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2nd Global Conference: Urban Popcultures

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:12am
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Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Discipinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Friday 9th March- Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore
and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project
will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and
alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popultures and
subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally
theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and
political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are
flourishing.

Tagore: The Global Impact of a Writer in the Community

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 4:04am
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Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
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The conference is held under the aegis of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs) being established as part of the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW).

Proposals of 250 words should be submitted by 31 October 2011. Please send proposals, plus a one-paragraph biography, as Word document or PDF to scots@napier.ac.uk

Ashis Nandy has said that Tagore embodies the modern consciousness of India (Illegitimacy of Nationalism, 1998) and this year India celebrates Tagore's 150th birth anniversary.

Auteurs and Authorship in Indian Cinema (Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 21-25, Boston, MA)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 1:56am
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Dr. Christopher Meir

Much recent scholarship on Indian cinema has focused on the social, cultural and historical dimensions of the popular Hindi-language cinema or in some cases on the film cultures of other popular regional cinemas. As such, the field has seen numerous studies in recent years on the fans, stars and reception of 'Bollywood' in particular, but attention to the sociology of popular cinema in the nation has meant that the great artists of Indian film-making – auteur directors, producers and screenwriters – have been neglected.

Annual Congress 2012

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 1:25am
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Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University
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The 4th e-Health and Environment Conference will provide unique opportunities for researchers to build this new vision through tackling specific healthcare and environmental topics. These topics are presented in the following section which represents priority topics for the conference sessions. Although topics have been categorized into healthcare and environmental ones, this by no means intend to separate both concepts, on the contrary, topics merging both fields will be appreciated

We invite all those engaged in e-Health and Environment issues to share their experiences and practices by submitting research papers, case studies, poster presentations, students brief papers & reviews, in accordance to the following themes:

Sport and the Nation, International Conference, 19-20 January 2012 (Edited)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:33pm
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Department of English and School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University

The history of modern sport is intimately linked to the rise of the modern nation-state and its cultures of self-representation. Indeed, though games have existed as long as human beings have inhabited the earth, organized sport in the contemporary sense is thought to be a distinctive product of modernity. Enshrined in the curriculum of the Victorian public school and viewed as a means of training imperial administrators, sport also entered the public sphere as a spectacle for mass audiences, leading to a regulation of its practices and the foundation of sports bodies.

The 22nd Annual English Graduate Student Conference at Louisiana State University Feb. 16th & 17th, 2012

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:09pm
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LSU EGSA Mardi Gras Conference--Co-Chairs Doris Raab & Catherine Riley

Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies

The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University

LSU Student Union

February 16th & 17th, 2012

Keynote Address by Meredith L McGill, Rutgers University

Fictions of Reproduction: Representations of Contraception and Abortion in Film and Television / SCMS, 21-25 March 2012, Boston

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 6:23pm
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Megan Minarich / Vanderbilt University

This panel is organized around film and television programs that treat the issues of contraception and/or abortion in some facet. The texts in question might address conception, pregnancy, and/or childbirth in the absence or contraception, or it/they may be more invested in presenting measures for or concern with the prevention of pregnancy. Films/programs may range from educational to fictional, and may be generically diverse (melodrama, comedy, film noir, etc.). They may also vary in terms of national origin and time period. Here are some potential topics/questions:

Call for Papers on Impediments to Confession in Medieval Literature, International Congress on Medieval Studies, 10–13 May 2012

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 5:58pm
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Kisha Tracy/International Congress on Medieval Studies

Session on how medieval writers employ the device of failed confessions or explore impediments to confession. For more, see: http://massmedieval.wordpress.com/ For the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

"Reassessing John Neal:" C19: Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012: Deadline, Sept 15, 2011.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 2:14pm
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C19: THE SOCIETY OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICANISTS
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Long appreciated primarily as a powerful advocate of literary nationalism in the United States, recent scholarship has begun to reveal John Neal (1793-1896) as an innovative literary stylist, a penetrating cultural critic, a pioneering regionalist, and a vital participant in the business of letters in America over his sixty-year career. A new volume of critical essays on Neal is forthcoming in 2012 (Headlong Enterprise: John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, edited by Edward Watts and David J. Carlson). This panel aims to continue the Neal "renaissance" by presenting further new work on Neal's writing (literary and non-literary), life, and cultural significance.

Image and Language: Godard and the problem of expression NEMLA 2012 Rochester deadline: September 30

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:19pm
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Elif Sendur/Binghamton University
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This panel asks to question the relation between expression and language, between the image and the word using Godard's work. This young Turk of the New Wave or the philosopher king of cinema, besides tackling the question of politics and aesthetics, constantly constantly questions the relationship between images and language, a question that is crucial for cinema as well as for literature. From Nana's question in Vivre Sa Vie "Words should express exactly what one wants to say? Do they betray us?" to his Le Gai Savoir where the relation between image and words are questioned; from his extraordinary use of letters or words on filmic scenes to his separation of his films into book chapters, Godard experiments on language in its own limit.

NEMLA 2012: Fictional Readers of French Literature

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:05pm
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Ana Oancea
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This panel welcomes papers analyzing the representation of characters in any fictional work [eg. Huysmans, O'Neill, Pasolini] who read French literature of any period. How and why do these characters read French literature? What influence does it exert on them? What is the value of French literature in these works?

Please send 300 word abstracts, in English or in French, to Ana Oancea (aio2101@columbia.edu) by Sept. 30, 2011.

'You are What you Read: Fictional Readers of French Literature' has been approved for inclusion in the NEMLA 2012 Convention, which will be held March 15-18 in Rochester, NY. The host institution is St. John Fisher College.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare and the Natural World, March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due October 1, 2011)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:34am
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Jennifer Park and Katie Walker / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recently Shakespeare studies have taken a "natural" turn. With the advent of ecocriticism and posthumanist thinking, a "green Shakespeare" has begun to emerge. The purpose of this conference is to consider the construction, politics, and history of the trope of "nature," both in Shakespeare's works and in current Shakespeare scholarship. Papers for this conference may consider animal studies, early modern zoology, bio-politics, climate theory, geohumoralism, food, medicine, botany, demonology, and more. Our aim will be to discuss a variety of questions: What constitutes early modern environmental studies? How did early modern writers define "nature," as opposed to supernature, or preternature, or culture?

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