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Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries (September 5-6, 2014)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:50am
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Rice University English Graduate Symposium
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As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.

The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:24pm
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Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City
6th-7th November
King's College London

Organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network 'Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day'

Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths).

Further keynotes TBA

CFP (SAMLA 2014, Atlanta 11/7-11/9): Alcohol in Literature and Popular Culture

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:12pm
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David Pratt, The College of William & Mary
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of alcohol in literature and popular culture. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme (Sustainability and the Humanities) are especially welcome. By June 6, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract and A/V requirements to David Pratt, The College of William and Mary, at dcpratt@wm.edu.

The 86th annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center, November 7-9, 2014. Visit http://samla.memberclicks.net/conference for additional conference details.

Sustainable Conrad: Teaching Heart of Darkness and Other Texts by Joseph Conrad to Undergraduates (due by June 15, 2014)

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 12:46pm
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SAMLA/THE JOSEPH CONRAD SOCIETY OF AMERICA

For the 86th South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta November 7-9, 2014: While taking into consideration the special focus for SAMLA 86, we will consider the importance of artfully and effectively introducing Conrad to undergraduates. Making Conrad authentic, pertinent, and interesting for students as we go forward can contribute to the goal of sustainability in the Humanities. How might such lesson be designed? What might a student-centered class period (or several periods) devoted to a Conrad story look like for the student? What sequence of activities might the facilitator, the professor, choose to guide the students in a way that allows them to make crucial discoveries about Conrad on their own?

Reconstruction, Restoration, Conservation: Reconciling the Past through word and image - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:37pm
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University of Dundee
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'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

[Update] Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:34am
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The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

The conference will bring together scholars interested in developing dialogues between new/ecological materialists and related interrogations of materialism in science, philosophy and literature.

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

Call for Papers

We take great pleasure in announcing the Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

American Environmental Literature Before 1900 (American Lit I, Pre-1900) UPDATE

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:49pm
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SAMLA Conference - November 2014
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Deadline: June 1, 2014 to spetersh@iue.edu

Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Imagination, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

[UPDATE] Last Call and Deadline Extension: Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Conference

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 3:02am
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Semiotic Society of America
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In response to numerous requests from colleagues and institutions, the Semiotic Society of America is pleased to extend our deadline for abstract submissions to ***June 20, 2014***.

Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting
October 2-5, 2014
Seattle, Washington

This year's non-restrictive conference theme is:

Paradoxes of Life
Challenge – Determination – Resilience

(Contributions on any other topic related to semiotics are welcome)

[UPDATE] David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth Century Studies XV

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 2:18am
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University of Sydney
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10-13 December 2014
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Keynotes are now confirmed and a reminder of the June 15 abstract deadline.

Keynote Speakers
• John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania)
• Sophia Rosenfeld (University of Virginia)
• Michael McKeon (Rutgers University)
• Erika Naginski (Harvard University)

Edited collection: Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (7/1/14)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:23pm
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Matthew Cella
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I seek contributors to an edited collection focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology, particularly as it plays out in American literature and culture. More specifically, the collection will investigate the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational (and thereby ecological) process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit.

[UPDATE] MWASECS 2014, deadline extended to July 1, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:55pm
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MWASECS
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MIDWEST AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
October 17–19, 2014 • Kansas City, MO

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. George Justice,
Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University
"The Urban Sociability of Books"

Conference 'Northern Myths, Modern Identities: The Nationalization of Mythologies in Northern Europe', Groningen 27-29 nov.2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 10:04am
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University of Groningen, the Netherlands
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Venue: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Dates: 27-29 November 2014
Deadline for application: 10 July 2014

According to Roland Barthes, mythology is primarily a mode of signification or a system of communication, rather than an idea or a concept in itself. It is a way of speaking about ourselves and our collective identities. From the early 1800s onwards the cultural construction of ethnic, regional, national and supra-national identities became increasingly characterized by an infatuation with the primordial. The metaphysical nature of national character transcended temporal and spatial dimensions, and was therefore considered by many to have found its most striking expression in indigenous mythological narratives.

Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 10:51am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 1, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at paul.dahlgren@gsw.edu.

The Theme for SAMLA 86 is Sustainability and the Humanities.

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