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[UPDATED] Nostalgia Conference Deadline Sep. 28

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 8:22pm
English Graduate Organization at University of Florida

Home/sickness: Desire, Decay, and the Seduction of Nostalgia

The University of Florida's 9th annual English Graduate Organization conference will explore nostalgia, focusing on the contradictory relations among desires for recovered pasts as well as deliberate attempts to manipulate the present through representations of the past. Of particular interest will be the extent to which both nostalgia and the desire for utopia are linked to historical trauma, as textual manifestations of an extratextual cause.

For full CFP see http://www.english.ufl.edu/ego/conference09/index.html

[DEADLINE] Redefining Masculinity in 20th-Century British Popular Fiction and Culture: Sep. 30, 2009.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 7:16pm
NEMLA 2010

This panel will examine redefinitions of masculinity that challenge and intersect with global and national relations. Since conceptions of British masculinity had been shaped by a longstanding culture of empire and its agenda, the shift from an imperial to a decolonized Britain and the impact of the World Wars make the 20th-century a particularly ripe period for inquiries into concomitant reformulations of masculinity in popular culture and literature.Genres may include adventure tales, comics, war/espionage fiction, graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, and film. Please submit a 300 word abstract to mcartt@sage.edu.

Reconsidering Consolation in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Elegiac Writing - NeMLA 7-11 April 2010, Montreal, QC [UPDATE]

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 4:34pm
Daniel Moore, Panel Chair, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

One line from Wilfred Owen's unfinished preface to his posthumous Poems (1920) can be read as a synecdoche for much elegiac writing of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Anticipating the disconsolate tenor later elegies sound and the resistances they levy to socially and politically sustained practices of mourning, Owen warns readers that the elegies in his book "are to this generation in no sense consolatory."

CFP: "The Poetics of Pain: Aesthetics, Ideology and Representation"

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 3:07pm
Department of Comparative Literature - City University of New York

Department of Comparative Literature
The Graduate Center - City University of New York

Call for Papers

Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference:
The Poetics of Pain: Aesthetics, Ideology, and Representation
February 25th-26th, 2010

Keynote: Peter Brooks (Yale University)

Teaching Matters: And Just Wgat Do You Teach? March 26-27, 2010, proposals by February 14, 2010,, registration fee: $45.00

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 2:43pm
Dr. Jason Horn/Teaching Matters: And Just What Do You Teach?

Presentation for this interdisciplinary conference on teaching should address the "how" of delivering knowledge and may discuss the use of high or low technology or tradtional and experimental methods. The guiding concern is just what is it that we really want students to glean from our teching efforts.

[Last minute CFP] Seeing Things: Dreams, Visions and Hallucinations/ NeMLA 2010

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 2:10pm
Anna Strowe

This panel explores the connections between reality and imagined or imaginary worlds by examining the ways in which sight, and in particular the seeing of things that are not present or do not exist, contributes to knowledge and understanding. The faculty of vision is often a metaphor for understanding and learning, and the mystical or otherworldly vision represents not only an explanation for the integration and processing of new information into an older worldview, but a metaphorical space in which personal growth can be demonstrated through "seeing" new connections and truths.

[Last minute CFP] Dante meets MTV: Studying Medieval Literature in a Post-Medieval Context/NeMLA 2010

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 2:06pm
Anna Strowe

This roundtable aims to create a discussion about the role and methods of the study of medieval literature in the contemporary world. In the modern context, seemingly so far removed from the medieval context, scholars and students of medieval literature are presented with numerous problems as we try to read, interpret, and understand across the chronological divide. How do we approach medieval literature and culture from an analytical perspective? How can we (or can we at all) appropriately use modern interpretative tools with medieval texts? As teachers, how do we help students approach the radically different worldview of the Middle Ages and appreciate medieval literature for what it is rather than what it is not?

Poets, Practice, and Passion in the Profession: A Dare to be Different

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 11:12am
English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD)

Texas A&M University-Commerce will hold the 18th Annual English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) Conference on February 26, 2010. We are pleased to welcome slam poet and educator Taylor Mali as our keynote speaker for the conference (more information at taylormali.com). Taylor's mission statement includes this important line: "I want to be a spokesman for teaching's nobility, one of the poets laureate of passion in the classroom" – his goal to be part of a movement that brings smart, successful, and qualified people into classrooms across America.

[UPDATE] The Politics of the Western

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 10:39am
Darren Millar, John Abbott College

Call for Papers

The Politics of the Western (Expanded Topic)

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure