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[UPDATE] - CFP – So What?: Exploring the Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (deadline extended - 12/1)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:26am
NC State Association of English Graduate Students

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina 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.

Shakespeare and Performance (January 31, 2012)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:59pm
Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies

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

Curiosities - Feb. 17, 2012

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 3:51pm
Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

What makes an object, a person, or a pursuit a "curiosity"? Are curiosities abnormal and rare? Are they always the extraordinarily strange, or can they be an everyday oddity? Enmeshed in a larger set of notions that often pit the social against the individual, the normative against the taboo, and the expected against the surprising, curiosities generate questions about desire, taste, knowledge, and inquiry.

Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA, 11-14 April 2012, Deadline 15 December 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:13pm
Russ Pottle, Area Chair, Literature and Madness Section of the Popular Culture Association

The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year's annual PCA/ACA conference in Boston, MA, scheduled for 11-14 April 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2011.

[UPDATE] Imaginary Landscapes in British Women's Writing

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:01am
British Women Writers

Due to new conference requirements, I am no longer organizing a panel on Imaginary Landscapes in British Women's Writing. I encourage anyone who was interested in this panel to submit independently to the BWW conference. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Transgressive and Transgression

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 8:17am
British Association for American Studies and Irish Association for American Studies

Discourses of American Exceptionalism pivot effortlessly around the fulcrum of America's position as an idealised other to the normative standard: the 'city on the hill' as disjointed from the normative valley below. However, contemporary American scholarship has been so bold as to tackle the 'othered' identities and constructs considered anti-social or nihilistic (as opposed to 'exceptional') by virtue of their disconnect which have long peopled the American narrative. Such demarcations beg the question as to what exactly denotes 'exception', and what denotes 'deviance' or even 'eccentricity'. What does it mean to be 'transgressive' in the context of an America which privileges the concept of 'exception'?