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(Re)forming the Progressive Era

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:59am
Autumn Womack and Laura Fisher - C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists

(Re)forming the Progressive Era

The Progressive Era (1890-1920) occupies an unsettled place in Americanist literary studies, despite the period's claims to forward-looking progress. To some extent, this uneasy relationship to the discipline-- whose professional protocols, pedagogy, and scholarship often operates by means of century-based periodization-- reflects the period's own wildly unsettled nature.

Special Issue 'African Returns' for African Literature Today journal (deadline 15 Sept 2015)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:30am
African Literature Today journal

This special issue will focus on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her 'original' or ancestral 'home' in Africa from other parts of the world. Oxfeld and Long, writing on the ethnography of return suggest that it differs from globalization and transnationalism since 'it is situated in particular events and experiences' reflecting 'particular historical, social, and personal contexts' (2004: 3). Nevertheless, they go on to state that returns do have an effect not only on the communities the returnee leaves or joins but also on 'global ways of relating and interacting with one another' (2004: 3-4).

The Land Has a Story

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 9:25pm
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 Piccinni, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 6:32pm
Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M San Antonio

Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film
November 6, 2015
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224

Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 14, 2015

The English Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is pleased to announce the inaugural graduate and undergraduate English conference. The conference theme is "Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film." This conference will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on November 6, 2015.

UPDATE. CFP: Edited Collection New Approaches to the Jazz Age

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 1:54pm
Nancy Von Rosk, Mount Saint Mary College

CFP: Edited Collection New Approaches to the Jazz Age.

From the BBC's Downtown Abbey and Dancing on the Edge, to HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age's presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This edited collection aims to complicate familiar images of this iconic period and to better understand its persistent presence "in our time." Essays, for example, that situate well-known figures in new contexts or highlight the significance and contributions of the period's lesser-known figures are especially welcome.

[UPDATE] Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: July 31; conference: November 5-6, 2015)

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:56am
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

100 Years of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:36am
Northeast Modern Language Association

D.W. Griffith released his epic film Intolerance in 1916 within a contemporary context of social reform, increasing immigration, perceived challenges to religious liberty, and concerns over the corruptive influence of motion pictures. Also (and especially following Birth of a Nation in 1915), Griffith's film may be read as a response to the controversies surrounding the art of the motion picture (as his essays "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America" and "A Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture" attest). This panel seeks to reassess Intolerance on the occasion of its centennial and consider its relevance in today's cultural / political / social climate. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

iDMAA Conference: Call for Papers DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 9:55am
International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa)

iDMAA Conference: Call for Papers DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

The International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual conference, this year taking place at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains and is home to many unique programs including Bluegrass & Old Time Music, Storytelling, and Appalachian Studies.

iDMAa seeks proposals for paper presentations and panels centering on this year's conference theme, Breaking Barriers.

Feminist Spaces 2.1 "Queering Feminism: LBGTQ and Feminist Intersectionality" due Oct. 1

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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 8:19am
Feminist Spaces Journal

Feminist Spaces invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit academic papers, creative writings, and artistic pieces that adhere to this issue's theme of feminist LGBTQ+ intersectionality. The Supreme Court's recent ruling regarding same-sex marriage equality and the media's growing interest in transgender men and women has re-initiated discussions of feminist intersectionality with regard to the LGBTQ+ movement. The feminist movement has been divided into various waves, each advancing a different majority opinion of LGBTQ inclusion or exclusion.

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