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Problems We Can Name: Subverting Domesticity Past and Present A Reader

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:35am
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Rachel May and Anna Brecke

Problems We Can Name: Subverting Domesticity Past and Present
A Reader

"I make these lists [of books] but when on earth will I ever get a chance to read these? Since having kids, instead of reading I do something with them or for them or clean up. I always have this sense of domestic responsibility that makes reading feel self-indulgent but that's ridiculous,"- Jennifer Egan

SAMLA 88: Thinking Utopia/Dystopia through Decolonization

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:30am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 88th Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida
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SAMLA 88: Thinking Utopia/Dystopia through Decolonization

(SAMLA-88; Jacksonville, FL, USA 4-6 Nov 2016)
Contact email:
Bls39@miami.edu

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 88th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, USA 4-6 Nov. 2016.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, FL

Religion and Literature permanent section panel, MMLA, November 10-13, 2016

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Monday, March 7, 2016 - 1:42pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?

Poetics/Politics

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Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:20am
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Eric Athenot/IMAGER/Université Paris-Est Créteil
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Poetics/Politics:
Writing, Ethics, and Aesthetics
October 14-15, 2016
IMAGER/Université Paris-Est Créteil

[UPDATE] MLA 2017 Special Session: New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd (deadline 3/15/2016)

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 5:18pm
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Julia Elsky / Loyola University Chicago
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This is a call for a proposed panel, which will explore new approaches to the study of the existentialist and absurdist movements in the 20th century. We invite proposals for papers that rethink these movements in light of recent scholarship related to gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. We welcome papers that rethink issues at the heart of these two movements: the category of the Other, the search for meaning in the world and its environment, freedom and oppression, the political and the private. We are also interested in how these movements have been in dialogue with each other.

Open Field: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Athlete

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:50am
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Portland State Univ./Univ. of Louisville
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Sport operates as a social and cultural institution that allows for hegemonic ideals about masculinity to be preserved and reproduced. Moreover, these ideals have historically been decidedly white and heteronormative. However, sport is also a contested terrain where the battle for the maintenance and redistribution of power and privilege is constantly being waged, won, and lost. The black athlete, then, is always/already linked to the questions of race, gender, sexuality, sport, and power.

Call for Papers and Artistic Submissions

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:23am
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Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017)

Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Contact email: akilahw@msn.com or emily.allenwilliams@uvi.edu

Editor: Dr. Emily Allen Williams

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017) will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.
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[Note: Essays, poetry, literary non-fiction, visual art, performance art videos, et. al. on other topical areas also will be considered.]

Deadline Extended to April 1 for Submission to Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:24pm
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Harriet Beecher Stowe Society
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The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society is organizing its 20th Anniversary conference on "Everyday Stowe" at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington from June 24-26, 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended until April 1, 2016. We are happy to announce that Dr. Laura Korobkin will be our keynote speaker.

Form and The Public Intellectual (MLA 2017 Guaranteed Session; 3/15/16; 1/17)

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:05pm
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David Bahr, BMCC-CUNY
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Almost thirty years ago, Russell Jacoby defined public intellectuals as "writers and thinkers who address a general and educated audience." Yet from Rousseau to Jacoby, the public intellectual has been perceived to operate most effectively outside the power elite, including the university system.

MLA 2017 Unhomely Narratives: Migration and Displacement in Black Diaspora Literature

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 12:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Debarati Biswas/English, The Graduate Center CUNY; Christopher Ian Foster/Department of English James Madison University

MLA 2017
Unhomely Narratives: Migration and Displacement in Black Diaspora Literature
Calls for Papers Submission
Panel Organizers: Debarati Biswas and Christopher Ian Foster
Submission 250-word abstracts/ 1-2 page CV
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2016
Contact person information: Debarati Biswas (debarati.biswas@gmail.com) and Christopher Ian Foster (fosterci@jmu.edu)
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CFP: How Normal is White?: The Normalization of Whiteness in Young Adult Dystopian Lit

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Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:22am
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Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda Green-Barteet (SAMLA)
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In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in this literature. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is, as well.

Romantic Legacies

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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:27pm
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National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
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Romantic Legacies, 18-19 November 2016
Conference Website: http://rl2016.com/

Keynote Speakers:
Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): "Romantic Walking and Railway Realism"
Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA

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