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"Lydia Maria Child and Her Contemporaries" at ALA 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:35pm
Lydia Maria Child Society

Call for Papers:
The Lydia Maria Child Society invites proposals for the annual ALA Conference to be held May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA.

"Lydia Maria Child and Her Contemporaries"

After Extinction

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:48pm
Center for 21st Century Studies

A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), UW-Milwaukee
April 30-May 2, 2015

What comes after extinction? Our predominant understanding of extinction today relates to natural species extinctions caused largely by human actions. But in the twenty-first century categorical distinctions between humans and nonhumans or culture and nature are no longer tenable—if they ever really were. Indeed as Darwin was not even the first to note, mass extinction events preceded the appearance of humans on the planet.

call for book proposals, Sanctity in Global Perspective

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:47pm
The Hagiography Society with Ashgate

Book proposals are sought for a new series, Sanctity in Global Perspective

Series Editors:
Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University, USA;
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh, USA; and
John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, USA

CFP Victorians Institute Journal (no deadline; journal)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 1:26pm
Maria K. Bachman and Don Richard Cox, Co-Editors

The editors of the award-winning Victorians Institute Journal invite essay submissions on all aspects of Victorian literature and culture. Submissions of 5000-8000 words should be sent electronically in Word format to the Editors at VIJ@mtsu.edu. All essays should follow Chicago manuscript style.

For more information about the journal, visit the VIJ website at:
http://victorians.utk.edu

Human Resources / Ressources humaines - Transverse journal

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:28am
Transverse journal

Human Resources / Ressources humaines
Call for Papers, Transverse journal
Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
Issue 14b

Transverse journal seeks to explore how we understand resources in their relation to human life and artistic expression. "Human resources" can be understood both as the use of resources by humans, and as the use of the human as a resource. What do we intend when we think of humans as resources, in a working, social or cultural context, and how do literary and artistic works depict the staging of human resources? What are the resources human beings can count on in times of crisis? What do we make of humans as resources for artistic creation, both outside and inside the work of art?

The human-animal boundary: exploring the line in philosophy and fiction

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 10:45am
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

The boundary between humans and non-human animals has been an integral part of philosophic discourse since antiquity, with mounting evidence of language, tool use and general cognitive abilities now leading scientists to contest its impermeability. These lines have been drawn and re-drawn in innumerable ways in imaginative literature, and the various ways in which humans perceive non-human animals have become the subject of study in various disciplines. Attempts to draw a boundary between human and nonhuman animals have involved the artistic imagination as well as philosophical reflection.

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages/St Anne's College, Oxford, 11-12th September 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:52am
Dr Daniel McCann/Oxford University

Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency of words, their effect and force upon the mind, body, and soul is explored and engaged with, poured over and focused upon not simply by the arts of grammar and rhetoric, but by poetry and theology, by medicine and psychology. Medieval texts are pieces of linguistic craft and intention, their words chosen and arranged with a purpose in mind. Poems in this period can be as crafted as theological treatises, their meters and rhymes as intentional and purpose driven as any medical instrument.

UofT Graduate Student Conference: PLAY/TIME, Feb 27-28, 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:33am
University of Toronto Cinema Studies Institute

University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute invites submissions to our winter conference, investigating the dialogism of play and time. We are particularly interested in how we negotiate both concepts' divided relationship to ontological "fact" and their transgressions of life's "normalized" functions. Recalling Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece Playtime, we raise questions concerning how the eponymous idea engages with cinematic humor, but we are also interested in how the demarcations of "play" and "work" have been processed through subjective experiences of modernity, especially vis-a-vis changing formal or technological potentialities.

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 8:38am
Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor, UK

Call for Papers: Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor

Biennial conference, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University

Keynote Speakers:

Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)

Global Cities and Cosmopolitan Dreams, 1st International Symposium (Barcelona, Spain: 18th to 20th of May, 2015)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:48am
Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia

International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate

1st International Symposium: Global Cities and Cosmopolitan Dreams

Part of the Research Program on: Space, Time and New Technologies of the Self

Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th of May, 2015

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Venue: Betahaus BCN
Address: (Carrer de Vilafranca 7, Gràcia, 08024)

Creating Characters, Inventing Lives: The Art of the Self, 2nd International Symposium (Barcelona, Spain: 14th - 16th May, 2015)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:40am
Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia

International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate

2nd International Symposium: Creating Characters, Inventing Lives: The Art of the Self

Part of the Research Program on: Aesthetic Lives, Artistic Selves

Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th of May, 2015

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Venue: Betahaus BCN
Address: (Carrer de Vilafranca 7, Gràcia, 08024)

Love, Lust and Longing: Rethinking Intimacy, 5th International Symposium (Barcelona, Spain: 11th to 13th of May, 2015)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:34am
Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia

International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate

5th International Symposium: Love, Lust and Longing: Rethinking Intimacy

Part of the Research Program on: Recasting Bonds

Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th of May, 2015

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Venue: Betahaus BCN
Address: (Carrer de Vilafranca 7, Gràcia, 08024)

Sideways in Time [UPDATE]

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:45am
Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference

Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives:
March 30-31, 2015 [Please note the change in dates from the previous cfp; we have also confirmed our 3 keynote speakers - see below]

Sideways in Time is an Alternate History Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool - in association with Lancaster University. This interdisciplinary conferences will bring together scholarship in science fiction, fantasy, historical and literary fictions, as well as historians and counterfactual thought-experiments, to discuss those fictional narratives that deals with alternate histories and parallel worlds.

Special journal issue of Text Matters on 'Gothic Matters'

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:13am
Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, University of Lausanne

Once considered escapist or closely linked to fantasy, the Gothic genre (or mode, as scholars increasingly call it) has recently begun to be explored for its material concerns and engagement with real-world matters. This special issue of Text Matters invites essays that develop this line of inquiry, focusing on how the Gothic attempts to matter in concrete and critical ways, and mapping its rhetorical and aesthetic strategies of intervention and narration, affect and influence.

Gaming Identity: Sports and Cultures, local and global ABSTRACT: 15th February 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:40am
Altre Modernità academic journal, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

The current notion of competitive sports involves an ambiguous attitude towards one's own belonging. On the one hand, sports have become increasingly globalized, and on the other the issue of competing in support of one's own nation goes on being an explicit responsibility of the professional athletes who comes from a specific nation but at the same time are supposed to "speak" a common language, universally understood regardless of one's national belonging. As Andrei S. Markovits & Lars Rensmann state in their Gaming the World (2010), globalization and local allegiances as conflicting influences are remoulding the cultural and artistic implications of sports all over the world.

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