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Hell Studies: Presenting and Representing Hell (ICMS Kalamazoo 2016)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:52pm
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Societas Daemonetica
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The Societas Daemonetica is accepting proposals for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers for the Hell Studies session Presenting and Representing Hell, to be held at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 12-15, 2016.

[Update] Chronicles and Grimoires: The Occult as Political Commentary

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:07pm
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ICMS Kalamazoo 2016

Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.

"Global Poe" Seminar for ACLA Conference at Harvard, Mar. 17-20, 2016 (submissions from Sept. 1-23, 2015)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 3:33pm
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Emron Esplin / Department of English, Brigham Young University
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The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA's annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at www.acla.org, click on "annual meeting," and then click on "submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under "Global Poe" on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar.

19th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance at Paine College - Nov. 4-6, 2015

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 11:46am
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Dr. Catherine Adams / Humanities Department at Paine College in Augusta, GA
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2015 Theme: The Rise of Respectability and Rebelliousness: Gendered Perspectives of the New Negro Women and Men during the Renaissance

The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the 19th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College.

We are seeking presentations that draw from literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches from the social and political sciences, economics, and STEM.

Medievalism in Popular Culture, PCA/ACA, March 21-25, 2016, Seattle: Proposals Due 10/1/15

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 11:28am
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PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference
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PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference
March 21st - 25th, 2016 – Seattle, Washington

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

Shakespeare's Italy (abstract due Sept. 30)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:27am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the complex and multi-faceted relationship between Shakespeare and Italy. Key areas of focus will be, among other things, the impact of the Italian Renaissance on England; early modern English translations of Italian works; Shakespeare's use of Italian texts for both direct source and indirect inspiration; Italian settings and characters in Shakespeare's plays; the influence of Italian genres, such as tragicomedy, in Shakespeare's drama; early modern English attitudes towards Italy in general and certain Italians (such as Machiavelli) in particular; and later Italian adaptations of Shakespeare, particularly for the opera and for the cinema.

Paris on Film (abstract due Sept. 30)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:24am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the many different ways that the City of Light has been captured in films from a variety of countries. With the possible exception of New York, no city has been used as a setting as frequently as Paris. However, the French capital is unique in that it has been featured not only in French films but in films from around the world. This transnational element will be emphasized by this panel, which seeks to explore the contradictions inherent in filming such a contradictory city. For example, how can a city be seen as both the birthplace of the modern while also being so frequently being filmed - particularly in terms of its bohemianism - in such a nostalgic light?

Girls' Voices August 25, 2015; April 7-9, 2016

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 9:16am
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International Girls' Studies Association Conference

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing concern about the prevalence of uptalk, vocal fry, and other markers of so-called Valley Girl-speak among young women across America. Some pundits question the individuality, confidence, believability, professionalism, and hirability of women who adopt these vocal patterns. Others object to them on aesthetic grounds, complaining that girly voices are just plain irritating. For many, if women are to have a metaphorical voice, they must carefully manage the prosody of their literal one.

Heidelberg Center for American Studies 13th Annual Spring Academy Conference

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:59am
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Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Heidelberg, Germany, 14-18 March, 2016

Call for Papers

The thirteenth HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from March 14-18, 2016. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.

The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.

'We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes': Stevie Smith Conference, 11th March 2016; Jesus College, Oxford

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 5:56am
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Noreen Masud (Oxford); Dr Frances White (Kingston)

'We all have these thoughts sometimes.'
-- Stevie Smith, Some Are More Human Than Others (1958)

The work of Stevie Smith (1902-1971) has received uneven critical attention. Widely loved outside the academy, her novels and poetry resist traditional modernist narratives.

However, Smith is enjoying a revival both within and beyond academia. Not only has Virago Press recently re-released her novels, but a critical edition of her poems is forthcoming.

Given this resurgence in popular and academic interest in her writing, we invite you to share 'thoughts' on Stevie Smith's work, for a one-day conference in Oxford. Contributors may consider, but need not be limited to:

Performance and/as Exception (ACLA 2016, March 17 -20, Harvard University)

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
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William Burch (Rutgers University)

The state of exception, theorized by Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben, describes the state's ability to grant exemptions to the normative order of its own law, and in so doing to perform itself as a unified whole. But as this political encounter with the performative suggests, theatre too has a long history of engagement with states of exception, and with a capacity to disrupt and evade normative orders. For theorists and practitioners as wide-ranging as Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Valie Export, and Peggy Phelan, this rupture is one of performance's most insistent pleasures – and a source of its most trenchant social critique.

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