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"Terrible Beauty" (April 15 -17, 2016) [Updated]

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 1:08pm
University of Virginia

We take our title from W. B. Yeats' poem "Easter, 1916" to invite new takes on an old tune: the relation of aesthetics to politics. This three-day graduate conference at the University of Virginia, featuring poet Paul Muldoon as keynote speaker, will mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland and invite fresh thinking about how art rises through its occasions.

Today it has become a commonplace within the academy that human artifacts—artistic or otherwise—be considered within the social and material contexts of their production. As Rita Felski has observed, "What word ["context"] could be more ubiquitous in literary and cultural studies: more earnestly invoked, more diligently defended, more devoutly kowtowed to?"

New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Pedagogical Contributons

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 4:39pm
"Why Social Theory?"

The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"

This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a resource of pedagogical materials for a section on teaching. These contributions can include:

[UPDATE] 'Words, Signs, and Feelings' Journal issue

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 8:31am
Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

UPDATE: The Call for Papers for Volume 3 has been extended to Friday 4th of December! If you had something in the works but didn't quite make the deadline, now's your chance!

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.

IGA Postgraduate Community Calls For Bloggers!

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 5:42pm
The International Gothic Association

The International Gothic Association (IGA) unites teachers, scholars, and students from around the world interested in Gothic fiction, drama, poetry, art, film, and other forms from the eighteenth century on (including the prior sources of Gothic). Its purpose is to exchange and expand knowledge of and research on the Gothic as widely and effectively as possible. In line with this objective, the postgraduate/graduate community of IGA, known as IGA Postgrads, encourages its members to contribute to the ever expanding online information repository about the Gothic through its Postgraduate blog. Every month, the blog features posts by a different graduate student working in the field of the Gothic, across time periods, geographies and disciplines.

Charles Alobwed'Epie: New Critical Insights

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 5:31pm
Charles Alobwed’Epie: New Critical Insights

A few decades ago, the mention of most Anglophone writers would have been met with ignorance for the most. In spite of the regular turn out of creative works by these Cameroon Anglophone writers, they continue to remain obscure both nationally and internationally. This unfortunate state of affairs is not the result of the fact that these writers have not been prolific nor that their creative productions have not been of a high quality. Rather it has been occasioned by a dearth of criticism of their works. This critical void although being gradually filled is still scant, disproportionate and lacking in authority.

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference

Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

Border Crossings, February 12, 2016; CFP Deadline November 30, 2015

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:35pm
GWU English Graduate Student Association

2015 has been a year of global crisis. As violence has escalated in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries in the region, record numbers of refugees have abandoned their homelands and risked their lives to gain asylum in nations across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. These events position us to interrogate the consequences of such attempted border crossings. We are also left to ask what occurs when bodies don't fully or successfully cross from one side of the border to another. We must wonder as well, if the crossing is successful, how migrants can carve a place for themselves against pushback from the dominant linguistic, political and cultural landscape.

[UPDATE] Undergraduate papers in the Humanities

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:56am
Valley Humanities Review

The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2016 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions; students may submit up to three poems or one other creative work. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students.

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