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Design Research with RMIT University Press: Call for Proposals

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:17pm
Joseph Gelfer

Our aim is to promote the publication of design research. Design is a core activity in many disciplines, yet there are few publishers who specialise in design-driven research. Research can be conducted through designing, and the process of designing also parallels "traditional" research in interesting ways. Designers have a way of thinking and communicating that is different to traditional researchers, but which is equally robust when applied to its own kind of questions.

MSA 11: Death Imagery and Ambivalence about the Future in the Modernist Novel, 5-8-09

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:14pm
Jennifer Gilchrist

In response to the pronounced intellectual, philosophical, historical and social flux of the teens, twenties and thirties, many modernist writers wavered between lapsarian despair and utopian confidence about the direction of the future. Literary images of death and destruction register both fatalism and loss as well as phoenix-like creative renewal, alternately as well as simultaneously.

[UPDATE] "Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity" SAMLA Nov 6-8 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 6:00pm
Stephen Gallagher

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Possible perspectives are political, sociological, activist, and philosophical. Approaches can cover the full range from critical analysis to prescriptions for action action. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict ideas but to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RAMIFICATIONS OF MISUNDERSTANDING AMERICAN ENGLISH (6/25/09; SAMLA 11/6-8/09)

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:58pm
Myrna Santos / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In an ever-changing world, words appear to have more power than ever. Indeed, words can be weapons when inappropriately or ineffectively used. This ambiguity can lead to grave misunderstanding and miscommunication as our global networks are ever increasing. Many times the intent of the USA to convey its purpose is poorly represented. How can we, as educators, effectively teach English in a manner that can avoid literal denotation, while embracing the subtleties, innuendos, and connotations so important to clarity and deeper understanding? This panel will address all subject related topics.

HUMAN RIGHTS ON FILM: ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:54pm
Marlisa Santos / South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

This session at November's SAMLA conference (http://samla.gsu.edu/) explores how human rights issues—most commonly human rights violations—have been depicted on film, and the effect that such depictions have on various human rights causes. Though much documentary work has been done in this area, this session focuses instead on fictionalized representations of human rights issues on film. What role does historical accuracy play in the representation of human rights events and causes? How are human rights issues arising in the U.S. treated differently on film than human rights issues arising in other parts of the world?

postcolonial short story essay collection july 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:51pm
Dr Paul March-Russell

Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent, Canterbury) and Dr Maggie Awadalla (Imperial College, London/SOAS) are proposing a new collection of essays on the postcolonial short story.

Women and Work: Caribbean Women's Narratives of Migration

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 2:12pm
Kate Caccavaio, Michigan State University

Belinda Edmondson makes a distinction between transatlantic migration of Caribbean male of the 1950s and 1960s and the hemispheric Caribbean migration of female writers a generation later. The male migration was marked by the "scholarship boys" who attended Oxbridge and the women of the 1970s and beyond migrated primarily for economic reasons. Are work and education valued in the same way and how do the gender implications effect this migration and the work of women? I invite papers that examine the works by women writers who try to balance their status as migrant workers and how these migrations effect their identity as Caribbean women for the 2009 Midwest Modern Language Association conference.

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies. 13-15 October 2009 University of Bergamo -Italy

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:59pm
Flaminia Nicora University of Bergamo Italy PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet “Literary and Cultural Studies”)

International conference

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.

University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009

Hosted by:
University of Bergamo
Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet "Literary and Cultural Studies")

Writing guides for students on the works of Angelou and Bradbury

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 11:47am
Chelsea House Publishers

Facts on File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking specialists to write approximately 80,000-word manuscripts, following established series guidelines, offering strategies and techniques for writing about the works of Maya Angelou and Ray Bradbury. The author must have a PhD, extensive knowledge of the subject's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. Manuscripts would be due in summer 2010. If qualified and interested, please send a cover letter and cv, preferably via e-mail, to:

Wizard World University-Chicago and Philidephia (Comic Book Convention Conference Series )

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 11:37am
Institute for Comics Studies

The Institute for Comics Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional focus discussion panels, workshops and other panels centered around comics or comics related areas of study for Wizard World University—Philadelphia and Wizard World University—Chicago, the academic tracks of Wizard World Comic Book Conventions.

Panels that include participation by comics industry professionals are especially encouraged. ICS will provide assistance with recruiting professionals for participation in WWU panels.

Irish Studies at MPCA/ACA

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Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:57am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

The Irish Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is extending its deadline for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009 at the Book Cadillac Westin in Detroit, Michigan.

Please send proposals on any aspect of Irish Studies to the area chair via email or mail. Emailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University at turner8kathleen@gmail.com. Mailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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