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[REMINDER] Illuminating the Everyday Imagination [9/30/09; NeMLA in Montreal, April 7-11, 2010]

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 9:04am
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Elaine Auyoung
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This panel considers the imagination's literary significance in relation to its underestimated role in everyday cognitive life. Papers may combine analysis of specific texts with psychological, philosophical, or cognitive accounts of the imagination. How does literary representation reflect the everyday imagination at work? How do fictional characters and narrators model commonplace imaginative acts? Most important, how does literature engage our ordinary imaginative powers in such extraordinary ways? Send 300 to 500-word abstracts to Elaine Auyoung at auyoung@fas.harvard.edu.

Northeast Modern Language Association 2010 Annual Convention
Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010

IOWA JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES ISSUE ON WORK, NOV. 6, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009 - 6:08pm
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IOWA JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES
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The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks essays from the humanities and social sciences on representations, cultures, and histories of labor and work. We are particularly interested in essays that engage with recent theorizations of contemporary labor practices, especially the work of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno, and Christian Marazzi on, for example, immaterial and affective labor. We look to offer an issue with articles on a range of labor practices, including industrial, immaterial, manual, cultural, affective, unpaid, etc.

This special issue will also include a forum on writing practices in the University.

This call is not limited to interests of any century or geographic location.

SEA LITERATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE, March 31-April 3, 2010

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Friday, August 28, 2009 - 10:03am
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National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 2010 Conference
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SEA LITERATURE, HISTORY & CULTURE
Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers

National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations
2010 Conference
March 31-April 3, 2010
St. Louis, Missouri

For more information on the PCA/ACA, please go to http://pcaaca.org/conference/national.php .

DEADLINE: December 15, 2009
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

"Work Out the Ape": Popular Darwinism

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 3:59pm
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Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference (Albuquerque, Feb. 10-13, 2010)
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"'Work out the ape'": Popular Darwinism": The term "Darwinism" is a broad umbrella term in the late nineteenth century. Nevertheless, it is useful shorthand, expressing the preoccupation of British and American popular culture with a range of themes related to the Darwinian revolution in biology by the end of the nineteenth century: "degeneration," man's biological kinship with animals, the problem of aggression, the place of sexual pleasure in the psychic economy and its relationship to sexual selection, and the biological underpinnings of changing gender roles.

American Conference for Irish Studies March 2010 Southern Regional Meeting

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:22pm
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American Conference for Irish Studies
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The Southern Regional Conference of ACIS will be held at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, March 4-7, 2010. Ireland's geographical, literary, historic, and artistic symbols and boundaries, like the Celtic knot or the Connemara coastline, are immeasurable and have been described as representations of infinity, hence the theme of the 2010 meeting: "Crafting Infinity: Struggle and Rebirth." We welcome paper and panel proposals of 250 words (to be sent as a Word attachment) that deal with the conference theme, as well as other aspects of Irish Studies. Please send abstracts and inquiries to Dr. Rory Cornish (cornishr@winthrop.edu) by November 6, 2009.

"'Pillars of Witness': Brontë Literature as Commentary" NEMLA (April 7-11, 2010)

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 11:04am
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41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Anne Bronte's harassed governess, Agnes Grey, reflects that in stressful times poetry can provide solace, yet it also documents life experiences. She confides: "I still preserve those relics of past sufferings and experience, like pillars of witness…." Building on "pillars of witness", this panel will investigate the role of recording or witnessing in Brontë literature. How do the works bear witness to events or concepts? How does this affect their "art"? Consider the consequences or benefits of the Brontës' acts of bearing witness. Does gender inform the discussion? Please email 250-500 word abstracts to Kristin Le Veness at Kristin.LeVeness@ncc.edu by September 30, 2009.

Apparitional Lesbians Panel @ NEMLA; abstracts due 9/30

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 7:19pm
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Ula Lukszo; Stony Brook University
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This panel will examine the appearance of "apparitional lesbians" in various works of fiction in order to question whether the apparitional, the unseen, and the invisible can be rendered visible, and how such a new visibility readjusts our understanding of those works. The panel will also consider papers on newer lesbian texts that employ the ghostly or empower it explicitly. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Ula Lukszo (ulukszo@ic.sunysb.edu).

HERA: Humanities Education & Research Association, El Paso, March 11-13, 2010

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 3:42pm
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Humanities Education & Research Association

Call for Papers:
Intersections: Mind, Body, Time, Space
March 11-13, 2010, Camino Real Hotel, El Paso, Texas

The 2010 conference of the Humanities Education and Research Association will take place at one of the most dynamic intersections in the world—the border crossing of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Constant traffic across this border port and the lively interchange of people and ideas through its gates has given birth to a regional identity that blends the Mexican and U. S. populations in a unique Southwestern Culture.

"Pictures of an Exhibition: Museums and Collections in Literature and Media" NeMLA (April 7-11, 2010)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 3:14pm
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41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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a panel at the 41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

This panel explores the ways in which museums and the pre-modern practices of collection that preceded them have been treated in literature, film and other media. The goal of the panel is to assess the cultural place of museums indirectly; complementing the cultural studies scholarship on museums and collection themselves – including, for instance, the work of Tony Bennett and Susan Stewart – with a look at how museums circulate as objects of interest in the culture at large.

New Beginnings

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Monday, August 24, 2009 - 11:31am
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Journal of South Texas English Studies

The Journal for South Texas English Studies, a blind-peer-reviewed publication, is seeking submissions for its inaugural edition, which has been aptly themed "New Beginnings." The first edition will be published online on December 1, 2009. New beginnings occur when anything new is attempted, when one literary period changes to another, when an author pens a coming-of-age novel, when technology profoundly changes culture, when a new literary theory is debuted, when a new literary technique is attempted, when new theories emerge, and when communities are threatened by new challenges. As you can see, this is an open-ended theme. Papers not connected to the theme will be considered, but those that follow the theme have the best chance to be published.

11th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness (March 2010: Salzburg, Austria)

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Monday, August 24, 2009 - 5:27am
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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

11th Global Conference
Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness

Monday 15th March - Thursday 18th March 2010
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes:

CFP: 18th- and 19th-C. British Women Writers Conference (Abstracts due Oct. 15, 2009)

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Friday, August 21, 2009 - 6:38pm
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18th- and 19th-C. British Women Writers Association /Texas A&M University
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The 18th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

"Journeys"
April 8-11, 2010

Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint and Felicity A. Nussbaum
Plenary Panel Speakers: Mary E. Fissell, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson, and Erika Rappaport

Call for Papers

This year's conference will explore the abundant varieties of journeys found in 18th- and 19th-century British women's writing. We encourage interdisciplinary considerations of topics such as migration, travel, exile, exploration, tourism, border crossing, religion, travel writing, art, fantasy, children's literature and more.

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