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Elizabeth Bishop's Questions of Travel: 50 Years Later, 25-27 June, 2015

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 3:50am
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University of Sheffield
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An international conference on Elizabeth Bishop's writing hosted by the University of Sheffield.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Stephen Burt (Harvard University), Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool) and Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle University)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop's third collection of poems, Questions of Travel (1965), and the importance of Bishop as a major influence on British and Irish contemporary poets, the University of Sheffield is pleased to host this international conference on her work in June 2015.

Call For Chapters: The Cinema of Rob Zombie (Proposals Due by June 24, 2014; Accepted ms. due 9/30/2014

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 7:38pm
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Dr. Brian Santana/Georgia Southern University

Edited Collection—The Cinema of Rob Zombie

Since the 1990s Rob Zombie has inspired criticism and cultivated a loyal fan base for his self-described "horror rock music." Zombie's 2003 transition into film directing, beginning with House of 1,000 Corpse, has resulted in similar controversies. While critics frequently single out Zombie's visual acumen (his visual flair has drawn comparisons to the style of David Lynch and Roman Polanski) they also simultaneously criticize the dark, grotesque violence and "deviant hypersexuality" of his films.

Despite the strong polarized responses to films like House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween, Halloween 2, and Lords of Salem, no comprehensive study of his work currently exists.

CFP The Golden Opportunities of Film Exhibition

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 4:54pm
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Film & History
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CFP: The Golden Opportunities of Film Exhibition
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film & History

Conference:
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories

October 29-November 2, 2014
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Madison, WI (USA)

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

AREA: The Golden Opportunities of Film Exhibition

From coin-operated kinetoscopes to nickelodeons to picture palaces to drive-in theaters and multiplexes, motion pictures have only been as successful as the box office receipts earned through theatrical exhibition.

Reconstruction, Restoration, Conservation: Reconciling the Past through word and image - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:37pm
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University of Dundee
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'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

Wrath of God: The Cinema of Klaus Kinski

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 12:24pm
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Matthew Edwards/University West of England

This is a call for papers, for a new anthology tentatively titled Wrath of God: The films of Klaus Kinski.

The collection looks to bring together a series of essays (interviews with filmmakers, will be welcome) on one of cinema's truly volatile sons. Particular emphasis on Kinski's more exploitive roles and obscure gems. Essays on Kinski/Herzog will be welcome, though only one essay per film will be included in the collection.

I'm looking for critical and scholarly essays that discuss individual Kinski films or the man himself.

I have currently received essays on the following films:

[Update] Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:34am
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The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

The conference will bring together scholars interested in developing dialogues between new/ecological materialists and related interrogations of materialism in science, philosophy and literature.

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

Call for Papers

We take great pleasure in announcing the Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

Baltic Studies session at PAMLA 2014: extended deadline - May 31, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 7:18pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Papers are welcome on Baltic (Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian) language and literature, possibly related to the conference theme, "Familiar Spirits," suggesting folkloric or religious dimensions of literature as well as folklore per se (customs, magic, spirits, and so forth).
Please submit a brief abstract and an approx. 100-word proposal via the online paper submission system at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
by midnight of Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Children's Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue - Genre and Black Literature

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:15pm
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Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Although critical attention to black American literature has until recently focused on social realism and vernacular expression, writers such as Victor LaValle and Charles Johnson have called for creative writers to experiment with a greater variety of genres. Scholars have also sought to explore the fuller range of black expression. In the field of children's literature, however, study of a range of genres and expressive modes in black children's literature is not a new endeavor. Since the African American Review's special issue on black children's literature in its spring 1998 issue, interest in racial identity and children's and young adult literature has continued to grow.

Globalizing the American Revolution (Abstracts Due 1-Aug-2014)

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
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Maria O'Malley and Denys Van Renen/ University of Nebraska, Kearney

Call for Contributors to Edited Collection:

We invite chapter-length essays that analyze the American Revolution as a global phenomenon for a volume of essays; we are particularly interested in chapters that examine a range of texts and cultural practices from around the world. A major academic press has expressed strong interest in publishing the volume.

CFP - Panel on "Laughter and Conflict" - Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-18, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 2:22pm
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Lee Templeton
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Call for Papers for Panel on "Laughter and Conflict" at the Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-18, 2014.

Keeping with the conference theme of "Conflict and Conquest," this panel will explore the connections between laughter and conflict in medieval literature. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, the ways laughter creates, complicates, defuses, and/or subverts conflict; the relation between class, laughter, and conflict; laughter and power as it relates to conflict; among others.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Lee Templeton at ltempleton@ncwc.edu by June 6, 2014.

American Environmental Literature Before 1900 (American Lit I, Pre-1900) UPDATE

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:49pm
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SAMLA Conference - November 2014
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Deadline: June 1, 2014 to spetersh@iue.edu

Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Imagination, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

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