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Laugh so you don't cry? Contemporary Encounters of the Tragic and the Comic

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 8:25am
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Department of Germanic and Romance Studies University of Delhi

Tragedy and Comedy, the two classical literary forms, on the one hand continue to capture the imagination of readers and audiences across the world even today, and on the other, have generated a lot of critical debates around them. From Aristotle's classical distinction between tragedy as a higher form and comedy as an ugly, distorted, and lowly one, not to be taken seriously, to Nietzsche's notion of tragedy, and call for its rebirth, as a joyous affirmation of life against the terror and absurdity of existence and then to Milan Kundera's assertion that "the art of the novel came into the world as an echo of God's laughter," our notions of the tragic and the comic have certainly undergone a dramatic shift.

Shakespeare and Performance [Update: January 31, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:59am
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Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)

The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:



Asian American Theatre, ALA, May 24-27, 2012 (1/18/12)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:35pm
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American Literature Association / Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
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Asian American Theatre: "Hitherto Unheard and Unsung World"
American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012
Abstracts and CVs due 1/18/12

[UPDATE] Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:24pm
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Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

Frontiers and Borders, Submission Deadline, January 20

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:13pm
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Oklahoma State University English Graduate Student Association
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Oklahoma State University's English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for papers for Frontiers and Borders, its annual conference, to take place March 9-11, 2012 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The conference will feature a keynote presentation on linguistic boundaries from distinguished linguistics scholar, Dr. Dennis Preston. There will also be a reading by Dr. Angie Estes, author of such books as Chez Nous and Tryst, finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Call for Papers for J of Philosophy: A cross-Disciplianry Inquiry

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 8:27pm
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Society for the Philosophy and Literary Studies
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The peer-reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry" is dedicated to bringing western and non-western humanities currents into dialogue with each other. It publishes articles, comments, and reviews, and each issue includes an interview with a known figure in philosophy, literature, or literary theory. The journal is most interested in themes of contemporary or perennial importance in the areas of philosophy, aesthetics and literature, written from post-structuralist, critical theory, deconstructionist, post-colonial and/or non-western philosophical perspectives. The journal is edited in the United States and produced in Nepal, and is sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies of Nepal.

All topics - journal (The AnaChronisT, 5/31/2012)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6:15pm
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The AnaChronisT
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The AnaChronisT 16 (2012) invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in Winter 2012/3. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Thursday, 31 May 2011.

The AnaChronisT http://seas3.elte.hu/anachronist/ welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:

- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;

Call for Proposals: "2012 Symposium for the Study of Myth" February 15, 2012

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 3:34pm
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Opus Archives & Research Center
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The Program Committee for the Study of Myth is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and performances at the Symposium in Santa Barbara, California at Pacifica Graduate Institute, to be held August 31 to September 2, 2012. Studyofmyth.org

Important Dates:
Feb 15, 2012: Proposal deadline
May 2012: Decisions announced
Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2012: Symposium

The Symposium themes are organized around three broad areas of inquiry and action: Myth in Theory, Myth in Culture, and Myth in Practice.

THE NORTH: Exile, Diaspora, Troubled Performance | June 8-9, 2012 | Deadline Feb 10, 2012

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 12:02pm
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Irish Theatrical Diaspora in association with The School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster



The 9th annual Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference will take place in June 2012 in Derry/Londonderry, hosted by the School of Creative Arts at the University of Ulster, in the former Foyle Arts Centre and previous home of Field Day Theatre Company.

**Deadline Jan. 25** Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:17am
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University of Massachusetts Amherst, English Graduate Organization
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Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces

Cyber bullying, the male gaze in cinema, SlutWalk in Toronto, the canonization of slave narratives, border rhetoric in the classroom – issues such as these take up the ways bodies, power, and spaces converge in a re-seeing and re-interpreting of historical and contemporary social complexities. Investigating this nexus in our discursive and material realities gives us the language for articulating the machinations of power and space that construct and dismantle singular and collective (im)material bodies.

[UPDATE] 4th Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference on Literature, Rhetoric and Composition - March 23-24

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 2:24am
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Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages).

Ireland and African-America

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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 3:18pm
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Clinton Institute for American Studies
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Ireland and African-America
9-11 March 2012
Clinton Institute for American Studies
University College Dublin, Ireland
Call for Papers

CFP: Ground Stories / The 2012 Weissbourd Annual Conference

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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 2:33pm
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The Society of Fellows at The University of Chicago
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CALL FOR PAPERS: GROUND STORIES

The 2012 Weissbourd Annual Conference
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
The University of Chicago
Franke Institute for the Humanities
May 18-19, 2012
(Proposal Deadline: Feb 20, 2012)

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago invites paper proposals for the annual Weissbourd Memorial Conference, to be held May 18-19, 2012 at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, on the theme "Ground Stories."

Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts (September 28-30, 2012): Proposals due 1 March 2012

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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:15pm
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Carleton College
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As the conclusion to our Visualizing the Liberal Arts Initiative, Carleton College will host an interdisciplinary conference offering visionary lectures, speculative discussions, hands-on sessions, exhibitions, and performances.

Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College's new center for interdisciplinary arts collaboration. The conference will address topics ranging from the theoretical to the practical. The keynote speaker is Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics.

Occupied: Taking Up Space and Time, graduate conference, March 22-24 [UPDATE]

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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:42am
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Indiana University Department of English

Call for Proposals: "Occupied: Taking up Space and Time"
*Extended Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012*

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Occupied: Taking up Space and Time" to be held at Indiana University - Bloomington from March 22-24, 2012. This 9th annual conference is hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

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