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MLA BOSTON 2013-The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature-DEADLINE MARCH 14

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:55am
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Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

This concept existed in the minds of early modern writers under other names, especially "the decay of nature," as they imagined a world in which technologies ranging from alchemy to poetics might improve, degrade, or outright replace natural processes.

The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:38am
full name / name of organization: 
Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

Representing Animals in Irish Literature and Culture Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:35am
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Kathryn Kirkpatrick & Borbala Farago

From the shape-shifters of the sagas and the simian Paddies of the nineteenth century to the Celtic Tiger of recent years, non-human animals have figured powerfully in portrayals of Irishness. These portrayals tell us a great deal about the ways discourses of animality construct the human, and often, the sub-human. Indeed, Maureen O'Connor has argued that the constructed proximity of the Irish to animals justified the colonial use of force to subdue and contain them. Conversely, making the ideological connections between the oppression of women, the Irish, and animals, prominent nineteenth-century animal advocates from Ireland like Richard Martin of Galway, worked for both human and animal liberatory practices.

Human Rights in U.S. Literature and Beyond

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:13am
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Special Session Proposal for MLA Convention Boston 2013
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Panel studies U.S. writers, activists, filmmakers who deploy human rights discourses to undermine the authoritarianism and imperial ambition of nation-states. Please send a 1-page CV and 250-word abstract by 12 March 2012; Kimberly O'Neill (kloneill@quinnipiac.edu).

Call for Papers: Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 10:30am
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Modern Fiction Studies
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The Editors of MFS solicit new feminist scholarship on neglected women writers from the first half of the twentieth century. Feminist readings of single texts, essays on groups and/or movements, and overviews of a single woman's career are equally welcomed. We are particularly interested in new theoretical approaches to modernism emerging out of feminist theory, imbued with what Sianne Ngai calls "a feminist attentiveness to a persistence of sexual hierarchies" (2). How can a feminist attentiveness to women writers shape the conversation at a time when New Modernist studies have largely shifted the focus away from gender toward history and nation?

[UPDATE] Borges and She

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 10:25am
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W. C. Bamberger
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Deadline extended: We are extending the deadline for proposals to March 21, with papers due June 1.

Borges and She: An Anthology on the Role and Depiction of Women in the work of Jorge Luis Borges.

Old and Middle English - RMMLA, Boulder, CO, October 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 10:20am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Accepting papers on literature in Old and/or Middle English. Submit one-paragraph abstract to Pamela Troyer, Metropolitan State College of Denver, by March 1. RMMLA Conference, October 11-13, 2012

Call for papers - international workshop "Beauty: Commons vs. Contests" (24-26 October 2012, University of Antwerp)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 9:18am
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University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA)
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UCSIA organizes in collaboration with members of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of History of the University of Antwerp the two-day international workshop Beauty: Commons versus Contests from Wednesday 24 until Friday 26 October 2012 at the University of Antwerp.

The programme wants to investigate the way that beauty is being commodified and how it is being negotiated and renegotiated in local and global contexts via magazines, advertisement and television. Moreover it wants to look at the effects of globalizing beauty standards on people's identification and wellbeing.

Papers may address any of the following subtopics:

UK & US Trained Surgeon

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:20am
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Dr Ashish Davalbhakta

UK & US trained surgeon, board certified cosmetic surgeons, best hospital, internationally accredited surgeons, India, Pune, Maharashtra, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetology, Cosmetic Dentistry, Psychiatry and Beauty therapy

UPDATE

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:59am
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James Hogg Society / University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies

2012 James Hogg Conference: Hogg and the Romantics

Call for Papers

The next Biannual James Hogg Conference will be jointly hosted by the James Hogg Society and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It will take place at the University of Glasgow from Friday 29 to Saturday 30 June 2012. A trip to Burns country is planned for Sunday 1 July, 2012.

The theme of the Conference will be "Hogg and the Romantics". The Conference will provide an opportunity to explore the nature of Hogg's relationship with other Romantic writers and welcomes, in particular, papers relating to all aspects of Hogg's relationship with Scottish Romanticism.

Ecocriticism panel at RMMLA Oct 11-13, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:05am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Inspired by the growing membership in international chapters of ASLE and the global effects of climate change and social injustice, this panel seeks papers with an international and cross-cultural ecocritical perspective.

Please submit paper proposals by March 1, 2012 to Ali Brox at ali_brox@yahoo.com.

For more information about the RMMLA convention in Boulder, Colorado, please visit: www.rmmla.org

[Update] The Modern Day Fairy Tale in Film and Television (Deadline May 14th)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:22pm
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SAMLA November 9-11th, 2012

The Modern Day Fairy Tale in Film and Television (Deadlline May 14th)
full name / name of organization:
SAMLA November 9-11th, 2012
contact email:
shane.trayers@maconstate.edu

The Modern Day Fairy Tale in Film and Television
(Popular Culture Panel)
SAMLA November 9-11, 2012
Durham, North Carolina

[UPDATE] Debt: Money/Narrative/Belief (August 17-19, 2012)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 9:55pm
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Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

[Update] - We are happy to announce our keynote speakers:
● Glenn Willmott (Queens University), author of Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (University of Toronto Press, 2008);

● Len Diepeveen (Dalhousie University), author of Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value (co-author Timothy van Laar. Forthcoming, Oxford, 2012) and The Difficulties of Modernism (Routledge, 2003);

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