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The 21st METU British Novelists Conference: The Bronte Sisters and Their Work 12-13 December 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 6:24pm
Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

"The Bronte Sisters and Their Work" is the theme for this year's METU British Novelists Conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education in Middle East Technical University. The organizers invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of the work of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte. Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches placing the work of the Bronte Sisters within contexts such as media, performance and adaptation studies are also welcome. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

CFP: "Literature and Pornography" Special Issue, March 17, 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 6:02pm
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

The dust may have begun to settle in the blogosphere, but E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Gray novels continue to dominate the bestseller list, impervious to the literary outrage that greeted their remarkable success. In the wake of this phenomenon, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory invites essays on literary works that flirt with, dabble in, or wholly embrace the pornographic. We are interested in scholarly engagements with the history, theory, and politics of pornography, as well as studies of the popularity, reception, censorship, and "literariness" of texts considered pornographic.

Gay and Lesbian Studies, PAMLA Conference 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 4:12pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Seeking abstracts/proposals ASAP on various topics in the area of LGBTQ Studies in any academic discipline for the 2013 PAMLA Conference: Friday November 1-Sunday November 3, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California. Final deadline for proposals is April 3rd, 2013. Submissions should be sent in Word format to mark.bundy@ucr.edu

Fall Stories Conference — 18th-19th June 2014

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 1:22pm
Zohar Hadroi-Allouche / University of Aberdeen

A Call For Papers

Fall narratives: an interdisciplinary perspective

18th-19th June 2014, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

As the 340th anniversary of John Milton's death approaches, we seek to explore the theme of the Fall in a diverse, interdisciplinary context.

The conference, which is organised with the intention of leading to a publication of proceedings, will examine the concept of the Fall across a range of disciplines and languages. The temporal scope extends from antiquity to contemporary times.

We welcome proposals with research interest such as, but not limited to, Literature, Religion, Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Art, Film and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies and Economics.

[UPDATE] Purity: An Interdisciplinary Event 11th-12th July 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:10am
University of Sussex

Update: Deadline for submissions is fast approaching! Please submit by 15th March.

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

Excursions Journal and the University of Sussex Doctoral School are pleased to announce PURITY, a unique interdisciplinary event, to be held on the University of Sussex Campus, Falmer, near Brighton, on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2013.

War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World- 17, 18, 19 June 2014

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 9:54am
Université Européenne de Bretagne – Rennes 2, France

The wars of the past have not left the same imprint on collective memory. Wars of conquest or liberation have marked the history of the British Empire and its colonies in different ways. American foreign policy seems to be motivated by what is sometimes viewed as an imperialist vision which led the army into the quagmire of Vietnam and more recently into controversial involvement in the Gulf. Whether they end in victory or defeat, or are a source of patriotic pride or collective shame, wars are commemorated in museum exhibitions or through literature and the cinema in which the threads of ideological discourse and the expression of subjective experience are intertwined.

"Secularity and Faith"; Literature and Religion Panel for PAMLA (Nov. 1-3, 2013); Deadline: April 15, 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 1:24am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2013 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in San Diego, California. The conference will take place November 1-3, 2013.

How do writers negotiate faith in a secular age? What are the varieties of secularism expressed in literary works? The panel especially welcomes engagement with Charles Taylor's recent work, A Secular Age.

REMINDER (Deadline: March 15): MLA 2014 -- Cognitive Approaches to Literature Division -- Call for Papers

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12:47am
Julien J. Simon

Call for Papers -- MLA 2014, Chicago
Division on Cognitive Approaches to Literature
(Guaranteed sessions)

PANEL 1
Cognitive Approaches to Film
Theory; new interpretations; unexpected angles. We invite papers at the intersection of cognitive studies and the moving image. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 15th; Julien Simon (jjsimon@iue.edu) and Lisa Zunshine (lisa.zunshine@gmail.com).

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