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Representations of Cruel Children in Popular Texts

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 5:38pm
Monica Flegel and Chris Parkes

The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts
Ed. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes

Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.

CFP: Friendship in the Writing of Early Modern Women - SSEMW panel at the SCSC (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 4:31pm
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women / Sixteenth Century Studies Conference

This panel seeks papers relating to the construction of friendship in early modern women's writing for a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015) to be sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Paper topics might include (though are certainly not limited to) literary representations of friendship; women's epistolary rhetoric; gift exchange between friends; patronage and friendship; networks or communities of female friendship; literary coteries; expectations surrounding women's and men's friendships in the period; notions of privacy and/or publicity in the expression of friendship.

3rd EMF, Eurasian Multidisciplinary FORUM, 19-21 October, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:46pm
The European Scientific Institute (ESI)

All accepted papers will be published after the conference as a conference proceedings with an ISBN number. The author will be sent a printed copy of the publication and a printed certificate after the conference finishes. The papers will be also published in a special edition in of one of the largest interdisciplinary journals in Europe, the European Scientific Journal (ESJ).

4th Global Academic Meeting, GAM 2015, 10-11 October 2015, Dubai, UAE

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:44pm
The European Scientific Institute (ESI)

Supporting the concept of mulitdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdiciplinarity the meeting welcomes papers in different academic disciplines. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the newest developments of global societal challenges. GAM 2015 will gather researchers, policy makers and company employees from all around the globe, who will have opportunity to express their attitudes towards current challenges that society is facing with and suggest further steps for societal development.

[UPDATE] EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CROSSOVERS: GENDER, GENRE, GEOGRAPHY (Edited Collection)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:07pm
Sonia Sahoo and Ramit Samaddar Centre for Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10). Special Session, "Race in/after Conceptual Writing"

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:23am
Seth Perlow

Papers are invited for a special session on treatments (and elisions) of racial politics, aesthetics, identities, and experiences in recent conceptual writing and related experimentalisms. If conceptual writing pits itself "against expression," how might its practitioners offer possibilities for challenging and reworking conventional ways of writing racial politics or for entrenching racialized assumptions and racial privilege within the worlds of experimental poetry and poetry studies?

SCLA Panel: The Fantastic: Positions from Another World. Four Points by Sheraton, New Orleans, LA Oct. 15th-17th

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:14am
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts

The Fantastic: Positions from Another World

"The fantastic is . . . a product of human imagination, perhaps even an excess of imagination. It arises when laws thought to be absolute are transcended, in the borderland between life and death, the animate and the inanimate, the self and the world . . . The fantastic is the unexpected occurrence, the startling novelty which goes contrary to all our expectations of what is possible. The ego multiplies and splits, time and space are distorted."
― Franz Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book: An Illustrated History From Dracula To Tolkien

CFP: "Teaching Trauma" at MLA 2016: Submit by March 13, 2015

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:50am
Eden Wales Freedman

This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature and trauma theory to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that can combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 13 March 2015 to Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com).

MLA 2016, Austin | The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI, 1916-2016

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:22am
Modern Language Association 2016 Convention

Even after 100 years, debate continues over the meaning, consequences and legacy of the Somme Offensive of 1916.

The traditional view of it is that it was a catastrophe and a failure, but recent works by historians like Gary Sheffield and William Philpott have challenged this view and promoted alternate understandings of the campaign.

Papers should examine literary engagements with the Somme Offensive of 1916, with its legacy, or with its impact on writing about the First World War or war more generally. A 350-word abstract and a 50-word bio should be submitted by March 15, 2015; please send to Nicholas Milne-Walasek at nmiln013@uottawa.ca.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1:12pm
MLA 2016

Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?

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