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'What are we reading?'

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 6:11am
Thinking Verse

Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com) is now inviting contributions for its sixth issue, a special issue entitled 'What are we reading?' We will be publishing essay-reviews on works in poetics published since 2005: either of individual monographs/collections or of several different works around the same topic. We will be happy to field informal queries at thinkingverse@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions, 30 September 2016.

Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History:  17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 7:44pm
Northeast Historic Film Archive

 Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History
 17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016
Proposals Due: April 19, 2016

            The rich amateur and non-theatrical moving image history of New England will be the focus of the 2016 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. In commemoration of the Alamo Theatre's 100 years of cinematic exhibition and Northeast Historic Film's 30th year as a regional moving image archive, we invite archivists, scholars and technical specialists to explore all aspects of the moving image history of New England. Proposals that utilize the NHF collections are particularly welcome.

'Cultures of Climate Scepticism' symposium, UBC Okanagan, June 6-8 2016

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 5:50pm
Dr Greg Garrard, UBC

Call for Papers/Expressions of Interest
Who Do *They* Think They Are? Cultures of Climate Scepticism,
Anti-Environmentalism, and Conservative Environmentalism
Symposium, June 6-8 2016, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada

MLA 2017- CFP- The Poetry of Photography

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 5:06pm
Jesse Hoffman / Bryn Mawr College

"The Poetry of Photography"
Special Session
MLA 2017 Philadelphia

A growing body of scholarship has demonstrated how the history of photography frequently intersects with the development of poetic form. Poets ranging from Lewis Carroll to Natasha Trethewey have focused on the medium. Given the substantial number of poems that engage photography, our panel will explore new directions for thinking about the impact of this technology on literary history and vice versa. Topics may include nineteenth-century poetry, historical poetics, visual culture, cinema, verse forms, theories of photography, translation, ekphrasis, the photobook, or digital humanities.

Collection of Essays on Transgressive Women in Global Speculative Fiction, Film, and Digital Media

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:52pm
Valerie Guyant/ University of Wisconsin & Kate Aho/ University of Wisconsin

The interconnection of speculative fiction, transgressions against social norms, gender studies, and global perspectives is compelling because speculative fiction allows for a unique approach to social critiques. The worlds that are created in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopian futures allow the genre to explore new or imaginative societies, detached from existing or historical social structures. Such an environment of speculation has led many authors to utilize the genre to comment on women's concerns. Many of these works have, understandably been extensively critically examined.

"The readerly" / FPC 12 / 25 June

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:20pm
Formes Poetiques Contemporaines

Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

Women of the Mediterranean: Representations and Self-Representations

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:19pm
Women of the Mediterranean

Conference Location: Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy)
Conference Director: Giovanni Spani (College of the Holy Cross)
Conference Coordinator: Marco Marino (Sant'Anna Institute)
Keynote Speaker: Eduardo Urios-Aparisi (University of Connecticut)

"The readerly" / FPC 12 / 25 June 2016

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:17pm
Formes Poetiques Contemporaines

Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

Essay Collection: Shakespeare's Queens

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:47pm
Kavita Mudan Finn & Valerie Schutte

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on queens and queenship in the plays of William Shakespeare. Although there have been many individual studies of how queens in early modern drama reflect and refract the image of Elizabeth I, this volume will primarily concern queens as characters and as theatrical constructs. The collection will be submitted to the "Queenship and Power" series (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin, with planned publication for late 2017/early 2018.

The Recluse in American Literature (proposed special session for MLA 2017)

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:54am
Matthew Mosher

This panel seeks papers on reclusive figures in American literature, with a particular emphasis on how such figures represent, reproduce, and/or contest dominant cultural paradigms of individuality and sociality. All periods and critical approaches are welcome. Please send an abstract of 150-300 words and a brief biographical statement by March 15, 2016.

Note: This is a proposed special session for the 2017 MLA Convention; its acceptance is not guaranteed.

Fictionality in representations of Japan and Europe from a cross-cultural perspective

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 6:24am
Mutual Images

For the fourth Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through the notion of fictionality. These past decades, the growth of cultural exchanges has created new opportunities of fictionalization between European and Japanese. Far from being restrained to its definition as a genre, Fictionality has become a key element in our contemporary society. Whether it is in entertainment media (novel, manga, video games, movies and other forms of current entertainment), Art (photography, painting), or even our perception of the other, the self, and reality, fictionality is present in our everyday life.

The Far Side of English: New Gothic and Science-Fiction Monsters (May 3-4, 2016)

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 1:25am
Chris Angelis/ University of Tampere

Ever since Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Gothic and Science Fiction have been moving in parallel ways – Brian Aldiss refers to the latter as characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode. Both the Gothic and Science Fiction are replete with allegories and metaphors about the human condition, particularly in topics that are considered taboo, such as ethnicity/"race", the origin and eventual fate of life, or the human place in the cosmos. Both in the Gothic and in Science Fiction, to understand the monster lurking in the shadowy forest or the alien crawling on the space station, is to understand one's self.

Call for Abstract - Exploring Teen Wolf - April 1, 2016

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:05pm
McFarland Press

Looking for papers for an essay collection on the MTV television show Teen Wolf, with an emphasis on the most recent seasons. This volume aims to discuss Teen Wolf in the context of popular and literary culture, historical analysis, and academic theory, though other approaches are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Monstrosity and/or Hybridity
- Fandom
- Adolescence
- Personal Transformation
- Genre Transformation and/or Subversion
- Gender
- Race
- Heroism and/or Villainy
- History and Memory
- Power

David Bowie Interart | text | media 22-24 September 2016

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:16pm
ULICES-University of English Centre for English Studies

Date: 22-24 September 2016

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa | School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Organisation: CEAUL/ULICES – Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

-Death, Violence, and Religion in Nineteenth Century American Fiction

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 6:37pm
MLA 2017

We invite submissions focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

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