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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.

APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERATURE AND ENGLISH IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, 30 April 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:01am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English April 28 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

Kazuo Ishiguro: New Perspectives (15th November 2014)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:20am
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The University of Tokyo (Komaba)

This is the first international conference on Kazuo Ishiguro's works to be hosted in Japan.

32 years have passed since his debut as the author of A Pale View of Hills in 1982. We are in need of assessment and evaluation of his works and achievements from fresh perspectives. The conference calls for papers on any aspect of Kazuo Ishiguro and his works and invites scholars from the world to reassess their significance in the context of contemporary literature and culture.

Possible topics include, but are surely not limited to:

Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone, September 26-27, 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:18am
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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone (2014)
The 3rd Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota
Dates: September 26th-27th 2014

Keynote: Jane Gaines, Columbia University, second speaker TBA

The Literary Canon and Sociohistorical Performances

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 5:34pm
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SAMLA 86: Humanities and Sustainability Nov. 7 - 9 2014 Atlanta, GA
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Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.

[UPDATE] Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects (SLSA Conference Panel)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:03pm
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Matthew Dodson / Oregon State University
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Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects

Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014

Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at dodsonm@onid.orst.edu no later than April 20, 2014.

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Call for Monographs: Book Series on East-West Cultural Encounters in Literature & Cultural Studies

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 2:41am
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National Taiwan University Press
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This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East-West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re-create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

Intellectual Activism: Inaugural Issue of Postgraduate Journal Polyseme

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:43pm
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Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review
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Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.

Where do or should scholars stand with regard to activism and transformative politics? Does traditional scholarship confront and challenge the dominant culture or serve to safeguard the status quo in the privileged comfort of the "ivory tower" of academia? How can we re-envision the university as a place of intellectual activism or reinvent the role and responsibility of the scholar? These are a just few questions to be addressed in this issue.

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