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Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies / March 20-21, 2015; Deadline: 15 December 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:44pm
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Department of English, Valparaiso University
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Call for Papers

The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.

CFP: Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages at Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:27pm
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Societas Ovidiana
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The Societas Ovidiana is soliciting abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at the 50th International Congress for Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI from May 14-17, 2015. This year we are sponsoring two sessions on the single theme "Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages."

[UPDATE] THE 21ST ANNUAL ACMRS INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE February 5–7, 2015 Scottsdale, AZ

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:50pm
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Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 5-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on: "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance".

CONFERENCE PUBLICATION:
Selected papers focused on "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

UPDATE: Reminder CFP: Merchants and Saints at Kalamazoo 2015

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:21am
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Emily Kelley
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There is still space available in this session organized for the next Kalamazoo medieval conference. Please note proposal deadline of September 15:

Call for Papers: Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine. International Congress on Medieval Studies, 14-17 May 2015

The Second Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 4:58am
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Euroacademia

Euroacademia cordially invites you to

The Second Euroacademia International Conference
'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

to be held in Florence, Italy
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi

17 – 18 October 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 8th of September 2014

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Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
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Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

Kalamazoo Special Session-"Copia Verborum" and "Catalogus Verborum"

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 3:17pm
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Monika Otter/ Dartmouth College; Yun Ni/ Harvard University

"Copia Verborum: Synonymy, Amplification, Lists and Logorrhea"

"Catalogus Verborum: Catalogue, List and the Spilling-over of Learning"

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015

The word "copia" oscillates semantically between senses of "abundance, richness" and senses of "mastery, competence." Richness of expression, treasuries of words, mastery of vocabulary, amplification and ornamentation are fundamental concepts in rhetoric and poetics from late antiquity until the renaissance. Treatises on synonymy and word lists such as the ps.-Ciceronian "De Synonymis" were frequently copied.

Dealing with Change: Unconventional Reading in Early Modern Europe

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:26am
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NeMLA 2015
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The European continent witnessed widespread transformation between 1500 and 1700. This panel will explore the role of literature as a driving force behind this time of social innovation and cultural turmoil. Possible topics: the interplay between orthodoxy and heterodoxy; the re-appraisal of magical literature and its dialectic with empiricism; the re-interpretation of folklore and popular beliefs; the role of the printing market in the circulation of unorthodox texts; the raison d'état underpinning the birth of national states.

Organizers: Erika Mazzer and Fabio Battista

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
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Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

UPDATED: Medieval Drama: Expanding the Canon--Period, Performance, and Pedagogy

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Because of the resurgence of medieval drama scholarship, 2015 is a fitting point at which to reassess our notions of a "medieval drama canon." Recent work has shown that medieval drama, like medieval literature in general, traverses multiple genres and historical periods. We also know that individual and communal audiences witnessed the drama in several sites, public and private. Moreover, the recent publications of several new "classroom" texts—in the forms of stand-alone editions and anthologies—show that instructors are moving beyond the traditional teaching texts, such as Mankind and the Towneley Second Shepherds Play, of the last several decades.

Melusine's Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:49am
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Misty Urban
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Matriarch, monster, muse, and myth: While the late 14th c French prose romance by Jean d'Arras arguably remains the earliest and most-translated version of the story of Melusine—in which he envisions her as a foundress of the powerful Lusignan family—the figure of the fairy woman cursed with a half-human, half-serpent form traveled widely through the legends of medieval and early modern Europe. From Thüring von Ringoltingen's German iteration of 1456, which gave rise to the popular chapbook, and related folktales that brought Melusine decisively to the European medieval imaginary, Melusine's variants surface in countries and centuries beyond.

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