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'Romanticism and the Tyrannies of Distance' Conference, University of Sydney, 10-12 February 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:04pm
Romantic Studies Association of Australasia

This is the first of the biennial conferences planned for the newly founded Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA), to take place at the University of Sydney from Thursday to Saturday, 10-12 February 2011.

Plenary speakers:

James Chandler (Chicago)
Deirdre Coleman (Melbourne)
Nicholas Roe (St Andrews)

Panel discussion with the assembled editors of 'The Oxford Companion To The Romantic Age' (1999):

Iain McCalman (Sydney)
Jon Mee (Warwickshire)
Gillian Russell (ANU)
Clara Tuite (Melbourne)

We invite submissions covering the full range of possible meanings of "distance" in Romantic studies – including (but not limited to)

Medieval Cougars, Kalamazoo 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 7:49pm
Cameron Hunt McNabb

The modern slang term 'cougar' originally had derogatory connotations, mainly connected with the age disparity of the man she was pursuing. However, more recently, the term has turned positive, often celebrating that disparity rather than condemning it. These dual implications existed for "medieval cougars" as well. Medieval literature has numerous instances of older women pursuing younger men, and these relationships inherently disrupt traditional norms and gender expectations--the older women were usually married or widows, giving them wealth and status, and their pursuit of younger men problematizes traditional dynamics of dominance and submission.

"A Short Residence: Wanderer, Traveler, Migrant, Exile?" ASECS 3/17-20/2011 - Vancouver BC - deadline 9/1/10

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:49pm
Ingrid Horrocks

This ASECS session calls for papers that explore how late-eighteenth-century discourses around travel and wandering draw on, intersect with, or differentiate themselves from contemporaneous writing about migration or exile (and vice versa). It will convene a discussion of the role that different forms of mobility – and in particular the pauses, or 'short residences' contained within any journey – played in developing understandings of community, sympathy, and social exclusion.

Graduate Student Conference: EMERGENCE/IES -London, ON March 17-19, 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 4:15pm
Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, The University of Western Ontario

The 13th annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies programs at the University of Western Ontario will take place on March 17-19, 2011. We welcome proposals that explore "EMERGENCE/IES" from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary and critical perspectives. This conference will examine the theme of emergent/emerging/potentially emerging/surfacing realities and non-realities in language, literature, film, popular culture, theory and cultural studies.

CFP: Critical Misidentifications - ASECS, Vancouver, 3/11

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 2:50pm
Jonathan Sadow

How does eighteenth-century theory and criticism identify, overidentify, or misidentify with its subjects? How does scholarship appropriate the ideologies of the phenomena it is supposed to explain? This seminar will seek papers exploring the ways critical understandings become entwined with the discourse, philosophy, or personas of their objects of study. Although effacement, misreading, and epistemological trouble will be necessary points of discussion, this session is also open to readings that explore these relationships as necessary or productive ones.

INTERSECTIONS: Literature, History & Art/ Science & Technology March 24-25, 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 1:52pm
McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium, Texas Southern University

The Department of English at Texas Southern University will host the Thirteenth Annual Interdisciplinary McCleary Symposium, March 24-25, 2011, Houston, Texas.

The general topic for the conference encompasses "Intersections: Literature, History & Art/Science & Technology."

Mind and American Literature book series

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 12:35pm
Camden House publishers

We welcome proposals for books that consider American prose and poetry from interdisciplinary perspectives, including psychology, philosophy, and neurology. For information, please contact Linda Simon, Skidmore College.

Conscripted Subjects: Disciplined Society, Critique, and the Humanities (grad), Feb 23-25, 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 10:42am
Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA

In light of our current moment marked by economic collapse, heightened political paranoia, racial profiling, and ubiquitous surveillance, this conference wishes to highlight the connection between states of crisis and the wider social question of the prison as a space of social production. "Discipline" as such does not simply imply policies that police subjects, but rather policies that produce them — not just in "correctional facilities," but also in the discourses and practices appropriated by universities, workplaces, hospitals, and bureaucracies. In this regard, we seek to question the normalization of the prison as a model for social relations between classes, sexes, races, and other subjectivities.

[UPDATE]: Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images, March 17-19, 2011

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 9:42am
Rachel Stapleton, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images
University of Toronto, March 17–19, 2011

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS NOW CONFIRMED: Carol Mavor, University of Manchester, and Michael Taussig, Columbia University.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

The Tenth Annual Wenshan International Conference: The City and Literature: A Geography of Culture and Space

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 3:39am
English Department, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

The reciprocal relationship of literature and the city reveals a complexity of urban life that has given rise to literary imagery and themes that define our understanding of the city. Novelists and poets contrast ideal cities with earthly cities, culture with nature, the mechanical with the organic, and the city with nature. These writers embrace our ambivalence toward the city that captivates but threatens, excites but intimidates, showing us the potential for greatness along with the fear of failure.