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Brawls, Bawds and Beer: The Early Modern Alehouse and Tavern

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:40pm
Emily Sloan-Pace / RSA

The early modern tavern was often conceived of as a place of misrule, a place of violence, prostitution, theft and deceit. This was a space that inspired great social anxiety, as much a result of the inebriating product it served as for the unchecked gossip it facilitated among female patrons. Alewives in particular were figures of great cultural resonance, appearing regularly (and in a negative light) in art and literature. This space and the people who ran it were socially necessary but often viewed with disdain and suspicion, operating in a liminal space even as they provide a vital nutritive function.

"CASCA" – Journal of Social Science, Culture and Arts (Deadline September 1st 2012.)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:04pm
Centre for Alternative Social and Cultural Activities, Belgrade

The interdisciplinary journal CASCA, which encourages the publication of articles in the fields of humanities, social sciences and arts, invites all interested authors to participate in the publication of its first issue. The first issue is not limited thematically. We are interested in publishing research papers, essays, book reviews, reviews of exhibitions, performing arts and other forms of artistic expression, etc. All interested researchers and practitioners can send their submissions to the web address or

[UPDATE] Captivity Writing Unbound, October 11-13, 2012 Deadline for proposals extended to May 31, 2012.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:48am
University of South Alabama / Department of English

Proposals for panels and papers are invited for a conference entitled "Captivity Writing Unbound," to be hosted by the University of South Alabama's Department of English and held at its Baldwin County campus, which is set in the heart of the quaint artist community of Fairhope, overlooking scenic Mobile Bay. As conference organizers, we envision a relatively concentrated event in which select scholars working in various disciplines and historical periods will present new ideas about the general area of writing and captivity. We are particularly interested in papers that explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing, whether these are conceived generically, geographically, historically, or in disciplinary terms.

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

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:36am
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.


Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:16am
Studies in American Culture [journal]

Studies in American Culture

Call for Submissions

Studies in American Culture welcomes the submission of essays on all aspects of American culture, including studies of the literature, language, visual arts, and history of the United States, and from all scholarly and critical approaches.

The Editorial Board welcomes studies of art, music, theatre, political science, sociology, literature, history, or any other area related to American Studies. We will consider any essay that explores an interesting dimension of American culture but are particularly eager to see submissions that approach their subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective.

LCMRS 2012 (10/13/2012-10/14/2012)

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:38am
The Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars

The Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars will hold its annual meeting this fall at Tulane University in New Orleans on October 13-14, 2012. The Consortium welcomes scholars from across the gulf coast region in addition to the initial core group from Louisiana universities and colleges.

[UPDATE] 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL / MODES OF RESISTANCE, Nov. 1-3, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:44pm
Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgia


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)

How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?