Affect: the New Sensibility? (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013; Deadline 9/30/12)

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Mary Anne Myers / Fordham University
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Contemporary theories of affect overlap with eighteenth-century ideas of sensibility as efforts to theorize the social, to affirm feeling as a way of knowing, and to understand the porous interface between and among bodies and minds. This roundtable (brief presentations followed by a conversation) invites participants to suggest ways sensibility might help us understand affect or how affect might help us understand sensibility, by exploring their respective representation in texts and contexts with attention to issues of gender and perceived social standing. Please send 250-400 word proposals and brief cv to Mary Anne Myers at

Deadline: September 30, 2012
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.