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The Intellectual Silk Road: Cross-Media and Cross-Cultural Adaptations

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:00am
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Adaptation Studies

The topic of this year's Association of Adaptation Studies conference will focus on adaptation as a site for cultural exchange, reflecting the importance of trading activities along the Silk Road as sites for the transmission not just of goods but of ideas and cultures. Possible issues to be addressed in this conference might include:

Transgressions

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:35am
full name / name of organization: 
Steen Christiansen
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As the boundaries between cultures and cultural practices become increasingly more permeable, the need to study, explain and analyze such phenomena only becomes greater. Transgressions and transgressive practices have often been at the forefront of seeking out and pointing to the presence of boundaries, whether we look at aesthetic practices, social conventions or national borders.

On the one hand, then, transgressions move beyond boundaries and easy categorization, usually in order to disrupt cultural order or question cultural, social or national divisions. Conceptual blurring is thus a key aspect of transgression.

"Subversive Texts/ Radical Readings" graduate student conference May 6-7th, 2011, proposals due March 13th

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:11am
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Hunter College Graduate Student Conference
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If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker's voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written "in the language of the oppressor" less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive?

[UPDATE]: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011 With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
Lyndsey Lefebvre
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CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Scripps College, Claremont, California (about thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, in the lovely town of Claremont, one of the real jewels of Southern California). Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 2011

Considering the power of current food journalists, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, Americans have been trying to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.

[UPDATE] Posthumanism and Poetry, MLA 2012 (January 5-8, 2012; Seattle)

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 7:32pm
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Special Session (subject to MLA approval)
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Seeking papers that address thematic, critical or ideological intersections between posthumanism and poetry; including interspecies relationships, transhumanism, the making and unmaking of the humanist subject, embodiment, and encounters with animal or machine.

Potential topics include discussions of poetries that call into question liberal humanist values, analysis of poetries that incorporate technology into form or presentation, poetries that reflect concepts of the posthuman as put forth by Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Judith Butler, etc.

Discussions of poetry from any time period or national language welcome.
Please send 300-word abstract and brief CV to T.J. Welch by March 5, 2011.

UPDATE -- Originations: Dangers and Desires [MLA 2012] -- Proposals due March 10, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:54pm
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Modern Languages Association, Jan 5-8, 2012, Seattle, WA

This session welcomes papers concerning representations and intimations of nostalgic utopias, formative memory, and mother tongues, in order to discuss the dangerous necessities inherent in desiring origins. The session welcomes papers from across a wide array of disciplines and media.

250-word proposal and brief CV due March 10, 2011.

Asian American Literature (PAMLA 2011) -- Proposals Due March 25, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:50pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 2011

The session on Asian American Literature(s) is accepting paper proposals for PAMLA 2011, 5-6 Nov. 2011 at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines.

Please use the PAMLA 2011 site to submit a proposal before March 25, 2011. Submit Here.

Justice, Law, and Literature March-May

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:26pm
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Changing Lives Through Literature
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In 2008 we launched a blog, Changing Lives, Changing Minds: http://cltlblog.wordpress.com.
We feature essays from professors, graduate students, judges, lawyers, and other scholars. Topics range from literature and its impact on people to alternative sentencing and issues in our justice system.
We would like to invite you to submit a 500-800 word piece to be featured on the site. Any topic that deals with literature or writing and the way in which they affect individuals (now or historically) is fair game. You might consider using one or more of the questions below as a jumping off point for an entry or bring ideas of your own to the blog.

Reception Study Society conference, Sept. 8-10, 2011 NWMSU

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Philip Goldstein, Director, Reception Study Society

RECEPTION STUDY SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, about 80 miles from the Kansas City International Airport.
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10 (Note new dates).

Keynote Speakers:

Shirley Samuels, Flora Rose House Professor and Dean,
Cornell University
"Reading the American Novel, 1780-1850"

Daniel Cavicchi, Professor of American Studies
Rhode Island School of Design
"Fandom Before 'Fan': Shaping the History of Enthusiastic Audiences."

Jonathan Gray, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Audience of the Rest of the Text: Hype, Spinoffs, Extratexts, Paratexts, and Reception"

EACLALS Postgraduate Conference - "Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights"

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 2:56pm
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European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights

EACLALS Postgraduate Conference
Institute of English Studies, University of London

26-27 August 2011

Keynote Speaker
Professor Frank Schulze-Engler (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2011

Although provision is made for postgraduates in the workshop sessions where they can discuss their research, we invite proposals from scholars at all levels of their career

Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 1:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
European Beat Studies Network

Papers are invited for the Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). We are open to submissions of both long and short papers, panels, roundtables, dialogues and performances on any aspect of the Beat Generation. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities, University of Warwick, UK, 28-29 May, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities
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The first event organised by the University of Warwick's HRC 'Postgraduate Scholars Program' is as follows:

Kaleidoscope: New perspectives on the humanities

28 – 29 May 2011, Millburn House

This event seeks to intertwine different disciplines and artistic practices through the theme of colour and its relationship with:

· Being

· Perceiving

· Responding

· Communicating

· Belonging

Special guests include Professor Paul Smith (History of Art, University of Warwick) and Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Writer)

New Temporalities of Old Age, MLA 5-8 January 2012

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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:58am
full name / name of organization: 
Cynthia Port and Erin Lamb / MLA Age Studies Discussion Group

This guaranteed session sponsored by the MLA Age Studies Discussion Group investigates narratives of aging in the light of recent and emerging theories of temporality. Is there an "epistemology of old age" that might stand outside conventional articulations of temporality? How are narratives of aging illuminated by recent work on national, postcolonial, or global temporalities? How do literary and cultural conceptions of old age look different when read against the idealization of the child and focus on the future that Lee Edelman calls "reproductive futurism"? In what ways can cognitive approaches to temporality inform our understanding of narratives of old age?

20th Century Caribbean Radicalism, MLA 2012

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Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 8:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
Laurie Lambert
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Perspectives on intellectual and literary contributions to revolutionary movements; analysis of radical traditions including those with links to diaspora and global south. 300 word abstract and 1-page cv by 10 March 2011; Laurie Lambert (laurie.lambert@nyu.edu).

[UPDATE] Registration now open for: Shaping Modernism: Katherine Mansfield and her Contemporaries - 25-26 March 2011

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Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 5:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alice Kelly and Dr Kate Kennedy / University of Cambridge

Registration now open for:

Shaping Modernism: Katherine Mansfield and her Contemporaries

A two-day international residential Conference in association with the Katherine Mansfield Society and Anglia Ruskin University

25-26 March 2011, University of Cambridge

Our Keynote Speakers:
Professor Laura Marcus (University of Oxford)
Professor Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego State University)
Professor David Trotter (University of Cambridge)

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