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Alice Munro and the Body panel, April 30-May 3, 2015

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 2:30pm
Alison Arant/ NeMLA

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

Alice Munro and the Body

This panel seeks papers on representations of the body in fiction by Nobel laureate Alice Munro. How do Munro's depictions of the body—and especially the body of the 'other'—work within and against social conventions? What is the relationship between bodies and the language used to represent them? How do Munro's treatments of the body engage with generic conventions including those associated with the Gothic and with regional literatures?

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

Victorian Bodies, April 10-11, 2015

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:07pm
Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

VICTORIAN BODIES: An International Conference
Hosted by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
The Manteo lakeside resort, Kelowna, British Columbia
Conference dates: April 10-11, 2015
Publication Workshop: April 9 and 12, 2015

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, "Victorian Bodies." The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies' enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:50pm
Matthew Lambert/NeMLA

From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:37am
University of Athens – French Institute of Greece – University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

International Conference
Athens, 4-5 March 2015

University of Athens – French Institute of Greece –
University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

Dealing with Change: Unconventional Reading in Early Modern Europe

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:26am
NeMLA 2015

The European continent witnessed widespread transformation between 1500 and 1700. This panel will explore the role of literature as a driving force behind this time of social innovation and cultural turmoil. Possible topics: the interplay between orthodoxy and heterodoxy; the re-appraisal of magical literature and its dialectic with empiricism; the re-interpretation of folklore and popular beliefs; the role of the printing market in the circulation of unorthodox texts; the raison d'état underpinning the birth of national states.

Organizers: Erika Mazzer and Fabio Battista

[UPDATE] Motivating Millennials (06/03/14; collection)

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:28am
Natalie Mera Ford (Saint Joseph's University) and Christina Rieger (Mercyhurst University)

Essays are invited for an edited collection on pedagogical strategies to promote active reading.

Extended deadline for 500-700 word abstracts: Sep. 15th, 2014

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Peer-Reviewers Needed for Text on Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:02am
Gerry Del Guercio

Editor seeks 2-3 peer-reviewers for an upcoming collection of essays on Edgar Allan Poe. The ideal peer-reviewer will have advanced studies in American literature with a particular emphasis on Poe. The publisher will set the deadline. Please send resumes at by July 31, 2014.

[UPDATE] Disability and Young Adult Literature

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:53pm
Jacob Stratman

Although there is a growing interest in disability studies in art, literature, film, politics, and religion, there is still a dearth of scholarship that explores the intersection between young adult literature and disability. In the last ten years, there have only been a small handful of peer-reviewed articles that explore any issue regarding young adult literature and disability. This gap in scholarship among young adult literature scholars and teachers is surprising because of two reasons: first, disability is a growing reality in all of our lives.

ASECS 2015 Panel: The English Catholic Community in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:23pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Discussions of English Catholicism in the eighteenth century often treat Catholics as an "Other" against which English Protestant culture defined itself. Of course, English Catholics in the period also sought to define or represent themselves—sometimes to distinguish themselves from a Protestant "Other," and sometimes to bridge the divide between themselves and Protestants. This panel welcomes papers investigating representations of English Catholics in literary or non-literary writings and art produced by English Catholics, or papers investigating any aspect of English Catholic culture.

Target Practices from the Cold War to the War(s) on Terror (March 26-29, 2015)

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:54pm
Annual Meeting, American Comparative Literature Association

In The Age of the World Target (2006) Rey Chow argues that we now live in an era in which "the target" is a key technological, geopolitical, and cultural figure. New technologies of targeting are emerging to reach global destinations with pinpoint precision; yet, errors result in accidental or unintentional targeting. "Being targeted" has become an everyday reality for many individuals and social groups: citizens are targets of national security states and mass Internet surveillance; "terrorists" (but also civilians) are targets of drone strikes; young individuals in U.S. cities are routinely targets of racial profiling by police. The overdetermined figure of the target reveals a sense of crisis on multiple fronts.