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[UPDATE] Haunted Landscapes Symposium, Registration Now Open

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:36pm
Falmouth University and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Registration is now open for the one day symposium 'Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment', 8th March 2014. The symposium is to be held at Falmouth University, UK in collaboration with ASLE UK-I. Keynote Speaker, Professor Ronald Hutton. Programme and registration details: . There is to be an associated art exhibition and readings by Professor Julian Wolfreys of his novel 'Silent Music'.

Philamet Issue 20 - Humour CFP

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:20pm
Philament, Thue University of Sydney Journal of the Arts

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Humour and identity
- Laughter
- Humour and music
- Satire
- Parody
- Humour and politics
- Psychology of humour
- Humour in the humanities
- Humour and truthfulness
- Black humour
- Cultural humour
- Irony and sincerity
- Humour and emotions
- Forms of humour
- Humour and feminism

Transformations - 30 May 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
University College London

This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.

[UPDATE: Extended Deadline] Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia (May 16-17, 2014) [CFP due February 12]

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:38pm
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?

Graduate-Undergraduate Colloquium: TRANSFORMATIONS - May 10, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:11pm
Portland State University

World Languages and Literatures
Graduate Student Colloquium
May 10, 2014
Current trends in Literature, Linguistics, Language Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

[UPDATE] Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 1:59pm
Gordon College

The submission deadline for the Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium has been extended to February 15, 2014.

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for the Fifth Annual LLUC taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Reframing Outcomes of Violent Emotions

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 5:26pm
Daniela D’Eugenio - Department of Comparative Literature (Italian Specialization) - CUNY Graduate Center

130th MLA Annual Convention
Vancouver, 8–11 January 2015
Deadline: March 15, 2014

This panel aims to explore the field of emotions in the Classics and in the Early Modern Period with particular attention to violent and negative reactions, relying on both contemporary theories and more modern approaches. The panel seeks to analyze how violence may be delightful and how reactions or emotions, traditionally perceived as negative, play a role as positive social and literary catalysts.
Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 2:17pm
University of Wyoming

"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.

"English Renaissance Literature," 2014 RMMLA Convention, Boise, Idaho, October 9-11, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 11:16am
Kirsten Mendoza/ Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session invites papers that address any aspect of English Renaissance literature to be delivered at the sixty-eighth annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 9-11, 2014. Topics of interest include cross-cultural interactions, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Kirsten Mendoza (

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2014.

"Early Ecocriticism: Environments in Medieval and Early Modern Literature," 68th RMMLA Convention, Boise, ID (Oct. 9-11, 2014)

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 9:03pm
Dr. Peter Remien / Rocky Mountain MLA

This session seeks papers for the 68th annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014) that utilize the critical lens of ecocriticism, the interdisciplinary study of literature and the environment, to explore any aspect of medieval or early modern literature. When ecocriticism emerged in the 1990s as a response to awareness of impending environmental crises, its primary focus was on literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recently, however, scholars like Ken Hiltner, Sylvia Bowerbank, Diane McColley, and Gillian Rudd have called attention to how earlier works of literature register and respond to the environmental problems of their own periods.

Mediation and Conjunction: The Restless Middle [April 1, 2014]

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:05pm
Humanities Review-St John's University

The Humanities Review seeks to analyze the ways in which disparate dialectical poles (such as Nature and Culture) are mediated, and in which disparate fields of knowledge conjoin.

To this end, we are seeking scholarly articles that examine the way supposed distinctions are constructed and maintained between authentically linked, contiguous, or identical concepts; the consequences of such distinctions; and the implications of their removal.

In a similar and related vein, we are interested in cross-pollination between academic fields which are capable of illuminating both the strengths and oversights of one or both disciplines and shedding new light on new or stagnating issues.


Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:26am
I-Chun Wang (Kaohsiung Medical Univ); Asun López-Varela (Universidad Complutense Madrid)

Inverting imperialist rhetoric, Oswald de Andrade's Manifesto Antropófago (1929) used metaphors of primitivism and cannibalism in his assertion of Brazil's identity versus European postcolonial cultural domination. In 1955, Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism implicated Europe and labelled the colonizers as 'barbaric' and 'morally diseased' for their colonial treatment. By equating racism, barbarism and colonialism, Césaire claimed colonization to be a form of dehumanization, and argued that the German Nazi Party's persecution of Jews during World War II was part of "colonialist procedures applied to Europe" itself (Césaire 2000: 36) Waiting for the Barbarians, the novel published in 1980 by 2003 Nobel Prize J. M.

[UPDATE] Extended deadline [Feb 28] Supernatural Creatures: from Elf-Shot to Shrek

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:18am
University of Lodz, Poland

The conference aims to bring together experts in folklore, medieval and early modern literature and culture as well as contemporary fantasy and science-fiction to explore the fascinating relationship between supernatural creatures and humankind.

We would like to invite contributions that address the nature and function of the beliefs of past eras, their postmodern transformations, and especially those which trace the (dis)continuities in the ways in which these creatures have been imagined and perceived over the ages. From medieval fairies through Tinker Bell to Orlando Bloom's Legolas, from Fafnir to Glaurung or Smaug, the conference aims to investigate the nature of the undying fascination with the supernatural denizens of our (?) world.

[UPDATE] RCSC Annual Conference 6/7/2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:10am
Renaissance Society of Southern California


Renaissance Conference of Southern California
58th Annual Meeting
Saturday, 7 June 2014
UCLA, Los Angeles CA

Keynote Address
"From Marble and Brick to the Names of the Lord in Music: The History of a Pythagorean Symbol"
Adam Knight Gilbert
Director of the Early Music Program
Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines
(Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)

Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to: