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[UPDATE - ABSTRACT EXTENSION] Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking - October 28-29, 2011

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 4:20pm
University of Florida English Graduate Organization

Nothing New Under the Sun?
Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking

2011 University of Florida English Graduate Organization Conference

October 28-29, 2011, at the University of Florida

Keynote Speaker: Richard Flynn (Georgia Southern University)

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers across disciplines concerning the idea of novelty in literature, film, rhetoric or the production of art. By interrogating the causes and effects of novelty in the life of an artist, scholar or artistic movement, we hope to destabilize the boundaries around the "old" and "new" and trace the lingering impact of these game-changers across both time and disciplines.

"This is the End": Transformations and New Beginnings

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 3:54pm
Organization of Graduate Students of English-Northern Arizona University

Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference 2012
Featured Theme:
"This is the End": Transformations & New Beginnings

Rumors of the end of the world have existed for as long as humans have been able to articulate fear. The year 2012 has provided us with yet another instance of this phenomenon. This year's conference will highlight our ideas about endings, beginnings, and rebirths in all of their various forms. We hope to see visions of Armageddon, conceptualizations of endings or changes in art, media, and culture, and new explorations of beginnings and endings in language studies, education, and the sciences.

February 24th and 25th
Kickoff on February 23rd
NAU University Union

The Southern Writers Symposium: Emerging Writers Contest, Dec. 1, 2011

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 3:45pm
Methodist University's Southern Writers Symposium

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year categories will feature fiction and poetry as well as creative nonfiction (particularly creative nonfiction dealing with issues of military life).

The first- and second-place writers in each category will read from their winning work at the conference and receive cash awards of $300 and $200, respectively. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria:

* currently live in the South;
* are natives of the South;
* write about the South.

[UPDATE] Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture: Boston, April 11- 14, 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 2:48pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference

Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: "Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom." At the same time, Modern Family, Mr. Mom, Thomas Beatie, the At-Home Dads Convention, and Superdad: a Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood are just a few examples testifying to how popular culture has been embracing dad.

I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the new PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood which showcases (from humanities and social sciences perspectives) any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

Rural Teacher Identity Development: Stories of Growth, Change, and the Challenges/Rewards of Teaching English in Rural Schools

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 1:11pm
Lisa Eckert, Montana State University Dept. of English

How does an early career teacher negotiate tensions between university instruction and real-world expectations in rural settings? How does a mid-career teacher maintain energy and enthusiasm amid an educational culture focused on testing and objective definitions of knowledge, especially in rural schools? How does a late-career teacher continue to effect change and grow as a professional in rural communities? Several books and articles have described and theorized the difficult journey to becoming an English teacher, including Britzman's Practice Makes Practice (1991) and Alsup's Teacher Identity Discourses: Negotiating Personal and Professional Spaces (2006).

Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 12:03pm
Irene Gammel / MLCRC, Ryerson University

Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Join us in New York City for a reception to celebrate Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press, 2011) edited by Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo.

Friday, November 4th, 2011, 6 – 8pm

Come and enjoy the art work, music, and poetry. Refreshments will be served.

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
24 West 57th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-582-3201

For more information:
Cait MacIntosh, admin@mlc.ryerson.ca
Dana Martin, dana@fancisnaumann.com

Call for Papers Transgressive/Trash/Exploitation/Art Cinema

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:16am
Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers Transgressive/Trash/Exploitation/Art Cinema
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
http://www.swtxpca.org
Please make plans to attend our 33rd Annual Conference
February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Who We Are/What We Do

[UPDATE] Dickens and the Visual Imagination, 9-10 July 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:48am
An international two-day conference to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012. Hosted by University of Surrey, Paul Mellon Centre and the Watts Gallery

This conference, hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens.

Plenary speaker: Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University). Other speakers TBC.

Sculptural Film

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:07am
Session for the Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians

38th Annual AAH Conference & Bookfair
The Open University, Milton Keynes
29 - 31 March 2012

Session 19:
'Sculptural Film: Before and Beyond Richard Serra'
Session Convenor:

Katerina Loukopoulou, University College London, k.loukopoulou@ucl.ac.uk

[UPDATE] Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent (April 6-7, 2012)

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 8:41am
Jonathan Fedors and Katie L. Price / Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
April 6-7, 2012

Confirmed Keynote Panelists: Maria Damon (University of Minnesota), Craig Dworkin (University of Utah), Brian Reed (University of Washington at Seattle)

Reflections and transfigurations: tradapting and performing Shakespeare today. 26-27 April 2012, University of Toulouse, France.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 7:06am
ART. University of Toulouse Le Mirail

CFP: Reflections and transfigurations: tradapting and performing Shakespeare today. 26-27 April 2012, University of Toulouse, France.
Confirmed Plenary speakers: Djanet Sears (University of Toronto), author of the critically acclaimed Harlem Duet (1997), Paula Vogel (Yale) author of Desdemona: a play about the handkerchief (1993). Both playwrights will discuss their own play as well as the original text which inspired them, Othello.

'Unplanned Wildernesses': Narrating the British Slum 1844-1951 - University of Warwick - 19th May 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 6:51am
Humanities Research Centre University of Warwick

In 1844 Friedrich Engels described the slums of Manchester as 'unplanned wildernesses'; stating that no 'human being would willingly inhabit such dens' (The Condition of the Working Class in England). This emphasis on the bewildering experience of the slum – the 'maze of lanes, blind alleys and back passages' – as well as the slum's contaminating presence in the Victorian city, is part of a wider dialogue concerning working-class neighbourhoods throughout the nineteenth century that incorporated the writings of such figures as Charles Dickens and the sociologist Charles Booth.

ACLA 2012 " Reproduction, Life, and Futurity in the Humanities"

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 6:34am
Brown University, RI, March 29th to April 1, 2012

Call for Papers: ACLA 2012 " Reproduction, Life, and Futurity in the Humanities"

Now accepting paper proposals for a seminar session entitled "Reproduction, Life, and Futurity in the Humanities" at the American Comparative Literature Association conference to beheld at Brown University from March 29th to April 1, 2012.

New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 6:15am
Queen's University Belfast

New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast

From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. It raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.

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