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Tales After Tolkien: Medievalism and Twenty-First Century Fantasy Literature. IMC, Kalamazoo May 9-12, 2013

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 8:49pm
Helen Young, University of Sydney

For a work of contemporary fantasy literature to be compared with those of J. R. R. Tolkien can be either compliment or condemnation; the juxtaposition might suggest a major, original contribution to the genre or imply a work is merely derivative. Yet if Tolkien had one of the first words on fantasy and medievalism he did not have the last. Author Steven Erikson recently described himself and other writers of epic fantasy as "post-Tolkien" in The New York Review of Science Fiction and lamented the tendency of some scholars to not realise that "we've moved on." This panel seeks papers which explore the ways in which twenty-first century fantasy literature deploys 'the medieval' with all its relics, forms and incarnations.

[UPDATE] Theorizing the Fantastic in 20th Century Art [AUG. 1]

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:13pm
Alison Heney, ACLA Sem./Edited Volume

CFP

Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art
(Prospective Volume)

Editor: Dr. Alison Heney, SUNY Empire State College
Xipe Projects, Curator and Assistant Director

Deadline for Article Submission: August 1, 2012

In response to our very successful 2012 ACLA panel this past March, essays are now being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art.
The volume is intended to be interdisciplinary and transnational in scope. Submissions of interest will not have been published elsewhere. Comparative studies are welcome.

"Gower and Gender"; "Historiographical Gower" (Western Michigan U, May 9-12, 2013)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:12pm
The Gower Project

48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 9-12, 2013

In keeping with its promotion of scholarship structured by contemporary cultural theory, The Gower Project is featuring two sessions: "Gower and Gender" and "Historiographical Gower." "Gower and Gender" offers a forum for new work in feminist and gender studies and in queer studies. "Historiographical Gower" will be interpreted broadly.

For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Arner (larner@brocku.ca), Proposals due September 15, 2012.

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis : Why No Characters, Gregor Included, Determine how to Cure Gregor?

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 6:11pm
Arezoo Amirrezaii Roodsari

A literary essay on Franz Kafka's masterpiece " The Metamorphosis" in which there exist various elements of different literary schools like Expressionism and Absurdism, focusing on one major conflict of the story involving the main character and I have made an effort to find the reason. It is a 630-word literary essay, including a very short synopsis as well.

CFP: CONFERENCE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERARY STUDIES 6-8 June 2013

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 4:24pm
University of Banja Luka & DeMontfort University

1st International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with De Montfort University (UK)

CELLS - CONFERENCE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERARY STUDIES
GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN
Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Language, Literature and Culture
Banja Luka, 6 – 8 June 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

40 Years after 'The Draft:' Re-Historicizing Conscription and American Media (Proposed Panel for SCMS 2013, March 6-10 Chicago)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 4:13pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

This panel strives to contextualize this history of mandatory military service by examining media representations of the draft. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the official end of the longest extended period of military conscription in American history, essentially running from 1940 to 1973. The panel hopes to consider issues of propaganda, subversion, nationalism, gender, race, sexuality, religion, and/or class identity as well as broader national narratives of citizen soldiery. I welcome research related to various forms of media – including but not limited to film, radio, television, comics, and videogames – from both the period of the draft as well as media showing retrospective depictions.

Kalamazoo 2013: Temporalities and Medieval Drama (proposals due 9-15-12)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 2:16pm
Katherine Leveling, UC Davis Medieval Research Consortium

The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panel for the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 9-12, 2013. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the Western Michigan University website) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2012.

Panel contact:

Kalamazoo 2012: Not Your Moder's Medievalism: Rethinking the Medieval through its Self-Imagination (proposals due 9-15-12)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 2:13pm
Katherine Leveling, UC Davis Medieval Research Consortium

The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panel for the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 9-12, 2013. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the Western Michigan University website) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2012.

Panel contact:

Austin C. Clarke: Essays on HIs Works -- Guernica Editions -- August 31, 2012

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:09am
Camille Isaacs/OCAD University

Articles are solicited for a new collection of original and previously published essays on Austin C. Clarke. Various approaches to Clarke's work are welcome, including considerations of his nonfiction publications, his Toronto trilogy, short stories, memoirs, and more recent novels. This edition is meant to be a comprehensive look at his work, from his earliest novel, Survivors of the Crossing (1964) to the present day, from his journalistic offerings to his fiction.

Interested contributors should send a 500-word abstract to cisaacs@faculty.ocadu.ca by August 31, 2012.

Final articles will be due December 31, 2012.

Contemporary Aesthetic Education in the UK

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:03am
Mildrid Bjerke, University of York

Call for Postgraduate Papers:

Contemporary Aesthetic Education in the UK

University of York

10th December 2012

[UPDATE] NeMLA 2013 / Together after Oprah: Theorizing Contemporary Memoir via Self-Help Discourse

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:54am
Kate Birdsall / Michigan State University

This panel will address the narrative and socio-political relationships between contemporary memoir and self-help. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of popular self-help texts; the co-evolution of memoir and self-help; how the narrative of self-help embeds itself in memoir; revisiting trauma in a public forum.

Abstracts that suggest a theoretical connection to gender/sexuality/queer studies are encouraged.

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall (birdsal5@msu.edu) before September 30, 2012.

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE IN CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES IN ENGLISH: OPENING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE. 24-26 APRIL 2013

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:56am
“Contemporary Narrative in English" Research Team. University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Memorials, commemorations, testimonies, memoirs, narratives that attempt to excavate traumatic memories from their ruins and ashes or to reconstruct an all too painful individual or collective historical past … All these acts of remembrance have become hallmarks of our contemporary age: the age of trauma, victims and perpetrators. And all of these exert an essential role in bearing witness to the omission, presence, and even (re)-imagining of certain events, either hegemonic or marginal, thus posing challenges to memory's inherent selectivity and distortions.

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