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Chaucer and Italian Poetics (NEMLA 2015)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:47pm

One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than simply translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors. He also interpreted, transformed, and altered what he found in his reading. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature helped shape his conception of the scope of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers that focus on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. We are especially interested in garnering a wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships.

BREAKING THE RULES! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions [UPDATE]

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is organising its third biannual international graduate conference set to take place at Leiden University on January 29-30, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, entitled 'Breaking the Rules: Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions', will focus on the wide range of cultural responses to the violation of laws, traditions and conventions in the political, religious and aesthetic domain.

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:57am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Reminder: NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention

Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Full information regarding the 2015 Call for Papers may be found on our website:

November 13-14 Conference: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites -- CUNY Graduate Center, CFP due Sept 20

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:21pm
CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature & Italian Specialization

Keynote Speakers: Elaine Scarry (Harvard) & Rosanna Warren (U of Chicago)

If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

Second call for contributions: special issue of postmedieval on "Medievalism and the Medical Humanities"

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:36am
postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies

Second Call for Contributions
Special Issue of postmedieval on Medievalism and the Medical Humanities
Contributions are invited for a special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies entitled 'Medievalism and the Medical Humanities'. The issue will be published in the summer of 2017 and will be edited by Dr Jamie McKinstry and Professor Corinne Saunders.

5th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century (March, 2015: Lisbon, Portugal)

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:32am
Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century

Wednesday 18th March – Friday 20th March 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentation:
The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—Theology, Philosophy of Religion, History of Religion, Comparative Religion, Mysticism—but also more recently from such diverse fields as Management, Medicine, Business, Counseling, Ecology, Communication, Performance Studies and Education – among many others.

CFP: New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts (Harvard, April 10-11, 2015)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:04pm
Harvard University

Gerald of Wales, also known as Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald de Barri, is one of the most widely referenced authors of the twelfth century, and an important source of information for life in the insular medieval world. Much of his work, however, remains understudied, with scholarly focus usually limited to his works on Ireland and Wales, while his religious and other writings remain almost untouched. Recent scholarship on the complete manuscripts of his works by Catherine Rooney at the University of Cambridge, however, as well as recent studies on his ethnographic writings and the vernacular transmission of his work, has opened up new possibilities and renewed interest in his life and writings, including several forthcoming new editions.

CFP (Kalamazoo 2015) "Peasants and Texts" Deadline 9/15

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:57pm
Alexis Becker and William Rhodes/ Congress of Medieval Studies

History from below and newer explorations of alternative literacies have considered and reconsidered the relationship between the medieval peasantry and textual culture. We seek papers that further expand our notions of the relationship between peasant and text, including ones that call into question the assumptions implicit in both of these terms.