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Existential Thought in African American Literature Before 1945 April 30-May 3, 2015

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 7:55pm
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Dr. Melvin Hill/NeMLA
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This panel seeks papers that explore existentialism in African-American thought that predates the codification of the term by Jean-Paul Sartre in the post-World War II period. The premise of this panel explicitly makes the case for the genealogy of African-American existentialist thought, tracing and situating it as a proto-existential literature. Revisiting such literary works prior to World War II will illustrate a rich tradition of African-American existentialist thought.

Please submit your abstract by September 30 to nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15063

Modern Money: Aesthetics after the Gold Standard; October 23 - 24 , 2014; Guest Speaker: Yanis Varoufakis

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 4:44pm
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Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

"Money is the root form of representation in bourgeois society." So T. J. Clark put it in 1999. Almost aphoristic in its phrasing, the sentence turns on the set of questions it raises – about markets and money flows, about value and abstraction, about whom money belongs to, about the "social reality of the Sign" and the effect money has on artmaking. Money becomes a central form – maybe the central form – of life, inescapable and intractable. The conditions that shape our present and the failure of the Left to devise a practicable response have only intensified the urgency of the proposition and the questions that ground its pivot.

Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:59pm
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Don E. Walicek / University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
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Call for Chapters
Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, an edited volume

America's "founding father" Thomas Jefferson championed a vision of economic prosperity and moral virtue that was dependent upon an expansive "Empire of Liberty" with Guantánamo, Cuba as one of its key sites. The haunting paradox of his words alludes to the many layers and contradictions that cluster around the Caribbean site known today as the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station.

Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? Intersections in Race and Technology (NeMLA April 30-May 3 2015)

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:18pm
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Nicholas Forster / Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)

Where do race and technology meet? Since its emergence cinema has been but one technology to repeatedly build its status on the raced bodies of its subjects. As scholars such as Michael Rogin have argued cinema required black bodies to establish its own identity as an artistic medium. While the transition from moving pictures to talkies was seen to inaugurate a new mode that would open up possibilities for the 'black voice' this was just one moment in the history of media technologies. As the Jazz Singer (1927) traded on blackface, Gone With the Wind (1939) used emerging color technologies to revive both an antebellum era and mark a false fault line with the past.

Excavating the Voice: Literature of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:19pm
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NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association
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This roundtable discussion will discuss the ways in which literature by African-American women in the nineteenth century discusses motherhood, slavery, madness, spirituality, challenges to patriarchy and sexuality. In particular, how do African-American women's voices in nineteenth-century American culture situate themselves within the cults of womanhood and domesticity in the midst of tremendous adversary? How, then, did these women struggle to establish, cultivate, and protect a sense of home even if it was merely 'home' within the individual self?

MLA Options for Teaching British and American Satire (proposals due 7/1)

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:09am
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MLA Options for Teaching (book series)

Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Modern British and American Satire to be edited by Evan Davis (Hampden-Sydney College) and Nicholas D. Nace (Binghamton University, SUNY). The aim of this collection of essays is to gather in one volume a variety of resources for the teaching of satire and satirical texts in order to assist teachers across a variety of different educational levels and settings.

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology [April 30-May 3, 2014]

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 5:08pm
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Northeast Modern Language Asssociation
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Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

Literature and Religion after 1900 (NeMLA, April 30-May 3, 2015, Toronto)

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:05pm
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NeMLA 2015
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Since the early 2000s, there has been a rise in scholarship about the religious and ethical dimensions of American postwar fiction. The literary historian Amy Hungerford investigates how intense religious experiences can coexist with pluralism by reading postwar authors such as James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, J.D. Salinger, Cormac McCarty, and Marilynne Robinson. She suggests that writers often turn to the nonsemantic aspects of language to depict a religious experience that is not doctrine specific. Similarly, John McClure's Partial Faiths uses the framework of post-secularism to argue for the emergence of a partial, hybrid, and weak theology in postwar fiction.

CFP: Rhetoric & Technical Communication, Southwest PCA/ACA (11\1\14; 2/11-14/15)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 9:10pm
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Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
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The theme for the 36th annual SWPACA conference is "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture." We invite proposals for individual or panel presentations that consider the theme as it relates to rhetoric and technical communication. We're excited to hear about the ways in which popular and American culture inform the pedagogical, theoretical, and practical work of rhetoric and technical communication. Feel free to interpret the conference theme broadly.

Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 250 words. Multi-paper panel proposals must include separate abstracts and titles for each individual proposed paper.

Submission deadline: 1 November 2014

Is a Novel JUST a Novel? 4th September 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 6:43am
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Durham University
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Call for Papers: Department of English Studies One-Day Conference

Durham University, 4th September 2014

Is a Novel JUST a Novel?

Keynote speakers: Professor Andrew Bennett and Dr. Dan Vyleta

The Department of English Studies at the Durham University is convening a one-day conference which will be held on 4th September 2014 in Durham University.

It's Alive!: The Death, Rebirth and Refashioned City in Young Adult Speculative Fiction/MMLA YAL Permanent Session

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:39pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association/MMLA/Detroit, MI Nov. 13-16, 2014
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From London to Chicago, to Manhattan and Toronto, the depiction of the death and revival of the city is not uncommon in young adult literature. Revisions of the city, whether real or imagined, are found throughout Young Adult speculative fiction such as in Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely (2007-2011) series, the Steampunk Chronicles (2012-2014) by Kady Cross, Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel hexalogy (2007-2012) or works like James Dashner's Maze Runner series, The Partials Sequence by Dan Wells (2013-2014), the Unwind Dystology (2007-2014) by Neal Shusterman, Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos (2013), Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008-2010) trilogy, and the Divergent Series (2011-2013) by Veronica Roth.

Seventh Language and Linguistics Student Conference

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:39pm
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Language Society at UCO
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THE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS STUDENT CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
NIGH UNIVERSITY CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (EDMOND)

"Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students"

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 1, 2014
Acceptance notification: Monday, September 15, 2014
Registration deadline: Monday, September 29, 2014

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