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Prima Facie and Second Nature: Prosopopeia and the Faces of Origin (ACLA 2012)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 4:13pm
Organizers: Andrea Gadberry (UC Berkeley), Amanda Jo Goldstein (Cornell University, UW-Madison)

Having narrowly escaped the clutches of a band of marauders, Montaigne attributes his good luck to his face: "If my face did not answer for me, if people did not read in my eyes and my voice the innocence of my intentions, I would not have lasted so long without quarrel and without harm." With his legible eyes and voice, Montaigne's "Of Physiognomy" projects a face that quells quarrels and establishes "innocence."

The Society for Textual Scholarship Conference, Austin, Texas, 31 May – 2 June 2012

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:19am
Society for Textual Scholarship

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society for Textual Scholarship

International Interdisciplinary Conference

31 May – 2 June 2012

The University of Texas at Austin

Program Chairs: Coleman Hutchison & Matt Cohen, The University of Texas at Austin

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
George Bornstein, The University of Michigan
Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University
Phillip H. Round, The University of Iowa

Deadline for Proposals: January 2, 2012

[UPDATE] - CFP – So What?: Exploring the Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (Proposals due 11/15)

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 9:56pm
NC State Association of English Graduate Students

Call For Papers – "So What?: Exploring the Importance
of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century"

The Association of English Graduate Students at NC State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference, which will be held February 24-25, 2012 at Tompkins Hall in Raleigh, NC.

In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.

Exploring I–Lands: Borders, Identity and Myth

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 7:19pm
University of Virginia Graduate English Students Association

Exploring I–Lands: Borders, Identity and Myth

The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference

March 16-18, 2012

Borders abide and abound—between disciplines, between languages, between periods, between persons, between genders, between communities, between generations, between the self and the world. They define us in both liberating and limiting ways. This conference will investigate how borders and barriers are made, broken and refashioned, giving special attention to individual and national identities and the mythologies that inform them. Just how impermeable are such borders? Is there an unshakeable human drive to draw them?

Other possible topics:

[UPDATE] ACLA 2012 - Forgiveness in the Wake of Crisis

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:52pm
Shelly Jansen - Rochester Institute of Technology

ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

In a world of crisis and catastrophe, what do words like "forgivenesss" or "reconciliation" mean? How can we define forgiveness in the post-911 world? What does forgiveness look like in the digital age?

This panel will explore the ethical, social, and political significance of forgiveness in literature. We welcome all topics related to the depiction of forgiveness from all genres and time periods. Possible approaches may include, but are not limited to, analyzing the philosophical, theological, cultural, political, historical and/or social implications of forgiveness.

Journal of Dracula Studies

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:48pm
Anne DeLong/Curt Herr

We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.

(1 Week To Deadline) Scepticism and Doubt Across Cultures of Crisis: (ACLA panel) March 29 - April 1 2012

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:15am
Ali Chetwynd - University of Michigan

Are unhappy ages, and their literary productions, less alike than happy ones? In Two Ages, Kierkegaard says that 'In an era of negativity the authentic ironist is the hidden enthusiast'. For J Hillis Miller in The Disappearance of God, meanwhile, Victorian literature is animated by a more dynamic sense of doubt than that celebrated by the modernists who took God's disappearance and other catastrophes for granted. Both these comparative examinations of pessimism suggest that every age has its own sense and its own rhetoric of crisis; and that crisis-born scepticism is interesting in proportion to its degree of doubt and uncertainty, to the contingency of its gestures towards a reclamation of faith.

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