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The War of Art and Literature -- ALA Symposium October 2013, New Orleans

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:11pm
ALA Symposium: War and American Literature

Proposed Panel for the American Literature Association Symposium "War and American Literature" October 10-12, 2013, New Orleans, LA

Although many American authors who treat war in their literature saw combat first-hand, it was by no means a universal experience. In the absence of these direct encounters with war, authors drew upon the depictions of war from others, including the work of the visual and performing arts. The same process works in reverse, with visual and performing artists drawing from the treatment of war by authors in order to create their own artworks.

Tudor Grammar Schools: Drama Education & The Real World Stage

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:41pm
neModern Language Association

Tudor Grammar Schools: Drama Education & The Real World Stage
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Tudor Grammar schools put dramatic training at the center of their curriculum. A first and abiding question for this seminar: Why?

Shakespeare and Global Girlhood Seminar (abstract deadline July 1, 2013)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:11pm
Shakespeare 450 international conference (Paris), April 21-27, 2014

How does Shakespeare's cultural capital influence the discourses of girlhood? The study of girls and girlhood has gained prominence in the past 20 years, marked by the rise of Girls' Studies and the proliferation of interdisciplinary publications devoted to girlhood. In the United States, the 1994 publication of psychologist Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia was a flashpoint in the legitimization of girlhood studies, linking one of Shakespeare's tragic girl characters to the definition of Western female adolescence as a period of crisis. Since then, the name "Ophelia" has become powerfully associated with organizations who aim to "save" girls from bullying, eating disorders, and mental health issues (among other threats).

RSA 2014 - Crowd Control in the Renaissance

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 4:12am

Call for Papers: Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, 27-29 March 2014.

In the midst of urban sprawl and fears of rebellion from all quarters (be they urban or rural), authorities, writers and theologians discussed means to control crowds, channelling and curbing their power to subvert or, paradoxically, to reassert the prevailing order. From Mark Antony haranguing the Roman mob in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to the Hobbesian attempt to prevent popular outburst and anarchical disorder, from legal machineries to contain dissenting congregations to recommendations for confining itinerant beggars in laboring houses, the Renaissance offers many examples of discourse on crowd control.

[UPDATE] New Crops, Old Fields - (Re)Imagining Irish Folklore

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 9:49am
Queen's University Belfast

Keynote Speakers :
Prof. Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (University of Notre-Dame)
Prof. Harry White (University College Dublin)
Prof. Luke Gibbons (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

From God's eye to the Big Brother's room. Geographies of espionage. ONLINE: May 2014

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 5:13pm
Other MOdernitites - online Journal; Università degli Studi di Milano

The function of the eye that spies on us all apparently has never been benevolent, be it a tangible eye, an intangible, or a technological one. From the stern God of the Old Testament — who tracked down the culprits and punished them — to the evolution of modern dystopias, the eye has become increasingly implacable, ubiquitous, and immediate in its expressions, so that there is no time, nor space, left for a postponed punishment. If we want to find a good eye, a fair spy, it is necessary to shift to the side of the observer, of the hero (in this case, with no anti prefix), who sacrifices his/her safety for a larger good, with no doubts or hesitations.

Networking and the Keats-Shelley Circle (SAMLA, 8-10 November 2013)

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 5:08pm
Keats-Shelley Association of America (affiliated session at SAMLA)

Abstracts are invited for the Keats-Shelley Association's affiliated session to be held as part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference, November 8-10, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. Papers might explore various types of networking, broadly defined, associated with the Keats-Shelley circle (including such figures as John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and William Hazlitt). Papers might address networks of friendship among the circle's members, networks of publishing, or networks of meaning. Other papers of interest might discuss new meanings gleaned from twenty-first-century digital networks related to the circle's members.

Drama as Pedagogy - Theatre Games as Educational Expression and Partipation

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable aims to look at how drama as pedagogy has been influencing the modern English classroom. Drama as pedagogy is based on using theatre games/techniques in the classroom to support traditional lecture and discussion formats. We will look at the purpose of this teaching style, lesson plans used to promote free expression in literature courses, and how it may be used to create/develop prompts in creative writing courses. Abstracts and biographies should be submitted to Lindsay Bryde, MFA at

The conference will take place April 3-6 2014 in Harrisburg, PA as part of the 45th annual NEMLA conference.

Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2013.

NeMLA 2014: New Approaches to Performing, Teaching, and Analyzing Macbeth

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 9:22am
Sara Gutmann / University at Buffalo (SUNY)

This Board-Sponsored session is interested in receiving proposals that discuss new trajectories in analyzing and understanding *Macbeth* by Shakespeare (e.g. nationalism, Scotland's status within the British Empire, gender issues, tyranny, etc). Papers that examine new approaches to performing and teaching the play are also welcome. Please send 300-350 word proposals, along with name, e-mail and academic affiliation to Sara Gutmann by September 30, 2013.