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Eastern European and US American Cultures, (MLA 2014)

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 10:13am
2014 MLA special session

Seeking papers on connections between Eastern European and US literatures, cultures, or media post-1989; please send a 300-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2013 to Claudia Sadowski-Smith
Claudia.Sadowski-Smith@asu.edu and Ioana Luca
ioana.luca@ntnu.edu.tw
Please note that this is a special session panel proposal for the MLA Convention which will be held January 9-12, 2014 in Chicago.

CFP for newly established, peer reviewed International Journal of American Studies

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 2:18am
Irakli Tskhvediani Professor of English and American Literature English Studies Department Akaki Tsereteli State University 59 Tamar Mepe st., Kutaisi 4600, Georgia

Supporters: US Embassy in Georgia; John Dos Passos Association of Georgia; Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University

PERSPECTIVES ON PROGRESS, November 27-29, 2013

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:43am
An interdisciplinary postgraduate and early career researcher conference, held at the University of Queensand, Brisbane, Australia.

    Call for Papers

In 1968, historian Sidney Pollard defined the Victorian ideal of 'progress' as, "the assumption that a pattern of change exists in the history of mankind... that it consists of irreversible changes in one direction only, and that this direction is towards improvement." Despite the increasingly problematic nature of this ideal, the 'progress myth' still remains pervasive in the Western cultural tradition.

This postgraduate and early career researcher conference seeks to promote innovative interdisciplinary dialogues interrogating the concept of progress by bringing together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences.

Dreams in Contemporary Women's Narratives

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 9:00pm
Women In French-WIF- Special Sessions at the South Central MLA Colloquium

Rich in symbolic elements as well as mystery and transformation ideas, dreams are often central to women's novels and autobiographies. Dream narratives are frequently used to: engage with differences and to challenge established structures of power; think through and beyond dichotomous representational systems; forge new languages; and finally, transform and reappropriate reality while letting anxiety, fear, and desire find their expression. Some themes to consider: what is the function of dreams within women's narratives and how are they connected with reality? Is there a recurrence of elements and themes in dreams? How does the relationship between narrator and dreamer find its expression? How do time and space function within dream narratives?

Queer Wharton-- Edith Wharton Society Panel at the MLA (9-12 January 2014)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 6:18pm
Meredith Goldsmith/Edith Wharton Society

Queer Wharton. A panel organized by the Edith Wharton Society at the 2014 MLA (9-12 Homosexuality and homosociality in Wharton; queer authors, intertexts, and aesthetics in Wharton's writing; Wharton's relations with gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals; queering Wharton's travel writing and memoirs.
Submit 250-word abstracts and c.v.s to Meredith Goldsmith by March 15, 2013 (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu).

MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014) Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 2:57pm
MLA 2014

MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014)
Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

This panel seeks papers which investigate the various ways auto/biography might allow the immigrant subject to negotiate the gendered and religious contexts which shift – often dramatically – with movement from one national and social space to another. How does the immigrant auto/biographer use narrative to situate him or herself in such fluid settings? How is narrativization of a life story a useful tool for adapting to new environments?

CFP: Vonnegut and Attention - a satellite workhop of The Arts of Attention Conference 2013 [September 12-14, 2013, Budapest, HU]

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 1:09pm
Károli Gáspár University

The works of Kurt Vonnegut prominently feature issues connected to attention through tropes and topics as well as through literary technique: it is a core motif in many of his writings, and is of key importance with regard to his style. This workshop invites contributed papers approaching the notion of attention in the Vonnegutian œuvre through literary theory, philosophy,anthropology, and psychology among others. We are particularly interested in contributions presenting interdisciplinary investigations.

Transcendentalist Women and Friendship

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 12:43pm
MLA 2014

This session invites papers on transcendentalist women's conceptions and practices of friendship, especially in comparison to their male counterparts. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2013; Eileen Abrahams (abrahae@sunysccc.edu).

CFP: Vonnegut and Attention - a satellite workhop of The Arts of Attention Conference 2013 [September 12-14, 2013, Budapest, HU]

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 12:11pm
Károli Gáspár University

The works of Kurt Vonnegut prominently feature with issues connected to attention through tropes and topics as well as through literary technique: it is a core motif in many of his writings, and is of key importance with regard to his style. This workshop invites contributed papers approaching the notion of attention in the Vonnegutian œuvre through literary theory, philosophy,anthropology, and psychology among others. We are particularly interested in contributions presenting interdisciplinary investigations.

Panel: Randall Jarrell at 100

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:48am
MLA 2014 and MLA Executive Committee on Children's Literature

"All that I've never thought of - think of me!"

In commemoration of Randall Jarrell's 100th birthday (May 6, 1914), The Modern Language Association division of Children's Literature is soliciting papers that shed new light on his work. We seek papers that discuss Jarrell as a children's literature author, a poet, a critic, a novelist and an essayist. We are especially interested in papers on his work as a teacher, his collaborations, translations and influence.

Please send an abstract (400-500 words) and a 2-page CV by Friday, March 8, 2013 to Tali Noimann (cnoimann@bmcc.cuny.edu)

The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Erotic Fiction (Edited Collection)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:29am
Dr Kristen Phillips, Claire Trevenen, Curtin University (Bentley, Western Australia)

The publication of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011 marks a particularly visible moment in what appears to be a proliferation of erotic fiction, written by and for women, since the end of the twentieth century. More than just an instance of a particular genre of fiction, Fifty Shades has spawned considerable discussion of the significance of 'women's popular erotic fiction' generally.

[UPDATE] Second Call for Papers: Flann O'Brien Conference Rome 2013

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 5:15am
"Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference" (Università Roma Tre, 19-21 June, 2013).

"Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference" (Università Roma Tre, 19-21 June, 2013).

Second Call for Papers Updated Deadline: 1 March 2013
http://www.univie.ac.at/flannobrien2011/rome2013.html

Keynotes:
Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania)
Carol Taaffe (Author of "Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen & Irish Cultural Debate")
Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)

Performers:
Mikel Murfi (Director of "John Duffy's Brother")
Mark O'Halloran (Award-winning screenwriter of "Adam and Paul" and "Garage")

[UPDATE] Writing and dramatising the body : violence, discordance and reconfiguration - 21-22 March 2013 - Lille, France

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:33am
Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, France

Should violence be considered as one of the experiences the body undergoes in literature or as an ordeal which elicits the very question of what this body is – a body which is mapped in language and speech. As a result of the violence that it undergoes, inflicts or self-inflicts, the body grapples with something which is not simply outside itself: it discovers its own foreignness, its own discordance. It rebelliously slips through the categories in which one attempts to contain it, but it also defies the biological body to which it cannot be reduced. What does a body do when, for no apparent reason, it breaks, splits, is pulled asunder, petrified? What happens when the part usurps the whole or the whole body is reduced to nothing, mere refuse?

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