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Special Session Topic "Seriously Different: Playing the Foreign in Early Modern Drama" November 3-6 St. Louis, Missouri

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 4:27pm
2011 Midwest MLA Annual Convention “Play…No, Seriously”

People and commodities from abroad played a vital role in Renaissance London's urban scene, and their influence made their way into the era's theaters as well. The panel aims to explore how early modern dramas played with the foreign. How are foreign people, texts, and commodities represented in the Renaissance theater? How do these dramas play with the notion of foreigness, and to what effect? Papers can explore playhouse invocations, appropriations, and exploitations of the foreign, as well as ways in which early modern drama invited audience members to lay claim to the foreign.

Riding Beyond the Purple Sage: the 21st Century American Western, 9/30/11 [NeMLA: Rochester NY; March 15-18, 2012]

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 12:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In 1912, Zane Grey published Riders of the Purple Sage, an important text in the development of the American western. Over the past 100 years, the western has increased in popularity, and undergone a number of significant developments. This panel will explore the American western in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. What changes characterize the ongoing development of the genre? Please submit 250-400 word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to James J. Donahue at donahujj@potsdam.edu. Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation, Email address, A/V requirements.

CFP Maggie Gee Conference 30-31 August 2012

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 10:37am
University of St Andrews and University of Surrey

This two-day international conference aims to bring together scholars for the first academic conference dedicated to Maggie Gee's writing. Gee is one of Britain's most prolific and critically-acclaimed novelists: the author of 12 novels, as well as collections of short stories, edited anthologies of contemporary writing and, most recently, an autobiography – My Animal Life (Telegram Books, 2010).

The organisers welcome papers on any topic related to Maggie Gee's writing. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to gee@gylphi.co.uk by 1st February 2012.


Monday, May 30, 2011 - 9:33am
University of Bucharest

October 1, 2011
Bucharest- English Department of the University of Bucharest
This conference is organized as part of the CNCSIS-funded project The European Dimension of Shakespearean Translations: Romanian Perspectives, ID_1978/2008
Keynote speakers:
Keith Gregor (University of Murcia)
Laura Tosi (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
Valerie Henitiuk (University of East Anglia)

Imagining Chaos: States of Emergency in Law and Fiction December. December 8-9 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 8:59am
University of Copenhagen

In recent years, the collapse of legal structures has been a prominent theme in legal studies as well as in cultural studies. Until now, however, there have been few attempts to unite the legal and the cultural studies approach to the state of emergency – and none on the field of disaster research.

UPDATE Short Fiction in Theory & Practice

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:58am
Intellect Press

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice is an interdisciplinary journal celebrating the current resurgence in short-story writing and research. Looking at short fiction from a practice-based perspective, it explores the poetics of short-story writing, adaptation, translation and the place of the short story in global culture.

Conference CFP - Romanticism and Philosophy - Proposals due Sept. 15, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:49am
University of Paris and University of Lille, France

Call for papers

Romanticism and Philosophy

An international conference
co-organized by the SERA (Société d'Etude du Romantisme Anglais), by the Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot and the Université Lille 3 – Charles de Gaulle
to be held at Université Lille 3 – Charles-de-Gaulle on 28-29 September 2012

1st Annual Workshop on Integrated Design in Games (Theme:Horror)

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 7:28pm
Dakota State University

The Workshop on Integrated Design in Games is offered in conjunction with Nanocon IX. This year, the conference theme is horror. Integrated design means that all aspects of design come together to create a single experience, unified by a common theme. In relationship to horror games, integrated design means that mechanics, visual art, audio, and narrative converge to allow players to confront and perhaps overcome fear.

This year's keynote speakers are Chris Pruett, architect of famed website Chris' Survival Horror Quest and Senior Games Advocate at Google, and Dr. Bernard Perron, acclaimed scholar of horror games from the University of Montreal.

Prayer and Performance: acts of belief as symbolic communication (1450-1650), April 23-24 2012, Aarhus, Denmark

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 3:42pm
Aarhus University, Denmark

This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives. An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology. The project intends to answer the following questions:

Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 11:34am
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Poe Studies Association

Conversazioni in Italia:
Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Florence, Italy, June 8-10, 2012

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the Poe Studies Association

The conference organizers are calling for proposals for papers and panels that discuss Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in terms of transatlantic literary culture in their era (for instance, questions of transatlantic travel, influence, slavery, the Civil
War, marketing, reception, and copyright). We also welcome proposals for papers and panels that relate the three authors to each other or to their European contemporaries, as well as proposals focusing on any topic related to Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in these contexts.

Forbidden Places and Prohibited Spaces in English Women's Writing (1640-1740) Abstracts due 9/30/2011; NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 10:55am
Andrea Fabrizio and Ruth Garcia / Northeast Modern Language Association

In early modern England, travel has the disruptive potential to alter the female traveler as well as to question, defy, and change the shape, rules, and parameters of her social space. Physical journeys open up opportunities for more impalpable travel, including but not limited to social, political, and internal journeys. As Rosi Braidotti has said, "some of the greatest trips can take place without physically moving from one's habitat. It's the subversion of set conventions that defines the nomadic state, not the literal act of traveling" (Nomadic Subjects, 5). This panel seeks to draw a connection between the physical act of traveling itself and the variety of figurative journeys that ensue because of a woman's movement in the world.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Multidisciplinary Book on Pratchett's Discworld Series

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 3:17pm
Anne Hiebert Alton & William Spruiell

"Noticing the Slanty Bits: Converging on Discworld" (tentative title)

This volume will provide a variety of scholarly perspectives on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Ideally, it will include essays that approach Pratchett's Discworld series, and its adaptations, from a range of fields, such as language and linguistics, literary criticism, political science and law, geography, visual and performance art, popular culture, etc.

We are currently seeking original submissions in the following areas:

CFP: Victorians Special issue on Thackeray

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 1:39pm
Deborah Logan, Editor, Victorians / VCL

Victorians / VCL (formerly Victorian Newsletter) #120, Fall 2011 will be a special edition featuring new work on William Thackeray, in honor of the bicentennial of his birth. Submission deadline: June 30, 2011. Notification deadline: August 30, 2011.

Manuscript submissions: electronic e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word docs), in MLA documentation format.

Please address submissions and/or questions to:

deborah.logan@wku.edu -- or -- victorian.newsletter@wku.edu