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[UPDATE] American Frontiers: British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference (November 12th, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:56am
British Association for American Studies / University of Birmingham

November 12th, 2011
Keynote: Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on November 12th, 2011.

The general theme of the conference is 'American Frontiers'. The notion of the frontier has permeated the history of the United States, from colonial expansion to the optimistic rhetoric of the Kennedy administration. Moreover, the meaning of 'America' and its place within the world has been a site of ongoing negotiation in geographic, political, economic, military, intellectual and cultural terms.

Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:50pm
Ken Dvorak, PhD

We are seeking contributors for a collection of critical essays on Steampunk. Steampunk remains an elusive topic even among its admirers and practitioners, but at its heart, it re-imagines the Victorian age in the future, and re-works its technology, fashion, and values with a dose of anti-modernism. From sci-fi and fantasy to websites catering to a Steampunk lifestyle, this multi-faceted genre demands greater scholarly analysis.

The editors of this anthology seek contributions in the following suggested subject areas:

Pursuing the Trivial - Postgraduate Conference June 2012, Vienna

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Monday, June 27, 2011 - 8:37am
University of Vienna, Austria

Pursuing the Trivial - Investigations into Popular Culture.
A Postgraduate Conference with Invited Guest Speakers, University of Vienna, June 1-2 2012
"The everyday is what we cannot but aspire to, since it appears to us as lost to us."
Stanley Cavell, In Quest of the Ordinary

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Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 3:38pm
Ogaga Okuyade, College of Education Warri, Nigeria

Call for papers on African literature, world literature, postcolonial literature, popular culture, popular music, cultural studies, African American literature and culture, carrebian literature and film.

Decolonising the Stage: Paradigm, Practice and Politics ,November 15 – 17, 2011

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Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 2:20pm
Department of English Banaras Hindu University www.bhu.ac.in

International Conference

Decolonising the Stage:
Paradigm, Practice and Politics

Department of English
Banaras Hindu University
www.bhu.ac.in

November 15 – 17, 2011

Convener

R. N. Rai
Professor & Head
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005
India
email:headenglishbhu@gmail.com

The Apocalypse in Literature and Film

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:47am
_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?

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