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[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:22am
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

HUMOUR

This symposium aims to discuss the themes of humour, comedy, comedy and tragedy, comedy hero, humour and ideology in western culture and literature, as well as the influence of these themes on contemporary literary forms. The concepts of humour and literature will be discussed in the framework of humour and culture, humour and psychoanalysis, humour and philosophy, humour and ideology, humour and media, humour and history, humour and language, humour and linguistics, humour and semiotics. The BAKEA symposium welcomes researchers from the fields of English, American, French, German and other Western Language and Literary Studies as well as interdisciplinary and comparative literary studies.

Romanticism and the South-West ** Extended Deadline**

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:33am
University of Bristol

The English department at the University of Bristol invites submissions for a 1-day conference to be held on the 29th of June, 2015, on the subject of 'Romanticism and the South-West'.
The conference aims to explore the importance of the South-West for Romantic writers, with a particular emphasis on the following topics: 1) ecologically aware writing and protoenvironmental thought; 2) the role of the South-West in an era of scientific development and discovery; 3) the South-West as a centre for reform movements and radical politics, as well as a region connected to slavery and imperialism; and 4) Romantic afterlives in the South-West.

Update Prospero - Unforgiving Memory

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 7:24am
Marilena Parlati

Call for Papers: Prospero XX (2015), edited by Marilena Parlati (University of Calabria)
Unforgiving Memory. Dynamics, Rhetorics, Paradoxa in Literary Representations of Trauma

Memory says: Want to do right? Don't count on me.
(A. Rich, An Atlas of the Difficult World)

LGBT*QI Faculty & Staff Diversity AND LGBT*QI Graduate Student Diversity, MLA 2016, Austin, due 3/13/15

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Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 2:19pm
MLA 2016, Austin

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 20, 2015

Modern Language Association Annual Conference
Austin TX, 2015
Call for Papers

1. LGBT*QI Faculty and Staff Diversity

How do we quantify LGBT*QI faculty and staff diversity at universities and colleges? How do we prioritize LGBT*QI diversity in hiring practices without undermining ethical practices regarding privacy? Likewise, how do we support and build community for LGBT*QI university employees without eschewing such mores? How do we provide students with LGBT*QI role models and mentors when such diversity is argued to be invisible? We quantify race and gender (in faulty, binary terms), and yet LGBT*QI diversity lags behind.

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS

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Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 10:30am
The Affect Project

Conference scheduled from:
18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From affect as a cognitive phenomenon, through emotion as a motive for creativity, to empathy as a spur for community action and policy development, to the feeling that we belong in a given physical, social or cultural environment, affect is a significant but complex feature of our lived experience. Research on affect has progressed rapidly in recent years, owing to an expanding appreciation of its central role in guiding human attitudes, decision-making, and actions and owing also to developments in technology that have permitted more precise, moment-to-moment measures of affective response.

Aesthetics of of Science in American Lit.- M/MLA Columbus Nov. 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:01pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In recognition of the Midwest MLA's 2015 conference theme, "Arts & Sciences," The American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that explore the interface of scientific and aesthetic discourse in American literary texts produced after 1870. Possible topics include but are certainly not limited to: literary models derived from scientific models or vice-versa, the aestheticization of science and/or technology, the scientist as literary character, novelistic/poetic/dramatic depictions of scientific discovery, the cultural hegemony of the sciences, author as scientist and scientist as author. Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief academic bio by April 5th to panel chair, Dr.

Modernism and the Mind Sciences, MSA 17, November 19-22, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 3:12pm
Rebecah Pulsifer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modernism grew up alongside a range of revolutionary mind sciences. While modernism's engagements with what Nikolas Rose and Joelle Abi-Rached term the "psy disciplines"—including psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry—have captivated literary critics for decades, recent critical inquiry has demonstrated how modernist texts inform or push against contemporary theories of cognition, including embodied and extended cognition. These approaches suggest that modernism's interest in subjectivity continues to inform and/or resist current scientific approaches to the mind.

Romanticism and the South-West - deadline: 18th March

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 5:51am
University of Bristol

The English department at the University of Bristol invites submissions for a 1-day conference to be held on the 29th of June, 2015, on the subject of 'Romanticism and the South-West'.

The conference aims to explore the importance of the South-West for Romantic writers, with a particular emphasis on the following topics:
1) ecologically aware writing and protoenvironmental thought;
2) the role of the South-West in an era of scientific development
and discovery;
3) the South-West as a centre for reform movements and radical politics, as well as a region connected to slavery and imperialism; and
4) Romantic afterlives in the South-West.

Comics and Other Hybrid "How-To's": Art and Didacticism (special session at MMLA 2015, Nov. 12-15, 2015, Columbus OH)

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:48pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

Comics and other image-text hybrids—from illuminated manuscripts to commercial lithographs to modern-day flow charts--have been used successfully to communicate information, explain complex or difficult concepts, but also to teach audiences how to perform important, sometimes life-saving, skills or maneuvers. But do image-texts like these count as "art"? Or does the didactic function of these texts disqualify them as art? For example, is a comic showing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver art? What if the text was altered slightly to undercut the imagery in a humorous manner? Why is it that an explicitly didactic function of certain forms of representation, perhaps especially image-texts, render them "artless" to some?

Pastoral Sciences, MMLA (Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15, 2015)

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:15pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

Pastoral Sciences

In 1963's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.

CFP: The Politics of Big Data

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:14pm
Claremont Graduate University

Culture Critique is a peer-reviewed publication sponsored by Claremont Graduate University's Cultural Studies program. The interdisciplinary journal is devoted to providing a space for graduate student work in the humanities, arts, and human sciences that critically interrogates the intersections between cultural theory, practices, and politics. We are particularly interested in provocative work that questions the nature of structural systems of knowledge, power, capital, and the political potential of culture in everyday life.

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