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Perversions of Paper: Saturday 28th June 2014, Birkbeck College, london

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 7:04am
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Material Text Network, Birkbeck College and the Archive Futures Network
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Library copies of soft-focus S/M blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey were recently found to carry traces of cocaine and the herpes virus; a reminder, if one were needed, that our relationship with the page involves more than just the eye. Current scholarly emphasis on the material text has revealed that uses of reading matter extend well beyond reading itself, promising to bring to light other kinds of tactile, intimate and sometimes strange connections between bodies and books. Perversions of Paper is a one-day symposium investigating the outer limits of our interactions with books and with paper.

[UPDATE] Extended deadline for Intellectuals and the Great War. Dec. 17-19, 2014. Abstract Deadline: Feb. 25, 2014

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 5:18am
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Ghent University

Ghent University announces a First World War conference, scheduled to take place from 17-19 December 2014. The focus of this international scholarly gathering is on the role of the intellectual in the First World War. It aims to explore the ways in which intellectuals, working in different fields and contexts, dealt with the strain, the shock and the aftermath of WWI. We invite papers that look into the position of the university during the war; the ways in which academia and the 'monde international des esprits' dealt with the issue of action and commitment, and what it meant for thinkers to be confronted with the physical aspects of war. In the vast field of WWI studies, relatively little attention has been devoted to the role of the intellectual.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Victorian 'Structures of Feeling' in Late 20th and 21st-Century Cultural Products, 12-14 June 2014

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:15am
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University of Paderborn

Victorian 'Structures of Feeling' in Late 20th and 21st-Century Cultural Products

Conference, 12-14 June 2014, University of Paderborn

At the moment British (cultural) politics seem to be relapsing into a conservatism informed by 19th-century structures and ideologies. The continuities between the Victorian era and contemporary society, however, are not restricted to the political level, and this is why the conference aims at exploring manifestations of this 'Victorian Renaissance' on the level of cultural representation(s).

MLA 2015: Place of South Asian Americans in Asian American Literary Studies (Jan. 8-11; Vancouver, Canada)

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:56pm
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Binod Paudyal
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The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.

Philamet Issue 20 - Humour CFP

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:20pm
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Philament, Thue University of Sydney Journal of the Arts
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Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Humour and identity
- Laughter
- Humour and music
- Satire
- Parody
- Humour and politics
- Psychology of humour
- Humour in the humanities
- Humour and truthfulness
- Black humour
- Cultural humour
- Irony and sincerity
- Humour and emotions
- Forms of humour
- Humour and feminism

Troubling Interpretation: Settler-Colonial Theory Applied to Settler Writings (MLA 2015)

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:16pm
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Pamela Grieman
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Settler colonialism can be described as a transnationalist mode of critical inquiry whose logics of elimination and displacement have structured the appropriation of land in different places at different times.The United States, one can argue, is in the final stages of settler colonialism, having completed the expropriation of the majority of indigenous lands, whereas Palestine still struggles against the settlement of its territories. In Patrick Wolfe's formulation, settler colonialism differs from colonialism through its enactment of the logic of erasure—the attempt to displace the native, to lay claim to indigenous lands, and therefore to eliminate indigenous peoples and their cultures altogether.

The Poetry of Theodore Roethke

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:11pm
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William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Croose
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Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism.

Transformations - 30 May 2014

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
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University College London

This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.

Audition seeks plays, production process pieces, theory, pedagogy, and more

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 5:08pm
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Audition: A Journal of Drama and Interdisciplinary Performance

What We Like

Audition seeks work that celebrates interdisciplinary, immediate theatre; experimental stage work; the constant rediscovery of the relationship between the human silhouette and the space that accommodates it; the search for new theatre vocabularies. No deadly theatre. No political manifestos unless politics is subservient to the beauty of language and expression.

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ELN 53.1: Sexing the Left

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:48pm
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOTES
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"Sexing the Left": English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries) 06/14/2014 Paris, France

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:02pm
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University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries)
A one-day conference organized by OVALE and VALE EA4085 – Paris IV Sorbonne

June 14th, 2014
Maison de la Recherche – Paris IV Sorbonne
28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Keynote speaker: Joyce Goggin, Universiteit Van Amsterdam

"Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it".
(Walt Whitman, « Song of Myself »)

[UPDATE: Extended Deadline] Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia (May 16-17, 2014) [CFP due February 12]

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:38pm
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The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara
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Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?

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