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Literary Studies in Human Flourishing

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Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 11:03am
James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores / UPenn and Kean University

The field of positive psychology, catalyzed in 1998 by Martin Seligman and others, has generated new interest in the concept of well-being—conceived in its fullest sense as human flourishing—the implications of which scholars in other disciplines have begun to explore. Owen Flanagan, a philosopher at Duke University, has coined the term eudaimonics to designate the growing, multi-disciplinary framework for critical inquiries into well-being, a topic fueling research in psychology, medicine, neurology, philosophy, ethics, neuroeconomics, and other fields. To date, however, scholars from the humanities, despite noteworthy contributions from philosophers and ethicists, have generally not addressed the subject.

Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature 4/8 - 4/9 2011

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Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 3:13pm
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, www.smumn.edu

On April 8-9 of 2011, the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL) will hold its nineteenth annual conference.

This year, the NPCEBL will be hosted by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, nestled in the bluffs along the Mississippi river in Winona, MN. The conference attracts advanced scholars, graduate students, and select undergraduates from the upper Midwest (and farther) to discuss literary-critical, theoretical, and pedagogical issues concerning the early literatures of the British isles. The keynote speaker this year will be Dolores Frese of the University of Notre Dame.

Re-production [Mar 4-5, 2011], Deadline [Jan 15, 2011]

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Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 11:29am
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Organization, Binghamton University

Call for papers
Re-production
Binghamton University Comparative Literature Graduate Conference
Binghamton, NY
March 4 and 5, 2011
Keynote: BRIGID DOHERTY, Princeton University

Literature (?) Philosophy (at ACLA 2011, Vancouver, March 31-April 3)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 - 10:23pm
American Comparative Literature Association Panel

This interdisciplinary panel focuses on the shifting and difficult to define relationship(s) between literature and philosophy, both as genres and as disciplines. The indeterminate relation (?) in the title provides a space for speakers to insert their own approach so that the panel may generate a dialogue between different interdisciplinary methods, practices, or views (in addition to a dialogue between literature and philosophy). This panel welcomes papers focusing on any aspect of this complex topic either in theory or in practice.

Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities

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Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12:35pm
12th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Die Wunderkammer (German for "the wonder-room" or "the miracle chamber") was merely one incarnation of the phenomenon of the "cabinet of curiosities" that first appeared in Europe in the 16th century. The cabinet of curiosities was based in the collection of objects, specimens and artifacts that inspired curiosity and wonder, and sometimes defied the terms classification. In many ways, the Cabinet of Curiosities was a precursor to the modern museum.

Imagining Locality: Regionalization in U.S. Literature and Culture before the Civil War (essay collection; 5/1/11)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:03am
John Funchion

In the wake of the "the planetary turn" in literary and cultural studies, scholars have devoted increasing attention to issues of space and place. The growing influence of transnational paradigms of study—including Atlantic, hemispheric, and global studies—have challenged us to re-examine the way social and political spaces are produced, maintained, and transformed. In the midst of this critical re-assessment, the status of the "region" requires particular attention. What happens to the concept of regionalism as we continue to call the definitions and intersections of local, national, and border spaces into question? What are regions and how might we define them? What role has the discourse of regionalism played in U.S. literary history and culture?

Literary Festival 3/31 - 4/1 2011

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 1:26pm
Newman University

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Newman University English Department presents:

11th annual Literary Festival & Scholars Day
"The Well-Spread Fable: Food and Its Meanings"

Conference Description: Food is something we all think about every day—sometimes as scholars, and certainly as eaters. How have cultures been shaped by food production? How has food been used symbolically? What does it mean to eat? These and other questions will guide our discussions of the many meanings of food. Although the theme of the literary festival is "food," the Scholars Day in which it is set encompasses submissions of work on any topic and in any format. Essays, poster presentations, and artwork from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged.

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