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Lights: The MESSA Quarterly, a University of Chicago Graduate Journal

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Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 1:00am
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Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, The University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies

We invite Master's students from all departments to submit work on a range of topics related to Middle Eastern studies. We encourage papers that explore the political, linguistic, and cultural significance of the Middle East that transcend limitations across formal/generic cultural, ideological boundaries, and/or within varying aesthetic approaches. Book reviews, critical, analytic, creative fiction, creative nonfiction, photographic, artistic, narrative, and poetic pieces related to Middle Eastern studies are welcome.

Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, October 5, 2012.

"Imagined Encounters" Special Issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, Vol. 7 (DUE: 15 October)

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 5:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
Roland Betancourt, Editor

José Saramago's History of the Siege of Lisbon (1989) is structured around a transgressive proofreader who alters the course of history with the insertion of the word "not" in a historical text. By negating a crucial statement in the text, the proofreader then sets out to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon. Medievalists must often reconstruct the nature of their objects and audiences in order to produce narratives on visual and literary interactions between images, texts, and their communities. Through excavations, primary texts, and artifacts, cultures of reception are articulated and experiences with objects and texts are interpolated.

Teaching Over-looked, Non-Traditional Medieval & Renaissance Texts

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:27am
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This Rough Magic / www.thisroughmagic.org
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This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

All too often, the same canonical works and authors find their way into Medieval and Renaissance Literature courses. While canonical literature is extremely important and not to be avoided, a great many authors (i.e., Cyril Tourneur) and texts (i.e., Life of St. Margaret of Antioch) go un-noticed. We are therefore looking for short essays (i.e., 5-10 pages) that encourage readers to try non-traditional, over-looked, teachable texts inside their classrooms. Essays should answer the following:

[UPDATE] Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:20am
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This Rough Magic / www.thisroughmagic.org
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This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Pedagogy
•Authorship
•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Poetry
•Drama
•Epic
•Nation/Empire/Class
•Economics
•History
•Religion
•Superstition
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
•Race/Ethnicity
•Multi-Culturalism
•Gender
•Sexuality
•Art

Submission deadline for our Winter 2012 issue is currently October 1st, 2012.

West Virginia Association of College English Teachers Bi-Annual Conference

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 5:11pm
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West Virginia Association of College English Teachers WVACET

WVACET invites all college teachers of English and Humanities to submit paper proposals on topics of literary criticism and scholarship; composition and rhetoric; cultural studies; pedagogy; and/or creative works for our Fall 2012 meeting held at Potomac State College, Keyser WV on October 19-20.

We strongly encourage conference participants to propose roundtable discussions, especially on best-practices in teaching and/or any other issues confronting teachers today.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leonard Colelli, Potomac State College
Dr. Colelli is the new Provost at Potomac State College. He will be speaking on challenges and opportunities facing higher education today.

Submission deadline: Friday, September 21, 2012.

[UPDATE]Materiality of Devotion and Piety: The Middle Ages and Beyond

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 3:13pm
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Purdue University/ Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium
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"The hooly blisful martyr for to seke" is the alleged goal for the pilgrimage that structures Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. What remains under-discussed is the actual goal of the Canterbury pilgrimage, or any other medieval pilgrimage: the pilgrims seek not "the hooly blissful martyr" himself, but things related to him—hair shirt, body parts, or any other object related to the saint and available for view. Devotion in the Middle Ages (Christian and non-Christian) took a tangible, material form that was considered as important as the saints, deity, or feelings of devotion itself. Such material manifestations of devotion continued to evolve throughout the Middle Ages and beyond.

CFP Fashion on TV special issue of Film, Fashion and Consumption - deadline December 1st 2012

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 12:31pm
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Film, Fashion and Consumption
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Special issue: 'Fashion and Television'
Film, Fashion and Consumption (FFC), published by Intellect
Guest Editor: Dr. Helen Warner, University of East Anglia,
Email: Helen.warner@uea.ac.uk

Principal Editor: Pamela Church Gibson, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
Email: p.church-gibson@fashion.arts.ac.uk

9/11 and Beyond: Movies, Terrorism, and the Paranoia

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:42am
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Satwik Dasgupta / Victoria College
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We are inviting papers that consider the socio-cultural ideology underlying the emerging trends in world cinema that try to grapple with the supposed roots of various emerging faces of terrorism, domestic or international, especially in the aftermath of 9/11. Across the globe, the focus has interestingly shifted from the act of 'terrorism' itself to the paranoia revolving around America and her allies, their insurgencies in the Middle East and the subsequent tremors felt everywhere, especially by immigrants. This shift is an important one, for quite some time now, cultural and racial profiling has been a sensitive issue for a lot of Muslims and other minorities on the American soil, especially since 9/11.

Call for Submissions--Essays on the Films of Robert Downey Jr. Proposals Due Oct. 11

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 8:41am
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Erin E. MacDonald, Fanshawe College
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I have an agreement with McFarland (a company that publishes academic studies of pop culture, among other things) to edit a collection of essays on the films of Robert Downey Jr. and am soliciting proposals (300-500 words) for previously unpublished essays (15-30 pages) on any of his films and/or performances. These should be serious academic studies but with a standard formal English (not too theoretical or jargony) tone. Writers may take any angle for which they have expertise (film, theatre/performance, cultural studies, queer studies, pop culture, etc.). Downey should be a main but not necessarily the sole focus of the essay. Here is a list of possible suggested topics, but other ideas are most welcome:

'The Locations of Austen' Interdisciplinary Conference : 11-13 July, 2013

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:26am
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University of Hertfordshire

To celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, set in Hertfordshire, the University of Hertfordshire is hosting an interdisciplinary conference to consider the 'locations of Austen'.

Jane Austen's fiction is situated in a landscape both familiar and unknowable. It manages to evoke a strikingly detailed portrait of contemporary English geography and culture even while it remains, under closer scrutiny, fabricated. The questions that concern us include how Austen's work is located in its historical moment, and the implications of mapping Austen's fictional settings onto real topographies of the English landscape.

Unhealable Wounds: Gothic and the Question of Trauma

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:23am
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Dale Townshend, University of Stirling
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A one-day Symposium for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers at the University of Stirling, Scotland
Saturday 24th November 2012
Plenary Speakers: David Punter and Linnie Blake

CFP: ICCNDT2012 (Nov.11-13,2012) Bahrain

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 3:34am
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Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications
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The International Conference on Computing, Networking and Digital Technologies (ICCNDT 2012)
Gulf University, Sanad, Bahrain
Nov. 11-13, 2012
http://sdiwc.net/conferences/2012/bh

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The proposed conference on the above theme will be held at Gulf University, Sanad, Bahrain, From Nov. 11-13, 2012 which aims to enable researchers build connections between different digital applications.

The conference welcomes papers on the following (but not limited to) research topics:

Co-edited Collection of Essays on Kazuo Ishiguro

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 3:08am
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Co-edited Collection of Essays on Kazuo Ishiguro

We invite scholars to submit abstracts for a new collection of critical essays on acclaimed contemporary British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Topics may include any aspect of Ishiguro's works: novels, short stories, adaptations of his fiction for film, and/or his screenplays for film or television.

CFP - Turning Points in Biography: the collective, the event and the return of the life in parts

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Friday, August 17, 2012 - 2:50am
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Kathryn Holeywell University of East Anglia

CFP - Turning Points in Biography: the collective, the event and the return of the life in parts

Turning Points in Biography: the collective, the event and the return of the life in parts
9-10 February 2013
University of East Anglia
Organised under the auspices of the University of East Anglia's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing's Biography and Creative Non-Fiction Programme

Keynote speakers TBA

CALL FOR PAPERS

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