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CFP: Anti-Democracy Agenda Symposium 2010 (in the Swiss Alps, 8-10 November 2010)

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Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS)
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Please circulate widely!


Anti-Democracy Agenda Symposium 2010

Location: Gottfried-Semper Villa Garbald, part of the Collegium Helveticum

International Summer School “Fictionalizing the World?” in Munich (August 2010)

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PhD programme "Literature" at Munich University
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Fiction and Reality. Exploring Positions in a Complex Relationship

2010 Summer School in Munich, Germany

Text, Transmission, Reception - 28-29/10/2010 (CFP until 15/06/2010)

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Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Text, Transmission, Reception

Call for papers

Radboud University Nijmegen
October 28 and 29, 2010

[UPDATE] Diasporic Consciousness: Literatures from the Postcolonial World 31.07.2010

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Dr. Smriti Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Patna; Dr. Achal Sinha, St. Xavier's, Ranchi
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Due to globalization, multiculturalism and migration, there has been a change in the outlook of the people.

Melville and Rome: Empire–Democracy–Belief–Art; Rome, Italy; 22-26 June 2011

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The Melville Society and Dept. of Foreign Literatures, University of Roma (Sapienza)
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Melville and Rome
Empire – Democracy – Belief – Art
The Eighth International Melville Conference
Rome: 22-26 June 2011
The Melville Society
in collaboration with

{UPDATE]--(Re)Constructing the American West--SAMLA 2010

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau says, “We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future

New Cartographies: Mapping Identity Politics in Theatre and Dance

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American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Theatre Library Association (TLA), Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
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New Cartographies: Mapping Identity Politics in Theatre and Dance

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[UPDATE] REGISTRATION NOW OPEN John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (10th July 2010)

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Kate Macdonald and Nathan Waddell
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Plenary Speakers: Douglas Gifford (University of Glasgow) on Buchan's response to his Victorian literary precursors, and Douglas Kerr (University of Hong Kong) on Buchan, myth, and "The Dancing Floor"

WSQ Special Issue: Ruin

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Women's Studies Quarterly
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Call for Papers: Ruin
Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Rupal Oza

This issue of WSQ explores the multiple valences of ruin. While ruin clearly follows from disaster – from economic collapse to earthquakes to floods to volcanic eruptions to political and social unrest – it is also highly gendered: what is more easily ruined, after all, than a virtuous woman’s reputation?

Ruin can exist in the singular as a catastrophe and in the plural as an aesthetic, architectural, and historical pleasure. Mourning at a ruin can entail grief and also nostalgia for a world before disintegration and decay. Ruin suggests both temporal and spatial change, evoking a time and a place before as well as meditating on the here and now.

The specter of ruin generates strategies to forestall it: protectionism towards women and children, as well as other marginalized populations; economic bailouts to prevent the possibility of collapse; the closing down or limiting of borders; emergency warning systems; militarization and weaponization of society. And yet in this issue we also hope to pose a sometimes unthinkable question: what is so bad about ruin? Why do we fear the collapse of systems that might in fact be currently unworkable or even destructive?

Lord Dunsany Essay Collection

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Tania Scott and Douglas Small, University of Glasgow
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Lord Dunsany- New Readings
Collected Essays

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