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1st Global Conference: Transmedia Narratives

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 2:31am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Transmedia Narratives

Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Presentations:

SAMLA 2012: Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 4:43pm
Comparative Literature Division

We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."

A Man's Got to Do What a Man's Got to Do: Obligations of Masculinity and Maleness, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11, 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:54pm
Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association

Papers exploring gendered notions of indebtedness and entitlement, culturally connected to maleness and masculinity.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu. Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

Chair: Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu.

To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:51pm
Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association

To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature

This panel looks for papers exploring the debt owed by children to their community and by the community to its children. Suggested topics include expectations of success and breaking free from the cycle of poverty, sibling obligation, and obligations of mutual care for children and parents. Papers exploring monetary obligations between generations are also welcome.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, ncnance@ilstu.edu. Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

/UPDATE/: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:42pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives An essay assemblage (abstracts for june 30 2012)

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:25am
Mark Houlahan/ University of Waiakto, Hamilton, New Zealand

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives
An essay assemblage
Edited by Mark Houlahan, Kirstine Moffat and Fiona Martin

In these the best of times (and the worst), the age of wisdom (and the age of foolishness), the epoch of belief and incredulity, the season of darkness and light, the spring of hope and the winter of despair, steampunk has flourished. Airships circle the globe; clanking machines haunt the ocean's deeps. Fractals of history merge and re- combine. Babbage's quaint math reinvents the computer a century before its prime; of necessity, as the neo-Victorian knows no silicon chip, steampunk computers gleam and creak with wooden stylings and mechanically wrought interiors.

CFP - Gothic Antipodes: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 22-23 January 2013

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 9:11am
Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA)

The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) welcomes papers for its inaugural conference, to be held at Stamford Plaza Hotel, Auckland, on 22-23 January 2013.
Keynote speaker: Professor Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne).

The conference will be organised in the spirit of the Association. GANZA is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together scholars, students, teachers and professionals from a number of Gothic disciplines, including literature, film, music, fashion, architecture and popular culture. It is the aim of the Association to not only place a focus on Australasian Gothic scholarship, but also to build international links with the wider Gothic community as a whole.

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