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Laughter in the Digital Age -- A Special Issue of Comedy Studies (11/1/14)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:08am
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Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin
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"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin

Websites, social media platforms, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, yet studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, distributed, exhibited, and consumed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:

"Come Away, O Human Child": Children in Secondary Worlds

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:03am
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Tanya Jones, M.Ed
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Abstracts are requested for a proposed collection tentatively titled "'Come Away, O Human Child'": Children in Secondary Worlds." The collection will focus on literature that features children moving from their primary world (the known) into a secondary world (the unknown) or into Faerie.

"Constraints" - 28th GAFIS Symposium, March 20-21, 2015

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:58pm
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GAFIS - Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (UW Madison)

The Graduate Association of French and Italian Students
Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin - Madison
announces the Call for Papers for its 28th annual Graduate Student Symposium

CONSTRAINTS
March 20-21, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Hofstadter, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach

Rule 1. The road runner cannot harm the coyote except by going "beep-beep." (Chuck Jones)

More Things Theory: On Hoarding, Hoarders, and Hoards

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:32pm
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American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle 2015
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"More Things Theory" continues the dialogue that began at the 2014 ACLA "Things Theory: Accumulation and Amassment" seminar to reflect on recent emergence of a marked cultural interest in hoarding. We will consider the contemporary invention of the hoarder within a broader literary and cultural context that encompasses other figures defined by their attachments to things (collectors, fetishists, misers), and/or by a horror of wasting and/or subsistence on waste (ragpickers, gleaners).

Producing War: The Militarization of Culture, DUE 10/15/14, [3/26-3/29/15]

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:45pm
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ACLA 2015, Seattle, 3/26-3/29/15
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Our seminar seeks to understand the multivalent ways in which militarism, war and state violence have informed cultural and social processes. While militarism may seem evident in cultural artifacts like war films, recruitment materials, memorials, or in the popularity of military-themed video games, we also want to examine how the wars of the past century have militarized the ways in which we produce, consume, and understand contemporary culture and social order. How might we, for instance, think of war not only as having material consequences but also as constituting "the secret motor of institutions, laws, and order" (Foucault, "Society Must Be Defended"). In what ways is the basis of social order and "perpetual peace" constituted by war and violence?

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS for SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA (6/1/15; NEPCA 10/30/31/15 New London, NH)

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:26pm
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Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area, NEPCA
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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 1 June 2015

EXPLAINING THE AMERICAN SOUTH WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO EUDORA WELTY'S THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:18pm
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MOYURI DUTTA. M.A in English, Tezpur University
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The article is based on South American literature. It shows the conditions of the people leaving in the South. The writer Eudora welty in her work The Optimist's Daughter shows the the way people of the South leaved,their culture and traditions.

Eudora Welty Society at ALA 2015

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:52am
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Julia Eichelberger
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The Eudora Welty Society invites proposals for two sessions (Welty and War; Welty and Social Class) at the 2015 American Literature Association, May 21-24, Boston, MA.

Seeing Animals, ACLA, Seattle 3/26-3/29 2015

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:05am
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David Coughlan and Elizabeth Wijaya/ University of Limerick and Cornell University
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Jacques Derrida's influential The Animal That Therefore I Am begins with a scene of seeing, as he stands exposed before "a cat that looks at [him] without moving, just to see." For Donna Haraway, in When Species Meet, it's key that Derrida "understood that actual animals look back at actual human beings." This seminar strays onto this scene also in order to consider this face-to-face encounter, and to consider, in particular, the representation of these human and non-human seeing animals and what they see. Or, what they perceive, because the sight of these faces is surely asymmetrical and must touch also on scent, sound, and taste.

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