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Disgust and Victorian Culture, Special Session, MLA 2012 [UPDATE]

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 12:22pm
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Tanushree Ghosh/Syracuse University
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This panel invites papers that explore the connections between disgust and Victorian culture, particularly the role of disgust in the affective fashioning of normative or transgressive identities. Functioning as a visceral reaction to filth or as moral abhorrence toward the socially unacceptable, disgust routinely functioned to distance the middle-classes from lower-class individuals, practices, and spaces. The Victorian subject is not only constituted through the repression of the low and the disgusting but is also transformed in the very act of encountering the abject.

Humanism at Large: Higher Education Now

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 9:16am
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University of Exeter/University College Falmouth (UK)

9-10 September 2011
Tremough Campus, Cornwall

Keynote Speaker: Professor Niyi Osundare (University of Ibadan/University of New Orleans)
Second keynote: TBA

This conference is intended to provide a forum for those teaching and researching in Humanities disciplines to explore the current state of global knowledge economies. The title, echoing the title of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, signals our focus on the relation between universities, global economies and local identities.


Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:35am
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ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS Academic Journal - "Al. I. Cuza" University, Faculty of Letters, Comparative Literature Department - Iasi, Romania


(Each issue of ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS is organized around a theme and it comprises scholarly articles written in Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Examples of themes we have explored in the past: Orient - Occident; Identity and Otherness; Exoduses; Power; Centre and Periphery; Rational - Irrational; Smile and Laughter; Other Worlds.)

Travelling Identities, Saturday 18th June 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 6:40am
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Birkbeck College

The traveller is a liminal figure who, in transcending geographical boundaries, also challenges ideas of space and self.

Travelling Identities is an interdisciplinary symposium which considers the relationship between travel and identity through the examination of a broad range of historical periods, geographical areas and travel practices.

CFP: 'Traveling' in Asian, African and Latin American cinema

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 6:10am
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Many Cinemas - an e-Journal for non-western cinema studies
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'Traveling' in Asian, African and Latin American cinema

Holiday, business, private matters. There are several reasons for traveling. The autumn edition of MANY CINEMAS will dedicate its issue to the topic Traveling.

Traveling: People who are undertaking a journey to places, strange and not familiar to them. How do they act or behave in an unfamiliar environment and how does it take an impact on them?

Well, the cinema is close connected with traveling. It is a window to the world, both real and imaginary. The lights turn off and pictures appear which bring you to places far away.

Update: "Shakespeare and the Material World"

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 10:49pm
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Early English Studies Journal
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Early English Studies Journal is an online journal under the auspices of the University of Texas, Arlington English Department and is devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in the medieval and early modern periods. EES is published annually, peer-reviewed, and open to general submission.

"Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post': Contemporary Poetry and Feminisms" MLA Special Session:March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:07pm
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MLA 2012 Special Session
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MLA 2012 Special Sesson:
Call for Papers- "Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post': Contemporary Poetry and Feminisms" View at

Are we still postmodern? 'post'-feminist? How does poetics and feminisms intersect in contemporary poetry? Where is the debate now? How does theory/poetries perform 'us' now?

Call for papers: Time

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:47pm
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Philament / University of Sydney
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Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-careers scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for our next issue upon the theme of Time.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Birth / Death
Time Travel
The 'Golden Age'
The Avant-Garde
Time Perception

Reading the Room: Literature and Architecture (PAMLA November 5-6, 2011; deadline March 22, 2011)

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 7:45pm
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John D. Schwetman
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Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively.

This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

CFP Aphra Behn Society/CSECS/NEASECS-- Adaptation and 18th-Century Literature

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 3:11pm
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Aphra Behn Society / Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies /Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Recently adaptation theorists have argued for a re-valuing of adaptations and of the dynamic between originary texts and their adaptation. Critics such as Brian McFarlane, Imelda Whelehan, and Deborah Cartmell have argued that adaptations carry "cultural capital" equal to the original's, and that putting a material, original text in dialogue with an adaptation provides an opportunity to revalue, perhaps increase the value of the original.

MLA Special Session (Deadline March 15): Jewish American literature and the Pacific Rim

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 2:37pm
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Monica Osborne/ MLA Jewish American Literature Discussion Group
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Explores under-theorized interrelations between Jewish American literature and the Pacific Rim. Topics: West Coast writers, Jewish, and Asian-American experiences and identities.

250-word abstract by 15 March 2011; Monica Osborne (

No, Seriously . . . Is It Really Over? African American Literature After Jim Crow

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:16pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association

In his provocative new book, What Was African American Literature? (2011), Kenneth Warren argues that African American literature ended with the legal abrogation of Jim Crow. Viewing the tradition as an historical response to white racism during a specific cultural moment, rather than an ongoing expressive art-form, Warren not only identifies the key reading practices that should govern our critical approach to black literature produced during the first half of the twentieth-century, but he also questions our unwillingness to put the volatile past that this literature hinges upon behind us. Is African American literature, as we know it, really over? What's at stake in such a bold declaration?

[UPDATE] Technology and the Humanities

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 10:42am
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Academic Exchange Quarterly

New educational technology provides both increasing pressure and exciting possibilities for teachers in the humanities. It has the power to absorb our time or free it, excite our students or alienate them. We are interested in publishing two types of articles on educational technology.
 Articles describing how educators are using
o smart classrooms
o bulletin boards
o PowerPoint
o web logs
o online photo archives
o oral history software
o school-wide systems like Blackboard
o or other technology to enhance traditional learning
 Articles that consider the theoretical, ethical, and budgetary impact of educational technology in all of its emerging forms.