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Sea Narratives: call for essay contributions

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:46am
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University of Warwick

Set in the wider context of a turn towards space and mobility, studies of the sea have come to take increasing prominence in the humanities and social sciences. This volume seeks to establish an interdisciplinary exchange on the theme of 'sea narratives', looking at how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

[UPDATE} The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:53pm
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University of Sydney

EXTENDED and FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS:
The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000
July 1-4 2014
University of Sydney

http://novelnetwork.org/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Maud Ellmann, Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, Chicago
Assist. Professor Julie Park, Vassar
Professor John Plotz, Brandeis

English Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century PAMLA

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:04pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

English Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century

Presiding Officer:
Kevin Swafford, Bradley University

The 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014) will focus, in part, on the theme of "Familiar Spirits"—the relation between the mundane and the paranormal, the everyday and the uncanny. Given the general theme of the conference, I am particularly interested in papers that consider the Uncanny (Freudian and beyond) in Modernist and Post-Modernist English prose.

Announcing Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
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Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
Articles
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Interview

Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the construction and representation of the Other in society and in texts 28-31.07.14

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:04am
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Department of Linguistic and Cultural Communication, University of Genoa, Italy

Despite claims of progress being made in the removal of barriers to equal opportunity, the facts often belie the situation, since the creation and maintenance of Alterity continues to represent a mode of subjugation and/or an instrument employed to keep social groups divided and so create or maintain inequality among them.

CPF PAMLA Conference, 2014 Special Session: "That Old Black Magic": Temporality of Magic

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
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Sören Fröhlich / University of California, San Diego
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Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.

Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship (CAA, NYC, 11-14 Feb 15)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:26pm
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Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila/panel co-chairs for 2015 College Art Association conference

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.

« Ecritures plurielles de la Franco-Américanie d'aujourd'hui », atelier dirigé par Peggy Pacini (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am
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ACQS 19th Biennial Conference, Montréal, QC, 16-19 octobre 2014

Dans l'épilogue à son ouvrage Les Franco Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre : rêve et réalités, Roby en 2000 offre une conclusion à la fois réaliste et pessimiste de la situation en Franco-Américanie à la fin des années 1980 : « il existe toujours des foyers de vie franco-américaine dynamiques à Manchester, à Worcester, à Orono et à Woonsocket. Cependant, la poigne de militants qui les animent s'essouffle sérieusement. Faute de relève, ils disparaissent de la scène l'un après l'autre sans être remplacés. » (490). La question que nous souhaitons soulever ici se porte précisément sur l'état de cette relève presque 25 ans plus tard. Qu'en est-il par exemple, du débat sur la « culture sans la langue » qui avait occupé les pages du FAROG Forum ?

The 'Exotic' Body in 19th-century British Drama

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:27am
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Tiziana Morosetti/University of Oxford

THE 'EXOTIC' BODY IN 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH DRAMA

University of Oxford
Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, European Commission

25-26 September 2014
Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)

Confirmed speakers:
Professor Ross Forman (Warwick), Dr Peter Yeandle (Manchester),
Dr Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations, London)

GUST English Language and Literature (GELL) Second International Conference 21st-24th April, 2015

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 5:58am
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Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)
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Teaching is one of the most challenging professions because it brings individuals of different backgrounds (teachers and learners) into a very close relationship. The process of teaching/learning arguably constitutes the most important aspect of this relationship, but it is intimately connected with other complex personal, social, cultural, and even historical and political factors. A teacher is not a neutral entity, nor does s/he teach in a social, cultural, and historical vacuum. Similarly, the learner is not a tabula rasa, subject to the teacher's inscriptions. Inevitably, the process of education will elicit critical questions or even resistance.

UPDATED DEADLINE: Expense and Expendability - June 20-21, 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:38pm
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Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference

2014 Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference – June 20-21, 2014

"Expense & Expendability"

Keynote: TBA

To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Reanimate Earth: Liminality and Communitas in Literature of the Americas

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:05pm
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South Atlantic MLA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (Nov 7-9, 2014)
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Seeking out new growth in devastated spaces and optimism in the face of environmental despair, this panel will take on the task of enchanting readers with physical spaces in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America that have already been toxified or left for dead. The liminal, a conception traditionally most relevant to anthropology and psychoanalysis, has the capacity to reinvigorate the relationship between culture and its more anomalous literary environments.

'Conversations with Tradition' conference

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56pm
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Modern Horizons

Conversations with Tradition

In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'

La presencia italiana en las Américas

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:33am
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Zibaldone. Estudios Italianos de La Torre del Virrey

La significativa presencia de viajeros e inmigrantes italianos en el continente americano durante los últimos doscientos años, especialmente relevante tanto desde el punto de vista histórico, como cultural y humano, permite de forma excepcional estudiar el complejo fenómeno migratorio partiendo del caso concreto de Hispanoamérica, tomando para ello como referencia los múltiples ejemplos de contacto entre ambas culturas, al igual que sucede en América del Norte, donde el arribo de oleadas inmigratorias y los contactos políticos y culturales fueron también sumamente fructíferos.

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