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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:31pm
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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:16pm
University of Dayton

"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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:07pm
Victorians Institute

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 by June 15, 2014.

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:52pm
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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:48pm

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:41pm
Rachel Rickard

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:55pm

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"

Conference 'Northern Myths, Modern Identities: The Nationalization of Mythologies in Northern Europe', Groningen 27-29 nov.2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 10:04am
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Venue: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Dates: 27-29 November 2014
Deadline for application: 10 July 2014

According to Roland Barthes, mythology is primarily a mode of signification or a system of communication, rather than an idea or a concept in itself. It is a way of speaking about ourselves and our collective identities. From the early 1800s onwards the cultural construction of ethnic, regional, national and supra-national identities became increasingly characterized by an infatuation with the primordial. The metaphysical nature of national character transcended temporal and spatial dimensions, and was therefore considered by many to have found its most striking expression in indigenous mythological narratives.

CFP: Critical Survey special issue on Victorian Science

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 9:57am
Peter Katz

The journal Critical Survey seeks submissions of completed 4000-5000 word articles exploring literary engagements with Victorian sciences. From Darwin, to physiology, to pre-Freudian psychology, to engineering and technology, and beyond, Victorian Britain experienced rapid change – but often seemed ambivalent about whether, as Robert Browning's Andrea del Sarto puts it, "man's reach should exceed his grasp." This peer-reviewed, special issue of Critical Survey will explore the relationship between literature (all genres and forms acceptable) and science in Victorian Britain through:

Call for Reviewers: NeoAmericanist Issue 7.2

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:31am

NeoAmericanist is an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America publishing work predominantly by Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are currently soliciting peer reviewers familiar with American Studies to review and comment on article submissions for the forthcoming issue.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers for NeoAmericanist Issue 7.2

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:28am

NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing a CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any academic PAPERS as well as REVIEWS of books from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.

Nov. 1, 2014: Heavy Metal Classics: The Reception of the Classical World in Heavy Metal

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 2:16am
Fletcher / Umurhan

We are inviting contributions to a proposed volume on the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity by heavy metal artists. We welcome contributors from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to) Classics, Archaeology, Musicology, Sociology, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies, to illustrate and explore the enduring connection between heavy metal and the ancient world.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Anthology - Park Barnitz's "Book of Jade"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:46am
Michael Abolafia/Columbia University (Hippocampus Press)

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a critical compendium on the writings of David Park Barnitz, to accompany Hippocampus Press's new edition of his Book of Jade, slated to be released in late December of 2014. Barnitz is a little-known American Decadent poet; digital editions of his poetry, as well as extant critical work on his life and writing, can be found here:

YA Literature and Composition

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 10:26pm
Dr. Tamara Girardi and Dr. Abigail Scheg

While adult book sales have been down for the past few years, sales of young adult titles have increased as much as 30% according to some reports. The turn of the millennium brought an explosion of YA sales with the most notable Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent series. YA sections grew from a few shelves to prominent areas in libraries and major bookstores. In fact, a recent Pew Survey reported that 16-29 year-olds check out library books more than any other group.