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Exploring I–Lands: Borders, Identity and Myth

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 7:19pm
University of Virginia Graduate English Students Association

Exploring I–Lands: Borders, Identity and Myth

The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference

March 16-18, 2012

Borders abide and abound—between disciplines, between languages, between periods, between persons, between genders, between communities, between generations, between the self and the world. They define us in both liberating and limiting ways. This conference will investigate how borders and barriers are made, broken and refashioned, giving special attention to individual and national identities and the mythologies that inform them. Just how impermeable are such borders? Is there an unshakeable human drive to draw them?

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 5:02pm
Dr. Keith Hyde, University College of the North


The University College of the North invites presentation proposals for an interdisciplinary symposium of the Humanities and Sciences: Gateways North: Expansion, Convergence and Change to be held in
The Pas, Manitoba, on May 3, 2012.

[UPDATE] ACLA 2012 - Forgiveness in the Wake of Crisis

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:52pm
Shelly Jansen - Rochester Institute of Technology

ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

In a world of crisis and catastrophe, what do words like "forgivenesss" or "reconciliation" mean? How can we define forgiveness in the post-911 world? What does forgiveness look like in the digital age?

This panel will explore the ethical, social, and political significance of forgiveness in literature. We welcome all topics related to the depiction of forgiveness from all genres and time periods. Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to, analyzing the philosophical, theological, cultural, political, historical and/or social implications of forgiveness.

"Early Modern Social Networks, 1500-1800": Conference dates: March 16-17, 2012 (abstracts Jan. 6)

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:38pm
University of California Santa Barbara

Call for Papers: Early Modern Social Networks, 1500-1800

The Early Modern Center of the University of California at Santa Barbara invites paper proposals for our eleventh annual conference, "Early Modern Social Networks, 1500-1800." The conference will take place on March 16-17, 2012 at UCSB and will feature keynote speakers Ann Blair (Harvard University), Elizabeth Eger (King's College London), and James Raven (University of Essex).

[UPDATE] ACLA Conference Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present & Future

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:52pm
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"

The deadline for 250-word paper proposals has been extended to November 15th.

(1 Week To Deadline) Scepticism and Doubt Across Cultures of Crisis: (ACLA panel) March 29 - April 1 2012

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:15am
Ali Chetwynd - University of Michigan

Are unhappy ages, and their literary productions, less alike than happy ones? In Two Ages, Kierkegaard says that 'In an era of negativity the authentic ironist is the hidden enthusiast'. For J Hillis Miller in The Disappearance of God, meanwhile, Victorian literature is animated by a more dynamic sense of doubt than that celebrated by the modernists who took God's disappearance and other catastrophes for granted. Both these comparative examinations of pessimism suggest that every age has its own sense and its own rhetoric of crisis; and that crisis-born scepticism is interesting in proportion to its degree of doubt and uncertainty, to the contingency of its gestures towards a reclamation of faith.

Narrativity, Performativity and the New Globality

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:00pm
The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2012

What we propose to explore in this panel are the vast changes in the global cultural landscape in the last decade or so and the narrative and performative strategies employed to position, define, and redefine the self and the social order amid and athwart this transformative moment.

How and in what terms must we reconceptualize globalization in the twenty-first century? How do certain writers and performers wield and warp language, images, and spaces to strategically resist oppression or to open an entry for radically different means of conceiving and being in the world?

Edith Wharton and the Age of TM(I)nformation: Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2012

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 7:44pm
Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton and the Age of (TM)Information: Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2012
If Wharton's late nineteenth century could ironically be termed "the age of innocence," our own era might unironically be dubbed the age of "too much information," marked by increasingly frayed boundaries between public and private life, the rise of gossip in nearly all media venues, and compromising revelations about the powerful emerging with astonishing frequency. We seek papers considering how Wharton's fiction might illuminate such matters. Topics for exploration could include:
*Hacking Lily's cell phone: gossip and eavesdropping in Wharton's writing