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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Awards Announcements

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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The Emerson Society announces three awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.

*Research Grant*
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

[UPDATE] **DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 24** "Remix the Conference" University of Calgary Free-Exchange Graduate Conference

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:56pm
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Free-Exchange Conference, University of Calgary Department of English
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"Remix the Conference" University of Calgary Free-Exchange Graduate Conference March 7-9, 2014

"It's the remix to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen..." – R. Kelly, "Ignition"

"It's taking little pieces from here, adding it to little pieces from there—as many different disparate elements as you can find—and make something totally new out of it." – DJ Shadow

"The 'Pre-Occupation of the American West": American Studies ASsociation 2014 Annual Meeting

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:57pm
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Carrie Johnston
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Ethnography is inextricable from any narrative we might tell about
the development of the West at the turn of the twentieth century. The professionalization of anthropology played a key role in the describing and documenting a notion of vanishing cultures--in particular, Native American cultures--which, in turn, could be
marketed as tourist attractions. Salvage Ethnography (to use Jacob Gruber's term) was fundamental to creating a culturally rich image of the West, as well as to relaying a sense of urgency about visiting a rapidly changing landscape. As a result, the region's

FERAL FEMINISMS – CFP ISSUE 3 – Feminine Feelers // Deadline – 15 March 2014

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 5:39pm
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FERAL FEMINISMS
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Feral Feminisms (http://feralfeminisms.com), a new independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal, invites submissions for a special issue entitled "Feminine Feelers," guest edited by Zorianna Zurba. Submitted contributions may include full-length academic essays (about 5000 – 7000 words), shorter creative pieces, cultural commentaries, or personal narratives (about 500 – 2500 words), poetry, photo-essays, short films/video (uploaded to Vimeo), visual and sound art (jpeg Max 1MB), or a combination of these. Please direct inquiries and submissions to Guest Editor, Zorianna Zurba zorianna[at]gmail[dot]com.

The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature and Cinema (forthcoming, 2015)

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:32pm
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Patricia Vieira, Georgetown University
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The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature and Cinema
(forthcoming, 2015)

Edited by Patricia Vieira, Monica Gagliano and John Ryan

Ecocriticism's rise to prominence in the fields of literature and cultural studies has been paralleled by the investigations of plant intelligence in botany and by novel philosophical approaches to the ontology of plants. However, attempts to integrate these bodies of knowledge have been scarce. The Language of Plants will commence a dialogue between philosophy, science, literature and cinema dealing with plants. The aim of the edited collection is to develop a better understanding of plant life through critical awareness, conceptual rigor, and interdisciplinary thinking.

Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies Örebro, Sweden 26-27 September 2014, Abstract Deadline March 1

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:04pm
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SAAS, Swedish Association for American Studies
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Eighth Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies
Örebro, 26-27 September 2014
Call for Papers

SAAS is an academic network that encourages scholarship in the multidisciplinary field of American Studies. SAAS seeks to develop a critical understanding of the role, place and meaning of the United States and North America. In Sweden, research about the US/America is conducted in many different disciplines; the biennial SAAS conference thus functions as an important forum for interdisciplinary exchange and provides American Studies scholars with an opportunity to meet and network.

[UPDATE] Gilman and the Novel, ALA 2014

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:29am
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Peter Betjemann/Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

One additional panelist is required for the session described below. Please submit a proposal and brief CV by JANUARY 27, 2014.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Novel
American Literature Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, May 22-25, 2014

Panel Organizer: Peter Betjemann, Oregon State University

In 1899, Charlotte Perkins Gilman declared that her writing wouldn't "stop to be bothered with characters." Disavowing the "careful analysis and disentangling of individual" peculiarities, Gilman asserted that her work would instead draw out social, economic, and racial types. "Characters in mass" would center a fiction that she conceived, first and foremost, as sociological.

POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH: The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal 2014 March/April Issue, Deadline FEB 28th

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:29am
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Durham University

Call for papers:

POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH (ISSN 1756-9761). The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal: a peer-reviewed Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English.

Postgraduates are invited to submit papers of not more than 7,000 words for Issue 28 of Postgraduate English. Contributors are not confined to a particular theme, the better to reflect a diversity of interests. Papers, in MLA style, must be received no later than 28th February 2014.

MLA 2015: Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change (8-11 January; Vancouver, Canada)

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:07am
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Christopher Walker
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This proposed special session will examine the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change. In the wake of 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this session will ask how the technical language of risk assessment—"exceptionally unlikely" to "virtually certain"—is narrated in different media to capture the unfolding and impending harm to humans and non-humans?; how can the imperatives of global social justice be addressed alongside pressing environmental crises?; what frameworks might address the uneven geographic distribution of harms and articulate the incremental yet inevitable pace of sea-level rise, desertification, and biodiversity loss?

Italians Without Borders: Transnational Italian (American) Experience, U of Toronto, Oct. 17-19, 2014

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 4:09pm
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Italian American Studies Association
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Call for Presentations and Panels
Italians Without Borders: Transnational Italian (American) Experience

The University of Toronto
October 17-19th, 2014

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: MAY 1ST, 2014
Send Proposals by Email Only to gguida@citytech.cuny.edu

The Italian American Studies Association welcomes proposals for individual presentations and full panels (three to four presenters per panel, not including the chair and respondent) at its 47th Toronto, Canada. Especially encouraged are scholarly and creative presentations and panels dealing with transnational Italian (American) experience.

Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:57pm
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Poe Studies Association and Penn State Lehigh Valley Continuing Education

Proposals are invited for the Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference to be held in New York City, February 26-March 1, 2015. Email 250-word abstracts, subject heading "2015 Poe Conference," to Richard Kopley rxk3@psu.edu by June 1, 2014.

First World War Conference: "Literature, Memory, and the First World War" [UPDATE]

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:27pm
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United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York, USA

September 11-14 2014 First World War Conference

"Literature, Memory, and the First World War"

Call for Papers
United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York, USA
Co-Sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Department of History

"I would read accounts of so-called battles I had been in, and they had no relation whatever to what had happened. So I began to perceive that anything written was fiction to various degrees. The whole subject – the difference between actuality and representation – was an interesting one. And that's what brought me to literature in the first place."
Paul Fussell

CFP: ALA panel on Adrienne Rich

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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:59am
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Jen Riley
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I invite proposals for the formation of a panel on Adrienne Rich for the upcoming American Literature Association (ALA) conference in May 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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