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Cosmopolitismes locaux / Local Cosmopolitanisms, 20-22 February 2014

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:37pm
Joerg Esleben, University of Ottawa

Local Cosmopolitanisms

University of Ottawa – February 20th-22nd, 2014

Conceptions of cosmopolitanism have emerged as powerful political tools, particularly in responses to globalization, as productive aesthetic strategies across various arts, and as key theoretical prisms in many academic disciplines. This conference aims to take stock of these developments by examining local ideas about world citizenship, as well as their functions and effects in and across different national and cultural contexts. Some possible topics include:

UPDATE: "The Genre Turn." Literary Criticism permanent section, 2013 M/MLA Convention

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:44am
Michael Horton / University of Missouri

"The Genre Turn." This session will be devoted to assessing the state of the conversation about the genre turn in contemporary fiction epitomized by works like Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, Michael Chabon's alternate-history detective story The Yiddish Policemen's Union, much of Kelly Link's short fiction, Karen Russell's collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road. What are we saying about the modes, possibilities, problems, origins, meanings, and politics of the literary turn to genres (as opposed to the postmodern incorporation of genre elements)?

CFP deadline August 15 for the Gulf Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Sep. 27-28

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 7:51am
Gulf Medieval and Renaissance Conference (formerly Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissanc Scholars)

The Gulf Medieval and Renaissance (GulfMAR) Conference, formerly the Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars, will hold its annual meeting this fall at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on September 27-28, 2013. The Consortium welcomes scholars from across the gulf coast region, in addition to the initial core group from Louisiana universities and colleges.

Ethnicity and Affect in American Literatures

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:24pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3 – 6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

How do readers experience characters' conflicting emotions? Are these emotions gendered or racially-defined; and if so, how or why?

The War of Art and Literature -- ALA Symposium October 2013, New Orleans

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:11pm
ALA Symposium: War and American Literature

Proposed Panel for the American Literature Association Symposium "War and American Literature" October 10-12, 2013, New Orleans, LA

Although many American authors who treat war in their literature saw combat first-hand, it was by no means a universal experience. In the absence of these direct encounters with war, authors drew upon the depictions of war from others, including the work of the visual and performing arts. The same process works in reverse, with visual and performing artists drawing from the treatment of war by authors in order to create their own artworks.

Shakespeare and Global Girlhood Seminar (abstract deadline July 1, 2013)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:11pm
Shakespeare 450 international conference (Paris), April 21-27, 2014

How does Shakespeare's cultural capital influence the discourses of girlhood? The study of girls and girlhood has gained prominence in the past 20 years, marked by the rise of Girls' Studies and the proliferation of interdisciplinary publications devoted to girlhood. In the United States, the 1994 publication of psychologist Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia was a flashpoint in the legitimization of girlhood studies, linking one of Shakespeare's tragic girl characters to the definition of Western female adolescence as a period of crisis. Since then, the name "Ophelia" has become powerfully associated with organizations who aim to "save" girls from bullying, eating disorders, and mental health issues (among other threats).

VI International Gothic Congress, 'Gothic Convergences' FFYL, UNAM, Mexico City, April 2014

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:19pm
International Gothic Congress

During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes.

Objective: After the great response received in the previous Gothic Congresses (2008 - 2012), the aim is to keep encouraging the interest in the Gothic among both students and scholars at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and other Mexican institutions. To achieve this, we propose to start from the study of the plural presence of the Gothic in various modes of art, as well as time and space contexts.

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