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[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 14! Review, Reflect, Reimagine!: The 20th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conferenc

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:40am
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Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed

The 20th Annual PTO Conference asks us to review, reflect and reimagine. We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where's and how's of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.
We welcome proposals that address our theme as well as one (or more) of the following in some clear way:
•Pedagogy of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Paulo Freire.

[UPDATE] Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:09am
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Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
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Update: Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21

Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

June 5-8, 2014

Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO

In honor of Sedgwick's 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 8:43pm
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Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

Narration and Reflection

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Christy Wampole, Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature
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CALL FOR PAPERS: DEADLINE MARCH 7, 2014

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

A special issue on Narration and Reflection

guest edited by:
Stefano Ercolino (Freie Universität Berlin) and Christy Wampole (Princeton University)

In this special issue of Compar(a)ison, we seek to investigate the challenging relationship between narration and reflection, which seems to require thought and narrative to conform, respectively, to both the heuristic and rhetorical potential and strictures of mimesis and thinking. We invite contributions pertaining to literature and the visual arts. Possible lines of inquiry include:

Disability and Lyric [MLA Vancover, 8-11 January 2015]

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:46pm
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Raphael Allison
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While the literature of disability has recently become the focus of intense scholarly scrutiny in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, links between disability and lyric have yet to be fully explored. This panel seeks to engage the larger question of how disability is represented—-both mimetically and in terms of lyric form—-in poetry from any period, though preference will be given to 20th- and 21st-century figures. Papers on all topics relevant to disability and lyric poetry are welcomed. Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

--how does disability relate to poetic form—the line, the stanza, figuration, the page? How does it question or challenge consecrated lyric genres?

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:33pm
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English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature" (January 8-11, 2015)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:56pm
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MLA Folklore and LIterature Discussion Group
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MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, British Columbia)

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"

Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu).

American Environmetal Literature Before 1900 (American Literature I, Pre-1900)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:53pm
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SAMLA Conference 2014
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Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Literature, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

New Critics V: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference--abstract due March 3

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:51pm
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Bianca Tredennick/SUNY Oneonta

We are now accepting 150-word abstracts for the firth annual New Critics: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference. Abstracts must be for critical (not creative) papers, and can be on any subject having to do with literature or composition. We are also accepting abstracts on film or other popular culture criticism. Accepted papers must be readable in no more than 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, and the conference will be held on the SUNY Oneonta campus (Oneonta, NY) on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This conference is free to attend. We are proud to have PEN Award Winner, Colette Brooks (New School) as our keynote speaker.

Call for Papers for Panel on Cross-Dressing and the Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:58am
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New Jersey College English Association Conference April 12, 2014
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Panel: Cross-Dressing and The Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture
What new insights can we learn about gender, sexuality, and desire by examining cross-dressers and the ways they have been perceived in various cultures and time periods? This panel will explore this question by considering how cross-dressing is used to express hetero or same-sex desire in literature, film, or television. Papers presented at this panel will span a variety of historical and theoretical approaches.

Please send 250 word abstracts by February 9, 2014.

4th ICHSS 2014 - International Conference on humanities and social sciences

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:29am
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University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philosophy and MCSER
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Dear Colleagues!

After the great success of the 3° ICHSS held in Rome on September 2013 we have the pleasure to announce the organization of the fourth edition of ICHSS which will be held on May 31 - June 01 2014. We would like to thank all ICHSS 2013 attendees for making the conference a great success. More than 40 nations were represented at the conference, from Japan to Australia, from the USA and Mexico to Europe, Africa and Asia. It gathered more then 500 profesors, researchers and scholars from around the world. We hope to have the same success in the 2014 edition in Budva-Montenegro.

For submissions of abstract and any other information please contact conference@mcser.org

[UPDATE] "Life, in Theory" - Second Call

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:59am
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European Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts

"Life, in Theory" refers to the ways in which the principle of life is assumed and articulated by highly specialized disciplinary knowledge, is entangled with media technologies, and is constantly resignified in relation to specific forms of power. Because the concept of life today does no longer provide sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, medical just actions, the conference aims at generating the context for a fruitful discussion on the ecological stakes of theorizing the bios across science, technology, literature, and the arts.

(re)Reading Wallace after Wallace; 1st Annual DFW Conference, May 23, 2014 Bloomington-Normal

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:36pm
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Brendan Beirne, New York University
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Although David Foster Wallace's early works enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and were subject to scholarly treatments such as Steven J. Burn's Understanding David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (2003), the field of Wallace studies was still in its infancy at the time of his suicide in 2008. This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which Wallace's death has influenced – perhaps unduly – the critical trajectories and popular reception of his work. Panelists may take up the following questions as a means of reconsidering the present consensus about Wallace's life and works, of charting new courses of critical inquiry, and of recovering promising avenues of scholarly interest that have faded from view in the wake of his abrupt departure.

[UPDATE] Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference (12 April 2014)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:18pm
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Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars
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Reading, Writing, and Interpreting the (Dys)Functional South

The South and its cultures, traditions, celebrations, music, literature, and dialects have long been a source of fascination, derision, and entertainment for those not Southern. Southerners have the reputation of being backward, racist, and zealously religious. These stereotypes continue to be reinforced through the media and, some would argue, by Southerners themselves.

We welcome papers that treat the theme of cultural function and dysfunction in the transnational construct that has been termed the "global south" (for example, South America, southern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean, as represented both by their inhabitants and by the outside world).

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