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[UPDATE] Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology (4/30-5/3, Toronto)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:35pm

The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

BREAKING THE RULES! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions [UPDATE]

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is organising its third biannual international graduate conference set to take place at Leiden University on January 29-30, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, entitled 'Breaking the Rules: Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions', will focus on the wide range of cultural responses to the violation of laws, traditions and conventions in the political, religious and aesthetic domain.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Irony

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:34pm
CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture

Call for articles
Book publication

Organizers: Elsa Alves (University of Copenhagen / CECC) and Ana Dinger (CECC, Catholic University of Portugal)

Urban Studies Area (Abstracts due November 1, 2014)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:53pm
Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (New Orleans)

The Urban Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association invites abstracts for the PCA/ACA National Convention, to be held in New Orleans from April 1 - 4, 2015. The PCA/ACA has a policy of only considering abstracts submitted through the PCA/ACA database ( in advance of the November 1 deadline.

Children's Rights and Children's Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:16pm
Matthew B. Prickett



Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

Guest Editors:
Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York
Matthew B. Prickett, Rutgers University-Camden

2nd Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities, MIFS 2014 Almeria - Spain

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:11pm
European Scientific Institute, ESI and University if Almeria

This forum is a summit academic event, with a primary purpose of assembling researchers in the area of social sciences and humanities, who by presentation of their scientific attainments will contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary concept in higher education. By expressing their opinions and attitudes, hundreds of participants from all over the world will have the opportunity to discuss social, cultural, economic, educational and scientific problems thus contributing to a better society.

NEMLA CFP [UPDATE]: Growth in Writing, Teaching, and Learning (April 30-May 2, 2015)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:05pm

In his classic composition text Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow asks us to consider the metaphor of growing as a way to encourage and teach fluid, flexible writing. The idea of growth applies to so many aspects of scholarship, as we approach the profession simultaneously as teachers, students, and researchers in our own rights. This roundtable session seeks to explore the idea of growth broadly conceived, thinking about the ways we develop our writing and teaching, as well as the ways our students' writing develops.

My co-chair and I left the description wide open so as to accommodate different approaches to the topic, which is Growth. We've gotten some great submissions so far, and are excited to read some more!

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:57am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Reminder: NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention

Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Full information regarding the 2015 Call for Papers may be found on our website:

November 13-14 Conference: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites -- CUNY Graduate Center, CFP due Sept 20

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:21pm
CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature & Italian Specialization

Keynote Speakers: Elaine Scarry (Harvard) & Rosanna Warren (U of Chicago)

If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

[UPDATE] Northeast MLA: Interpretive Pathways for Digital Texts in English Romanticism

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:30pm
Tat Sang So / SUNY Suffolk County Community College

This panel seeks to gather the experience of scholars of English Romanticism to discuss the interpretive pathways that digital texts offer, including new methods, questions, and results that are possible with digital texts that would have been difficult if not impossible before their introduction. We are also interested in examples of how the availability of digital archives have shaped what a scholar may investigate, and what he or she may conclude that is different from what would have been likely in a world where only physical texts exist.

Northeast MLA Roundtable: Teaching Grammar in Developmental Writing

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:26pm
Tat Sang So / SUNY Suffolk County Community College

Research into the efficacy of teaching grammar in composition classes is discouraging at best; it is difficult to find any studies to show that instruction in formal grammar can produce student writing that reflects better grammar. Many instructors in developmental writing, however, resort to grammar instruction out of desperation, and their experience may yield insight into effective instructional practices that the research may not recognize. This roundtable seeks to gather practitioners and researchers to discuss the usefulness of formal grammar instruction in developmental writing. We are seeking new models for thinking about why and how we teach grammar, and what results, direct or indirect, we expect and later experience.