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NeMLA 2015: Imposture and Self-Making in American Literature, 1850-1950

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:55pm
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Lara Hubel and Min Young Kim / SUNY at Buffalo

U.S. literature and culture, at least since Franklin, have been perpetually preoccupied with mythologies of both the self-made man and confidence-man. What accounts for this preoccupation, and where do the two identifications of these 'men' intersect or blur? Further, why are they 'men,' and how do women and people of color fit into these categories? This panel seeks papers that investigate these connections, depicted both in literature and periodical publications of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a goal to solicit new inquiry into discussions of U.S. imposture and self-making, including but not limited to discussions of self-making within passing, gender imposture, and criminal imposture in American culture.

The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions (San Diego State University, April 17-18, 2015)

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:45pm
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SDSU LGBTQ Research Consortium
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As LGBTQ Studies finds disciplinary space on a growing number of university and college campuses, questions about the cultural and intellectual effects of academic institutionalization have become progressively more urgent:

• Where is the broad field of LGBTQ Studies heading?
• Where has it been? How might we negotiate the relationship between intellectual inquiry and social movements?
• In what ways might the epistemological concerns of LGBTQ Studies affect the pedagogical imperatives of the classroom (and vice-versa)?

"The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies" is a two-day conference devoted to exploring these and related questions.

Film Stardom in the 1950s (November 15, 2014; Proposals due August 1, 2014)

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:33pm
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Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media, TCU
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We invite presentation proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of film stardom in the 1950s, to be featured in a special series of panels at the Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, which will be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This daylong conference promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Fifties," whether cinematically or otherwise.

Call for Papers: "Broken Narratives"- Graduate Student Conference-Ohio State University-Saturday 11th Oct, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:51pm
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English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U
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Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).

Ethnicity, Femininity and the History of Music Symposium - October 24

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:11pm
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Garth Institute for Music Research and Performanc
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CALL-FOR-PAPERS

The Garth Institute for Music Research and Performance will host a small symposium at the University of Michigan on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are seeking presenters whose research relates to the current theme. Presenters may be at any stage in their research and topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Research or analysis on folk or popular music characteristic of a particular ethnic group

-Research on a composer/songwriter or musician from an ethnic group (Ethiopian, Jewish, Albanian, etc.)

-Research on a woman composer/songwriter or their music

CFA: Special edition of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations on 'Irish Transatlantic'

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:32am
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Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations

Call for Papers: Special edition of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations on the 'Irish Transatlantic: Act of Union (1800) to the Present Day'

CORRECTED CFP: PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference, April 1-4, 2015, New Orleans: Proposals Due: 11/1/14

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 1:14pm
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PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference
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CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference
April 1-4, 2015 – New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Marriott

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

Contamination from Above (Submissions Due February 2, 2015)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:06am
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Writing from Below
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"What if there were, lodged within the heart of the law itself, a law of impurity or a principle of contamination?"
-Jacques Derrida, "The Law of Genre"

THE THEME
Unlawfulness, impurity, contamination: in the porous and scattered disciplines of gender, sexuality and diversity studies, these are the forces and strategies that impel our criticism and creation, the ethos of the fugitive journal Writing from Below.

SPECIAL ISSUE: GLOBAL NIGHTLIFE CULTURES

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:19am
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Journal of Popular Music Studies
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THE JOURNAL OF POPULAR MUSIC STUDIES invites submissions for a special issue on global nightlife cultures. There's a myth that to be interested in nightlife -- to party, to seek pleasure in the night, to devote oneself to a club scene and its music -- is to somehow be less concerned with the more "serious" aspects of everyday life. After all, how can you feasibly go to work tomorrow if you've been out until 6 a.m. or later? Ears ringing from pounding dance music. Club stamps still visible on your wrists. Isn't it better to stay at home, safe in the bosom of domesticity and fully tucked away from the ribald dangers and creatures of the night?

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