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Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Daemonic to the Hydraulic [Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 13–16, 2009]

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 4:29pm
Anthony Adams, Brown University

Puppets, marionettes, golems, androids, automata, moving statues, mannequins, shadow figures—sometimes comic, sometimes creepy, these figures of fun and fright engage us with their similarity, albeit grotesque, to ourselves. Recent researches into the field of medieval automata have convincingly established the the power of these living or life-like machines as both performing objects and as metaphor. They have featured as 'actors', or performing objects, in legend, epic, chanson, and wonder tale; they also have served as metaphors for personal freedom or manipulation, for the presence of a human soul or its terrifying absence.

The Corpse as a Contact Zone

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 4:10pm
Early American Borderlands Conference

Seeking papers for an open panel at the Early American Borderlands Conference, the third cross-disciplinary summit for Ibero/Anglo Americanists. Please submit a one-page proposal and CV to Kathleen Donegan [kdonegan@berkeley.edu] by August 31, 2009. The panel description is below.

Grave New World: The Corpse as a Contact Zone

"Pre-Modern Legal Fictions" UCI Early Cultures Grad Student Conference

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 11:49am
Robin Stewart

CALL FOR PAPERS – "PRE-MODERN LEGAL FICTIONS"

The Group for the Study of Early Cultures at the University of California,
Irvine announces its Second Annual Graduate Student Conference:

PRE-MODERN LEGAL FICTIONS
Friday & Saturday, November 13-14, 2009, at UC Irvine
With a key-note address by Laurie Shannon, Associate Professor of English
and the Wender Lewis Teaching and Research Professor, Northwestern
University

"…fictions are to law what fraud is to trade." –Jeremy Bentham

2010 Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature April 8-10, 2010

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 11:12am
Conference on Christianity and Literature

"The Ethics of Literature"

In recent years, literary scholarship has been increasingly concerned with ethics, both as a theme in literature and as an approach to it. Where and how do ethical concerns interrelate with literature, literary scholarship, and the academy?
Papers suitable for a twenty-minute presentation [approx. 2,000-2,500 words] are invited on the following or related topics:
• the ethics of literary pedagogy
• the ethical nature and needs of the academy
• literature and socio-political ethics
• religious ethics in literature
We also welcome papers on other topics regarding the intersection of Christianity and literature.

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association: Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 10:25am
SWTX Popular Culture Association

Call for Paper/Panel Proposals for the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association Feb 10-13, 2010 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, New Mexico (330 Tijeras Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Phone: 505.842.1234, Fax: 1.505.766.6710).

Proposals for individual presentations are being accepted for the Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections Area and related topics. We also seek proposals for entire panels as well as roundtable discussions concerning Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, and Collections.
Some areas of consideration include, but are not limited to:

Early American Borderlands: 3rd Early Iberian/Anglo Americanist Summit; Panel: "The Nature of Mixture"

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Monday, August 3, 2009 - 8:31am
Allison Bigelow / University of North Carolina

The language of mixture permeates the natural histories and nature writing-sections of the accounts, relaciones, and memorias of the early literatures of the Americas (1500-1800). The celebration of or resistance to the idea of a mixture that is either naturally-occurring or engineered by early modern men of letters informs encounters both real and imagined.

Responding to traumatic narrative in the context of the college writing classroom

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Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 4:33pm
Jeanie Tietjen

Despite significant instructional counsel against disclosure of personal trauma, students in writing classrooms regularly choose to represent traumatic experiences in composition. This roundtable at the Spring 2010 Montreal NEMLA conference solicits reflection and inquiry on the presence of trauma, especially in composition courses. Please send 150 word abstract to jtietjen@massbay.edu by September 15.

[Update] Liminal Ladies: Porous Women's Bodies in Medieval Literature (2010 International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo)

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Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 12:15pm
Oregon Medieval English Society

A common medieval trope in stories of women's misdeeds seems to be their mouths getting them into trouble. In her book "Bodytalk: When Women Speak in Old French Literature," E. Jane Burns cites the vagina as the site of a second producing 'mouth' in fabliaux. Taking this doubling under consideration, the kind of trouble women find themselves in almost invariably involves either speech, consumption of food or drink, or sexual appetite. Regardless of which mouth is opened, the production or reception of materials into or out of their mouths involves crossing bodily boundaries: letting outside matter in, or expelling or revealing inside matter to the outside world.

[REMINDER OF DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS ] Crossing the Line: Affinities before and after 1900

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Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 5:04am
University of Liverpool 28-29 January 2010

Crossing the Line is a student-led postgraduate conference that will explore and interrogate the multifarious affinities between Victorian and Modernist cultures. It focuses on the cross-currents of attraction and repulsion at the turn of the century. This event asks whether affinities exist innately in the body as psychological and emotional connections, and investigates those affinities which are cultural constructions. It questions whether affinities are permanent or can be eroded by the passage of time.

We invite research students from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to present papers considering affinities across the threshold of the Victorian and Modernist worlds.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Deadline extended: The Politics of Nature and Wilderness in the Middle Ages

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 6:21pm
Oregon Medieval English Literature Society

Jennifer Neville's "Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry" and Gillian Rudd's "Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature" are examples of the growing interest in ecocritical readings of medieval literature. The ways medieval writers thought about and interacted with nature and wilderness are important and relevant in regard to other conceptual frames and formulations that governed medieval thought and behavior. Papers in this panel will address the representations of nature in medieval texts as they pertained to and promoted political ideologies and programs of instruction or colonization. Papers on English and Continental literature are welcome.

[Update] Liminal Ladies: Porous Women's Bodies in Medieval Literature (2010 International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo)

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 5:36pm
Oregon Medieval English Society

A common medieval trope in stories of women's misdeeds seems to be their mouths getting them into trouble. In her book "Bodytalk: When Women Speak in Old French Literature," E. Jane Burns cites the vagina as the site of a second producing 'mouth' in fabliaux. Taking this doubling under consideration, the kind of trouble women find themselves in almost invariably involves either speech, consumption of food or drink, or sexual appetite. Regardless of which mouth is opened, the production or reception of materials into or out of their mouths involves crossing bodily boundaries: letting outside matter in, or expelling or revealing inside matter to the outside world.

CFP: Historical Treatments of "Runaway" Productions -- SCMS 2010 (Aug 10 deadline)

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 5:15pm
Society of Cinema & Media Studies Conference -- Los Angeles -- March 17-21

Submissions are still welcome for a panel that addresses Hollywood's postwar presence abroad. Papers that employ an archive-based methodology to historicize the phenomenon of "runaway" production (and that thereby relate to the overall conference theme of "Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past") are particularly encouraged.

Feminist Take On/Construction of the Enclosed Garden (Kalamazoo, 13-16 May 2010)

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 5:03pm
M.C. Bodden and Jennifer Borland/ The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship and The Medieval Feminist Art History Project

Feminist Take On/Construction of the Enclosed Garden (Kalamazoo 2010)

International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI
13-16 May 2010

Seventh Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 4:56pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dear Graduate Program Directors and Administrators:

Following is an announcement for the Seventh Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Please distribute this and the following CFP to any students who may be interested in submitting an abstract.

Women in Transit (1860- present day): Negotiating Public/Private Environments

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 4:12pm
Teresa Gomez Reus. University of Alicante, Spain

Contributions are sought for a book on women in spaces of transit in Anglo-American literature from 1860 to the present day. The projected edited book sets out to explore representations in literature of the presence of women in spaces of transit such as trains, hotels, bedsits, cafés, hospitals, parks, paths, rivers, seas etc. in which the familiar distinction between public and private space is eroded or suspended.

[UPDATE] Conference Announcement - Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:12am
Digital Labour Group, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

'Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens'

A conference hosted by the Digital Labour Group, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, October 16-18, 2009, London, Ontario, Canada.

We are happy to announce that our conference website is now open. Please visit us at
http://conferences.fims.uwo.ca/digitallabour/ for information on the conference, registration, travel and accommodation.

Register by September 1st for a 20% early registration discount. Fees are additionally discounted for graduate students.

NVSA cfp: FIGHTING VICTORIANS: DISUNION, POLEMIC, CONTROVERSY, April 16-18, 2010, Princeton University

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:39am
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

/The peace, that I deem`d no peace, is over and done.
Alfred Tennyson, 1855/

CFP: NVSA 2010
_
FIGHTING VICTORIANS: DISUNION, POLEMIC, CONTROVERSY_

Princeton University: April 16-18, 2010

NVSA website: http://web.stonehill.edu/nvsa/

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year
is FIGHTING VICTORIANS.

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Anna Clark,
Elaine Hadley, and Alex Woloch, and visits to Special Collections at the
Firestone Library and the Princeton Art Museum.

Visualizar'09: Public Data, Data in Public

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 9:22am
MEDIALAB-PRADO (Madrid, Spain)

Visualizar'09: Public Data, Data in Public
Call for projects and papers

International Workshop-Seminar on Public Data Visualization
November 12 - 27, 2009 in Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain)

Deadline for projects and papers: October 5, 2009
Call for collaborators: October 16 - November 11, 2009

http://medialab-prado.es/visualizar

Directed by José Luis de Vicente. Teachers: Ben Cerveny (Stamen) and Aaron Koblin. With the support of Bestiario.

Becomings, Misplacements, Departures: Butler & Whitehead

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 3:34am
Whitehead Research Project

Call for Student Papers
Conference Date: December 3-5, 2009
Location: Claremont, California
Paper Submission Due: Monday, August 31, 2009 to rfaber@ctr4process.org
Conference Website: whiteheadresearch.org/butler-whitehead

The Whitehead Research Project (WRP) is hosting a major international event that will feature scholars who are specialists in the thought of Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead. In line with the "initial aim" of WRP, this conference seeks to generate novel interfaces, stimulate interdisciplinary innovation, and provoke unexpected impulses for philosophical discourse in our complex world.

SWTXPCA 2010 Conference: Satire Area

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 6:28pm
Alana Hatley

CFP: Satire
Abstracts/Panel Proposals by 15 November 2009

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 31st Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM February 10-13, 2010
Conference website: http://swtxpca.org
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW * Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hotel phone: (505) 842-1234
Hotel fax: (505) 843-2710
Hotel website: http://albuquerque.hyatt.com

Postdoctoral Fellowship Modernism and Avant-garde 2010-2012

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 3:20pm
Ryerson University

The Modern Literature and Culture Research Center (MLCRC) at Ryerson University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join an energetic, diverse, and widely published research team at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, an institution known for its innovation and cutting-edge scholarship approaches. The Fellow will work closely with the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and other members of the team to conduct research, author manuscripts, mentor graduate students and interns, and participate in research outreach activities. For more information on our ongoing research projects, see www.ryerson.ca/mlc.

Lesbian Queer?: Investigating Eighteenth-Century Notions of Women's Love, Homosociability, Homosexuality, and Queerness

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 1:00pm
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Gay and Lesbian Caucus

When we talk about a queer eighteenth century, do we include women or is queerness only a male experience? Is there a femino-centric homosexual experience that occurred in the Eighteenth Century? Can we even talk of a lesbian Eighteenth Century? If so, does it share anything in common with the male homosexual experience, or does it develop forms of desire and community that are wholly its own? This panel is interested in topics based on female relationships, female communes, or female utopias in a possible lesbian queer eighteenth century.

[UPDATE] "Global Citizenship for the 21st Century" Interdisciplinary Conf. Nov. 15-16, 09

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 10:42am
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"Global Citizenship for the 21st Century"
http://www.csupomona.edu/~international/other_programs/callpaper.shtml

Interdisciplinary Conference
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
November 15-16, 2009

People who know the limitations of their knowledge, even when they believe that knowledge to be revealed, are usually the very same people who are able to build bridges with others who think differently than they do.
Father James L. Heft, S.M

Criticism by Hispanic, Luso Brazilian & Latina Writers since 1900, Abstract 1 Sept 09, Conf Louisville KY 18-20 Feb 2010

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 4:12pm
Kimberly Nance, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Illinois State University

Call for Papers: Criticism by Writers/Writing by Critics

Papers on Spanish, Spanish-American, Luso-Brazilian, Afro-Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic and Latina women from 1900 to today who were/are writing literary or cultural criticism in addition to their poetry, novels, stories, or plays. Focus on specific works or on more general relationships between the writer's critical and creative practice. Papers in English or Spanish.

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900
Louisville, Kentucky
February 18-20, 2010

Brief abstract and contact information by September 1 to Kimberly Nance

Please place abstract in body of message and not in an attachment.

The Afro-Native (Early American Borderlands Conference)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 3:26pm
Mark Miller

This panel seeks to develop relationships between Native/indígena and African diasporic communities by considering the diversity of Afro-Native identities and their developments (and antecedents) in literary, scientific, visual and other texts. Beginning with immediate post-conquest Afro-Yucatecans, Afro-Native communities have variously included Central American Garífuna, Columbian Palenque, Haitian Marabou, Brazilian cafuzo, Floridian, Bahamanian and Estelusti Seminole, Dismal Swamp Maroon, African Choctaw, Creek and Cherokee, and New England Wampanoag and Montauk.

Queer People 5: The uses of the history of sexuality; Christ's College, Cambridge, UK; July 14-17, 2010

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:20pm
Caroline Gonda, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge and Chris Mounsey, University of Winchester

The link between theoretical approaches and historical approaches to the study of sexuality in history has undergone a huge transformation in the last five years. Books and courses with the word "Queer" in their titles have largely disappeared from academic use. But does this mean that the study of the history of sexuality has become/will become redundant? Theory opened up the study of non-standard sexualities, but will theory's recession mean that such study will fall into desuetude? This call seeks papers from work in progress from any discipline which is aware of how it confronts and explores the History of Sexuality, so that collectively we can find out where we are and where we're going.

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