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Silent and Ineffable: Functions of the Unsaid in Literature and the Humanities. Nov. 26-27th, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:26pm
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National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
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"Love, and be silent," Cordelia says in Act One. To some, Cordelia's verbal intransigence toward Lear marks her as proud and stiff-necked, to others as truth incarnate. Without doubt, it is her silence that sets the drama into motion, and the question of whether it issues from a refusal or from an inability to speak constitutes an interpretive crux of Shakespeare's play. Cordelia's silence can be taken to exemplify countless other instances where the meaning, structure and intensity of a literary work hinge on the significance of that which remains unsaid.

CFP: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference 2nd Futurist Theory and Fiction: Fear, Horror, and Terror(ism) University of

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:48pm
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Lee Baxter & David Briggs / SETS department of University of Guelph
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Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.

Poster Presentations: SAMLA 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:25am
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SAMLA
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In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.

Call for papers - information history

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 6:04am
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Dr Toni Weller
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The international, peer reviewed journal, Library & Information History is seeking submissions for a special issue on Information History. Papers are welcome on any topic of information history in any geography or chronology, which may include, but are not limited to:

* changing uses of information/knowledge in past societies
* methodological or conceptual discussions of information/knowledge in history
* censorship, control or issues of access and dissemination of
information/knowledge
* cultural information/knowledge
* information/knowledge in relation to class or gender
* visual, aural or oral information/knowledge
* histories of the information age or of key themes of the information age

Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:13am
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Dr. Vellikkeel Raghavan

Call for Papers

Authentic, scholarly, and unpublished research papers on 'Post-Independence Indian Drama' are invited from scholars/faculty/activists/performers/writers for the upcoming critical anthology, tentatively titled as, Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama.

Proposed Publisher:
The volume will be published with an ISBN specification. We are in touch with an internationally reputed publishing house for the publication of this volume.

** Just added to the RMMLA 2010 Convention** CFP: RMMLA African American Literature

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Monday, June 14, 2010 - 6:27pm
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Judy Strathearn/RMMLA
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Recently added to the 2010 RMMLA convention in Albuquerque, NM, I am seeking proposals that examine all areas of African American literature from the nineteenth century to the present.

If you would like to have your paper considered for the panel, please email a 300-400 word abstract (in Word), including your name, affiliated institution, position, and email to jstrathearn@gmail.com or judith.strathearn@colorado.edu .

Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16th.

I will notify all those who submit proposals by Monday, July 19th. If accepted, you will need to be or become a member of the RMMLA by July 31st in order to present.

Bold Inquiry: New Directions in Comparative Literature

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Monday, June 14, 2010 - 12:26pm
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Inquire: A Journal of Comparative Literature
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Inquire is a new peer-reviewed international journal of Comparative Literature to be published online by the graduate students of the Program of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta beginning January 2011. Inquire aims to build upon the successes of Comparative Literature as a multifaceted discipline that emphasizes the study of minor literatures and languages, translation, and literary theory by providing the space for informed discussion and creative research by graduate students. Accordingly, the first issue is titled Bold Inquiry: New Directions in Comparative Literature.

Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context: New perspectives for Young Researchers (17-18 March 2011)

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Monday, June 14, 2010 - 7:36am
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Universidade de Vigo (Spain)

Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context is a conference hosted by and designed for PhD and Postgraduate students. It seeks to address a number of issues related to literary studies today, in an attempt to bring together early-career researchers from different disciplines. As the title suggests, this conference proposes to discuss the intersection between literature and culture, and how such connection can successfully reflect deeper changes at other levels: how can borders be crossed in literature? And, how do we cross them when encountering a written text? The fragility and ever-changing nature of meaning and textual veracity will also serve as the starting point from which to explore shifting perceptions of power and authority in the text.

An Anthology of Critical Essays on Nobel Laureate Playwrights in World Literature

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 11:50pm
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Dr. Benoy Kumar Banerjee and Debalina Banerjee

This is a call for paper for a book titled 'An Anthology of Critical Essays on Nobel Laureate Playwrights in World Literature'. The book will be edited by Dr. Benoy Kumar Banerjee, Retired Professor, Department of English, North Bengal University, India and Debalina Banerjee, Assistant Professor in English at Vidyasagar Evening College, University of Calcutta, India.

Zunzún: The Online Journal of Latin American, Latino/a and Luso-Hispanic Arts and Letters, July 30, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 7:37pm
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Mirtha Quintanales, PhD, Yvette Louis, PhD/New Jersey City University

Essays, fiction, poetry, photographs and other works of art are welcome for "Zunzún: The Online Journal of Latin American, Latino/a and Luso-Hispanic Arts and Letters," which will feature "Home" as the theme of its inaugural issue. This peer-reviewed journal seeks to publish work from and about Latin America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, U.S. Latino/a, Spain, Portugal, and the entire Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. As a multidisciplinary journal it welcomes the work of writers, artists, and scholars from any field.

[UPDATE] UBC 39th Annual Medieval Studies Workshop 14-16 October 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 4:43pm
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UBC Committee for Medieval Studies

Quest and Conquest:
Spiritual Symbols and Myths in the Indo-Mediterranean and European Worlds

[Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals has been extended.]

Myths and symbols are at the core of the sacred—a vision of the world which all cultures share through their diverse languages. Quest and conquest have been archetypal concepts for all medieval cultures. Though more often than not quest and conquest have opposed each other as key factors in the historical self-fashioning of individuals and communities, they have also merged in that place of heart which all forms of literary and artistic expression seek to reveal.

NEICN Scots/Irish Studies conference

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Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:02pm
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The University of Sunderland

Call for Papers

Kilt by kelt shell kithagain with kinagain" : Ireland and Scotland

An international conference held at the University of Sunderland

November 12th to 14th, 2010

Organised by the North East Irish Culture Network

Following the success of the previous seven international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 12th to 14th November 2010.

[UPDATE] Common Threads: A Crazy Quilt of Literary Inquiry

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:36pm
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Middle Tennessee State University English Graduate Student Organization
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 1ST!

MTSU EGSO CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 3rd MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Common Threads: A Crazy-Quilt of Literary Inquiry." Presentations of scholarly research in all areas of literature and literary studies are welcome. Some suggested topics include:

•Children's Literature

•American Literature

•British Literature

•Popular Culture, Folklore, Graphic Novels and Film Studies

•Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Critical Theory

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