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MLA 2015 Vancouver - Nabokov and History

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:50am
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International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Nabokov and History: Nabokov's life and work as framed by historical moments and crises, including personal crises (migrations, assassination of V.D. Nabokov, affairs and near-affairs, death of Sergei, Cold War; the traces of history in his art; Nabokov's downplaying of the importance of history (the Bolshevik Revolution was both "that trite deux ex machina" and a series of "fabulous upheavals"); his construction of himself as a historical figure in his own right; the boundaries of/cross-fertilization among autobiography, historiography, and literary scholarship. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu).

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Falmouth University 24-25th July 2014. CFP deadline 25 April 2014.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 6:03am
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Dr. Niamh Downing/Falmouth University

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space
2-day conference, Falmouth University 24-25 July 2014

Supported by the British Interplanetary Society

http://www.cosmographies.co.uk

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Chris Welch – Professor of Astronautics (ISU, Strasbourg), and Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society

Prof. Philip Gross – Professor of Creative Writing (Glamorgan, UK), T. S. Eliot prizewinner and author of Deep Field (2011)

[UPDATE - date change] Objects of Modernity

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:13am
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Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, University of Birmingham, UK
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Objects of Modernity (23-24 June 2014)

Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, University of Birmingham, 23-24 June 2014

Confirmed Keynote: Dr Ulrika Maude (University of Bristol)

What were the objects that shaped modernity? How did they function? Who created them, used them and represented their significance?

[UPDATE] Extended: The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 28–31 August 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:50am
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Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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Call for Papers (Extended)
The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Keynote Address: Professor Henry Woudhuysen,
Lincoln College, University of Oxford

Deadline for proposals: 14 March 2014

The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines concerned with
Medieval and Renaissance studies.

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

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:55pm
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Kirsten Noelle 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.

WSQ Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose: CHILD Issue

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:46pm
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WSQ at the Feminist Press
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Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose

WSQ Special Issue, Spring 2015: CHILD

Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Anna Mae Duane

Children have always been fraught subjects for feminist scholarship. Women are alternately infantilized and subsumed in service of children. Indeed, nowhere are women's rights more assiduously attacked than around the question of their biological capacity to bear and raise children. Our concerns in this issue of WSQ, though, are children and childhood themselves: representations of children, children's experiences, and children's place in the world.

Xenophile calls for undergraduate/graduate comparative literature papers - deadline: March 15th, 2013

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:51pm
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Xenophile
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The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia is currently seeking submissions for its second issue of Xenophile, an up-and-coming comparative literature journal. We would like to invite you to take part in this great publishing opportunity. Xenophile will feature the works of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world from diverse disciplines. This is the perfect chance for undergraduate students seeking their first (or second, or third) scholarly publication, as well as for graduate students hoping to reach a new audience.

Poetics of Erasure (MLA 2015 Special Session)

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:36pm
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Modern Language Association

Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production? The poetics—and politics—of extinction, invisibility, ephemerality, forgetting, or obscurity across genres (e.g., literature, non-fiction, film, or visual art).

Send 500-word max abstracts and CV to Michael Nicholson at nicholsonm@ucla.edu or Amy Wong at amyrwong@ucla.edu by 15 March 2014.

[UPDATE] Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon? (Special Session Proposal, MLA 2015 Vancouver, January 8-11)

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:15pm
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Ian Butcher, Duquesne University
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What constitutes the canon of academic novels? Discussion of the genre has tended to focus on a limited number of novels. On the British side, C. P. Snow's The Masters, Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim, David Lodge's campus trilogy (Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work), and A. S. Byatt's Possession dominate. For American academe, a similarly small number have dominion over the field: Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe, Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, Bernard Malamud's A New Life, Jane Smiley's Moo, Richard Russo's Straight Man, and Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. If these novels are taken to constitute the academic novel canon, as it were, what picture of academe emerges from them?

Memory Economies

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:09pm
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MLA 2015, Vancouver (January 8-11)

What is the relationship between memory and multiple economies: cultural, social, somatic, transnational, capitalist, environmental? The OED defines "economy" as "the way in which something is managed; the management of resources." This seminar is interested in the way memories are managed in a cultural, socio-political, and economic sense. It seeks to explore how and for whom memory constitutes a resource that exists in, as well as independently of various economies and what this means for individuals, societies, and global or transnational communities.

Special Session: George Eliot, PAMLA 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 4:48pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Paper proposals are currently being accepted for a special session on George Eliot. This panel will explore the complex ideas and themes throughout Eliot's work. Contributors are encouraged to submit work that examines the many facets of Eliot's output, as she engaged the historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural trends of her day.

The annual conference for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association will be held on October 31-November 2, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

CFP: Modernism and Climate Change (MSA 16) Deadline April 25, 2014.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:23pm
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John McIntyre
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This is a CFP for the upcoming MSA 16 conference in Pittsburgh for a panel called "Modernism and Climate Change." This panel will examine modernist representations of climate and climatic events, particularly as they explore both the individual's relationship to climate and the ways in which climatic events are understood, represented, and responded to across modernist literature and culture. Paper proposals are welcome that address any of the following issues: how are the climate and climatic events and effects—such as heat waves, floods, droughts, and extreme meteorological events-- represented in specific modernist texts? How do individuals respond to and understand such events? How are modernist subjects implicated in and shaped by climate?

[UPDATE] The Science Fiction New Wave At Fifty - CFP Extended

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:14pm
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University of East Anglia
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UPDATE: Call For Papers Extended | Keynote Confirmed

THE SCIENCE FICTION "NEW WAVE" AT FIFTY

Keynote: Professor Rob Latham (UC, Riverside): Senior Editor, Science Fiction Studies; editorial board member, The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

University of East Anglia 31 May—1 June, 2014

Conference Organisers: Dr Mark P. Williams | Dr Jacob Huntley | Dr Matthew Taunton

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"Immigration and Comics": MLA, Vancouver (January 8-11, 2015)

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:12pm
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Jointly sponsored by MLA Division on European Literary Relations and the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Recently, the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration in Paris staged an exhibition "Albums-Bande dessinée et immigration: 1913-2013" (October 16, 2013 – April 27, 2014) which brought together comics sketches and magazines from 1913 to the present that depict the immigrant experience and how immigrants on the fringes of society are attracted to the comics medium. According to the exhibit's Curator Hélène Bouillon, "every comic about immigration is a story about an individual, and every comic about this theme wants to show… a story about humanity…a universal story." In fact, from Richard F.

"Modernist Studies and the 'Angloworld': Confluence or Division?" MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:00pm
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Maxwell Uphaus, Columbia University
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Historical debate about the "British world" has recently been galvanized by James Belich's ambitious Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1783-1939 (2009). For Belich, the "Angloworld" is the decentralized but interconnected unit formed by Great Britain; its settler colonies in Canada, South Africa, and Australasia; and the United States. He argues that US and British expansion in the long nineteenth century share a common history as parts of a general "Anglo divergence," a massive surge in Anglophone settlement that far surpassed that of other Europeans.

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