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Seminar: Reading Visual Cultures (ACLA 2016 Seminar March 17-20 2016 at Harvard)

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:40am
Co-Organizers: Margaret Galvan, The Graduate Center, CUNY and Leah Souffrant, New York University

It has been more than fifty years since Susan Sontag insisted: "What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more." To what extent has this lesson been learned? And how committed are we to teaching it? And through what methods? This seminar seeks to examine the possibilities and limitations of theoretical approaches that help us understand and assess Gloria Anzaldúa's claim that the "image is a bridge between evoked emotion and conscious knowledge; words are the cables that hold up the bridge. Images are more direct, more immediate than words, and closer to the unconscious. Picture language precedes thinking in words; the metaphorical mind precedes analytical consciousness."

Poems Invited for Dec. 2015 Issue of Taj Mahal Review 27th Issue

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:10am
Cyberwit.net

Cyberwit seeks to publish the best in Poetry from novoices to established poets. Our published Anthologies and Journal Taj Mahal Review have poems that are sensuous, picturesque and impassioned. The poems reveal a fine combination of human elements of romance and the mystic & everyday realities. Cyberwit has published a myriad of new poets, and an increasingly large number of collections of verse. The significance of Poetry has not declined, and the 21st century seems to be the Golden Era of English Poetry. The name of Cyberwit is known to readers in several countries.

Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually.

CFP: Fools on the Medieval Page and Stage, Kalamazoo 2016

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:24am
International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 12–15, 2016

Near the end of the Middle English romance Robert of Cisyle, the eponymous king—who has been punished for his pride by being made to serve as his own court's fool—acknowledges the error of his former ways: "For he ys a fole [. . .] / That turneth hys wytt unto folye" (CUL Ff. 2. 38, ll. 398–9). Such condemnations of fools and folly—in Robert of Cisyle, underwritten by the pope and an angel—in no way served to stem the tide of medieval interest in fools and folly. Literary evidence shows that many premodern writers and their audiences "turn[ed their] wytt vn to folye": fools filled the medieval stage and page, pervading multiple literary genres.

[UPDATE] UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference: Mad Love

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:59pm
UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Students

UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference
Mad Love
February 19-20, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)
Plenary Speakers: Julian Gutierrez-Albilla (USC); Jeffrey Sacks (UC Riverside)

The uneasy boundary between madness and love asserts itself throughout recorded history. The shifting relationship between these two phenomena exists across most (if not all) societies and epochs, particularly in literature and art. From lovesickness in the Middle Ages, to nymphomania and hysteria in the Enlightenment, to the stalker in modern-day horror films, the line between love and madness is continually conflated, contested, and blurred.

Feminist Singularities [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:31am
ACLA 2016: American Comparative Literature Association

Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts

2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.

[UPDATE] CFP: What Devils Say, Kalamazoo 2016

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:16am
Texas Medieval Association (TEMA): International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan: May 12-15, 2016

Devils are everywhere in medieval literature, disturbing, challenging, and violating conventional spatio-temporal constraints as they move freely between worlds in order to torment the holy, spread disease, and tempt good Christians by making sin seem sweet. They appear as enchanters, tempters, playful tricksters, masked tormentors, terrifying beasts, mankind's lawyerly accusers, and on occasion, as sympathetic figures who happened to be on the losing side of a cosmic war. Although much has been written about how devils are staged, their appearance, and their interaction with those they torment, very little has been written about what devils actually say. How do devils represent themselves and their spaces of punishment?

CONTEMPORARY POETRY: THINKING AND FEELING MAY 20th-22nd 2016

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 4:20am
Plymouth University, UK

This conference is dedicated to exploring the interplay and divide between thinking and feeling in poetry. In what ways might poetry embody a process of thinking? What's the role of emotion in recent poetry? Can thinking be divided from feeling? Does a poetry of the head preclude a poetry of affect, and vice versa? Are these the terms of competing antagonisms or productive dialogues? What's the relationship between the intellect and affect?

Bakhtin for Tomorrow! - April 9-10, 2016 @ SUNY Buffalo

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:37am
University of British Columbia

Bakhtin For Tomorrow!

We seek additional presenters for a panel aimed at contributing to conference discussion about intersections between formally innovative poetry and recent findings in empirical linguistics speech research. Please send an expression of interest and 100-word bio by September 8 so that we can constitute a 4-5-member panel. Conference abstracts (250 words) for 10-12 minute papers would be due 15 September (extended deadline).

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