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C PRACSIS International Conference on Cinema Cultures in South India

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 2:54pm
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The Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia [C PRACSIS /si:praksiz/]
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South-­‐Indian cinema, from its inception, has exhibited unique yet subtle moves in
technology, production, distribution, consumption, spectatorship, aesthetics, and
representation. In a span of more than hundred years, South-­‐Indian cinema has
exceptionally formulated its own niche within the larger contours of World cinema and the
Indian film industry and has evolved as a significant cultural expression which deserves
meticulous critical attention. Any contemporary approach to South-­‐Indian cinema includes
the enormous systems of stardom, fan-­‐dom, image-­‐nation, spectacle-­‐spectator, economy of
film production, technology, cultural politics of film production and viewership.

[UPDATE] Edited Collection of Essays on the Intersection of Children's Literature and the Horror Genre (Abstracts due May 31)

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 1:36pm
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Jessica McCort (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA)
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In many of the world's most popular and well-known children's tales, terrifying characters that belong better in a horror flick often rear their ugly heads. From the child-devouring Baba Yaga in "Hansel and Gretel" to the biting, snatching Jabberwock in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass to R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, horror elements are everywhere in the child's literary world. The knee-jerk reaction to such elements in children's books is a simple one: frightening things scare children into being good. But in the best children's literature in which these elements appear, new and old, the world becomes a Wonderland of terror and their inclusion borders on playful.

Idebate Magazine: Call for short submissions on 2012 Presidential Debate Topics

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:22am
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International Debate Education Association
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The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) works with young people from all over the world in communities with little or no history of debate or informed public discussion. IDEA's programs and publications teach critical thinking, advocacy, conflict resolution, public speaking skills, and the desire and capacity to look respectfully and rationally at other people's points of view.

IDEA is currently planning a special September issue of its periodical, Idebate Magazine, around the topic of presidential debating.

"Hawthorne, Pleasure, Enjoyment and Leisure in the 19th-Century"

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:08am
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Michael Martin, University of Charleston
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For the 2013 Interdisciplinary Studies in the 19th-Century Conference and its stated theme of "Leisure! Fun! Enjoyment!," I am proposing a Hawthorne panel that explores the way that pleasure, enjoyment, entertainment and leisure function in his works. The conference seeks original scholarship that considers "how enjoyment is experienced, what function it serves, how it can be legislated or monitored, if it can be exhausted, repeated, repelled, and whether individual enjoyment differs from enjoyment shared." Art objects, masques, and public performances all arouse pleasure in Hawthorne's audiences in his writings.

LEROS 2012

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 9:21am
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Latin Eros - A Skein of Interzonal Skins / Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones
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Latinness, whatever its numerous metamorphoses over the centuries, is still vibrant today. But what does the term cover and what cultural place and functions does it have in a globalized world? Sometimes associated with the Roman Empire's hegemony, sometimes neutralized and recycled by reactionary ideologies, it might open up to fresh re-interpretations and other becomings.

Telling Truths: Crime Fiction and National Allegory

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 2:05am
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University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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"Telling Truths: Crime Fiction and National Allegory"
Conference convened by Professor Ian Buchanan,
Professor Catherine Cole and Professor Sue Turnbull

December 6-8 2012, University of Wollongong (Australia)

Keynote Speaker: Fredric Jameson (Duke University)

When Peter Temple's Truth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2010 it was taken as a sign of a long overdue recognition of the fact that today there is no qualitative distinction between genre fiction and so-called literary fiction. Crime writers are every bit the equal (in terms of style and substance) of their less generically bound contemporaries and these days many literary writers turn to crime fiction to frame their works.

CFP: Midwest MLA, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language" [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 1:04am
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Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University
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In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

[UPDATE] Intersections and Parallels between the Worlds of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor @ SAMLA (Durham, NC, 9-11 Nov.)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:33pm
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Eudora Welty Society
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Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Flannery O'Connor Society, aims to put Welty and O'Connor's works (both visual and literary) in conversation with each other in ways that are not commonly seen in criticism. While papers dealing with more familiar conversation points between Welty and O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of the authors' thematic intersections and parallels. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, Welty and O'Connor's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.

PHYSICIANS' INSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL KNOWLEDGE ON JEHOVAH´S WITNESS PATIENTS' AUTONOMY

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:51pm
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Chehaibar and Grinberg / Heart Institute (InCor) of HCFMUSP

Bioethics was developed in the 1970's as a structured response to the atrocities committed against human beings during the Second World War and to the human rights movement that followed (Durand, 2003) . Bioethics Committees have since been created in hospitals worldwide, aiming to discuss complex issues. They focus on human dignity and improvement in the rapport between patients and health professionals, preserving both sides' autonomy (Gohel et al., 2005) .

Re-Encountering the Encounter - February 28-March 2 2013

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:53pm
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Society of Early Americanists - 8th Biennial Conference, Savannah Georgia
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Miranda famously declares at the conclusion of The Tempest that she now exists in a "Brave new world." This oft-quoted line is frequently misremembered as referring to the enchanted island itself, when in fact she only utters it upon first encountering all of the Europeans who've been shipwrecked on the island. As Prospero makes clear to his daughter, in actuality Miranda's new world is an old world. This scene in Shakespeare's most colonial of plays subverts our expectations of what "encounter" means in a New World context. In this panel we will look at narratives that upend the standard representations of encounter in the early modern age of exploration, that convert new world into old, and old into new.

Communities Re-imagined in Postmodern Texts

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:41pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2013 Conference
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This panel seeks papers to examine the ways that particular postmodern texts, which initially served to subvert foundational fictions in diverse societies, have become canonical in the ways these communities are now imagined. Why have these texts become canonical and how does that impact our readings of them? How are these texts read within their own communities? How have these re-imaginings altered the master narratives of these communities? Please send 200-300 word abstracts and a brief biography to Kenneth Sammond, ksammond@fdu.edu.

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