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Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Daemonic to the Hydraulic [Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 13–16, 2009]

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 4:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Anthony Adams, Brown University

Puppets, marionettes, golems, androids, automata, moving statues, mannequins, shadow figures—sometimes comic, sometimes creepy, these figures of fun and fright engage us with their similarity, albeit grotesque, to ourselves. Recent researches into the field of medieval automata have convincingly established the the power of these living or life-like machines as both performing objects and as metaphor. They have featured as 'actors', or performing objects, in legend, epic, chanson, and wonder tale; they also have served as metaphors for personal freedom or manipulation, for the presence of a human soul or its terrifying absence.

2010 Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature April 8-10, 2010

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 11:12am
full name / name of organization: 
Conference on Christianity and Literature
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"The Ethics of Literature"

In recent years, literary scholarship has been increasingly concerned with ethics, both as a theme in literature and as an approach to it. Where and how do ethical concerns interrelate with literature, literary scholarship, and the academy?
Papers suitable for a twenty-minute presentation [approx. 2,000-2,500 words] are invited on the following or related topics:
• the ethics of literary pedagogy
• the ethical nature and needs of the academy
• literature and socio-political ethics
• religious ethics in literature
We also welcome papers on other topics regarding the intersection of Christianity and literature.

[REMINDER OF DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS ] Crossing the Line: Affinities before and after 1900

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Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 5:04am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Liverpool 28-29 January 2010

Crossing the Line is a student-led postgraduate conference that will explore and interrogate the multifarious affinities between Victorian and Modernist cultures. It focuses on the cross-currents of attraction and repulsion at the turn of the century. This event asks whether affinities exist innately in the body as psychological and emotional connections, and investigates those affinities which are cultural constructions. It questions whether affinities are permanent or can be eroded by the passage of time.

We invite research students from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to present papers considering affinities across the threshold of the Victorian and Modernist worlds.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Seventh Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 4:56pm
full name / name of organization: 
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dear Graduate Program Directors and Administrators:

Following is an announcement for the Seventh Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Please distribute this and the following CFP to any students who may be interested in submitting an abstract.

[UPDATE] Conference Announcement - Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:12am
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Digital Labour Group, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
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'Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens'

A conference hosted by the Digital Labour Group, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, October 16-18, 2009, London, Ontario, Canada.

We are happy to announce that our conference website is now open. Please visit us at
http://conferences.fims.uwo.ca/digitallabour/ for information on the conference, registration, travel and accommodation.

Register by September 1st for a 20% early registration discount. Fees are additionally discounted for graduate students.

NVSA cfp: FIGHTING VICTORIANS: DISUNION, POLEMIC, CONTROVERSY, April 16-18, 2010, Princeton University

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:39am
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Victorian Studies Association
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/The peace, that I deem`d no peace, is over and done.
Alfred Tennyson, 1855/

CFP: NVSA 2010
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FIGHTING VICTORIANS: DISUNION, POLEMIC, CONTROVERSY_

Princeton University: April 16-18, 2010

NVSA website: http://web.stonehill.edu/nvsa/

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year
is FIGHTING VICTORIANS.

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Anna Clark,
Elaine Hadley, and Alex Woloch, and visits to Special Collections at the
Firestone Library and the Princeton Art Museum.

Becomings, Misplacements, Departures: Butler & Whitehead

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 3:34am
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Whitehead Research Project

Call for Student Papers
Conference Date: December 3-5, 2009
Location: Claremont, California
Paper Submission Due: Monday, August 31, 2009 to rfaber@ctr4process.org
Conference Website: whiteheadresearch.org/butler-whitehead

The Whitehead Research Project (WRP) is hosting a major international event that will feature scholars who are specialists in the thought of Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead. In line with the "initial aim" of WRP, this conference seeks to generate novel interfaces, stimulate interdisciplinary innovation, and provoke unexpected impulses for philosophical discourse in our complex world.

[UPDATE] "Global Citizenship for the 21st Century" Interdisciplinary Conf. Nov. 15-16, 09

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 10:42am
full name / name of organization: 
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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"Global Citizenship for the 21st Century"
http://www.csupomona.edu/~international/other_programs/callpaper.shtml

Interdisciplinary Conference
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
November 15-16, 2009

People who know the limitations of their knowledge, even when they believe that knowledge to be revealed, are usually the very same people who are able to build bridges with others who think differently than they do.
Father James L. Heft, S.M

CFP: V. Nabokov's "The Original of Laura"

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:26pm
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Yuri Leving, Nabokov Online Journal
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Nabokov Online Journal, Vol. IV, 2010
www.nabokovonline.com

The Editors of the Nabokov Online Journal announce a special block of articles devoted to V. Nabokov's "The Original of Laura" (scheduled to appear in the fall of 2009). The cluster will be published in the fourth volume of the journal.

Topics:
The list of possible directions to explore can be found below, although these general outlines will be adapted after the actual publication of the fragment of Nabokov's novel in November 2009. At this point the Editors would appreciate only the declaration of your intention to participate in this discussion.

Call for Papers: Ports of Call---Cultures of Exchange, UCLA

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:42pm
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UCLA Comparative Literture Graduate Student Conference

As gateways to other worlds and world-systems, port cities, such as Tangier, Istanbul, London, Manila, and Kobe, one of Japan's most important ports, are sites of economic and cultural exchange. They are at the cutting edge of global trends and transnational movements that promote the export and import of goods, people, ideas, and ideologies. At least as early as the 16th century, port cities, such as Cadiz in Spain, Cambay in western India, and Sao Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil, to name only a few, have nurtured utopias and launched a thousand dreams into a yet to be conquered horizon. Port cities have been both the crate of colonial desire and the locus of revolutionary fervor.

45th ICMS in Kalamazoo, May 13-16 2010: The Literature and Landscapes of Medieval East Anglia

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:54am
full name / name of organization: 
Justin T. Noetzel/ Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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This session seeks papers to discuss and analyze the literature, landscapes, history, and places of medieval East Anglia, as well as other relevant disciplines such as architecture, theology, ecology, geography, and sacred and profane spaces. Paper ideas will be accepted from all areas and periods, including Old English poetry, the outlaw sagas and other literature of the East Anglian fens, the historical records and chronicles of the region, the history of invasion from the European continent, female spiritual authors such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, the wool-driven economy, and the medieval architecture and urbanization of towns like Ely, Bury St. Edmonds, and Cambridge.

Fifth International IDEA Conference: Studies in English (14-16 April 2010)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 7:02am
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ATILIM UNIVERSITY, ANKARA, TURKEY

Fifth International IDEA Conference
Studies in English
14 - 16 April 2010
Atılım University, İncek Campus, Ankara

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2009

The 5th International IDEA Conference, jointly hosted by Atılım University Departments of English Language and Literature and Translation and Interpretation and the English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA), will be held on 14-16 April 2010 at Atılım University's İncek Campus in Ankara. The Conference will cover the following four main areas:

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