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Public Intellectuals and Media (MLA; 3/20/11)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:24am
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MLA guaranteed session/Division on Nonfiction Prose

How do media shape possibilities for public intellectualism in the age of the digital, the social network, the newspaper of record, the pamphlet, the broadside? Papers on any era or nonfiction genre welcome.

This session is sponsored by the MLA Division on Nonfiction Prose, Excluding Biography and Autobiography. Send brief bios and abstracts to Susan Lurie (lurie@rice.edu) and Brian Norman (bjnorman@loyola.edu) by March 20, 2011.

Deadline extended--Negotiations and Confession

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:34pm
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Rocky Mountain MLA, Scottsdale, AZ, October 6-8, 2011
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This special session invites proposals for papers on the confessional mode in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, and court proceedings. We define confession in its broadest sense:
• Confession and the law
• Religious confession
• Confession as an assertion of belief
• Confession as either a construction or presentation of identity, i.e., Rousseau's Confessions
• The performativity of confession
• Confession as Self-advocacy

127th MLA Annual Convention Seattle, 5–8 January 2012 Global Literatures and Islam: Representations of Islam and Muslims

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 2:06am
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MLA
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Call for Paper for a Special Session in 2012 MLA Convention,
Global Literatures and Islam: Representations of Islam and Muslims in different cultures, literatures, times and genres. kw: postcolonialism, orientalism, comparative. 300-word abstract and a brief bio or CV by 1 March 2011; Beyazit Akman (bhakman@ilstu.edu).

127th MLA Annual Convention Seattle, 5–8 January 2012 Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 2:00am
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MLA

Call for Paper for a Special session in 2012 MLA Convention:
Western Discourse and the Turk: Perception of the Ottomans and Islam
Perception of Ottoman Turks in Western discourse; in different genres, eras. kw: postcolonialism, orientalism. 300-page abstract and a brief bio or CV. by 10 March 2011; Beyazit Akman (bhakman@ilstu.edu) and Filiz Barin-Akman (fbarin@ilstu.edu).

CRITICAL ESSAYS (Anthologies); 9 May 2011

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 8:57am
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Anthology

Scholarly critical / analytical / interpretative essays based on original research are invited from scholars across the world for an Anthology to be brought out separately on each of the following works with a view to providing postgraduate scholars and teachers with new critical insights and perspectives. The anthologies will be published in the form of a series by a reputed Publisher headquartered in India and having its main business base in USA, UK and Ireland.

The texts on which essays must be focused include:

POETRY:
Chaucer's PROLOGUE;
Pope's THE RAPE OF THE LOCK;
Keats' ODE ON A GRECIAN URN, ODE TO AUTUMN & ODE TO PSYCHE.

DRAMA
Shakespeare's KING LEAR, TEMPEST and MACBETH.

2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 11/5-11/6 , 2011

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 12:14am
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PAMLA
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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?

The Fictions of Peace (Abstracts due March 25, 2011 // Session date: November 5-6)

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:33pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association
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This panel seeks papers on works of cinematic and ancient or modern literary fiction that explore the challenges and possibilities of peace, the achievement of it, the quest for it, the anxieties of adhering to it.

Please submit your abstract online at:

http://www.pamla.org/2011/topics/fictions-peace

History and Hermeneutics in Biblical Translation - 28 May 2011

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Birkbeck College, University of London

2011 marks the fourth centenary of the publication of the King James Bible, now widely recognised as the landmark work in the history of English scriptural translation, even if contemporaries were slow to embrace the work. It is an appropriate time, then, for a retrospective glance at the Bible's place in the English language, from its earliest mediaeval incarnations, through the manifold early modern versions to the present-day, when the Bible is still being adapted to the idioms of modern speech, as in Rob Lacey's Street Bible (2002). More than any other work, the Bible has participated bilaterally in the development and enrichment of the language, and of the cultures which that language has underpinned.

CFP Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:35am
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Cine-Excess - Brunel University

The 5th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents

Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess

Law and Corporeality in Literature

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:35pm
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MLA 2012
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accepting paper proposals for a panel at the 127th MLA Annual Convention in Seattle (5–8 January 2012). Note that this proposal is for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Law as Literature Discussion Group.

Law and Corporeality in Literature

This panel considers how the law regulates the body/bodies in literature and other media. Papers considering gender, race, and ethnicity are especially encouraged. 300-word abstract and bio by 5 March 2011; April Miller (april.miller@unco.edu).

CFP: 2nd Annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:32am
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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We are excited to invite you to join a multi-disciplinary dialogue on gender and sexuality. Although formal research projects and papers are welcome, the symposium is designed to encourage meaningful dialogue amongst the community; thus, we encourage you to submit semester projects and papers that will add to the conversation.

Exploring the Global Caribbean through Literary and Theoretical Texts Conference, 5-7 July 2012, Kingsville, Texas

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:32am
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Keynote Speaker:
Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, Columbia University

Call for papers:
Because the Caribbean represents the confluence of peoples and cultures—from Europe, Africa, and the Americas—first through trade routes and colonization and then through the dispersion of its literature and culture in a contemporary diaspora back out to the larger world, it provides a paradigm for studying the processes and effects of globalization. A culturally and linguistically rich region of the world that includes English, French, Spanish, Dutch and native creoles, the Caribbean also provides a fascinating literature that is complicated by its history and location.

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

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:49pm
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Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association
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CFP: Missionaries Panel - PAMLA 2011
Scripps College in Claremont, CA (near Los Angeles)

American missionaries spread more than religious ideology as they sought to convert "others" around the world. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which American cultural expansion occurred as a consequence of the American foreign mission movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Possible broad paper topics are not limited to:
Architecture
Art
Children
Class
Education
Fashion
Food
Gender
Leisure
Literature
Missionary presses
Music
Race
Topic of your choosing

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