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Old age and aging in Northern Irish and Irish theatre and drama - Seeking last contributions for an edited collection

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 9:08pm
dr Katarzyna Bronk

The editors of the collection of essays on old age and aging in (currently) British theatre and drama have received a few wonderful contributions on Irish playwrights and plays. We therefore decided to potentially broaden the scope of the initially planned publication and include some more essays, focused on Irish and Northern Irish dramaturgy and old age/aging.

We invite abstracts on the following topics but other notions related to age, the elderly and aging in drama across centuries are likewise encouraged:

• biological, chronological, functional, cultural definitions of old age, senescence and aging in drama but also beyond

• performativity of old age (markers of old age; the old body on stage; etc)

What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? SAMEMES-5, Zurich, 9-11th September 2016

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 9:33am
Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Olga Timofeeva / University of Zurich

What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?

Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies

Fifth Biennial Conference

Zurich, 9-11th September 2016

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Prof. Brian Cummings (University of York)
Prof. Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center, New York)
Prof. Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Nicolette Zeeman (University of Cambridge)

CFP Discipline and Excess: April 15, 2016

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Monday, December 21, 2015 - 3:27am
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

We invite paper proposals for Discipline and Excess, a conference which seeks to consider boundaries and their transgression until 1750. The theme invites diverse interpretations of "discipline"—moral, religious, cultural, aesthetic, generic, geographic—in papers which explore the realms of penance and perfection, challenge the orderliness implicit in systems of knowledge, or examine the nature of punishment and retribution.

(EXTENDED DEADLINE)Circling The Elements Conference: The State(s) of Hip Hop & Rap

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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 7:18pm
Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication : Circling The Elements Conference: The State(s) of Hip Hop & Rap

Since its lean beginning in the concrete jungles, Hip Hop has grown into a national and international movement that stretches far beyond the streets of its urban environment(s). While the 1970s Hip Hop exposed the complexity and angst of urban youth culture, the rise of rap music in the 1980s began to create new stories about the state of affairs in black and urban spaces throughout the U.S. With such rise and popularity, Hip Hop has become a mainstream phenomenon with commercial appeal that often deviates from its core principle elements. This year's conference begs to ask what is the current state of Hip Hop and Rap today? How and where are the elements being used?

[UPDATE] The Imaginary [March 4-5 2016; abstracts due January 15, 2016]

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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 11:26am
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadow, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. This conference features keynote speakers Mya Poe of Northeastern University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth College.

For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."

UPDATE: Power & Politics in Print

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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:47am
The Free Exchange Conference, University of Calgary

We are writing to let you know about an exciting partnership which has developed as we move forward with plans for our annual "Free Exchange Conference" this year. We are pleased to be now be joining with
"The Insurgent Architects," a research group founded at the University of Calgary, and dedicated to the intersections of creative writing and social justice research. This is a particularly complementary partnership because the stated agenda of their group segues with our chosen topic for this year, "Power and Politics in Print."

Crime and Criminality, CGLS Conference April 1-2, 2016

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Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 11:55am
Carolina Graduate Literature Society

Third Annual Graduate English Conference: Crime and Criminality
(April 1-2, 2016, University of South Carolina)

We are currently welcoming submissions, which should include a 250 word abstract. This year, rather than panel presentations, we will host a series of seminars. Seminars will provide participants the opportunity for a collaborative conversation around a particular topic. Each seminar will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by faculty with expertise in the topic. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read and commented on in advance by the other participants; time in the seminar itself will be reserved for discussion.

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