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Slumdog Millionaire and Bollywood (Deadline: February 15, 2012)

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 10:53pm
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Ajay Gehlawat/ Sonoma State University, CA
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Call for Paper: Slumdog Millionaire and Bollywood

We are currently looking for an article that explores Slumdog Millionaire's relationships with Bollywood as part of a forthcoming collection, already under contract with a publisher, on Slumdog Millionaire. Given that this collection is due to be published later this year, the deadline for submissions will be tight. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a brief (less than 500 word) abstract to Ajay Gehlawat at gehlawat@sonoma.edu, no later than February 15, 2012. Please note that the completed essay (to be approximately 5,000 words in length) will be due by February 29, 2012.

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 7:12pm
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.

[UPDATE] MLA 2013 Boston "Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in 19th Century America" (Abstracts Due 15 March 2012)

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:45pm
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Rebecca Williams
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This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization.

Topics and/or critical paradigms can include, but are certainly not limited to: miscegenation, class, disease, immigration, urbanization, industrialization, expansion, politics, temperance, manners, conduct, prostitution, gambling, race, gender, abolitionism, feminism, religion, sporting life, critical race/queer theory and reader-response.

Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca L. Williams, rebelwill7@gmail.com, with 'MLA 2013' in subject line.

Joseph Conrad Society Annual Conference, 2012

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:44pm
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Joseph Conrad Society (UK)
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The Joseph Conrad Society's 2012 Annual International Conference, its 38th, will be held from 4-7 July 2012 at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill Campus in the centre of the historic city of Bath.

Proposals of 150-200 words on any topic related to Conrad's life and work are welcome. Given the upcoming centenary of the publication of Chance, which the Society will mark with a special issue of The Conradian, papers, or panels, on the novel are especially welcome. Proposals, due on 20 April, should be sent to Tim Middleton: conrad2012@bathspa.ac.uk

Rethinking Theories of Television Sound (Deadline: May 31, 2012)

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 5:26pm
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Journal of Sonic Studies
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Essays are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Sonic Studies that will reexamine the most persistent accounts of television sound, from the 1980s to the present, and reflect on these accounts in terms of contemporary changes in the production and consumption of television. Studies on television sound typically begin by emphasizing that the fundamental differences between film and television—differences in terms of structure, content, and modes of address—are a direct result of the fact that film privileges the eye over the ear, while television privileges the ear over the eye.

[REMINDER] Post-Graduate Student Conference on English Literature and Translation Studies 17-18 May 2012

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 4:26pm
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Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkey

English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.

[UPDATE - NEW DATE] Works in Progress: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, June 1, 2012

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 2:30pm
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Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
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The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.

[UPDATE] Crowd control in the Renaissance

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:56am
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European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

MLA Special Session: "British Literature and the State, 1870-1930" (deadline 3/10/12; Boston 2013)

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:26am
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Benjamin Kohlmann

How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.

THE AMERICAN WEST IN FILM AND LITERATURE: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 1:32am
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Paul Varner, Editor
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For a Casebook of Critical Essays I am looking for scholarly essays from qualified scholars on aspects of the West in film or literature in various genres or critical approaches such as the 21st Century Popular Western, the post-West, the postmodern West, the Beat West, the Urban West, Non-"Western" films or novels about the West, Perceptions of the West, Feminist Reactions to Western texts, or studies relating to New Western History or new Western environmentalisms. Studies of individual authors and works are welcome as well. Send me solid, theory-based studies pointing in new directions for Western studies.
PROPOSALS ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 2012
FULL-LENGTH PAPERS THROUGH JULY 2012

2012 PAMLA Conference: The Beatles as Literature

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 8:58pm
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Jocelyn Heaney/Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Have you long pondered Ringo's existential torpor in "A Hard Day's Night"? Hotly debated the gender politics of "Girl"? Are The Beatles your "myth to live by"?

Turn your Beatle musings into a creative academic treatise and submit an essay for The Beatles as Literature section at the PAMLA Conference this October at Seattle University.

The Beatles' wildly diverse catalogue and career offer infinite opportunities for studies in mythology, folklore, gender politics, Marxism, poetry, childrens literature, and comparative religion, to name just a few.

Abstracts and paper proposals are due March 31

Please write to Jocelyn Heaney for details:

jheaney@glendale.edu

[UPDATE] What's Love Got to Do With It?: Shakespeare and Ovidian Violence (MLA 2013, Boston)

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 8:32pm
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John Garrison / Kyle Pivetti

For a proposed session at the 2013 MLA conference, we seek papers that offer new thinking about Shakespeare's relationship to Ovid.

For example, how does Ovid influence Shakespeare's visions of gender? How is desire manifested in Ovidian violence, whether on Shakespeare's stage or in his poems? How do modern adaptations of either author's work ask us to rethink the relationship between Shakespeare and Ovid? Can Shakespeare's classical sources help us understand the linkages between gender, love, and brutality in his plays and poems? How do Ovid's mythical or poetic paradigms for transformation, desire, and transgression resonate in scenes of Shakespearean violence?

CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment [UPDATE]

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Robert Sickels
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CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment

20 more contributions are being sought for this two volume edited collection, which is under contract and slated for publication in late 2012/early 2013.

LGBTQI Graduate Students and Academia

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association
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The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) by March 10.

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