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Dragon*Con 2nd Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference (due: June/July 1 2009)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 6:58pm
Matthew J. Brown

Call for Participation

Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series

DRAGON*CON 2nd ANNUAL COMICS & POPULAR ARTS CONFERENCE

Atlanta, Georgia September 4-7, 2009

The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present their second annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts to take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. For more info on Dragon*Con, visit http://dragoncon.org/

Journal of Transnational American Studies--Special Forums

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 4:31pm
Journal of Transnational American Studies--Special Forums

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) invites proposals for Special Forums in upcoming issues. Each Special Forum will be a cluster of articles that speaks to a critical issue in transnational American Studies; we are particularly interested in innovative scholarship that is presented by coalitions of scholars from around the globe and which interrogates the geographical, topical, and ideological parameters of American Studies.

The Editorial Board will consider Special Forum proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals should be submitted in a Word document to Yanoula Athanassakis, the Associate Managing Editor for Special Forums, at: jtas.special.forum@gmail.com.

Sidney at Kalamazoo (9/15/2009; Kalamazoo, 5/13-16/2010)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 2:27pm
Joel Davis, The Sidney Society

The Sidney Society will sponsor three open sessions on Philip Sidney and his Circle at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan). The conference website is here: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

May 13-16, 2010

Abstracts are invited on any subject dealing with Philip Sidney and his circle. As ever, we encourage proposals from newcomers as well as established scholars.

Papers should be limited to twenty minutes in reading time. Please do not submit an abstract to two different sessions of the conference in the same year.

Immoderation in literature, University of Tours, France, 11/27-28/2009, deadline 08/31/2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:35pm
Université François-Rabelais de Tours, GRAAT, France

Reading great philosophical texts too hastily might induce one to consider moderation to be an ideal of life—while Protagoras maintains that "man is the measure of all things," Epictetus stresses that "once beyond the measure there is no limit," and in his Thoughts Pascal asserts that "to leave the mean is to abandon humanity." Yet, as early as Kant, the excess inherent in immoderation became the necessary condition of beauty—"That is sublime which even to be able to think of demonstrates a faculty of the mind that surpasses every measure of the senses." The imagination thus overtakes the sense, which might partly explain why literature is drawn to immoderation.

Historicisms

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:50am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

Poetry and the Web - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:48am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

Great Books II - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:46am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

Who Reads What Where? The Western Canon in New Contexts - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:42am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

The culture and theory wars may have died down on college campuses, but the way that works of literature are transmitted from generation to generation and place to place remains a perennial question, especially given the advent of increasingly powerful electronic communication. The recent success in English of a wide range of imaginative works from around the world suggests both continuity and change in how the western canon of literature is understood. This panel will examine this question and the prospects for the future of the literary past. Please send proposals to alsc@bu.edu.

[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 9/1/09)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:35am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Harvard University)

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THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

The Once and Future Sonnet - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:20am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Convener: David Mikics (University of Houston)
Rumors of the death of the sonnet continue to be exaggerated. Indeed, the sonnet seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Many journals are publishing more sonnets than they used to, and there are even a number of new periodicals devoted entirely to the form, such as the online publications 14 by 14 and Contemporary Sonnet. This panel will examine the resilience of the sonnet and prospects for its future, paying close attention to the history of the form and discussing some of it preeminent current practitioners. Please send proposals to David Mikics at dmikics@gmail.com, with a CC to alsc@bu.edu.

UPDATE Multimedia Research and Documentation of Oral Genres in Africa: the step forward.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:11am
Leiden University

UPDATE: Abstracts (300 words): deadline August 31, 2009
Conference Papers (20 minutes, 2500 words): deadline November 20, 2009
Essays for publication (6.000 words): deadline 30 March, 2010

There will be about 50 Euro fees for coffee/drinks/lunches (dinners and hotels not included) - Please check updates at http://www.hum.leiden.edu/research/africanliteratures/africaloralliterat...

CALL FOR PAPERS. Multimedia Research and Documentation of Oral Genres in Africa: the step forward.

ALSC: The Year in Print - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 10:04am
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

This panel focuses on work that ALSC has published in the past year, focusing on Literary Imagination, Forum, and Literary Matters. Panelists will discuss major pieces from these journals and respond to them, extending the conversation and foregrounding the publications of ALSC. Please send proposals to alsc@bu.edu.

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