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Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures - PAMLA 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:56am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

Ten Years Gone: Celebrating the Works of Octavia Butler-- SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:56pm
Jay Shelat / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler's life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference's theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler's work, a theological approach to Butler's most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler's treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.

Redrafting Literary History

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:36am
Pennsylvania English

Pennsylvania English Call for Papers

Redrafting Literary History

Special Issue on Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Digital Texts as Literature

Deadline: August 1, 2016

{UPDATE] Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature extended deadline: May 15, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:08pm
Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.

Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.
Papers addressing 20th/21st Century texts are preferred but all submissions will be considered.

Report from the Inside: Essays on Teaching Poetry Behind Bars

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:02pm
Randall Horton + Mark Nowak

The editors of Report from the Inside: Essays on Teaching Poetry Behind Bars would like to invite submissions of essays and instructional manuals that offer insights on teaching poetry workshops with incarcerated individuals (either nationally or internationally). We seek essays that engage, critique, and illuminate the prison industrial complex and the longstanding effects of "The New Jim Crow" as it effects creative writing instructors who choose to work behind bars.

Subjected to Play: Locating the Subject in the Promise of Play JUNE 3rd deadline

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:29pm
ZdC First Forum, USC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference

As utopian aspirations for new and more participatory media meet the sobering realities of digital labor and the politics of self management, First Forum invites scholars to examine the ways play has shaped the rhetoric of subjectivity within academic and popular contexts as it relates to media production and consumption. The conference will investigate how we as cinema and media critics, teachers, fans, artists and activists are rethinking play and the promise of agency in order to understand how these modes of address interpret subjectivity in a diverse media landscape, how they enforce or destabilize subjective boundaries, and how they define our own identities in the process.