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ACLA, 4-7 April 2013, Toronto "Packing and Unpacking: On Portable Belongings and Identities "(DEADLINE: NOV. 15 2012)

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 5:23pm
American Comparative Literature Association

Packing, both literally and figuratively, marks the first ritual of any journey; to unpack, likewise, marks the last ritual of arrival. No matter why we set out, whether in search of adventure, of ourselves, or of a cure, we always carry something along with us. In fact, it will be these things which will, in great measure, define the journey. How do we "pack" our belongings and our identities? How do these transform the spaces we encounter along the way? How are these transformed by the spaces in which they are situated? What do we take with us to give us comfort when we leave our comfort zones?

Coming Home: The 25th annual Stony Brook English Graduate Conference

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 2:44pm
Stony Brook University Department of English

Coming Home
The 25th Annual English Graduate Conference at Stony Brook University

February 9, 2013
Stony Brook Manhattan,
New York City

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.--Maya Angelou

Now in its twenty-fifth year, Stony Brook University's English Graduate Conference is currently accepting paper proposals addressing the question of what it means to come home. What is a home, and what does the idea of being "at home" signify? What are the potential problems or benefits of being removed from home?

Possible areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

[UPDATE]: NCState Grad Conference "Redefining Notions of Public and Private" due 11/15

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 1:57pm
North Carolina State University Graduate Student Association

CFP: "I Live Here!: Redefining and Negotiating Notions of Public and Private"

North Carolina State University English Graduate Conference
Conference Dates: Feb 22-23, 2013
Abstracts Due: November 15, 2012
Abstracts: 300 words

We welcome submissions that investigates the relationship between public & private, personal and political. Submissions may re-frame existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of the debate over public and private, as well as those that make strides toward understanding how our research might provide insight into our own current moment.

"Tipping Points" February 22-24, 2013

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:39am
Northern Arizona University Graduate English Organization

The year 2013 brings with it a chance to put the teleological
bluster of 2012 behind us, to embrace a new era that asks us to
look ahead instead of back. This new year's connotations of
both bad luck and cosmic transition have provided us with the
opportunity to embrace the unexpected in our work, to discard
the old in favor of the new as we find new directions, or they
find us. Unexpected discoveries can be potentially devastating,
even world-rearranging, but they are always enlightening. This
year's conference supports the work of the many students who
will be pushing and transgressing boundaries in their work,
specifically boundaries from which there is no return once they

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