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[UPDATE - Deadline Extended] Strange New Worlds: New Frontiers in Cinema and Television

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 5:01am
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Cinema and Television History Research Centre, De Montfort University
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STRANGE NEW WORLDS: NEW FRONTIERS IN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
A POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE
18th June 2015

Issues of technology and film have long been considered fundamental bedfellows. Studies of technology's impact both on the cinema – from the coming of sound and colour to the rise of digital media – and within its films have shaped much scholarly thinking. Indeed, representations of technology's effects on modern and future life shine a light on our most elemental fears.

Queer Poetics - PAMLA 2015 (Portland, OR, 11/6-8); Proposal 5/15

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 8:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ryan Sullivan
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This panel seeks papers that consider what it might mean to think about poetics in relation to queer studies—specifically scholars who are working with queer studies in conjunction with historical poetics, the history of poetic criticism, and lyric theory. Rather than papers that read poetry by queer writers or read queerness in poetry, this panel is looking for work that thinks more about what it means to write poetry as a queer person, about how that poetry circulates in the world, and how that poetry is read and received. Keeping with the conference theme, papers that think about poetics in relation to queer questions of time, temporality and history are particularly encouraged.

I'm happy to answer any questions.

Revolutionary Little Magazines, Panel for MSA Conference, Boston, Nov. 19th-22nd, 2015

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:51pm
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Modernist Studies Association Conference
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In keeping with the conference theme of Modernism & Revolution, this panel seeks to explore modernism's little magazines as sites of provocation and revolt. The magazine communities were hotbeds of controversial figures and politics, and their publications challenged national programs and social mores via radical ideologies and aesthetics. Of particular interest to this panel is the interplay between their innovative experimental aesthetics and their cultural, social, and political interests that included socialism, anarchy, feminism, women's suffrage, sex, race, nationalism, militarization and labor. Panel papers might focus on The Crisis, The Dial, The Freewoman, The Little Review, The Messenger, The Others, The Liberator, The Masses—to name a few.

Blog Contributors and Submissions invited on George Meredith and his Circle

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 11:26am
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George Meredith and his Circle: Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks

As part of the forthcoming conference 'George Meredith and his Circle', the organisers are instigating a new blog, which we hope will bring together those who work on George Meredith and his contemporaries as well as those who read and enjoy their work: https://meredithcircle.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/welcome-contributors-inv...

Antae Call for Papers on BOREDOM (deadline 30th June 2015)

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:56am
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Antae Journal (University of Malta)
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Call for Papers
Boredom

https://malta.academia.edu/AntaeJournal/Papers

https://www.facebook.com/antaejournal

'There's little left but to be bored or bore.'
Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV

'Mieux vaut un désastre qu'un désêtre.'
Alain Badiou, Conditions

'Despair yawns.'
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

'There seemed nothing to do but live.'
J. M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K

[UPDATE] ASLE Panel at MMLA 2015 - Proposals by 4/15

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:33am
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Midwest Modern Language Association / Associaton for the Study of Literature and the Environment
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Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

The Sacred and the Sublime (4-6 May, 2016)

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:07am
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DEUAS- Dokuz Eylül University American Studies Symposium
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Visit our webpage: http://deuas.deu.edu.tr/

Dokuz Eylül University – Department of American Culture and Literature

1st INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM

May 4-5-6, 2016 – Izmir, TURKEY

The Sacred

and

the Sublime

This symposium will bring together academics from across Turkey and the rest of the world to discuss the idea of the "The Sacred and the Sublime"

Arthurian Mythos: Well of Inspiration

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:45pm
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Mythopoeic Society
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The rich and varied Arthurian Mythos has provided inspiration for countless authors over centuries, including the Inklings. Each individual picks and chooses certain parts of that Mythos, and interprets it according to personal inclination, cultural, and chronological biases. Consider, for example: the varied and often contradictory ways the characters are interpreted; aspects of Arthuriana most studied or most ignored; historical background; its place in legend and myth. We also welcome papers focusing on other work and interests of the Inklings (especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor Jo Walton and John Rateliff), and other fantasy authors and themes.

Edited Collection: Modernism in the Green (Abstract Deadline: May 15)

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:48pm
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Julia Daniel and Margaret Konkol / Baylor University and New College of Florida
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For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens. From William Carlos Williams's representations of Garret Mountain Park, to Peter's reflections on Mrs. Dalloway in Regents Park or Wallace Stevens' frequent use of Elizabeth Park throughout his oeuvre, planned green spaces play an overlooked role in the development of modernism. We propose that thinking with and through public greens leads to a fresh and often more complex understanding of modernism's tangled engagements with arts, politics, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 5: MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:40pm
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Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association
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This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

Old and Middle English Permanent Section MMLA, Columbus, OH, November 12-15, 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 1:56pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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While the Middle Ages are not always though of as a time rich in developments in the arts and sciences, as scholars of medieval literature, we know that this is not the case. Certainly, old and middle English literature can be thought of as an art form itself, and manuscript art and illumination can also be considered as art. Additionally, discussions of arts and sciences within texts themselves (both literary and religious) are plentiful and wildly interesting throughout the Middle Ages.

[UPDATE] CSECS 2015: States of the Book/ Le livre dans tous ses états (Vancouver).

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 1:26pm
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Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies / Le congrès annuel de la Société canadienne d’étude du dix-huitième siècle
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Extension 15 April/Avril CSECS/SCEDHS 2015

The programme roster for CSECS 2015, "The States of the Book," to be held in Vancouver 14-17 October, is almost full, but we have space for about 25 more paper proposals. Note especially the panel topics posted on the conference website at http://www.sfu.ca/english/csecs/panels---seance.html. Please send proposals to csecs@sfu.ca by April 15th!

The Practice of (in)Visibility: 4th International Critical Studies Research Group Conference, 25th and 26th June 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:09am
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Critical Studies Research Group, University of Brighton, UK
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When politics, arts, history, ethics or philosophy are judged by their ability to disrupt what is visible and sayable, is there a danger that the potential political efficacy in remaining hidden is ignored and the possibility of intervention/action for the already unseen is inhibited? How do artistic practices reflect and engage in strategic invisibility? What are the artistic and political intersections of acting invisible? What kinds of visibility are afforded to whom? How can research approach invisibility without eliminating the invisibility it purports to study? Can there be a methodology of working around (in)visibility and if so what claims can it make to validity?

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