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The Violence of Economics and the Economics of Violence (03/29 - 04/01/2012)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 8:39pm
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American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting
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Recent events like the austerity and cost-of-living protests in Greece, Israel, and the UK and food protests in several North African countries invite renewed attention to the relationship between violence and economics. Media coverage of these events tends to focus our attention on the violence of the protesters or of autocratic regimes but ignores the economic violence that sparked these protests. During times of economic crises, the violence that always simmers below the surface of capitalism—the violence of dispossession, accumulation, and systematic impoverishment—surges to the surface.

UPDATE: NeMLA 2012 Roundtable - American Indian Literary Nationalism

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:11pm
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Justine Dymond, Springfield College
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NEW Proposal Deadline: October 7, 2011.

Recently, Native American Studies scholars, such as Craig Womack, Jace Weaver, and Robert Warrior, have argued for American Indian literary nationalism, arguing that "insider viewpoints are relevant and necessary in the examination of tribal literature" (Womack 377). Sovereignty is a key concept in literary nationalism; as Womack writes, "Stories provide key opportunities for community members to present images of themselves on their own terms, another powerful form of sovereignty" ("Theorizing American Indian Experience" 362).

Lawrence Durrell Centenary Panel, Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, 23 – 25 February 2012

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
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27 February 2012 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of British novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell. To celebrate Lawrence Durrell's Centenary—and in anticipation of the program of special exhibitions and events to be held in London (13 – 16 June 2012)—the International Lawrence Durrell Society will sponsor a panel at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 23-25 2012.

Visual Space

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:26pm
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Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia
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C PRACSIS International Conference on
'Visual Spaces'
January 21 and 22, 2012
with
Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
"The space of our primary perception, the space of our dreams and that of our passions hold within themselves qualities that seem intrinsic: there is a light, ethereal, transparent space, or again a dark, rough, encumbered space; a space from above, of summits, or on the contrary a space from below of mud; or again a space that can be flowing like sparkling water, or space that is fixed, congealed, like stone or crystal."
Michael Foucault: "Other Spaces"

"O mangi questa minestra: Food as a Site of Coercion"

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:07pm
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Cornell University
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From familial insistence to political intimidation, third parties often attempt to control what we eat. This panel examines the content and stylistics of these messages with the goal of identifying the larger aims that these agents seek to accomplish while communicating through the medium of food.

Questions to be posed include: Why are these groups and individuals invested in others' food choices? How does food, the medium of this coercion, evoke their true aim? And finally, why use food to accomplish these ends?

Themes to be considered include politics, mass media, gender studies, the family, religion, regionalism and ethnic identity.

On The Edge: Exploration of Liminalities and Extremities in English Studies (November 10, 2011)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:06pm
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The Journal of South Texas English Studies

Liminality is a state of being that is neither in nor out, neither belonging to or excluded from, neither conscious nor unconscious, neither full nor empty; but, liminality holds within that in-between existence great power for effecting change. How does liminality intersect and clash with the concept of extremities – the fringes of society, religion, politics, ideology, and literature that threaten to pull us apart. Can liminality (the in-between) and extremity (the outer edge) inhabit the same space? Can they be one and the same at times, or are they always at odds with each other? Can we navigate and inhabit the borders and boundaries of our world - the ambiguous space between two other spaces - and not lose ourselves or our identities?

Call for Papers: Esotericism, Religion, and Culture

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 1:53pm
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Association for the Study of Esotericism Fourth International Conference

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its fourth International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at the University of California, Davis.

Renaissance Conference of Southern California Annual Meeting, June 2, 2012 (deadline proposals Jan 2, 2012)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 1:07pm
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Renaissance Conference of Southern California
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CALL FOR PAPERS

The Renaissance Conference of Southern California welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science). Please send a 400-word abstract (for 15-minute paper) and 1-page c.v. Send proposals by post/mail (4 copies) to:

Prof. Christine Sellin, RCSC President
c/o California Lutheran University, Art Department, MC 3800
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA. 91360

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 2, 2012

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference, 8-10 March 2012

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 1:03pm
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University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students, Knoxville, TN

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday, March 8- Saturday, March 10, 2011
Web: http://web.utk.edu/~nexus/wip/cfp.php

Plenary Speakers: Adam Banks (University of Kentucky), Barclay Barrios (Florida Atlantic University), and Nancy Paterson (Ontario College of Art and Design)

Lawrence Durrell Centenary Panel, The 40th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, 23-25 February

updated: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
contact email: 

27 February 2012 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of British novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell. To celebrate Lawrence Durrell's Centenary—and in anticipation of the program of special exhibitions and events to be held in London (13 – 16 June 2012)—the International Lawrence Durrell Society will sponsor a panel at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 23-25 2012.

CFP: NeMLA 2012: Short German Prose Texts in 18th and 19th Century: Authors, audiences, genres (9/30/11; 3/14-3/18/12)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 11:54am
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Riviere

Call for Papers

Short German Prose Texts in 18th and 19th Century: Authors, audiences, genres

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Theodore Dreiser Society Panels at ALA, May 24-27, 2012; deadline: Jan. 16, 2012

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:40am
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International Theodore Dreiser Society
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Call for Papers

The International Theodore Dreiser Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco on May 24-27, 2012.

Panel One: Dreiser and Other Writers

Papers are invited that consider Dreiser's work in relation to that of other writers, including but not limited to examinations of Dreiser's work as an influence on or influenced by other writers, Dreiser and his contemporaries, later twentieth- and early twenty-first-century writers' literary debts to Dreiser, Dreiser's impact on literary movements and traditions, or the relationship of Dreiser's work to writing in fields other than literature.

Panel Two: Open Topic

Kalamazoo 2012: New Perspectives on Anglo-Norman Romances and Medieval Translation (deadline extended)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:26am
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CMS Medieval Romance Reading Group (University of Toronto)

The CMS Medieval Romance Reading Group at the University of Toronto is seeking proposals for a session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2012.

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