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[UPDATE] Registration open for 'in:flux 1845-1945: A Century in Motion' Postgraduate Conference (27th June 2013)

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 5:35am
University of Birmingham, Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity

We are pleased to announce that registration for 'in:flux 1845-1945: A Century in Motion' is now open. To register, please fill in the short form on our website:

Registration is free and all are welcome!


From God's eye to the Big Brother's room. Geographies of espionage. ONLINE: May 2014

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 5:13pm
Other MOdernitites - online Journal; Università degli Studi di Milano

The function of the eye that spies on us all apparently has never been benevolent, be it a tangible eye, an intangible, or a technological one. From the stern God of the Old Testament — who tracked down the culprits and punished them — to the evolution of modern dystopias, the eye has become increasingly implacable, ubiquitous, and immediate in its expressions, so that there is no time, nor space, left for a postponed punishment. If we want to find a good eye, a fair spy, it is necessary to shift to the side of the observer, of the hero (in this case, with no anti prefix), who sacrifices his/her safety for a larger good, with no doubts or hesitations.

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 2:58pm
Religion and Popular Culture area

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
2013 Conference, Nov. 7 – 9, 2013, Atlantic City, NJ
Religion and Popular Culture Area
Submission deadline: June 14, 2013

The Religion and Popular Culture area seeks presentations on the following topics:

[UPDATE] CfP manycinemas 05: histoire – history/story

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:22am

The journal manycinemas 05 is looking for some more interesting academic articles which highlight the polysemous aspects of history (history/story) in the cinemas of Asia, Africa and Latin America (or some other small film tradition like Inuit etc.).
Please send us your proposal until 10. June 2013.

In French the term histoire is a polysemous one - it has a multiple meaning: history and story. And thus, history is often nothing else than a "narrated history" – a story to describe events in the past in the right manner.

Heroes are created, legends are told, and events in the past are sometimes rewritten. Cinema as well as history forms a collective (and cultural) memory of a nation.

Heroic Passions 27-29 March 2014

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 2:18am
Epistémè @RSA 2014, New York

Heroism was defined through the prism of classical antiquity in the early modern period. Passions, for that matter, were an inherent part of a heroic nature, from Achilles' "baneful wrath" to "choler" envisaged by Thucydides in the Peloponnesian Wars as one of the most central motivations of heroic action. For Montaigne, choler, although it was "ever an imperfection", was "more excusable in a military man". On the early modern stage, there were numerous angry heroes, such as Byron in Chapman's Conspiracy and Tragedy, who "[f]lowes with adust, and melancholy choler", or Coriolanus who is ready to fight "with the spleen / Of all the under-fiends".

CFP: Representing the Contemporary Youth in Teen Television Drama

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 4:22pm
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

From "Beverley Hills 90210" to "Gossip Girl" and "Glee", the genre of the teen drama series has added a unique and multi-faceted dynamic to the American television landscape. The popularity of this genre stems from the way in which it challenges and dramatizes the realities of its young viewers, presenting them with a fantastical reality which is defined by melodrama, materialism and excess. This quality of the genre often causes adult viewers to dismiss the teen drama series as a product of guilty pleasure television.

MAPACA - Atlantic City, NJ (11/7/13 - 11/9/13)

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:31am
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association

MAPACA welcomes proposals on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in its 2013 conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 14, 2013. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, please visit General questions may be directed to mapaca at mapaca dot net.

Time: Medieval, Early Modern

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:40pm
James Howard / Emory University

Temporality has long been a preoccupation for the study of early English literature between the 8th and 17th centuries, whether in terms of our own disciplinary boundaries, the periodization of the past, systems of keeping time, or perceptions of the passage of time. In the past 18 months, both Stephen Greenblatt (The Swerve) and Carolyn Dinshaw (How Soon Is Now) have published monographs pondering, in different ways, how boundaries between the medieval and the modern develop and how they are crossed. This SAMLA special session seeks 15-20 minute papers discussing the treatment of time in the medieval and early modern period.

Networking and the Keats-Shelley Circle (SAMLA, 8-10 November 2013)

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 5:08pm
Keats-Shelley Association of America (affiliated session at SAMLA)

Abstracts are invited for the Keats-Shelley Association's affiliated session to be held as part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference, November 8-10, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. Papers might explore various types of networking, broadly defined, associated with the Keats-Shelley circle (including such figures as John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and William Hazlitt). Papers might address networks of friendship among the circle's members, networks of publishing, or networks of meaning. Other papers of interest might discuss new meanings gleaned from twenty-first-century digital networks related to the circle's members.

25th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) - November 4-6 2013, Washington DC, USA

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 3:07pm

The annual IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) provides a major international forum where the creation and exchange of ideas related to artificial intelligence are fostered among academia, industry, and government agencies. The conference facilitates the cross-fertilization of these ideas and promotes their transfer into practical tools, for developing intelligent systems and pursuing artificial intelligence applications. The ICTAI encompasses all technical aspects of specifying, developing and evaluating the theoretical underpinnings and applied mechanisms of the AI-based components of computer tools such as algorithms, architectures and languages.

Teaching a Mystery: Preserving a Space for Spookiness in the Writing Classroom

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:23pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

The act of writing has frequently been associated with mysterious forces. Norman Mailer called writing "the spooky art," an activity that lures its practitioners into a netherworld of creative, unconscious, and inherently shadowy influences. This fantastic conception of writing has a prestigious pedigree, from the haunted writers of Stephen King's novels, to Yeats' fascination with spirit-writing, and down to the roots of urban, literate civilization, which has always been closely involved with reverence for sacred texts written by divinely inspired amanuenses of the gods.

Drama as Pedagogy - Theatre Games as Educational Expression and Partipation

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable aims to look at how drama as pedagogy has been influencing the modern English classroom. Drama as pedagogy is based on using theatre games/techniques in the classroom to support traditional lecture and discussion formats. We will look at the purpose of this teaching style, lesson plans used to promote free expression in literature courses, and how it may be used to create/develop prompts in creative writing courses. Abstracts and biographies should be submitted to Lindsay Bryde, MFA at

The conference will take place April 3-6 2014 in Harrisburg, PA as part of the 45th annual NEMLA conference.

Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2013.

Opening Queer Inclusion and Representation in Television

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel seeks to look at the varying levels of inclusion and omission of LGBT characters and personalities in television. Whether you are interested in looking at out or closeted actors/actresses versus the characters they play, there is a forum for you here. Television is a medium that has seen some major leaps towards inclusion and acceptance in the last twenty years. But how far have we come really? How do we truly assess and critique this progress? Please submit abstracts and bios to chair Lindsay Bryde at