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[Reminder] Cannibalism in Fiction panel for ASLE 2015

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:47am
Assoc. for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conf. 2015

November 30th deadline

What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibalism in Fiction

From ancient Greek myths to 21st century post-apocalyptic novels, cannibalism abounds, forcing us to reconsider easy binaries of self and other or civilized "us" and a savage "them." As Maggie Kilgour argues in From Communion to Cannibalism, incorporation—the most basic example of which is eating—"depends upon and enforces an absolute division between inside and outside; but in the act itself that opposition disappears, dissolving the structure it appears to produce" (4). What, then, when the food being eaten is human flesh?

Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:58am
Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

The End of the City can be understood in at least three ways: as its boundary, as its demise, or as a question about its purpose.

[UPDATE] Missing, presumed dead: absent mothers in the cultural imagination, 11-12 June 2015

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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:18am
Department of Language Studies, Umeå University & Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Sweden

NB! New date
The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.

[UPDATE] The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence (March 14, 2015)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:35pm
English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

[UPDATE] Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal [January 25th, 2015]

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:01pm
Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal

ww.aeluruslitjournal.com
Call for Papers and Book Reviews: 2015 Issue
Submission Deadline: 25 January 2015

Aelurus is an annual journal that publishes literary and theoretical scholarship from graduate students, which is run and staffed by graduate students in Weber State University's Master of Arts in English program. As such, Aelurus is devoted to a publication process in which we foster and lend experience to the scholarly endeavor of fellow graduate students.

Open to critical perspectives and mediums of examination from any time period, Aelurus solicits scholarly submissions, the most rigorous of which will be published digitally and in print in the spring of each year.

Sites of Decay-March 13-14, 2015

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:57pm
The Eighth Annual Graduate Conference Literature, Politics and Aesthetics-The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton University (SUNY),

Faculty Keynote: Julia Walker, Art History Department (Binghamton University)

After Extinction

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:48pm
Center for 21st Century Studies

A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), UW-Milwaukee
April 30-May 2, 2015

What comes after extinction? Our predominant understanding of extinction today relates to natural species extinctions caused largely by human actions. But in the twenty-first century categorical distinctions between humans and nonhumans or culture and nature are no longer tenable—if they ever really were. Indeed as Darwin was not even the first to note, mass extinction events preceded the appearance of humans on the planet.

call for book proposals, Sanctity in Global Perspective

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:47pm
The Hagiography Society with Ashgate

Book proposals are sought for a new series, Sanctity in Global Perspective

Series Editors:
Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University, USA;
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh, USA; and
John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, USA

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