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Human Terrains: Identity, Geography, Politics

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:34am
University of Virginia Graduate English Student Association

Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We're categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren't such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?

Reason Plus Enjoyment Conference 2015 10-13 July

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:37am
School of Arts and Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia

Next year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics 2005 conference in Ghent, Belgium, which gathered international scholars from a variety of critical perspectives to map recent signature events in contemporary theory. Reason Plus Enjoyment 2015 marks this occasion by inviting critical and cultural theorists to Sydney, Australia to reflect on the theoretical challenges posed in the intervening years. The remit of this second RPE conference is to read the vanishing futures of to phronein (thinking) and to kharein (enjoyment) in the twilight of what Derrida called the great Western metaphysical adventure. Joan Copjec once diagnosed our critical condition in terms of the "euthanasia of pure reason".

Victorian Self-Fashioning

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:11pm
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS)

VISAWUS 2015 Conference: Victorian Self-Fashioning

October 22-24, 2015, Denver, CO USA
Abstracts by March 15, 2015.

We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Creating Undergraduate Research Projects in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (MELUS 2015, April 9-12; deadline Nov. 30)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:44pm
Chris Bell and J. Stephen Pearson, University of North Georgia

Given the increasing focus on advanced undergraduate research, this roundtable seeks examples of successful undergraduate research projects in ethnic literary studies. We ask for 10-minute presentations on successful projects you have assigned, problems you have encountered, resources you have found helpful, etc.

The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.

Submissions are welcome through Sunday, November 30. Please submit a one-page abstract (include a working title, your campus, and any a/v needs) to Chris.Bell@ung.edu and stpears11@gmail.com.

[UPDATE] CFP: Carson McCullers, ALA, May 21-24, 2015 (deadline 1/19/15)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:29pm
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians & The Carson McCullers Society

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians (Columbus State University) in conjunction with The Carson McCullers Society invite proposals for individual papers or complete panels, topics open, for the American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 21-24, 2015. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Alison Bertolini, Vice President, The Carson McCullers Society, at alison.bertolini@ndsu.edu no later than January 19, 2015. Preliminary inquiries are welcome.

[REMINDER] Word Hoard Issue #4: "Word of Mouth"

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:19pm
Word Hoard/Western University

Viva voce—"with living voice," but also (and more commonly) the phenomenon of "word of mouth." When incidents of speech, song, or shouting take place, it is the mouth that transforms private impulse into audible sound. Articulatory phonetics tells us that this physiological transubstantiation is little more than the aerodynamic energy of breath rendered into sound waves, or acoustic energy. Yet when do words become more than translations, and mouths more than translating machines?

CFP: Carson McCullers, ALA, May 21-24, 2015 (deadline 1/19/15)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:32am
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians & The Carson McCullers Society

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians (Columbus State University) in conjunction with The Carson McCullers Society invite proposals for individual papers or complete panels, topics open, for the American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 21-24, 2015. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to Alison Bertolini, Vice President, The Carson McCullers Society, at alison.bertolini@ndsu.edu no later than January 19, 2015. Preliminary inquiries are welcome.

11 Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:20am
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

LIES 2015 asks the fundamental questions of contemporary culture: What is the stance of poetry today? Can poets still be venerated as leaders of nations? Is poetry "relegated" to universities? Muldoon's Oxford Lectures in Poetry (2006) are entitled The End of the Poem, yet like in John Donne's Holy Sonnets, the end of one poem is the beginning of the next one.

The guests of honour at LIES 2015 (15-16th May 2015) are Paul Muldoon as well as Nick Hayes, a political cartoonist and the author of the graphic novel, Rime of the Modern Mariner – and thus we are going through Poetry into the Beyond!

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