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Everything & More: Theorizing the Encyclopedic Novel... MLA 2012 Seattle

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 7:23pm
Brendan Beirne, New York University Dept. of English & American Literature

This panel seeks to consolidate and refine our understanding of the encyclopedic novel as a distinct (sub)genre within the broader field of novel studies / narratology.

What conventions mark texts as encyclopedic, and how have these conventions developed over time? How does a text's encyclopedism influence its reception by literary critics and narrative theorists? And how does the increasing ubiquity and accessibility of information in our culture effect the way we interpret 'data-saturated' novels of the past and present? These and other questions will inform our discussion.

The Next Great Wave? Disruptive Technology, Innovation, Business, & Culture

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 2:43pm
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Defined very loosely as relatively untested technologies that emerge into mainstream culture without a framing business model, disruptive technologies generate sudden and great appeal among users. Thought of another way, disruptive technologies blindside traditional market structures, capturing the attention (and creative energies) of users so dramatically as to leave individual companies, industry sectors, and regulatory bodies scrambling to catch up.

[UPDATE] New England Women's Studies Conference

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:56am
New England Women's Studies

Due to inquiries from faculty who would like to engage students in this conference, the proposal deadline has been extended to February 20th to accommodate schools just back in session for the spring semester.

Please consider joining us at UMass Dartmouth for the NEWSA conference. Conference fees are low ($50 faculty; $25 students) and includes dinner on April 29th before the keynote event.

New England Women's Studies Association Conference
UMass Dartmouth, April 29th-30th, 2011

Privilege 2011: Theories and Perspectives Inside/Outside the Classroom

3rd Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference on Literature, Rhetoric and Composition - April 1-2, Chattanooga TN

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:49am
Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages).

Victorian Medievalisms: Speculum Societatis—A Mirror for Society

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:56am
Bemidji State University

The Victorian Age in many ways looked back to the medieval period as a time that was more stable, that embodied ideals to be emulated in the modern world, for examples of sound leadership, orthodox belief and faith, and divinely ordained social structures. These medievalisms took many forms, including Alfredian celebrations, interest in Arthurian romances, neo-Gothic architecture, reforms in the Church, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of knights and ladies, and Count Dracula. The medieval in all its forms was shaped into a mirror by which the Victorians both escaped their own world but also harnessed the old to help form the new world of the 19th century.

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:49am
Mary Wilson/Christopher Newport University; Kerry Johnson/Merrimack College

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys

We seek submissions of completed essays for a collection on the writings of Jean Rhys. Although Rhys's critical reputation has steadily grown since the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 and her death in 1979, only one edited collection of Rhys criticism has been published to date. In fact, given the sense that there is an emerging "industry" devoted to Rhys and her work, the lack of a collection of current scholarship on Rhys is puzzling and perhaps speaks to the challenges of categorizing a writer who crosses the boundaries of modernism, postcolonial studies, Caribbean studies, and women's and gender studies.

Education and Ignorance: the Use of Knowledge in the Medieval World

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:54am
The University of Manchester Medieval Postgraduate Conference

John Rylands Library, Deansgate
Monday 6 - Tuesday 7th June 2011


Modern historiography has often depicted the Middle Ages as a period of ignorance, dogma and superstition– a period in which knowledge stagnated and education was both restricted to a privileged minority and dominated
by the institutional and ideological authority of the Church. From the Carolingian Renaissance and the rise of the medieval universities to the condemnations of heretical teachings and the intellectual and spiritual
ferment of the Reformation, the reality about education and knowledge in the medieval world is undoubtedly far more complex and contested than this picture suggests.

[UPDATE] Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation 2–4 June 2011, deadline: 15 March 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:49am
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 13th Annual Conference:

Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation

Dates: 2–4 June, 2011
Venue: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Str. Pitar Mos 7-13, Bucharest, Romania

Invited speakers:
Heinz Antor (University of Cologne)
Andrei Cornea (University of Bucharest)
José Manuel Estévez-Saá (University of A Coruña)
Radu Surdulescu (University of Bucharest)

RUINs in Twentieth-Century British Art and Fiction

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:46am
Society for Twentieth Century British Studies and the Society for Intersemiotic Text/Image Studies

As opposed to the Gothic labyrinths of vaults and broken palaces or shattered abbeys, in the nineteenth century the picturesque legacy grew into a passion for sublime ruins as crystals of time, suffused with melancholy pleasure. From Romantic hubris (and the fascination for Troy or Pompei) to Turner's luminous visions or Hardy's carved windows and stone coffins, ruins offered dwindling points of aesthetic stability as well as symptoms of mutability in a changing world stamped by Darwinian ruthlessness.