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[UPDATE] Teaching College Literature (ongoing)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:54pm
Renee Pigeon, Teaching College Literature (TCL)

Have you taught a terrific literature class recently? Contributions are solicited for Teaching College Literature, a web resource focused on teaching English literature at the college/university level.
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Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre (Augsburg, Germany, Oct 1-3, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:39pm
University of Augsburg, Germany

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre
International Conference, Augsburg, October 1-3, 2015

When Polonius, in the second act of Hamlet, announces the theater company as the "best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited," he points to several problems that have pervaded scholarship on poetry and genre.

CFP: Panel on Fan Spaces at PCA/ACA conference, New Orleans (Apr. 1-4, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 4:33pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

As the popularity of this year's San Diego Comic Con proved, fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as transformative and fan works, without the threat of censorship or harassment. These spaces exist both physically (as in, for example, in the form of fan conventions and fan meet ups) and virtually through social media platforms such as Tumblr, twitter, and Ao3.

The Brain is Wider Than the Sky

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:35pm
The Brain is Wider Than the Sky: The University of Wyoming 4th Annual English Graduate Interdisciplinary Memory and Identity Conference

A person's memory is everything, really. Memory is identity. –Stephen King, Duma Key

Imagining Crisis: Cinema & Media Studies Conference Nov. 21-23

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:34pm
York University, Toronto, Canada

Imagining Crisis
York University Cinema & Media Studies Graduate Student Conference 2014
Toronto, Canada
November 21-23, 2014

**Confirmed Keynote: McKenzie Wark (The New School)**

Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice, ASLE 11th Biennial Conference, June 23-27, 2015

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:55pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

In Notes from Underground (1864), Dostoyevsky explores relations between modernity and its discontents at an important historical conjuncture: the novella's unnamed, unpleasant hero rails against capitalist industry, imperialist architecture and an emerging social scientific understanding of human behaviour premised on predictability and knowability. By writing from the underground - from the subterranean, from the murk, from the world of refuse - Dostoyevsky asks us to consider the importance of experiences that lie beneath (and both before and after) the shiny edifices of progress, rationality and industry.

Forms of Talk - ACLA 2015 Seminar Proposal

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:18am

"Forms of Talk" takes into account the multifaceted achievements of "talk," as distinct from related categories like speech, voice, discourse, dialogue, communication, or even conversation. Our seminar shares a title with sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking study (1981) on what has been called the "micro-sociology" of everyday interactions. The seminar places an emphasis on oralities that have been considered too commonplace, informal, accidental, idle, wasteful, or inauthentic to be of value.

Bilingual England: Englishing Linguistic Others (ICMS Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:25am
Elizabeth Watkins / Canadian Society of Medievalists

Bilingual England: Englishing Linguistic Others
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17, 2015

Sponsor: Canadian Society of Medievalists
Organizers: Elizabeth Watkins (University of Toronto) and Stephanie Morley (St. Mary's University)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 2:59am
The James Joyce Italian Foundation


The VIII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 2-3, 2015

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Eighth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 133th birthday.

The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Confirmed speakers: Matthew Campbell, Erik Bindervoet, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Fritz Senn, Carla Marengo Vaglio

Modernist Harlequinade: CDArte Across the Arts- Abstracts by 9/30/14

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:00pm
Ellen Dolgin/ NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Assn.)-Toronto 4/30/15-5/3/15

Modernists recast familiar figures of commedia dell'arte to sharpen social critique. Millay's anti-war play Aria da Capo is a prime example. Pierrot became central, embodying artists' sadness and isolation, and was eponymous with or without the all-white costume: onstage (Bert Williams), in film (Chaplin and Keaton), or in Ballet Russes sets and costume (Picasso). This session welcomes papers on literature, film, theatre, and/or visual arts, regarding creation or reception.

Chair: Ellen Dolgin Link to submit abstract:

Area: Interdisciplinary HumanitiesCross: Culture & Media Studies

The Medieval Slavic Mind: Essays in Honor of František Svejkovský (Deadline: 10/01/2014) [UPDATE]

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:59pm
The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures honors the life and career of Professor František Svejkovský (1923-2011), professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, with a Gedenkshrift on Medieval and Early Modern Slavic and Central European literature and culture, their impact on other literatures and cultures, and percussive influence in literary history, especially the literature of modernity, broadly conceived.

CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW PCA/ACA, February 11 - 14, 2015

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 9:25pm
Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW PCA/ACA (11/1/14; 2/11-14/15)

Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 11 – 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme this year is "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture."

The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom of the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Associations ( invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014. (Please see below)

CFP: Poetry and the Unfinished (abstracts due 9/30/2014)

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:50pm
2015 NeMLA-Toronto, 4/30/15-5/3/15

We are seeking papers that explore the hermeneutic challenges and opportunities of studying poetry that is unfinished, unauthorized, or in some other way insufficient and not considered worthy of critical attention. We hope to gain insight from works that deprive us as readers of some of the basic elements upon which we often rely when working with a published scholarly edition, thus reconsidering fundamentally how we read poetry, and indeed, literature in general. Topics might include works that are incomplete, have competing versions, or lack a definitive edition; works whose authorship or date is unknown; works that do not fit neatly into a national or linguistic tradition.

NEMLA 2015: The Becoming of Archival Images Seminar

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:41pm
Hudson Moura (University of Toronto)

CFP NeMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015:
The Becoming of Archival Images in Documentary Filmmaking Seminar 

Chairs: Hudson Moura (University of Toronto), Marta Marín-Dòmine (Wifrid Laurier University) 

Deadline: September 15, 2014