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The influence of Tony Kushner on 21st Century Dramatists

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:59am
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David Garrett Izzo Shaw University
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Almost twenty years ago Tony Kushner raised the rafters with his epic Angels in America and this gave just cause for playwrights to recognize that Kushner was now the new benchmark and, as Arthur Miller said, attention must be paid. The HBO televised Angels gave many admirers and aspirers an opportunity to see the play more so than even its many nationwide productions. The influence of Kushner and his plays has reached into the context and subtext of a mindset that reconsidered what plays can do as art, and as socio-political activism reflected in both traditional and tradition-defying new drama.

Queer Studies Area CFP - MPCA - October 12-14, 2012

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:55am
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Midwest Popular Culture Association
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Call for Papers: QUEER STUDIES
2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
Columbus, OH
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Deadline: May 30, 2012

The Queer Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association is accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference, held October 12-14, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. More information for the conference is available at: http://www.mpcaaca.org

Rummaging Around in Alan Moore's Shorts

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 10:42am
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Comics Forum

One sign of the rude health of comic book studies is the growing body of scholarship that focuses on, encompasses, or takes as its starting point, the work of acclaimed and prolific British comics writer Alan Moore. However, while Moore scholarship has moved on from an almost exclusive focus on landmark comic Watchmen to encompass overlooked or less popular works like A Small Killing or Tom Strong, and even unfinished epic Big Numbers, it still concentrates overwhelmingly on what Charles Hatfield calls 'comics in the long form', major ongoing serialised comics and self-contained graphic novels. [1]

The Nature of Irish Studies, M/MLA, Nov. 8-11, Cincinnati

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:21am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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How are Irish novels, poems, and plays indebted to nature? From Joyce's Ulysses to Heaney's "Flaggy Shore," Irish authors have privileged the nature motif in their works. Literary critics have historically aligned Irish literature with the urban and commercial growth of the industrial era, even though many authors—such as Beckett and Yeats—created symbolic literary ecologies. This panel will explore the influence of the nature motif in Irish novels, poems, and plays. We will begin by querying how Ireland's literary heritage is indebted to nature. Panelists will explore how the motifs of sky, soil, sea operate as nature topography in texts, as well as how vital and frivolous features of the material earth amplify textual themes.

CFP Tabish Khair (1st February 2013)

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:08am
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Om Prakash Dwivedi and Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández (Editors)

Tabish Khair was born in 1966 in Gaya, a small Indian town of historical interest, in a Muslim middle class family. After his university education, he left for Delhi where he worked as a reporter for the Times of India for four years. Then he moved to Copenhagen in order to pursue his PhD. Currently he works in the Department of English at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Khair cannot be defined as a poet, a novelist, a reporter, a scholar, but all these altogether.

[UPDATE] "Circulations of/in Cinema" Toulouse, France June 17-19, 2013 DATE MODIFIED

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 7:44pm
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University of Toulouse, France

Call for papers "Circulations of/in Cinema"

Université de Toulouse II - Le Mirail, France

June 17-19, 2013 UPDATE / DATE MODIFIED

In 1958, André Bazin asked: "What is cinema"? One of his objectives was to define the ontological specificity of the cinematographic art. In the following decades, this fundamental question was taken up and amplified. There were many answers to that initial question: most of them focused on the relation between screen and spectator. Today, in an era of digital images, with the democratization of cinematographic practices, in terms both of production and reception, it seems important to return to a definition of cinema in its technical specificity. One could approach the subject from three angles:

5to. CONELIT Conference on Latin American and Peninsular Literatures, 8-10 August, 2012

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 4:42pm
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Red Literaria Peruana
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5th CONELIT International Students Conference on Latin American and Peninsular Literatures

Date(s): 8-10 August, 2012
Location: Lima, PERU

Deadline for proposals: June 17th, 2012

Red Literaria Peruana (Peruvian Literary Network), in association with Casa de la Literatura Peruana and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, cordially invite submissions for the 5th CONELIT Students Conference on Latin American and Peninsular Literatures. Each year, CONELIT brings together students and scholars from a wide variety of countries of Latin America, Europe and the United States.

In 2012 CONELIT celebrates 5 years of promoting spaces of academic dialogue and diversity from Latin America to the world.

Gender and Sexuality; October 26 and 27, 2012

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 3:49pm
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Northeast Popular Culture Association
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One-page proposals are requested for any topic within the category of gender and sexuality in popular culture at the Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY on October 26/27, 2012.

Proposals should be one-page, double-spaced and accompanied by a brief vita. Faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are encouraged to submit their proposals by June 1, 2012.

Please submit proposals and vitae simultaneously to program chair Tim Madigan and area chair Dr. Donald Gagnon at the email addresses below:
tmadigan@sjfc.edu
GagnonD@wcsu.edu

CHAUCER AND RELATED TOPICS

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:52pm
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Pacific Ancient and Medieval Literatures Association (PAMLA)
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Now accepting paper proposals for "Chaucer and Related Topics" session for this year's PAMLA conference, to be held at Seattle University in Seattle, WA from October 19th-21st. Interested parties should send one-page proposal to shirinnow@gmail.com by May 15th.

UPDATE Moving Children -- deadline extended PAMLA

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:43pm
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Kate Watt/UC Riverside
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Whether "transported," imprisoned, kidnapped, enslaved, committed to the workhouse, trained for positions in "service," apprenticed, shipped off to Canada, adopted, shuttled around by parents on the move or on the lam, or otherwise disposed of, poor children have moved or been moved, often against their will, for centuries, in both fiction and non-fiction. Explorations of narrative tropes and tensions, rhetorical and ideological rationalizations, and cultural responses to such narratives are welcome.

PAMLA, Seattle, October 19-21, 2012.

Inquiries welcome. Please include PAMLA in your subject line.

Deadline extended to 5/15/12.

UPDATE PAMLA Moving Children -- deadline extended

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:40pm
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Kate Watt/UC Riverside
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Whether "transported," imprisoned, kidnapped, enslaved, committed to the workhouse, trained for positions in "service," apprenticed, shipped off to Canada, adopted, shuttled around by parents on the move or on the lam, or otherwise disposed of, poor children have moved or been moved, often against their will, for centuries, in both fiction and non-fiction. Explorations of narrative tropes and tensions, rhetorical and ideological rationalizations, and cultural responses to such narratives are welcome.

PAMLA, Seattle, October 19-21, 2012.

Inquiries welcome. Please include PAMLA in your subject line.

Deadline extended to 5/15/12.

EC/ASECS Convention, 11/1-11/3, Baltimore: "Masculine Honorability and the Political Subject"

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 2:19pm
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EC/ASECS
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This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between masculinity and political subjectivity in the public space of honorability and reputation. To what degree do mid and late-eighteenth century texts, like Williams Godwin's Caleb Williams or Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison, interrogate masculine honor, aristocratic and otherwise, within the air of reform of the fin-de-siècle? How are the categories of honor and infamy expressed in masculine terms? Considering the novel in terms of its complex relationship to genre, how is its critique positioned in the space of contemporary political considerations? To what degree is male honorability understood in terms of personal politics?

CFP: Zizek and Performance - Expressions of Interest by 11 June 2012

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:46am
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Alex Mangold / Aberystwyth University, Broderick Chow / Brunel University
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Expressions of interest are invited from scholars across the humanities interested in philosophy, theatre and performance to contribute to an edited volume on:

"Žižek and Performance"

[UPDATE] SCLA 2012: "Gaming the System"

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:23am
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Southern Comparative Literature Association
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit paper or panel proposals by June 1, 2012. Please note there are graduate-student travel scholarships available.

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For the first time in its 38 year history, the SCLA is coming to Vegas, October 25-28, 2012 (University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center)

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Clarke (Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science Texas Tech University)

Plenary Speaker: Eric Hayot (Professor of Comparative Literature
Penn State University)

We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics including:

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