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THE GOOD LIFE IS OUT THERE SOMEWHERE: UNCOVERING UTOPIA IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY CANON

updated: 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 9:34am
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke “Utopia” flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel’s labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 9th, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University, dabitz1@gsu.edu.

Jackpot: Gambling throughout American History

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dave Schwartz and Jonathan D. Cohen
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

            We invite proposals for a collection of essays that will bring together different perspectives on the history gambling in the United States. Gambling represents a major economic and cultural phenomenon in modern America. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 70% of Americans engage in some form of wagering, amounting to a handle of over $130 billion per year. Gambling remains a hotly discussed topic as well, as exemplified in debates over the legality of daily fantasy sports, the continued expansion of casinos across the nation, and the frenzy over the record Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

[UPDATE] Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cannella/PAMLA
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

Appalachian Nature Writing and Ecocriticism Anthology

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Cory
contact email: 
deadline: 
Monday, August 1, 2016

Appalachia, with its wealth of biodiversity, has yet to be properly recognized in an anthology that focuses on nature writing and Ecocriticism. This first-ever collection of Appalachian nature writing and schloarly criticism focusing on the Appalchian region and its literature will look at both the natural and post-natural world and the role the Appalachian region plays in such. 

Poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, one-act plays, and ecocritical essays are welcomed. 

Submission Guidelines

PAMLA 2016: "Queering Terror" (Abstract Due 6/10/16; Conference 11/11/16-11/13/16)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2016
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

PAMLA 2016, Special Session

Institutional sponsor: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Chair: Stephanie Gibbons, Independent Scholar; Aaron DeRosa, Assistant Professor of 20th/21st C. American Literature, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Title: Queering Terror

Abstract (50 words): If the post-9/11 moment associated terror with region and religion, how have events—Katrina and Ferguson, the Great Recession and Greek austerity, climate change and uprisings—mutated our understanding of the term? Can terror be a useful model for thinking through racialized and gendered violence, normalized extremism, and neoliberal policies?

PAMLA 2016: African American Literature (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Looking for paper proposals on any topic relating to African American Literature. Papers relating in particular to the conference theme of “Archives, Libraries, Properties” are especially welcome. 

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10, 2016. 

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.

PAMLA 2016: American Literature after 1865 (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Please send abstracts on any aspect of American Literature 1865-present. Of particular interest are papers engaging literary friendships, authors in the public sphere, or authors and celebrity. Also of interest are papers addressing American authors in translation and/or issues of global reception/influence.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.

PAMLA 2016: The Memory Factory: Hollywood's Influence on Historical Memory: (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:43am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Hollywood films frequently mine the historical archive for stories to enthrall their audiences. This panel interrogates what effect the material conditions of Hollywood filmmaking, such as funding concerns, film length, dramatic or narrative conventions, and celebrity, have on the populace’s conception of historical memory.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA

PAMLA 2016 Pasadena, CA (Abstracts due 6/10/16; Conference dates: 11-13 November 2016)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:43am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

The theme for PAMLA 2016, the 114th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, to be held on November 11-13, 2016 at the Westin Pasadena, in Pasadena, California, will be “Archives, Libraries, Properties.” You may submit a paper dealing with this theme, or dealing with a variety of other topics, to one of the more than 130 approved sessions at: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Paper proposals are due by June 10, and must include an approximately 500 word proposal, a 50 word abtract, a paper title, and your contact information.

CFP Reminder: Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s) | Sponsored Panel at SAMLA 88 Conference | Jacksonville, FL | Nov 4-6, 2016

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:42am
full name / name of organization: 
The Society for the study of Southern Literature
contact email: 
deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CFP: Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s)
Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature
SAMLA 88 | November 4-6, 2016 | Jacksonville, FL

As SAMLA heads to Jacksonville, Florida, for its 2016 conference, one recalls Keith Cartwright’s characterization of the state as a “longtime frontier[] of creolizing contact” (8): “Whether in Old South Jacksonville or St. Augustine, or south of that South in Miami’s creolizing space, Florida repeats itself as an ‘un-American’ frontier of the nation, a multi-ethnic borderland, a point of contested migration and immigration, a location of repeating racialized violence, and a divinatory contact space” (188).

Tragedy and American Drama and Theater: Genre, Mediality, and Ethics - International Conference, June 1 - 3, 2017

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 3:25am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Augsburg, Germany
deadline: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Confirmed keynote speakers:
David Kornhaber (University of Texas at Austin)
Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg)

Tragedy as a dramatic genre, theatrical practice, and mode of affect is defined by its longevity and rich tradition and has developed into an extraordinarily dynamic genre, firstly as a mode of narration, secondly as a phenomenon of transition and transformation between text and embodied performance that implies the crossing of medial boundaries, and thirdly in a transnational sense that implies the crossing of geographical borders.

Literature: Empowerment through Empathy

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana College English Association
contact email: 
deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Indiana College English Association 2016 ConferenceLiterature: Empowerment through EmpathyFriday, October 28, 2016Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarion, Indiana

 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.  --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird  

CFP Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita (Survey & Collection in Development)

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Ruth Hsu & Pamela Thoma, co-editors/MLA
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The deadline for contributing to an MLA volume on Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita is fast approaching! Please complete the survey and propose an essay (submit an abstract) by 1 June 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mlasurvey_yamashita. While the co-editors are excited to add another title devoted to Asian American literature to the MLA Teaching World Literatures series, we enthusiastically welcome all input: from those who have taught a single work by Yamashita only once to those who have regularly taught her works over several years. We want to hear from scholars both in the Americas and beyond.

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

updated: 
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:09am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)
contact email: 
deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 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.

CFP Abstracts: TV Network Execs, Producers, and Performers: Clashes over Television

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:09am
full name / name of organization: 
David Pierson/2016 History and Film Conference
contact email: 
deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From imperious TV network executives to “golden gut” programmers, star performers, influential independent producers, broadcast and cable TV mavericks, and auteurist showrunners—all of these individuals have struggled to leave their mark on mainstream and alternative television. From the early pioneering days of network television in the 1940s to the present-day hypercompetitive, multiplatform TV program milieu, these figures have strived to interpret and comprehend public taste in order to produce and distribute programming that satisfies a wide range of audiences, advertisers, and subscribers. 

 

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