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3rd Global Conference: The Dark Side of Celebrity

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:08am
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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
The Dark Side of Celebrity

Monday 21st July – Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:

This call for presentations is a special stream within the larger Celebrity conference and asks for proposals and performances to addresses a serious, interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of the phenomenon of celebrity and death, or the dark sides of stardom.

452ºF CFP: The history of theory and its Hispanic uses

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:08pm
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452°F Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature
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On January 31st 2014, we start the CFP for the twelfth issue of the 452°F Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (, to be published on January 31st 2015. This CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and who holds at least a BA degree.
The criteria below regulate the reception and publication of articles and are subject to the content of the Peer-review System, the Style-sheet and the Legal Notice. These can be consulted in the Procedures area of the web page.
- The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014; all articles received after this date will be rejected.

The Long Durée in Afro-Modernist Cinema and Literature

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 2:54pm
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MLA 2015 Panel Proposal

We solicit papers on afro-modernist literature and film that reveal the usefulness and limits of the long durée as an analytical tool. How do African American and other Black diasporic texts engage the dialectic between modernist aesthetics and philosophical concerns with history? Does this engagement allow to move beyond both the imperative of the present and the idea of origins? Some examples of how the temporal expansion is elaborated by modernist projects are Ralph Ellison's strategy of "diggin' in" the temporal layers of the architecture of Rome, the epic poems by Melvin Tolson, the diasporic cartography of Haile Gerima's films.

13th International Connotations Symposium - Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:15am
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Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate

The first textbook definition of the concept of poetic justice goes back to Thomas Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age Consider'd (1678). According to him, the term signified "the distribution, at the end of a literary work, of earthly rewards and punishments in proportion to the virtue or vice of the various characters" (Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms 299-300). The introduction of virtue and vice into the concept immediately refers to a moral dimen-sion; on aesthetic grounds, however, it was soon (and has continued to be) criticized.

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:10am
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English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

Interpretation and Influence of Greek Myths

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:54pm
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RMMLA 2014
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This session broadly deals with any twentieth and twenty-first interpretations or adaptations of Greek myths. We are particularly interested in the enduring presence of these myths in literature, stage and film rather than papers on Greek sources as primary texts, but both will be considered. Deadline is March 1, 2014. Please email proposals to Roger Green.

2014 RMMLA Convention
BOISE, Idaho ~ October 9-11, 2014

Session chair: Roger Green
1067 Marion St Apt 3
Denver, CO 80218

Literary History and Ideas of Mind (MLA Vancouver, 8-11 Jan 2014)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:10pm
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Modern Language Association
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Special session proposal for MLA2015: What is the place of "mind" in literary history? How might intellectual histories of cognition illuminate questions of period, genre, and textuality? Submissions from all periods and methodologies welcome.

300-word abstract & bio by 15 March 2014 to joshua.gang [at]

"After the Eruption": Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War (MLA, Vancouver, BC, 8-11 January 2015)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
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Coleman Hutchison, UT-Austin/Melville Society

In response to the 2015 MLA Presidential Theme, "Negotiating Sites of Memory," the Melville Society invites proposals for a special session, "'After the Eruption': Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War."

We welcome papers on any aspect of Melville's representations of the American Civil War—especially how those representations helped to influence the cultural memory of the conflict in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Please send 300-word abstracts and brief CVs to Coleman Hutchison by 15 March 2014 (

Travel in Africa

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:34pm
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Amber Foster/Texas A&M University
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What is "cultural work" is performed by Africa in the transatlantic/transnational literary imagination? This proposed special session for MLA 2015 (Vancouver) considers Africa as a site of memory, with an emphasis on new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014.

Conceptual Writing and Modernist Avant-Gardes, MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 1:53pm
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Laura B. McGrath, Michigan State University
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Analyses of the relationship between modernism and contemporary literature abound (see Majorie Perloff, Rebecca Walkowitz, David James, and Jessica Pressman) with well-known writers like Ben Marcus, Will Self, and Tom McCarthy affiliating with the experiments of Joyce, Stein, and Gaddis, among others. Conceptual writers and artists, in particular, have been quick to construct a genealogy of experimentation rooted in modernist avant-gardism, leading from Gertrude Stein to Kenneth Goldsmith, by way of Marcel Duchamp, Samuel Beckett, Guy Debord, and John Cage. What aesthetic confluences or divisions arise when considering the practices of conceptual writing alongside the practices of the modernist avant-garde?

Voice and Empowerment -- October 24-25, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:08am
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Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014

Theme: Voice and Empowerment

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.

The Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies | MLA 8-11 Jan. 2015, Vancouver

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:10am
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Heather Houser
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Inviting proposals for papers on the importance of deep time, geology, and evolution for 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture in the context of discussions of the Anthropocene. Theories, analyses, visualizations, and big data projects welcome.

Send 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014 to Heather Houser ( and Ursula Heise (

The Modern Language Association convention will be held 8-11 January 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Information here: