As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents in a state of tension at least partly because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in contemporary culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. Such oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of culture.
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's
34th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency
Conference Theme: Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a global context
Come present with us! Proposals for both panels and individual papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged. Paper topics can include transnational and international Indigenous issues.
Submit abstracts at http://conference2013.swtxpca.org/
DEADLINE Nov 16, 2012
Adapting Dickens: A One-Day Conference
Wednesday 27 February, 2013
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Centre for Adaptations
Papers are invited on all aspects of Dickens and Adaptation.
Abstracts (100-200 words) should be sent to Dr Yvonne Griggs by 6 December 2012.
In the year following the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens' birth, this conference aims to continue the celebrations by shifting the focus of discussion from the works of Dickens to the varied body of adaptive responses generated by his texts. We welcome papers which may include but are not limited to the following topics:
5th Global Conference
Evil, Women and the Feminine
Saturday 18th May – Monday 20th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations:
"A wanton woman is the figure of imperfection; in nature an ape, in quality a wagtail, in countenance a witch, and in condition a kind of devil"
Nicholas Breton, 1615
2nd Global Conference
Wednesday 15th May – Friday 17th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
The Alpha Pi Sigma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, is accepting proposals for a research conference to be held October 17, 2012, on the campus of the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
Please send a 200 word abstract detailing the scope and purpose of your proposal in literature, rhetoric and composition, ecocriticism, creative writing, modernism, drama or film by September 21, 2012. Submissions must be from members of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society.
Please email your abstract or any questions to Dr. James Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted submissions will be notified by September 25, 2012.
In 1931, Hallie Flanagan and Margaret Ellen Clifford's agitprop play, Can You Hear Their Voices? was performed at Vassar College. Its subject—starving farm families in the drought-ridden midwest surrounded by corporate greed—aroused the the students into political activism. By 1935, Hallie Flanagan, an academic, spearheaded the Federal Theater Project. Local, multicultural units brought live theater to all. Papers focus on particular works, ideology, or the legacy of our only national theater. 500-word abstracts + brief bio by 9/30/12 to: email@example.com.
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) exists to encourage practice and research in life-writing in all forms, from biography to autobiography, diaries to blogs, letters to memoirs. It is directed by renowned biographer Professor Hermione Lee, associate-directed by eminent colonial scholar Professor Elleke Boehmer, administered by literary historian Dr Rachel Hewitt, and is based at Wolfson College, Oxford. From 20-22 September 2013, OCLW will hold its first major triennial conference, on the subject of 'The Lives of Objects'.
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UK's International Creative Writing Conference
Imperial College, London
Sat. June 29th – Sun. June 30th 2013
Critical or creative presentations are invited for the 16th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference.
All creative or critical presentations are welcome - whether you are new in the field or of long-standing. In this, the 16th year of the conference, we look to celebrate the past, the present and the future of creative writing and of creative writing teaching . Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual International Creative Writing Lecture.
We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the sixth issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.
Papers should be a maximum of 5.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).