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(M)othering the Transatlantic: Representations of Motherhood in a Transatlantic Context, 2015 ACLA, March 26-29 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:53am
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American Comparative Literature Association
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In a 2006 Slate Magazine column, Stephen Metcalf asks, "Why is Beloved Beloved?" Why, almost twenty years after publication, does Beloved keep reappearing on the foreground of literary consciousness? Orientating ourselves on Morrison's choice to reimagine and reinvent the story of Margaret Garner, we can similarly ask how the continual haunting of infanticide in Beloved is a formal innovation that interrogates the place of Motherhood (and particularly black Motherhood) in both a slave and neo-slave era.

After Nature: Feminist Futures, March 26th to 29th, 2015, Seattle, WA

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:21pm
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American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
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http://www.acla.org/after-nature-feminist-futures

The deconstruction of categories of animal, human, and cybernetic organisms has led to wholesale rethinking of corporeal futures and agential action. Likewise, the increase of information-based interactions refigures interactivity in ways which seem to subvert embodied expectation. At these removes, who is an agential actor, and what are the borders of her presence? What are the frontiers of imagining embodied futures?

Society for American Travel Writing at ALA 2015 (May 21-24 in Boston, MA) 15 December 2014 Submission Deadline

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 4:40pm
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Society for American Travel Writing
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The Society for American Travel Writing will host two sessions at the American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference, 21-24 May 2015 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

Panel 1: Where I Went, What I Ate: Travel Writing and Food

Frames: Jewish Culture and the Comic Book (April 10, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
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Charlotte Werbe, Princeton University

Call for Papers
Princeton University Conference
April 10, 2015

Frames: Jewish Culture and the Comic Book

"Spiegelman prompts one to see the panel as a picture and a window, as an oxymoronic 'picture window' that must at once be looked at and looked through: looked at because its signifying surface does not simply efface itself, does not merely yield before the authority of a signified reality or become a transparent means to an end outside itself; looked through because such 'picture windows' do open onto other windows, onto the abyssal depths of panes within panes."
Michael G. Levine, "Necessary Stains: Spiegelman's Maus and the Bleeding of History"

[UPDATE] Literature and the World: Children and Childhood in Global Contexts

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:33pm
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The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies
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The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies invites submissions centered on the theme Children and Childhood in Global Contexts. As scholars try to elucidate the complex relationships between history and cultural identity or development, one key demographic seems consistently overlooked: children. It could be argued that scholarship intended to enlighten may also be unwittingly biased in favor of a narrative situating children as innocent, naïve, and ultimately unimportant actors. Or at the very least, they are seen as actors whose importance can only be evaluated independently of the "adult" world to which they do not, presumably, belong.

[UPDATE] Capitalist Realist Fiction - Narrative 2015 Chicago (March 5-8, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:52pm
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Ian Butcher, Duquesne University
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In his Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste, Philip Mirowski puts to rest the myth that the current economy is beyond the understanding even of experts, demonstrating that mainstream economic writing and financial journalism has undertaken a concerted abdication of explanatory authority in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008. This lack of explanation is symptomatic of a much wider issue: what Mark Fisher has termed "capitalist realism," or a resigned acceptance of capitalism and an inability to imagine other possibilities.

Critical University Studies in the Age of the Adjunct - ACLA 2015 Seattle (March 26-29, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:49pm
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Ian Butcher, Duquesne University
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With the increased prominence of movements like the New Faculty Majority and the MLA Subconference, along with the sensational cases of Margaret Mary Vojtko and Mary-Faith Cerasoli, criticism on the social/economic factors which shape the processes of higher education has emerged as an urgent and vital component of the contemporary humanities. A growing body of scholarship has placed labour issues, student debt, the job market, education funding, and resource allocation among the fundamental elements which condition the production and distribution of knowledge in not just the humanities, but the university as a whole.

Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:30pm
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Lehigh English Department Graduate Program
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The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:
-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature

Call for Papers: Coreopsis Journal Spring/Summer 2015: Traditional Peoples: Otherworld Journeys

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:36am
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Coreopsis; A Journal of Myth & Theatre

Spring/Summer 2015: Traditional Peoples: Otherworld Journeys

Publication date: June 29, 2015

Abstract Deadline: March 1/Paper Deadline April, 18 2015/Deadline for final version: May 15, 2015

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I am a wind on sea, I am Ocean wave, I am Roar of sea... (Rees, p 98)

The music, dance, performance and story-art: the living philosophy of the traditions of the indigenous peoples of this earth.

Subjects under consideration but not limited to:

FSAC Grad Colloque 2015: PROPAGANDA - CENSORSHIP - SURVEILLANCE

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:28am
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FSAC Graduate Colloquium

FILM STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
17th ANNUAL GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM

FEBRUARY 27-28, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Will Straw, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University

Submission deadline: Monday, December 15th 2014

_Feminist Spaces_: Women and Technology

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:30am
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Feminist Spaces

_Feminist Spaces_ is now accepting student submissions for its second issue to be published in March of 2015.

_Feminist Spaces_ invites undergraduate and graduate students from universities worldwide to submit academic essays, creative writings, or multimodal/artistic pieces that adhere to this issue's theme of women and technology throughout history and across cultures. These pieces may investigate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Violation: Representations in Literature and Culture. February 2015.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:03am
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McGill University English Department

The McGill English Department's Twenty-First Annual Graduate Student Conference on Language and Literature invites submissions on literary and cultural engagements with violation. Violation can signify multiply: violating rules and regulations, violating genre or generic conventions, violating treaties, violating the body, violating expectations, violating intellectual property and copyright, violating social and cultural conventions, violating promises, violating standardized constructions of gender and sexuality, violating religious codes, violating privacy, violating human rights and dignities, and more. How are these political, stylistic, generic, bodily, and social infractions figured in diverse literary and cultural contexts?

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