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PAMLA 2012 / Science Fiction Division / Deadline April 22nd, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:32am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Science Fiction Division of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites paper proposals for the 110th annual PAMLA conference, held this year at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington from October 19th – 21st, 2012.

All abstracts proposing original science fiction scholarship will receive full consideration.

To propose a paper, please follow this link and use the Online Proposal Submission Form, which will help guide your paper title, abstract, and proposal (of no more than 500 words) to the Science Fiction Division by the April 22nd deadline:

http://www.pamla.org/2012/proposals

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BEHIND THE SCREEN DOOR: SPACES OF THE CINEMATIC HOUSE

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:03am
Dr. Fran Pheasant-Kelly, Dr. Stella Hockenhull and Dr. Eleanor Andrews/ University of Wolverhampton

Abstract due 30 April 2012, first draft essay due 30 July 2012, final essay due December 2012

This edited collection seeks to publish recent scholarship on spaces of the cinematic house by film or screen studies scholars employing a range of critical methodologies. Currently we are inviting final contributions for a volume provisionally entitled Behind the Screen Door: Spaces of the Cinematic House, for which we are in discussions with Routledge. Essays should address one of the following spaces not already covered – the master bedroom, cellar, doors and windows, the study/library or corridors within the cinematic house, although other suggestions are welcome.

[UPDATE] Animate Objects, Inanimate Bodies - EXTENDED DEADLINE TUESDAY 10th of APRIL 2012

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 8:56am
King's College London

King's College London Annual Postgraduate Conference

What separates the human body from the objects around it? Are objects merely inanimate, inorganic things that are designed and used by human bodies? Is it solely the human body that is the physical site or limit of the self? Is there a divide between the human body and the object in the first place?

We are looking for papers which examine the interactions (or lack thereof) between bodies and objects in literature. These interactions could suggest an impenetrable divide between the human body and the object, could question where the body ends and the object begins, or could reveal how bodies and objects inform one another.

[UPDATE] CFP: Victorian Travelers*: Women Writing Boundaries DEADLINE EXTENDED March 31 - RMMLA 2012 (Oct. 11-13, Boulder, CO)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 1:22am
Kimberly Madsen, College of Southern Idaho, English Department

This session invites papers that consider the boundaries - physical, imposed, and imaginary - that Victorian women travelers crossed. Please contact Kimberly Madsen at kmadsen@csi.edu with a 300 word abstract before March 31.

For more information on the conference visit: http://rmmla.wsu.edu/conferences/default.asp

Multidisciplinary Special Issue on "Remembering the Civil War"

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Monday, March 12, 2012 - 8:09pm
Southern Cultures, the multidisciplinary quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South

Southern Cultures has just expanded our online archive of material on the Civil War and numerous other subject areas, which now includes twenty years of content. In addition, next year we will publish a new special issue, "Remembering the Civil War," for which we are now accepting submissions from scholars from all fields.

Over 60,000 people annually read Southern Cultures in print, online, and through eBooks, including scholars and students of American studies, literature, history, labor, African American Studies, religion, pop culture, sociology, women & gender, folklore, film, art, and many other subjects.

Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

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Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 7:22pm
Tabitha Sparks, Louise Penner

Call for Papers: Edited Collection: Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

How was the rise of scientific medicine in the Victorian era appropriated and adapted by popular culture? This essay collection explores the relationship between the increasingly specialized medical disciplines and a variety of texts and contexts, including popular (non-canonical) literature, journalism, advertisements, home medical and nursing manuals, and lectures and exhibitions at and mechanics institutes. The collection also offers perspectives on literature's reciprocal influence on diverse health care fields including nursing, pharmacy, medical philanthropy, health care missionary work, advertising, and quackery.

[UPDATE] GRAMMA - Journal of Theory and Criticism

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Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:41pm
Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

GRAMMA
Journal of Theory and Criticism

Semiotics as a Theory of Culture:
Deciphering the Meanings of Cultural Texts

Issue number 20, 2012

(un)SAFE: An Interdisciplinary Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Graduate Student Conference

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 6:11pm
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

(un)SAFE an interdisciplinary gender, sexuality, and women's studies graduate student conference at the University of Pennsylvania December 6th and 7th, 2012 with a keynote address by Lauren Berlant Experiences of the contemporary social world are often defined in terms of safety: a group of friends, a college choice or a sexual encounter could be "safe", where a classroom, a piece of equipment or a social space would be "unsafe". But the distinction between safety and unsafety is profoundly unstable, and articulates some of the most disturbing paradoxes of contemporary life. Safety can be banal, when a writer or athlete reaches only for goals within immediate reach, but it can also be utopian, in the scene of therapy, learning or rehearsal.

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