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Fame! Exploring Reputation, Rumor, and Historical Legacy in the Middle Ages Friday F

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:41pm
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Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium
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Influenced by Max Weber's theories of social "enchantment" the theater historian Joseph Roach suggests that, through a process of "re-enchantment," the affects and emotions associated with saints and other religious figures get mapped onto actors and other stars of stage and screen beginning in late seventeenth century Restoration theater. And so the modern notion of celebrity was born. This conference will explore the historical backdrops and preconditions for Roach's claim, examining the ways that the reputations of saints, heretics, kings, poets, and other medieval "celebrities" were formed. We aim to concentrate particularly on the relationships between fame and the circulation of rumor, gossip, and popular opinion.

'D'Implacato Desio Furor Mi Strinse': Desire in Modern Italian Literature NEMLA 2012

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:38pm
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Elena Borelli/ Rutgers University
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D'Implacato Desio Furor Mi Strinse': Desire in Modern Italian Literature
This session examines the representation of desire in modern and contemporary Italian literature. How does the text disclose the mechanism of desire? How do authors construct the notion of desire? What do desires reveal about the identity of the desirer and/or the social group to which he or she belongs? How is the representation of desire affected by gender? Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Elena Borelli, Rutgers University, elenabo@eden.rutgers.edu
before August 31.

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to 9/15/11

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 11:13am
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College Student Literary Magazine Conference 2011
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College Student Literary Magazine Conference
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College Student Literary Magazine Conference
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lfriedberg@ccp.edu
This student-centered conference for college magazine writers, editors, and faculty advisors invited presentations on any aspect of college literary magazines.
Preference is given to proposals featuring students as the primary presenters.
This year's conference will be held at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL, on November 4, 2011.
Please send 250-300 word abstracts to ALL three conference coordinators:
Catherine Dent dent@susqu.edu

Exploring the Renaissance 2012

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:50am
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South Central Renaissance Conference
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Papers (15-20 minutes in length) are invited on any aspect of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, emblems, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome.) Abstracts only (400-500 words; a shorter 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program) must be submitted online no later than December 15, 2011, via the SCRC website's abstract submission form @ http://scrc.us.com/.

Suggested topics might include the following:

First Call for Abstracts: International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012, deadline 1st December 2011

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 11:47pm
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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
• Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
• Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to health, successful and thriving indigenous families.

[UPDATE] Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 9:16pm
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Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, Australia

Friday 25-Saturday 26 May 2012

As a part of its annual series of international symposia and book publications on key themes in Australian literary studies, in May 2012, Australian Literature at the University of Sydney will host a symposium on the theme, 'Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?'

Keynote speakers :
Professor Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University), author of Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (2006) and co-editor of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (2007).

Journal of the Future: Apathy - Call for Submissions

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 8:28pm
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Journal of the Future

Call for Articles / Submissions for Journal

Journal of the Future: Apathy
Article Deadline: August 31, 2011
Acceptances/Rejections Prepared by: September 30, 2011
Anticipated Publication Date: November 2011

Journal of the Future is now accepting articles and opinion pieces on the focus of apathy in the world today whether pertaining to personal, social, political, the future of humankind without apathy, or a combination of these areas. Articles should be closely related to this subject. The goal of this journal is to present these articles for all to access without hindrances. Journal of the Future: Apathy is a publication that is free for all to read in its electronic form.

Final Deadline (30 August 2011): 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis
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We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

The collection will be introduced and edited by Dr Maryam Farahani (University of Liverpool) and Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw & The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge),with a foreword by Dr Nick Davis and Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool).

The final deadline for abstracts is 30 August 2011. More details at:

[UPDATE] Queer Places, Practices, and Lives conference (May 18-19, 2012; proposals due Aug. 12, 2011)

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 2:58pm
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Ohio State University
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QUEER PLACES, PRACTICES, AND LIVES: A SYMPOSIUM IN HONOR OF SAMUEL STEWARD

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

MAY 18-19, 2012

Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011

Confirmed speakers
Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott Herring, Eithne Lubhéid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, José Esteban Muñoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana María Rodríguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring, Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel

Constructing and Locating Women Warriors in Medieval Eurasia (proposal due 9/15/2011)

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 3:38am
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Sufen Lai/ CFP for 47th Internation Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo 2012)
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47th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 10-13, 2012

The construction and historicization of the Amazonian type women warriors have generated a long legacy in both Western and Eastern cultures.The ancient world's literary impulse to construct and the geographical impulse to locate the women warriors and women's kingdoms continued in the Middle Ages. Examples can be found in the writings of Boccaccio, Chaucer, De Pizan, and travel writings of Mandeville and Marco Polo. In the East, "women's kingdom" continued to evolve in Chinese literature and historiography.

September 30, 2011 Deadline

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:21pm
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HULYA YILMAZ, THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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"Identity, Identification, and Subject in the Marginal Literatures of Germany"

This panel seeks papers on the examination of the relationships between identity, identification, and subject within the context of multi-language marginal literatures of Germany. The genres in focus are short prose, poetry and novel from the selected works of Turkish-German, Arab-German, (Far East) Asian-German and African-German writers. Please send 300 word English abstracts and brief bibliographical statements (via email and preferably in MSWord or PDF format) to Hulya Yilmaz, HNU1@psu.edu.

Sex, Blood, and Hybridity: The Discourse of Racial Anxiety in Antebellum Writing (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 5:29pm
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Rebecca Williams
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In antebellum America, the notion of 'blood' as 'race' maintained a strong hold over the 19th century literary imagination. This panel will examine how antebellum literary texts worked dialectically with the new racial science of ethnology to respond to the dominant racial ideologies of the day. Mid-century works by authors as varied as Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Lydia Maria Child, and Frances E.W. Harper illustrated very clearly the instability of racial classification and its resultant sexual anxieties. Rather than phenotype, references to 'white' blood and 'black' blood came to be regarded as the primary signifiers of racial traits.

[UPDATE] out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:08am
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School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.

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