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"English Renaissance Literature," 2014 RMMLA Convention, Boise, Idaho, October 9-11, 2014

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 11:16am
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Kirsten Mendoza/ Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session invites papers that address any aspect of English Renaissance literature to be delivered at the sixty-eighth annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 9-11, 2014. Topics of interest include cross-cultural interactions, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Kirsten Mendoza (kirsten.n.mendoza@vanderbilt.edu).

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2014.

Call For Papers: MLA Convention 2015 Transnational Adoption in Film

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 10:47am
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ALLIANCE FOR THE STUDY OF ADOPTION AND CULTURE
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ALLIANCE FOR THE STUDY OF ADOPTION AND CULTURE

Call For Papers: MLA Convention 2015

Transnational Adoption in Film

Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks paper proposals for its guaranteed session at the MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver, Canada. January 8-11, 2015.

"Early Ecocriticism: Environments in Medieval and Early Modern Literature," 68th RMMLA Convention, Boise, ID (Oct. 9-11, 2014)

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 9:03pm
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Dr. Peter Remien / Rocky Mountain MLA
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This session seeks papers for the 68th annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014) that utilize the critical lens of ecocriticism, the interdisciplinary study of literature and the environment, to explore any aspect of medieval or early modern literature. When ecocriticism emerged in the 1990s as a response to awareness of impending environmental crises, its primary focus was on literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recently, however, scholars like Ken Hiltner, Sylvia Bowerbank, Diane McColley, and Gillian Rudd have called attention to how earlier works of literature register and respond to the environmental problems of their own periods.

Mediation and Conjunction: The Restless Middle [April 1, 2014]

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:05pm
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Humanities Review-St John's University

The Humanities Review seeks to analyze the ways in which disparate dialectical poles (such as Nature and Culture) are mediated, and in which disparate fields of knowledge conjoin.

To this end, we are seeking scholarly articles that examine the way supposed distinctions are constructed and maintained between authentically linked, contiguous, or identical concepts; the consequences of such distinctions; and the implications of their removal.

In a similar and related vein, we are interested in cross-pollination between academic fields which are capable of illuminating both the strengths and oversights of one or both disciplines and shedding new light on new or stagnating issues.

Responsivity: Defining, Cultivating, Enacting. Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 11:04am
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The Tenth Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, October 16-18, 2014
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The 2014 Watson Conference aims to foster ongoing conversations about how to be responsive to communities in and beyond the academy and how to foster the conditions that make these visions a reality. Avenues for exploration include:

• Forwarding innovative scholarship that is responsive to our expanding definitions of literate practices, particularly as our methodologies, partners, sites and tools continue to expand

• Articulating innovative teaching, perhaps especially for groups struggling in higher education today (e.g., veterans, first generation, underprepared students, English language learners) whose voices may be underrepresented or unacknowledged

ALLEGORIES OF IMPERIALISM: BARBARIANS AND WORLD CULTURES

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:26am
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I-Chun Wang (Kaohsiung Medical Univ); Asun López-Varela (Universidad Complutense Madrid)

Inverting imperialist rhetoric, Oswald de Andrade's Manifesto Antropófago (1929) used metaphors of primitivism and cannibalism in his assertion of Brazil's identity versus European postcolonial cultural domination. In 1955, Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism implicated Europe and labelled the colonizers as 'barbaric' and 'morally diseased' for their colonial treatment. By equating racism, barbarism and colonialism, Césaire claimed colonization to be a form of dehumanization, and argued that the German Nazi Party's persecution of Jews during World War II was part of "colonialist procedures applied to Europe" itself (Césaire 2000: 36) Waiting for the Barbarians, the novel published in 1980 by 2003 Nobel Prize J. M.

Modernist Criticisms Saturday 7 June 2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 9:51am
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Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex

Our conceptions of modernism are not just informed by its literature. As is widely recognized, essays including Woolf's 'Modern Fiction' and Eliot's 'Tradition and the Individual Talent' provide these writers—and their readers—alternative methods of approaching literary questions and a wider arena within which to expound and explore their theories. But while the critical texts of these canonical figures are well known and studied, work by various minor figures of the period, and this work's engagement with their artistic concerns, is still frequently overlooked.

The Life, Career and Legacies of Richard M. Nixon

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 8:47am
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Journal of American Studies of Turkey
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The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) is preparing a special Richard M. Nixon issue devoted to focusing on the meaning and legacies both inside and outside the United States of this controversial figure in American history and culture. In April 1994, in the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of Nixon, President Bill Clinton suggested, "[M]ay the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close." This has certainly not happened: August 2014 will mark the fortieth anniversary of Nixon's dramatic resignation as president of the United States, and still his place in American history is very much under dispute.

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) Call for Abstracts (Research Papers), deadline 28th February,

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 8:23am
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Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (Interntional Journal of Travel Writing) - www.coldnoon.com

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)
ISSN 2278-9642
E-ISSN 2278-9650
www.coldnoon.com

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites researchers to submit their original abstracts of creative non-fiction and research papers on travel/travel poetics for publication in Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Apr '14, Issue X (online). The works published in the forthcoming online issue will be republished in the print issue of Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Summer, 2014 (Vol III, Issue I), along with the previous online issue of Jan '14, Issue X, in April-May 2014.

**EXTENDED DEADLINE** Revolution and Evolution, BCLA Postgraduate Conference, 10-11 July 2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:45am
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The University of Essex, UK

The University of Essex and the British Comparative Literature Association invite postgraduates to submit abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference. We welcome proposals from students in the Humanities, including Literature, Film, Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. We seek papers exploring revolution and evolution in disciplines ranging from gender studies and cultural geography to myth, folklore studies and nature writing.
Possible topics may include:
• Development, progression, transformation and expansion of cultural tropes and motifs
• Evolution of theory and critical thinking
• Revolutions and challenges of theory
• Transfiguration of anarchy, rebellion and insurgency

[UPDATE] Extended deadline [Feb 28] Supernatural Creatures: from Elf-Shot to Shrek

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:18am
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University of Lodz, Poland

The conference aims to bring together experts in folklore, medieval and early modern literature and culture as well as contemporary fantasy and science-fiction to explore the fascinating relationship between supernatural creatures and humankind.

We would like to invite contributions that address the nature and function of the beliefs of past eras, their postmodern transformations, and especially those which trace the (dis)continuities in the ways in which these creatures have been imagined and perceived over the ages. From medieval fairies through Tinker Bell to Orlando Bloom's Legolas, from Fafnir to Glaurung or Smaug, the conference aims to investigate the nature of the undying fascination with the supernatural denizens of our (?) world.

[UPDATE] RCSC Annual Conference 6/7/2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:10am
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Renaissance Society of Southern California
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Renaissance Conference of Southern California
58th Annual Meeting
Saturday, 7 June 2014
UCLA, Los Angeles CA

Keynote Address
"From Marble and Brick to the Names of the Lord in Music: The History of a Pythagorean Symbol"
by
Adam Knight Gilbert
Director of the Early Music Program
Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines
(Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)

Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to:

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