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[UPDATE] FIRST FICTIONS: CHANGE OF DATE/CFP EXTENSION

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:34am
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex

FIRST FICTIONS

PLEASE NOTE: DATE FOR CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 2012. AS A RESULT, THE CALL FOR PAPERS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 2011.

Festival and Academic Conference: Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd January 2012

Confirmed delegates include:
Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Jackie Kaye, Elleke Bohemer, Steve Bell, Michael Prodger, Bryan Cheyette, Scott Pack, Nicholas Royle and Isabel Ashdown.

Figuring the Past: The Literary and Historical Imagination

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:33am
Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi

The difference between historian and poet is, according to Aristotle, that the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. He sees a clear and evident distinction between a historian, who describes events and a writer, who invents them. This distinction has been the subject of debate over the last few decades with some calling it into question and others looking more closely at the relationship between the two. The debate has moreover taken place in the midst of rapid and radical changes brought on by the forces of globalisation eroding the national frameworks within which literature and history have for so long been viewed.

THE GENRES OF AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING [correction]

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:59am
Society for American Travel Writing, American Literature Association

The Society for American Travel Writing invites proposals for papers that examine the overlap between Travel Writing and other Genres for the 2011 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-9, 2011 in Boston.

Travel Writing has never been a coherent genre with tidy and easily identifiable formal characteristics. Indeed, depictions of travel exist in all manner of texts. The SATW invites papers that explore the formal differences between various genres of travel writing, such as biography and autobiography, nature writing, epistolary writing, poetry, the novel, and documentary and/or feature film.

ECO-TRAVEL WRITING BEFORE THERE WAS ECOTRAVEL [correction]

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:56am
Society for American Travel Writing, American Literature Association

The Society for American Travel Writing invites proposals for papers on the topic of "Eco-Travel Writing" for the 2011 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-9, 2011 in Boston.

In common parlance, ecotravel suggests environmentally conscious vacationing that is often coupled with service activities intended to clean up pollution or improve sustainability. While travel explicitly organized around environmental concerns may be a relatively new development, respect for alien environments and cultures was not invented in 1980. The SATW invites proposals for papers that explore forerunners to "ECOTRAVEL" that occur throughout American literary history.

JFK Institute's 2011 Graduate Conference: American Bodies (May 27- 28)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 10:32am
Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

4th International Conference

American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power

May 27– 28, 2011

'To fasten words again to visible things': the American imagetext

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 8:56am
American Studies at the University of East Anglia

A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia
18th-19th June 2011

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that 'America is a poem in our eyes', he was partly expressing the transcendental belief that words and images share a unique and 'radical correspondence' that might enable the poet 'to fasten words again to visible things.' Walt Whitman answered Emerson's call for such a poet, cementing the special relationship that still exists in America between the written word and visual image.

Representing Animals in Britain (Deadline for proposals 2/1/2011, Conference 10/20/2011)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:12am
University of Rennes 2

Britain is traditionally seen as a nation of animal lovers and evidence for this has cropped up with mounting regularity over the past two centuries. Yet, the essentially self-congratulatory idea that Britain is "a nation of animal lovers" and that their representations of animals are unlike any other people's is currently being questioned, in both activist and academic circles. This conference, which will welcome the healthy confrontation of interdisciplinary viewpoints, invites in-depth examination of the representation(s) of animals in the fields of history, philosophy, sociology, politics, law, cultural studies, the visual arts and the media. How have animals been imagined, portrayed, idealised, regarded or disregarded, even effaced?

Stony Brook Graduate English Conference

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 3:33pm
Stony Brook University English Department

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan Campus, Midtown NYC

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Stanley Aronowitz – CUNY Graduate Center

Event Description:

Home to the longest-running graduate conference in the nation, the English Department at Stony Brook University invites scholars of all disciplines to submit papers to its 2011 Manhattan event.

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