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Bodies on Stage

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:45am
German Society for Contemporary Drama in English / Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Bodies on stage are one of the central elements of theatre and – implicitly – also of drama. Characters on the page attain the status of corpo-reality. At the same time, a living person becomes part of the "as-if" world of the play, signifying class, ethnicity, gender, age. Bodies and their movements in space, voice, facial and gestural expression produce additional meanings which often go beyond the written text. Thus, each performance of a play is unique. Physically demanding theatrical moments – from tap dancing to Kung Fu fighting – especially highlight the precarious liveness of the moment and the virtuosity of the actor.

[UPDATE] Can Christianity be postsecular? Professions of faith and doubt in contemporary American fiction

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:09am
Pete Rorabaugh/SAMLA 2011, November 4-6, Atlanta, GA/SCCL Panel (Revised deadline: Oct 15, 2011)

The term "postsecular" appears in the fields of political theory, sociology, and literature from time to time to describe a resistance to the narrative of secularization. Scholars defining postsecular approaches attend to the complex interactions between the empirical skepticism of the academy and the new religious expression that occurs in a postmodern-inflected world. John McClure has defined the implications of postsecular religious expression contemporary American literature.

From the Glorious Revolution to the European Union: Connections Between the British Isles and the Continent, March 9 & 10, 2012

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:01am
University of Notre Dame and Nanovic Institute

britishislesandthecontinent.com

Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame announces an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on the history and literature of the British Isles in a European context from the Glorious Revolution to the twenty-first century.

Anthology - Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 9:46am
Leslie Worthington

Call for Papers

Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia

Contributions are sought for a critical anthology entitled Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia. The collection is interdisciplinary in scope and will bring together essays on the literatures, musics, and visual arts of the region. Rather than attempting to define 'Appalachianness,' Seeking Home will interrogate diverse 'Appalachias' and how they respond to, imagine, and negotiate the dialectic between authenticity and hybridity, tradition and modernity, the past and the present, the 'inside' (Appalachia) and the 'outside' (the transnational South). Possible subject areas include but are not limited to the following:

PCA/ACA Conference Boston, MA April 2012 Appalachian Studies Panel

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 9:39am
Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Appalachian Studies
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
Boston, MA
April 11-14, 2012

The Appalachian Studies Area of the PCA/ACA National Conference seeks to further understanding of this unique and interesting location within the United States and welcomes presentations covering a broad area of study.

Possible subject areas include but are not limited to the following:
Literature
Art
Photography
Music
History
Education
Ecology
Film, Television and other Media
Heritage
Culture
Gender
Ethnicity
Native American Cultures
Celtic Influences
Economics

Fan Culture and Theory CFP - PCA/ACA Boston, MA April 11-14, 2012

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:25am
Katherine Larsen/ Popular Culture Association

Fan Culture & Theory - PCA/ACA National Conference

Call For Proposals

For Conference details click http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php
Deadline for proposal submissions is December 15.

Proposals for both panels and individual papers are now being accepted for all aspects of Fan Culture and Theory, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

Trespassing Journal-Call for Book and Film Reviews

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:12am
Trespassing Journal

The editors of Trespassing Journal seek book and film reviews for its in-progress inaugural issue to be published online in January 2012.

Trespassing Journal is a new, fully peer-reviewed biannual journal that is committed to publishing fresh and original research in the fields of artistic production (including literature, film, new media, video-art, fine arts, experimental and avant-garde art, etc.) that trespass the sacrosanct grounds of the theoretical and artistic disciplines, and also question the established boundaries between art, science, and philosophy.Trespassing Journal focuses on artistic misfits, art and politics, artistic production in exile, and contradictory realms where art and technics break away from conventions.

Trespassing Journal- Call for Conference Reports

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:11am
Trespassing Journal

The editors of Trespassing Journal seek conference reports for its in-progress inaugural issue to be published online in January 2012.

MEDITERRANEAN MODERNISMS

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:21am
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, http://acla.org/acla2012/

The Mediterranean basin, conceived broadly as the lands and nations surrounding the Sea as well as the Sea itself, has been a site of near-constant change over the centuries, and the 20th century was no exception. Indeed, this was perhaps its most turbulent century ever: monarchies and empires gave way to nation-states; communist, autocratic and democratic governments rose and fell in peace and war alike, including and excluding often hostile peoples under constantly shifting national borders, even as they strove for independence and integration in an increasingly globalized world.

[UPDATE] 31 OCTOBER DEADLINE: A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature, 17-18 May 2012

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:03am
School of English, University of St Andrews

Call for Papers (NEW Deadline: 31 October 2011):
A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature

A two day conference hosted by
the School of English, University of St Andrews
17-18 May 2012, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland

The relentless success of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007) evokes words like phenomenon and catastrophe. With the conclusion of the film franchise and the launch of Pottermore.com, the series is receiving increased academic consideration in conferences, articles, and monographs. However, relatively little work has been done directly engaging with the series as a literary text. This conference attempts to begin redressing that lack.

Shakespeare at the Opera

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:00am
Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

NEMLA Convention 2012

Session Title: Shakespeare at the Opera

Description:
The panel examines operatic adaptations of Shakespeare plays. How do Shakespearean operas serve as 'readings' that illuminate facets of the plays on which they are based? How do different treatments of Shakespeare shed light on the historical and cultural conditions that produced the operas? How can studying Shakespeare as opera function as a miniature historical lens om Shakespearean reception across the centuries? Send 300 to 500-word abstract to Josh.Cohen@massart.edu.

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