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Utopia on the Margins (NeMLA 3/17-3/20/16; deadline 9/30/15)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:32pm
Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College

"Utopia on the Margins"
Northeast Modern Language Association
Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016

Utopian discourse has been a powerful tool for disempowered groups to critique the social norms of the present and imagine future equality. Yet recent scholarship has critiqued the limits of utopia itself. This panel will examine utopian, dystopian, and anti-utopian texts by people of color, women, and members of other disempowered groups in order to consider how writers on the margins continue, reimagine, or reject utopian traditions. Papers may address recent fiction or previously overlooked texts that engage with utopian conventions.

Cities, Centers, and Limits in Post-1945 American Literature (March 17-20, NeMLA 2016)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:22pm
Tim Clarke, Caroline Holland

The city is a frequent topos in the literature of modernism and post-modernism, traceable from T. S. Eliot's "Unreal City" of The Waste Land to the imagined Guadalajara of John Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual," and yet, our sense of urban space grows less certain after 1945, when both the city and its literature change rapidly in step with the new post-war world. These times of mounting anxiety over city space and its expanding limits--from suburbs and slums to the growing insularity of neighborhoods--also give rise to a problem of literary periodization: where does modernism end, and what succeeds it? Should we speak of a "long modernism" (Amy Hungerford 2008), or do the aesthetics of the period demand another name altogether?

Call for book essays, Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:30pm
Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila

Call for papers for Book Essays in edited collection

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this book seeks essays that examine the role of art and visual culture in the Modern and Contemporary eras.

CFP: Colonialism, War & Photography

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:35am
King's College London London, United Kingdom

Call for Papers for an Interdisciplinary Workshop as part of the research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War.

Colonialism, War & Photography

London - 17 September 2015

(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).

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