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[UPDATE] Deadline Extension: New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel---Special Session MLA 2012 (Seattle, Jan. 5-8)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 4:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kathleen Howard
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New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session, MLA 2012

What does new formalism bring to the popular religious novel? Marjorie Levinson has suggested that new formalism, at its most sensitive and nuanced, offers a way of re-approaching central questions concerning the work of literature in modernity. It does this, not by rejecting history as a grounding methodological episteme, but by returning, historically, to the different ways literary form has been understood over time.

Space and Motion in Literature, Abstracts due March 21, Conference May 23

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 6:34am
full name / name of organization: 
King's College London English Graduate School
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250 word abstracts are invited for anything regarding space, motion, and literature (in any language). This will be an exciting day, ending with an exciting key-note address presented by Professor Andrew Thacker of DeMontfort University. Please include a short biography with your submission. All abstracts due my March 21st.

[UPDATE] Converting Cultures, Building the Empire: American Missionaries in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Nov. 5-6, 2011)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:56am
full name / name of organization: 
Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Call for Papers

2011 Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Claremont, California
November 5-6, 2011

Session Title:
Converting Cultures, Building the Empire:
American Missionaries in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Popular Culture: all topics

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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 2:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular Culture Association
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Northeast Popular Culture Association
(NEPCA)

ANNUAL MEETING
November 11 and 12, 2011
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
(Direct Metro-North train service from Grand Central Terminal)

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association will hold its annual fall conference on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2011 on the mid-town campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

The NePCA program committee welcomes proposals on any popular culture or American culture topic. Both individual papers and complete session proposals are encouraged. Complete session proposals should consist of two or three complementary papers and a chair or respondent.

[Reminder] Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: Formal Measures

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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:06am
full name / name of organization: 
Kathryn Stergiopoulos (Princeton University)
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CALL FOR PAPERS

FORMAL MEASURES

Sixth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium

Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Deadline for Proposals: March 20, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Formal Measures." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

Undercurrents, Overtones: Interdisciplinary Conference Saturday, April 23rd 2011

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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:05am
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania English Graduate Organization

2011 GSA/EGO Graduate Conference
Call for Papers
"Undercurrents, Overtones"
April 23, 2011
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The I.U.P. Graduate Student Assembly and English Graduate Organization invite you to our 9th annual conference, to be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. This year's conference theme is "Undercurrents, Overtones."

2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, CA, Proposal deadline 3/25

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Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 5:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, 11/5-11/6, 2011
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The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

[UPDATE] American Literature Before 1865 (standing panel) PAMLA, Claremont, CA, Nov 5 & 6, 2011

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Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 11:03am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The 2011 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference will be held on November 5-6 at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Submit proposals and abstracts for the standing session on American Literature Before 1865 via PAMLA's online submission process by March 18, 2011. Contact Liam Corley (wccorley@csupomona.edu) with questions.

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

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Friday, March 11, 2011 - 12:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
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.

Travelling Identities, Saturday 18th June 2011

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Friday, March 11, 2011 - 6:40am
full name / name of organization: 
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.

Call for papers: Time

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
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:

Entropy
Permanence
Birth / Death
Linearity
Futurity
Time Travel
Eternity
Infinity
Space-time
Speed
Duration
Archives
The 'Golden Age'
Einstein
Borges
Heidegger
Ricoeur
Innovation
The Avant-Garde
Revolution
Synchronisation
Time Perception
Ephemerality
Intermittence
Generations
Inheritance

"Mise-en-Scène: Crime" (special issue)

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 4:32am
full name / name of organization: 
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University)

Vol. 38 No. 1 (March 2012)
Submissions due August 15, 2011

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In the beginning was murder. Then came drama: the hair-tearing (or eye-gouging) discovery of one's own overweening hubris, the inconsolable grieving over the loss of the most basic sense of humanity, and, simply, more killing. Indeed, murderers are significant figures in what Erich Auerbach would call "scenes of drama from European literature": Cain, Oedipus, Medea, the parricides in Dante's inferno, and Shakespeare's army of villains. Acts of killing in these literary texts not only contribute to the excitement of the drama, but also make imperative a rethinking of social order, justice, morality, state power, and human-God relations.

Psychopathology and Modernism (MLA 2012; Abstract Deadline 03/15/2011) [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Adam Meehan / University of Arizona

This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.

Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?

This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: The American imagetext

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 3:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of East Anglia, UK

EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS
'To fasten words again to visible things': the American imagetext

A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia, UK, 18th-19th June 2011

Keynote speakers:
WJT Mitchell:
'The Historical Uncanny:  Phantoms, Doubles, and Repetition in the War on Terror'

Miles Orvell:
'The Talking Picture:  Speech, Silence, and Ventriloquism in the Discourse of Photography'

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