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Epic as World Genre (ACLA 2016)

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:58pm
Erin Singer / University of Houston

Seeking proposals for the seminar "Epic as World Genre" for the upcoming ACLA conference (Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016).

View this seminar description on the ACLA site: http://www.acla.org/seminar/epic-world-genre

Please submit a 250-word abstract and CV here (between 9/1 and 9/23) here: www.acla.org/annual-meeting

You may contact Erin Singer (the seminar organizer) at ecsinger@uh.edu with any questions.

LURKING ANONYMITY

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:27pm
pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual

On the surface, notoriety, visuality and celebrity culture oversaturate the information age. But what insidious formations lurk beneath the glossy surface? Faceless monsters dwell behind black screens—paradoxically both numbing factories of the masses and liberating tools of the dispossessed. Does this anonymity transform us into voiceless dolls that preserve the misogynistic power structures or grant us power through simulated online versions of ourselves. While menacing conglomerates practice institutionalized discrimination and witless pariahs face the backlash, moralized hackers expose hidden weaknesses that often bring those responsible to light.

Making Common Causes Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6:52am
Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)

Global climate change, soil depletion, the enclosure of the commons, the acidification of the oceans, ground water contamination, mass extinctions: in a context in which the environmental crises of the day seem to us so intractable, at such large scales and dominated by such powerful interests, the

HABIT Graduate Conference (Rutgers, New Brunswick): Abstracts Due October 15

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:56pm
Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group

"HABIT, my good reader, hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind, that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it."
-- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews.​

The Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group is seeking papers for a graduate conference March 3-4, 2016 on the topic of habit.

Reminder: "Literature in the First Year Seminar" roundtable session (deadline 9/30)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 4:50pm
Amanda Greenwell / NeMLA 2016 Hartford, CT (March 17-20)

First Year Seminar courses provide a way for first year students to undertake the rigors of intellectual study in an environment supportive of the transition they undergo as they enter college. As such, First Year Seminars can be sources of tension, discovery, frustration, and connection. From the instructor's point of view, the experience of teaching a first year seminar can cause new understandings to emerge—understandings of disciplinary value, of first year students, of institutional culture, and of effective pedagogy.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers -- "Embracing the Other" (a seminar at the ICLA, Vienna, July 2016) Submission Deadline, Aug. 31, 2015

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 4:44pm
International Comparative Literature Association

In the past two decades, universities, professional organizations, and businesses around the western world have placed a great emphasis on celebrating diversity on their grounds, welcoming members, students, faculty, and employees from different ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, and class identities. This trend toward embracing otherness has often been instituted and protected by laws and policies in different countries, and employees have been trained to effectively maintain agreeable and harmonious work atmosphere with each other.

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