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Teaching fantasy literature through critical literacy

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
Mark Fabrizi

Seeking chapters for a scholarly book that explores the teaching of fantasy literature through a critical literacy framework, challenging the norms and assumptions associated with fantasy as a genre and within particular fantasy texts. Submissions should be guided by scholarship in critical literacy pedagogy and address concerns about silenced voices, marginalized people and perspectives, and/or issues of social justice as they manifest in a specific work of fantasy. Disruptive approaches to the study of literature (i.e., those that problematize the text) are also welcome. Example texts for analysis include J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, T.H.

[REMINDER] More Matter with Less Art? Literature & the Other Arts in Early Modern England [SAMLA 87] [ABSTRACTS DUE JUNE 15]

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 5:39pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

***This is a regular session for 16th-century English Literature. ALL topics that fall into this category will be considered.***

How did poetry, theater, music, visual art, dance, architecture, and other forms of art coexist in the English-speaking world during the Early Modern period? This panel invites papers concerning the intersections of literature and the other arts during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to: the influence of religion on artistic production, the use of music in the public theater and beyond, representations of courtly masques, the musicality of verse, representations of architecture in literature, etc.

"Expanding the Scope of Horror"; special journal issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 1:29pm
Humanities Education and Research Association

Fall 2016: Expanding the Scope of Horror

Guest Editors: Edmund Cueva and William Novak

The proposed set of essays and book reviews would have as its main objective to offer a new practical model for research and analysis as an alternative to the rigid and dichotomous methodologies often used in investigations on horror. Currently, most of the scholarship either tends to situate horror on the fringe of academic research and therefore not worthy of attention. Or, research isolates and defines horror as being strictly the intellectual property of those who are experts in literature or film.

Edited Collection: Early Modern Ciphers Abstracts Due 9/1/2015

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:56am
Prof. Katherine Ellison

Abstracts are solicited for an edited collection on medieval, early modern, and eighteenth-century cryptography, ciphering, deciphering, coding, or decoding. The goal of this volume is to bring together innovative and interdisciplinary research in the early history of cryptography as a linguistic, mathematical, scientific, and literary discipline that underwent significant change prior to the twentieth century and influenced cognitive and narrative practices across the arts the sciences. Essays might engage with actual solved or unsolved ciphers of this broad period and close analysis of typographies, inks, papers, printing and publishing, and circulation.

[Extended Deadline 7/1/15] Making space for the Eighteenth-Century in the Curriculum (NEASECS)

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:33am
NEASECS, Hartford, CT, OCT 8-10, 2015

(Deadline Extended 7/1/15) In many universities, a shift to prioritizing "career-oriented" outcomes have replaced liberal arts curriculums as public discourse about academia highlights higher tuition costs and a shrinking job market. In a more corporatized university, the courses we once took for granted as mainstays of general education or the liberal arts have come into question. Many of us who work in smaller departments and four-year universities have had a harder time making studying the eighteenth century a priority for students and department curriculums—especially English departments. How do we make the argument that studying the eighteenth century is still important?

Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust

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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 4:02am
Bettina Hofmann; University of Wuppertal and Steinheim Institute for German-Jewish History

The Steinheim Colloquium "Translated Memories" addresses the subject of writing about the Holocaust today : How can memories of the Holocaust be constituted and transformed in a transgenerational and transnational perspective?
Three authors (Richard Aronowitz, Carol Ascher, Doron Ben-Atar), all writing in English, and four literary scholars, hailing from Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S., will reflect on this subject based on their own and other literary texts.
The concept of translation is of pivotal interest in this context. When talking about "translation," we literally mean code switching. However, the term "translation" is also appropriate if one wants to describe psychological mechanisms and cultural processes.

NYMASA 2015 "LOVE" Conference (14 November 2015; abstracts due 1 July 2015)

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:28pm
New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA)

***DEADLINE EXTENDED***

New York Metro American Studies Association Call for Papers
Annual Conference Theme: "Love"

Date: Saturday, November 14
Location: Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; 50 West 40th Street Between 5th and 6th Avenues
Abstracts Due: July 1, 2015; Submissions/questions: nymasalove@gmail.com
Registration: $25 (student, under-employed)/ $50 (full-time employment)

"Gender, Race, and Transformation" October 30th to November 1st, 2015, Pacific University

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 2:53pm
Pacific University, Center for Gender Equity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program invite you to submit a proposal for our second biennial conference on Gender and Sexuality Studies. Our conference theme this year is "Gender, Race, and Transformation" and we encourage proposals in a variety of formats that explore the interactions between these concepts, especially as they relate to power and oppression, individual and communal identity, and empowerment, social justice and social change. We welcome both critical analysis and creative work as well as multimodal approaches to presentations.

Extended Deadline: A Writer Young and Old: Yeats at 150 (15-18 October at University of Limerick)

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 1:54pm
International Yeats Society

It has been a century and a half since the birth of W. B. Yeats. With the completion of major biographies and textual series, and in the context of technological and economic changes to global literary studies, Yeats studies finds itself at a critical juncture. This conference will gather scholars, critics, and creative artists from around the world to engage with Yeats as a figure of world literature, European and global modernisms, and Irish culture and politics; and Yeats's work as poet, dramatist, autobiographer, and writer of fiction, critical and reflective essays, and philosophy. The larger questions to be addressed concern the field of Yeats studies itself, and the role of Yeats in literary and cultural studies. Where are we now?

[UPDATE] George Meredith and His Circle

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:54pm
George Meredith and His Circle: Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks, Bishop Grossteste University, UK

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

George Meredith and His Circle:
Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
24th & 25th July 2015

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Friday, 24th July
9.30 Registration, Hardy Building
10.30 Welcome: Vice-Chancellor, Claudia Capancioni & Alice Crossley

Death of Empires: Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference 18-19 September 2015; submissions by 15 July 2015

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:27pm
Daemen College

In September 2015, the Departments of English and History and Political Science at Daemen College will host a two-day interdisciplinary conference titled "Death of Empires," dedicated to exploring the role of the Great War of 1914-18 in dissolving the imperial order and initiating the era of nations. The year is ripe for such an event. As well as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania – a tragedy that signalled the breakdown of distinctions between 'war front' and 'home front' – 2015 also marks the centenary of the commencement of the Armenian Genocide and the failed Allied invasion of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli.

Call for submissions: Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:32am
Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics



The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.

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