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CFP: Midwest MLA Special Session, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language"

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 1:51pm
Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, Deadline 9/30/12

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:38am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

During the medieval and early modern periods, the Bible was a source of worship, instruction, and entertainment. This panel invites papers that address ways the Bible was read, misread, adapted, or performed. A variety of approaches and perspectives are welcomed. Topics might include translation and adaptation, Bible illustration, the commentary tradition, biblical exempla, apocryphal narrative, and drama.

Psychedemia: Psychedelics in Academia 9/27-9/30 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:01pm
Psychedemia / University of Pennsylvania

Conference Announcement and Call for Exhibits
PSYCHEDEMIA: interdisciplinary conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.

September 27th-30th, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Visionaries, professionals, and academics from across the sciences, cultural studies, medicine, visual arts, and music are invited to the University of Pennsylvania for the first ever Psychedemia: a conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 2:51pm
Grupo de Investigación Teoría y Retórica de la Ficción Universidad Complutense de Madrid

SESIÓN NO NUMERADA REVIEW of humanities and fiction audioviosual (ISSN 2173-5123) is a scientific journal that publishes original and unpublished quality whose subject is registered in the magazine's editorial line: studies linking movies and series TV with any of the humanities (literature, philosophy, history ...). It also publishes original translations of relevant articles, book reviews of interest to the field of audiovisual fiction and movie reviews, both published references or released in the year prior to the publication of each issue.
The periodicity of the review is annual, published the number for the current year in January. The publication languages are spanish and English.

Science Fiction & Food Politics, NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013, Abstract Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:52pm

When it comes to food production and consumption, science fiction offers us contrasting visions of hope and horror. Sometimes, works in this genre paint utopian pictures of consumer choice and convenience; other times, the future of food looks quite bleak, with today's troubling trends (ex: Genetically Modified Organisms) extrapolated to worst-case scenarios. Please submit a 250-500 word abstract pertaining to the intersecting questions of science fiction (literature, television, and/or film) and food politics to Sean Murray, St. John's University,