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Nov. PAMLA conference: African American lit section proposals due 5/15

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 12:47am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association

113th Annual Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference
Portland, Oregon
November 6, 7, and 8, 2015

Papers are invited on any aspect of African American literature. Topics that relate to the conference theme of "literature and time" are especially welcome: possible topics include (but are not limited to) literature and Afrofuturism, historical fiction, periodization, or entries into the debate about whether there can be such a thing as contemporary African American literature. Please submit proposals via the online pamla.org/2015 submission system by May 15.

[UPDATE] Wreck Park Journal Deadline for Summer Issue Approaching (May 1)

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 5:29pm
Wreck Park Journal

Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt the canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. The journal welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 1-4, 2015 (new deadline: May 15)

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 2:31pm
Todd A. Comer

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Oct. 1-4, 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, OH
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

The Crucible of Calamity: Crisis and Identity Formation in 19th Century America (C19 Proposed Panel)

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:19pm
Ashley Rattner, The University of Memphis

Writing has long been a means of ordering human thought and working to harness meaning into a cohesive explanation or narrative. How do texts composed in the wake of societal crises seek to evoke significance, solidarity, or dissension in terms of acknowledging and processing adversity? How do crisis events affect the identity and ideology formation of individuals as subjects or readerships?

Black Affect and Minor Feelings DEADLINE MAY 18

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 4:11pm
Affect Theory Conference - Worldings, Tensions, Futures (Lancaster, PA)

Stream #2 – Black Affect and Minor Feelings, OCTOBER 14-17

"…we know for certain that the solution to the Black Man's problems will come only through Black National Consciousness. We also know that the focus of change will be racial. (If we feel differently, we have different ideas. Race is feeling…Art is one method of expressing these feelings and identifying the form as an emotional phenomenon."

– Amiri Baraka, "The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation"

Final Announcement: CFP for the Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:36pm
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association

We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

The Feeling of Time in Contemporary American Literature

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 12:38pm
2015 PAMLA Conference - Nov. 6-8 in Portland, OR



Briefly: A reader's sense of time in literature rests upon a fully embodied and affective reading experience. Amongst an author's mechanisms for communicating a shared sense of time with one's readers is the use of highly affective, visceral, and/or proprioceptive linguistic cues. I'm looking for work that either explains or demonstrates how the affective communication of felt time works in contemporary American literature. Interdisciplinary work especially encouraged. Panel to take place at the 2015 annual PAMLA conference in lovely Portland, OR, Nov. 6-8, under the title "Ethics and Affect III: Temporalities." Submit 300-word paper proposal to pamla.org/2015 by May 15.

[UPDATE] Speculative Fiction – SAMLA – November 13-15, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 6:34pm
Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State College

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.

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