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"Spectacle": 20th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association, Republic of China

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 7:59am
English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China & English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University

With its etymological roots in the Latin spectare ("to view, to watch") and spectaculum ("a show"), spectacle indicates a vital, if problematic, point of access to reality, identity, and history. Broadly defined, a spectacle is something exhibited to elicit awe, amusement, nostalgia, curiosity, fear, distraction, or other responses from viewers, and thus mediates the relationships between members of society, moments in history and dimensions of self. When in 1904, Henry Adams suggested the continuity between Gothic cathedrals and world's fairs as both were media of "infinite energy," he exposed the diversity and unity of spectacles as cultural forms.

[UPDATE] Roots and Radicalisms (DEADLINE 29/2/12)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:52pm
Endnotes 2012 Graduate Conference - University of of British Columbia

Roots and Radicalisms: Literature, Theory and Praxis

Jean Baudrillard's claim from The Illusion of the End (1992) that history "has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin" signals a millennialist angst that proclaims the exhaustion of ideas and the end of historical "progress." And yet, as the significant worldwide political upheavals of the past year attest, global citizens are not yet entirely resigned to living in and among dustbins. Is it possible that we are experiencing a widespread reemergence of radical thinking and action?

General issue: 2012-13

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:51am
Neo-Victorian Studies

Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue. The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives. We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the 'Victorian' beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia.

Neo-Victorianism and Marginal Voices (MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6)

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:45am
(MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6)

This panel seeks papers that explore the parameters of neo-Victorian literature from a variety of historical, formal, or theoretical approaches. Questions addressed might include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

[UPDATE] Literature and Religion (DEADLINE 3/1/12)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 3:48pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association invites the submission of proposals for individual papers to its Literature and Religion session. Papers may engage a wide range of religious and literary traditions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches. You might consider the intersection between literature, religion, and any of the following issues:

- Gender/sexuality/race
- Nation
- The family
- Modernity
- Secularization
- Fundamentalism
- Revolution
- Representations of the messianic or the apocalyptic

Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages).

The deadline for paper proposals is MARCH 1, 2012.

3rd Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Suicide (November 2012, Salzburg, Austria)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 7:12am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Suicide

Saturday 10th November – Monday 12th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call For Papers:
\Suicide, the deliberate and intentional act of ending one's life, is an assault on our ideas of what living is about. Whether we believe that we have the right to end our own life because we no longer wish to live, or that suicide is never morally permissible, the fact that people can arrange their deaths and that some do, challenges us to think about the nature of life, and of death.

4th Global Conference: Bullying and the Abuse of Power (November 2012, Salzburg, Austria)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 4:14am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference
Bullying and the Abuse of Power

Sunday 4th November – Tuesday 6th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call For Papers
Bullying is a global problem. Whether it takes place in the schoolyard; the board room; the corridors of academe; a detention centre for alleged terrorists; a government office, or cyber space; and whether it involves insult, physical assault or manipulation of the environment with the intention of making another person's life intolerable, bullying involves the abuse of power. Everyone is affected by it, whether directly or indirectly.

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