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LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, GLITS Interdiscipinary Research Conference, 22 June 2012 [30 April 2012]

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:24am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Grethe Mitchell (University of Lincoln)

The Latin word 'Ludus' (a play, a game, a pastime) embodies a semantic play of language that is suggestive of the importance of the concepts of play and games to cultural products. Ludus can also refer to a school for elementary instruction, 'Ludi' to public shows or spectacles. Latin poetry often explores and celebrates Ludus as the creative play of writing, as in Ludic verse.

Special Issue of *Interdisciplinary Literary Studies* on Contemporary Jacobean Film (deadline: Nov. 1, 2012)

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:20am
Elizabeth Kelley Bowman / Northern Illinois University

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_ILS.html)

We invite essays from interdisciplinary perspectives that respond (directly or otherwise) to Pascale Aebischer's discussion of the "preposterous contemporary Jacobean" in discussion of early modern source texts (ca. 1500-1800 – not, for this journal issue, limited to the Jacobean era).

UPDATE: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS: LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE' " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:07pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

The Enigma of the Picaresque, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 16.-17.11.2012

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:01pm
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin

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Despite their great spectrum of variety, it seems that the journeys which the narrator-protagonists of (fictional) autobiographies (re-)embark upon share a common telos: that of formulating the grand narrative of their life and consequently formulating their self, either by finding God (confessio) or their own true identity (Bildungsroman). Evidently, picaresque autobiographies form a very conscious exception to this rule. Although their relators insistently assert to demonstrate their reformed self through their stories, the narratives are inherently ambivalent and, indeed, parodistic of the above autobiographical traditions.

CFP: 32nd Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 5-7 Oct., 2012. Deadline for submissions: 1 May, 2012.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 12:19pm
Harvard University, Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 32nd Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 5-7, 2012. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance is free.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

CFP: New Book Series - Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:17am
Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College; Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts; Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College

NEW BOOK SERIES

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Series Title: Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy
Publisher: Lexington Books

Contact: Steven Rybin, srybin@ggc.edu
Editors: Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College
Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts
Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College

Reminder: CFP: "Apocalyptic Imagination" Nov. 16 2012, Detroit MI

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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:58pm
Sarika Chandra / Wayne State University

The Humanities Center at Wayne State University invites papers on the theme, "Apocalyptic Imagination" for its Fall Symposium scheduled to take place on November 16, 2012 in Detroit, MI.

Exchange Conference (28/29 June 12), Call for Papers (deadline 4 May 12)

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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:59am
Rebecca Green, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

June 28/29// 2012
POSTGRADUATE
INTERDISCIPLINARY
CONFERENCE

Call for papers

Doctoral researchers from across the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in this conference that explores the concept of exchange. By gathering a broad range of perspectives the conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking and help to build new networks between researchers.

In each case, the presentation could look to the present, draw on the past or consider possibilities for the future. Themes could include explorations of exchange in areas of interest such as:

Knowledge or research
Innovation, creativity, learning, communication

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