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Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 11:43am
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Dutch Association for the Academic Study of Religion
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We are soliciting papers for our upcoming conference on the theme Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers.

Paper proposals are welcomed from the fields of religious studies, history, cultural anthropology, social sciences, media studies, critical theory, philosophy, ethics, and other disciplines.

Deadline for proposals (500 words): 20 July 2011.

Performance and Identity - The Music of Lady Gaga [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 10:10am
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Richard Gray, Ph.D. / Carson-Newman College
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Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is a American pop musician who has taken the world music scene by storm. Her debut album, The Fame, reached number one in the UK, Canada, Austria, Germany and Ireland. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", became international number-one hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations. In early 2009, Lady Gaga began her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour.

[UPDATE] The Chivalric Knight in Literature - RMMLA Panel (Oct 6-8, 2011) Deadline June 24th

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:59am
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Richard Mace/RMMLA Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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"The Chivalric Knight in Literature", a special session at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, which will take place October 6-8, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ, is looking for papers that deal with any aspect of the presentation of chivalric knights in literature, focusing on works from the Medieval and Early Modern Periods.
Please forward 250-350 word proposals, including title, professional affiliation, address (especially e-mail), and phone number by June 24, 2011 to the following email address: RMace-RMMLA@hotmail.com. Hard copies of submissions may also be sent to Richard Mace, English Department, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

The Changing Face of Terror and Terrorism in South Asian Narratives

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:36am
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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The Changing Face of Terror and Terrorism in South Asian Narratives

The panel invites papers exploring the changing concept of terrorism and terrorist activities in cultural narratives from the South Asian context. Do we notice an ethics of terror and resistance emerge, or have the cultural and visual media initiated a divergent tactics and a loose commentary which confuse the line between the disciplinary apparatus and the terrorist? Is this changing concept of terror and its perpetuation a symptom of a greater ill or is it an end in itself? Send abstracts within 150 words to: de.aparajita@gmail.com

Early literary centuries— Literatures from the early 20th and 21st centuries and their links with the previous centuries

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:21am
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Journal "Textes et contextes"
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The 7th issue of e‐journal Textes et contextes (EA 4182, Research centre Interlangues, TIL, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France) will be devoted to the literatures of the early 20th and 21st centuries in their links with their preceding centuries, in a project questioning aesthetics, genre issues and literary history. We invite contributions on the formal, genre and ethical filial links between the two eras, questioning those "débuts de siècle" (see Terence McCarthy, ed., Les Débuts de siècles, published in Dijon in 2000) in the wake of many literary or historical studies on "fins de siècle" (J. R. Aymes and S. Salaün, eds., Les Fins de siècles en Espagne, 2003).

The Winter's Tale symposium -- 12 November 2011

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 6:19am
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University of Liverpool. UK
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This one-day Symposium is a part of the larger month-long Liverpool Winter's Tale Festival (www.liv.ac.uk/the-winters-tale) celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. It aims to enhance our understanding of this complex play, and papers presented at the symposium may focus on the text at the moment of production, its relationship with its predecessors and contemporaries, both within Shakespeare's own writing and beyond, its transmission through editorial processes, as well as its interpretation through contemporary performances and re-readings.

The Notion of Friendship in Dante and Medieval Italian Writers.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 2:52am
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NEMLA (Rochester, NY March 15-18, 2012)
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The Notion of Friendship in Dante and Medieval Italian
Writers.

The representation of friendship and its theoretical
background (as found in works by Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine
and others) has not yet been sufficiently probed in the field
of Italian literature. This panel seeks to foster critical
discussion on friendship in Dante and other medieval authors.
Abstracts of 150 words to Francesco Ciabattoni by
September 30th.

CFP: Vanguard & Revolution / Bicentenary, 15 August 2011

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 12:54am
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Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos "Rómulo Gallegos" (Celarg), Caracas, Venezuela

vanguardia & revolución/ tiempos bicentenarios

Cierre de la convocatoria: 15 de agosto de 2011

Para el segundo número de SUR/versión, proponemos, no una convocatoria doble, sino una convocatoria que se desdobla en vanguardia & revolución / tiempos bicentenarios. E identificamos, a partir de este desdoblamiento y cruce, las siguientes líneas de indagación:

Rethinking the rules: women in Mafia

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 11:00pm
full name / name of organization: 
Nemla - Northeast Modern Language Association
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This session analyzes and diverse ways of considering women in the Mafia, that is, how new, twenty-first century representations of Mafia women have completely changed the organization and structure of criminal organizations from the inside. Both older and more recent American and Italian films have reflected on this shifting role of Mafia women on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and in particular how this image has emerged in the new millennium. Please send a 250-300 word abstract to serenata.1@osu.edu.

What Ever Happened to Irish Modernism? (Abstract Due 9/30/2011)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:03pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association Conference 2012
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This session will explore the work of modernist, experimental, or 'innovative' Irish poetry from any angle: critical, theoretical, pedagogical, etc. Work on poets from the turn of the twentieth to the 21st century is welcome. In particular, papers are sought on the under-represented work of innovative Irish poets such as Randolph Healy, Trevor Joyce, Billy Mills, Maurice Scully, Geoffrey Squires and Catherine Walsh. Please send 200-400 word abstracts to

CFP - NeMLA March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italophone Literature and Cinema.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 6:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Philip Balma / Northeast Modern Language Association
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Papers exploring the literary and cinematic representations of the Italophone Jewish experience will constitute the principal focus of this panel. Presentations on unstudied/understudied artists are especially welcome. This panel aims to move beyond the tendency exhibited in some academic circles to look at Primo Levi's experiences as emblematic of those of the Italkim in general, but also to properly contextualize the study of Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how audiences perceive the modern Italian Jewish experience.

Dreamscapes Projected: The Oneiric in Italian Film Culture (NeMLA 2012)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 5:54pm
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Francesco Pascuzzi / Rutgers University
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Dreams have informed cinema since its inception. This panel aims to discuss the oneiric in Italian cinema: from filmic representations and visualizations of dreams, nightmares, hallucinations, dream-like and hypnagogic states, to dreams as cinematic allegories and metaphors and the theoretical frameworks applied to the investigation of this relationship. Relevant comparative studies between Italian and American, European and non-Western cinema are encouraged. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Francesco Pascuzzi, ciski77@eden.rutgers.edu.

Call for Papers: Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism, 4/19-22

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 2:11pm
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joint conference of MELUS and USACLALS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US, and US chapter of Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies)
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THEME: Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Bill Ashcroft, Wlad Godzic, Francisco Jimenez, David Marriott

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