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Forum essay prize 2015 - translating cultures

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:00am
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Forum for Modern Language Studies
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The Forum Prize 2015 – Call for Articles

The Forum for Modern Language Studies Prize competition 2015 invites submissions on the subject of translating cultures.

In an increasingly transnational, multi-cultural and multi-lingual world, translation has a crucial role to play in inter-cultural understanding, to which research in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures makes a vital contribution. Translation has long been at the heart of LLC teaching and research activity and is a thriving area of interdisciplinary scholarship across a broad range of historical and geographical contexts.

CFP: Charles Brockden Brown Panel (ALA 2015 Boston)

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 1:37am
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Ashley Rattner
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We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Charles Brockden Brown's work for a proposed ALA panel.

The American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference conference will be held in May 2015 at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Deadline: January 10, 2015

Please send a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch to:
Ashley Rattner
krattner@memphis.edu

Kate Chopin International Society Panels at 2015 American Literature Association Conference

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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 1:28am
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Kate Chopin International Society
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The Kate Chopin International Society is seeking individual proposals for two sponsored panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2014.

The first panel, a roundtable on "Teaching Kate Chopin in Different Contexts," seeks short (seven-to eight-minute) papers/remarks that address either teaching Chopin juxtaposed with works/genres or in courses with which she is not always associated or in educational settings such as continuing education programs, prisons, women's shelters, literacy programs, etc. Proposals should include a title, your name and affiliation, and a paragraph about your proposed remarks.

Bodies that Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:49pm
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst (English Graduate Organization)

We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are
normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible.

ALA (May 21-24, 2015)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:10pm
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William Faulkner Society
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Faulkner and the 19th Century: In so many ways the quintessential modern writer, William Faulkner also has strong connections to the 19th century.We seek papers that situate Faulkner in a 19th century context.In what ways is it useful to consider Faulkner in conversation with 19th century authors and/or culture?Some possible avenues might include the following: setting Faulkner against other American writers (Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Stowe, Douglass, or Twain are obvious possibilities) or against writers representing other nationalities; exploring his response to 19th century tropes and paradigms; representations of U.S. slavery or the transatlantic slave trade; the rise of industrial capitalism; regionalism and sectionalism; Faulkner's Civil War.

[Reminder] Cannibalism in Fiction panel for ASLE 2015

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:47am
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Assoc. for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conf. 2015
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November 30th deadline

What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibalism in Fiction

From ancient Greek myths to 21st century post-apocalyptic novels, cannibalism abounds, forcing us to reconsider easy binaries of self and other or civilized "us" and a savage "them." As Maggie Kilgour argues in From Communion to Cannibalism, incorporation—the most basic example of which is eating—"depends upon and enforces an absolute division between inside and outside; but in the act itself that opposition disappears, dissolving the structure it appears to produce" (4). What, then, when the food being eaten is human flesh?

Teaching John Dos Passos: Round Table Discussion

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:22am
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John Dos Passos Society

At the 2015 American Literature Association conference held in Boston, MA, May 21-25, the John Dos Passos Society will hold a teaching round table. This is an open-topic call for 5-8 minute papers focused on bringing Dos Passos's writing into the classroom. Participants may choose to focus on undergraduate or graduate classes; university, community college, or high school settings; writing, literature, theory, or comparative literature classes; etc.

300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) or the John Dos Passos Society (JDPSociety@gmail.com) by January 1, 2015.

The Seen and Unseen: The Visual Culture of Imperialism

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:25am
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UKM Malaysian National University

Much of the perception of the world around us is constructed visually. This visual representation, which includes drawings, paintings, artworks, photography, and more recently moving images such as films, cartoons, book covers, posters, and advertisements illuminates the ways we see ourselves and those around us. Derived and informed by social, political and historical shifts these visual representations form what scholars call a 'visual culture' of representation.

Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:58am
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Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

The End of the City can be understood in at least three ways: as its boundary, as its demise, or as a question about its purpose.

Visual Culture and Ethnic American Periodicals (deadline Dec 10, 2014; ALA Conference May 21-24, 2015)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:21am
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Research Society for American Periodicals

The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions on "Visual Culture and Ethnic American Periodicals" for the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA. This panel considers how African American, Asian and Pacific American, Latino/a, and Native American periodicals engage visual culture, including by publishing comics, cartoons, illustrations, and photographs. Papers that focus on the history or production of periodical art or illustrated periodicals are especially welcome.

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