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[UPDATE] - Acts of Asylum - April 5, 2013

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:02am
University of Pittsburgh Deparment of Theatre Arts Graduate Student Organization

Please note, the original call had an incorrect date for the conference. The correct date is Friday, April 5, 2013.

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.

[REMINDER] Essay Collection on the Films of Robert Downey Jr. PROPOSALS DUE OCT. 11

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:53am
Erin E. MacDonald, Fanshawe College

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 and am soliciting proposals (300-500 words) for previously unpublished essays (15-30 pages) on any of his films and/or performances.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:

Comedy and Humor--Washington, DCMarch 27-30, 2013

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:45am
Popular Culture Assn/American Culture Assn

Call for Papers—Comedy and Humor Area
We're seeking paper or panel discussion proposals examining comedy and the nature of humor wherever we find it in popular culture.

CFP: Unruly Catholics From Dante to Kevin Smith (due ASAP)

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:35am
Dr. Marc DiPaolo, Oklahoma City University

I am looking for one or two final chapters to round out a nearly complete book manuscript. It is an interdisciplinary study of progressive Catholics in literature, film, theology, and history.

I am eager to submit the book to publishers, so I am looking for an unpublished, ready-to-submit essay related to one or more of the following topics:

rebellious nuns from Claire to Nuns on the Bus
Michael Field
Oscar Wilde
Joan of Arc in history and literature
Catholic environmentalists

I am willing to entertain submissions on other, related topics.

[UPDATE] - 1st Annual Comic Conference of the University of Seville – "COMICS: FORMS & FUNCTION" - EXTENDED DEADLINE 7th Oct.

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:00am
Research Group HUM-753 “Escritoras y Escrituras” (Female writers and writing) - Universidad de Sevilla

There is no doubt that comics have made themselves a place in the realm of arts, among more traditional ones like literature, music or cinema. With hundreds of conventions all over the world taking place every year, international prestigious awards, some work with several thousands of copies sold worldwide, specialized literature and museums, comic, are stronger than ever, reassuring its place between the arts.

Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film (Abstracts due Sept. 30)

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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 7:27am
Northeast Modern Language Association (conference Mar. 2013)

This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. The NeMLA conference will be held in Boston in March, 2013. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?

26th Annual GAFIS Symposium at UW-Madison: (Dis)illusion, April 12th-13th 2013

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:59pm
GAFIS (Graduate Association of French & Italian Students), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Illusion is commonly defined as a false idea or belief, often the product of misperception or deception, intentional or otherwise. Its etymological basis in the Latin verb illudere reveals an element of mockery that is evidently lost in the modern connotation of illusion and yet remains, arguably, in that intriguing phase of disillusion that often follows it. How does one distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition? Is disillusion a necessary evil, or an essential part of this understanding as it leads to new possibilities for development and discovery?

"I Live Here!: Redefining and Negotiating Notions of Public and Private" Feb 22-23, 2013

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:39pm
North Carolina State Association of English Graduate Students

Call For Papers – "I Live Here!: Redefining and Negotiating Notions of Public and Private"
NC State English Graduate Conference
Conference Dates: Feb 22-23, 2013
Abstracts Due: November 15, 2012
contact email: aegs.conference@gmail.com

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our fourth annual graduate student conference in the humanities, which will be held February 22-23, 2013 at Tompkins Hall in Raleigh, NC.

ASLE 2013 - Ecocriticism and Geocriticism

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:03pm
Christine Battista and Robert T. Tally

"Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories and Cross-Border Migrations"

ASLE Biennial Conference, Lawrence, Kansas (May 28–June 1, 2013)

We invite proposals on the relations between ecocriticism and geocriticism, broadly conceived, for a panel of the ASLE Biennial Conference, May 28 – June 1, 2013. (Please visit http://asle.ku.edu/ for more information about the conference.) Additionally, we plan to publish a peer-reviewed, edited collection of essays on the subject, so we welcome proposals and queries from those interested in this topic, even if they will be unable to attended the ASLE.

George Eliot: Reimagining Liberation and the Future of England

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 4:39pm
Panel for MVSA Conference--deadline: October 15, 2012

Born into a family of evangelical Protestantism that she would later renounce, George Eliot exemplifies Victorian England's increasing tensions between religious claims and secular doubts. This panel for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) will examine the works of George Eliot and the ways in which her writings reflect the era's debates on the validity of religion. In particular, the panel will explore the ways in which Eliot invokes the notions of liberation and assimilation in her works.

"Sacred Vows, Sacred Bodies: Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality in Text and Tradition"

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:26pm
6th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference at Claremont Graduate University

The 6th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference of Claremont Graduate University, held on February 22 and 23, 2013, is inviting paper proposals focusing on "Sacred Vows, Sacred Bodies: Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality in Text and Tradition." The issue of marriage, sexuality, and gender is now a major political platform discussed by both parties at their respective conventions. There is no denial that political opinions about these issues are religiously motivated. Recently, academia has exploded with issues of Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality and this conference hopes of correcting, confirming, or focusing that scholarship on religion.

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