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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.

"Antagonisms." Special issue of The Comparatist

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 12:43pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden—or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism—antagonistic rivalry between critics—a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

W.S. Gilbert--Author and Critic

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 11:25pm
MLA 2013--Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations

W.S. Gilbert changed English musical theatre. We are seeking proposals on all aspects of Gilbert's work, but studies dealing with music receive priority. Send 250 word proposals by February 22, 2012.

Transforming Objects, 28-29 May 2012, Northumbria University, UK

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 11:48am
Northumbria University

Transforming Objects
28-29 May 2012

Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle) and Dr John Holmes (Reading)

This two-day conference invites papers that consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Approaches to this theme are welcomed from established scholars and especially from postgraduate students.

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity Through Literature

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:17am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature
Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
18-19 May, 2012
(Submission deadline 15 March, 2012)
slumadridconference@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Miami.

Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment (Last Call)

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:05am
The University of Edinburgh

Deformity is traditionally sanitised and fitted into a structure of normality. The academy tends to obscure the complexity of the sensuous/sensual/sensed body of the deformed subject, and of the questions, anxieties, and denials which surround deformity when it is located within a continuum of sense.

Conference CFP: 'Viewer, I married him': Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:45am
University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, UK

29 June, 2012
Derwent Building, University of Hull

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2012
POSTGRADUATE BURSARY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2012

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent: 'Adaptations and Period Dramas: Questions of Genre and Style'

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career

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