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[DEADLINE APPROACHING] CFP: Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:44pm
Tanya Jones, M.Ed & Chris Stoneley

Abstracts are being welcomed for a proposed collection examining the toy as hero. Toys, a celebrated part of childhood and often key figures in children's imaginative play, have a fantastic history of heroism in print and on film. Open to examinations of literature, comics, and film, the collection seeks to be a repository of original essays that analyze the roles toys play as protectors of the child(ren) they love, as heroes of their own stories, or as champions for the greater good.

[Registration Open Now] Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 7:47pm
University of Liverpool

Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance, University of Liverpool, 1-3 July 2015

<<< Last chance to submit abstracts: 30 March 2015 >>>

The conference proceedings will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Literature and Psychology, and will include a separate edited volume on "silence". Submissions for the proceedings should be received no later than
30 April 2015.

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http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Silence-Fl...

"HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:16pm
Jef Burnham, DePaul University

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Submit to: Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

A Timely Look at Gertrude Stein Studies

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:57am
PAMLA Conference November 6-8, 2015 (Abstracts due May 15th)

This special session panel is devoted to exploring recent trends in Gertrude Stein studies, a particularly timely focus given the recent profusion of Stein scholarship. Scholarly and popular interest in Gertrude Stein has exploded in recent years, and in the past five years alone Stein studies has generated two successful international museum exhibits, several book-length scholarly studies, numerous scholarly articles, a forthcoming work devoted to teaching Stein, and several new editions of her work.

Midwest MLA 2015 (Columbus, OH) Special Session: Networks and U.S. Ethnic Literature

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 5:10am
Jeehyun Lim

This session explores the relationship between recent sociological discussions on networks and U.S. literature by writers of color. In The Rise of the Network Society, Manuell Castells argues that the last quarter of the twentieth century has seen a social evolution based on developments in computer-mediated communication. While network is certainly not a new term and different kinds of networks have been important in many societies over time, Castells sees networks enabled by micro-electronics based digital communication as playing a central role in social organization and social relations in the network society.

UPDATE 4th BAKEA Symposium 7-8-9 October 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 6:06pm
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

BAKEA Symposium is open to all participants from the fields of English Language and Literature, American Culture and Literature, French and German Language and Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies.

2015 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area — 10/1/15-10/4/15

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:07pm
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

2015 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference

October 1-4, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

Blues, Jazz, and the African American Literary Canon

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:05am
SAMLA / November 13 - 15 2015 - Durham, NC

Houston Baker Jr. describes the American blues as the Derridean "always already" of African American culture. In Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature, Baker states, "They [blues] are the multiplex enabling script in which Afro-American cultural discourse is inscribed." The blues document the violent history and traumas endured while affirming the "somebodiness of black people" (James Cone).

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