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UPDATE - "Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture" - Submission deadline Nov. 15, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 2:44pm
Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)

The deadline is fast approaching for the upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (www.h-e-r-a.org).

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain feature moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.

Grant: Romance Novels, Writers and Readers, all fields; Due Dec. 1, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 10:41am
Romance Writers of America

Romance Writers of America announces the eleventh annual Research Grant competition. The grant program seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to anthropology, communications, cultural studies, education, English language and literature, gender studies, linguistics, literacy studies, psychology, rhetoric, and sociology. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome. The ultimate goal of proposals should be significant publication in major journals or as a monograph from an academic press. RWA does not fund creative work (such as novels or films).
Grant amount: $5,000

Time and Timelessness: Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:29pm
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

Time and Timelessness:
Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies

The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
April 1-3, 2016
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

"Memory is a stopgap for humans, for whom time flies and what is passed is passed."
Umberto Eco
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

PerFORMance: Reinventing and Revising Literary Form in Multi-Ethnic Literature (MELUS, March 3-6, 2016)

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:39am
Erin Wedehase (Wake Technical Community College) and Leah Milne (University of Indianapolis)

This panel invites papers that explore how multi-ethnic authors perform unconventional identities by manipulating readers' expectations of formal conventions of literature. As Trinh Minh-ha says, "Clarity is a means of subjection, a quality both of official, taught language and of correct writing, two old mates of power." By revising form and genre to avoid outright clarity, do authors revise society's expectations for their characters and for themselves as artists?

ALA May 2016 Texts, Contexts, and Subtexts: Charlotte Perkins Gilman in Her Time

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:22am
American Literature Association / Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's articles, letters, papers, and library underscore a central quality of her diverse and prolific career: her works were deeply engaged with the social and scientific milieus of her time. An avid reader, enthusiastic learner, and active member within her own intellectual communities, Gilman often reached out to those whose work she admired – as well as to those whose work she found lacking. Through her lectures, publications, and correspondence, Gilman impacted a broad cross-section of scholarly and literary discourses.

Twenty-First Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture **NEW LOCATION**

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:02pm
Ottawa University

Twenty-First Conference On Baseball in Literature and Culture

April 1, 2016

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Address: TBA

Luncheon Speaker: Former Kansas City Royal Frank White

The twenty-first annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 1, 2016. Presenters will have 15 minutes. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines "culture" loosely: in addition to baseball literature, topics could include the following:

Prison Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with Imprisoned Writers (submission deadline -- January 31, 2016)

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:44pm
Joe Lockard

Call for Papers
Prison Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with Imprisoned Writers

This edited collection will address educational practices and pedagogies for teaching writing in prisons. The collection's framing concept argues for social and political consciousness within prison writing education that represents equal and shared learning between writers and teachers. The collection will offer material that advocates an equalitarian pedagogy for prison writing education while exploring how writing projects can model student/teacher collaboration in order for learning to occur for both teacher and student. More directly, how do knowledge, writing, and social activism combine in writing classrooms within a prison setting?

Louisa May Alcott Society: ALA May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco: Alcott for Grown-ups

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:59pm
Louisa May Alcott Society

The Louisa May Alcott Society will sponsor the panel "Alcott for Grown-ups" at ALA in San Francisco in May, 2016. While Louisa May Alcott notoriously complained about her role as a chief provider of "moral pap for the young," after the widespread success of Little Women, her identity as "the children's friend" was firmly sealed. Turning away from this unilateral understanding of Alcott and her work, this panel seeks to examine the ways Alcott's identity and body of work engages with or problematizes grown-up-ness. We welcome papers that analyze Alcott's writing for adults as well as those that complicate the study of Alcott's work as children's literature within the development of American Realism.

Possible topics might include:

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