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2nd International Thornton Wilder Conference June 11-13, 2015 in Newport, RI; CFP deadline November 1, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:02pm
Thornton Wilder Society, Salve Regina University

We are interested in proposals on all aspects of Wilder's work––and on its relation to the work of other writers and to the several eras of his productive life, from the 1920s through the 1970s––as a dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, librettist, essayist, lecturer, adapter, translator, teacher, and scholar; and from any critical perspective (e.g., gender studies, queer theory, and post-structuralist theory). Given Wilder's connection to Newport, we also encourage papers that deal with Wilder and Newport. Furthermore, because Wilder's relationship to his family was important to his life and art, we welcome papers dealing with the work of his siblings and his parents.

[UPDATE] Football and Culture 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 4:34pm
Manchester Metropolitan University

The aim of this event is to examine the culture that develops around football, with particular focus upon the influence of the sport on other cultural media. Football is a prominent part of contemporary culture, and the strong influence that it has on social and political identities is often reflected in wider cultural production. Despite this, it is sometimes argued that football is an example of low or "mass" culture, removed from "high" cultural forms. This event will interrogate this viewpoint and attempt to demonstrate the sport's influence upon a wide variety of cultural forms.

A Wind Freshened and an Anchor Weighed: Reflections on the Career of Seamus Heaney, NEMLA 2015, 9/30/14; 4/30-5/3/15

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:50pm
Bill Waddell / Northeast Modern Language Association

When Seamus Heaney died last August, he seemed to be a kind of figure the literary world had not known for some time: a poet who had academic cachet and a common touch, and perhaps more to the point, a general readership; a poet absorbed by his own art yet seemingly equally at home as a critic; a fiercely exacting writer who was also something of a smiling, public man on two continents; a thoroughly international presence who never let go of the local. For this session, I'd hope to assemble a range of presentations that would explore from various perspectives the nature of Heaney's particular (to stop short of saying 'unique') career and achievement, and the inferences we might draw from it about poetry and its audience(s).

Streams of Consciousness: Water, Sound, Land, Text

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:50pm
The University of North Alabama English Department

Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 6th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 27-28, 2015

Streams of Consciousness:
Water, Sound, Land, Text

Approaching Blackness: Beyond the Limits of Representation

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:15pm
Institute for English and American Studies, American Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Call for Papers: 13th Annual Students and Graduates Conference, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Approaching Blackness: Beyond the Limits of Representation

Berlin, November 13-15, 2014


"You would think they'd be used to me by now. I mean, don't they know that after fourteen hundred years the charade of blackness is over? That we blacks, the once eternally hip, the people who were as right now as Greenwich Mean Time, are, as of today, as yesterday as stone tools, the velocipede, and the paper straw all rolled into one? The Negro is now officially human."

CFP: Myth and Fairy Tales Area, SWPCA Conference, Feb 11-15, 2015

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:22am
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Abstract/Proposals Due: 1 November 2014

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's 36th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM February 11-15, 2015
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
General information and online registration

Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myth and fairy tale and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales (one or the other is perfectly fine), but we have seen that bringing both genre categories into conversation has led to extremely valuable and stimulating conversations.

{UPDATE] Dramatizing Old Age: Ability, Impairment, and Old Age in Early Modern England--April 30-May3

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:33am
NeMLA

Tobin Siebers in Disability Theory offers what is a central tenet of Disability Studies. The normative body and its full range of function—its ability to work and move—is at best a temporary fiction, one which accidents, disease, or disability might shatter at any moment. Indeed, the notion that the body's wholeness can be diminished by old age is something of a commonplace. Jacques speech, for example, in As You Like It rehearses the familiar scheme of the Ages of Man, connecting each stage to a part played on stage, with the beginning and the end roles described by their lack of power. But what might early modern English literature challenge about the temporary nature of the normative body?

Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering, University of Liverpool, 31 October 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:07am
Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940

Oliver Lodge was a defender of pure science, particularly in the modern university, yet he took a keen interest in how science might be applied throughout his career, taking out patents and setting up businesses. This workshop, which will take place in the University of Liverpool's Victoria Building, the opening of which Lodge attended in 1892, examines the distinction between pure and applied science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Speakers already confirmed include Di Drummond (Leeds Trinity), Bruce Hunt (University of Texas), Peter Rowlands (Liverpool), and Matthew Stanley (New York University).