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2014 "Tudor Books and Readers" NEH summer seminar -- application deadline 3/4/14

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:52am
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).

The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness (BABEL Working Group Oct 16-18)

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 3:37pm
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Jen Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao
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3rd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group
16-18 October 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara

The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness

Co-Organizers: Jen Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) + Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee University)

Email proposals (no more than 300 words) to cutebabel14@gmail.com by April 1, 2014.

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

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 2:06pm
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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
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New Jersey College English Association
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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

New Media 1450-1700 (MLA 2015 Vancouver January 8-11)

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:16pm
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Katie Chenoweth, Princeton University
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For this MLA Special Session we invite papers exploring the discourses and practices that surrounded emerging media forms and technologies between 1450 and 1700. Papers comparing contemporary and Renaissance/early modern "new media" cultures are also invited. Abstracts of 300 words to kac3@princeton.edu by March 15.

The Place of Spenser/Spenser's Places (Dublin Ireland, June 18-20, 2015)

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:52pm
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International Spenser Society
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The Place of Spenser / Spenser's Places
Dublin, 18-20 June 2015
The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference

The International Spenser Society invites proposals for their next International Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will address Spenser's places – domestic, urban, global, historical, colonial, rhetorical, geopolitical, etc. – but also the place of Spenser in Renaissance studies, in the literary tradition, in Britain, in Ireland, in the literary and political cultures of his own moment.

Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:57am
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Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

James Randall Leader Prize for outstanding Arthurian Article - 1 March

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:53am
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International Arthurian Society - North American Branch
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Nominations are invited for the James Randall Leader Prize 2013, for an outstanding academic article published on any Arthurian subject, medieval, modern or contemporary. The Prize is awarded by the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Association. To be considered authors must be members of the International Arthurian Society. Articles must be written in English, and must have appeared in print or/and electronically in a journal or an essay collection during 2013. The deadline for submissions is March 1 2014. Self-nominations are welcome. Articles published in the Society's North American Branch Journal, Arthuriana, are automatically included among the nominations.

Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 2:11pm
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University of Wyoming
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"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.

The Third Euroacademia International Conference 'Re-Inventing Eastern Europe'

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:21am
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Euroacademia
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Dear Colleagues,
Please find below the Call for Papers for The Third Euroacademia International Conference 'Re-Inventing Eastern Europe', to be held in Berlin, Germany in 28th and 29th of March 2014. Feel free to forward and disseminate this call to all your colleagues, peers and collaborators who might be interested. Thank you in advance!

Euroacademia cordially invites you to The Third Euroacademia International Conference
'Re-Inventing Eastern Europe'

Call for Panels and Papers
The Third Euroacademia International Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe
28 – 29 March 2014,
4* Superior Berlin Hotel
Berlin, Germany

MLA 2015: Gender and Medieval Affect

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:32pm
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Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
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SFMS CFP for MLA 2015: Gender and Medieval Affect
How did people "feel" in the Middle-Ages? What was expected from women and men to feel, what emotions were, or were not conceivable, and, most of all, how did emotional reception or creation shape the idea of gender? Presentations examining the crossroads of literature and affect/emotions are welcome, in subjects from all the specters of national literatures and comparative literatures from the Middle-ages. Send abstracts by March 14th, 2014 to Charles-Louis Morand Métivier (cmorandm@uvm.edu)

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 8:43pm
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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.

Narration and Reflection

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Christy Wampole, Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature
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CALL FOR PAPERS: DEADLINE MARCH 7, 2014

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

A special issue on Narration and Reflection

guest edited by:
Stefano Ercolino (Freie Universität Berlin) and Christy Wampole (Princeton University)

In this special issue of Compar(a)ison, we seek to investigate the challenging relationship between narration and reflection, which seems to require thought and narrative to conform, respectively, to both the heuristic and rhetorical potential and strictures of mimesis and thinking. We invite contributions pertaining to literature and the visual arts. Possible lines of inquiry include:

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:33pm
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English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature" (January 8-11, 2015)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:56pm
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MLA Folklore and LIterature Discussion Group
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MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, British Columbia)

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"

Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu).

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