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NeMLA 2016 (Hartford, March 17th-20th) CFP: "Memory in Spanish Contemporary Feminine Narrative and Film."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:27am
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Estefanía Tocado Orviz
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This panel explores the representation of historical memory in Spanish narrative and films by female writers and directors. We propose to explore the margins of history and fiction in the recuperation of memory and its importance in the construction of historical memory in Spain.

International Seminar on Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English (Date: 25-27 February, 2016)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 4:03am
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Department of English, Gauhati University

The Department of English, Gauhati University, in its series International Seminars on Contemporary South Asian Fictions in English is happy to announce the second conference of the series. This time the focus is on Pakistan: an attempt at mapping its culture, literature, people, politics and conflicts—in short, ensuring comprehensibility from our varied locations and positions. One of the many themes in this seminar will be to consider the issues that concern writers of/from Pakistan and writers from North-Eastern parts of India.

"Pop Scene: Culture and Opposition in 1990s Britain"

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 9:56pm
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Dr Benjamin Halligan / University of Salford, Greater Manchester
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Call for Proposals:

"Pop Scene: Culture and Opposition in 1990s Britain"

Proposals are invited for an edited collection that will assess British popular culture in the 1990s. Particular emphasis will be placed on the years characterised by cultural opposition to the Conservative government and then the coming to office in 1997 of the New Labour government, and the aftermath.

The Ruin, the Future

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 7:13pm
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Transformations

Transformations: CFP: Issue 28

The Ruin, the Future

Over the past few years a swathe of what has come to be known as "ruin porn" has swept the internet. Perhaps in an uncanny updating of Albert Speer's dark fantasies of "ruin value", photographs of Detroit's abandoned factories and theatres, Chernobyl's crumbling tenements and "urbex" photos of ruined asylums and hotels are gleefully traded on Facebook and Reddit and have amassed immense cultural currency.

New Journal: The Bulletin of International Association for Robin Hood Studies

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:33pm
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International Association for Robin Hood Studies

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. The journal will be published bi-annually beginning in Spring 2016 and will be available on the IARHS' website, Robin Hood Scholars: IARHS on the Web: http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/. Scholars are invited to send original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition.

"English Catholicism in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture" panel at ASECS Annual Meeting, March 31-April 3

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:14pm
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Geremy Carnes
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This seminar aims to focus attention on a segment of the English population that is often ignored or treated simplistically in scholarship on our period: the English Catholic community. Recent research by Gabriel Glickman, Alison Shell, and several other scholars has demonstrated that the Catholic community was active politically, socially, and artistically throughout the eighteenth century. This panel seeks papers from historians, art historians, literature scholars, and religion scholars on any subject related to the political or social activities or cultural productions of eighteenth-century English Catholics.

(Post?) Modernist Hitchcock --NEMLA Convention March 17-20, 2016

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:40pm
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Andrew Schopp/ Northeast Modern Language Association 2016 Conference
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In terms of simple chronology, Alfred Hitchock's films span the Modernist era up through the beginning of the postmodern era. While Hitchcock's works have understandably been examined in terms of their connections to/reflections of Modernist culture and/or aesthetics (e.g., Spellbound's use of surrealism, his films' fascination with Modernist technological progress, the influence of Freud, etc.), his later films, especially, would seem to lend themselves to an analysis informed by postmodern theoretical approaches to film and to culture.

Postmodern Gods and Monsters: Gender, Sexuality, Power--NEMLA Convention March 17-20, 2016

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:36pm
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Andrew Schopp/ Northeast Modern Language Association 2016 Conference
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The postmodern god figure has been a staple of postmodern art at the very least since John Barth published Lost in the Funhouse, in which the god figure, both author and father, was simultaneously characterized as asleep, malevolent, kind, and/or insane. As this figure has penetrated popular culture, s/he has become more and more linked to investigations of gender and sexuality. These "god" figures strive to control the lives of others (e.g. Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Kaiser Soze in The Usual Suspects). These puppet masters often work behind the scenes, exploiting the margins of society for either personal or social gain.

Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century America

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:16am
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Reed Gochberg / C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
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This proposed panel for the 2016 C19 conference seeks paper proposals on the topic of collectors and collections in nineteenth-century American culture. In keeping with the conference's theme of "Unsettling," this panel aims to explore how examining practices of collecting opens up new approaches to considering American literature in relation to institutions, print and material culture, and scientific study. How does literature engage with the efforts of individual collectors or institutions to organize texts, natural specimens, material objects, and other forms of information? How did competing taxonomies unsettle existing modes of categorizing objects?

From Experiential to Expository: A Roundtable

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:07am
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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By extending the learning environment beyond the classroom's boundaries, undergraduate programs have stimulated lively pedagogical innovation across general education disciplines. The approach encourages rigorous critical thought via assignments that require students to think critically and to reflect actively on links between course materials, historical sites, and concrete social and cultural concerns. However, the popularity for the experiential, fed by administrative and parental enthusiasm, may hinder instructors and encumber students.

"Remeasuring Lyrical Pain" -- Seminar CFP -- ACLA Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, March 17–20, 2016

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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 10:30pm
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Jessica Tabak / Brown University
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In recent scholarship, lyric emerges as a privileged form for expressing, simulating, and circulating pain: its formal flexibility, non-narrative structure, and somatic elements allow lyric to evoke an embodied sensation whose "resistance to language," as Elaine Scarry memorably argues, "is essential to what it is." Yet these characteristics do not adhere neatly to lyric. Not all lyrics are formally free and non-narrative. Furthermore, various literary genres employ the formal invention, non-narrative digressions, and somatic elements most often identified with the lyric form.

ICFA 37 "Wonder Tales" Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art Division

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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 8:31pm
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The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
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Wonder Tales
March 16-20, 2016
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31

The Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art Division (CYA) invites you to join us for ICFA 37, when our theme will be "Wonder Tales." Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as "fairy tales" due to the genre's emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder— transformations and resurrections — but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the "sense of wonder" in science fiction.

Jews and Christian Materiality 51st International Congress in Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016)

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Monday, July 20, 2015 - 5:43pm
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Shamma Boyarin
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In the conclusion to her Christian Materiality (2011), Caroline Walker Bynum opens the door to an expansion of her discussion of medieval materiality and religion to Judaism and Islam: "Understanding the full materiality of Christian belief and practice," she says, "may help to clarify at least one of the ways [i.e., the material way] in which medieval Christianity (and, in certain aspects, its modern descendants) is similar to, yet differs from, its sister religions, Islam and Judaism" (273). This session proposes to go beyond Bynum's brief concluding survey, focusing specifically on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

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