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[UPDATE] "The Ambassadorship of Literature" Deadline Extended Oct. 1

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:30pm
New York University

"The Ambassadorship of Literature" – a two-day symposium at New York University, 2-3 November 2012

The figure of the diplomat has received relatively little consideration in the study of transnational literature. We are organizing a symposium on diplomacy and literature that will bring together scholars and practitioners to address the relationship between embodied statecraft and the literary voice in realms of extraterritorial jurisdiction. As agents of mediation, alert to linguistic ambivalence, the ambassador and the author alike fulfill a privileged role of joining and compromise, of mediation and experimentation at the points where cultures and languages meet.

UPDATE - Steampunk edited collection

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 4:41pm
Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser

We are seeking abstracts for inclusion in a proposal for an edited volume on the subject of steampunk. The anthology will present a varied look at steampunk culture and criticism, presenting a comprehensive look at the genre's impact and development in the fields of art and material cultural. Accordingly, we seek proposals that explore any of a range of iterations of the genre. These may include, for example, analysis of:

CEA-MAG Annual Spring Conference 2013 - Abstracts due 12/15/12

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 2:45pm
"Nature and Artifice," College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
Call for Papers
"Nature and Artifice"
9 March 2013
Keynote Speaker: Performance Poet and Writer Linda Joy Burke

Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

CFP: Unruly Catholics From Dante to Kevin Smith (due ASAP)

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:35am
Dr. Marc DiPaolo, Oklahoma City University

I am looking for one or two final chapters to round out a nearly complete book manuscript. It is an interdisciplinary study of progressive Catholics in literature, film, theology, and history.

I am eager to submit the book to publishers, so I am looking for an unpublished, ready-to-submit essay related to one or more of the following topics:

rebellious nuns from Claire to Nuns on the Bus
Michael Field
Oscar Wilde
Joan of Arc in history and literature
Catholic environmentalists

I am willing to entertain submissions on other, related topics.

26th Annual GAFIS Symposium at UW-Madison: (Dis)illusion, April 12th-13th 2013

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:59pm
GAFIS (Graduate Association of French & Italian Students), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Illusion is commonly defined as a false idea or belief, often the product of misperception or deception, intentional or otherwise. Its etymological basis in the Latin verb illudere reveals an element of mockery that is evidently lost in the modern connotation of illusion and yet remains, arguably, in that intriguing phase of disillusion that often follows it. How does one distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition? Is disillusion a necessary evil, or an essential part of this understanding as it leads to new possibilities for development and discovery?

"I Live Here!: Redefining and Negotiating Notions of Public and Private" Feb 22-23, 2013

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:39pm
North Carolina State Association of English Graduate Students

Call For Papers – "I Live Here!: Redefining and Negotiating Notions of Public and Private"
NC State English Graduate Conference
Conference Dates: Feb 22-23, 2013
Abstracts Due: November 15, 2012
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The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our fourth annual graduate student conference in the humanities, which will be held February 22-23, 2013 at Tompkins Hall in Raleigh, NC.

George Eliot: Reimagining Liberation and the Future of England

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 4:39pm
Panel for MVSA Conference--deadline: October 15, 2012

Born into a family of evangelical Protestantism that she would later renounce, George Eliot exemplifies Victorian England's increasing tensions between religious claims and secular doubts. This panel for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) will examine the works of George Eliot and the ways in which her writings reflect the era's debates on the validity of religion. In particular, the panel will explore the ways in which Eliot invokes the notions of liberation and assimilation in her works.