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Different Drummers: Military Unit Cohesion and Its Discontents

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 4:51pm
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Tad Tuleja
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One goal of military basic training is to replace recruits' focus on their own individuality with an unquestioned devotion to group solidarity. No military unit—whether as small as a squad or as large as an army—can survive unless its members subordinate their personal desires to collective action. This "de-individualization" is evident in everything from dress codes to forms of address, from small-arms drill to a reverence for "proper channels" and "chain of command." To be a member of the armed forces is, by definition, to be subordinate not only to those higher in rank but also to a protocols, regulations, and orders designed to ensure the efficient functioning of the whole.

The Problems of Literature Genres --- "hate speech", "styles of hatred"

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 9:38am
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The Problems of Literary Genres, University of Lodz, Poland

Call for Papers 
A renowned Polish academic journal "The Problems of Literary Genres" (Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich) invites contributions for 59 issue (vol. 1/2016 and 2/2016). We are waiting for critical, original, unpublished and innovative submissions written from any theoretical angle, which can attract both oversees and Polish readers. In 2016, we are especially interested in papers about different aspects of "style of hatred" and "hate speech" in contemporary, especially literary discourses.

The deadline: 30th April 2016

2016 Theatre Symposium: Pages, Stages, Audiences

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 6:47am
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Qatar University, Doha Department of English Literature and Linguistcs

Full Title: Theatre Symposium 2016: Pages, Stages, Audiences

Date: 08-May-2016 - 09-May-2016
Location: Qatar University Campus, Doha, Qatar
Contact Person: Dr. Anastasia Remoundou-Howley ts2016@qu.edu.qa
Call Deadline: February 28, 2016
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1652348941703221/

The Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University inaugurates a two-day Theatre Symposium open to scholars and theatre practitioners with an interest in theatre and theatrical praxis in and about the Middle East.

Reflections of Exile, Migration, and Diaspora in European Languages and Literatures [September 30 – October 1, 2016]

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 2:38am
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National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
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As Europe is currently facing the worst displacement crisis since the Second World War, the dominant public discourse on the issue is characterized by a curious mixture of xenophobia and humanitarianism. What is forgotten in this debate is that, historically speaking, Europe has always been a place of migrations. After all, the rough outlines of today's national composition of the continent is to a very great extent the result of the Great Migration (4–8 century AD). The people who came to Europe at that time met populations, like the Greeks and the Romans, who were themselves the children of earlier migrants.

[UPDATE] CFP: Intermediality/Intermédialité

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 11:48pm
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Équinoxes Graduate Conference, Brown University Dept. of French Studies

*Deadline for abstract submissions extended to January 20, 2016*

CALL FOR PAPERS
Intermediality
April 8-9, 2016
Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Morgane Cadieu
Assistant Professor of French, Yale University

(Un)stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found - March 19, 2016

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 8:05pm
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English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: (Un)Stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found

"There will be time / to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet."­ Eliot, Prufrock
"We know what we are, but now what we may be."­ Shakespeare, Hamlet
"I am not an angel...and I will not be one till I die. I will be myself." ­ Bronte, Jane Eyre

Registration now open! CFP: Jan. 20th for this Texas Spring Conference on Medieval/Renaissance Thought

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 2:13pm
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Sam Houston State University's Second International Conference on Med/Ren Thought
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Attention: All Scholars!!

Don't miss this opportunity to have your work considered to be on the program at this unique Texas conference of medieval and renaissance scholars celebrating beauty!

Send your 250-300 word abstract to Dr. Darci Hill, Conference Director via email to dr.darci.hi@gmail.com. Papers exploring any aspect relating to the medieval and renaissance time period are welcome. Disciplines typically represented at this conference are, art, music, history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, theater, and dance.

Our plenary speaker is Dr. Caroline Bruzelius, art historian from Duke University, whose fascinating research focuses on medieval cathedrals.

The Suburban Sublime - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 9:19am
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Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco
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How did important texts from the postwar period frame the suburbs as a locus of refuge, anger, hysteria, or (even) self-realization at a moment when American cities themselves experienced a shifting and growing economy, African American rights protests, atomic fears, etc.? How did the suburban aesthetic, the collision of romantic and realist, and spatial concepts including place, space, geography, zones, neighborhoods, distance, and scale feature in suburban narrative? We welcome all papers treating the suburban experience, as this approached or averted the apocalyptic, in American texts, 1945-1975.

Fighting Words (Cold War, Korea, Vietnam) - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 9:18am
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Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco
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How did war terminologies and war mentalities manifest themselves in important texts from the postwar period? Did war narrative change significantly after WWII, in the period 1945 to 1975? Did it go underground, such that we could no longer tell stories about battles, foxholes, and beloved leaders in the way we did in the mid-century? Did Heller's Catch-22 and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five rewrite the rules in significant ways? We welcome all papers treating representations of war in influential American texts, 1945-1975.

Scheherazade in Classical, Modern and Postmodern Worlds- 19 May 2016. Deadline 25 Feb. 2016

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 7:00am
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University of Sheffield
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"The centuries go by, and we are still hearing the voice of Scheherazade", says Jorge Luis Borges.

The School of English - The University of Sheffield holds an interdisciplinary research conference on Thursday 19 May 2016, entitled Scheherazade in Classical, Modern and Postmodern Worlds.

Heresy, Belief, and Ideology: Dissent in Politics and Religion

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Monday, December 28, 2015 - 7:32pm
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Second Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies
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The International Society for Heresy Studies announces a Call for Papers for its second biennial conference at New York University, June 1-3, 2016. The conference theme will broadly focus on ideological aspects of heresy in both religion and politics. Throughout history, definitions of "heresy" have been crucial to defining "orthodox" belief, worship, and practice. Indeed, every faith, ideology, and institution must struggle over what is deemed heretical as part of defining what is deemed normative, and it is hard to imagine any ideology (even an anti-ideology ideology) that does not draw a boundary to mark what is subversive or unacceptable.

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