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[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.

Sirens (women in fantasy) - 10/6/2011-10/7/2011 - 5/7/2011

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 4:23pm
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Hallie Tibbetts / Narrate Conferences



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens
Vail, Colorado
October 6–9, 2011
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 6–9, 2011, in Vail, Colorado. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

Composing Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:37pm
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University of Cincinnati, Department of English & Comparative Literature

The purpose of this conference is to examine meanings of space in a time of cyberspace, non-space, third space, queer space, and other emerging formulations of space that challenge predominantly physical, material constructs. How do we understand our art, our craft, our work, our relationships, and ourselves in spaces that have been transformed in a digital age? To what extent do classic dichotomies such as city-rural, urban-suburban, and public-private hold up in contemporary life? As we create places in our reshaped settings and lives, what are viable ways to examine the meanings of space?

New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities - May 11-13

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 8:15am
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The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference Committee

The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference is accepting abstracts for New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities, the annual conference to be held 11 May to 13 May 2011.

Evidence--Victorian Division panel for MLA 2112 (Seattle)

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 6:55pm
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MLA Division on the Victorian Period
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In the sciences, in the humanities, and in everyday life, evidence differs among (and is contested within) different disciplines, historical moments, and epistemologies. We seek papers that take up the question of evidence in the Victorian Period and that reflect upon our own evidentiary practices.

[UPDATE] Special Topics Session: "Productive Silences" (Annual RMMLA Conference October 6-8, 2011)

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 3:04pm
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Pamela J. Rader/ RMMLA 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ

Special Topics Panel: Productive Silences
History and the history-making process, while seeking to remember, often call attention to singularity of perspective, which results in silencing the memories of survivors. Literature then steps in to fill the gaps or the lacuna of silence. In this imaginative, fictional realm, silence and those silenced by historians, dictators, and forgetfulness find agency. Understood as a form of resistance, silence becomes a literary ruse: a voice or a perspective that once lacked agency now finds a place on the page.
Narratives that use ruses of hidden or lost documents (such as letters, journals, and oral testimonies) are particularly interesting.

Everything & More: Theorizing the Encyclopedic Novel... MLA 2012 Seattle

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 7:23pm
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Brendan Beirne, New York University Dept. of English & American Literature
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This panel seeks to consolidate and refine our understanding of the encyclopedic novel as a distinct (sub)genre within the broader field of novel studies / narratology.

What conventions mark texts as encyclopedic, and how have these conventions developed over time? How does a text's encyclopedism influence its reception by literary critics and narrative theorists? And how does the increasing ubiquity and accessibility of information in our culture effect the way we interpret 'data-saturated' novels of the past and present? These and other questions will inform our discussion.

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