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Deadline Extended. NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 5:46pm
Kathleen Tamayo Alves

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.

Digital Interpretation Roundtable

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 2:13pm
Digital Americanists Society

The Digital Americanists Society invites proposals for a roundtable about digital interpretation of nineteenth-century American literature or culture, to be proposed for the C19 Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012. This roundtable will take up the C19 Program Committee's call to investigate how "the field's contours have been enlarged—or foreshortened—by the investigative tools offered by digital technologies." We seek scholars using digital tools—e.g. GIS, data mining, visualization, textual analysis, and other methods—to help them understand the nineteenth century. We are particularly interested in the ways that digital tools can lead scholars toward new interpretive insights into texts and other cultural objects.

Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:55pm
Dalhousie University, Department of French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian invites contributions for an interdisciplinary colloquium on "Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World" to be held at Dalhousie University (Canada, NS) on April 27/28 2012. Send a 300 word abstract and a one page CV to fantasticnarratives@gmail.com by September 30 2011. Papers will be considered for publication in a special thematic issue of the refereed journal Belphégor – Popular Literature and Media Culture (http://etc.dal.ca/belphegor/)

Final Deadline (30 August 2011): 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 4:01pm
Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis

We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

The collection will be introduced and edited by Dr Maryam Farahani (University of Liverpool) and Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw & The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge),with a foreword by Dr Nick Davis and Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool).

The final deadline for abstracts is 30 August 2011. More details at:

2nd Global Conference,Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (March 2012:Prague; Czec

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Friday, July 29, 2011 - 6:21am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

21st March - 24th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields.

[UPDATE] The Art of Outrage: Poetics, Politics, Polarization. In NYC @Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:46pm
Fordham University’s Graduate English Association (Deadline AUGUST 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This one day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City: (113 W 60th)

We are currently accepting applications from PhD and MA students (as well as junior faculty members). The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast and an after-keynote reception w/food and beverages.

We are also currently working on an after-conference event, which will most likely involve drink specials at a local pub.

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 7:42pm
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

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