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Comparative Caribbeans, Nov. 3-5, 2011, Emory University, Atlanta GA

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 1:55am
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University

Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference*

This is why we stay with poetry. And despite our consenting to all the indisputable technologies; despite seeing the political leap that must be managed..., the full load of knowledge to be tamed..., at the bow there is still something we now share: this murmur, cloud or rain or peaceful smoke. …We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open, and we sail them for everyone.
– Édouard Glissant

[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012

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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 5:47pm
ASECS 2012/ Aphra Behn Society

Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?

[UPDATE] Filming Shakespeare(s) Panel

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Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 7:06pm
Phillip Zapkin / NeMLA 2012

This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare's time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Phillip Zapkin, , by 30 Sept. 2011.

NeMLA 2012 will be hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, from 15-18 March. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester.

Caribbean Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association

CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia

OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:

[UPDATE] Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 20

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
Anthony Adams

A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:35am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

[UPDATE] "DESIRE: FROM EROS TO EROTICISM" NOVEMBER 10-11, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:18pm
CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Department

CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

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