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But Seriously, Times Are Tough: Comedy in Recession and Depression

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:20pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the informal theme of the 2011 conference of "Play..No Seriously", this session invites papers on the roles of comedy in times of economic distress and financial crisis. While comedy has often been considered as "escapist" art in times of economic calamity, this panel will explore how comic works in literature, film, television, and music function in more serious terms than providing relief from the rigors of economic hardship. Possible avenues of exploration include how comedy can critique or subvert culture or government in a recession or how comedy can reinforce reactionary perspectives during a time of depression. Papers from all time periods and contexts are welcome.

[UPDATE] Gabriel JOSIPOVICI (LISA e-Journal, special number)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:03pm
Marcin Stawiarski - ERIBIA, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie

Gabriel JOSIPOVICI (LISA e-Journal, special number)

LISA e-Journal seeks contributions for its special issue devoted to Gabriel Josipovici to appear in February 2012.

Children's Periodical panel at NeMLA

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Panel: "Fun With a Purpose": Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

[UPDATE] deadline extended: June 30, 2011. (mis)Representing Difference in Media and Everyday Items

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:57pm
Susan Booker Morris, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Although reason and discourse are important in framing and communicating 'truths' about the human being, increasingly visual representation is serving to communicate attitudes, histories, beliefs, and values. This special issue on the representation of the 'other' invites your analysis of race, ethnicity, nationality, queerness, or gender as found in representations in television, ads, films, photographs, video games, computer images, etc. If these othernesses are constructed, the visual representation is one arena in which the construction takes place and is disseminated. Any theoretical bases are welcome.

Special Session Topic "Seriously Different: Playing the Foreign in Early Modern Drama" November 3-6 St. Louis, Missouri

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Monday, May 30, 2011 - 4:27pm
2011 Midwest MLA Annual Convention “Play…No, Seriously”

People and commodities from abroad played a vital role in Renaissance London's urban scene, and their influence made their way into the era's theaters as well. The panel aims to explore how early modern dramas played with the foreign. How are foreign people, texts, and commodities represented in the Renaissance theater? How do these dramas play with the notion of foreigness, and to what effect? Papers can explore playhouse invocations, appropriations, and exploitations of the foreign, as well as ways in which early modern drama invited audience members to lay claim to the foreign.

SHAKESPEARE, TRANSLATION AND THE EUROPEAN DIMENSION

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Monday, May 30, 2011 - 9:33am
University of Bucharest

SHAKESPEARE, TRANSLATION AND THE EUROPEAN DIMENSION
October 1, 2011
Bucharest- English Department of the University of Bucharest
This conference is organized as part of the CNCSIS-funded project The European Dimension of Shakespearean Translations: Romanian Perspectives, ID_1978/2008
Keynote speakers:
Keith Gregor (University of Murcia)
Laura Tosi (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
Valerie Henitiuk (University of East Anglia)

Prayer and Performance: acts of belief as symbolic communication (1450-1650), April 23-24 2012, Aarhus, Denmark

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 3:42pm
Aarhus University, Denmark

This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives. An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology. The project intends to answer the following questions:

out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 5:43am
School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.

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