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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).

American Environmetal Literature Before 1900 (American Literature I, Pre-1900)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:53pm
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SAMLA Conference 2014
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Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Literature, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

New Critics V: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference--abstract due March 3

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:51pm
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Bianca Tredennick/SUNY Oneonta

We are now accepting 150-word abstracts for the firth annual New Critics: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference. Abstracts must be for critical (not creative) papers, and can be on any subject having to do with literature or composition. We are also accepting abstracts on film or other popular culture criticism. Accepted papers must be readable in no more than 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, and the conference will be held on the SUNY Oneonta campus (Oneonta, NY) on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This conference is free to attend. We are proud to have PEN Award Winner, Colette Brooks (New School) as our keynote speaker.

1945–1975: British Culture for Architecture Call for Participation - International Seminar

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:47pm
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Canadian Centre for Architecture
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The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal is launching a Multidisciplinary Research Program on the social, economic and technological shifts that took place in Britain in the period 1945–1975 and, specifically, how these transformations and reform efforts were registered through culture.

The CCA invites researchers or practitioners from any relevant discipline to propose papers fitting this topic for a working seminar to be held during April 2014. The seminar will be the first phase of an 18-month research program generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Victorian Collections and Collecting (October 16-18, 2014)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:35pm
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Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
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We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Collecting/Collections and commodity culture
Connoisseurship, expertise, and elites
Collecting and identity formation
Communities/coteries of taste
Art, museums, and curation
Science collections
Collecting among the nouveau riche
Collecting nature
Collecting and empire
Competitive collecting
Collecting and Entrepreneurship
Eccentric and eclectic collections
Collecting as a response to modernity
Cataloging, indexing, and taxonomies
Neo-Victorian and steampunk collections
Hoarding and obsession

After Loss, After Despair: Environmental Literature, Memorialization, and Futurity (MLA, 1/8-11/2015)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:11am
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Clare Echterling / Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
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Environmentalism must consider loss while also looking forward: we mourn the environmental changes and losses that have already occurred, mitigate those that are upon us, and work to prevent those in the future. Firmly entrenched in the Anthropocene, though, our environmental future appears very bleak. Apocalyptic visions abound, and grief, anger, and even despair pervade the many arenas of environmental discourse. Yet the danger of despair is the very absence of hope that defines it and threatens to quell enactments of alternative futures. How do we move forward, then, when material ecological changes—losses—also bring about cultural and individual psychic changes patterned by despair?

Chaucer and Realism

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:07am
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Chaucer at Galway II: Chaucer and Realism

Chaucer at Galway II: Chaucer and Realism
International two-day conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway
25th-26th June, 2014

Guest Speaker: Professor Paul Strohm (Columbia)

45th ISAGA conference

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:58am
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ISAGA and SAGSAGA
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45th ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association) conference in Dornbirn, Austria
July 7 – 11, 2014

The ISAGA conference is a forum for enhancing gaming simulation and related approaches. A wide range of methods including traditional gaming methods such as computer and web‐based simulation games, board based games, role‐play games, learning games, policy exercises and scenario games etc., as well as new developments in business wargaming, digital games, game‐based learning and "gamification" etc. will be discussed.

The theme of the 45th ISAGA conference is: "The shift from teaching to learning: individual, collective and organizational learning through gaming & simulation"

Call for Papers for Panel on Cross-Dressing and the Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:58am
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New Jersey College English Association Conference April 12, 2014
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Panel: Cross-Dressing and The Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture
What new insights can we learn about gender, sexuality, and desire by examining cross-dressers and the ways they have been perceived in various cultures and time periods? This panel will explore this question by considering how cross-dressing is used to express hetero or same-sex desire in literature, film, or television. Papers presented at this panel will span a variety of historical and theoretical approaches.

Please send 250 word abstracts by February 9, 2014.

Call for Papers for New Jersey 37th Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference April 12, 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:53am
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New Jersey College English Association
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Cross-Dressing and the Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture

What new insights can we learn about gender, sexuality, and desire by examining cross-dressers and the ways they have been perceived in various cultures and time periods? This panel will explore this question by considering how cross-dressing is used to express hetero or same-sex desire in literature, film, or television. Papers presented at this panel will span a variety of historical and theoretical approaches.

Send 250 word abstracts by February 9, 2014.

4th ICHSS 2014 - International Conference on humanities and social sciences

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:29am
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University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philosophy and MCSER
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Dear Colleagues!

After the great success of the 3° ICHSS held in Rome on September 2013 we have the pleasure to announce the organization of the fourth edition of ICHSS which will be held on May 31 - June 01 2014. We would like to thank all ICHSS 2013 attendees for making the conference a great success. More than 40 nations were represented at the conference, from Japan to Australia, from the USA and Mexico to Europe, Africa and Asia. It gathered more then 500 profesors, researchers and scholars from around the world. We hope to have the same success in the 2014 edition in Budva-Montenegro.

For submissions of abstract and any other information please contact conference@mcser.org

[UPDATE] "Life, in Theory" - Second Call

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:59am
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European Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts

"Life, in Theory" refers to the ways in which the principle of life is assumed and articulated by highly specialized disciplinary knowledge, is entangled with media technologies, and is constantly resignified in relation to specific forms of power. Because the concept of life today does no longer provide sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, medical just actions, the conference aims at generating the context for a fruitful discussion on the ecological stakes of theorizing the bios across science, technology, literature, and the arts.

(re)Reading Wallace after Wallace; 1st Annual DFW Conference, May 23, 2014 Bloomington-Normal

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:36pm
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Brendan Beirne, New York University
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Although David Foster Wallace's early works enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and were subject to scholarly treatments such as Steven J. Burn's Understanding David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (2003), the field of Wallace studies was still in its infancy at the time of his suicide in 2008. This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which Wallace's death has influenced – perhaps unduly – the critical trajectories and popular reception of his work. Panelists may take up the following questions as a means of reconsidering the present consensus about Wallace's life and works, of charting new courses of critical inquiry, and of recovering promising avenues of scholarly interest that have faded from view in the wake of his abrupt departure.

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