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Brevity is the soul of wit (12/15/14)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:18am
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Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World

For its inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World welcomes original proposals inspired by the celebrated aphorism: 'Brevity is the soul of wit'.

This issue of Angles will be an opportunity to discuss the links with humor, irony, and short forms of expression (mots d'esprit, soundbites, slogans) in a host of contexts: literary, linguistic, social, political
and artistic.

For a complete CFP, please visit:
http://angles.saesfrance.org/index.php?id=87

Additional, off-topic contributions are also welcome.

Beyond Leeches and Lepers: Medieval and Early Modern Medicine Conference May 2, 2015

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:14am
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Jessica Legacy and Helen F. Smith; University of Edinburgh

This is a one-day public engagement conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers. We are excited to announce that Dr. Irina Metzler has been confirmed as the keynote speaker.

There are many misconceptions about the quality of health care in the medieval and early-modern periods. Even Blackadder II, set in the sixteenth century, popularises the idea that early-modern medical practices were both limited and ineffective:

Edmund: I've never had anything you doctors didn't try to cure with leeches. A leech on my ear for ear ache, a leech on my bottom for constipation.
Doctor: They're marvellous, aren't they?
Edmund: Well, the bottom one wasn't. I just sat there and squashed it.

11 Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:29am
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Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

11th Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond with Muldoon and Hayes

"I am with Raleigh, near the Atlantic" writes Paul Muldoon in "Promises, Promises" from the volume Why Brownlee Left ( ). Even though Plato wanted to banish poets from the (ideal?) Republic, poets and poetry have remained part of the social life. After all, the Romantics believed in the inborn superiority of literature as a mode of knowledge and judgment. Literature and not history or philosophy carried the meaning of life. Victorians placed a poet not above but within his/her community thereby asserting his or her social utility.

"Space" lightning talks at IABA-Americas June 4-7

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:14pm
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International Auto/biographical Association Chapter of the Americas
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The 1st biennial conference of the Americas chapter of the International Auto/Biography Association asks us to consider life writing as a form of encounter. This panel examines auto/biographical encounters with and in space: How are auto/biographical subjects constitute themselves through spaces of all kinds—including living spaces, environments, habitats, workplaces, landscapes, buildings, or geographies? How does space facilitate archival, technological, and methodological encounters?

Chat with a Journal Editor at MLA Vancouver, 9–10 January, 2015

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:46pm
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The Council of Editors of Learned Journals
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MLA members—especially graduate students and junior faculty—are invited to chat with a journal editor at the MLA Convention. This opportunity is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Apollon eJournal - Undergraduate Submissions deadline 12/07/2014

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:46am
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Apollon: eJournal of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
Apollon invites undergraduate students to get published in, review submissions for, or help edit the fourth issue of our peer-reviewed eJournal, Apollon. By publishing superior examples of undergraduate academic work, Apollon highlights the importance of undergraduate research in the humanities. Apollon welcomes submissions that feature image, text, sound, and a variety of presentation platforms in the process of showcasing the many species of undergraduate research.

Forum essay prize 2015 - translating cultures

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:00am
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Forum for Modern Language Studies
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The Forum Prize 2015 – Call for Articles

The Forum for Modern Language Studies Prize competition 2015 invites submissions on the subject of translating cultures.

In an increasingly transnational, multi-cultural and multi-lingual world, translation has a crucial role to play in inter-cultural understanding, to which research in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures makes a vital contribution. Translation has long been at the heart of LLC teaching and research activity and is a thriving area of interdisciplinary scholarship across a broad range of historical and geographical contexts.

Bodies that Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:49pm
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst (English Graduate Organization)

We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are
normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible.

Culture and Environment- University of Akron 2015 Regional Conference

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 5:01pm
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Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars (SAGES)

CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
SAGES Third Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
Student Union
March 5, 2015

The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on March 5, 2015. We welcome creative writers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the theme, "Culture and Environment." This free conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

We invite scholarship and reflection addressing one or more elements of culture and environment, while simultaneously exploring the relationship(s) between these forces.

[Reminder] Cannibalism in Fiction panel for ASLE 2015

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

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