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"Race, Politics, and the Humanities in an Age of 'Posts'" Special Issue June 1, 2016

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
Humanities (an international, peer-reviewed, open access quarterly journal)

This Special Issue comes at a time when the humanities face conceptual, theoretical, and ethical challenges from within their own ranks, as post-racial and post-human discourses problematize or reject many of their foundational principles. The defining boundaries of both "race" and "human" have been radically called into question, challenging us to rethink classificatory systems that found hierarchical relationships between, for example, the "fully human" and sub-human or non-human others. What is at stake for the humanities in this presumably post-racial, post-human age, and, in particular, how are we to reimagine racial equality or human rights as sustainable political projects?

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory"

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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 10:41pm
Humber College and the International Festival of Authors

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
"Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory" October 28-29, 2016

Humber College's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, Canada in association with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) will be presenting its third annual interdisciplinary conference "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory." The International Festival of Authors (IFOA), one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world, is located at the Harbourfront Centre, one of downtown Toronto's major cultural and artistic venues.

Theories that Shape Worlds: Teaching Literary and Cultural Theory through Science Fiction

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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 3:23pm
RMMLA (Salt Lake City, UT October 6-8, 2016)

With Ursula K. Le Guin's departure from "hard science fiction" in the 1960s, worlds began to be created that examined the social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our own societies. These foundations, which are so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that they often defy nuanced examination, were un-Earthed so that their implications and pervasiveness could be clearly displayed. This session seeks to identify methods for how science fiction can be utilized to teach undergraduate students complex literary and cultural theories and will seek to answer questions such as the following: What works can be used to exemplify Marxism, feminism, affect theory, and others?

[UPDATE] Contemporary Short Fiction of the Midwest

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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 2:49pm
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

We invite papers on contemporary short fiction produced in the Midwest, about the Midwest, or by Midwesterners. We seek presentations on a range of topics related to contemporary Midwestern short fiction, including individual texts or authors, literary prizes, and modes of publication such as anthologies, short story cycles, and literary magazines.

These papers will be presented at "Writing the Midwest," the 46th annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML), held at Michigan State University on June 2-4, 2016. Papers will also be eligible for publication in a special issue of the journal Midwestern Miscellany.

Beat Studies Association at ALA (May 26-29 '16), proposals due by 20 January '16

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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 5:06am
Beat Studies Association

1) The Beat Studies Association invites proposals for papers on all aspects of Beat Literature and Beats Studies for the panels at the upcoming American Literature Association Annual Conference in San Francisco (May 26-29, 2016).
If you would like to be considered, please send a brief proposal (a title, abstract, and brief professional statement) to Ronna Johnson at ronna.johnson@tufts.edu and Deborah Geis at dgeis@depauw.edu. Proposals should be sent no later than January 20, 2016.

Charles Johnson Society: ALA in SF 26-29 May '16; Proposals due 20 Jan '16

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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 5:02am
Charles Johnson Society

The Charles Johnson Society invites proposals for papers on TAMING THE OX and other aspects of Charles Johnson's oeuvre for the panel at the upcoming American Literature Association Annual Conference in San Francisco (May 26-29, 2016). If you would like to be considered, please send a brief proposal (a title, 100-word abstract, and brief professional self-description) to John Whalen-Bridge at ellwbj@nus.edu.sg and Marc Connor at ConnerM@wlu.edu. Proposals should be sent no later than January 20, 2016.

[Update] Sarah Piatt Panel at ALA (San Francisco, CA May 2016) Deadline Proposal Extended to January 25, 2016

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Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 10:20am
Mary Wearn / Middle Georgia State University

This is a call for a proposed panel for the for the 27th annual American Literature Association conference.

Sarah Piatt at 180 and Palace - Burner at 15: the View from 2016

2016 will mark the 180th anniversary of Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt's birth and the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking publication of Paula Bernat Bennett's Palace - Burner, the first modern anthology of the poet's work. Since her mid-nineteenth-century arrival on America's literary scene, Sarah Piatt has been recognized for her "womanly" subject matter and ethos, and the "feminine" quality of her poetry has been aptly characterized by nineteenth-century British author Alice Meynell "not as a grace, but as a force."

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