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Constructing Humanity

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:40pm
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University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)
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5th Annual University of Nevada, Reno
College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)

Call for Proposals

Constructing Humanity
(re/de)constructing (in)humanit(ies)

February 26, 27 & 28, 2015

Marriage, Money, and Seduction - RMMLA Friday Oct. 10, 2014

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:45pm
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Autumn Lauzon/ Rocky Mountain MLA
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This panel is urgently seeking one or two additional papers for a panel on Marriage, Money, and Seduction in literature for the upcoming Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014). The topic is open to any time period, British or American.

Please send abstracts and questions immediately to Autumn Lauzon at autumn.lauzon@uncp.edu.

ASECS 2015: Minor Authors and Minor Genres: Re-examining the Creation of the Eighteenth-Century Literary Canon

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:55am
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Lindsay Emory Moore, University of North Texas
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By the end of the eighteenth-century, thanks to literary histories such as Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets and Thomas Warton's The History of English Poetry, along with the beginning of literary criticism, the framework of the eighteenth-century canon we still use today had already been created. Writers who were lauded by Johnson and Warton as the writers of the age are for the most part still anthologized and taught in undergraduate courses in today's universities. However, an entire oeuvre of white male authors of the dominant political party—such as Elkanah Settle, Colley Cibber, and Warton himself—are relatively unexplored even though they exerted influence over literary culture as City Poet and Poets Laureate, respectively.

Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies / March 20-21, 2015; Deadline: 15 December 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:44pm
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Department of English, Valparaiso University
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Call for Papers

The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.

Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
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Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

UPDATE: "Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century," CFP Deadline: September 1, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 1:24pm
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Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Conference, February 13-14, 2015, San Luis Obispo, California
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We invite submissions from all disciplines exploring any aspect of race, gender, or empire in the late seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries. Topics might include the formation of racial categories and ideologies; changing constructions of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality; the shaping of the empire abroad and national identity at home; trans-national and cross-cultural encounters; exploration and scientific expeditions; indigenous religions and missionary activity; global commodity exchange; slavery and abolition; influences between the metropole and the colony; classifications of the civilized and savage; colonial projects and post-colonial critiques; and the era's connections to classical empire and modern imperialism.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

CFP: Paradoxa, "The Futures Industry," 10/01/2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:55pm
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Paradoxa
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Paradoxa: Call for Papers: "The Futures Industry"

More than thirty years ago, Fredric Jameson suggested in "Progress versus Utopia" (1982) that, far from providing us with blueprints of the future, the function of science fiction was to dramatize our inability to imagine a future distinct from the capitalist present. Much of his work since, including his "genealogy of the future" in Valences of the Dialectic has focused on the importance of speculative fiction for working through the difficulties of utopian thinking in a context thoroughly saturated by capitalist thinking.

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
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Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Peer-Reviewers Needed for Text on Edgar Allan Poe

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:02am
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Gerry Del Guercio
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Editor seeks 2-3 peer-reviewers for an upcoming collection of essays on Edgar Allan Poe. The ideal peer-reviewer will have advanced studies in American literature with a particular emphasis on Poe. The publisher will set the deadline. Please send resumes at gerry9301@bell.net by July 31, 2014.

ASECS 2015 Panel: The English Catholic Community in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:23pm
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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Discussions of English Catholicism in the eighteenth century often treat Catholics as an "Other" against which English Protestant culture defined itself. Of course, English Catholics in the period also sought to define or represent themselves—sometimes to distinguish themselves from a Protestant "Other," and sometimes to bridge the divide between themselves and Protestants. This panel welcomes papers investigating representations of English Catholics in literary or non-literary writings and art produced by English Catholics, or papers investigating any aspect of English Catholic culture.

Melusine's Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:49am
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Misty Urban
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Matriarch, monster, muse, and myth: While the late 14th c French prose romance by Jean d'Arras arguably remains the earliest and most-translated version of the story of Melusine—in which he envisions her as a foundress of the powerful Lusignan family—the figure of the fairy woman cursed with a half-human, half-serpent form traveled widely through the legends of medieval and early modern Europe. From Thüring von Ringoltingen's German iteration of 1456, which gave rise to the popular chapbook, and related folktales that brought Melusine decisively to the European medieval imaginary, Melusine's variants surface in countries and centuries beyond.

CFP: UC Berkeley Graduate Student Conference "Leaps of Faith" Deadline: 09/15/14

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:04pm
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Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Call for Papers

Deadline September 15, 2014

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Hosted by The Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Berkeley
November 21-22, 2014.

This conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts due to ucbleapsoffaith@gmail.com by September 15, 2014.

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley

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