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Call for Contributions for a volume of essays on 'Shipwrecks and Islands'

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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Olga Springer, Dublin City University (Ireland)
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Shipwrecks and Islands.
A thematic, multidisciplinary and comparative volume of essays.

Recurrent motifs, shipwrecks and islands have always, together and separately, fascinated artists and writers as fundamental expressions of both crises and new beginnings. Proposals with literary, philosophical, artistic, filmic and/or musical foci are welcome.

Please send your proposals (500 words) to Olga.Springer@dcu.ie by February 20, 2012.
Acceptance of proposals will be sent by February 27, 2012.
Final articles should be about 5000 words in MLA style and sent by May 14, 2012.

Robert Browning and Victorian Poetry at 200, Nov 1-3, 2012

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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 8:26am
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Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University
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To celebrate Robert Browning's bicentenary in 2012, the Armstrong Browning Library is hosting an international conference that will focus on Browning's importance within the broader field of Victorian poetry and poetics, and within Victorian studies more generally. Proposals are invited for short position papers, to be circulated in advance and discussed in seminars, on the themes detailed below. In addition to these theme-based seminars, conference attendees will also have the chance to participate in seminar discussions centered around particular Browning texts, led by notable Victorian poetry scholars.

2012 RMMLA (10/11-10/13); submissions due 3/1/12

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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:46am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Papers on any topic concerning British or Irish literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are invited for the forthcoming 2012 RMMLA Convention in Boulder Colorado, to be held Oct. 11-15. Proposals for 15 minute papers are invited which shed light on any aspect of British Literature Since 1900, including any author, genre, literary work, theoretical, historical, or interdisciplinary approach. Please submit a titled, 250 word abstract that includes your name, university affiliation, contact information, and request for audio-visual technology if desired by 1 March 2012, to Jana Giles: giles@ulm.edu. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2012.

Globalization and the Frontiers of Ethics: Critical Essays on Literature and Language.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:27am
full name / name of organization: 
The Department of English of the Higher Teachers’ Training College of the University of Maroua

CALL FOR PAPERS
Globalization and the Frontiers of Ethics: Critical Essays on Literature and Language
The New Technologies of Information and Communication have resulted in a rapprochement of different regions, cultures, peoples, ideologies and perspectives. This effectively justifies the naming of today's world the "global era". It bespeaks a "borderless world" where events are "experienced" simultaneously in almost every part of the world. More than ever before there are transcultural and transnational exchanges of an important magnitude. The experience of culture is no longer limited to a geographical location.

George R.R. Martin's " A Song of Ice and Fire" and the Medieval Literary Tradition

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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 4:47am
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Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz, PhD, University of Warsaw
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George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
and the Medieval Literary Tradition

All fellow academics concerned with medieval studies are invited to contribute to a research project on the medievalist context of the work of George R. R. Martin.
The idea behind the project is to explore all aspects of the Song of Ice and Fire series which can be related to the medieval heritage of contemporary fantasy which in an intricately unique way animates the literary world of Martin's fiction.
Authors of individual papers may wish to position Martin's work in relation to issues such as:

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 11:29pm
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Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013
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Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)

Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent (20th-century) Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin (profgood@hotmail.com) by 15 March 2012.

Writing Trauma Survival: Learning from violence and its after effects in literature

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 9:15pm
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Rocky Mountain MLA
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Rationale: This session will focus on what we can learn about trauma, resiliency and the operations of social violence in literary texts (broadly defined), written by authors who self-identify as women since 1960. There is considerable evidence, both in the cultural record and in terms of measurable social effects, to demonstrate that ideological, socio-cultural and systemic forms of violence work together to reinforce intersectional gender discipline. This session, therefore, invites scholars exploring the complex issues inherent in gender-based acts of violence and their aftermath to engage with models of human fragility and capacities for resiliency and repair, as presented through selected texts.

A Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America Conference

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:37pm
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St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers
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The second Sport and Society in America Conference invites proposals for individual papers or complete sessions focused on sport in literature. Scholarly critical submissions should be guided by the Sport Literature Association's goal to "celebrate the intersection of literature with the world of play, games and sport." All topics related to sport in literature are welcome, which includes essays on fiction, poetry, drama, film, and creative nonfiction. Of particular interest are papers that explore the following: gender and sexuality, class, race, disabilities in sport, traditional and nontraditional sports, and sport and culture. In addition, the conference will include sessions on original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Book Prize Call for Submissions (17 March 2012)

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:58pm
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Canadian Association for American Studies
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Robert K. Martin Book Prize
Canadian Association for American Studies

The Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) would like to announce the call for submissions for the annual Robert K. Martin Prize for the best monograph in American Studies written by a current member of CAAS. This year's prize will be for books published with a copyright date of 2011. The postmark deadline for submission is 17 March 2012.

All current members and those who join in advance of the deadline are eligible. Membership information can be found at our website: http://american-studies.ca/

UPDATE: MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord/New Eng Transcendentalists in the 21st Century"

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Stacey Lee Donohue
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MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

We are interested in 10 minute focused presentations on new approaches (readings, interpretations, pedagogies) to the New England Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Fuller, Hawthorne, et al.).

The Community College Humanities Association is an Affiliate member of the Modern Language Association, and this is our guaranteed session. While we encourage community college faculty to send proposals, all proposals are welcome.

Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2012.

Purging Spectacles (MSA 14)

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:58pm
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Modernist Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas (October 18-21, 2012)

As historians, philosophers, and literary critics have not failed to notice, the Soviet archival resources to which we have gained access over the past fifteen years concerning the Moscow Show trials and the purges throughout the U.S.S.R. in the 1930s will likely occupy an entire generation of scholars trying to make sense not only of the planning, implementation, and effects of the Great Terror but also of how it was that so many of those persecuted and killed confessed to the (in many cases) unbelievable charges levied against them.

John Cage Issue: The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rand Brandes, Lenoir-Rhyne University; John Cheek, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2012
Publication Date: Fall 2012

We are particularly interested in essays that focus on John Cage and his circle and sphere of influence. We are also seeking creative works composed and performed in the spirit of John Cage with accompanying statements that explain the Cage connection. Mixed-media works are encouraged. Send text, audio, video and still images.

The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is a peer-reviewed publication of the The Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, which sponsors an annual conference along with the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:08pm
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Biomedical Communications Program, University of Toronto

Call for Paper on Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins
Abstracts Due Feb 28, 2012

22-24 July 2012
Toronto, Canada

Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Biomedical Communications Program, University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Mississauga

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