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UPDATE-- ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

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Friday, September 25, 2015 - 9:37am
Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.

"Cities of the Future" - 2016 NeMLA - Hartford, CT

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 5:27pm
Matthew Lambert / Carnegie Mellon University

This panel seeks to explore representations of futuristic cities from all periods in American literature, film, and other cultural mediums. In particular, it seeks papers responding to one or more of the following questions: In what ways have American writers and filmmakers envisioned future urban landscapes? In what ways have these visions changed over the course of American history and why? How have urban theorists, critics, and reformers as well as particular ideologies (Christian, technocratic, socialist, libertarian, environmentalist, etc.) shaped them? In what ways do the past and present (or the erasure of the past and/or present) affect their depictions?

Panopticon: Surveillance, Suspicion, Fear (4/2/2016). Abstracts: 12/1/2015

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:56am
Abbes Maazaoui, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Lincoln University, Pennsylvania) is requesting proposals/abstracts for its fourth international conference, to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The conference theme is "Panopticon: Surveillance, Suspicion, Fear."

Abstract deadline: December 1, 2015.

North American Literature and the Environment. Deadline Oct. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:53pm
Jim Daems

I am putting together a proposal for a collection of essays for the North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900 series for Ashgate. The book will focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, and particularly on how religious views of the period, be they Puritan or Church of England, for example, play a role in how the environment or the colonial enterprise is represented in the work(s) of an author or authors. I am also thinking of such representation in a way that can consider broader categories beyond just theology—gender, sexuality, race, ecocriticism, etc. Topics could include, but are not limited to:
How does a particular religious worldview influence a writer's representation of the North American environment?

[REMINDER] Immigrant Narratives and U.S. Racial Identities, NeMLA 2016. DEADLINE SEPT. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
Hardeep Sidhu / University of Rochester

America's unique—and largely implicit—system of racial identification is one of many complex institutions that newly arrived immigrants must navigate. Recent literature about immigration (e.g., Adichie, Americanah [2013], Sharma, Family Life [2014]) highlights this steep learning curve alongside more overt challenges like language and customs. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about narratives from any period in which immigrants negotiate racial categories in the United States.

This panel will be part of the 47th annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016).

The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2015.

[REMINDER] Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:37am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

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