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American Film Acting: Sociohistorical Perspectives (SCMS, Atlanta - March 30-April 3, 2016 - Proposal Deadline August 7))

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 12:44pm
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Scott Balcerzak / Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference
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While we often discuss the codes of American film acting in terms of production and star image, this panel considers the sociohistorical contexts.

How is cinematic acting in conversation with other American discourses of, for example, politics, psychology, medicine, commercialism, nationalism, counterculture, race, or gender identity? How can we understand the culture that produces and consumes different variations of performance – from the expressiveness of the silents to the standardizations of Classic Hollywood to the emotionality of the Method to the spectacular bodies of the Blockbuster Era? What do such distinctive styles tell us about film acting as a cultural phenomenon?

ICAS Conference in Arts and Science 13th - 14th November 2015

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:49am
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Southern Regional College
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ICAS conference
Interdisciplinary Conference in Arts and Science
Theme: Memory
Venue: Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland
Date: 13th- 14th November 2015
The School of Academic Studies and Applied Science at Southern Regional College calls for papers for a two day interdisciplinary conference on Memory.

Key note speakers: Prof. Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde

Loving and Hating Lydgate - Kalamazoo 2016

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:04pm
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Lydgate Society
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In its five hundred years of reception, responses to John Lydgate's poetry have varied between extremes. Early regard for Lydgate appears in such places as Stephen Hawes' Pastime of Pleasure, where the monk is canonized alongside Chaucer and Gower and at greater length than either of the other poets. By contrast, Joseph Ritson describes Lydgate in 1802 as a "voluminous, prosaick, and driveling monk." This comment has formed a flashpoint in Lydgate studies for both those who would dismiss and those who would defend this poet. Renoir, Schirmer, Pearsall, and Patterson provide a wide-ranging sampling of these perspectives.

Lydgate as Formal Innovator - Kalamazoo 2016 sponsored session

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:02pm
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Lydgate Society
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While historicist approaches to Lydgate have played a large role in the poet's now decades-old critical recuperation, all along this recuperation has also been alert to the formal dimensions of his work and to some of the many ways these dimensions represent innovations. Studies by, for example, Maura Nolan and Claire Sponsler have fruitfully combined historical inquiry with explorations of the ramifications of form. With many in the field of literary study seeking, in a variety of ways, to return considerations of form to the center court of the field's endeavors, it is an apt moment to extend, complicate, and/or critique accounts of Lydgate as a formal innovator.

The Russians Abroad: Russian Literature in Recent French and English Fiction

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:43pm
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University of Mannheim, Germany

If measured by their impact on French and English novelists, Russian authors surely take pride of place among the writers of the world. Adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous quote "We have all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat'", it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that some of the most notable French and English authors are deeply indebted to Russian literature. From the late 19th century in particular, Russian literature has heavily influenced a plethora of French and English novelists in a variety of ways.

CFP: "A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice" (Edited collection)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:57am
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Stephen Ahern
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Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.

Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion (LMU Munich 2016 Graduate Conference - CfP Oct 31 2015)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:55am
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Sarah Earnshaw/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Languagetalks 2016: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

IBZ Munich, 24th to 26th February 2016

Graduate School of Language and Literature

Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02/10/15) - A Postgraduate and Early Career Rersearcher Colloquium

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:03am
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University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

CFP: 42nd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (April 6-9, 2016)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:54am
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African Literature Association
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Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
at the
African Literature Association 2016 Conference

Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora

Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com

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