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The Global Renaissance

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 2:36pm
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Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
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The next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference will take place on the weekend of October 22 to 24 in Kelowna, a resort town at the centre of British Columbia's wine country.

The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society (PNRS) promotes scholarship in Early Modern Studies by hosting an annual conference, held alternately in the United States and Canada and open to all scholars from North America and beyond, including graduate students. The PNRS is an affiliate of both the Renaissance Society of America and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société Canadienne d'études de la Renaissance.

The Spanish Stage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (6/17; 9-25-27)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:54pm
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University of Virginia's College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVII
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This session seeks papers on the dramatic literature of medieval and renaissance Spain. We are particularly interested in papers that deal with the development of drama in the period, and with the transition from the medieval to the early modern as represented in Spanish drama and literature. We will also consider representations of Spain in the French and English drama. Possible topics include medieval religious drama; the development of Spanish Renaissance drama, including but not limited to, the plays of Lope de Vega and Calderón; and representations of Spain on the French and English stage, such as in the dramatic works of Pierre Corneille and Thomas Kyd.

Send abstracts (300-350 words) by June 17 to

[UPDATE] DECADENCE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:39pm
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Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English

[DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please note the new deadline of May 23, 2014, and the newly announced keynote speakers.]
Decadence: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Dalhousie University (Halifax, N.S., Canada)
August 15-17, 2014

Art/Literature/Music as Satire and Social Commentary in the 21st Century

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:08pm
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The New Union
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We require articles on political and cultural subjects for issue 3 of The New Union. For more information and to see our current issue, visit www.new-union.co.uk. Please be sure to read our 'About' page.

We are particularly interested in publishing articles that look at how art, literature, music, etc are used as a means of satire or social commentary in the twenty-first century.

Articles should be between 4,000-6,000 words long, do not need to be written in an academic style, and should include no footnotes. Please send completed articles to editors@new-union.co.uk by 31 July 2014.

Shakespeare and Classical Authors, Special Session RSA Berlin, 26-28 March 2015

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:59am
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Dr. Judith A. Deitch
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This session will investigate Shakespeare's self-schooling in authorship through his reading of classical authors—the rediscovered representatives of secular antiquity. Rather than assessing whether Shakespeare was "a classicist," let us focus on his multidisciplinary reading both in terms of strategic literary re-deployment, as well as in terms of his self-development as an author. What might Shakespeare have gained in techniques, motifs or themes to be extracted, imitated, altered, rearranged, or avoided?

Reconstruction, Conservation, Restoration: Reconciling the Past through Word and Image

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 6:20pm
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University of Dundee
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'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)

CFP Subculture: MPCA/ACA 2014 Annual Conference - DEADLINE MAY 15

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:57pm
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Morgan Shipley / Area Chair

Call for Proposals:

SUBCULTURE

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/

American Culture Association Conference

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014

JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed.

[UPDATE] First International Conference in Iran on Shakespeare Studies (ICISS) November 26-27, 2014

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:39am
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University of Tehran
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Being the first specialized conference on Shakespeare in Iran, this aims to attract the attention of Shakespeare scholars and readers from different countries to exchange professional ideas and give critical comments on the diversity, versatility, global facet of Shakespeare. The popularity of his plays in today's world, bespeaks of the fact that Shakespeare's' works have broken cultural and geographical barriers. Many great and outstanding writers have appeared through different ages in literary circles, but he remains unrivaled in history of theatre.

Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
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Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.

English (to 1700) [Standing Session] PAMLA 2014 Riverside, CA 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:12pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on works of English literature prior to 1700 for a panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, 2014 in Riverside, California.

As a standing session, "English (to 1700)" entertains papers on a wide variety of topics. All proposals are welcome, and submissions that speak to the conference's larger theme "Familiar Spirits" are adiitionally encouraged (for example, hauntings, mythologies, magic, spiritualism, etc.).

Please submit proposals before May 15th, 2014, using the on-line submission system at "http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals".

Natural Phenomena and Spaces in Early Modern Literature

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:41pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature as examined through an ecocritical or natural lens. Paper proposals addressing the conference theme of Sustainability are especially welcome. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 200-250 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Mary Grace Elliott, University of New Hampshire, at mge1108@gmail.com.

RSA 2015 (Mar. 26-28), Music in Theory and Practice on the Early Modern English Stage

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:38pm
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Renaissance Society of America
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Early modern music theory was a complex web of intersecting ideas. Music was thought to be profoundly transformative for its listeners, entering through the ear and affecting the body, mind and spirit in ways that could be beneficial or destructive. It was deployed, too, as a metaphor for cosmic order, social stability and the health of the body and soul. But music was first and foremost a real sound in a real space, and the theatre in this period was unique in its capacity to place ideas about music into dialogue with its practice.

UPDATE/DEADLINE EXTENDED: Special Sessions Proposals for MMLA (DUE 5/15; November 13-16, Detroit)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:29am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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The Program Committee of the Midwest Modern Language Association particularly welcomes CFPs for Special Sessions that address the 2014 conference theme, "The Lives of Cities." Special Sessions may focus on any literary period/category or may encourage papers that cover multiple periods. Please note: the Committee seeks CFPs for panel topics and *does not require* complete panels with identified papers/panelists at this time (though complete panels are also welcome).

Conference and Publication: On Literary Influence: Europe/America (Fall 2014, Germany)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:09am
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Cusanuswerk Germany

The Cusanuswerk is the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany and awards government scholarships to exceptionally gifted researchers in all branches of academic study. For more information, please visit www.cusanuswerk.org

--- Conference and Publication: On Literary Influence: Europe/America ---

The Cusanuswerk invites academic personnel, advanced PHD-candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers to submit previously unpublished papers on the topic of 'INFLUENCE' between the literary cultures of Europe and America.

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