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Shakespeare, RMMLA, October 11-13, 2012 (Boulder, CO)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:04pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session welcomes proposals for papers that examine any theme pertaining to Shakespeare. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gender, race, and religious studies in Shakespeare. Please submit a 300-word abstract to Ruben Espinosa at respinosa2@utep.edu by March 9, 2012.

MLA BOSTON 2013-The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature-DEADLINE MARCH 14

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:55am
Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

This concept existed in the minds of early modern writers under other names, especially "the decay of nature," as they imagined a world in which technologies ranging from alchemy to poetics might improve, degrade, or outright replace natural processes.

The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:38am
Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 4:36pm
MLA 2013

Explores the "dynamic and performative process of dialogic engagement" (Katherine Lawson) as a collaborative, compositional methodology. Possible topics: synchronic vs. diachronic imitatio; conversational circles (interpersonal or intertextual); cognitive models. Please send 250-word abstracts to kristen.bennett@tufts.edu or dianne.berg@tufts.edu. Deadline: 3/15/12.

Switch: National Culture in the Digital Age CFP - 12-14 October 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 4:11pm
Huston School of Film & Digital Media

How will national cultures survive in the digital age? Will they be subsumed in the centripetal pull of global monoculture? Or will counter-currents and hybrid combinations thrive in a transmedia world? 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of RTÉ TV – Ireland's public television network charged with broadcasting the nation to itself: 'a window and mirror to an evolving nation'. This year also sees the end of analogue television transmission in Ireland, marking another milestone in the nation's switchover to digital. Beyond technological advances, this switch from existing communication models to convergent networks may well have a far-reaching impact on the idea of the nation as a finite and highly centralized construct.

Call for Chapter Proposals: THE PHALLIC EYE: SENSATIONAL VISUAL PLEASURES IN CINEMA AND LITERATURE

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 10:23am
Dr. Gilad Padva

Chapter proposals for an international collection on Scopophilia, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Phallus, Sexualities and the Politics of the Gaze. Topics under consideration include:
* Voyeuristic spectatorship and readership in contemporary cinema, television, art, literature, advertising and popular communications.
* Phallic delights, phallic traumas.
* Provoking and provocative texts and textures.
* Scenes, sins, senses, sensations and sensational spectacles.
* Perilous corporeality, physicality and embodiment.
* Sensational adaptations and transferred sensations.
* The politics of striptease cultures.
* Self exposure and exhibitionism as artistic device.

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk: The Clashing of Ideals and Realities in American Parenthood - PAMLA 2012 (October 19-21, Seattle)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:13am
Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The United States has a storied past in which ideals of "proper" parenting have been disseminated through popular culture. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which the clash between the ideals and realities surrounding parenting has affected individuals while reflecting broader historical and cultural trends over time.

Scholars and graduate students in relevant disciplines including but not limited to History; English; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Cultural Studies are encouraged to submit. Possible papers for this approved special session are not limited to:

• Advice - Doctors (Spock, Sears, Laura, Phil); Parenting Literature

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

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