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[UPDATE] The future of the biennial: experimental places to reinvent political space? Deadline December 20

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 1:39am
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

The upcoming issue of Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics will discuss the political future of the contemporary art biennial. How can biennials become experimental «sites» to rethink the relationship between art and politics, without lending themselves too easily to the confines of the contemporary art market and neoliberal political geography? While biennials are often criticized for subjecting themselves to urban/ regional marketing strategies, they are also defended as valuable places for the formation of new alliances among art scenes of the 'periphery', that are today steadily changing the global art map. How does this development affect the possibility of contemporary art to reflect and influence local politics?

4th Annual Graduate Student Conference: The Heights of Humor [April 4-5, 2014; Boulder, CO]

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:17pm
University of Colorado, Boulder Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference

In spite of academics' acute awareness of the dearth of criticism on
humor, the topic continues to go conspicuously underworked. What is it about human culture that leads us to cringe at the idea of stoic critique of humorous texts? Why do we almost necessarily consider humor ineffable? This conference seeks papers that address the question of humor in Hispanic, Lusophone, and English literature, translations, and criticism. The conference will take place on April 4-5, 2014.

The Heights of Humor conference will engage your ideas on humor, which may include responses to the following questions:

-Can humor be successfully translated?
-What happens when we translate humor?

[UPDATE] Deadline Extension - Ecloga Modernism Journal.

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:36pm
Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts. Modernist Studies Special Edition.

Deadline extended to 6th January 2014.

Modernist Studies Special Edition. 2014.
Produced in collaboration with the
Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.

Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts is pleased to announce a Modernist Studies Special Edition for 2014, produced in collaboration with the scholars of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and funded by the AHRC.

Since 2001, Ecloga has published outstanding research from all over the world by postgraduates and early career academics working in the broad field of English Studies. Ecloga is a peer-reviewed journal published in print and open-access online by postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Updike and the Short Story at ALA 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:26pm
John Updike Society at ALA 2014

In the wake of the Library of America's publication of John Updike's Collected Stories, the John Updike Society invites paper proposals considering his work as a short story writer. Many of his stories contain protagonists that could be stand-ins for their author. What kinds of insights do they provide concerning Updike's unique relation to his milieu? To the natural world or other works of art? What about other short story writers? Has his work as a short story writer impacted the genre—or did the short story's generic conventions leave its mark on his writing in other genres? Is there a structural, thematic, or theoretical consistency that emerges in the art of his short story writing?

The 6th Biennial Philosophy and Literature Graduate Conference at Purdue University-March 28th and 29th, 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 3:03pm
Laughing at the Limit: Humor and Philosophical Practice

Lately humor has been enjoying a moment of philosophical interest. The Lighthearted Philosophers' Society was founded in 2006, for example, and philosophers from Simon Critchley and Bernard Freydberg to John Morreall and Daniel Dennett have all published books on humor or comedy since the turn of the century. It would not be an overstatement, furthermore, to call this interest unprecedented. While philosophers throughout the western tradition have addressed humor in various manners before, these treatments were most often marginal or asides in the course of other pursuits. Recent discussion has agreed, broadly, that humor trades on incongruities and points, in some sense, to limits.

Call for Proposals for MLA Volume on Teaching Representations of the First World War #December 20, 2013#

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:52pm
Douglas Higbee / University of South Carolina, Aiken; Debra Rae Cohen / University of South Carolina

Abstracts are invited for an essay focused on the crisis of socialism and the rise of fascism during and after the First World War, to be included in Options for Teaching Representations of the First World War, a volume in the MLA Options for Teaching series to be edited by Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee.

Timed to coincide with the centenary of the conflict, the volume will serve as a wide-ranging and up-to-date resource for instructors teaching literature and other arts and media associated with the war. The essay should thus have a pedagogical framework and be comparative in focus.

History, Race, Aesthetics, Nation: Taxonomizing American Literature [ALA 2014 - May 22-25 - Washington D.C.]

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:00pm
American Literature Association

Recent work by Ted Underwood, Franco Moretti, Amanda Anderson, and W. Lawrence Hogue, among others, has challenged traditional taxonomies of literature by exploring them as historical phenomena, as in Underwood's Why Literary Periods Mattered and Anderson's The Way We Argue Now, by challenging the centering dynamics of normative discourses, as in Hogue's Postmodern American Literature and Its Other, and by offering new frameworks, as in Moretti's Graphs Maps Trees. This panel is designed to interrogate the implications of existing organizing principles such as history, race, aesthetics, and nation, and to consider alternative approaches to understanding American literature from a macro perspective.

Composition: Making Meaning through Design, 15-16 May 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:08pm
History of Books & Material Texts Research Focus Group, University of California, Santa Barbara

Composition: making meaning through design
An interdisciplinary symposium on material texts
15-16 May 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara

Scholarly by Design: NeMLA 2014 Poster Session

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:03am
William Sizemore / Northeast Modern Language Association

NeMLA is pleased to announce the addition of a Poster Session April 4 to the 2014 convention in Harrisburg, PA, April 3-6.
This new session allows an opportunity for scholars to submit proposals to present visual representations of their research. While all topics will be considered, special consideration will be given to submissions incorporating this year's convention emphasis on drama and creative writing.


Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:00am

Second CFP - Hyperion International Conference - March 5, 2014
Date: March 5, 2014
Deadline for abstracts: December 20, 2013.
Fee: 25 euro (at the Bank, 1 month before) or 35 euro (upon arrival)
Looking forward to hearing from you!
We will try skype for participants abroad!
Sorina Georgescu,
On behalf of the Organation Committee

'MEMORY' - Stet Issue 4, King's College London (Deadline 20th Dec 2013)

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:28am
King's College London

Stet, the online postgraduate journal for the English Department at King's College London, is now accepting submissions from current postgraduate students for its fourth peer-reviewed publication. In this issue, we will present articles from an international pool of students on the concept of memory.

2014 Language, Society and Culture Conference

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:27am
CUNY Language and Society Reserach Group


Theme: Storytelling and Academic Discourse

March 7, 2014

At Bronx Community College (CUNY)

Sponsored by: Bronx Community College


NYS Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
International Linguistics Association (ILA)

Innovation and its Contestants (Montreal, 18 April 2014); Keynote Speaker: Prof. Keith Moxey (Columbia)

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 9:43am
GSA, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University



McGill University, Montreal

Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference

18 April 2014

Keynote Speaker: Keith Moxey, Barbara Novak Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College (Columbia University)


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Writing Award--deadline February 15, 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 9:16am
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society is sponsoring a writing contest for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Prizes include $1,000 for graduate students and $500 for undergraduate students. Students are expected to write 1500—3000 words—either a critical essay or a piece of creative work—on a subject related to
the works, career, or legacy of Rawlings. They are expected to present their work at the next Rawlings conference in Gainesville, Florida, March 21-­‐‑22, 2014.

Send entries to Dr. Anna Lillios, University of Central Florida, at Anna@ucf.edu