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The Family Dynamic as Cultural Zeitgeist: Comparing the Novels of Jonathan Franzen and Jeffery Eugenides; Nov 8-10, SAMLA

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:03pm
Anthony Dotterman/Adelphi University

While Jonathan Franzen has "persistently claimed natural descent from Don Delillo," readers have continually compared Franzen to Jeffery Eugenides on the basis of their mutual exploration of Midwestern and generational heritage. Indeed, as Evan Hughes points out, Franzen and his contemporaries have been engaged "in a kind of generational struggle to make sense of the post modern literary legacy . . . especially as a guide to writing about the new, weird America of the eighties and nineties."

Exploring the Dynamics of Media and Communication Education & Research

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:50pm
Media Watch communication journal

Globally media education and research is in its dynamic flux after the emergence of new/social media. The traditional models/process of communications is redefined. Classrooms turned to be virtual and multi-mediated. Teaching and learning began to challenge the concepts of space and time. Teaching and learning becomes more stake-holder centered. Industry and market response is getting narrow casted. Catering for the niche world is vital. Solutions for all problems are now in apps!. Media education will very soon become apps centered.

Exploring the Dynamics of Media Education

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:35pm
Media Watch communication journal

Globally media education and research is in its dynamic flux after the emergence of new/social media. The traditional models/process of communications is redefined. Classrooms turned to be virtual and multi-mediated. Teaching and learning began to challenge the concepts of space and time. Teaching and learning becomes more stake-holder centered. Industry and market response is getting narrow casted. Catering for the niche world is vital. Solutions for all problems are now in apps!. Media education will very soon become apps centered.

[UPDATE} FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION: The Subject in/of First-Year Composition [SCMLA New Orleans 10/3/13-10/5/13]

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:24pm
Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University

FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION: The Subject in/of First-Year Composition

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 70th Annual Convention

New Orleans, LA – October 3-5, 2013

Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University, reynoldst@nsula.edu

The Freshmen English and English Composition panel invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address the subject in/of first-year composition.

500-word abstracts should include presenter contact information and paper title.

The deadline to submit abstracts to the session chair (reynoldst@nsula.edu) is March 31, 2012.

The Weird: Fugitive Fictions/Hybrid Genres

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:17am
Birkbeck & Institute of English Studies / University of London

Friday 8 November 2013
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

(+ Thursday 7 November: evening event / weird fiction reading: details tbc)

A one day research conference in association with the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, exploring the weird literary tradition and the many facets of weird writing. Keynote speakers: S. T. Joshi & Roger Luckhurst.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

The Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review, vol. 14 (2013). "Dostoevsky and the Creation of an Intellectual Tradition."

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:22am
The Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review

CALL FOR PAPERS 2013 - The Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review, Special Issue on "Dostoevsky and the Creation of an Intellectual Tradition," to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Søren Kierkegaard, whose philosophy is foundational to European Existentialism, to which Dostoevsky's oeuvre has also been linked at least since Walter Kaufmann's famous book, "Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre."

Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky, together with Nietzsche, are the progenitors of an intellectual tradition which links art and philosophy into an aesthetics of modernity which becomes the philosophical context for European Modernism and the artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century.

CFP: "Food Studies in the Hispanic World" PAMLA 2013 (Nov. 1-3)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:25pm
Rebecca Ingram / University of San Diego

This interdisciplinary panel explores the newly developing subfield of food studies within Peninsular and Latin American cultural studies. Papers may treat culinary and gastronomical texts or cultural production from any period. The panel seeks to foster dialogue between established scholars and graduate students from a number of humanities disciplines.

Islam and Postcolonial Literature – Edited collection of essays

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:39pm
Esra Mirze Santesso and James McClung / University of Georgia

Religion has long been a marginal topic in postcolonial studies. Robert Young has observed, "an absolute division between the material and the spiritual operates within postcolonial studies, emphasizing the degree to which the field is distinguished by an unmediated secularism, opposed to and consistently excluding the religious that have taken on the political identity of providing alternative value-systems to those of the west." In particular, Islam, outside the fundamentalist or extremist expressions, has been absent from critical conversations. Far too often in postcolonial scholarship—and indeed, in literary studies generally— Islam is identified as simply a form of oppression or as a vehicle for political manipulation.

CFP: Jewish Literature and Culture Session, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Nov 1-3, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:36pm
Amanda Sharick, PAMLA

CFP: Jewish Literature and Culture Session, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2013

This session will explore the relationship between gender, Jewish culture and history and the influence of these intersections on Jewish identities across and within a wide variety of contexts. How does an emphasis on gender offer a fresh perspective on established texts and histories? In what ways does it give space to previously unexplored narratives, texts, or histories? Papers that explore the impact of gender on Anglo-Jewish literature, culture and history are strongly encouraged.

[UPDATE] Zora Neale Hurston: Art, Religion, and the History of the African Diaspora

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:26pm
Dr. Regennia N. Williams / The Journal of Traditions and Belief

The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) is seeking contributions for a special issue of

The Journal of Traditions and Beliefs
Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University
and
Dr. Gillian Johns, Associate Professor of English, Oberlin College
Co-Editors for
This Special Issue on
Zora Neale Hurston: Art, Religion, and the History of the African Diaspora

Zora Neale Hurston: Art, Religion, and the History of the African Diaspora

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:08pm
Dr. Regennia N. Williams / The Journal of Traditions and Belief

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was an anthropologist, a novelist, a folklorist, a playwright, and a history maker in her own right. Hurston was a product of the Harlem Renaissance and is often described as one of the greatest literary artists of the twentieth century. Praised by many for her studies of African derived religions in the American South, Haiti, and Jamaica, she is most famous for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and her literary works inspired such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ishmael Reed, Gloria Naylor, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, among others. (Source: The Official Zora Neale Hurston Website.

Modern Language Studies - Reviews

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:54pm
Randy Robertson / Susquehanna University

Modern Language Studies, the journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association, is seeking reviews for the summer 2013 issue.

I am especially interested in reviews of primary sources (including scholarly editions, contemporary literature, art, film, comic books, visual and popular culture), pedagogical works, and hypertext publications. However, reviews are no longer restricted to these categories.

Graduate students are welcome to contribute to the journal. Please submit your review electronically (as a Word attachment) to Randy Robertson, Reviews Editor of MLS, at robertson@susqu.edu.

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