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Motley 2012: Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 6:01pm
Motley, An English Studies Journal for Diversity - Students of English Studies Association (SESA) at CSU, Fresno

"Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself."

–Margaret Atwood

The Students of English Studies Association (SESA) of California State University, Fresno, in collaboration with Rasquache, and the Chicano Writers and Artists Association (CWAA), announces its call for papers for the 2011-2012 publication of Motley.

We welcome papers related to the theme:

Diversity/Redefining the Dominant Discourse of Popular Culture

Workshop on narrative systems

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 3:02pm
Narrative and Hypertext 2012/ To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2012 in Milwaukee

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and science communities to share research and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective.

Narrative is a prevalent form of information common in our entertainment, communication, and understanding of the world and its events. By building better models of narrative along with methods for generation, adaption, and presentation we enable narrative systems to become more effective but also improve our understanding of narrative structures.

Indigenous Studies - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 2:05pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Indigenous Studies - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Columbus, OH, Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012

Panel and paper proposal deadline: 30 APRIL 2012

The Indigenous Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

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.

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