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Brevity is the soul of wit (12/15/14)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:18am
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Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World

For its inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World welcomes original proposals inspired by the celebrated aphorism: 'Brevity is the soul of wit'.

This issue of Angles will be an opportunity to discuss the links with humor, irony, and short forms of expression (mots d'esprit, soundbites, slogans) in a host of contexts: literary, linguistic, social, political
and artistic.

For a complete CFP, please visit:
http://angles.saesfrance.org/index.php?id=87

Additional, off-topic contributions are also welcome.

Beyond Leeches and Lepers: Medieval and Early Modern Medicine Conference May 2, 2015

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:14am
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Jessica Legacy and Helen F. Smith; University of Edinburgh

This is a one-day public engagement conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers. We are excited to announce that Dr. Irina Metzler has been confirmed as the keynote speaker.

There are many misconceptions about the quality of health care in the medieval and early-modern periods. Even Blackadder II, set in the sixteenth century, popularises the idea that early-modern medical practices were both limited and ineffective:

Edmund: I've never had anything you doctors didn't try to cure with leeches. A leech on my ear for ear ache, a leech on my bottom for constipation.
Doctor: They're marvellous, aren't they?
Edmund: Well, the bottom one wasn't. I just sat there and squashed it.

Call for Papers "Scotland – migrations and borders" Etudes écossaises, n°19, 2016

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:02am
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David Leishman, Université Grenoble-Alpes

Call for Papers
Etudes écossaises, n°19, 2016 : "Scotland – migrations and borders"

The 2016 edition of the journal Etudes écossaises will focus on Scottish culture, history and politics through the prism of migrations and borders. Papers in English or French will be welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media.

11 Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:29am
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Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

11th Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond with Muldoon and Hayes

"I am with Raleigh, near the Atlantic" writes Paul Muldoon in "Promises, Promises" from the volume Why Brownlee Left ( ). Even though Plato wanted to banish poets from the (ideal?) Republic, poets and poetry have remained part of the social life. After all, the Romantics believed in the inborn superiority of literature as a mode of knowledge and judgment. Literature and not history or philosophy carried the meaning of life. Victorians placed a poet not above but within his/her community thereby asserting his or her social utility.

"Space" lightning talks at IABA-Americas June 4-7

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:14pm
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International Auto/biographical Association Chapter of the Americas
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The 1st biennial conference of the Americas chapter of the International Auto/Biography Association asks us to consider life writing as a form of encounter. This panel examines auto/biographical encounters with and in space: How are auto/biographical subjects constitute themselves through spaces of all kinds—including living spaces, environments, habitats, workplaces, landscapes, buildings, or geographies? How does space facilitate archival, technological, and methodological encounters?

The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8:49pm
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Special edition of New Scholar

Call for Papers
'The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics'

We are calling for papers for a Special Edition of New Scholar that will explore the notion of cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique. This Special Edition follows on from the conference, The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics, which was held at the University of Melbourne on 22 and 23 September 2014. We invite contributors (especially postgraduate students and early career researchers) to submit papers (scholarly and/or creative) that address some aspect of cosmopolitanism. Potential topics include:

[UPDATE / New Deadline] The Conference on Community Writing

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:45pm
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Program for Writing & Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulder

The Conference on Community Writing: Building Engaged Infrastructure
Boulder, CO | October 16-17, 2015
http://www.communitywriting.org/


Update: Sub­mis­sion dead­line is now Feb­ru­ary 2, 2015


    "This is not your aver­age con­fer­ence, and the theme, Build­ing Engaged Infra­struc­ture, isn't just a concept—it's a chal­lenge, a call to action."

How do we, on a local and a national scale, cre­ate engaged infra­struc­ture? What does that look like? What bar­ri­ers do we fore­see? What resources and sup­port struc­tures do we need?

Chat with a Journal Editor at MLA Vancouver, 9–10 January, 2015

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:46pm
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The Council of Editors of Learned Journals
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MLA members—especially graduate students and junior faculty—are invited to chat with a journal editor at the MLA Convention. This opportunity is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

[UPDATE] CFP: The Power of the Word International Conference IV: Thresholds of Wonder (deadline extended to 11/30/14)

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:42pm
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Pontifical University of St Anselm/Heythrop College, University of London/Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The fourth Power of the Word conference, Thresholds of Wonder: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation, will be held at the Pontifical University of St Anselm, Rome, 17-20 June, 2015. Proposals from established scholars and research students in the fields of literary studies, theology and philosophy are welcome. See submission details at: http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/events/power-word-international-conference-iv

CFP: essays on film sound

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:54pm
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The Cine-Files
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THE CINE-FILES (www.thecine-files.com) is now accepting submissions (4000-6000 words) for the "Featured Scholarship" segment of Issue 8 (Spring 2015), a special issue on film sound.

Submission Deadline: February 30, 2015

Papers should make an argument about some aspect of cinematic sound. We welcome a diversity of methodologies. Though writing should follow traditional essay conventions (strong thesis, linear organization and development of argument), we encourage the use of embedded film clips, audio files, and/or images to support the paper's claims.

Dissident Environments: Race and the Underground

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:33pm
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ASLE Conference (6/23-27/15, Moscow, Idaho)

(Abstract deadline 11/24/14; ASLE Conference 6/23-27/15, Moscow, Idaho)

This panel seeks abstracts for papers that bring race into conversation with cultural and material histories of environment in the Americas.

Stimulated by the counter-discursive possibilities suggested by the topic of the 2015 ASLE conference on "Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice," we seek work investigating race and environments, especially work grounded in the study of site histories and critical geographies.

Call for Undergraduate Work on the Arts

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Queen City Writers journal
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Queen City Writers, a refereed journal of undergraduate writing and multimedia composing, seeks submissions that relate to the arts for an upcoming issue. "The arts," loosely interpreted, refers to music, dance, visual arts such as drawing and painting, theater and film, and so on.

Call for Papers: Excellent Undergraduate Work

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 2:25pm
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Queen City Writers journal
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Queen City Writers is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. We are currently seeking submissions for the spring 2015 and fall 2015 issues; we operate on a rolling deadline basis and will consider students' works as we receive them.

"Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities"

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:47pm
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20th International James Fenimore Cooper/Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference
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20th International James Fenimore Cooper/Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar
June 1-4, 2015
SUNY, College at Oneonta

Keynote Speaker: Rochelle Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of English, College of Idaho; Author of Passions for Nature and biographer of Susan Fenimore Cooper

"Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities"

CFP: South Asian Canadian Literature and Culture (abstracts 15 Jan 2015; full papers 20 April 2015)

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:21pm
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South Asian Review
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South Asian Review, the refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, invites submissions for its 2015 Special Topic Issue, 36.3, devoted to South Asian Canadian Literature. The recent centennial of the Komagata Maru incident underscores the storied history of South Asians arriving, struggling, and putting down their roots in Canada. Canonical and emerging South Asian Canadian writers and artists have raised some fraught issues about the nation's reception of South Asians and the efficacy of Canadian multiculturalism.

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