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[UPDATE] 'Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance', 30 August-2 September 2012.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:05am
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Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).

We are proud to announce that Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012

Venue: Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Postcoloniality in the Wake of the "Arab Spring"

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:26am
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NeMLA Convention, 2012
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This panel intends to investigate the relationship between the recent strike wave that swept across North Africa and the Middle East, among other areas of the world, and the "genre" of postcoloniality. The objective of this panel is twofold: (1) to analyze how the strike wave has contributed to a "remapping" of the theoretical, cultural, and political dimensions of postcoloniality and (2) to contextualize the ways in which the strike wave is an expression of a thoroughgoing critique of postcolonialism, articulated by such theorists as E. San Juan Jr., Arif Dirlik, Arundhati Roy, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and Vijay Prashad, all of whom have addressed the ensuing debates between materialist and essentialist conceptions of postcoloniality.

CFP: The Laboring Mediterranean (Kalamazoo May 2012; Sept. 15 deadline)

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:12am
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Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan
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Call for Papers: The Laboring Mediterranean

**Please post and forward widely**

This session, sponsored by Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan, will take place at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

[UPDATE] CFP: The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:18am
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_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_
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Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry (ISSN 2249–2178) call for submissions

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:04am
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The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry (ISSN 2249–2178)
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'The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry' (ISSN 2249–2178) is calling for submission of oroginal and unpublished (both print and online) poems, research papers on poetry and book reviews of latest poetry books for December 2011 issue. Last date of Submission is November 10, 2011. Website : www.themuse.webs.com, Email: themuseindia@gmail.com .

Submission Guidelines:
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

On the Job Training: Media Industries and the Cultivation of Labor by Aug 10th (SCMS March 21-25, 2012))

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:37pm
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Jonathan Cohn/ UCLA
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This panel will focus on the various ways by which media industry professionals learn their trade. As a result of economic, technological and cultural shifts, the routes by which one gets a job in a media industry is rapidly transforming. In the process, whether they are seeking above or below the line positions, the ways by which these workers learn their trade is also in a state of flux. While the number of film schools in America continues to grow, many necessary skills are often still learned on the job. Even with the continual anecdotal stories of actors and directors being discovered via YouTube, Hollywood and other media industries continue to heavily rely on a system of guild and union apprenticeships, internships and unpaid labor.

[Update] CFP: 9th International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference, 10/13-15/2011 (SCAD)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 1:58pm
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International Digital Media and Arts Association
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IDMAA 2011 Conference
Design, Innovation & Story ­ an Odyssey of Confluence
For this conference, IDMAA is seeking abstracts (500 words maximum) for presentation and/or discussion about ideas pushing the edge of digital media and art, particularly as they relate to the merging of design, innovation, and narrative. Creative research that demonstrates the confluence of different disciplines, media, cultures, and technology is particularly encouraged. The conference will contain several tracks of programming that
expand on the theme in the following areas:

Special Issue on Boys' Love Manga

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:40pm
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Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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Please consider submitting an abstract for a special themed issue on boys' love manga to be published by the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. The CFP is below.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is October 14, 2011. Email editors@yaoiresearch.com with queries.

-- Mark McHarry

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Special Issue - Boys' Love Manga

Proposals due by October 14, 2011

Guest Editors:
Mark McHarry, Independent Scholar
Kazumi Nagaike, Oita University, Japan
Dru Pagliassotti, California Lutheran University, USA

"Sifting the April sunlight for clues": The Poetry of John Ashbery (Sept 30, 2011; NeMLA, Mar. 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:40am
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Barbara Fischer / Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel aspires to a multi-faceted exploration, in his native Rochester, of the work of this uniquely talented and elusive poet. Papers are welcome focused on any aspect of his long career: reading Ashbery, contextualizing Ashbery, teaching Ashbery; themes, principles, methods, influences, legacies, an arc of development; challenges, beauties, evasions, perspicacities, achievements. 300-500 word abstracts by Sept. 30.

One Hundred Years of Attitude: A Centennial Roundtable for Poetry Magazine (Sept 30, 2011; NeMLA, Mar. 15-18, 2012, Rochester NY

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:35am
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Bill Waddell / Northeast Modern Language Association
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It's a very long way indeed from Harriet Monroe's vision in Chicago in 1912, to a $200 million endowment from Ruth Lilly a few years ago, but Poetry magazine has seldom been far at all from the central currents and controversies of poetry in English. On the occasion of its hundredth anniversary, this roundtable session invites analyses and assessments of the magazine's history, editorial policy, and influence from any perspective. Breadth and variety are explicit goals. 300-400 word abstracts by Sept. 30.

Framing the Black Arts Movement (Sept. 30, 2011; NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:24am
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Bill Waddell / Northeast Modern Language Association
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This session is intended to entertain (at least) two senses of the term "framing," and perhaps some tension between them. On the one hand, to frame something is to contextualize it in order to make it more readily understood, and this is something we might reasonably expect to be able to do, now more than forty years from BAM's conscious beginnings and nearly forty from its disintegration. Or apparent disintegration. To frame is also to enclose within a boundary, and BAM does seem to be a relatively tidily confined period of intense activity, having, in the lore, a traditional origin (1965) and a traditional demise (1974), both connected with actions taken by Amiri Baraka.

Film and the Second World War in Scandinavia. 1 February 2012

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 10:22am
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Journal of Scandinavian Cinema

Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (JSCA) is a peer-refereed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of film culture in Scandinavia. The journal aims to become an indispensable contributor to the growth of knowledge about Scandinavian filmmaking and to provide a stimulating platform for discussions on Scandinavian cinema and its cultural background.

Reconstruction 12.3 Special Issue: "(In)Securities"

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 7:20am
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Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reconstruction 12.3
Special Issue "(In)Securities"
Edited by
SUSANA ARAUJO (University of Lisbon)
SUSANA S. MARTINS(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

In the past years, the world has been dealing with increasing anxieties about state and urban
security, which were largely exacerbated after traumatic experiences such as the 9/11 terrorist
attacks of New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, the 2004 train attacks in Madrid and the London bombings in 2005.

[UPDATE] L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory (15/8/11)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 7:59pm
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L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island
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A reminder that 15 August 2011 is the deadline for submissions for this conference, which will be held at the University of Prince Edward Island on 21–24 June 2012.

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it." — The Golden Road (1913)

"and even if you are not Abegweit-born you will say, 'Why … I have come home!'" — "Prince Edward Island" (1939)

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 6:54pm
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NOTE: Keynote Speaker is Prof. Russ Castronovo (Deadline August 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)
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An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This one day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City: (113 W 60th)

We are currently accepting applications from PhD and MA students (as well as junior faculty members). The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast and an after-keynote reception w/food and beverages.

We are also currently working on an after-conference event, which will most likely involve drink specials at a local pub.

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