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UPDATE: Extended Deadline: Monstrous Messengers 17 Aug. 2015

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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 4:45pm
Leslie Ormandy

For this collection, three more papers from any discipline are welcome; however, advantaged are those focusing on a gendered or religious moral message. And I am looking for ONE paper which is willing to argue that the monsters represented are simply that, monsters, and that utilizing them as a tool toward acceptance of diversity is not a good thing. The latter is, I understand, a controversial view. This book wishes to explore all views and not promote one view by excluding another.

Local and Global Transgressions in Art and Literature, NeMLA, 2016, Hartford CT

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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 8:54am
Daniel M. Scott III and Irma Maini/ USACLALS

United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS) panel on Local and Global Transgressions invites papers that address transgression in literature and art as well as transgressive art in general. The panel seeks to explore the complexity of transgression as it crosses cultural boundaries in terms of both production and reception. Papers are encouraged to consider but not limited to the following aspects:

Queer Intimacies, Queer Spaces, & Scales of Desire

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:08pm
NEMLA 2016

Queer Intimacies, Queer Spaces, & Scales of Desire

This panel is searching for papers that address how LGBTQ* texts of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries construct varieties of queer intimacy and attempt to anatomize the epistemological, formal, and affective structures that make such intimacies possible—whether in public or private. We are looking for papers that discuss the ways queerness operates in a variety of spaces: city streets, forest clearings, parks, gardens, restrooms, bedrooms, manor homes, and apartment buildings.

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
Birkbeck, University of London

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London

"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)

NeMLA 2016: "Food and Feast in Post-Medieval Outlaw Literature"

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:43am
Alexander L. Kaufman

This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.

The Archive and African American Literature in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:19am
Northeastern Modern Language Association - Hartford CT, March 17-20, 1016

In an age when technology and digitalization continue to redefine how we think about and explore African American literature, this panel invites considerations of the critical yet ever-evolving relationship between the archive and African American literary production. While possible papers might explore the role of traditional institutional collections in informing us about particular writers and periods, the panel also welcomes broad and open interpretation of the term "archive." How do texts, bodies, and performances function as archives? How does collecting, cataloguing, and curating impact modern racial formation? What is the relationship between the archive and pedagogy? How does the archive relate to contemporary discussions of post-blackness?

Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:08am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

[UPDATE] THE LAND HAS A STORY

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:01am
Pennsylvania College English Association

CALL for PROPOSALS

The Land Has a Story

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501

Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

Papers and Panels: Sports and Violence Conference

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:46am
Ashland Center for Nonviolence

Interdisciplinary Conference on Sports and Violence, March 19, 2016, Proposals due by October 31, 2015

Americans love sports. An estimated 35 to 50 million American youth play organized sports, the Super Bowl regularly attracts over 160 million viewers, and sports figures are among America's most recognized celebrities.

Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century America

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:16am
Reed Gochberg / C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

This proposed panel for the 2016 C19 conference seeks paper proposals on the topic of collectors and collections in nineteenth-century American culture. In keeping with the conference's theme of "Unsettling," this panel aims to explore how examining practices of collecting opens up new approaches to considering American literature in relation to institutions, print and material culture, and scientific study. How does literature engage with the efforts of individual collectors or institutions to organize texts, natural specimens, material objects, and other forms of information? How did competing taxonomies unsettle existing modes of categorizing objects?

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