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Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self (due 9/30; NEMLA 4/7-4/10, New Brunswick NJ)

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Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Heath Sledge and Helen Dunn/ NEMLA 2011
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Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self

Fashion, fabricate, artifice, make-up: all these terms have a double valence. Each term in noun form denotes a prosthetic application of something foreign atop something natural (usually a human body) with the intention of concealing or enhancing the natural item beneath. Each term in verb form, though, carries a connotation of constitution and creation: a sense of literal "becoming," or even investiture. In some way, these terms gesture towards the ephemeral, frivolous, and the temporary AND towards a sense of ontological making.

ASETEL 2011: 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF LITERARY THEORY

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Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Azucena G. Blanco
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CALL FOR PAPERS
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE
SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF LITERARY THEORY (ASETEL)
Granada, January 26-28, 2011
Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Granada (Campus de Cartuja, s / n)
CONFERENCE THEMES
Literary Theory and Literary Genres
Comparative Literature and Postcolonial Studies
Aesthetics, Hermeneutics, Theory of Literary Knowledge
Sociology of Literature
Cultural Studies: Literature, Film, New Media
PLENARY SESSIONS
The Conference will feature five one-hour keynote speeches, one for each theme. The
ASETEL Board of Directors and the Local Organizing Committee have received confirmation of

[UPDATE] after the end: medieval studies, the humanities, and the post-catastrophe

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:51pm
full name / name of organization: 
Eileen A. Joy/The BABEL Working Group

This conference will bring together medievalists with scholars and theorists working in later periods in the humanities in order to collectively take up the broad question of what happens "after the end," by which we mean after the end of the affair, the end of the world, and everything in between. After gender, sex, love, the family, the nation-state, the body, the human, language, truth, feeling, reason, ethics, modernity, politics, religion, God, the nation-state, secularism, liberalism, the humanities, the university, teleology, progress, history, historicism, narrative, meaning, the individual, singularity, theory, practice, what else is there?

DEADLINE: June 20th -- Problematizing Religious Oratory Rhetoric in the Streets and the Pulpit

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 3:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This session seeks submissions that examine the relationships and intersections of rhetoric and religion. Topics include, but are not limited to investigating the rhetorical elements of homiletics; theology and logology; historical analysis of religious rhetoric development; methodology; religion, rhetoric and space; intersections of race, class and gender; language and practice; and controversies within the field. We are particularly interested in proposals that skirt or problematize traditional interpretations of religious oratory rhetoric.

Steve Tomasula and the New Media Novel (Panel for EGO Oct 22-23, 2010)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 12:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
English Graduate Organization (EGO), Western Illinois University
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Steve Tomasula and the New Media Novel

Panel for 2010 EGO Conference, Humanities in the Digital Age
October 22-23, 2010, Macomb, Illinois
Deadline for proposals: September 1, 2010
Submit proposals to David Banash, d-banash@wiu.edu
EGO site: http://www.wiu.edu/ego/conference/2010/

The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era, Deadline 30th November 2010

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 7:18am
full name / name of organization: 
Nathalie Rivere de Carles - Pascale Drouet
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The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era

We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. These might include essays (6000-7000 words including notes) for the issue proper, and review-essays (2-3000 words) or reviews of plays or exhibitions (1000-1500 words) for the issue's supplement L'Oeil du spectateur.

Collection CFP: Attached to Fiction: Trauma, Loss, Pleasure (4 October, 2010)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 6:03am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Hila Shachar and Dr Sophie Sunderland/English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia

Collection Call for Papers:

Attached to Fiction: Trauma, Loss, Pleasure

Editors: Dr Hila Shachar and Dr Sophie Sunderland, English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia

Contact email: attachedtofiction@gmail.com

"Mr Sakamoto said that reading had saved his life. Not mathematics. Not money. Not travel. Reading. At a time, he said, when he felt blasted by images, words had anchored him, secured him, stopped his free-falling plunge into nowhere."

-Gail Jones, Dreams of Speaking (London: Harvill Secker, 2006), p. 132.

Separation as Condition and as Solution (NeMLA 2011)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 1:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Aryeh Amihay
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SEPARATION AS CONDITION AND AS SOLUTION

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

An interdisciplinary seminar on aspects of separation: race, religion, gender, politics, family and more. Examples include: gender separation in prayer houses and schools; the Berlin Wall; the separation barrier in Israel / Palestine; Jim Crow and Apartheid laws; religious taboos of separation; separation of the sick or disabled.

For further information, please visit: http://www.princeton.edu/~aamihay/sep

Legal Fictions, NEMLA, April 7-10, 2011

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
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The concept of a "legal fiction"—"a supposition avowedly false, but treated as if it were true, for the imagined convenience of administering the law" (Lewis, 1832)—describes the pretenses that disguise changes in the application of a legal rule. However, as its terminological indebtedness to the institution of fiction underscores, the concept also offers a suggestive rubric for understanding the nexus between law and literature—reminding us that law, as much as literature, is an unstable amalgam of fact and fiction. Examining the fictional elements of law, nonetheless, need not end only in textual ambiguity. The characterization of extant laws as mere fictions of the state has often been a strategy for political critique and legal reform.

RE: HUMANITIES An undergraduate symposium on digital media

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Bi-Co Digital Humanities Committee

Call for Papers/Proposals

RE: HUMANITIES An undergraduate symposium on digital media

November 11 - 12, 2010, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

bicodigitalhumanities@gmail.com
http://www.haverford.edu/rehumanities/

Keynote speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Pomona College, author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

House and Home in 20th Century American Film and Literature (conference 4/2011; abstract due 9/30/2010)

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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From Blanche Dubois' Belle Reve to Esperanza Cordero's house on Mango Street, houses—and the affiliated, if more abstract, idea of home—figure prominently in 20th century American literature and film. The 20th century, after all, is characterized by both inter- and intra-national migrations which have, invariably, entailed the loss of one home, followed by the acquisition of another. Moreover, the 20th century has seen a steady increase in both actual home ownership and the imaginative importance of owning a home. At the start of the 20th century, 46.5% of Americans—less than one in two—were homeowners but, by 2000, that number had risen to 66.2%, or two in three.

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