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Conference CFP-Paranoia and Pain: Embodied in Psychology, Literature, and Bioscience, University of Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:35pm
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Dr Neville Cobbe-Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool)
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Paranoia and Pain (University of Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012) is an international cross-disciplinary conference, seeking to raise an awareness of various intersections of literature and science. The conference aims to explore overlapping paradigms of paranoia and pain in psychology, biological sciences, and literary texts/contexts.

Organising Chair:
Dr Maryam Farahani
School of English, University of Liverpool

Organising Board:
Dr Neville Cobbe (School of Biological Sciences)
Dr Maryam Farahani (School of English)
Dr Ian Schermbrucker (School of Psychology)

Conference Chair:
Dr Nick Davis
School of English, University of Liverpool

[UPDATE] November 3 -- November 5, 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 2:43pm
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Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association's Annual Conference
Thursday, November 3 -- Saturday, November 5, 2011
Radisson Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
http://www.mapaca.net/confer/callForPapers.html#relcult#relcult

The below topics pertain to the Religion and Popular Culture Area of the conference. For other areas, see MAPACA's website.

Keynotes and New Deadline: Aesthetics of Renewal

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 11:21am
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Canadian Association of American Studies
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We are pleased to announce the plenary speakers for the 2011 conference, they are Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, and Anthony Stewart. Further, the new deadline is 15 July 2011.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Aesthetics of Renewal or "Everything Old is New Again"

3 – 6 November, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario

Carleton University's Centre for Research in American Studies invites submissions for the annual conference for the Canadian Association of American Studies to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from November 3rd – 6th, 2011. This year's theme is: "The Aesthetics of Renewal or 'Everything Old is New Again.'"

CFP: Approaches to Teaching the Underground Railroad (2012 NeMLA; Abstracts due Sept. 30., 2011)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 10:50am
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Northeast Modern Language Association - Rochester, NY
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This roundtable session will address approaches to teaching the Underground Railroad. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, teaching specific literary texts, historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, incorporating historical sites into the syllabus, and Canadian contributions to the Underground Railroad. Interdisciplinary and team-teaching methods of instruction are especially encouraged. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (as MSWord or PDF attachments) to Saundra Liggins .

Forum Issue 13: "Vengeance" (1st September 2011)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:49am
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Forum, Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts (www.forumjournal.org)
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Issue theme: Vengeance
Deadline: 1st September 2011

"Vengeance offers the writer a compelling mix of ingredients: strong situations shaped by violence; ethical issues for debate;
a volatile, emotive mixture of loss and agitated grievance. The avenger, isolated and vulnerable, can achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis." – John Kerrigan, Revenge Tragedy

CFP - Gender in a Postnational Context (NeMLA 2012 panel)

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:51pm
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Northeast Modern Langauge Association 2012 Convention
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Call for Papers

Gender in a Postnational Context (WGSC Sponsored Panel)

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

[UPDATE] - William Faulkner's Poetic Beginnings

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:27pm
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SAMLA 2011 - Victoria M. Bryan
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As a fiction writer, William Faulkner saw himself as a failed poet. Many themes that crop up in his poetry, however, make appearances in his fiction writing, as well. This special session welcomes, but is not limited to, abstracts that examine Faulkner's poetry, the connections between his poetry and his fiction, common themes between his poetry and his fiction, Faulkner's stance of fiction vs. poetry, etc. Please send 250-300 word abstracts and brief CVs to Victoria M. Bryan (VMBryan@olemiss.edu) by June 15, 2011.

Postcolonial Text new issue published (vol 6 No 1 2011)

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:28pm
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Postcolonial Text

This is to let you know that the fully online refereed journal Postcolonial Text has just published Vo.l6 No.1 (2011) at http://postcolonial.org

You are invited to visit the journal's web site and enjoy this issue's offering of articles, interview, book reviews, and creative writing - all freely available on an open access basis.

All best,

Chantal Zabus
Editor in Chief

Ranjini Mendis
Associate Editor
Postcolonial Text
Postcolonial Text

Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 4:52pm
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Matthew Wysocki
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Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games

"Issues of Control: Reading and Playing Video Games" (tentative title)

The word control has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. Obviously on a basic level, unlike other media, if a player does not control the game, there is no experience. You must participate to keep the story moving forward. Enjoyment of the experience can also connect to control. For many players, pleasure comes from the equilibrium between the player's control over the game and the game's control over the player.

This book seeks to explore the nature of control in the area of video games. The chapters presented in it are intended to explore a range of ideas.

Race and Romance in Gone With the Wind, a panel for the Popular Romance in the New Millenium conference, Nov. 10-11, 2011

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 1:21pm
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Sondra Guttman
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Margaret Mitchell's 1936 blockbuster bestseller Gone with the Wind is a book literary critics think they know. When read by academics today, it seems interesting mainly because it retells a particularly American story—the "Dunning School" version of Reconstruction history--familiar from films like Birth of a Nation. Apart from this racism at the level of plot, vivid images of black characters as dogs (for example), by turn loyal and threatening, likewise seem somehow beyond comment. For many, the book's racism is easily attributed to the garden-variety sort marking the culmination of the Jim Crow era and easily dismissible as irrelevant today.

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