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[UPDATE] "South Asian Cinema" at SW/TXPCA 33rd Annual Conference, Albuquerque, Feb. 8-11, 2012

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 4:02am
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Robert Cross, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Panels are now forming for presentations on topics related to the new conference area of South Asian Cinema. Listed below are suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included
here are also very welcome.

 The work of Satyajit Ray
 Nehru and Indian cinema
 Parallel cinema
 Social problem films
 Partition in Indian cinema
 Indian documentary
 Indian silent film
 Malayalam cinema
 Bengali filmmakers
 Hindi Cinema's Golden Age (Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt)
 Diasporic Indian filmmakers

Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor (Proposals due Jan 6, 2012; MadLit Conference March 1-3 , 2012)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:22am
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University of Wisconsin-Madison English Graduate Student Association
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The Graduate Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to invite papers for the 8th annual MadLit conference to be held March 1-3, 2012. This year's theme, "Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor" seeks to investigate the role that vision plays in the creation, recollection, and use of memory as well as to challenge the relationship between optic experience and the visual idioms often used to describe these processes.

Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Conference: Re-envision, Re-formation, Re-creation

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:25am
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Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization
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Graduate students are hybrid creatures in academia: we are both educators and students, innovators and learners. As we strive to master the foundational knowledges of our disciplines, we also challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink our assumptions; ultimately, we create new knowledge.

This year, the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) warmly invites our colleagues from all disciplines to share the ways in which they are revising, reforming, and recreating accepted disciplinary knowledge to form the next generation of scholarship. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and also encourage proposals from traditional humanities.

UPDATE: Deadline Extended: Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 15-16, 2012

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:20pm
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Sarah Gray-Panesi, Mick Howard, Shiloh Carroll / Middle Tennessee State University

Catwoman to Katniss is an interdisciplinary conference examining female images in electronic, graphic, and textual media within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured in this conference are keynote speakers C.S. Friedman and Dr. Rhonda Wilcox. Friedman is the bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of such works as In Conquest Born, and The Coldfire and Magister Trilogies as well as many other novels and short works. Dr. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College, a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fiction, Editor of Studies in Popular Culture and Coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

"Langston Hughes and Literary Radicalism" at ALA 2012 May 24-27

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:18pm
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Langston Hughes Society
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The Langston Hughes Society will sponsor a panel at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference that reexamines the vexed relationship between political and aesthetic radicalism in Hughes's writing. Critical judgments of Hughes have long distinguished between the works of a politically-radical, leftist Hughes and the works of a formally-radical, modernist Hughes. For instance, Hughes's sociopolitical Marxist verse of the 1930s, when not dismissed, has been devalued in relation to his modernist blues- and jazz-informed verse experiments of the 1920s and 1950s.

Secrets of American Children's Literature: Cryptic Nonsense, Symbols, Allegories, and Cipher. May 24-27, 2012

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:52pm
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American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
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Many obscure, enigmatic and buried symbols enrich children's picture books, poetry, and fiction. Secrets, nonsense, allegory, symbols, ciphers, dreams, or "things buried" may be central to a story's theme or may be hidden in the text or the book design itself, discovered not only by doing multiple readings, but also by upside down and forwards and backwards readings. Is there a special relationship, for instance, between such concepts as "secrets" and "dream" and children's literature? Does children's and/or young adult literature conceal "secret" knowledge? This panel invites papers that explore these topics through a variety of critical theoretical lenses as well as formalistic readings.

Immigration, Refuge, and Exile in American Children's Literature, May 24-27, 2012

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:51pm
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American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
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This panel explores how experiences of immigration, refuge or exile have been told through American children's literature. How have these experiences been passed on through storytelling, folklore, folktales, poetry, picture books or other forms of children's literature, such as video games and other forms of digital media? How has global cultural awareness influenced identity understanding in children's and young adult literature? What questions do these topics lead us to ask about authenticity, relevance, and specificity in story depiction in literature? What other questions are raised?

[UPDATE Deadline Extension] CFP: Science and Method in the Humanities (Rutgers University. 3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:36pm
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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
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Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)

Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University).

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:11pm
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National Endowment for the Humanities & James Madison University
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John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).

Post – : Remembering, Binding, Afterness for ACLA 2012 11.15.11 Deadline

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 6:27pm
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American Comparative Literature Association Annual
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Building off of this year's ACLA theme of "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change," this panel seeks to explore the space left in the wake of these three Cs. What remnants or remainders are left in their afterness? How do we mark the time of these events or the coming of these events? This panel will take as its starting point the act of mourning which is called to recognize these events, as well as the naming of the events. We will also call into question the act of remembering as binding. How is writing the space of afterness; can writing stitch together what remains of a collapse? Does the mere recording of the event eternalize it or memorialize it? How does catastrophe call us to bind together the spaces that surround and make them anew?

Adolescence in Film and Television (Boston, MA; Conference Dates: April 11-14, 2012)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 3:40pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Adolescence in Film and Television

The Adolescence in Film and Television Area Chair seeks individual-paper proposals for presentation at the 2012 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from Wednesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of adolescence/adolescents in film and television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels.

Burning Daylight--Sonoma State University Student Journal (Nov. 1-Jan. 15)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 3:18pm
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Burning Daylight--Sonoma State University

Statement of Journal:

Burning Daylight is an annual student journal published through Sonoma State University's Department of English graduate program dedicated to providing a place for the emergent voices in the field of literature. We publish original critical and theoretical essays from B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students that represent the current work, trends, and thoughts in literary criticism, composition, and rhetoric.

Submission Guidelines:

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