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Christopher Marlowe in Performance (15 - 18, March 2012, deadline Sep 30, 2011)

Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 9:05pm

This panel seeks to examine the stage history of Christopher Marlowe's dramatic works, considering the literature as the product of a theatre artist. Papers will be asked to approach Marlowe's plays from a theatrical standpoint, in order to discuss what we might learn from by examining the force of performance as a shaping factor in the reception of Marlowe's small but vibrant body of work. Papers that discuss cinematic treatments of the plays, as well as considerations of Marlowe's place in Elizabethan stage history are also welcome. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Louise Geddes Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2011.

Happiness and Sadness: Taiwan society and its emotional textures (8-9 December 2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 7:06pm
The Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne

We invite submissions for papers for a workshop to be held at the University of Melbourne in December 2011 that explores the varying emotional textures of Taiwan life. It takes the dyad of Happiness and Sadness as its point of departure, but also examines other emotional registers and how these might relate to Taiwan's social and historical structures. These emotional textures can be seen as both products of particular kinds of social, political, cultural and economic structures and as ways in which those structures are experienced and interpreted. We hope that an exploration of Taiwan society through the paired themes of happiness and sadness (while not excluding other emotions) will offer new ways to approach the study of Taiwan.

Shakespeare and the Natural World (Chapel Hill: March 29-31)

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:30am
Jennifer Park and Katie Walker; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Shakespeare and the Natural World"

A graduate student conference jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kings College London
March 29-31, 2012

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:19pm
ASECS/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?

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

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.