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SAMLA Special Session: Afterlife in the African Diaspora: A Seminar/Workshop (Abstracts 5/15/15;papers 10/1/15;conf 11/13-15/15)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 2:30am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference

This seminar/workshop seeks to spark a critical conversation about how historical subjects and historical texts within the African Diaspora get re-fashioned, re-animated, and re-articulated, as well as parodied, nostalgized, and defamiliarized, to establish an afterlife for African Atlantic identities and narratives. Participants will consider how—as transnational and transhistorical sites of memory—particular performances (textual, visual, or embodied) circulate and imagine anew the meaning of prior personal and textual narratives liberated from their originary context.

Call for #Panelists: #PopCulture #Parenting

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:36pm
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Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association
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"Pop Culture Parenting" Call for Panelists

We are pleased to announce a call for panelists for a shared presentation entitled "Pop Culture Parenting." The focus will be on the elements of popular culture that may alternately be of concern or used as enlightening for children or student viewers. We would like to invite two panelists to join us in Dallas, Texas, on 6 June 2015. At present there are two panel members:

• Dr. Michael Vandehey, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Midwestern State University, specializing in child and developmental psychology
• J. Holder Bennett, MA, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, specializing in popular culture as a teaching tool

[UPDATE] CFP for Edited Collection, Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:22pm
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Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton

With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.

[UPDATE] Literature & Politics Panel @ SCMLA

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:54pm
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Ashley Bender / South Central Modern Language Association
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We seek essays that explore the intersection of literature and politics. This session is open topic. The deadline has been extended to April 6.

COLLABORATION & BETRAYAL

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:25am
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SAMLA #87 -- Durham, North Carolina -- November 2015

In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.

[Update] PAMLA 2015--Special Session: Temporality and Childhood

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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:44pm
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PAMLA 2015, Portland

Our panel explores the various temporalities at play within the binary realms of childhood and adulthood with the aim of rethinking its teleology of 'growing up' from temporal perspectives.

Interested panelists should submit a brief bio (50-100 words) and an abstract (250-300 words) to markus.bohlmann@senecacollege.ca by April 20, 2015.

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference, Plano, TX (4/10/2015)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:53pm
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Lisa A. Kirby, The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies
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The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College in Plano, Texas, is pleased to hold its inaugural conference, featuring keynote speaker and noted historian Dr. Heather Thompson of Temple University, who will present "What Mass Incarceration Means to the American Working Class." The conference, which will take place in the Living Legends Conference Center at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College on April 10, 2015, and will also feature scholarly panels and roundtables by faculty from a variety of disciplines. For the conference program and registration, please go to http://iws.collin.edu/lkirby/

MSA 17, Modernism and History, Due April 12, 2015 (conference Nov 19-22, 2015)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:48pm
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Aleks Prigozhin, Adrienne Ghaly

From the early decades of the twentieth century the concept of 'revolution' has provided modernism with a powerful historical imaginary of rupture and change, encompassing phenomena ranging from overtly political manifestos through to radical challenges to established aesthetic forms and prevailing critical frameworks. Taking our cue from this year's MSA theme, this session seeks to rethink modernism's broader relationship to categories and modes of the historical. We invite papers that both broaden and complicate current understandings of the interrelation between conceptions of history and modernist artistic practice.

MAPACA -- 26th Annual Conference – Philadelphia, PA – Nov. 5-7, 2015

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 3:25pm
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
26th Annual Conference
November 5-7, 2015
Philadelphia, PA - Sonesta Philadelphia

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Philadelphia, PA. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

MSA 17 PANEL SESSION: MODERNISM + RURAL REVOLUTIONS

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:05pm
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Jess Lamar Reece Holler and Brooke Stanley (University of Pennsylvania) and Jason Bell (Yale University)
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This call seeks papers on modernism's involvement with and response to rural revolutions in the 20th century for a panel or panel series at the 2015 MSA Meeting in Boston. We're looking for papers investigating modernist cultures and literatures alongside the transformation of rural landscapes and cultures, in imagination and on the land, in the long 20th century. We particularly seek papers that consider the rise of industrial agriculture and its discontents or the role of the rural and its representations in movements towards social and ecological revolution. We welcome papers that consider and investigate the rural alongside multiple and contested modernities.

CFP for WSQ: Queer Methods

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:03pm
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WSQ
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WSQ, Call for Papers: Special Issue
QUEER METHODS

Guest Editors:
Amin Ghaziani, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia
Matt Brim, Associate Professor of Queer Studies, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Queer Studies is experiencing a methodological renaissance. In both the humanities and the social sciences, scholars have begun to identify research protocols and practices that have been largely overshadowed by advances in queer theory. The fall 2013 "Queer Method" conference organized by Heather Love at the University of Pennsylvania indexed this shift toward methods by reframing the question "what is queer theory?" to "how is the work of queer theory done?"

Modernism in the Green, Deadline April 14, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 5:28pm
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Modernist Studies Association November 19-22, 2015
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For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens, from public and national parks to vacant lots, suburban gardens, and botanic displays. In drawing from recent interactions between environmental criticism and modernist studies, we propose that thinking with and through planned greens leads to a more complex understanding of modernism’s tangled engagements with arts, social protest, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide. What new haptic, scopic or visual modes of experience were enabled when modernism entered the green? How were gendered and sexualized bodies redistributed? How was imperial ideology grafted together with colonial aspirations?

Submit your poems to These Fragile Lilacs

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 3:23pm
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These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Magazine

Here is the link to our electronic journal page: http://thesefragilelilacs.wix.com/poetryjournal
The deadine for submissions for our inaugural volume is May 31, 2015.

Guidelines

Send submissions to thisfragilelilac@gmail.com .

Please do *not* include any attachments; instead, paste the poems you would like to be submitted directly into your email. You may submit up to five poems per submission cycle.

Include a short (2 to 3 sentence) biography with your submission.

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