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NeMLA (Boston Mar. 21-24, 2013): On the Road before _On the Road_: Transatlantic Travel Narratives, 1850-1918

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:47pm
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Leslie Simon, chair (Utah Valley University)
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The poetics of the road trip are frequently associated with literature of the twentieth century: from Steinbeck's tragic-epic account of automobile displacement, to Kerouac's celebration of carefree vagabondism, to McCarthy's apocalyptic vision of our permanent expulsion from home, writers of the unprecedentedly mobile last century have examined the rewards and costs that accompany the call of the road. These examinations recall the early-nineteenth-century Romantic idealization of travel as a form of spontaneous self-discovery through the individual's surrender to, and fusion with, the sublime forces of nature.

UPDATE: "Manuscripts and Their Context in Thirteenth- to Fifteenth-Century England" for XXII TEMA CONFERENCE

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 4:17pm
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Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Oklahoma
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For the XXII TEMA CONFERENCE at the University of Houston, October 12-13, 2012, the University of Oklahoma Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce a paper call for one session:

Manuscripts and Their Context in Thirteenth- to Fifteenth-Century England

18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Conference 2013 "Customs," Apr 4-6, 2013

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 4:03pm
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Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association
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The 2013 British Women Writers Conference will center around the theme of "Customs." Customs are often thought of as the habits or social norms that dictate behavior, sometimes so rigidly that they appear to be laws. Conversely, though, "custom" can refer to a product or service tailored to the "customer's" individual specifications, or the taxes or duties on imports/exports, the governmental department charged with implementing such fees, or the place in which all items entering a country from foreign parts are examined for contraband.

"Cinema Chauceriana": A Collection of Essays

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 3:18pm
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Tison Pugh & Kathleen Kelly

"Cinema Chauceriana" will explore the representation of Chaucer and his literature on film, as well as the surprising dearth of this corpus in comparison to other narrative artists of the English literary tradition (e.g., Shakespeare, Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Henry James). We envision the collection as comprising two primary sections, with the first explicitly theorizing this lack of cinematic representation and the second analyzing various representatives of Cinema Chauceriana, including Powell and Pressburger's "A Canterbury Tale" (1944), Pier Paolo Pasolini's "I Racconti di Canterbury" (1972), Brian Helgeland's "A Knight's Tale" (2001), and the BBC "Canterbury Tales" (2003), among others.

Rendering Romance in Word and Image--Medieval Assoc of the Pacific, San Diego CA, Mar 21-23, 2013

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 3:04pm
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Carol Harding/ Medieval Association of the Pacific
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We invite conference papers for the 2013 Medieval Association of the Pacific conference to be held in San Diego, March 21-23. This particular panel session explores any feature(s) of manuscripts concerning word and/or image in medieval romance texts. How do images in a manuscript help us understand the romance text? its characters, setting, readership or patronage? Does a romance text form a visual or rhetorical relationship with other texts bound within the same manuscript? Are there heretofore unremarked rhetorical passages or patterns that conjure an imagined visual world in the romance text?

CFP: Motor Culture and the Road, SW/TX PCA/ACA, Ann. Conf. Feb, 13-16, 2013, Proposals Due: Nov. 16, 2012

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 2:48pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 34th Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Area: Motor Culture and the Road, Chair: Stacy Rusnak
Deadline for Submissions: November 16, 2012

Motor Culture and the Road relates to a wide variety of areas of cultural significance in the global context. By expanding the concept of "motor" to mobility in general, and increasing our understanding of the road as both a liberating and confining space, we can explore our ever-shifting notions of identity formation.

SWTX welcomes scholars at all levels. Graduate students are encouraged, and SWTX awards a number of monetary awards for the best graduate papers

The (New) Politics of Transitional Spain: Bodies, Culture and the Movida - NeMLA 2013 Convention Boston, MA; March 21-24, 2013

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 1:06pm
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The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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This panel invites 20 minute contributions on any aspect of the Movida Madrileña and cultural backdrop of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy. Topics may include: punk, sub and counterculture theory, body politics, visual arts, questions of identity (inherited and fabricated), relationships between various media, and the importance of language and aesthetic appearance in the assertion of modernity and transitional culture. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to vcc220@nyu.edu or meggie.morris@gmail.com

UPDATE Calls for Edited Collection: Ethnic Perspectives on Ethnic Literatures: A Contemporary Critical and Theoretical Reader

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:49pm
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Editors: J. Stephen Pearson and Carrie Louise Sheffield

Inspired by Simon Ortiz's "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" and Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Allen Warrior's American Indian Literary Nationalism, this collection will be a site for emerging as well as well-known ethnic critics and theorists to illustrate where they see their respective fields heading and construct perspectives outside of western ideologies. This collection will include 5 key areas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and Arabic American literature and criticism. The first four areas represent the larger areas of ethnic studies in the academy today and will provide a necessary counter-point to the predominantly western (i.e.

CFP: Essays on Housework and Popular Culture (Due 10/15/2012)

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:28am
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Elizabeth Patton, New York University and Mimi Choi, Ryerson University
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Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Domestic Relationships. Under contract with Scarecrow Press (imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

Editors: Elizabeth Patton, Doctoral Candidate -- Media, Culture and Communication, New York University; Mimi Choi, MA -- Literatures of Modernity, Ryerson University

Contact e-mail: eap5@nyu.edu

4th Global Conference: Experiencing Prison (May 2013: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:59am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference
Experiencing Prison

Sunday 12th May – Tuesday 14th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.

The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and his Contemporaries

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:49am
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University of Oxford, English Faculty & Balliol College

The Condemned Playground:
Aldous Huxley and his Contemporaries
Balliol College, Oxford University
8-11 September 2013

Scheduled to coincide with the centenary of Aldous Huxley's arrival at Balliol College as an undergraduate, this major international conference seeks both to reassess his diverse oeuvre, and to bring new attention to a constellation of writers whose work developed in dialogue with literary modernism. The conference, which incorporates the Fifth Annual International Aldous Huxley Symposium, will look broadly at Huxley's engagements with fellow British and American writers and with some of the key movements of his time.

3rd Global Conference: Urban Popcultures (May 2013: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:34am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Sunday 12th May – Tuesday 14th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popcultures and subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are flourishing.

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