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CFP: PAMLA 2015, Special Session, "Faulkner & Time" (11/6-8, Portland)

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:19am
Kristin Fujie, Lewis & Clark College

We invite papers that explore the continuing relevance (endurance?) of time as a conceptual framework (formal, historical, psychological, philosophical, ecological, etc.) for understanding any aspect of Faulkner's work, life, or reception, as well as Faulkner's relevance for new critical models for thinking about time.

CORRECTED CFP: Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:51am
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

CORRECTED CFP: Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices
**CORRECTION: This conference is open to scholars at ALL levels and from ALL disciplines. This conference is NOT limited to graduate students, though graduate students are more than welcome!
October 1-3, 2015
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, co-sponsored by Hamilton College and Syracuse University

Deadline for proposals: April 1, 2015

Diplomacy and Letters: The Role of Literary Ambassadors

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:28am
MLA Austin 2016

What is the role of diplomats as writers? And conversely, what is the role of the writer, when he or she has been 'appropriated' by the State?
This MLA session aims to investigate the literary and extra-literary practices which have played a crucial part in politics and negotiations, whether that be in the 20th-21st century or much earlier, medieval to fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.

HKU Film Symposium, May 30-31: Chinese Filmmakers in the United States

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:56am
Tim Gruenewald, The University of Hong Kong

HKU American Studies Symposium May 30-31, 2015
East Goes West – Chinese Filmmakers in the United States

Like many successful filmmakers from Greater China, King Hu was drawn to the United States. He spent much of the last years of his life in the United States working on several film projects. None of his projects made it beyond pre-production and he died without realizing his dream to produce an American film.

UPDATE: Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:51am
Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

Call for proposals: Utopia and the end of the city

16th Annual International Conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle University, UK.

Confirmed plenary speakers include Annette Giesecke (Delaware), Ruth Levitas (Bristol) and Mark Shucksmith (Newcastle).
"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

Due to the high volume of interest we are extending the proposal deadline to 15 March.

Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions - CFP for Edited Collection

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 2:38am
Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton

With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 6:28pm
MLA 2016

While the literature of decadence often emphasizes the imaginative transgression of borders of all kinds, studies of literary decadence often remain strictly bound by the borders of Europe. Moreover, publishing programs dedicated to anthologizing decadent literature routinely reinforce national paradigms, marketing themselves as collections of the decadent literature of France, England, or Germany, for example. While various studies examine decadent literature's complex temporalities, these studies also focus largely on the usual fin-de-siècle suspects and their immediate predecessors or modernist successors.

Representations of Cruel Children in Popular Texts

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 5:38pm
Monica Flegel and Chris Parkes

The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts
Ed. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes

Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.


Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:07pm
Sonia Sahoo and Ramit Samaddar Centre for Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.