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Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:28pm
University of Limerick

Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Limerick
28-29 August 2014

Organizers: Dr. Christina Morin (University of Limerick)
Dr. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Professor Peter Gray (Queen's University Belfast)
Professor Donald MacRaild (Ulster University)
Professor Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie University)

The Victorian Period in 21st-Century Children's Literature: Representations and Revisions, Adaptations and Appropriations

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:07pm
Sara K. Day and Sonya Sawyer Fritz

A significant aim of contemporary literature for young people is to provide a window into a variety of historical periods and cultural milieus. Such representations of the past have educational, creative, and political resonances, reflecting both on historical periods and contemporary values. However, since the turn of the twenty-first century, we seem to have reached a critical mass of works for children that engage the Victorian period in particular.

Sustainability and Service Learning (SAMLA 2014)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:07pm

Blending theory with practice, service learning encourages students and faculty alike to consider action beyond the classroom; likewise, it ties success to measurables other than grades. But how does it fit in our pedagogies, and where does it place community action among our concerns? More specifically, how do we productively approach issues of sustainability in the humanities? This roundtable discussion invites participants to share their experiences with using service learning to encourage sustainable principles and practices. Participants will present 5-10 minute digital or poster presentations before addressing both the challenges and rewards of teaching service learning in the humanities.

The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Health Care in Late Antiquity: Mar. 26-29, 2015, University of Iowa

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 2:40pm
Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XI; Society for Late Antiquity, University of Iowa

The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and health care. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of health care, as well as questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas.

The Literature of Loss

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 1:50pm
Dr Deirdre Flynn / Limerick Literary Weekend / Mary Immaculate College

The Literature of Loss

Irish literature is filled with loss; the loss of love, of language, of sovereignty, of wealth, of health and of religion. The atmosphere of loss almost haunts the pages and words of the Irish, and leads to questions about the influence of loss, the representation of loss and the meaning of loss. Where does this loss fit in? How has it changed? What impact do chronological, political, economic and geographical changes have on loss?

11th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies – WEBIST 2015

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 1:17pm
INSTICC - Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication

Lisbon, Portugal

Event date:
20 – 22 May, 2015

Regular Papers
Paper Submission: December 16, 2014
Authors Notification: March 11, 2015
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2015

Position Papers
Paper Submission: February 3, 2015
Authors Notification: March 12, 2015
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2015

Essay Collection- Motivating Millennials: How to Promote Active Student Reading in an Online Era

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 1:09pm
Natalie Mera Ford (Saint Joseph's University) and Christina Rieger (Mercyhurst University)

Popular websites such as SparkNotes, GradeSaver, and Shmoop offer student-geared synopses of texts taught in the humanities. As instructors discover, even strong students often check such e-guides rather than trust their independent response to a work, while some students rely on these websites for their entire interpretation of a text, if not also as a substitute for the actual reading. The availability of online 'study aids' is clearly a temptation for students to let others do their critical thinking for them—the antithesis of the central goal of higher education. To combat these trends, we need to assess, redesign, and implement teaching methods that engage students while demanding critical reading and response.

The 36th Annual Southwest Popular American Culture Association Annual Meeting, February 11-14, 2015

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:35am
Southwest Popular American Culture Association

The Southwest Popular American Culture Association is now accepting individual paper, round table, and special topic submissions for our 36th annual conference. We will be meeting in ABQ, New Mexico February 11 - 14, 2015 in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel. Complete conference details can be found on our web site including directions for submitting your proposal using our online presenter submission form.

UPDATE: Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Popular Television - Deadline extended to July 30, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:30am
Ken Dvorak, PhD

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Popular Television
Themed Issue: Extreme Reality TV
Co-Editors: Julie Anne Taddeo and Ken Dvorak (co-editors of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV & History, UPK, 2009)
The popular success of reality TV has prompted its producers to seek even more extreme and taboo subject matter, from individuals confessing addictions to eating diapers (My Strange Addiction, TLC) to those engaging in the swinging lifestyle (Secret Sex Lives: Swingers, Discovery Health). Has reality TV become the latest incarnation of the "freak show," titillating viewers, or do these programs help to educate them, normalizing the extreme?

Othello's Island 2015: The Third Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on the Medieval and Renaissance Periods

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 10:33am
Severis Foundation

Othello's Island 2015
The 3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Organised in association with the Severis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus and the Cyprus College of Art


  • James Fitzmaurice, Emeritus Professor of English (Northern Arizona University) and Director of Distance Learning in English (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Sarah James, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, School of English
  • Dr Michael Paraskos, Cornaro Institute, Cyprus
  • ​Benedict Read FSA, Research Fellow, University of Leeds School of Fine Art

  • About the Conference: