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Photography, Testimony, and the Voyeuristic Gaze: Bearing Witness to Trauma

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:02pm
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North Eastern Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks papers on the relation between trauma and representation in photography and related visual media. How do images of atrocities both provoke and disarm our voyeuristic gaze? How does bearing witness differ within visual, oral, and literary fields? This panel will explore our engagement with the spectacle of atrocities via the work of artists such as Alfredo Jaar and Richard Mosse. Preference will be given to papers that examine both photography and literature.

"Representing Afghanistan" - NeMLA Panel, 30 April-3 May, Toronto 2015

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:52am
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Alla Ivanchikova/NeMLA
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This seminar is designed to bring together scholars whose work examines representations of Afghanistan in literature, non-fiction, film, and new media published in the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. invasion. Works on genre, methodology, as well as papers on individual authors are welcome. Participants interested in interdisciplinary approaches and new media analysis are also encouraged to apply. Potential topics include:

The Poetics/Politics of Post-Postmodernism

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:14pm
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Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
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In the epilogue to the second edition of The Politics of Postmodernism, Linda Hutcheon heralds the closure of the very period she helped to define: "Let's just say it," she admits, "it's over" (2002: 165-166). This view has in recent years been echoed by an increasing number of cultural critics, who cite the failure of the postmodern aesthetic—developed in the 1970s and characterized by fragmentation, self-reflexivity, and irony—to embody the very real ethical and political concerns of twenty-first century citizens (cf. Eshelman, 2008; Kirby, 2009; Toth, 2010; Vermeulen and van den Akker, 2010; Abrahamson, 2013).

Comics and Comic Art Area: PCA/ACA Conference New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015 (deadline Nov 1)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:09pm
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Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
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Comics: Strips, Books, Graphic Novels and Everything in Between

The Comics and Comic Art Area of the Popular Culture Association invites all comics scholars to participate in the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. Details of the conference can be found at the conference website.

The Comics and Comic Art Area of the Popular Culture Association offers a venue for scholars from across the country to share their research and exchange ideas on the growing field of comics scholarship. Papers on all aspects of the medium are invited.

Submit to KSU Touchstone Magazine from September 9th to December 15th! Accepting Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Art

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm
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Touchstone Magazine, Literary Magazine, Est. 1975
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Touchstone Magazine was established in 1975 and publishes works of poetry, non-fiction, fiction, flash-fiction and visual art from students (undergraduates and graduates) all over the United States. There is no submission fee, but there is an opportunity for submissions to win cash prizes. Applicants can send their manuscripts to touch@ksu.edu and will hear back between 3 and 6 months. The Magazine launches annually in April. The 2015 edition is "Layers." Our website is www.ksu.edu/touch. I can provide more details as necessary. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2014.

Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal [January 25th, 2015]

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Aelurus Graduate Scholarly Literature Journal
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ww.aeluruslitjournal.com
Call for Papers and Book Reviews: 2015 Issue
Submission Deadline: 25 January 2015

Aelurus is an annual journal that publishes literary and theoretical scholarship from graduate students, which is run and staffed by graduate students in Weber State University's Master of Arts in English program. As such, Aelurus is devoted to a publication process in which we foster and lend experience to the scholarly endeavor of fellow graduate students.

Open to critical perspectives and mediums of examination from any time period, Aelurus solicits scholarly submissions, the most rigorous of which will be published digitally and in print in the spring of each year.

SURVIVAL: University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, March 12-March 15, 2015

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:48am
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Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Keynote Addresses: Professor Christopher Fynsk (University of Aberdeen) and Professor Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul University)

Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory: Professor Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto)

**Please note that our submissions deadline has been extended to October 15**

Trayvon Martin in Popular Culture

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:13am
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Northeast MLA
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Trayvon Martin's murder is the latest in a long string of unpunished assassinations and assaults–from Emmett Till to Medgar Evers to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell–that come to define a limit on the possibilities of Black life in the United States. Martin's death stands out from those that preceded it, however, by the solicitous reaction of the sitting president. This panel seeks to evaluate popular culture's reactions to this spectacular event.

Love and Loss in Modernist Poetry (NEMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:47am
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Northeastern Modern Language Association
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While poetry itself has played a historically long and significant role in the discourse of love, the period of modernity seems to be largely associated with its opposites. As the standard narrative goes, citizens the world over felt overwhelmed and frightened by the sundry and rapid changes – literal, conceptual, moral, and beyond – brought about by industrialization, scientific developments, WWI, etc. And the poetry that characterizes this time period represents and reflects on some of the more devastating changes. But what happens to poetic love in the early 20th century? What specifically happens when love, loss, and poetry come together during such a fraught time?

Capitalist Realist Fictions - Narrative 2015 Chicago (March 5-8, 2015)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 8:38am
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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.

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