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[UPDATE: Extended Deadline] 4th Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference - March 23- 24

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 8:51pm
Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages).

Moving Children. PAMLA 10/19-21/2012

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:34pm
Kate C. Watt, UC Riverside

Whether "transported," imprisoned, committed to the workhouse, trained for positions in "service," apprenticed, shipped off to Canada, adopted, or otherwise disposed of, poor children have been moved, often against their will, for centuries, in both fiction and non-fiction. Explorations of narrative tropes and tensions, rhetorical and ideological rationalizations, and cultural responses to such narratives are welcome.

PAMLA, Seattle, October 19-21, 2012.

Inquiries welcome. Please include PAMLA in your subject line.

CFP: Victorian Networks. Deadline for submission: March 1, 2012

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:00pm
North American Victorian Studies Association

The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin, September 27-30, invites papers on the theme of networks. Keynotes include Amanda Anderson, Adam Phillips, and a visual networks panel with Caroline Arscott, Tim Barringer, Julie Codell, and Mary Roberts. Participants will also be able to sign up for networks seminars of 15 presenters of precirculated 5-page position papers on the topic.

MLA Special Session: The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making (3/1/12; Boston 2013)

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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 10:36am
Elaine Auyoung, Rutgers University

MLA Special Session
The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making
Boston, January 2013

Paper proposals exploring the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, stagecraft, illusion, to the cognition of representational art. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (elaine.auyoung@rutgers.edu). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.

Animate Objects, Inanimate Bodies

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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:18am
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.

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