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15 September 2014--Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:13am
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Southern Connecticut State University

Text in Context is a graduate student journal published electronically by graduate students in the English Department at Southern Connecticut State University. We seek submissions exploring the text itself and its function(s) and implications both internally and externally—literary analysis, poetry studies, critical theory, popular reception of a particular work, close readings, historical relevance, etc. Though the journal primarily deals with English studies, we welcome original papers from other disciplines, provided those papers focus on the text and/or its context—pedagogy and instructional design, localization of language in the brain, regional dialects and their origins, etc.

UPDATE - panel on "Game of Thrones," DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 15

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 6:38am
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Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association
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PANEL ON "GAME OF THRONES"
Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association
10/31 - 11/2, 2014
abstracts due May 15

This panel, accepted for the annual conference of the Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association (PAMLA), accepts proposals for papers from any perspective or theoretical focus on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series or its HBO television adaptation "Game of Thrones," or any other aspect of this fictional world (Dunk & Egg, etc).

Submission Deadline: May 15 (extended). Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website: www.pamla.org/2014

[update] Submission deadline extended to May 15; Reading Matters, June 11-13, 2014, Interdisciplinary Summer Conference

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:33am
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Troy University

Reading Matters
Interdisciplinary Summer Conference
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.

"Heroes in Popular Culture": MPCA Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 3-5, 2014.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:58pm
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Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Deadline: April 30, 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

Announcing Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
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Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
Articles
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Interview

'Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses' 26 – 27 June, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:04am
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Centre for Fine Art Research, School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
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To sit 'upon' time, as in the English tradition of 'once upon a time' conjures the illusion of a linear singularity of forward motion. To accept such an understanding, although once conventional, now seems wholly outdated. In an age where time travel is no longer a delusion of magical thinking and the sensory human body is so closely replicated in the new automata of artificial intelligence, a reconsideration of the eternal return to a present that is past, invites a re-staging of a story ready to be told twice.

CPF PAMLA Conference, 2014 Special Session: "That Old Black Magic": Temporality of Magic

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
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Sören Fröhlich / University of California, San Diego
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Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.

CfP: 2nd International symposium "Days of Justinian I", special thematic strand- Samuel's State and Byzantium, 26-27.09.2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:42am
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Euro-Balkan University and University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus - School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM "DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I"
Skopje 26-27 September, 2014

Organised by
EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA and
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, RAVENNA CAMPUS -
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, ITALY

With the financial support of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia

Special Thematic Strand for 2014
"Samuel's State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage"

Written Song and Performed Text Conference Panel (Deadline June 17, 2014)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:12pm
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Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVIII at UVA-Wise

This panel centers on the subject of orality and the written record in the realm of music. The organizers are particularly interested in the history of rimur, an Icelandic song tradition which appeared in manuscripts beginning in the 14th century and survived long enough to be recorded in 20th-century performance. However, abstracts are welcome on any aspect of orality and literacy in relation to medieval and early modern music.

Abstracts for papers should be 250 words or fewer.

Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2014.

The Medieval-Renaissance Conference takes place at UVA-Wise, Sept. 25-27, 2014.

Women and Work in Literature - Proposals Due May 15

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:44pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Please send 250-500 word abstracts by May 15 directly to the conference website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas Questions? Email Susanne Weil, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, Centralia College, Washington, sweil@centralia.edu.

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)
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Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
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Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)
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Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

[UPDATE] Sustainability as Preservation and Persistence in the Medieval Period - SAMLA 2014 - Nov 7-9

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:33pm
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Rachel Scoggins/Georgia State University

English I (Medieval) Regular Session at 2014 SAMLA Conference (Atlanta)

Sustainability is a concept that would have been unknown in the Anglo-Saxon Age, at least as we now define and use the term. But certainly the preservation of learning, the care, copying and circulation of manuscripts, and the conservation and recirculation of material culture (including religious relics) were persistent and continuous activities during this period. This session invites papers that deal with any of these topics or any other aspect of the Anglo Saxon period.

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