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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.

Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion (Volume of Collected Essays) [UPDATE]

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:12am
The University of Alabama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A VOLUME OF COLLECTED ESSAYS

Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion
From the Birth of Democracy through the Early 20th Century

Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, The University of Alabama (Editor)
Katerina Kitsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Co-Editor)

The Teaching of Literature across Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges: Comparative Perspectives @ACLA, Mar 17-20, 2016, Cambridge MA

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 1:41pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2016

Organizer: Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

This seminar seeks to bring into conversation a range of faculty – tenured and tenure-track professors, adjunct lecturers, and graduate students – teaching at two-year and four-year institutions.

We will aim to discuss the following pedagogical questions: What ways of reading, writing, and thinking should students be introduced to in their first two years of college, especially if they plan to study literature at a four-year college or university? What do we value most as teachers of literature? What concepts, skills, or texts do we find most fundamental to helping students to read literature deeply and to apply it to other realms of learning?

Misremembering

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 1:02pm
Ameer Sohrawardy, Rutgers University

This is a collection of essays that will revolve around the idea of misremembering in literature. A diversity of approaches are welcome (eg: historicist, cognitive science, theories of temporality, narrative theory, animal studies.)

Several questions will guide the collection: What does it mean to 'misremember'? What does the 'mis' of 'misremembering' refer to? Something 'not remembered'? Something re-membered differently than the 'original' memory? What are the ontologies of misremembering?

The Wenshan Review (ISSN: 2077-1218): Launch of its new website & call for submissions

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:01am
The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, issued both in print and online versions, is excited to announce the launch of its new website: www.wreview.org . Authors are warmly invited to submit articles and book reviews via "Online Submissions." Also, the call remains open for submissions to the special issue on Affective Perspectives from East Asia (which can be found in News). Members of the editorial board are based at top universities in the UK, US, and East Asia and cover almost all research areas of literary and cultural studies. Normally, reviews of articles are completed in 3 months.

Contact Email:
wsreview@nccu.edu.tw

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:52am
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

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