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Repositioning America as an Atlantic and Pacific Nation [DEADLINE NOV. 15TH, 2012]

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:38pm
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American Comparative Literature Association [ACLA]
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"The United States," says Bruce Cumings, "is the only great power with long Atlantic and Pacific coasts, making it simultaneously an Atlantic and a Pacific nation." Yet, theorizations of transnational America conventionally focus on one or the other, not both. This seminar explores the challenge of situating America bicoastally as a problem of epistemology that engaging with American literary and philosophical histories can illuminate. We posit alongside Carolyn Porter that what vexes the American subject's ability to position itself in history and geography is an Emersonian literary tradition of ahistorical and reified consciousness.

Academics IRL: Taking Scholarship out of the Ivory Tower, Purdue American Studies' 38th Graduate Symposium, April 17-19, 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 3:11pm
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M. Lilly Marsh/ American Studies Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
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The American Studies Program at Purdue University announces its 38th annual Symposium to be held April 17-19, 2013. This event is organized by graduate students and encourages participation from undergraduate and graduate-level scholars. In acknowledging the importance of interdisciplinary studies, the Symposium Committee invites papers from students of all disciplines to engage the theme "Academics IRL: Taking Scholarship out of the Ivory Tower."

Critical Themes at the New School call for Proposals by January 1st, 2012

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 1:26pm
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William Daniel/New School Critical Themes
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Dear University of Pennsylvania,
I am contacting you on behalf of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. I would like to invite students in the Department of English to present at our upcoming annual Critical Themes in Media Studies Graduate Student Conference taking place April 5 - 6, 2012 in New York City. You will find our call for proposals attached as a PDF file, which asks applicants to submit their proposals by January 1st, 2012.(In this case email outreach coordinator for PDF)

[UPDATE: Deadline Extension] - Acts of Asylum - April 5, 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:43pm
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University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts
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The new deadline is December 15, 2012.

The Duse Society—the graduate student organization of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Theatre Arts—is hosting a one-day, interdisciplinary conference, Acts of Asylum. This conference coincides with the opening performance of the University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre's original, devised play City of Asylum Onstage. The conference will be held on April 4, 2013.

Call for Papers for a Panel for the Tangier Conference: Performance in/and of the public sphere Tangier Tetouan Morocco June 1 -

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:41pm
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Marjorie Kanter/ICPS International Centre for Performance Studies
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Tangier Conference/Performance

Call for Papers for a Panel for the Tangier Conference: Performance in/and of the public sphere Tangier Tetouan Morocco June 1 - 3, 2013

The conference aims at reframing the discussion on the public sphere and questioning the performative articulations of political critique.

PANEL
Points of View: The Public Sphere Crossing Disciplines and Cultures

Marginalia: Life on the Edges, February 15 and 16, 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:27pm
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University of North Carolina Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program

The 13th annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals that engage broadly with the notion of marginalia. We welcome interdisciplinary submissions ranging in historical focus from late antiquity to the seventeenth century. Our topic is intended to be expansive rather than limiting; while papers may certainly consider marginalia as they appear in manuscripts, they are also welcome to dwell on other kinds of marginal entities—be they social groups, texts, dialects, etc. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

Counterfeit Realities (ACLA--University of Toronto)--Extended to Nov. 15

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:10am
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Wesley Burdine (University of Minnesota, Andrew Marzoni (University of Minnesota
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Organization: American Comparative Literature Association (http://www.acla.org/acla2013/propose-a-paper-or-seminar/); please be sure to mark your submission for this particular seminar: Counterfeit Realities
Location: University of Toronto
Proposal due date: November 15th
Conference date: April 4-7
Seminar Organizers: Wesley Burdine (University of Minnesota), Andrew Marzoni (University of Minnesota)

"The Human and the Non-human": MEGAA Graduate Symposium, 3/22/2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:25am
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Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA)
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The 10th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

In Conversation with the 2012-13 Altman Program:

The Human and the Non-Human

March 22nd, 2013 -- Oxford, OH

"Beyond the edge of the so-called human, beyond it but by no means on a single opposing side, rather than "The Animal" or "Animal Life" there is already a heterogeneous multiplicity of the living or more precisely...a multiplicity of organizations of relations between living and dead" - Jacques Derrida

"(Dis)realities and the Literary and Cultural Imagination" April 5-6, 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:16am
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Graduate English Organization Conference, University of Maryland, College Park
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What is (dis)reality? In The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality, Michael Heim notes the multiple attempts to define reality in Western history. The effort to delineate reality begins with Plato's notion of ideal forms as the "really real," through Aristotle's emphasis on material substance. Reality in medieval times is mirrored in the shimmer of religious symbols; efforts to catalogue the real mark the Renaissance, and the atomic bomb defines the reality of the Modern era. In contrast, material representations of the "real" are often surreal, intangible, and unregulated in Latin American, Caribbean and African literatures and cultures e.g. the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Ben Okri amongst many others.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 9:49am
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Southwest Texas Popular Culture & American Culture
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Proposals are welcomed from established scholars as well as graduate students for individual presentations, panels, or roundtable discussions on any aspect of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular. Topics which address the conference theme of "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context" are especially invited. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

Call for Editorial Board Members, 2013-2015 term, 1 Dec. 2012 deadline

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 9:41am
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Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society

Technoculture is seeking new editorial board members for a three year term, 2013-2015. We particularly seek scholars from the arts, economics, history, and politics. We encourage the differently abled and people of color to apply; scholars working outside the US will receive priority consideration. Contact Editor Keith Dorwick at kdorwick at tcjournal dot org for more information!

You can also use our webform to apply:

https://tcjournal.org/drupal/positions

DEADLINE: 1 Dec. 2012.

[UPDATE] 'Out of control suburbs? Comparing representations of order, disorder and sprawl', Hofstra University 27-28 June 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 9:23am
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Leverhulme Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network
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Following the success of our 2011 Inaugural Symposium, our second meeting seeks to discuss the nature and representation of suburbs, suburban life and sprawl whether local, regional or global. Where are the margins of suburbia and do they represent order, disorder or nostalgia? How is sprawl defined – as organic social process or negative cultural impact? And how is it experienced by diverse communities and individuals? What are the aesthetics of order and sprawl? How do representations of suburban sprawl and disorder converge or diverge between the Global South and North – and within the Global North?

No Person Shall Bee Any Wise Molested: Religious Freedom, Cultural Conflict, and the Moral Role of the State. October 2013

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 8:46am
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Newport Historical Society

No Person Shall Bee Any Wise Molested:
Religious Freedom, Cultural Conflict, and the Moral Role of the State

A conference planned for October 3 - 6, 2013, in Newport and Providence, Rhode
Island, organized by the Newport Historical Society, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University, the George Washington
Institute for Religious Freedom, the John Carter Brown Library, and Brown
University, and the Rhode Island Historical Society to mark the 350th anniversary of the 1663 Rhode Island Charter.

What is religious toleration? What are its functions, effects, and limits in society? How has it manifested (or not) around the world in human history?

[UPDATE] CFP: Literature (General) SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/16/12; 2/13-16/13)

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:59am
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association
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Have a great paper on a literary topic that you're dying to share with the SW/TX PCA/ACA, but can't find a home for it in a special literature area? Fret no more, friend scholar, for I give you… the General Literature Area!

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