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Autobiography

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Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 8:57am
Södertörn University

Although autobiographical writing has ancient origins, the term 'autobiography' itself has only been in use since the late eighteenth century. Theories about autobiographical writing have been developed even more recently. Whereas early autobiographical writing was often either self-celebrating (res gestae) or self-justifying (apologiae), Augustine's Confessions marked a turning point. The contemporary study of autobiography encompasses a broad variety of research perspectives. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore a broad variety of ideas within the field of autobiography. We invite papers and presentations on the following or related topics:

[UPDATE] Sound+ Conference Call For Posters, March 28-29, 2014

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 2:23pm
University of Maryland, College Park

Jonathan Sterne has written, "Sound studies should be a central meeting place where sonic imaginations go to be challenged, nurtured, refreshed and transformed." Sound+ offers a space to pursue this goal among other individuals who are interested in exploring this exciting and emergent field of study. In addition to the work of our invited speakers during our conference, Sound+ would like to extend this meeting place to researchers across disciplines.

Concordia Graduate Colloquium on March 1st, 2014, submissions acvepted until January 10 2014.

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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 3:11pm
Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium

Gods & Idols: (Ex)Changes of the Sacred and Sanctified

During the humanist movement, there was a critical shift from theocentrism to egocentrism. In the 17th Century, Rene Descartes posited that rational argument could prove God's existence. Human reason was no longer accountable to God; God now needed to stand in the court of human reason. Paving the way for the Enlightenment and the subsequent movements of modernity and postmodernity, this transition witnessed philosophers and poets intellectually abandon the divine. Revealing the relevance of this shift for literary studies, Barthes famously decried the death of the Author-God function. Milton's muse has been replaced with a question mark.

Issue 1: Horror in World Literature & Art

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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:22pm
albeit.

When you hear the word "horror" are you more likely to think Heart of Darkness or The Walking Dead? Let the Right One In or "The Turn of the Screw"?

For albeit's inaugural issue, we invite articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, non-fiction essays, and other documents exploring horror in world literature, high art, and pop culture.

Complete submissions should be e-mailed to submissions@albeitjournal.com by January 1, 2014.

Creature of the Boundaries: The Grotesque as Creative Intervention in the 21st Century

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:24pm
Katie Lavers, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and Dr. Nancy Hightower

Contemporary art, literature, new media and philosophy all interact with the grotesque in innovative and thought-provoking ways. With origins in the ornamental "grottoes" of the Domus Aurea, Nero's palace, where human forms metamorphosed playfully into the forms of plants and animals, the grotesque has since transformed into a darker vision. Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and Bruegel's The Triumph of Death challenged and attacked social and moral orthodoxies through the use of the grotesque, as did the carnivalesque work of Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel.

GENDER AND TRANSGRESSION IN 20th CENTURY BRITAIN [Update]

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:08pm
Antony Mullen, Newcastle University

DEADLINE: 1st DECEMBER 2013
Gender and Transgression in 20th-Century Britain
KEYNOTE: JIM BYATT (ST ANDREWS)
Newcastle University, 7th March 2014

[UPDATE] BREVITY - Graduate Student Conference at Western University (Canada), March 6 - 8, 2014 [EXTENDED DEADLINE Jan 1, 2014]

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:55pm
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Western University, Canada

Keynote speakers: Luca Somigli (University of Toronto); Mark McDayter (Western University).

"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí" [When (s)he woke up, the dinosaur was still there]. This is the entirety of a 1959 short story by Augusto Monterroso. It could easily fit in a Twitter status update almost three times over.

Brevity can be interpreted in many different ways – from a sense of briefness and urgency to an economization of words. At times, brevity may be perceived as superficial or frivolous, except to those of Spartan sensibilities. To others, such as Polonius, "brevity is the soul of wit [/ And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, / I will be brief: your noble son is mad]" (II, ii).

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