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[UPDATE] DECADENCE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:39pm
full name / name of organization: 
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

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
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 www.new-union.co.uk. 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 editors@new-union.co.uk by 31 July 2014.

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

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
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

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 6:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
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]

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
full name / name of organization: 
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.

English (to 1700) [Standing Session] PAMLA 2014 Riverside, CA 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:12pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on works of English literature prior to 1700 for a panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, 2014 in Riverside, California.

As a standing session, "English (to 1700)" entertains papers on a wide variety of topics. All proposals are welcome, and submissions that speak to the conference's larger theme "Familiar Spirits" are adiitionally encouraged (for example, hauntings, mythologies, magic, spiritualism, etc.).

Please submit proposals before May 15th, 2014, using the on-line submission system at "http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals".

Natural Phenomena and Spaces in Early Modern Literature

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature as examined through an ecocritical or natural lens. Paper proposals addressing the conference theme of Sustainability are especially welcome. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 200-250 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Mary Grace Elliott, University of New Hampshire, at mge1108@gmail.com.

UPDATE/DEADLINE EXTENDED: Special Sessions Proposals for MMLA (DUE 5/15; November 13-16, Detroit)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
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The Program Committee of the Midwest Modern Language Association particularly welcomes CFPs for Special Sessions that address the 2014 conference theme, "The Lives of Cities." Special Sessions may focus on any literary period/category or may encourage papers that cover multiple periods. Please note: the Committee seeks CFPs for panel topics and *does not require* complete panels with identified papers/panelists at this time (though complete panels are also welcome).

Scholarly articles and creative writing, deadline 5/15/14

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north
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The quint's twenty second issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th May 2014—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.

Call for Book Chapters: Reconfiguring Linguistic Hierarchies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:42pm
full name / name of organization: 
Maren Daniel/ Rutgers University
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From the appearance of Dante's "De Vulgari eloquentia" in the early fourteenth century to the publication of the first monolingual dictionaries in the late seventeenth century, vernacular languages across Europe gain status and prestige. As these languages take over functions previously reserved to Latin (i.e., law, literature, religion, education ), the linguistic hierarchies of the Middle Ages become undone. Standard versions gradually emerge out of various medieval dialects, solidifying the establishment of new linguistic hierarchies. This book will take the position that no king or royal policy was effective in the emergence of these standards and language shift toward their more wide-spread usage.

2nd Global Conference: Fan Communities and Fandom (November, 2014: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference: Fan Communities and Fandom

Friday 7th November – Sunday 10th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
The words 'fan' and 'fandom' often conjure up images of screaming groupies, sports supporters adorned in the colours of 'their' team, die-hard messageboard participants and even stalkers who perpetrate actual violence against the object of their fannish desires. Whether viewed as a positive or negative cultural force, fandoms represent participatory communities that are so thoroughly inscribed within our social fabric, and integral to the way many individuals understand their identity, that it warrants holistic study in an interdisciplinary context.

[UPDATE] 11th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:14am
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TEXTUAL TRAILS - TRANSMISSIONS OF ORAL AND WRITTEN TEXTS 11th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship

CALL FOR PAPERS
Extended deadline for proposals: 14 May 2014

TEXTUAL TRAILS - TRANSMISSIONS OF ORAL AND WRITTEN TEXTS
11th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship
Helsinki, 30 October - 1 November 2014

Texts tend to travel across space and time, carried by sound waves, written on parchments and codices, sealed in envelopes and travel trunks, and streaming as bits in the internet. They pass from mouth to mouth, from singers' performances to scholars' notes, from stone engravings to printed books, or from writing desks to digital editions.

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