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A Voyage towards Words: Representating the sensations of Early Childhood and the Acquisition of Language (13-14 December 2013)

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 7:30am
Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université de Paris Ouest

Early childhood is defined by acute sensations (the discovery of the way in which the senses, constantly awakened and stimulated, allow to map the world), and by the acquisition of language, which may be smooth or problematic. As they translate sensations into words, infants are faced with a tremendous series of tasks and challenges: they must identify sound sequences as words, units and sentences, then learn how to map words onto objects, sounds onto feelings, urges, demands. Words may allow them to make sense of the world, or complexify it beyond understanding.

BLACK QUEER URBANITY @ PRINCETON U., ABSTRACTS DUE 8/31

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 5:29am
BLACK QUEER SEXUALITY STUDIES COLLECTIVE

The Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective Presents

Queer Urbanity: A Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference

With Keynote Speaker Professor Shane Vogel, Indiana University

Location: Princeton University

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

[UPDATE] Submission Deadline Extended: ICFPT2013

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 4:01am
The International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology

Scope and Topics

ICFPT is the premier conference in the Asia-Pacific region on field-programmable technologies including reconfigurable computing devices and systems containing such components. Field-programmable devices promise the flexibility of software with the performance of hardware. The development and application of field-programmable technology have become important topics of research and development. Field-programmable technology is widely applied, in high-performance computing systems, embedded and low-power control instruments, mobile communications, rapid prototyping and product emulation, among other areas.

Conference CFP: 'Translation and Transcendence' -- REVISED DEADLINE: 15 JULY, 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 5:54pm
Modern Horizons Journal

Modern Horizons conference CFP – Translation and Transcendence

REVISED ABSTRACT DUE DATE: 15 July, 2013.

For the third annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario—we invite proposals for 20 minutes presentations, in English or French, on 'Translation and Transcendence.'

Intimate Archives: Photography and Life-Writing, University of Oxford, 29 November 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 4:50pm
Lee-Von Kim and Christine Fouirnaies, University of Oxford

Intimate Archives is a one-day interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore the intersection of photography and life-writing. Photography has come to play an increasingly self-conscious role in life narratives, raising questions about truth, fictionality, authenticity and the limits of referentiality. What role does photography have in the construction of life narratives? How are intimate and affective relations negotiated and represented in photographic life narratives? Furthermore, what is at stake when intimate records of familial and private lives are published or exhibited? This conference seeks to engage with these issues.

Anti-Communism: Culture, Literature, Propaganda (28 August 2013; Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Univ. of London)

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 3:53pm
Dr Benjamin Kohlmann (Columbia University/Freiburg University) and Dr Matthew Taunton (UEA)

Some two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, this symposium will explore the complex literary and cultural legacies of one of the twentieth century's most influential and under-theorised political philosophies. Anti-communism had a shaping influence on the development of twentieth-century Western liberalism and social democracy as well as providing intellectual justifications for McCarthyism and the jingoism of the Cold War Right. It was a key element of Nazism, but also of twentieth-century anarchism. Its relation to literary and artistic culture was equally complicated.

Not a Dry Eye in the House: Tears in Performance – A One-Day Symposium - March 21, 2014

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 3:52pm
Paris-Sorbonne Université

Representing tears in the theatre hinges on the paradoxical performance of an absence: while the lacrimal flow can usually be explained, its physical manifestation mostly eludes visibility. Yet the presence of tears cannot easily be dismissed, as it is far from anecdotal. Portrayals of and discourses on tears indeed abound in theatre history: whether meant to affect the performers or the spectators, this emotional outburst can express a wide range of affects, from sorrow to joy, to laughter and awe.

We welcome contributions from scholars working in the fields of theatre, performance, literary, and cultural studies across cultures and time periods.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Female Captivity and the Autobiographical Impulse

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:39pm
Emily Hipchen and Rebecca Harrison, University of West Georgia

Early American captivity narratives by women were, from the beginning, a form of life writing that engaged and authorized subjective female experiences in the wake of New World colonization. These accounts—the spiritual, secular, propagandistic, and purely fictional—are, arguably, "the first American literary form dominated by women's experiences as captives, storytellers, writers, and readers" (Stodola xi). This genre (and its paradigmatic form) remains popular with women writers engaged in self-construction, especially as they explore and define their own identities as confined by both male-dominated economies and cultural anxieties concerning female authorship.

Adaptation and the Novel - Saturday 9th November 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:06pm
Keele University

Organisers: Joanna Taylor and Nick Seager

Plenary lectures by Rachel Carroll (Teeside University) and Sarah Wootton (Durham University)

Are novels tainted or legitimated in the process of adaptation? What aesthetic challenges and opportunities does the transition of a story from one genre to another present? And in what cultural, commercial, and artistic contexts have processes or adaptation and appropriation taken place?

Soil in Early Modern Literature (essay collection; abstracts by 12/15/2013)

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 12:01pm
Hillary Eklund / Loyola University New Orleans

Amidst changing patterns of land use, contested political ideologies, and shifting religious beliefs, early modern writers considered soil not just as a material resource but as a site for exploring questions of power, belonging, and being. Still, soil remains a surprisingly under-examined element in the current critical literature (Cf. recent books on plants, animals, and water in the period). This volume seeks to organize a critical conversation about representations of soil across an ample range of early modern texts. Essays may address topics such as
- soil ecology
- agrarianism/husbandry
- soil amendment/manuring
- public works
- excavation
- mining and mineral harvesting
- habitation/identity

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