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Food Sustainability & Food Security Invitational Conference
(University of California, Santa Barbara)

Deadline for Submission: October 15th, 2008
Conference Location:UC Santa Barbara
Conference Dates: February 5-7, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Darra Goldstein ed. Gastronomica

The UC Santa Barbara Department of English is organizing an invitational conference on the topic of food sustainability and food security, which will dovetail with a year-long series of food-themed events at the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. The conference aims to bring scholars and food workers together to investigate the historical and contemporary dynamics of the global food system and to consider the future of food studies as an interdisciplinary field. The conference will open with an evening keynote address on February 5th, followed by a full day of panels on February 6th and a closing roundtable with community food leaders on the morning of February 7th.

Possible panel topics:
1. Regional food systems
2. Ethnic and indigenous agricultures
3. Food crisis
4. Food & war
5. Commodity histories
6. Fair trade & farmer cooperatives
7. Slow Food
8. Haute cuisine & molecular gastronomy

Please sumbit a brief abstract describing your topic to by October 15th. Presentations should run from 12-15 minutues.    

Fifth Annual Graduate Conference at Brandeis University

Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2007
Conference Location: Brandeis University
Conference Dates: February 15, 2008
Plenary speakers:
Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Brandeis University
Second speaker, TBA
Innovative critical approaches sensitive to the body constantly reveal it as an occluded term at the center of many of our cultural, ethical, and aesthetic discourses. Our constructions of race, economy, law, desire, nationhood, textuality, and even language itself owe more to the body than their surfaces may readily acknowledge.
 "Fleshing out the Text," an interdisciplinary conference, seeks to probe the discourses embracing, resisting, and constituting bodies across a broad spectrum of historical, theoretical, and literary contexts. We invite papers that dismember, remember, and generally "flesh out" the body and its texts through critical interventions that open up and even operate upon them in provocative and unexpected ways.
The conference is open but not limited to original scholarship in the following areas:
Corporeal poetics
The textual corpus, the corpus as text
Historicizing the body
Trauma, wounds, and scars
Narratology and narrative
Illness, disease, harm, and healing
Disability studies
Science and technology
Post-rational revisions of the body
Skin, membranes, boundaries
Medicine and the body
Gendered, sexed, and queer bodies
The post-colonial body
Raced bodies
The religious or mystical body
Performativity, theatricality
Dualism, monism, and other paradigms
Monstrous bodies
The body politic
The urban body
Spaces and architecture
Submissions are not limited on the basis of historical period or genre; we hope to have papers and panels that span an array of cultural, historical, theoretical, and disciplinary contexts.
Send panel proposals and/or paper abstracts (350 words maximum) to by January 15, 2007.  For more information, visit the conference website at

Interdisciplinary Conference on Intimate Labors (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Deadline for Submission: April 15, 2007
Conference Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Conference Dates: October 4-6, 2007

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Viviana Zelizer (Princeton) and Rose Ann DeMoro ( California Nurses’ Association)

INVITED CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS: Eileen Boris (UCSB), Laura Briggs (Arizona), Amalia Cabezas (UCR), Grace Chang (UCSB), Dorothy Sue Cobble (Rutgers), Evelyn Nakano Glenn (UCB), Steven Gregory (Columbia), Maria Ibarra (SDSU), Jennifer Klein (Yale), Cameron Macdonald (Wisconsin), Premilla Nadasen (CUNY-Brooklyn), Rhacel Parreñas (UCD), Raka Ray (UCB), Ellen Reese (UCR), Becki Ross (British Columbia).

Hull Professor of Women’s Studies Eileen Boris of UCSB and Asian American Studies Professor Rhacel Parreñas of UC Davis invite single paper proposals from graduate students and junior faculty members that advance critical and innovative ways of thinking about how intimate labor could be a useful category of analysis for understanding not just current economic transformations and strategies for social change, but also for the social meanings of money and love; constructions of race, gender, and sexuality; and relations of power and authority in the global economy. We encourage diverse methods and approaches from the humanities as well as social sciences, including but not limited to ethnography, microhistory, political economy, critical race theory, and cultural studies. Papers will be “work shopped” in breakout sessions not only to provide an opportunity for graduate students and junior faculty to present their work but also to receive extensive comments from invited commentators and the assembled audience.

We hope this conference creates a venue for intellectual exchange and collaboration between junior and senior scholars to discuss care work, sex work, and domestic work around the themes of the political economy of intimate labor, globalization “from below” through intimate labor practices, work process and the culture of intimacy, and the politics of space and labor organizing. Princeton sociologist Viviana Zelizer, the author of The Purchase of Intimacy, will give the academic keynote on October 5 and we have invited Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of the innovative California Nurses’ Association, for a kick-off keynote on October 4.

Funding (transportation and 2 nights in hotel shared accommodations) is available for conference participants connected to the UC system and partial funding may be available for other selected participants.

The conference organizers ask that all proposals be sent to Ellie Shermer ( Submissions should include a one-page abstract, one-page curriculum vitae, and a mailing address, phone, and email address.

Proposals are due April 15th, 2007. Decisions will be made and participants notified by May 15 th, 2007. Papers due September 1. They will be pre-circulated through the password protected conference webpage.

Figures of Comparison in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Center for Comparative Literature and Society [CCLS], Columbia

Deadline for Submission: December 31, 2006
Conference Location: New York, NY
Conference Dates: March 2-3, 2007

Minstrelsy, Passing, and the Location of American Racial Identity (journal issue)

Deadline for Submission: July 15, 2006
Journal: LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

Americana: Readings in Popular Culture (collection)

Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2006
Sponsor: Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture

Fissures and Sutures: Sources of Division and Mutual Aid in Postcolonial Reflections on History and Literature (International USACLALS Conference)

Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2006
Conference Location: Santa Clara, CA
Conference Dates: October 27-29, 2006

Racing Across Borders: National and Transnational Narratives (grad)

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2006
Conference Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Conference Dates: May 13, 2006

Theorizing the 'First Wave' Globally (MLA '06)

Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2006
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Conference Dates: December 27-30, 2006

Local, Global, and Glocal: Shifting Borders and Hybrid Identities (grad)

Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2006
Conference Location: University of Arizona
Conference Dates: April 6-9, 2006

Non-fiction Travel Literature from the Americas, Europe and China (China)

Deadline for Submission: January 30, 2006
Conference Location: Xi’an International Studies University, China
Conference Dates: June 12-16, 2006

The American Studies Association Conference

Deadline for Submission: January 27, 2006
Conference Location: Oakland, CA
Conference Dates: October 12-15, 2006

U.S. & British Imperialism in Africa, The Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East

Deadline for Submission: January 20, 2006
Conference Location: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Conference Dates: May 15-18, 2006

Internationalization of American Studies/Transpacific American Studies (ASA '06)

Deadline for Submission: January 10, 2006
Conference Location: Oakland, CA
Conference Dates: October 12-15, 2006

Contemporary Slavery (ASA '06)

Deadline for Submission: January 5, 2006
Conference Location: Oakland, CA
Conference Dates: October 12-15, 2006

Globalization and Resistance (grad)

Deadline for Submission: January 1, 2006
Conference Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Conference Dates: March 3-5, 2006

Console-ing Passion: An International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, and New Media

Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2005
Conference Location: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Conference Dates: May 25-27th, 2006

Taking Exception (grad)

Deadline for Submission: December 14, 2005
Conference Location: Cornell University
Conference Dates: March 3-4, 2006

Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the US Conference

Deadline for Submission: Nov. 18, 2005
Conference Location: Florida Atlantic University
Conference Dates: April 27-30, 2006

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

Deadline for Submission: Nov. 1, 2005
Conference Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Conference Dates: April 12-15, 2006

National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference

Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2005
Conference Location: San Francisco
Conference Dates: March 30-April 1, 2006