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[UPDATE] New deadline, Oct. 10. A Wind Freshened and an Anchor Weighed: Reflections on the Career of Seamus Heaney; 4/30-5/3, 15

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:39am
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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When Seamus Heaney died last August, he seemed to be a kind of figure the literary world had not known for some time: a poet who had academic cachet and a common touch, and perhaps more to the point, a general readership; a poet absorbed by his own art yet seemingly equally at home as a critic; a fiercely exacting writer who was also something of a smiling, public man on two continents; a thoroughly international presence who never let go of the local. For this session, I'd hope to assemble a range of presentations that would explore from various perspectives the nature of Heaney's particular (to stop short of saying 'unique') career and achievement, and the inferences we might draw from it about poetry and its audience(s).

Autobiography in Context, International Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 21 and 22 November 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:34am
full name / name of organization: 
English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Autobiography in Context

An International Interdisciplinary Conference

21st & 22nd November 2014
Rijeka, Croatia


Dr Charles Ivan Armstrong, University of Agder, Norway
Dr Nóra Sélle,University of Debrecen, Hungary (HUSSE president)
Dr Stipe Grgas,University of Zagreb, Croatia

Another international keynote speaker TBA

Hosting institutions:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka
English Department

November 6th 2014 - Ottawa Ontario - Language/Discourse

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:04am
full name / name of organization: 
Carleton University - School of Linguistics and Language Studies

As a part of an interactive poster session, students across disciplines will join in conversation and showcase their research in the areas of language, linguistics, pedagogy, discourse and/or writing studies.

Submit abstracts by Monday, October 21st 2014 for...
A multi-voiced dialogue: 10th Annual SLaLS Graduate Student Symposium.
1pm to 3pm - Thursday November 6 2014
Room 2017, Dunton Tower (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)

Eudora Welty Society at ALA 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:52am
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Julia Eichelberger
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The Eudora Welty Society invites proposals for two sessions (Welty and War; Welty and Social Class) at the 2015 American Literature Association, May 21-24, Boston, MA.

CFP for Panel on Language and Culture in Modern Asia

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:49am
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Panel for AAS-in-Asia Conference (June 2015)

A fourth and final presenter is being sought for a panel proposal for the upcoming AAS-in-Asia Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, to take place in June 2015. The panel deals with transformations in language culture in Asia under modernization, from the late 19th century and on. We invite papers that deal with any region within Asia (e.g., Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia) and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., history, economics, linguistics).

Please submit a paper abstract or an email of inquiry as soon as possible, and by latest Tuesday, October 14.
In addition, we are also seeking an individual interested in serving as discussant for the panel. Please send an email if you are interested.

Seeing Animals, ACLA, Seattle 3/26-3/29 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:05am
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David Coughlan and Elizabeth Wijaya/ University of Limerick and Cornell University
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Jacques Derrida's influential The Animal That Therefore I Am begins with a scene of seeing, as he stands exposed before "a cat that looks at [him] without moving, just to see." For Donna Haraway, in When Species Meet, it's key that Derrida "understood that actual animals look back at actual human beings." This seminar strays onto this scene also in order to consider this face-to-face encounter, and to consider, in particular, the representation of these human and non-human seeing animals and what they see. Or, what they perceive, because the sight of these faces is surely asymmetrical and must touch also on scent, sound, and taste.

Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, March 4-5, 2015

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
Paul W. Child, Sam Houston State University
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The 7th Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

Sam Houston State University
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Huntsville, Texas
March 4-5, 2015

Call for Papers

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University invites abstracts for paper and poster presentations on topics related to the intersection between medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. This interdisciplinary conference, which is open to contributions from all relevant fields, includes plenary thematic sessions, scholarly panels, roundtables with community representatives and stakeholders, a full poster exhibition, student sessions, and a student poster competition.

[UPDATE] Abstracts due Sept. 30 for "Marginalized Texts and Modern Editions" roundtable

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:59am
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NEMLA 2015 (April 30-May 3, 2015), Toronto

In recent years, a number of overlooked and forgotten texts have made their way to modern readers through new scholarly editions. This roundtable discussion hopes to address the following questions: How do new editions of marginal texts come to be? What is at stake in recuperating and reissuing neglected work? How can editors of these texts best address the needs of contemporary audiences—including undergraduates, graduate students, instructors, and the broader reading public?

Submit abstract of 250 words at by September 30, 2014.

Figural Evasions: The Poetics of Defense (ACLA, March 26-29 Seattle)

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:56am
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Lily Gurton-Wachter, University of Missouri & Andrea Gadberry, New York University

Poetics and defense have long been bedfellows, from Plato's infamous call for poets to be exiled from the polis to the cottage industry around the "defense of poetry" (Sidney, Du Bellay, Shelley, and so on). Our seminar aims to engage the problem of poetics and defense in a different way from this distinguished lineage, though. How might poetry itself be a method of evasion and defense? And what tropic entanglements do writers wishing to evade poetry and poetics find themselves in, perhaps in spite of themselves? What does poetry have to teach us about the art of avoidance both in the successful execution of evasion and in its botch? And how do poems figure avoidance itself, as both a goal and an object of critique?