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UPDATE: Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 15-16, 2012

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 9:04pm
Mick Howard, Sarah Gray-Panesi, Shiloh Carroll / Middle Tennessee State University

Catwoman to Katniss is an interdisciplinary conference examining female images in electronic, graphic, and textual media within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured in this conference are keynote speakers C.S. Friedman and Dr. Rhonda Wilcox. Friedman is the bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of such works as In Conquest Born, and The Coldfire and Magister Trilogies as well as many other novels and short works. Dr. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College, a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fiction, Editor of Studies in Popular Culture and Coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920 (University of Warwick, UK) - CFP Deadline 29th July

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 1:31pm
Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

A symposium at the University of Warwick, 23rd September 2011

Confirmed speaker: Professor Jo Little, University of Exeter

Whilst discussions of gender and space in the nineteenth- to early-twentieth century have typically focused on "women and the city", rural spaces offer equally productive contexts for exploring the intersections between gender and space in this period. As the socio-spatial relations of the country are impacted by the move into modernity, rural environments are revealed in literary and historical texts as sites of complex, contradictory and changing gendered codes.

Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 15-16, 2012

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 1:17pm
Mick Howard, Sarah Gray-Panesi, Shiloh Carroll / Middle Tennessee State University

Catwoman to Katniss is an interdisciplinary conference examining female images in electronic, graphic, and textual media within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured in this conference are keynote speakers C.S. Friedman and Dr. Rhonda Wilcox. Friedman is the bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of such works as In Conquest Born, and The Coldfire and Magister Trilogies as well as many other novels and short works. Dr. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College, Founding Editor of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fiction, Editor of Studies in Popular Culture and Coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

Representing Illness: Fiction's Sick Bodies – (03/15-18/12; 09/30/11 – NeMLA, Rochester, NY)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 9:26am
Rita Bode, Trent University

Physical illness forces us to confront the reality of the corporeal self at the very moment when physical identity is deteriorating. The personal chaos and confusion that the sick person faces extend beyond the self to a reevaluation of external order and rationality, calling into question accepted social norms and values. Novelists have long recognized the possibilities of "illness as metaphor" as Susan Sontag so well articulated. But physical illness is an embodied presence. As Suzanne Bost writes, the body "is . . . too fundamental to be only a metaphor" [Encarnación. Fordham UP, 2010. 3).

11th to 13th November 2011 IRELAND AND SCOTLAND - BARRIERS AND BORDERLANDS at Sunderland, UK

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:24am
North East Irish Culture Network, with the Scottish Irish Network (SIN) and the Leverhulme Trust

Following the success of the previous eight international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 11th to 13th November 2011.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain (June 28-29 2012)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:17am
David Higgins / University of Leeds

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Britain: Call for Papers

An international conference to be held at the University of Leeds, 28-29 June 2012, under the auspices of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of English

Plenary speakers: Dr Gregory Dart (University College London); Professor Robert Mankin (Université Paris-Diderot); Professor John T. Scott (University of California, Davis)

The aim of this international conference, held in celebration of the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, is twofold: (1) to reassess the impact that Britain had on Rousseau's life and writing; and (2) to examine the reception of Rousseau's works in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day.

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

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:03am
_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?

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

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 5:13pm
NOTE: Keynote Speaker is Prof. Russ Castronovo (Deadline July 31st, 2011. Conference on Oct 14th, 2011)

An interdisciplinary graduate conference.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Castronovo's publications include:
Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007);

Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001);

Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)

Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics, co-edited with Dana Nelson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Picturing the Nineteenth Century - March 22-25, 2012 - University of Kentucky

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:53am
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association

Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat "picturing" in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious "meta" attempts to understand methods of representation. We also encourage papers that consider how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of "the nineteenth century." Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome.

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