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"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:01am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

READING NATURE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. MADRID, SPAIN (DEC. 14-16, 2011)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Department of English Philology II (UCM) - Friends of Thoreau (Franklin Institute UAH)

Environmental disciplines have recently gained prominence due to the potentially devastating consequences of climate change: increasing natural disasters, the greenhouse effect, temperature variations, changing sea levels, etc. Such issues have raised awareness on the necessity for a drastic change in thinking. Ecocriticism—along with other green disciplines dealing with the relationship between society and the environment—places nature as the center of the intellectual debate. As Kate Rigby states, "culture constructs the prism through which we know nature." Reading Nature Conference aims to explore from a critical perspective how such a prism is constructed.

UPDATE -- Textus: Gothic Frontiers. Abstracts by 1 June, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron

Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)

This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.

UPDATE Food and Identity (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:48am
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Marta Hess/South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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Food identifies us. The ways in which we prepare, consider, consume, discuss, and build traditions around food and foodways all contribute to the ways that we see ourselves and that others see us. Food and the rituals that surround it can both unite and divide us. Janet Theophano in Eat My Words notes the stories that women tell through the cookbooks they write, and in Hungering for America, Hasia Diner connects identity, food, and the immigration experience. Additionally, films demonstrate the performance aspects of food: Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate entice viewers with their lush images, while at the same time they signify stormy family issues.

Food and Identity

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:41am
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Marta Hess/SAMLA
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Food identifies us. The ways in which we prepare, consider, consume, discuss, and build traditions around food and foodways all contribute to the ways that we see ourselves and that others see us. Food and the rituals that surround it can both unite and divide us. Janet Theophano in Eat My Words notes the stories that women tell through the cookbooks they write, and in Hungering for America, Hasia Diner connects identity, food, and the immigration experience. Additionally, films demonstrate the performance aspects of food: Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate entice viewers with their lush images, while at the same time they signify stormy family issues.

"The Politics of Travel," Georgetown University, 3/30/12-4/1/12; Deadline: 10/1/11

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 4:19pm
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Gary Totten / International Society for Travel Writing
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"The Politics of Travel":
The Seventh Conference of the International Society for Travel Writing

The International Society for Travel Writing invites you to join its seventh biennial conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from March 30th-April 1st 2012.

The conference has a special, but not exclusive, focus on "The Politics of Travel." Papers on this theme might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

[DEADLINE EXTENDED]'A Self-Conscious Voice'- an Exploration of Expatriation and Literature. May 11th 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:40pm
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University of Bristol Department of English

'A Self-Conscious Voice' - an Exploration of Expatriation and Literature
A post-graduate conference at the University of Bristol on May 11th, 2011

Website: http://www.bris.ac.uk/english/events/selfconsciousvoice/
Poster: https://www.bris.ac.uk/english/events/selfconsciousvoice/poster-scv.pdf

VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE (Charles DIckens: Past, Present, and Future), October 21-22, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:41am
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Victorians Institute
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Call for Papers: Victorians Institute Conference
Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, SC

To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine Dickens's writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Bram Stoker

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:18am
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Trinity College Dublin
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Despite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of the spate of academic studies of the novel in which he first appeared, Bram Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in some darkness and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored by those who actually have heard of him. A public conference, to be held in July 2012 at Trinity College, Stoker's alma mater in Dublin, where he was born and grew up, will attempt to address this large gap. The main aim of the conference will be to try to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker's writing.

[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 5.1.11)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:55am
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Karen Elizabeth Bishop
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Seeking several articles to round out work-in-progress on:

THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE
Editor: Karen Elizabeth Bishop
kebishop@fas.harvard.edu

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

CFP: 2011 Midwest MLA Permanent Session, English Literature 1800-1900, Abstracts due 4/30

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 7:49pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Nov 3-6, 2011, St. Louis, MO
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This year's Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will be held November 3-6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO. I am soliciting papers for one of the permanent sessions, English II: English Literature 1800-1900, and I am hoping to form several different panels. We are looking for papers that investigate the conference theme "Play" in problematic or evocative ways. You might consider play in terms of performance, identity or representation, seriousness vs. dallying, wagering, strategy, being a player in a game, movement or action, or diversions/recreation. You might also consider idioms such as 'fair play' or 'foul play.'

Joseph Conrad Society (UK) Annual Conference, 7-9 July 2011, London

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 3:56pm
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The Joseph Conrad Society (UK)
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The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) 2011 Annual International Conference, its 37th, will be held during the first full week of July 2011 at two venues: at POSK in London's Hammersmith district on 7 and 8 July and at the University Women's Club near The Ritz in Mayfair on 9 July.

Papers are welcome on all aspects of the work and life of Conrad, and proposals for panels are welcome. Deadline for abstracts (approximately 200 words) is 30 April 2011: Dr Keith Carabine email: keith@carabine.co.uk.

All participants who are not already members of the Society will be required to take out membership for one year.

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