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[UPDATE] SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:03pm
Phillip Zapkin

This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Making Connections Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of the Selma March

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:34pm
Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity

Inspired by the 50th year anniversary marking the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery, the journal Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity invites submissions for a themed special issue on Race and 'Normalcy.'

"Race and 'Normalcy,'" builds on Dr. Martin Luther King's (1965) address at the conclusion of the march, in which he states:

Update: "The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00am
Christopher Allen Varlack

From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

Fairty Tale Sensibilities and Their Sustainability, SAMLA, 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:17pm
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College

It is a given that fairy tales are more than stories just for children. Their messages transcend age, culture, and generation. Broad classification of fairy tales and their elements, first by Antti Aarne and refined by Stith Thompson in the early twentieth century helps to point out these commonalities. While common elements help us to connect to the stories, we are impacted just as strongly by tales told through various art forms. From the opera to classical music to ballet, from painting to sculpture, to film and photography, the written words that create the fairy tales are brought to life through incorporating other senses of sight, hearing, and touch. An excellent example is the iconic bronze statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.

[UPDATE] "Collaboration & Betrayal" (Deadline: June 1, 2015)

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:26pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Durham, NC

In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.

"New Directions in Africana Literature" - Abstract Deadline 6/10/15 - SAMLA 87 Conference (November 13-15)

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:55pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

"New Directions in Africana Literature"

This panel welcomes papers that explore the contours and contexts of contemporary Africana Literature. We invite presenters to consider potential new scholarly directions for emerging writers of African descent as well as established writers whose recent works address the imperatives of the current moment. We especially welcome papers that address the SAMLA 87 theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts"). Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:

· Contemporary literary works that challenge or disrupt conventional understandings of form and/or genre


Friday, May 15, 2015 - 2:54pm
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism

JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our tenth year of issues.

Our next thematic issue is on literature and radicalism. We are interested in the ways radical groups, individuals, or movements appear in fiction or poetry. We are interested in radicalism across the political spectrum (or perhaps even off the conventional spectrum, as the case may be).

We are very much interested in articles for a coming issue (or issues) devoted to anarchism and contemporary variants of anarchism or putative anarchism of the right as well as of the left—and, of course, anarchism without any clear conventional political alignments.

Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 Sep

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:37am
Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 September, 2015


The Association of Adaptation Studies invite proposals for papers for the 10th Annual Conference in London on 24-25 September, 2015, organised with the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Confirmed speakers are: Andrew Davies, screenwriter and patron of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Jonathan Powell, former Head of BBC Drama and Controllor of BBC1, now Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University, and Professor Graham Holderness, critic, novelist, poet and dramatist.