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Special Session: George Eliot's Middlemarch

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 3:08pm
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British Women Writers Conference

In response to the conference topic on "Landmarks," I issue a call for papers for a special session panel at the 2012 British Women Writers Conference on George Eliot's Middlemarch. Not only is Eliot a landmark woman writer who wrote an important landmark in the history of the novel, her novel itself engages issue of landmarks in a wide variety of ways. The novel engages the high culture, Classical landmarks of Greece and Rome through the comparisons of Dorothea to a new Antigone, as well as through her honeymoon trip to Rome. But these well-known figures and sites of human history and achievement are implicitly contrasted to achievements, people and epochs that are not likely to be memorialized.

Redefining Britishness in Contemporary Black British Writing: British Identities and the Identity of Britain

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:35pm
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11th CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF ENGLISH, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
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The importance of negotiations as to what constitutes Britishness in present-day Britain can be seen in a variety of areas, from the "Britishness Test" introduced in 2005 for those who are applying for UK citizenship to scholarly works that attempt to categorize national identities or research projects such as "Britishness", undertaken by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York. In a recent essay (Wasafiri, 64, Winter 2010) John McLeod has registered a pronounced shift regarding the realms of nation and identity in the approach of contemporary Black British writing or rather "contemporary black writing of Britain".

UPDATE Rousseau 2012

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 12:00pm
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Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
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Extention of deadline: January 30, 2012.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, the Mount Royal University Department of Languages and Cultures invites communications in French and in English to be presented at a one-day pluridisciplinary colloquium on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Papers from various disciplines and fields are welcome, whether from 18th, 19th or 20th century perspectives.
Abstracts of 200 to 300 words should be sent to the organizers no later than January 30, 2011.
The organizers will respond by mid-February 2012.
A maximum of 10 papers will be chosen.

Aftermaths: Revolution and Recovery (May 10-12, 2012)

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 10:31am
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Theory Conference/ The University of Western Ontario

On 17 December 2010, Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi performed an act of self-immolation in protest of widespread state corruption. Galvanized by Bouazizi's gesture of dissent, Tunisians protested en masse, successfully demanding the removal of the oppressive regime in power. The Tunisian experience inspired what would come to be known as the Arab Spring, threatening the overthrow of totalitarian regimes across the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

[UPDATE] "More Please: Explorations of Excess" University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 9-11, 2012

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:50pm
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University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference Committee
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"More Please: Explorations of Excess": University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference March 9-11, 2012

University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde

"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato

UPDATE: Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy, 1/15/12; Thoreau Annual Gathering, 7/12/12-7/15/12

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:24pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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The theme of next year's Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (Concord, MA: July 12-15, 2012) is "Celebrating 150 Years of Thoreau's Life, Works, and Legacy." The Emerson Society sponsors a program at the Annual Gathering; the topic for 2012 is "Emerson's Contribution to Thoreau's Legacy." For a conversational panel on Emerson's practical and philosophical impact on Thoreau, the Emerson Society invites brief papers that consider Emerson as an example, mentor, or antagonist for Thoreau, their shared practices of walking and journal writing, and the implications of Emerson's 1862 eulogy for Thoreau. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2012.

UPDATE: Emerson and Lincoln, 1/15/12; ALA, 5/24/12-5/27/12

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:20pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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In honor of the 150th anniversary of Emerson and Lincoln's first meeting, the Emerson Society welcomes studies of the intellectual and political relationship between these two "representative men." For this panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, papers might consider Emerson's lectures and writings on emancipation, his concern for the fate of American nationality in a global context, and his views of political leadership and institutions of government. E-mail 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2012.

UPDATE: Emerson and African American Writers, 1/15/12; ALA, 5/24/12-5/27/12

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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In 1844, Emerson asserted, "if you have man, black or white is an insignificance." For a panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012, The Emerson Society invites reflections on African American responses and challenges, from the antebellum period to the present, to Emerson's core ideas, antislavery views, and Civil War engagements. Papers might address specific authorial dialogues and revisions, cultural innovation and formal experimentation, matters of politics and protest, and the relation of "self-reliance" to black elevation. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2012.

Far and Wide: Nam June Paik - Deadline: March 1, 2012

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 10:04am
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art Creative Technology) and following an exhibition organized by FACT and Tate Liverpool on Nam June Paik announces a special issue titled: Far and Wide: Nam June Paik. This issue explores the role of Nam June Paik in shaping the future vision of contemporary new media approaches, experimentation with emerging technology, aesthetics and conceptualizations.

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) changed the very idea of what making art might look like. An artist, philosopher, performer and composer (widely considered to be the first video artist), Paik was a true visionary whose work is defined by collaborations with other innovative artists and experimentation with emerging technology.

Not Here Not There - Deadline: January 31, 2012

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 10:01am
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with The Samek Art Gallery and with Kasa Gallery announces a special issue titled: Not Here Not There. This issue arises out of the territory between two cultural streams.

Speed, Dromology and Invisibility? - Deadline: January 31, 2012

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 9:58am
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)
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From the futurist's speed through contemporary dromology to the disappearance of the human body? What are the future trajectories of a continuous process of acceleration? Is the disappearance of the body through artificial speed a process of invisibility or that of a visibility through acceleration?

The instantaneous communication across Web 2.0 and the speed of interactions has created the feeling of a contradiction between an idea of constant presence and that of the disappearance of the body in a constant trajectory of 'self-dissemination.' In 1909 the futurists envisaged a new world and some of their far-fetched visionary ideas have come to pass. What is the role that speed will play in the future of humanity in the twenty-first century?

Call for Paper IJESET-2012

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 5:34am
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International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies
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International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies (IJESET) is a reputable venue for publishing novel ideas, state-of-the-art research results and fundamental advances in all aspects of emerging technologies in sciences and engineering Systems.
IJESET is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly and fully refereed international journal focusing on to provide the academic and industrial community a medium for presenting original research and applications related to recent developments in the field of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies. All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed.

SCLA 38's "Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study", 5/1/12 proposal deadline

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 4:19pm
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Southern Comparative Literature Organization
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"Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study"

For the first time in its 38-year history, the SCLA is coming to Vegas -- October 25-28, 2012 -- at University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center. Keynote and Plenary Speakers include Bruce Clarke(Texas Tech University) and Eric Hayot(Penn State University).

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

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