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[UPDATE - Deadline 01/09/2015] Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 4:56am
A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Colloquium, University of Birminham

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

[REMINDER] Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 5:30pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

What Is the State of the Humanities Today? Abstracts due Sept 30 2015; Full Articles January 15, 2016

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:49pm
The Rendezvous Journal of Arts and Letters, Idaho State University

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Rendezvous: Journal of Arts and Letters
Volume 43, Numbers 1 & 2
The Rendezvous Journal of Arts and Letters invites submissions for an upcoming issue that addresses the current state of the humanities and humanities education in colleges and universities in the United States.

Submissions may take the form of scholarly articles, reviews, or creative works (e.g., poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art work). Provision may also be made for a select number of digital and multimedia works.

What Is the State of the Humanities Today?

In Defining the Humanities, Robert Proctor states:

CFP: Native American Literature (47th Annual CEA Conference, March 31-April 2, 2016, Denver, CO)

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:29pm
Benjamin Carson / Bridgewater State University

Call for Papers, CEA 2016

Conference Theme: creation

47th Annual Conference | March 31-April 2, 2016 | Denver, CO

Native American Literature Panel(s)

This year's conference theme is particularly relevant to Native American/Indigenous/First Nations peoples. While all topics related to Indigenous literatures will be considered, including Indigenous poetics, Indigenous rhetorics, as well as issues of sovereignty, separatism, and transnationalism, papers that address the conference theme will be especially welcome.

Proposals will be accepted online at www.cea-web.org beginning August 15,
2015.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2015

Graduate Journal aspeers Calls for Papers on "American Youth" by 18 Oct 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:58pm
aspeers: emerging voices in american studies

When Theodore Roosevelt spoke of America as a "young giant of the West," a "nation glorious in youth and strength," at the Republican National Convention in 1900, he inserted himself into a long rhetorical tradition: Whether in promise or in criticism, identifying 'youth' with America and calling the US a nation that is yet to grow up constitutes a well-established trope in discussions of 'Americanness.' At the same time, adolescence and youth are core concepts at the heart of American literature and culture, and they are at the center of many contemporary debates.

[UPDATE] Southern Studies Conference 5-6 Feb. 2016

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:59am
Auburn University at Montgomery

Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to:

CONTEXTUALIZING CONFLICT, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY NOVEMBER 12-14 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:58am
American Studies Association of Texas

The 59th Annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held November 12th-14th, 2015 on the campus of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. The Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the upcoming meeting. The theme of the 2015 conference is: "Contextualizing Conflict, Culture, and Community." The following is a suggested, though not a comprehensive list of subject areas to consider:
Agriculture and Rural Studies Ingenuity and invention
Art (visual and performing) Journalism
Communication Studies Language and Literature
Creative Writing Penal Systems and Reform
Environment and Landscape Studies Political Science

Fictional Religions (ACLA 2015)

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:31am
American Comparative Literature Association

Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and even more mimetic fiction in various media such as texts and graphic novels have long permitted the sort of free experimentation often celebrated (or bemoaned) in the American religious environment, though constrained by genre conventions, social contexts, market forces, and other factors. Thus, especially the "estranged" genres of fiction (pace Suvin) permit not only the utopian depiction of traditional religions as they ought to be and the dystopian depiction of religions as they ought not to be, but also the representation of novel religious forms—a space in which new fictional religions may be invented.

Connections: The Threads, Roots, and Pathways That Bind Us

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:49pm
New Voices Graduate Student Conference

The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2016 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held February 4-6, 2016, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and a poster session.

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