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Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 6:09pm
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The University of Edinburgh
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June 15-16, 2012

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University,
Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

"Although he was already repellent enough, there arose
from the fungous skin-growth with which he was almost
covered a very sickening stench which was hard to
tolerate... with the use of the [daily] bath the unpleasant
odour... ceased to be noticeable"
- Sir Frederick Treves

Power of Fables / Folktales - November 4-6, 2011[update]

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 6:09pm
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SAMLA 2011 Conference - South Atlantic Modern Language Association - November 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta, GA
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This special session seeks papers that will explore "Power of Fables / Folktales". Abstracts from Graduate students are also encouraged. Proposals (150 words or less) should be sent to madrien@wittenberg.edu before October 15, 2011.

"Poetry and Philosophy" NYU Ongoing Speaker Series (09/2011-04/2012)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 5:19pm
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New York University, Modern Working Grpup

New York University's Modern Working Group solicits papers for its upcoming 2011-12 "Poetry and Philosophy" speaker series.

The Modern Working Group is a forum for the presentation and discussion of scholarship by both junior and senior researchers working primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries. A typical session features two presentations of 20-25 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion, as well as wine and cheese. Longer presentations by a single speaker will also be considered, as well as shorter papers submitted as part of a panel discussion. All sessions are open to the public and encourage the attendance of faculty and graduate students, regardless of specialty.

Literature and War at CEA (Nov 1, 2011; CEA March 29-31, 2012)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:00pm
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College English Association
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Call for Papers: Literature and War at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
(804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic title] for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

PANEL: Vision of Love and Womanhood in Latin-American Writers - NeMLA - March 15-18, 2012. Rochester, New York

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 2:19pm
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Dr. María Cristina Campos Fuentes / DeSales University

This panel will explore the concepts and stereotypes that lay behind the vision of love and womanhood expressed by Latin American poets and narrators. Its purpose is to create a dialogue about writers' depictions of love and womanhood, and how those ideas reflect, renew or challenge Latin American societies. Comparative and feminist approaches in Spanish/English/Portuguese are suitable, but other approaches would be considered. Send abstracts (200-300 words) to María Cristina Campos Fuentes, DeSales University

Deadline: September 30, 2011
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number

"Parody, Farce, and Authority in Early Drama" ICMS, Kalamazoo 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:26pm
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

Without authority, there is no parody or farce— in the words of C. L. Barber, "the license depends utterly on what it mocks" (Shakespeare's Festive Comedy 214). This symbiotic dynamic between the systems of authority and their detractors at once reinforces authorized models because they license their own mocking while simultaneously undercutting them through critique. Early drama is one vehicle for observing this dynamic of parody, farce, and authority, in such wide-ranging issues as religious orthodoxy and heterodoxy, political models of governance and rebellion, and social frameworks of class and gender. Submissions can examine any facet of parody, farce, and authority within early drama. All submissions are due by September 15, 2011.

"Queering the Cougar" ICMS, Kalamazoo 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:24pm
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Cameron Hunt McNabb
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As a follow-up to the 2011 "Medieval Cougars" ICMS panel, this panel seeks to interrogate the medieval social and gender expectations associated with the modern concept of a 'cougar,' such as issues of authority, pursuit, agency, and sexuality; however, this panel will examine texts wherein the dynamic between the older woman and the object of her attention shifts from heteronormative to homoerotic. Medieval literature presents several instances of such 'queer cougars': some of these women accidentally pursue same-sex partners who happen to be cross-dressed or whose gender identity is not immediately clear, while others openly seek a relationship with a younger, female protagonist.

Chicana/o Liturature/Film/Culure Feb. 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:22pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Conference
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SW/TX PCA/ACA Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.swtxpca.org
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
downtown Albuquerque, NM

In 2012, the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will hold their 33rd annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 8-11, 2012.

Mother/Nature Conference - University of Southern Mississippi - March 16-18, 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:25pm
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English Graduate Organization

March 16-18, 2012
Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. BARBARA GATES
PLENARY SPEAKERS: JANISSE RAY AND DR. CATHERINE ROACH

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir

We live in a time of crisis in our homes and in our natural environment. From hurricanes to oil spills, we are linked to each other through the loss and degradation of regional and national habitats. Our selfhoods and the place we make for ourselves in the world are ultimately rooted in both our biological and ecological families.

CFP: Music: Traditional, Political, Popular at SW/TX ACA/PCA Conference - Albuquerque, NM Feb 8-11, 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:41am
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SW/TX American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers - Music: Traditional, Political, Popular
2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

33rd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/

Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject, 12-13 April 2012 (Deadline for abstracts 1 Jan 2012)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:38am
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Hannah Priest/Hic Dragones

This two-day interdisciplinary, cross-period conference will explore humanity's perennial fascination with the monstrous. From children's toys to religious architecture, from medical and legal definitions to Gothic romance – cultural products resonate with fear, obsession and desire for the monster.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Rethinking African Popular Culture and Performance: A Colloquium in Honour of Sola Olorunyomi at 50 (9/30/2011; 11/30/2011)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:32am
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Popular Arts Collective
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In spotlighting the contributions of Sola Olorunyomi – author of the seminal Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent and other influential texts – to literary and cultural studies, this colloquium intends to incite a debate around the ferment that Olorunyomi has generated as an idea, a scholar, a teacher within and outside the classroom, a performer, a social activist and a fifty-year-long insurrectionary event.

CFP - 'Revenge/Vengeance' - **Deadline extended to 3rd October**

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:06am
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Forum, Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (www.forumjournal.org)
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Forum Issue 13: Revenge
www.forumjournal.org/cfp
Deadline: 3rd October 2011

"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate; a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy

For the Autumn 2011 issue of Forum, we invite submissions which explore representations of revenge in literature, art and film. We are seeking articles that consider the topic of REVENGE in relation to concepts including, but not limited to:

[UPDATE] Best & Worst Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama Productions 2000-2010

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 10:56am
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Shakespeare Bulletin
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Shakespeare Bulletin - Special Theatre Reviews Section - Spring 2012

We are soliciting reviews of the BEST and the WORST productions of Shakespeare and other early modern drama in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The theatre reviews section in the Spring 2012 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin will follow a somewhat unusual format. We would like to run approximately forty very short production-reviews that, in the aggregate, give some sense of the range of productions, and vivid responses to them, positive and negative, over the last ten years.

Call for Papers: Travel and Literature at CEA 2012

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 10:27am
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College English Association, Travel and Literature Area
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Call for Papers: Travel and Literature at CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org.

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