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Kalamazoo 2015 - The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:06am
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50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Special Session
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The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Sprouting from the roots of popular science writers such as Michael Pollan and cultivated by philosophers of vegetal life such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall, ecocriticism's recent turn toward plant studies expands on developments in animal studies and posthumanisms. Plant studies engages with current conversations on bioethics, food security, genetic engineering, and the moral authority of "Nature." As medievalists such as Gillian Rudd, Peggy McCracken, and Robert W. Barrett have recently shown, medieval studies is poised to make significant contributions to this fertile field of study through analyses of the symbolic, cultural, economic, ecological, and religious role plants played in history.


Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:05am
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Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice

TALTP (, a peer-reviewed journal, seeks articles aimed toward instructors of American literature courses in 4-year and 2-year universities and colleges. Our goal is to feature practical articles and reviews on best classroom practices, including the use of the Internet and other technology. Articles featuring the use of critical theories in teaching American literature and introducing minor or lost American authors are welcome, as are reviews of new titles that would interest instructors. Our readers seek to more effectively transfer their knowledge of, interest in, and passion for American literature to their students.

Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:34pm
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Alexandra Garner/Bowling Green State University

Call for Papers

Conference: 50th Annual International Congress for Medieval Studies
Location/Date: Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17 2015
Session: "Modernizing the Medieval for a New Generation: Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature"
Organizer: Alexandra Garner, Bowling Green State University

CFP: BAAS PG Conference 2014 (Abstracts due September 1st, 2014)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:31pm
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British Association for American Studeis

Protest: Resistance and Dissent in America
BAAS Postgraduate Conference, Saturday 15th November 2014
University of Sussex
Keynote speakers:
Professor Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr Joe Street (Northumbria University)

The Ugly Laws and Beyond: Beholding and Regulating Disability in an Urban Landscape (NeMLA, Toronto, Ontario/2015)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:10pm
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Anthony Dotterman
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In her work, The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public, Susan Schweik explores how "ugly laws"--municipal legislation which barred "any person who was diseased, maimed, or mutilated in any way" from "expos[ing] him [or herself] to public view,"-- spread throughout the United States and abroad during the nineteenth century, reflecting society's fears of the effect of "imperfect" or disabled bodies on/in an urban populace. Indeed, from fears of degeneration in turn of the century London to questions over the nature of self reliance in America, society has seen disability as something needing to be controlled and quarantined, lest the "contagion (s)" contained in the disabled body could spread in the densely packed confines of the city.

Queer Theory After Mad for Foucault

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:08pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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In Mad for Foucault (2010) and Are the Lips a Grave (2013) Lynne Huffer shatters a number of long-standing assumptions in queer theory and charts new directions for this field. In particular, Huffer calls on scholars to pursue a feminist-attuned relational 'ethics of eros' that challenges the anti-social stance of Leo Bersani and Lee Edelman. Despite Huffer's vital insights, the impact of her work has yet to be fully appreciated. This panel aims to fill that gap by exploring the question: what does queer theory look like after Mad for Foucault?

UPDATED: Medieval Drama: Expanding the Canon--Period, Performance, and Pedagogy

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Because of the resurgence of medieval drama scholarship, 2015 is a fitting point at which to reassess our notions of a "medieval drama canon." Recent work has shown that medieval drama, like medieval literature in general, traverses multiple genres and historical periods. We also know that individual and communal audiences witnessed the drama in several sites, public and private. Moreover, the recent publications of several new "classroom" texts—in the forms of stand-alone editions and anthologies—show that instructors are moving beyond the traditional teaching texts, such as Mankind and the Towneley Second Shepherds Play, of the last several decades.

Oscillate! Metamodernism and the Humanities

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:38am
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University of Strathclyde; Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences


Metamodernism and the Humanities

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical, Creative and Cultural Practice.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

University of Strathclyde; Confucius Room, Lord Hope Building; 141 St James Road, Glasgow : @OscillateStrath


[Update] James Baldwin Review submission deadline, Sept. 30th

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:50am
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James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
Deadline for submissions: Sept 30th, 2014. Submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract. Detailed submission instructions can be found on our website:

Melusine's Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth

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.

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:46am
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The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
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CFP: Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

"Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture"

February 11th – 14th 2015

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at

Film Studies (2/11-14, 2015; abstract due Nov. 1)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:42am
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Southwest Popular and American Culture Studies
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Proposals are now being accepted until November 1, 2014 for the Film Studies Area at the 2015 SWPACA Conference. We invite you to submit presentations about contemporary and classic film, ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized research methodologies. Paper presentations should be 15 minutes and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.
For individual presentations, submit a proposal with the following items:
• maximum 250-word abstract, including paper/presentation title;
• current curriculum vitae;
• working bibliography for your paper; and
• contact information (name and email).