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40 Years after 'The Draft:' Re-Historicizing Conscription and American Media (Proposed Panel for SCMS 2013, March 6-10 Chicago)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 4:13pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

This panel strives to contextualize this history of mandatory military service by examining media representations of the draft. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the official end of the longest extended period of military conscription in American history, essentially running from 1940 to 1973. The panel hopes to consider issues of propaganda, subversion, nationalism, gender, race, sexuality, religion, and/or class identity as well as broader national narratives of citizen soldiery. I welcome research related to various forms of media – including but not limited to film, radio, television, comics, and videogames – from both the period of the draft as well as media showing retrospective depictions.

Kalamazoo 2013: Temporalities and Medieval Drama (proposals due 9-15-12)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 2:16pm
Katherine Leveling, UC Davis Medieval Research Consortium

The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panel for the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 9-12, 2013. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the Western Michigan University website) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2012.

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Kalamazoo 2012: Not Your Moder's Medievalism: Rethinking the Medieval through its Self-Imagination (proposals due 9-15-12)

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 2:13pm
Katherine Leveling, UC Davis Medieval Research Consortium

The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panel for the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 9-12, 2013. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the Western Michigan University website) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2012.

Panel contact:

Austin C. Clarke: Essays on HIs Works -- Guernica Editions -- August 31, 2012

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:09am
Camille Isaacs/OCAD University

Articles are solicited for a new collection of original and previously published essays on Austin C. Clarke. Various approaches to Clarke's work are welcome, including considerations of his nonfiction publications, his Toronto trilogy, short stories, memoirs, and more recent novels. This edition is meant to be a comprehensive look at his work, from his earliest novel, Survivors of the Crossing (1964) to the present day, from his journalistic offerings to his fiction.

Interested contributors should send a 500-word abstract to cisaacs@faculty.ocadu.ca by August 31, 2012.

Final articles will be due December 31, 2012.

Contemporary Aesthetic Education in the UK

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:03am
Mildrid Bjerke, University of York

Call for Postgraduate Papers:

Contemporary Aesthetic Education in the UK

University of York

10th December 2012

[UPDATE] NeMLA 2013 / Together after Oprah: Theorizing Contemporary Memoir via Self-Help Discourse

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:54am
Kate Birdsall / Michigan State University

This panel will address the narrative and socio-political relationships between contemporary memoir and self-help. Topics may include, but are not limited to: narrative analyses of popular self-help texts; the co-evolution of memoir and self-help; how the narrative of self-help embeds itself in memoir; revisiting trauma in a public forum.

Abstracts that suggest a theoretical connection to gender/sexuality/queer studies are encouraged.

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (preferably .pdf attachments) to Kate Birdsall (birdsal5@msu.edu) before September 30, 2012.

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE IN CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES IN ENGLISH: OPENING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE. 24-26 APRIL 2013

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:56am
“Contemporary Narrative in English" Research Team. University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Memorials, commemorations, testimonies, memoirs, narratives that attempt to excavate traumatic memories from their ruins and ashes or to reconstruct an all too painful individual or collective historical past … All these acts of remembrance have become hallmarks of our contemporary age: the age of trauma, victims and perpetrators. And all of these exert an essential role in bearing witness to the omission, presence, and even (re)-imagining of certain events, either hegemonic or marginal, thus posing challenges to memory's inherent selectivity and distortions.

ASECS 2013: "The Good Life: Civil Society and Its Discontents" (roundtable); April 4-7, 2013; Cleveland, Ohio; deadline 9/15/12

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 9:29pm
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Lauren Berlant asks, "What if people were to take the opportunity to reimagine state/society relations such that the flourishing of reciprocity were differently constructed and assessed, and in which consumer forms of collectivity were not the main way people secure or fantasize securing everyday happiness?" This roundtable is devoted to positing answers to this question through an examination of the politics and pathways of eighteenth-century civil society, its commensurate models of 'the good life,' and/or its discontents. Multiple disciplinary viewpoints are welcomed.

A conference on the work of Patricia Duncker

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 4:35pm
Ben Davies and Jana Funke

About the Conference
This two-day conference, dedicated exclusively to Patricia Duncker's work, is the first of its kind. It aims to bring together an international group of scholars to explore the various aspects of Duncker's work and to facilitate a lively exchange between the author, her readers and critics.

Theme issue: Art and Freedom of Expression

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Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 11:40pm
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

Call for papers – Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics
Theme: Art and Freedom of Expression
www.seismopolite.com

The next issue of Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics will discuss how art can promote freedom of expression.

Contributors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are invited to submit articles, reviews or interviews that address this theme through a high variety of possible angles.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

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