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[UPDATE} Abstract/shuns DEADLINE MARCH 31

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 5:45pm
Joshua Adair and Paul Walker

adair1@murraystate.edu pwalker1@murraystate.edu
What about those ideas you entertain but never fully develop? Those notions which are reviled and dismissed by peer gatekeepers? Follies so whimsical they unsettle even you?

We're looking for those submissions, the ones shunned by polite society and keepers of the status quo.

Let us be up front: Abstractshuns endeavors to become an ersatz academic journal, middlebrow at best. If Grindr/Tinder (depending on the orientation of the idea) spent a really naughty weekend with Notes and Queries, this would be the spawn, with Courtney Love and Jack Halberstam as godparents.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: Death, Violence and Religiously-Inflected Fiction

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:21pm
MLA 2016

Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

MSA 17, Nov. 19-22, Modernism of Politics

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:51am
Matthew Hannah / University of Oregon

The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.

BROAD STREET Magazine: interdisciplinary nonfiction magazine reading all year around

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:34am
Broad Street Magazine

Broad Street is a truly interdisciplinary journal published primarily in print but with a strong web presence, run cooperatively at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit us at broadstreetonline.org; to see how we push academic work, reportage, and belles lettres in new ways. Your smart best friend should enjoy Broad Street as much as your theory-steeped professor. Think NPR. Think New Yorker. Think Broad Street.

Collection: Lingua Franca: First Generation Scholars in Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:36pm
Letizia Guglielmo and Sergio Figueiredo

In his essay, "Family Values: Literacy, Technology, and Uncle Sam," Joe Amato traces his Italian-American history and argues, "These experiences and memories, these histories and associations, these material comforts and discomforts in many ways constitute, though they do not cause, my values. And my values have all to do with my sense of language, of what's possible with words, or should be possible. That is, my values have all to do with what needs saying." Exploring this connection between personal history and sense of language, we invite proposals for an edited collection on the experiences of immigrant and first generation US American scholars in rhetoric, composition, and communication.

Eudora Welty and Intertextuality | due June 1, 2015, conference Nov. 13-15 2015

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 8:40pm
SAMLA - Eudora Welty Society

Keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Eudora Welty Society invites papers that explore multimodality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the works of Eudora Welty. What elements in Welty's fiction, essays, or photography connect to her contemporary moment or a timeless part of human nature? Examples might concern the role of and engagement with politics, jazz and the blues, newspaper and magazine, television and film, translation of oral fairy tales into a written medium or Welty's Robber Bridegroom into a play.

Freshmen English and English Composition Panel at SCMLA (10/31/15-11/3/15) Nashville, TN--Abstract Due: 3/31/15

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:19pm
Organizing Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University

CFP: FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION: Sound and Story

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 72nd Annual Convention

Nashville, TN – October 31-November 3, 2015

Chair: Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr., Northwestern State University, reynoldst@nsula.edu

The Freshmen English and English Composition panel invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) that address sound and story in relation to first-year composition.
500-word abstracts should include presenter contact information and paper title. The deadline to submit abstracts to the session chair (reynoldst@nsula.edu) is March 31, 2015.

2015 MPCA/ACA Urban Studies Panel

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:26am
MPCA/ACA/ Megan Cannella - Urban Studies Area Chair

Call for Papers:
Urban Studies
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:22am
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

HUMOUR

This symposium aims to discuss the themes of humour, comedy, comedy and tragedy, comedy hero, humour and ideology in western culture and literature, as well as the influence of these themes on contemporary literary forms. The concepts of humour and literature will be discussed in the framework of humour and culture, humour and psychoanalysis, humour and philosophy, humour and ideology, humour and media, humour and history, humour and language, humour and linguistics, humour and semiotics. The BAKEA symposium welcomes researchers from the fields of English, American, French, German and other Western Language and Literary Studies as well as interdisciplinary and comparative literary studies.

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