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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
Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz, PhD, University of Warsaw

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
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

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
Rocky Mountain MLA

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
St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers

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
Canadian Association for American Studies

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
Stacey Lee Donohue

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
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
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
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

[UPDATE] Call for Submissions: Collection on Celebrity in Canada

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 11:54am
Lorraine York & Katja Lee

Wayne Gretzky. Celine Dion. Rick Mercer. David Suzuki. Pierre Trudeau.

The list goes on and goes way back. Celebrity culture in Canada, although vastly under-estimated, continues to be a massive cultural and economic force to be reckoned with and such a reckoning is long overdue. This proposed edited collection seeks to uncover how celebrity operates in Canada when Canadian subjects, institutions, media, audiences and/or industries are involved.

NeMLA 2013 Call for Panel & Session Proposals

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 11:40am
Northeast Modern Language Association

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

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

CFP ICR 2012 Special Session: "Political Catastrophes and Literature for Reform" (4/1/12)

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 11:17am
Catastrophes: The 2012 International Conference on Romanticism at Arizona State University, Tempe, November 8 – 11, 2012

Papers that explore Romantic conceptions of the political function of literature in response to political catastrophes of the era.

The conference website: http://english.clas.asu.edu/icr2012

Proposals must be submitted by April 1st--any submitted proposals not included will be forwarded to the conference organizers for consideration in other panels.

250-500 word abstracts. Michael Demson (mtd@shsu.edu).

CFP MLA 2013 "Independent Publishing in the Romantic Era" (3/1/12)

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:42am
Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA, Jan. 3-6, 2013

Papers that explore self-publishing during the Romantic Era: inducements, advancements, and/or ramifications. Papers with a digital humanities component are encouraged. 250-500 word abstracts by 1 March 2012; Michael Demson.

Occupy the Academy: Reinterpreting and Reinventing our Role Within Academia April 13, 2012

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:15am
Annual IUP EGO/GSA Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The IUP English Graduate Organization welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, history, political science, history, and other related fields. Planned and organized by IUP Graduate Students, this year's conference seeks to examine the role that higher learning must play in an ever-changing and tumultuous political, economic, and cultural landscape. As Bill Readings says in The University in Ruins, "Teaching, we are told, is undervalued in favor of research, while research is less and less in touch with the demands of the real world, or with the comprehension of 'the common reader." Through this conference, we seek to take a step towards redefining the way through which we serve our public.

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