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[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 5.1.11)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:55am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop

Seeking several articles to round out work-in-progress on:

THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE
Editor: Karen Elizabeth Bishop
kebishop@fas.harvard.edu

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

The Deeds of Love in the Service of Peace

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:27am
Conference on Christianity and Literature October 28-29 2011

In Christian tradition love it is not an attitude, a relation, a feeling, or a condition sufficient unto itself. Love requires action, deeds. Sometimes, great deeds and other times, small ones, hidden from view, invisible but effective no less. Christian tradition also promises a messiah who will bring peace, whose kingdom is the most peaceable. While this implies a kingdom ordered by love, Jesus is still the Prince of Peace and not the Prince of Love--at least in the prophet Isaiah.

Deep Drawings: Philosophical And Socio Political Themes in Anime and Manga (MLA, 5-8 January 2012)

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:01pm
Modern Language Association (special session)

The "serious turn" in European and American comic markets has often been traced to the departure carved out by Art Spiegelman, a veteran American comics artist who hoped his works would "make ethics hip." Western comic realism warrants comparison with the "serious turn" in Japan's manga and anime that followed the Second World War and is often neglected owing to the ubiquity of kawaii ("cuteness"). This panel puts Japan's anime and manga in a global context, with attention to "uncute" philosophical and socio‐political themes in graphic novels and animation from several areas of the world.

Comica Symposium 2011 - Transitions 2: New Directions in Comics Studies

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 7:19pm
Birkbeck, University of London - School of Arts

Transitions 2 is a one day symposium devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodoogies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to spark debate and address a wide spectrum of questions.

We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:

3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference, September 23-24, 2011

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:39pm
Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The 3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 23-24, 2011 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research.

CinemaSpace: A Two Day Conference on Indian Cinema and the City, 3-4 November 2011

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 1:55pm
Rice University

CinemaSpace

A 
TWO‐DAY
 CONFERENCE
 ON
 INDIAN
 CINEMA 
AND
 THE 
CITY


3
–
4
 November
 2011

Organized
 By 
Chao 
Center 
for 
Asian 
Studies, 
Rice
 University


CinemaSpace
 proposes
 to
 bring
 together
 scholars
 working
 on
 Indian
 cinema
 in
 an
 attempt
 to
 refocus
 our
 attention
 on
 questions
 of
 technology,
 aesthetics
 and
 the
 production
 of
 cinematic
 space.
 The
 structuring
 of
 the
 cinematic
 city
 will
 be
 the
 organizing
 thread
 of
 the
 conference.
 The
 city
 here
 is
 understood
 as
 a
 placeholder
 for
 bringing
 together
 and
 delineating
 concerns
 of
 aesthetics,
 technology,
 modernity
 and 
development.



SCMLA - Oct. 27-29, 2011 - Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC - Due: March 28, 2010

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:38pm
SCMLA - Oct. 27-29, 2011 - Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC

Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 68th Annual Convention

Hot Springs, Arkansas – October 27-29, 2011

Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University, reynoldst@nsula.edu

Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address the intersection(s) between/among computer technologies and work (research, pedagogy, theory) in the fields of English and/or foreign languages.

Replacing Wands with Quills: A Harry Potter Symposium for Muggle Scholars

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:14pm
School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, James Madison University, November 10-12, 2011

Proposal deadline: May 15, 2011

"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why" points out famous wandmaker Mr. Ollivander. Likewise we could say that Harry Potter chooses the scholar, and it is not always clear why.
For the first "Harry Potter Symposium for Muggle Scholars" at James Madison University we invite young and wizened scholars of all ages and from all disciplines to join us in exploring, examining, and explaining our attraction to all things HP. After all, for us muggle scholars, magic happens when we make knowledge and meaning.

2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, CA, Proposal deadline 3/25

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Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9:51pm
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association) 11/5-11/6, 2011

The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

Please submit proposals by 3/25 2011

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