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New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Pedagogy Contributors

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:08pm
"Why Social Theory?"

The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"

This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a resource of pedagogical materials for a section on teaching. These contributions can include:

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging (20-21 May 2016)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:05pm
Endnotes: UBC English Graduate Conference

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging

Date: 20-21 May.

Location: UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 January 2016

Keynote Speakers: Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis and Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia.

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What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be "moved" by an aesthetic experience?

Kay Boyle and Creative Writing

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 9:06am
Kay Boyle Society at 2016 American Literature Annual Conference

Kay Boyle and Creative Writing

In 1963, Kay Boyle accepted a creative writing position on the faculty of San Francisco State College, where she remained until 1979. Her commitment to her students, as well as her activism during the San Francisco State College Strike in 1968-69, gave rise to a number poems (Testament for My Students and Other Poems, 1970) and essays (The Long Walk at San Francisco State, 1970).

This panel session organized by the Kay Boyle Society welcomes writers, poets, and scholars to propose papers, readings, and performances having a connection (broadly conceived) to Boyle's engagement with creative writing.

[Update] Reconstruction 17.2: Fantasy Sports

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 8:28am
Andrew J. Ploeg / Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Fantasy sports are one of the most popular and rapidly expanding areas of contemporary culture. Despite the immense interest in them, however, fantasy sports remain an insufficiently mined scholarly resource. While studies on the topic have been published over the past fifteen years, they have focused almost exclusively on issues of law (e.g., Are fantasy sports a form of gambling?), economics (e.g., Who should profit from sports statistics?), and sports management (e.g., Who plays fantasy sports and why?). We contend that this limited approach has contributed to fantasy sports research being considered a minor scholarly niche, rather than a diverse subject area rife with its own unique cultural insights.

Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2016: Writing and Insecurity

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:40am
C21 Writings, University of Brighton

Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century

Organised in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Confirmed Keynotes:
Dr. Arne De Boever (California Institute of the Arts) and Dr. Katy Shaw (Leeds Beckett)

In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least.
Lauren Berlant Cruel Optimism

"Narrative, Description, and Spatiality"-Call for Panelists-Narrative 2016 conference

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
David Rodriguez-Stony Brook University / Marlene Marcussen-University of Southern Denmark

We seek to organize a panel at the Narrative 2016 conference in Amsterdam 16-18 June around innovative papers that engage with the different ways space, environment, and nature are both represented and perceived in literature through the experience of reading.Focus on description has recently received a wide range of methodological approaches by narratologists. For example, Monika Fludernik is developing an interesting disentanglement of the "description / narration" binary through an updated linguistic model, and Melba Cuddy-Keane integrates second-generation cognitive science to put dynamic, navigational action into the way we think about mental images in description.

Call for Submissions: "Women's Voices in the Short Story"

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:33am
Short Story Journal

Short Story Journal is seeking short stories and critical articles on the theme of women's voices in short fiction for its spring 2016 issue.

- Submissions should not exceed 4000 words (if possible, please use MLA format).

- Email submissions as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments, and include your full name, contact information, and a brief bio on the first page.

- Email short stories to April L. Ford: april.ford@oneonta.edu.

- Email critical articles to Dr. Suzanne Black: suzanne.black@oneonta.edu.

- The editors are accepting submissions until February 1, 2016.

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