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[UPDATE] Call for Proposals Extended—Graduate Student Symposium on Communication

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:40pm
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School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University

"Communication in the 21st Century: Intercultural Communication"
1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 – Noon, Friday, April 6, 2012

The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a two-day symposium (from 1:00 p.m. Thursday to noon on Friday) exploring all facets of communication. This year, the theme of the symposium is "Intercultural Communication" broadly defined.

Children's Literature from the Commonwealth of Nations 15/5/12; 30/6/12

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:13pm
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Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature / IBBY
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We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird in conjunction with the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET). The CET has promoted education, literacy and literature throughout the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations for 125 years. Their work has much in common with IBBY. Papers are invited on the literatures of Commonwealth countries, as well as on literacy education, the development of the imagination and critical thinking through reading, and other practical uses of literature. Papers of 4000 words are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• National identity in literature for children and teens
• Literacy programmes which incorporate children's literature

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:01pm
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Stacey Lee Donohue
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{Modern Language Association Convention, Jan 3-6, 2013 in Boston]

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

We are interested in 10 minute focused presentations on new approaches (readings, interpretations, pedagogies) to the New England Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Fuller, Hawthorne, et al.).

The Community College Humanities Association is an Affiliate member of the Modern Language Association, and this is our guaranteed session. While we encourage community college faculty to send proposals, all proposals are welcome.

Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2012.

RMMLA, 11-13 October 2012, Boulder, Colorado: Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:55pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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With ever more emphasis being placed on study abroad and service learning opportunities for students, many of us are designing our own faculty-led adventures with students as we engage in experiential learning outside the classroom. Some questions to consider might include what constitutes a successful travel experience, what strategies we emply to assure that all participants are as engaged as possible, and how we evaluate student learning in a travel context.

The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on faculty-led study of literature and culture in a travel context.

[UPDATE] Violence in Theory and Practice - March 23rd-25th, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:52pm
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The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

VIOLENCE
In Theory and Practice
March 23-25, 2012

The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Smaro Kamboureli, University of Guelph

"Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is often crude and distorted." – Ellen Glasgow

Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer's graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen's haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton's subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.

[UPDATE] Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology 28 April 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:25pm
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Victorian Studies Association of Ontario
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The theme for this year's VSAO conference is "Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology." The executive invites abstracts for 20 minute papers to be presented at our morning panel. Plenary speakers for this exciting one-day conference will be Prof. Kathy Psomiades and Prof. Audrey Jaffe. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Matthew Rowlinson (mrowlins@uwo.ca) by 28 January 2012. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Matthew Rowlinson / Department of English / University of Western Ontario/ London, ON CANADA N6A 3K7

RMMLA 11-13 October 2012: Practical Approaches to Teaching Language"

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Language" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations focusing on innovative activities, assignments, and strategies that engage students and enhance language learning.

Please send inquiries and abstracts to Louise Stoehr (lstoehr@sfasu.edu) by 1 March 2012.

'Comics, Religion & Politics' 4-5th September 2012, Lancaster University

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Emily Laycock, Lancaster University

Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.

CFP: 2012 WTAMU Student Research Conference; Registration 3/30/12; Conference 4/13/12

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:56pm
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Bonnie Roos / Chair of 2012 WTAMU Student Research Conference
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18th Annual
WTAMU Student Research Conference
Call for Proposals

WTAMU will sponsor the 18th annual Student Research Conference on Friday, April 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the poster, oral presentation, or the completed paper/presentation categories at the conference. $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the top papers submitted to the completed paper category and presented at the conference. Judging in each category is based on both content and presentation. Judging rubrics are available on the conference website.

Poetics/Ethics MSA 14 Las Vegas

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:46pm
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Robert Volpicelli/ Penn State University
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In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in a philosophical considerations of ethics? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics.

MLA 2013 Boston "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"; March 1, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:37pm
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Jessica Kuskey
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CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Description:
Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (jekuskey@syr.edu)

SCMLA-Nov. 8-10, 2012-Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise-French Lit. 1600-1850

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:13pm
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Abbey Carrico, Emory University
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French II: Literature, 1600-1850: We invite paper proposals that relate to the conference theme "Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise" and that treat texts within the given date range. Abstracts of no more than 500 words or complete papers should be sent to the session chair by March 30, 2012. Participants must be members of the SCMLA by May 31, 2012 and may only deliver one paper at the conference. Papers may be delivered in English or in French.

Chair: Abbey Carrico, Emory University, abbey.carrico@emory.edu
Secretary: Cristian Bratu, Baylor University, crisitan_bratu@baylor.edu

Recovering Thoreau's Topography

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:10pm
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Modern Language Association/Thoreau Society

How have recent projects in digital mapping, biogeography, cultural geography, and environmental history informed and challenged literary scholarship on Thoreau? This panel will focus on the implications for literary scholarship of these various topographical studies of Thoreau's country.

Please send two-page abstract (for a 15-minute presentation) and c.v. by March 1, 2012, to rjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu.

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