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[UPDATE] The AnaChronisT journal (4/25/2014)

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 1:39pm
The AnaChronisT

The AnaChronisT 18 invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in 2014. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Friday, 25 April 2014. Note that this is an extended deadline.

The AnaChronisT http://seas3.elte.hu/anachronist/ welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:

- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;

Voice and Empowerment -- October 24-25, 2014

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:08am
Michigan College English Association

Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014

Theme: Voice and Empowerment

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.

Intertextual Memory

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:44pm
MLA 2015 Special Session

Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014

Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.

The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.

Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to UNTCriticalVoices@gmail.com

Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn (October 16-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:43pm
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.

Religion after War (MLA 2015, 8-11 January-Vancouver)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:54pm
Modern Language Association, Division of Literature and Religion

Religion after War
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (wccorley@csupomona.edu).

Panel sponsored by MLA Division on Literature and Religion.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:18pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

[UPDATE] Extended: The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 28–31 August 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:50am
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers (Extended)
The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Keynote Address: Professor Henry Woudhuysen,
Lincoln College, University of Oxford

Deadline for proposals: 14 March 2014

The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines concerned with
Medieval and Renaissance studies.

Procrastination: Cultural Explorations, 2 July 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:14am
Danielle Yardy, University of Oxford

PROCRASTINATION: CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference
at the University of Oxford
Wednesday 2nd July 2014

What do St. Augustine, Kafka, Samuel Johnson, William James, Susan Sontag, Douglas Adams, Hitler, and Hamlet all have in common? Procrastination. If it isn't 'the quintessential modern problem' (New Yorker), it is certainly familiar to all who have picked up a pen, both within and outside academia.

Cliché - Issue 18, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. 20 March 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:32am
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

FORUM JOURNAL ISSUE 18: CLICHÉ

As writers and academics we fear having our work criticised as cliché; yet, we continue to repeat and overwork certain ideas to the brink. If we are to believe Marshall McLuhan, "it is the worn out cliché that reveals the creative or archetypal processes in language as in all other processes and artifacts" (Cliché to Archetype 127). The pursuit of newness requires us to label precursors as old and eventually worn out, thereby rendering them cliché. At the same time, a phrase, symbol, or trope would not be used to the point of cliché if it did not continue to strike a chord with so many artists or thinkers. Clichés are cultural relics reread and relocated as benchmarks for new art and interpretation.

Sustainability and Population

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:41pm
MLA 2015

"Sustainability and Population," MLA 2015, Special Session

This panel invites papers that examine the intersections of "sustainability" and "population" in literature. Papers may consider how race, demography, biopolitics, fertility, economics, agriculture, and spatial distribution help clarify, illuminate, and evaluate "sustainability"---what literary critics have deemed a thorny and vague concept in the past few years. Papers from any time period are welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Abby Goode (alg9@rice.edu) by 15 March 2014.

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