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(Re)presentation: Problematizing Authenticity-- St. John's University Graduate English Conference March 28, 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:34pm
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St. John's University English Department

With an increasing interest for a globalized and diverse society, the quest for an authentic self is more readily apparent and therefore further conflates the problem of representation. Globalization expands beyond social media and encroaches on the realms of the public and private spheres. However, the process of authenticity only further stabilizes potentially harmful ideologies that promote illusions of truth. In some instances, language (literature), film, and art, because of their figurative element, expose the artificiality of representation and engage the issue of authenticity. How are certain claims to truth (authenticity/referentiality) formulated, regulated, and destabilized through representation in literature, film, and art?

The Rented Room, SSAWW 2015 Conference (Nov. 4-8)

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 4:34pm
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Society for the Study of American Women Writers
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A good deal of scholarship has taken up the gendered dynamics of public and private space, and more recently, work in twentieth century literature has begun problematizing the idea of a "divide" in favor of moving toward a spectrum of private, semi-private, semi-public, and public. Despite this, little scholarship has examined spaces that occupy an ambivalent position, simultaneously public and private or the gender dynamics that govern these spaces.

The Text in Flux: Human, Animal, Cyborg, Machine: 18 April 2015; Deadline for Submissions: 14 March 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 1:28pm
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Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University

Dr Vara Neverow neverowv1@southernct.edu
The Text in Flux: Human, Animal, Cyborg, Machine
Saturday, 18 April 2015
9:00am-4:30pm
(Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30pm)
English Department
Engelman Hall D-Wing
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS 14 MARCH 2015
Call for Papers:

MadLit 2015 - "Dirty Talk: The Forms and Language of Pleasure" EXTENDED DEADLINE: Jan. 15

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:45am
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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The 11th Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison // February 26-28, 2015

Dirty talk. Guilty pleasure. Darkest desire. Our everyday discourse is littered with phrases that shun or shame the pleasurable. Yet seeking pleasure, as figures from Chaucer to Freud have argued, is a basic human instinct. Scholarship across a variety of fields has gravitated toward humanity's complex relationship with pleasure.

United Fictions, Fictional States: Democracy and Patriotism in American Fiction (RMMLA; Submission Deadline: 2/1/15)

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:46am
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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):

Late 19th / Early 20th C. Lit, English & American -- RMMLA 2015 (Santa Fe, 10/8-10/10/15)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:58pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association is calling for papers for its 69th annual convention! This Special Topics panel on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century English and American literature has returned for another year of discovery and discussion. This time around, the panel should center on prose, poetry, or theater from the 1870s-1930s that, in some measure, had been "based on a true story" or had engaged with the notion that "truth is stranger than fiction." We welcome presentations pertaining to historical fiction, true-crime fiction, auto/biographical fiction, memoir, travelogue, satire, or other kinds of writing -- published in a variety of venues -- depicting or otherwise representing actual persons or events.

RADICAL WRITES: COMPOSITION, CREATIVE AND CRITICAL WRITING, AND NEW MEDIA Submission deadline extended to January 19

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:38pm
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Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing

RADICAL WRITES:
COMPOSITION, CREATIVE AND CRITICAL WRITING, AND NEW MEDIA
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, JONESBORO, AR

The Radical Writes Conference is a graduate student conference that highlights writers who produce innovative and distinctive creative and critical work in its multitude of forms. Students are welcome to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction or works pertaining to composition and rhetoric, critical theory, literature, and related fields of study. In addition to conference participants' presentations, conference attendees can expect panels on topics related to professionalization and opportunities for networking with publishers.

Resisting the Nation, Reproducing Colonial Misery: Sports and the Transnational Imaginary (ASA 2015)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:59pm
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American Studies Association, Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. (October 8-11, 2015. Toronto, Canada.)
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In 1844, Canada and the USA played a cricket match at the St. George's Club in New York, which is now the site for NYU's Medical Centre. This long-forgotten match was the first international sporting event of the modern era, predating the revival of the Olympic Games by more than 50 years. Since then, cricket's place in the cultural imaginary of North America has been displaced by the emergence of baseball and hockey as the national sports of the USA and Canada. This piece of historical trivia serves as a line of departure for the panel to investigate how sports have engaged with—by perpetuating, resisting, institutionalizing—the hegemonic narratives of the nation-state.

[UPDATE] The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:00am
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English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage, 3-5 Sep 2015, The Shard, London, UK [ABSTRACTS DUE 15 FEB 2015]

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 8:19am
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Spying on Spies

Keynote speakers: Professor Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University) and Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University)

2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of the spy genre's most influential novels. With its roots in the 19th century, the genre evolved and diversified throughout the 20th century, providing, as Michael Denning writes, a 'cover story' that has rendered 'the political and cultural transformations of the twentieth century into the intrigues of a shadow world of secret agents'. Capturing the ever-evolving zeitgeist of cultural and political anxieties, the genre has encompassed (and exploited) 'hot' wars and 'cold', and most recently a global War on Terror.

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