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Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize (deadline 6/15/15)

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 1:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Emily Orlando/Edith Wharton Society
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In 2014, the Edith Wharton Society launched a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100. Electronic submissions are requested. To submit an essay for the prize, send it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus a cover letter with contact information and "Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize" clearly indicated in the e-mail subject line, to the following address by June 15, 2015:
Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society

[UPDATE] United Fictions, Fictional States: Democracy and Patriotism in American Fiction (RMMLA; Deadline Extended to 2/9/15)

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 9:55am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks papers about the diverse manifestations of democracy and patriotism in American fiction. Open to a wide range of areas, periods, and approaches within this broad topic. Submissions might address (but certainly are not limited to):

CFP: "H.D. and Feminist Poetics" Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 9:25am
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Lehigh University, Department of English

CFP: "H.D. and Feminist Poetics"
September 17-19, 2015

To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Lehigh University, the Department of English will host a conference that celebrates the life, works, and legacies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's own Hilda Doolittle. We invite proposals for individual papers or panels that explore a wide range of approaches to the conference's theme, "H.D. and Feminist Poetics." In addition to proposals that examine the emergence, evolution, and nature of a feminist poetics in H.D.'s works, we also welcome papers or panels that address feminist poetics more broadly, whether by focusing on the poetry of H.D.'s contemporaries or by considering the legacies of H.D.'s feminist and poetic influence.

The Revolutionary Lesbian 1970s, submissions due Feb. 18th

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 9:12am
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National Women's Studies Association

The Lesbian Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association invites submissions for a sponsored session on "The Revolutionary Lesbians of the 1970s," to be held at the annual conference in Milwaukee, WI on November 12-15, 2015.

Panel Title: The Revolutionary Lesbian 1970s
Conference Sub-Theme: Precarity, Distortion/Dispossession

The Edwidge Danticat Society-The 29th Annual MELUS Conference, April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, Georgia

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
The Edwidge Danticat Society
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The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:

Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement NEH Summer Institute July 19-August 1, 2015

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
Project on the History of Black Writing, University of Kansas
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Upcoming NEH Summer Institute "Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement" to be held July 19-August 1, 2015 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Check out www.blackpoetry.ku.edu to learn more about this exciting two-week opportunity for twenty-five college and university teachers (including at least three advanced graduate students), filled with innovative scholarship, rich dialog, and fertile opportunities for advancing research.

The stipend for this Institute will be $2,100 for each NEH Summer Scholar to help cover travel, housing and food.

The application deadline is March 2, 2015.

CALL FOR ESSAYS on African Issues in the Past, Present, and Future

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:15pm
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Menes Tau/The Volta Times
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The Volta Times invites submissions for its online publication at voltatimes.com.

The Volta Times offers lively, informative essays and bold perspectives on timely topics that are important to global African communities, whether directed at Africans on the continent or in the diaspora abroad. We welcome insightful commentary on news stories, summaries of research, book critiques, film critiques, short stories, and personal essays on topics such as politics, the economy, education, the environment, sports, religion, race, and culture, among other topics.

Essays should be 500-1500 words in length and written for a general, but educated, audience.

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction (MLA, Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:10pm
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MLA Forum on Language Change

The Executive Committee on Language Change at the Modern Language Association (MLA) is accepting papers for a session to be held at the annual conference in January 2016 in Austin. We seek papers that examine how language change relates to linguistic identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious). Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu).

Rethinking the 'L' in MLA (Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:08pm
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MLA Forum on Language Change

The MLA Forum on Language Change invites proposals for a panel on "Rethinking the 'L' in MLA." Papers might address questions like: What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies?

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, TX on January 7-10, 2016. Please send 300-word abstracts to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu) by 15 March 2015.

The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature ( May 18,2015)

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 5:52pm
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Delphine Fongang
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The research focus in this edited book collection is to examine the transitional subjectivities of postcolonial African diaspora subjects evident in emergent African diaspora literatures constructed in various metropolises of the West. The diaspora becomes the material condition that produces particular literary creations as writers across different cultural locations address the concept of "belonging or not belonging" in metropolitan spaces. African diasporic subjects never fully belong anywhere as they constantly struggle to assert their subjectivities in spaces that marginalize them. Writers capture the complex ways in which subjects rooted from their homelands must search for place and space in disputed borders and locations in the metropolis.

Proposed Edited Collection: Theorizing Ethnicity in the Chick Lit Genre

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 4:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
Erin Hurt
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Though the chick lit genre is most often cited as a location for the study of contemporary white women's experiences or perhaps to debate the genre's feminist credentials, it has in the last fifteen years emerged as a site where protagonists of many ethnicities negotiate their cultural identities and notions of national belonging. In novels such as Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club (2003) or Tara FT Sering's Amazing Grace (2008), Latina, African-American, South Asian-American, and Chinese-American protagonists redefine their relationship to the United States, their families, and their heritage while at the same time they attempt to achieve, in typical chick lit fashion, some measure of success.

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:46pm
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MLA Special Session (proposed)

We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual disabilities in transatlantic British and American writing. Please send 250-word abstracts to George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Brian Wall (b.r.wall@sms.ed.ac.uk) by March 6, 2015.

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