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Form Matters: The Media of anti-Americanism

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Monday, October 12, 2015 - 3:20am
Heiko Beyer (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany) and Jesper Gulddal (University of Newcastle, Astralia)

Invitation for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of American Studies (proposal pending) on the Media of Anti-Americanism

Initial abstracts due: November 30, 2015
Contributors informed of decision no later than: December 15, 2015
Full submissions due: April 30, 2016

Please send submissions to:

Heiko Beyer (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany): heiko.beyer@uni-duesseldorf.de

and

Jesper Gulddal (University of Newcastle, Astralia): jesper.gulddal@newcastle.edu.au

Aims and Scope of the Special Issue


Cornell University Romance Studies Graduate Conference "Ideas of South" - March 11th–12th 2016 (Abstract due December 1st 2015)

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 11:55pm
Cornell University - Department of Romance Studies

In 1925, the editors of Quarto Stato questioned the forms in which the Turin communists were addressing the "Southern Question," critical of how Italy's unification in 1870 resulted in advanced industry and agriculture in the North and the reinstatement of traditions of feudalism in the South. In Antonio Gramsci's reading, the move of the Turin communists was far from dividing the country but instead was based on creating alliances between the workers from the North and the peasants from the South as a strategy for revolution. In 2015, with austerity crippling southern Europe countries, what old and new "Southern Questions" are shaping the long history of inequality in the very idea of south?

Re-Queering the Nation: America's Queer Crisis - Special Issue - European Journal of American Studies - Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:19pm
Francisco Costa, University of East Anglia/European Association for American Studies

LGBTQ social, cultural, and political issues have become a defining feature of twenty-first century American life, transforming on a national, international and transnational scale a number of institutions. With this special issue of the European Journal of American Studies we will stage a timely and much-needed conversation between American Studies and Queer Studies, in order to address America's rapidly changing position in relation to LGBTQ issues.

Call for collection of essays on Narrratives and violence in the Americas/ Violencia y narrativa en las Américas

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 5:23pm
Thinking the Americas:narrratives and violence / Violencia y narrativa en las Américas - Universidade Regional Integrada, Frederico Westphalen, Brazil

Thinking the Americas: narratives and violence/ Pensar las Americas: narrativas y violência is a bilingual volume, organized by the Master Program in Literature at URI, RS, Brazil. Texts will be published in Spanish and Portugueses; submissions in English will be translated, and the translated version will be submitted to the author before publication. The volume aims to collect essays that reflect on how literary prose produced in the twentieth and twenty-first in the Americas addresses violence.

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.

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