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NeMLA 2012: Novel as Threat, Novel as Therapy in French Literature (abstracts due 9/30/11)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 8:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Tanner / Harvard University
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This panel seeks to explore the use of medical metaphors (contagion, pathogen, medication, cure) to advocate or warn against the practice of reading novels in French/Francophone literature from the 17th century onward. What are the stakes of such strategies for readers, male and female? How does this discourse inflect our conception of the communication and transmission of ideas and sentiment? How might we understand the relation of pathos, pathology, and pathogen? Please send 300-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to Jessica Tanner, jtanner@fas.harvard.edu.

[UPDATE] NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Nov

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 3:50pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

**Abstracts sent to the tamayok@stjohns.edu has been lost. Please resend immediately to the alternative emails above**

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.

Airplane Reading: Nonfiction about Flight

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:43pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mark Yakich & Christopher Schaberg / Loyola University New Orleans

Airplane Reading is an online, ongoing anthology dedicated to people's ordinary and extraordinary stories of air travel.

The site features creative nonfiction, anecdotes, and observations about everyday experiences and misadventures of modern flight.

Now accepting submissions here: http://airplanereading.org/

Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers on SEA LITERATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Stephen Curley, Area Chair, Sea Literature, History & Culture , Popular Culture & American Culture Associations
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Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme.

Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to:
►Film, art, music, and television
►Historical events
►Creative writing
►Sea sagas from western & non-western cultures
►Recreation, technology, business

http://pcaaca.org/conference/national.php

NeMLA 2012: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:32pm
full name / name of organization: 
Margaret S. Kennedy

Call for Papers: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism
This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given "natural" traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate women's potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian
attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each?
Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,

Call for Papers for LGBTQ Focus Group (Deadline: October 15/November 1, 2011)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (Conference 2012)
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CALL FOR PAPERS
LGBTQ Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 2-5, 2012, Hyatt Regency (Capitol Hill), Washington, DC

Submission Deadlines:
Individual Papers or Presentations: October 15 (send to conference planner Nick Salvato, ngs9@cornell.edu)
Complete Sessions: November 1 (submit online directly to ATHE at www.athe.org)

[Update] American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present. Extended proposal deadline: 1 Oct. 2011. Essay deadline: 15 Jan. 2012

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:40am
full name / name of organization: 
Ferda Asya, Associate Professor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
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The editor of a collection of essays for a book, tentatively titled American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present, invites proposals for original essays on the literary works written by American writers who lived and wrote in Europe from 1850 to the present.

Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images. 400 years after the Lancashire Witches

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:29am
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Lancaster University, UK

In 2012, a year-long programme of events in Lancaster and the surrounding area will mark the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the first group of Lancashire Witches. A second trial occurred in 1634 and although pardoned, the accused were re-imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. The case of the Lancashire Witches and their supposed crimes interwove fact and fiction, local hostilities and more exotic ideas of witches' sabbats that were usually associated with continental witchcraft. They became a cause célèbre, like the witches of Trier and Fulda (Germany), Torsåker (Sweden) and Salem (North America).

"The Moving Image" - University of Louisville, Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 23-25, 2012

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:28am
full name / name of organization: 
Kate Sullivan / Rice University

This panel seeks submissions on the idea of the moving image, broadly considered. Papers might investigate the different ways in which the moving image has come to define 20th century culture through film, literature, visual art, and other media. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

The aesthetics of hand-drawn cel animation
Movement of images in 3-D space (eg, the re-proliferation of 3-D film)
The cinematic novel
Viral internet media

Special consideration will be given to nontraditional objects of study.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Kate Sullivan, Rice University, Katherine.A.Sullivan@rice.edu.

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