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MAP annual conference, April 10-11, 2015 "Reform and Resistance" [UPDATE]

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:24pm
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Medieval Association of the Pacific
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MAP is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its annual conference hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, NV, April 10-11, 2015. The program committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, especially those that connect to the conference theme, broadly conceived. All speakers must be fully-paid ("active") members of MAP to register for the conference and participate.

Proposals need to include the following for each speaker:

[Reminder] Cannibalism in Fiction panel for ASLE 2015

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:47am
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Assoc. for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conf. 2015
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November 30th deadline

What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibalism in Fiction

From ancient Greek myths to 21st century post-apocalyptic novels, cannibalism abounds, forcing us to reconsider easy binaries of self and other or civilized "us" and a savage "them." As Maggie Kilgour argues in From Communion to Cannibalism, incorporation—the most basic example of which is eating—"depends upon and enforces an absolute division between inside and outside; but in the act itself that opposition disappears, dissolving the structure it appears to produce" (4). What, then, when the food being eaten is human flesh?

[UPDATED] The Value & Challenge of the Middle Ages in C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image Half a Century Later, CFP Deadline: 20 Dec

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:06am
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Paper Session for the Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
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It has been about half a century since C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image was published (1964), and the time seems ripe to look into its legacy, past and ongoing. With the constantly shifting critical landscape in medieval studies, especially the recent rise in new critical perspectives (e.g. disability studies, theories of the monstrous, etc.), a past work of medieval scholarship such as Lewis' can seem like a product of its own time more than a seminal advance in medieval studies. One wonders, though, to what extent knowing about such a work may be useful at all in the ever changing, advancing field of medieval studies.

Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:58am
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Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

The End of the City can be understood in at least three ways: as its boundary, as its demise, or as a question about its purpose.

[UPDATE] Missing, presumed dead: absent mothers in the cultural imagination, 11-12 June 2015

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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:18am
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Department of Language Studies, Umeå University & Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Sweden
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NB! New date
The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.

[UPDATE] The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence (March 14, 2015)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:35pm
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English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

[UPDATE] Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal [January 25th, 2015]

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:01pm
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Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal
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ww.aeluruslitjournal.com
Call for Papers and Book Reviews: 2015 Issue
Submission Deadline: 25 January 2015

Aelurus is an annual journal that publishes literary and theoretical scholarship from graduate students, which is run and staffed by graduate students in Weber State University's Master of Arts in English program. As such, Aelurus is devoted to a publication process in which we foster and lend experience to the scholarly endeavor of fellow graduate students.

Open to critical perspectives and mediums of examination from any time period, Aelurus solicits scholarly submissions, the most rigorous of which will be published digitally and in print in the spring of each year.

Sites of Decay-March 13-14, 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:57pm
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The Eighth Annual Graduate Conference Literature, Politics and Aesthetics-The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton University (SUNY),
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Faculty Keynote: Julia Walker, Art History Department (Binghamton University)

After Extinction

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:48pm
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Center for 21st Century Studies
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A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), UW-Milwaukee
April 30-May 2, 2015

What comes after extinction? Our predominant understanding of extinction today relates to natural species extinctions caused largely by human actions. But in the twenty-first century categorical distinctions between humans and nonhumans or culture and nature are no longer tenable—if they ever really were. Indeed as Darwin was not even the first to note, mass extinction events preceded the appearance of humans on the planet.

call for book proposals, Sanctity in Global Perspective

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:47pm
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The Hagiography Society with Ashgate
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Book proposals are sought for a new series, Sanctity in Global Perspective

Series Editors:
Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University, USA;
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh, USA; and
John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, USA

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages/St Anne's College, Oxford, 11-12th September 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:52am
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Dr Daniel McCann/Oxford University

Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency of words, their effect and force upon the mind, body, and soul is explored and engaged with, poured over and focused upon not simply by the arts of grammar and rhetoric, but by poetry and theology, by medicine and psychology. Medieval texts are pieces of linguistic craft and intention, their words chosen and arranged with a purpose in mind. Poems in this period can be as crafted as theological treatises, their meters and rhymes as intentional and purpose driven as any medical instrument.

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 8:38am
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Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor, UK

Call for Papers: Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor

Biennial conference, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University

Keynote Speakers:

Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)

Sideways in Time [UPDATE]

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:45am
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Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference

Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives:
March 30-31, 2015 [Please note the change in dates from the previous cfp; we have also confirmed our 3 keynote speakers - see below]

Sideways in Time is an Alternate History Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool - in association with Lancaster University. This interdisciplinary conferences will bring together scholarship in science fiction, fantasy, historical and literary fictions, as well as historians and counterfactual thought-experiments, to discuss those fictional narratives that deals with alternate histories and parallel worlds.

UPDATE: CFP: Literature (General) Southwest PCA/ACA (11/15/14; 2/11-2/14/15)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:40pm
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Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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UPDATED with EXTENDED DEADLINE CFP: Literature (General) Southwest PCA/ACA (11/15/14; 2/11-2/14/15)

Organizers of the 36th annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please peruse the specific area list: http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/#literature.)

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