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CFP: Tolkien at Kalamazoo sessions for IMC 2012

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 5:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
Brad Eden
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This is a call for papers for the 5 sessions and 1 roundtable recently approved for the 2012 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI in May 2012. These sessions are:

Tolkien and Ideology
The Hobbit on its 75th anniversary
Tolkien's shorter poems and lyrics
Tolkien and Women
Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
Teaching Tolkien (roundtable)

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is September 1 to Dr. Brad Eden at brad.eden@valpo.edu. If you have any questions, please send them to this email. Thanks.

Literature and Feeling Sept 30-Oct 1, 2011 Utica College Utica, NY

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
New York College English Association
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The Fall 2011 NYCEA conference will be hosted by Utica College, Utica, NY on September 30th and Oct 1st.

The keynote speaker is April Bernard, who will read her award-winning poetry, including selections from her latest volume, Romanticism, on Friday, Sept 30th at 7:30.

Abstracts of 250 words are requested by August 15, 2011, on topics related to the conference theme of Literature and Feeling. Please send abstracts electronically to Jim Scannell, Associate Professor of English, Utica College at jscannell@utica.edu.

Motherhood and Popular Culture, April 11-14, 2012, Boston

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:29pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
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Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth:
"Now that the baby boom generation has come of age in America, mothers are suddenly back in Vogue - and in Time, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal too. Indeed, mothers are suddenly everywhere and their influence is everywhere felt. Pollsters and policy-makers count them; manufacturers cater to them; and corporations work to accommodate them. Marketers adjust to meet their demands and desires, while medical practitioners keep pace by emphasizing prenatal education and offering non-traditional birthing options.

Race, Class, and Sentimentalism in the 20th Century (NeMLA 2012)

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:27pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jenn Williamson
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As African American men and women began to appropriate sentimental tropes and the sentimental novel form in the nineteenth-century, they argued for their humanity and alignment with social norms while simultaneously critiquing the ways in which sentimentalism marginalized African American identities by excluding them from class and racial ideologies that promote white dominance. This panel invites papers examining uses of sympathy and sentimental forms in 20th century American literature to address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or national belonging. In what ways do 20th century authors strategically deploy modes of sentimentality in their writings? Do writers in the 20th century recognize the political efficacy of sentimental writing?

[UPDATE] CFP: 20th Century Sentimentalism: From Modernism to Media

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jenn Williamson
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This collection will feature essays that examine how authors of the twentieth and twenty-first century continue the use of sentimental forms and tropes of nineteenth-century literature. Current literary and cultural criticism maintains that American culture engaged in a turn-of-the-century refutation of the sentimental mode; however, the analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first-century narratives contained within these essays reveals ongoing use of sentimental expression that draws upon its ability to instruct and influence readers through emotional identification.

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

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Park and Katie Walker / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Shakespeare and the Natural World", Call for Papers
A graduate student conference jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kings College London
March 29-31, 2012

NeMLA March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY:

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:53am
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Jeffery C. Blanchard / Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma? Does it help represent the horror of battle to those removed?

CFP: Ist Global Conference : Writing 1 (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:16am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Call For Papers:
The inaugural launch of this global research and publications project on Writing will explore the many facets of writing from an interdisciplinary perspective. It seeks to explore the many intertextual and intersemiotic facets of writing as they exists in the digital age but also taking into account the historical forces, process and mechanisms, their relationships to contemporary writing forms, and the possibilities of future directions. 'All writing comes from somewhere' and with this axiom in mind this project will not only examine the pragmatic elements of writing but also the complex issues concerning the metafunctions of writing as a creative and purposeful process across various disciplines.

Freedom and Oppression in 1960s Britain

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:12am
full name / name of organization: 
GRAAT

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> > In the United Kingdom, according to the canonical interpretation, the sixties were characterized by an almost revolutionary spirit of contestation: the thirst for freedom
and the strong wish to free oneself from social and moral constraints were illustrated in a rich, varied, often provocative and subversive artistic production, as well as in
many a societal phenomenon. There was to the "Sixties", or to what could be referred to as the golden age of youth, with its mods and rockers, but also to popular

Call for papers: ASECS March 22-25: "Bellies and Underbellies: Waste, Consumption, and the Eighteenth Century"

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:38am
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43rd ASECS Annual Meeting San Antonio, TX March 22 – 25, 2012

"Bellies and Underbellies: Waste, Consumption, and the Eighteenth Century"

E-mail: krystal.mcmillen@colorado.edu

The Eighteenth Century has been dubbed the nascent moment of consumerism and consumer society. Yet, in an ever increasing world of goods, what becomes of the bad? How does an expanding Empire and an increasingly urbanized populace deal with the aftermath of its excesses? This panel seeks to ponder issues of waste in the Eighteenth Century. In seeking to understand how notions of excess and excrement might inform larger concerns of the period proposals considering both personal issues of waste and societal issues of waste are encouraged.

Materializing Verse: ASECS 2012 (San Antonio)

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:33am
full name / name of organization: 
Dustin D. Stewart / U of Texas at Austin

How did verse materialize in the long eighteenth century? This ASECS session will explore questions about the material contexts and conditions of British poetry between the Restoration and early Romanticism. Material should be construed broadly, as indeed should poetry. How was verse produced? What unexpected shapes did it assume? In what surprising and complicated ways was it embodied and performed?

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