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Representations of Black Women in the City: Nov. 13-16, Detroit, MI

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:19am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks papers about the role of African American women in the lives of cities. Portrayals of the male flanuer of the Harlem Renaissance or the young man caught up in the urban ghetto are familiar literary tropes, but less critical attention has been paid to the representation of Black women in the city. Texts as diverse as Nella Larsen's Passing and Richard Wright's Native Son feature tragic Black female characters, for whom the city became an end. Conversely, characters in Langston Hughes' Little Ham or Alice Walker's The Color Purple find success and independence in the big city. The complexity of such texts and characters challenges mainstream ideas of race, culture, and gender, and provides an opportunity for rich analysis.

Transitions, Fractures and Fragments: October 1st 2014

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 3:04am
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Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies would like to invite submissions for its second issue, to be published in 2015.

CROSSROADS IV: ROOTS, ROUTES, ROUNDABOUTS - CFP deadline June 15

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 10:49pm
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Department of Comparative Literature; University of Massachusetts, Amherst

CROSSROADS IV: ROOTS, ROUTES, ROUNDABOUTS
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
October 10 - 12, 2014

The Organization of Graduate Students in Comparative Literature (OGSCL) is inviting papers for its biennial interdisciplinary graduate conference to be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 10-12, 2014.

Information Overload, 4-5 September 2014, Deadline: 16 June 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:14pm
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University of Edinburgh
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"The question... is not whether we will have the storage capacity to accumulate copies of every book, film, song, conversation, e-mail, etc. that we amass in a lifetime (yes, eventually) but how do these accumulations, these massive drifts of data, interact with irreducible levels of lived experience?"
– Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms, 2009

Semantics of the Ages: Cultural Influences in Development

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:55pm
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Sheyenne Kirby
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The presentation was developed at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for a group project. It discusses experiments done by previous semanticist's to provide evidence that age differences affects communication.

Call for Chapters: "Evil Women and Mean Girls" (Abstracts deadline 9/1/2014; Accepted ms. due 3/31/2015)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:02pm
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Lynne Fallwell and Keira V. Williams/Texas Tech University

Call for Chapters
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex's Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture.

Edited by Lynne Fallwell and Keira V. Williams, Texas Tech University
Due date for abstracts (500-700 words): September 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance date: October 1, 2014
Due date for accepted paper drafts (8000-10,000 words): March 31, 2015

Modernism: Age and Generation (MSA 16 Seminar, 6-9 November 2014)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:31pm
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Modernist Studies Association

Attending to age enables new perspectives on a period often associated with youth and novelty. Participants in this Modernist Studies Association (MSA) seminar will investigate age, aging, or old age in visual arts, literature, film, performance, advertising, or social and political history. How might innovations in form or experiments with temporality be understood through the experience of aging? Are there alternatives to the modernisms of those who called themselves "les jeunes"? Do global modernisms reflect culturally divergent perspectives on aging?

Teleology in Plato and Aristotle, April 10-11, 2015

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:16pm
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University of Dayton
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"Teleology in Plato and Aristotle" will be the theme of the University of Dayton Philosophy Department's 36th Annual Richard B. Baker Philosophy Colloquium, to be held April 10-11, 2015. The keynote speaker is Prof. Mariska Leunissen (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).

Proposals related to teleology in Aristotle and Plato are encouraged; but teleology need not be the author's central concern. In addition to papers that address Plato's and Aristotle's biology and cosmology, we seek proposals for papers that investigate the role teleology plays in discussions of rhetoric, tragedy, emotion, ethics, politics, metaphysics, and other related disciplines.

[UPDATE] Victorians Institute Conference Deadline Extended

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:07pm
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Victorians Institute
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The Mysteries at Our Own Doors
The 43rd Meeting of the Victorians Institute
Proposals Due: 6/15/2014 (NEW Extended Deadline)
Conference Dates: October 24-25, 2014
Location: Charlotte, NC
Sponsored by Winthrop University

Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page c.v. to Casey Cothran via email at viconf@winthrop.edu by June 15, 2014.

CFP (EC/ASECS November 6-8 2014; University of Delaware ): Are You Not Entertained?: Novels and the Spectacle of Suffering

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:52pm
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East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Reading novels was a pleasurable pastime meant to entertain, and yet, often a central part of this entertainment is the suffering of one or more characters that endure minor setbacks and/or significant trials. This panel seeks to explore how and why writers often draw connections between suffering and entertainment. We will also consider what this connection tells us about the emerging social political and/or didactic purposes of the novel in the 18th century. Possible questions are: Why is suffering whether minor or serious, central to the hero's/heroine's journey and the novel? How are readers entertained by the suffering described in texts but also criticized for taking pleasure in that suffering?

international conference

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:48pm
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VIVEK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BIJNOR UTTARPRADESH INDIA 246701
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Across the world, women are treated unequally and less value is placed on their lives because of their gender. Women's differential access to power and control of resources is central to this
discrimination in all institutional spheres,

Gender-based discrimination in education is both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted disparities in society. Poverty, geographical isolation, ethnic background, disability, traditional attitudes about their status and role all undermine the ability of women and girls to exercise their rights. Harmful practices, gender-based violence, and discriminatory education laws, policies, contents and practices still prevent millions of girl's form enrolling, completing and benefitting from education.

In With the New But Not Out With the Old: Balancing Tradition and Innovation in Children's Literature - SAMLA 2014 - Nov. 7-9

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:41pm
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Rachel Rickard
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Because the study of children's literature is not rooted in one time period, culture or medium, it is a continuously evolving field. New books, movies, video games, magazines, comics, and websites for children are produced every year, and, because of this constant creation, we study classic literature like Alice in Wonderland alongside brand new children's films like Frozen. In looking at this widening range of texts, though, it becomes clear that while some aspects of children's texts have persisted others have changed (and are changing) rapidly. This panel seeks to explore how contemporary children's literature balances old and new.

[UPDATE] MWASECS 2014, deadline extended to July 1, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:55pm
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MWASECS
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MIDWEST AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
October 17–19, 2014 • Kansas City, MO

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. George Justice,
Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University
"The Urban Sociability of Books"

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