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[UPDATE]: Deadline Extended to June 15th- John Dos Passos: Giving Modernity Form (SAMLA, Nov. 4-6 2011)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:54am
full name / name of organization: 
James Travis Rozier / University of Mississippi
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This panel seeks submissions dealing with the works of John Dos Passos in the interests of reviving scholarship on an author who has received scant recent critical attention. In keeping with the theme of the convention, the topic will address ways in which Dos Passos's works represent, respond to or possibly resist the forces of modernity. This panel seeks papers which address the ways Dos Passos's work renders visible the forces of modernity and seeks to resist these forces. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the ways in which Dos Passos' formal experimentation deals with the issues of alienation, flows of capital, new technologies, historical fracture or social loss. Submitters are encouraged to interpret this topic broadly.

KRISIS - Synapsis: European School for Comparative Studies, 4-11 Sept. 2011

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Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 7:10am
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Synapsis, European School for Comparative Studies - Università di Bologna and Università di Siena (Italy)
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Synapsis is a one-week residential Summer School, jointly sponsored by the Universities of Bologna and Siena in cooperation with many European universities and organizations.
Programme includes: 10 lectures (1½ hr each; two lectures each morning from Monday to Friday); 6 seminars of ten to fourteen students (12 hrs each, split in five afternoon and one morning sessions); theatre workshop; film screenings in the evenings. Participants are also given the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired throughout the week to a research paper that may later be selected for publication.

The Sound of Silence [UPDATE - DEADLINE EXTENDED]

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Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 4:25am
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Babilónia - Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução

Call for Papers (no. 10/11 – 2011)

Dossier for the upcoming issue (no. 10/11) – The Sound of Silence

Organized by – ZlatkaTimenova-Valtcheva

Co-organized by – Luís Cláudio Ribeiro

Western societies, as defined by Greco-Roman philosophy and logocentrism, have traditionally considered fullness and emptiness, absence and presence, sound (in acoustics and verbal expression) and silence as in opposition and therefore mutually exclusive. However, with Judaic-Christian thought emerges the relationship between word and silence through the image of the "Spirit of God", and after St. Augustine,the human/divine language dichotomy.

[UPDATE] James Agee at SAMLA in Atlanta, Nov. 4-6, 2011 (proposals due June 1, 2011)

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 2:56pm
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James Agee Society
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The James Agee Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of James Agee's work, especially in connection with artistic and cultural trends of his times. Topics may include Agee's poetry, reconsiderations of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and The Morning Watch, and Agee as screenwriter, film critic, and translator of foreign films. Of particular interest are papers treating the restored edition of A Death in the Family. By June 1, 2011, please submit 250-word abstracts to Hugh Davis at hdavis@piedmont.edu.

Seminar: Representation, Secular Violence, and the Politics of South Asian Community--NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 2:38pm
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43rd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Rochester NY, March 15-18, 2012

Representation, Secular Violence, and the Politics of South Asian Community (Seminar)

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

World Literature/Global Empathy (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012)

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 2:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University

Call for Papers

World Literature/Global Empathy

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

NEMLA 2012: Between the Beats: Listening to the Soundscapes of the Black Diaspora

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 1:19pm
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John Hyland, University at Buffalo
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While listening to Louis Armstrong, the unnamed narrator of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man discovers a "new" way to hear the "unheard sounds" between the beats , so that he is listening in time and space. Ellison's novel, with its turn toward music to negotiate the visual ideologies of race, is located at a site of crossings and re-crossings where the narrator realizes that "few really listen"—but even more than listening, it is a feeling of and in the space between the beats that most affects him. Such a feeling for space permits a descent into the "underworld of sound" where the narrator experiences the laugh and the cry of an old slave woman.

CFP "Circulations between Art Forms: Questioning Intersemioticity" Toulouse, France, March 31, 2011

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 11:39am
full name / name of organization: 
Marie C. Bouchet, University of Toulouse

"Circulations between Art Forms: Questioning Intersemioticity"

The purpose of this conference is to investigate how one conceives or experiences the circulation of representation between codes in intersemiotic works. It aims at examining what is at stake when one moves from one art form to another, as in adaptations, or when works themselves circulate between semiotic codes and combine them (operas, films, graphic novels, installations, iconotexts…). Is trans-code circulation fluid, or does one code predominate? Is intersemioticity merely the illusion of circulation, with codes remaining hermetic to one another, or is it the "effect" of another code instead of an actual circulation between systems of representation?

Social Media: Making Tangible Connections and Diversifying Trends in Communication Practice

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:32pm
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British Columbia Institute of Technology
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Social Media: Making Tangible Connections and Diversifying Trends in Communication Practice

Julie Nolin, M.A.
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Bobbe Cummins Colburn, Ph.D.
City University

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011

Introduction
Social media are rapidly changing the way we educate, conduct business, and reach out to others across the globe. As such, we bring both the 'voices' of experience and research together, which augment the fields of media, education, and industry along with professional practice.

English Language Learner Measures in Teaching and Practice Online

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:21pm
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City University of Seattle
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English Language Learner Measures in Teaching and Practice Online

Bobbe Cummins Colburn, Ph.D.
City University

Julie Nolin, M.A.
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: August 1, 2011

Introduction

English Language Learners is a growing field in the online arena. With our growing ELL populations, we would like to bring the 'voices' of both experience and research gained to better assist the field of education and practice for professionals.

[UPDATE] Transnational Laughter: Contemporary Film and TV Comedy across National Borders [second call]

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
David Scott Diffrient and Shelley Bradfield / Colorado State University

My co-editor and I are seeking additional proposals and contributions for a collection of original essays entitled Transnational Laughter: Contemporary Film and TV Comedy across National Borders. We have already accepted several proposals, but are now looking specifically for contributions dealing with the transnational flow of comic forms and humor-based cultural texts within and across African, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, South American and Central American contexts.

[UPDATE] Composition Exercise Book - The Write Book

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
Russ Brickey
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NOTE: We have extended the deadline for submissions to July 1.

The Write Book
FORM: Composition exercise book (not a reader!) tentatively titled The Write Book. We are putting together a collection of exercises to be used as an aid to instructors in the high school or college composition classroom.

Sidney at Kalamazoo 2012 (9/15/2011; Kalamazoo, 5/10-13, 2012)

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 2:12pm
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International Sidney Society
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The International Sidney Society sponsors three open sessions on Philip Sidney and related topics at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan). The conference website is here: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

May 10-13, 2012

Abstracts are invited on any subject dealing with the writings of Sir Philip Sidney and those writers, intellectuals, and historical figures associated with him. We especially encourage proposals from younger scholars and proposals from new scholarly projects.

The Undead (deadline 9/30/2011)

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:19am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This seminar seeks papers with strong analytical theses that offer readings of the undead phenomenon in literature and/or pop culture. Proposals may theorize the undead, offer close readings of individual undead texts, contemporary or not, but should keep in mind the big picture question: why is this material resonating so strongly with contemporary audiences (American or otherwise)? How do we, in other words, make sense of our love of the undead? Send 300-500 word abstracts and a brief biography to Lindsay Bryde at lindsay.bryde@gmail.com.

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