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[UPDATE] Fin-de-Siecle Pedagogies; MLA, Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:26am
Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Topics may include, but are not limited to: the dissemination of sexual "knowledge," lecture tours, public health education, schools & universities, homoeroticism and pedagogy, education & the New Woman, teaching the fin de siècle today. Not limited to Anglophone literature and culture. Abstract of 300 words and brief C.V. by March 10; Helena Gurfinkel (

This special session is subject to approval by the MLA; participants must be MLA members by April 7th, 2011.

1st Global Conference on Music and Mental Health

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 8:54am
Global Research Studies

1st Global Conference on Music and Mental Health

The Embassy Suites - St. Charles/St. Louis, MO
August 5-7, 2011, St. Louis, MO

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." Maya Angelou - Gather Together in My Name

It has been said that music is what feelings sound like. Music is powerful and yet soothing; it brings joy to the masses and provokes emotion. It is the goal of Global Research Studies to explore the realm of music and its effects upon emotion and feelings. We wish to delve further into the study of music and lyrics upon youth and the changing feelings of people as they age in relation to their music choices.

Research Areas of Exploration

Sensation, Reason, ImaginationGothic Evolutions, 28th-30th October 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 5:10am
Andrew McInnes, University of Exeter

This conference pursues two linked aims: first, to explore the Gothic's relationship with science – fact, fiction and fantasy – especially its fascination with the cognitive, psychological and biological underpinnings of sensation, reason and imagination; and second, to trace the evolution of the Gothic genre itself through history, architecture, literature, film, television and popular culture. We welcome the submission of 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers that may address, but not be limited by, the following topics: the Gothic and science; the Gothic through history; the Gothic and literary theory; male, female and queer Gothics; Gothic fashions; goth culture; twenty-first century Gothic; the future of the Gothic.

Challenging Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:59pm
Dr Lesa Scholl/Emmanuel College, University of Queensland

Challenging Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Emmanuel College within the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, 8-9 December 2011
Keynote Speakers
Frank Stilwell (University of Sydney, Australia)
Ella Dzelzainis (University of Newcastle, UK)
Since its inception in the late eighteenth century, Political Economy has been used as a lens through which to examine and address parochial and international social issues, from gender equality to class, abolitionism, environmental concerns, imperialism and globalisation. Throughout history, the response to Political Economy has often been controversial, from popularising and translating economic texts, to burning and banning them.

Psychopathology and Modernism (MLA 2012; Abstract Deadline 03/15/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 3:31pm
Adam Meehan / University of Arizona

This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.

Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?

This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.

Duration (Before and) After Media

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 2:07pm
OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

In the context of ubiquitous technology, the question of duration has emerged as a powerful interdisciplinary tool for investigating the interstices that both separate and sustain medial, technological, cultural, and artistic practices. Indeed, as claims to a post-media characterization of our digital landscape collide with deeply disciplined artistic and intellectual practices, questions of the body, the human, the flesh, the social, and even time become increasingly difficult to pose (let alone answer). Thus, duration—a concept with variegated genealogies in Bergson, Deleuze, Whitehead, and others, as well as in most artistic disciplines—suggests a point of intervention that avows the multiplicity of the problem: what happens to duration after media?

1st Global Conference on Music and Mental Health

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 1:18pm
Global Research Studies

1st Global Conference on Music and Mental Health - August 5-7, 2011 - Washington University of Missouri - St. Louis - Charles F. Knight Center.

"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries,​" Rutgers Interdisci​plinary Humanities Conference (2.26.11)

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:17pm
Rutgers University

Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Rutgers Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference

"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries" brings together
scholars from across the humanities to investigate the centrality of
theories of "life" to twentieth and twenty-first century theory and
cultural production. In fields as diverse as vitalism, feminism,
animal studies, political theory, aesthetics and psychoanalysis,
presenters will highlight how the humanities investigates the
ontological properties and ethical imperatives of life.

Plenary Speaker: Donna V. Jones, UC-Berkeley English: "The Career of
Living Things is Continuous"

New Directions in Earlier Tudor Drama

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 11:27am
MLA meeting, Seattle, 6-9 January 2012

We welcome proposals for innovative papers on all aspects of and approaches to Tudor drama before Shakespeare. Please send 300-word abstracts by 18 March 2011.

[UPDATE] Trauma, Memory and Narrative in Ethnic American Literature at RMMLA, 2011. DEADLINE APPROACHING: 03/01/11.

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:45am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Paper proposals exploring connections and fissures between trauma, memory, and narrative in Ethnic American Literature are invited for a Special Topic Session at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter ( at The George Washington University, by March 01, 2011. Receipt will be acknowledged, and notifications will be sent by March 15.