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Edited collection: Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:39pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils

We invite proposals for the first collection of essays to consider the "ecogothic" in nineteenth-century American literature.

The ecogothic is an emerging area of ecocriticism, materializing as a provocative category of analysis in EcoGothic, edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Manchester University Press, 2013), as well as in a special issue of Gothic Studies, "The EcoGothic in the Long Nineteenth Century," edited by David Del Principe and devoted to British, Irish, and Italian literature (May 2014). These two collections, along with the work of Simon C. Estok on "ecophobia" and Tom Hillard and Jenny Bavidge on "gothic nature," constitute the principal existing scholarship on the ecogothic that we seek to extend in our collection.

Edited Collection / Rethinking Globalization and Spatial Scale [Abstracts: May 29, 2015]

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:04pm
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NC State University

We are seeking essays for an edited collection titled Rethinking Globalization and Spatial Scale. The goal of the volume is to bring together interdisciplinary research on globalization spanning the humanities and social sciences that foregrounds theoretical and methodological conceptualizations of scale—how people, capital, goods, material infrastructure, ideas, and power aggregate along or slide among different degrees or levels of attachment, from personal to local to national to transnational.

Children's and Youth Culture on the Screen -- SAMLA (Durham, NC, 11/13-11/15)

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:42am
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Pete Kunze | University of Texas at Austin
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Nine of the ten highest-grossing Hollywood movies of 2014 were based on creative properties from children's and youth culture, including comic books, novels, and toys. In line with this year's theme of In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, I welcome papers that examine adaptation, compare media (broadly defined), and/or explore transmedia storytelling. While papers on recent adaptations are particularly encouraged, this panel seeks a variety of new, productive perspectives on adapting children's and youth culture for various media, including film, television, and online media.

PAMLA 2015: Children's Literature Panel, "Literature and Time" (deadline: 5/15/15)

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 8:15am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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The children's literature session of PAMLA 2015 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to children's literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of children's literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Literature and Time" are especially welcome.

The 2015 PAMLA conference special topic, "Literature and Time," is an invitation to reflect on the complex temporalities that inhere in the acts of reading and writing literature. We invite paper proposals that engage with the topic of literary temporalities, children, and children's literature in a variety of ways.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary -- Rolling CFP

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 5:23am
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CounterText; Edinburgh University Press
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CounterText is uniquely centred on the study of literature and its 21st-century extensions. Are the broader resonances of the literary being overtaken in the drifts towards image cultures, digital spaces, globalisation and technoscientific advances? For CounterText, the post-literary is the domain in which any artefact that might have some claim on the literary appears. However, the post-literary domain also allows for vital and challenging migrations and mutations of the literary. Such artefacts might be called 'countertextual'. The countertextual is strategic, metamorphic and revelatory of the charged evolutions and radical transformations of the literary today.

[UPDATE] Pastoral Sciences, MMLA (Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15, 2015)

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 11:13pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
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In 1964's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.

British Literature and Culture: Long-Eighteenth Century (PAMLA 2015)

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture and social history of the British/Anglophone long-eighteenth century.
As a standing session, our panel entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics.

If you are interested in submitting your proposal, please do so before the PAMLA deadline of May 15th, 2015 using the on-line submission system at:

http://www.pamla.org/2015/topic-areas.

You must become a member of or renew your membership in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association by July 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to present a paper at the 2015 conference.

Modernism and Cinema (MSA 17, Boston, November 19-22, 2015)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
Yair Solan, CUNY Graduate Center

Modernism and Cinema: Genealogies of Rupture (MSA 17)

This CFP invites paper abstracts for a panel on modernism and cinema for the upcoming Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston. With this year's MSA conference focusing on the theme of modernism and revolution, this panel will consider the revolution of the motion picture (as emergent media technology, popular cultural formation, aesthetic mode, social and recreational practice) in relation to literary modernism broadly conceived.

Lehigh Valley Vanguard-Open-access Journal-Call for Papers

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 1:54pm
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Lehigh Valley Vanguard

Call for papers
Lehigh Valley Vanguard (www.lehighvalleyvanguard.org) is seeking critical prose on a variety of pressing cultural concerns. This list is a loose outline of topics which fit with our milieu:
-Non-partisan political engagement
-Engaged, critical, or anarchist pedagogies
-Politics of what we eat (including pro-vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, localizing food trade)
-Marxist, neo-marxist, anti-capitalist perspectives
-Examinations of generational concerns such as (not limited to): student loan debt, climate change
-Feminist dialogues
-Identity politics and/or postcolonial studies

CFP: Children in Popular Culture

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:47pm
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Red Feather Journal
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CFP: The Child in Popular Culture

Red Feather Journal (www.redfeatherjournal.org), an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal, has expanded its scope to include the child in all aspects of popular culture.
Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Spring 2015 issue (deadline April 25, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture. Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay or cons; children dan social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.

Revolutionary Little Magazines, Panel for MSA Conference, Boston, Nov. 19th-22nd, 2015

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:51pm
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Modernist Studies Association Conference
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In keeping with the conference theme of Modernism & Revolution, this panel seeks to explore modernism's little magazines as sites of provocation and revolt. The magazine communities were hotbeds of controversial figures and politics, and their publications challenged national programs and social mores via radical ideologies and aesthetics. Of particular interest to this panel is the interplay between their innovative experimental aesthetics and their cultural, social, and political interests that included socialism, anarchy, feminism, women's suffrage, sex, race, nationalism, militarization and labor. Panel papers might focus on The Crisis, The Dial, The Freewoman, The Little Review, The Messenger, The Others, The Liberator, The Masses—to name a few.

[UPDATE] ASLE Panel at MMLA 2015 - Proposals by 4/15

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:33am
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Midwest Modern Language Association / Associaton for the Study of Literature and the Environment
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Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 5: MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:40pm
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Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association
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This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

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