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Versions of Piers Plowman (Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 2013)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 2:59am
International Piers Plowman Society (IPPS)

In his recent book The Lost History of Piers Plowman, Lawrence Warner concludes that Piers Plowman, "the most magnificent of poems," is also "one still in the process of becoming." This is not to imply that the poem will reach some final point of achievement, but rather that we must enlarge our understanding of the poem to include "innumerable acts of production and intervention from the 1360s to today." Taking a capacious view of our object of study, this panel invites papers that explore Piers Plowman in its many-versioned manifestations.

Neighboring Genres (Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 2013)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 2:55am
International Piers Plowman Society (IPPS)

James Simpson has observed that Langland "often merges recognizable genres in one sequence of his poem . . . often with the effect of creating poetry that is distinctively Langlandian, and beyond the reach of traditional generic categories." How then do we talk about genre and Piers Plowman? As Simpson notes, the poem sows affiliations with a vast array of literary as well as expository and didactic forms of writing. This panel invites papers that examine these "neighboring genres" within Piers Plowman, among associated texts, and in its manuscript contexts. What is the effect of the layering or serial appropriation of genres within the poem? How does Langland's handling of genre compare to others of its kind?

Feeling Like Langland (Kalamazoo May 9-12, 2013)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 2:51am
International Piers Plowman Society (IPPS)

This session addresses a vital and evolving field of research that comprises investigations into the history of emotion, theories of affect, and representations of cognition and sensory perception. "Feeling," a gerundive, is both a process and a thing, as Sarah McNamer reminds us. It integrates "the somatic, affective, and cognitive in a pre-Cartesian universe" where "'to feel' can mean 'to know.'" Coalescing around this inclusive term, this panel seeks to bring together participants from a variety of approaches to the textual representation, production, and management of "feeling," considered broadly.

Dealing with Martin Crimp: Royal Court Theatre, London, 12 January 2013

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 4:33pm
Dan Rebellato & Vicky Angelaki/ Royal Holloway University of London & University of Birmingham

Royal Holloway University of London & the University of Birmingham announce a one-day symposium
Dealing with Martin Crimp
Royal Court Theatre, London, 12 January 2013

To coincide with his new play In the Republic of Happiness, this event will bring together theatre makers and academics to discuss the work of Martin Crimp, one of the most important, original and challenging playwrights of our time.

[UPDATE] 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL / MODES OF RESISTANCE, Nov. 1-3, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 2:47pm
Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgia

FINAL DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS--July 16, 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)

How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?

Futures of Allegory: Medieval & Modern (A Collaboratory)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 1:47pm
Special Session at Kalamazoo Medieval Studies Congress 2013

Medieval scholarship has been reinvigorated by the so-called nonhuman turn, exhibited in many fine recent engagements with materiality, objecthood, animality, and monstrosity. We invite participants in our panel to situate prosopopoeia – personification allegory – within this broad context. We ask whether and how the device of rhetoric can expand the arena of nonhuman agents and material entities and ecologies. We wish to consider the futures of allegory, medieval and modern. For some allegory is precisely what modernity has had to overcome to achieve the humanist outlook. What then are the capabilities of such figures in the wake of modern humanism? Does personification allegory have a place in creating or critiquing alternative, post-human futures?

The Financialized Imagination and Beyond (TOPIA)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 1:21pm
TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Call for papers—The Financialized Imagination and Beyond

Special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Fall 2013
Proposals due September 14, 2012

Link to PDF version of the CFP: http://t.co/xcuw44bq

Edited by Max Haiven (New York University/Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University) and Jody Berland (York University)

Special Issue: Un nouveau Maroc?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 11:00am
Francosphères - the University of London Institute in Paris' new journal

Francosphères, the new journal of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), seeks to define and question the presence of French language and culture across frontiers and borders, as defined by the Franco postcolonial presence, contact with French culture, and the 'France of the mind'. To this extent, Francosphères is intended as a journal of transcultural and intercultural French Studies. It is therefore a journal that is about liminal spaces rather than operating within the hierarchy of 'French' or 'Francophone' culture.

Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World (essay collection; review of abstracts 31 Aug 2012; accepted essays 15 Jan 2013

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 10:46am
Kevin Maier

Ernest Hemingway is a writer we often associate with particular places and animals: Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Spain's countryside, East Africa's game reserves, Cuba's blue water, and Idaho's sagebrush all come to mind. We can also easily picture the iconic images of Hemingway with flyrod bent by hefty trout, with bulls charging matadors in the background, or of the famous author proudly posing with trophy lions, marlin, and a whole menagerie of Western American game animals. As Robert E. Fleming once put it—updating Gertrude Stein's famous quip that Hemingway looked like a modern and smelled of museums—Hemingway "was also a hunter, fisherman, and naturalist who smelled of libraries" (1).

But Will They Know About My Novel?: The Kindle, Publishing, and Creative Writing (Roundtable)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 9:45am
Northeast Modern Languages Association

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

When the Justice Department sued Apple and six major publishers for collusion, there were clear signs of anxiety over a publishing monopoly based in no small part on one party's dominance over the eBook market. That future may be debatable, what's less debatable is that book publishing has already changed dramatically. This roundtable will examine how new publishing models and electronic publishing will change our hiring practices, our tenure and promotions, our creative writing departments, and our writing. Please send 250 word abstracts to Scott Henkle at

Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 7:36am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?

The Absent Corpse (NeMLA 2013, March 21-24, Boston)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:20am
David Sherman / Brandeis University

The Absent Corpse

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

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