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CFP: Solitary Spectacles: (MSA: Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21, 2012). Submissions due March 23.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:09pm
Kerry Higgins Wendt/ Modernist Studies Association

Solitary Spectacles

Proposed Panel for the Modernist Studies Association's 14th Conference, "Modernism and Spectacle," October 18-21, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Modernist writers experimented to find both the essence and the furthest limits of their genres, as well as how their genres intersected with each other and with the other arts. This panel will investigate how modernist writers used spectacle within genres that normally don't lend themselves to spectacle: in what ways, to what ends, and to what effects did Modernist writers use spectacle (theatrical, painterly, or musical means) in their novels and poems – in works understood to be usually read silently and solitarily?

9th Global Conference: War, Civil Conflict, Security and Peace (November, 2012: Salzburg, Austria)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 9:41am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

9th Global Conference
War, Civil Conflict, Security and Peace

Wednesday 7th November – Friday 9th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers:

What is the experience of war and what does it mean to us? Is war an extension of politics by other means? The locomotive of technology? Does a state of peace truly exist, or do we perpetually live in absentia bello ? Is humankind at war in its most natural state; or is human society – despite perceptions and ongoing conflict around the world today – actually moving toward an aversion to war and toward a state of peace? Are Human Rights illusory and is the quest for Human Security achievable?

[UPDATE] Call for Articles - Submission Deadline, March 1

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 8:52am
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012

The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue.

CFP -- Religion and Medicine in North American Culture -- MLA 2013, Boston, MA Jan 3-6 -- Abstracts Due March 15

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 1:20pm
Ashley Reed

We are seeking papers for a panel on Religion and Medicine in North American Culture to be proposed as a special session for the MLA Convention, January 3-6, 2013 in Boston, MA. We are interested in papers that address representations of religion and medicine as intersecting, mutually reinforcing, or oppositional discourses in a variety of cultural texts, including but not limited to literature, film, autobiography/life writing, creative nonfiction and journalism. Proposals addressing texts from any time period or North American region are welcome. Please send 250-word abstract to reeda@email.unc.edu by March 15th.

Folklore Panel (SAMLA 5/15; 11/9-11

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:19am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

We welcome proposals that explore folklore, folklife, and traditional forms of expression. Papers may include, but are not limited to, examinations of oral traditions, music, material culture, foodways, folk festivals, ritual, dance, and the work of folklore collectors. We are especially interested in proposals that explore auto-ethnography, interdisciplinary approaches to folklore subjects, and literary interpretations of folklore and folklife.

Please send a brief proposal (250 words) to Emily Kader (ekader@emory.edu) by May 15, 2012.

[UPDATE] CFP: MLA Special Session on "The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making" (3/1/12; Boston 2013)

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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:17pm
Elaine Auyoung / Rutgers University

Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (elaine.auyoung@rutgers.edu). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.

Update--Bright Lines: Culture On the Autism Spectrum

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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 3:06pm
Jes Battis, Department of English, University of Regina

"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.

Theorizing Borders -- MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6 -- ABSTRACTS DUE March 15

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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:53am
Kelly L. Bezio

Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012

Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?

"worth a thousand words": at the intersections of literature and the visual arts, 24-26 October 2012

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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:33am
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

http://www.ru.nl/hlcs/worthathousandwords

Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012

Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)

Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?

University of Exeter International Summer School 21 July - 11 August 2012

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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:10am
University of Exeter

In 2012 the University of Exeter will invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.

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