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Teaching the 18th Century --Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies (Montreal 15-18 October 2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tiffany Potter, University of British Columbia

This panel seeks to open a conversation on innovative course design and classroom methodologies in teaching eighteenth-century literature and culture.
In this era of fiscal restraint in North American universities, many faculty members feel increased pressure to create courses that will fill classrooms. The second half of that equation is creating courses that will keep students engaged and returning to our fields of study.
This session invites presentations on all aspects of excellent teaching in eighteenth-century studies, from course design and classroom practice, to scholarly teaching using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Please send a title and 100-200 word proposal by 31 March to tiffany.potter[at]

CFS 4/20/14: Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, and Pedagogy in Africa and the African Diaspora

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:51pm
Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy

Special Issue

Intersections: Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, and Pedagogy in Africa and the African Diaspora

Issue 6 of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

JITP Co-Editors: Stephen Brier and Kiersten Greene

Guest Co-Editors: Marla L. Jaksch, Ph.D. and Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For Issue 6, we are seeking submissions under the theme of "Intersections of Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, & Pedagogy in Africa & the African Diaspora."

Forgotten Corridors: Gothic Chapbooks, Bluebooks and Shilling Shockers.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:48pm
Franz Potter

We are seeking proposals and contributions for an edited collection of essays on Gothic chapbooks, bluebooks and schilling shockers. Critical and historical studies of Gothic fiction have long struggled to conceal its disreputable and degenerate offspring: the Gothic chapbook and variants. This contemptuous diffidence still endures and as the Gothic literary tradition has advanced its claims for literary value, curiously these short tales of terror remain marginalized; however, their unique history and impact on the Gothic is unmistakable. This unique collection will focus on the history, development and transmutation of these tales of terror.

CFP "REVOLUTIONS! Past, Present, Future" October 9-11, 2014, UPenn and Villanova University

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:23pm
Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2014 Conference
October 9-11, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University

Revolutions! Past, Present, Future

Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin— inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman— is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times.

Crossing the Line: Ritual and Superstition at Sea CFP

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:19pm
University of Bristol

A workshop at the ss Great Britain organised by the University of Bristol and the Brunel Institute
Thursday 12 June, 2014
Admission Free / Lunch Provided

Plenary Speaker: Dr Kirsty Reid

Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:01pm
Dr Paul March-Russell

"Foundation" is the journal of the British SF Foundation formed in 1972. It is published three times a year, and is currently looking for articles and reviews for 2015. The journal publishes on any aspect of sf with particular emphases upon interdisciplinary, international and cultural perspectives. We are interested in both the histories of sf and in current trends, including the borderlines between genres, media and what passes for the 'mainstream'. Articles should be up to 6000 words in length, double-spaced and written in accordance with the style sheet available on the SF Foundation website.


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:58am
Brendan Beirne / New York University

This panel investigates the multiethnic dimension of 20th and 21st century maximalist works of art, cinema and literature. Do recent works by novelists such as Leslie Silko, Karen Yamashita, Anna Deveare Smith, Sergio de la Pava, Junot Diaz et al evince continuities with what Lawrence Buell has recently described (in The Dream of the Great American Novel) as "the minoritarian turn in protagonist-centric narrative from the mid-twentieth century onward," or are such works better understood as harbingers of a new relationship between ethnic-American writers / writing and forms of 'total fiction'?

"Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties" due 6/15/14

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:33am
Dr. Sharon R. Yang, Professor, English Department, Worcester State University

The Gothic is a genre that emerged during the turmoil leading up to and caused by the French Revolution. Its symbolic use of shattered landscapes, natural and human made, challenging the view of the individual and society as ordered and rational, continues to evolve to reflect the anxieties of the eras and changing cultures of the nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries. Ruined castles and mansions, blasted heaths, and ominous mountains and cliffs give way to uncharted lands for colonization, mean streets and urban jungles, sinister laboratories, gruesome battlefields, the labyrinth of political and economic conspiracies, and the dark unknowns of the human mind and body themselves.

CALL FOR PAPERS (CLOSES APRIL 30, 2014) Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World Adelaide, South Australia (November 11-13, 2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:38am
J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide and the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, with the support of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, the ARC Council of t

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World
Adelaide, South Australia (November 11-13, 2014)

Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions, 19-21 June, Canberra, Australia

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:55am
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture – Australia & New Zealand

Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticsm and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thorougly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference both seeks to refine that turn and to address the interdisciplinary shortcoming, while articulating the expansion of the analysis of the humanities, ecocritically.

Aging and the Posthuman (26 March deadline; MLA '15)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:33pm
Modern Language Association Age Studies Discussion Group

In a scholarly context that is increasingly turning to the posthuman, the transhuman, and the virtual, explorations of the embodied experience of age and its cultural resonances offer crucial insights into the uniquely human awareness of the experience of living through time. For a guaranteed panel sponsored by the Modern Language Association's Age Studies Discussion Group at the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver (8-11 January 2015), we invite abstracts for papers considering age, aging, or old age in the context of the posthuman or the transhuman.

Literary Monsters - SAMLA 2014 - Nov. 7-9

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:37pm
Lisa Wenger Bro

Special Session at S014 SAMLA conference (Atlanta)

In today's culture, it's almost impossible to avoid "monsters." Straight from mythology and legend, these fantastic creatures traipse across our television screens and the pages of our books. Over centuries and across cultures, the inhuman have represented numerous cultural fears and, in more recent times, desires. This panel will explore the literal monsters--whether they be mythological, extraterrestrial, or man-made--that populate fiction and film, delving into the cultural, psychological and/or theoretical implications.