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Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:11am
University of Sheffield

Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

Edited by Robert McKay & John Miller (University of Sheffield, UK)

The window blind blew back with the wind that rushed in, and in the aperture of the broken panes there was the head of a great, gaunt gray wolf (Bram Stoker, Dracula)

CFP: Aesthetic values and the process of civilization

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:34am
Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Call for papers

Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Vol. X, No. 2/2013

"Aesthetic values and the process of civilization"

The following are some sub-themes that can be used as guides:

- Aesthetics and society of the spectacle;
- Aesthetics and political ideology;
- Beauty and democracy in the ancient world;
- Aesthetics and modernity;
- Aesthetics and individualism;
- Art, wit and Baroque Society;
- Art and society;

Deadline for paper submissions: August 31, 2013

Call for Abstracts/Book:"A Practical Guide to Prepare Graduate Students of Color for their First Job in Academia"

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 9:35pm
Dwayne Mack and Elwood Watson

As many of us who are members of academia know, most graduate students are not prepared for the political and social rigors of their first tenure track position. Most colleges and university environments are filled with roadblocks, pitfalls and other often unexpected challenges for newly minted Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA., J.D.s, and those with other terminal degrees. This is particularly true for junior faculty of color, women, Gay and Lesbian, and other underrepresented faculty.

[May 12th Deadline] Constructing a "New" America: The United States in the 1930s

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 4:45pm
PAMLA Special Session (Nov 1-3) in San Diego

Constructing a "New" America: The United States in the 1930s seeks proposals that examine constructions of race, gender, sexuality, and/or space in the literary or visual vulture of the inter-war years. Proposals should be submitted via the PAMLA website by Sunday, May 12th.

Correction: CFP The Spaces of Early Modern English Drama

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:01pm
Lloyd Kermode / RSA 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS:

The Spaces of Early Modern English Drama

A session at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America,
27-29 March 2014, New York City.

WORK, LABOR, CLASS, AND CULTURE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 1:21pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Assocation

In his 2002 essay "Work and Culture in American Studies," Michael Denning argues for a theory of culture focusing on labor and labor processes, as opposed to focus on the analysis of the "means of communication dominated by the market and the state". In this panel, we will investigate scenes of work, labor, class, and culture throughout American literature in light of Denning's call for a theory of culture revolving around issues of labor. By June 25, 2013, please submit a 300-word abstract to Owen Cantrell, Georgia State University, at ocantrell1@gsu.edu.

The Spaces of Early Modern English Drama / RSA 2014

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12:46pm
Lloyd Kermode / Renaissance Society of America

CALL FOR PAPERS:

The Spaces of Early Modern English Drama

A session at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America,
4-6 April, San Diego, California.

Slayage Special Issue: Critical Reflections on The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 9:25am
Slayage: The Journal of the Joss Whedon Studies Association

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's recent horror film, The Cabin in the Woods (2012, produced 2010), was released to general critical praise, but left many fans and scholar-fans divided regarding the film's love-hate relationship with the genre, its framing of the horror audience as both savvy and deluded, and its simultaneous celebration and ridicule of horror conventions.

[UPDATE] MMLA 2013 Special Session: Irony and Authenticity in Contemporary Artistic Production

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 2:19am
Janessa Toro/ University of Missouri/ New Deadline: June 1

Is there room for earnestness and authenticity in contemporary media? In accordance with the 2013 Midwest Modern Language Association conference theme of "Art & Artifice", This panel explores the intersection of authenticity and irony in literature, film, music, and other media. While stable irony depends upon fixed meanings intended to elicit specific interpretations from an audience, contemporary theories of language, identity, and community emphasize the ultimate contingency and instability of meaning. Thus, the possibility for irony is thrown into question; is irony impossible, or is irony all-pervasive? Likewise, is any form of authenticity or earnestness possible in artistic production?

Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:37pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction 14.1: The Undead Arcade (to be published March 2014)

Edited by Carly A. Kocurek and Samuel Tobin

[UPDATE] L.M. Montgomery and War (26–29 June 2014)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 9:00pm
L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island

Please note that the deadline for submissions is now 15 June 2013

"And you will tell your children of the Idea we fought and died for—teach them it must be lived for as well as died for, else the price paid for it will have been given for nought." — Rilla of Ingleside (1921)

"I am thankful now, Jem, that Walter did not come back … and if he had seen the futility of the sacrifice they made then mirrored in this ghastly holocaust …" — The Blythes Are Quoted (2009)

Secular Shakespeares - 21-27 April 2014, Paris

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:32pm
Société française Shakespeare

The last decade has seen a return to religion in early modern studies. A previous generation of scholarship had sublimated questions of theology and religious identification in favor of the cultural studies "holy trinity" of race, class, and gender. However New Historicist criticism began to embrace and understand Renaissance texts through the lens of Reformation theological disputation and the religious environment in which individual texts were created. Shakespeare, the most towering figure of English Renaissance writing is no exception. As a case in point Stephen Greenblatt's popular biography of the author Will in the World spends ample time investigating the evidence for possible recusant sensibilities in that most English of writers.

Webcomics: Coming of Age? (Deadline May 12, 2013)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:09pm
PAMLA 2013 - San Diego November 1-3

Are there webcomic classics and canons now? How have webcomics been reinvented since McCloud's Reinventing Comics? What new frontiers of the infinite canvas—vlogging, crowdsourcing, fanon? Do webcomics complicate the age of late print (e.g., Kickstarter)? Proposals sought on individual webcomics, creators, or general trends in webcomics' contemporary literary history.

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