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[Update]- Hospitality and the City- M/MLA 2014 (Detroit Nov. 13-16)

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:46pm
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The Midwest Modern Language Association
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The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point, though not necessarily yours, is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.

The 1970s Special Issue Women's Studies Quarterly

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:12pm
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Shelly Eversley and MIchelle Habell Pallan

Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán

The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.

'The Moment Made Eternal': At The Intersection of Photography and Poetry [NEMLA 2015; Toronto; April 30-May 3, 2015]

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:29pm
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Laura Hartmann-Villalta/Northeastern University

Writing about Alfred Stieglitz's photography in 1923, Hart Crane said, "Speed is at the bottom of it all. The hundredth of a second caught so precisely that the motion is continued from the picture indefinitely: the moment made eternal" (qtd. in Sontag's On Photography 65). A thoroughly modern art form, photography reflects the sense of urgency and impulse to record found often in poetry. As discrete units of artistic representation, the photographic image and the poem unveil new ways of looking and interpreting. Both art forms seek to represent that moment, that impression attempting to make the moment eternal, in the image and in the text.

NYCEA Conference Core Controversies Oct24-5, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 1:29pm
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New York College English Association
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CALL FOR PAPERS
New York College English Association Conference
"CORE CONTROVERSIES"
October 24-25, 2014
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
Papers on all aspects of literature, composition & rhetoric, and pedagogy are welcome. Papers on the focus thread of College Core curricula, College Readiness, and New York's newly instituted and controversial Common Core are especially requested.

MAPACA Conference CFP Extension

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:53am
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
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CFP Deadline Extended to June 30th, 2014.

November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
Lord Baltimore Hotel

2014 marks the 25th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. For this occasion, MAPACA returns to the city that hosted its first conference in 1990. The conference will be held at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Lord Baltimore Hotel was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was purchased by the Rubell Family who launched a complete remodel and restoration of the French Renaissance hotel.

[UPDATE]

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:59am
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American Studies Association of Texas
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American Studies Association of Texas
58th Annual Conference
Call for Papers

REIMAGINING, REFRAMING, AND REFLECTING AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Join us November 13-15, 2014, at Sam Houston State University in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, as we celebrate multi-disciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies.

Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:26am
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Department of English at the University of Chicago

Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders
Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014
https://aestheticdisordersuchicago.wordpress.com/

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College
With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago

Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014

Literature as Incantation: Magic Words and the World of Reading - NEMLA 2015 (4/30-5/3)

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:22am
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Dr. Tanya Radford, Dominican College of Blauvelt
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Proposals are invited for 15 minute presentations on the session theme of magic and reading. That works of literature often thematically engage the powers of language is no surprise, given the fact that writers weave both persons and worlds from words. In many works of literature, however, reading and books seem to facilitate or release supernatural power: magical languages eliminate the gap between representation and reality; labyrinthine libraries deliver a book meant only for one special reader; reading aloud from a book opens doorways to new realities or ushers creatures from the world of words into the reader's reality.

Special Issue of Edward Albee Review: Gender and Sexuality in Edward Albee's Work

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 5:12pm
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Edward Albee Society
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of the Edward Albee Review
"Sexuality and Gender in Edward Albee's Work

Essays on any aspect of this topic are welcome.

Send a proposal to Guest Editor Professor John M. Clum, Duke University, jclum1941@gmail.com
Proposals due January 15, 2015.

If proposal is accepted, completed essays (6,000 – 9,000 words) due January 15, 2016.
All submissions will be peer reviewed.

European Popular Culture and Literature-Submission Deadline 11/01/14

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 2:25pm
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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association-February 11-14, 2015
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Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 36th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM. Papers and panels that connect European popular culture and literature to the conference theme "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture," are especially encouraged.

Toni Morrison and Expanding the American/African American Literary Canon

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:48am
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2015 Annual Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
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For the past forty years, Toni Morrison has emerged as one of the pre-eminent authors and social critics of American/African American literature and culture. Her novels, ranging in topics from racial caste systems in The Bluest Eye to the horrors of slavery in Beloved to the traumas of foreign wars and re-integration on familiar soil in Home, represent an ongoing and oft-time harsh critique of American history and identity. Additionally, her non-fiction texts challenge readers to reevaluate notions of language and imagery in literature, and the ways in which both may distort perception, reinforce stereotypes, and circumvent understanding and acceptance.

Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: Redefining Black Literary Aesthetic

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:45am
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2015 Annual Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
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The recent death of Amiri Baraka, the co-founder of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), offers a unique opportunity to assess his legacy, the movement, and the current direction of African American literature. As a poet, Baraka's work embodied the role of the Black artist/activist as one who 're-evaluate[s] the western aesthetic...the social function of the artist…and develops a new Black aesthetic' – ideals outlined in Larry Neal's manifesto, 'The Black Arts Movement.' In addition, BAM birthed numerous artistic innovations, in particular a reemphasis on orality and the call and response tradition.

WSQ: The 1970s (deadline October 2, 2014)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:22pm
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Women's Studies Quarterly
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Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán

The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended (6/27) -- City Science and City Craft (MMLA, Detroit, Nov. 13-16),

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:07pm
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Joshua Wall / University of Michigan
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Finding a coin in a street gutter, the protagonist of Charles Reznikoff's 1930 novel By the Waters of Manhattan concludes, "If there was woodcraft . . . he was master of a new science, citycraft." Though his sense of mastery is short-lived, the language of his expression points toward a method of grappling with the economic realities of modern city life that aligns with what Tim Armstrong identifies as a conflict between the modern and the inherited.

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