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Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:50pm
Ken Dvorak, PhD

We are seeking contributors for a collection of critical essays on Steampunk. Steampunk remains an elusive topic even among its admirers and practitioners, but at its heart, it re-imagines the Victorian age in the future, and re-works its technology, fashion, and values with a dose of anti-modernism. From sci-fi and fantasy to websites catering to a Steampunk lifestyle, this multi-faceted genre demands greater scholarly analysis.

The editors of this anthology seek contributions in the following suggested subject areas:

Pursuing the Trivial - Postgraduate Conference June 2012, Vienna

updated: 
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 8:37am
University of Vienna, Austria

Pursuing the Trivial - Investigations into Popular Culture.
A Postgraduate Conference with Invited Guest Speakers, University of Vienna, June 1-2 2012
"The everyday is what we cannot but aspire to, since it appears to us as lost to us."
Stanley Cavell, In Quest of the Ordinary

The Apocalypse in Literature and Film

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:47am
_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 Aesthetic of Renewal

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 11:55pm
Canadian Association of American Studies

CRAS is pleased to announce the plenary speakers, they are Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, and Anthony Stewart. The new deadline for proposal submissions is 15 July 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Aesthetic of Renewal or "Everything Old is New Again"
3 - 6 November, 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Carleton University's Centre for Research in American Studies invites submissions for the annual conference for the Canadian Association of American Studies to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from November 3rd - 6th, 2011. This year's theme is: "The Aesthetics of Renewal or 'Everything Old is New Again.'"

NeMLA 2012: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:10pm
Margaret S. Kennedy, SUNY Stony Brook

Call for Papers: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism
This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given "natural" traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate women's potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each? Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,
mswright@ic.sunysb.edu.

Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies (NVSA): Columbia University: April 13-15, 2012

updated: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:56pm
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year is Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies.

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Nicholas Dames, Yopie Prins, and Jim Secord, and a visit to the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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CFP: Tolkien at Kalamazoo sessions for IMC 2012

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 5:22pm
Brad Eden

This is a call for papers for the 5 sessions and 1 roundtable recently approved for the 2012 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI in May 2012. These sessions are:

Tolkien and Ideology
The Hobbit on its 75th anniversary
Tolkien's shorter poems and lyrics
Tolkien and Women
Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
Teaching Tolkien (roundtable)

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is September 1 to Dr. Brad Eden at brad.eden@valpo.edu. If you have any questions, please send them to this email. Thanks.

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