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MLA special session, "Service Learning: A Public Face for Literary Studies

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:53am
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Modern Language Association, Professor Roberta Rosenberg
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"Service Learning Teaching and Research: A Public Face for Literary Studies"

In its call for greater visibility for the humanities in public life, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences published The Heart of the Matter: the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013. The AAAS report encourages humanities scholars to work towards achieving three specific goals: (1) greater access to literacy, teaching materials and literary texts for all Americans; (2) a more flexible, innovative "quality of mind" that every person regardless of age or circumstance requires in a quickly changing world and (3) partnerships across diverse geographical and cultural boundaries in order to promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

Restaging the Harlem Renaissance: New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan (June 27, 2015, deadline: Mar. 27)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:24am
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Columbia University
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In June 2015, Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman. Dubbed "the colored Wagner" by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's work – blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles – offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

[update] International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies[April-June, 2015 Issue]

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:05am
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International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies
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We are currently soliciting unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of ELT, Linguistics, Literature, Discourse and Translation Studies for the forthcoming [April-June, 2015] issue of the IJ-ELTS.
The papers can address issues in/related to the following research disciplines-
1. English Language Teaching
2. English Language Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
3. Teaching English for Specific Purposes/ Academic Purposes
4. Effective Teaching Methodologies in Language, Literature & Translation Studies Classrooms
5. Language , Literature and Translation Assessment and Testing
6. Issues in Translation
7. Theoretical reflections on Translation

[UPDATE] Navigations and Narrations: Exploring Space and Place, 04/03/15 (Deadline: 03/01/15)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:29am
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UT Arlington English Graduate Student Association

The University of Texas at Arlington is proud to announce the 3rd Annual UTA English Graduate Conference on April 3, 2015

Title: "Navigations and Narrations: Exploring Space and Place"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nathanael O'Reilly, Texas Christian University

Film (Open Topic)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:25pm
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RMMLA
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This session at the RMMLA, 2015 is open to papers on contemporary global film in/through which social identities are mediated. Interdisciplinary readings are preferred, and, 'film' is defined broadly to include documentaries, feature film, and short film. Films may be transnationally circulating, or, regionally bound, but raise theoretically interesting questions about identities.

E-mail 200-300 word proposals by **April 1, 2015** to nair@pdx.edu. Proposals will not be acknowledged, but all submissions will be notified of decision by mid-April upon due review.

The annual meeting will be held October 8-10, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

WisCon: Feminist Science Fiction Convention Deadline MARCH 2, 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:30pm
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WisCon Academic Programming
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WisCon, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention, invites scholars of all descriptions to propose programming for its academic track. We invite proposals from anyone with a scholarly interest in the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability with science fiction – broadly defined – in literature, media, and culture. We would especially welcome scholarship on the work of 2015's guests of honor, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson, and on the histories and cultures of feminist and social-justice-oriented fan communities.

(UPDATE) CFP: Peripheral Aesthetics and World Literature (Deadline March 10, 2015)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:47am
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MLA 2016

We invite proposals for an MLA special session on "Peripheral Aesthetics and World Literature" – Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016. In addition, a journal special issue/edited volume on the topic is being considered. An outline of the project is given below. Please send 300-400 abstracts and queries to Auritro Majumder (amajumder@uh.edu) and Sourit Bhattacharya (sourit.bhattacharya@warwick.ac.uk) by March 10, 2015.

MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film, "Arts and Sciences" -- due April 1

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:39am
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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.

SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:16am
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Phillip Zapkin
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This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Literature Language and Translation Congress liLETRAd 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:09am
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Carmen Castro
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The University of Seville (Spain) will host a Conference on Literature, Language, and Translation "liLETRAd" on 7 and 8 July 2015. Bringing together the three most important facets of language transmission and teaching in a multidisciplinary event, experts from a variety of countries and continents will meet to discuss the scientifically-relevant topics that are of interest to students, teachers and other professionals. In this spirit, the Conference covers a wide range of emblematic points of discussion. For registration information, please see the links below. Papers may be presented in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
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Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach
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Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

SCMLA Comparative Literature Session 10/31-11/03

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:30pm
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Amy Smith, Lamar University
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Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at amy.smith@lamar.edu by March 25, 2015.

"The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
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Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

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