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Zombies: Walking, Eating & Performance / proposals 20 November 2012 / conference 13 April 2013

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:35pm
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Roberta Mock / Plymouth University

Zombies: Walking, Eating & Performance
13 April 2013
hosted by the Theatre & Performance Department,
Plymouth University (UK)

The purpose of this one-day symposium is to explore, interrogate and celebrate zombies as a cultural phenomenon through the paradigms of performance, as well as models of performance through the quintessential zombie activities of eating and walking. It will examine the zombie as protagonist, performer, nomad, pilgrim, traveller, tourist, nightmare, underclass and demonstrator. Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance will consider the derided and resilient figure of the zombie as metaphor and character; the zombie as vehicle for protest and for public self-expression.

Shakespeare's Blood (Abstracts Due September 30, 2012)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:22pm
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NeMLA (Boston Mar. 21-24, 2013)

"Shakespeare's Blood"

Julius Caesar mocks his wife's ominous dream:
"She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts
did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it." (2.2.76-79)

This seminar will look at various representations of blood in Shakespeare's plays. From intense physical moments of bleeding on the stage, to abstract concerns around legitimacy and primogeniture, papers will focus on issues of humoral theory, embodiment, stage properties, and kinship.

Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora! Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism NACCS TEJAS FOCO February 21-23, 2013

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:50pm
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NACCS TEJAS FOCO
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Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora!
Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism
NACCS TEJAS FOCO
University of Texas—Pan American
Edinburg, Texas
February 21-23, 2013

Call for Proposals

Recent attacks on Chican@ and Ethnic Studies programs are reminders of the need for spaces to produce knowledge in, about, and for our communities. This conference provides an environment to encounter and engage recent work by those who situate their teaching, research, writing, creative activities, and advocacy on and beyond an academic campus. This call for proposals centers on the ways in which academic research, creative activities, and pedagogy can directly affect and become embedded in these communities.

Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the Construction of the American Horror Canon [Update]

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:23pm
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Dr. Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph
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There is little doubt as to the importance that H.P. Lovecraft has played in the development of American horror. Additionally, the pulp magazine Weird Tales, which published much of Lovecraft's fiction, is also consistently recognized as a seminal publication for eerie and horrific texts. With these two givens in mind, we are actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph's popular culture conference, held October 26-27th [we are hosting the conference in October to help break up the conference jam that happens over Winter and Spring recess].

Tarot at the 2013 PCA/ACA conference

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:19pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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I am looking for papers about all aspects of Tarot for the Tarot area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Washington, 27-30 March 2013. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

—Tarot and art history
—Tarot and literature
—Tarot artists, writers, and readers
—Individual decks and their guidebooks
—Tarot as a motif in comics, literature, and film
—playing cards in art history

Participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics. See the conference website for more information.

Writing Exile and Engendering Subjectivity in Modern French and Francophone Literature - SAMLA - November 9-11, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:45am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association Graduate Students' Forum in French
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In her 2004 novel Biographie de la faim, Amélie Nothomb describes her experience of exile as the child of a Belgian diplomat: "Jamais était le pays que j'habitais. C'était un pays sans retour. Je ne l'aimais pas…Les habitants de jamais n'ont pas d'espoir. La langue qu'ils parlent est la nostalgie. Leur monnaie est le temps qui passe: ils sont incapables d'en mettre de côté et leur vie se dilapide en direction d'un gouffre qui s'appelle la mort et qui est la capitale de leur pays" (67-68). In modern French literature of the periphery, many authors have detailed the complicated experience of developing subjectivity in the face of catastrophic exile like that of Nothomb.

Edited Collection: David Foster Wallace, for Critical Insight series, Salem Press (abstracts due August 15, 2012)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:23am
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Mary Holland, SUNY New Paltz
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The years since his death in September 2008 have seen an explosion of readerly, critical, and publishing interest in the work of David Foster Wallace. As his readership correspondingly broadens beyond the narrow band of postmodern scholars and metafiction fans who devoured and discussed his work in secluded circles ten years ago, demand also grows for analysis from diverse viewpoints and at all levels of Wallace, his work, his theories of fiction, and his impact on contemporary fiction.

Session on Canadian Literature -- MMLA

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:44am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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This permanent section invites papers on any topic regarding Canadian Literature, but especially welcomes proposals addressing the conference theme of "debt," broadly understood.

http://www.luc.edu/mmla/

Please send 250-word abstracts and CV by June 4 to Cynthia Wallace, cwalla3@luc.edu

Chair: Cynthia Wallace, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, cwalla3@luc.edu

Witnessing and Remembering Civil War(s): Woolson, Davis, and Their Contemporaries

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:42am
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Constance Fenimore Woolson and Rebecca Harding Davis Societies
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Tenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Meeting Jointly with the Rebecca Harding Davis Society

Columbus, GA
Feb. 21-24, 2013

Keynote Speaker: John Neff, author of
Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation

In honor of the Civil War's Sesquicentennial, the Constance Fenimore Woolson and Rebecca Harding Davis Societies invite proposals on any aspect of "Civil Wars" in Woolson's and Davis's works or in the works of their contemporaries. The plural is meant to evoke the diverse issues and viewpoints involved in representing the war itself and the many other battles over identity and culture in the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

[UPDATE] The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature (Deadline extended: June 22, 2012)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:36am
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The University of New Haven

The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, art and book reviews.

We are currently seeking critical essays, plays, and visual art for our January 2013 issue. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit.
Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to submit, as each issue will feature undergraduate writing and art. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to the guidelines below.

Teaching in Terror

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 9:31am
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North Eastern Modern Language Association Conference
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How do terrifying experiences--shootings, bomb threats as they have ripped across campuses from Oakland, California to Oakland, Pittsburgh in just 2012 alone--force us to reinvent our classroom pedagogies, our approaches to students, and our sense of what education entails? How do volatile learning environments reorient the relationship between faculty and each individual terrorized student? And when the siege has passed, what fundamental changes in our pedagogy remain? As cyber technology (which makes bomb threats--among other violations--faceless and often untraceable) and as relatively more liberal interpretations of the Second Amendment develop in the U.S., college campuses increasingly become potential sites of violence and terror.

Archaeology and Disability: Critical Perspectives and Inclusive Practices. TAG 2012.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 9:16am
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William Southwell-Wright

Dear all,

Please find below a call for papers for a proposed TAG session, 'Disability and Archaeology: Critical Perspectives and Inclusive Practices'. The 34th Annual Meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group will be held at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, from the 17th-19th of December 2012. You can view the conference website at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/sace/livetag/index.htm

Contemporary Black British Women's Poetry (NeMLA)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 8:53am
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Sheree Mack, Open University
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The Contemporary Black British Women's Poetry Panel at NeMLA 2013 in Boston seeks papers examining the poetry of black British women. This can include women writers either born in Britain or who have spent a major part of their lives in Britain. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to : history, identity, memory, the body, nature, religion, motherhood, relationships, music and song, place, belonging and home, hybridity, language and form, creole. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to sheree.mack@gmail.com.
Deadline 30 September 2012.

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