smashwords.

What if the masks you wore in your everyday life were real? What if every "persona" you adopted just to get through the day had its own name, its own motivations and desires? In "Talking to Myselves", a writer with Dissociative Identity Disorder contends with three alters, all of whom are poets. Supernaturally sensitive Lenore, nostalgic Jonathan and defiant Shane each take their turn at the helm, expressing themselves through poetry that ranges from the comical to the heartfelt, from the reverent to the iconoclastic.

The book is available in multiple electronic formats:

Poetry in Unexpected Places

We're hosting an international academic conference soon, this one organized by Prof. Karen Alkalay-Gut and Nadja Rumjanceva.

Tuesday, March 22nd: Save the date!

For more details, check out the brochure.