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Incorporating Theory in Medieval Courses; Proposals Sept. 1, 2009; 45th Int. Congress on Med. Studies (K'zoo), May 13-16, 2010

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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 4:33pm
Michael Elam, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University

With the increasing prominence of medievalist groups interested in the application of theory to the study of medieval subjects, groups such as The BABEL Working Group and MEARCSTAPA, the usefulness of theoretical approaches to studying the Middle Ages has become increasingly apparent. There is, however, some ambivalence amongst medievalists as to the extent to which such approaches can, or indeed should, be applied. On one hand, some see the application of modern theory as a potential distraction from the basic tools of medieval study (e.g. language study, paleography, codicology, etc.); others see applying theory as a necessary tool in itself, one which potentially opens up medieval material to wider interpretive possibilities.

Tracing Footprints (GEMCS, October 22-25, 2009, Dallas, Texas)

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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:04pm
Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies

Drawing from the language of ecology, environmental studies, and urban planning, the theme of this year's GEMCS conference focuses on the different valences and metaphorical possibilities of the footprint. We are especially concerned with exploring the many meanings of the footpring and expanding it as a paradigm for early modern representation. The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on ecosystems; the representational footprint may be a measure of a variety of demonds on and by a text—social, historical, institutional, and textual.

[UPDATE] CALL FOR ARTICLES, KATHERINE MANSFIELD STUDIES JOURNAL

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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 10:02am
GERRI KIMBER/ KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE INAUGURAL ISSUE OF
KATHERINE MANSFIELD STUDIES,
(THE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY)

Special first issue on the theme of
'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'

Following on from the success of the international conference held on Mansfield in 2008, based on the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's arrival in London, the first issue of the peer-reviewed journal of the recently created Katherine Mansfield Society, Katherine Mansfield Studies, is now calling for submissions for its special issue 'Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'.

Submissions are sought on the following:

[UPDATE] KATHERINE MANSFIELD SYMPOSIUM, MENTON, FRANCE, 25 SEPTEMBER 2009

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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:59am
GERRI KIMBER/ KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY

'CELEBRATING KATHERINE MANSFIELD'

Menton, France, Friday 25 September 2009

A Symposium organised by the
Katherine Mansfield Society
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship

The year 2009 sees the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship, offered annually to enable a New Zealand writer to work at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton, once the home of Katherine Mansfield. During a week of celebrations in Menton from 21-26 September 2009 to mark this anniversary, the Katherine Mansfield Society will be holding a Symposium on Friday 25 September.

Whose Africa?: Representations of Africa in Contemporary African and Diasporic Literature

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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:51am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The global imaginary is marked by a long history of claims made to Africa by a range of western writers and thinkers as disparate as Hegel and Conrad. These portrayals of the 'dark continent' still circulate in our current global imaginary, reinforcing prevailing stereotypes and engendering new ones. This panel intends to investigate contemporary literary representations of Africa vis-a-vis a consideration of the ways that both African and diasporic literatures imagine Africa. Early twentieth century writers―like black modernists in the United States and the Caribbean as well as African writers affiliated with decolonization―found it necessary to engage with these western claims.