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The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

updated: 
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 7:53am
full name / name of organization: 
John Lee / University of Bristol
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The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Plenary Speakers: Peter McDonald, Christopher Ricks, Mark Vernon

- a One-Day Conference to be held on 6th July 2010, 11-7pm, at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol

Friendship is one of the most important of human relationships, and literature, itself full of friends and friendships, may at times be one of our most important friends.

Gender Studies Area Deadline April 30, MPCA/ACA October 1-3

updated: 
Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Gender Studies Area

2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN
http://www.mpcaaca.org

The Gender Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October.

The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.

[Update]: Philosophy of Language and Narrative (3/15/10; MLA 2011)

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Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jami Bartlett
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What can the philosophy of language contribute to narrative theory?

When we ask how a sentence in use expresses the thought that attaches to it, or how descriptions of relations conjure the fictional world that in turn depends upon them, what we are really revealing is the conditions that must obtain if the sentence or relations are to count as meaningful. Each referring term in a narrative carries its truth conditions with it—-a speaker's propositional attitudes or background, her intention, the conventions within which she and the narrative operates, the criteria under which readers can verify, use, translate, or name the object of her sentence—-and as these conditions shift, characters and plots emerge and develop.

Contemporary Literature and Its Contexts 1st-2nd July 2010

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 7:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Kaye Mitchell, The University of Manchester, UK

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE & ITS CONTEXTS

Centre for New Writing, The University of Manchester, 1st-2nd July 2010

Confirmed keynotes/participants:
Martin Amis
Prof. Peter Boxall (Sussex)
Prof. Claire Squires (Stirling)
Lisa Allardice (Editor of Guardian Review)

Roundtable on 'The Next Big Thing? The 2010s', featuring Dr. Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin), Prof. Peter Childs (Gloucestershire), Dr. Sebastian Groes (Roehampton), Dr. David James (Nottingham), and Dr. Sean Matthews (Nottingham).

The Asian Conference on Media - MediAsia 2010, 28-30 October, Osaka, Japan

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:22am
full name / name of organization: 
IAFOR - The International Academic Forum
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Conference Theme: Brave New World

Special Theme 1: Brave New World: Challenges and Opportunities
The media industry is at a crossroads in many respects, as it seeks to come to terms with developments in technology that simultaneously allow new heights of journalistic excellence to be reached, as well as the emergence of more worrying trends. The unparalleled opportunities of today's connected world have created a new set of challenges that need to be met, including questions of power and responsibility, editorial accountability, and the erosion of more traditional income streams. How these challenges and opportunities are confronted will shape the future of the media industry.

The Asian Conference on Education - ACE 2010, 02-05 December, Osaka, Japan

updated: 
Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:13am
full name / name of organization: 
The International Academic Forum
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Special Theme: Internationalization or Globalization?

Education systems across the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. The conference theme, "Globalization or internationalization?", has a particular focus on adult, distance and access education, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives.

However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Education, including:

Ethics of Racial Identity

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 12:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Adebe DeRango-Adem, PAMLA
contact email: 

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research. Submit proposals online by April 5 at http://www.pamla.org/2010

The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA Special Session

[UPDATE] Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Crisis Carnival 2010

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society's values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the "real," with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

[Update] Currency and Consumptions: The Social Lives of Literary Texts

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 8:27pm
full name / name of organization: 
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain

Currency and Consumption: The Social Lives of Literary Texts
Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain
21-22 May, 2010
(Submission 15 March, 2010)
slumadridconference@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Buzard, Professor and Head of Literature Faculty at MIT.

[UPDATE] Document/Anti-Document in Asian/American Photography (Special Session, 2011 MLA; 3/22/10)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 7:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, U of San Diego; Warren Liu, Scripps College

We seek papers about Asian/American art photography that explore the documentary function, which has all but defined photography from its inception, and interrogate the photograph's long-established function as a document of the "real" in the context of Asian American politics. Accordingly, for artists such as An-My Lê, Dinh Q. Lê, Nikki S. Lee, and Patrick Nagatani, photographic images are more made than found, and photography becomes a dynamic artistic medium rather than an act of recording the object world. In such artists, we are interested in the ways in which photographic aesthetics intersects with Asian American social issues, and in how photography becomes a mode of critical interrogation, beyond the paces of documentary social realism.

Nineteenth-Century American Literatue and Popular Culture

updated: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:48pm
full name / name of organization: 
MPCA/MACA - October 1-3, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN
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The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture. We are especially interested in papers that focus on literature and/or culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- Literature
- Dime novels
- Politics
- Sports
- Religion
- Westward expansion
- Native Americans
- Women in popular culture
- Entertainment
- The Gothic

Modern Literary Theories;A Critical Approach

updated: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sunita Sinha /Avant Garde: A Literary Forum
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Respected Sir/Madam,

'Avant Garde - A Literary Forum' invites an article from you on for an upcoming anthology on Modern Literary Theories to be edited by Dr. Sunita Sinha.

Other publications from this editor are-

[Update: Deadline Extended] Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Victoria English Graduate Student Society

Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

The University of Victoria's English Graduate Students' Society invites proposals for this year's graduate conference: Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition. The conference will be held at the University of Victoria from May 13 to 15, 2010.

This Mad Mad Mad Crisis; Where Will It Take Us Next

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 10:25am
full name / name of organization: 
April Durham, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California Riverside

A interdisciplinary panel that is part of the [dis]junctions 2010 graduate conference at University of CAlifornia Riverside, April 10-11, 2010.

Dislocations and Ecologies - special issue of EJES: The European Journal of English Studies (ABSTRACTS: October 31, 2010)

updated: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:11am
full name / name of organization: 
Alexa Weik (University of Fribourg) / Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University) eds.

EJES: The European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 16, issue 1

Special issue on "Dislocations and Ecologies"

Guest Editors: Alexa Weik, University of Fribourg & Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University

This special issue of EJES (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13825577.asp) addresses the dislocation of bodies (human and non-human), concepts, cultures, and goods across borders of various kinds not just in relation to notions of mobility, but with special attention to their interaction with their surrounding environments.

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