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Tolkien and the Classics 2

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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:20am
AIST - Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani

Tolkien and the Classics 2

The Gruppo italiano di Studi Tolkieniani (Italian Tolkien Study Group), coordinated by the Associazione Italiana Studi Tolkieniani (Italian Tolkien Studies Association) and the Istituto filosofico di studi Tomistici (Philosophical Institute of Thomistic Studies) of Modena, consists of scholars, writers, journalists and translators who have devoted several years of study and research to Tolkien and his works. Collectively or individually, they have published papers and essays especially for publishers Effatà and Marietti 1820, acting for the latter as the Scientific Committee of the Tolkien e Dintorni (Tolkien and his Surroundings) book series.

Call for Papers

[UPDATE] Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words - May 12-14, 2016 [Abstract due 3/25/16]

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:12pm
2016 Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature (at California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif.)

Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words

Call for Papers

Recent headlines abound decrying the death of academic disciplines traditionally concerned with the care and tending of language. Has a loving and lyrical approach to language become an antiquated notion? Everything from research studies on the relationship between literature and empathy to informal conversations about the power of a good story attest to language's enduring capacity to incite wonder, motivate compassion, or provoke reflection. Words, indeed, serve as the means through which restorative faith is expressed to, explored with, and embraced by the reader.

"Pushing Back: Feminist Readings as Resistance"

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:05am
Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2016

The upcoming issue of Parlour will concentrate on women as producers and consumers of texts with an emphasis on counter-intuitive feminist interpretations. We invite submissions that explore a wide range of approaches to the issue's theme and its attendant connotations of defiance, opposition, direct action, and rebellion.

Call for Submissions: Travel Writing (March, 2016)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 5:18am
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/reserach/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For the month of March we will start receiving submissions from March 1, 2016, ending on March 20, 2016.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Magic and Literature: May 27-28, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 2:33am
Department of English & Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Call for Papers
International Conference
Magic and Literature

May 27-28, 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Subir Dhar, Rabindra Bharati University

Magic pops up frequently in literature. Prospero's art, Keats's 'charm'd magic casements,' the satirical sylphs in Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Yeats's occultism are some examples. In English Studies, we deal with magic in classics as well as in popular literature: Homer and Apuleius, the Holy Grail, The Faerie Queene, the modern magical realists, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling and others. We locate magic in the 'genial spirit' of the author; we identify magic as an object of desire, an enactment of words, or an enchanted place.

First Mainz Graduate Conference in English Literature and Culture, 22-23 July 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 1:12am
English Literature and Culture, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

First Mainz Graduate Conference in English Literature and Culture

The School of English Literature and Culture at Mainz University will be hosting its first graduate conference on 22 and 23 July 2016. We invite potential participants to submit proposals for 20-minute papers that fit into one of the following sections:

1. Text, Language, Reader
2. Text, History, Form
3. Text, Culture, Identity

Please send 200-word abstracts to the organisers by 15 April 2016: wood@uni-mainz.de and patrick.gill@uni-mainz.de

Life Writing and Film Biography in the Trans-Cultural Context

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 11:59pm
Center for Life Writing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

International Conference

Life Writing and Film Biography in the Trans-Cultural Context

Oct. 29-30, 2016, Shanghai, China

CFP: "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory"

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:30am
Humber College and the International Festival of Authors

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
"Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory"

Toronto, October 28-29, 2016.

Humber College's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, Canada in association with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) will be presenting its third annual interdisciplinary conference "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory." The International Festival of Authors (IFOA), one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world, is located at the Harbourfront Centre, one of downtown Toronto's major cultural and artistic venues.

[Deadline Extended] MLA 2017 Special Session: Nonhumans in Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:55am
Shun Y. Kiang / Bunker Hill Community College

Animals, fairies, and toys, and their relation to concepts of childhood or the child, fill the pages of British children's fiction in the twentieth century. While childhood was often portrayed in the Victorian period as that of "vulnerability and victimization . . . a comparatively brief, difficult step on the path to adulthood" (Gavin and Humphries), literary representations of childhood from the Edwardian period onward emphasize less on the child's proper relation to the adult world, but more on his or her ability/willingness to cultivate affective ties with a host of nonhuman others, as represented in such works as E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It," J. M.

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