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Panel on George Eliot's Daniel Deronda

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:44am
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

Paper proposals are currently being accepted for a special session on George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. This panel will explore the complex ideas and themes throughout Eliot's final novel. Contributors are encouraged to submit work that examines the many facets of Eliot's last novel, as she engaged the historical, literary, philosophical, theological, and cultural trends of her day.

The annual conference for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association will be held on October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

The Material Culture of Magic

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:25am
Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie

Call for Chapters - The Material Culture of Magic

Book project, ed. by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie

Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves.

CFP: Forms of Life, Forms of Death (journal special issue)

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:00am
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 41 No. 1 | March 2015
"Forms of Life, Forms of Death"
In collaboration with Outis! Journal of (Post)European Philosophy
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014

Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries (September 5-6, 2014)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:50am
Rice University English Graduate Symposium

As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.

The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE: Explore the Significance/Identity of Place

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:24am
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 31, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Secularity and Faith in Contemporary Literature; Literature and Religion Panel for PAMLA (10/31-11/2 2014); 5/31 Deadline

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:50pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Riverside, California. The conference will take place October 31-November 2, 2014.

How do contemporary writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? What are the tensions associated with inhabiting a post-secular age? The panel especially welcomes papers on the following authors: Cormac McCarthy, Marilynn Robinson, Ian McEwen, and Jeffrey Eugenides.

New England and the World (Deadline Extended)

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:51pm
Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program Graduate Association

The American and New England Studies Program at Boston University is pleased to announce its 2014 graduate student conference: "New England and the World." We invite submissions that consider New England's place in national and international contexts. Proposals should reflect New England's role as 'the Hub' and the ways that the region has been and remains a vital center for activity. We seek papers that follow an interdisciplinary framework through literature, film, architecture, history, visual culture, archeology, ethnic studies, and other disciplines.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:24pm
Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City
6th-7th November
King's College London

Organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network 'Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day'

Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths).

Further keynotes TBA

Survey and Essay Proposals MLA Volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler JULY 1, 2014

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 4:06pm
MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series: Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler edited by Tarshia L. Stanley

Survey and Essay Proposal for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler

Edited by Tarshia L. Stanley

This survey is designed to gather information about instructors' methods and materials for teaching the works of Octavia E. Butler, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.

Reconstruction, Restoration, Conservation: Reconciling the Past through word and image - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:37pm
University of Dundee

'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

Baltic Studies session at PAMLA 2014: extended deadline - May 31, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 7:18pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Papers are welcome on Baltic (Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian) language and literature, possibly related to the conference theme, "Familiar Spirits," suggesting folkloric or religious dimensions of literature as well as folklore per se (customs, magic, spirits, and so forth).
Please submit a brief abstract and an approx. 100-word proposal via the online paper submission system at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
by midnight of Saturday, May 31, 2014.

[UPDATE] Last Call and Deadline Extension: Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Conference

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 3:02am
Semiotic Society of America

In response to numerous requests from colleagues and institutions, the Semiotic Society of America is pleased to extend our deadline for abstract submissions to ***June 20, 2014***.

Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting
October 2-5, 2014
Seattle, Washington

This year's non-restrictive conference theme is:

Paradoxes of Life
Challenge – Determination – Resilience

(Contributions on any other topic related to semiotics are welcome)

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