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[UPDATE] SCMLA 2014: Urban Prisons and Rural Rambles in Early American Literature (due 24 Feb.)

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 3:27pm
Rebeccah Bechtold

"My spirit is weary for rural rambles," Lydia Maria Child writes in Letters from New-York, for "amid these magnificent masses of sparkling marble, hewn in prison, I am all alone." Like many of her contemporaries, Child contrasts the unfeeling cruelties of urban life with the apparent "freedom" of the natural world. Not only do the "streets shut out the sky," but "the busy throng, passing and repassing, fetter freedom, while they offer no sympathy," Child complains.

[UPDATE] Conference and Publication: Contemporary Literary Theory and Contemporary Interpretation of Literature

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:04am
Cusanuswerk

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Conference and Publication: Contemporary Literary Theory and Contemporary Interpretation of Literature

The Cusanuswerk is the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany and awards government scholarships to exceptionally gifted students and researchers in all branches of academic study. For more information, please visit www.cusanuswerk.org

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2014 The 5th International Conference on Translation and Cross-Culture, deadline March 2, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:10am
Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Ours is an era of translation and cross-culture. Transportation and telecommunication technology have helped shorten the distance and increase contact between person and person, nation and nation. Spatial "movement" through travel, tourism, migration, diaspora, and communication facilitates the "interaction" between "the (individual/collective/national) self" and "the other/other culture." Such "movement" and "interaction" depend much on linguistic and cultural translation to keep on "activation," continuously negotiating, realizing, and vitalizing ideas so as to renew and open up multicultural space.

CFP for the Journal of Cross-cultural Studies, Vol.1 No.11, deadline March. 31, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:07am
Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taiwan

ross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English publications. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and engaging in academic discussions since 2008. For more information about the journal, please visit the website as follows:

20 June 2014 "Fictions of American Capitalism and the Narratives of Economic Theory"

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:46am
Vincent Dussol/ Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3, France

One-day conference : "Illustrating, Constructing, Challenging the Model: Fictions of American Capitalism and the Narratives of Economic Theory"
- Montpellier, Friday 20 June 2014 (organized by EMMA EA 741, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3, Site Saint-Charles) :

Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Southern Futurism: University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference (April 10-11, 2014)

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:23am
University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference on Literature

The notion that southern literature is defined by an emphasis on the continuity between past and present has long been found in southern literary studies. This conference will explore the idea of the South as a region forever a step or two behind the modern nation, as well as reconsider the backward temporality of the South by taking its cue from poet and novelist Jack Butler's claim that "The future doesn't erase the past; it colonizes it."

Though the conference theme centers on southern literature and culture, we also welcome submissions on any topic related to all genres of literature, theory, culture, and film, as well as creative submissions of poetry, fiction, and drama.

Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development; June 13, 2014

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 4:44pm
University of Warwick UK

Confirmed speakers: Professor Justin Rosenberg (The University of Sussex),Neil Davidson (The University of Glasgow),Professor Neil Lazarus (The University of Warwick)

"From the universal law of unevenness thus derives another law which . . . we may call the law of combined development – by which we mean a drawing together of the different stages of the journey, a combining of separate steps, an amalgam of archaic with more contemporary forms" (Leon Trotsky, The History of the Russian Revolution).

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE, 15-17 December 2014

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 11:06am
Institute of Advanced Studies in English

The academic fraternity world over is preoccupied with various ways of understanding language, literature and culture. In addition to their interrelations and interdependance, the new ideas and approaches emerging from various disciplines like literary theory, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis alongside technological revolution and socio-cultural transformations, have a bearing on our study of language and literature. The conference aims at exploring this dynamics with a focus on the complementary nature of language, literature and culture and their centrality in human life.

Virtual Women: Webcomics due March 8; Special Session for MLA 2015, January 8-11

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:00pm
Modern Language Association

How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics that is both similar to and different from the space provided by graphic narratives in print form? In Graphic Women, Hillary Chute suggests that the graphic narrative form is particularly germane to representing the experiences of women. Scholarship has thus far focused mainly on comics in print form, with little scholarly attention given to webcomics. This panel aims to theorize webcomics as a medium by examining connections between gendered experience and the production of comics in the democratic space of the Internet. Papers could explore the following questions:

[UPDATE] "Self(ie)-Representation," SMU Graduate Student Conference, March 22, 2014

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 2:06pm
Southern Methodist University Graduate Student Conference

The "selfie," with its many outlets and ironic iterations, has provoked critical and popular conversation celebrating the form as empowering or decrying it as narcissistic. But, though the "selfie" is relatively recent, the act of self-representation is of course very old. Autobiographies, diaries, fictional selves, privately-printed collections of poetry, obsessive editorial practices, commissioned portraits, fashionable clothing, elaborate grave markers, carefully-crafted public personae: life is the accumulation of selfies. This graduate conference seeks papers that explore such modes of self-representation and the discourses surrounding them.

37th Annual NJCEA Conference

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:56am
New Jersey College English Association

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS
37th Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Global Professor of Post-Colonial Studies, New York University
Presenting on: The Novel and its Other: Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

AHA 2015 CFP

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:52am
Craig Gallagher, Boston College

A colleague and I are trying to put together a panel for the AHA meeting in New York next year based around our mutual research interests. We intend the panel to explore examples of historical interaction between early modern empires and dissenting religious groups. Specifically, we are interested in how empires used or abused religious groups to pursue their own imperial goals, and how dissenting groups in turn adapted imperial patronage or persecution to toward their own ends.

Culture and the Economization of Everything- CAAS, March 1, 2014

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 4:05pm
The Canadian Review of American Studies

Economic models now occupy a central place in the analysis of American culture. Concepts such as "cultural capital," "the literary marketplace," and "modes of exchange" are regularly deployed to demystify culture's relationship with power and profit. As useful as economic models have been for opening up new avenues of analysis in American studies, we wonder if this turn to economy in American studies doesn't privilege economic models in ways that ought to be scrutinized. Indeed, it can be argued that the recent financial crises in the United States and Europe are consequences of unquestioned faith in the explanatory and organizing power of economics as a field of knowledge.

Special Issue on the "Stored Energy" of a Poem | Deadline: April 2014

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:30pm
Merwin Studies: Poetry | Poetics | Ecology

http://merwinstudies.com/call-for-papers/

Merwin Studies seeks submissions for its second issue. Submissions are due by Spring of 2014.

In the 1978 "Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism," William Rueckert argues that unleashing the "stored energy" of a poem helps create and sustain communities. We invite work that explores and exposes the myriad facets surrounding such energy exchanges. Submissions are not limited to the following questions:

Merwin's 2013 Selected Translations (re)circulates texts through and across languages. How has Merwin's work as a translator unleashed the "stored energy" of a poem?

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