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Material (a)historicity in the English Renaissance

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 2:41pm
Renaissance Studies Association 2015 (26-28 March 2015 in Berlin)

Sir Thomas Browne, in his Dedicatory Epistle to Hydriotaphia, Urne-Burial, wonders, "But who knows the fate of his bones, or how often he is to be buried? Who hath the oracle of his ashes, or whither they are to be scattered?" These questions highlight the tensions ever-present within Browne's work between ephemeral meaning and enduring materiality. By asking the ashes to speak, and thus to pronounce meaning, Browne's text insists upon the afterlife of the material, its slippage across the boundaries between life and death, past and present. In this, Hydriotaphia, embodies an Early Modern concern with history and the body by taking the present moment as one constantly inflected by an unknowable past while also anticipating an indeterminate future.

SAMLA Women's Rhetoric Panel

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:34pm
Rachel Leigh Smith/South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Women's writing has a long history of articulating under-expressed experiences and responding to the dominant paradigms of the day. Early projects such as Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies (1405) and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) exemplify the complex and intriguing work created by female artists and intellectuals. Further, to examine American black women's writing is to not only outline the traditions of African American literature and American literature, but it allows one to gain a deeper understanding of our shared culture.

Edited collection: Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (7/1/14)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:23pm
Matthew Cella

I seek contributors to an edited collection focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology, particularly as it plays out in American literature and culture. More specifically, the collection will investigate the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational (and thereby ecological) process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit.

International Conference on 21st Century Education 2014

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:43am
21st Century Academic Forum

Conference Dates: November 13-15, 2014

Venue: Knowledge Village Conference Center (Dubai, UAE)

Conference Theme: Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing 21st Century Citizens

Types of Presentations:

Keynote Presentations: 45 minutes (invited only)
Research Papers: 20 - 25 minute presentations
Poster Presentations: 90 minutes

Conference Website: http://www.21caf.org/ic21ce-2014.html

Conference Description:

International Conference on Language Learning and Teaching 2014

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:41am
21st Century Academic Forum

Conference Dates: November 13-15, 2014

Venue: Knowledge Village Conference Center (Dubai, UAE)

Conference Theme: Challenges and Opportunities in Language Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century

Types of Presentations:

Keynote Presentations: 45 minutes (invited only)
Research Papers: 20 - 25 minute presentations
Poster Presentations: 90 minutes

Conference Website: http://www.21caf.org/icllt-2014.html

Conference Description:

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

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:19am
Midwest Modern Language Association

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
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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
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
University of Edinburgh

"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
Sheyenne Kirby

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
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

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