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[UPDATE] CFP for Edited Collection, Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:22pm
Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton

With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.

[UPDATE] Literature & Politics Panel @ SCMLA

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:54pm
Ashley Bender / South Central Modern Language Association

We seek essays that explore the intersection of literature and politics. This session is open topic. The deadline has been extended to April 6.

COLLABORATION & BETRAYAL

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:25am
SAMLA #87 -- Durham, North Carolina -- November 2015

In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference, Plano, TX (4/10/2015)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:53pm
Lisa A. Kirby, The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College in Plano, Texas, is pleased to hold its inaugural conference, featuring keynote speaker and noted historian Dr. Heather Thompson of Temple University, who will present "What Mass Incarceration Means to the American Working Class." The conference, which will take place in the Living Legends Conference Center at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College on April 10, 2015, and will also feature scholarly panels and roundtables by faculty from a variety of disciplines. For the conference program and registration, please go to http://iws.collin.edu/lkirby/

MSA 17, Modernism and History, Due April 12, 2015 (conference Nov 19-22, 2015)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 6:48pm
Aleks Prigozhin, Adrienne Ghaly

From the early decades of the twentieth century the concept of 'revolution' has provided modernism with a powerful historical imaginary of rupture and change, encompassing phenomena ranging from overtly political manifestos through to radical challenges to established aesthetic forms and prevailing critical frameworks. Taking our cue from this year's MSA theme, this session seeks to rethink modernism's broader relationship to categories and modes of the historical. We invite papers that both broaden and complicate current understandings of the interrelation between conceptions of history and modernist artistic practice.

MAPACA -- 26th Annual Conference – Philadelphia, PA – Nov. 5-7, 2015

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 3:25pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
26th Annual Conference
November 5-7, 2015
Philadelphia, PA - Sonesta Philadelphia

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Philadelphia, PA. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

MSA 17 PANEL SESSION: MODERNISM + RURAL REVOLUTIONS

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:05pm
Jess Lamar Reece Holler and Brooke Stanley (University of Pennsylvania) and Jason Bell (Yale University)

This call seeks papers on modernism's involvement with and response to rural revolutions in the 20th century for a panel or panel series at the 2015 MSA Meeting in Boston. We're looking for papers investigating modernist cultures and literatures alongside the transformation of rural landscapes and cultures, in imagination and on the land, in the long 20th century. We particularly seek papers that consider the rise of industrial agriculture and its discontents or the role of the rural and its representations in movements towards social and ecological revolution. We welcome papers that consider and investigate the rural alongside multiple and contested modernities.

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