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Re-transcribing Hindu religion; locating gender in the literature of the Upanishads and the Vedas.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:08am
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Tapati Bharadwaj
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Re-transcribing Hindu religion; locating gender in the literature of the Upanishads and the Vedas.

This is a call for papers for a collection that will construe Hindu religious texts as literature, and examine them within a gendered analytical framework. What prevents us from examining the Upanishadic or the Vedic texts within a literary or a gendered perspective? If the basis of religion is "revealed knowledge," which was made evident to men – then is it not obvious that these notions of the Absolute Being would but be defined within gender inflected terminologies?

Let me explain with an example from an Upanishad. In the Aitareya Upanishad, the first stanza reads in the following manner:

Représentations de Paris: Images de la ville-lumière

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 3:48am
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47th annual NeMLA Convention
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Ce panel propose d'effectuer un tour d'horizon des représentations de Paris, hier et aujourd'hui, dans la production littéraire, musicale, et picturale (photo, peinture, etc.) à travers le monde francophone mais aussi en dehors de la francophonie. Ville cosmopolite par excellence depuis des siècles, Paris est depuis toujours une ville d'accueil et une destination de choix pour les artistes de tous genres et de tous horizons. C'est aussi un lieu d'inspiration, et parfois un personnage à part entière des œuvres qu'elle inspire et ses représentations sont infinies, en français comme dans d'autres langues. A l'heure de la mondialisation et de la libre circulation des personnes et des idées, quelle place la ville de Paris occupe-t-elle dans les arts?

Conference Session on Detective Fiction

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:59am
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NorthEastern Modern Language Association
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Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how "dead," to borrow Faulkner's famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.

Composition Session, NeMLA Convention, 17 - 20 Mar., 2016, Hartford, CT

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:55am
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NorthEastern Modern Language Association
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Much has been written and said, in recent years, about the role of love and passion in instruction/ enquiry more generally, incl. in writing/ composition studies. Choosing a topic or project one is "passionate" about is believed to foster a better outcome all around; passion/ love is also believed to be the driving force behind bold, successful career and academic trajectories.

Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:09pm
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Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati: 781014, Assam, India

Margins, an international peer-reviewed journal, is published annually by the Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications and in literature and culture through four kinds of writings: 1) It welcomes examination of the historical and the contemporary through interdisciplinary perspectives – looking at texts in both their wider conceptual and immediate situational significance (7500 and 10,000 words).

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:12pm
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NeMLA 2016
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Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel (9/30/2015; 3/17-3/20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel
Chair: Tara Harney-Mahajan

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

[Deadline extended 1 week] Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: August 7; conference: November 5-6, 2015)

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 4:54pm
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Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

CFP: Special Issue on Shakespeare and War

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:00pm
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Critical Survey

CALL FOR PAPERS: Critical Survey Special Issue
Shakespeare and War
Guest Editor: Patrick Gray, Durham University

The tercentenary of Shakespeare's death fell in 1916, in the midst of the First World War, and the quatercentenary will fall next year, 2016, amid what looks likely to be continuing conflict in the Middle East, in the wake of more than two decades of intensive Western military engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

[UPDATE] Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 8/15

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:53am
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Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp
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We invite your papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

[REMINDER] "Shakespeare and Dance" essay cluster.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 8:41pm
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Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
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Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, is soliciting contributions to its "Appropriations in Performance" section. B&L is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia scholarly journal and winner of the CELJ's "Best New Journal" award for 2007. We publish two issues each year. In addition to the main section, which features articles and article clusters, we regularly run three dedicated sections: Appropriations in Performance, Digital Appropriations, and Book Reviews.

For the "Appropriations in Performance" section, we prefer thesis-driven reviews focused on arguments and observations over more traditional, archival reviews geared primarily to making descriptive or evaluative records.

UPDATE: HPFI SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR? OCT 29-30 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 7:54pm
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Henri Peyre French Institute The Graduate Center of CUNY
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The Henri Peyre French Institute Food Seminar:
SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR?
OCTOBER 29-30 2015, THE GRADUATE CENTER of CUNY
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31 2015

[UPDATE] "It's Happening Again": Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks: EXTENDED DEADLINE! (new submission date: September 30 2015)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:15pm
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Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace
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Call for Papers for "It's Happening Again": 25 Years of Twin Peaks is a proposed edited collection on the television show Twin Peaks. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace solicit essays for a new collection celebrating one of television's greatest cult phenomena. Originally airing in 1990/91, Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks will be returning, just over twenty-five years after it went off the air, and this collection will explore the show in the context of its time, and its legacy. We are interested in papers on all aspects of the television program as well as on tie-ins and connected materials (e.g. the film Fire Walk with Me, the new Log Lady material added for the show's run on Bravo, the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, etc.).

Special Issue: Christianity in Contemporary Native America (Sept. 30, 2015)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:04pm
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Editors: Kimberly G. Wieser (University of Oklahoma), Rachel R. Luckenbill (Duquesne University)
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Contemporary perspectives on Christianity's role in American Indian communities are diverse and often ambiguous, partly due to this religion's involvement in colonization. While some grassroots traditionalists and many in the activist and academic communities frequently reject Christianity for its role in dismantling American Indian traditions and identities, the past is complex, and the American Indian Christian community is strong and growing. The last two decades have seen its resurgence. Recent works such as Mona Susan Power's Sacred Wilderness Sterlin Harjo's This May Be the Last Time, and The Cherokee Hymnbook: New Edition for Everyone reflect ongoing practices of Christianity in Indian Country today.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Transmission of Ideas in Colonial America- NEMLA 2016, Hartford, CT- Abstract Deadline 9/30

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 4:06pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

Scholarship regarding the creation and transmission of ideas in colonial British America often falls under the methodology of one discipline or another. Literary scholars, historians, philosophers, musicologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and others research and discuss the same areas of inquiry, but seldom work in close proximity and dialogue with one another. This panel is an opportunity for scholars across the disciplines to share their own ideas about the movement of knowledge and ideologies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century colonial British America.

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