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Alchemy in Harry Potter

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:10pm
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Anne Mamary and Christine Myers/Monmouth College

Call for papers for a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collection of essays on alchemy in the Harry Potter novels.

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, "I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories' internal logic."

We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

[Update] Submission Date Extended To January 2, 2015: TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self (February 12-13, 2015)

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:47pm
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Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association

Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.

CFP: Essay Collection, "Supernatural" and the Gothic Tradition (abstracts: 15 March 2015)

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:54pm
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Dr Melissa Makala
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Essays are invited for an edited collection of essays focusing on the television series "Supernatural" and its relationship to the Gothic tradition. This study seeks to examine how the series is directly tied to Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family/generational trauma, curses, and of course, the supernatural itself. In addition to these overarching themes, the series provides a rich framework with which to discuss major Gothic sub-genres such as the Comic Gothic, Suburban Gothic, Political Gothic, Female Gothic, and Postmodern/Meta Gothic. As a television show, "Supernatural" also allows connections between the Gothic and reception studies (such as comparisons of Gothic serialization on the page and screen).

[UPDATE] Keynote Announcement for IU English - "Breaking Futures"

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 1:20pm
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Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of English

We are very excited to announce our 2015 keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Hsy of The George Washington University!

Call For Proposals: "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time"
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference entitled "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time," to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015. Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

UPDATE: Festival of Faith and Music

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 3:08pm
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Festival of Faith and Music

Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, journalists, academics, students, and lovers of music and popular culture to discuss diverse forms of popular music and issues of faith.

Past festivals have featured performances by Emmylou Harris, Sufjan Stevens, Neko Case, The Hold Steady, Matisyahu, The Civil Wars, Lupe Fiasco, and many others. Along with a nightly concert lineup, the festival has also included keynote speakers and interactive workshop presentations from a wide range of artists, critics, and academics including Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, Chuck Klosterman, Jessica Hopper, and Cathleen Falsani.

[UPDATE] Mentoring for Scholarly Publication at MLA Vancouver, 9–10 January 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:32am
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The Council of Editors of Learned Journals
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This is an invaluable opportunity for MLA members—especially advanced doctoral candidates and junior faculty—to develop their work for publication by meeting with editors from some of the top journals in the discipline, including PMLA, Canadian Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Modernism/Modernity, MELUS, and Narrative among others.

[UPDATE] "Voyages" Conference - Spring 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 6:44am
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Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUN

voy•age
/'voi-ij/
noun:
1. a long journey involving travel by sea or in space.
Synonyms: trip, expedition, excursion, tour

There is no mistaking the physical exploration entailed in this simple definition of a voyage, and yet the word's Latin origin, viaticum, or "provisions for a journey," calls to mind far more than embarkment alone. The origin of the word itself invites us to consider the predicate needs at our own or others' starting point(s): How will we prepare ourselves? What will allow us, inspire us, or force us to leave our present situation in pursuit of something beyond our realm of experience?

Exploring Freedom

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 1:36am
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The Arachneed Journal
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The Arachneed Journal invites scholarly papers, commentaries, book reviews, interviews, multimedia presentation (audio visual) for its upcoming issue.
This issue focuses on "Freedom" as the broad theme. Thus contributions are invited from scholars, activists, professionals engaged in diverse streams of humanities and social sciences and allied arts.
We strongly encourage young and emerging scholars to submit their manuscripts for review, focusing on the above mentioned theme or an allied area.

2015 Karl Barth Conference

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:15pm
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Center for Barth Studies
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The 2015 Annual Karl Barth Conference will take place June 21-24, 2015 at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. The theme of this year's conference is "Karl Barth & the Gospels: Interpreting Gospel Texts," and the plenary speakers include Richard Bauckham (University of St. Andrews, emeritus), Karlfried Fröhlich (Princeton Theological Seminary), Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Baylor University), Eric Gregory (Princeton University), Willie Jennings (Duke Divinity School), Paul Dafydd Jones (University of Virginia), Bruce L. McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary), Daniel L. Migliore (Princeton Theological Seminary), Jürgen Moltmann (University of Tübingen), and Fleming Rutledge (Grace Church, New York City).

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture; April 10-11, 2015

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:41pm
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- English Department

Consequences of "the Fall": Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture

Very few aspects of late medieval and early modern literature and culture remain untouched by the Fall, concepts of original sin, and considerations of man's place in a postlapsarian world. Concerns over the state of the soul, right governance and maintenance of the commonweal, and engagement with the natural world were shaded by a need to recoup the loss incurred by the expulsion from Eden.

Fallen Animals: an interdisciplinary perspective 19th-20th March 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:31am
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Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Aina Larkin, University of Aberdeen

Following the success of the Fall Narratives project in 2014, this workshop will explore the theme of fallen animals. The serpent in the Garden of Eden is but one example of the ambivalence which has characterized the human-animal relationship over the centuries, both across, and within, cultures, societies and traditions. With publications such as Anat Pick's Creaturely Poetics (2011), the field of post-anthropocentrism studies has in recent years become particularly vibrant and attracts scholarly attention from a variety of disciplines. We welcome proposals with research interest in fields such as, but not limited to, literature, religion, languages, history, philosophy, psychology, art, film and visual culture, cultural studies and economics.

UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE Study Day on Order and Disorder in April 21st, 2015, at the ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:23am
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ISSH of Jendouba, Tunisia.
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The department of English at the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, University of Jendouba, invites you to participate in its study day on Order and Disorder. The study day will be held April 21st, 2015, on the campus of the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia.

Subjectivity in an Object World

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:07am
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St. John’s University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)
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Publication: St. John's University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)

"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
-Wallace Stevens

[UPDATE] CFP: Performing Gender in the Middle East

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:51am
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Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:

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