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Les chemins de la tradition: myths, mythemes, and the rewriting of origins (March 13-14, 2015 - Louisiana State University)

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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 8:45am
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Department of French Studies Graduate Association LSU

The stories and plays of the ancients have long been an inspiration, a point de départ, for Western literature. Across the centuries, French authors use and reuse these myths, transforming them while giving them new life.

During the twelfth century, Benoit de Sainte Maure retold the Trojan War. Racine rewrote the fatal love triangle in Phèdre in the seventeenth century; Balzac recycled the King Midas myth in Eugénie Grandet two centuries later. This reappropriation of myth in literature was especially popular in the twentieth century, whether with Camus's Le mythe de Sisyphe, Anouilh's Antigone, or Cocteau's Orphée.

Festivals & Faires Area, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015; Abstract Due: 11/1/14

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:05pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, anthropology, folklore, English, theory, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. The PCAACA Conference is in New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:
1. Burning Man;
2. Contemporary American Renaissance Festivals & Faires, including performative panels;
3. Festivals & Faires from outside the United States;
4. Theatre festivals, Shakespeare festivals, and music festivals;

[UPDATE] Mediating the sacred and secular in the Early Modern and Medieval era

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:56pm
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University of Michigan Early Modern Colloquium
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Mediating the Sacred and Secular in the Medieval and Early Modern period - deadline Nov. 15
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
February 20-21, 2015

The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for its conference on the conceptualizations of the sacred and secular during the Medieval and Early Modern periods. This conference will engage with issues of periodicity through questions of secular versus sacred authority both during and between these eras. More specifically, it will investigate particular literary representations that negotiate and mediate the divide of the sacred and the secular in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Space and Place in World Literature (NeMLA 2015 Toronto, ON, Apr 30-May 3)

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:50pm
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Alla Ivanchikova/NeMLA
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association April 30 - May 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario
Chairs: Alla Ivanchikova, Michael Modarelli
Area: World Literatures (non-European Languages)

Space and Place in World Literature

This panel seeks to bring together papers that explore the issues of space and place in world literature. We are interested in works that investigate the multiple ways in which space and place are imagined, produced, and consumed, or disputed and dismantled in today's world literature. Presenters are encouraged to explore the panel's theme using a variety of methodological approaches, situating the work both within global and national contexts. Specific areas might include:

E-Dictionary of Portuguese TRavel Writing (texts in Portuguese)

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:11pm
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CETAPS (New University of Lisbon), IMLR (University of London), LIA (University of Sao Paulo)
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Call for Papers: E-Dicionário de Escrita de Viagens Portuguesa/E-Dictionary of Portuguese Travel Writing

O Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS, FCSH), da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, o Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), da Universidade de Londres (School of Advanced Study) e o Laboratório de Interlocuções com a Ásia (LIA), da Universidade de São Paulo, irão começar a publicar, no início de 2015, o E-Dicionário de Escrita de Viagens Portuguesa/E-Dictionary of Portuguese Travel Writing, que pretende ser uma obra de referência de livre acesso no âmbito do estudo da Escrita de Viagens no espaço lusófono.

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

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 3:34am
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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:

What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture: Cannibalism in Fiction

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:17pm
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Panel for ASLE Conference 2015 (Moscow, ID)
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What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibals in Fiction

Call for Presentation Abstracts for organized panel
11th Biennial ASLE Conference, June 23-27, 2015 in Moscow, Idaho
CFP Deadline: November 30, 2014

UTOPIA AND POLITICAL THEOLOGY TODAY - [sic] - a journal of literature, culture and literary translation - Issue 10 (May 2015)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:27am
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[sic] - A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation (www.sic-journal.org) University of Zadar

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar
www.sic-journal.org

10th Call for Papers
CFP: Utopia and political theology today

CFP: Utopia and political theology today

Call for Contributions: The Virtual Education Project

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:46pm
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The Virtual Education Project

One of the most effective ways of learning is to immerse ourselves in the cultures we study; yet, we often encounter problems when these cultures are separated from us by constraints such as geography or time. When studying various people, places, events, and works, students and teachers rarely have the resources to visit each (if any) historical landmarks pertaining to their subject matter, restricting both research and teaching to textbooks and/or an amalgam of materials from various resources. The Virtual Education Project (VEP) is a large-scale pedagogical undertaking directed at providing both students and teachers with visual introductions to historical and contemporary landmarks (worldwide) relevant to the study of the humanities.

"Researching the Autobiographical Impulse: New Texts and Methods - Medieval Autobiography Studies" Kalamazoo 2015: 9/15

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 2:01pm
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Afrodesia McCannon

"Researching the Autobiographical Impulse: New Texts
and Methods in Medieval Autobiography Studies"

Kalamazoo 2015 Call for Papers:
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015.

This panel seeks papers on new ways of considering autobiographical writing in the Middle Ages. It seeks historically, archivally, and theoretically informed expansions, reinterpretations, and examples of the genre for the medieval period.

[UPDATE] Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest, 10/15 deadline

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 1:59pm
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Center for Body, Mind and Culture at Florida Atlantic University
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

"Holy and Unholy Roadtrips in Middle English Romance" at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2015 (May 14-17)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:46pm
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International Medieval Congress (Society for the Development of Middle English Scholars)

"Holy and Unholy Roadtrips in Middle English Romance"

In Middle English romances, knights-errant traverse varied and perilous geographies on journeys that are often as moral, spiritual and experiential as they are physical. Some romances feature purposefully foreign or otherworldly landscapes, but others present quite familiar ones. This panel will consider the explicit and implicit functions of the physical and metaphorical journeys that drive Middle English romances.

NeMLA 2015 Panel Seeing is Believing: Antiquity and Beyond Abstract due Sept. 30th [UPDATE]

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:19pm
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Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY
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The relationship between the visual and the literary traces its origins to antiquity. In Rhetoric, Aristotle famously defines rhetoric as 'the ability to see the available means of persuasion' (I.2.1). Sight is a vital component of the human cognitive experience; neither education nor persuasion can take place without visualization. Throughout antiquity, philosophical concepts were often conveyed by artistic terminology and visual language, and all genres of Classical literature contain lengthy ekphrases.

CFP: "Unanswered Questions about Joan of Arc" - 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 14-17, 2015)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:18am
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Stephanie L. Coker / International Joan of Arc Society
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The International Joan of Arc Society is accepting proposals that will investigate some unanswered questions surrounding the life of the French saint. For example, how authentic are the trial records as official documents? The subjective viewpoints of three French copyists, which were later translated into Latin, distance us from the actual historical event. Certain critics examine the trial record as a literary text resulting from the collaboration between Joan and her scribes. The current state of Johannic studies reveals a need to have a better understanding of this "official" document, going deeper in resources such as eyewitness accounts and chronicles to discover more details about the Maid, her life, and her trial.

Chaucer and Italian Poetics (NEMLA 2015)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:47pm
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NEMLA

One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than simply translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors. He also interpreted, transformed, and altered what he found in his reading. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature helped shape his conception of the scope of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers that focus on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. We are especially interested in garnering a wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships.

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