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Transgressive and Transgression

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 8:17am
British Association for American Studies and Irish Association for American Studies

Discourses of American Exceptionalism pivot effortlessly around the fulcrum of America's position as an idealised other to the normative standard: the 'city on the hill' as disjointed from the normative valley below. However, contemporary American scholarship has been so bold as to tackle the 'othered' identities and constructs considered anti-social or nihilistic (as opposed to 'exceptional') by virtue of their disconnect which have long peopled the American narrative. Such demarcations beg the question as to what exactly denotes 'exception', and what denotes 'deviance' or even 'eccentricity'. What does it mean to be 'transgressive' in the context of an America which privileges the concept of 'exception'?

HuCon 2012: Graduate Research in Humanities Computing,

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 10:41pm
University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS / CALL FOR PROJECTS:
Current Research in Humanities Computing. The University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for its annual conference:
"HuCon 2012: Current Graduate Research in Humanities Computing" to take place March 23, 2012 in Edmonton, AB.

[UPDATE] General Call for papers on Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 10:33pm
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

"Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences," March 9-10, 2012

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 7:51pm
British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Papers and Posters:

"Modern Brains: Literary Studies and the Cognitive Sciences"

British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

March 9-10, 2012

Keynote Speakers:

David Herman, Department of English, The Ohio State University

Kara D. Federmeier; Department of Psychology, Program in
Neuroscience, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Works of Percival Everett (sponsored by The Percival Everett Society) Sumbit Abstracts by Dec. 9, 2011

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 2:58pm
The Percival Everett Society, The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference

Panel Chair: Andrew H. Banecker (abanec1@tigers.lsu.edu)

"If Percival Everett isn't already a household name, it's because people are more interested in politics than truth."—Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Washington Square Ensemble

The Percival Everett Society is sponsoring a panel on Everett's works at The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA on February 16th and 17th, 2012. Papers on any of Everett's eighteen novels (including Glyph, Erasure, and I am Not Sidney Poitier), three collections of short stories, or two collections of poems are welcome.

UPDATE "Age Studies and Drama"

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 1:49pm
Anthony Ellis, Comparative Drama

Abstracts are invited for a panel exploring drama of any nationality or period from an age-studies perspective. Sponsored by the academic journal Comparative Drama, this panel will be held at the 36th Comparative Drama Conference, hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, March 29-31, 2012.

Papers may focus on questions of childhood, middle age, old age, the aging process, or the life course, among other aging-related concepts. While papers may focus on the representation of aging in drama—on the page and onstage—they may also address issues of aging and artistic production (e.g., a playwright's "late style," the way that aging has determined a performer's career, etc.)

"Occupied: Taking up Space and Time," March 22-24, 2012

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 10:30am
Indiana University - Bloomington English Graduate Students

Call for Proposals: "Occupied: Taking up Space and Time"

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Occupied: Taking up Space and Time" to be held at Indiana University - Bloomington from March 22-24, 2012. This 9th annual conference is hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

Trauma & Culture - collection of essays (Cambridge University Press)

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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:05am
Amanda Wicks, Louisiana State University

It has become apparent with the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the tenth anniversary of 9/11, that major traumatic events continue to resonate in both the individual and social consciousness - perhaps more in the 21st century than ever before. Remembering, rethinking, reworking, and reimagining are just a few of the ways in which authors and artists, historians and critics, audiences and citizens have explored their own traumatic experiences, as well as the traumatic events that continue to impact larger communities.

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