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Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Southern Futurism: University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference (April 10-11, 2014)

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:23am
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University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference on Literature

The notion that southern literature is defined by an emphasis on the continuity between past and present has long been found in southern literary studies. This conference will explore the idea of the South as a region forever a step or two behind the modern nation, as well as reconsider the backward temporality of the South by taking its cue from poet and novelist Jack Butler's claim that "The future doesn't erase the past; it colonizes it."

Though the conference theme centers on southern literature and culture, we also welcome submissions on any topic related to all genres of literature, theory, culture, and film, as well as creative submissions of poetry, fiction, and drama.

[UPDATE] Anemoi: Journal of Pre-Modern Studies February 28th Deadline

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 2:53pm
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Anemoi: New College of Florida Journal of Pre-Modern Studies
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Anemoi, named after the Greek deities of the four winds in honor of New College's four winds symbolism, provides an outlet for publication of high quality undergraduate papers. It also gives students experience in working with a peer-reviewed journal. It emphasizes pre-modern studies—time periods that are often overlooked. Anemoi highlights how the major fields within pre-modern are closely interrelated while academically separate.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE, 15-17 December 2014

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:06am
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Institute of Advanced Studies in English
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The academic fraternity world over is preoccupied with various ways of understanding language, literature and culture. In addition to their interrelations and interdependance, the new ideas and approaches emerging from various disciplines like literary theory, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis alongside technological revolution and socio-cultural transformations, have a bearing on our study of language and literature. The conference aims at exploring this dynamics with a focus on the complementary nature of language, literature and culture and their centrality in human life.

This Rough Magic - Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Lit. - 5/16/14

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:04am
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This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org
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This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Authorship
•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Poetry
•Drama
•Epic
•Nation/Empire/Class
•Economics
•History
•Religion
•Superstition
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
•Race/Ethnicity
•Multi-Culturalism
•Gender
•Sexuality
•Art

2014 "Tudor Books and Readers" NEH summer seminar -- application deadline 3/4/14

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:52am
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).

The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness (BABEL Working Group Oct 16-18)

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 3:37pm
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Jen Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao
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3rd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group
16-18 October 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara

The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness

Co-Organizers: Jen Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) + Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee University)

Email proposals (no more than 300 words) to cutebabel14@gmail.com by April 1, 2014.

[UPDATE] "Self(ie)-Representation," SMU Graduate Student Conference, March 22, 2014

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 2:06pm
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Southern Methodist University Graduate Student Conference

The "selfie," with its many outlets and ironic iterations, has provoked critical and popular conversation celebrating the form as empowering or decrying it as narcissistic. But, though the "selfie" is relatively recent, the act of self-representation is of course very old. Autobiographies, diaries, fictional selves, privately-printed collections of poetry, obsessive editorial practices, commissioned portraits, fashionable clothing, elaborate grave markers, carefully-crafted public personae: life is the accumulation of selfies. This graduate conference seeks papers that explore such modes of self-representation and the discourses surrounding them.

6th Conference of the Aphra Behn Europe Society, "Aphra Behn and the Challenges of Genre"

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 4:39am
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University of Huelva, Spain
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6TH CONFERENCE OF THE APHRA BEHN EUROPE SOCIETY
Aphra Behn and the Challenges of Genre
University of Huelva, Spain
12-14 June, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS

Aphra Behn was not only one of the most prolific writers in the seventeenth century, but also one able and willing to tackle all genres. She earned a name in the theatre in her own time, and showed her interest in a number of other literary forms such as verse, prose fiction and translation. This conference proposes an overview of her career by focusing on the concept of genres. It also aims to situate Behn's generic practices in the context of seventeenth-century writing and in relation to her predecessors, contemporaries and followers.

Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres, Conference, 3–4 December 2014, Bratislava

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 4:20am
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Svorad Zavarský/Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavonic Studies, Slovak Academy of Sciences
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The confessional division within the Church in the early modern period was accompanied by fervent activity in the field of polemical theology. This gave rise to a specific literary genre that, in spite of its abundant representation among early modern texts, has not received due attention from philologists as a distinct form of thought and expression. When reading early modern texts, one comes across references and allusions to confessional polemics again and again. Evidently, writings of religious controversy, practical rather than theoretical as to their purpose, were capable of reaching out beyond their own sphere, thus making their presence felt in society and exerting their influence on individual people's lives.

New Media 1450-1700 (MLA 2015 Vancouver January 8-11)

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:16pm
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Katie Chenoweth, Princeton University
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For this MLA Special Session we invite papers exploring the discourses and practices that surrounded emerging media forms and technologies between 1450 and 1700. Papers comparing contemporary and Renaissance/early modern "new media" cultures are also invited. Abstracts of 300 words to kac3@princeton.edu by March 15.

The Place of Spenser/Spenser's Places (Dublin Ireland, June 18-20, 2015)

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:52pm
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International Spenser Society
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The Place of Spenser / Spenser's Places
Dublin, 18-20 June 2015
The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference

The International Spenser Society invites proposals for their next International Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will address Spenser's places – domestic, urban, global, historical, colonial, rhetorical, geopolitical, etc. – but also the place of Spenser in Renaissance studies, in the literary tradition, in Britain, in Ireland, in the literary and political cultures of his own moment.

6th Conference of the Aphra Behn Europe Society

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:11pm
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University of Huelva
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Aphra Behn was not only one of the most prolific writers in the seventeenth century, but also one able and willing to tackle all genres. She earned a name in the theatre in her own time, and showed her interest in a number of other literary forms such as verse, prose fiction and translation. This conference proposes an overview of her career by focusing on the concept of genres. It also aims to situate Behn's generic practices in the context of seventeenth-century writing and in relation to her predecessors, contemporaries and followers.

Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:57am
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Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

James Randall Leader Prize for outstanding Arthurian Article - 1 March

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:53am
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International Arthurian Society - North American Branch
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Nominations are invited for the James Randall Leader Prize 2013, for an outstanding academic article published on any Arthurian subject, medieval, modern or contemporary. The Prize is awarded by the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Association. To be considered authors must be members of the International Arthurian Society. Articles must be written in English, and must have appeared in print or/and electronically in a journal or an essay collection during 2013. The deadline for submissions is March 1 2014. Self-nominations are welcome. Articles published in the Society's North American Branch Journal, Arthuriana, are automatically included among the nominations.

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