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Modernist Personage: Lower Case "i," Language, Race, and Cummings' Cultural Aesthetics (deadline 9/10/14; Louisville 2/26-28/15)

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 1:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Gillian Huang-Tiller / E. E. Cummings Society
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The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 43rd annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 26-28, 2015, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com).

Genre-Bending in Lawman's Brut (9/15; Kalamazoo 5/14-17, 2015)

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 1:04am
full name / name of organization: 
Kenneth Tiller / International Lawman's Brut Society
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Since its publication in 1847 by Sir Frederic Madden, Lawman's Brut has challenged scholars with the question of genre, as various studies have tried to categorize it as a "chronicle," "epic," "romance" or as some other form of literature. Recent studies have also noted Lawman's blending of the features of different poetic and prose genres. Seeking to further this debate, this session asks for proposals that examine issues of genre in the Brut. It encourages papers that take on questions of how best to categorize Lawman's work and proposals that examine his use of the various genres and sub-genres available to him, including for example hagiography and the homily.

The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions (San Diego State University, April 17-18, 2015)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:45pm
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SDSU LGBTQ Research Consortium
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As LGBTQ Studies finds disciplinary space on a growing number of university and college campuses, questions about the cultural and intellectual effects of academic institutionalization have become progressively more urgent:

• Where is the broad field of LGBTQ Studies heading?
• Where has it been? How might we negotiate the relationship between intellectual inquiry and social movements?
• In what ways might the epistemological concerns of LGBTQ Studies affect the pedagogical imperatives of the classroom (and vice-versa)?

"The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies" is a two-day conference devoted to exploring these and related questions.

Charles Causley: Influence and Legacy

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Falmouth University, with Charles Causley Trust and Literature Works

One-day symposium to be held at Falmouth University, Saturday 6 December 2014 in conjunction with Charles Causley Trust and Literature Works (South West).

Call for Papers: "Broken Narratives"- Graduate Student Conference-Ohio State University-Saturday 11th Oct, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:51pm
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English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U
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Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).

POETRY AND PUBLIC SPACES: FORMS, PLACES AND PRACTICES IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 5:54am
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université catholique de Louvain
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This conference will explore the ways in which poetry has been increasingly present and inscribed in public spaces throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Off the page poetry actualizes itself in both old and new forms which deserve to be inventoried and explored in more depth. Its increased visibility, which varies according to different cultural and linguistic areas, is at the crossroads of different artistic expressions. A rather specific conception of poetics is involved in this phenomenon: one that questions the relationship between text and performativity; renews the notion of authorship (individual or collective); and re-thinks concepts related to intermediality.

CORRECTED CFP: PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference, April 1-4, 2015, New Orleans: Proposals Due: 11/1/14

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 1:14pm
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PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference
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CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference
April 1-4, 2015 – New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Marriott

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

Medievalism in Popular Culture, PCA/ACA, April 1-4, 2015, New Orleans: Proposals Due 11/1/14

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
2015 Popular Cultural Association National Confernce
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The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that either explore popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

Contamination from Above (Submissions Due February 2, 2015)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:06am
full name / name of organization: 
Writing from Below
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"What if there were, lodged within the heart of the law itself, a law of impurity or a principle of contamination?"
-Jacques Derrida, "The Law of Genre"

THE THEME
Unlawfulness, impurity, contamination: in the porous and scattered disciplines of gender, sexuality and diversity studies, these are the forces and strategies that impel our criticism and creation, the ethos of the fugitive journal Writing from Below.

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