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"Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative fiction in Context" - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30TH NOVEMBER

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:21am
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The Confidential Clerk: Journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies
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The Confidential Clerk (ISSN 2454-6100), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, seeks contributions for its 2015/16 issue, 'Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative Fiction in Context'. The issue will focus on Victorian speculative fiction and its generic, thematic, historical, and cultural contexts. Victorian speculative fiction is usually described as 'a flight from the real'; but we welcome submissions that go beyond this understanding to show how the Victorian imagination engages with the unreality of the real or creates alternative realities of the unreal in different forms of speculative fiction.

The Heart of the Gila: Wilderness and Water in the West--June 8-11, 2016

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:27pm
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Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Call for Papers

The Heart of the Gila:
Wilderness and Water in the West

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
2016 Off-Year Symposium, June 8-11, 2016
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM

asle.wnmu.edu (a work in progress)

SIGHTLINES - University of Toronto Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:21pm
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Cinema Studies Graduate Student Union
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Our conference, Sightlines, takes into consideration the sound [saɪt]* and all that it encompasses. While the concept of sight has been paramount to film scholarship since its inception, site and cite have remained lesser concerns. No longer. Our conference will bask in the unintentional interplay between these concepts, revel in their strange possibility for juxtaposition and unseen fecundity. Collision, then, guides our sightline; what strange children will be borne out of this chaos?

Translation/Transnation: Languages, Geographies, Genders

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 5:27pm
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Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Program
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Central to the Latin word translatio is the notion of 'carrying across' or crossing boundaries. Translation is fundamental to effective human communication, but translation requires more than just moving between two languages. When we translate, we cross many kinds of boundaries – political, linguistic, geographic, and gendered. Thus, whether literary, linguistic, media-based, or artistic, communicative acts require reliable interpreters in order to "carry across" their intended meanings. Yet, this "carrying across" can result in unintended loss and gain, even with the most skillful of interpreters. When a literary work, a piece of art, an idea, or a system moves across boundaries, what is left behind? What resists translation? What is added?

CFP: Digital Britain: New Approaches to the Early Middle Ages (March 25-26, 2016)

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:57pm
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Harvard University

Medievalists already have an impressive track record in using the Digital Humanities in their teaching and research. It is now a common practice for an undergraduate to scrutinize high-resolution images of a thousand year-old manuscript while she transcribes the texts it preserves. A researcher can pinpoint when and where certain words were used, or identify the scribe who copied a particular manuscript, or map out the paths of literary borrowings thanks to online reference tools.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Midwest, June 2016

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:33pm
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Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's Midwest
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Writing the Midwest: 46th Annual Symposium
June 2-4, 2016
East Lansing, Michigan

Significations: Celebrating Christopher Isherwood

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:17pm
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English Graduate Student Association

Call For Papers
CSU graduate students who present their papers at Significations share their research and engage in professional academic discussion of their work during the conference. All submissions will receive feedback from reviewers.

Paper Topics
In honor of one of our faculty members, the acclaimed writer, teacher, and scholar, Christopher Isherwood, we especially welcome papers discussing and celebrating his life and various literary works.

CSULA Significations May 6, 2015

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:12pm
full name / name of organization: 
English Graduate Student Association

Call For Papers
CSU graduate students who present their papers at Significations share their research and engage in professional academic discussion of their work during the conference. All submissions will receive feedback from reviewers.

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

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:06am
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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.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

The Suburban Sublime - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:05am
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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.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:56am
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edited volume

We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays tentatively titled Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology. Inspired by and modeled after interdisciplinary studies such as Black Queer Studies and Shakesqueer: A Companion to the Works of Shakespeare, this edited volume stages a conversation between two fields—Early Modern Studies and Black Studies—that traditionally have had little to say to each other. This disconnect is the product of current scholarly assumptions about a lack of archival evidence that limits what we can say about those of African descent in earlier historical periods. This proposed volume posits that the limitations are not in the archives but in the methods we have constructed for locating and examining those archives.

Translating and Adapting Petrarch's sonnets (abstracts Dec 15, 2015; study day Feb 19, 2016)

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:44am
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PRISMES Research Group, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

The PRISMES research group in Anglophone Studies at the Sorbonne nouvelle/ Sorbonne Paris Cité University is pleased to announce the launch of a Young Researchers' programme on Translating and adapting the sonnet from the Renaissance to the present day. The programme is set to organise two study days in 2016 and two further events in 2017.

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