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The Life and Work of Bram Stoker

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:20am
Trinity College Dublin

Bram Stoker loved Trinity College, and spent, arguably, his happiest years here. He was Auditor of the Historical Society and President of the Philosophical Society, and a member of very many College sporting societies. However, despite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of the spate of academic studies of the novel in which he first appeared, Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in some darkness and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored by those who have heard of him. A public conference, to be held in Stoker's alma mater in Dublin, where he was born and grew up, will address this large gap.

Tooth and Claw: Shapeshifters in Popular Culture - Essay Collection - abstracts due June 1

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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 6:49pm
Margo Collins

This proposed collection seeks essays on any aspect of shapeshifters in film, fiction, online, even architecture. We are interested in essays dealing with any time period or genre. We welcome contributions from all disciplines. Please send 500-word abstracts and 1-page CVs to Margo Collins at collinsm@trine.edu. Deadline for abstract submission: June 1, 2011.

"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:01am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

READING NATURE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. MADRID, SPAIN (DEC. 14-16, 2011)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:01pm
Department of English Philology II (UCM) - Friends of Thoreau (Franklin Institute UAH)

Environmental disciplines have recently gained prominence due to the potentially devastating consequences of climate change: increasing natural disasters, the greenhouse effect, temperature variations, changing sea levels, etc. Such issues have raised awareness on the necessity for a drastic change in thinking. Ecocriticism—along with other green disciplines dealing with the relationship between society and the environment—places nature as the center of the intellectual debate. As Kate Rigby states, "culture constructs the prism through which we know nature." Reading Nature Conference aims to explore from a critical perspective how such a prism is constructed.

UPDATE -- Textus: Gothic Frontiers. Abstracts by 1 June, 2011

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:18pm
Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron

Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)

This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.

Backward Glances: 31st August - 1st September

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Friday, March 25, 2011 - 6:44am
University College, Cork

Call For Papers:

Backward Glances: History, Imagination, and Memory
University College Cork, Ireland.
31st August – 1st September 2011

UPDATE Food and Identity (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:48am
Marta Hess/South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Food identifies us. The ways in which we prepare, consider, consume, discuss, and build traditions around food and foodways all contribute to the ways that we see ourselves and that others see us. Food and the rituals that surround it can both unite and divide us. Janet Theophano in Eat My Words notes the stories that women tell through the cookbooks they write, and in Hungering for America, Hasia Diner connects identity, food, and the immigration experience. Additionally, films demonstrate the performance aspects of food: Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate entice viewers with their lush images, while at the same time they signify stormy family issues.

Food and Identity

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:41am
Marta Hess/SAMLA

Food identifies us. The ways in which we prepare, consider, consume, discuss, and build traditions around food and foodways all contribute to the ways that we see ourselves and that others see us. Food and the rituals that surround it can both unite and divide us. Janet Theophano in Eat My Words notes the stories that women tell through the cookbooks they write, and in Hungering for America, Hasia Diner connects identity, food, and the immigration experience. Additionally, films demonstrate the performance aspects of food: Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate entice viewers with their lush images, while at the same time they signify stormy family issues.

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