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Victorian Bodies, April 10-11, 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:07pm
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Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
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VICTORIAN BODIES: An International Conference
Hosted by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
The Manteo lakeside resort, Kelowna, British Columbia
Conference dates: April 10-11, 2015
Publication Workshop: April 9 and 12, 2015

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, "Victorian Bodies." The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies' enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:50pm
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Matthew Lambert/NeMLA
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From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:37am
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University of Athens – French Institute of Greece – University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

International Conference
Athens, 4-5 March 2015

University of Athens – French Institute of Greece –
University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

Dealing with Change: Unconventional Reading in Early Modern Europe

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:26am
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NeMLA 2015
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The European continent witnessed widespread transformation between 1500 and 1700. This panel will explore the role of literature as a driving force behind this time of social innovation and cultural turmoil. Possible topics: the interplay between orthodoxy and heterodoxy; the re-appraisal of magical literature and its dialectic with empiricism; the re-interpretation of folklore and popular beliefs; the role of the printing market in the circulation of unorthodox texts; the raison d'état underpinning the birth of national states.

Organizers: Erika Mazzer and Fabio Battista

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
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Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Peer-Reviewers Needed for Text on Edgar Allan Poe

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:02am
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Gerry Del Guercio
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Editor seeks 2-3 peer-reviewers for an upcoming collection of essays on Edgar Allan Poe. The ideal peer-reviewer will have advanced studies in American literature with a particular emphasis on Poe. The publisher will set the deadline. Please send resumes at gerry9301@bell.net by July 31, 2014.

[UPDATE] Disability and Young Adult Literature

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:53pm
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Jacob Stratman
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Although there is a growing interest in disability studies in art, literature, film, politics, and religion, there is still a dearth of scholarship that explores the intersection between young adult literature and disability. In the last ten years, there have only been a small handful of peer-reviewed articles that explore any issue regarding young adult literature and disability. This gap in scholarship among young adult literature scholars and teachers is surprising because of two reasons: first, disability is a growing reality in all of our lives.

ASECS 2015 Panel: The English Catholic Community in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:23pm
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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Discussions of English Catholicism in the eighteenth century often treat Catholics as an "Other" against which English Protestant culture defined itself. Of course, English Catholics in the period also sought to define or represent themselves—sometimes to distinguish themselves from a Protestant "Other," and sometimes to bridge the divide between themselves and Protestants. This panel welcomes papers investigating representations of English Catholics in literary or non-literary writings and art produced by English Catholics, or papers investigating any aspect of English Catholic culture.

Target Practices from the Cold War to the War(s) on Terror (March 26-29, 2015)

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:54pm
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Annual Meeting, American Comparative Literature Association

In The Age of the World Target (2006) Rey Chow argues that we now live in an era in which "the target" is a key technological, geopolitical, and cultural figure. New technologies of targeting are emerging to reach global destinations with pinpoint precision; yet, errors result in accidental or unintentional targeting. "Being targeted" has become an everyday reality for many individuals and social groups: citizens are targets of national security states and mass Internet surveillance; "terrorists" (but also civilians) are targets of drone strikes; young individuals in U.S. cities are routinely targets of racial profiling by police. The overdetermined figure of the target reveals a sense of crisis on multiple fronts.

Kalamazoo 2015 - The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:06am
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50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Special Session
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The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Sprouting from the roots of popular science writers such as Michael Pollan and cultivated by philosophers of vegetal life such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall, ecocriticism's recent turn toward plant studies expands on developments in animal studies and posthumanisms. Plant studies engages with current conversations on bioethics, food security, genetic engineering, and the moral authority of "Nature." As medievalists such as Gillian Rudd, Peggy McCracken, and Robert W. Barrett have recently shown, medieval studies is poised to make significant contributions to this fertile field of study through analyses of the symbolic, cultural, economic, ecological, and religious role plants played in history.

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