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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

Forms of Talk - ACLA 2015

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 4:28pm
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ACLA
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"Forms of Talk" takes into account the multifaceted achievements of "talk," as distinct from related categories like speech, voice, discourse, dialogue, communication, or even conversation. Our seminar shares a title with sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking study (1981) on what has been called the "micro-sociology" of everyday interactions. The seminar places an emphasis on oralities that have been considered too commonplace, informal, accidental, idle, wasteful, or inauthentic to be of value.

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre (Augsburg, Germany, Oct 1-3, 2015)

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 1:26pm
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University of Augsburg, Germany

Call for Papers

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre
International Conference, Augsburg, October 1-3, 2015

When Polonius, in the second act of Hamlet, announces the theater company as the "best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited," he points to several problems that have pervaded scholarship on poetry and genre.

[UPDATE] Full programme and registration now available for 'The Exotic Body in 19th-century British Drama'

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 6:49pm
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Dr Tiziana Morosetti, University of Oxford

Full programme and registration for the conference 'The Exotic Body in 19th-century British Drama' (Oxford, 25-26 September) are now available at the following link:

http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/news-events/%E2%80%98exotic%E2%80%99-body-19...

[UPDATE] Alfred Hitchcock Issue—Interdisciplinary Humanities

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 1:27pm
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Interdisciplinary Humanities
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Alfred Hitchcock Issue—Interdisciplinary Humanities

Deadline: November 1, 2014
Spring 2015 - Alfred Hitchcock
Guest Editor: Michael Howarth

This special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will focus on Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" whose career spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s. Hitchcock produced and directed over fifty motion pictures, in addition to hosting two anthology series on television. His film craftsmanship is still relevant today, as his influence is continuously cited by contemporary filmmakers and he is regularly taught in cinema classes.

[UPDATE] Alfred Hitchcock - Albuquerque, New Mexico February 11-14, 2015

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 1:08pm
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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
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Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
36th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 11-14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014
Conference Website: (updated regularly)

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 3:52pm
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NeMLA
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Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

Adaptation Section of the 2015 PCA/ACA National Conference in New Orleans, April 1-4

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 3:41pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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Adaptation and Intertextuality

Papers on any and all aspects of adaptation will be considered, including but not limited to novel to film/play/TV adaptations, short story to film/TV adaptations, film to novel adaptations, stage play to radio adaptations, painting to novel/film adaptations, theme park attraction to film adaptations, video game to opera adaptations, or any other kind of adaptation you can think of!

REMINDER: SOUTHERN STUDIES CONFERENCE 6-7 February 2015

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:23am
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Auburn University at Montgomery
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Now in its seventh year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference in Southern Studies invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Roundtable on Perspectives in Historicist Pedagogy • NeMLA Convention (April 30-May 3, 2015)

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:36pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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How has the historicist turn in literary studies changed undergraduate teaching? What do historicist and/or materialist scholars teach, how, and with (or without) what kinds of materials? Inviting perspectives from the range of languages and fields represented by the MLA, this roundtable session invites proposals for presentations that either theorize principles in historicist pedagogy or present examples of syllabi, course texts, classroom practices, and assignments informed by historicist approaches to scholarship. Submit a 300-word abstract by Sept. 30 to the NeMLA website (registration required):

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