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LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, GLITS Interdiscipinary Research Conference, 22 June 2012 [30 April 2012]

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:24am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Grethe Mitchell (University of Lincoln)

The Latin word 'Ludus' (a play, a game, a pastime) embodies a semantic play of language that is suggestive of the importance of the concepts of play and games to cultural products. Ludus can also refer to a school for elementary instruction, 'Ludi' to public shows or spectacles. Latin poetry often explores and celebrates Ludus as the creative play of writing, as in Ludic verse.

Southeastern Renaissance Conference

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:27am
Southeastern Renaissance Conference

The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for our 69th annual conference, which will be held on October 5-6, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, art or culture. Please submit your full essay (20 minute reading time) by email attachment in either Word or a PDF file to Dr. Heather Hirschfeld, President of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, by June 15, 2012.

Submission of your work to the Conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Even those articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting will be considered for publication in the journal.

Special Issue of *Interdisciplinary Literary Studies* on Contemporary Jacobean Film (deadline: Nov. 1, 2012)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:20am
Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / Northern Illinois University

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (

We invite essays from interdisciplinary perspectives that respond (directly or otherwise) to Pascale Aebischer's discussion of the "preposterous contemporary Jacobean" in discussion of early modern source texts (ca. 1500-1800 – not, for this journal issue, limited to the Jacobean era).

Hawthorne Society--South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) Nov. 9-11, 2012 (CFP deadline 30 May 2012)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 7:59am
Hawthorne Society

Title: Hawthorne and the Journey
Affiliation: Hawthorne Society

Abstract: Robin of "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" steps out of the boat on a moonlit night in a New England town, searching for his kinsman. In the House of Seven Gables, Phoebe emigrates to a new home. While Robin is unwelcome in the New England village, Phoebe eventually gains the love and trust of her friends and family. Many of Hawthorne's tales, like these, deal with travel, immigration, and exile. Hawthorne, himself, spent many years traveling both domestically and around the world. This panel seeks papers which focus on the conference theme of "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile." Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

One Day in the City: 15 June 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 7:16am
University College London

The UCL Festival of London and Literature: "One Day in the City"
15 June 2012


Mind and American Literature

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 6:08am
Camden House

Mind and American Literature

This series on Mind and American Literature offers a forum for the publication of scholarly work investigating connections between literary texts and interdisciplinary inquiry into the broadly defined concept of mind. Books in the series will take a fresh view of literature from any genre in the contexts of questions and considerations that have emerged from such fields as philosophy, psychology, biology, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. The series is committed to publishing fine writing, accessible to a wide range of educated readers.

Camden House is a subsidiary of Boydell & Brewer publishers.

"Shakespeare and Emotions", Perth (AU), 27-30 November 2012 (abstract deadline: June 1st)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:30pm
Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association


The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

27–30 November 2012
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia

Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare's Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), and Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.

UPDATE: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS: LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE' " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:07pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

The Enigma of the Picaresque, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 16.-17.11.2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:01pm
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Despite their great spectrum of variety, it seems that the journeys which the narrator-protagonists of (fictional) autobiographies (re-)embark upon share a common telos: that of formulating the grand narrative of their life and consequently formulating their self, either by finding God (confessio) or their own true identity (Bildungsroman). Evidently, picaresque autobiographies form a very conscious exception to this rule. Although their relators insistently assert to demonstrate their reformed self through their stories, the narratives are inherently ambivalent and, indeed, parodistic of the above autobiographical traditions.

Marrakech, 5-8 December 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:52pm
Prof. Mohammed Kandoussi , Head of Department ,Department of English

Dear Colleagues,

The Moroccan-American Studies Program at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences,
Casablanca, Morocco organizes an international conference about "Interdisciplinary Perspectives
on the Arab Spring and its Implications for American Studies in the Arab Universities" in
Marrakech, 5-8 December 2012.

You will find attached to this email the official call for papers as well as details concerning this conference.
We would highly appreciate your acceptance to participate to this major cultural event.

Disability and African American Literature (MLA 2013) Due March 15

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:49pm
Keith Green

Session explores the language, representation, and meaning of disability in African American literature. All periods, genres, and critical approaches are welcome. Abstract (250 words) and CV by 15 March 2012.

The Internet as Politicising Instrument

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:37pm

Transformations is calling for submissions for Issue 23: The Internet as Politicising Instrument.

Transformations is a double blind, peer reviewed international online journal publishing scholarly work in cultural and media studies.

For this issue of Transformations, we invite papers that consider the gamut of change that the Internet has provoked, drawing on Marcus Breen's Uprising: the Internet's Unintended Consequences (Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL, 2011).