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

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

[UPDATE] Wreck Park Journal Summer Issue Submission Deadline Approaching

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 3:45pm
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Wreck Park Journal

Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

[UPDATE]**Extended Deadline** DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:39am
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Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

(UPDATE): CFP: Critiquing Humanism (Deadline: May 15, 2016)

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:19am
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Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry

The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.

The Scope of Debt in America

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am
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Lehigh Valley Vanguard

"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.

Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.

Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.

Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."

"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.

[UPDATE] CFP - KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a, "Filth" / An open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by punctum books

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:33pm
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KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth" / punctum books

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Filths savor nothing but themselves.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
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With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."

Frugal Honesty - July 8 - 9, 2016

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 6:52pm
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Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver, BC
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FRUGAL HONESTY

Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)

"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016

"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears

[UPDATE] The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, & Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:50pm
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Joseph Michael Sommers/ in association with the Children's Literature Association
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The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers
Deadline: 1 November 2016

In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it's sequential art put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.

Call for Paper: Spectacular Now - The Politics of the Contemporary Spectacle (11.-12.11.16)

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:54am
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English and American Studies, TU Dortmund University

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." (Guy Debord: The Society of the Spectacle, §1)

CCHA Eastern Division Conference (Oct. 20-22, 2016)

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5:15pm
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Community College Humanities Association
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The Community College Humanities Association invites you to submit a proposal and attend our 2016 CCHA Eastern Division Conference scheduled to be held Oct. 20–22 in Providence, RI.

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:42pm
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Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/research/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For April we are receiving submissions till the end of the month.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:16am
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Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/reserach/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For the month of April we are receiving submissions throughout the month.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

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