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Downton Here, Downton Now? [9/30/14]

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 3:45pm
NeMLA Annual Conference [Toronto, 4/30-5/3]

Downton Abbey has generated tremendous interest in early twentieth-century culture, creating opportunities and hassles for scholars. How do scholars engage Downton's recreation of this period to advance historical and literary understanding in scholarship, the classroom, and the community? This panel seeks responses to Downton's depiction of early twentieth-century British culture that consider the tension between historical accuracy and contemporary sensibilities, and between Downton and its antecedents in film, TV, and literature. {Session #15002]

(Book Project) Projecting the World: Classical Hollywood, the 'Foreign', and Transnational Representations

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:36pm
Russell Meeuf / University of Idaho

The editors of Projecting the World are seeking scholarship that examines classical Hollywood's representation of foreign spaces and peoples. This book will analyze how Hollywood cinema actually represents specific nations, areas, or peoples of the world against the backdrop of Hollywood's globalization or U.S. global power in this period. Essays are sought covering Hollywood productions from roughly 1930 to 1965.

Book Collection--An Indelible Mark: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes (Dec 1, 2014)

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:20pm
Julia Leyda, Sophia University & Theresa L. Geller, Grinnell College, co-editors

An Indelible Mark: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes

We seek additional chapters for an edited collection of original essays currently in development that explores the specific role of women in, on, and behind the work of Todd Haynes. Female characters and women's genres from classical Hollywood, as well as feminist film scholars, women directors, film industry professionals, actors, and female fans have all shaped Haynes's creative work. Our collection represents new research addressing the broadly conceived topic of women and the work of Todd Haynes; we seek to trace the "indelible mark," as Haynes himself puts it, of feminism throughout his career.

CFP: Queer(ing) Performance [February 5-7 2015]

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:04pm
Festival of Original Theatre @ The University of Toronto

Call for Papers, Performances and Artistic Works:

The 23rd annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) invites proposals to our 2015 conference: Queer(ing) Performance. Considering the performance of everyday life, as well as the staged, digital, and imagined, FOOT 2015 subverts rigid disciplinary boundaries between scholarship, practice and politics. This year's conference not only welcomes papers on queer productions, but also work that engages queers methodologies. We invite proposals from activists, academics and artists who question, contest and revolt against scholarly and theatrical norms.

[UPDATE] The Story of Memory Conference DEADLINE 8 August

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:47pm
The Memory Network / University of Roehampton

PLEASE NOTE NEW CFP DEADLINE

'The Story of Memory' seeks to pose new questions about the relationship between the senses, cognition, memory, and emotion, and to reinvigorate the debate about the return to a critical investigation of story telling in the twenty-first century.

T. S. Eliot at the Louisville Conference

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:25am
T. S. Eliot Society

The T. S. Eliot Society will again sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 26–28, 2015. Abstracts on any subject reasonably related to Eliot are invited. For further information on the 2014 conference, please visit the website: www.thelouisvilleconference.com.

Those interested should send a 300-word abstract to John Morgenstern (jmorgen@clemson.edu) no later than September 10, 2014. Please include your academic affiliation (if applicable) and a brief biographical note with your abstract.

Ten Point Program for Reparations for African Americans in the United States

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:21am
The Journal of Pan African Studies

The Journal of Pan African Studies (JPAS) is joining The Black Scholar, The Journal of African American History, Souls: A Critical Review of Black Culture, the Journal of Black Psychology, African American Learners and other scholarly publications in a Call for Papers on the "Ten Point Program for Reparations for African Americans" devoted to the discussion and analysis of what might be included in a "Ten Point Program" for reparation payments to African Americans in the United States.

NeMLA 2015 Panel Seeing is Believing: Antiquity and Beyond Abstract due Sept. 30th

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 9:41pm
Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY

The relationship between the visual and the literary traces its origins to antiquity. In Rhetoric, Aristotle famously defines rhetoric as 'the ability to see the available means of persuasion' (I.2.1). Sight is a vital component of the human cognitive experience; neither education nor persuasion can take place without visualization. Throughout antiquity, philosophical concepts were often conveyed by artistic terminology and visual language and all genres of Classical literature contain lengthy ekphrases.

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology [April 30-May 3, 2014]

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:57am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

CFP: Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 8:21am
Daniel Richards, Old Dominion University / Kristen R. Moore, Texas Tech University

Things matter. And so do objects. In the past few decades, scholars across disciplines have developed theoretical frameworks like posthumanism (Hayles, 1999; Haraway, 1991), object-oriented rhetoric/ontology (Boyle & Barnett, 2014; Bryant, 2011), new materialism (Coole & Frost, 2010; Bennett, 2010), and Actor-Network Theory (Callon, 1999; Latour, 2007) to articulate and acknowledge the agency and importance of materiality and nonhuman actants. But relatively little work, with some important exceptions like Spinuzzi (2003), Knievel (2006), Graham (2009), and Potts (2014), has explored the implications of these theories for technical communication practice, research, and teaching.

John Burnside Symposium – 15th November 2014, University of Portsmouth

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 6:22am
University of Portsmouth

Speakers include:

John Burnside
Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth)
Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

Celebrated as both a poet and a novelist, John Burnside is one of Britain's leading contemporary writers. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Petrarca Preis, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the James Tait Memorial Prize. This one-day event will be the first symposium dedicated to his work, offering the chance for researchers to discuss and reflect upon Burnside's writing and its place within contemporary literature more widely. The day will conclude with John giving a public reading and participating in a Q&A.

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