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NeMLA March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Apocalyptic Projections in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Literature for 2012 and Beyond

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Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 11:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Annette M. Magid/ Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel provides an opportunity to explore the ramifications of the 2012 doomsday prophesiers on cultural behavior as witnessed within the genre of science fiction literature and cinema. The term apocalyptic may include any means of total or near-total destruction, whether it is caused by humans, aliens or Nature. Papers analyzing the role apocalyptic sci-fi and/or fantasy have played and continue to play in literature, cinema, theater and other aspects of culture will be the main emphasis of this panel. Focus can be on apocalyptic visual arts and cinema, but written literature is also appropriate.
Please send e-mail abstracts of 200-250 words in MS Word .doc or .docx.

Anthology of criticism on queerness in film and television

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Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 9:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Meghna Mudaliar

Proposals are invited for a collection of essays on the topic of queerness in film and television. Please email inquiries asap with a short bio of the author, a working title of the paper, and a brief summary of the article. Deadline for completed abstracts is August 2011.

The Public Life of Literature: April 18-20, 2012 (proposals due November 1, 2011)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 2:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Conference on Christianity and Literature: Midwest Regional Meeting
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The Public Life of Literature
April 18-20, 2012, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Midwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature:
in conjunction with The Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21, 2012, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Featured Speaker: Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, Mother Country, The Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind

Playful Interruptions in Recent Film (7/1; 11/3-6/11, M/MLA, St. Louis)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 4:57am
full name / name of organization: 
Drs. Comer and Vayo
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Playful Interruptions in Recent Film

New deadline, July 1, and update.

In Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community representations are not just works of art (oeuvre); they also, in fact, work. Representations present "community" and thereby give a disparate group of beings an identity, borders, and a body. If representations work, what happens when a work founders, when it falls apart, and opens onto something else? Would this opening then be the place or space of play, even serious play? What does this "absence of work" look like formally? What are the ethical consequences of such playful interruptions? Papers on non-mainstream directors are of particular interest.

Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature (NEMLA Mar 15-18, 2012 [UPDATE]

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:50pm
full name / name of organization: 
Colleen Kennedy & Christopher Madson/ NeMLA

This NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY) will examine Renaissance drama and poetry via the history of the lower sensorium—the senses of smell, taste, and touch. Though the lower senses were often relegated to a secondary position in medical and philosophical texts, they defined every moment of a subject's daily movements through his or her world. From the taste of the bread and beer that comprised most meals to the overwhelming range of smells that filled every crevice of the early modern city, men and women understood and maneuvered their bodies, encounters, desires, and labor through the three senses comprising the lower sensorium.

[UPDATE] CFP "Circulations between Art Forms: Questioning Intersemioticity" Toulouse, France, March 31, 2012

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 4:42pm
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?

CFP: Paranormal Mysteries (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 3:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Clues: A Journal of Detection

Submission deadline: December 29, 2011
Guest editor: A. B. Emrys (University of Nebraska–Kearney)

Paranormal mysteries often feature the usual suspects (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and so forth) but also branch into the gothic, spirituality (as in Tony Hillerman's skinwalkers, Michael Gruber's shaman trilogy), and other magic realism, as well as biochemical transformation (as in the Relic series) and a wide variety of mystery hybrids with horror and dark fantasy. For this theme issue of _Clues_, potential contributors are urged to think outside the normal boxes. Thematic analysis might include (but is not limited to):

Educating the Imagination: A Conference in Honour of Northrop Frye on the Centenary of His Birth October 4,5,6 2012

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Twenty years after his death, Northrop Frye, the author of Fearful Symmetry and Anatomy of Criticism, continues to be one of the most read and the most quoted of literary critics. His attention to form, specifically to genre and mode, and his understanding of literature as a totality have directly influenced two later generations of critics, including Hayden White Fredric Jameson, and Franco Moretti. In order to celebrate this ongoing legacy, the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Frye's home throughout his career, have organized a three-day symposium in his honour.

Non-Theatrical Films during World War II (Boston: Society of Cinema and Media Studies, 3/21/12 to 3/25/12)

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham
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This panel will explore the production and use of non-theatrical films during World War II. Such films might include: films produced for military training; films produced by the Office of War Information or other federal, state, corporate, religious, educational, or non-profit agencies; non-theatrical films produced by and within other countries; or even home movies produced for public consumption.

Making Meaning: Language, Rhetoric, and the Power of Access - Deadline for Submissions: 7/15/2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:19pm
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Language and Rhetorical Studies Group

Contemporary theories of discourse remind us that language functions in a reflexive relationship with social realities. Language in use can either give or deny access to individuals and communities, and to the cultural values and institutions of power that shape the ways meaning is made. As a result, we can use linguistic and rhetorical analyses to uncover, uphold, dismantle, or reshape structures of power. This conference encourages us to think about the ways that language and rhetoric function in a complex political and social world.

[REMINDER] Essay Collection: Film & Digital Adaptations of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Due: July 1, 2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer L. Ailles and Donald G. Moore

Essays for a forthcoming collection on Film & Digital Adaptations of Shakespeare's The Tempest

Due: July 1, 2011

Melting into Air: Film and Digital Adaptations of Shakespeare's Tempest

Edited by Jennifer L. Ailles and Donald G. Moore, Foreword by Daniel Fischlin

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