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UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:35pm
University of North Alabama English Department

Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 7th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 26-27, 2016

UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts

[UPDATE] Nabokov on Politics (SAMLA 87)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 2:56pm
Benjamin Mangrum / Davidson College

In a later preface to Bend Sinister (1947), Vladimir Nabokov claims, "the influence of my epoch on my present book is as negligible as the influence of my books, or at least of this book, on my epoch." The conventional reading of Nabokov as an aesthete who is insistent upon sharp divisions between fictional and political worlds has its principal source in the author's stylization of his own career. Yet this way of reading Nabokov has been complicated through such recent studies as Andrea Pitzer's The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.

Translated Memories

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 9:30am
Bettina Hofmann, University of Wuppertal

Translated Memories": Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust
July 14, 2015, Steinheim Institute in Essen, Germany
This coolloquium addresses a subject which—70 years after the end of World War II—is of vital interest even today: How can memories of the Holocaust be constituted and transformed in a transgenerational and transnational perspective?
Three authors, all writing in English, and four literary scholars, hailing from Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S., will reflect on this subject based on their own and other literary texts.

Faulkner and the City at American Literature Association Symposium on September 10-12

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 10:02pm
American Literature Association

I am organizing a proposed panel on representations of the city within Faulkner's texts for the upcoming ALA Symposium "The City and American Literature." I'm looking for 2-4 proposals on any aspect of the city in Faulkner's works. If interested, please send a 250-500 word abstract to jcobrien@memphis.edu by June 27, 2015.

Jefferson, Mississippi is definitely on the table, but I am especially interested in his treatments, portrayals, and uses of larger cites (Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.).

Detective Fiction and Chaos Theory

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:28pm
The Butterfly Effect: Tracking Chaos Theory in Detective Fiction Collection

Seeking 200-250 word abstracts and short biographies for a collection of essays discussing Chaos theory (a notion of chaos as part of the order of things instead of a breakdown) and how it works in Detective Fiction.

Call for Papers for Collected Essays: Women Activists Online

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 3:54pm
Linda Levitt

The early promise of the Internet as an opportunity to enhance community, bringing people together to work together toward positive ends, long seemed a pipe dream. More recently, social media has become an undeniably powerful site of cultural influence and change. Women's issues in particular benefit from an expanded dialogue online.

(In)visible Lines: Feminist & Gender Studies. Uni of Limerick, 20-21st November 2015

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:21am
Sibéal Network

The feminist movement has been categorised as a series of different waves, first, second and third, with some contemporary critics suggesting we are now on the precipice of a fourth wave. Each of these stages had their own aims and means of achieving those aims: underlying all was a quest for equality, for some or for all. Increasingly this neat categorization of the feminist movement has been questioned and challenged, especially with the internet age offering a greater platform of communication for female-identified individuals and feminists alike.

[UPDATE] Unity and Division in the History of Art - DEADLINE EXTENDED!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:08am
Cleveland Symposium/Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University

CALL FOR PAPERS – DEADLINE EXTENDED
Unity and Division in the History of Art
41st Annual Cleveland Symposium
Friday, October 23, 2015
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

In what ways can the visual arts unite or divide humanity? How can their subjects and functions stir us to collaboration or lead to disagreement, apathy, or even war? How do objects themselves change when their relationships to one another, or to the viewer, are altered or rearranged?

[UPDATE] Bloomsbury C21 Writings Conference - Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century - Deadline 5 Dec 2015)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:49am
C21: Centre for Research in Twenty-First Century Writings, University of Brighton

[UPDATE - please note the change to conference dates and CfP deadline)

Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2016

Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
31 Mar-1 Apr 2016, University of Brighton, UK

In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"

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