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Call for Papers -- "Embracing the Other" (a seminar at the ICLA, Vienna, July 2016) Submission Deadline, Aug. 31, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 1:51pm
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International Comparative Literature Association

In the past two decades, universities, organizations, and businesses around the western world have placed a great emphasis on celebrating diversity, welcoming members, students, faculty, and employees from different ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, or national identities. Based on such developments, the "other"—as the person belonging to some minority group who had been ostracized in the greater part of the 20th century—has been welcomed from the margins of society to its very center.

Marquez and Literatures from India- 12 July 2015

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:07am
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Dr. Amith Kumar P V, Dept. of Comparative Literature and India Studies, EFL-University, Hyderabad, India
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As the prophet of magic realism and an extraordinary satirist of political dictatorship, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary horizons are incomprehensibly vast, and the rigorous intensity of his writings is inexplicably multidimensional. Marquez challenges the luminal line between 'story' and 'history', and interrogates the public and private domain with an uncommon and effortless ease and clarity. He fuses the chaotic and the cosmic, the materialistic and the mystical, and invites us to participate in a magico-historical narrative of which he is an undisputed craftsman.

Embodied Difference: Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:41am
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Richard H. Godden and Asa Simon Mittman


Embodied Difference: Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, edited by Richard H. Godden and Asa Simon Mittman

Call for Papers (Initial deadline, September 1)

Volume Description
Medieval and Early Modern art and literatures are replete with images of non­normative bodies. Saints lives valorize physical challenges, fabliaux render them metaphorical, medical texts pathologize them, and marginal images make them subjects of amusement. Divergent bodies are viewed as gifts from God, markers of sin, or manifestations of medical imbalances. In many cases throughout Western history, a figure marked by what Rosemarie Garland­Thomson has termed "the extraordinary body" is labeled a "monster."

Edited collection on settler colonialism

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:40am
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Rebecca Weaver-Hightower / University of North Dakota
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We seek submissions for a collection of new examinations of settler colonialism as expressed and developed through literature or other "texts" (including films, historical documents, art, architecture, music, maps, and advertisements, among other types of texts). We are particularly interested in submissions that approach these texts as articulations of transnational connections developed by ways of settler migration and/or colonial displacement.

Humanism and Its Prefixes

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:20am
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Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Humanism and its prefixes
(non-, trans-, post-, in-, a-)

October 3rd-4th, 2015

Organized by the graduate students of UC Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric
Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley

Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:12am
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Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London
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Heralded by The Telegraph as a 'global phenomenon,' BBC's Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet's 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes' filmic lives.

[UPDATE] Octavia E. Butler: Celebrating Letters, Life, and Legacy - February 26-28, 2016 - Spelman College

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:22am
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Octavia E. Butler Society

February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.

Anti/Post-disciplinarity: Rethinking Academic Paradigms (Final submission deadline: 15 October 2015)

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 5:37pm
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Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Kairouan - Tunisia

Human knowledge ranges from pure science to pure myth. In between lies a broad gamut of conceptually different cognitive experiences and patterns of perception which represent the world in visions and theories. The authority to produce and authenticate/validate knowledge, that which allows for theoretically informed descriptions and explanations of the nature of any given social, cultural or linguistic phenomenon, however, has for years been a contested privilege among academics and field practitioners from myriad disciplines. Over-specialization, a by-product of the proliferation of fields of expertise in academia, presented itself for most of the second half of the twentieth century as a legitimate substitute for holistic knowing and thinking.

Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (submission deadline: July 31, 2015)

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 3:02pm
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SFS Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University
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The Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (GJAA) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Asian Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. GJAA welcomes original social science research papers written on issues relevant to politics, security, economy, culture, and society of contemporary Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. GJAA is pleased to consider articles with historical background sections so long as such analyses are crucial for advancing core arguments.

[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXT - JUNE 25] Literature & the Other Arts in Early Modern England [SAMLA 87]

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:37am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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**This is a recurring panel at the SAMLA conference. Any and all 16th and early 17th century topics will be considered. The following topics are especially welcome...**

How did poetry, theater, music, visual art, dance, architecture, and other forms of art coexist in the English-speaking world during the Early Modern period? This panel invites papers concerning the intersections of literature and the other arts during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to: the influence of religion on artistic production, the use of music in the public theater and beyond, representations of courtly masques, the musicality of verse, representations of architecture in literature, etc.

Shakespeare in the North

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:44am
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Northumbria University, UK

Shakespeare in the North

2 June 2016

Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Keynote speakers: Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Richard Wilson (Kingston), Professor Peter Davidson (Aberdeen)

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