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"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

READING NATURE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. MADRID, SPAIN (DEC. 14-16, 2011)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Department of English Philology II (UCM) - Friends of Thoreau (Franklin Institute UAH)

Environmental disciplines have recently gained prominence due to the potentially devastating consequences of climate change: increasing natural disasters, the greenhouse effect, temperature variations, changing sea levels, etc. Such issues have raised awareness on the necessity for a drastic change in thinking. Ecocriticism—along with other green disciplines dealing with the relationship between society and the environment—places nature as the center of the intellectual debate. As Kate Rigby states, "culture constructs the prism through which we know nature." Reading Nature Conference aims to explore from a critical perspective how such a prism is constructed.

UPDATE -- Textus: Gothic Frontiers. Abstracts by 1 June, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron

Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)

This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.

Special Session Proposal Shakespeare in the Schools 15 April; MMLA 3-6 November 2011 St. Louis, MO

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:33am
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Barbara Cobb, Murray State University

Seeking abstracts/proposals for papers supporting collaborations between Shakespeare scholars/educators and elementary, middle, and high school teachers and programs. Topics may include but are not limited to: introducing Shakespeare to children, grades 3-6; improving K-12 teacher preparation for teaching Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the early modern English vs. modernized English debate; collaborations of any type.
Please e-mail abstracts, proposals, queries by 15 April; panel proposal is due to MMLA by 22 April.

[UPDATE] ***Could you hear that? Interdisciplinary approaches to sound and music.***

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:33pm
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LASA2012 May 23-26 *San Francisco*
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The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of "national unities"? Are "samba", "tango" and "salsa" inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events?

Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education (Journal) - articles by 6/15/11

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 5:56pm
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Dr. Susan Alice Fischer, Co-Editor
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The editors seek articles concerned with English language, literacy and literature teaching worldwide as well as essays on literature and culture that do not specifically address teaching.

Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education is an established journal (published by Routledge) for English teachers at all levels, including college and university, which encourages international dialogue between teachers and researchers on issues surrounding literacy, language, literature and culture. In particular, Changing English considers the future of English as a subject in the context of its history and the scope for development and change.

[UPDATE]: Great Writing - Creative Writing Conference [UK] (4/20/11; 6/18/11 - 6/19/11)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 6:32am
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Great Writing - International Creative Writing Conference

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Great Writing 2011

The UK's 14th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference

Imperial College London
Saturday June 18th - Sunday June 19th 2011

Critical or creative presentations are invited for this, the 14th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, 18th – 19th June 2011. (Limited remaining space – presentations from the UK, USA, continental Europe, Australia, China, and more!)

To be held at one of the UK's great universities and great locations: Imperial College London, South Kensington, a cultural centre for the arts, sciences, music and museums, close to Royal Albert Hall and right next to the wonderful Natural History Museum.

[UPDATE] CSECS/ABS/NEASECS 2011 panel, Adaptation and 18th-Century Literature--new deadline April 12

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 11:08pm
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Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Aphra Behn Society/Northeast Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Recently adaptation theorists have argued for a re-valuing of adaptations and of the dynamic between originary texts and their adaptation. Critics such as Brian McFarlane, Imelda Whelehan, and Deborah Cartmell have argued that adaptations carry "cultural capital" equal to the original's, and that putting a material, original text in dialogue with an adaptation provides an opportunity to revalue, perhaps increase the value of the original.

VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE (Charles DIckens: Past, Present, and Future), October 21-22, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:41am
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Victorians Institute
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Call for Papers: Victorians Institute Conference
Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC

To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine Dickens's writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 5.1.11)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:55am
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Karen Elizabeth Bishop
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Seeking several articles to round out work-in-progress on:

THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE
Editor: Karen Elizabeth Bishop
kebishop@fas.harvard.edu

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

SCMLA - Oct. 27-29, 2011 - Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC - Due: March 28, 2010

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:38pm
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SCMLA - Oct. 27-29, 2011 - Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC
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Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages: OPEN TOPIC

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 68th Annual Convention

Hot Springs, Arkansas – October 27-29, 2011

Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University, reynoldst@nsula.edu

Computer Applications in English and Foreign Languages invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address the intersection(s) between/among computer technologies and work (research, pedagogy, theory) in the fields of English and/or foreign languages.

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