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Language and Ethics of Care in Contemporary Literature - University of Montreal - Friday, Oct. 31st 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:44am
Department of Comparative Literature at University of Montreal and University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean)

Since Foucault's Le souci de soi, Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice and Nel Noddings' Caring, the notion of care has built bridges between philosophy, psychology, ecology, sociology, anthropology and feminism. However, significantly less work has been published in the field of literature and fewer theorists address issues related to care in their analyses of fiction. Therefore, the first goal of this one-day conference is to create linkage and knots of tension between care ethics, care theory, care practices and literature. It has been argued that institutional and social language draws mostly on the judicial, on "the language of rights" (Fukuyama), but what is implied or expected when we shift to a language of care?

[UPDATE] "Reassessing Language Poetry" // PAMLA 2014 (Dealine: May 15)

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:26am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

First published in February of 1984, The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book collected essays, excerpts, and experiments from the first three years (1978-81) of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E literary magazine.

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art - papers due June 1, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:24am

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art

If at first you don't succeed ... shouldn't we ask why not? albeit, an innovative new online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Failure."

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:

"Bad" texts, or films, novels, plays, television shows, etc., that were considered failures in their time

Characters or ideas within texts that fail to succeed

Guilty pleasures

Creative fiction or nonfiction pieces investigating the concept of failure

CFP - Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:28am
Aarhus University - Cultural Transformations Research Group

Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures
Hosted by the Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University.
November 21-22, 2014


Keynote speaker:
Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University –
"Fans as Celebrities, Celebrities as Fans: The Rise of an Affective Economy?"

[UPDATE] Discussing Disney - CFP extended!

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am
University of Hull

Film Studies at the University of Hull is proud to announce that it is hosting a conference exploring the world of Disney studies. Papers on any areas of Disney are welcome for consideration, to include (but not limited to) discussions of Disney studio history, animation, live-action films, television, theme parks, merchandizing, and/or popular cultural representations of all things Disney.

Abstracts of 300 words, along with personal details, should be sent to Amy M. Davis ( by 30 May 2014.

Keynote speakers include Dr Chris Pallant, author of Demystifying Disney (2011).

Call for Proposals: ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 6:25am
ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstr. 32, 10625 Berlin, Germany,

Modern education is evolving, and traditional methods are shifting to meet new demands. With people learning in multiple forms, in ever-changing learning environments, what shape with learning take next? What do these changes offer us?

Proposals ( for this year's overall theme, 'Changing Learning', can be submitted before June 2nd, 2014: ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is looking for services, case studies, research, thinking, narratives and expertise that are shaping technology enhanced learning and training.

CFP: Space Oddities conference in Graz, Austria in November 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:17am
Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange

When we think of American cities, we have a complex (and often contradictory) set of images in mind, possibly encompassing glimpses of the Boston Marathon bombings, postcard motifs of the One World Trade Center, and palm trees on Sunset Boulevard, L.A. In its various shapes and discourses, the American city functions as both a parameter and an expression of the complexities of U.S. social practice. At the same time, it also serves as a prism of overarching social and cultural transformation.

14th MELUS MELOW International Conference

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:15am
Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World


We live in a world where it is impossible to be isolated. As human beings we are forever in conversation with each other because we need to express our feelings, communicate, and interact with our fellow creatures. In the process, as we reach out of our closed cocoons, we strike relationships, some positive, some reactionary. Some of our overtures boomerang on us in the most unexpected ways, as negative criticism, hostile reaction, or even official banning or censorship.

This is what MELOW seeks to debate at its conference in Chandigarh, India, from 19th to 21st February 2015 .

Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 2:24am
The Journal of Pan African Studies

In honor of the 80th birthday, and the life-long commitment to human rights/justice, and the arts, The Journal of Pan African Studies ( will host a special edition on Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka, a Nigerian writer, playwright, poet and human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, becoming the first person in Africa to receive the award. An activist in Nigeria's fight for independence, Soyinka was imprisoned in solitary confinement from 1967 to 1969 for writing an article that called for a cease-fire. To this day he is involved in the politics of Nigeria.

Call for Papers the 4th issue of Localities

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:37pm
Center for Locality and Humanities, Korean Studies Institute, Pusan National University (South Korea)

Call for Papers the 4th issue of Localities

Biocentrism and Nonhuman Ethics

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:12pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is seeking papers that analyze or describe literature or historical events from the angle of human-nonhuman interactions, especially as they relate to ethics and ecology. Ecocritical or ecotheological perspectives are preferred but other perspectives are welcome.

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting to a PAMLA conference:

The 112th Annual PAMLA Conference will be held at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California, on October 31-November 2, 2014. We hope that you will propose a paper for this conference.

The call for papers for the sessions is posted online. Please check this website for updates and corrections.

ASECS Women's Caucus Awards for Grad Papers, Indepedent/Adjuct Scholarship, Editing and Translation

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:59pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Women's Caucus

The Catharine Macaulay Prize for Graduate Student Conference Paper
NEW Deadline for submission: May 31, 2014

The Catharine Macaulay Prize is an annual award made by the Women's Caucus of ASECS for the best graduate student paper on a feminist or gender studies subject presented at the ASECS Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings during the academic year. In addition to special recognition, the prize carries a cash award of $500 (up from $350 in earlier years and announcements).