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PFC 2016 / Abstracts by March 1

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
Postwar Faculty Colloquium, University of North Texas

UNT's Postwar Faculty Colloquium is a day-long event for postwar specialists across the humanities from the North Texas / South Oklahoma region. This year's keynote speakers are Andrew N. Rubin, Professor of Critical and Media Studies at Georgetown U, and Ned O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Communications Dept. at U Illinois. Any area professors, lecturers, and adjuncts interested to present from his/her current research, pls. send abstracts to UNTPostwarStudies@unt.edu by March 1. This is a local "work session" open to work in progress, no registration fee, no hotels, etc. Pls. join us if you're in this area and interested to share your work.

Monster Studies and Pedagogy: Rocky Mountain MLA Special Topics Session 2016

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:55am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

In response to the question, "What do composition instructors do to engage disinterested students?" academia has one response gaining rapid popularity: "Monster Studies." Intellectual interest in monsters is not new. With high profile academics like Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Kyle Bishop addressing "Monster Studies," educators exploring monsters find success in engaging students with (pop)culturally relevant examinations of literature and media. Taking its origin from the Latin monstrare, which means "to reveal," monsters are physical embodiments of cultural anxieties.

Monster Studies and Pedagogy: Rocky Mountain MLA Special Topics Session 2016

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:53am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

In response to the question, "What do composition instructors do to engage disinterested students?" academia has one response gaining rapid popularity: "Monster Studies." Intellectual interest in monsters is not new. With high profile academics like Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Kyle Bishop addressing "Monster Studies," educators exploring monsters find success in engaging students with (pop)culturally relevant examinations of literature and media. Taking its origin from the Latin monstrare, which means "to reveal," monsters are physical embodiments of cultural anxieties.

The Suburban Sublime - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:53am
Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco

How did important texts from the postwar period frame the suburbs as a locus of refuge, anger, hysteria, or (even) self-realization at a moment when American cities themselves experienced a shifting and growing economy, African American rights protests, atomic fears, etc.? How did the suburban aesthetic, the collision of romantic and realist, and spatial concepts including place, space, geography, zones, neighborhoods, distance, and scale feature in suburban narrative? We welcome all papers treating the suburban experience, as this approached or averted the apocalyptic, in American texts, 1945-1975.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

Fighting Words (Cold War, Korea, Vietnam) - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:52am
Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco

How did war terminologies and war mentalities manifest themselves in important texts from the postwar period? Did war narrative change significantly after WWII, in the period 1945 to 1975? Did it go underground, such that we could no longer tell stories about battles, foxholes, and beloved leaders in the way we did in the mid-century? Did Heller's Catch-22 and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five rewrite the rules in significant ways? We welcome all papers treating representations of war in influential American texts, 1945-1975.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

'Romanticism on Edge / Edgy Romanticism' - a one day symposium on 9th April 2016

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:22am
Dr Andrew McInnes, Edge Hill University

The traditional boundaries of Romanticism - six male poets; the definite articles of Romantic image, imagination and ideology; an implicit focus on Englishness - have been comprehensively contested to transform the discipline into the study of Romanticisms, including novels, plays, polemic, periodicals and print culture alongside a widening canon of poetry; questioning the ideology of the Romantic Ideology; and expanding borders spatially, to include Four Nations, archipelagic, Europe-wide, transatlantic and postcolonial approaches, and temporally, beyond the 1790s and early nineteenth century to imagine a Romantic century running from ca. 1750-1850.

CFP "Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community in American Literature," Santa Barbara, CA, April 23rd 2016

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 8:16pm
American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, UCSB English Department

UCSB's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Presents:
"Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community"
Conference Date: April 23rd, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara
Proposal Due Date: January 24th, 2016

The 2016 American Cultures and Global Contexts center presents the topic of the sovereign body in United States literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. We invite proposals for papers, panels, and art pieces for our annual conference, titled "Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community," to be held on April 23rd, 2016.

Movements & Migrancies (April 27-28, 2016)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 7:15pm
University of Toronto, Department of English, Graduate English Association

[There] are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

standing on the map of my political desires
I toast to a borderless future

—Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Freefalling Toward a Borderless Future"

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