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Special Session at MLA 2013, Boston: Muslim Everyday Life - 15 March, 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:52am
Mosarrap Hossain Khan/ Dept. of English, New York University

Seeking abstracts on fictional depiction of Muslim everyday life as an indeterminate space of negotiation between the sacral and the secular; theories of novel and indeterminacy of everyday life.

Please send in 250-word abstract by 15 March 2012

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk: The Clashing of Ideals and Realities in American Parenthood - PAMLA 2012 (October 19-21, Seattle)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:13am
Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The United States has a storied past in which ideals of "proper" parenting have been disseminated through popular culture. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which the clash between the ideals and realities surrounding parenting has affected individuals while reflecting broader historical and cultural trends over time.

Scholars and graduate students in relevant disciplines including but not limited to History; English; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Cultural Studies are encouraged to submit. Possible papers for this approved special session are not limited to:

• Advice - Doctors (Spock, Sears, Laura, Phil); Parenting Literature

Narrating Value in the Long Eighteenth Century (MLA 2013; abstracts due 3/15)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 8:32am
Steve Newman/Department of English, Temple University

How do various ways of valuing objects and people—among them, moral philosophy, aesthetics, and political economy—emerge, conflict with, and complement each other during the Long Eighteenth Century (c. 1660-1830)? More specifically, how are these modes of valuation informed by narrative structures, and to what degree is narrative itself valued or devalued in their formation and/or reception and/or circulation?

REMINDER - CFP From Akira to Zizek: Comics & Cultural Theory

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 5:20am
Studies in Comics journal

From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school's studies of mass culture, McLuhan's media theory and Bourdieu's critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.

LCTC

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:35am
7th Annual International Conference Language and Communication through Culture

The conference is dedicated to problems of Germanic and Romance languages, general linguistics, discourse linguistics, language pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, language style/register, translation theory, methodology of teaching foreign languages/ESL, general pedagogy, cross-cultural communication and interaction.

The official languages of the conference are Russian and English. Papers are accepted and published in the conference proceedings in either of these languages.

lctcrus.rsu.edu.ru

[UPDATE] "Gaming the System" - (10/25/12 conference; 5/1/12 deadline)

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:57am
SCLA 38

http://complit-scla.org/

"Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study"
For the first time in its 38 year history the SCLA is coming to Vegas, October 25-28, 2012 University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Clarke
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science Texas Tech University
"Gaming the Trace Systems Theory for Comparative Literature"

Plenary Speaker: Eric Hayot
Professor of Comparative Literature Penn State University
"Cosmographies: A Theory of Represented Worldedness"

We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics including:

"Spectacle": 20th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association, Republic of China

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 7:59am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

Edith Wharton Society Research Travel Awards 2012

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:17pm
Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to

Gary Totten, Gary.Totten@ndsu.edu
English, Dept. #2320
P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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