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75 Years of Dick Grayson (Robin, Nightwing, Batman) - 31 August 2014

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:20pm
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Kristen Geaman - University of Toledo
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Book Project

To date, there has not been a single scholarly book published on Dick Grayson, the original Robin who grew up to become the hero Nightwing and serve as Batman. In conjunction with Grayson's 75th anniversary in 2015, this book seeks to examine any and all aspects of Grayson as an influential comic book character and cultural icon.

We welcome contributions from all scholarly fields, including history, literature, psychology, philosophy, art, art history, cultural studies, media studies, and more.

Given that this project is the first of its kind, the range of topics is extremely broad. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Journal needs excellent undergraduate work

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:20am
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Queen City Writers
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As the academic year comes to a close, please share the following CFP with your excellent undergraduate writers:

Queen City Writers is a journal of undergraduate writing and composing operated from the University of Cincinnati. We seek submissions for our fall 2014 and spring 2015 issues. Our focus is on writing, rhetoric, reading, literacy, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing.

14th International Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposium

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:47am
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14th International Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposium
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Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposiums have been held for the past 13 years in various cities for the purpose of creating an opportunity for all scholars in stylistics, linguistics, applied linguistics, translation studies and literature to come together and to hold discussions on the related fields. The main strands of "style" in the symposium to be organized by Dokuz Eylul University are "Direct Style" and its alternatives as 1- Indirect Style, Rhetorical Style and 2-Discursive Style, Rambling Style.

"Lovers, Madmen and Poets: Shakespeare and the Imaginary, Supernatural, and Divine"

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:00am
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Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
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The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks papers and panels relating to all things Shakespearean, especially those focusing on the spectral, the fantastic, the mad, and the fey. We take our cue from Theseus: "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, / Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend / More than cool reason ever comprehends." The place of the world-beyond-the world, the line between reality and fantasy, and the demarcation of the sane from the mad are ever-present and controversial aspects of Shakespeare's work and of early modern literature more broadly.

Essays on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics - by June 27, 2014

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:14pm
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Hartskill Review
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Hartskill Review seeks essays on contemporary poetry and poetics. "Contemporary" is broadly conceived as anything after 1950. For essays about a poet or group of poets, a slight preference is given to American poets.

The primary purpose of Hartskill Review is to publish contemporary poetry. Essays, therefore, are meant for a general literary audience. Ideas should be sharp, challenging, and meaningful, but not plagued by jargon or willful obscurity. Submissions are reviewed and selected by the editor and are not peer reviewed externally.

The submission deadline for the next issue is June 27, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) -- 25th Annual Conference – Baltimore, MD – Nov. 6-8, 2014

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:18pm
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
25th Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD - Lord Baltimore Hotel

Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 14, 2014.

The Dialogue of Cultures/ The Culture of Dialogue

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:11pm
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The Department of Philology, The Centre of Literary Studies, Linguistics, Theory of Criticism and Culture,University of Ploieşti, the Faculty of Philosophy, Novi-Sad University
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The Dialogue of Cultures/ The Culture of Dialogue

13-15 November 2014
University Ploieşti, Romania

Call for Papers

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.

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