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Italian 'famiglia' Representations in Cinema and Television

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 10:55pm
42nd Annual Convention Northeast Modern Language Association

In order to talk about Italy, one almost invariably must talk about family. This panel aims to focus on Italian family as a fluid, multi-layered theme in Italian and Italian-American cinema and television, and probe its various representations: traditional families, extended families, cross-national families, same gender families, adoptive families and all the different family figures that populate them. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Francesco Pascuzzi, ciski77@eden.rutgers.edu.

Kalamazoo 2011: Gif me se witega ne leag: Probing the Critical Past, Present, and Future of Old English Wisdom Literature

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 7:33pm
Karl Persson, University of British Columbia

Since Morton Bloomfield's initial identification of wisdom as an under-discussed category in Old English literature, two critical responses have emerged. On one hand, numerous critics have proven him right by taking his suggestion in a variety of fruitful critical directions; such critics include T. A. Shippey, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Susan Deskis, Carolyne Larrington, Paul Cavill, and T. D. Hill.

Annual Writers' Festival, February 17-19 2010

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 5:25pm
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

This year the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's Writer's Festival will include panels on the relationship between faith and fiction or faith and poetry. We invite artists, scholars, teachers, or graduate students of creative writing to submit 300-500 word abstracts for paper presentations on the role of faith in the artist's life or work, critiques of contemporary faith-inspired artists, or any other relevant topic. Also, we are accepting proposals on pedagogical methods for teaching creative writing. What are practical assignments that have worked well to inspire students? What obstacles do 21st century writers face? How have you taught students to succeed in the face of new challenges? Or other relevant topics.

Persons and Things: a Roundtable in Memorial to Barbara Johnson

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 5:21pm
NEMLA Convention April 2010

In celebration of the life and work of Barbara Johnson, we will focus on one of her last books and its significance for fields ranging from law to film to the history of art. The essays in Persons and Things bring together concerns from throughout Johnson's career, and we will ponder her lifetime impact on criticism. She provokes us to reconsider the self-evident yet slippery difference between persons and mere objects, how 'non-life seems to lie behind what is considered most deeply human.' Abstracts are due September 30 and can be emailed directly to Charles Henebry, Boston University, henebry@bu.edu

UPDATE: Gender and the Dynamics of Marriage in Medieval English Literature

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 3:33pm
Debbie Killingsworth / University of Oregon

Representations of marriage pervade Medieval Literature and often these literary representations differ from the religious and/or secular expectations of this sort of relationship. Papers for the proposed session could explore:
• the gendered power dynamics within marriage
• the implications of marriage within the chivalric courtly tradition
• the insinuations regarding the reality of social attitudes regarding women
• the use of marriage as a metaphor to investigate the power dynamics within the larger societal institutions.

Abstracts between 250-300 words for papers of 15 minutes are invited by 31 August 2010. The abstract should also include a 50-word biographical note and AV requests.

[update] Medical Visions of Modernism

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:50pm
42nd Annual NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University

The emerging disciplines of psychology, neurology, phrenology, and finally psychoanalysis at the end of the nineteenth century supplied the modernist project in literature with new perspectives of the human subject and also with new languages, new idioms and vocabularies with which to describe the structure of subjectivity and its images, perceptions, and sensations. This panel seeks to explore the relationship between emerging medical disciplines and Modernism. We are particularly interested in papers which explore the role of language--and its limits--in articulating illness in literary fiction, medical treatises, and film studies.

CFP on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Virus and the Viral

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:49pm
Excursions: An Interdisciplinary Journal

http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html

The logic of the virus has become endemic. Viral ads mirror contagion to convey their message. Computers and systems are struck down by infections. Pigs and birds are transformed into sinister hosts. Terrorists form cells and virulent covert networks, globalisation becomes a creeping homogenisation attacking the idiosyncratic, and media rapidly evolve to overcome any censorial attempt at information immunisation.

CFP on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Virus and the Viral

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:47pm
Excursions: An Interdisciplinary Journal

http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html

The logic of the virus has become endemic. Viral ads mirror contagion to convey their message. Computers and systems are struck down by infections. Pigs and birds are transformed into sinister hosts. Terrorists form cells and virulent covert networks, globalisation becomes a creeping homogenisation attacking the idiosyncratic, and media rapidly evolve to overcome any censorial attempt at information immunisation.

[update] Medical Visions of Modernism

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:43pm
42nd Annual NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University

The emerging disciplines of psychology, neurology, phrenology, and finally psychoanalysis at the end of the nineteenth century supplied the modernist project in literature with new perspectives of the human subject and also with new languages, new idioms and vocabularies with which to describe the structure of subjectivity and its images, perceptions, and sensations. This panel seeks to explore the relationship between emerging medical disciplines and Modernism. We are particularly interested in papers which explore the role of language--and its limits--in articulating illness in literary fiction, medical treatises, and film studies.

CFP on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Virus and the Viral

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:43pm
Excursions: An Interdisciplinary Journal

http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html

The logic of the virus has become endemic. Viral ads mirror contagion to convey their message. Computers and systems are struck down by infections. Pigs and birds are transformed into sinister hosts. Terrorists form cells and virulent covert networks, globalisation becomes a creeping homogenisation attacking the idiosyncratic, and media rapidly evolve to overcome any censorial attempt at information immunisation.

Medical Visions of Modernism--update

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:42pm
42nd Annual NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University

The emerging disciplines of psychology, neurology, phrenology, and finally psychoanalysis at the end of the nineteenth century supplied the modernist project in literature with new perspectives of the human subject and also with new languages, new idioms and vocabularies with which to describe the structure of subjectivity and its images, perceptions, and sensations. This panel seeks to explore the relationship between emerging medical disciplines and Modernism. We are particularly interested in papers which explore the role of language--and its limits--in articulating illness in literary fiction, medical treatises, and film studies.

[UPDATE] "From Here to Modernity: New Perspectives on Victorian Sensation Fiction," NeMLA (April 7-10, 2011), Rutgers University

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 2:10pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Hosted by Rutgers U, New Brunswick, NJ

There has been a historic tide of scholarship arguing the merits of classic Victorian Sensation texts such as The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret . While scholars from Oliphant to Ruskin have added valuable interpretations to the genre by focusing on its Gothic and Romance origins, contemporary critics such as Cvetkovich and Daly have begun probing the frames that closely link Victorian sensation novels to Modernity. This panel will examine the ways in which Victorian Sensation Fiction interacted with Modernity. How did the genre respond to the plethora of late 19th century Parliamentary activity? In what ways did sensation fiction challenge or reflect evolving ideas about gender and identity?

Narrated Objects: Literature and Material Culture in Latin America, NeMLA April 2011 New Brunswick, NJ

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 11:55am
NeMLA

This panel will address the relationships between literature and materiality in the Latin American cultural production of the 19th and 20th. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: subject/object relationship; commodity fetishism; materiality and visuality; forms, surfaces, and their boundaries; the text as an object; thing theory. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements (English or Spanish) to Laura Gandolfi, gandolfi@princeton.edu

Deadline: September 15th

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture (edited collection) - October 1st 2010

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 11:50am
Tom Brown (University of Reading) & Belén Vidal (King's College, London)

PROPOSED COLLECTION
EDITORS: Tom Brown (University of Reading) & Belén Vidal (King's College, London)

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

A genre that continues to be a staple of film industries around the world, the 'biopic' (or biographical picture) remains relatively under-examined and under-valued in contemporary film studies. While Hollywood biopics have received some sustained attention, this proposed collection will look at the 'life' of the biopic internationally.

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