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Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:24am
University of York Centre for Modern Studies

Keynote: Marius Kociejowski

"Self-identity is inextricably bound up with the identity of the surroundings."
– Lars Svendsen, A Philosophy of Boredom

Taking place on 2nd June 2015 at the University of York, this interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session "Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature"

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:22pm
Alexander L. Kaufman

Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in traditional outlaw narratives, or texts that have characters who are outsiders, tricksters, transgressors, or marginals. This session will consider the presence and function of food and feast in texts (broadly defined), with an eye to considering whether and how instances of food preparation and eating can be said to display, to develop, or to subvert the conventional ideas of community and fellowship most commonly associated with foods and feasts. This session encourages papers that examine post-medieval texts, cultures, and practices, especially Australian, Native American, Pan-American, and Eastern.

UNT Critical Voices Conference

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:57am
University of North Texas; Graduate Students of English Association

The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference, to be held March 27-28, 2015. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, composition and rhetoric, technical communication, English pedagogy, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/readings should last no more than 15 minutes.

We encourage authors to submit individual paper proposals as well as proposals for panels of three related presentations.

Abstract/shuns

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 3:34pm
Joshua Adair and Paul Walker

What about those ideas you entertain but never fully develop? Those notions which are reviled and dismissed by peer gatekeepers? Follies so whimsical they unsettle even you?

We're looking for those submissions, the ones shunned by polite society and keepers of the status quo.

Let us be up front: Abstractshuns endeavors to become an ersatz academic journal, middlebrow at best. If Grindr/Tinder (depending on the orientation of the idea) spent a really naughty weekend with Notes and Queries, this would be the spawn, with Courtney Love and Jack Halberstam as godparents.

[UPDATE] SLI (Studies in the Literary Imagination): Call for Special Topics Proposals

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:42am
Studies in the Literary Imagination, Dept. of English, Georgia State University

SLI is now accepting topic proposals for future issues. Any scholar who wishes to propose a special issue topic for Studies in the Literary Imagination is invited to do so in a 1,000–1,500-word proposal. Please include: a working title; an overview of the proposed topic; a brief summary of pertinent issues and figures; a current C.V.; and a list of approximately 8 potential contributors and their paper titles (with brief abstracts).

John Dewey and American Poetry [Special Sessions Panel Proposal for MLA 2016, 7–10 January, Austin, TX] (Deadline March15, 2015)

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:17pm
James D Hoff, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Few American philosophers had as great an impact on modern American culture and society as John Dewey. From his early experimentalism to his groundbreaking philosophies of education and aesthetics, Dewey not only changed the shape of American philosophy, but his ideas reshaped the way that we think about art, literature, and poetry. This panel seeks to examine further the influence of Dewey's ideas on American poets of the early twentieth century, as well as how his philosophy might help us to rethink the way that we read and understand poetry and its relationship to society, politics, science, and the arts. Possible topics include:

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