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[UPDATE] Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture: Boston, April 11- 14, 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 2:48pm
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference

Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: "Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom." At the same time, Modern Family, Mr. Mom, Thomas Beatie, the At-Home Dads Convention, and Superdad: a Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood are just a few examples testifying to how popular culture has been embracing dad.

I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the new PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood which showcases (from humanities and social sciences perspectives) any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

[UPDATE] Dickens and the Visual Imagination, 9-10 July 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:48am
An international two-day conference to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012. Hosted by University of Surrey, Paul Mellon Centre and the Watts Gallery

This conference, hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens.

Plenary speaker: Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University). Other speakers TBC.

'Unplanned Wildernesses': Narrating the British Slum 1844-1951 - University of Warwick - 19th May 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 6:51am
Humanities Research Centre University of Warwick

In 1844 Friedrich Engels described the slums of Manchester as 'unplanned wildernesses'; stating that no 'human being would willingly inhabit such dens' (The Condition of the Working Class in England). This emphasis on the bewildering experience of the slum – the 'maze of lanes, blind alleys and back passages' – as well as the slum's contaminating presence in the Victorian city, is part of a wider dialogue concerning working-class neighbourhoods throughout the nineteenth century that incorporated the writings of such figures as Charles Dickens and the sociologist Charles Booth.

New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 6:15am
Queen's University Belfast

New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast

From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. It raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.

Shakespeare and Performance (January 31, 2012)

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Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 10:40pm
Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)

The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:
Comparative performance in England

Comparative performances in England and other countries

Street performance

Provincial performance

Performance of Guilds

Women and performance
Boy's companies

Current Productions of early modern plays

Shakespeare Festivals

Playing spaces

Actors and the text

Theatrical Gesture

Court Performances and Masques

Filming the Nineteenth Century Novel (NeMLA, March 2012)

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Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 2:13pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Papers addressing filmed adaptations of 19th century novels are invited, from all theoretical perspectives. Books and films both major and less conventional are welcome. What choices confront film-makers in bringing these works to the screen? What features of the novels make them appealing to producers/directors/the public? What effect do modernizations of the texts have on their meaning? How are they used to comment on contemporary culture and society?

300-word abstracts to Rod Cooke, rpc2108@columbia.edu 'Filming the Nineteenth Century Novel' has been approved as a session at the 43rd annual NeMLA convention, to be held in Rochester, New York, March 15th-18th, 2012.

DHSI Colloquium June 4-8 2012

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Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:46pm
Digital Humanities Summer Institute

With apologies for cross-posting,

DHSI Colloquium, 5-8 June 2012

The DHSI Colloquium showcases new and emerging, innovative and engaging work of those at DHSI.

CALL FOR PAPERS (1 December 2011): Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the DHSI Colloquium for the digital humanities, to be held in June 2012 at the University of Victoria.

20th Anniversary British Women Writers Conference (BWWC): June 7-10, 2012

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 6:12pm
18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association

In 2012, the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) will commemorate its 20th anniversary by focusing on the theme of "Landmarks."  Rich in both physical and metaphorical significance, landmarks form loci by which we organize history and chart the development of individuals, nations, and cultures. We therefore invite papers that explore how women writers and their texts engage with an ever-changing geography that is both material and abstract. These conference papers should address the people, places, events, and texts that have made their marks on history, and/or the processes and implications of marking, mapping, reading, preserving, overwriting, or erasing.

Violence and Representation

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 2:07pm
Jaclyn Simon (University of Southern California), Ricardo Wilson (University of Southern California)

Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.

Call for Proposals: PSFG/ATHE 2012

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 12:21pm
Performance Studies Focus Group - Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Call for Proposals: PSFG/ATHE 2012

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites session proposals for the 2012 Conference at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 2-5 August on the conference theme of "Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate." We welcome proposals for panels, performances, roundtables, working groups, and alternative formats.

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