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Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics: Ohrid, Macedonia, August 12-30, 2012

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00pm
Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Euro-Balkan (Macedonia) & Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Serbia)

CONFIRMED LECTURERS:
-David M. Halperin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
-Jelisaveta Blagojević (Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia)
-Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)
-Marina Gržinić (Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
-Francesco Macarone Palmieri a.k.a. WARBEAR (independent social anthropologist and multimedia queer artist, Rome/Berlin)
-Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
-Jamie Heckert (University of Essex, UK)

SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel: Re-approaching Genre: Blending the Literary with Science Fiction

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:08am
Lucas Church/North Carolina State University

This year, the SAMLA Fiction Writers' Panel is seeking science- and speculative-fiction stories that transcend the limitations and tropes of genre and speak to the intimate human truths in the manner of authors of successful literary fiction. Presentation time is limited, so stories should be 4,000 words or fewer. Short shorts, stories under 1,500 words, are highly encouraged. Standalone novel excerpts are permissible. Email entire story to the email listed in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF to Lucas Church at lchurch at ncsu dot edu. Deadline is May 31, 2012.

This year's Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association's conference will take place November 9-11, 2012 in the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina.

Literary London 2012: Representations of London in Literature (4-6 July 2012) [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 8:08am
Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London; Organised by: The Literary London Society

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:

Gaming Modernism panel (MSA 14; 10/18–10/21/12; DEADLINE 4/3/12)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:30am
Andrew Ferguson

Among the most popular video games released in early 2011 was, strangely enough, a retro 8-bit port of The Great Gatsby, featuring a hat-slinging Nick Carraway dodging flappers and collecting martinis in a quest to find Gatsby (and, along the way, survive the laser-shooting eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg). Though only four levels long and not terribly difficult, the sidescrolling platformer garnered admiring reviews and prompted a number of cultural columnists to consider how other modernist landmarks (above all, Ulysses) might be adapted to digital gaming.

Reconstruction 12.1 Locations of Stardom

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:52am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 12.1 "Locations of Stardom"

Edited by Lisa Patti and Stanka Radovic, afterword by Barry King

Articles
'From S.A. to L.A.': Branding Transport and Circulating Celebrity in South Africa's Nonhle Goes to Hollywood, by Brandeise Monk-Payton

On the (Im)possibility of Canadian Celebrity, by Michele Byers

'If it be Love Indeed, Tell Me How Much': Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and White Pleasure After Empire , by Gloria Shin

The Subversion of Abstract Space in U2's Rhizomatic 1990s, by Anthony Cristofani

White Weddings: New Media Archives and the Transformations of Michael Jackson's Thriller, by Lisa Patti

[UPDATE] KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:40pm
KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY

An International Conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia in association with the Katherine Mansfield Society

27-29 June 2012

REGISTRATION /ACCOMMODATION DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE SPECIAL CONFERENCE WEBSITE:

http://km-slovakia.ku.sk/

Keynote Speakers:
Angela Smith, C. K. Stead, Maurizio Ascari, Gerri Kimber, Claire Davison-Pégon

Workshop on the Common Reading

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3:57pm
Courtney Milleson / Amarillo College

Greetings all –

Amarillo College will host a workshop specifically geared to the development, implementation and assessment of Common Reader programs. This workshop was born from talking with other Common Reader folks at the Annual First-Year Experience conference, and their desire to 'talk shop' about assessment and other how-to areas.

The workshop is geared toward those responsible for planning, implementing and assessing Common Reader programs. It would be appropriate for those currently involved in Common Reader programs, or those interested in beginning programs on their campus. Existing programs and those in the planning stages are welcome!

English Literature 1700 to Present (PAMLA Conference; CFP Deadline April 22)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:46pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

English Literature (1700 to Present), a standing session, invites papers from a range of theoretical and analytic approaches on any relevant topic.

Please submit paper proposals to the PAMLA website by April 22, 2012: http://www.pamla.org/2012/

The PAMLA 2012 conference will be held at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington, on October 19-21, 2012.

WLA Conference 2012, November 7-10, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:20pm
Western Literature Association

Lubbock, Texas, is nicknamed "The Hub City" because it has historically been the crossroads of the vast, multicultural South Plains—home to Native peoples for 15,000 years, first dubbed the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) by Coronado in 1540, and once referred to as the American Serengeti for its massive herds of buffalo, pronghorn, and deer. The WLA's 47th annual conference will take place at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock across the street from Texas Tech University. We will honor the careers of Distinguished Achievement Award winners Richard Slotkin and filmmaker and producer Joss Whedon, and engage with featured writers Annie Proulx, Christina Garcia, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

Highlights include:

Marry the Night: Nightlife, Performance, and Queer World Making

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 1:56pm
LGBTQ Focus Group, Association for Theater in Higher Education

August 1, 2012, Washington, D.C. Location, TBA.

What is nightlife? What possibilities do queer night worlds afford? How to speak about the relationship between nightlife and (queer) theater and performance? How are LGBTQ identities created, maintained and performed at night? How are alternative sexualities negotiated through the praxis of the queer night? And in what ways do race, desire, and nightlife intersect?

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