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[Update] Medievalism in Popular Culture - PCA National Conference (Seattle 3/22-25/16): Deadline October I, 2015

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:41pm
PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference

CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference
March 21st - 25th, 2016 – Seattle, Washington

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

[UPDATE] Fools on the Premodern Page and Stage (Kalamazoo, May 12–15, 2016)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:44pm
Angela Heetderks, Oberlin College

Near the end of the Middle English romance Robert of Cisyle, the eponymous king—who has been punished for his pride by being made to serve as his own court's fool—acknowledges the error of his former ways: "For he ys a fole [. . .] / That turneth hys wytt unto folye" (CUL Ff. 2. 38, ll. 398–9). Such condemnations of fools and folly—in Robert of Cisyle, underwritten by the pope and an angel—in no way served to stem the tide of medieval and early modern interest in fools and folly. Literary evidence shows that many premodern writers and their audiences "turn[ed their] wytt vn to folye": fools filled the stage and page, pervading multiple literary genres.

Reading Literally: Allegory and New Materialism *NeMLA 2016 (ABSTRACTS DUE 9/30/15)*

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:29pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Material Ecocriticism, Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann suggest that all matter is storied matter. This session seeks to open up new ways of reading allegorical figures with the insights and methodologies of new materialism. Dante and Aquinas' exegetical levels—literal to allegorical to tropological to anagogical—move increasingly up and away from the material ground on which the allegorical figure is built. This session asks panelists to focus their attention back on the literal: the base matter of the allegorical figure that is so often passed over for readings further up the exegetical chain.

Deadline extended to Nov.1st for special sessions: Med/Ren Conf. Apr 7-9, 2016

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:10pm
Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

Deadline for special session proposals/abstracts has been extended to Nov. 1st.

We invite 300-word abstracts/proposals treating of any aspect of medieval and renaissance culture or thought. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, history, architecture, literature, linguistics, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, April 7-9, 2016.

Come and join this exciting gathering of scholars celebrating all things medieval and renaissance!

Cheers!
Dr. Darci Hill

Send all inquiries and proposals to:
dr.darci.hill@gmail.com

Deadline extended to Nov. 1st for special sessions for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:55am
Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

The deadline for Special Sessions has been extended to November 1st for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Send all proposals for a special session to the conference director, Dr. Darci Hill at
dr.darci.hill@gmail.com.

We invite 250-word proposals on all aspects of medieval and renaissance culture and thought from all disciplines. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, architecture, literature, linguistics, history, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.

Cheers!
Dr. Darci Hill

dr.darci.hill@gmail.com
936-294-1473

Special Session: Creative Writing inspired by All Things Medieval DL: Nov 1st

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:30am
Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

Abstracts are invited for creative writing related to the medieval period. Please submit your 250- to 300-word proposal for your short story, poem, or novel excerpt set during the Middle Ages or addressing topics unique to the medieval period, including contemporary works inspired in some way by medieval ideas. Attach to your abstract a 100-word excerpt of your proposed creative work.

Deadline for proposals: Nov. 1, 2015.
Send proposals and excerpts for this special session on creative writing to the Conference Director, Dr. Darci Hill, or to the Special Session Coordinator, Reina Shay Broussard. Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by December 15, 2015.

Papers on Language and Literature: Call for Special Issue Proposals

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:10am
PLL: Papers on Language and Literature

Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities

Film

Literary Translation

Print Culture

PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors' schedule.

On the Footsteps of Dwarves: Different Readings of a Mythical Figure in Popular Culture (15.10.2015) [REMINDER]

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:47am
Dr. Feryal Cubukcu, Dr. Sabine Planka

Today more than ever fairy tales permeate pop culture, literature,
music, fine arts, opera, ballet and cinema. Speaking of the history of
stories and especially fairy-tales, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the
Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling for centuries. Dwarves have
always been a recurring image and a character from the fairy tales to
the novels.
Mythology itself presents dwarves not only as treasurekeepers and
remarkable workers, but calling them gnome, kobold, bogey, brownie or
leprechaun. Zealous, sharp and small in statue they are often shown as
counterparts to the inane giant. The possible dualistic arrangement

Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
International Graduate Conference: Innovative Representations of ‘Utopias’ in Studies in English

The Centre for British Literary and Cultural Studies at Hacettepe University is pleased to announce its second graduate conference which this time will be held on an international ground, "Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English". We welcome academic proposals produced in English on British Literature/Culture, Commonwealth Literature/Culture, Irish Literature/Culture and American Literature/Culture from MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate programmes all over the world.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 1:46pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

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