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[LAST CALL, UPDATE} Oklahoma State University English Conference, "Transforming Words," March 4-5, 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 12:08pm
English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Words." In his 1969 work, The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday asserts, "We have all been changed by words; we have been hurt, delighted, puzzled, filled with wonder." During the conference, we would like to explore the practical ways language functions to effect change. How can language overcome supposed barriers of race and gender?

Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Nov 4-5, 2011) Deadline extended to Feb 20

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 10:00am
National sun Yat-sen University

The Fifth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ludi Civitatis: the Church, the Court, and the Citizens
'Civilization arises and unfolds in and as play' (Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens). In civic entertainment, 'play' constitutes the primary formative element in human culture that affords and sustains common interest and amusement. Texts produced in the classical, medieval and the Renaissance periods document how the Church, the Court, and the citizens devise their 'play' in triumphal entries, court entertainment, civic festivals, religious rituals, processions, drama, music and dance.

The Journey and Its Portrayals: Explorers, Sailors, (Im)migrants (Nov 25-6, 2011)

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 9:42am
Center for the Humanities / National Sun Yat-sen University

The act of the journey ("to go from home to a distance") and migration signify the basic need of humanity to explore and in all cultures memories of the journey in its various forms represent important aspects of society, history, and culture in all of its aspects and dimensions. Records of travel, exile and return, and (im)migration and their perception are elements of culture including aspects of ideological, personal and/or group formation, artistic and/or historical representation, and the social imagery. Travel and the journey represent the basic human characteristic of curiosity and patterns of migration involve social, political, and cultural tensions emanating from basic needs of cultural, economic, political, etc., existence.

[Update] The Crisis of the Confined Body: A Conference in Romance Studies / Abstract Deadline 1/24/10

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 8:20pm
University of California, Berkeley

The Crisis of the Confined Body is a graduate student conference that will join five Romance languages (Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish), fostering a comparative approach to studies of the body in confinement, isolation and extraction. The conference will offer critical examinations of the body and its contingent relationship to spatial, temporal, cultural and/or linguistic parameters. A theme that lends itself to multiple fields, The Crisis of the Confined Body will promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the humanities, visual arts, and sciences, engaging points of overlap as well as lines of divergence. We encourage presentations that engage a comparative and/or interdisciplinary approach.

[UPDATE] The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication; April 1-2, 2011; Univ. at Albany; Keynotes: Wai Chee Dimock and...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 2:36pm
University at Albany, SUNY; English Graduate Student Organization

The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication

Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock and Doug Rice

"The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the "outlaw," the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order."—Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

[Update] California State University Shakespeare Symposium (May 5-6, 2011)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 4:41pm
California State University, Stanislaus

Call for Papers
for the Nineteenth Annual
California State University Shakespeare Symposium
May 5-6, 2011
California State University, Stanislaus

Keynote Speaker: Professor Frances Dolan, University of California, Davis

Proposal submission deadline extended to: January 20th, 2011

Conference hotel: Candlewood Suites
1000 Powers Court
Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 250-1501

Feminist Studies in English 19.1

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 11:28am
Korean Association of Feminist Studies in English Literature

The Korean Association for Feminist Studies in English Literature (KAFSEL) invites papers for Feminist Studies in English Literature (FSEL), volume 19, number 1.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers for Conference April 20-23 Deadline extended to Dec. 31

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 4:44pm
Festivals and Faires Area/ Popular Culture Association

The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions for the 2011 PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio, TX (April 20-23, 2011) on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. Since the conference is in San Antonio, TX, any papers relating to festivals and faires in the city or state are greatly appreciated. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:

Special Issue, Dalhousie French Studies: Women from the Maghreb

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 1:30pm
Dalhousie French Studies

From the revolutionaries of Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers, the heroines in films by directors such as Nadir Moknèche, Raja Amari and Laïla Marrakchi, to the feminist voices of Hélé Béji's and Gisèle Halimi's texts or the incisive critique of phallocentric discourse of Fatima Mernissi's essays, women from the Maghreb have and continue to be associated with the hopes of modernity, freedom, and democracy. In the 21st century, they have emerged as important players in the socio-political and cultural transformations that have taken place since independence from France.

The Contemporary: An International Conference of Literature and the Arts (Singapore ~June 24th-26th, 2011)

Friday, December 24, 2010 - 8:24am
A conference co-organised and supported by the Division of English (School of Humanities & Social Sciences) & the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), NTU, Singapore.

The Contemporary
An International Conference of Literature and the Arts

June 24th-26th 2011
Division of English
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A conference co-organised and supported by the Division of English (School of Humanities & Social Sciences) & the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), NTU, Singapore.

Decades of the American Century (April 1-2)

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 4:50pm
U.S. Literatures and Cultures Consortium

In discussions of the 20th century, we often use decades as a means of organizing history, but decades come to signify more than simple ten-year blocks of time. Periods like the "roaring twenties" or the "swinging sixties" carry many connotations. The invocation of a decade can hearken back to specific events that took place at the time, but also to particular sets of historically contingent cultural norms and behaviors.

[update] Deadline Extended--Myth & Fairy Tale Popular Culture CFP

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 8:44pm
Southwest/ Texas Popular Culture American Culture Association

Deadline Extended--Myth and Fairy Tale Call for Papers

Abstract/Proposals by 31 December 2010

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 31st Annual Conference
April 20 - 23, 2011
Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX!
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000
Fax: 1-210-223-6239
Toll-free: 1-800-648-4462

Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myth and fairy tale and their connections to popular culture.

Representing Animals in Britain (Deadline for proposals 2/1/2011, Conference 10/20/2011)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:12am
University of Rennes 2

Britain is traditionally seen as a nation of animal lovers and evidence for this has cropped up with mounting regularity over the past two centuries. Yet, the essentially self-congratulatory idea that Britain is "a nation of animal lovers" and that their representations of animals are unlike any other people's is currently being questioned, in both activist and academic circles. This conference, which will welcome the healthy confrontation of interdisciplinary viewpoints, invites in-depth examination of the representation(s) of animals in the fields of history, philosophy, sociology, politics, law, cultural studies, the visual arts and the media. How have animals been imagined, portrayed, idealised, regarded or disregarded, even effaced?