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"Mapping Real-and-Imagined Places," MLA 2013 (deadline 10 March '12)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:58am
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Dickens's London, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mieville's Bas-Lag ... Whether endeavoring to present a realistic picture of a well known geographical locale or projecting a purely fantastic otherworld, narrative fiction frequently maps the "real-and-imagined" spaces (as Edward Soja has labeled them) of our world. This panel will explore such literary cartography or geocriticism in works of realism, fantasy, or other. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Robert T. Tally Jr. at robert.tally@txstate.edu by March 10, 2012.

[UPDATED] "'Riddled with Epiphanies': DeLillo, New York"

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:04am
College of Mount Saint Vincent & Don DeLillo Society

Call for Papers

"'Riddled with Epiphanies': DeLillo, New York"
A Literary Conference Based on Conversation
College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale (Bronx) New York. April 20-21, 2012

Deadline for Paper & Panel Proposals: February 28, 2012

Our format will reprise that of the first DeLillo Conference held in 1998. We will make papers available to participants, presenters will summarize their work, and about half of the panel will be devoted to conversation among all the attendees.
For information: Contact Dr. Jacqueline Zubeck: jackie.zubeck@mountsaintvincent.edu

The Comedic DeLillo

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:50pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)
Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in late 20th-century English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin (profgood@hotmail.com) by 15 March 2012.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for papers Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:47pm
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

[UPDATE] Call for Proposals Extended—Graduate Student Symposium on Communication

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:40pm
School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University

"Communication in the 21st Century: Intercultural Communication"
1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 – Noon, Friday, April 6, 2012

The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a two-day symposium (from 1:00 p.m. Thursday to noon on Friday) exploring all facets of communication. This year, the theme of the symposium is "Intercultural Communication" broadly defined.

Children's Literature from the Commonwealth of Nations 15/5/12; 30/6/12

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:13pm
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature / IBBY

We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird in conjunction with the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET). The CET has promoted education, literacy and literature throughout the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations for 125 years. Their work has much in common with IBBY. Papers are invited on the literatures of Commonwealth countries, as well as on literacy education, the development of the imagination and critical thinking through reading, and other practical uses of literature. Papers of 4000 words are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• National identity in literature for children and teens
• Literacy programmes which incorporate children's literature

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:01pm
Stacey Lee Donohue

{Modern Language Association Convention, Jan 3-6, 2013 in Boston]

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

We are interested in 10 minute focused presentations on new approaches (readings, interpretations, pedagogies) to the New England Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Fuller, Hawthorne, et al.).

The Community College Humanities Association is an Affiliate member of the Modern Language Association, and this is our guaranteed session. While we encourage community college faculty to send proposals, all proposals are welcome.

Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2012.

RMMLA, 11-13 October 2012, Boulder, Colorado: Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:55pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

With ever more emphasis being placed on study abroad and service learning opportunities for students, many of us are designing our own faculty-led adventures with students as we engage in experiential learning outside the classroom. Some questions to consider might include what constitutes a successful travel experience, what strategies we emply to assure that all participants are as engaged as possible, and how we evaluate student learning in a travel context.

The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on faculty-led study of literature and culture in a travel context.

[UPDATE] Violence in Theory and Practice - March 23rd-25th, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:52pm
The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

VIOLENCE
In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012

The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph

"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow

Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.

[UPDATE] Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology 28 April 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:25pm
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario

The theme for this year's VSAO conference is "Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology." The executive invites abstracts for 20 minute papers to be presented at our morning panel. Plenary speakers for this exciting one-day conference will be Prof. Kathy Psomiades and Prof. Audrey Jaffe. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Matthew Rowlinson (mrowlins@uwo.ca) by 28 January 2012. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Matthew Rowlinson / Department of English / University of Western Ontario/ London, ON CANADA N6A 3K7

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: The Art of Revolution

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:20pm
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

12th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference:
The Art of Revolution
March 30-April 1 2012
University of Iowa

"…Do not be afraid to say revolution!"

RMMLA 11-13 October 2012: Practical Approaches to Teaching Language"

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:02pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Language" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations focusing on innovative activities, assignments, and strategies that engage students and enhance language learning.

Please send inquiries and abstracts to Louise Stoehr (lstoehr@sfasu.edu) by 1 March 2012.

'Comics, Religion & Politics' 4-5th September 2012, Lancaster University

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:59pm
Emily Laycock, Lancaster University

Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.

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