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[UPDATE] (Post)Graduate Travel Grants available for DNS Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV 'Ideas and Enlightenment'

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Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:54am
University of Sydney

The 15th David Nichol Smith Seminar organizing committee is pleased to announce that they will be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to expand postgraduate participation in the 2014 'Ideas and Enlightenment' conference. These are provided through generous funding contributions from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Putting Periodisation to Use Group, and the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. These scholarships are part of an extended postgraduate program at DNS XV, which will be supported by the newly formed DNS Graduate Caucus. We anticipate that the program will include paired mentoring between junior and senior colleagues at the conference and a professional development workshop.

[update] Submission deadline extended to May 15; Reading Matters, June 11-13, 2014, Interdisciplinary Summer Conference

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:33am
Troy University

Reading Matters
Interdisciplinary Summer Conference
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.

Sea Narratives: call for essay contributions

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:46am
University of Warwick

Set in the wider context of a turn towards space and mobility, studies of the sea have come to take increasing prominence in the humanities and social sciences. This volume seeks to establish an interdisciplinary exchange on the theme of 'sea narratives', looking at how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Announcing Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
Articles
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Interview

CPF PAMLA Conference, 2014 Special Session: "That Old Black Magic": Temporality of Magic

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
Sören Fröhlich / University of California, San Diego

Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.

Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship (CAA, NYC, 11-14 Feb 15)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:26pm
Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila/panel co-chairs for 2015 College Art Association conference

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.

Written Song and Performed Text Conference Panel (Deadline June 17, 2014)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:12pm
Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVIII at UVA-Wise

This panel centers on the subject of orality and the written record in the realm of music. The organizers are particularly interested in the history of rimur, an Icelandic song tradition which appeared in manuscripts beginning in the 14th century and survived long enough to be recorded in 20th-century performance. However, abstracts are welcome on any aspect of orality and literacy in relation to medieval and early modern music.

Abstracts for papers should be 250 words or fewer.

Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2014.

The Medieval-Renaissance Conference takes place at UVA-Wise, Sept. 25-27, 2014.

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English April 28 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

Women and Work in Literature - Proposals Due May 15

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:44pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Please send 250-500 word abstracts by May 15 directly to the conference website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas Questions? Email Susanne Weil, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, Centralia College, Washington, sweil@centralia.edu.

ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:31am
Susan Dixon, Ph.D. and Klare Scarborough, Ph.D., La Salle University

CALL FOR PAPERS—ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 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.

SCMLA Irish Literature Panel (October 18-22), Due 4/31/2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:13pm
South Central Modern Language Association

Accepting paper proposals for the Irish Literature panel of the SCMLA 2014 conference in Austin, TX on October 18-22. The topic is open to any subject related to Irish Literature. Those scholars wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing the proposed paper directly to Dr. Mikki Galliher (mgalliher@bmc.edu) by March 31, 2014. For more information, see the SCMLA conference website (www.southcentralmla.org).

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