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"Constraints" - 28th GAFIS Symposium, March 20-21, 2015

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:58pm
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GAFIS - Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (UW Madison)

The Graduate Association of French and Italian Students
Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin - Madison
announces the Call for Papers for its 28th annual Graduate Student Symposium

CONSTRAINTS
March 20-21, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Hofstadter, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach

Rule 1. The road runner cannot harm the coyote except by going "beep-beep." (Chuck Jones)

More Things Theory: On Hoarding, Hoarders, and Hoards

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:32pm
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American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle 2015
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"More Things Theory" continues the dialogue that began at the 2014 ACLA "Things Theory: Accumulation and Amassment" seminar to reflect on recent emergence of a marked cultural interest in hoarding. We will consider the contemporary invention of the hoarder within a broader literary and cultural context that encompasses other figures defined by their attachments to things (collectors, fetishists, misers), and/or by a horror of wasting and/or subsistence on waste (ragpickers, gleaners).

The Horizons of Community

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:20pm
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Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University
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The Graduate Students of The Humanities Center are proud to announce a Graduate Student Conference on February 27 and 28, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Boris Groys (Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU), Joshua Kotin (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Princeton), and Molly Warnock (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and The Humanities Center, JHU).

"Community is given to us--or we are given and abandoned to the community: a gift to be renewed and communicated, it is not a work to be done or produced."
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community

CFP: Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities (ACLA 2015)

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 3:47pm
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American Comparative Literature Association

Science fiction has often been considered to be a narrative genre that is particularly well suited to explore alternative realities and speculative scenarios. Authors such as Darko Suvin (1979), Fredric Jameson (2005), and, most recently, Seo-Young Chu (2011) have suggested that these scenarios are much less investigations of our possible future or alternative past, as they are about an interrogation of the readers' present conditions and the present's utopian potential. What can the present be, other than what it is?

Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean; Nicosia, Cyprus, 3-6 June 2015

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:56pm
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European University Cyprus and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Conference Call for Papers and Panels

Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean

co-hosted by
European University Cyprus and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

3-6 June 2015
Nicosia, Cyprus

International Journal of Literary Linguistics

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:06pm
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Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)
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The International Journal of Literary Linguistics (IJLL) is an open-access, peer-review journal published by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany) that is dedicated to the publication of original research at the interface of literary studies and linguistics. The journal provides an innovative forum for articles participating in the recent reshaping of the field of literary linguistics under the influence of pragmatics, functional linguistics and cognitive studies. It aims at contributing to a new, dialogic understanding of literary production and reception. The journal invites contributions from scholars working on different languages and literatures.

Producing War: The Militarization of Culture, DUE 10/15/14, [3/26-3/29/15]

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:45pm
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ACLA 2015, Seattle, 3/26-3/29/15
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Our seminar seeks to understand the multivalent ways in which militarism, war and state violence have informed cultural and social processes. While militarism may seem evident in cultural artifacts like war films, recruitment materials, memorials, or in the popularity of military-themed video games, we also want to examine how the wars of the past century have militarized the ways in which we produce, consume, and understand contemporary culture and social order. How might we, for instance, think of war not only as having material consequences but also as constituting "the secret motor of institutions, laws, and order" (Foucault, "Society Must Be Defended"). In what ways is the basis of social order and "perpetual peace" constituted by war and violence?

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS for SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA (6/1/15; NEPCA 10/30/31/15 New London, NH)

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:26pm
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Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area, NEPCA
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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 1 June 2015

EXPLAINING THE AMERICAN SOUTH WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO EUDORA WELTY'S THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:18pm
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MOYURI DUTTA. M.A in English, Tezpur University
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The article is based on South American literature. It shows the conditions of the people leaving in the South. The writer Eudora welty in her work The Optimist's Daughter shows the the way people of the South leaved,their culture and traditions.

ACLA 2015 Seminar: Pleasures and Dangers of Disguise: Heteronyms and Pseudonyms in Art and Literature (Seattle, 3/26-3/29)

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:34am
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Christine Marks, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
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Heteronyms and pseudonyms highlight the gaps between authorship and personal identity. Kierkegaard's imaginary personas, nineteenth-century British women writer's male pseudonyms, and Fernando Pessoa's literary alter egos are just a few prominent examples that illustrate the ways in which a work's reception is shaped by the creative mask through which it is published. The impact of such creative identities has recently been spotlighted in two events: During this year's Whitney Biennial, the Yams, a collective of black artists, withdrew their work in protest of the museum's inclusion of Joe Scanlan's Donnelle Woolford project.

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