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"Spectacle": 20th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association, Republic of China

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 7:59am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

Call for Papers IJESET- April-2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 12:57am

International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies (IJESET) is a reputable venue for publishing novel ideas, state-of-the-art research results and fundamental advances in all aspects of emerging technologies in sciences and engineering Systems.
IJESET is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly and fully refereed international journal focusing on to provide the academic and industrial community a medium for presenting original research and applications related to recent developments in the field of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies. All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed.

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

Edith Wharton Society Research Travel Awards 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:17pm
Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to

Gary Totten,
English, Dept. #2320
P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Beyond the Essay: Assignment Innovation (MLA Convention - Jan. 3-6, 2013)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 4:56pm
Tom Keegan and Matt Gilchrist/MLA Special Session

In this age of technological advancement, does the essay maintain its pedagogical utility? Are there assignment alternatives that better address the kinds of learning (and living) our students need (or desire) in the 21st century? To help answer such questions, we invite paper/presentation proposals that address the development and use of innovative assignments that extend and challenge the scope of the essay in undergraduate or graduate education.

Topics might include: multimedia projects, blogs, text mining, collaborative composition, service-learning, and civic engagement.

300-word abstracts due by March 20, 2012.

Everyday Romanticism (Special Session, MLA Boston 2013)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 2:18pm
William Galperin, Rutgers University; Michael Hardy, Rutgers University

Papers that examine the category of 'the everyday' in transnational Romantic-era writing are welcome. Topics might range from the treatment of common, ordinary subjects in works like Lyrical Ballads and Leaves of Grass to attempts to theorize the everyday in light of industrialization, imperialism, and world war. Also welcome are papers that address the conjunction/disjunction of the everyday with new discourses of statistics, probability, and normalization in the emerging social sciences. Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.

General issue: 2012-13

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:51am
Neo-Victorian Studies

Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue. The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives. We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the 'Victorian' beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia.

Neo-Victorianism and Marginal Voices (MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6)

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:45am
(MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6)

This panel seeks papers that explore the parameters of neo-Victorian literature from a variety of historical, formal, or theoretical approaches. Questions addressed might include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

Digital Shakespeares - The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 10 April 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:32am
The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations

A Special Issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Edited by Hugh Craig and Brett D. Hirsch

If data is "the next big idea in language, history and the arts", as Patricia Cohen has suggested, where are we now in Shakespeare studies? Are we being "digital" yet?

Early-Modern Contemporary, MLA 2013, Boston, 3-6 Jan

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:54am
Anton Vander Zee

Early Modern Contemporary

Browning waxed Shakespearean; Eliot got metaphysical; Rich composed her own valediction. How, then, has recent poetry engaged the early modern imaginary--its politics and materialities, its new science and old weather, its generic conventions and characters.

Submission requirements: 250-word abstracts from critics and/or poets. Depending on the number of submissions, this might be either a round-table or a panel session.

Deadline for submissions: 17 March 2012

Comics, Religion & Politics, 4th & 5th September 2012, Lancaster University [Update]

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:28am
Emily Laycock, Lancaster University

Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this two day conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.