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"HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:16pm
Jef Burnham, DePaul University

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Submit to: Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Midwest MLA 2015 (Columbus, OH) Special Session: Networks and U.S. Ethnic Literature

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 5:10am
Jeehyun Lim

This session explores the relationship between recent sociological discussions on networks and U.S. literature by writers of color. In The Rise of the Network Society, Manuell Castells argues that the last quarter of the twentieth century has seen a social evolution based on developments in computer-mediated communication. While network is certainly not a new term and different kinds of networks have been important in many societies over time, Castells sees networks enabled by micro-electronics based digital communication as playing a central role in social organization and social relations in the network society.

UPDATE 4th BAKEA Symposium 7-8-9 October 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 6:06pm
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

BAKEA Symposium is open to all participants from the fields of English Language and Literature, American Culture and Literature, French and German Language and Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies.

Blues, Jazz, and the African American Literary Canon

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:05am
SAMLA / November 13 - 15 2015 - Durham, NC

Houston Baker Jr. describes the American blues as the Derridean "always already" of African American culture. In Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature, Baker states, "They [blues] are the multiplex enabling script in which Afro-American cultural discourse is inscribed." The blues document the violent history and traumas endured while affirming the "somebodiness of black people" (James Cone).

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS, 18-20 September 2015- cf. Call extended April 6th

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:13am
The Affect Project

DEADLINE EXTENDED- Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference
Proposals Due: April 6th, 2015 12am.
https://affectproject.ca/index.php/home/events

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS

With Keynote Speakers: Lauren Berlant, John T. Cacioppo and Ronald de Sousa

Featuring Special Seminars by: Amy Schmitter, Daniel M. Gross, Isobel Armstrong and Noreen Giffney

18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 8:03pm
Interdisciplinary Press Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies series

Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty, and Style, part of the Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies series, Oxford, UK, is a triple blind peer reviewed inter- and trans-disciplinary academic journal, published twice a year that emphasizes theoretical and methodological analyses of fashion, beauty, style. Lavishly illustrated in color and black/white with high production values, Catwalk publishes articles focused on the historical, social, cultural, psychological, political, business, media, technology, performance, representational, and artistic dimensions of fashion, beauty, and style.

Special Session Panel: Religion in American Literature (PAMLA), Portland, OR, 11/6-8, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:21pm
2015 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Portland, Oregon

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do literary texts represent the connection between suffering and faith? How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized and responded to suffering? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

Homeliness, Domesticity and Security in American Culture. September 23-25, 2015.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:38am
Polish Association for American Studies

Recent academic interests and explorations within the field of broadly understood American Studies have been largely concentrating on the unusual and exceptional aspects of American literature, art and life, such as wildness, transgression, excess, violence, sublimity, greatness, intemperance, extraordinariness. The questions which the conference is going to address will focus on the constructions and the place of the "ordinary" viewed from the perspective of various "home"-inspired discourses, from housing to domestic policy, through questions of family values, ethics of modesty, simplicity of living, unpretentiousness, individual and domestic security, American communities, localities and neighborhoods.

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