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Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 6:59am
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I-Chun Wang (Kaohsiung Medical Univ); Asun López-Varela (Universidad Complutense Madrid)

The volume seeks to engage discussions across disciplines and world regions on the effects and experience of empire and Imperialism, trying to establish a dialogue between metropolitan cultural practices and non-metropolitan locations, and including debates on critical internationalism and the so-called 'new cosmopolitanism' (Appiah 2006; Robbins 2012), that explores the conflict between loyalty to the good of humanity as a whole and loyalty to the interest of individual nations.

Saints and Cults in the World Religions

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:45pm
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Hagiography Society at the Renaissance Society of American in Berlin
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The Hagiography Society will sponsor up to five sessions at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Berlin, March 26-28, 2015. The HS promotes study and scholarly exchange in all disciplinary fields with a focus on sanctity, cults, and traditions of virtue in the world religions. For the RSA conference, we seek papers focused on the global and local in Renaissance and Early Modernity (1300-1700) for panels to be organized around the following themes:

1. Martyrs and Martyrologies

2. Canonization—formal, informal, metaphorical

3. Economies of the Shrine

4. Manuscript & Print

5. Relics, Reliquaries, Ornament

Media Theory and the Eucharist - RSA Berlin 2015

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 1:45pm
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Christopher Mead
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This panel asks what insights media theory offers for our understanding of the traditional and various reformed Eucharists. When John Guillory, writing in "Genesis of the Media Concept," suggests that the "concept of a medium of communication was absent but wanted for the several centuries prior to its appearance" in the nineteenth century, he does not mention or take up the case of the Eucharist, a reproductive technology that both mediates between God and humankind and is a medium operative through time and space.

[UPDATE] Fashion Area at 2014 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:29am
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Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
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NEW DEADLINE: May 15, 2014

Topics may include, but are not limited to, fashion as it is represented in literature, film, television, or music; fashion as it pertains to current popular culture or popular culture of any time period of the past; the fashions of celebrities; or sociological implications of fashion in our culture.
Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of fashion to the Fashion Area,

Any questions? Please email Kelli Purcell O'Brien at

Illustrated Texts--MMLA Permanent Section (Nov 13-16, 2014, Detroit)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:35am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:17am
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Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature "Has Literature Lost Its Faith?" Nov 14-15
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"I'm sick of Flannery O'Connor." With this opening line, Randy Boyagoda intrigued numerous readers in his response to Paul Elie's 2012 New York Times article entitled, "Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?"

Boyagoda will be the keynote speaker, and this conference aims to continue the discussion which Elie, Boyagoda, Gioia, and Wolfe have perpetuated. Papers will be considered from a variety of disciplines and fields but should pursue questions regarding the intersection of faith and literature.

The Spanish Stage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (6/17; 9-25-27)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:54pm
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University of Virginia's College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVII
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This session seeks papers on the dramatic literature of medieval and renaissance Spain. We are particularly interested in papers that deal with the development of drama in the period, and with the transition from the medieval to the early modern as represented in Spanish drama and literature. We will also consider representations of Spain in the French and English drama. Possible topics include medieval religious drama; the development of Spanish Renaissance drama, including but not limited to, the plays of Lope de Vega and Calderón; and representations of Spain on the French and English stage, such as in the dramatic works of Pierre Corneille and Thomas Kyd.

Send abstracts (300-350 words) by June 17 to

[UPDATE] DECADENCE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:39pm
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Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English

[DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please note the new deadline of May 23, 2014, and the newly announced keynote speakers.]
Decadence: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Dalhousie University (Halifax, N.S., Canada)
August 15-17, 2014

Art/Literature/Music as Satire and Social Commentary in the 21st Century

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:08pm
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The New Union
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We require articles on political and cultural subjects for issue 3 of The New Union. For more information and to see our current issue, visit Please be sure to read our 'About' page.

We are particularly interested in publishing articles that look at how art, literature, music, etc are used as a means of satire or social commentary in the twenty-first century.

Articles should be between 4,000-6,000 words long, do not need to be written in an academic style, and should include no footnotes. Please send completed articles to by 31 July 2014.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: "Heroes in Popular Culture"- MPCA Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 3-5, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:30pm
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Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Extended Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in film and television
-Heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Reconstruction, Conservation, Restoration: Reconciling the Past through Word and Image

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 6:20pm
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University of Dundee
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'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
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Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.