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New Deadline: "Archives and the Management of Sex" at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:15am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)
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deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

This panel will explore how institutions dedicated to the collection, preservation, and circulation of material knowledge manage sexuality. Sex materials create conflicting imperatives for librarians. As one collections curator at the New York Public Library recently told a reporter, "We needed to collect life as it was lived… It was always part of our mandate." Yet librarians at NYPL also had a mandate to protect the mass of pornographic magazines, pulp novels, and fliers they collected by carefully regulating access to them. Until recently, sex materials at NYPL labeled with three stars required supervision. That one example illustrates how sequestration generally determines who can read about sex and under what conditions.

Eleventh International Melville Society Conference

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:12am
full name / name of organization: 
King's College London
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Eleventh International Melville Society Conference: Melville’s Crossings

King’s College London, June 27-30 2017

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2016

Submission Email: melvilleatkings@gmail.com 

Website: http://melvilleatkings.wordpress.com

Robert Lowell at 100: (Re)Reading Lowell, Reading Ourselves

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:12am
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NeMLA 2017, Baltimore, Mar 23-26
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deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Lowell himself left us some well-known misgivings about his accomplishments: the mere “snapshots” of his “threadbare art” in “Epilogue”; the “memorized . . . tricks” that “somehow never [left] something to go back to” in “Reading Myself,” which I’ve played on in my own title. He was nevertheless the dean of American poets when he died, suddenly and far too young, in 1977. Through the last decade of the 20th century, though, and since, it seems, at least arguably, that his star has been declining. For our conference in his centennial year (and even in the month of his birth), this session proposes at least a modest reassessment of Lowell’s career and achievement. It seems like a good time.

 

New Deadline: "Archives and the Management of Sex" at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

updated: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 3:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

This panel will explore how institutions dedicated to the collection, preservation, and circulation of material knowledge manage sexuality. Sex materials create conflicting imperatives for librarians. As one collections curator at the New York Public Library recently told a reporter, "We needed to collect life as it was lived… It was always part of our mandate." Yet librarians at NYPL also had a mandate to protect the mass of pornographic magazines, pulp novels, and fliers they collected by carefully regulating access to them. Until recently, sex materials at NYPL labeled with three stars required supervision. That one example illustrates how sequestration generally determines who can read about sex and under what conditions.

Comparative Imperialisms and Transnational Violence (Panel NeMLA 2017)

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 1:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2017
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deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Abstracts for papers are requsted for the panel "Comparative Imperialisms and Transnational Violence" at the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Please follow this link to read the CFP on NeMLA webpage: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16481

The Female Science Fiction Western (Abstracts due July 23, 2016; collection of essays)

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Melanie A. Marotta / Kolin Ford
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

We are seeking original, previously unpublished essays for a collection tentatively titled The Science Fiction Western: Representation of Female Characters in the Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Media. In reference to historians' accounts of the frontier, Susan Armitage writes that "Women are either absent or incidental to the story". While women may have been attracted to the Frontier Myth concept, they are infrequently the main focus of American Western stories. Adult males, however, appeared prominently within literature in connection to this myth.

UPDATE - new deadline - PAMLA 2016 (Nov. 11-13, 2016) in Pasadena, CA

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 PAMLA Conference Extended Paper Proposal List: Friday, July 1 Deadline

The following sessions are still in search of paper proposals. Sessions may be added to this list over the next few weeks, so do check back regularly. You have until July 1 to propose to any of these sessions.

Go here to submit a paper proposal: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

For a list of extended sessions go here: http://www.pamla.org/news/2016/06/18/2016-pamla-conference-extended-pape...

CFP: The Comics of Alison Bechdel (edited collection; DEADLINE December 1, 2016)

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Janine Utell
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deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Call for Papers

The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In

 

“The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In” is a proposed volume in the series Critical Approaches to Comics Artists at the University Press of Mississippi.  This volume will contain an array of critical essays on the comics of Alison Bechdel, offering new examinations of her entire body of work. 

 

NeMLA 2017: Literary Form and its Limit: Marxism, Poststructuralism, and Description

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:37am
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2017
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deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

The legacies of both Marxism and poststructuralism have loomed large in literary studies in recent years. The ongoing publication of the late seminars of both Foucault and Derrida, as well as the long awaited translation of Althusser’s On The Reproduction Of Capitalism suggests a sustained interest in such methodologies, while what has been called the “descriptive turn”—which encompasses practices as disparate and ill-defined as Latourian Actor-Network Theory, Morettian “distant reading”, and Heather Love’s revival of “thin description”—has attempted to caution scholars away from symptomatic reading, ideology critique, and broadly “deconstructive” critical practice.

“13th International Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS) Conference. Understanding (Human) Nature”

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:32am
full name / name of organization: 
Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS)
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deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

13th International SAAS Conference
Understanding (Human) Nature

University of Extremadura, 5 - 7 April 2017

 

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for the 13th International Conference of the Spanish Association for American Studies, which will be hosted by the University of Extremadura, in Cáceres. The thematic focus of this conference will focus on the understanding of (human) nature.

Poetry and History

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:28am
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2017, March 23-26, Baltimore
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deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

A reviewer of Claudia Rankine's Citizen writes, "one problem with writing poetry about political or historical issues is that poetry proves a terrible method for transmitting information."  This is an assertion we have encountered before.  Regarding Ezra Pound's Cantos, Donald Davie writes, "Whatever more long-term effect Pound's disastrous career may have on American and British poetry, it seems inevitable that it will rule out (has ruled out already, for serious writers) any idea that poetry can or should operate in the dimensio of history, trying to make sense of the recorded past by redressing our historical perspectives. . . .

Baltimore and the Emergence of the African American Literary Tradition

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Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
Lena Ampadu/Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
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deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, has been the home of several important African American authors, including Frederick Douglass and Frances E. W. Harper.  In addition to these major writers who influenced the emergence of African American protest literature of the tumultuous nineteenth century, there are several other significant writers of prose and poetry who have lived in the city and created African American literature. Notable examples include Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Waters Turpin, Eugenia Collier, and Lucille Clifton.

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