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Inaugural Conference of the International Association of Literary Linguistics (15-17 April 2015)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:09pm
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Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)
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Literary linguistics – that is, research exploring the interface of two academic fields all too often deemed irreconcilable – has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, as a growing number of scholars have come to acknowledge the value of this kind of interdisciplinary endeavour. The aim of this conference is to take stock of the scholarly work conjoining linguistics and literary studies, identify current research interests and point out possible future directions of the field.

Comparative Media: PAMLA 2014, Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:03pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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If, as Marshall McLuhan famously asserts, media act as prosthesis, then our increasingly haptic relationship to digital technologies (think the nearly ubiquitous touchscreen interface of tablets and smart phones, as well as the rise of immersive VR as evidenced by Facebook's recently announced acquisition of Oculus) seems only natural. What, then, might constitute a denaturalized mediated environment? In addition to general comparative media topics, this standing session invites proposals that engage with PAMLA 2014's special conference theme, "Familiar Spirits."

Possible topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

21st-Century Moore - Conference on the Work of Marianne Moore, March 19-22, 2015

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:42am
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University of Houston
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In March 2015 the University of Houston will host the first meeting in a decade to focus on the writings of the major Modernist poet Marianne Moore. Scholars, poets, and artists will convene to discuss, debate, and celebrate Moore's work, laying the groundwork for the future of Moore studies.

In light of the past decade's work on Moore, including variorum and facsimile editions of her early and middle-period work and a ground-breaking new biography by Linda Leavell, the conference will examine Moore's place in the twenty-first century's understanding of Modernism.

9th Global Conference: The Erotic (November, 2014: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:21am
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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

9th Global Conference: The Erotic

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations

Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.

Myth-Making Across Boundaries (22-24 October 2014: Literature and Cultural Studies Conference, Ege University, Izmir/Turkey)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:04am
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European Languages and Cultures Research and Application Centre
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Every culture has its conception, interpretation, dissemination and reformulation of myths on a grand spectrum from oral and written narratives to aural and visual arts. Furthermore, myths from different cultures have similar formation mechanisms no matter how diverse social processes cultures might have undergone. The underlying motivation behind the similarity of myths, even myth-making processes, might be considered as deriving from various aspects and layers of cultural memory. Myths as one of the basic building blocks of culture are continuously rewoven into the fabric of memory.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• Comparative creation myths
• Ancient myths and/vs. modern myths

5th Global Conference: Making Sense of: Suffering (November, 2014:Prague, Czech Republic)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:35am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference: Making Sense of: Suffering

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore if, or to what extent, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constant streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the "meaning" of such suffering continually varies and changes.

IN MY BODY: NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE ON BODY IMAGE OCTOBER 22-23, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:24pm
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Cabrini College - Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown
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The Cabrini College Department of English and Women's Studies Program invites undergraduate students and faculty to consider questions about what and who defines body image, as well as the significance of body image theoretically and historically understood.

The human body is both a site of resistance and conformity for constructed societal standards of beauty. Some believe beauty is stable and can be physically measured, while others consider beauty to be fluctuating manifestation of a cultural ideal.

Possible topics could address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

PAMLA 2014: Anne Carson's Spiritual, Supernatural and Sublime Poetics (Due May 15)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:43pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 112th Annual Conference (Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside, CA)
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Proposals are invited on any aspect of Anne Carson's Poetics. PAMLA 2014's special conference theme is "Familiar Spirits," so papers that consider the spiritual, the supernatural and the sublime in Anne Carson's poetics will be particularly appropriate, but proposals on any topic related to Anne Carson's poetics are equally welcome.

Submission Deadline: May 15

Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website
(http://www.pamla.org/2014).

For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at
diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com.

UVA-Wise Medieval/Renaissance, Sept. 25-27, 2014 (Undergrad) (proposals by June 17, 2014)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:30pm
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University of Virginia's College at Wise
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Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVIII
Undergraduate Sessions
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
September 25-27, 2014

Keynote Address: "What kind of monster is Religio Medici? Sir Thomas Browne and Renaissance Genres"—Reid Barbour, UNC-Chapel Hill

2015 CCCC Panel Proposal- Program Politics: The Professional Risks and Rewards of Program Innovation

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 3:24pm
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Scott Ortolano / Edison State College
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Academia is changing, and perhaps nowhere are these changes more concentrated (and contested) than in the field of English. As programs adjust to meet the intellectual and professional needs of students in the 21st century, battle lines emerge between established powers and those encouraging change as well as between faculty and administrators with differing views of what constitutes "progress." Significantly, these beliefs arise not only out of pedagogical concerns but also the politics of power as institutions and departments struggle to balance their own interests against what is in the best interests of students.

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