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Staging "America"

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:58am
Brianna Wells, University of Alberta

Narratives of U.S. nationhood have often been embedded in institutionalized cultural production, especially public performance or spectacle. Early networked television and radio broadcasting, debates over commissions for new theatres, and the extra-athletic spectacles of the Superbowl offer examples. The implicit stakes of nationhood also circulate in less commemorated modes of spectacle, such as prominent performance-based U.S. reality television competitions (America's Got Talent, and American Idol for example) that invest the relationship between cultural production and national identity in the bodies of "everyday" Americans, thus amplifying certain narratives of aspirational performance as incarnations of American optimism.

[UPDATE] ACLA Panel: "All In the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest" - SEPTEMBER 23

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:40am
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity–keeping bloodlines clean and families insular–and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the character of an incestuous liaison, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

Call for Panelists - Bodies Out of Work: Staging the Experience of Unemployment (ATHE 2016)

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:17pm
Laura Farrell-Wortman

We are seeking participants for a panel to be submitted for the 2016 conference of the Association for Higher Education in Chicago, August 11-14.

In considering this year's conference theme of "bodies at work," we must simultaneously reconcile the precarity of contemporary labor: "bodies at work" also occur alongside "bodies out of work." Moreover, the un- and under-employed body has increasingly garnered attention in both performance and academic circles via discourses of faculty adjunctification, the limits of non-profit funding models in supporting theatre-making, and the shifting landscape of labor in both classrooms and on stages.

Imperial Publics

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 5:23pm
ACLA / Boston / March 17-20, 2016

This seminar seeks to rethink public sphere theory and the idea of counterpublics through the lens of imperial history and the global circulation of texts along imperial circuits from the eighteenth century through the twentieth.

In the early 1990s, scholars of colonial India were concerned that discussions of publics in South Asia were dominated by premises drawn from the European tradition. Since then, the transnational turn in postcolonial studies has increasingly made us aware of the intellectual and material connections among the nationalist movements at work in European colonies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

CFP--Transnational Cityscapes--Edited Collection (Abstracts due December 16)

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 2:12pm
Dale Pattison, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Call for Papers
Transnational Cityscapes

We invite essays for an upcoming collection that utilize transnational approaches to theorize city space. Accepted essays will offer literary and cultural analyses that encourage us to think of cities, in all of their complexity, as sites of transnational, transactional engagement. In taking this approach, we hope to demonstrate how cities, which are increasingly extending and challenging boundaries of place, provide sites for complicating our understandings of citizenship, nationality, and the nation.

James Baldwin Review (JBR) Vol. 2

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:51am
James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its second volume. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

Global Avant-Gardes: Visual and Verbal

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:10am
Barrett Watten / Wayne State University

Global Avant-Gardes: Visual and Verbal
ACLA, March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University
Submission deadline: September 23
Submission portal: http://www.acla.org/node/add/paper

Organizer: Barrett Watten, Wayne State University
Co-Organizer: Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma

CFP: How Normal is White?: The Normalization of Whiteness in Children's and YA Lit

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:35am
M. Green-Barteet & M. Gilbert-Hickey/Children's Literature Association

In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in children's and YA lit. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is also normal.

"Doing the Charleston": Performing Racial, Gender, Sexual, and and Class Identities

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:21am
30th Annual MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)

"Doing the Charleston": Performing Racial, Gender, Sexual, and Class Identities in Multi-ethnic American Literatures and Culture

30th Annual MELUS Conference

Call for Papers
March 3-6, 2016, Charleston, South Carolina
College of Charleston

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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