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Mid-20th-Century American Poetry and the Question of Beauty (12/12/14; 5/21-24/15, ALA Boston)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
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The Charles Olson Society
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"Rigor of beauty is the quest," writes Williams in his preface to "Paterson." "But how will you find beauty when it is locked in the mind past all remonstrance?" For the 2015 ALA conference in Boston, the Charles Olson Society invites proposals on Beauty and mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Although the 1950s are perhaps best known for the rise of the Beats, the Confessionals, and the Black Mountain poets, these were also the years of Adrienne Rich's formalist work ("Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"), as well as some of the best work of Richard Wilbur, Theodore Roethke, and other strong poets working with traditional forms.

Louisa May Alcott Society: American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference Boston May 21-24, 2015

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:28pm
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Louisa May Alcott Society (Contact Christine Doyle)
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"Transatlantic Alcott": Louisa May Alcott's status as a quintessentially American writer notwithstanding, literature and life on the other side of "the pond" interested her immensely. Her favorite writers included Dickens, Bronte, Goethe, Schiller, de Stael; admiration for their work surely added fuel to her own "burning" genius. New Englander though she was, she took not one but two European tours, producing sketches as well as fiction in response to the experiences. Even in the most American of her novels, _Little Women_, several chapters take place in Europe, where Amy and Laurie visit many places Louisa experienced on her first European tour in 1865-66. What does Alcott's writing show about her reading of Europe and European writers?

Interdisciplinary Graduate Disabilities Conference - April 10-11, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:13pm
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Vanderbilt University - Vanderbilt Advocates for Disabilities Education and Research

We invite graduate and professional students, academics, professionals, and qualified undergraduate students to participate in Vanderbilt Advocates for Disabilities Education and Research's first Interdisciplinary Graduate Disabilities Conference. We are seeking proposals for papers that focus specifically on how particular fields of study intersect with disability issues. Our primary objective to create a multi-disciplinary dialogue that informs practice and understanding, such as Law students mutually informing Nursing students or Management students mutually informing Divinity students. Additionally, this is a chance for the graduate students of Vanderbilt and beyond to refine their professional development.

Octavia E. Butler Society American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference May 21-24, 2015

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:08am
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Octavia E. Butler Society
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The Octavia E. Butler Society invites abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA (http://alaconf.org/annual-conference/). Please note that we can only accept proposals for individual papers and will not be able to accept proposals for entire panels.

We invite paper proposals on Octavia Butler and all aspects of her work. We particularly invite papers on Fledgling, as 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of that novel.

[UPDATE] JOYCE, YEATS AND THE REVIVAL

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 4:37am
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The James Joyce Italian Foundation

JOYCE, YEATS AND THE REVIVAL

The VIII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 2-3, 2015
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 15, 2014

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Eighth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 133th birthday.

The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Confirmed speakers: Matthew Campbell, Erik Bindervoet, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Fritz Senn, Carla Marengo Vaglio

What Constitutes Food Edited Collection (abstracts due 12/15/14)

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:20pm
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H. Louise Davis, Karyn Pilgrim, Madhu Sinha

Food culture has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, moving to the forefront of many global and local cultural discourses. Among these discourses are the revival of old and/or dying culinary traditions, the promotion of exotic or underappreciated dishes, global fusion cooking, food and travel, ethical food consumption, the political and social dimensions of food production and consumption, and an examination of the potential for, and limitations to, eating sustainably. While much attention has been paid to practical, aesthetic, and social considerations of food, less has been examined concerning the semiotic and constructed aspects of food culture, in particular, what constitutes food, and for whom.

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes PCA/ACA 2015 New Orleans 4/1/15 [deadline 11/1/14]

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 4:31pm
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PCA/ACA

PCA/ACA 2015 New Orleans
Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)
The PCA/ACA annual conference begins April 1, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
Submission deadline is November 1, 2014.

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules

UPDATE East - West Cultural Passage, deadline extended to 1 November 2014

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 3:55pm
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Academic Anglophone Society of Romania

For the December 2014 issue, East – West Cultural Passage (http://magazines.ulbsibiu.ro/ewcp/index.htm) seeks quality essays in the fields of language (Pragmatics, Semantics, Semiotics, Socio-linguistics, Methodology, Grammatical and Literary Stylistics, Hermeneutics, Linguistics, Syntax, Morphology, Translation Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing), culture, civilization and religion. You are strongly encouraged to submit original articles that have not been published elsewhere, nor are currently under review in any other journal. We regret we are unable to accept multiple submissions.

Women Writing North: ACCUTE 2015

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 3:06pm
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ACCUTE

It is common to conceive of Canada's North, especially in its early history, as a barren frontier conquerable only by the hardiest of men. However, as Barbara Kelcey's Alone in Silence: European Women in the Canadian North Before 1940 outlines, an estimated five hundred women or more traversed the Northwest Territories before World War II. While some of these women were the wives of missionaries or explorers, others were career-women in their own rights—artists, nurses, missionaries, entrepreneurs, or explorers.

PUBLICATION NOTICE: Kaleidoscope Journal, Issue 6.1

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 1:59pm
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Durham University

Dear All,

I am pleased to announce that issue 6.1 of Kaleidoscope, the postgraduate journal of Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study, has been published on the theme of Light, the IAS's theme during the 2013/14 academic year.

Kaleidoscope is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by postgraduates at Durham under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study and Ustinov College. Designed to foster international communication between postgraduates across the the disciplines, the journal promotes excellence in interdisciplinary research, as well as raising awareness of the IAS as a public forum for interdisciplinary scholarship.

Sexual (Dis)continuities: A Graduate Student Conference

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:07pm
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CUNY Graduate Center, Department of French

Foucault's influence on the field of sexuality studies is undeniable, yet many scholars have taken him to task for his famous assertion that the nineteenth-century gave birth to the homosexual as "un personnage" whereas the sodomite was simply "un sujet juridique". These distinctions between acts and persona, between alterity and continuum have been vigorously analyzed and debated by scholars in all areas of sexuality studies, including hetero-, homo- and queer sexualities. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick sharply criticized this divide as presupposing that the modern homosexual is a "coherent definitional field", and that earlier sexual categories simply disappear as new ones take over.

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