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Mapping Medievalisms, October 2-4, Pittsburgh, PA

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:01am
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The 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism
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Mapping Medievalisms
The 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism
International Society for Studies in Medievalism
October 2nd - 4th , 2015
at the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

Plenary Address by Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming, author of Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia, Medieval British Arthurian Narrative, and
co-author of The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past.

[UPDATE; revised deadlines] Asia and the Historical Imagination: Edited Volume

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:12am
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Asia and the Historical Imagination is an edited volume of essays that explores papers concerned with representations of Asia's past. The essays submitted will complement a 3-day workshop held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015. The volume aims to generate vibrant discussions about fictional interpretations of historical narratives and events in Asia (both ancient and modern).

The Power of/in Academia: Critical Interventions in Knowledge Production and Society

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:59am
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International Graduate Conference 2015 of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”

Knowledge production and social transformation are closely intertwined. Academic scholarship plays a crucial role in analyzing and critiquing social, economic, ecological, and political developments, while simultaneously, however, being inextricably linked to its social context and its inherent relations of power and domination. Scrutinizing the link between social critique and scholarship also entails the critical examination of the tools applied in analyzing social phenomena, which in turn lay the basis for academic social critique. Scientific methods of gaining knowledge not only co-constitute and shape the object of research, but also the kind of knowledge that is produced.

Asia and the Historical Imagination: Essays

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:41am
full name / name of organization: 
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Asia and the Historical Imagination: Essays is a edited collection of essays concerned with representations of Asia's past. The essays in this volume will complement a 3-day workshop that. This 3-day workshop will be held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015.

Last Chance to Book: 'Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes'

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:09am
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University of Brighton

Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes
Friday 29 May 2015
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton UK.

Join us next week for this exciting one-day event on Place-Based Arts, exploring how location can provide diverse and rich triggers for writing and other arts based practices.

Highlights include keynotes from Iain Sinclair and Richard Kerridge, round table debates with artists and writers who have used Brighton as a source for their practice, a film screening of Ian McDonald's Brighton Bandits, and a range of parallel sessions with academics and artists presenting work and ideas relating to place.

25 Years of Affrilachian Resistance: Black Cultural Production in the Appalachian Region

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:17am
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Shauna Morgan Kirlew/SAMLA
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Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets, a cadre of writers including Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Kelly Norman Ellis, Crystal Wilkinson, Crystal Good, and Bianca Spriggs, among many others who continue to shape the literary landscape of the American South. Co-founder, Frank X Walker coined the term "Affrilachia" in an effort to "[challenge] the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape" in Appalachia, and the collective has, indeed, spent two and half decades not only producing work which continues to mount a formidable movement against the myth of an all-white region but also documenting the nuanced realities of an ever expanding global South.

Romanticism and the South West

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:24am
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University of Bristol
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The University of Bristol invites delegates to participate in a one-day conference entitled Romanticism and the South West, a conference which seeks to re-asses the importance of the South West in Romantic thought and writing.

You can register for a place here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/english/events/conferences/romanticism-sw/

The conference will place a particular emphasis on the following topics:

[UPDATE] Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:52pm
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

Articles on any aspect of the life and work of Sylvia Townsend Warner are invited for the 2015 issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. Contributions should be no longer than 5000 words, and should be emailed to the Editor at Helen.Sutherland@glasgow.ac.uk by 4 September 2015. Further information is available from Helen.Sutherland@glasgow.ac.uk or from the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society website at http://www.townsendwarner.com.

Alchemy in Harry Potter

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:37pm
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Anne Mamary and Christine Myers/Monmouth College

Call for papers for a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collection of essays on alchemy in the Harry Potter novels.

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, "I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories' internal logic."

We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

Consuming Culture in Victorian and Edwardian English Literature (SAMLA 87)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:51pm
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SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)
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From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.

Art as Ethics / Ethical Art in the Works of George Eliot (SAMLA 87)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
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SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)
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In her famous essay, "The Natural History of German Life," George Eliot decried the recent attempts of English painters to recreate the "truthfulness" of Teniers and Murillo. Though Eliot would attempt to correct the errors in perception and representation through her writing, she continued to engage with other forms of art (paintings and music, specifically) throughout her life. In keeping with the theme of SAMLA 87, this panel looks for papers examining the moments in Eliot's works - her novels, poetry, nonfiction - wherein she contemplates other forms of art and their moral and ethical implications for both her characters and her readers.

MLA Options for Teaching Volume on Teaching Space, Place, and Literature

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:22pm
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Robert T. Tally Jr.
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Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

CFP: Justified (FX) Edited Collection

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:31pm
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Cynthia Burkhead Ph.D. (University of North Alabama) and Stephanie Graves M.A. (Independent Scholar)

We are seeking essays addressing the contributions made by the FX series Justified to various aspects of television and American culture. Potential topics may include class, gender, regional representations, and crime, among others. Editors are seeking a Southern University publisher for the collection.

A 250 word abstract should be submitted along with a short C.V. by August 1, 2015, to:
Cynthia Burkhead
cynthia.burkhea@gmail.com
AND
Stephanie Graves
steph.graves@gmail.com

H.D. panel, SAMLA Nov. 13-15, 2015, Durham, NC (abstracts due June 10)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:06pm
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The H.D. International Society
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We invite paper proposals for the "H.D. and her Circle: New Directions" panel at this year's South Atlantic MLA in Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015. Send 250-word abstracts, brief bio, and A-V requests to rawalsh@ncsu.edu by June 10, 2015.

Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or those in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, John Cournos, Robert Herring, Ezra Pound, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, etc.), and the thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches. Given SAMLA 2015's conference theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," papers that address connections to other art forms/media are welcome, although not necessary.

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