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GSU's Graduate Conference (New Voices) on Humor -- Oct. 7-9, 2010

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:20pm
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"/Georgia State University-English Department

Georgia State New Voices Conference 2010, October 7-9:

What makes us laugh? Why is humor such an important cross-cultural phenomenon and universal human trait? What are the genres of humor and comedy? Can postmodernism and critical theory be funny? How can we teach humor? What are the theories of laughter? How do we research and write about humor, comedy, laughter, wit, satire, and jokes across disciplines? How global is humor? What is the place of humor in academia and in popular culture?

Religion and Popular Culture: Revised CFP and Deadline Extended to June 30

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:52pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture (MAP/ACA)

We are especially interested in papers that pertain to the following topic:

The Popularity of the End Times

A series of recent films, like 2010, and texts, like The World without Us, offer audiences fantasies of the end of human society. This panel seeks papers that compare and contrast these popular visions to stories from religious traditions that also describe the End Times (for example, the Biblical Revelations). Papers can also explore the ideological purposes of these popular visions of Armageddon or the reasons why audiences remain fascinated with The End.

[UPDATE] Reminder: Special Issue of MELUS: The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies (June 30, 2010)

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:18am
Lori Harrison-Kahan

Addressing questions raised by the 2009 MLA roundtable "Does the English Department Have a Jewish Problem?," this special issue of MELUS will survey the current state of Jewish American literary scholarship and explore new directions for the future of the field. Guest edited by Lori Harrison-Kahan and Josh Lambert, the issue aims to highlight innovative approaches that will reinvigorate and redefine the study of Jews and Jewishness in American literature and to examine challenges posed by Jewish literature to the disciplinary and theoretical paradigms of American and ethnic literature. We invite a broad range of contributions, but topics of particular interest include:

UPDATE: TRAFFIC (Proposal Deadline June 30, 2010)

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:34am
ESC: English Studies in Canada

ESC: English Studies in Canada invites proposals for a Special Issue on "Traffic," guest edited by Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson, University of Alberta.

[UPDATE] Problematizing Religious Oratory Rhetoric in the Streets and the Pulpit

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:56pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This session seeks submissions that examine the relationships and intersections of rhetoric and religion. Topics include, but are not limited to historical analysis of religious rhetoric development; methodology; religion, rhetoric and space; intersections of race, class and gender; language and practice; identity and religion; violence/propaganda and religion; controversies within the field. We are particularly interested in proposals that skirt or problematize traditional interpretations of religious oratory rhetoric.

Cuteness: Yale CompLit Graduate Conference: Dec 3 2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:26pm
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature

Cuteness, or the Pragmatics of Diminution
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University.

December 3, 2010

Keynote address by Paul Fry

Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the Midwest: THE SOCIETY FOR UTOPIAN STUDIES 35th Annual Meeting (07/15/2010, 10/28-10/31/2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:14pm
The Society for Utopian Studies

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 15, 2010 ***

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 28-31, 2010

Milwaukee in the 1960s and 1970s was a key site for civil rights marches, particularly around the open housing movement. From 1897 through much of the 20th Century, the city was governed by a succession of Socialist mayors, elected on their platform of practical, "sewer socialism." And Wisconsin itself and its Midwestern neighbors have long been home to experiments inintentional community.

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