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[UPDATE] CSA 2013: Deconstructing Paradise (Grand Anse, Grenada- June 3-7, 2013)

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Friday, December 7, 2012 - 12:05am
Jennifer Donahue

In Caribbean Transnationalism, Rubin Gowricharn finds that the Caribbean "has always had a romantic appeal to the imagination of the outsider…these notions are then attributed to the whole region." Using Gowricharn's assertion as a starting point, this panel aims to interrogate deconstructions of the "paradise myth." If, as Ian Stracharn asserts, "Under tourism, 'paradise' becomes more than a myth; it becomes a product, an item for sale," in what ways does contemporary Caribbean literature resist a culture of tourism? In what ways does literature offer a rebuttal to the myth of the Caribbean and push back against connotations of paradise, relaxation and adventure?

Ad mea tempora: Ovid in Ovidian Times (Graduate Colloquium) - March 9, 2013 - Abstracts due January 1, 2013

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 11:16pm
Warburg Institute

It is by now a critical commonplace to observe that the last 30 years have seen a dramatic reversal in Ovid's critical fortunes. From a maligned harbinger of Silver Latin, Ovid has moved to the centre of Latin literary criticism and classical reception studies. This critical reappraisal can, of course, be understood as a reversion to a periodic historical norm, with Ovid returning to the high esteem in which he was held for much of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. At the same time, the recent Ovidian revival seems to follow, almost inevitably, from contemporary cultural conditions: Ovid's irony and wit, the kaleidoscopically intertextual texture of his poetry.

Idiosycrasy / Idiosyncrasie

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:50pm
Ph.D. Program in French

IDIOSYNCRASY

March 1, 2013

A Graduate Conference by the Ph.D. Program in French at the CUNY Graduate Center

« On ne peut être normal et vivant à la fois. »
–E.M. Cioran
« On n'est peut-être pas fait pour un seul moi. On a tort de s'y tenir. Préjugé de l'unité. »
–Henri Michaux

Update: BWWC CFP deadline 12/15/12; conference 4/4-4/6 2013 in Albuquerque, NM

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:32pm
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association

Conference keynotes: Devoney Looser, U of Missouri; Pamela Gilbert, U of Florida,

Plenary Panelists: Diane Long Hoeveler, Marquette; Kathy Psomiades, Duke; Linda Troost, Washington and Jefferson College

[UPDATE] 7th Annual Graduate Conference: "alt/" (March 16-17, 2013; abstracts due 12/15)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 3:25pm
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

"Alt," neither a word nor a prefix in the grammatical sense, has nevertheless been a generative concept in contemporary scholarly interrogations of non-normative ways of engaging with and inhabiting the world. Various fields and disciplines have begun to investigate the meaning, value, and application of alt, inviting critical discourses around questions of alterities, alternations, and alternatives. From considering relations with others to shifting theoretical frameworks to imagining alternate realities, alt complicates periodizations, genres, identities, subjectivities, epistemologies, and discourses.

Jim Harrison Panel (ALA May 23-26, 2013); due Jan 15, 2013

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 11:50am
Jim Harrison Society/American Literature Association

The Jim Harrison Society is seeking individual paper proposals for its sponsored panel at the 2013 American Literature Association convention in Boston, May 23-26, 2013. All topics are welcome, but here are a few suggestions:

• Food in Harrison's work – the role played by food and wine in Harrison's fiction, non-fiction, or poetry
• Harrison and The North Woods: Michigan
• Harrison and The Sonoran Desert: Arizona
• Harrison in the context of contemporary "literary fiction"
• Harrison's poetry
• Harrison's influences
• Harrison's prefaces and introductions

The International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2013) Thailand, May 7-9, 2013

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:49am
The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
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Submission Deadline: March 20, 2013
The International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2013)
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), Bangkok, Thailand
http://sdiwc.net/conferences/2013/ebw2013/

Contemporary Music and Fiction – Edited Collection (1/31/13)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:38am
Jeffrey Roessner/Mercyhurst University; Erich Hertz/Siena College


Submissions are sought for a collection of essays titled Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction, which is under contract at Bloomsbury Press (formerly Continuum). As the title suggests, the forthcoming volume focuses on post-1960s fiction that engages the themes, artists, songs, genres, or cultural import of popular music.

Given that many of the chapters for the collection are in place, we would emphasize two points: a) we are particularly interested in essays that focus on issues of gender or that treat racial/national/postcolonial identity; and b) we very much welcome inquiries to avoid duplicate proposals.

[Extension] Invention vs. Mimesis -- Inaugural Issue of the Rat's Mouth Review Graduate Journal

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:12am
The Rat's Mouth Review - Florida Atlantic University

Extension: all submissions now due by January 15th, 2013.

In 1913, Ezra Pound articulated the literary imperative for the modernists' age: "Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth," and later urged artists to "Make it New." Conversely, the Hebraic King Solomon wrote, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9 NIV).

The Merchant of Venice; University of La Verne, California 2013 (abstracts by February 1; conference April 27, 2013)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 9:32am
The La Verne Shakespeare Center, University of La Verne

Is the Merchant of Venice a plea for tolerance or a sanction for revenge? Is it a late early comedy or an early problem play? How does it reflect (or seem to reflect) upon our own situation—ie. our ongoing banking crises, religious tensions, and cultural transitions?

Keynote Speaker: Eric Mallin, University of Texas, at Austin

Papers can consider but are not limited to the following topics:

recent stage and film versions
Pedagogical approaches in the inclusive, multicultural classroom
Early comedy vs. "problem play"
Relation to other Renaissance plays
The ongoing financial crisis
Cross-dressing
Male relationships

2nd call: Contemporary Gendered Performance and Practice

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:40am
Queen's University Belfast

Call for Papers: Contemporary Gendered Performance and Practice
Queen's University, Belfast
12th–13th April 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Elaine Aston (Lancaster University)

[UPDATE] Health, Mental Health, and Literature - Graduate English Conference

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:07am
Boston College

Health, Mental Health, and Literature

The Boston College English Graduate Conference seeks abstracts for papers that consider the intersection between health, mental health, and literature.

Considering recent interdisciplinary developments in the field of Medical Humanities, we are interested in exploring the ways in which literature and other creative arts have attempted to represent or otherwise understand health, which is so often analyzed from a clinical or scientific perspective. We seek papers that work to synthesize clinical approaches and literary approaches to the mind and body. What can be gained by merging multiple perspectives?

Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 11:19pm
Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter / California State University, Northrdige

"Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
California State University, Northridge
Graduate Conference

"Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge." – Lord Byron

This conference is interested in exploring the concept of the spaces between – genres, cultures, times, people, movements, nations – the possibilities are endless. How do these spaces confine? How do they enable? What moves between? What exists within?

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