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[UPDATE] Deadline Extended until 15 June for The Maginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture, and Popularity, 8-9 November 2012

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 3:26pm
Institute of English Studies, University of London; Goldsmiths College, University of Exeter

The Marginalised Mainstream addresses popular culture and its role in cultural production in the long twentieth century, especially under-valued and under-researched areas of the mainstream.

Keynote speakers: Professor Phillip Tew (Brunel University), Professor Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam), Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester), and Professor Nicola Humble (Roehampton University)

'Texts are always sites of evaluative struggle between the "high" and the "low", whatever the presumed hierarchical positioning of their overall domain.' (Léon Hunt)

Interethnic Encounters in Asian American Fiction (NeMLA Conference, March 21-24, 2013, Boston, MA)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 12:36pm
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Asian American literature emerged as a recognized area of literary interest in the late 1960s and 1970s, just as the sea change of the civil rights movement was redefining "the color line" inside and outside of the academy and new critical and theoretical models were being applied to how American literature is read and understood. Drawing on African American models of identity, response, and resistance and models of success largely defined by the white majority, Asian American literature has charted its own course, at once illuminating existing trends within contemporary American literature and challenging existing cultural and critical boundaries.

"Renaissance Que(e)ries: Un-disciplining the early modern body"

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:44am
NeMLA 2013

In the recent anthology Shakesqueer (2011), Madhavi Menon claims, "Reading Shakespeare as queer rather than queered challenges the rule of chronology and identity that has thus far kept his poems and plays from exercising queer agency." This panel takes up Menon's urge to reconsider the relationship between queer theory and the early modern, welcoming papers that read early modern literature, both Shakespeare and beyond, as a body of queer texts, rather than historically distant productions at which we might look through a contemporary queer lens.

CFP Representations of Shanghai: Film and Fiction (Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013; DEADLINE September 30, 2012)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:42am
Lisa Bernstein and Richard Schumaker, University of Maryland University College

Because of its unique historical and geopolitical situation -- major Asian port, economic target for Western and Eastern powers, and node for conflicts between nationalists and communists -- Shanghai has been the object of literary and cinematographic representation throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This NeMLA panel will analyze, organize, and probe the representation of Shanghai by Asian, European, and American writers and filmmakers. Comparative approaches and reflections on cultural history are particularly welcomed. Format may range from traditional papers to multi-media presentations.

Book chapters for the interdisciplinary volume "Hip-Hop from the East of Europe"

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:05am
Milosz Miszczynski / UCSD

The book responds to the vivid development of hip-hop culture in the Eastern and Central and Eastern European states and shows how a universal model of hip-hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange with a number of meaningful and important functions and implications. The volume takes up the challenge of showing how hip-hop became an intrinsic element of urban environments in this part of the world, what impact it has on the mainstream culture and what functions it serves in different contexts. The book's content, besides tracking hip-hop's development, exhibits and explains hip-hop's functions and receptions of hip-hop in the national cultures in the spheres such as lifestyles, social structure, politics or consumer trends.

Appalachian Visions of China; SAMLA Convention; November 9-11, 2012; Durham, NC

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 8:42am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Appalachian literature is known for its strong sense of place, emphasizing the local. However, the influence of Chinese poetry and philosophy on contemporary Appalachian writing is surprisingly strong. Chinese images, ideas, and styles appear in numerous poems and stories by contemporary Appalachian authors, for example, in the works of George Scarbrough, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Charles Wright. This session will explore how twentieth- and twenty-first century Appalachian poetry and prose uses images, ideas, and styles associated with ancient and modern China.

The Literary Present and the Postcolonial Condition An International Conference 14-16 November, 2012

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:10am
Department of English, International Islamic University, Islamabad

At the end of the World War II, the British and the French territorial control over the colonies began to crumble and a new global condition emerged in which erstwhile colonies transformed into newly independent or created nation-states. The former colonial masters, having relinquished territorial occupation, devised cultural and economic models of control that divided the world into developed and developing parts, similar to the division into the civilized and the savage parts in the colonial era. Originally literary and cultural theorists favoured violence as a necessary part of decolonization and freedom.

Edited Collection -- Playing with Dolls: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 12:36am
Theresa L. Geller, Grinnell College & Julia Leyda, Sophia University

We seek contributors to an edited collection which explores the specific role of women in, on, and behind the film and video work of Todd Haynes. Female characters and women's genres from classical Hollywood, as well as feminist film scholars, women directors, film industry professionals, actors, and female fans have all influenced and shaped his creative work. Our collection hopes to produce new scholarship on the subject of feminism, women and Todd Haynes.

MMLA Convention, Nov 8-11, Cincinnati, Ohio: German Language Poetry, Section B: Post-Holocaust Poetry

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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 10:52pm
Johannes Wich-Schwarz / Midwest Modern Language Association

German Literature and Culture II: German Language Poetry - Section B

Topic: Post-Holocaust Poetry

This panel calls for papers dealing with notions such as debt and forgiveness, atonement and redemption in the work of Rose Auslaender, Paul Celan, Hilde Domin, Erich Fried, Nelly Sachs, and other German language poets writing in the shadow of the Shoah.

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 4th to Johannes Wich-Schwarz, Maryville University, jwichschwarz@maryville.edu.

MAPACA Conference 2012 Women's Studies Area

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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 10:41pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association

CFP Women's Studies at MAPACA
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
November 1-3, 2012
Pittsburgh,PA

Women's Studies as a discipline acknowledges the interdisciplinary approaches to discussing issues that affect women. The Women's Studies area of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to:

Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 7:23pm
KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 5 OF

Katherine Mansfield Studies

(THE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY)

on the theme of

Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Submissions are sought on the following:

• Critical articles on the theme of this issue: 'Katherine Mansfield and the Fantastic'

• Creative pieces – poetry and prose with a connection to Katherine Mansfield

• Book reviews with a connection to Katherine Mansfield

Fat Sex - Abstracts required by 30th September 2012

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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 7:15pm
Dr Helen Hester, Middlesex University (UK), and Dr Caroline Walters, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)

Fat Sex

Essays are sought for an edited collection on the topic of sex and the fat body. The editors are looking for proposals which approach this theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which take an original, critical, and body-positive approach to questions of fat and sexuality. Dr Samantha Murray will be contributing the Foreword to the collection. She is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, and has published works such as 'The Fat Female Body' (2008), multiple journal articles, and special issues on fat studies.

Midwest MLA What is Our Debt to Death and the Dead?: The Gift of Death and The Work of Mourning in Literature

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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 3:15pm
Jack Taylor Michigan State University

Jacques Derrida argues that the dead other can speak and remain "in us." Additionally, he argues that to keep one alive is the ultimate sign of fidelity that is accomplished through acts of mourning that necessitate the interiorization of the dead other. In a way, then, Derrida suggests that the living owe a debt to the dead: we must keep them alive, we must keep them "in us." This particular panel seeks papers that attempt to formulate and read the gift of death and the living's debt to the dead in literature. How has literature reckoned with death? Can literature do the work of mourning? How has literature represented the livings' debt to the dead? These are some of the questions this panel seeks to investigate.

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