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Advertising/marketing/PR in American Lit.- M/MLA November 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:52pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The American Literature II panel (permanent section) seeks papers on representations of advertising, marketing, and/or public relations in American novels, plays, poems, or films from 1870-present.

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 10th to Mark Schiebe, Queensborough Community College (CUNY),

Cosmopolitismes locaux / Local Cosmopolitanisms, 20-22 February 2014

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:37pm
Joerg Esleben, University of Ottawa

Local Cosmopolitanisms

University of Ottawa – February 20th-22nd, 2014

Conceptions of cosmopolitanism have emerged as powerful political tools, particularly in responses to globalization, as productive aesthetic strategies across various arts, and as key theoretical prisms in many academic disciplines. This conference aims to take stock of these developments by examining local ideas about world citizenship, as well as their functions and effects in and across different national and cultural contexts. Some possible topics include:

UPDATE: "The Genre Turn." Literary Criticism permanent section, 2013 M/MLA Convention

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:44am
Michael Horton / University of Missouri

"The Genre Turn." This session will be devoted to assessing the state of the conversation about the genre turn in contemporary fiction epitomized by works like Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, Michael Chabon's alternate-history detective story The Yiddish Policemen's Union, much of Kelly Link's short fiction, Karen Russell's collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road. What are we saying about the modes, possibilities, problems, origins, meanings, and politics of the literary turn to genres (as opposed to the postmodern incorporation of genre elements)?

CFP deadline August 15 for the Gulf Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Sep. 27-28

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 7:51am
Gulf Medieval and Renaissance Conference (formerly Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissanc Scholars)

The Gulf Medieval and Renaissance (GulfMAR) Conference, formerly the Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars, will hold its annual meeting this fall at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on September 27-28, 2013. The Consortium welcomes scholars from across the gulf coast region, in addition to the initial core group from Louisiana universities and colleges.

Textual Artifacts: Francophone Literatures and the Museum, NeMLA, Harrisburg, Apr. 3-6th, 2014 sub. deadline Sept. 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 5:53am
Northeast Modern Languages Association

This panel will examine how Francophone literary works represent museums or occupy them as artifacts on display. While wall text and written documents have always played a key role in exhibits, various genres of literature are also the object of their own museums. Moreover, contemporary writers from Bessora (53 cm, 1999) to Nicole Brossard (Musée de l'os et de l'eau, 2008) have taken an interest in the text as a form of discursive museum in its own right.

Stage The Future: The First International Conference on Science Fiction Theatre

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:23pm
University of Royal Holloway

Saturday April 26, 2014
School of English, University of Royal Holloway

Keynote Speakers:
Jen Gunnels (New York Review of Science Fiction)
Dr. Nick Lowe (University of Royal Holloway)

Science Fiction Theatre doesn't officially exist. You won't find it listed as a sub-genre of either science fiction or theatre and you won't find it on wikipedia (though you will find a 1950s TV series with the same title – luckily, there is a theatre entry in the SF Encyclopaedia.) Apart from that, there seems to be only one book on the subject so far, called "Science Fiction and the Theatre" and that was more than twenty years ago.

UPDATE - SAMLA 2013 Charles W. Chesnutt Panel Discussion - "Charles Chesnutt Patterns and Meanings"

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:40pm
Charles W. Chesnutt Association - SAMLA

Charles W. Chesnutt is a thick, layered, and conflicted subject lending himself to multi-disciplinary exploration. For example, in works such as Mandy Oxendine, Chesnutt utilizes the elements of gothic psychology to confound binary racial concepts and to create the mixed-race identity matrix at the foundation of his theory of the future American.

Papers concerning Chesnutt's lesser known works and themes, papers exploring the ways in which Chesnutt's works reflect interdisciplinary engagement, and papers addressing this year's theme, "Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds" are all strongly encouraged.

Making Art In/About/For Cities in Crisis

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 4:41pm
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Capturing the Immigrant Experience: Latina/o Identity in Flux

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 4:08pm

The negotiation of Latina/o identities requires an understanding of ethnicities, language(s), religion(s), social class, gender, as well as the psychology of one's own and others' ideologies. How do Latino/a authors represent their complex worlds while capturing the immigrant experience where each character must negotiate his/her identity markers to claim 'self-recognition'? Papers that address any aspect of Latino/a identity in narrative, poetry or theatre are welcome for this panel.

Ethnicity and Affect in American Literatures

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 3:24pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3 – 6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

How do readers experience characters' conflicting emotions? Are these emotions gendered or racially-defined; and if so, how or why?