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"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

Creative Writing Panel at PCAS/ACAS Conference, New Orleans, Oct. 6-8, 2011

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:02pm
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The Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South
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Call for Creative Writing (poetry and fiction) at PCAS/ACAS 2011

This year's conference will be held in New Orleans October 6-8.

This panel will be comprised of creative writing (poetry and fiction). Please submit either five poems or ten pages of fiction for possible inclusion on the panel. Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments to: jsadreor@kennesaw.edu

The following information should also accompany each submission:

Your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address(es), and phone number(s).

Submissions are due via e-mail by Friday, April 1.

Modernist Marriage and Divorce - abstracts due 4/7

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:34am
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Holly Jackson/ Modernist Studies Association 2011 Conference, Buffalo NY October 6-9
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From the rise of no-fault divorce to nativist anxiety about exogamy, the shifting structure of marriage is a defining preoccupation of modernist fiction. This panel will examine the cultural innovations that reshaped marriage in the modernist moment. How do representations of marriage relate to teleology/futurity? What formal structures and aesthetic strategies arise to represent the dissolution of the institution that traditionally represents narrative closure? Does divorce signify differently in American and British modernisms? Despite the spike in the divorce rate, is marriage itself resistant to modernization? Is marriage a site of nostalgia, a yardstick of historical change, an antiquated relic?

NewBorder: A Texas/Mexico Border Anthology accepting Critical, Fiction, CNF, and Poetry - Submission Deadline June 15, 2010

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:16pm
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NewBorder: An Anthology to be Published by Texas A&M Press
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR AN ANTHOLOGY OF TEXAS BORDER FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, AND POETRY TO BE PUBLISHED BY TEXAS A&M PRESS

NewBorder: An Anthology of Texas/Mexico Border Writing

We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction depicting life, culture, and issues of the Texas/Mexico Rio Grande Border tentatively titled New Border Writing: A Still Life in Words for publication by Texas A&M university Press. Tom Pilkington in State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture writes:

Detective Fiction, Professionalism, and the Modern Bureaucratic State (Modernist Studies Association, Buffalo, Oct. 6-9, 2011)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:49pm
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Daniel Harney / University of Toronto
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This panel explores the simultaneous emergence of the crime writing genre, the modern bureaucratic state, and professional society. Does the amateur private eye in British or American detective fiction represent an effort to subvert the professional police force and offer a corrective to the corruption within the modern bureaucratic state? Or is the private eye (and by extension the genre) ultimately conservative in maintaining the status quo, following a professional code amidst romantic temptations, and perpetuating the "evident failure of the unfettered free market to deliver a just society" (McCann, 2000, 6)? More broadly, what does detective fiction tell us about forms of resistance to the rise of professional society during the modernist period?

READING NATURE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. MADRID, SPAIN (DEC. 14-16, 2011)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Department of English Philology II (UCM) - Friends of Thoreau (Franklin Institute UAH)

Environmental disciplines have recently gained prominence due to the potentially devastating consequences of climate change: increasing natural disasters, the greenhouse effect, temperature variations, changing sea levels, etc. Such issues have raised awareness on the necessity for a drastic change in thinking. Ecocriticism—along with other green disciplines dealing with the relationship between society and the environment—places nature as the center of the intellectual debate. As Kate Rigby states, "culture constructs the prism through which we know nature." Reading Nature Conference aims to explore from a critical perspective how such a prism is constructed.

"Cancer and the Pharmakon" / SLSA September 22-25, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 3:25pm
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Shiloh Krupar and Nadine Ehlers / Georgetown University

This panel is concerned with the ways cancer treatment regimes and medico-discursive protocols trouble the distinctions between "to kill" and "to cure", and the supposedly separate realms of life and death. Cancer compels examination of the pharmakon's dialectical slippages: cancer is met with the imperative to cure, yet the cure itself cannot be extricated from the call to kill; cancer is always indeterminate in that cell growth—usually the sign of life—is actually the first sign of death; to live inside cancer treatment is to experience a kind of death in order to prolong life.

Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 3:22pm
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Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.)
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Scholars and other interested parties are invited to submit papers for the 2013 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (January 26th-February 3rd). The Festival theme is "The Rise of Community: The Town of Eatonville Models 125 Years of Self-Governance."

UPDATE -- Textus: Gothic Frontiers. Abstracts by 1 June, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron

Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)

This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.

Special Session Proposal Shakespeare in the Schools 15 April; MMLA 3-6 November 2011 St. Louis, MO

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:33am
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Barbara Cobb, Murray State University

Seeking abstracts/proposals for papers supporting collaborations between Shakespeare scholars/educators and elementary, middle, and high school teachers and programs. Topics may include but are not limited to: introducing Shakespeare to children, grades 3-6; improving K-12 teacher preparation for teaching Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the early modern English vs. modernized English debate; collaborations of any type.
Please e-mail abstracts, proposals, queries by 15 April; panel proposal is due to MMLA by 22 April.

"Struggling Students. Struggling Teachers"

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 10:03am
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Kansas Association of Teachers of English
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Submissions Due: June 1, 2011
Send submissions to kansasenglish@gmail.com

The editors of Kansas English invite you to submit your work to our journal, which is published by the Kansas Association of Teachers of English. We have identified one focus theme for this issue—struggling students and struggling teachers – but we encourage a wide range of submissions.

MLA 2012 PANEL: "American Exceptionalism after 9/11" -- APRIL 1, 2011

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Friday, March 25, 2011 - 3:06pm
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Jonathan Murphy
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This Special Sessions panel for the 2012 MLA Conference in Seattle is purposed to examine the continued relevance (or lack thereof) of the discourse of American Exceptionalism after 9/11. Papers may address this topic from any given angle: literary, political, theological, sociological, historical, or philosophical. As the deadline for submissions is fast approaching (April 1, 2011), please email jonm@buffalo.edu ASAP (with a brief proposal of 250 words and a short bio attached).

[UPDATE] ***Could you hear that? Interdisciplinary approaches to sound and music.***

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:33pm
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LASA2012 May 23-26 *San Francisco*
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The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of "national unities"? Are "samba", "tango" and "salsa" inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events?

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