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Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture; April 10-11, 2015

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:41pm
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- English Department

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture

Very few aspects of late medieval and early modern literature and culture remain untouched by the Fall, concepts of original sin, and considerations of man's place in a postlapsarian world. Concerns over the state of the soul, right governance and maintenance of the commonweal, and engagement with the natural world were shaded by a need to recoup the loss incurred by the expulsion from Eden.

Flows: Material, Energy, Narrative in the Ecological Humanities (German Studies Association) - Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:47pm
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GSA Environmental Studies Network

Flows: Material, Energy, Narrative in the Ecological Humanities (Sponsored by the GSA Environmental Studies Network)

Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015 (German Studies Association Annual Conference)

Organized by Katharina Gerstenberger (U of Utah) and Scott Moranda (SUNY Cortland)

'In Our Time' Postgraduate Symposium, University of Malta, March 2015

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:20pm
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Department of English, University of Malta
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The poet—the contemporary—must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see?
'What is the Contemporary?' – Giorgio Agamben

Fallen Animals: an interdisciplinary perspective 19th-20th March 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:31am
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Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Aina Larkin, University of Aberdeen

Following the success of the Fall Narratives project in 2014, this workshop will explore the theme of fallen animals. The serpent in the Garden of Eden is but one example of the ambivalence which has characterized the human-animal relationship over the centuries, both across, and within, cultures, societies and traditions. With publications such as Anat Pick's Creaturely Poetics (2011), the field of post-anthropocentrism studies has in recent years become particularly vibrant and attracts scholarly attention from a variety of disciplines. We welcome proposals with research interest in fields such as, but not limited to, literature, religion, languages, history, philosophy, psychology, art, film and visual culture, cultural studies and economics.

#LOL: Literature, Language and Humour

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:03am
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David Ellis/ University of Wolverhampton UK
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One Day Conference: Call for Papers
University of Wolverhampton (City Campus), Saturday 23 May, 2015.

UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE Study Day on Order and Disorder in April 21st, 2015, at the ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:23am
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ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.
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The department of English at the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, University of Jendouba, invites you to participate in its study day on Order and Disorder. The study day will be held April 21st, 2015, on the campus of the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia.

CFP: After the Good Life - Issue 20, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (Deadline 2 March 2015)

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:45am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant asks why we stay "attached to conventional good-life fantasies – say of enduring reciprocity in couples, families, political systems, institutions, markets and at work – when the evidence of their instability, fragility, and dear cost abounds" (2). The post-1945 social consensus in Britain, the reproduction of the American Dream, and the social democratic promises made across Europe are political expressions of the good-life fantasy after World War Two. These social contracts have long since worn out, put under pressure from various financial crises since the 1970s and radical shifts in the political landscape.

Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers Fall 2015: Time

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:54am
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UCLA Cinema and Media Studies

Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers
Fall 2015: Time

For the Features section of its Fall 2015 issue, Mediascape, UCLA's journal of cinema and media studies, invites scholarly articles that address the theme of time.

[UPDATE] NASSR 2015 - Special Session on "Animal Poetics"

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:34pm
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North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
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This panel on the relationship between animals and romantic poetry will elicit new perspectives on how animal rights and science bear on poetic form and genre. There have been a number of studies of prose writings that address animals and animal rights. However, this panel will examine the intersections between animal and poetic forms, inviting papers that give precise and compelling eco-critical, historicist, and formalist readings of how romantic political, philosophical, and scientific discourses might challenge or amend typically metaphorical and figurative conceptions of animals in the period.

Special Session: Animal Poetics

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:03pm
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NASSR 2015 - North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
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This panel on the relationship between animals and romantic poetry will elicit new perspectives on how animal rights and science bear on poetic form and genre. There have been a number of studies of prose writings that address animals and animal rights. However, this panel will examine the intersections between animal and poetic forms, inviting papers that give precise and compelling eco-critical, historicist, and formalist readings of how romantic political, philosophical, and scientific discourses might challenge or amend typically metaphorical and figurative conceptions of animals in the period.

'In Our Time' Postgraduate Symposium [27–28 March, 2015]

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:47pm
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Department of English, University of Malta
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

The poet—the contemporary—must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see?
'What is the Contemporary?' – Giorgio Agamben

The Edwidge Danticat Society- The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference, May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 7:21pm
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Megan Feifer/ Edwidge Danticat Society
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The Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference will be held May 25-29, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites multidisciplinary papers for a panel at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, Borders – Literal and Imagined- we welcome papers that explore Edwidge Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to fences, boundaries, and borders. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:

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