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Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:56am
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Humanities Division, Essex County College
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CFP: SPECULATIVE HUMANITIES: STEAMPUNK TO AFROFUTURISM

On March 11-12, 2015, the Humanities Division at Essex County College, located in Newark, NJ, will host its Spring 2015 Conference, "Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism." This two-day conference offers space for writers, historians, musicians, artists, and academicians to explore, expand upon, and rethink the implications of speculative humanities. This year's conference will feature a special emphasis on the life, work, and influence of Octavia E. Butler.

[REMINDER] World Literature/Immigrant Literature (NeMLA 2015) — DUE 9/30

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:35am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy [NeMLA Toronto 2015]

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:56pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy

This session proposes to explore and assess the contributions of Caribbean poets and philosophers both to the postcolonial/ecocritical/feminist/queer polemics against Enlightenment modernity and (neo)liberal humanism and to the invention of alternative modes of being, thinking, and figuring the human. We welcome papers which engage the artistic and intellectual productions of Caribbean writers in the broad context of post-, anti-, and alter-humanisms. How do Caribbean texts unsettle and (re)invent relations between the Sciences & the Humanities?

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:28pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Reminder: NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Full information regarding the 2015 Call for Papers may be found on our website:

https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html

Special Topic: Christianity and Literature (for spring 2015)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:16pm
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Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)
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Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (spring 2015) on "Christianity and Literature." Essays may explore aspects of Christianity in individual works or writers, in pedagogical matters pertaining to teaching literature at Christian universities, and in issues concerning courses devoted to specifically Christianity and literature. Some possible approaches and examples would include:

[UPDATE] Geographies of Home in Ethnic American Women's Literature (NEMLA 2015)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 2:15pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.

Nobody's Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 1:46pm
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Carrie Johnston, Quincy University
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Dear Colleagues:

Please consider submitting a proposal by November 1 for the collection described below.

Nobody's Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity

[Reminder] Performing Freedom, Troubling Race (Abstract deadline 9/30)

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:28pm
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Maleda Belilgne/NeMLA
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

"Rethinking Poe's Sublime," Poe Studies panel, ALA in Boston, May 2015

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:43pm
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Poe Studies Association
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Poe abandoned his proposed Tales of the Folio Club sometime after 1835, but still wanted to issue a collected edition of his prose fiction. Dropping the literary club motif, he combined the original tales with additional items from the Southern Literary Messenger. This new collection of 25 stories became Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). What choices informed Poe's decisions about what to include? To what extent does the term "grotesque"—especially as it relates to Poe's notions of the sublime—function as a defining characteristic of the two volumes' contents? Papers are invited on specific tales as well as on Poe's discussions of the sublime and/or the grotesque in his reviews, miscellaneous writings, and poetic treatises.

Orson Welles: A Centennial Celebration and Symposium, April 29-May 2, 2015

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:50pm
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Indiana University Cinema
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Indiana University plans an academic symposium welcoming scholars, archivists, filmmakers, and others interested in celebrating the centennial of Orson Welles's birth. The event will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 on the beautiful Bloomington, Indiana campus and hosted by Indiana University's newly established Media School; the Indiana University Libraries (including the Lilly Library, home of the Orson Welles Papers, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive); and Indiana University Cinema, which has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its facilities and programming.

Romantic and Victorian Echoes: A Transatlantic Exchange

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:04pm
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Dewey W. Hall, Northeast MLA Conference 2015
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This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.

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