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Mother/Nature Conference - March 16-18, 2012 - Hattiesburg, MS

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 11:43am
University of Southern Mississippi English Graduate Organization

Mother/Nature Conference

March 16-18, 2012
Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. BARBARA GATES

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir

We live in a time of crisis in our homes and in our natural environment. From hurricanes to oil spills, we are linked to each other through the loss and degradation of regional and national habitats. Our selfhoods and the place we make for ourselves in the world are ultimately rooted in both our biological and ecological families.

Spiritualist Manifestos: Writing the Seance (NEMLA, deadline 9/30/2011)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:06am
Anne DeLong/Kutztown University

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Children's Periodical panel at NeMLA

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Panel: "Fun With a Purpose": Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

Serious Play in the Political Novel (Midwest Modern Language Association, Nov. 3-6, 2011, St. Louis)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:16pm
Samuel Cohen, University of Missouri

This already accepted special session--organized for the 53rd Annual Meeting of the MMLA, whose informal theme is "Play... No, Seriously"--will consist of papers exploring the ways in which fiction writers, when turning to the political, have made use of those resources available to novelists and short story writers interested in non-realistic, non-traditional, experimental, difficult—playful—forms and modes. While traditionally (and reductively) conceived "realism" has often been assumed to be the default mode for the politically engaged fiction-writer, we will examine those works that have taken alternative approaches. Among the array of questions our panelists might ask: How can writers engage the political?

CFP: Victorians Special issue on Thackeray

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 1:39pm
Deborah Logan, Editor, Victorians / VCL

Victorians / VCL (formerly Victorian Newsletter) #120, Fall 2011 will be a special edition featuring new work on William Thackeray, in honor of the bicentennial of his birth. Submission deadline: June 30, 2011. Notification deadline: August 30, 2011.

Manuscript submissions: electronic e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word docs), in MLA documentation format.

Please address submissions and/or questions to:

deborah.logan@wku.edu -- or -- victorian.newsletter@wku.edu

Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (Abstracts due 9/30; NEMLA 2012)

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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 2:22pm
Emily King / NEMLA

From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?

2nd International Conference on Human & Social Sciences

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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:34pm
Sapienza University of Rome / MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research

The conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social and human sciences. Are encouraged to register and attend this Conference all academics, researchers or scholars.

Klick here to go on the website of the conference:

http://www.mcser.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Item...

CFP: Walking Around in the Space of Consumption and Segregation: Examining Place in Language and Literature / Deadline: Oct 15

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 8:41pm
Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature / University of Houston Graduate Literary Journal

We are currently seeking student-written articles and creative works that examine the role of place in literature, composition studies, folklore, cultural studies, language studies, and gender studies.]

Linda Flower complicates the idea of "place" as only a silent object of discourse in her introduction to City Comp, saying that "writing is not merely situated in and shaped by its time and place, but … the writer's sense of that time and place is the source of meanings, motivations, and identities." Whether discussing the city or country, we recognize the importance of place, both the physical space and the encoded values associated with it, in reflecting and creating identity and ideas.

NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:43pm
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

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.

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