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Narrating Value in the Long Eighteenth Century (MLA 2013; abstracts due 3/15)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 8:32am
Steve Newman/Department of English, Temple University

How do various ways of valuing objects and people—among them, moral philosophy, aesthetics, and political economy—emerge, conflict with, and complement each other during the Long Eighteenth Century (c. 1660-1830)? More specifically, how are these modes of valuation informed by narrative structures, and to what degree is narrative itself valued or devalued in their formation and/or reception and/or circulation?

REMINDER - CFP From Akira to Zizek: Comics & Cultural Theory

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 5:20am
Studies in Comics journal

From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school's studies of mass culture, McLuhan's media theory and Bourdieu's critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.

REMINDER - CFP 21st Century British Fiction Symposium

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 5:17am
Birkbeck, University of London

Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium
Saturday 12th May 2012, Birkbeck, University of London
Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

Congreso Anual de la AILCFH: Entre la Tierra y el Ciberespacio. Grand Valley State University, Michigan, Nov 8-10, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 12:26am
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y cultura femenina hispánica

A primera vista el ecofeminismo y el ciberfeminismo pudieran parecer tendencias opuestas, de hecho representan modos diferentes de crítica cultural de las presunciones sobre los cuerpos de las mujeres, nuestras vidas y nuestros textos. En conjunto, estas metodologías analíticas nos brindan perspectivas holísticas para analizar la producción cultural de las mujeres en un amplio espectro, desde lo natural y material hasta lo artificial y virtual, y todo lo que se incluye entre ambas categorías. L@s participantes pueden considerar cualquier época en sus ensayos y pueden abordar los siguientes temas:

Baby at the Breast: Representations and Discourses of Breastfeeding in Western Culture - MLA, Boston, Jan. 2013

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 6:04pm
Christa Baiada

Baby at the Breast: Representations and Discourses of Breastfeeding in Western Culture
MLA 2013 Jan. 3-6 Boston

This proposed session seeks papers that explore depictions of breastfeeding in Western literature, film, art, etc., (any period) and analyze the engagement of these representations with the ever-changing and often contentious discourses of motherhood and womanhood.

CFP: Queer Conceptions: Modernism and the Possibilities of Pregnancy for MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21, 2012

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 5:28pm
Caitlin Newcomer & Aimee Wilson/Florida State University

In his recent article, "Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes" (2010), Michael Davidson argues, "Modernist cultural representations of the pregnant male foreground the spectacle of reproduction loosed from its putative organic site in the female body and displace it elsewhere—the test tube, the surrogate womb, the male body, and, not insignificantly, the novel." Following the work of Davidson, we are seeking papers for a panel that will explore abnormal, unnatural, futuristic, or queer conceptions in all their modernist iterations. How else do modernist authors reconceptualize or resituate the trope of reproduction? How do modernists revise the classic model that makes writing into a kind of male childbirth?

MSA October 2012: Modernist Multilingualism

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:42am
Maria Kager, Rutgers Universty

Modernist Multilingualism

MSA Conference October 18-21 2012, Las Vegas, NV
Maria Kager, Rutgers University
mariakager@yahoo.com

Literary multilingualism has an ancient and continuous history, yet it experiences an indisputable climax in Modernist fiction. The multilingual explosion of Joyce's Finnegans Wake, the incessant back and forth between English and French of Beckett's writings, and the covert but constant presence of Yiddish and Hebrew in Kafka are but a few examples of multilingual occurrences in some of Modernism's most prominent authors.

LCTC

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:35am
7th Annual International Conference Language and Communication through Culture

The conference is dedicated to problems of Germanic and Romance languages, general linguistics, discourse linguistics, language pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, language style/register, translation theory, methodology of teaching foreign languages/ESL, general pedagogy, cross-cultural communication and interaction.

The official languages of the conference are Russian and English. Papers are accepted and published in the conference proceedings in either of these languages.

lctcrus.rsu.edu.ru

[UPDATE] "Gaming the System" - (10/25/12 conference; 5/1/12 deadline)

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:57am
SCLA 38

http://complit-scla.org/

"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 University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Clarke
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science Texas Tech University
"Gaming the Trace Systems Theory for Comparative Literature"

Plenary Speaker: Eric Hayot
Professor of Comparative Literature Penn State University
"Cosmographies: A Theory of Represented Worldedness"

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

[UPDATE] "Spectacle": 20th Annual Conf., English & American Lit. Association, Republic of China (Nov. 24, 2012; due Feb. 29)

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:21am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

"Spectacle": 20th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association, Republic of China

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 7:59am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

Call for Papers IJESET- April-2012

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 12:57am
IJESET

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.

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

Edith Wharton Society Research Travel Awards 2012

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:17pm
Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to

Gary Totten, Gary.Totten@ndsu.edu
English, Dept. #2320
P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Beyond the Essay: Assignment Innovation (MLA Convention - Jan. 3-6, 2013)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 4:56pm
Tom Keegan and Matt Gilchrist/MLA Special Session

In this age of technological advancement, does the essay maintain its pedagogical utility? Are there assignment alternatives that better address the kinds of learning (and living) our students need (or desire) in the 21st century? To help answer such questions, we invite paper/presentation proposals that address the development and use of innovative assignments that extend and challenge the scope of the essay in undergraduate or graduate education.

Topics might include: multimedia projects, blogs, text mining, collaborative composition, service-learning, and civic engagement.

300-word abstracts due by March 20, 2012.

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