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[UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 2:21pm
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California State Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association
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The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

Area of Whedon Studies - MPCA 2016 Conference: October 6 - 9, 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:56pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
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We welcome proposals on any aspect of Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes, The Avengers: Age of Ultron); his comics (e.g. Fray; Astonishing X-Men; Runaways; Sugarshock!; Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Nine, and Ten; Angel: After the Fall; Angel & Faith Season Nine and Ten; Serenity: Those Left Behind; Serenity: Better Days; The Shepherd's Tale ); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators.

Capital in Contemporary British and American Poetry

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 5:10am
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Arul Benito Gerard

Inviting papers for a panel on capital in contemporary British and American poetry. Possible concerns might include: financial crisis, utopianism and form.

This call seeks papers for a proposed special session panel for the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, 5–8 January 2017.

Submit 300 word abstract to Arul Benito Gerard (la14resch01002@iith.ac.in) on or before March 15 2016.

Please note that the panel is subject to acceptance by the MLA Program Committee and is not guaranteed.

Science and Fiction Panel at MMLA 2016 (St. Louis, Nov. 10-13)

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:13pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders—or the blurring of such borders--within Science and Fiction. How does fiction work to educate us as readers on the use of technology? Are these examples historically, culturally, or socially relevant? Suggested topics may include:

* Women in Science Fiction
* Images of science in literature
* Energy resources in literature
* The image of the scientific utopia
* Science and progress
* The human body and/or its representation
* Representations of the apocalypse, dystopias, or other disasters in literature

British Fantasy Society Journal 16

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
full name / name of organization: 
The British Fantasy Society

BFS Journal 16 is due out in June/July.

The journal is a mix of articles and is keen to accept submissions from people who want to write about fantasy, horror and science fiction. Our focus is primarily the former, but our readers have interests across all three genres.

Academic articles for the BFS Journal should be between 2500 and 6000 words. We prefer nearer the former, as this is about the size of a conference paper. References in the text should be (Author, Date of Edition) with a full publication listing for the bibliography given for each article at the end. Please don't use footnotes in your submissions.

"Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents," 3-8 December 2016, deadline 15 June 2016

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ben P. Robertson / Troy University
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CFP: "Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents"
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016

Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, broadly defined. Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Autofiction in English

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:22am
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Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University, UK
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Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1971, autofiction has become established as a recognisable genre within the French literary pantheon. Over the same period, it has attracted increasing critical and theoretical scrutiny so that it has developed into a dynamic field of scholarly research in France. Indeed, the increase and variety of autofiction scholarship has had the effect of placing the characteristics of the genre itself in question.

Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Archive (Göttingen University, 16 July 2016)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:55pm
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Johannes Schlegel / Ralf Haekel / Julia Kroll

Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Archive
(Göttingen University, 16 July 2016)

This year marks not only Michel Foucault's 90th birthday, but also the 50th anniversary of the publication of his seminal book Let Mots et les Choses, which made Foucault a prominent intellectual figure throughout Europe. We would like to commemorate this double anniversary with a one-day symposium organised by the Department of British Literature and Culture at Göttingen University in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Genderstudies and the Center for Theory of Culture and Society.

Transgressive Filmmakers and Their Films

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 2:40pm
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Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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This is a CFP for Film & History Conference. 26-30 October 2016
The Hilton Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI, USA

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016

Cinematic transgression is about directors challenging or overcoming the status quo in their films, most often through shock and shlock to wake slumbering viewers with (sometimes hidden) social commentary. While each generation has spawned new notions or means of transgression in film, some have remained constant: sex, violence, gore, sacrilege, drugs, race, gender performance, etc. These films frequently are made by a director who is also an embodiment of transgression, whether or not they work within the mainstream system.

open Field: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Athlete

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 1:37pm
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Portland State Univ./Univ. of Louisville
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OPEN FIELD: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND THE BLACK ATHLETE

Editors
Derrais A. Carter, Ph.D.
Portland State University
Assistant Professor
Department of Black Studies

Marta N. Mack-Washington, Ph.D.
University of Louisville
Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Health and Sport Sciences

Email: GenderSexSport@gmail.com

(Update) Call for Abstracts for Critical Insights: Civil Rights

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:08pm
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Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
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From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.

[UPDATE] Postcolonial Shakespeares - CFP for Postcolonial Interventions Vol I, Issue 2 -

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:07am
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Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies ISSN 2455 6564

2016 marks the quartercentenary of Shakespeare's death and the upcoming issue of Postcolonial Interventions will focus on the continued relevance of multiple Shakespeares in the culture-scape of the postcolonial world. Not only were Shakespearean plays shaped in many ways by colonial discourses, especially discourses of racial difference, but Shakespearean plays also initially functioned as those "signs taken for wonders" through which the colonial administrators sought to consolidate imperial hegemony, as evident from such critical works as Post-Colonial Shakespeares (1999).

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