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[UPDATE] MLA 2014 -- ASECS-Sponsored, Guaranteed Session--Writing Wrongs: Literature and Human Rights in the 18th Century

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:34pm
Ramesh Mallipeddi

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.

Applied Pedagogy: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction [Submission Deadline: May 1]

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:26pm
Editors: Daniel Ruefman (University of Wisconsin--Stout) & Abigail Grant-Scheg (Elizabeth City State University)

Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.

deadline 03/31/2013, conference 11/01/2013-11/03/2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:33pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Paper proposals sought for a PAMLA regular session panel on Critical Theory. The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture," so proposals in literary or cultural theory that suit the theme are especially welcome, though all proposals in the broader session area will be considered.

The conference will be held on Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.

SAMLA Convention--Marriott Atlanta--November 8-10, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 7:42am
Dan Marshall / Georgia State University

This year's conference theme is: Images, Illuminations, Maps, and Marginalia in Medieval Texts. This is a call for papers for our Regular session English I (Medieval) as follows: Medieval texts often include visual matter in addition to the text – from the crude illustrations in the only extant manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to the elaborate Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Often illustration was imbedded in the text itself, in the form of the decorated Initials; and sometimes decoration overwhelmed the text itself, as in the 'carpet' pages in the Book of Kells. This panel invites papers exploring the function of images of all kinds in Medieval texts.

[UPDATE] Deadline extension: The Arts of Attention Conference, Budapest, Hungary (Mar. 31, 2013)

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:47am
Károli Gáspár University

Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on (1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or (2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention. We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.

Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:37am
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English

Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Department of English
Graduate Student Conference Dalhousie University
Halifax, N.S.

[UPDATE] Renaissance of Roland Barthes Deadline 3/1/13

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:54pm
CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature and English Departments

The Renaissance of Roland Barthes
Speakers: Jonathan Culler, Diana Knight, Rosalind Krauss, D.A. Miller, and Lucy O'Meara