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[UPDATE]: The Ethics of Pleasure in Early Modern Literature and Philosophy (St. Louis, MO, Nov. 3-6, 2011)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:33am
Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA)

eflecting the 2011 MMLA conference theme "Play…No, Seriously," this interdisciplinary panel seeks to bring together scholars interested in examining the value and uses of pleasure in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and philosophy, especially in texts in which the two disciplines intersect. The panel welcomes submissions from the European tradition widely construed and beyond. Submissions might include, but are not limited to, topics on any of the following:


Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:10am
William Wootten/University of Bristol


Plenary Speakers: A. Alvarez, John Fuller, Edward Lucie-Smith and Tom Raworth

To mark 50 years since the first publication of A. Alvarez's The New Poetry and the beginning of the Penguin Modern Poets series, the Bristol University Poetry Institute and the Penguin Archive Project will host a One Day Conference on 'Penguin Poetry and the 1960s' on Friday, 16th March 2012, 9.30am-9.30pm, in the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol.

It All Ended: Harry Potter and Popular Culture

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:37am
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

It All Ended.
Harry Potter and Popular Culture.

A one-day conference hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Friday 29th February 2012.

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels and Warner Bros' film adaptations constitute one of the most successful media franchises of the modern age. Now that both books and films have reached a spectacular conclusion, this conference aims to assess Harry Potter's place in popular culture.

We welcome papers which look at any aspect of the Potter phenomenon, from creative, artistic or industrial evaluations, through to case studies of related products and fan communities.

Proposals (of no more than 300 words) should be sent to:

Call for Entries --- George Washington Encyclopedia

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:25am
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens—the most popular presidential site in America—is seeking submissions for entries on a variety of topics to be included in a new online encyclopedia. Scholars of eighteenth century America are particularly encouraged to apply, however applications are also welcomed from academics and graduate students with an advanced degree in any period of American History. All contributors will receive full authorial recognition on their entries. The online encyclopedia will be a high traffic website, affording writers the opportunity to have their work read by broad audiences.

Deadline: September 15, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 2:58pm
New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology's 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference:

March 2, 2012
NYIT's Manhattan Campus
16 W. 61st St. (12th Floor Auditorium)

This interdisciplinary conference will look back on New York City of roughly 100 years ago, emphasizing the city's relation to concepts of modernism and modernity --considered broadly. We invite participants from all fields of study to focus on New York as (perhaps) a principal site of modernist visual art, literature, society, and politics, and to propose ways that the cultural life of the early twentieth century continues to influence the metropolis today.

The Once and Future Classroom Journal seeks submissions (by 12/15/2011)

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 2:20pm
TEAMS: The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages

The Once and Future Classroom is an electronic journal published by TEAMS (The Consortium for Teaching the Middle Ages). This peer-reviewed journal seeks to encourage medieval studies in the K-12 and community college contexts by providing teachers with inspiring topics, new strategies and academically-sound resources. The OFC is dedicated to representing the diversity of medieval studies and the most current pedagogical modes. The journal welcomes a variety of formats: annotated bibliographies, lesson plans, reviews of teaching materials, books, or films, as well as more traditional scholarship on teaching medieval topics.

Aliases and Editors: Negotiating Identity in 19th Century Periodicals (Panel), March 2012

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 12:00pm
NeMLA Annual Convention - Rochester, New York

The following CFP is for a panel taking place at the Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Rochester, New York on March 12-15, 2012.

The periodical writer often depended upon establishing a distinguishable identity to achieve his/her popularity. Yet some of the most successful examples were pseudonymous figures like Charles Lamb's Elia and James Hogg's Ettrick Shepherd. Such figures often played fast and loose with notions of stable identity, altering and contradicting their fictional backstories with each month's contribution. Operating through such mercurial personas, these writers utilized the market's potential for fluctuating identity described by Lynch.

Transnational, Global, and/or World Literatures? Charting the Integration of Comparative Praxis in the Humanities; 3/15-18/2012

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 11:28am
Katie Yankura, Michael Swacha

What is meant by the term "transnational literature," and how, if at all, would we characterize it as distinct from or interchangeable with the term "world literature?" What pedagogical and institutional concerns are at stake in these terms? This roundtable aims to foster a meta-conversation concerning the recent turn in the humanities towards "transnational," "world," and "global" approaches. Such issues have gathered attention in recent years as literature programs seek alternate modes of critical practice in a globalizing world, as language programs face institutional consolidation, and as the humanities in general attempt to chart new ground in order to remain "relevant" in a shifting academic climate.

A Brand of Fictional Magic: Imaginative Empathy in Harry Potter, 17-18 May 2012

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:43am
School of English, University of St Andrews

Call for Papers (Deadline: 15 November 2011):
A Brand of Fictional Magic: Imaginative Empathy in Harry Potter

A two day conference hosted by
the School of English, University of St Andrews
17-18 May 2012, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland

The relentless success of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007) evokes words like 'phenomenon' and 'catastrophe'. With the conclusion of the film franchise and the launch of, the series is receiving increased academic consideration in conferences, articles, and monographs. However, relatively little work has been done directly engaging with the series as a literary text. This conference attempts to begin redressing that lack.