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Medieval Graduate Student Symposium: At The University of North Texas March 3-4, 2016

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
University of North Texas

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Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
At
The University of North Texas
March 3-4, 2016

Conference Theme:
"The Technical Details of Everyday Life"
Keynote Address:
Nicola Coldstream
"Behind the Scenes at a Medieval Entertainment"

Call for Papers
Topics from Any Discipline, Any Time-- Late Antique to Early Renaissance
Preference given to those that address the conference theme

Empathy in Crisis: Considering 20th- and 21st-century Literature | NeMLA 2016 | Hartford, CT

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

This panel seeks papers that confront the multifarious nature of empathy, as both connection and appropriation, in literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Is there room for competing narratives of empathy? Considering literature of various genres and cultural contexts, this panel asks to what extent empathy itself is in a position of crisis.

Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015 to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15656

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
Birkbeck, University of London

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London

"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)

Panel: Women Authors from the Great War

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:54am
NeMLA

Scholarship on women's writing on the First World War has helped recover important texts that give us insight on the important roles women played as nurses and ambulance drivers. This panel seeks papers that examine the ways in which women depicted their new jobs. How did these new jobs affect their views on their gender? What about their responsibilities as citizens? And, how do these texts help change our views on the First World War?

Please submit an abstract via the NeMLA site:
http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15804

(Edited Collection) Domestic Entanglements in the Works of Joss Whedon (Deadline: 1 Nov 2015)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:33am
Juliette Kitchens/Nova Southeastern University

Domestic representations feature prominently throughout the Whedonverse, frequently complicating not only narratological and rhetorical structures, but also contemporary ideological and sociopolitical assumptions. For example, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel blur the distinctions between public and private domains by creating home-spaces from public, often commercial, domains. Firefly positions characters to live and work in spaces that challenge dichotomized readings of domesticity while echoing Homi Bhabha's concept of the "unhomely," and Dollhouse advances notions of hybridity's object-entanglements in the posthuman home.

The Medieval "Freak Show": Putting the Monstrous on Display in the Middle Ages (SEMA 2015 - Oct. 22-24, Little Rock)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:03am
mearcstapa - mearcstapa.org

Session sponsored by mearcstapa
SEMA (Southeast Medieval Association) Conference Oct. 22-24 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The Medieval "Freak Show": Putting the Monstrous on Display in the Middle Ages

People and creatures perceived as monstrous or wondrous are often put on display for profit or exploitation. At times, this exhibitionism presents itself as "education." What has popularly been called the "freak show" achieved its height via the emergence of working class entertainments that transformed visual cultures in the nineteenth century, as exemplified in P.T. Barnum's circus and its sideshows, but also including innovations such as the stereoscope and the panorama, which prepared the rise of cinema and, later, television.

NeMLA 2016: "Food and Feast in Post-Medieval Outlaw Literature"

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:43am
Alexander L. Kaufman

This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.

The Archive and African American Literature in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:19am
Northeastern Modern Language Association - Hartford CT, March 17-20, 1016

In an age when technology and digitalization continue to redefine how we think about and explore African American literature, this panel invites considerations of the critical yet ever-evolving relationship between the archive and African American literary production. While possible papers might explore the role of traditional institutional collections in informing us about particular writers and periods, the panel also welcomes broad and open interpretation of the term "archive." How do texts, bodies, and performances function as archives? How does collecting, cataloguing, and curating impact modern racial formation? What is the relationship between the archive and pedagogy? How does the archive relate to contemporary discussions of post-blackness?

Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:08am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

[UPDATE] THE LAND HAS A STORY

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:01am
Pennsylvania College English Association

CALL for PROPOSALS

The Land Has a Story

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501

Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

Papers and Panels: Sports and Violence Conference

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:46am
Ashland Center for Nonviolence

Interdisciplinary Conference on Sports and Violence, March 19, 2016, Proposals due by October 31, 2015

Americans love sports. An estimated 35 to 50 million American youth play organized sports, the Super Bowl regularly attracts over 160 million viewers, and sports figures are among America's most recognized celebrities.

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

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 4:03am
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
Dr Benjamin Halligan / University of Salford, Greater Manchester

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
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.

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