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Call for Proposals: Film & History

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:41pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference • February 8-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NM

Proposals for papers and panels are now being considered for the Film & History Area of the annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference. This year's conference theme is Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context."

[UPDATE] Non-Combatant Wartime Trauma - DEADLINE APPROACHING: 09/30/11

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:37pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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American literature has historically ascribed the traumas of war almost entirely to the domain of the male combatant's experience; in the process, valuable contributions on the subject by female authors have been largely overlooked. This panel seeks paper proposals exploring the role of the peripheral actor in times of war, particularly female non-combatants who are nonetheless directly affected by the traumas of war.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter, George Washington University, at nlcarter@gwu.edu.

Abstract deadline: 30 September 2011.

CFP: Popular Culture & Sex; February 8-11, 2012

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm
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2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Popular Culture & Sex Special Topics Area.

Listed below are suggestions for presentations; topics not included here are welcome & encouraged.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2011.
(For returning presenters, please note this earlier date.)

UPDATE- Savagism and Civilization- Submissions Deadline Extended

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:31am
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University of Oklahoma: Student Association of Graduate English Studies and Native American Studies Department
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*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"

Aesthetics, Democracy and Community: Prospects and Archives @ C19, Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:30am
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C19
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We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.

New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:27am
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Dr Julia Thomas, Cardiff University
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Dr Julia Thomas is chairing a panel on 'New Directions in Victorian Illustration Studies' at the conference on Victorian Media organized by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, to be held on 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The panel will address the idea that the presence of pictures radically alters the meanings of Victorian texts, and will explore the contexts in which illustrations appear in this period and in which they re-appear (or disappear) today. Papers on any aspect of Victorian illustration are welcome. Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short 75-word biography to Julia Thomas at ThomasJ1@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 30 September.

[UPDATE] 'Thackeray in Time' CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:55am
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University of Leeds

Regitration is now open until 10th September for the conference 'Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011' at the University of Leeds. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world to mark the occasion of William Makepeace Thackeray's bicentenary, and offers an opportunity to reassess Thackeray's place in Victorian culture and in the history of novel, as well as the development of his critical reputation over the past two centuries. The conference will examine both Thackeray's position within time and the importance of time - including questions of temporality, history, and modernity - within his writings.

Stories for Screen - From Fag Packet to Film Festival 10am -6pm, Saturday November 19th

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:40am
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Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton
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The University of Brighton Faculty of Arts brings together a day of creative workshops, discussions and screenings on storytelling for Film and TV as part of Cine City's Brighton Film Festival. With three strands offering the best ideas in drama, documentary and the academic, the focus is on stories that sell, writing that works and thinking that matters.

Workshops and Panel Sessions

[UPDATE]"Speculative Literature from the African Diaspora: Creating Heroes and Heroines"2012 NeMLA, March 15-18, Rochester, NY

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 2:05am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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In Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora editor Sheree R. Thomas states that her purpose for the series ". . . [is] to offer readers an enjoyable entrée to the diverse range of speculative fiction from the African diaspora and to encourage more talented writers and scholars to explore the genre" (xii). Sheree also uses the term "unobserved literary tradition" to acknowledge the unrecognized contributions people of African descent make to speculative fiction. The aim of this panel is to make their literary tradition visible by contributing to the discourse on speculative literature from the African diaspora through the examination of contemporary writers and their works.

33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:38am
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
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33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.swtxpca.org
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.842.1234

Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.

Levinas and Criticism

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 8:36pm
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Scott DeShong/NeMLA
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Levinas and Criticism, a Society for Critical Exchange panel, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Rochester NY, 15-18 March 2012

This session will explore connections between the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and criticism of literature and other forms of media and culture, involving attention to language, ethics, alterity, and other key aspects of Levinas's work.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 30 September 2011 to Scott DeShong, spdeshong@gmail.com.

Seeking Papers for Panel on Egan and Contemporary Fiction: NeMLA Convention: 3/15-18, 2012

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 5:01pm
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Stephen Brauer/Northeast Modern Language Association conference
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Jennifer Egan, Contemporary Fiction, and the Digital Age

This panel looks to examine the work of NeMLA 2012 Keynote Speaker Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other accolades for "A Visit from the Goon Squad," in relation to that of other contemporary writers. Of special interest will be papers that explore the work of Egan and others in the context of the Digital Age, the role of experimentation in contemporary fiction, and the interplay of technology and the self in contemporary fiction. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Stephen Brauer at sbrauer@sjfc.edu by 9/20/11.

The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:00pm
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Michael Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor / Michigan State University

The relationship between the humanities and nuclear issues has re-emerged continuously in contemporary thought. The proposed collection seeks essays that interrogate the role of the humanities in addressing the nuclear question in a post-Cold War world. During a 1984 conference at Cornell University, theorists gathered to try and articulate the goals of Nuclear Criticism; famously, Jacques Derrida spoke out on the issue, linking literature to the very principles of atomic energy. Rather than a temporary fad, Nuclear Criticism has re-surfaced at various moments in theoretical circles of the last half-century.

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