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[UPDATE] Reminder: The Spectrum - University of Cambridge French Graduate Conference, 11th - 12th May 2012

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:01pm
University of Cambridge French Department

***Deadline for abstracts Wednesday 29th February 2012***

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Dr Jane Hiddleston (University of Oxford)
Professor Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge)
Professor Clive Scott (University of East Anglia)

A spectrum is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum.

From its origins in the supernatural, the term 'spectrum' has come to amass a range of meanings. By virtue of its Latin roots it has always possessed a visual component and it once stood for what we now mean by 'image'. However, it is now most frequently used to refer to a unifying principle which bands together a pair of extremes.

Edith Wharton Essay Prize; April 30, 2012

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 2:25pm
Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Essay Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2012

Instituted in the fall of 2005, the Edith Wharton Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar. Graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years are eligible to submit their work. The winning essay will be published in _The Edith Wharton Review_, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography, and the writer will receive an award of $250.

Cinema in the Interstices Conference 7-8 September 2012.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 1:44pm
Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork

Rather than forming a continuum, film and film history are composed of a series of transitions, gaps and junctures: points where a ceding or progression to a different way of thinking or being occurs. This holds true from the era of early cinema up to the advent of digital technologies. Whether extratextual, such as Homi K.

Teaching Comics and Graphic Novels

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 11:47am
Anthology--Palgrave Teaching the New English Series

CFP: Teaching Comic Books and Graphic Novels

CFP: Christopher Hitchens and his Legacy -- 2013 MLA (due March 15, 2012)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 11:03am
Brian Norman, MLA Division on Nonfiction Prose

Panel for 2013 MLA Annual Convention (Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013)

Following his recent death, we should consider the legacy of this master essayist and public intellectual. Papers on any aspect of his work and/or influence welcome.

This is a guaranteed panel sponsored by the Division on Nonfiction Prose.

250-word abstract and bio by Mar. 15, 2012, to Brian Norman at bjnorman@loyola.edu.

MLA 2013: McSweeney's and Contemporary Reading (3/15 deadline)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:39am
Jackie O'Dell

This panel seeks papers that explore the literary output, authors, genres, publication practices, or publics associated with Dave Eggers's McSweeney's books and magazines. How does the imprint's contemporary readerships and its publication practices influence or chafe against reading practices in the academy or popular culture? Does it suggest larger trends in the direction of contemporary fiction? What does the McSweeney's network reveal about the state of "serious literature" and the profession of academic reading?

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to jackie.o_dell@tufts.edu by March 15, 2012.

[UPDATE] Short Fiction in Short

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:25am
Modern Language Association (MLA), Boston 2013

UPDATE: Non-American Short Fiction will also be considered. Please see the original CFP below.

Short Fiction in Short
A Panel at MLA (Boston) 2013

The Corporate Archive / MLA session proposal Boston 2013

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:23am
Leigh Claire La Berge

The Corporate Archive

This panel explores corporate archives and aesthetics, broadly conceived. Topics might include: brand-names, models, studio-film; any literary or visual aesthetic immanent to the corporation is welcome. 200-word abstracts to lclaberge@gmail.com by 3/15/2012.

3rd Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Suffering (November 2012, Salzburg, Austria)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:57am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Suffering

Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore if, or to what extent, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constant streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the 'meaning' of such suffering continually varies and changes.

2012 Conference: The State/Republic of Theory (10-13 June 2012)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 4:38am
South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL)

Papers are invited for the 2012 Conference, The State/Republic of Theory.

In the wake of the after theory wave it is necessary to reconsider what theory in or of literature means and what it can contribute to our knowledge, both nationally and globally. New trends, like cognitive theory, mediality, trauma theory and digital humanities are emerging. Comparison of literatures and cultures is under scrutiny. The aim of the conference therefore is to take stock of the present state of literary theory and comparative literature (particularly in Africa and South Africa).

2012 Conference: The State/Republic of Theory (10-13 June 2012)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 4:33am
South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL)

Papers are invited for the 2012 Conference, The State/Republic of Theory.

In the wake of the after theory wave it is necessary to reconsider what theory in or of literature means and what it can contribute to our knowledge, both nationally and globally. New trends, like cognitive theory, mediality, trauma theory and digital humanities are emerging. Comparison of literatures and cultures is under scrutiny. The aim of the conference therefore is to take stock of the present state of literary theory and comparative literature (particularly in Africa and South Africa).

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Trespassing Genre

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 3:14am
Trespassing Journal

The second issue of the Trespassing Journal focuses on the concept of genre and the ways its definition and conceptualization as a method of classifying literary and artistic works have presented stimulating difficulties. If genre is broadly defined as a set of conventions that define a text, then we must assume that trespassing a genre's limits has always been fundamental to its definition. As such, the search for a "pure" example of any genre would be futile. Nevertheless, genre has a functional utility that cannot be ignored. It is used as a powerful marketing tool for cultural products. The mere mention of a genre has the power to secure the popularity of the work in question, a fact confirmed by the success of fantasy and mystery genres.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: Call for Papers, International Conference on Children's Literature: The Child in the Book

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 2:03am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association and English Department of Soochow University

Children's literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children's and young adult literature.

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