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[UPDATE] Extended: The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 28–31 August 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

updated: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:50am
full name / name of organization: 
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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Call for Papers (Extended)
The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Keynote Address: Professor Henry Woudhuysen,
Lincoln College, University of Oxford

Deadline for proposals: 14 March 2014

The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines concerned with
Medieval and Renaissance studies.

Procrastination: Cultural Explorations, 2 July 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:14am
full name / name of organization: 
Danielle Yardy, University of Oxford

PROCRASTINATION: CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference
at the University of Oxford
Wednesday 2nd July 2014

What do St. Augustine, Kafka, Samuel Johnson, William James, Susan Sontag, Douglas Adams, Hitler, and Hamlet all have in common? Procrastination. If it isn't 'the quintessential modern problem' (New Yorker), it is certainly familiar to all who have picked up a pen, both within and outside academia.

Cliché - Issue 18, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. 20 March 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:32am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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FORUM JOURNAL ISSUE 18: CLICHÉ

As writers and academics we fear having our work criticised as cliché; yet, we continue to repeat and overwork certain ideas to the brink. If we are to believe Marshall McLuhan, "it is the worn out cliché that reveals the creative or archetypal processes in language as in all other processes and artifacts" (Cliché to Archetype 127). The pursuit of newness requires us to label precursors as old and eventually worn out, thereby rendering them cliché. At the same time, a phrase, symbol, or trope would not be used to the point of cliché if it did not continue to strike a chord with so many artists or thinkers. Clichés are cultural relics reread and relocated as benchmarks for new art and interpretation.

Sustainability and Population

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:41pm
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MLA 2015
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"Sustainability and Population," MLA 2015, Special Session

This panel invites papers that examine the intersections of "sustainability" and "population" in literature. Papers may consider how race, demography, biopolitics, fertility, economics, agriculture, and spatial distribution help clarify, illuminate, and evaluate "sustainability"---what literary critics have deemed a thorny and vague concept in the past few years. Papers from any time period are welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Abby Goode (alg9@rice.edu) by 15 March 2014.

"Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries and Cultural Migrations"

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mediterranean Visions College of the Holy Cross - Sant'Anna Institute

This conference intends to focus on the possible perceptions of the journey to/from/around the Mediterranean Sea, moving from an Italian, European and extra-European perspective (with specific reference to the American continent, which is so historically and culturally connected to the Mediterranean heritage and to its explorations), and concentrating moreover on the theme of immigration/emigration to/from the Mediterranean Basin, the result of centuries-old, intercultural exchanges occurring between its shores, as well as the new challenges (social and economic) facing the region from globalized society and from the increasingly urgent democratic requirements of the populations inhabiting it.

MLA 15: Narrating Madness and Autism

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Gagas
contact email: 

This non-guaranteed special session invites papers addressing how narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, or autism (in any medium, genre, or period) change our understanding of the ethics and phenomenology of reading, viewing, or listening. I welcome disability studies critiques of concepts of madness or autism, histories of medical or psychological narratives, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry analyses of cognition, affect, volition, or hermeneutics in narratives of madness or autism conceptualized as real experiences of distress, impairment, and different mental structures. Please submit 350-word abstracts and CVs to Jonathan Gagas, Temple University (jongagas@temple.edu) by March 15, 2014.

UPDATE New Literatures in English

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:19am
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New Literatures in English
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Title of the book: New Literatures in English
Editor: Dr R.P. Singh
Associate Professor
Department of English and Modern European Languages,
University of Lucknow
Pin- 226007
rpsingh.lu@gmail.com
Phone-09415159137
The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of New Literatures in English with special reference to the following:
1. Making of New Literatures
2. Postcolonialism
3. Postmodernism
4. Identity formation in New Literature
5. Diaspora Literature
6. Canadian Literature in English

Portals Comparative Literature Journal Now Accepting Submissions

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:22am
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Portals Comparative Literature Journal/CLSA at San Francisco State University
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Portals Literary Journal is accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.
full name / name of organization:
San Francisco State University, Comparative Literature Student Association
contact email:
clsa@mail.sfsu.edu
2014 Call for Submissions
Portals is currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.

Submission deadline: March 7, 2014.

Portals invites original critical essays and short creative fiction that explore comparative literary topics across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries for the Spring 2012 issue. This edition will be available in scholarly journal listings worldwide.

READING MATTERS - May 30, 2014

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 3:59pm
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UCLA's 25th Annual Friends of English Southland Conference

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Alan Liu (UCSB)
Professor Helen Deutsch (UCLA)

"I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
For then he's full of matter."
- Duke Senior, As You Like It

Travel Grant Competition

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 3:57pm
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Washington University Libraries Special Collections
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The Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries St. Louis, Missouri is happy to announce that this year's travel grant competition is now open. The Application Deadline is March 15, 2014. Travel must occur between May 15, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Travel reimbursement grants of up to $1000 are available to faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who would like to use our collections for research. Funds may be used for transportation, food, lodging, and photocopying. Applicants must reside at least 50 miles from St. Louis.

[UPDATE]: Deadline extended to Feb. 21, 2014 for Georgetown University Journal Predicate

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:03pm
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Georgetown University English Graduate Student Association
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 21, 2014

Predicate
Issue 4: Reactions

Georgetown University
Deadline for Papers: February 21, 2014
predicate
(n.) - the part of a sentence or clause containing what is said about a subject
(v.) - to make an assertion; to postulate, suppose, assume

Produced by the Georgetown University English Graduate Student Association, Predicate aims to establish a forum for graduate students to share their research and writing: a place to work with other developing scholars.

All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community. Deadline 4/30/14

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:53pm
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Interdisciplinary Animal Studies, UC Davis
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All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

An innovative interdisciplinary conference of animal science and medicine, contemporary humanistic approaches, and other fields engaging the key problems and prospects of interspecies community, traditional Animal Studies, and current directions in order to challenge and provoke new work.

Keynote Speaker: Frans de Waal
Date: November 15-17, 2014
Location: UC Davis

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Submission Address: animalsucd@gmail.com

Art and Ephemerality, 26–27 June 2014, Bristol

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:12am
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Art Historians (AAH) and University of Bristol

The Association of Art Historians (AAH) and the University of Bristol invite proposals for papers for the 2014 annual AAH Student Summer Symposium

Art and Ephemerality

University of Bristol, 26–27 June 2014
Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2014

Artworks and objects that are not intended to last or only remain briefly in existence invariably accentuate the passage of time. In collaboration with the University of Bristol, this year's AAH Student Summer Symposium will explore the implications of ephemerality for art and its histories through a wide range of historical and critical perspectives.

[UPDATE] British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2014

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 5:23am
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University of Surrey
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British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2014: Registration Open

Registration is now open for the ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science, which will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.

Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:14pm
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Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

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