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Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:02am
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Matthew Lambert/NeMLA
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From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

ACLA 2015 - Compromised Radicals and Failed Revolutions: The Unfinished Politics of the '70s

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:05am
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American Comparative Literature Association
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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.

Rebecca Harding Davis Panels (SSAWW 2015 Philadelphia)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:51pm
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Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World
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SSAWW 2015

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Aesthetics and Catastrophe: Women's Transnational Narratives in the 21st Century--ACLA 2015 (26-29 March)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:02am
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Stephenie Young & Adele Parker/Salem State University & College of the Holy Cross

ACLA Seminar: Aesthetics and Catastrophe: Women's Transnational Narratives in the 21st Century

Please submit your abstract by Oct. 14th
http://acla.org/seminars

4/30-5/2/2014 NeMLA conference, Toronto; submit by 9/30/2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

Dealing with Academic Stress and Personal Crises
This board-sponsored roundtable aims to help NeMLA's members deal with academic stress and personal crises (e.g. divorce, death, serious health issues, caregiving, among other challenges). The goal of this roundtable is sharing helpful suggestions and strategies with the audience rather than telling personal stories. To ensure that participants represent different professional categories and that all types of crises are covered, interested participants are invited to submit their detailed 300- to 350-word proposals.
Chair: Josephine McQuail

please submit using link above

NEMLA 2015: Urban Ecology and the Postcolonial Global Subject

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 1:36pm
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Vivek Freitas, Tufts University
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This panel considers the specific role of urban environments in imagining postcolonial subjects' relationship to the world. How and why do cities function as the locus for a cosmopolitan identity, while villages remain the bearers of tradition? How have discourses of globalization and environmental justice changed considerations of postcolonial subjectivity and environments in our century? What literary innovations have helped represent the sedimented historical landscapes of colonialism, global capitalism, and histories of devastation?

Chair: Vivek Freitas

Area: Anglophone

Cross: Culture & Media Studies

Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:56am
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Humanities Division, Essex County College
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CFP: SPECULATIVE HUMANITIES: STEAMPUNK TO AFROFUTURISM

On March 11-12, 2015, the Humanities Division at Essex County College, located in Newark, NJ, will host its Spring 2015 Conference, "Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism." This two-day conference offers space for writers, historians, musicians, artists, and academicians to explore, expand upon, and rethink the implications of speculative humanities. This year's conference will feature a special emphasis on the life, work, and influence of Octavia E. Butler.

[REMINDER] World Literature/Immigrant Literature (NeMLA 2015) — DUE 9/30

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:35am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?

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