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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:

Arabs' Stereotypes Revisited: Lessons from Cognitive Science and "Stan of Arabia"

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:43pm
Mohammed Albalawi/ Kent State University

Arabs have suffered from negative media coverage and stereotyping in the United States for over 100 years, but most notably within the last few decades. This has resulted in many Americans seeing Arabic people as dangerous and Arabs being labeled as outcasts. In order to understand the extent of harm caused by the negative representations of Arabs, this paper provides a discussion of how stereotypes work, what cognitive structures and processes are involved, and how they affect people's perceptions, judgments, emotions, and actions regarding other people. Then, this paper examines the theoretical schools of thought in the representations of Arabs.

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.

CFP - 50th Anniversary Conference: British and Turkish Literary and Cultural Interactions (Due: 31 Dec. 2014)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:16pm
Hacettepe University, Department of English Language and Literature, 50th Anniversary Conference: British and Turkish Literary and Cultural Interactions

The aim of this conference is to revisit the literary, artistic and cultural texts, whether they are canonical or non-canonical, from both the (English/British) West and the (Ottoman/Turkish) East, from a historical period stretching from the Medieval Period to the end of the twentieth century, and representing the encounters and exchanges between the two. One major concern of the conference is to include into the debate the discursive constructions other than "Orientalism" (i.e. possible Occidentalism(s)?, essentializing self-representations) for the purpose of expanding the scope and scale of the academic conversation in this area.

TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:13pm
University of Cincinnati Composition Program

The University of Cincinnati Composition Program invites proposals for the sixth annual graduate student conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Our conference title this year is TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference.

A trans perspective sees beyond the conventional, to articulate—and even inhabit—difference. From this angle of vision, difference is not a barrier, but a resource. Trans work encourages suppleness, avoiding binaries, expanding understanding of the human experience, playing with fixity and subverting it. To become something new, even if only partially and temporarily. And writing is a vehicle for acts of becoming and unbecoming.

[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 - Science and Theatre: Exchanging Ideas in the Cultural Market (CATR Conference at Congress 2015; May 30-June 2, 2015)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:50am
Canadian Association for Theatre Research

From Brecht's gestus for a scientific age to Michael Chekhov's psychological gesture, theatre has been shaped by science's increasing cultural capital. This seminar examines how theatre and science interact as cultural institutions; how their perceived cultural and intellectual capital converges and diverges; and also how the two erroneously polarized disciplines work as a singular, dynamic system. This seminar hopes to uncover the advantages and disadvantages of using science in theatre studies and theatre-making: is it really beneficial or are we just trying to increase the capital of our discipline?

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.

ROBARTS GOES POP! An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Canadian Popular Culture

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:44am
Mario A. D'Agostino, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

Robarts goes POP!

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Canadian Popular Culture

"The culture of a nation comprises many aspects… It includes the many ways that people express themselves in words, movement, music and images. It reveals itself in the ways people choose to spend their time, the music they listen to, the books they read and the films they watch, the sports they encourage and the historical sites and natural environments they protect. These factors shape how a nation sees itself, and how it establishes its identity." (Statistics Canada, 1995, 11)

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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