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Madhouse, Medicine, Mercy: Treatment of Insanity in Wilkie Collins' Jezebel's Daughter

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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 10:53am
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Anamta Rizvi

While Victorian era was essentially marked as an age of impeccable scientific discoveries, with eminent scientists as John F. W. Herschel, William Whewell, Charles Babbage, William Buckland, Charles Darwin and others, Cannon is his book Science and Culture argues that in the 1830s and 1840s even the critics of science "took science as the ultimate criterion of truth" (Ruse 118). Being an age of industrial revolution, it was inevitable for people working in factories to escape the dreadful diseases. The rising medical problems led awareness in the Sate of its duty to control these medical issues. This acted as a catalyst of the already stimulated minds to vest their energies in the direction of medicinal science.

[UPDATE] CFP: "Moved by the Spirit, Authorized by God: Black Women Activists and Religion" NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford. CT

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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:34am
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Jami Carlacio, Borough of Manhattan CC/CUNY
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Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B. Wells and Mary Talbert, to the twentieth-century civil rights activists Ella Josephine Baker and Septima Clark, and countless others, these "churchwomen" actively challenged the status quo that relegated Black women to the least empowered positions in the social order.

Adolescence in Film and Television (March 21-25, 2016; Proposals due October 1, 2015)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 11:10pm
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Popular Culture/American Culture Association
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The Adolescence in Film and Television Area invites paper proposals for presentation at the annual Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, to be held March 21-25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of adolescence/adolescents in film and television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels.

[UPDATE] Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." NeMLA Hartford, CT

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:09pm
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Rebecca Romanow/University of Rhode Island
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Call for Papers

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT

Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology."

The video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.

Modern Myth and Legend - Louisville Conference (Feb. 18-20, 2016)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 4:58pm
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International Lawrence Durrell Society
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The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900


http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com

Louisville, KY | 18-20 February 2016

"we do create the world around us since we get it to reflect back our inner symbolism at us. Every man carries a little myth-making machine inside him which operates often without him knowing it. Thus you might say that we live by a very exacting kind of poetic logic--since we get exactly what we ask for, no more and no less."
--The Dark Labyrinth (1947)

Update: Gender and Class Representation in U.S. Culture, NeMLA, Hartford, 3/17-3/20

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 3:57pm
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47th Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
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This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?

The New Literary Anxiety (ACLA 2016 Seminar Proposal, March 17th-20th, Harvard University)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 1:44pm
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Elizabeth Oldfather, University of Colorado,Colorado Springs; Rebecca Soares, Arizona State University

The melancholic poet, the neurasthenic female reader, the man of artistic temperament: these heavily typed figures, each coded in the medical and psychological discourse of its own time, together bespeak a longstanding cultural connection between anxiety and literature. Sianne Ngai, in Ugly Feelings, even tentatively identifies anxiety as "the distinctive 'feeling-tone' of intellectual inquiry itself" – a signifying trope of bookish existence. But what might this connection between literature and anxiety mean after the advent of psychopharmacology, of neurodiversity awareness, of classroom trigger warnings?

[UPDATE] Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational; Submissions Deadline 8/31/2015

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 1:35pm
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Stephenie Young and Adele Parker

If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

"Catch if you can your country's moment": The Poetry of Current Events, NeMLA, Mar. 17-20, 2016, Hartford. Proposals by Sept. 30

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 1:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
William Waddell
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If literature is, as Pound said, "news that stays news," then perhaps poetry is always a matter of current events, but recently, books like Claudia Rankine's Citizen or Brian Turner's Here, Bullet, to name just two, have taken on contemporary public moments, current events in common parlance, and in the process sparked a different kind of conversation.

[UPDATE] Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation (Nov 19-20, 2015)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 8:37am
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University of Chicago English Graduate Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: UPDATE

Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 19-20, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Phillips, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor

Faculty Roundtable:
-Prof. Natasha Barnes, University of Illinois at Chicago
Associate Professor of African American Studies and English

-Prof. Peter Coviello, University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of English

-Prof. Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of English

-Prof. Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University
Frances Willard Professor of Screen Cultures

Looking at erotic visual art from the German-speaking world

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:30am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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NeMLA 2016 Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)

Description:

This panel looks at paintings, film, graphic novels, photography, and other visual art from German-speaking countries that feature erotic themes. It describes and compares the strategies which the artists use to answer (and question) our desire for an erotic visual experience.

Abstract:
The pleasure of looking at visual art is doubled, but also troubled when it comes to the erotica genre. There, the viewer gazes at the canvas, screen, or page in search of aesthetic as well as erotic stimulation. Far from naively delivering gullible pictures, many visual artists are aware of this double desire and self-reflexively play with this knowledge.

UPDATE

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6:32am
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Bettina Hofmann/University of Wuppertal

CfP: Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust

We are looking for abstracts for a follow-up publication to the colloquium "Translated Memories" that took place at the Steinheim Institute in Essen, Germany, on July 14, 2015, which addressed the subject of writing about the Holocaust today: How can memories of the Holocaust be constituted and transformed in a transgenerational and transnational perspective?

The concept of translation is of pivotal interest in this context. When talking about "translation," we literally mean code switching. However, the term "translation" is also appropriate if one wants to describe psychological mechanisms and cultural processes.

The Gender-Free Being, Kalamazoo ICMS 12-15 May 2016 SMFS Sponsored Session

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6:20am
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Dorothy Kim, Associate Professor of English at Vassar College / Phoebe C. Linton, University of Edinburgh

One of the SMFS sponsored series, this session on 'The Gender-Free Being' invites papers to consider portrayals of characters in medieval history, literature and art of any period or language that explore the extent to which an individual's identity is distinct from their socially gendered, or sexual being.

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