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[UPDATE] Kennesaw State University's First World Literature Conference / March 16-17 2012

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:44am
Khalil Elayan / English Department

The bourgeoisie has, through its exploitation of the world market, given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. […] In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.

Spaces of Work 1770–1830: A one-day interdisciplinary conference on 28 April 2012; proposal deadline 1 December 2011

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:22am
Humanities Research Centre/University of Warwick

Spaces of Work 1770-1830 will address the relationships between workers and spaces in Britain. We aim to showcase current research and are particularly interested in interrogating under-analyzed types of work and space. For example, we hope to develop the theorization of types of work that critics have not conventionally understood as 'work' (the performance of music as practical activity, for instance). We also aim to bring attention to under-analysed spaces. For example, due to Romanticism's traditionally rural focus, literary critics of this period have only recently begun to interrogate urban spaces; interdisciplinary discussion of urbanism in this period would therefore be particularly valuable.

The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation (Proposals due: Feb 29, 2012)

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:45am
Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth, the editors of a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on 'The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation' invite contributors to consider the 'other' Dickens – those aspects of Dickens's life and work that have been the subject of recent revision, reappraisal, and transformation in contemporary culture. The special issue will aim to critically assess our persisting fascination with this canonical Victorian figure and, more generally, the 'Dickensian' cultural legacy of the Victorian age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

PCAC - May 10-12, 2012

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:17am
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

TAKAFUL: SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON ARAB PHILANTHROPY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 10-12 June 2012

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:29am
John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo

The Takaful Conference 2012 provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to present research in the areas of citizen engagement and philanthropic practice in the Arab region. The conference is structured to encourage interaction between scholars and those active in the field, with the hope of contributing to sound policy and practice during an important time of transition. Takaful 2012 is organized by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo.
Abstracts of not more than one page are invited in English, French or Arabic. The conference will accommodate simultaneous translation in English and Arabic.

Beckett in Post-War France - 14 February 2012

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:42am
Limit(e)Beckett

The intellectual, social and political climate of post-war France was explosive. From Charles de Gaulle to the May '68 protests, from Bataille and Blanchot to existentialism and the difficult post-war reception of Heidegger, from the painful legacy of the war to the slow trickle of revelations about the Holocaust, from the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo to the Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus, it was a period of experimentation and despair, in which the desire for renewal was balanced against the impossibility of moving beyond the recent past.

CFP Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012 EXTENDED

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:39am
European Beat Studies Network

**The formal deadline for proposals was 1 November - but we'll accept an expression of interest during November, so long as further details follow soon.**

Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network, Middelburg, the Netherlands Sept. 5-7 2012
full name / name of organization:
European Beat Studies Network
contact email:
Chad Weidner - c.weidner@roac.nl

Papers are invited for the Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). We are open to submissions of both long and short papers, panels, roundtables, dialogues and performances on any aspect of the Beat Generation. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

UPDATE: SW/TX PCA/ACA Children's/Young Adult Literature and Culture Area

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:17pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference
February 8 – 11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.swtxpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org

[UPDATE] FANTASY SPORTS PANEL; Sports Area: 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference (Boston, MA), April 11-14, 2012

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:05pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

I am interested in putting together a panel dedicated solely to the topic of Fantasy Sports at the 2012 national PCA/ACA conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Papers addressing the theoretical, cultural, and/or historical implications of fantasy sports in general or of specific fantasy sports are highly encouraged, but all papers on this topic will be considered. If you would like to be a part of this panel, please send a 250-word abstract to Andrew Ploeg at ploe4030@yahoo.com by Monday, November 28th.

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative CFP (Deadline: December 1, 2011)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 9:39pm
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association (Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 8-11, 2012)

Paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, memoir, and personal narrative are welcome. Literary papers as well as creative works will be accepted. Please submit a 200-word abstract (or completed paper) through the SW/TX PCA/ACA database at http://conference2012.swtxpca.org.

For additional information, contact the Area Chair:
Dr. Melinda McBee, Grayson County College
6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, Texas 75020
903-463-8639 (office); 940-442-5340 (home)
mcbee58@verizon.net

Violence Studies

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:47pm
University of Newcastle, Australia

Violence Studies Conference 2012
Call for Papers

The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012.

Plenary speakers:
Arjun Appadurai, New York University
Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto
Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University

Cognitive Melville American Literature Association (San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 7:54pm
Ralph James Savarese/Herman Melville Society

Melville's work is nothing if not a palpable grasping with words: the fingers of cognition investigating themselves. How does Melville use his myriad characters (Billy Budd, Bartleby, Ahab, even Moby Dick), to say nothing of his many allusions (Kaspar Hauser, Peter the Wild Boy, Calvin Edson), to explore different forms of consciousness—from that of the diversely human to that of the diversely more than human? How might neuroscience and disability studies inform not only our individual readings of Melville but also very the act of reading him itself? How might Melville contribute to discussions of embodied thought, emotion, narrative empathy, object and spatial visualization, cerebral lateralization, metaphor, and the like?

[UPDATE] Motorcycle Life and Culture

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:37pm
Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, Southwest/Texas Region

MOTORCYCLE LIFE AND CULTURE
Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, Southwest/Texas Region
Hyatt Regency
Albuquerque, NM February 8-11, 2012
The SW/TX Popular Culture and American Culture Associations are inviting papers on motorcycling and its impact on American society, other societies and cultures.
Suggested topics include:
* Riders' narratives or descriptions of the ride
* The motorcycle as art, poetry, or agency
* Rituals, norms, customs, or influences in motorcycle culture
* The biker as subaltern or as "other"
* Movies, films, or other images of motorcyclists

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