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LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, GLITS Interdiscipinary Research Conference, 22 June 2012 [30 April 2012]

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:24am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Grethe Mitchell (University of Lincoln)

The Latin word 'Ludus' (a play, a game, a pastime) embodies a semantic play of language that is suggestive of the importance of the concepts of play and games to cultural products. Ludus can also refer to a school for elementary instruction, 'Ludi' to public shows or spectacles. Latin poetry often explores and celebrates Ludus as the creative play of writing, as in Ludic verse.

Southeastern Renaissance Conference

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:27am
Southeastern Renaissance Conference

The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for our 69th annual conference, which will be held on October 5-6, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, art or culture. Please submit your full essay (20 minute reading time) by email attachment in either Word or a PDF file to Dr. Heather Hirschfeld, President of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, by June 15, 2012.

Submission of your work to the Conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Even those articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting will be considered for publication in the journal.

Special Issue of *Interdisciplinary Literary Studies* on Contemporary Jacobean Film (deadline: Nov. 1, 2012)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:20am
Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / Northern Illinois University

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (

We invite essays from interdisciplinary perspectives that respond (directly or otherwise) to Pascale Aebischer's discussion of the "preposterous contemporary Jacobean" in discussion of early modern source texts (ca. 1500-1800 – not, for this journal issue, limited to the Jacobean era).

"Shakespeare and Emotions", Perth (AU), 27-30 November 2012 (abstract deadline: June 1st)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:30pm
Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association


The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

27–30 November 2012
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia

Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare's Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), and Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.

UPDATE: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS: LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE' " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:07pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

CFP - Spaces of (DIS)location

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 1:09pm
University of Glasgow

Spaces of (Dis)location: Call for Papers

The College of Arts, University of Glasgow, is excited to announce Spaces of (Dis)location, a two-day multidisciplinary graduate conference taking place on 24th – 25th May 2012.

As national and cultural boundaries are blurred in our increasingly global society, the ideas of space and location – whether physical or metaphysical, real or imaginary – are evolving. This notion provides the stimulus for a conference that we hope will inspire creativity and debate across many subjects in the arts and humanities.

[UPDATE]RMMLA: Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction" in Boulder, CO (October 11-13, 2012)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:20am
Pamela J. Rader (convener)/ Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction"

This special topics session is a follow up to a successful roundtable at the annual 2010 MELUS conference in Scranton, PA; the 2010 roundtable was inspired by poet-writer Marilyn Chin's _Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen_. In this novel, or book of tales, Chin's Chinese-American twin female protagonists subvert the dominant expectations of gender and sexuality. Papers are not limited to Chin's book. I am interested in paper proposals that examine the works of contemporary women writers/poets who raise questions about gender and sexuality within and across various ethnicities.

Reminder: CFP: "Apocalyptic Imagination" Nov. 16 2012, Detroit MI

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:58pm
Sarika Chandra / Wayne State University

The Humanities Center at Wayne State University invites papers on the theme, "Apocalyptic Imagination" for its Fall Symposium scheduled to take place on November 16, 2012 in Detroit, MI.