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Scottish Literature at CEA 2011 (Nov. 1/March 31-April 2, 2011)

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Friday, October 8, 2010 - 10:17am
College English Association

Call for Papers: Scottish Literature at CEA 2011
March 31- April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton, St. Petersburg, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; (727) 894-5000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Scottish literature for our 2011 annual conference. The fortunes of Scotland, her literature, and the study of it have seen their fortunes rise and fall over the course of centuries. Papers that address the relationship between fortune and Scottish literature are particularly encouraged, but papers dealing with broader topics in Scottish literature are also invited.

Faith and the Supernatural: 2011 Southeast Region CCL, April 7-9, 2011 (deadline: 1/15/11)

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Friday, October 8, 2010 - 9:02am
Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Throughout history, we have used stories about the supernatural to better understand faith – to better understand what to believe in and what it means to believe. The 2011 Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature invites the submission of papers that explore the various intersections of faith and the supernatural in literature. Potential areas of exploration might include:

2011 PCA/ACA National Conference-Fat Studies Area

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 5:28pm
Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

Fat Studies is becoming an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of "fatness" and "the fat body"; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance or celebration within mass culture. Fat Studies uses body size as the starting part for a wide-ranging theorization and explication of how societies and cultures, past and present, have conceptualized all bodies and the political/cultural meanings ascribed to every body.

Call for Chapters, Manufacturing Phobias

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:57pm
Dr. Jeff Shantz and Dr. Hisham Ramadan

Call for Chapters: Manufacturing phobias

Various groups have recognized that hope and fear are very powerful driving forces capable of moving nations and shaping its actions. They have utilized both of these emotions to achieve their target, notwithstanding the negative impact on society as a whole. This phenomenon is not new. However, the current trend in this phenomenon is worth investigating in the form of a book containing a number of essays each of which expounds a different aspect of such phenomena. This is, by nature, an interdisciplinary book. Scholars from different disciplines are invited to contribute to this volume.

Nature of the Contradiction: The 13th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group, March 31-April 2

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:39am
Marxist Reading Group, University of Florida

In the current moment of economic and environmental crisis, the concept of sustainability has become a popular touchstone of both neoliberal and conservative agendas. Whether arguing for a green industrial revolution or economic dematerialization, both groups fail to realize the deeper contradictions between sustainability and capitalism's mode of production. But if "we're all environmentalists now," as Neil Smith has suggested, it becomes necessary to engage ecological politics without participating in late capitalism's appropriation of "green" rhetoric.

2nd Global Conference: Experiencing Prison (May 2011: Warsaw, Poland)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:18am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Experiencing Prison

Thursday 19th May – Saturday 21st May 2011
Warsaw, Poland

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.

Reading Benjamin Reading, ACLA Vancouver (11/1/10; 3/31/11-4/3/11)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:55am
Brooks E. Hefner

In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?

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