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Staging "America"

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:58am
Brianna Wells, University of Alberta

Narratives of U.S. nationhood have often been embedded in institutionalized cultural production, especially public performance or spectacle. Early networked television and radio broadcasting, debates over commissions for new theatres, and the extra-athletic spectacles of the Superbowl offer examples. The implicit stakes of nationhood also circulate in less commemorated modes of spectacle, such as prominent performance-based U.S. reality television competitions (America's Got Talent, and American Idol for example) that invest the relationship between cultural production and national identity in the bodies of "everyday" Americans, thus amplifying certain narratives of aspirational performance as incarnations of American optimism.

[UPDATE] ACLA Panel: "All In the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest" - SEPTEMBER 23

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:40am
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity–keeping bloodlines clean and families insular–and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the character of an incestuous liaison, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

2016 Conference on the Arts in Society - 'The Practice of Art in the Age of the Anthropocene'

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:23am
Common Ground Publishing

ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS IN SOCIETY
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
10-12 August 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Eleventh International Conference on the Arts In Society, held at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA, 10-12 August 2016. Proposals are invited that address the arts through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Arts Education
Theme 2: Arts Theory and History
Theme 3: New Media, Technology, and the Arts
Theme 4: Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts

2016 Special Focus: "The Practice of Art in the Age of the Anthropocene"

Living in Modern Times: A Linda Grant Symposium - deadline 16 October 2015

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:04am
C21: Centre for Research in Twenty-First Century Writings, University of Brighton, UK

30 November 2015 | University of Brighton

Keynote speaker: Professor Caroline Evans (UAL)

In a prize-studded career of over twenty years, Linda Grant has written essays and fiction that use the intimacies of people's lives to explore some of the pressing questions of our day. Whether focussing on contemporary gender relations, migration and multiculturalism or social class, Grant's elegant writing provides a lively account of recent history by sketching out the lives of ordinary people against the backdrop of their cultural contexts.

Flavours of the Eighteenth Century

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:20am
KU Leuven - UGent

In this year's upcoming annual conference, The Dutch-Belgian Society for 18th century studies will be focusing on the role played by taste and smell, in a century when both theoretical discourse and daily routine were strongly influenced by sensualist ideas. It appears, however, that in the prevalent hierarchy of the senses, taste and smell often took a less prominent position, since 18th-century thought was for a long time primarily defined in purely visual terms (Smith).

"Words, Signs and Feelings", and Non-Themed Submissions Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:45am
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.

In addition, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic "Words, Signs, and Feelings", to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for the themed section of Volume 3, or the prizes listed below, must submit their articles by 20 November 2015; however, non-themed articles will continue to be accepted throughout the year.

Possible topics for the 'Words, Signs and Feelings' strand include, but are not limited to:

Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in the Mabinogi / Mabinogion -- Kalamazoo 2016

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:17am
Audrey Becker

This session proposes to bring together scholars working on any area of study that focuses on transmission, translation, or transformation in the Mabinogi including source studies, manuscript studies, linguistic analyses, history, theories of adaptation, comparative mythologies, cultural studies, scholarship about pedagogy and the Mabinogi, and literary criticism. The past few years have seen detailed and compelling scholarship on medieval Wales (notably Helen Fulton's 2012 collection on Urban Culture in Medieval Wales and Max Lieberman's 2014 study The Medieval March of Wales). Papers that engage with recent scholarship are especially encouraged.

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