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[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.

[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.

Monstrum Volume 1: Issue 1

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:34pm
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University of Sunderland

For Goya, 'Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels', though some see his etching as revealing the dark undercurrents of Enlightenment. The monster, according to Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, offers ways of understanding the cultures which bear them; 'the monstrum is etymologically "that which reveals"'.

[UPDATE] Keynote Announcement for IU English - "Breaking Futures"

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:20pm
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Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of English

We are very excited to announce our 2015 keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Hsy of The George Washington University!

Call For Proposals: "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time"
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference entitled "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time," to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015. Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society, ALA, May 21-24, 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 5:57pm
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American Literature Association
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The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society, an informal gathering of scholars and readers interested in the work, afterlife, and reception of the most popular American poet, will sponsor one session at the 2015 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send short proposals about any aspect of Longfellow's work, life, and his relationships with contemporaries, along with a brief biographical note, to Christoph Irmscher at cirmsche@indiana.edu. Proposals about Longfellow and women writers are particularly welcome.

[UPDATE] Mentoring for Scholarly Publication at MLA Vancouver, 9–10 January 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:32am
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The Council of Editors of Learned Journals
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This is an invaluable opportunity for MLA members—especially advanced doctoral candidates and junior faculty—to develop their work for publication by meeting with editors from some of the top journals in the discipline, including PMLA, Canadian Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Modernism/Modernity, MELUS, and Narrative among others.

[UPDATE] "Voyages" Conference - Spring 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 6:44am
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Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUN

voy•age
/'voi-ij/
noun:
1. a long journey involving travel by sea or in space.
Synonyms: trip, expedition, excursion, tour

There is no mistaking the physical exploration entailed in this simple definition of a voyage, and yet the word's Latin origin, viaticum, or "provisions for a journey," calls to mind far more than embarkment alone. The origin of the word itself invites us to consider the predicate needs at our own or others' starting point(s): How will we prepare ourselves? What will allow us, inspire us, or force us to leave our present situation in pursuit of something beyond our realm of experience?

Exploring Freedom

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 1:36am
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The Arachneed Journal
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The Arachneed Journal invites scholarly papers, commentaries, book reviews, interviews, multimedia presentation (audio visual) for its upcoming issue.
This issue focuses on "Freedom" as the broad theme. Thus contributions are invited from scholars, activists, professionals engaged in diverse streams of humanities and social sciences and allied arts.
We strongly encourage young and emerging scholars to submit their manuscripts for review, focusing on the above mentioned theme or an allied area.

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture; April 10-11, 2015

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:41pm
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- English Department

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture

Very few aspects of late medieval and early modern literature and culture remain untouched by the Fall, concepts of original sin, and considerations of man's place in a postlapsarian world. Concerns over the state of the soul, right governance and maintenance of the commonweal, and engagement with the natural world were shaded by a need to recoup the loss incurred by the expulsion from Eden.

Fallen Animals: an interdisciplinary perspective 19th-20th March 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:31am
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Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Aina Larkin, University of Aberdeen

Following the success of the Fall Narratives project in 2014, this workshop will explore the theme of fallen animals. The serpent in the Garden of Eden is but one example of the ambivalence which has characterized the human-animal relationship over the centuries, both across, and within, cultures, societies and traditions. With publications such as Anat Pick's Creaturely Poetics (2011), the field of post-anthropocentrism studies has in recent years become particularly vibrant and attracts scholarly attention from a variety of disciplines. We welcome proposals with research interest in fields such as, but not limited to, literature, religion, languages, history, philosophy, psychology, art, film and visual culture, cultural studies and economics.

UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE Study Day on Order and Disorder in April 21st, 2015, at the ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:23am
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ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.
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The department of English at the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, University of Jendouba, invites you to participate in its study day on Order and Disorder. The study day will be held April 21st, 2015, on the campus of the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia.

[UPDATE] NASSR 2015 - Special Session on "Animal Poetics"

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:34pm
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North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
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This panel on the relationship between animals and romantic poetry will elicit new perspectives on how animal rights and science bear on poetic form and genre. There have been a number of studies of prose writings that address animals and animal rights. However, this panel will examine the intersections between animal and poetic forms, inviting papers that give precise and compelling eco-critical, historicist, and formalist readings of how romantic political, philosophical, and scientific discourses might challenge or amend typically metaphorical and figurative conceptions of animals in the period.

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