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CfP: Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century

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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:54am
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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester

The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors' houses. In 1847 one of the world's most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron. What did visitors to literary graves, houses and landscapes seek to experience and how was this mediated by the spaces themselves?

Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, Oct. 1-3, 2015

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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 1:06am
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Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
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Keynote Speakers: Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School; Cynthia Robinson, Cornell University; John Lardas Modern, Franklin & Marshall College; Richard A. Rosengarten, Chicago Divinity School; Amila Buturovic, York University

lemoyne.edu/slsr

Charles Taylor recently claimed that we live in "a secular age," one in which a wide range of religious practices – and ways to opt out of those practices – are available. Today we might follow traditional forms of observance, establish new kinds of worship that are not strictly religious, or reject devotional pursuits altogether. Is Taylor right, or have these options always existed in varying degrees, in various periods and places?

CALL FOR PAPERS (CFP):Childhood and Visual Texts in/of Asia DEADLINE: MARCH 9, 2015

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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:31am
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Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award Executive Committee
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CALL FOR PAPERS (CFP)

Childhood and Visual Texts in/of Asia

An international conference sponsored by
Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association
Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education
Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award Executive Committee

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Venue: National Taipei University of Education

Alchemy in Harry Potter

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:10pm
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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.

3rd Annual University of Iowa WLGO Conference "Exploring Identities"

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 6:23pm
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The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO)
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The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that investigate identities: their formation, representation and influence on society and language.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to wlgoiaconf@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but we will consider submissions in other languages. In your abstract please specify if your presentation will be an academic paper or a creative writing piece. We welcome both individual presentations and panel proposals of 3-4 presenters. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Narrative Visions

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 4:51pm
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JNV: An Electronic Journal of Narrative Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Vision Care
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About the Journal:
The Journal of Narrative Visions (JNV) is a newly established online journal that accepts narrative medicine and creative pieces related to ophthalmology, optometry, and vision care. We are now open for submissions including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.

The mission of JNV is to provide an online space where healthcare workers, caregivers, and patients may reflect on their personal experiences caring for those with ophthalmological issues or personally living with vision problems.

Submission Process

We welcome submissions from patients, caregivers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other healthcare workers including medical students and residents from all over the world.

[Update] Submission Date Extended To January 2, 2015: TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self (February 12-13, 2015)

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:47pm
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Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association

Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.

Teaching John Dos Passos (American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA)

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:05pm
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John Dos Passos Society

For the American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA

The John Dos Passos Society seeks participants for a round table discussion on teaching Dos Passos in the college classroom. Papers should be between 5 and 7 minutes in length and may address your experiences teaching this author, discussions of the contexts in which his work teaches well, tactics you have taken with undergraduate and/or graduate students, materials you have found helpful in your instruction, etc.

Please send an abstract and a brief CV to jdpsociety@gmail.com or to our President, Victoria Bryan, by January 25, 2015.

C PRACSIS International Conference on Space, Spatiality and Performance 7th & 8th Feb 2015 Thrissur, Kerala, India

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:21am
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Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia C PRACSIS

Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia
C PRACSIS International Conference
on
Space, Spatiality and Performance
7th & 8th Feb 2015
Thrissur, Kerala, India

[UPDATE] Elizabeth Bishop's Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After, Sheffield, 25-27 June 2015 [EXTENDED DEADLINE]

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 5:46pm
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University of Sheffield
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An international conference on Elizabeth Bishop's writing hosted by the University of Sheffield.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Stephen Burt (Harvard University), Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool) and Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle University)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop's third collection of poems, Questions of Travel (1965), and the importance of Bishop as a major influence on British and Irish contemporary poets, the University of Sheffield is pleased to host this international conference on her work in June 2015.

CFP: Essay Collection, "Supernatural" and the Gothic Tradition (abstracts: 15 March 2015)

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:54pm
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Dr Melissa Makala
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Essays are invited for an edited collection of essays focusing on the television series "Supernatural" and its relationship to the Gothic tradition. This study seeks to examine how the series is directly tied to Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family/generational trauma, curses, and of course, the supernatural itself. In addition to these overarching themes, the series provides a rich framework with which to discuss major Gothic sub-genres such as the Comic Gothic, Suburban Gothic, Political Gothic, Female Gothic, and Postmodern/Meta Gothic. As a television show, "Supernatural" also allows connections between the Gothic and reception studies (such as comparisons of Gothic serialization on the page and screen).

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