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Open call to participate in a digital non-fiction storytelling project

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:30am
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Afterlife of Discarded Objects
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This is an open call for participants in a digital non-fiction storytelling project that explores the stories that discarded objects can tell about our history. The project will examine how people's memories of their childhood games with discarded material objects inform the way they imagine the cultural landscape of their childhood. Material for the project is shared by multiple respondents through crowdsourcing (the stories will be featured on a map to facilitate a multimodal and interactive experience of storytelling). Please read the full description following the link below and take part in assembling a collective tale of the power of imagination to shape history!

[ACLA seminar] Double frames: authors, texts, audiences in original translation

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 8:01am
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Brigitte Rath, U Innsbruck/FU Berlin; Beatrijs Vanacker, KU Leuven
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Writing a text as if it were a translation creates a specific kind of fiction: it overlays the act of authorship with an invented author, and the original text with an invented original in a different language, aimed at a different audience. Original translation does not (only) invite readers to imagine a fictional world, but to imagine a fictional original version of the very text they read.

Epasa Moto: Multidisciplinary Journal of Arts, Letters and the Humanities

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:05pm
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Faculty of Arts, University of Buea

Epasa Moto is now accepting papers for it next issues.

Epasa Moto (New Series), an official bi-annual journal of both the Faculty of Arts and the Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters of the University of Buea, is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scholarly journal of arts, letters and the humanities. It publishes original, well-researched papers, review essays, interviews, résumés, and commentaries, which offer new insights into the various disciplines in the arts, letters and the humanities. Focus is on issues about Africa and the African Diaspora but comparative works from Western and other cultures designed to enhance the vitality of humanistic studies in Africa are acceptable.

Call for essay contributions to anthology -- Reconciling the Unexpected: The Intersection of Homebirths and C-Sections

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:18pm
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Samantha D. Gottlieb, California State University, East Bay

Seeking personal essay contributions from mothers or partners of women who have had a c-section after a planned homebirth.

Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief author bio by October 15 to samantha.gottlieb@gmail.com

[UPDATE] ACLA 2015 CFP: Poetry After Language (3/26-3/29, Seattle, WA) Deadline: 14 October 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:14pm
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Marijeta Bozovic, Yale University; Kevin M. F. Platt, University of Pennsylvania; Walt Hunter, Clemson University

The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E school of poetry marked a shift—or a return to avant-garde practice—in American poetry in the 1970s. This seminar examines the continuing international significance of the L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E school of poetry in the wake of renewed politically engaged practices after the international years of protest of 2011-2013. At a moment when artistic movements across the world are taking up avant-garde and modernist strategies, what is the legacy of that earlier recovery of the avant-garde? Diverse poetic practices associated with the loosely defined movement edged toward the position, in Lyn Hejinian's words, that: "Language is nothing but meanings, and meanings are nothing but a flow of contexts.

Crossing the Borders of Comparative Epistemologies: Research and Teaching in the Global Academy

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:02pm
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American Comparative Literature Association, Annual Meeting

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting will take place at the Sheraton Seattle in Seattle, Washington, March 26-29, 2015. Please consider submitting your paper to our panel topic! Graduate students are encouraged to submit. Paper submissions should be submitted through the ACLA conference website: http://www.acla.org/annual-meeting

Organizer: Jennifer Reimer, Bilkent University
Organizer: Michael Subialka, Oxford University

(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"

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