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[UPDATE] Fin-de-Siecle Pedagogies; MLA, Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:26am
full name / name of organization: 
Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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Topics may include, but are not limited to: the dissemination of sexual "knowledge," lecture tours, public health education, schools & universities, homoeroticism and pedagogy, education & the New Woman, teaching the fin de siècle today. Not limited to Anglophone literature and culture. Abstract of 300 words and brief C.V. by March 10; Helena Gurfinkel (hgurfin@siue.edu)

This special session is subject to approval by the MLA; participants must be MLA members by April 7th, 2011.

Sensation, Reason, ImaginationGothic Evolutions, 28th-30th October 2011

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 5:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Andrew McInnes, University of Exeter
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This conference pursues two linked aims: first, to explore the Gothic's relationship with science – fact, fiction and fantasy – especially its fascination with the cognitive, psychological and biological underpinnings of sensation, reason and imagination; and second, to trace the evolution of the Gothic genre itself through history, architecture, literature, film, television and popular culture. We welcome the submission of 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers that may address, but not be limited by, the following topics: the Gothic and science; the Gothic through history; the Gothic and literary theory; male, female and queer Gothics; Gothic fashions; goth culture; twenty-first century Gothic; the future of the Gothic.

Challenging Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Lesa Scholl/Emmanuel College, University of Queensland

Challenging Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Emmanuel College within the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, 8-9 December 2011
Keynote Speakers
Frank Stilwell (University of Sydney, Australia)
Ella Dzelzainis (University of Newcastle, UK)
Since its inception in the late eighteenth century, Political Economy has been used as a lens through which to examine and address parochial and international social issues, from gender equality to class, abolitionism, environmental concerns, imperialism and globalisation. Throughout history, the response to Political Economy has often been controversial, from popularising and translating economic texts, to burning and banning them.

France in Dickens (MLA 2012, Jan 5-8)

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 6:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rebecca Stern
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France in Dickens
Creating and breaking stereotypes about French language, literature, culture, history, and taste (culinary and otherwise) in Dickens's writings. 300-word abstracts and short CV by March 10 to Rebecca Stern (stern2@mailbox.sc.edu). [Note: this panel is in partnership with the Division on Nineteenth-Century French Literature].

Dickensian Beginnings (MLA 2012, Jan 5-8)

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 6:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kate E. Brown
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A panel sponsored by the Dickens Society.
Dickensian Beginnings
Disruptions and reoriginations of sequential narrative in Dickens's writings:  e.g., birth, revolution, climactic events, coronations or regicide, new technologies.  Please email a 300-word abstract and short CV by March 15 to Kate Brown (kebrown8@buffalo.edu).

Dickensian Things (MLA 2012, Jan 5-8)

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 6:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Claire Jarvis/Stanford University
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A panel sponsored by the Dickens Society.
Dickens' world apparently bursts with things. This panel considers the nature of the Dickensian Thing and asks what we discover about the novel from Dickens' thing-filled authorship. Proposals are welcome on things and thing-ness in Dickensian characterization, plot and narration. 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Claire Jarvis (cjarvis@stanford.edu).

"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries,​" Rutgers Interdisci​plinary Humanities Conference (2.26.11)

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rutgers University
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Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Rutgers Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference

"Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries" brings together
scholars from across the humanities to investigate the centrality of
theories of "life" to twentieth and twenty-first century theory and
cultural production. In fields as diverse as vitalism, feminism,
animal studies, political theory, aesthetics and psychoanalysis,
presenters will highlight how the humanities investigates the
ontological properties and ethical imperatives of life.

Plenary Speaker: Donna V. Jones, UC-Berkeley English: "The Career of
Living Things is Continuous"

Proposed Special Session for MLA 2012 Seattle: War and the Language of Comedy. Paper proposals due March 13 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 11:17am
full name / name of organization: 
Joanna Scutts and Susan Harlan/Modern Language Association
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Soliciting papers exploring connections between war and comedy; how war, soldiers and violence have been represented through comic language or form. Medieval to Modern.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to warcomedyMLA@gmail.com by March 13 2011. Subject to MLA review.

[UPDATE] "Women and War" at RMMLA, 2011. ABSTRACT DEADLINE APPROACHING: 03/01/11.

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:42am
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Paper proposals exploring the role of women in times of war are invited for a Special Topic Session at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention. Although this is currently an open topic, proposals which examine various aspects and effects of wartime traumas and/or traumatic memories are particularly welcome.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Natalie Carter (nlcarter@gwmail.gwu.edu) at The George Washington University, by March 01, 2011. Receipt will be acknowledged, and notifications will be sent by March 15.

Thackeray in Time, 1811-2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:51am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Alice Crossley & Dr Richard Salmon, University of Leeds

THACKERAY IN TIME, 1811-2011 Call for Papers

School of English, University of Leeds
Saturday 1st October 2011

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Professor Judith Fisher (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas), author of Thackeray's Skeptical Narrative and the 'Perilous Trade' of Authorship (2002)

Professor Richard Pearson (National University of Ireland, Galway), author of W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text (2000)

SCMLA 2011: Literary Criticism and Theory (3/28 abstracts; 10/27-29 conference)

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Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 5:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Robert Azzarello

SCMLA 2011: Literary Criticism and Theory (3/28 abstracts; 10/27-29 conference)

South Central Modern Language Association

October 27-29, 2011

Hot Springs, Arkansas

The regular session on Literary Criticism and Theory invites papers on an open topic. Send 500 word abstracts or papers to Robert Azzarello (robert.azzarello@gmail.com) by March 28, 2011.

CFP EXTENSION: Feb. 15th. Attending (to) the Party: Orientations and Simulacra of Public and Private Sites

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Friday, February 11, 2011 - 1:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
9th Annual Concordia University Graduate English Colloquium, Montreal

Throughout history, the notion of 'party' has served as a site for exploring prevailing liminalities: from ideological display to decorous intimacies to social multitudes, the party has served as a means of further repressing or extolling self within private and public domains, projecting identity formations of the other, or combating the enigmatic reflections of the public world. The dialectic of inclusion and exclusion—who is invited into a space, a sphere, an identity—has been used as a social tool and political wedge while at once advancing the bounds of restraint within prescribed modes of behaviour.

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