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Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86 [Update-Deadline Approaching]

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:54pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 10, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at paul.dahlgren@gsw.edu

[UPDATE: Deadline Extension] "The Undead" Abstracts due 6/13 (for SAMLA 11/7-9))

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:20am
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Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association
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The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource

"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie and vampire, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the undead (in any manifestation) as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by June 1, 2014.

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and their Sustainability

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:38am
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SAMLA 86 Nov 7-9 2014 Atlanta GA
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Feminism's theorists more and more have turned their focus on fairy tales' socializing power, as fairy tales serve as repositories for cultural attitudes regarding gender, class, the environment, and the role of education. The very sustainability of these tales offers genealogical roots for sociohistorical examinations that allow a reconsideration of the tales' textualities in relationship to cultural ideologies. Roland Barthes asserts that texts such as fairy tales are loaded with ideological values; thus, it is critical to fairy tale studies that we rescue important historical shifts in revised representations so that we have a multi-dimensional understanding of the complex relationship between fairy tales, women, popular culture, and national values.

Call for Book, Art, Film Reviews on "the Gendered Politics of Art" (Aug. 15 deadline)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:22am
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Todd A. Comer, Studies in the Humanities
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Studies in the Humanities, a peer reviewed journal since 1968, is calling for film, art, or book reviews focused on gender issues (the theme for the upcoming issue is "Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art").

The deadline for reviews is August 15, 2014. Reviews of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) are welcome. Send queries or completed reviews to Todd Comer (tcomer@defiance.edu).

For those interested in a more detailed elaboration of what we entail by our "gendered politics" theme, more information may be found on our web page:

CFP: "Places and Myths" - New Harmony anniversary conference

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:29am
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Kirin Makker/Hobart William Smith Colleges
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Places and Myths – looking for panelists!

I am looking for two more presenter-participants for my panel, "The Myths in/on/about Places" for the New Harmony Conference, November 6-8, 2014. My own paper discusses the Main Street idealism depicted in Norman Rockwell's paintings of American small town life. Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Kirin J. Makker, makker@hws.edu by July 1, 2014.

for more information on the conference, please see:
http://www.usi.edu/liberalarts/communal-center/2014-new-harmony-conferen...

[REMINDER] 2014 Queerness and Games CFP, June 15 Deadline

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:18pm
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The Queerness and Games Conference
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Call for Speakers
Deadline June 15, 2014

The Queerness and Games Conference
Theme: "Difference at Play"
UC Berkeley, October 25 and 26, 2014
qgcon.com // @qgcon // qgconference@gmail.com

The second annual Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon), hosted at UC Berkeley on October 25 and October 26, 2014, is happy to invite proposals for conference sessions now through June 15. Applicants will be notified by July 15. To submit, see instructions below.

Waves of change : women and American education in the South in the 1960s

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:39pm
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SAMLA
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Much has been studied about the major role played by women during the Civil Rights Movement but few have developed the place of education in the struggle for women's equality in the South after 1965. Indeed, most scholarship to this date has focused on the North, often disregarding the role women had in building the women's movement in the South, where the Civil Rights movement had emerged in the preceding decade.
This panel welcomes papers about the role of women in helping to change American society in the 1960s. If the women's liberation movement started in the North, what was the role of southern women in this movement and especially in the desegregation of the educational system?

The 36th Annual Southwest Popular American Culture Association Annual Meeting, February 11-14, 2015

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:35am
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Southwest Popular American Culture Association

The Southwest Popular American Culture Association is now accepting individual paper, round table, and special topic submissions for our 36th annual conference. We will be meeting in ABQ, New Mexico February 11 - 14, 2015 in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel. Complete conference details can be found on our web site including directions for submitting your proposal using our online presenter submission form.

Call for Book Reviews on the "Cityscape" and the Urban Experience *FINAL CALL*

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 8:38am
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Todd Comer, Studies in the Humanities
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Studies in the Humanities, a peer reviewed journal since 1968, is calling for book reviews of any book or books focused on the urban world (the theme for the upcoming issue is the "Cityscape as Discursive Node and Character").

The deadline for reviews is August 15, 2014. Book reviews of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) are welcome. Send queries or completed reviews to Todd Comer (tcomer@defiance.edu).

Essay Collection Studying the Film "Mean Girls"

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:04pm
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Rice University, English Department
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Get in loser, we're calling for papers.

Mean Girls was released in 2004, and it launched its stars' careers and entertained people from every generation. Ever since, girls are all the rage in movies and television shows. From Mean Girls and Bridesmaids, to "New Girl," "Girls,"Two Broke Girls" and countless other films and shows about girls, one thing about girls is clear: they're fetch, they're grool, and they're in.

[UPDATE] SAMLA 2014--From Corn-Pone to Delmonico's: Feasting with Twain--deadline extended to 6/14/14

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 3:46pm
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Kathryn Dolan, The Mark Twain Circle of America
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Mark Twain is as popular a figure as ever. In "Corn-Pone Opinions" Twain writes, "The black philosopher's idea was, that a man is not independent, and cannot afford views which might interfere with his bread and butter... He must restrict himself to corn-pone opinions—at least on the surface." Twain satirizes the age's customs and politics, using food-based metaphors to do so. During his life, Twain went from corn-pone to Delmonico's. His dinner parties at Nook Farm were magnificent. However, he was also a powerful critic of the excesses and hypocrisies of society. How can we use Twain's writings to re-examine issues of consumption and overconsumption in U.S. society during the second half of the nineteenth century?

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