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Charles W. Chesnutt Association sessions at American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:09am
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Charles W. Chesnutt Association

The Chesnutt Association will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Conference, May 21-24, 2014 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02116-5798 (800-916-4339)
Session 1: The role of supporting characters in Chesnutt's fiction. Chesnutt's protagonists are always surrounded by a cast of fascinating characters: shrewd males and females of various classes, clever children, martyrs, workers, rebels, cheats and misfits, along with perfect models of humanity. These characters are often overlooked or undervalued by critics. Think in terms of the essential value of these characters in relation to Chesnutt's purpose, aesthetic, etc.
Session 2. Open Topic.

The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence (March 14, 2015)

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:28pm
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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

Special Issue on "Contemporary Film and Public Life" - Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics (UNC-CH)

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 3:50pm
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Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics—a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal and digital forum based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—invites submissions for its April 2015 issue, entitled "Contemporary Film and Public Life." For this issue of Ethos, we invite submissions of original scholarly work that consider recent films (roughly defined in terms of the past twenty years) and the weight they bring to bear on our contemporary public life. What patterns and preoccupations characterize the current generation of films? How do certain popular genres of film (the Western, the romantic comedy, etc.) differ from their predecessors?

Desire and Devotion: Eastern International Region Meeting of the AAR, McGill University, Montreal, May 1–2, 2015

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 1:12pm
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Eastern International Region Meeting of the AAR
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www.eiraar.net


Call for Papers: Eastern International Region Meeting of the AAR, McGill University, Montreal, May 1–2, 2015

Paper Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2015

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2015 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of Desire and Devotion.

Proposals are welcome in all areas within the study of religion, including:

Twentieth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:31am
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Ron Kates/ Middle Tennessee State University
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April 3, 2015
On the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Keynote speaker: New York baseball maven Sarah Bunting

Luncheon Speaker: Ken Griffey Sr.

Sequels, Serials, and Remakes: Recycling Fictions in the Fantastic Sphere

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:17am
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College of St. Joseph
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Repetitive narratives are at the heart of popular fantastic culture; we need look no further than the many sequels of _Friday the 13th_ or the serialization of the early 20th-century French villains Fantomas as evidence. With this repetitive pattern as an organizing principle, the College of St. Joseph is seeking presenters for its 4th annual popular culture conference, held April 10-11th in Rutland, VT. Papers can explore any of the repeating manifestations of fantasy/horror/science fiction in popular culture: film, television, novels, pulp magazines, or other medium. Topics for the presentations are equally as inclusive: everything from close readings of _Seed of Chucky_ to stylometric analysis to cultural discussion of fan sequels are encouraged.

Identity and Materialism: Reading the Space between Persons and Things (April 10-11, 2015) Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:59am
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The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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Identity and Materialism: Reading the Space between Persons and Things

University of Alabama in Huntsville Graduate Student Conference

April 10-11, 2015

Keynote speaker: Dr. Priscilla Wald (Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University, editor of American Literature)

Age, Culture, Humanities: Deadine for Issue #3 - 15 February 2015

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:46pm
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Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Call for Submissions

Deadline to ensure consideration for Issue #3: 15 February 2015

For Issue #3, general submissions are welcome as well as work on the following topics:
•Age and the Posthuman
•Pain and Old Age

Deadline for 2015 Graduate Student Essay Contest: 15 February 2015

CFP - Specters of Ethics – in the Trails of Globalization and Futurity

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8:14am
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Susan Arndt / Mariam Popal/ Rinaldo Walcott University of Bayreuth, University of Toronto
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Ethics is a global endeavor bereft of any universal validity. Ethics is subjective, positioned and biased, commuting between subjectivity and collectivity/community. Ever since the birth of this concept, ethics was praised and betrayed, simultaneously, asking for resistance, empowerment and resituation.[...]
In a relatively new 'turn to ethics', this project seeks to work with an idea of the ethical that goes beyond colonial encountering and along the lines of cultural and economic surplus thinking as the fundament of the planet's present global amalgamation. Looking at the asymmetries and disjunctures of global (labour and mind) divisions and their value-coding, the project takes these questions as a starting point:

[UPDATE] Reading the Queer in Literature, Culture and Theory (edited volume). Deadline for submission (extended): Dec. 15, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:50am
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Subashish Bhattacharjee

Submissions are invited for a forthcoming edited volume on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of art, cinema, culture and popular culture, theory, philosophy and history and any other relevant areas.
Papers should be documented according to MLA Stylesheet, within 5,ooo words, and should be sent as email attachment (.doc/.docx).
The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- the queer on stage, on screen
- the queer in theory (Foucault, Kristeva, Butler, Sedgwick, Lee Edelman, David Halperin)
-the queer in pohilosophy
-the queer in popular culture

Trance, March 5-6th

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 9:30pm
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The Graduate Center-CUNY English Department Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Center-CUNY English Student Association Conference: Trance
March 5-6 2015

This conference seeks to bring together critical and imaginative forms of scholarship, workshops, performance and other creative work around ideas of trance. From the Great Awakening's irruptive glossalia to the glossed eyes of late capitalist workers, from various manifestations of trance dance to the moving spiral, trance is woven into the fabrics of spiritual, theological, political, and literary histories, texts and methodologies. Trance not only challenges Enlightenment models of knowledge production, but also forces us to navigate extra-linguistic experience, thus destabilizing language as epistemological ground.

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:23pm
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English Department of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest
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The Atrium, a Journal of Academic Voices, is now in its sixth year of consistent publication. This unique journal presents a forum for the community of professionals engaged in post secondary education and research. One key focus for the journal is classroom best practices, that murky landscape we traverse between Learning Theory and Instructional Practice. The Atrium acknowledges the value of discourse in the project of uncovering the principles that might govern the development of Best Practices. Simply put, we can talk the talk, but can we walk the walk? The Atrium is meant to be a passageway of ideas and practice across the disciplines that will demonstrate how we do just that.

Mid-20th-Century American Poetry and the Question of Beauty (12/12/14; 5/21-24/15, ALA Boston)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
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The Charles Olson Society
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"Rigor of beauty is the quest," writes Williams in his preface to "Paterson." "But how will you find beauty when it is locked in the mind past all remonstrance?" For the 2015 ALA conference in Boston, the Charles Olson Society invites proposals on Beauty and mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Although the 1950s are perhaps best known for the rise of the Beats, the Confessionals, and the Black Mountain poets, these were also the years of Adrienne Rich's formalist work ("Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"), as well as some of the best work of Richard Wilbur, Theodore Roethke, and other strong poets working with traditional forms.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Disabilities Conference - April 10-11, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:13pm
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Vanderbilt University - Vanderbilt Advocates for Disabilities Education and Research

We invite graduate and professional students, academics, professionals, and qualified undergraduate students to participate in Vanderbilt Advocates for Disabilities Education and Research's first Interdisciplinary Graduate Disabilities Conference. We are seeking proposals for papers that focus specifically on how particular fields of study intersect with disability issues. Our primary objective to create a multi-disciplinary dialogue that informs practice and understanding, such as Law students mutually informing Nursing students or Management students mutually informing Divinity students. Additionally, this is a chance for the graduate students of Vanderbilt and beyond to refine their professional development.

Octavia E. Butler Society American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference May 21-24, 2015

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:08am
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Octavia E. Butler Society
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The Octavia E. Butler Society invites abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA (http://alaconf.org/annual-conference/). Please note that we can only accept proposals for individual papers and will not be able to accept proposals for entire panels.

We invite paper proposals on Octavia Butler and all aspects of her work. We particularly invite papers on Fledgling, as 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of that novel.

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