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Reading Bad: A critical analysis of the Breaking Bad series

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 4:40pm
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Alice Nuttall, Oxford Brookes University
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Vince Gilligan's series Breaking Bad, running from 2008-2013, has enjoyed immense popularity, gathering a dedicated fanbase and spawning several well-known memes. Following the metamorphosis of mild-mannered chemistry teacher Walter White into vicious drug lord Heisenberg, the series explores themes such as family, crime, drugs, and the blurring of the lines between good and bad.

This critical collection will explore the themes and narrative trends present in the series, as well as its impact on viewers. Potential topics for chapters may include, but are not limited to:

"The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies" April 11 & 12, 2014

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 4:28pm
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The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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"The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies: Challenging Interpretive and Theoretical Boundaries"

Graduate Student Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

April 11-12, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Stef Craps, Ghent University, author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (2013).

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What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English / 14-17 July 2014 / Lincoln, UK / Deadline: 1st February 2013

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 2:36pm
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Martin Paul Eve, University of Lincoln
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What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English
3rd Biennial International Conference
14-17 July 2014, University of Lincoln, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

After a hugely successful first round of calls and with over 100 accepted speakers, we have decided to extend the call for papers for a final round. Please email 200-300 word proposals for 20-minute papers and brief biographical notes of 50 words to the conference organisers: Dr Siân Adiseshiah, Dr Martin Eve, Dr Rupert Hildyard, and Dr Agnes Woolley: WHN@lincoln.ac.uk Panel proposals are also welcome.

Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2014

"Here You Leave Today": Time & Temporality in Theme Parks (International Conference, 18-20 September 2014, Mainz, Germany)

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 8:16am
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)

Since the 1980s theme parks have been the object of critical analysis for a large variety of disciplines, from (popular) culture studies, ethnology, and anthropology to architecture, (popular) history, and tourism studies. These analyses have focused on a broad range of aspects of theme parks, including, most recently, processes of branding as well as the parallels between theme parks and other themed environments, such as hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. By contrast, aspects of time and temporality, in spite of their central role in the production and perception of theme parks, have been comparatively neglected by critics.

The Right to Know in the Age of Surveillance

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:39am
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Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures (ISSN 1883-5953)

Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an open-access interdisciplinary journal, rigorously peer-reviewed and oriented toward advancing new perspectives and understandings of how thought, engagement, and the communication of meanings hinge upon human perception. The journal encourages new dialogues in communication theory and research by publishing original scholarship that explores issues from the interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders and across time. The journal welcomes innovative theoretical essays and research articles from scholars around the world and aims to advance the progressive exchange of ideas.

Interventions in English Studies: Finding Our Places

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 4:22pm
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The University of Dayton
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"When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness ­I am nothing." -Virginia Woolf, The Waves

In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies, The University of Dayton invites you to join us March 29, 2014 for a graduate conference devoted to an exploration of the space and place that words create. How does space inform our identities as writers? How do we perceive space, literally and figuratively, in literature? How does race or gender influence the space we are given, or take, in society? Where is our place in the classroom and what can we do with it?

[UPDATE] Literati 2014: "Speaking Bodies," March 29, 2014 Call for Undergraduate Work

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:55am
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Madison Undergraduate Society for English
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Call for Papers
Literati 2014: Speaking Bodies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
www.museuw.com/call-for-papers

Textual bodies have long served as a battleground for conceiving of the human body. Through the lens of literature, people have fathomed the body's limits, its relationship to identity, its ability to liberate or enchain. Literati 2014's theme, "Speaking Bodies," asks, What does it mean to be embodied, and what are the consequences of conceiving of human or textual bodies as "legible"? Who or what gets to establish the limits of these bodies? How are they able to transform or be transformed?

NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (Print ISSN 2277-3967) (Online ISSN:

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:36am
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Interactions Forum, Pune, India (http://www.interactionsforum.com/new-academia)
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Special Issue on Research Methods in Literature
Vol III Issue II Jan 14 (Submit papers before 15 January 2014)
Impact Factor: 0.39

New Academia is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum. The Journal strives to publish research work of high quality related to Literature written in English Language across the World, English language and literary theory. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their works.
We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.

Why Bukowski? Why Now? May 22-25, 2014 Washington DC

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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 3:44pm
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American Literature Association

Bukowski's hostility toward academics has been well documented in his poetry and prose. Yet, what accounts for the academy's hostility toward Bukowski? As one of the most popular counter-cultural figures of mid-century America, Bukowski's work continues to influence new generations of readers looking for a writer that can cut through the façade of the American dream and deliver them a recognizably gritty reality. American popular culture seems to be primed for Bukowski, producing film after film about a similar influence delivered by the Beats, matched by James Franco's forthcoming film adaptation of Bukowski's autobiographical Ham on Rye.

CFP: Sound and Silence

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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:42am
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HARTS & Minds postgraduate journal

This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates or early career researchers on the subject of Sound and/or Silence for the fourth edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in Spring 2014.

Our second edition 'Space and Place' can be found at www.harts-minds.co.uk and you can get updates on our journal at www.facebook.com/hartsandminds.

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines available on our website and use the appropriate article template.

3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium, April 25, 2014

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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:35am
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Rockford University
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The focus of this year's symposium is "Defining Sport." How should scholars of sport approaching defining sport? Is there a consistent definition or approach to defining sport? Is there a difference between defining a sport, the sport, sport, or sports?

We invite cross-disciplinary papers on the different discussions surrounding the term "sport" and its many iterations. We seek to explore how the concept itself, broadly construed, is being employed, understood, challenged, and used in the many different disciplines that study sport. Papers focusing on related concepts, like competition, games, or play, are welcomed as well.

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