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Contemporary Literature as Digital Literature - NeMLA 2016, Hartford, CT

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 3:08pm
Timothy Wilcox / Stony Brook University

Digital technology permeates the daily experience of life in the Western world - through shifting social relations owing to social media, the ability to search and store mass amounts of information, ever-increasing recording and broadcasting possibilities, and so on. Even in areas where cell phones and Internet access are absent, lives are still shaped by new forms of globalization building off possibilities - or new needs - opened up by digital technology. This panel seeks papers which examine the relationship between literature and digital technology.

Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:55am
Thea Tomaini, Explorations in Medieval Culture Series, Brill Publishers

Call for Papers

Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Call for abstracts for chapters to be included in an upcoming volume on Death and culture in Medieval and Early Modern art, history, and culture.

The City in Quarantine--abstract due 9/30/15, conference 3/17-20, 2016

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

In William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton's problematic play Timon of Athens, the fate of Athens hangs in the balance as the eponymous character threatens the city with literal and figurative diseases from outside its walls. Timon thus embodies a nightmarishly pathogenic force, sending forth plagues and venereal diseases to "thatch your poor thin roofs/With burthens of the dead" (V.iii.143-145), even as the city's gates bar his physical entrance. Although Timon of Athens has traditionally been regarded as an anti-corruption allegory, the play thus presents fruitful opportunities for examination through the lens of quarantine and urban containment.

Byrhtferth of Ramsey - Kalamazoo 2016 ICMS

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:01am
IPFW Medieval Studies

It seems too tedious to have to explain this all to lazy clerks in English, though I will write down here so that the lazy priest will not think it too much trouble to open his eyes to it. Now I want the noble clerks to shake all laziness from their mind's understanding so that they can better understand this Call for Papers for the First Ever ALL BYRHTFERTH of RAMSEY session at The International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kzoo 2016)!

'What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English' 4th Biennial International Conference, 27-30 June 2016, University of Lincol

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 8:22am
University of Lincoln, U.K

'What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English' 4th Biennial International Conference, 27-30 June 2016, University of Lincoln
Conservative Politics/Radical Poetics

The 21st century gets more and more odd. Thomas Picketty claims we are returning to 19th century economic relations between capital and the masses. In Britain we have re-entered conservative politics despite the most blatant bankruptcy of capitalism since the Thirties, but at the same time the potential break up of the United Kingdom and with the European Union would be political developments as structurally decisive as the end of empire or World War I. Much the same is true in Europe and the world where conservative and radical visions seem to hang in the balance.

CFP: Love and the Word, Melbourne, 7th-9th December 2016

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 7:35am
Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association (AULLA)

Love & the Word - AULLA Conference 2016

DEADLINE: Monday the 29th February 2016

Hosted by Victoria University, the Australasian Universities Languages & Literature Association Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 7th-9th December 2016.

The conference theme draws on AULLA's origins as an association of scholars working in fields of philology. Thus we examine both philos (love) and logos (word). How does affection affect words? What do people mean by 'love' and its counterparts in the world's languages? Or perhaps: how does it 'do' those meanings?

[UPDATE] SCMS 2016 CFP: Science and Audiovisual Media

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 11:36pm
Ila Tyagi

From Jerry Lewis's nutty chemistry professor to Heinrich Hertz's experiments with sending and receiving radio waves, audiovisual media's technoscientific basis profoundly shapes its content and form. This panel investigates how scientific research and media arts mutually influence each other. Artists find new expressive tools via scientific innovation, whereas science, as Stephen Wilson observes in Information Arts, can be "as profitably analyzed for its subtexts, its association to more general cultural forces, and its implications" (3) as art.

The Choice of Books: The Woman Reader, Control, and Cultural Authority

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 3:38pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Yale Professor Noah Porter's 1870 guide to finding "successful methods of Reading," he argues that young women "suffering for the want of a little direction [...] read themselves down into an utter waste and frivolity of thought, feeling and purpose. The trashy literature in which they delight, becomes the cheap and vapid representative of their empty minds, their heartless affections, and their frivolous characters." To save their souls from "utter barrenness and waste," he defines and categorizes books and courses of reading that will be useful and formative.

SPATIAL ENCOUNTERS: Exploring the Meaning of Cinema in Architecture (September 24-26, 2015)

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 1:59pm
Filming Location: the Fabric of Culture, Myths & Identity in Small Cinemas

The relationship between cinema and architecture has been the subject of numerous works and research projects. It is, however, often the case of discussing the representation of the city, of the built environment, past or exiting, real or imagined. For this series of panels, we would like to propose to shift the focus on to the potential meaning of cinema in and for architecture. How the new semantic fields generated by the moving image have influenced the architectural production of the past century, from a dialectic with reality through to an experimentation with the visual and the landscape at large.

Teaching American Literature With Digital Texts

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 1:04pm
John Casey

Digital Humanities (DH) is often understood in grand terms as a project to build and maintain electronic archives or software capable of the "distant reading" (called for by Franco Moretti) of vast bodies of texts. However, for most scholars in the humanities what counts as DH is learning how and how not to use digital texts in the classroom. This roundtable invites proposals for short presentations (5-10 minutes) that examine the ways that digital texts have entered our classrooms, particularly those of faculty who teach general education courses and surveys of American literature.

Call for Panels and Creative Work-Southern Writers Symposium--October 23-24, 2015

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 12:53pm
Southern Writers Symposium at Methodist University

Our focus is on the South, but for the 2015 Symposium, we are particularly interested in the intersection of art, particularly photography, and creative writing. How does the visual impact the written word?

We are accepting proposals for readings in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction as well as panel discussions and workshops.

Writing Workshops: Propose a workshop that gives Symposium attendees practical writing advice that enhances their writing. All genres and geographic locations welcome.

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Presentation/Panel Discussion Sessions: Pitch a panel or presentation that explores any aspect of creative writing from the idea to the marketplace.

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Representing Disability In American Fiction

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 12:52pm
John Casey

Disability Studies provides a shining example of how interdisciplinary scholarship at its best might operate. Yet within literary studies this mode of analysis still struggles to gain pride of place. One reason for this is the fear of disability. Unlike most forms of identity, the markers of disability (a loss of bodily and/or mental integrity) are permeable and someday might be applied to any person. Additionally, able-bodied members of society are unsure how to interact with the disabled in a way that will not cause offense. Both of these fears help marginalize what otherwise would be a valuable tool for analyzing creative expression.

Immigrant Narratives and U.S. Racial Identities, NeMLA 2016, Hartford, CT

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 12:14pm
Hardeep Sidhu / University of Rochester

America's unique—and largely implicit—system of racial identification is one of many complex institutions that newly arrived immigrants must navigate. Recent literature about immigration (e.g., Adichie, Americanah [2013], Sharma, Family Life [2014]) highlights this steep learning curve alongside more overt challenges like language and customs. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about narratives from any period in which immigrants negotiate racial categories in the United States.

This panel will be part of the 47th annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016).

The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2015.

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