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39th Great Plains Writers' Conference: panels and readings on writing, environment, and sustainability

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 4:19pm
Great Plains Writers’ Conference, South Dakota State University

The 39th Great Plains Writers' Conference 
March 22-24, 2015
South Dakota State University, Brookings SD.

For its 2015 conference "Inhabiting Earth: Writing, Environment, and Sustainability," the Great Plains Writers' Conference welcomes papers, presentations, and creative works that examine the relationship between writing and the environment. Please visit our website at for further information on the conference.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words along with a cover letter describing your specific interest in this subject matter to steven.wingate@sdstate.edu by January 12, 2015. We particularly encourage submissions from the Upper Midwest and Great Plains regions.

[UPDATE / DEADLINE EXTENSION] Violation: Representations in Literature and Culture

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 11:12am
McGill University English Department

Violation: Representations in Literature and Culture
An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the McGill University English Department
February 20-22, 2015

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Rinaldo Walcott, Associate Professor and Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto.
Presentation Title: "The Long Emancipation: Anti-Blackness, Settlement and the Problem of Nation."

Faculty Speaker:
Professor Katherine Zien, Assistant Professor, Department of English, McGill University.
Presentation Title: "Minstrels of Empire: Black Labor and Blackface in Panama and the Canal Zone, 1850-1930."

CALL FOR PAPERS:

_Feminist Spaces_: Women and Technology

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 3:16pm
_Feminist Spaces_

_Feminist Spaces_ is now accepting student submissions for its second issue to be published in March of 2015.

_Feminist Spaces_ invites undergraduate and graduate students from universities worldwide to submit academic essays, creative writings, or multimodal/artistic pieces that adhere to this issue's theme of women and technology throughout history and across cultures. These pieces may investigate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Coastal Plains Graduate Liberal Arts Conference (April 10-11, 2015)

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 1:18pm
University of Houston

Days of Future Past: Remixing, Revisioning, Reflecting

"..in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles." - Maria Popova

"Everything is a remix"--Kirby Ferguson

Vision: University at Albany 13th Annual EGSO Conference, March 27-28, 2015

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:56pm
University at Albany, SUNY

For our 13th annual conference, the English Graduate Student Organization invites graduate students of all disciplines to submit critical papers and creative works that address vision both literally and metaphorically. Beyond the literal act of seeing, vision connects to a desire to foresee the future and look back to the past, whether politically, economically, or aesthetically. These seemingly competing modes of vision are intrinsically related as optics both enable and limit our ability to conceptualize a future beyond what we can immediately see. Humanities scholars might consider vision in terms of visual culture, visual literacy, visual rhetorics, and/or the role of vision within classroom settings.

Subjectivity in an Object World

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 5:05pm
St. John’s University Humanities Review (Vol. Thirteen, Issue 1/Spring 2015)

Editor: Kevin MacDonnell
Email: sjuhumanities@gmail.com

"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
-Wallace Stevens

Literary Exteriors - February 21, 2015

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:30pm
Boston College English Graduate Conference

How do we understand exteriors in literature? With critical study often focused on interiority, subjectivity, and soul, the outside is often overlooked or put aside. But what happens when the focus is redirected to exteriors, physicality, materiality—the tangible, ready to be touched surfaces of objects meant to be read? What happens when we pay attention to the shell rather than the spirit? The Boston College English Graduate Conference seeks abstracts for papers that consider these literary exteriors. The question of exteriority ranges from the covers of the book a reader holds, to the bodies and objects described within, to the varied complexities of visual and material culture and their range of texts.

Singing the World: Song in/as Literature April 17-18 2015

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 2:03pm
Yale Graduate Student Conference

Singing the World: Song in/as Literature

A Graduate Conference
April 17-18, 2015
Yale University - Department of Comparative Literature

Keynote addresses by Stephen Burt (Professor of English, Harvard)
and Ardis Butterfield (John M. Schiff Professor of English, Yale)

TAU: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:07pm
TAU Literary and Visual Arts Journal

POETRY
FICTION
CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Email your titled submission to tau@lourdes.edu.

Rules for submission:

Captivating Criminality 2: Crime Fiction, Traditions and Transgressions. 25- 27 June

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:45am
Bath Spa University

Crime fiction has traditionally been defined as a distinguishable literary form, but in what ways has this genre evolved? The various sub-genres that are encompassed under the title of crime writing, including the 'whodunnit', the Hard Boiled thriller, Golden Age narratives, and the 'whydunnit' psychological thriller, are all so varied that a defining process becomes nearly impossible. Murder, crimes, mystery, punishment and redemption are all key themes found in the genre, and yet in what ways have these changed, developed and transgressed since the traditions of the genre were first at the forefront of writers minds?

[UPDATE] Mid-20th-Century American Poetry and the Question of Beauty

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 3:53pm
American Literature Association, Boston, May 2015

"Rigor of beauty is the quest," writes Williams in his preface to "Paterson." "But how will you find beauty when it is locked in the mind past all remonstrance?" The Charles Olson Society invites proposals on Beauty and mid-twentieth-century American poetry for a panel at the 2015 ALA conference in Boston. Although the 1950s are perhaps best known for the rise of the Beats, the Confessionals, and the Black Mountain poets, these were also the years of Adrienne Rich's formalist work ("Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"), as well as some of the best work of Richard Wilbur, Theodore Roethke, and other strong poets working with traditional forms.

Book Collection--An Indelible Mark: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes (Dec 1, 2014)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:50pm
Julia Leyda, Sophia University & Theresa Geller, Grinnell College, co-editors

An Indelible Mark: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes

We seek additional chapters for an edited collection of original essays currently in development that explores the specific role of women in, on, and behind the work of Todd Haynes. Female characters and women's genres from classical Hollywood, as well as feminist film scholars, women directors, film industry professionals, actors, and female fans have all shaped Haynes's creative work. Our collection represents new research addressing the broadly conceived topic of women and the work of Todd Haynes; we seek to trace the "indelible mark," as Haynes himself puts it, of feminism throughout his career.

Violence Against Black and Brown Bodies - Jan 5, 2015

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:00pm
Sandra E. Weissinger

More than physical assaults, violence can take the form of dilapidated neighborhoods, gentrification efforts, economic strangleholds, caste like education systems and other institutionally based inequalities which inspire human waste and covert suicides.

To this end, Violence Against Black and Brown Bodies seeks submissions that document these assaults. Taken together, we seek to put forth a theory of violence and draft solutions for healing and justice.

Chapters can be historically based, current event inspired and from various disciplines and methodological approaches. While we encourage submissions that address one of the following themes, we also welcome other topics –so long as the concept of violence is analyzed.

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