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SAMLA 2012: Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 4:43pm
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Comparative Literature Division
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We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."

Network Anxieties: Reading the Contemporary Novel (NEMLA panel, March 21-24, BOSTON)

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 3:00pm
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NEMLA
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Since the early 1990's, the internet has increasingly influenced how cultural texts are read and disseminated. This media shift has transformed long-held notions of publicness, authority, and the archive. For media scholar Lisa Gitelman, media history is about nothing less than the 'experience of meaning' (18), an experience that the web has changed by 'eschew[ing] the punctual logic of more conventional public discourse' (144). This panel enters ongoing debates about the internet's influence on literature, critics, and their publics, exploring how new media's social network shapes fiction and the critical reading practices that make sense of it.

Call for Submissions: Celebrity in Canada

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 2:43pm
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Lorraine York & Katja Lee

Wayne Gretzky. Celine Dion. Rick Mercer. David Suzuki. Pierre Trudeau.

The list goes on and goes way back. Celebrity culture in Canada, although vastly under-estimated, continues to be a massive cultural and economic force to be reckoned with and such a reckoning is long overdue. This proposed edited collection seeks to uncover how celebrity operates in Canada when Canadian subjects, institutions, media, audiences and/or industries are involved.

A Man's Got to Do What a Man's Got to Do: Obligations of Masculinity and Maleness, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11, 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:54pm
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Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association
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Papers exploring gendered notions of indebtedness and entitlement, culturally connected to maleness and masculinity.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu. Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

Chair: Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu.

To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:51pm
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Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association
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To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature

This panel looks for papers exploring the debt owed by children to their community and by the community to its children. Suggested topics include expectations of success and breaking free from the cycle of poverty, sibling obligation, and obligations of mutual care for children and parents. Papers exploring monetary obligations between generations are also welcome.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu. Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

Meandering in Modern Drama [SAMLA, Durham Nov. 9-11; Abstracts by 6/30]

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:40am
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Lynne Simpson, SAMLA
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Papers that explore travel, movement, space, and even time in modern and contemporary drama are particularly desirable; however, essays that meander in engaging ways through these plays are most welcome as well. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by June 30.

ICLA Convention, Paris, July 2013: Why Comparative Literature (Seminar)--Proposals Due 06/01/2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:16am
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International Comparative Literature Association

Why Comparative Literature?

The loose boundaries of comparative literature have continuously raised questions about the scholarly value and practical use of the field. This seminar proposes to explore the significance of comparative literature as academic discipline where the worth of global literatures in the field of humanities is persistently challenged by the pragmatic orientation of public opinion.

Brave New World and its Legacies

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:21am
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David Bradshaw / Worcester College, University of Oxford

Friday 12 October 2012

Institute of English Studies, London University

When Brave New World first appeared in 1932 it caused a sensation. It was obvious that Aldous Huxley was intent on testing the boundaries of propriety (sailing especially close to the wind in terms of sexual and religious obscenity), but what kind of novel had he published? A satire, like his earlier novels; a horrified warning of things to come, or a vision of how things might be, for better or for worse, following a number of scientific, political and social adjustments to the Britain of his day?

SecurIT 2012 : International Conference on Security of Internet of Things

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:31am
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Amrita Vishwa Vidayapeetham (Amrita University)
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SecurIT 2012 will address security in the areas of computing, communication, and control systems. Internet of Things now touches every aspect of our lives and with emerging newer security threats, SecurIT 2012 is the platform to bring together researchers, practitioners & "ethical hackers" from around the world for disseminating the latest advances in security in cloud computing, mobile networks, cyber-physical control systems, healthcare systems, etc.

/UPDATE/: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:42pm
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Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)
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Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. 29 June – 1 July 2013

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 5:34am
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Science Fiction Foundation

The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives An essay assemblage (abstracts for june 30 2012)

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:25am
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Mark Houlahan/ University of Waiakto, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives
An essay assemblage
Edited by Mark Houlahan, Kirstine Moffat and Fiona Martin

In these the best of times (and the worst), the age of wisdom (and the age of foolishness), the epoch of belief and incredulity, the season of darkness and light, the spring of hope and the winter of despair, steampunk has flourished. Airships circle the globe; clanking machines haunt the ocean's deeps. Fractals of history merge and re- combine. Babbage's quaint math reinvents the computer a century before its prime; of necessity, as the neo-Victorian knows no silicon chip, steampunk computers gleam and creak with wooden stylings and mechanically wrought interiors.

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