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[UPDATE] Performance and the Body- Submissions due January 15th

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:16am
The Velvet Light Trap Issue #77

Historically, studies of performance have often been tied to star images, focusing on issues of celebrity in professional, public, and private spaces. As a result, a large body of research has explored how the star is constructed through extratextual discourses and how this off-screen persona may shape perceptions of on-screen performance. However, scholarly attention to performers has been shifting from star image and celebrity to acting and performance. Several collections on film acting and performance - most recently Cynthia Baron and Sharon Marie Carnicke's Reframing Screen Performance (2008) and Aaron Taylor's Theorizing Film Acting (2012) - have extended our knowledge of the historical evolution of acting practices.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: CFP Pauline Hopkins Society Scholarship Award

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:34am
Pauline Hopkins Society

The Pauline Hopkins Society (http://www.paulinehopkinssociety.org) is pleased to announce the inauguration of its first bi-annual competition for the best essay or book chapter on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. If you have published an essay or chapter that discusses Hopkins and/or her work, we invite you to consider entering before the January 31, 2015 deadline.

Because entries will be judged through a system of blind reviewing we recommend that any self-citation, either in the body or in notes, be reworked to the third person.

The Failed Individual, International Conference (Universität Mannheim, Germany, November 12-14, 2015), DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:03am
American Studies Department, Universität Mannheim

"If there is one thing in this world that I hate, it's losers. I despise them," then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared to a group of high school students, expressing a firm belief in success and failure as the results of individual action and ambition. Himself embodying the American Dream as an immigrant who 'made it big in America,' Schwarzenegger demeaned the worth of individuals he perceived to be 'losers,' and thus echoed an attitude prevalent in contemporary Western neoliberal politics that glorifies 'success,' i.e. striving for the good life, as the only valuable way of being in the world and as the ultimate goal of one's existence.

The Lion and the Unicorn Special Edition: Children's Literature and WWI

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:08am
The Lion and the Unicorn

Call for Submissions

WRITING HOME: BATTLEFRONT AND HOMEFRONT, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

This special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn invites submissions focused on children's literature of the First World War from a variety of international perspectives. Among other things, essays could focus on:

The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Call for Papers for Vol. II Issue 1

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:49am
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

FOCUS: Crime/Criminal/Criminality

"The term crime denotes an unlawful act punishable by a state…in modern criminal law (however, it does not) have any simple and universally accepted definition…" (Wikipedia)

Criminal: n. A person who has committed a crime. Adj. Informal. Disgraceful and regrettable. (Oxford English Dictionary)

[UPDATE] Call for Contributors: American Mythology and Folklore

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 3:11pm
American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore

ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in 2015 or 2016. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: The North American Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, June 11-13, 2015

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:47pm
North American Review / University of Northern Iowa

DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 22, 2015

Dates: June 11–13, 2015
Location: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Keynotes: Martín Espada, Patricia Hampl, Steven Schwartz

The North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine in the United States, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015. The editors invite proposals for individual papers, pre-formed panels (3-4 panelists), or roundtable discussions (4-6 participants).

[UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE]

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:36pm
University of Virginia Graduate English Student Association

Human Terrains: Identity, Geography, Politics
EXTENDED ABSTRACT DUE DATE: January 30th, 2015

April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2015

Keynote speech by Jasbir Puar

Master class by Marlon Ross

Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We're categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren't such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CROSSOVERS: GENDER, GENRE, GEOGRAPHY

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:22pm
Sonia Sahoo and Ramit Samaddar (Centre for Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India)

Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.

UPDATE: Visual Culture and Ethnic American Periodicals

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:20am
Research Society for American Periodicals/American Literature Association conference

The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions on "Visual Culture and Ethnic American Periodicals" for the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA. This panel considers how African American, Asian and Pacific American, Latino/a, and Native American periodicals engage visual culture, including by publishing comics, cartoons, illustrations, and photographs. Papers that focus on the history or production of periodical art or illustrated periodicals are especially welcome.

Fusing the Past and Present: Art and Art History in the 21st Century (Fourth Annual Undergraduate Conference at UMass Dartmouth)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:06am
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Fusing the Past and Present: Art and Art History in the 21st Century
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Contact Email: bjanus@umassd.edu
Fourth Annual Undergraduate Conference
Art History Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Organizers: Adrien Mercier and Betsey Janus
Department of Art History Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Pamela Karimi, Dr. Thomas Stubblefield, and Dr. Hallie Meredith

Time and Place:
Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Thursday, April 2nd from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Light Refreshments will be provided

Girls' Economies: Work & Play Cultures— Edited Anthology

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:01pm
Diana Anselmo-Sequeira

Girls' Economies: Work & Play Cultures

Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell
and Diana Anselmo-Sequeira
foreword by Dr. Eileen Boris

We know more about the history of grownups' labor than we do about girls' work, especially in informal domains. We know more about adult women workers than about girlhood employment and work-themed amusements. We know more about girls' consumption practices than about their production patterns. We know more about childhood and play than we do about how play informs girls' work skills, sensibilities, and identities as workers. We know more about businessmen and women than about moneymaking girls.

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