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WSQ: Engage

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 3:56pm
Women's Studies Quarterly

WSQ: Engage!
Guest Editors: David A. Gerstner & Cynthia Chris

"I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement." — Oscar Wilde

"There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do not think it's asking to much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect."
— Nikki Giovanni

[Call for Articles] Politics of Place: A Journal for Postgraduates

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:26pm
Politics of Place: A Journal for Postgraduates

Politics of Place is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduates. It publishes exceptional research focusing on the relationship between culture and spatiality in works of literature, engaging particularly with issues of nationhood, community, class, marginality, and the self. The journal places specific emphasis on the complex interactions between physical environments and human activity.

Pilgrimage, Mission, Spiritual Ascension: Religious Travel in World Literature (SAMLA, 9-11 Nov)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 5:38pm
J. Stephen Pearson

Religious travel is found in many of the world's greatest literary works, from the pilgrims going to Canterbury to Tripitaka collecting the sacred scrolls in India to Las Casas traveling around the New World to Dante ascending from Hell into Paradise--just to name a few well-known examples.

Presentations on any topic related to literary depictions of religious travel--anything from literal depictions of pilgrimage or mission to metaphorical depictions of spiritual journeying or ascension--are welcome. Source material may come from any religious tradition and geographic region, and genres may include both textual and performed materials (e.g., plays, songs, movies).

A New Look at the Gothic Monster (SAMLA, Durham, North Carolina. Nov. 9-11, 2012)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 1:45pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

A New Look at the Gothic Monster

This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolution of monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster; the abhuman; the post-human and the monster; the monster in imperial Gothic fiction; popular fiction and the monster; cultural transformations of the monster.

[UPDATE] 2012 PAMLA Special Session "To Sleep: Perchance to Dream" at Seattle University; EXTENDED proposal deadline Sunday 4/22

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 1:16pm
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association); October 19-20, 2012

This special session for the 2012 PAMLA Conference seeks papers that address constructions, representations, and interpretations of dreams and dreamlike states. What extent do we have control over our dreams? What is the purpose of dreaming, if such purpose exists? What of other, dream-like altered states of consciousness?

This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines. Please use the PAMLA 2012 site to submit a proposal before Sunday, April 22, 2012.

The Adventures of Tintin (essay collection) [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:14am
Tyler Shores and Tom Ue

Abstracts are now being accepted for possible inclusion in an anthology on "The Adventures of Tintin." Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, and social issues explored in the Tintin universe and intended to appeal to the intelligent lay reader.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

CFP: "Except Asia: Agamben's Work in Transcultural Perspective" International Conference

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:32am
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Conference Date: June 25-27, 2013
Organized by Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, with the participation of Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

FEATURED SPEAKERS
Simone Bignall (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Joyce C. H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Brett Neilson (University of West Sydney, Australia)
Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University, USA)
Marcelo Svirksy (University of Wollongong, Australia)

*Other speakers to be confirmed

"[I]n the beginning all the World was America": Atlantic Commerce Virtualized, Imagined, Written (NEASECS Oct. 11-14, 2013)

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:39pm
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

In so ostentatiously connecting the Book of Genesis, the state of nature, and the Atlantic World, John Locke made it so that liberal political-economy would always have to return to America, to grasp its theoretical foundations and to fulfill the destiny of private property. In opening up America as both conceptual origin and commercial imperative, the Second Treatise also participates in a long line of narrative fillings and fulfillments of a theoretically and narratively empty America.

Call for Papers

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:48pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at www.ucn.ca.

CONFERENCE "Crossing: Travels, Transformations, and Transgressions in and out of Codes and Canons"

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - 4:44pm
Department of English, Universitas Padjadjaran

"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.

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