Well, that was an eventful couple of days.  It remains to be seen whether any amount of agitation will stop the SOPA/PIPA bills, but here’s hoping it does.

In the mean time, several calls for papers have come through my inbox recently, one dealing with Germany’s revolutionary years, in this case 1916 to 1923 (interesting choice…), and the other two are graduate conferences, one with an extended proposal deadline (the James A. Rawley Graduate Conference at Nebraska).  The Germany conference looks to be a big deal, as it’s taking place in 2013.


The organizing committee of the Seventh Annual James A. Rawley
Graduate Conference in the Humanities has decided to extend our
submission deadline to January 27, 2012. To apply please send a short
CV and an abstract to rawley@unlserve.unl.edu. The official CFP is
re-posted below.

Thank you,
Brian Sarnacki
Chair, James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities

Shifting Boundaries: Expansion, Invasion, and Violence in the West

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s History Graduate Students’
Association welcomes proposals for the Seventh Annual James A. Rawley
Graduate Conference in the Humanities, “Shifting Boundaries:
Expansion, Invasion, and Violence in the West.” The Homestead National
Monument will host this event on March 31, 2012. This
interdisciplinary conference explores the many facets of expansion
into and invasion of the North American West. “Newcomers” often
clashed with those already living on the land as a result of altered
physical, cultural, and social boundaries.

We invite papers and panels covering any aspect of the West’s shifting
boundaries, including representations and reenactments of violence,
city development and changing environmental landscapes, homesteading
and other federal land policies, homesteading literature, and social
boundaries such as gender, race, and class. We especially encourage
papers and panels about the Native American experience before, during,
and after the American Civil War, including, but not limited to, the
Dakota Conflict, Sand Creek Massacre, and dispossession of land as a
consequence of the Civil War. We also welcome perspectives on other
colonial ‘frontiers.’

Our keynote panel, “Looking Forward: The Challenges, Directions, and
Futures of Western History,” will be a discussion on issues of Western
History featuring Sarah Carter, Elliott West, and John R. Wunder.
Sarah Carter is the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of
History and Classics and Chair of the Department of History and
Classics and Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.
Her most recent book, The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and
Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915, has received several book
awards. Elliott West is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History
at the University of Arkansas. In addition to the numerous books and
articles he has published, he was a finalist for the 2009 Robert
Foster Cherry Award recognizing outstanding teaching in the
English-speaking world. John R. Wunder is an Emeritus Professor of
History and Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and
recent president of the Western History Association.

We encourage participants in the James A. Rawley Conference to attend
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Great Plains Studies
conference, “1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains,” held on March
28-30, 2012. Pre-registration for the CGPS conference is required.
Registrants for the CGPS Conference will received a reduced
registration fee at the Rawley Conference. Proof of payment to the
CGPS is required for the discount to take effect. Please visit their
website for more information about rates.

We invite paper proposals from graduate and advanced undergraduate
students across all disciplines. Paper proposals should include a
one-paragraph abstract and one-page C.V. Full panel proposals will
also be considered. Panel proposals should include a one-paragraph
description of the panel itself, as well as a one-paragraph abstract
for each paper (maximum of three) and a current C.V. for each panel
participant. Please indicate any audio-visual needs required for
presentations upon submission of proposals. All proposals should be
emailed to rawley@unlserve.unl.edu no later than January 27, 2012.

Brian Sarnacki
P.h.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Chair, James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities


CfP: In search of revolution 1916-1923: Germany and its European context

When compared to the state of research on the First World War as well as on the Weimar Republic the German Revolution as an integral part of the revolutionary era from 1916 to 1923 in Europe as a discrete field is understudied. Since the path-breaking studies of the 1960s (Tormin, von Oertzen, Kolb, Rürup) research on the German Revolution has broken little new ground. Moreover, up to the present day the historiography of the German Revolution has not moved beyond the politically and ideologically biased patterns of interpretation that characterized the debates in the following two decades. These debates themselves mirrored the conflicts and divisions within a broadly defined left, which themselves were based on the earliest interpretations of the revolution dating back to the beginning of the 1920s. The paradigm created by this discourse continues to dominate approaches to the revolution of 1918. The wider developments in scholarly methodology and concepts over the past three decades which have infiltrated most areas of historical research today have by-passed the German Revolution. It is now almost fifty years since the debates kicked-off  by Tormin et al. were inaugurated.
This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to do two things: Firstly, we want to broaden the scope of the debate on the German Revolution beyond its present narrow political parameters by incorporating its social/cultural, literary/discursive, political/legal and commemorative/memory aspects; and secondly, related to this, we want to re-historicize the German Revolution by reinserting it into the era of revolutionary ferment in Europe between 1916 and 1923 through comparative analysis, which also aims at integrating colonial influences. To this end we wish to invite scholars working on Germany, Europe and Britain & Ireland in this period to submit proposals for contributions that might open the field towards a new interdisciplinary and transnational paradigm of revolution in this period. In particular we welcome proposals focusing on

–    revolution in its everyday setting
–    revolution as social practice and social memory
–    revolution and its contemporary discourses
–    revolution as cultural agenda
–    revolution as national history/public narrative.

The symposium is jointly organized by the universities of Bielefeld, Limerick and Hamburg and is hosted by the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (FZH) and will take place on 21-23 March 2013.

English language proposals of around 500 words should be emailed to all three organizers not later than 29 February 2012; full papers will be pre-circulated by January 2013. Papers and discussion will be in English.

Speakers include Ellen Kennedy (Pennsylvania, USA), Peter Brandt (Hagen), Steven Smith (EUI/Essex), Andreas Wirsching (Munich).

Prof. Dr. Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld University): <klaus.weinhauer[at]uni-bielefeld.de>
Prof. Dr. Anthony McElligott (CHR, University of Limerick): <Anthony.McElligott[at]ul.ie>
PD Dr. Kirsten Heinsohn (Acting Director, FZH): <heinsohn[at]zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de>

Klaus Weinhauer
Bielefeld University



“Rough Music”: Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)
full name / name of organization:
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students
contact email:

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan’s readings of
classical, literary, and philosophical texts as “a case of violent
appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context.” And
yet, he argues, “this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking
‘effect of truth'” and “a shattering new insight.”

This conference, hosted by the English Department at Southern Methodist
University, invites graduate students to interpret and explore the function
of violence in all of its multitudinous forms, including, but not limited
to, its function in literature. We invite proposals for consideration that
reflect any and all interdisciplinary explorations of violence as trope,
historical event or discursive technique.

Papers may engage violence from a variety of directions and deal with
violence in any of the arenas in which it arises: politics, cultural
studies, class, ethnic and racial discourses, gender, religion or in the
very act of writing itself. Papers might examine questions such as:

• How do physical acts of violence obfuscate systemic violence? How does
literary writing participate in or act against that obfuscation?
• How is violence enacted in, on or through a text?
• Why do some texts marginalize violence, pushing it off-screen, while
other texts foreground it, making it a central part of their subject or, at
times, the subject itself?
• What happens to a subject who is subjected to violence, physically or

The keynote speaker for this conference will be Dr. Richard Rankin Russell,
Associate Professor of English at Baylor University. Dr. Russell
specializes in 20th century British and Irish literatures. Among his
numerous publications, Dr. Russell’s most recent book, Poetry and Peace:
Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland (2010) was published
by Notre Dame University Press. It received the 2011 SCMLA award and 2010
SAMLA award for best book published by a member of the association.

Please submit a 250-word abstract for your 20-minute presentation to
smugradconference@smu.edu by February 1, 2012. Please specify your
institutional affiliation, if applicable, and any technological requests.
cfp categories:
modernist studies


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