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Globalizing the American Revolution (Abstracts Due 1-Aug-2014)

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
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Maria O'Malley and Denys Van Renen/ University of Nebraska, Kearney

Call for Contributors to Edited Collection:

We invite chapter-length essays that analyze the American Revolution as a global phenomenon for a volume of essays; we are particularly interested in chapters that examine a range of texts and cultural practices from around the world. A major academic press has expressed strong interest in publishing the volume.

American Environmental Literature Before 1900 (American Lit I, Pre-1900) UPDATE

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:49pm
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SAMLA Conference - November 2014
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Deadline: June 1, 2014 to spetersh@iue.edu

Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Imagination, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

[UPDATE] Last Call and Deadline Extension: Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Conference

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 3:02am
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Semiotic Society of America
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In response to numerous requests from colleagues and institutions, the Semiotic Society of America is pleased to extend our deadline for abstract submissions to ***June 20, 2014***.

Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting
October 2-5, 2014
Seattle, Washington

This year's non-restrictive conference theme is:

Paradoxes of Life
Challenge – Determination – Resilience

(Contributions on any other topic related to semiotics are welcome)

[UPDATE] David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth Century Studies XV

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 2:18am
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University of Sydney
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10-13 December 2014
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Keynotes are now confirmed and a reminder of the June 15 abstract deadline.

Keynote Speakers
• John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania)
• Sophia Rosenfeld (University of Virginia)
• Michael McKeon (Rutgers University)
• Erika Naginski (Harvard University)

Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference VII, October 22-24, 2014, Fort Worth, TX -- Call for Papers (deadline: June 20, 2014)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 2:56pm
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REP VII
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The 2014 Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference VII will be held October 22-24, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference's sponsors are pleased to announce a call for papers.

The Program Committee welcomes paper presentations on any theme related to race/ethnicity and place. Geographic perspectives are welcomed from a variety of disciplines and from professionals and students involved in race/ethnicity studies. Instructions for participants appear below. If you have any questions regarding these instructions, please send an email to rep.conference@gmail.com.

Deadline June 20, 2014

Sustainability and Working Class Studies around the Globe

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 2:42pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 2014 Conference
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On January 28, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Towards the beginning of his address, he stated, "Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled." To rectify this situation, he announced his plan is to offer "a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class." At no point in his address did the U.S. working class take center stage, despite a growing field of working class studies that emphasizes the necessity of research in the area.

SAMLA Women's Rhetoric Panel

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Rachel Leigh Smith/South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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Women's writing has a long history of articulating under-expressed experiences and responding to the dominant paradigms of the day. Early projects such as Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies (1405) and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) exemplify the complex and intriguing work created by female artists and intellectuals. Further, to examine American black women's writing is to not only outline the traditions of African American literature and American literature, but it allows one to gain a deeper understanding of our shared culture.

Edited collection: Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (7/1/14)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:23pm
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Matthew Cella
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I seek contributors to an edited collection focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology, particularly as it plays out in American literature and culture. More specifically, the collection will investigate the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational (and thereby ecological) process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit.

Information Overload, 4-5 September 2014, Deadline: 16 June 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:14pm
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University of Edinburgh
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"The question... is not whether we will have the storage capacity to accumulate copies of every book, film, song, conversation, e-mail, etc. that we amass in a lifetime (yes, eventually) but how do these accumulations, these massive drifts of data, interact with irreducible levels of lived experience?"
– Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms, 2009

In With the New But Not Out With the Old: Balancing Tradition and Innovation in Children's Literature - SAMLA 2014 - Nov. 7-9

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:41pm
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Rachel Rickard
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Because the study of children's literature is not rooted in one time period, culture or medium, it is a continuously evolving field. New books, movies, video games, magazines, comics, and websites for children are produced every year, and, because of this constant creation, we study classic literature like Alice in Wonderland alongside brand new children's films like Frozen. In looking at this widening range of texts, though, it becomes clear that while some aspects of children's texts have persisted others have changed (and are changing) rapidly. This panel seeks to explore how contemporary children's literature balances old and new.

[UPDATE] MWASECS 2014, deadline extended to July 1, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:55pm
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MWASECS
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MIDWEST AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
October 17–19, 2014 • Kansas City, MO

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. George Justice,
Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University
"The Urban Sociability of Books"

Call for Reviewers: NeoAmericanist Issue 7.2

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:31am
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NeoAmericanist

NeoAmericanist is an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America publishing work predominantly by Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are currently soliciting peer reviewers familiar with American Studies to review and comment on article submissions for the forthcoming issue.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers for NeoAmericanist Issue 7.2

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:28am
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NeoAmericanist

NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing a CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any academic PAPERS as well as REVIEWS of books from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.

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