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European Shakespeares and Asia - 31 May 2009

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 5:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alexander Huang / Penn State University
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Local/Global Shakespeares: 4th British Shakespeare Association Conference

King's College London & Shakespeare's Globe
11 – 13 September 2009

Seminar: Asian Shakespeares in Europe

"Dark Migrations: Territorializing the Savage Body" MMLA November 12-15 2009, abstract due April 20.

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 3:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jeff Aziz, University of Pittsburgh
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This panel invites papers that engage with narratives that problematize the dominant American narrative of migration into the "savage" West. For instance, In Jim Jarmusch's 1995 film Dead Man, the Native American Xebeche is captured and shipped east by railroad caged as an animal in a sort of counter-migration, even as European settlers travel west into the territories from which his relatives are being displaced. Of particular interest are papers that explore the relationship between suffering, objectified, or commodified bodies and American landscape.

Actants, Actors, Agents - A Comparison Between Languages and Theories of Action

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 12:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Turin
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Lexia (New Series) is a semiannual journal edited by the semioticians of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy, and published by Aracne, Rome.

The second issue of 2009 will be devoted to the theme "Actants, actors, agents: a comparison between languages and theories of action". Part of the volume will contain the proceedings of the roundtable about this topic organized in Turin on December 3, 2008 (with contributions by Marina Sbisà, Ugo Volli, Guido Ferraro, Maurizio Ferraris, etc.). The second part of the volume will contain essays and articles sent to the editor, and selected through a double blind peer review process.

Semiotics of Revelation

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 12:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
International Association for Semiotic Studies
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The roundtable will focus on the semiotic implications of the idea of revelation. What are the characteristics of meaning that is produced, communicated, and received as "revealed"? Are there anthropological, or even bio-logical constants in such characteristics, or do they rather vary according to socio-cultural contexts and historical époques? What terms express the idea of revelation in the different natural languages, and with which semantic connotations? What values are attributed to the idea of a revelation of meaning, and what, on the contrary, to a meaning that is non-revealed? What relations of rupture, or tension, obtain between these different valorizations? Through what narratives is the idea of a revealed meaning elaborated?

New Voices 2009: The Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse (October 22-24, 2009) [GRADUATE]

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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 9:26am
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New Voices Conference: Georgia State University Graduate English Assoc.

The 10th Annual New Voices Graduate Student Conference focuses on representations of the Apocalypse as they manifest throughout history, across cultures, and in language. The conference committee invites papers dealing with any aspect of mankind's conception of the End-of-Days. Individual papers or panel proposals may center upon any time period and any culture or people. They may furthermore draw thematically from such academic disciplines as literary criticism and theory, poetry, fiction, philosophy, religious studies, medieval and renaissance studies, art history, biblical history, cultural geography, and folklore.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Bibliography and Textual Studies at SCMLA 2009

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Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 9:56pm
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South Central Modern Language Association

SCMLA Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
October 29-31, 2009

Deadline: April 8, 2009

The Bibliography and Textual Criticism panel at SCMLA welcomes 15 minute
papers related to:

Textual Studies
Bibliography
History of the Book
Authorship
Rare Books
Pedagogy
Paratextuality
Media Studies
E-texts

And any other permutation thereof.

Please send 300 word abstracts to lasquires_at_mail.utexas.edu. no later than
April 9, 2009.

Speaking of Grief: Death and Language in Modernism (MSA 11, 5-8 November 2009, Montréal, Québec, Canada)

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Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 4:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Moore (Queen's University, Canada)
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If the Holocaust motivated aesthetic theorists and writers to rethink the premise of the literary mode altogether, stated in one form by Theodore Adorno in his 1951 claim that to write "poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric," early-twentieth-century writers tended to respond to the most violent and rife deaths of their time by zeroing in on words themselves. We may find the most prominent meeting of fatality and diction in the modernist period in attacks on languages of militarism and commemoration launched from a host of quarters, in particular by ex-servicemen following the Great War.

International Multidisciplinary Women's Congress (October 13-16, 2009)

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Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 3:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Izmir, TURKEY
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Please, note that abstracts of 300 words will be submitted electronically at our website at http://www.imwc2009.org. Deadline for submission of proposals is June 1, 2009.

The IMWC will take place at the Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey between October 13th and 16th, 2009 and the overarching theme for the Congress will be "Change and Empowerment."

The aim of the Congress is to foster communication and collaboration between academicians and to open up a discussion platform for the analysis, development, and exchange of ideas on the following Women-related main topics:

Edited Volume: Harvey Milk and Queer Politics (30/07/09)

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Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 11:46pm
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Edited Volume
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The Queer Politics of Harvey Milk: An Edited Collection

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

- Harvey Milk, "In Case" [Audio Tape]: 1977

"Harvey's life was theater."

- Anne Kronenberg, Oscars interview: 2009

Reading Ethics in the 21 Century (SAMLA, Nov 6 - 8, 2009)

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 2:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
Raina Kostova / SAMLA
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SAMLA 2009

Reading Ethics in the 21 Century

Call for Papers

Since Aristotle the understanding of ethics as a branch of philosophy has been defined as a pragmatic rather than a theoretical field: ethics does not simply involve a discussion of virtues, but the practice of "virtual activities." It is concerned, as Sartre later insists, with living "in the world," where one has the individual moral responsibility for the other and for the political structure of society. The personal responsibility to act "ethically" in this case is made possible by the essential freedom of choice of each individual.

"Modernism and Nature" at MSA 11, Montréal, Québec, Nov 5-8, 2009

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 1:00pm
full name / name of organization: 
Emily Essert (McGill University)

Modernist representation of nature and human relationships therewith – particularly of animals – has recently received increased critical attention in studies such as Carrie Rohman's Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal (Columbia UP, 2009) and Philip Armstrong's What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge, 2008). Recently-published theoretical work on animal/human relations – such as Donna Haraway's When Species Meet (U of Minnesota P, 2008), and Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham UP, 2008) – can also help us to arrive at a richer understanding of textual animals.

The Artfulness of Play: Bridging Creative and Theoretical Discourses (Sept 25 - 27, 2009)

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 12:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Western Ontario, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Children, athletes, actors, and musicians all play. Can academics play too? What do we play? Numerous currents of contemporary thought, from Wittgenstein to Baudrillard and Derrida, highlight play as a site worthy of inquiry. However, play does not (cannot?) have a precise sense or definition, and therefore our aim will be to put ideas into play, to play with them.

Graduate students and artists are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary conference regarding the concept of play. Academic papers, artwork (visual and performance), and film (short and feature length) are welcome.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College

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Friday, April 3, 2009 - 9:24am
full name / name of organization: 
Brian E. Butler/UNC-Asheville & Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
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Call for papers and panel proposals.
All disciplines invited.

Re-Viewing Black Mountain College
An International Conference
October 9-11, 2009

The legacy of Black Mountain College continues to influence contemporary culture in multiple realms. This conference aims to investigate its history as well as the multiple paths of influence, actual and possible, identifiable in the contemporary world and beyond.

Co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and
The University of North Carolina, Asheville

SAMLA 2009 Session: Teaching Language and Literature

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rachel Luria/ SAMLA
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Session Title: Teaching Language and Literature
Open Topic

We welcome papers that deal with any and all issues related to the teaching of language and literature. Proposals may be related to issues such as the language of gender, comics as literature, or teaching new media, but this is not required. Send your inspiring ideas!

By May 1st, please submit proposals of no more than 150 words by email – preferred – to luria@mailbox.sc.edu or by post to University of South Carolina, Arts Institute, Attention: Rachel Luria, 1212 Greene Street/228 Sumwalt, Columbia, SC 29208

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