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Boundary-Pushing Film and Media Offerings (November 8-9, 2013; Proposals due July 19, 2013)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:29pm
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media, TCU

We invite proposals pertaining to boundary-pushing film and media offerings, from any historical era, for presentation in a special series of panels at the Alternative Visions in Media Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 8-9, 2013.

[UPDATE] Deadline 7/4: War Beyond the Battlefield: 21st-Century Conflicts (War & Am Lit Symp, New Orleans, Oct 10-12, 2013)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:11pm
Society for Contemporary Literature

The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the War & American Literature Symposium of the American Literature Assoc. We encourage scholars to think broadly about contemporary conflicts and their influence on literature and Americans' sense of identity.

Asperger's Syndrome in Literature, Film, and Television

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 3:08pm
Christopher Brooks /PCA Chicago 2014

Characters in recent and current narrative forms (film, TV, fiction) represent possible disorders/syndromes/gifted traits ranging from Autism to Asperger's Syndrome. Debate exists about which disorder, if any, some characters display; the meaning and significance of such a disorder for the story line in which it appears; the relevance of the disorder in problem solution and identification of truth; and the significance of the number and recurrence of affected characters to contemporary culture. This panel is particularly interested in Asperger's Syndrome in all aspects as they impact media studies and interpretation. Papers on particular authors, characters, films, television programs, and graphic novels are especially welcome.

Cognitive Theory @ Kalamazoo: Embodied Mind in the Middle Ages

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:51am
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Corporeal Consciousness: Embodiment as Means to Enlightenment

Contemporary cognitive theory recognizes the importance of the body to cognitive development, consciousness, and creativity, challenging the dualism that permeates Western thought. Medieval narratives that promote rejection of the body in favor of intellectual and spiritual cultivation, however, cannot be easily dismissed or simplified. Despite the scorn received, the body is essential to enlightenment as demonstrated by such key figures as Ælfred, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Chaucer's myriad characters, and Thomas Hoccleve—to name a few.

Cannibal Modernisms

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:47am
King’s College London Programme in Comparative Literature Annual Graduate Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013.

Call For Papers Deadline: August 10th, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Professor Xudong Zhang, Professor of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, New York University.

[UPDATE] CFP: On the Eve of War

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:13am
School of Human Sciences - Catholic University of Portugal

V International CECC Conference on Culture and Conflict
December 5-6, 2013


The V CECC International Conference on Culture and Conflict "On the Eve of War" aims to examine periods that anticipate wars and conflicts from various perspectives. Before the current world crisis, which threatens a future of peace; at the dawn of the new millennium, born in the shadow of a new type of war, the war on terror; and keeping in mind the proximity of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, it is urgent to investigate (i) if there are any anticipated or predicted wars; (ii) how they are emplotted; and (iii) (re)configured.

[update] Shakespeare and Global Girlhood Seminar: deadline extended (7/15/13)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:36am
Shakespeare 450 international conference (Paris), April 21-27, 2014

How does Shakespeare's cultural capital influence the discourses of girlhood? The study of girls and girlhood has gained prominence in the past 20 years, marked by the rise of Girls' Studies and the proliferation of interdisciplinary publications devoted to girlhood. In the United States, the 1994 publication of psychologist Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia was a flashpoint in the legitimization of girlhood studies, linking one of Shakespeare's tragic girl characters to the definition of Western female adolescence as a period of crisis. Since then, the name "Ophelia" has become powerfully associated with organizations who aim to "save" girls from bullying, eating disorders, and mental health issues (among other threats).

NeMLA 2014: Pennsylvania German Pow Wow: Braucherei and Hexerei

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel seeks papers that explore the Pennsylvania German folk-healing practice known as pow wow, or braucherei, and/or its dark double, hexerei, or black magic. Papers may focus on written texts and/or oral histories of pow wow practices as well as on related PA German cultural artifacts, including hex signs and himmelsbriefs. Papers that examine the cultural exchange of folk-healing practices among Germans, Gypsies, and Native Americans are particularly welcome. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Anne DeLong at delong@kutztown.edu.

[Update] extended deadline, 28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:21am
University of West Georgia

28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures University of West Georgia, College of Arts and Humanities Carrollton, Georgia
October 31-November 2, 2013

Companions in Doctor Who: Roles, Characters and Themes 31 October 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:19am
Sherry Ginn and Gillian Leitch

On introducing the new companion Clara in March 2013, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's Executive Producer stated that:
"Doctor Who is always more the story of the companion. It's her [sic] take on the Doctor, her [sic] adventure that she [sic] goes on with the Doctor that's the story we tell."
Agree or disagree with this view, it is clear that the companion has become an integral part of the series Doctor Who. Rarely has the Doctor travelled without a companion since the show began in 1963.