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New Readings of The Merchant of Venice; RSA Washington D.C. 2012 (abstracts by May 15; conference 22-24 March 2012)

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:24pm
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RSA
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The last seven years has seen a spate of high-profile presentations of The Merchant of Venice: the 2004 Michael Radford film, 2010's New York City "Shakespeare in the Park" production, as well as the play's 2010-11 Broadway run. Likewise, new scholarly works such as Kenneth Gross's Shylock is Shakespeare (2006) and Janet Adelman's Blood Relations (2008) have offered poignant insights into this play. Why has this play garnered so much attention of late? What else can we learn from this contentious comedy? How else can we read the drama's characters? Where do studies of the play go from here?

Papers can consider but are not limited to the following topics:

CONF: The Screenplay: The Invisible Visible Text (1/26/12, deadline 6/30/11, Lorient, France

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:02pm
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Unievrsity of South Britanny

One-day seminar : "The Screenplay in English-Speaking Cinema: The Invisible Visible Text"

Université de Bretagne Sud, January 26th, 2012

Organized by Shannon Wells-Lassagne (Université de Bretagne Sud) and Isabelle Roblin (Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale)

"Spiritus Loci": Indiana College English Association 2011 Conference, Anderson, IN

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 1:54pm
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Indiana College English Association
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Indiana College English Association 2011 Conference
Anderson University – Anderson, Indiana
Spiritus Loci
October 7, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Scott Russell Sanders
The Indiana College English Association is pleased to announce Scott Russell Sanders as the keynote speaker for our 2011 conference. Sanders is a noted essayist and the author of more than 20 books, including his most recent A Conservationist Manifesto; A Private History of Awe; and Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of the American Land. Common themes in his work are the human place in nature, social justice, and the search for a spiritual path. He retired from Indiana University in 2009 as Distinguished Professor of English.

[UPDATE] Science Fiction Literature and Film deadline EXTENDED: April 15th (RMMLA)

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 1:23pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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The paper proposal deadline for RMMLA has passed, but one more presenter is needed for the Science Fiction Literature and Film panel. Consider the following topics:

posthumanism, utopia/dystopia, cyberculture, adaptation, postcolonial sci-fi, technology, steam punk, gender, sexuality, apocalypse, othering, ecocriticism, archetypes, the hero's journey, identity, time travel, film & television, etc.

Don't feel limited by the topics above; ALL proposals will be considered. Send abstracts to hqrq@iup.edu by April 15th.

Our Sea of Islands 2: Insular Spaces: Deadline June 1, 2011 (NCS, Portland, Oregon, Portland, July 23-26, 2012)

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:17am
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New Chaucer Society

The second of these related sessions focuses on ideas about insularity in late-medieval texts and artworks, including Chaucerian ones. What were the correspondences between ideas of religious isolation and geographical insularity? How were islands imagined in relation to each other within archipelagos? What were the distinctions between islands and continents? How was the shoreline an interactive space? Proposals are invited for 15 or 20 minutes papers that examine how people thought about insularity in geographical, political, religious, and artistic discourses.

Our Sea of Islands 1: Aquatic Spaces: Deadline June 1, 2011 (NCS, Portland, Oregon, Portland, July 23-26, 2012)

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:17am
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The New Chaucer Society

The main title of these two related session refers to the influential twentieth-century ideas of Epeli Hau-ofa, who reimagined the Pacific in terms of plentitude, networks, and routes. For the first panel, proposals are invited for 15 or 20 minute papers that use recent theoretical ideas about aquatic spaces to examine late-medieval texts and artworks, including Chaucerian ones. What does Britain, Europe, and the world look like from the sea? What shapes did medieval oceanic or inland water routes, vectors, and forces take? How did writers imagine (trans)maritime networks of exchange? What texts or topoi acted as agents of archipelagic and regional integration? What aquatic discourse were familiar to medieval writers, including Chaucer?

Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities/7.28.2011-7.30.2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:04am
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Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium
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Die Wunderkammer (German for "the wonder-room" or "the miracle chamber") was merely one incarnation of the phenomenon of the "cabinet of curiosities" that first appeared in Europe in the 16th century. The cabinet of curiosities was based in the collection of objects, specimens and artifacts that inspired curiosity and wonder, and sometimes defied the terms classification. In many ways, the Cabinet of Curiosities was a precursor to the modern museum.

"Modernism and the Nineteenth-Century" MSA October 6-9, Buffalo, NY Abstract due April 10

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:44am
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Modernist Studies Association
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In keeping with the theme of "Structures of Innovation," this panel seeks papers that demonstrate an innovation on rather than a rupture from tradition, and question the so-called radical break from nineteenth-century standards for form, content, and the place of poetry or fiction in society. This panel welcomes submissions that demonstrate concrete connections between modernist American or British texts and the nineteenth-century through formal, political, and cultural modes of inquiry.

Modernism and the Nineteenth-Century

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:39am
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Modernist Studies Association
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In keeping with the theme of "Structures of Innovation," this panel seeks papers that demonstrate an innovation on rather than a rupture from tradition, and question the so-called radical break from nineteenth-century standards for form, content, and the place of poetry or fiction in society. This panel welcomes submissions that demonstrate concrete connections between modernist American or British texts and the nineteenth-century through formal, political, and cultural modes of inquiry.

Please include a brief bio note with your abstract.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended for Lifewriting Annual, Vol. 4, to June 1, 2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:48am
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Lifewriting Annual
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Lifewriting Annual seeks critical and scholarly essays on lifewriting in all forms: biography, autobiography, memoir, journals, diaries, graphic "novels" and new media. We look especially for articles describing and assessing scholarly resources for biographical writing, such as manuscript collections and letters. For the "Crossings" section, hybrid essays combining one or more lifewriting genres with another genre are welcome. We publish reviews of recently published biographies, autobiographies, and other works of lifewriting, but do not publish reviews of critical works on lifewriting. Submissions may treat works in any language or period but must be written in English.

New Deadline: June 1, 2011

[UPDATE] Jewish American Writers (PAMLA) (4/18/11; 11/5-6/11)

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:46am
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Jaime Cleland
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Jewish American Writers

Deadline Extended

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
109th Annual Conference
November 5-6, 2011
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

This panel will explore the tradition of Jewish American literature. Proposals are welcomed on subjects historical or contemporary, serious or comic, highbrow or lowbrow, any genre.

Please submit paper title, 500-word proposal, and 40-word abstract online at www.pamla.org/2011/session-topics by April 18, 2011.

Send inquiries to Jaime Cleland at jaime.cleland@gmail.com.

SAMLA 2011 Convention Panel: Making Poetry Happen: History and the Non-Western Imagination

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:15am
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Derrilyn E. Morrison (MaconState College)

This panel examines the role of memory and imagination in the construction of identity and nationhood in contemporary poetry of the diaspora. It welcomes papers that go beyond a traditional historicist approach to reading poetic texts, and re-think what it means to read the text against the grain of history. Proposals may address any relevant topic and should be addressed to a wide audience. Themes may include but are not limited to:

The role of the poetic body
Text, subtext and context
Poetry as a culture of resistance
Cultural shifts created by migration/immigration
Performance poetry
Language and identity politics
Neglected poetry performances

Hospitality & Society: Call for Papers

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:00am
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Paul Lynch, Co-Editor of Hospitality & Society, an Intellect Journal

Hospitality & Society Journal: Call for Papers
Hospitality & Society is a new international multidisciplinary social sciences journal that focuses upon academic perspectives on hospitality and addresses all aspects of hospitality and its connections with wider social and cultural processes and structures.
Aims and scope
- To consider issues associated with hospitality leading to its advancement and understanding, including developing new approaches to the study of hospitality.
- To serve as a multidisciplinary forum encouraging interdisciplinarity with contributors coming from a wide variety of disciplinary bases.

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