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Children's Literature and New York City (August 26, 2011)

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:57pm
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University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Church of Ireland College of Education

Scope:
The proposed volume will examine the varying ways in which children's literature has engaged with New York as a city space, both in terms of (urban) realism and as 'idea' (a place of opportunity, etc). The volume will explore not just dominant themes, motifs, tropes, etc but also the different narrative methods employed to inform readers about the history, function, physical structure, conceptualization, etc of New York City. The volume will also acknowledge the shared or symbiotic relationship between literature and the city: just as the literature can give imaginative 'reality' to the city, the city has the potential to shape the literary text.

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, March 15-18, 2012

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 5:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
Randall Spinks, Northeast Language Association
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Ernest Hemingway's Cost-Benefit Aesthetic

This panel invites papers on metaphorical 'economic exchanges/expenditures' between (un)necessary risk, suffering and death and aesthetic meaning in Ernest Hemingway's works. What would be the 'cost/benefit' of the author's aesthetic of forthrightness versus his famous 'iceberg' method in the face of Modernist avant-gardism? What of such explorers of the political/economic unconscious as Ethnic, Feminist, Marxist, Queer Theorist, Disability, Animal or Masculinity Studies? (Please send abstracts of 300 words to Randall.Spinks@ncc.edu) by Sept. 30, 2011.

Romance in Medieval Britain: Oxford, 24–26 March 2012

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 4:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Nicholas Perkins

The 13th Biennial Conference on Romance in Medieval Britain

Papers are invited on all aspects of medieval romance, its circulation and reception in and around the Insular Middle Ages. The conference coincides with a major exhibition, 'The Romance of the Middle Ages', at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Papers that address aspects of romance and materiality are particularly welcome, for example:
• texts and textuality, in manuscript or print
• the body and the sensual
• objects, spaces and places
• romance and medieval material culture
Information at: www.medieval.ox.ac.uk/rmb2012

[UPDATE] Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory, SRS conference, University of Manchester, July 9-11, 2012

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:25am
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James Smith

Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory

A panel to be held at the 5th Biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, University of Manchester, July 9-11, 2012

Proposals are invited for papers making up a panel on representations and appropriations of culture from the mid-1300s to the early 1700s by modern critical theory. Taking 'critical theory' broadly to include all those writing in the wake of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and feminism, this panel seeks discussions of its passing remarks (such as those by Nietzsche and Lacan), sustained analyses (Bakhtin, Foucault, Kristeva), and more multifarious appropriations (Deleuze's baroque) on and of Renaissance texts, culture and terminology.

2nd Global Conference,Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (March 2012:Prague; Czec

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

21st March - 24th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields.

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:46pm
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Fordham University’s Graduate English Association (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.

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 7:42pm
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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?

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference: Classifying the Medieval and Renaissance World, April 12-14, 2012

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 1:15pm
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Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)
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http://www.isu.edu/english/conf2012/

Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
April 12-14, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels concerning the categories and classifications used to understand the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, both in the period and now.

Topics might include: Anachronism, Class, Dictionaries, Disciplines, Epistemology, Estates, Ethnicity, Gender, Genres, Grammars, Guilds, Medievalism, Narratives, Nationalism, Natural Histories, Periods, Professions, Race, Regionalism, or Travel.

ACLA 2012 :: The Corpse and Catastrophe

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:05am
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Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers) & David Sherman (Brandeis)

Call for Papers: The Corpse and Catastrophe
ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

Seminar Organizers: Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers University) and David Sherman (Brandeis University)

This seminar will examine the corpses in and of literature, including the catastrophic meaning of corpses. Papers with aesthetic, ethical, political, and historical dimensions are welcome, and might address a range of questions:

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