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Converting Cultures, Building the Empire: American Missionaries in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Claremont, CA - Nov. 5-6, 11)

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 2:03am
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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

[UPDATE] Women Writing the Natural World, deadline 3/15

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 9:52pm
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Nineteenth Century Gender Studies / Summer 2011 Special Issue

This special issue of Nineteenth Century Gender Studies will explore the way in which nineteenth-century women wrote about the natural world. It is designed to cover writings on landscape and on plant and animal life. It aims to emphasize women's participation in scientific discussion of Darwinian ideas, and also in a broader range of scientific and aesthetic engagements with nature.

Refuse and Reuse: The Challenges of Repurposing and Re-imagining in the Ancient World

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 5:04pm
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The Department of Classical Studies at Duke University and the Department of Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Department of Classical Studies at Duke University and the Department of Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill are proud to announce this Call for Papers for the 22nd Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Student Colloquium. This year's colloquium is entitled "Refuse and Reuse: The Challenges of Repurposing and Re-imagining in the Ancient World," to be held April 1-3, 2011. The keynote speaker will be Eric Varner of Emory University, who will be speaking on "Ambivalent Identities: Repurposing Roman Portraits."

[UPDATE] Watermark Journal Submission Deadline 2/11/2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 11:13pm
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California State University, Long Beach, Graduate English Department

WATERMARK JOURNAL
CALL FOR PAPERS

Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our fifth volume to be published in May 2011. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

RMMLA 19th Century British Literature Session--Scottsdale, Arizona (Proposals 3/1/2011; Conference 10/6-8 2011)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:51pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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250-word abstracts dealing with any aspect of English Nineteenth-Century Literature are welcome. Please also include a brief CV or equivalent biographical statement. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. The deadline for submission is 3/1/2009, and the conference dates are October 6-8, 2011.

Please note that accepted presenters will need to be current in their RMMLA dues by 4/1/2011. Abstracts and CVs may be emailed as Word, RTF or PDF attachments to srogers@weber.edu or sent via regular mail to Scott Rogers, 1404 University Circle, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, 84408.

For further information, see the conference website:

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture--TRANSPOSITION--April 16 and 17, U. Iowa--Deadline Extended to Feb. 11

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:13pm
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Craft Critique Culture

What does it mean to transpose? What might it mean to shift, adapt, migrate, translate, or even steal across the boundaries of genre, medium, discipline, culture or nation? Is a melody, a sentence, a method or a concept the same after transposition?

This year's keynote presenters are Kathryn Laity and Lori Branch. Kathryn Laity, Associate Professor of English (Medieval) at The College of Saint Rose, NY, works across medieval literature and culture, film, creative writing and new media with publications including scholarly work, fiction, poetry, column writing, translation, a play and even a comic book. Her talk will be titled "Converting Monks into Friars: Public Scholars in the 21st Century."

"Fantasy and the Mundane in 19th century Realism" March 20, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:06pm
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Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, 109th Annual Conference, November 5-6, 2011
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This special session will examine some of the ways in which everyday life is represented and negotiated through the intersections of fantasy and the mundane in 19th century realist novels. All papers that consider the fantasy, desire, and the mundane in 19th century realism are welcome. Please send a brief abstract and c.v. to swafford@bradley.edu by March 20, 2011.

Kevin Swafford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies
Bradley University

Women and Work: Claremont Colleges, CA, Nov. 5-6, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 3:29pm
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Susanne Weil / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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UPDATE: PAMLA requests that proposals be submitted via their website:
http://www.pamla.org/2011/proposals
If you encounter problems, please email your proposal to sweil@centralia.edu.
Also, please submit any A/V requests with your proposal to ensure that they can be met.

Call for Papers: How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose?

[UPDATE] The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication [DEADLINE EXTENDED]; SUNY Albany; Wai Chee Dimock +

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:28pm
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University at Albany, SUNY; English Graduate Student Organization
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The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication

April 1-2, 2011

***SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: FEBRUARY 14***

Keynote Speaker: Wai Chee Dimock
Creative Keynote Speaker: Doug Rice

"The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the "outlaw," the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order." —Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

Empathy, Sympathy, and Other Minds (MLA 2012, proposal deadline 3/6/11)

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:35pm
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Meghan Hammond / New York University
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This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention in Seattle. Empathy and sympathy are capacious terms that have rich and overlapping conceptual histories in philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, and political thought. This panel will explore the ties between empathy/sympathy and the epistemological concerns of literature. What solutions, and problems, do empathy and sympathy introduce to the production of knowledge of the world (especially knowledge of other minds)? What do empathy and sympathy have to do with representational difficulty? How do they influence narrative or poetic innovation? Proposals for papers on any literary period or genre are welcome. Interdisciplinary and cognitive approaches are particularly welcome.

Gender Wars: Misericordia University's Inaugural Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference APRIL 2,2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:00pm
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Misericordia University

How does the media categorize or illustrate gender? What does it mean to be "feminine"? What does it mean to be "masculine"? How does gender intersect with race and ethnicity? Historically, how have gender guidelines evolved? What roles have both men and women played in literature? Is feminism still relevant today? Undergraduate students of all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts on any topics related to gender studies.

Please send your 250-word paper abstract to Patrick Hamilton, Assistant Professor of English, phamilto@misericordia.edu by February 28, 2011.
Registration: Free to MU students/faculty; $10 non-MU students; $15 non-MU faculty

Date: APRIL 2, 2011

MLA (5-8 Jan 2012, Seattle) Victorian Division panel--Ethics and Literary Experience

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:11pm
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Eileen Gillooly/MLA Division on the Victorian Period
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Ethics and Literary Experience

"the only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings, is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact of being struggling erring human creatures"—George Eliot

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED [February 7] for Composing Live(s) Symposium - March 25, 2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:28pm
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Miami English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association
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The 8th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association Symposium
Composing Live(s): Writing the Self and the Other within the Disciplines
March 25, 2011, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio

"To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all." —Lord Byron

Writing about lives, writing that lives, or writing that comes to us live from an immediate, connected source shapes how we as scholars and teachers conceive of ourselves and others. Writing works within and out of academia to continually (re)define what is and is not important, what is and is not canonized, and what is and is not ignored within many discourse communities.

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