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National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:16pm
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Dr Peter Auger / Queen Mary University of London

Early Career Symposium, supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), at Queen Mary University of London on Friday 18 September 2015

What are the benefits for researchers in early modern European literary studies (c. 1450-1700) of specializing in a particular national literature? What is gained by working across national boundaries and in more than one language? And how can research agendas respond better to the transnational and multilingual nature of literature at this time?

CFP: Journal of Narrative Theory: Special Issue: Dis/enabling Narratives

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:19am
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Journal of Narrative Theory
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Journal of Narrative Theory invites submissions that further the discussion of disabling and enabling narratives from a disability studies perspective. JNT is a forum for the theoretical exploration of individual narrative texts and of the intersections between narrative, history, ideology, and culture more broadly.

SAMLA 87 CFP: Nadine Gordimer: Honoring Her Legacy

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:10am
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Renee Schatteman/ Georgia State University
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Gordimer is well known for her depiction of moral and racial issues, especially as related to life under apartheid in South Africa. With Gordimer's passing in 2014, twenty years after the transition to majority rule, the question of her legacy is not immediately apparent. Given the current climate in which apartheid studies are beginning to be seen as no longer relevant to the future of South Africa, this panel welcomes papers that explore her unique literary contribution and influence and suggest how she should be remembered over time. Papers exploring her novels, short stories, or essays are all welcome.

Video Gaming and Digital Media NEPCA 2015 Conference

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:42am
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North East Popular Culture Association
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The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on the topic of digital media for its annual fall conference to be held on the campus pf Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH October 30-31, 2015. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and independent and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

Mapping Medievalisms, October 2-4, Pittsburgh, PA

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:01am
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The 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism
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Mapping Medievalisms
The 30th Annual International Conference on Medievalism
International Society for Studies in Medievalism
October 2nd - 4th , 2015
at the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

Plenary Address by Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming, author of Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia, Medieval British Arthurian Narrative, and
co-author of The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past.

[UPDATE; revised deadlines] Asia and the Historical Imagination: Edited Volume

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:12am
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Asia and the Historical Imagination is an edited volume of essays that explores papers concerned with representations of Asia's past. The essays submitted will complement a 3-day workshop held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015. The volume aims to generate vibrant discussions about fictional interpretations of historical narratives and events in Asia (both ancient and modern).

The Power of/in Academia: Critical Interventions in Knowledge Production and Society

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:59am
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International Graduate Conference 2015 of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”

Knowledge production and social transformation are closely intertwined. Academic scholarship plays a crucial role in analyzing and critiquing social, economic, ecological, and political developments, while simultaneously, however, being inextricably linked to its social context and its inherent relations of power and domination. Scrutinizing the link between social critique and scholarship also entails the critical examination of the tools applied in analyzing social phenomena, which in turn lay the basis for academic social critique. Scientific methods of gaining knowledge not only co-constitute and shape the object of research, but also the kind of knowledge that is produced.

Asia and the Historical Imagination: Essays

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:41am
full name / name of organization: 
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Asia and the Historical Imagination: Essays is a edited collection of essays concerned with representations of Asia's past. The essays in this volume will complement a 3-day workshop that. This 3-day workshop will be held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015.

Last Chance to Book: 'Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes'

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:09am
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University of Brighton

Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes
Friday 29 May 2015
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton UK.

Join us next week for this exciting one-day event on Place-Based Arts, exploring how location can provide diverse and rich triggers for writing and other arts based practices.

Highlights include keynotes from Iain Sinclair and Richard Kerridge, round table debates with artists and writers who have used Brighton as a source for their practice, a film screening of Ian McDonald's Brighton Bandits, and a range of parallel sessions with academics and artists presenting work and ideas relating to place.

25 Years of Affrilachian Resistance: Black Cultural Production in the Appalachian Region

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:17am
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Shauna Morgan Kirlew/SAMLA
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Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets, a cadre of writers including Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Kelly Norman Ellis, Crystal Wilkinson, Crystal Good, and Bianca Spriggs, among many others who continue to shape the literary landscape of the American South. Co-founder, Frank X Walker coined the term "Affrilachia" in an effort to "[challenge] the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape" in Appalachia, and the collective has, indeed, spent two and half decades not only producing work which continues to mount a formidable movement against the myth of an all-white region but also documenting the nuanced realities of an ever expanding global South.

Romanticism and the South West

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:24am
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University of Bristol
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The University of Bristol invites delegates to participate in a one-day conference entitled Romanticism and the South West, a conference which seeks to re-asses the importance of the South West in Romantic thought and writing.

You can register for a place here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/english/events/conferences/romanticism-sw/

The conference will place a particular emphasis on the following topics:

[UPDATE] Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

Articles on any aspect of the life and work of Sylvia Townsend Warner are invited for the 2015 issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. Contributions should be no longer than 5000 words, and should be emailed to the Editor at Helen.Sutherland@glasgow.ac.uk by 4 September 2015. Further information is available from Helen.Sutherland@glasgow.ac.uk or from the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society website at http://www.townsendwarner.com.

Alchemy in Harry Potter

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:37pm
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Anne Mamary and Christine Myers/Monmouth College

Call for papers for a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collection of essays on alchemy in the Harry Potter novels.

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, "I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories' internal logic."

We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

Consuming Culture in Victorian and Edwardian English Literature (SAMLA 87)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:51pm
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SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)
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From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.

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